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BACK PAY (1922)

PostSun Dec 25, 2016 10:45 am

Back Pay (1922) has been released thru a Kickstarter campaign. The film stars Seena Owen and Matt Moore and was remade as a talkie starring Corinne Griffith and Grant Withers. No disk, but the film has been uploaded (which I downloaded) and will be on YT in 6 months. Nice print, tint, no music track.

Terrific film directed by Frank Borzage. A real star performance by Seena Owen and a nice performance by Matt Moore.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostWed Dec 28, 2016 6:58 pm

I watched it myself today and concur - this is an excellent film! As a matter of full disclosure, I'm a Borzage fan, a melodrama fan, and a Borzage melodrama fan, so odds were this was going to be up my alley. And it didn't disappoint. Direction and photography were top-notch. While you didn't have the extreme close-ups and expressionist lighting that you'd find in the late silent era Borzages, this one definitely felt like a Borzage film in all other ways.

And Seena Owen's performance was somewhat of a revelation. I've only seen Owen in QUEEN KELLY, and well, she did do a good job whipping Gloria Swanson - but can't say too much else for that performance. Here she was quite excellent.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Dec 29, 2016 12:22 pm

My friend Sidney, who worked with Seena Owen on the 1944 film Rainbow Island, tells me she pronounced her first name as SHEENA. Who knew?
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Dec 29, 2016 8:31 pm

Well, I'm still working on figuring out how to pronounce Bebe Daniels. Thought it was Bee-Bee until I watched the trailer to 42ND STREET, where it was pronounced Beeb....
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Dec 29, 2016 8:50 pm

Jess McGrath wrote:Well, I'm still working on figuring out how to pronounce Bebe Daniels. Thought it was Bee-Bee until I watched the trailer to 42ND STREET, where it was pronounced Beeb....


It's BEE BEE and always was. Ask Ben Lyon.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostWed Feb 01, 2017 8:37 pm

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I just acquired this lobby card from Back Pay (1922) showing Seena Owen. I've not heard of the Kickstarter for this film, and I can't seem to find a link for it on the Internet.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostWed Feb 01, 2017 8:48 pm

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/13 ... silent-cin" target="_blank

Back Pay was a bonus. Still haven't seen the main thrust of the campaign, The Pride of Palomar. If I remember right, the project owner posted an upload of Back Pay since the main project was stalled. But I might be misremembering this.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 11:13 am

drednm wrote:https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1370529624/release-a-forgotten-film-by-a-master-of-silent-cin" target="_blank" target="_blank

Back Pay was a bonus. Still haven't seen the main thrust of the campaign, The Pride of Palomar. If I remember right, the project owner posted an upload of Back Pay since the main project was stalled. But I might be misremembering this.


Update that talked about delay & Back Pay upload here https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1370529624/release-a-forgotten-film-by-a-master-of-silent-cin/posts/1751230

I had remembered seeing that Kickstarter. Thanks for giving the context of why that movie got uploaded.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 12:05 pm

Thanks. I wasn't able to back the project when it was announced. I wonder if it is possible to back it now...
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 12:08 pm

Some of the backer categories seem to still be open.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 12:32 pm

It won't let me select any contribution amount, but it says that a thousand DVDs will be produced. I sent a message to the guy that started the project.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 1:07 pm

If I remember right, Jess McGrath was the Kickstarter contact..... His posts are above.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostThu Feb 02, 2017 8:18 pm

drednm wrote:
Jess McGrath wrote:Well, I'm still working on figuring out how to pronounce Bebe Daniels. Thought it was Bee-Bee until I watched the trailer to 42ND STREET, where it was pronounced Beeb....


It's BEE BEE and always was. Ask Ben Lyon.


You can hear him say it (and sing it) here- and very charmingly:
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostFri Feb 03, 2017 9:57 am

I wish I could take credit for this Kickstarter, but it's not me! It's someone with an Irish name though... Patrick McInerney, who is on Kickstarter as "r/TrueFilm".
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostFri Feb 03, 2017 10:00 am

Jess McGrath wrote:I wish I could take credit for this Kickstarter, but it's not me! It's someone with an Irish name though... Patrick McInerney, who is on Kickstarter as "r/TrueFilm".


Oops, sorry about that.....
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostFri Feb 03, 2017 12:37 pm

I have the download since I was part of the KS campaign. How do you guys watch a silent film without a score. My brain just gets too distracted and the whole experience feels kind of dull. Still, the print (what I sampled of it) looked quite nice.
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Re: BACK PAY (1922)

PostFri Feb 03, 2017 1:55 pm

I usually try to find some appropriate "needle drop" music, classical or vintage jazz, depending on the subject matter.
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