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Re: Nitrateville 2017 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:41 pm
by missdupont
My book "Hollywood at Play" came out in February. It's a photo book that shows golden age movie stars between takes and enjoying life around Hollywood. ... od+at+play

Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:43 am
by JFK
This thread is a listing of fabulous holiday- or any day- gift suggestions:
Currently “in print” items- DVDs; eBooks; CDs; Calendars; Books; Art; etc.

Produced, in whole or in part, by NITRATEVILLE MEMBERS.

Ideally, each post will provide an image, publisher’s description, and on-line purchase link.

Hollywood at Play
The Lives of the Stars Between Takes

Hardbound, Kindle – February 1, 2017
by Mary Mallory, Stephen X. Sylvester, Donovan Brandt
"Fans from around the world continue to be fascinated by classic-era Hollywood (1925-1960) and its larger-than-life stars. Nostalgia for this simpler, more glamorous time offers a safe and temporary escape from our complex lives. The authors capture this era with in Hollywood at Play, featuring unique and rarely seen images of such legendary stars as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, W.C. Fields, and Tyrone Power enjoying fun and relaxation outside of their studios.
Hollywood at Play presents iconic images of the classic stars taking time out from the demands of celebrity to enjoy dancing, bike-riding, roller skating, bowling, and playing tennis; diversions offering a chance to relax and be themselves. This delightful and unique book will appeal to classic movie fans, and enthusiasts of celebrity, fashion, and Hollywood history.
The photos contained in Hollywood at Play come from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, Hollywood’s first and oldest family-owned photo archive. From the 800,000 images available in their collection the authors have chosen over 200 fascinating and rare photos to include in this book. Among the photos are eight rare photos of a young Marilyn Monroe at play; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland frolicking at a pool party; Steve McQueen and James Garner astride McQueen’s iconic motorcycle between takes of The Great Escape;Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee out on the town; Sammy Davis Jr. hamming it up with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra; and many others.”

Asheville Movies Volume One – The Silent Era

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:49 am
by JFK

Asheville Movies Volume 1:The Silent Era

Print AND E-Book Edition– May 1 2017
by Frank Thompson
“Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era, by author and film historian Frank Thompson, rediscovers a forgotten era of filmmaking in the Land of the Sky from the earliest “actualities” in 1900 to the final silent film in 1929. Asheville lured major film companies such as Paramount, Selznick and the Edison Company. Major stars of the era such as Thomas Meighan, Doris Kenyon, Alice Brady, Olga Petrova, Clara Kimball Young, Barbara Tennant, Conway Tearle and Harry T. Morey made films in the city. Of all the many films produced in Asheville, only one – The Conquest of Canaan (1921), directed by R. William Neill and written by Frank Tuttle – survives.

Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era brings these lost films back to life and tells a story of the exciting days of early filmmaking in one of the nation’s most beautiful settings. The book is illustrated with 133 black and white stills, photographs, posters, ads and other imagery, most of which has not been in print for a century and some which have never been published anywhere. ”



PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:52 am
by JFK
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Oct 09, 2012

The New School Teacher (1924)
Blu-Ray DVD-R Runtime: 59 minutes with a David Knudtson score
Director: Gregory La Cava

"It seems poor Professor Timmons (Chic Sale) might be ill prepared to handle the rigors of his his new job as a school teacher. And its not just the mischievous students that are getting the best of the professor but also lively Diana (Doris Kenyon) who figures the professor is just the man she needs to make her hot-headed fiancé jealous."

The Mysterious Airman-Silent Serial DVD From 35MM+BONUS

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 4:57 am
by JFK
The Mysterious Airman
DVD–Running Time:185 Minutes (April 21, 2017)
Thrilling Production by Kit Parker !
Mysterious Scoring by Andrew Simpson !!
Death-Defying Commentary by
Richard M. Roberts !!!
The Sprocket Vault announces its DVD release of the
1928 silent serial THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN, a ten-part “Super
Chapterplay of the Air” starring silent era-serial superstar Walter
Miller and Eugenia Gilbert produced by the long-lasting Poverty
Row Producers, The Weiss Brothers.
Featuring vintage biplanes and exciting action, THE MYSTERIOUS
AIRMAN was the last silent serial produced by The Weiss Brothers
and one of the last silent serials ever produced. Thought to be a “lost”
film, Producer Kit Parker, who purchased the holdings of Weiss
Global International in 2004, was approached by film archivist, Jeff
Joseph of SabuCat Productions, who offered to loan a near-complete
original 35mm tinted nitrate print which was missing only the first
reel of Chapter Nine. The print was lovingly restored and transferred
(recreating the missing reel from stills and plot synopses), and a new
piano score was commissioned from ace silent film accompanist
Dr. Andrew Simpson, main accompanist of the Library of Congress
Packard Campus in Culpeper, Virginia.
The Sprocket Vault’s DVD release of THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN also features a complete and comprehensive commentary track by noted film historian Richard M. Roberts. He weaves a story about the production and the people involved, from stars Miller and Gilbert, co-stars like Robert Walker and Dorothy Talcott to Director Harry Revier and the production staff of Weiss Brothers-Artclass Pictures, a family of low-budget film producers whose filmmaking operations kept them in business from the 1910s up to the 1990s, outlasting some of Hollywood’s major studios. The Sprocket Vault’s release of THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN heralds an important rediscovery in film history, as few silent serials exist today in anything resembling complete form, much less in lovely tinted original print quality. It’s a fun, light-hearted cliffhanger that shows the joys of Saturday Matinee moviegoing and what could be done on less-than-spectacular budgets as well as illustrating the early days
of flying, seat of your pants filmmaking from the seat of your pants days of Aviation.
After 89-Years, Silent Serial Makes Its DVD Debut!

Color: Original color tints
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 – 4X3
Audio: Music Score - Dolby Digital Stereo
1. “Flying Cadets” (1928) 2-reel short with great vintage plane shots filmed at Brooks Field, TX
2. New York Censor Board File (some scenes were cut for the State of New York!)
3. Gallery of original posters and lobby cards.
The 1928 silent serial THE MYSTERIOUS AIRMAN, a ten-part “Super Chapterplay of the Air,” was considered a lost film until a 35mm nitrate tinted print was discovered and subsequently restored for this DVD release. It heralds an important rediscovery in film history, as few silent serials exist today in anything resembling complete form, much less in lovely tinted original print quality. The story deals with an inventor who adds new innovations to an air company’s planes, prompting the owners of a rival company to set out to steal them. The stakes are sky-high as an airman and an aviatrix find themselves in constant peril, both on earth and above the clouds. It’s a fun, light-hearted cliffhanger that shows the joys of Saturday Matinee moviegoing and what could be done on less-than-spectacular budgets as well as illustrating the early days of flying, seat of your pants filmmaking from the seat of your pants days of Aviation. Written by famed mystery novelist Arthur B. Reeve, “The Mysterious Airman” is “the thriller of his career” -- Watertown [NY] Daily Times

Silent Voices-Vintage Interviews w/Silent Film Personalities

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:00 am
by JFK
Silent Voices:
Vintage Interviews with Silent Film Personalities

Paperback + Kindle. March 30, 2017
by Shane Brown
“Around a hundred years ago, film fan magazines were emerging from their infancy to become some of the most-read periodicals of their day. These were places where cinema-goers could read with anticipation about new releases, as well catch up on Hollywood gossip, see glamourous pictures of their favourite actors and actresses, and read interviews with (and articles by) some of the great stars and directors of the day. "Silent Voices" collects together twenty-eight of these interviews and articles (many out of print since their original publication in the 1910s and 1920s), covering a dozen different screen personalities of the period: Renée Adorée, Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, Theda Bara, Clara Bow, Carol Dempster, Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Robert "Bobby" Harron, Johnny Hines, F. W. Murnau, George O'Brien, and Jack Pickford.”

Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels:Hard-Luck Silent Stars

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:17 pm
by JFK
Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels:
The Lives, Careers, and Misfortunes of 14 Hard-Luck Girls of the Silent Screen

Paperback + Kindle. April 25, 2015
by Michael G. Ankerich
“We were like dragonflies. We seemed to be suspended effortlessly in the air, but in reality, our wings were beating very, very fast." - Mae Murray "It is worse than folly for persons to imagine that this business is an easy road to money, to contentment, or to that strange quality called happiness." - Bebe Daniels "A girl should realize that a career on the screen demands everything, promising nothing." - Helen Ferguson In Dangerous Curves Atop Hollywood Heels, author Michael G. Ankerich examines the lives, careers, and disappointments of 15 silent film actresses, who, despite the odds against them and warnings to stay in their hometowns, came to Hollywood to make names for themselves in the movies. On the screen, these young hopefuls became Agnes Ayres, Olive Borden, Grace Darmond, Elinor Fair, Juanita Hansen, Wanda Hawley, Natalie Joyce, Barbara La Marr, Martha Mansfield, Mae Murray, Mary Nolan, Marie Prevost, Lucille Ricksen, Eve Southern, and Alberta Vaughn. Dangerous Curves follows the precarious routes these young ladies took in their quest for fame and uncovers how some of the top actresses of the silent screen were used, abused, and discarded. Many, unable to let go of the spotlight after it had singed their very souls, came to a stop on that dead-end street, referred to by actress Anna Q. Nilsson as, Hollywood's Heartbreak Lane. Pieced together using contemporary interviews the actresses gave, conversations with friends, relatives, and co-workers, and exhaustive research through scrapbooks, archives, and public records, Dangerous Curves offers an honest, yet compassionate, look at some of the brightest luminaries of the silent screen. The book is illustrated with over 150 photographs.”

Funny Parts: A History of Film Comedy Routines & Gags

PostPosted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 1:34 pm
by JFK
The Funny Parts:
A History of Film Comedy Routines and Gags

Paperback– November 17, 2011
by Anthony Balducci
"Classic comedy routines and individual gags have been around for many hundreds of years, probably thousands; the best of these ribticklers make their merry way through theater, circus, film and television. The challenge to comedians has always been to adapt familiar material in a way that emphasizes their personal style and outlook. The many routines and gags cited in this illustrated history are lovingly deconstructed to show how they have been shaped to suit different eras and performers. These tried and true laugh-provokers are indestructible. Through all the remakes, revivals, recycles and revamps, they have survived robustly to the present day. As these timeless comedy gems are traced to their beginnings and followed through the years, readers are taken on a mirthful journey from Keystone to Zombieland.”

Monroe Salisbury & The Making of The Eagle

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:15 pm
by JFK
Monroe Salisbury
The Making of The Eagle
The First American Robin Hood of Cinema

Paperback– May 24, 2017
by Kevin Scott Collier
An inside look at the making of Elmer Clifton's 1918 silent film "The Eagle," which critics claim presented the first American version of a Robin Hood character. Nice over-sized 8.5 x 11 collectible book features a biography of the film's star Monroe Salisbury, co-star Edna Earle, Ward Wing and Alfred Allen. Photos, reviews, advertisements and promotional material that accompanied the film are included.

Daredevils of The Red Circle (1939) Blu-Ray

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 7:53 pm
by JFK
Daredevils of the Red Circle (1939)
(12 Chapter Serial)

Blu-Ray 211 minutes – April 25, 2017

Newly Mastered in HD from a 4K scan! Considered by most to be one of the best, if not the best serials of all time. Three circus stuntmen track down a ruthless madman known as 39-0-13 (Charles Middleton, Emperor Ming of Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe), bent on destroying the wealth and integrity of his former employer, multi-millionaire Horace Granville (Miles Mander, Murder, My Sweet). 39-0-13 kidnaps and imprisons Granville, impersonating him in order to facilitate his deeds of destruction. Cy Feur's (Dick Tracy vs. Crime Inc.) pulse-pounding score sharply accentuates the crisp direction of William Witney (Sunset in the West) and John English (Adventures of Captain Marvel). Chapter One's cliffhanger an underground tunnel flooded by a massive mountain of torrential water is a classic! Star serial star Charles Quigley (The Crimson Ghost), Bruce Bennett (Dark Passage) and the beautiful Carole Landis (I Wake Up Screaming). Special Features: Selected Episode Commentary by Film Historian Michael Schlesinger.


PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 10:59 am
by JFK
The Happiest Trails
And B Western Who's Who

592 Page Paperback– April 7, 2017
by John Brooker
John Brooker writes in his Introduction: "B westerns have always been part of my life. I decided . . . to tour the U.S. by Greyhound bus and try and track down some of my childhood heroes." From that and subsequent trips, Brooker began to write books, magazine columns, and even a TV series ("Movie Memories"). This book contains his interviews with the actors and other research on the B westerns. Fully illustrated.

Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Louise Brooks Film

PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2017 7:55 pm
by JFK
Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film
Paperback. April 27, 2017
by Thomas Gladysz
“ This first ever study of "Beggars of Life" looks at the film Oscar-winning director William Wellman thought his finest silent movie. Based on Jim Tully’s bestselling book of hobo life—and filmed by Wellman the year after he made "Wings" (the first film to win the Best Picture Oscar), "Beggars of Life" is a riveting drama about an orphan girl (screen legend Louise Brooks) who kills her abusive stepfather and flees the law. She meets a boy tramp (leading man Richard Arlen), and together they ride the rails through a dangerous hobo underground ruled over by Oklahoma Red (future Oscar winner Wallace Beery). "Beggars of Life" showcases Brooks in her best American silent—a film the "Cleveland Plain Dealer" described as “a raw, sometimes bleeding slice of life.” With more than 50 little seen images, and a foreword by William Wellman, Jr.”

The Monster Movies of Universal Studios

PostPosted: Wed May 10, 2017 5:54 pm
by JFK
The Monster Movies of Universal Studios
Hardback; Kindle June 15, 2017
228 pages

by James L. Neibaur
In 1931 Universal Studios released Dracula starring Bela Lugosi. This box office success was followed by a string of films featuring macabre characters and chilling atmospherics, including Frankenstein, The Mummy, and The Invisible Man. With each new film, Universal established its place in the Hollywood firmament as the leading producer of horror films, a status it enjoyed for more than twenty years.
In The Monster Movies of Universal Studios, James L. Neibaur examines the key films produced by the studio from the early 1930s through the mid-1950s. In each entry, the author recounts the movie’s production, provides critical commentary, considers the film’s commercial reception, and offers an overall assessment of the movie’s significance. Neibaur also examines the impact these films had on popular culture, an influence that resonates in the cinema of fear today.
From the world premiere of Dracula to the 1956 release of The Creature Walks among Us, Universal excelled at scaring viewers of all ages—and even elicited a few chuckles along the way by pitting their iconic creatures against the comedic pair of Abbott and Costello. The Monster Movies of Universal Studios captures the thrills of these films, making this book a treat for fans of the golden age of horror cinema.

"Like Dr. Frankenstein, Universal Studios under Carl Laemmle Jr., brought the monster movie genre to terrifying new life with the 1931 Tod Browning–directed film Dracula starring Bela Lugosi in his most iconic role. The characterizations of Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster by Lugosi and Boris Karloff, as well as the studio’s costume and makeup design, ensured that Universal’s monsters would become the standard representation of these literary monsters in popular culture. In chronological order, historian Neibaur (The Fall of Buster Keaton) details the production and reception of each monster movie produced by the studio between 1931 and 1956, including such classics as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and each of their respective sequels. The author provides insight into the challenges that the actors faced in the roles that made them household names. Verdict: Neibaur’s book honors Universal’s horror legacy with exhaustive research. The detailed breakdowns of each film makes this an excellent resource for film students and monster movie fanatics."

The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks edition)

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:42 am
by JFK
The Diary of a Lost Girl (Louise Brooks edition)
Paperback. December 31, 2010
by Thomas Gladysz
“ The 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary of a Lost Girl, is based on a controversial and bestselling book first published in Germany in 1905. Though little known today, it was a literary sensation at the beginning of the 20th century. By the end of the 1920s, it had been translated into 14 languages and sold more than 1,200,000 copies - ranking it among the bestselling books of its time.
Was it - as many believed - the real-life diary of a young woman forced by circumstance into a life of prostitution? Or a sensational and clever fake, one of the first novels of its kind? This contested work - a work of unusual historical significance as well as literary sophistication - inspired a sequel, a play, a parody, a score of imitators, and two silent films. The best remembered of these is the oft revived G.W. Pabst film starring Louise Brooks.
This corrected and annotated edition of the original English language translation brings this important book back into print after more than 100 years. It includes an introduction by Thomas Gladysz, Director of the Louise Brooks Society, detailing the book's remarkable history and relationship to the 1929 silent film. This special "Louise Brooks Edition" also includes more than three dozen vintage illustrations.
"Long relegated to the shadows, Margarete Böhme's 1905 novel, The Diary of a Lost Girl has at last made a triumphant return. In reissuing the rare 1907 English translation of Böhme's German text, Thomas Gladysz makes an important contribution to film history, literature, and, in as much as Böhme told her tale with much detail and background contemporary to the day, sociology and history. He gives us the original novel, his informative introduction, and many beautiful and rare illustrations. This reissue is long overdue, and in all ways it is a volume of uncommon merit." - Richard Buller, author of A Beautiful Fairy Tale: The Life of Actress Lois Moran”

The First Bat Man: The Making of Roland West's 1926 Movie

PostPosted: Sun May 14, 2017 9:49 am
by JFK
The First Bat Man:
The Making of Roland West's 1926 Movie

Paperback– May 14, 2017
by Kevin Scott Collier
"The First Bat Man" takes a historic and entertaining look at the making of Roland West's 1926 silent film mystery production, The Bat. The book explores the genesis of The Bat, beginning with Mary Roberts Rinehart's book, “The Circular Staircase.” Follow the creation of the stage play and the making of the movie, complete with biographies of key cast members. Also included are countless photos, advertisements and promotions that made the news. See what inspired Bob Kane and Bill Finger to create the Batman comic book character. Visit the homepage:

Abbott and Costello Rarities Blu-ray/DVD combo

PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 1:02 pm
by JFK
Abbott and Costello Rarities Blu-ray/DVD combo
Blu-ray/DVD combo. 212 minutes – May 17, 2017
After years in production, Thunderbean is proud to present a great collection of rare Abbott and Costello appearances on film, TV and radio. This Blu-ray/ DVD combo features things that most all of the die hard Abbott and Costello fans haven't seen- a must have for fans of these comedy legends.
Included on this set:
Classic trailers
15 trailers from classic films
Abbott and Costello audio, including rare shows, an audience warm-up and more
The long missing 'Colgate Comedy Hour' featuring Bud Abbott with guests Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, from a week where Lou was under the weather
An incredible 35 minute collection of Kodachrome Home Movie footage from the 1943 war bond tour across the US. Outtakes from various features Clips from newsreels
And much more!

Re: Nitrateville 2017 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 10:53 pm
by Rick Lanham
John Sinnott's review of The Mysterious Airman: ... irman-the/

"Final Thoughts:

Not only is this rare silent serial a lot of fun, but it looks amazing too. Add to that an informative commentary track and a bonus short and you've got a great title. Check this one out. Highly Recommended."


Too Marvelous For Words-The Life and Career of Ruby Keeler

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 11:09 pm
by JFK
Too Marvelous For Words,
The Life and Career of Ruby Keeler

Hardcover– May 14, 2017
by Ed Harbur
“Come and meet those dancing feet! The lyrics from "42nd Street" still evoke fantastic memories of Busby Berkeley and actress, dancer, and singer Ruby Keeler, who is best-known for starring with Dick Powell in musicals produced at Warner Bros., notably 42nd Street (1933), Golddiggers of 1933 (1933), Footlight Parade (1933), Flirtation Walk (1934), and Go Into Your Dance (1935). Hours

Ruby's life and career was no tap dance. Underage at fourteen, she first danced where the underworld meet the elite in New York speakeasies during the Prohibition Era. Plucked from obscurity and thrust onto Broadway in musicals, she captured the attention of Florenz Ziegfeld, and she soon appeared in his Whoopee! with Eddie Cantor and Show Girl (1929) with Jimmy Durante.
Topsy turvy Hollywood converted to talking pictures that were first popularized by Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1927). Jolson met Ruby, and their eleven-year turbulent marriage swept the two of them into widely publicized movie successes, yet their acclaim stood on shaky ground.
In this first-ever book by actor and singer Ed Harbur, discover Ruby's childhood, her early career, her idyllic second marriage, and her phenomenal return to Broadway after twenty-seven years to star in No, No, Nanette. Tragedy followed the triumph, when Ruby suffered a life-threatening stroke, yet she emerged to enjoy a long and successful recovery and served as a champion advocate for stroke victims.
The four-part book spans sections devoted to Biography, Film Appearances, Stage Appearances, and TV and Short Subject Appearances. Illustrated with hundreds of never before seen photographs, including stage and screen productions and candid shots of Ruby at work and in private life. Index. Bibliography.

100 Essential Silent Film Comedies

PostPosted: Wed May 24, 2017 8:18 pm
by JFK
100 Essential Silent Film Comedies
Hardcover/Kindle – May 11, 2017
by James Roots
"From the moment films were first produced, comedy has been a key feature of cinema. From just before the turn of the twentieth century until the early 1930s, audiences celebrated the brilliant humor of cinematic clowns who left their marks forever. We still remember—and laugh at—the hilarious antics of Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and many others.

In 100 Essential Silent Film Comedies James Roots identifies the major comedic motion pictures produced in the first few decades of the twentieth century. With a lucid and lively style, Roots takes a look at more than 400 silent comedies and narrows the list to 100 that viewers should consider. Each entry includes cast and crew information, a synopsis, critical evaluation, and additional commentary—all to demonstrate why that particular film is essential viewing. The films range from 70 seconds to full-length features and even include some of the earliest produced films, starting in 1894. In addition to citing Hollywood’s finest, the book profiles comedies from around the world, including selections from the United Kingdom, France, Japan and Russia.

More than seventy silent comedians from Charlie Chaplin to Max Linder are represented in these selections, and the book celebrates such established classics as The General and Safety Last—as well as relatively obscure one-reelers. Including information about DVD availability, 100 Essential Silent Film Comedies is an invaluable resource that provides both scholars and general film fans a list of entertaining films to explore.”


PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 6:32 am
by JFK

by Thomas Reeder Sam Gill- Foreword & Steve Massa- Introduction

770 Pages 339 Photos/Illustrations
Hardback and Paperback Editions (May 11, 2017)
To Order Signed Copies, Email The Author At [email protected]

For an immigrant newly arrived in the U.S. in 1906, Henry Lehrman’s rise in the fledgling film industry was, in a word, meteoric. By 1914 he had worked at New York’s Biograph Studios, served as Mack Sennett’s right-hand man at Keystone, co-owned the Sterling Comedy Company with lead comedian Ford Sterling, and ushered in his own L-Ko – Lehrman-Knock Out – Comedies for Universal. By 1916 he had advanced to Fox where he organized the more prestigious Sunshine Comedies, and by 1919 had acquired full independence with his own Henry Lehrman Comedies.
At Keystone, where he directed the likes of Chaplin, Sterling, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, and numerous others, Lehrman was instrumental in fashioning the Keystone style. At L-Ko, Lehrman oversaw the company, served as idea man, director, and occasional actor, gaining fame for his anarchic storylines and fast-paced, break-neck comedies that rarely let up for air. The Sunshine comedies saw a growth and comparative maturity, with their longer schedules and more lavish budgets. The eventual formation of his own Henry Lehrman Comedies promised a dream come true, the pinnacle of success with a company truly all his own. “I have a scheme at present which promises so fairly that I am afraid to queer it by telling you what it is,” said Lehrman in an interview five years earlier. “Next time you come to see me you may find me either in a palace or in the poor house.” Unfortunately for Lehrman, the latter part of his prophecy came true.
Lehrman has been unfairly demonized over the years, primarily the result of a handful of self-serving autobiographies by the likes of Sennett, Chaplin, and Fred Balshofer. Occasionally referred to by co-workers as “Suicide” Lehrman due to his reputation for putting actors and stuntmen at risk, the reality was that risk-taking in those early days was comparatively common throughout the industry. Lehrman’s inability to manage money sealed the fate of his long sought after independence, leading to a string of bankruptcies that plagued him for the rest of his life. And when Lehrman received word that his good friend Arbuckle was responsible for the death of Virginia Rappe, Lehrman’s lover, his heartfelt but ill-chosen tirade against Arbuckle and the industry as a whole helped to seal his fate.
MR. SUICIDE: HENRY “PATHÉ” LEHRMAN AND THE BIRTH OF SILENT COMEDY, by Thomas Reeder for publisher BearManor Media, takes an impartial and exhaustive look at the life and career of this misunderstood comedy genius. Additionally, the histories of the Sterling and L-Ko studios are covered in full, up until each was shuttered. The extensive and detailed filmography covers every known film that Lehrman was involved with from his beginnings at Biograph up until his death in 1946 while he was employed by 20th Century-Fox. In addition to each film’s cast and credits, a synopsis and contemporary reviews are included, an aid to future researchers in their quest to identify “orphan” films.
In his Introduction to the book, noted film historian Steve Massa calls it “an examination, thorough and unbiased, that establishes Lehrman’s rightful place in film history. Silent comedy scholars and fans, in addition to anyone interested in Hollywood lore, owe a debt of gratitude to Tom for his dogged determination and accurate eye in bringing light to this dark and neglected corner of movie history.”

Thanhouser Treasures from the Library of Congress DVD

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 6:48 am
by JFK
Thanhouser Treasures from the Library of Congress
DVD –142 Minutes May 2017
"Thanhouser Company Film Preservation release of a DVD produced in cooperation with the Library of Congress that contains 11 new HD transfers of silent era films produced by the pioneering Thanhouser Studio between 1910 and 1915; the studio was based in New Rochelle, NY.
Presented for the first time in over 100 years, these rare films are held by the Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center in Culpeper, VA. Several films were repatriated from international collections, including the New Zealand Film Archive, the EYE Filmmuseum, the British Film Institute, USA museums and historical societies, and from private collections.
New and original music is composed and performed exclusively for this collection by Ben Model for 10 of the films with Robert Israel for one title. Included with this collection is a 12-page booklet with film notes, synopses, and cast listings for all films.
The highlight of this anthology is the two-reel film The Picture of Dorian Gray released by the studio in 1915 that is based on Oscar Wilde’s sensational novel. Professors Judith Buchanan and James Williams of the University of York narrate an optional commentary track that provides unique insight into the life of Oscar Wilde and the studio’s interpretation of this classic philosophical novel."
Thanhouser Films on the DVD)

1. Not Guilty ('10).......................2. Oh, What a Knight! ('10)
3. The Only Girl in Camp ('11)....4. A Circus Stowaway ('11)
5. When a Count Counted ('12)..6. Little Brother ('13)
7. The Tell-Tale Scar ('14)...........8. Picture of Dorian Gray ('15)
9. When Hungry Hamlet Fled ....10. Down on the Phoney Farm ('15)
11. The Mistake of Mammy Lou ('15)
Special Video Features on the DVD
1. Tour of the Library of Congress Nitrate Vaults (2009)
2. Trailer: The Thanhouser Studio & the Birth of American Cinema (2015)

PATHS TO PARADISE Blu-Ray DVD-Raymond Griffith Betty Compson

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 11:08 am
by JFK
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Oct 09, 2012

Paths To Paradise (1925)
Blu-Ray DVD-R Runtime: 65 minutes with a David Knudtson score
Director: Clarence Badger

"Molly (Betty Compson) leads a gang of thieves in the San Francisco underworld whose current scheme is conning tourists who visit their sham bar. However, when they try to con a dapper gentleman visitor (Raymond Griffith), he turns the tables by pretending to be a detective so he can squeeze them for the cash!
When they next meet, Molly invites this dapper gentleman to partner up with the gang for their latest heist. Only he refuses and so Molly figures she'll have to compete with her new rival for the targeted prize, a diamond necklace, all while avoiding the shrewd detectives hired to protect it!

Re: Slapstick Divas - The Women of Silent Comedy

PostPosted: Fri May 26, 2017 12:29 pm
by Jim Roots
JFK wrote:
Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy

Hardbound. July 1, 2017
by Steve Massa
“ Funny girls, those comediennes from the silent movies, knew shtick from slapstick. Mabel Normand, Marie Dressler, Bebe Daniels, Dorothy Gish, Constance Talmadge, Marion Davies, and Colleen Moore brought riotous laughter to millions around the world, yet their hilarity may seem hidden to those only familiar with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy, and Harold Lloyd.
Discover the women of wit, from the supporting players to the stars. Author Steve Massa covers their contributions to comedy with in-depth analyses of the most hilarious heroines of humor, followed by 459 biographies of other droll divas from the famous to the forgotten.
Illustrated with 440 rare movie scene shots, formal portraits, candid behind the scenes photos, film frame enlargements, trade magazine advertisements, lobby cards, stage photographs, artist’s renderings and caricatures, and casting guide entries. Bibliography, and an Index.
About the author: Steve Massa is the author of Lame Brains and Lunatics: The Good, The Bad, and The Forgotten of Silent Comedy and Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker.”

The name "Steve Massa" is enough to have me automatically reaching for my wallet.

Er, not because I suspect him of being a pickpocket.


ROAD TO BALI Blu-Ray Hope Crosby Lamour Schlesinger

PostPosted: Sat May 27, 2017 6:48 pm
by JFK
Road To Bali (1952)
Blu-Ray 91 minutes – July 5, 2017
In this sixth of seven Road to movies, Bob Hope (Son of Paleface), Bing Crosby (Road to Rio) and Dorothy Lamour (My Favorite Brunette) team up in their only color film in the series. Hope and Crosby star as two out-of-work vaudeville performers who are on the lam. The two are hired by a South Seas prince as deep-sea divers in order to recover a buried treasure. They meet beautiful Princess Lala (Lamour) and vie for her affections. Of course, the boys run into the usual perils such as cannibals, a giant squid and numerous cameos from some of Hollywood's biggest stars like Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jane Russell and Humphrey Bogart. Director Hal Walker (At War with the Army) was no stranger to the three actors, having directed the trio in Road to Utopia. The seventh and final "Road to" picture, Road to Hong Kong, would be released 10 years later for another studio and co-starred Joan Collins with Hope and Crosby, with Lamour only making a brief cameo.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Audio Commentary by Film Historians Mark Evanier and
Michael Schlesinger.

Marcel Perez The Better Man Wins DVD-R Pete Morrison

PostPosted: Fri Jun 09, 2017 4:12 pm
by JFK
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Oct 09, 2012
The Better Man Wins (1922)
DVD-R Runtime: 59 minutes with a Lou McMahon score
Director: Frank S. Mattison & Marcel Perez

Pete Morrison ... Bill Harrison
Dorothy Wood ... Nell Thompson
E.L. Van Sickle ... Hugh Thompson
Jack Walters ... Dick Murray
Gene Crosby ... Grace Parker
Tom Bay ... Dr. Gale
Nell Thompson is struggling to take care of her ailing father and his ranch. Soon Nell runs afoul of some cattle rustlers, but cowboy Bill Harrison, who has loved Nell from afar, swoops in to save her. Now if she will just let him help save the ranch as well. 64 minutes - Music Score by Lou McMahon
Bonus:Animated Short-Subject
Jumping Beans (1922)
Koko the Clown - 9 minutes "

Feel My Pulse Blu-Ray- Bebe Daniels William Powell La Cava

PostPosted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 3:36 pm
by JFK
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Oct 09, 2012
Feel My Pulse (1928)
Blu-Ray DVD-R Runtime: 66 minutes with 2 scores
Director: Gregory La Cava

Bebe Daniels .... Barbara Manning
Richard Arlen .... Her Problem
William Powell .... Her Nemesis
Melbourne MacDowell .... Her Uncle Wilberforce
George Irving .... Her Uncle Edgar
Charles Sellon .... Her Sanitarium's Caretaker
Heinie Conklin .... Her Patient
A rich but hypochondriacal heiress tries to hide from her uncle in a sanitarium. What she doesn’t know is that it is a front for bootleggers, and a hideout for criminals on the run from the law.
Rather like Colleen Moore, Bebe Daniels’ approach to comedy was based on situation, whimsy, and understated wit expressed in the intertitles; there is little in the way of slapstick in her work.
66 minutes - Presented with two music scores
Short Subject Bonus:DON’T BE FOOLISH with Billy West "

Still Moving-Film + Media Collections of Museum of Modern Ar

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 6:57 pm
by JFK
Still Moving :
The Film and Media Collections of The Museum of Modern Art

Hardcover– Oct 15, 2006
by Steven Higgins
“Founded in 1935, The Museum of Modern Art's Department of Film and Media is home to one of the most important moving-image archives in the world. Still Moving: The Film and Media Collections of The Museum of Modern Art marks the first time that MoMA has published a volume dedicated exclusively to these holdings. Drawn primarily from the Museum's vast library of film stills, the nearly 500 images in this book represent just a fraction of the department's renowned archive, including one of the world's most important collections of international silent cinema; classic early sound films from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and Japan; extensive holdings of documentary and animation shorts and feature films; significant examples of Hollywood filmmaking from studios such as Warner Brothers, RKO, MGM, Twentieth Century-Fox and Paramount; and more recent works by leading independent and avant-garde film and media artists. Reflecting the Museum's mandate to acquire, preserve, and make available the finest works of film and media from around the world, Still Moving also serves as a stunning visual catalogue of the art and history of the moving image.
Receiving special attention in the catalogue are certain key collections within the archive, among them those of the Edison Company, the Biograph Company, D.W. Griffith, Douglas Fairbanks, David O. Selznick, Joseph Cornell and Andy Warhol. The book closes with a photo-essay covering the Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center, the Museum's state-of-the-art film, media and special-collections storage facility, which opened in 1996 and has since become the model for moving-image preservation worldwide."

A Thousand Faces:Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry

PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:15 pm
by JFK
A Thousand Faces:
Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures

Kindle (was also issued in hardback and paperback) January 1, 1997
by Michael F Blake
"Via correspondence, studio notes, and reviews from the popular press, Blake thoroughly reconstructs the cultural context in which Chaney's films were produced, exhibited, and received. Although occasionally subject to silent film histrionics, Chaney created the role of the twisted antihero, and it is this contribution to the pantheon of screen types that Blake hails here. He tracks Chaney's rise from freelancer to MGM star, as well as his partnership with director Tod Browning, whose dark visions permitted Chaney's tortured protagonists to thrive.... The text includes meticulous endnotes, copious photographs, and a bibliography.”

Silent Films in St. Augustine

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:18 pm
by JFK
Silent Films in St. Augustine

Hardbound– August 2, 2017
by Thomas Graham
“This richly detailed book tells the story of early filmmakers’ adventures in St. Augustine and captures the excitement of their moviemaking escapades.”―Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, coauthor of One Thousand Nights at the Movies: An Illustrated History of Motion Pictures 1895–1915 “Very few people have any idea that St. Augustine played any role in early film history. This book brings St. Augustine into a much larger film conversation.”―Christina Lane, author of Magnolia “Through rich and entertaining stories of how St. Augustine lured studios and enriched filmmaking with Henry Flagler’s railroad and architecture, Graham adds new detail to our understanding of the silent film era.”―Rita Reagan, Norman Studios Silent Film Museum “This absorbing tale, documenting the forgotten history of early movie-making in St. Augustine, is a must-read for film enthusiasts.”―Janelle Blankenship, coeditor of European Visions: Small Cinemas in Transition “Given that the great majority of these early films are now lost, Graham makes an important contribution to the study of Florida’s image on film.”―Jan-Christopher Horak, author of Saul Bass: Anatomy of Film Design “The ‘reel’ history of Florida and its contribution to the development of American film history has been left out of mainstream textbooks and accounts. Thomas Graham’s book is a link in the chain of that history and an important addition to film scholarship.”―Susan Doll, coauthor of Florida on Film: The Essential Guide to Sunshine State Cinema and Locations
Before Hollywood, when America’s rising motion picture industry was based on the East Coast, early film stars like Rudolph Valentino, Ethel Barrymore, and Oliver Hardy made movies in St. Augustine, Florida. Silent Films in St. Augustine tells stories of the leading film producers and actors who escaped New York winters―and kept the studio doors open―in St. Augustine’s sunshine and warm weather.
More than 120 films were made in St. Augustine from 1906 to 1926 by film companies such as Thanhouser, Lubin, Éclair, Pathé, Edison, and Vitagraph. The first full-length Frankenstein movie, Life Without Soul, was shot in St. Augustine. Theda Bara became a “vamp” sensation for her role in A Fool There Was. Sidney Drew acted in the gender-bending A Florida Enchantment. Noted directors Edwin S. Porter, Maurice Tourneur, Sidney Olcott, and George Fitzmaurice also set up shop in the beach town.
Filmmakers used St. Augustine’s striking architecture to create backdrops for movies set in exotic foreign locales. The famous Castillo de San Marcos fort, the stone houses on the narrow streets, and Henry Flagler’s Spanish Renaissance palace hotels were reimagined as Spain, Italy, France, Egypt, Arabia, South Africa, Brazil, and Hawaii. Residents of St. Augustine loved seeing film teams in action on their streets and would gather around the camera to watch the actors and marvel at the outlandish costumes.
Describing the lavish sets, theatrical action, and New York movie personalities that filled St. Augustine, this book evokes an intensely creative time and place in the history of American moviemaking. Thomas Graham is professor emeritus of history at Flagler College. He is the author of several books including Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine.
Before there was Hollywood, there was an incipient “First Hollywood” beginning at the end of the 19th century in Jacksonville FL, amply documented by Shawn Bean in his 2008 monograph, The First Hollywood: Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking. But, St. Augustine, too, had an early crack at becoming America’s film center when, in the first decade of the 20th century, films were made in Florida’s oldest city. More than 120 films were produced in St. Augustine between 1906 and 1926 and many of Hollywood’s famous silent film stars including Ethel Barrymore, Theda Bara, Sidney Drew, Evelyn Nesbitt, Norma Talmadge, Edith Story, Oliver Hardy, and scores of others made their early pictures there. Narrating the vicissitudes of the many film production companies and producers who set up shop in St. Augustine, Graham (emeritus, history, Flagler Coll., FL) elucidates a very important part of American moviemaking history. This slim volume includes a filmography of the films made in St. Augustine as well as a list of the actors who appeared in these movies. VERDICT This recommended title will be of interest to both specialists and general readers of American film history as well as those who want to know more about the history of Florida and St. -Augustine.”―Library Journal"

"Entreaty" - A New Album of Silent Film Scores

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 4:24 pm
by JFK

"Entreaty is the latest album of music from the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. It features romantic themes from their recorded scores for The Blot, Children of Divorce, College, The Coward, Les Deux Timides, The Fall of Babylon, The Flying Ace, Mothers of Men, The Penalty, Ramona, The Silent Enemy, Timothy’s Quest, and People on Sunday.
All of this music was published for theater-orchestra use during the silent film era. Some pieces are by recognized masters like Gabriel Faure, Charles Wakefield Cadman, and Anton Rubinstein; but most are by the forgotten but talented composers of early film, including J.S. Zamecnik, Gaston Borch, Irenee Berge, Herbert Haines, Jacque Pintel, and Valentina Crespi.
Some of the finest "love theme" cues of the entire silent film repertoire are included on this album, including "Entreaty," "Heart o' Dreams," and "A Simple Love Episode."
Entreaty may be purchased at the Mont Alto shows, or on their page at CDbaby (which also has samples of the music that can be played). Besides having a physical CD delivered, one can also purchase downloads of the music at CDBaby, or through iTunes or where ever else digital music is sold.