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Re: King of the Movies: Francis X. Bushman

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:19 am
by FrankFay
JFK wrote:
King of the Movies:
Francis X. Bushman

[size=115] 368 Pages Kindle/ Paperback– September 5, 2016
by Debra Davis Lon Davis
[color=#839ca5][b]”Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other. ]

I can second the recommendation for this- a very good read. Bushman was a large and colorful character with a more varied career than I'd suspected.
A shame more of his films aren't circulating

King of the Movies: Francis X. Bushman

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 5:17 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.

King of the Movies:
Francis X. Bushman

368 Pages Kindle/ Paperback– September 5, 2016
by Debra Davis Lon Davis
”Francis X. Bushman had a life like no other. Most people remember him today as the villain, Messala, in the first full-length version of Ben-Hur (1925), but he had been in hundreds of silent movies before. He was the screen's first great romantic idol in more than 300 silent films made at Essanay in Chicago, Illinois. He went from being a bodybuilder and an artist's model to a Broadway and stock company actor. He was a husband (four times), a father (six times), and a dog breeder. He signed with Metro Pictures, the forerunner of MGM, and embarked on a lucrative career as one of Hollywood’s A-list stars in an era characterized by Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Lon Chaney, but then his affair with actress Beverly Bayne became known by the public, and his carrier toppled. He was allegedly blacklisted by Louis B. Mayer at MGM. He transitioned to talkies, but an equally prominent career in sound films eluded him. He found work during the Great Depression as a businessman, a songwriter, a Vaudeville headliner, and an Old Time Radio performer on the CBS Radio network's long-running dramatic soap opera serial entitled Those We Love with Robert Cummings. In later years, he made guest appearances on television, playing roles on Peter Gunn, Make Room for Daddy, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, and Dr. Kildare. In 1956, Bushman appeared in a Burns and Allen episode where he played himself. He made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, and he appeared in two science fiction films, 12 to the Moon (1960) released by Columbia Pictures and The Phantom Planet (1961) released by American International Pictures. He also appeared as a villain in two episodes of the Batman television series (1966). He lived an exaggerated life, both as a free-spending multi-millionaire star and a bankrupt has-been. After all the accolades and criticisms, he was that rare kind of man who had no regrets. Lon Davis and Debra Davis’ richly researched book features many photographs and illustrations that capture the glamour and excitement of Hollywood ’s Golden Years. 368 pages, including a Filmography.

Clayton Moore- I Was That Masked Man (Kindle)

PostPosted: Thu Jan 18, 2018 8:53 pm
by JFK

I Was That Masked Man

280 Pages Kindle– Taylor Trade Publishing (October 1, 1996)
Clayton Moore with Frank Thompson
“Clayton Moore was the actor who fixed a burning image in millions of baby boomer minds and whose TV character spawned uncountable little white suits, cowboy hats, and black masks on children all over the world. Moore portrayed "The Lone Ranger" in the original TV series between 1949 and 1957. He became a modern immortal with the signature tune of Rossini's "William Tell" overture and his catch line "Hi Yo Silver!" This biography, written with Frank Thompson, author of Lost Movies, details Moore's career before and after his years with Tonto (he began as a trapeze artist), sketches in his personal life (three marriages), and relates how his fans were outraged when, in 1979, Moore was legally forbidden to wear his famous mask in public appearances.
Booklist review
Moore "never kissed a girl on the Lone Ranger show . . . only Silver" (the horse). Readers surprised by this simply haven't been paying enough attention to their pop cultural literacy and should immediately sit down with Moore's memoir. Moore is famous for portraying the not-so-mysterious masked man (more mysterious was Tonto; why did he hang around with this troublemaker in the first place?), but his career included several other roles, mainly in westerns and serials like the gloriously ridiculous Jungle Drums. After the demise of the Lone Ranger TV series, Moore made a career of personal appearances as the character and eventually became embroiled in controversy over whether he had the legal right to do so. His earnestly told story includes a listing of Lone Ranger TV episodes that gives it reference value. Meanwhile, Moore's reminiscences afford a banquet of details on just how B pictures, serials, and westerns were put together. And there is a whole chapter on Jay Silverheels, aka Tonto. Mike Tribby
Trail Dust Magazine Review
A must read! Vivid memories shared by Mr. Moore...of a career that has transcended time itself. Clayton Moore has given us a true gem in book form.
Publishers Weekly (excerpted review)
In this plainspoken autobiography by the man who played the Lone Ranger on TV from 1949 to 1957, Moore professes to have followed the principles of the hero he portrayed, to have tried his best "to live up to the standards of honesty, decency, respect, and patriotism that have defined the Lone Ranger since 1933." A divorce or two notwithstanding, he seems to have kept his pledge, working most of his career in the lower echelons of show business in serials and TV as a professional and personal straight arrow. ...... there are passionate passages here, including Moore's fond memories of his lifelong friendship with Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, and his embittered account of the five years in the early 1980s when he was forbidden by court order to appear in public as the Lone Ranger. There are also amusing anecdotes about the making of low-budget productions, and, bizarrely, a brush with the Manson family...... The text features a foreword by Leonard Maltin and lists all of Moore's film and TV appearances. Photos.”

The Films Of Lon Chaney + A Thousand Faces

PostPosted: Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:30 am
by JFK
A Thousand Faces:
Lon Chaney's Unique Artistry in Motion Pictures

Kindle 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.”

The Films of Lon Chaney
Hardcover April 25, 1998 (Still in Print: Rowman & Littlefield)
by Michael F Blake
"The Films of Lon Chaney completes what has now become a quite remarkable trilogy on the actor. (Sangria Magazine ) With the aplomb of a scholar and the enthusiasm of a film buff, Michael Blake profiles Lon Chaney's films in an authoritative, deftly researched volume destined to become the essential source on Hollywood's legendary Man of a Thousand Faces. (Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel)”

Silent Echoes:Early Hollywood Through Buster Keaton Films

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:32 am
by JFK
Silent Echoes:
Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton

Paperback 232 Pages– December 1, 1999
by John Bengston

Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton is an epic look at a genius at work and at a Hollywood that no longer exists. Painstakingly researching the locations used in Buster Keaton’s classic silent films, author John Bengtson combines images from Keaton’s movies with archival photographs, historic maps, and scores of dramatic “then” and “now” photos. In the process, Bengtson reveals dozens of locations that lay undiscovered for nearly 80 years. Part time machine, part detective story, Silent Echoes presents a fresh look at the matchless Keaton at work, as well as a captivating glimpse of Hollywood’s most romantic era. More than a book for film, comedy, or history buffs, Silent Echoes appeals to anyone fascinated with solving puzzles or witnessing the awesome passage of time..

Silent Traces:Early Hollywood Through Charlie Chaplin Films

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 8:53 am
by JFK
Silent Traces:
Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin

Paperback 304 Pages– August 1, 2006
by John Bengston

Silent Traces: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Charlie Chaplin is the long-awaited follow-up to John Bengtson’s critically acclaimed masterpiece Silent Echoes: Discovering Early Hollywood Through the Films of Buster Keaton.
In Silent Traces, Bengtson explores the traces of early Hollywood hidden within Charlie Chaplin’s timeless films. This stunning work of cinematic archeology combines Chaplin’s movie images with archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now comparison photographs to conjure up the silent-movie era from an entirely new perspective.
By describing the historical settings found in such Chaplin classics as The Kid, City Lights, and Modern Times, Bengtson illuminates both Chaplin’s genius and the evolving city that served as a backdrop for his art. Part time machine, part detective story, Silent Traces presents a unique look at Chaplin’s work, and a captivating glimpse into Hollywood’s most romantic era.

Silent Visions:Early Hollywood Through Harold Lloyd Films

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:06 am
by JFK
Silent Visions:
Discovering Early Hollywood and New York Through the Films of Harold Lloyd

Paperback 304 Pages– May 1, 2011
by John Bengston

Highlighting visions of a bygone age preserved in the background of Harold Lloyd's films, this history explores the urban landscapes of Hollywood, Los Angeles, and New York--popular settings for his films--through archival photographs, vintage maps, and scores of then-and-now photographs. From Coney Island to Catalina Island and from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills, Lloyd's timeless movies reflect visions of early 20th-century America unequalled on the silver screen and exemplified in the historical settings found in such classics as Safety Last, Girl Shy, The Freshman, and Speedy. Tracing Lloyd's career from his early work to owning and operating his own studio, this account illuminates Lloyd's mastery of his oeuvre--an actor and film-maker more popular than Keaton, more prolific than Chaplin, and who sold more tickets than any other comedian of his era, as well as a comedic genius whose expert staging and editing have influenced films for decades.

The Charley Chase Talkies 1929-1940 (Hardcover/Kindle)

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:15 am
by JFK
The Charley Chase Talkies

Hardcover and Kindle– September 5, 2013
by James L. Neibaur
“Charley Chase began his film career in early 1913 working as a comedian, writer, and director at the Al Christie studios under his real name, Charles Parrott. Chase then joined Mack Sennett's Keystone studio in 1914, costarring in early films of Charlie Chaplin and Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, as well as directing the frenetic Keystone Cops. By 1924 he was starring in a series of one-reel comedies at Hal Roach studios, graduating to two-reel films the following year. In 1929, he made the transition to sound films. Along with the continuing popularity of his own short comedies, Chase often directed the films of others, including several popular Three Stooges efforts.
In The Charley Chase Talkies: 1929-1940, James L. Neibaur examines, film-by-film, the comedian's seventy-nine short subjects at Roach and Columbia studios. The first book to examine any portion of Chase’s filmography, this volume discusses the various methods Chase employed in his earliest sound films, his variations on common themes, his use of music, and the modification of his character as he reached the age of forty. Neibaur also acknowledges the handful of feature film appearances Chase made during this period. A filmmaker whom Time magazine once declared was receiving the most fan mail of any comedian in movies, Charley Chase remains quite popular among classic film buffs, as well as historians and scholars. A detailed look into the work of an artist whose career straddled the silent and sound eras, The Charley Chase Talkies will be appreciated by those interested in film comedy of the 1920s and 30s.”

Charley Chase: At Hal Roach: The Talkies Volume One 1930-31

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:19 am
by JFK
Charley Chase At Hal Roach:
The Talkies Volume One 1930-31

2 DVD–Running Time:413 Minutes (January 21, 2018)
Commentary by Richard M. Roberts
This 2-DVD collection of 18 hilarious comedy shorts are as timelessly funny today as when they were originally released and feature a great, but somewhat neglected comedian in some of his prime work. Charley Chase was one of the most popular comedy stars in both the silent and sound eras. His talkie shorts for Hal Roach have never been collected into a comprehensive collection before, and this first of a planned multi-volume collection is designed to reacquaint comedy fans to his wonderful short films. SPECIAL FEATURES: Commentaries on each short by noted film historian and Hal Roach authority, Richard M. Roberts - Bonus comedy: “La Señorita de Chicago” (Spanish version of “The Pip from Pittsburg”) - Poster and still gallery - Digitally mastered from Hal Roach print materials. THE SHORTS: The Real McCoy, Whispering Whoopee, All Teed Up, Fifty Million Husbands, Fast Work, Girl Shock, Dollar Dizzy, Looser Than Loose, High C's 1931 Thundering Tenors, The Pip from Pittsburg, Rough Seas, One of the Smiths, The Panic Is On, Skip the Maloo!, What a Bozo!, The Hasty Marriage

Marcel Perez-DVD Collection II & International Mirth-Maker

PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:43 am
by JFK
The Marcel Perez Collection
Volume II

DVD 97 minutes – February 5, 2018
Musical Scores by Ben Model

Marcel Perez starred in comedy shorts from 1910-1923, but his films have been unknown, lost, or unavailable until recently. His screen character and comic/directorial sensibilities have won him a new reputation among classic film fans. Now, 8 more rare Marcel Perez comedies have been located and are presented here on this follow-up to the award-winning first Marcel Perez Collection DVD. The films are presented on this release in 2K scans from archival 35mm materials from the Library of Congress and the Museum of Modern Art, with new musical scores by Ben Model.
The films on the DVD are: The Near-Sighted Cyclist (1907), Some Hero (1916), Lend Me Your Wife (1916), A Scrambled Honeymoon (1916), Oh! What a Day (1918), Chickens in Turkey (1919), Pinched (1921), Wild (1921), Friday the 13th (fragment) (1923). DVD is region-free.
Marcel Perez:
The International Mirth-Maker

Paperback– December 24, 2014
by Steve Massa
“Marcel Perez: The International Mirth-Maker examines the life and career of perhaps the best silent film comedian whom no one's ever heard of. One of the founding fathers of film comedy whose career spanned the silent era as a comic, director, and writer, Marcel Perez is a missing link between the early European and American cinemas, and in the book author Steve Massa follows his work, and also explores the very beginnings of film comedy. Tracking Perez's career through industry trade journals and film fragments from archives all over the world, Massa also includes a detailed filmography and lavishly illustrates with more that 50 rare photographs.’’