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The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:55 am
by Hamilton's Grandson
I see that " The Microscope Mystery (1916)" is available for purchase on ebay for the next 2 days via auction. Only 3 reels of 35 mm nitrate are available for purchase. AFI says that there were 5 reels originally. UCLA has 1 reel in their archives that is "not accessible". Looks like the reels are in good shape based on the photos. Is there public interest in viewing restorations of incomplete films?

Dana

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:22 am
by boblipton
Hamilton's Grandson wrote:I see that " The Microscope Mystery (1916)" is available for purchase on ebay for the next 2 days via auction. Only 3 reels of 35 mm nitrate are available for purchase. AFI says that there were 5 reels originally. UCLA has 1 reel in their archives that is "not accessible". Looks like the reels are in good shape based on the photos. Is there public interest in viewing restorations of incomplete films?

Dana


I would say it depends on the material. At Slapsticon one year, there was enormous pleasure in one of the "Rob Stone Rareties" that was one reel of one of the two-reel comedies he did for Broncho Billy Anderson.

I just checked and it was When Knights Were Cold and one reel of it played Arlington in 2010.

Bob

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 6:20 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
Well maybe if reel 1,2 and 5 still exist , reels 3 and 4 will show up. If one of the 2 missing reels is what UCLA has and not a duplicate of any of these that exist than perhaps enough material is available to put together a near full length film. Interesting opportunity.

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:11 am
by goldenband
Exciting stuff! If UCLA has one of the other reels, that would turn this from a mostly-lost film to an almost-complete film. I hope this ends up in the hands of someone who can find some way to preserve it; I'd certainly be very interested in seeing the result.

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Sat Mar 18, 2017 1:14 pm
by MaryGH
Wow what a find!

It would be nice if it was preserved properly I'd be interested in seeing it.

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:21 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
Actually, UCLA has reel #1 and reel #'s 2,3, and 5 are in the public domain. So, reel 1 is incomplete and missing opening title credits and reel 4 has unknown whereabouts to date. I am sure a pretty good version of the original film could be put together with 4 nearly complete reels if there is anyway to access what UCLA has. Of course, their 35mm nitrate print says "inaccessible" at the moment. There is not a lot of Constance Talmadge films out there when you look at her entire filmography by 1929.

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:33 pm
by MaryGH
Hamilton's Grandson wrote:Actually, UCLA has reel #1 and reel #'s 2,3, and 5 are in the public domain. So, reel 1 is incomplete and missing opening title credits and reel 4 has unknown whereabouts to date. I am sure a pretty good version of the original film could be put together with 4 nearly complete reels if there is anyway to access what UCLA has. Of course, their 35mm nitrate print says "inaccessible" at the moment. There is not a lot of Constance Talmadge films out there when you look at her entire filmography by 1929.



I wonder if any of Constance's films wound up in the hands of private collectors in CT. Her father was born in Plainville (quite literally next door to Bristol, CT where I was born and raised) and her grandparents lived in Burlington (again next door but to my town's immediate north). So as a child I was familiar with the names Constance and Norma Talmadge.

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:33 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
This film (the 3 reels known to exist in public domain) was available via consignment from Texas and I did purchase the reels yesterday. I am having the 3 reels transferred to digital media from the original print so will see what can be done to allow for the public to view eventually. Constance has very few films available that are not lost. The opening reel is at UCLA so unsure how one can view this reel if their catalog says "inaccessible" and may not yet be on digital media.

The Dove 1927, that Norma is in, is missing 4 of 8 reels at LOC and I want to see how they preserved the nitrate print when I am in DC in June. I uploaded a few stills to IMDB of my grandfather who has a small part in this film so hopefully the existing reels will have him on them at LOC.

Dana

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:54 pm
by goldenband
Thanks for all your efforts in preserving what remains of this film. :)

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:44 pm
by Hamilton's Grandson
Well worth the investment to try and save this film before or turns into dust.

Thanks!