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by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 24
Views: 859

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

I do plan to see it. And I'll keep an open mind, going in. In any case it's a safe bet this flick will be better than The Buster Keaton Story.
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:20 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 24
Views: 859

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

Not sure why they emphasize bickering in the trailer. Yes, it's more "dramatic," but couldn't they find genuine drama in what Stan & Babe were actually experiencing at the time of the European tours? I'm sure the guys had their quarrels, but I can't imagine them resorting to this kind of over-the-to...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 641
Views: 78691

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I’m sure many of you have seen yesterday’s article in the Wall Street Journal about silent film screenings in the NY area; it’s a nice plug for Film Forum’s longtime house accompanist Steve Sterner, as well as the Silent Clowns series hosted by Ben Model & Steve Massa. Coincidentally, yesterday I ha...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125725

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The Merry Widow (1934) is a mostly enjoyable Ruritanian musical with Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier. Sources state that a French-language version was filmed and released at the same time, but with a mostly different supporting cast. I suppose they did this because of Chevalier. I assume t...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125725

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Having said that, I'd still like to see a decent copy of WOMEN OF ALL NATIONS as the only ones I've come across have been very washed-out. I think it was shown at a recent Italian festival, so there is hope. It was also shown at MoMA a couple of months ago, as part of their Fox series of recent res...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:12 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 662

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

I had a bad experience once at a screening of Ingmar Bergman's 1955 classic Sommarnattens leende , i.e. Smiles of a Summer Night . The print must have been subtitled back in the '50s -- and by strict Puritans --because it was censored . Every time anyone said anything the least bit naughty, no subti...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Big Board Software Update
Replies: 110
Views: 10401

Re: Big Board Software Update

Something else I just noticed, belatedly: after the upgrade yesterday, the masthead I'm seeing has reverted to Josef Von Sternberg & Marlene Dietrich from last month; Kim Hunter & David Niven have vanished.

Is that the case for anyone else? Or everyone else?
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Big Board Software Update
Replies: 110
Views: 10401

Re: Big Board Software Update

Probably whatever service you each use has a range of IP addresses and you just happened to get one that was banned. Here's what you can do to help us solve the issue: 1) Attempt to post, and get this message again 2) Search "what IP" at Google. This will display your IP address. 3) PM me or send i...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Big Board Software Update
Replies: 110
Views: 10401

Re: Big Board Software Update

Small problem: when I've attempted to post in some threads, a message appears telling me I'm 'permanently banned' from the board, based on my IP address. You too, eh? This morning when I attempted to simply visit the site, I received that same message. Permanently banned. Geez, was it something I s...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?
Replies: 10
Views: 1011

Re: Film Forum's New Screen: Dump Alert?

I haven’t been back to Film Forum since they reopened a few days ago. Based on the photo, I’d agree that the new screen looks pretty small. It certainly appears to be smaller than the screens at the Bleecker Street Cinema, the Thalia Soho, the Biograph, and the Regency, as well as most of the other ...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Mary Carlisle is dead at 104
Replies: 7
Views: 1621

Re: Mary Carlisle is dead at 104

Amazing to think that someone who co-starred with Will Rogers (twice) and Wheeler & Woolsey was still with us in 2018.
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter Pan.
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter

Given you are on staff at the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, I realize restrictions on what staff can publicly say exist. If you can discuss it here -- and if you know -- does the Library have restricted films/videos of live theater and dance performances that are not accessible to...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter Pan.
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter

Ken, that supports what I wrote earlier: Since the Videotape Age, there has been an intentional, authorized project to record entire B'way shows. Again, many are held at Lincoln Center. And as I also wrote above, yes, before that in the 16mm age, portions of shows were shot by various folks at vari...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:29 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Unlikely cowboys
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Re: Unlikely cowboys

And of course there is always Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Cagney. greta Yes, we can't forget The Oklahoma Kid (try as we might?). Actually, it's rather enjoyable: the miscasting helps. The first time I saw it, when I was a teenager at a film club screening in Tulsa, it got a lot of laughs. When I saw...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Unlikely cowboys
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Unlikely cowboys

Last week, thanks to TCM, I saw Mary Pickford’s final star vehicle Secrets (1933). For those who aren't familiar with it, this is a highly episodic drama in which Mary, the product of a rich and stuffy New England family, falls in love with a handsome but poor young man. Her family disapproves, so t...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sun Jun 10, 2018 5:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features
Replies: 41
Views: 9189

Re: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features

Last week I made it back to MoMA once more for a newly restored Fox feature, and it’s one that suits the theme of this thread. William K. Howard’s Transatlantic (1931) is set on a ship during an ocean voyage, and features Billy Bevan—whose name, we now know, rhythms with “seven” despite what Robert ...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Mon Jun 04, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125725

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Yesterday I returned to MoMA for another in their series of Fox Film restorations. This time it was Frank Borzage’s Bad Girl (1931), which I’d never seen. It’s a modest slice-of-life drama, yet kind of a big deal at the time, i.e. first a popular novel, then a Broadway play—featuring Sylvia Sidney a...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Thu May 31, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 378270

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Good choice! A few years ago MoMA saluted Dwan with a retrospective of films from his entire career. I went to several, and it was striking how different each one was from the others. You’d never guess they were directed by the same guy. Some might say he lacked an idiosyncratic style, but I call it...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Wed May 30, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features
Replies: 41
Views: 9189

Re: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features

Is there any chance a decent print of this will turn up to be seen in England - perhaps on DVD. I manages to miss this back in 1974 and have only seen an atrocious download of it which was all but ruined by the quality... I don't know about England, or any DVD releases, but MoMA's Dave Kehr will be...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sun May 27, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features
Replies: 41
Views: 9189

Re: Silent comedy veterans in Pre-Code features

Currently MoMA is hosting a series of recent Fox Studio restorations, dating from the late silent era into early talkie days. Yesterday I went to a screening of Raoul Walsh’s Women of All Nations (1931), the second of three sequels to What Price Glory , made five years earlier. Victor MacLaglen and ...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Mon Apr 30, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two days?
Replies: 5
Views: 1085

Re: Pairs of silent films suitable for screenings over two d

Jeff Rapsis wrote:There's also 'Zorro' (1920) and its sequel 'Don Q: Son of Zorro' (1925), which actually share running gags with each other.

Any other suggestions?
Also, Doug's Three Musketeers along with The Iron Mask,
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:01 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: Alice Howell DVD project
Replies: 61
Views: 7909

Re: Alice Howell DVD project

Such a great idea for a DVD release -- I'm sure Steve Massa's book Slapstick Divas boosted public interest in cover girl Alice Howell, just as I'm sure I'm not the only one who read it and thought something along the lines of "Geez, I wish more of her films were available." And it says something abo...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:28 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!
Replies: 88
Views: 16151

Re: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!

boblipton wrote:
Wm. Charles Morrow wrote:I have 3 or 4 favorites, but The Thief of Bagdad is pretty hard to beat. Plus, I once attended a screening introduced by Doug Jr., so that puts it in a special category all by itself.
Was that the show at MOMA?

Bob

No, it was Radio City Music Hall in 1987. Lillian Gish introduced The Wind.
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:57 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!
Replies: 88
Views: 16151

Re: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!

I have 3 or 4 favorites, but The Thief of Bagdad is pretty hard to beat. Plus, I once attended a screening introduced by Doug Jr., so that puts it in a special category all by itself.
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125725

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

The other day I revisited The Phantom President , a musical curio of 1932 with one claim to fame: its star is George M. Cohan, the stage legend who hated making movies and therefore made very few. This happens to be his only surviving talkie, as Gambling , made two years later, was scarcely released...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3720

Re: When actors muff their lines

Harry Langdon stumbles over his opening line in the Roach two-reeler The Shrimp (1930). But somehow with him, it suits his character; it's like the verbal equivalent of the hesitant way he moves.
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sun Apr 08, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3720

Re: When actors muff their lines

This famous example is definitely on purpose. Sweet young ladies would not say “belly”. Her character is just trying to be gentle and corrects her lower class roots from showing. I was wondering, because the music and lyrics would have been recorded earlier, before filming, so a flub is unlikely. Y...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3720

Re: When actors muff their lines

Charlie, the worst flubbed lines and action in any Vitaphone are in THE NIGHT COURT ('27) with William Demarest. He and the judge screw up their lines multiple times, and early on when the judge bangs his gavel, the head falls off and onto the bailiff's head below. No stopping! Oh, I remember that ...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Sat Apr 07, 2018 10:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: When actors muff their lines
Replies: 30
Views: 3720

When actors muff their lines

Thanks to TCM I happened to catch the 1930 flick Way Out West last night, featuring Billy Haines & Leila Hyams. (No sign of Laurel & Hardy in this one.) At one point, Charles Middleton sternly confronts Billy and starts to deliver his line—and then sort of chokes in mid-sentence, hesitates, and resu...
by Wm. Charles Morrow
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 378270

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Notable birthdays during the month of May include Norma Talmadge, Valentino, and Doug Fairbanks. But the birthday honoree I'd really enjoy seeing up there is Max Davidson.