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by earlytalkiebuffRob
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER (1950) is a rare [until recently] British horror which I understood not to have a very good reputation. With 'bookends' in a rather threadbare-looking club, the tale is told of Roderick Usher and his sister Madeline (Gwen Watford) buried in a gloomy old house, with a f...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films
Replies: 6
Views: 193

Re: Largest Live Orchestra for Silent Films

Big Silent Fan wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:44 am

Here in Florida, where I now live, there's "The Tampa Theatre," a huge movie palace with working organ. It opened in October, 1926. They show Silent films occasionally.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tampa_Theatre
One wonders if some wag has attempted to add an 'X' to the theater's name...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

I had no memory of Berkeley Square (1933), so I watched my old TCM print again and really liked the film. The first of Leslie Howard's two Oscar nominations. He plays a time traveler who yearns for the "good old days" of the 18th century after he finds some old papers and diaries in his 1933 home. ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Would have probably given up on THE HARD HOMBRE (1931) if I hadn't persevered with it for about a third of its running time. Not so much for the quality of the film, but the condition of the sound was such that it made for somewhat irritating viewing at times. Hoot Gibson plays 'Peaceful Pat', whose...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Voices in today's pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 173

Re: Voices in today's pictures

A lady in my shop the other day commented on 'poor sound' being a defect of early films. Aside from that in cheaply made movies, or some of the very earliest talkies, I suspect the problem would normally lie with the condition of the print / video / upload, etc., or just that in some cases (SINS OF ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: TNT (the old TNT) and me
Replies: 18
Views: 414

Re: TNT (the old TNT) and me

My first encounter to TNT was in the 1990s when my then wife and I had cable TV. There was an excellent selection of long-unseen films from the Warner and MGM vaults until they started having adverts, fewer rarities, and endless repeats of more familiar items. At that point I quit, it not being wort...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 2:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Another from the 'exploitation' pile was ASSASSIN OF YOUTH (1937). There were at least two copies of this 'devil's weed' film out there, the longer one having a very poor soundtrack, the shorter being somewhat clearer. A young reporter is sent to a small town after a series of marijuana-related deat...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

You got me curious about Max Bygraves and so I looked him up on YouTube to hear what he sounded like. Truly the sound of a Blackpool lounge singer warming up an audience of boozy old punters and their wives with sentimental tunes sung more or less on autopilot. His performance in SPARE THE ROD (196...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: MARGARET HINXMAN 1924-2018
Replies: 0
Views: 101

MARGARET HINXMAN 1924-2018

Margaret Hinxman, who died only eight days after her 94th birthday, was perhaps best known as film critic for 'The Daily Mail', from the 1970s, although she started writing articles for 'Picturegoer' much earlier, before moving to the 'Sunday Telegraph' in 1966. Television work included an issue of ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Another entry from Nazi Germany, MEIN LEBEN FUR IRLAND [MY LIFE FOR IRELAND] (1941) had only one familiar face for me in the presence of George Wegener as 'Sir George Beverly', a treacherous English military gent. The film starts with a police raid on a rural Irish family in 1903, demanding money th...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 56
Views: 10915

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

To me, the most priceless classics are those films that have such excellence in all departments that you almost can't wear them out with re-viewing. I've seen The Women ('39), Witness for the Prosecution ('57), and, sorry, Female Trouble ('74) about 100 times or more apiece, but I still get sucked ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: MR POTTERMACK'S OVERSIGHT (1963)
Replies: 0
Views: 48

MR POTTERMACK'S OVERSIGHT (1963)

The other evening I listened to a BBC adaptation of R Austin Freeman's 'Mr Pottermack's Oversight', with Anthony Nicholls as Dr Thorndyke and Peter Coke (misleadingly pronounced 'Cook'!). Originally broadcast in 1963, it was an enjoyable, civilised adaptation of the 1930 book. Does anyone know who p...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

24 HOURS (1931) was unfortunately a rather poor / indifferent copy, but enjoyable nevertheless. Clive Brook is an alcoholic millionaire unhappily married (!) to Kay Francis and seeing club singer Miriam Hopkins on the side. Leaving to see Hopkins, he is part-witness to a shooting before calling on h...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 699
Views: 80542

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

Produced by 'Goodwill Pictures', THE MIDNIGHT MESSAGE (1926) tells of Western Union delivery boy Johnny Fox who takes a night job in order to help his widowed mother (Mary Carr) make ends meet. On one errand, he interrupts a robbery at a grand house, and after freeing the daughter of the household g...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Sepiatone, couldn't you say all the versions of The Four Feathers concern themselves with 'Chinese' Gordon? Bob I suppose they do. 'Feathers concerns mostly in Egypt during the period of the 1880s-late 1890s. Chinese Gordon was killed in Sudan in 1885. Khartoum doesn't touch upon his exploits in Ch...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 484

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

daveboz wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:23 am
CAPTAIN BLOOD was cut for a 1951 reissue. In 1987, a complete original print from Jack Warner’s personal collection was issued on VHS, and the same print is on the DVD.
Thank you - that would be the copy I have...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: HOW MANY TIMES?
Replies: 1
Views: 149

HOW MANY TIMES?

Dave Pitts's comment on having seen THE WOMEN (1939) and other movies 100+ times reminded me of a question. Under ideal circumstances, how often could you run a movie on 35 mm or 16 mm before it started to become unplayable?
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 56
Views: 10915

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

To me, the most priceless classics are those films that have such excellence in all departments that you almost can't wear them out with re-viewing. I've seen The Women ('39), Witness for the Prosecution ('57), and, sorry, Female Trouble ('74) about 100 times or more apiece, but I still get sucked ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Elsewhere I've mentioned the revival of a publishing phenomenon called "The Detective Club" by Collins in England, which reissues forgotten or at least out-of-print mysteries from the so-called "golden age of detectives". They've gone all the way back to the last half of the 19th century to reprint...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Looking on IMDb, I found one writer, who, like me, assumed that WESTWARD PASSAGE (1932) was an outdoors affair. The title refers in fact to the bulk of the film takes place on an ocean liner travelling from Europe to America. Laurence Olivier plays a selfish, petulant would-be writer whose marriage ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Although it presumably counts as a 'B', THE DEFENSE RESTS (1934) has a good cast and is here presented in a lovely sharp print. Jack Holt plays a cynical and bent lawyer who is idealised by newly graduated Jean Arthur until she sees the little wrinkles used by Holt to get his clients off the hook, a...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 56
Views: 10915

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

That's funny, it sounds like Bob & Ray's bit about the George Brent impersonator, but Macready does have a pretty distinctive voice and I can think of a few lines I could quote from him including the "both my little friends" one, though admittedly they come from only two movies (who can name the ot...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sea Hawk (1940) - a new restoration
Replies: 8
Views: 484

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 decisi...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Johnny Mack Brown, Tex Ritter and 'Fuzzy' Knight share billing in DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS (1942) a semi-musical with a dose of history, whereby Brown is returning home to his Dad (William Farnum) only to find him involved with a bunch of crooks eager to exploit the local citizenry after Texas has...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

I thought'd I'd already seen William Wyler's early talkie take of the 3 Godfathers story, Hell's Heroes (1929), but I DVR'd it anyway just in case, which was a good thing because a few minutes into it I realized I'd never seen this "Universal Special" before. There had been three silent versions (i...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

LOVE AFFAIR (1932) has flier / engineer Humphrey Bogart falling for society girl Dorothy Mackaill despite some of her less than winning ways*. They both think she has money but in fact she's broke (aside from owning her father's house) and her middle-aged (Hale Hamilton) boyfriend is bankrolling her...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

Convict Stage (1965): Some time ago, stage-coach-robbing brothers Joe Partridge and Eric Matthews killed Harry Lauter's sister. He has been chasing them since. Marshall Red Barry has captured them and is taking them to prison by stage, and Lauter means to exact vengeance, though his wife tells him ...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

An absolutely wonderful TV production of The Last of Mrs. Lincoln from 1976 captures one of Julie Harris' 5 Tony Award winning performances and it's a pip. The story picks up after Lincoln's assassination. Mary Todd Lincoln (Harris) is forced to move into a squalid flat with sons Robert and Tad whi...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

After getting back from THE CHILDREN ACT on Saturday, I thought I had better make it up to my cat and put a film and the fire on, so ended up with ONE WISH TOO MANY (1956) from the Children's Film Foundation. It tells of a schoolboy who finds a marble in his local market and discovers that the thing...
by earlytalkiebuffRob
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1676
Views: 128527

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

... Up to date now with THE CHILDREN ACT (2017), from a book by Ian McEwan and directed by Richard Eyre, a combination which goes back at least thirty years and to THE PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH. Emma Thompson plays a judge who has to make a decision for a boy suffering from cancer who needs a blood transfu...