The Nearly Forgotten Mishaps of Musty Suffer

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Silent film accompanist Ben Model and film historian Steve Massa discuss “The Mishaps of Musty Suffer,” a forgotten series of silent slapstick comedies, which have been unavailable to the public for 97 years. “Musty Suffer” was wildly popular during its release, but the series has been oddly overlooked and neglected ever since. Fortunately the Library of Congress preserved the 24 surviving films from the Musty Suffer series. Model did the score and produced the new DVD, co-curated by Massa.


Steve Massa and Ben Model

Comments [5]


Great segment and hello to Ben who taught a great film class to my daugther Kristen when she was being homeschooled with Ben's nephew Joe.(about 8 years ago)

Apr. 29 2014 06:47 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Fascinating segment, thanks.

Another forgotten figure from the silent days is Billy Quirk (1873-1926), who starred in a series of successful comedies in which he played a "sissy" character who always won the day.

Here's "Algie The Miner" from 1912:

Apr. 29 2014 01:05 PM

I'm 62 and was born to an older mom who used to mildly reproach my mishaps, invoking "Musty Suffer"!

Apr. 29 2014 12:55 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Producer, the link isn't working.

Apr. 29 2014 12:52 PM
Ben from 10022

Bravo to all who had the good sense to bring forth this DVD and then talk about it on the airwaves…Thank you Mr. Lopate.

Apr. 29 2014 11:49 AM

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