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by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Ruan Ling-yu and Chinese Silent Cinema (1922–1935)
Replies: 5
Views: 1289

Re: Ruan Ling-yu and Chinese Silent Cinema (1922–1935)

I'd never heard of Ruan Ling-yu prior to seeing Stanley Kwan's biopic Centre Stage , starring Maggie Cheung, in the early '90s at the Toronto International Film Festival. It might even have been under it's alternate title Actress at that point. The film included a few tantalizing glimpses of the rea...
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125727

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

One of Raoul Walsh's lesser-known films, despite being shot in Technicolor, FIGHTER SQUADRON (1948) may not have been shown widely over here in England, despite being set here (in Hertfordshire or Herefordshire -will have to check) Now I'm wondering if, at any point in the film, a hurricane hardly ...
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip

And here's the number that the brief clip of Dick Morgan was taken from:

by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:59 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip

Turns out, despite their physical similarity, Dick and Freddy Morgan were not brothers, or even cousins. Freddy's real name was Morganstern, which he said he shortened so it would fit better on a record label. (The fact that they'd do a "Banjo Brothers" bit while in the City Slickers only confused t...
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS
Replies: 4
Views: 142

Re: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS

It didn't even make the songbook.

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by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Happy 112th Birthday Grace Jones
Replies: 2
Views: 165

Re: Happy 112th Birthday Grace Jones

Jim Roots wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:44 am
I'm sure I'm not the only one who did a double-take at the subject line. Pop star Grace Jones isn't quite that old yet.
I was wondering if when she played an undead bloodsucker in Vamp, maybe she wasn't acting.

Congrats to the UK Grace Jones! I wonder if she saw many films that are lost now?
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2210

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Mike Gebert wrote:
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:43 am
Well, as Ed Lorusso points out on the new podcast, they'll license public domain stuff that's professionally produced with scores-- sometimes. So get on that!
Lessee...what film would go well with a wax paper & comb score?
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?
Replies: 73
Views: 10839

Re: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?

Dave Pitts wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:48 am
I would suggest a thread called How many movie people have died in on-set accidents? but it's probably been done. There are some pretty horrifying stories, including quite a few from the silent days.
Heck, how many of them involved airplane incidents alone?
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Fundraiser for a NitrateVille member
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: Fundraiser for a NitrateVille member

92%!
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:28 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2210

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Come on, TCM! Enough with all the Bus Tours, Ocean Cruises, warhorse-favorite film festivals, shiny new hosts, cord-cutting streaming options, revved-up computer graphics and gallons and gallons of over-priced wine! Don't forget their current video signal (in my market, anyway) that now requires me...
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 16, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip

His name came up in a Facebook thread looking for the guitarist's identity, someone else suggested Eddie Lang. I can see the resemblance to Morgan (who's brother Freddy was also a City Slicker, with a similar mug), seen here on far left. https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0002/778/MI0002778...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Need help identifying guitarist in video clip
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Need help identifying guitarist in video clip

I thought I'd tap into the collective brain of Nitrateville and try and figure out who the guitarist is in this fan-made video assembled from clips from all over the place, for Commando Cody's Too Much Fun. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0jWv0lFqF0 The guitarist with the grinning mug appears around...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018

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by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018

Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times. I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:42 am
Forum: NitrateVille Radio Podcast
Topic: Ep. 28: Movies of the Teens • Buster Keaton Convention • 60s Drive-In Stars
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Ep. 28: Movies of the Teens • Buster Keaton Convention • 60s Drive-In Stars

Heh, I was thinking of the ferry, and wondering if it would be necessary to rent a car on the other side. At least Porter flies from Halifax to Chicago.
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 318

Re: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018

Watch Carry on Screaming tonight. Fielding was funny but the movie was a tad draggy. I don't get the "Frying tonight!" line used several times. I was wondering that myself. One movie blog says it's a take-off on a line "Flying tonight!" that's somehow Dracula-related, but I don't recall it. Another...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?
Replies: 73
Views: 10839

Re: How many movie people have died due to auto accidents?

Florence La Badie, leading lady in early features, died in 1917, aged 29, after an auto wreck. She sustained multiple fractures of the pelvis and died after a short hospitalization. I'm halfway through watching the HBO series The Knick from Steven Soderbergh, set in a 1900-era NYC hospital, and in ...
by s.w.a.c.
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:33 am
Forum: NitrateVille Radio Podcast
Topic: Ep. 28: Movies of the Teens • Buster Keaton Convention • 60s Drive-In Stars
Replies: 8
Views: 873

Re: Ep. 28: Movies of the Teens • Buster Keaton Convention • 60s Drive-In Stars

Great episode, always pleased to hear some talk about The Railrodder , as it was my first exposure to Buster's work (CBC-TV used to run it all the time as emergency filler when I was a kid, especially when ball games were rained out), and as I've mentioned many times before, the early scenes were fi...
by s.w.a.c.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: music for the silent film fan
Replies: 3
Views: 215

Re: music for the silent film fan

http://i.ndcd.net/13/Item/500/465836.jpg Here's a page on the Naxos site which gives more info on Let's Go In to a Picture Show, including a track listing with the artists' names. I'd love to hear Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend by the Edison Military Band. EDIT: Here it is! http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
by s.w.a.c.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:05 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Fundraiser for a NitrateVille member
Replies: 6
Views: 1188

Re: Fundraiser for a NitrateVille member

Only to happy to help! I've certainly enjoyed David's work over the years. Hope this helps get him through this difficult time.
by s.w.a.c.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Homage to Louis Armstrong (1971)
Replies: 1
Views: 97

Re: Homage to Louis Armstrong (1971)

Has anyone here visited the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, NY? We went there last time we were in NYC, and were awestruck by the experience, it was left largely untouched after he died. If you take the tour, you can even play one of his trumpets, if you bring your own mouthpiece.
by s.w.a.c.
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:50 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BURT REYNOLDS DIES
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: BURT REYNOLDS DIES

Appropriately, it's now going to be Burt Reynolds Week over at Trailers From Hell, starting with The Longest Yard, followed by Deliverance and Fuzz.
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SHARK / CAINE (1969)
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: SHARK / CAINE (1969)

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:37 pm
Yes, it's in three parts, and 4:3 as well...
Ick. Maybe when Burt gave Universal a big hit with Smokey & the Bandit, he asked them to bury this one somewhere.
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SHARK / CAINE (1969)
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: SHARK / CAINE (1969)

The one I want to revisit is his strange thriller about intelligent apes, Skullduggery (1970), which I think is on YouTube in some chopped up form. https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/519ZD41oD1L._SX450_.jpg https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BOTE2ZmIxNzctMzEyZS00ZjExLWI1NzktOTBiODQ...
by s.w.a.c.
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125727

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

One of four theatrical features directed by William Conrad - better known as the voice of Marshall Matt Dillon on the radio version of Gunsmoke , the narrator of The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle and the star of Cannon in the '70s - Brainstorm (1965) is a fun assortment of elements that mixes fil...
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:45 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SHARK / CAINE (1969)
Replies: 6
Views: 240

Re: SHARK / CAINE (1969)

This is from IMDb trivia, so take it with an appropriately sized grain of salt: This film gained some infamy at the time of its release because of the death of one of its stuntmen. He was killed on camera while working with what was supposed to be a sedated shark when a white shark bit through the p...
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Remembering Anita Page
Replies: 7
Views: 375

Re: Remembering Anita Page

I thought that story about Thalberg had been thoroughly debunked? Quite possibly, it's just some dumb thing I read on the internet somewhere, probably an out-of-date Wikipedia entry. The story also turns up in some of her obituaries . I haven't heard much about Thalberg being a casting couch creep,...
by s.w.a.c.
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:31 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1525
Views: 125727

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

Woke up woefully early this morning, so I watched a couple of 75 minute wonders DVR'd off TCM. Wise Girl (1937) sees heiress Miriam Hopkins navigating the wilds of Greenwich Village, trying to wrest her dead sister's daughters out of the grip of their struggling artist uncle Ray Milland. The first h...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Liz Fraser
Replies: 4
Views: 271

Re: Liz Fraser

Liz Fraser's obit on the BBC website . Very charming and fetching actress, who is in some very good early Peter Sellers films, and appears to have aged very gracefully indeed, working right up until the end. It's a shame she was overshadowed somewhat by other Carry On stars like Barbara Windsor and...
by s.w.a.c.
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:36 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: BURT REYNOLDS DIES
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: BURT REYNOLDS DIES

Playing a porn director in Boogie Nights is often cited as his big comeback role, but I'm really fond of his 1989 comedy Breaking In directed by Local Hero's Bill Forsyth, and written by John Sayles. It suggested he could have branched out a lot sooner in his later career, but for whatever reason he...