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by jcp7701
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance
Replies: 5
Views: 163

Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

So nice to see this in its entirety! I saw a compilation of out-takes several months ago, and remember hearing the same small group of musicians playing a few bars (I seem to remember a prominent saxophone and not much else, but could be mistaken) while looking at a couple's legs, which became rathe...
by jcp7701
Thu May 17, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: first F-word heard in early talkie
Replies: 11
Views: 3228

Re: first F-word heard in early talkie

The Tom Tyler Monogram feature "Honor of the Mounted" (1932) contains a remark uttered about lawman William Dyer's character which must surely have been intended to have been heard as "the old buck," but there is a distinct tone of contempt in which it is uttered that goes beyond the term "old buck"...
by jcp7701
Tue Apr 17, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Discovering Early John Wayne
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Re: Discovering Early John Wayne

Speaking of moving past the muddy prints, Olive Films' 'Neath Arizona Skies is a pleasure to watch, even if the film is slight. Ditto Sinister Cinema's Riders of Destiny, from 35mm. The 1935-36 Republics look fine, as well. Can't praise Olive Films enough for that. I showed Telegraph Trail to some H...
by jcp7701
Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: May McAvoy
Replies: 18
Views: 2235

Re: May McAvoy

All of these surviving discs, even if the film is lost for four out of five of them, and yet none of us knows how her voice sounded. Lamentable. I believe that the film for her late 1927 Vitaphone short In Sunny California exists, but the disc remains missing. The "elements" seem to have combined ag...
by jcp7701
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay
Replies: 168
Views: 32948

Re: KING OF JAZZ on DVD or BluRay

If you would have told me circa 1988, when I first viewed this on AMC, that I would see the film looking THIS good some day...

Bravo!
by jcp7701
Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:31 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Charley Chase: The Hal Roach Talkies Volume One 1930-31
Replies: 94
Views: 24370

Re: Charley Chase: The Hal Roach Talkies Volume One 1930-31

Call this a dumb question, but as someone who has several DVD's of Chase's silent work and has yet to watch much of it, is familiarity with that recommended before viewing his sound films? Will definitely purchase this, but will I be missing something if I haven't seen his earlier work?
by jcp7701
Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Gangster films
Replies: 72
Views: 13529

Re: Gangster films

Scar Face wrote:What about Young Donovan's Kid? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_Donovan's_Kid" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank
As a Richard Dix fan, would love to know, but I believe that it's lost. Happy to be corrected, of course.
by jcp7701
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:08 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay
Replies: 81
Views: 14058

Re: Nitrate Laurel & Hardy print on eBay

Almost one week later, and no update. Couldn't be yet another build-up that led to nothing or yet another thread left dangling? Is "I won," or "I lost" too much to ask after almost thirty postings about this?
by jcp7701
Fri Sep 29, 2017 9:40 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Charlie Poole (1892-1931)
Replies: 0
Views: 993

Charlie Poole (1892-1931)

With the realization that this might be quite the obscure question... I have read more than once that a cause of this musician's death was a drinking spree brought on by receipt of a letter from a film studio late winter/early spring 1931 that he (or he and what presumably was his working band) was ...
by jcp7701
Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Do these early Griffith films still exist?
Replies: 10
Views: 2052

Re: Do these early Griffith films still exist?

In respect to In Old Kentucky: back in 1996, I visited what is now the Neversink Valley Museum in Cuddebackville, NY (I can't remember if the name of the museum was the same at the time). I remember a plan to secure copies of the 1909-11 Cuddebackville films from LOC so that the museum would have th...
by jcp7701
Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323066

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Had not watched Downstairs (1932) in a lot of years. Terrific performance by John Gilbert as a snarky chauffeur who uses everyone in sight to reach his goal, although he never seems to reach it. Virginia Bruce is good as the naive Anna, but I disliked Paul Lukas. I kept expecting him to sprout fang...
by jcp7701
Fri May 19, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: First Talking Newsreel; Fox's 1927 film of Commander Byrd
Replies: 10
Views: 2960

Re: First Talking Newsreel; Fox's 1927 film of Commander By

I enjoyed seeing the previously unreleased/unused (?) portions of the June 11th ceremony: the half-empty seating area around the President--I can't imagine that happening today; the act of putting one's Top Hat to one's heart as a means of salute during the National Anthem, and the faster pace and d...
by jcp7701
Tue May 16, 2017 10:27 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Youtv to show the silent version of "Mr. Robinson Crusoe"
Replies: 3
Views: 1161

Re: Youtv to show the silent version of "Mr. Robinson Crusoe

This film was my introduction to Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.--age 11 via some cheapo VHS copy. I had no understanding as to why it was a "silent" and made in 1932, and didn't even know about the talking version until several years later. For as much as this film is criticized for bare-bones production va...
by jcp7701
Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: 2 Film Discoveries Worth Noting: Alice White and Billie Dove
Replies: 21
Views: 7162

Re: 2 Film Discoveries Worth Noting: Alice White and Billie

--pleased that another of Jack Mulhall's later starring roles (before he went the B route circa 1930-31) is not "lost."
by jcp7701
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:15 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Welcome Danger on The Criterion Channel
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Re: Welcome Danger on The Criterion Channel

Watched it again last summer, and enjoyed it more than I originally had more than a decade ago. I recall lots of criticism when it was discussed here several years ago. I can see that it was a let-down after The Kid Brother and Speedy, but it was interesting to see the integration of the silent sequ...
by jcp7701
Sun Apr 16, 2017 12:06 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]
Replies: 648
Views: 136634

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2017]

One silent western that I will probably never revisit is The Iron Horse (1924). I couldn't even finish it in one sitting: I was that bored by it, and that never happens to me. Perhaps I should have known that something was going to be amiss when Abraham Lincoln had an almost Messiah-like quality as ...
by jcp7701
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:14 am
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

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, at the Dallas in Dallastown, PA (small town ninety-ish miles west of Philadelphia).

It closed in the late 1980's, I believe, but remains standing.
by jcp7701
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "Al Jolson, the greatest of them all" - so they said
Replies: 23
Views: 5259

Re: "Al Jolson, the greatest of them all" - so they said

His rendition of "Toot Toot Tootsie" in The Jazz Singer, to me anyway (acoustic and early electric era personalities are a staple of my 78rpm collection) shows him at his best in terms of a filmed performance of one of his songs (minus the overdone whistling segment in the middle). The second chorus...
by jcp7701
Fri Dec 30, 2016 6:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Fred Humes
Replies: 10
Views: 1678

Re: Fred Humes

He's listed as being in Nevada Cyclone(1934), as well. The favorite DVD supplier for Nitrateville, Loving the Classics, purports to have a copy. I haven't seen any recent additions to that repetitious "you won't believe this, guys" thread lately. Someone should indulge so that we can all be enlighte...
by jcp7701
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Filmography assistance?
Replies: 20
Views: 3863

Re: Filmography assistance?

I too wish "The Sonora Kid" was one of Tom's existing silent films if only because the plot is so intriguing - a B-western that ties in King Arthur and jousting elements. Sounds like a later episode of "Bonanza" instead of a silent film from FBO. There's always Ken Maynard riding around on with a l...
by jcp7701
Fri Aug 26, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264909

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

I might be the only fan of Rod La Rocque's 1929-30 talkies (okay, maybe not the two for Radio Pictures with the Spanish accent). I recently watched Let Us Be Gay for the first time on fifteen years, and mostly enjoyed it, as I had previously, although the MGM fixation with the uber-wealthy wears thi...
by jcp7701
Fri Jul 08, 2016 2:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: DeMille's THE CAPTIVE (1915) coming to Blu-raay
Replies: 4
Views: 1713

Re: DeMille's THE CAPTIVE (1915) coming to Blu-raay

Thank you for posting about this. Hoping for the best, and glad to see something other than yet another "improved" version of a film that's been made available dozens of times. I'm not terribly surprised at the dearth of comments: too many on here whine and pule about transfers and quality of the sa...
by jcp7701
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2016)
Replies: 1597
Views: 264909

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2016)

Ramon Navarro could get away with it in silent pictures but in talking pictures it was perhaps not the voice his audiences expected? John Barrymore, Wallace Beery and Lon Chaney probably delivered what their audiences expected, but Navarro and Gilbert didn't. That's my theory anyway as to why they ...
by jcp7701
Mon May 02, 2016 9:29 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928 MGM)
Replies: 22
Views: 4744

Re: Alias Jimmy Valentine (1928 MGM)

I could appreciate Haines if he didn't make an approach to the obnoxiousness that was so evident in West Point. I enjoyed his performances in Show People and Are You Listening? Perhaps seeing Lon Chaney put him in his place in Tell It to the Marines helped, too...
by jcp7701
Fri Apr 29, 2016 12:17 pm
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood
Replies: 1
Views: 963

Re: Douglas Fairbanks: The First King of Hollywood

Viewing The Half-Breed was a revelation. If I ever hear/read that Fairbanks' comedies and swashbucklers were evidence of shallowness of his part, I'd point them to this film. I wonder if, given the chance, the depth of this film is something that he wished he could do more often. I was skeptical tha...
by jcp7701
Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Tim McCoy's MGM Silents
Replies: 11
Views: 1954

Tim McCoy's MGM Silents

Although I have some trepidation posting about what even those who like silent films will deem the bastards of filmdom--yes, westerns--of all the stars who made films for major studios, Tim McCoy has the highest survival rate of any: nine out his sixteen 1926-29 MGM films survive. Thus, I must ask, ...
by jcp7701
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Profanity in early sound films
Replies: 67
Views: 14881

Re: Profanity in early sound films

Suspect that this lack of clarity was more likely a consequence of early recording technology than of deliberate obfuscation; "harlot" being such a common Biblical word, seems absurdly puritanical to consider it profanity. And who, moreover, would have the temerity to tell Jeanne Eagles "do it agai...
by jcp7701
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:35 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Profanity in early sound films
Replies: 67
Views: 14881

Re: Profanity in early sound films

At the very end of the 1931 version of The Front Page , Adolphe Menjou delivers the famous final line of the play: "The son of a bitch stole my watch!" The filmmakers got away with it, in a sense, because the word "bitch" is slightly obscured by the noise of a typewriter, although there's no doubt ...
by jcp7701
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Napoleon discussion > piracy/DVD market
Replies: 43
Views: 9266

Re: Napoleon discussion > piracy/DVD market

Who are you talking about? Nobody here is demanding perfection or instant gratification. Right, no one on here ever pisses and moans about a release, or asks questions about the most picayune details before spending their precious $20 or whatever paltry sum it is on something that hasn't been avail...
by jcp7701
Tue Mar 01, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Artist - Five Years On
Replies: 25
Views: 4506

Re: The Artist - Five Years On

"Critical reappraisal" isn't needed as someone who was simply happy, for once in his life, to attend a new-release silent film (actually, a goat gland). THE ARTIST wasn't a "goat gland." That term had a very specific meaning in the trades during the transition from silence to sound. It referred to ...