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by Donald Binks
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 22
Views: 249

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

When I was a young whippersnapper - probably about 13 or 14, I developed an interest in silent pictures. Most likely this developed from seeing programmes on the television such as "Silents Please" and "Fractured Flickers". In those days it was virtually impossible to see a full length silent pictur...
by Donald Binks
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:32 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 13
Views: 390

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

It's in widescreen, Technicolor, stereophonic sound and it's made this century - that will get my son in for a start. Like-minded younger persons may also go and see this picture and learn something of probably the most likable and funniest pair of comedians to have graced the screen. I hope so. Mr....
by Donald Binks
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 310

Re: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018

It was that voice - deep and husky, that got me.

With everyone going, there soon won;t be anyone left around that I knew of....
:(
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...
Replies: 30
Views: 1061

Re: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...

Mike Gebert wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 7:35 pm
You collect too much money, then you have to figure out how to get rid of it--
Sounds like a problem I wish I had! :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...
Replies: 30
Views: 1061

Re: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...

As John Paul Getty said - "What's money for if you can;t give it away?" :D
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 22
Views: 3632

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

W.C. Fields was evidently never meant to sing but I remember (unfortunately) him croaking out something or other to do with "The Wabash".
by Donald Binks
Fri Sep 07, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance
Replies: 4
Views: 103

Re: 1930 - Latest Fashion Dooms the Charleston Dance

Wunnerfull! Thank you. It prompts me to ask how many young bucks these days possess evening clothes and how many young fillies take pride in their ball gown?
:D
by Donald Binks
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Liz Fraser
Replies: 4
Views: 268

Re: Liz Fraser

Another familiar face gone that was always welcomed. R.I.P. Ms. Fraser
by Donald Binks
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1496
Views: 125070

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

Jim Roots wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:26 am
Donald Binks wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Jim Roots wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:01 am

"hoosegow"

"slickster"

Jim
Que?
Aw, 23-skidoo, daddio!

Jim
Thank you for your most erudite translation. (I can't help it if I can't understand Canadian terminologies!) :(
by Donald Binks
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1496
Views: 125070

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

Jim Roots wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:01 am

"hoosegow"

"slickster"

Jim
Que?
by Donald Binks
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Worst of the Worst
Replies: 94
Views: 28315

Re: Worst of the Worst

I notice now in some documentaries, of all things, where archival footage in Academy is stretched into the widescreen frame. This is just careless, and no, I don't consider it "artistic licence". One of my "remotes" has an easily found button to change aspects on the television; another requires one...
by Donald Binks
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:22 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 377950

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Mike Gebert wrote:
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:40 pm
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... the appearance of Mr. George Arliss on the masthead ...
Mr. Fells must be walking on air! :D Good choice!
by Donald Binks
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018
Replies: 29
Views: 3342

Re: Stummfilmtage Bonn 2018

Thank you once again Arndt for your reviews of the Bonn Festival this year. I always look forward to reading them.
by Donald Binks
Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

Talking of sub-titles (ah! to be right on subject) - I watched a Russian film the other day that had sub-titles which I think had been translated into English by way of Swahili, thence to Mongolian. At this point an inebriated Japanese got into the act before the final product arrived. As a close f...
by Donald Binks
Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

Talking of sub-titles (ah! to be right on subject) - I watched a Russian film the other day that had sub-titles which I think had been translated into English by way of Swahili, thence to Mongolian. At this point an inebriated Japanese got into the act before the final product arrived. As an example...
by Donald Binks
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

I have noticed that when I watch German films on SBS TV here in Oz that the sub-titling in English doesn't always match what is being said in the dialogue. I think that this in the main is to cut down on excessive wording for audiences to read. Just the essentials are given to enable the plot to be ...
by Donald Binks
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Sennett comedy with sound added?
Replies: 13
Views: 431

Re: Sennett comedy with sound added?

Adding my thanks for the Fractured Flickers clip and its goofy charm! I'd be interested to know the films used in the excerpt, and suspect there are some here who can identify them... Was that Louise Fazenda in the broken boat? I'd say one of the fillums was "Blood and Sand" with Rhubarb Vaselino
by Donald Binks
Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...
Replies: 30
Views: 1061

Re: If you care to kick in for the software upgrades...

A pleasure to help out in a small way Mike!
by Donald Binks
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I hope no one will take it too far amiss if I look at and report on silent movies in this thread, to wit: Bob That would be quite novel! Actually, I have found a silent film on a subject that Jim and I have been discussing, so I am part the way to being back on track. :D http://www.youtube.com/watc...
by Donald Binks
Wed Aug 22, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I know we've really taken this thread off-topic and that I'm the main guilty party for doing so, but I can't resist commenting that Australia has the absolutely worst coffee in the world. Something in the water over there, no doubt. I spent ten days there in 1999, mostly in Brisbane and the Gold Co...
by Donald Binks
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:04 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

And doughnuts are great anytime. Don't you have a Tim Horton's* over there? * I refuse to drop the apostrophe. The man's name was Tim Horton, not Tim Hortons, and as a child I revered him as the best defenceman on my idolized Toronto Maple Leafs. Jim Glad to see someone who insists on proper Englis...
by Donald Binks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Sennett comedy with sound added?
Replies: 13
Views: 431

Re: Sennett comedy with sound added?

silentfilm wrote:
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:07 pm
The Fractured Flickers show is an example of this:
Thanks for posting this. I haven't seen it for 55 years! It and "Silents Please" which came out on television at round about the same time, formed my only contact with silent pictures at the time and generated my interest in them.
by Donald Binks
Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

There was a Full Monty breakfast at a hotel I stayed in two weeks ago in Regina, Saskatchewan, of all places. I passed it up, going instead for "the Canadian breakfast": eggs, sausages or bacon, hash browns, either French toast or pancakes (with maple syrup, of course), juice and coffee. Do any oth...
by Donald Binks
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: POSSIBLE RELATIVE OF LORD DAFT OF SODOFFINGTON?
Replies: 1
Views: 105

Re: POSSIBLE RELATIVE OF LORD DAFT OF SODOFFINGTON?

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There is definitely a likeness there!
by Donald Binks
Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Sometimes listed on menus as "English mixed grill", it's a variety of meats (at least three) grilled together with vegetables. The last time I had it, funnily enough, was in a French restaurant in Montreal many years ago: an absolutely enormous plate of beef, sausages, chicken, potatoes, and some v...
by Donald Binks
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Morgana King dead at 87
Replies: 1
Views: 184

Re: Morgana King dead at 87

She had a big hit with "I have loved me a man" which I remember as having a very catchy tune and words that were easy to remember. I got pulled up quite often at the time for unconsciously starting to sing it in public. Another of my more embarrassing memories. :oops:
by Donald Binks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

According to internet sources - are they reliable?? - the F. U. was indeed intentional. Let me recommend the British 4-part "House of Cards" to one and all. It's marvelous. The American version doesn't hold a candle to the wit in this one! I assumed the F.U. was intentional (at least by the last mi...
by Donald Binks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 626
Views: 78343

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

TCM's Summer Under the Stars Harold Lloyd Day has certainly given me the chance to visit some old friends. ..... Bob Some of your remarks regarding Lloyd – being the victim of his own success and his later 20s films being indicative of this – ... We screened "Safety Last" (1923) at my local film gr...
by Donald Binks
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Oscar news
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Oscar news

Probably the best thing they could do is go back to organising a nice dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel and dishing out some awards at the end of it. That way all attendees could enjoy themselves and get stuck into the turps. Maybe a few flashlight photographs could be taken of award winners for the pre...
by Donald Binks
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Actor ID?
Replies: 4
Views: 621

Re: Actor ID?

drednm wrote:Here he is again of the left

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Dunno - but the bloke on the right looks like a young Uncle Adolf.