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MANKA BROS. STUDIOS
MANKA BROS. FILM LIBRARY
2017 Film Slate
1910-1919

Buying A Loaf Of Bread (1907 - silent short) - The Manka Bros.' first film! Watch Khan Manka buy a loaf of bread. He sure didn't like the price!

Simeon Mankewitz Cries Like Baby (1908 - silent short) - Series of shorts in which the unstable middle Manka brother cries in a closet.

Harry Manka Likes To Get Hit With Juggling Clubs (1909 - silent short) - Series of shorts where Khan Manka hits Harry Manka on the head with a juggling until he falls down.

Kittens Playing With Balls Of Twine (1910 - silent short) - Filmed by Simeon Manka while he was staying a mental institution to calm his nerves. [Hugely popular with audiences and saved the studio from financial ruin.]

Cattle Drive (1912 - silent) - One in a series of single-reel comedies starring The Clownboys (formerly the Carnobat Clowns).

The Regatta (1913 - silent short) - Starring The Fireboys (formerly the Yambol Yucksters, a comedy troop of young boys from Bulgaria). The Fireboys must put out a fire at the Annual Country Club Dance.[Most of the footage was taken from an actual Country Club fire in Panorama City, CA.]

Graduation Glory (1914 - silent short) - The Fireboys must put out a fire at a graduation ceremony. [Most of the footage was taken from an actual fire during a Graduation Ceremony at a local high school.]

Sing! (1915- silent) - Manka Bros. first full-length feature film! The film, about a traveling band of Bulgarian gypsies, was banned by the Ottoman Empire for its "positive portrayal of Bulgarian gypsies." [Khan Manka (Sr.) was horrified by the reaction saying "that wasn't the intent at all!"]

The Fishing Trip (1916 - silent) - Single-reel comedy starring The Clownboys about a fishing trip gone horribly, horribly wrong.

Stock Market Serenade (1917 - silent) - The Clownboys (featuring Jolly Chester) and The Fireboys team up and manage to destroy the stock market in a single day.

The Immigrant (1918 - silent) - Two-reel heart-wrenching drama starring Jolly Chester as a penniless circus clown from Bulgaria who comes to America.

The Great War (1919 - silent) - Two-reel war drama starring Jolly Chester and The Clownboys (featuring a final brief appearance by The Fireboys before their tragic accident.)

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