The Film Detective (TFD), a classic media streaming network and film archive that restores classic films for today’s cord-cutters, is offering a brief escape from these challenging times with the light-hearted side of classic film and television.
Starting on April 1, TFD is featuring a collection of classic comics on its live channel and adding over a dozen comedies to its streaming library of over 1,000 classic film and television titles. April Fools’ Day will showcase Golden Age’s favorite goofs, including The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, and Abbott and Costello, for 24 hours of laughs on Sling, STIRR, and DistroTV.
It wouldn’t be a month of classic comedy without Charlie Chaplin, so The Film Detective is honoring the anniversary of The Little Tramp’s birthday on April 16. Favorites including The Kid (1921) and The Adventurer (1917) will be featured, as well as the tale of Chaplin’s rise to fame in Chaplin’s Art of Comedy (1966) from legendary independent filmmaker Sam Sherman. Chaplin’s birthday will be followed by a weekend-long marathon of comedy from April 17-19. In times when everyone could use a laugh, no one fits the bill like Charlie Chaplin and his comedic peers of yesteryear.
Comedy marathons are only part of the events on The Film Detective this month. To celebrate the 94th birthday of film legend Roger Corman on April 5, TFD is featuring a Roger Cor-Marathon from 3:30 p.m. ET-midnight. A Bucket of Blood (1959), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and more will be featured to the delight of Corman fans. Viewers can enjoy exclusive commentary on Corman’s classics from director Joe Dante and Roger Corman himself in Trailers from Hell videos, available on the TFD app. Additionally, in honor of Easter on April 12, TFD will be stocking its streaming app with religious titles from The Cathedral Films Collection and The Loyola Films Collection, courtesy of Vision Video.
While the theaters may be closed and many confined at home, one thing that offers a bit of respite in times of overwhelming news is the nostalgia of classic film and television. For more information on The Film Detective’s April schedule, visit https://www.thefilmdetective.com/.