Saturday, January 15, 2011

"The Gent, the Crook, and The Bum" - Silent Film Appearance



George A. Borgman tried his hand at acting years before this film, in the 1950s, when he worked as an onstage extra at an Opera House. He managed to step on female star, Risë Stevens' foot!

When his son Eric asked him to play a bum in his silent comedy, The Gent, the Crook, and the Bum he immediately said, "sure!" On Easter Sunday 1989 George and Eric and friend Greg DiGregorio went to Norwood, Massachusetts to film this faux early silent comedy short.

Members of Eric's film class wanted to know who the bum, who stole the movie, was played by! Eric received an A- for a grade.

More recently the film was transferred from the Super 8mm reversal film onto 16mm film for inclusion in Eric's feature film The Man in the Movie which also features George playing a movie theater customer and a silent comedy heavy!

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