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Charlie Chaplin in the lion’s cage: The Circus (1928)

In this scene from The Circus (1928), a Charlie Chaplin classic film and now a favorite in our house, Charlie gets trapped in a lion's cage. It required around 200 takes with a real lion, and is one in a series of sil...

Charlie Chaplin & the Billows Feeding Machine: Modern Times (1936)

In this clip from the classic 1936 film Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin is an assembly line worker struggling to live in a society driven by the industrialization of the Machine Age. While on his lunch break, his Tramp ...

One Froggy Evening (1955) with Michigan J. Frog

Consider the predicament in One Froggy Evening, a classic cartoon with no spoken words -- only singing -- that was released into movie theaters on December 31, 1955: A construction worker finds an old box with a singi...

Charlie Chaplin’s dinner roll dance from The Gold Rush (1925)

This is Charlie Chaplin performing one of the most memorable moments in film history: the dinner roll dance, or table ballet, from the silent comedy classic The Gold Rush (1925).

Invisible Drum Kit – Rowan Atkinson

Here’s Rowan Atkinson and an invisible drum kit, a slapstick mime performance from his Live! act. Updated video.

Jerry Lewis mimes typing in Who’s Minding the Store (1963)

In sharing this classic Jerry Lewis scene from Who’s Minding the Store (1963), I didn’t anticipate needing to explain to the kids about the kind of technology that Jerry is pretending to type on. If you fi...

Harpo Marx plays the clarinet

Harpo Marx plays "I'm forever blowing bubbles" on the Kraft Music Hall in 1959 with "Mr. Television" himself, Milton Berle. Harpo also plays the harp. File under bubbles and The Marx Brothers.

Harpo Marx plays his harp in A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Harpo Marx playing his harp in A Night in Casablanca (1946). Beautiful close ups of the strings, and it picks up tempo in the last minute. There are more Marx Brothers clips in the archives.

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple)

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple) for his brother Harpo in this 1940 clip from the film Go West. There are more classic clips and more Marx Brothers in the archives. 

Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show (1976)

Above, a skit from experimental Swiss mime troupe Mummenschanz on The Muppet Show in 1976. More videos: communication, emotions, and muppets.

Out of the Inkwell: The Tantalizing Fly (1919)

From the Out of the Inkwell series of rotoscope-created cartoons, this is The Tantalizing Fly (1919) by animation pioneer and rotoscope inventor Max Fleischer. In addition to Koko the Clown (above), Fleischer Studios ...

Marcel Marceau

Above, a classic performance by French actor and mime Marcel Marceau. He was inspired to mime at five years old when his mother took him to

The classic mirror scene from The Marx Bros’ Duck Soup (1933)

From 1933, the classic mirror scene from The Marx Brothers’ Duck Soup. (A great DIY comedy activity, too!)  Thanks, @MichaelGTV.

The roller skating scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times

In the classic 1936 film Modern Times, silent film star Charlie Chaplin plays a poor American worker during the industrialization of the Machine Age. A bit into the film, he acquires a job as a night watchman in a dep...


 
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