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by brendangcarroll
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: WELLS FARGO (1937)
Replies: 7
Views: 687

Re: WELLS FARGO (1937)

It's possible that the Library of Congress has a preview print or that George Eastman House has the original version. Another possibility in the National Film Archive in London. A British print?
by brendangcarroll
Thu Nov 01, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: New Book for 2019 on Hollywood's Great Composers
Replies: 4
Views: 247

New Book for 2019 on Hollywood's Great Composers

"Double Lives: Film Composers in the Concert Hall" is a collection of fifteen essays dealing with ‘iconic’ film composers who, perhaps to the surprise of many fans of film music, nevertheless maintained lifelong careers as composers for the concert hall. Featured composers include Erich Wolfgang Kor...
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

Well Congress Dances is regarded over here as one of the most infuential of all early talkies and a key film in the development of the screen musical. As was common before 1934, it was shot in several languages including English (its star Lillian Hervey was tri-lingual - French, German and English a...
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:47 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films
Replies: 15
Views: 1013

Re: BBC Poll of the 100 Greatest Foreign Language Films

No mention of Congress Dances either
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Hi again Ray Thanks for that great link! It explains my error - he says that " four pieces were made available commercially on two mono 78 RPM discs" which is what I remembered. I had forgotten Muir Matheson's recordings. Oh well, no harm done. If WB had actually released this broadcast it would hav...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Hi Ray As far as I was aware, the 1935 THINS TO COME recordings (released on HMV is the UK in '36) comprised the Ballet for Children and Melodrama, and The World in Ruins. Blliss recorded 6 sections in the 1950s. Which 6 sides do you have? What label? Glad you liked my essay. Best BRENDAN (PS the FU...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording
Replies: 5
Views: 493

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" Unique Recording

Earlier this year, the Library of Congress contacted me to inform me that the unique recording of the 1938 radio Broadcast of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's Academy Award winning score to the film "The Adventures of Robin Hood" had been added to the National Recordings Registry. As well as informing me o...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 700

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

I loved TNT - and miss it still. Who remembers "Trailer Time" - when between films, they would show about 4 or 5 old trailers, many never seen before...or since! In the UK it was replaced by the wretched watered down version of TCM. No more rare early pre-code talkies, no rare WB and MGM titles. I r...
by brendangcarroll
Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:19 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 32
Views: 4527

Re: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?

Cary Grant in "Suzy" (1936) trying to ing "Do I remember?" Joan Crawford in Mannequin (1937) "Always in Always" Any of Ruby Keeler's efforts .....but especially "By a Waterfall" in 'Footlight Parade' (1933) which is akin to dragging your fingernails down a blackboard! Bette Davis in 'Thank Your Luck...
by brendangcarroll
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:21 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Re: FINALLY Laurel & Hardy coming to blu-ray

These releases are clearly meant to capitalise on the new Bio-pic hitting mainstream cinemas. I would be very wary of the quality of the prints used....wait for reviews before purchase!
by brendangcarroll
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:48 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Revolving Doors in Movies
Replies: 14
Views: 451

Re: Revolving Doors in Movies

A revolving door is used memorably during the opening credits of WONDER BAR (1934) to introduce the many stars arriving at the nightclub....
by brendangcarroll
Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Turned Out Nice Again
Replies: 7
Views: 548

Re: Turned Out Nice Again

George Formby was Britain's biggest box office star before 1941 and earned an incredible £35,000 per film. In 1939 alone he made three movies, which meant his salary was approx £100,000 - a huge sum for those days. I estimate it would be well over £1 million today. His records sold very well too and...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

The 1947 reissue butchered Korngold's magnificent score with many scenes removed in entirety.
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

Although Cavett was occasionally irritating, I will forever be grateful to him for conducting the very best interview with Bette Davis that she ever gave on TV. A priceless evening with a great star where I think one genuinely sees the REAL Bette Davis - witty, intelligent, mildly self-deprecating a...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 25, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 665

Re: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

The sepia tinting was indeed part of the original version in 1940, supposedly to give an impression of heat for the Panama sequences. This was a sort of compensation as the film had originally been planned and designed in colour but the likely high costs and also Jack Warner's penny-pinching decisio...
by brendangcarroll
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 665

The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration

Last night I decided to take out my DVD of the 1940 swashbuckler classic THE SEA HAWK which I had not watched for quite a while. The DVD dates from 2005 and back then was regarded as the best restoration that this famous film had ever received. In 2005 I was minded to agree. No longer. Unfortunately...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book

Thanks Richard! I will give it a go and add it to my extensive collection of Casablancaiana!
by brendangcarroll
Sun Sep 16, 2018 11:14 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book
Replies: 2
Views: 409

CASABLANCA - new UK release for book

This book is now available in the UK and Europe via Faber at £25

https://www.noahisenberg.com/well-alway ... asablanca/

I am aware that it's been published in America for some time.

Has anyone seen or read it? Is it worth acquiring?
by brendangcarroll
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM is blocked
Replies: 3
Views: 901

Re: TCM is blocked

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh thank you!

I was unaware that TCM had added the word 'Turner' to its URL. It was always just www.tcm.com and in fact, all links on IMDB to TCM reviews of movies use that URL to this day.

Thank you for this information.
by brendangcarroll
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: TCM is blocked
Replies: 3
Views: 901

TCM is blocked

I was not sure where to post this question, so apologies if this is the wrong place. It appears that TCM has now bloccked its US website for film fans in Europe/UK. Does anyone know why or how one can access the site from outsside the US? It was the only way to access TCM content and actually watch ...
by brendangcarroll
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE DESERT SONG (1929)
Replies: 105
Views: 31959

Re: THE DESERT SONG (1929)

If you guys think TCM is bad in America, you should try the European version.

Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear!
by brendangcarroll
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1798
Views: 133951

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

Watched the delightfully naughty SEARCH FOR BEAUTY (1934) last night. Ida Lupino is delectable in it. Young Buster Crabbe shows he was FAR more than FLASH GORDON; why he never made it to being a great leading man is beyond me. He certainly had the looks and the charm. This film must have just got un...
by brendangcarroll
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Remembering Carole Landis
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Re: Remembering Carole Landis

Always liked her ...especially in I WAKE UP SCREAMING (aka Hot Spot)
by brendangcarroll
Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:28 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?

The 132 minute version of JUAREZ apparently exists in the WB archive on nitrate, but as yet....no DVD release has been announced. The ast dvd issue ran 120 minutes. After the success of the 1939 Box set a few years ago, I had hoped for Vol 2 to include this + a restored ELISABETH & ESSEX, but so far...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?

The running time of 112 minutes is that which applied in the cinema I guess. This 121 minute version refers to a print shown on TV so one must assume it ran 116 minutes in the cinema according to your calculation. So that equates to an extra 4 minutes. Perhaps the "foreign" version was longer? I wis...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

Re: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?

Hi Ray This information is one of the 'Trivia' items about the film on the IMDB page for this title, so it was submitted by a subscriber and then 'vetted' by the IMDB "experts" before being approved for publication. I have no clue who posted it or from where they got their information...but if true,...
by brendangcarroll
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?
Replies: 12
Views: 1692

BETWEEN TWO WORLDS [1944] Alternate version?

According to IMDB (that fundament of accuracy), there are TWO versions of this film in existence. One has a duration of 112 minutes and is available as a DVD on Warner Archive. However, it is claimed b IMDB that another longer version exsts, lasting 121 minutes, that includes a rarely seen, cut scen...
by brendangcarroll
Sun Jun 24, 2018 12:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Song Similarity
Replies: 5
Views: 1021

Re: Song Similarity

This reminds me of much more famous examples... My two favourites are: 1. "Be a Clown" from THE PIRATE and "Make 'em Laugh" from SINGIN' IN THE RAIN - which is a definite case of theft from Cole Porter, not that seemed to object at the time. 2. "I'll Never Stop Loving You" (by Nicholas Brodsky) from...
by brendangcarroll
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4265

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Well I have always appreciated Lubitsch and particularly, for his remarkable adaptation of Franz Lehar's THE MERRY WIDOW (1934) which actually improved on the original.
by brendangcarroll
Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:32 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: TCM via cable vs. Filmstruck
Replies: 25
Views: 3156

Re: TCM via cable vs. Filmstruck

How happy we British are.....we have NONE of these choices and TCM Europe really SUCKS....so we save an absolute fortune!!! :lol: