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The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:38 am
by Dave Glass
OK guys we've launched it!
David Wyatt and I are pleased to announce..... (drum roll)......
The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project!!!.
SIX of his rarest comedies can be yours on DVD.
More details here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/32 ... t-comedian" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:41 am
by drednm
Dave Glass wrote:OK guys we've launched it!
David Wyatt and I are pleased to announce..... (drum roll)......
The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project!!!.
SIX of his rarest comedies can be yours on DVD.
More details here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/32 ... t-comedian" target="_blank" target="_blank


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Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:08 am
by boblipton
Sorry it took me so long, but I was in an exercise class.

Would one of the administrators be good enough to make this a sticky?

Bob

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:24 am
by R Michael Pyle
In. Looking forward to this one. Have only seen - I think - one or two Hamilton films...

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:54 am
by Jim Roots
Although I consider Hamilton probably the most grossly overrated comedian of the silent era (neck and neck with Snub Pollard and Ben Turpin), I'm in this business to support the proliferation of, and, eventually, world conquest (or re-conquest) by, classic silent comedy.

So I'm in!

Jim

Ham is Groovy - Won't you be his Friend?

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:21 pm
by JFK
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Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:06 pm
by Dave Glass
Thanks folks!
It's only four hours in and we're a third of the way there.

God bless Mr Hamilton...

Dave

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:26 pm
by WaverBoy
Jim Roots wrote:Although I consider Hamilton probably the most grossly overrated comedian of the silent era (neck and neck with Snub Pollard and Ben Turpin), I'm in this business to support the proliferation of, and, eventually, world conquest (or re-conquest) by, classic silent comedy.

So I'm in!

Jim


For a second I thought my irony detector might have been broken.

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:25 pm
by WaverBoy
Dave Glass wrote:OK guys we've launched it!
David Wyatt and I are pleased to announce..... (drum roll)......
The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project!!!.
SIX of his rarest comedies can be yours on DVD.
More details here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/32 ... t-comedian" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank


Wow. And I'm in, for the full package including the cover. Thanks!!!

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 3:46 pm
by Petebain
I'm in. Wow, it looks great!

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 4:12 pm
by Smari1989
I'm in. Didn't even think I'd live to see another Hamilton-DVD released.

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:40 pm
by Wm. Charles Morrow
I'm now backer #46. Can't wait to see the finished product -- I was at Slapsticon in Indiana, and those Ham shorts stand out as a definite highlight. (Which is saying something, when you consider we watched about 749 comedies at that event.)

And y'know, it occurs to me: Lloyd Hamilton could be the subject of a Broadway musical. They could call it, I don't know, Lloyd or something. Breakout song hit: "I'm not throwing away my shot-glass."

The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 8:56 pm
by JFK
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Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 9:43 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
Hoping that these short comedies are as good as Crushed 1924. Also In.

Thanks!

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:22 pm
by dede
Just backed it, haven't seen any Lloyd Hamilton but always willing to back more silent movies.

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:14 pm
by tguinan
I have "His Darker Self" (1924) but haven't seen much of his work. I'm in too

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 7:30 pm
by boblipton
I'm surprised at the number of Nitratevillains who admit to unfamiliarity with Lloyd Hamilton. Yes, he is the Ham in the "Ham & Bud" series I have been warning people about for decades. However, after he and Bud Duncan split up, Hamilton went off on his own and, first with the help of Charles Parrott (aka Charlie Chase) as his director, he became a highly skilled and inventive gag technician; you'll see several of those comedies here, and the four I've seen are very entertaining.

It was about 1922 that he began developing his comic persona, and it was a great one: an overweight, slightly fey man in a cloth cap, who walked like a duck. He was called "The Poor Soul", but I think of him as "The Shlamazel", which is a type in Jewish humor. Everyone knows the shlamiel, the walking embodiment of Murphy's Law: if anything can go wrong for him, it does. If there is a banana peel anywhere in the city, he will slip on it. If there is is an open manhole, the shlamiel will fall into it. And he will land on the shlamazel, who was down there, minding his own business when the universe came along, fetched him a smack on the head, and went on its way, not caring about him. Keaton was stoic. Hamilton was indignant at the world's indignities. You feel for him. At least, I do.

One of his great shorts is Move Along (1926), in which he is tossed out of his rooming house and forced to make his home on the snowy street; another is The Movies (1925), in which Ham goes to Tinseltown and reality and perception become indistinguishable. These two are available -- one was in The Slapstick Encyclopedia. Looser than Loose had a bunch of Hamilton discs -- alas, he released through Educational, and his stuff went up in the Fox vault fire, so not much exists. But what does is prime short comedy. Looser than Loose managed to get their hands on and release a lot of his stuff a decade or so ago.

The shorts from the early twenties are not likely to be topnotch -- as I said, I've seen four of them. What they are is perfectly timed and executed gag comedies, under the direction and frequently with the participation of Charley Chase. I haven't seen A Home Made Man, but I have high hopes for it.

And so should you. At least to the extent of $30. Are you saving it up for the next Adam Sandler comedy?

Bob

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:00 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
HI Bob,

I just got the LTL multi disc set in the mail today. So LTL is back in business after a hiatus. I believe the owner also belongs to a band and was focusing on that in New Hampshire area in the last 2 years or so.

Regards ,

Dana

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 4:47 am
by boblipton
Hamilton's Grandson wrote:HI Bob,

I just got the LTL multi disc set in the mail today. So LTL is back in business after a hiatus. I believe the owner also belongs to a band and was focusing on that in New Hampshire area in the last 2 years or so.

Regards ,

Dana


Please share your opinions of them, here and in the "What's the Last Silent Movie You Saw" thread.

Bob

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:32 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
The loosethanloose.com website has a video sampler at the very bottom of DVD Catalog 1 page showing short clips from some of the 5 discs in the set Ham: The Lost Magic of Lloyd Hamilton. I was glad to see that the sampler include about an 8 second clip which included the subway scene from Crushed 1924. I will try to watch some of it this weekend. Disc 5 of the LTL set has a 1:11 9.5 mm Pathe' fragment of April Fool 1920 and no other footage that I can tell from this kickstarter, so looking forward to seeing more footage of Lloyd Hamilton.

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 1:39 am
by WaverBoy
PAPA'S BOY (1927) is available in good quality from the only known print (16mm) on Accidentally Preserved Vol. 2, the second in silent film accompanist/film historian/all-around great guy Ben Model's excellent DVD series of extremely rare silent films mastered from prints in his personal collection, all with great piano or theatre organ music scores composed and performed by Ben.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HMCT8H0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_01Dyzb3H7WG4Z

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:29 am
by Dave Glass
Less than three days in and we've almost done it!! (84%)

A big thanks to YOU if you've pledged.
(and if you haven't, don't dither..... do it now!)

Best,
Dave

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:37 am
by Nazimovafan
Pledged and it appears we are getting closer to Ham.

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:15 am
by Mark Zimmer
I'm in and it looks like one more will do it. Come on, step up!

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:23 pm
by boblipton
The pledged amount just went over the top, and hurrah. However, bear in mind that the more people who pledge, the more copies of these soon-to-be formerly rare movies there will be. The more copies, the more likely that some will survive. So, don't tell yourself that your money isn't needed. Yours might be the only copy that survives the next hundred years.

Plus, these are funny movies that you can look at when you choose. But not if you don' have a copy.

Bob

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:41 pm
by WaverBoy
Stretch goal time! Any possibility of adding another Hamilton short if enough extra funds are generated?

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:59 pm
by Dave Glass
Fantastic!
It's a goal!!!
Well done YOU (and everyone else too).

We'll now prepare to start hamming it up.... if you see what I mean...
Thank you again.
I'll keep you posted of all developments via Kickstarter.

We'll certainly be looking at extra treats if the funds keep coming in :)

Dave

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:04 pm
by WaverBoy
Dave Glass wrote:Fantastic!
It's a goal!!!
Well done YOU (and everyone else too).

We'll now prepare to start hamming it up.... if you see what I mean...
Thank you again.
I'll keep you posted of all developments via Kickstarter.

We'll certainly be looking at extra treats if the funds keep coming in :)

Dave


Congrats Dave! Question: what were you going to call this release? Six Slices Of Ham? Lloyd, Not Alexander? The Comedian's Comedian? The Fourth (or Fifth) Genius? If It Walks Like A Duck...?

Waynespotting

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:09 pm
by JFK

Re: The Lloyd Hamilton Kickstarter project

PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:47 am
by boblipton
The project has funded comfortably, but if you want to guarantee yourself a copy and claim you were the first person to contribute, I won't call you a liar.

Bob