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by Ed Hulse
Tue May 02, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: New books on Charlie Chan and Todd-Pitts-Kelly series
Replies: 7
Views: 2139

Re: New books on Charlie Chan and Todd-Pitts-Kelly series

I'll be curious to see what new info and rare photos you've uncovered from The House Without a Key.
by Ed Hulse
Tue May 02, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Daredevils of The Red Circle coming on Blu-ray...
Replies: 71
Views: 21041

Re: Daredevils of The Red Circle coming on Blu-ray...

I'm so very glad to see Kino Lorber continuing the venerable tradition of assigning DVD commentaries to people with superficial knowledge of the films they're discussing. With very little effort they could have procured the services of someone who, in addition to having written extensively about Rep...
by Ed Hulse
Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:56 pm
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: For Sale: FILM SUPERLIST of P.D. movies
Replies: 0
Views: 1044

For Sale: FILM SUPERLIST of P.D. movies

It strikes me that one of the researchers/historians on this group might be interested in acquiring a copy of the Minus-Hale FILM SUPERLIST: 20,000 MOTION PICTURES IN THE U.S. PUBLIC DOMAIN, which is basically a reproduction of the Library of Congress Cumulative Copyright Catalog listing all films c...
by Ed Hulse
Fri Dec 30, 2016 4:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Fred Humes
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

Re: Fred Humes

Humes, like many silent Universal cowboys, was friendly with Hoot Gibson and appears — almost always unbilled — in numerous Gibson talkies as late as 1935's Sunset Range and Rainbow's End . He also replaced Jack Perrin as the lead in several 1934 "Bud 'n' Ben" shorts, with another silent-era Univers...
by Ed Hulse
Fri Jun 03, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Perils of Pauline episode title
Replies: 13
Views: 6680

Re: Perils of Pauline episode title

Interestingly, the newspaper serialization of Pauline — which I published a couple years ago to mark the serial's centennial — ends with the events of Chapter 19. After the business involving the ape and the policeman, Pauline is reunited with Harry, who tells her that Owen has just died from an ove...
by Ed Hulse
Mon May 30, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: RIP Bob Birchard
Replies: 61
Views: 15600

Re: RIP Bob Birchard

Brooksie wrote:Cinecon won't be the same this year without him. Oh boy, will he be missed.
Cinecon won't be the same any year without him.
by Ed Hulse
Mon May 30, 2016 10:43 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: RIP Bob Birchard
Replies: 61
Views: 15600

Re: RIP Bob Birchard

Like most Americans, I was out all weekend having fun with friends. This morning I woke up to a terse e-mail from Dick Bann stating that Bob had a massive heart attack. That's all he knew. Not seeing anything about it on Facebook I came here and am heartbroken to read the news. Bob and I were friend...
by Ed Hulse
Sun Apr 17, 2016 1:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Now Available: Second Volume of Silent Serial History
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Re: Now Available: Second Volume of Silent Serial History

Bob, your copy will be winging its way west tomorrow. I daresay you'll find it as engrossing as DD&MM, if not more so.

I'm delighted to see people taking advantage of the two-book sale, although I'll only be offering that deal for another few days.
by Ed Hulse
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Now Available: Second Volume of Silent Serial History
Replies: 2
Views: 559

Now Available: Second Volume of Silent Serial History

I'm delighted to announce that Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains , the second book in my two-part history of silent-era American movie serials, is now available for immediate shipping. At 406 pages, 160,000 words, and 330 illustrations, it's the most comprehensive treatment this subject has ever ...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: 30's-40's b-western fans - question?
Replies: 12
Views: 2488

Re: 30's-40's b-western fans - question?

The problem with the '31 version is that it's too short, truncated because of budget it would appear; the film itself though, actor, acting, etc., is quite good. The 1931 Riders was not truncated, for budgetary or any other reasons. I have the script and director Hamilton MacFadden actually expande...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A "Lost" Serial Screened: Pearl White's HOUSE OF HATE
Replies: 2
Views: 936

A "Lost" Serial Screened: Pearl White's HOUSE OF HATE

I've just posted a long blog entry on what will almost certainly prove to be the most important event for serial buffs this year....

http://muraniapress.com/serials/a-lost- ... e-of-hate/" target="_blank
by Ed Hulse
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Question about TV prints
Replies: 17
Views: 2730

Re: Question about TV prints

I still remember as a grade-school kid seeing "Please Stand By..." title cards flash onto the screen when a splice broke and had to be repaired. It always seemed to happen to a '40s Monogram I had gotten out of bed at 1 am to watch. More often than not I fell asleep waiting for the patch to be made,...
by Ed Hulse
Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Still High About HIgh Sierra
Replies: 4
Views: 910

Re: Still High About HIgh Sierra

Phillyrich wrote:Anyone know if there has been any good writing on this film's making? It was shot partially in the Sierra Nevada mountains--unusual for that time.
Not so unusual: Filmmakers have been shooting in that area since 1917 or thereabouts.
by Ed Hulse
Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: DECOY. Best Little Monogram Noir Film Ever?
Replies: 12
Views: 1841

Re: DECOY. Best Little Monogram Noir Film Ever?

Decoy is indeed excellent, but there are others that, while perhaps not quite as good, deserve a look. As a Cornell Woolrich fan I'm partial to Monogram's three CW adaptations: Fall Guy (1947), The Guilty (1947), and I Wouldn't Be in Your Shoes (1948). The Hunted (1948) falls slightly short of Deco...
by Ed Hulse
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Chinese in Trees!
Replies: 22
Views: 7022

Re: Chinese in Trees!

My favorite newspaper insert appeared in, of all things, an early Forties Republic Western starring Don "Red" Barry. The paper was called The Canyon City Herald, or something along those lines, and under the logo — in fine print — was the slogan "More News Than the Public Can Stand"!
by Ed Hulse
Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Movie Serials
Replies: 18
Views: 3241

Re: Movie Serials

The question is vague. Does it refer to a fantasy wish list drawing from all the serials ever made, with no regard to which ones survive? Does it refer to those titles, silent or sound, from which original 35mm elements still survive in studio vaults? Does it refer strictly to archival holdings of n...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BLOOD MONEY (1933)
Replies: 13
Views: 2293

Re: BLOOD MONEY (1933)

The woman with the monocle is definitely not Kathlyn Williams.
by Ed Hulse
Wed Oct 22, 2014 7:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: 1932: The Real Golden Year For Hollywood
Replies: 23
Views: 3715

Re: 1932: The Real Golden Year For Hollywood

I'm among those who can't quite decide which was the better year overall, '32 or '33. One can make an equally strong case for either. But if you judge solely on the basis of genre — specifically adventure, mystery, and horror — I think '32 is the clear winner. The upcoming issue (Fall 2014) of my ma...
by Ed Hulse
Wed Oct 22, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Gang's All Here on blu-ray (Masters of Cinema UK)
Replies: 22
Views: 6684

Re: The Gang's All Here on blu-ray (Masters of Cinema UK)

For the record, the 35mm print of Gang's All Here screened at Cinecon in 1992 was neither new nor restored. It was a safety IB — one of the last three ever struck, IIRC — borrowed from collector Eric Spilker, who licensed the film from Fox in the early Seventies and mounted a limited re-release that...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Sep 23, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?
Replies: 22
Views: 4272

Re: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?

They all have their merits, but Don Miller's book is the most useful overview. Doug's book goes into more detail on a film-by-film basis, but his selections are skewed toward pictures he liked as a kid and therefore ignores Thirties films that really should have been covered in a book titled The Gol...
by Ed Hulse
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?
Replies: 22
Views: 4272

Re: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?

Hat tip to Mike Gebert for correctly naming Jack Hively as Street of Chance 's director. But Heisler was also doing some good Bs at Paramount in the early Forties. What separates Bs from programmers — and this is something a great many otherwise perceptive film buffs and historians fail to realize —...
by Ed Hulse
Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lillian Gish in"Annie Laurie" (1927)
Replies: 18
Views: 4242

Re: Lillian Gish in"Annie Laurie" (1927)

I programmed Annie Laurie as part of an all-day 35mm screening session during the 1989 Cinecon. At the time none of us had seen it. My own expectations were not high but it turned out to be one of the best-received films of the entire weekend. Me, I dozed off halfway into it.
by Ed Hulse
Sun Sep 21, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?
Replies: 22
Views: 4272

Re: Your Favorite Little "B" Movies?

Well, now you're talking my language. Most of my favorite films are "little 'B' movies." Of course, that word "little" can be tricky: do you mean RKO little or Monogram little? There's quite a difference. Five Came Back is definitely a B, but I'm not sure I would call it little in a discussion that ...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Bluebird Photoplays
Replies: 10
Views: 1770

Re: Bluebird Photoplays

Bluebird was the second of three feature-film brands Universal established in the 1915-16 period. The first, Broadway Features, was a direct imitation of Famous Players. Under its auspices the Big U released five-reelers top-lined by second-tier stage stars: Jane Cowl, Julia Dean, Henrietta Crosman,...
by Ed Hulse
Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "Zane Gray" Silents
Replies: 14
Views: 1656

Re: "Zane Gray" Silents

Something of the Holy Grail for me among the Zane Grey silents is WANDERER OF THE WASTELAND (1925) that was filmed in Technicolor. Alas, it's status these days is "lost." Bob Birchard has a heart-wrenching story about the fate of the 1925 Wanderer . He's probably shared it on this board before, but...
by Ed Hulse
Sat Jun 07, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "Zane Gray" Silents
Replies: 14
Views: 1656

Re: "Zane Gray" Silents

The very first Zane Grey feature film exists and has been available in multiple formats. Selig's version of The Light of Western Stars , shot in 1916 with Tom Mix in the lead, was an unauthorized adaptation against which Grey filed an injunction. It was recut, retitled (with the character names chan...
by Ed Hulse
Sun May 11, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent horseracing films?
Replies: 66
Views: 5628

Re: Silent horseracing films?

The 1924 Pathé serial Galloping Hoofs, starring Johnnie Walker and Allene Ray, has a horseracing background.
by Ed Hulse
Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: BEATRICE FAIRFAX (1916) (1918)
Replies: 12
Views: 1673

Re: BEATRICE FAIRFAX (1916) (1918)

BEATRICE FAIRFAX was not a true serial, although it was marketed as one and is listed as one in various reference books. It's a series of two-reelers, thematically linked and featuring the same leads but without a central plot or primary villain. Grace Darling and Harry Fox were the leads; others wh...
by Ed Hulse
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Couple of unidentified nitrate fragments
Replies: 13
Views: 2749

That first batch is definitely from MAN WITHOUT A FACE. The cigar-chomping heavy is Richard Cramer and the guy behind the curtain is Gladden James. Quite a find. Sure would like to see it.
by Ed Hulse
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:33 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: INTO THE NET
Replies: 2
Views: 1247

Re: INTO THE NET

A couple of years ago I saw INTO THE NET and wrote a review for the IMDB. Today I received a note from someone who had a relative who appeared in the film and whose widow, now in her 90s, would like to see it. Unfortunately, I cannot recall what venue I saw it at. Does anyone know where it played i...