"General Crack" (1928)

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"General Crack" (1928)

PostSun Sep 24, 2017 7:14 pm

Does anyone know if the talkie version of "General Crack" (1928) exists in a watchable print? I got this film recently, but the print I ended up with is the silent version. Apparently this is the first time "The Great Profile" talked.
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostSun Sep 24, 2017 10:10 pm

I feel that it does not exist.

Here is a rather impressive ad from its premiere in Cuba in 1930. Based in this information, they exhibited the silent version.

http://prensahistorica.mcu.es/es/catalo ... ion=pagina
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostSun Sep 24, 2017 10:13 pm

Here is a later ad for the talkie version.

http://prensahistorica.mcu.es/es/catalo ... ion=pagina
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostSun Sep 24, 2017 10:30 pm

My understanding is that at least some discs for the sound version exist, and the silent version...

...but they don't match, so don't get any ideas.
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostSun Sep 24, 2017 10:36 pm

IIRC, the extant silent version is also shorter than the lost sound version.
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 12:12 pm

Mike Gebert wrote:My understanding is that at least some discs for the sound version exist, and the silent version...

...but they don't match, so don't get any ideas.


A complete set of sound disks for the film are held by UCLA.
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 1:29 pm

Will have to check this one out, despite the disparaging remarks quoted in Alexander Walker's 'The Shattered Silents'...
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 4:08 pm

The silent version is like popcorn without the butter. Wouldn't it be interesting to see a part-talkie restoration, blending the silent version with whatever footage and sound exists of the talkie version, substituting the talking scenes for the corresponding silent scenes?
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 5:49 pm

Well, it was released in 1930 though filmed in '29. I have the silent version that's watchable but rough sledding. I added music and posted it on my FB group, Silent Films Today. Barrymore made his talkie debut in THE SHOW OF SHOWS (1929) doing a Shakespeare scene. GENERAL CRACK was his first feature length talkie and made a whopping $1.4 million. But his subsequent talkies at Warners all lost money except for MOBY DICK (1930). His last two, released in 1931, SVENGALI and THE MAD GENIUS, didn't even earn back their production costs.
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Re: "General Crack" (1928)

PostTue Sep 26, 2017 12:29 am

Thanks everyone for the information.

When I watched the picture it looked very much to me as if it had been made as a silent picture, so I thought that the talkie version must have been quite different - perhaps they shot the talking part and then redid the same scene on a second camera in pantomime?

Anyway it's good to know that the sound discs survive - now we only have to locate the film component! (Stranger things have happened).
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