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by wich2
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1515
Views: 125460

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

drednm wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 8:41 am
Named Marlon (Reynolds supposedly disliked Marlon Brando intensely)

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by wich2
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)
Replies: 15
Views: 1122

Re: THE IRON HORSE (1924) BD coming from Twilight Time (11/20/18)

Twilight Time announced that they are putting the release of this title on hold pending the outcome of the Disney buy-out of Fox. That would be a disaster. With respect, wouldn't that be more a "frustration"? Leaving the designation "disaster" more for things like the fires out West, the flooding d...
by wich2
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:51 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: NEW Louise Brooks play
Replies: 0
Views: 45

NEW Louise Brooks play

For those in the NYC area, come to our historic venue ~

https://www.actorsguild.org/events.html

(Scroll down to 9/27)

And coming soon there: my Quicksilver Radio Theater production of FRANKENSTEIN: MODERN PROMETHEUS.

-Craig
by wich2
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 5
Views: 161

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

I always found Cavett to be much too self-centered to be a really great interviewer:

"Well, Lord Olivier, when I was playing in PLAZA SUITE in Connecticut, this is how I approached acting..."
by wich2
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1515
Views: 125460

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

Indeed.

Long before the Five Day Work Week, Sunday was the day off.
by wich2
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:50 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Walter, Walter, Walter
Replies: 3
Views: 324

Re: Walter, Walter, Walter

I dunno...

But Gene Pallette's got the poison and he's flaggin' Carmen Dragon!
by wich2
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: NTA Short films packages
Replies: 13
Views: 2034

Re: NTA Short films packages

Another addition to the list that Blackhawk offered is CAPTAIN HENRY'S RADIO SHOW (1933) featuring Don Voorhees' Prchestra, Lanny Ross and singer Annette Hanshaw in her only film appearance. A tie-in, likely, with the MAXWELL HOUSE SHOWBOAT radio series that Ross was on for several years (and Hansh...
by wich2
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:20 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 901

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

I planned to give Karloff and THE APE a chance, but my bed beckoned. If you ever get a chance, it's worth a watch (and by FAR the best print I've ever seen, is TCM's.) For whatever reason, Billy Pratt here musters himself for a solid, even touching, performance rare in a Monogram cheapie. -Craig
by wich2
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie cribbed from Stan?
Replies: 9
Views: 429

Re: Charlie cribbed from Stan?

Yes, he did screw other performers out of plum roles. It's on record that as a very young performer in England, he rejected a comic role on the stage until he saw Laurel hit it big in that role ... then Chaplin got Laurel removed and he replaced Stan in the same role. So what? Everybody did that in...
by wich2
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:20 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: RIP Neil Simon
Replies: 7
Views: 364

Re: RIP Neil Simon

drednm wrote:
Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:33 pm
We won't see a playwright of his stature again.
Well, we had Shakespeare and Shaw before, so of course we could be so blessed again.
by wich2
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: WHEN LINCOLN PAID (1913)
Replies: 2
Views: 239

Re: WHEN LINCOLN PAID (1913)

Link, please?

(Couldn't find it there by title search.)
by wich2
Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera
Replies: 216
Views: 57784

Re: Tinkering with the 1925 cut of Phantom of the Opera

Been following your work by several channels, Scott.

Keep up the good work; we'll get the majority of fans to appreciate this cut as better, yet!

-Craig
by wich2
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D
Replies: 118
Views: 45079

Re: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D

On my annual summer "working vacation" to Ohio, I'll be shooting with this little gem for the first time in a few years ~

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Nicely engineered, and real 3-D, rather than computer simulated!
by wich2
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4053

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Boy, this guy loves NINOTCHKA. Would someone more Cary Grant-ish have been better in the lead? Maybe, although Douglas here and elsewhere is a solid actor. Is Greta standoffish at first? Well, yeah - that being the character and all! But I believe that she, and Lubistch, riff brilliantly on her own ...
by wich2
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away
Replies: 24
Views: 1623

Re: Tab Hunter Has Passed Away

Sir Donald ~

The Moving Finger writes...


Back in the "golden age," visiting Oldsters were probably saying, " 'Flynn' ? I want to see Francis X. Bushman's place!"
by wich2
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:24 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1515
Views: 125460

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

Donald Binks wrote:
drednm wrote:... include Edgar Bergen (I can never NOT watch his lips move)...
That's probably why he did more work on the wireless than he did in films?
...where, in his own show - Fred Astaire danced!

It's a funny world...

- Craig
by wich2
Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:41 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Ackerman's Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Ackerman's Collection

Forry was friends with (and I believe represented at one point) noted theologian, L. Ron Hubbard. Knowing what is out there now, that friendship makes a lot more sense. Indeed. An "interesting" man, with some "interesting" friends... https://i.pinimg.com/736x/c9/a2/04/c9a204e50e0142f185f84f94e68604...
by wich2
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Ackerman's Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Ackerman's Collection

Some good, some bad. Same as anybody else. Except that most folks have not been polished with the decades of hagiography that "Uncle Forry" has. I think it's good for those Alternative Facts to be balanced with a little Fact. He also claimed to have been the literary agent for a lot of science fict...
by wich2
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Ackerman's Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Ackerman's Collection

Well, Craig, living in Manhattan, I run across the interesting and near-interesting now and again. When I do, my witty, incisive repartee is generally "I've enjoyed your work." Because I believe they like o spend some time just being human beings. Bob Bob, I live in Manhattan, too. And I'm actually...
by wich2
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Ackerman's Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Ackerman's Collection

Bob, your last point is exactly the problem (well, that and, as Jim notes, the sexual harassment...) As you say, Forrest Ackerman was there at the right time, and he had good access - but for the most part, he wholly squandered same! He met folks like Lugosi, Karloff, Van Sloan, and many others from...
by wich2
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Ackerman's Collection
Replies: 18
Views: 1080

Re: Ackerman's Collection

(Forrest Ackerman) 1. Where did his Chaney collection end up after his death? 2. What the heck did he have against Michael Blake, anyway? ... The introduction to the second edition of this book is one of the most off-putting, sustained snarks against one individual that I have ever read. 1. Jim, so...
by wich2
Mon Jul 09, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online
Replies: 17
Views: 1464

Re: Blackhawk Films catalogs now online

Thanks, Ben and all!

I still have a few old "hardcopies" in my files..

-Craig
by wich2
Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: TCM via cable vs. Filmstruck
Replies: 25
Views: 3124

Re: TCM via cable vs. Filmstruck

The Suits told Congress, "Give us the increased Bandwidth - and we'll give customers the 'choose your own menu' option that we've promised ever since Pay TV began!"

THEY LIED.
by wich2
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter Pan.
Replies: 27
Views: 2261

Re: Boris Karloff as Captain Hook in B'way Version of Peter

Ken, that supports what I wrote earlier: Since the Videotape Age, there has been an intentional, authorized project to record entire B'way shows. Again, many are held at Lincoln Center. And as I also wrote above, yes, before that in the 16mm age, portions of shows were shot by various folks at vario...
by wich2
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6562

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

s.w.a.c. wrote:If he got it from Ackerman, I'm guessing ham, with lots of extra cheese.
...and a big slice of baloney!
by wich2
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: FIGHT WITH SLEDGE HAMMERS [1902]
Replies: 8
Views: 1437

Re: FIGHT WITH SLEDGE HAMMERS [1902]

daveboz wrote:[Here ends the surviving page of the original manuscript. Perhaps we never shall know who won the fight with sledge hammers!]
"Be sure to come back to this Theater next week, for ~

TWO FUNERALS WITH CLOSED CASKETS!"
by wich2
Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison
Replies: 16
Views: 2552

Re: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison

>completely different that the ones audiences saw<

(Italics mine.)

With respect, I don't think that phrase is totally accurate. (The plot, cast, sets, style, etc. are all the same.)

- Craig
by wich2
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:49 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?
Replies: 9
Views: 3188

Re: When stag films were illegal how were they sold?

Daniel D. Teoli Jr. wrote:15.00 each in the late 1930 and 1940's for a 400 foot reel
That was REAL money then. (Hence, the Mob connection.)