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by coolcatdaddy
Sun Sep 23, 2018 7:08 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: new DVD - restored 1913 Kinetophone shorts
Replies: 55
Views: 3909

Re: new DVD - restored 1913 Kinetophone shorts

I watched this wonderful, fascinating DVD last night and I'm left with several questions. In the documentary, George Willeman mentions that the print of "Jack's Joke" they found had a date code of 1933. Were there others they found with the same date code, particularly the mute Women's Suffrage film...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat May 05, 2018 6:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Critically acclaimed musical features
Replies: 21
Views: 2816

Re: Critically acclaimed musical features

"Athena" deserves to be on this list for simply being so weird.
by coolcatdaddy
Sat May 05, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Forgotten Women (1931) - Vitaphone discs
Replies: 2
Views: 942

Forgotten Women (1931) - Vitaphone discs

Just wanted to post this so the info would be out there if anyone is looking for it eventually. I recently won at auction a complete set of Vitaphone discs for the minor Monogram pre-Code, "Forgotten Women" from 1931. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021882/?ref_=nv_sr_3 It's my understanding from prev...
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any ideas on a mystery artifact
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Re: Any ideas on a mystery artifact

The Nick Ruiz reference is something to look at more closely. I know that some places, like theaters or restaurants, might have had a wall or object that different famous or notable visitors would sign when they stopped by. I still think this item might be associated with one particular event becaus...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Sun Valley Serenade (1941) still stuck in the shade
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Re: Sun Valley Serenade (1941) still stuck in the shade

It was remastered in high-def a couple of years back and offered in a group of Fox titles for streaming rental or purchase from iTunes. It's on Vudu now. Some of the titles in that group have been released on blu-ray. Here's the line-up of titles: https://willmckinley.wordpress.com/2015/10/02/classi...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any ideas on a mystery artifact
Replies: 8
Views: 1315

Any ideas on a mystery artifact

I'm wondering if folks here can help me solve a little mystery. I have a cousin who is an auctioneer in North Carolina. He came upon this unusual print from another dealer. All he knows about it is that it came from an estate in New York and may have been in a movie theater. It's a large picture of ...
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butchering of Films
Replies: 67
Views: 10781

Re: Butchering of Films

Maybe someone can refresh my memory here, but I seem to vaguely recall that when NBC presented the much-hyped 1976 network television premiere of "Gone With the Wind" that they cut out or changed something in the opening titles. Anyone recall this and what it was about?
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Harold Lloyd and 3-D
Replies: 5
Views: 1378

Re: Harold Lloyd and 3-D

I've often wondered if the availability and popularity of the Realist and Kodak 3D still cameras for home use helped technicians working in Hollywood prepare for their work on 3D features in the early 50s. In the 90s, I did quite a bit of 3D still photography and it was helpful to understand what ki...
by coolcatdaddy
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"
Replies: 10
Views: 2123

Re: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"

I heard about this podcast, but haven't had a chance to hear it yet - I may have to sign up for a trial subscription to access it.

Yes, Ray's story was very sad, but he was certainly his own worst enemy - a complicated guy with an amazing talent.
by coolcatdaddy
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:47 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Digital Theater. A Hoax ??? Just a big TV ???
Replies: 6
Views: 2117

Re: Digital Theater. A Hoax ??? Just a big TV ???

I still remember the 90s when some universities would show projected laserdiscs, rather than 16mm prints, in auditorium settings for their revival film series for classes. With line doubling and everything set up just right, it could look quite good.
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"
Replies: 10
Views: 2123

Re: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"

Thanks so much - I've mailed their form to obtain a copy.
by coolcatdaddy
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Info on circa 1914 Vitagraph two-reeler
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Re: Info on circa 1914 Vitagraph two-reeler

What is the name of the "obscure performer"? A Name search may be better than title search. HIs name is Ray Bourbon. At that time, he might have been using his real name, Hal Waddell. From the author's description of him being an extra in the picture, he probably didn't get any billing. He appeared...
by coolcatdaddy
Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"
Replies: 10
Views: 2123

Re: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"

Who is the actor / actress in question? Ray Bourbon, a vaudeville and nightclub performer. http://www.coolcatdaddy.com/bourbon.html We've documented Ray working in silent films, usually as an extra. He gets gored by a bull in the opening of Valentino's "Blood and Sand" and dies in Valentino's arms ...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"
Replies: 10
Views: 2123

Shooting script for "Golddigers of 1937"

I'm currently going through a recently published bio of an obscure performer. The book doesn't include footnotes and only a two page bibliography and I'm rather suspicious about many of the claims the author is making. To that end, I'm wondering if anyone knows if the shooting script for "Golddigger...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Info on circa 1914 Vitagraph two-reeler
Replies: 2
Views: 684

Info on circa 1914 Vitagraph two-reeler

I'm doing some checking on sources in a book I picked up recently, a bio of an obscure performer. He mentions the first film that the performer appeared in as an extra, "Pioneer Trail Master" and says it's a two-reeler, produced around 1914. All I can dig up from Vitagraph is a seven reel feature fr...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Jul 01, 2017 7:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: First movie you saw... in a theater still extant
Replies: 60
Views: 16664

Re: First movie you saw... in a theater still extant

The first two films I saw in theater were "Snoopy, Come Home" and "That Darn Cat". This was at the then single-screen Parkway Theater in my home town, West Jefferson, NC. The theater still operates. It opened in its current location in 1947 and was previously next door (a furniture store when I was ...
by coolcatdaddy
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: DANCING PIRATE ((1936) found
Replies: 31
Views: 11616

Re: DANCING PIRATE ((1936) found

Isn't a original DYE transfer print enough to represent original photography ??? This has been mentioned before on the forums, but an original dye transfer print doesn't necessarily represent the original intent of those involved in the production. Technicolor would closely monitor and quality-chec...
by coolcatdaddy
Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?
Replies: 11
Views: 3352

Re: What Role for 4K UHD Disks in Collecting?

I have a feeling that 4K UHD won't have much impact among classic movie collectors. I just can't see the studios going back to rescan titles for the format - the market for them would probably be too small. Just think of the number of old films that Twilight Time has released on blu-ray in limited e...
by coolcatdaddy
Sun May 22, 2016 6:08 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: John Ford's Air Mail (1932)
Replies: 12
Views: 4319

Re: John Ford's Air Mail (1932)

Marr&Colton wrote:At one of the film conventions a few years ago, one of the dealers had DVDs derived, supposedly, from an old laser disc release of this film.
As far as I can tell, it was never released on laserdisc.
by coolcatdaddy
Thu Apr 28, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: 35mm/16mm question
Replies: 19
Views: 9270

Re: 35mm/16mm question

16mm was still used for college film series as late as around 2000. About that time, the university I worked at started showing a combination of 16mm prints and dvd for their series of recent entertainment releases paid for by the Student Life folks. I first saw the 1998 restoration of "Touch of Evi...
by coolcatdaddy
Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Economics of Running a Movie House in the Old Days
Replies: 19
Views: 2088

Re: Economics of Running a Movie House in the Old Days

There are two reasons the silent movie houses were profitable, despite the expense of staffing and orchestras. They were large venues and, if memory serves, would charge about $1 per adult admission. Secondly, they were a primary source of entertainment, drawing in people all through the week - ther...
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Apr 25, 2016 6:17 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Where to look for lost films?
Replies: 31
Views: 12319

Re: Where to look for lost films?

In the 1990s, I recall reading about a guy who was an enthusiast of early, pre-War television here in the states. Within a few years, he had become the biggest collector of tv sets and memorabilia from the period at a time when there were very few people interested in it. His method for tracking dow...
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is there any way to view the 1929 Show Boat??
Replies: 74
Views: 10866

Re: Is there any way to view the 1929 Show Boat??

If Warners ever decided to release the revamped '29 Showboat, there's one extra that would be worth tracking down to add to the disc. I used to own a Super8mm sound print-down of a one-reel Lee DeForest Phonofilm that featured the Broadway cast of "Show Boat". I can't find any reference to it online...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:39 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: A Commie Godzilla and the Largest Private Film Archive
Replies: 28
Views: 8733

Re: A Commie Godzilla and the Largest Private Film Archive

Budd Schulberg in the Brownlow documentary The Tramp and the Dictator says that he was in Nuremberg during the war crime trials and got to look at the files showing which films Hitler had ordered run for him: "And this is the truth: He ordered The Great Dictator , and then, a day or so later, he or...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Apr 16, 2016 1:32 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: MOBY DICK (1930)
Replies: 47
Views: 12781

Re: MOBY DICK (1930)

I recently rewetted "Key Largo" with a friend and noted the "stairs" scene. This time around, it impressed me as a pretty gutsy move on both Huston and Barrymore's part to actually show the mechanism the character needed to use to get down those stairs. It would have been a simple matter to not take...
by coolcatdaddy
Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A Star is Born... after 3 hours
Replies: 62
Views: 23493

Re: A Star is Born... after 3 hours

I saw "Star is Born" twice before the restoration and probably four times after that. I remembered that the unrestored version didn't make any sense, as others noted - in the early part of the film, Mason just disappears and in other sections, the motivations of Mason and Garland just aren't apparen...
by coolcatdaddy
Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Restorations of Gone with the Wind?
Replies: 5
Views: 1212

Re: Restorations of Gone with the Wind?

I agree. The 70mm version's never been released on video, though.
by coolcatdaddy
Tue Feb 09, 2016 8:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Restorations of Gone with the Wind?
Replies: 5
Views: 1212

Restorations of Gone with the Wind?

I have different copies of "Gone with the Wind" released at different times on home video. While the latest release from Warner is quite lovely, these older editions are of interest to see how the film was seen by audiences at different times and how presentation of the movie evolved over time. I've...
by coolcatdaddy
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE VAGABOND KING coming to DVD
Replies: 24
Views: 4076

Re: THE VAGABOND KING in color coming to DVD

"Zudora" sounded familiar, so I looked it up - I remembered reading about it awhile back. It's a 1914 serial from Thanhouser. Half-way through it, the name was changed to "The Million Dollar Mystery". According to the IMDB, only four of the original twenty chapters survive.
by coolcatdaddy
Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:05 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Film holdings in Cuba?
Replies: 5
Views: 1311

Film holdings in Cuba?

Slate has an interesting piece looking at US claims on seized property in Cuba, an issue that has come up again since the Obama administration made the first steps towards normalizing relations with the country: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2015/11/u_s_claims_in_cuba_th...