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by George O'Brien
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: TCM July Listings
Replies: 31
Views: 10305

Re: TCM July Listings

All of these films have been on TCM many times. For some years, I have had on DVD, recorded off of TCM, " Mockery", "Broken Blossoms, "Souls for Sale", et alia. If it were possible to determine the most broadcast silent film in the history of TCM, I'll bet you a copy of D. W. Griffith's "America"(19...
by George O'Brien
Thu May 24, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CLINT WALKER - dies aged 90. RIP
Replies: 4
Views: 1229

Re: CLINT WALKER - dies aged 90. RIP

It's difficult to believe he was mortal. His voice, his face, his body - it was if one of the gang on Mount Olympus was taking a sojourn with us. In the 70's he had a "Back from Death" experience after a skiing accident. His heart was impaled by a metal rod. Later, he said that during it he had such...
by George O'Brien
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: May McAvoy
Replies: 18
Views: 2235

Re: May McAvoy

Someone on Youtube has posted another reel of raw Fox Movietone newsreel footage of Broadway in 1929. Along with John Gilbert and Greta Garbo in "A Woman of Affairs", and William Haines in "Alias Jimmy Valentine", one sees May above the title on a big theater marquee, "May McAvoy" "The Terror". I as...
by George O'Brien
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bowie
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bo

I believe it is a lost film, and only a fragment remains.

I have seen several stills online.
by George O'Brien
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bowie
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bo

#s 19 and 20 is Jack Buchanan in "Happy Ending" (1925). Thank you! Jack Buchanan seems right, but judging from pictures I would say the clip is from 'Monte Carlo' (1930) . Do you agree? No, it is not Monte Carlo(1930) which I have seen many times. That film is on DVD, if you want to see for yoursel...
by George O'Brien
Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:07 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bowie
Replies: 8
Views: 1860

Re: Silent movies in Under Pressure video by Queen and D. Bo

#s 19 and 20 is Jack Buchanan in "Happy Ending" (1925).
by George O'Brien
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD

Saw 4 copies at another store, and snapped them up.

Good Easter presents.
by George O'Brien
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Bird Kissing. It's not just for Lillian Gish.
Replies: 83
Views: 28532

Re: Bird Kissing. It's not just for Lillian Gish.

One can be pretty sure it was the high risk behaviors of these silent film actresses that first caused Avian Flu to be introduced into our species.
by George O'Brien
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

Re: THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD

I believe I saw Wings in a Wal-Mart, and All Quiet on the Western Front , which includes the silent cut of the film. But not much beyond that, unless they happened to carry deluxe sets for The Ten Commandments , Ben Hur or The Wizard of Oz . Not to put too fine a point on it, ... or as Noel Coward ...
by George O'Brien
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:45 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Billy Bevan
Replies: 12
Views: 2991

Re: Billy Bevan

Just saw him again last night as Jerry Cruncher, In Selznick's "Tale of Two Cities" (1935), and recently as the cabbie whose horse Mr. deeds feeds doughnuts in "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town"(1936). He had quite a career as a character actor in the 30's and 40's.
by George O'Brien
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer
Replies: 43
Views: 12897

Re: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer

Two weeks into Lent, 31 days until Easter, and still no word of a US release? Somebody should be made to visit, Yourmarketingsucks.com. Not necessarily. Considering that Lobster released KING OF KINGS at Christmas time last year, maybe the US distributor is planning a Christmas 2018 release. If it'...
by George O'Brien
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD
Replies: 4
Views: 1134

THE UNOFFICIAL SILENTS OFFLINE DEALS THREAD

Walmart is currently offering "Sunrise"(1927) as a package containing both Blu-Ray and DVD for $7.88. Apparently, only in stores. Walmart Online still lists it as $14.99. It is in the front of the stores, near the checkout lanes, in a large Golden Oscars display with other 20th Century Fox titles su...
by George O'Brien
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: FLOPHOUSES & DOSSHOUSES
Replies: 8
Views: 970

Re: FLOPHOUSES & DOSSHOUSES

"The Scoundrel" (1935) has a good scene, with the establishment's manager pointing to the film's scenarist, Ben Hecht, sitting on a cot spaced out, and telling Julie Haydon, "This one's a professor!"
by George O'Brien
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:32 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Olivia de Havilland is 101 and sues FOX over TV series FEUD!
Replies: 51
Views: 15253

Re: Olivia de Havilland is 101 and sues FOX over TV series F

FX lawyers have gone to the lengths of digging up De havilland's using an oath in a blooper outtake from "Devotion"(1946, but filmed earlier ? There's a world of difference between saying " ... son a bitch" when one flubs a line while filming a movie, (moreover, actually denigrating one's self) and ...
by George O'Brien
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Johnstown Flood (1926)
Replies: 21
Views: 4886

Re: The Johnstown Flood (1926)

wich2 wrote:For those who have seen it:

The big question with a film about such an event is, do the "money shots" make it?

Is the scope of those sequences, and are the effects, up to the task?

Who cares? Janet and George are all the special effects I would require.
by George O'Brien
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Really unusual translated film titles
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Really unusual translated film titles

Thanks for the link to your blog!
by George O'Brien
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?
Replies: 23
Views: 2433

Re: How much has Mommie Dearest been proven / disproven?

Another sad thread has been woven into the Crosby tapestry lately: Some maintain that there was actually some genetic mental illness in Dixie Lee, that was passed on to her unfortunate sons. I'm waiting for the 2nd half of Gary Gidden's Crosby bio to come out, but as I recall he believes the main p...
by George O'Brien
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Van Johnson on Late Night 1985
Replies: 18
Views: 2293

Re: Van Johnson on Late Night 1985

Since nobody wants to tell the story I will.Keenan Wynn was gay.Johnson was bi.Louis B Mayer told Wynn that if he wanted another contract he would have to divorce his wife and let her marry Johnson.She married Johnson and Wynn got his contract.This is the story put forward in a number of books.Thus...
by George O'Brien
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer
Replies: 43
Views: 12897

Re: KING OF KINGS Restoration Trailer

Two weeks into Lent, 31 days until Easter, and still no word of a US release?

Somebody should be made to visit, Yourmarketingsucks.com.
by George O'Brien
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Van Johnson on Late Night 1985
Replies: 18
Views: 2293

Re: Van Johnson on Late Night 1985

David Letterman was an incredibly ignorant and smug interviewer. I remember Cher calling him an "A-e" in the middle of an interview, and it was clear she meant it. Whenever a guest was on whom one knew anything about, one could see just how lousy an interviewer he was. Most of the wit or drollery on...
by George O'Brien
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Really unusual translated film titles
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Really unusual translated film titles

Well, Luke Plummer, could be perceived as a "satanic cowboy", couldn't he? When angry his thin lips would grow even thinner, and his eyebrows slant at 45 degree angles to his nose, like an Anime villain; so much so that and when I first saw Stagecoach, I was in horror of him. And when the dance hall...
by George O'Brien
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: 1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US
Replies: 14
Views: 1806

Re: 1929 - Interviews With Elderly People Throughout The US

I will not add to the unbelievably petty bickering; I am just glad these films are out there.

For the record, Mr. Draper is my new "Life Coach".
by George O'Brien
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Herbert Marshall biog
Replies: 2
Views: 1200

Re: Herbert Marshall biog

Can't wait.

One of the finest men to ever work in Hollywood, and Kevin Brownlow's involvement, whatever co-authorship may entail, is merely icing on the cake.
by George O'Brien
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods
Replies: 20
Views: 2437

Re: High Society vs Robin and the Seven Hoods

We decided to watch High Society and he liked it a lot! Especially how Grace Kelly was her own woman throughout the whole film. See, what did I tell you? Next, show him "The Philadelphia Story"(1940), the far more enjoyable film (in my humble opinion)on which it was based - with Hepburn originating...
by George O'Brien
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:26 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: More silents from Kino
Replies: 5
Views: 2990

Re: More silents from Kino

Aren't the Fairbanks titles already in release?

A friend recorded them for me off of TCM a few years ago. I thought their broadcast was tied in with a DVD and or Blu Ray release.
by George O'Brien
Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:03 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino
Replies: 87
Views: 21129

Re: FRITZ LANG SILENT BLU BOX from Kino

I once talked to a nutty film collector. He showed me a beautiful video transfer of a film that I thought I'd never see. I asked him where he got it. He said he broke into the UCLA Film & Television Archives in the middle of the night and pinched it. The next night, he broke back in and put it back...
by George O'Brien
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dorothy Malone has died
Replies: 6
Views: 1156

Re: Dorothy Malone has died

Beautiful Irish-American daughter of Robert Ignatius Maloney. When she went blonde, more like Dandelion Yellow, she became a stunner. She always seemed more knowing than actually bad, and even once played a saint, Edith Stein, on the 1960's television show, Insight. Her childhood was marred by sever...
by George O'Brien
Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Anita Page Entertains the Crowds Outside Theatre
Replies: 9
Views: 1312

Re: Anita Page Entertains the Crowds Outside Theatre

It might well have been TRADER HORN, because near the end of the segment, we see W.S Van Dyke and two members of the native cast standing with Anita. Yes, that is definitely the actor who portrays Ranchero, or Rencharo, Trader Horn's faithful Man Friday. The film ends with a shot of the actor's fac...
by George O'Brien
Tue Jan 23, 2018 12:17 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Google Masthead, Monday Jan.22, 2018 SERGEI
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

Google Masthead, Monday Jan.22, 2018 SERGEI

.... In honor of Sergei Eisenstein's birthday. I do not know how to retrieve the image, but it showed him wielding scissors and cutting spools of celluloid.
by George O'Brien
Sat Jan 20, 2018 12:16 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Beverly Bayne - Francis X. Bushman
Replies: 17
Views: 2198

Re: Beverly Bayne - Francis X. Bushman

I'm afraid that whenever I see Francis X. Bushman now, I always, always think of one particular Nitrateville thread from several years ago - http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=13296&p=95391#p95391 ... :shock: I just saw him again the other day in "Sabrina"(1954). Reportedly, Elvis Pres...