Joe Rock

Joe Rock (25 December 1893 – 5 December 1984) was an American movie producer, director, actor and screenwriter best remembered today for producing a series of 12 two reel comedies starring Stan Laurel in the 1920s. After infantry service in World War I, Rock began his film career as a comedian in silent films sometimes using the name "Joe Basil"— he had a broad grin and protruding ears, which gave him a comical appearance — but soon found greater success as a producer. Joe Rock began his career as a stunt double for Mary Pickford, A short-lived career with Vitagraph Studios as a comedian teamed with Earl Montgomery in countless comedy shorts as Hash and Havoc (1916), Stowaways and Strategy (1917), Farms and Fumbles (1918), Harems and Hookum (1919), Zip and Zest (1919), Vamps and Variety (1919), Rubes and Robbers (1919), Cave and Coquettes (1919), Throbs and Thrills (1920), Loafers and Lovers (1920), Sauce and Senoritas (1920) and many more. By 1924, Stan Laurel had forsaken the stage for full-time film work, and was still involved with actress Mae Dahlberg. Among the films they appeared together was the 1922 parody, Mud and Sand.


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