Next to Buster Keaton, Lupino Lane was the finest acrobatic comedian in the history of film. Five foot three and made of rubber, Lane was a member of one of the oldest and most renowned British theatrical families. Like Keaton, Lane started performing at an early age and his comic twists and turns were instinctual.
Lupino Lane had been popular in English films long before appearing on the American screen. In 1915 he formed his own company, Little Nipper Films, producing a series of one-reel comedies. He made his American debut on Broadway in 1920, and two years later starred in a handful of unsuccessful comedies for Fox. Lane returned to Broadway headling with Will Rogers in the The Ziegfeld Follies of 1924.
A second series of comedies, this time for the oddly named Educational Pictures, were an immediate hit, showcasing Lane to his best advantage. Brother Wallace Lupino supported Lane and also starred in several solo comedies. For the next five years they would travel back and forth across the Atlantic, enjoying stardom in both countries.
With the arrival of talkies, the brothers Lupino returned to England for good, continuing their work together on film, stage, and even television.