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by Phillyrich
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Early Talkies about Making Talkies?
Replies: 6
Views: 310

Early Talkies about Making Talkies?

Does anyone have any favorite early talkie films about the making of talking pictures?

For, example. "Show Girl In Hollywood," with Alice White.
Some really neat shots.

by Phillyrich
Sat May 12, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Best Coffee Table Books on the Movies?
Replies: 18
Views: 2302

Best Coffee Table Books on the Movies?

I wonder which books members would select as their favorite coffee table books on the movies? Books both beautiful and smart. How about monstrous tomes like: "David O. Selznick's Hollywood" which I can hardly lift anymore. Or any of the fine and handsome titles by Mark Vieira, like: "George Hurrell'...
by Phillyrich
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Discovering Early John Wayne
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Re: Discovering Early John Wayne

Thanks, everyone for the responses. One of the problems in tracking down and viewing these early films is the poor public domain transfers-- like the "John Wayne 20 Pack" offered by Mill Creek. So bad, you don't want to watch them. I understand that Olive Films has been remastering some of the late ...
by Phillyrich
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Discovering Early John Wayne
Replies: 9
Views: 1470

Discovering Early John Wayne

After watching the delightful Republic: "Tall In The Saddle" (1944), I'm eager for more early John Wayne (pre 1945) at Republic, and even some of his small studio westerns from the 1930's. There are so-o-o many Wayne films from the 1930's and early 1940's, I don't know where to begin. A sea of title...
by Phillyrich
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:05 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Neglected oaters: SADDLE TRAMP and A MAN ALONE
Replies: 0
Views: 819

Neglected oaters: SADDLE TRAMP and A MAN ALONE

I had though I'd seen all the good westerns-- but since so many of them were made in the 1940's and 50's, there is always something new to surprise. Neither SADDLE TRAMP, 1950, Universal, with Joel McCrea, nor A MAN ALONE, 1955, among the last of the Republic's, with Ray Milland, is available on a c...
by Phillyrich
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Devil's Island (1940) missing footage?
Replies: 2
Views: 775

Re: Devil's Island (1940) missing footage?

Read from the link. Thank you.
by Phillyrich
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Devil's Island (1940) missing footage?
Replies: 2
Views: 775

Devil's Island (1940) missing footage?

I understand that the Warner Archives dvd release of the 1940 "Devil's Island" (with Boris Karloff) runs a little over an hour. I had read that the French Government objected to the film upon its completion in 1939, due to scenes of French brutality (?), and that some of the grimmer scenes were remo...
by Phillyrich
Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Bess Flowers, and all those extras
Replies: 14
Views: 1755

Bess Flowers, and all those extras

I recently read that Bess Flowers appeared in over 350 Hollywood films, including 23 nominated for best picture. She had almost as many film appearances as Lon Chaney had faces! She rarely had a talking part, though. I guess she was called a "dress extra" for that reason. I wonder how many film buff...
by Phillyrich
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Sun Valley Serenade (1941) still stuck in the shade
Replies: 2
Views: 1031

Sun Valley Serenade (1941) still stuck in the shade

I've been waiting for years for Fox's "Sun Valley Serenade" to come out on dvd. It never has. It should still have some appeal. It was the last successful (?) star vehicle for Sonja Henie, and has that great Glenn Miller band, on state-of-the art multi-track recording. Some enchanting period footage...
by Phillyrich
Sat Dec 16, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films
Replies: 6
Views: 969

"I'll Be Seeing You" (1944) and subdued holiday films

I recently saw "I'll Be Seeing You" for the first time and found it quite moving and restrained, considering it was a holiday-themed movie, and shot mid-war. Its the story of a soldier (Joseph Cotton) on leave suffering from stress-disorder and a woman (Ginger Rogers) on leave from doing prison time...
by Phillyrich
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: American Film Institute Tributes on dvd?
Replies: 1
Views: 647

American Film Institute Tributes on dvd?

I fondly remember the AFI tv tributes to Cagney, Ford, Welles, Davis, Astaire, Capra, etc in the 1970's--80's.

They were once issued on vhs tapes. Have any of these been made available on dvd--I imagine there would be an issue of updating the film clips to modern dvd quality, though.
by Phillyrich
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Face Behind The Mask with Peter Lorre
Replies: 2
Views: 686

The Face Behind The Mask with Peter Lorre

Recently saw this superb little B film (c1941) on a sub channel--new film to me and I thought it was extremely well acted, despite it's very odd story, with Lorre a sympathetic victim/villian (?) and Evelyn Keyes doing a fine job as well. Great little B Movie with a tough, uncompromising ending. Any...
by Phillyrich
Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Making of High Sierra, 1941
Replies: 5
Views: 1141

The Making of High Sierra, 1941

One of my favorite films as a child was "High Sierra." A sympathetic gangster on the run, lots of action and sub plotting in 93 minutes, a devoted gal, and a dog named "Pard." What was not to like? I still think the film holds up well. I wonder if it still has many fans. In revisiting this film, the...
by Phillyrich
Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gems
Replies: 20
Views: 3211

Re: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gem

Another very good 1950's sci fi film is THEM, and while the giant mutant ants are not very convincing, the detective story unfolding step by step with James Whitmore, is very well done, as are the scenes in the Los Angeles (?) sewer system. Same with INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (1956)--very well ...
by Phillyrich
Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gems
Replies: 20
Views: 3211

I Married A Monster From Outer Space & little sci fi gems

I wonder if there are any fans out there of old horror or early sci fi "B" movies that are little gems. I generally go back from the 1930's, thru the 1960's. "I Married A Monster From Outer Space" (1958) for example, has one of the goofiest titles ever, but is a fine, taut little science fiction (or...
by Phillyrich
Sun Sep 24, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) Best Transfer to dvd?
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934) Best Transfer to dvd?

Does anyone have the 1934 version (Leslie Howard) of "The Scarlet Pimpernel" on dvd?

There are so many bad public domain prints on cheap dvds, it's always really disappointing to see this great
film given such shabby treatment. I don't know why.

Can anyone recommend a good standard dvd transfer?
by Phillyrich
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:06 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Greatest Movies Never Made: (and) "War Eagles?"
Replies: 28
Views: 4605

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

I often wonder about great film projects that were never completed. I love to read about them, too. One of them surely is: "War Eagles," (late 1930's), meant as a great adventure in the style of 1933's "King Kong." I understand there is a book on this film project. Has anyone read it, and is it reco...
by Phillyrich
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Mickey Rooney Grown Up, And In Noir !
Replies: 8
Views: 1568

Mickey Rooney Grown Up, And In Noir !

I have not been a big Mickey Rooney fan (often found his scenery chewing worse than Jerry Lewis, and not as funny), but in the noir-ish "Drive A Crooked Road (1954)," I discovered a new Rooney. I found him understated, believable, and easy to empathize with. A fine film. (Who knew?) He made other no...
by Phillyrich
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:42 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: DVD Release Schedule for Classic Films?
Replies: 5
Views: 1655

DVD Release Schedule for Classic Films?

I've been hoping for a number of films to appear at Warner Archives, or Universal Vault Collection, etc. Is there anywhere, an upcoming release schedule for classic films on dvd? Really like to see: "The Lost Squadron (1932)," "History Is Made At Night (1937), "The Face Behind the Mask (1941),","Des...
by Phillyrich
Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?)
Replies: 42
Views: 11720

Re: Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?

Thanks, everyone for the comments. An interesting but dizzying subject! Bob, Kid Galahad was a film that exemplifies what I was getting at. The 1937 version with Edward G Robinson did seem to disappear-- actually re-titled-- when the Presley version (1962) came along. In the dvd era, the 1937 film d...
by Phillyrich
Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?)
Replies: 42
Views: 11720

Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?)

I tell people two of my favorite comedies ARE "Monkey Business." Two very different films, the first featuring the Marx Brothers and 20 years later, Howard Hawks directing Cary Grant. I think both films have always been shown, without title change. Many feature films are known by more than one title...
by Phillyrich
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

Re: Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"

Ray, do collectors like yourself ever get contacted by companies like Criterion (or the studios) looking for good prints?

How does that process work?
by Phillyrich
Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

Re: Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"

Thanks, Bob. Sad to think there may not be a good print of this film anywhere.
by Phillyrich
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

Waiting forever for "History is Made At Night"

Why is "History Is Made At Night" still not on an American dvd issue? It was once promised by Criterion but that didn't pan out. Ownership issues? A fine film from 1937. It deserves a well remastered dvd edition.
by Phillyrich
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any good books on Republic Pictures?
Replies: 2
Views: 886

Any good books on Republic Pictures?

Most of the big eight studio, classic era films have been covered in multiple histories.

Can anyone recommend a good book on Republic Pictures?
by Phillyrich
Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Buster Keaton Is "A Hard Act To Follow"
Replies: 16
Views: 4853

Re: Buster Keaton Is "A Hard Act To Follow"

This edition is Region Two, isn't it?

Can it play in regular dvd players? If it plays, the PAL transfer would run at a different speed wouldn't it?
by Phillyrich
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: High Failure Rate of Warner Bros and Fox DVDs?
Replies: 37
Views: 24073

Re: High Failure Rate of Warner Bros and Fox DVDs?

I have found all of the dvd discs in my Errol Flynn Signature Collection (set #2 with Gentleman Jim) are going bad with rot. Also found that "Libeled Lady" and "Morning Glory" are getting milky surfaces. Do the studios offer any exchange policy on this problem? It seems 100 years from today, the onl...
by Phillyrich
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Glories of Film...in Black and White
Replies: 3
Views: 838

The Glories of Film...in Black and White

We seem to have a lot of books in recent years extolling the glories of "Technicolor," "Eastmancolor," and the like, but I don't recall anything on the simple glories of black and white film. There is nothing like a good silver nitrate print, with its contrast, depth and shimmering silvers--sometime...
by Phillyrich
Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:28 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Playing Region Two dvds
Replies: 6
Views: 2889

Playing Region Two dvds

I have read that it is possible to take a standard dvd player and allow it to play region-two discs by entering a code into the player, using the remote control. Can this be done, or do you have to buy a region-free player. I also wonder if a region-free player can account for the frame rate differe...
by Phillyrich
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Buster Keaton Is "A Hard Act To Follow"
Replies: 16
Views: 4853

Buster Keaton Is "A Hard Act To Follow"

I'll never forget this wonderful 3-hour documentary film made by Kevin Brownlow on Buster Keaton. Saw it on PBS about 1990. Brownlow's similar documentary films on Chaplin and now, Harold Lloyd (Criterion's "Safety Last" dvd supplements includes "The 3rd Genius") are handily available. What's the is...