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by goldenband
Fri Dec 14, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give A Way Collections 7-9
Replies: 18
Views: 173

Re: DVD Give A Way Collections 7-9

I'll throw my hat in the ring too!
by goldenband
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: DARBY AND JOAN (1937) A "lost" film found on eBay
Replies: 9
Views: 1696

Re: A "lost" film found on eBay

Oh my gosh, this is fantastic news just to know that DARBY AND JOAN still exists! When I saw the thread title I didn't dare hope it was this film -- I feared it was lost forever & didn't think there was even a chance I'd ever get to see it. I'm sorry that you didn't win the auction -- had I known, I...
by goldenband
Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Films shot or set in and around Alice Springs
Replies: 4
Views: 967

Re: Films shot or set in and around Alice Springs

Is the Nevil Shute story (A Town Like Alice) meant to be "the obvious one"? The five-hour BBC miniseries is a fine version.
by goldenband
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:16 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD giveaway - "Vampyr" ('32), Dracula ('31) A&C Meet Frankn
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: DVD giveaway - "Vampyr" ('32), Dracula ('31) A&C Meet Fr

I'd like to be counted in too. Fangs in advance!
by goldenband
Sun Aug 20, 2017 4:03 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Classics
Replies: 56
Views: 13046

Re: Enter to win Beggars of Life and Variete from Kino Class

My pick would be the 1910 version of Frankenstein, and (if I win) Varieté.
by goldenband
Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: List of 1980s Public Domain films
Replies: 2
Views: 1005

Re: List of 1980s Public Domain films

Here's Wikipedia's take on it, which (if accurate) had a couple details that were news to me: "For works first published on or after March 1, 1989, use of the copyright notice is optional. Before March 1, 1989, the use of the notice was mandatory on all published works. Omitting the notice on any wo...
by goldenband
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Ingagi (1930) Soundtrack
Replies: 2
Views: 1367

Re: Ingagi (1930) Soundtrack

Very belated, but thank you very much for doing this. My wife and I just watched SON OF INGAGI and were curious about its in-name-only predecessor, so it'll be fun to check this out & hope that someday the film itself will become available.
by goldenband
Tue Aug 01, 2017 9:45 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Surviving films by Pat Rooney Jr.?
Replies: 5
Views: 1910

Re: Surviving films by Pat Rooney Jr.?

Thinking about this again recently and decided to revive this thread. Is there any source for any of Pat Rooney Jr.'s short films? Have they ever been shown on TCM, anthologized on DVD, or circulated on VHS? There's a clip on YouTube of a "Rosie O'Grady" dance routine with father & son, but that's a...
by goldenband
Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Remembering Olive Borden
Replies: 2
Views: 844

Re: Remembering Olive Borden

Olive Borden? That reminds me of the highly unknown feature called Chloe, Love Is Calling You (1934). If you haven't witnessed this debacle, you should. Swamps, alligators, miscegenation. Oh my! Oh jeez, my wife and I certainly remember CHLOE and its alligator-wrestling, "one drop of black blood" p...
by goldenband
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nitrate Clips #2
Replies: 23
Views: 4757

Re: Nitrate Clips #2

I think the newly-composed scores will add a lot of value and enjoyment to the films, so from where I sit that'd be more than worth the wait. That said, there's nothing preventing you from putting the DVDs you have up for sale, since there may well be folks who'd rather see a formerly-lost film righ...
by goldenband
Tue Jun 20, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Nitrate Clips #2
Replies: 23
Views: 4757

Re: Nitrate Clips #2

This is great news! Mask of Affliction (1914) (last reel) The Girl, Glory (1917) (1st reel) Lasca (1913) with Martha Russell (1/2 of 1st reel w/ title & cast identified) Have any of these films been otherwise preserved? I found a reference noting that The Girl, Glory was on an AFI "rescue list" as o...
by goldenband
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 323865

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

R Michael Pyle, quick question for you: I watched "The Invisible Killer" (1939) with Grace Bradley and Roland Drew and others. Absolutely impossible nonsense, especially the beginning; utterly improbable from beginning to end; and totally, utterly fun!! Bradley is so wonderful. Her scene in the auto...
by goldenband
Sat May 20, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: William Desmond Taylor: surviving films?
Replies: 12
Views: 2987

Re: William Desmond Taylor: surviving films?

David Bordwell has posted a lengthy and fascinating article about four of Taylor's features, all from 1916, that he viewed at the Library of Congress, with emphasis on The House of Lies and Ben Blair . All are little-seen and unavailable for home viewing. Being a Bordwell article, it's full of usef...
by goldenband
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:47 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Tonka of the Gallows (1930) - a great film, just restored
Replies: 12
Views: 2771

Re: Tonka of the Gallows (1930) - a great film, just restore

This sounds amazing -- thanks for bringing it to my/our attention.
by goldenband
Mon Apr 17, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: A FACE IN THE FOG (1936)
Replies: 0
Views: 600

A FACE IN THE FOG (1936)

Rewatched A FACE IN THE FOG (1936) recently with my wife and was reminded of how horrendous and hacked-up our copy is. The image quality is sufficiently poor that it's sometimes difficult to discern exactly what's going on or tell one character from another, and several crucial scenes are marred wit...
by goldenband
Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available
Replies: 31
Views: 10813

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

Thanks for all your efforts in preserving what remains of this film. :)
by goldenband
Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available
Replies: 31
Views: 10813

Re: The Microscope Mystery 1916 Print Available

Exciting stuff! If UCLA has one of the other reels, that would turn this from a mostly-lost film to an almost-complete film. I hope this ends up in the hands of someone who can find some way to preserve it; I'd certainly be very interested in seeing the result.
by goldenband
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "Rastus Among the Zulus," aka "Rastus in Zululand" (1910)
Replies: 19
Views: 2435

Re: "Rastus Among the Zulus," aka "Rastus in Zululand" (1910

The "I'd rather get eaten than marry her" gag shows up again in the (somewhat) infamous Merrie Melodies short "Jungle Jitters", which makes me wonder whether there's a direct connection there, or if it was just a well-known trope.
by goldenband
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:21 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Why people tolerate [poor] quality on home video display?
Replies: 79
Views: 21514

Re: Why people tolerate [poor] quality on home video display

People will always prefer convenience and low price over quality, and will always gravitate to whatever's the most "in your face" even if it means loss of information, detail, and subtlety. Hence things in music like the loudness wars and the general indifference to lossy compression -- even tech-sa...
by goldenband
Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:13 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: CGI polemic about bring back actors.
Replies: 51
Views: 9725

Re: CGI polemic about bring back actors.

I think there's a significant difference between using a CGI version of an actor to reprise or complete a role they'd played in a film while alive, vs. using his/her likeness to sell a product in a commercial. (Yes, one could argue that all films are products whose purpose is to be sold, but that's ...
by goldenband
Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: CGI polemic about bring back actors.
Replies: 51
Views: 9725

Re: CGI polemic about bring back actors.

That Audrey Hepburn commercial is disturbing -- it feels like I'm watching an alien in her body, or an android that looks almost exactly like her. Something about her mannerisms, and the timing of her gestures is just...off. (So I guess it's pretty much in keeping with the well-known "uncanny valley...
by goldenband
Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:21 am
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Ultra-rare Tod Slaughter series recently shown on TV
Replies: 2
Views: 1985

Re: Ultra-rare Tod Slaughter series recently shown on TV

As a Tod Slaughter fan, this is wonderful news! Is King of the Underworld now available to watch anywhere online? If not, will it be rerun? I have British colleagues who might be able to record it for me if so. I see from your posts on Scarlet Street that "Murder at the Grange" was broadcast by the ...
by goldenband
Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:15 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" and watch here
Replies: 33
Views: 7860

Re: Win "Pioneers of African-American Cinema" and watch here

I'm in! Really glad that A RECKLESS ROVER was saved before the rest of it succumbed to decomp. Those opening minutes are rough, but still discernible enough to watch (and oddly psychedelic).
by goldenband
Fri May 20, 2016 6:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lost talkies list
Replies: 130
Views: 59700

Re: Lost talkies list

Some fascinating reading in this thread. At a rough count it appears that the OP has 324 lost films listed (not counting the incomplete ones in the second half of the post). Of those, 25 have been named by posters as surviving, or about 1/13 of the total. The one I'd really like to see is WAR IS A R...
by goldenband
Sun Oct 25, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What is the most famous US silent film?
Replies: 34
Views: 4371

Re: What is the most famous US silent film?

As others have noted, I don't see how it can be anyone but Chaplin. It's true that many people can't name a specific film of his ("the one where he eats his shoe", maybe), but even younger kids generally know who he is. Sonia Manzano's routines on Sesame Street helped to keep his image current when ...
by goldenband
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:20 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Independent: Nova Pilbeam: Alfred Hitchcock's star who v
Replies: 5
Views: 1531

Re: The Independent: Nova Pilbeam: Alfred Hitchcock's star w

My wife and I enjoyed her performance in COUNTERBLAST, aka DEVIL'S PLOT, which was one of her last roles.
by goldenband
Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Amazing find of old nitrate films in a skip
Replies: 28
Views: 13541

Re: Amazing find of old nitrate films in a skip

The synopsis at IMDb is taken from the Oct. 2nd, 1909, issue of trade journal Moving Picture World , and is not therefore indicative of a surviving print. Sorry, I should've been more precise and linked to this New York Times page with commentary by Hal Erickson , which is what I had in mind: "This...
by goldenband
Sat Jul 04, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Amazing find of old nitrate films in a skip
Replies: 28
Views: 13541

Re: Amazing find of old nitrate films in a skip

Wonderful find! For what it's worth, IMDb lists a 1909 Kineto film called THE STAG HUNT; no idea if it's connected to your reel (which looks gorgeous). There's a detailed plot summary around for JANE IS UNWILLING TO WORK, which may mean it's not otherwise lost. (And no, the plot summary isn't by F. ...
by goldenband
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Maria Marten
Replies: 10
Views: 2941

Re: Maria Marten

If you go to this site, there's only one left, but you might be interested in it. Thanks for that, though it looks like that last copy must've been sold shortly after you posted it. But I've heard that the Best of British collections are very good. BTW according to a post on the Classic Horror Film...