Before Ewan McGregor and Sean Connery there was silent comedian Billie Ritchie! Born in Glasgow, Billie entered the movies in late 1914, making some 70 films in Hollywood, and was, for a time during WW1, recognised as a star with international box-office appeal, appearing on the front page of ‘Variety’ and billed as “The Man Who Makes the World Laugh".
Using a range of illustrative materials, Trevor Griffiths traces the little-known story of this world-wide Scottish star.
Trevor Griffiths is based at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on aspects of Scottish cinema history and was co-investigator on the recently completed AHRC-funded project on ‘Early Cinema in Scotland’, the book of which is out shortly.
1h 30m incl. Q&A
Performing Live: Forrester Pyke
Supported by University of Edinburgh
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If you like this try: Cuppa Talks - Lost Girls and Goddesses and In Search of Modern Marriage, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg on the same evening, our Jeely Jar comedy on Saturday morning, Laurel and Hardy Triple Bill, and Meet the Film Archives (free & not ticketed).