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by drednm
Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

So OK I never heard of this one before but ran across a noir Western called Pursued (1947) directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. As a boy, the Mitchum character is rescued by a woman from a disaster and raised in her home along with her two other kids. Mitchum has fl...
by drednm
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY (1921)
Replies: 1
Views: 66

THE HOPE DIAMOND MYSTERY (1921)

Been slogging my way through this 15-part serial starring Grace Darmond, George Chesebro, Harry Carter, and Boris Karloff. Plot is all over the place and even swings us back to 16th India (or Burma) where the famous diamond is first stolen from a stone idol. The contemporary story involves all manne...
by drednm
Thu Sep 20, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

Kidnapped (1948) is a good but cheap version of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel, with some good casting (Roddy McDowall as David Balfour, Dan O'Herlihy as Alan Breck) good scenic photography and a general level of competence -- a hallmark of the often despised William Beaudine, when given a half-d...
by drednm
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

Twice Round the Daffodils (1962) is a comedy/drama based on a play "Ring for Catty" and stars Juliet Mills (as Catty) as a nurse in a men's TB ward in rural England. The 6 men are all "types" but it works well. Donald Sinden is the ladykiller, Donald Houston is the coal miner, Kenneth Williams is t...
by drednm
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

The Laughing Policeman (1973) is an oddly titled and very grim cop story set in the seediest parts of San Francisco. Someone opens fire on some bus passengers and kills them all in broad daylight. Things takes on a new twist when one of the victims turns out to be a cop. What was he doing on a bus?...
by drednm
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:12 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

I see the folks at Kickstarter have ranked this a “Project We Love”, as they have others of Ed’s in the past. Doesn’t mean a thing practically, but it’s nice, now that the contributors have topped a hundred. How many before Usanians get a case, Ed? Bob The postage is about $15 last time I looked. I...
by drednm
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2187

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

As Ron mentions, TCM and Warners just don't have the money to commit to adding scores, except for special instances. Define "special" as you will. In any case, they can't just "buy a score," even if it's only a piano or organ piece (as opposed to something orchestral). They'd still need someone to f...
by drednm
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

According to Wikipedia, Bell and Howell started producing Commercial zoom lenses in 1932. I have no doubt a good cameraman could have made one earlier. Perhaps the effect could be achieved by a fast tracking or dolly shot combined with under ranking and a leisurely paced mode of acting by the playe...
by drednm
Tue Sep 18, 2018 12:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 25
Views: 315

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

I look at anything that comes my way. Fortunately, I have a somewhat academic approach to films, so I gain some perverse pleasure in fitting almost anything into the mosaic. In addition, living in Manhattan and having a MOMA membership, I get to see a lot of oddities and rarities and there are some...
by drednm
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

FUNDED!

Going through the film, it looks like a zoom lens was used in a few places. They had zoom lenses in 1916?
by drednm
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

I had a busy weekend, Ed so my pledge came in a bit late at backer 89. My only complaint is that I haven't watched your last one, yet. :) I'm in, and my only complaint is that I haven't received your last one yet! Jim Let me double check..... Yup, I missed you, Jim. Sorry about that. It mails out t...
by drednm
Mon Sep 17, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS

I noticed it wasn't mentioned in the ads which mention all the other songs....
by drednm
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS

Just take a look at Tommy Atkins They're all proud of Tommy Atkins Shout aloud for Tommy Atkins Oh, what a man - what a man! Hear the ladies chatter With a long romantic sigh Every heart goes pitter patter When Tommy Atkins passes by! As for what the men are singing, I'd have to play the soundtrack...
by drednm
Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

A remarkable rediscovery, DELUGE (1933) was somewhat different from what I had expected, being rather more than just a disaster movie, although this aspect is undeniably spectacular and exciting / horrifying. The scenes of destruction (some of which are none too convincing) last no more than about ...
by drednm
Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Lyrics for TOMMY ATKINS

Looking for the lyrics for "Tommy Atkins on Parade," which Marion Davies performs in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and coming up empty. Any ideas?
by drednm
Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

Ah - I get it. I thought you meant a logo at the head. NEVER MIIIIND! So was this one you taped or did some bootlegger sell an off-air DVD? I've had this FOREVER. I probably taped it when I lived in Santa Fe and was still taping stuff. I haven't taped anything in the last 8 years. Probably never wa...
by drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

Having lived in New Mexico for 25 years, I found Roswell (1994) pretty lame. Love the story about aliens in the desert and all, but the entire thing was filmed in Arizona and it always bugs me when the cars are all spotlessly clean, an impossibility in that climate and even moreso in the 1940s. Much...
by drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

More than half way there!
by drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:37 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

Here's a screen cap

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by drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 311

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 drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

I don't think this has been shown anywhere since 1916 but I could be wrong.
by drednm
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:35 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 401

NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

Viola Dana stars in this film by John H. Collins.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/10 ... ject_build
by drednm
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 311

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.
by drednm
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018
Replies: 13
Views: 311

Re: FENELLA FIELDING 1927-2018

Sad. One of my favorite British eccentrics. She tended to play deliciously over-the-top types. I fondly remember her from that ancient "Saki" TV series the Boston PBS stations used to carry. It also featured Martita Hunt as Lady Bastable.
Also memorable in the remake of THE OLD DARK HOUSE.
by drednm
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

Girl of the Port (1930) has already been discussed. The print I saw had an AMC logo and bad sound. Odd to say the least. The "white supremacy" bar toasts were something. The caste system was interesting in that it's perceived from a white perspective: white, mixed, black in descending order. When I...
by drednm
Tue Sep 11, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: National Film Registry 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 314

Re: National Film Registry 2018

Did you notice the link says 2017? Hmmmm.

Seems like in the past, I got a form letter email response acknowledging submission of the form. Not this time. I wonder if this 2017 link is valid.....
by drednm
Sat Sep 08, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1499
Views: 125264

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

Continuing my trek through Neil Simon Land, I re-watched Chapter Two (1979) and found it a decent comedy (some snappy lines) with a sour center that leaves a bad taste. A retelling of Simon's dealing with a new romance after the death of his first wife miscasts James Caan, not noted for his light wa...
by drednm
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Book News
Replies: 7
Views: 354

Re: Book News

Harlowgold wrote:
Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:23 pm
That is great news, hope it sparks a lot of sales for your terrific book!!
Glad it's in a "brick and mortar" venue, and of course I appreciate the irony of the venue.