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by Jay Salsberg
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?
Replies: 74
Views: 10953

Re: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?

I suppose you could add Anton Yelchin to this list. He wasn't in the car, but was killed when it rolled down his driveway, pinning him against a fence.
by Jay Salsberg
Tue May 29, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How can obscure movies survive when famous one don't?
Replies: 13
Views: 2311

Re: How can obscure movies survive when famous one don't?

Early television was a big factor. Because the minor studios were initially more likely to sell the rights to their productions for broadcast, some of these poverty row films survived in the collections of television stations. As early as 1939, Chesterfield and Monogram films were being shown regul...
by Jay Salsberg
Thu May 24, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: ESCAPADE 1935
Replies: 6
Views: 1541

Re: ESCAPADE 1935

There were two very rare screenings in the early 1990s, most likely showing prints from private collections.
Not necessarily. George Eastman Museum owns the MGM collection, so the print most likely came from them.
by Jay Salsberg
Wed May 02, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Letty Lynton and Its Permanent Injunction
Replies: 12
Views: 1789

Re: Letty Lynton and Its Permanent Injunction

The play DISHONORED LADY was copyrighted in 1930 by Margaret Ayer Barnes and Edward Sheldon. Sheldon died in 1946. The copyright was renewed in 1957 by Barnes and she died 10 years later. Under current law, the copyright will expire 70 years after her death (2037), and the work will fall into the pu...
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:55 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Go and Get It (1920)
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: Go and Get It (1920)

The first step is to contact the archive and ask what elements they have on this title. Could be a complete feature, could only be a a few reels, could be only a fragment. Then ask if their policy allows them to sell digitized copies (most archives do not). If they say yes, then you go on from there...
by Jay Salsberg
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:52 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Version
Replies: 16
Views: 2039

Re: The Hounding of the Baskervilles: Hunting the Best Versi

Apparently the 1931 Robert Rendel version also exists, though not many have seen it (i sure haven't). greta The 1931 version can only be found at the BFI. For decades, the soundtrack was missing; but they have since located sound disks and married them up to the print. Unfortunately, those few who ...
by Jay Salsberg
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: DARBY AND JOAN (1937) A "lost" film found on eBay
Replies: 9
Views: 1669

Re: DARBY AND JOAN (1937) A "lost" film found on eBay

Many, many decades ago, someone in The Big Reel was selling a 35mm print of Conrad Veidt's BELLA DONNA. At the time the film was considered lost. I immediately sent out a letter with a check. After two weeks, the letter is returned to me "No such address"! I called the guy (which is what I should ha...
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Archival holdings for "Dante's Inferno" (1924)?
Replies: 1
Views: 594

Re: Archival holdings for "Dante's Inferno" (1924)?

Prints are held by MOMA, UCLA and the Cinematheque Royale (Belgium).
by Jay Salsberg
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:08 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Mamba 1930
Replies: 14
Views: 2693

Re: Mamba 1930

I saw it at MOMA last year, and it's a mixed bag. The plot is creaky, and the acting is what one would expect from a 1930 Poverty Row melodrama. That said, the production values are nice, particularly the sets. The color itself is OK. There was no color grading or balancing on the MOMA print, so the...
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:43 am
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" was Nick De Ruiz, a supporting actor who had more than a few notable films to his credit.
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by Jay Salsberg
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:58 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE DEATH KISS (1932)
Replies: 7
Views: 1578

Re: THE DEATH KISS (1932)

When John Stahl was running the company (1927-1930), Tiffany was making a concerted attempt to become a major studio. MIDSTREAM, THE LOST ZEPPELIN, MAMBA, and (best of all) JOURNEY'S END were all noteworthy productions. But the company couldn't weather the Crash of '29. Stahl abandoned ship for Univ...
by Jay Salsberg
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:31 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Aries Computer (1972)
Replies: 5
Views: 1173

Re: The Aries Computer (1972)

THE ARIES COMPUTER was never made. In 1972, Gold Key TV announced they were beginning production on a series of horror/sci-fi TV movies, each of which dealt with a sign of the zodiac. None of the films were made; but they still continue to pop up in filmographies, and some of them were ever offered ...
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:33 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Go and Get It (1920)
Replies: 5
Views: 2309

Re: Go and Get It (1920)

I haven't heard anything; but that doesn't mean squat. Most of the world's film archives do not advertise their holdings, and only the biggest most important discoveries get international press. If it has been located, word will slowly leak out in time. The problem is compounded by the number of arc...
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Greatest Movies Never Made: (and) "War Eagles?"
Replies: 28
Views: 4605

Re: The Greatest Movies Never Made: (and) "War Eagles?"

Some unmade Universal horror/sci-fi/fantasy films: RETURN OF THE PHANTOM, The (1929) Starring Conrad Veidt This project was abandoned after the Stock Market Crash, and Laemmle realized the cost would be prohibitive. The studio opted to re-release the original film (with new talking scenes) instead. ...
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "General Crack" (1928)
Replies: 9
Views: 1576

Re: "General Crack" (1928)

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.
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Sep 25, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: While the City Sleeps (1928)
Replies: 23
Views: 4122

Re: While the City Sleeps (1928)

The original Vitaphone soundtrack for "While The City Sleeps" has been found according to the Vitaphone Project website: http://www.picking.com/vitaphone-database.html" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank Be careful. Just because information on a certain film's soundtrack is in the Vitap...
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: GOD IS MY WITNESS (1931): Fact or Fraud?
Replies: 14
Views: 3923

Re: GOD IS MY WITNESS (1931): Fact or Fraud?

What's the title of this fake cat film? Time it was started.... I don't have my copy of the 1930s AFI Guide handy right now, but if memory serves, the fake feature was entitled MONSIEUR LE CHAT. There's also another fake feature in their 1940s volume; but I don't remember the name of that film at a...
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: unseen British horror film given only 48 hours on Youtube
Replies: 18
Views: 4187

Re: unseen British horror film given only 48 hours on Youtub

THE THREE WEIRD SISTERS is not exactly "unseen". It was available on DVD for over a decade (Sinister Cinema used to carry it), and has even turned up on some of those TV channels that specialize in P.D. films. You can still find copies on eBay.
by Jay Salsberg
Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: List of 1980s Public Domain films
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Re: List of 1980s Public Domain films

The main reason these 1970s/1980s films are in the public domain is because the filmmakers/distributers failed to follow the rules when initially registering their copyrights. As a result, their films were never "officially" copyrighted. Sometimes it takes decades before someone figures that out.
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:38 am
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Movie Star Name That Face!
Replies: 10
Views: 3453

Re: Movie Star Name That Face!

Helen Twelvetrees
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Doctor X (32)
Replies: 16
Views: 4090

Re: Doctor X (32)

The old Ken Films 8mm release from the 1970s was mastered from the b/w version.
According to a member of this group who has seen both feature versions (and I'll let him chime in if he wishes) there are only very slight differences in dialogue, most of which occur during the first reel.
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: NEW mystery stills from the Library of Congress
Replies: 2
Views: 1704

Re: NEW mystery stills from the Library of Congress

#5. The guy in the middle looks more like David Berkowitz than he does Francois Truffaut.
by Jay Salsberg
Thu Jun 08, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Remake question
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: Remake question

Dylan Thomas published THE DOCTOR AND THE DEVILS in screenplay format shortly before his death in 1953; but that particular script wasn't filmed until 1985.
by Jay Salsberg
Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SCENE STEALING KITTIES
Replies: 50
Views: 11980

Re: SCENE STEALING KITTIES

In the very odd horror-screwball comedy THE BOOGIE MAN WILL GET YOU, Peter Lorre is constantly pulling kittens out of his coat pockets. They don't steal any scenes; but they're a lot more interesting than anything else in the film.
by Jay Salsberg
Thu May 25, 2017 11:02 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Remake question
Replies: 19
Views: 2876

Re: Remake question

Right off the bat I thought of THE PHANTOM CITY (1928, FN), which was remade as HAUNTED GOLD (1932, WB). Adele Buffington wrote both (and Blue Washington appeared in both). To further complicate matters, Buffington also wrote GHOST VALLEY (1932, RKO), which uses the exact same plot, almost scene-for...
by Jay Salsberg
Thu May 18, 2017 6:46 am
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: New Mystery photos from Library of Congress
Replies: 3
Views: 1691

Re: New Mystery photos from Library of Congress

#1 looks like Phylicia Rashad.

#2 resembles Louise Lasser.
by Jay Salsberg
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:12 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Article about missing Porgy and Bess prints
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Re: Article about missing Porgy and Bess prints

If you're not too particular about quality, you can always find gray market, 30th generation dupes on eBay.
by Jay Salsberg
Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New book: IN SEARCH OF LOST FILMS by Phil Hall
Replies: 7
Views: 2475

Re: New book: IN SEARCH OF LOST FILMS by Phil Hall

s.w.a.c. wrote:But did Phil ever have to haul a Steenbeck up to a collector's attic to view a copy of London After Midnight?
Biggest laugh of the year. Thank you. I remember that alt.movies.silent thread very well.
by Jay Salsberg
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:06 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lon Chaney Phantom
Replies: 7
Views: 1962

Re: Lon Chaney Phantom

The Phantom's "lake" and "flooding room" would have been built inside the studio tank. They would have needed a system which could safely release/drain water, and shooting stages just don't have that ability.
by Jay Salsberg
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: GOD IS MY WITNESS (1931): Fact or Fraud?
Replies: 14
Views: 3923

Re: GOD IS MY WITNESS (1931): Fact or Fraud?

That was my initial thought as well, that the film was planned but never actually made. But the synopsis printed in the MPG is too detailed to be from a film that wasn't made. Plus there is a cast and crew list. The one thing that really stands out as suspicious is the production company, Astor Pict...