Ted Okuda

Ted Okuda (born December 8, 1953) is an American non-fiction author and film historian. He has many books and magazine features to his credit, under his own name and in collaboration with others.


Okuda's long-held interest in movie comedies led to his first book, The Columbia Comedy Shorts (1986, with Edward Watz)[1] an in-depth account of Columbia Pictures' short-subject department, detailing the production of two-reel comedies starring The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton, Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, and Gus Schilling & Richard Lane, among many others. Since the book's first publication in 1986, Okuda has explored other areas of popular culture, including science fiction, children's television, and silent films.

Okuda's other books include Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl (2013, with Jamie Brotherton),[2] Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films (2012, with James L. Neibaur),[3] Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows (2007, with Mark Yurkiw),[4] The Soundies Book: A Revised and Expanded Guide (2007, with Scott MacGillivray), Charlie Chaplin at Keystone and Essanay (2005, with David Maska),[5] The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television (2004, with Jack Mulqueen),[6] and The Jerry Lewis Films (1995, with Neibaur).[7] He also contributed chapters to the books Science Fiction America (edited by David J. Hogan) and Guilty Pleasures of the Horror Film (edited by Gary and Susan Svehla),[8] and wrote the foreword for MacGillivray's Castle Films: A Hobbyist's Guide.[9] His articles, interviews, and reviews have appeared in such publications as Filmfax, Classic Images, Cult Movies, Classic Film Collector, The Big Reel, and Movie Collectors World.

He has also appeared on television, usually with popular movie host and Stooge expert Rich Koz.


  1. Dick, Bernard F. (1993). The Merchant Prince of Poverty Row: Harry Cohn of Columbia Pictures. University Press of Kentucky. p. 206. ISBN 0-8131-1841-7.
  2. Brotherton, Jamie (2013). Dorothy Lee: The Life and Films of the Wheeler and Woolsey Girl. McFarland & Company. p. 196. ISBN 1476600481.
  3. Neibaur, James L. (2012). Stan Without Ollie: The Stan Laurel Solo Films, 1917-1927. McFarland & Company. p. 248. ISBN 0786489871.
  4. Yurkiw, Mark (2016) [2007]. Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows: From Shock Theatre to Svengoolie. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 270. ISBN 0809335387.
  5. Maska, David (2005). Charlie Chaplin at Keystone and Essanay: Dawn of the Tramp. iUniverse. p. 230. ISBN 0595365981.
  6. Mulqueen, Jack (2016) [2004]. The Golden Age of Chicago Children's Television. Southern Illinois University Press. p. 274. ISBN 0809335360.
  7. Neibaur. James L. (2013). The Jerry Lewis Films: An Analytical Filmography of the Innovative Comic. McFarland & Company. p. 295. ISBN 0786475005.
  8. Svehla, Gary J.; Sveha, Susan (eds.). Guilty Pleasures of the Horror Film. p. 320. ISBN 1887664033.
  9. MacGillivray, Scott (2004). Castle Films: A Hobbyist's Guide. iUniverse. p. 434. ISBN 0595324916.
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