From arch-Shadowplayer Mark Medin, this poster for a Raymond Griffith comedy that never got made — I think the coming of sound stymied it, since Griffith famously had damaged vocal cords and couldn’t speak above a whisper. In any case, it looks like a gigantic project ~
The sensational comedy novelty of
1926, from “The Ship That Sailed
to Mars” by W.M. Timlin.
THE high-hat comedian absolutely tops every-
thing he has ever done in his life before in this
startling surprise offering! Hurrying down Fifth
Avenue, New York, to his wedding, Raymond sud-
denly spins right off the earth up into a dizzy but
delightful paradise of beautiful damsels, mon-
strous-sized animals and more fun than twenty
normal worlds like ours! Of course Raymond
comes back to earth and marries the girl but — ?
Clarence Badger directed PATHS TO PARADISE which, though sadly incomplete, is perhaps the best surviving R.G. comedy. I recommend it. And if you should find yourself in a parallel universe where GET OFF THE EARTH was made (perhaps with FX by Willis O’Brien, but more likely using the animatronic dinosaur approach put together by William Cameron Menzies and his team for Howard Hawks’ FIG LEAVES), please check it out and report back to me.
Poster was originally uploaded by Bruce Calvert, to whom thanks are due.