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by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 641
Views: 78691

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

Doing some more DVR cleaning and finally got to see THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH. Another TCM silent warhorse (along with MERRY WIDOW and LOVE) to get a live organ score. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I really like these live scores and if anyone from TCM is lurking, please consider doi...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 4
Replies: 14
Views: 159

Re: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 4

Histogram wrote:
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:01 pm
Interested in Vol 4, too!
Any Tex is welcome. Please consider me for all and sundry
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

The view that It's Great To Be Alive (1933) is inferior to the silent predecessor seems near-universal, and I'm not surprised. Changing the lead character from a milksop to a ladies' man is a pretty fundamental alteration. It may be inferior, but I found it quite enjoyable nonetheless. To be clear,...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

precode wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:51 pm
BTW, a big hat-tip to Mary Mallory, who suggested THE TRAIL OF VINCE BARNETT. There's apparently a whole bunch of those Roach Refugee shorts still in the vaults at Universal, and hopefully we can get them to preserve more.

Ooooh. More with Max? More CROOKS' TOUR insanity?

All hail Mary!
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Thanks for the wrap-up! I'd quibble with a couple of your opinions, but hey, that's what makes a horse race. Well, that and horses. And betting. Anyway, a couple of corrections: SOLOMON: Page played the singer, Henry the socialite. This is the last time I write a program note from memory. ASEGURE w...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:37 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

“At The Mike” (1934) – It’s always a joy to hear Rose Marie put over a song, but we also got the added bonus of Tess (Aunt Jemina) Gardella get almost Yma Sumac-y in her jazzy turn. And then we get a sleepy, cynical, high-kicking dancer-comedienne Kathleen Howard (?) as a bonus. This short wasn’t d...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 905

A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

(We've been traveling so this is the first chance I've had to post. I can't find other Cinecon reviews, but if there are, moderators please move this post) It was a weekend filled with precocious children, faithful dogs, Erich von Stroheim jokes, people falling into filled bathtubs/ponds, non-myster...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)
Replies: 8
Views: 388

Re: THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)

About how many minutes into the film does this occur? I've seen THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES a few times, but can't recall Henry Hull saying 'nigger', although he may have said 'Negro', which is perhaps also a no-no on the small screen. And surely Fonda isn't turning himself in to save a black life, b...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)
Replies: 8
Views: 388

THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940)

Finally caught up with this Fritz Lang feature. (SPOILERS AHEAD) For those who know the film well, one question: Did Henry Hull drop the N-bomb during the trial scene, when referring to Ernest Whitman's character? I ask because in the print that aired, the word has been bleeped from the soundtrack. ...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:03 am
Forum: Silent Screenings
Topic: Atlanta, GA: THE ANCIENT LAW (Das alte Gesetz - 1923) - 9/6/18
Replies: 0
Views: 31

Atlanta, GA: THE ANCIENT LAW (Das alte Gesetz - 1923) - 9/6/18

The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival's Select Series will screen the 1923 German film Das alte Gesetz on September 6 at 7:30 pm at the Rich Auditorium in Atlanta. Donald Sosin will play. https://www.ajff.org/article/2018/08/ajff-selects-ancient-law Mr. Sosin will also accompany Hitchcock's THE LODGER (1...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SWEET MUSIC - 1935
Replies: 0
Views: 149

SWEET MUSIC - 1935

I know it runs on TCM from time to time, but does anyone know of any overseas archives that have elements on this title?
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Ambersons coming to Criterion in November
Replies: 5
Views: 582

Re: Ambersons coming to Criterion in November

The magnificence of the Ambersons will be on Criterion at last... at least for those who do not still own the laserdisc edition with its reconstruction of the lost footage. It will also be first time on blu-ray. November titles: The Magnificent Ambersons, David Byrne's True Stories, Some Like It Ho...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon location
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Cinecon location

"There are other theaters and hotels in the Los Angeles area." Yes, but there are very few theatres that can project 35mm prints, especially archival ones on reel-to-reel (and none can run nitrate). We considered the other Cinematheque theatre, the Aero, in Santa Monica, but there isn't a hotel any...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon Just Weeks Away
Replies: 11
Views: 922

Re: Cinecon Just Weeks Away

We'll be there
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Aug 06, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: KING OF JAZZ (1930) - missing scene / reused model?
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: KING OF JAZZ (1930) - missing scene / reused model?

Watching the restored KING OF JAZZ last night, I wondered if my attention had wandered or whether one sketch was missing. The sketch in question has a couple finding out that they aren't married after all, and 'baby' William Kent saying something on the lines of "that makes me a --------". Can anyo...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Thu Jul 26, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents
Replies: 287
Views: 84737

Re: Kino to release blu-rays/DVDs of some Paramount silents

:? Huh? YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN??? How's that? This one came completely out of nowhere. I was hoping for some of the Pola Negri titles, especially THE SPANISH DANCER, and Lubitsch's FORBIDDEN PARADISE. Oh by the way, KID BOOTS was recently restored in 4K just last year. One might think that would be a...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:14 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Golem 2018 Restoration
Replies: 4
Views: 960

Re: The Golem 2018 Restoration

Scoundrel wrote:That's wonderful news...!!!
Ooooh!
by Harlett O'Dowd
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: local censor board archives
Replies: 4
Views: 715

local censor board archives

I know the Herrick has Breen Office files concerning film censorship, but I wonder if there are any local censor board archives that might have useful information. I am particularly interested in southern censorship boards, as they removed racially "objectionable" material on their own above and bey...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Fri Jul 20, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Cinecon location
Replies: 15
Views: 1401

Re: Cinecon location

The solution to being awakened is simple: sleep with earplugs. not an option for me. much as I love the Eqyptian, I would also welcome discussion about relocating Cinecon, or return to the days when it traveled. Adding insult to injury to the expense of lodging, Hollywood Boulevard becomes a zoo du...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:23 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: First Universal Vault entries since 2016
Replies: 22
Views: 5634

Re: First Universal Vault entries since 2016

Harold Aherne wrote:For what it's worth, Kino just announced a deal with Universal. Their rep who posts on the Home Theatre Forum hasn't mentioned anything specific but did confirm "around 100 titles from 1932 to 2009".

--HA
Please God THE ROAD BACK (both the release and "director's cut") and AFRAID TO TALK
by Harlett O'Dowd
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Self-Guided Keaton Studio Walking Tour
Replies: 4
Views: 817

Re: Self-Guided Keaton Studio Walking Tour

Maybe a Cinecon extra-curricular activity?
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Man from Blankley's (1930)
Replies: 11
Views: 2706

Re: The Man from Blankley's (1930)

There have been rumors that a silent print of it is in the hands of a private collector, but I think that was first expressed years ago so it may no longer exist. It sounds like the situation with that print of William Haines in Alias Jimmy Valentine. Wait, some/most/all of the silent version of AL...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Did Charles Farrell's acting EVER get any better?
Replies: 56
Views: 10868

Re: Did Charles Farrell's acting EVER get any better?

Farrell did have all the physical attributes that defined him as a "hunk" then as well as today. And I think it's unfair to characterize him as a bad actor. At worst, he was an uneven actor who could be bad or fine depending on the material and the director. I think he was awful in 7th Heaven - his...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Thu May 24, 2018 12:55 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Hedy Lamarr profile on PBS' AMERICAN MASTERS
Replies: 12
Views: 2561

Re: Hedy Lamarr profile on PBS' AMERICAN MASTERS

I guess I had heard so much about the doc that I went into it with unrealistic expectations. Or perhaps it's better to say there was much in it that I didn't expect. Her wit, intelligence, and talent, spanning multiple disciplines was well documented, as I had been told by others who had viewed it a...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon May 14, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: New Texas Guinan DVD Giveaway (Now on Ebay)
Replies: 32
Views: 5085

Re: New Texas Guinan DVD Giveaway

Hello, sucker! Count me in
by Harlett O'Dowd
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 378270

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Well, this will be known as the month of many mastheads, but when I saw what Los Angeles had done to honor one of the good guys, someone who's championed Hollywood's heritage in countless ways from books to TV to podcasting to a very funny bit in Gremlins 2 ... https://farm1.staticflickr.com/908/41...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:53 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!
Replies: 88
Views: 16151

Re: Win Doug Fairbanks in The Half-Breed from Kino Lorber!

Tough. Have to go with THIEF OF BAGDAD
by Harlett O'Dowd
Tue Apr 10, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Theatre
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

Re: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Thea

Harlett O'Dowd wrote:
It's a pity this film doesn't survive, as I am sure it would be a fascinating artifact of the transitional period. But I suspect it wouldn't be very enjoyable.
fwiw, worldcat suggests that UCLA may have some material on this title.
by Harlett O'Dowd
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Theatre
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

Re: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Thea

The Great Power began its life as a play by Myron C. Fagan (1887-1972), who already had written two works that had notable runs on Broadway, The Little Spitfire (Aug 1926-Feb 1927, 200 performances) and Jimmie’s Women (Sep 1927-Apr 1928, 216 performances). The Great Power was scheduled for a tryout...
by Harlett O'Dowd
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Theatre
Replies: 9
Views: 1677

Re: The Great Power (1929): a great flop at the Capitol Thea

s.w.a.c. wrote:Might be worthwhile to include that illustration here:

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Wonder if the Institute and/or Philadelphia Free Library would have more information on this.