Second 35mm fragment to ID

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Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 4:09 am

Next, this another fragment film roll featuring the aviation drama, possibly filmed in the States as the place with text hanging in the background reading 'POST OFFICE'. Only two cement-splices but no intertitles. Let's try to ID them as well.

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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 5:55 am

I'd like to venture a guess: this looks like Martha Sleeper, and it might be The Air legion. On another still from the film, she has exactly the same hairdo.
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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 8:23 am

The main pilot on the right is Pat O'Brien. I believe that is Lilian Bond with him which makes the film AIR MAIL (1932). The office that the older man is running out of has the word post office visible in the center
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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 10:53 am

The pilot on the right looks like ANTONIO MORENO to me, not so much Pat O'Brien. And since Martha Sleeper is also in it, I think the film is "The Air Legion," 1929.

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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 11:31 am

I suggest you look on page 37 in Blum's Pictorial History of the Talkies to see O'Brien in profile in 1931 for THE FRONT PAGE. Same cleft, eyebrows, forehead.
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Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSat Apr 14, 2018 12:55 pm

Ben, Antonio, and Martha
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Exhibitors Herald & Moving Picture World 9/22/1928 full page

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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostSun Apr 15, 2018 1:33 am

Let's check this pix out carefully to forseen if this airplane is exactly the same as from the previous picture shown above.

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Probably it must be "The Air Legion".
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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostMon Apr 16, 2018 11:47 am

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Here's Ralph Bellamy and Lillian Bond in AIR MAIL (1932).

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And here is Martha Sleeper in The Air Legion (1929). I think your clip is from this film.

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This guy on the right looks like Antonio Moreno (without his usual moustache).

Also, the Air Mail's later filming date makes it less likely that a full-frame piece of film without a soundtrack would be found.

Finally, the Library of Congress database says that a print only exists at the Cinema Museum in London. I didn't see any 35mm films in storage when I was there, but they show 16mm all of the time. So this clip is probably extremely rare.
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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostMon Apr 16, 2018 6:54 pm

Thanks for the extend information, Bruce. I have also found out that THE AIR LEGION is preserved at London, as I think that I'll skip this film for other one as the Danish fragment is my likely project but my time will tell.
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Re: Second 35mm fragment to ID

PostTue Apr 17, 2018 10:57 am

Thanks JFK and Bruce for verifying my presumption that the film was probably "The Air Legion" and the pilot on the right was indeed Antonio Moreno, not Pat O'Brien as Mary assumed.

And JFK, love your animated gif! :-)

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