Film historian Walter Kerr said "No comedienne ever became a truly important film clown." Well a new festival in London that is screening screwball comedies from the silent movie era is trying to change that perception. Clowning Glories and Screwball Women highlights the careers of Mabel Normand — aka "Madcap Mabel" — the first woman to throw a pie at Charlie Chaplin, and Marion Davies, best known for being the mistress of print baron William Randolph Hearst, but a fantastic comedienne in her own right. (Fun fact according to the Independent: "Davies is harshly caricatured in Orson Welles' Citizen Kane [as] Kane's mistress Susan Alexander...In a 1989 article in The New York Review of Books, Gore Vidal suggested that 'rosebud' (the mysterious phrase on Kane's lips as he dies) was what 'Hearst called his friend Marion Davies's clitoris'.) Though the acknowledgment of these funny females is long overdue, the article about them in Britain's Independent ends on a sour note: "How come, pre-1920, there were more women film-makers working in the industry than now?" the article asks. We wonder the same thing! [Independent]