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by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie

Yes, Henry Calvin, thank you! And thanks to Stephen for posting the video.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie

By a really strange coincidence, last night I was watching an episode from season 2 of the old Dick Van Dyke Show , and what should occur but that Van Dyke and a guest star (Henry C... I forget the last name) do a Laurel and Hardy skit! Henry did a good job with Hardy. Van Dyke, of course, being a ...
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie
Replies: 7
Views: 358

Re: Laurel & Hardy VS Stan & Ollie

By a really strange coincidence, last night I was watching an episode from season 2 of the old Dick Van Dyke Show , and what should occur but that Van Dyke and a guest star (Henry C... I forget the last name) do a Laurel and Hardy skit! Henry did a good job with Hardy. Van Dyke, of course, being a f...
by Jim Roots
Sun Jan 20, 2019 8:37 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2019)
Replies: 129
Views: 2368

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2019)

Finally sat down with Milos Foreman's Ragtime , (1981). This is one of those films that could have been my movie for watch movie night since I've been trying to catch it for ages, now having seen it I wonder how I could have missed such an impressive film for all these years. Starting with Coalhous...
by Jim Roots
Sat Jan 19, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Carol Channing Has Died at 97
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Carol Channing Has Died at 97

she was the last living actor, or person interviewed, to die from one of my favorite movie/theater books: "Great Stars of the Stage" by Daniel Blum from 1952. Charles Nolte and Carol Stone preceded her in 2010 and 2011 respectively. I think the earliest person in that book to die was Richard Mansfi...
by Jim Roots
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Dawson City Preserved Films
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Dawson City Preserved Films

Stickin to my guns. Nothing is disrespectful in doing a retrospective documentary with modern tech. If there was, then the Hollywood series (1980) should have, say, shown the Viola Dana interview with intertitles. And not used James Mason as narrator. He was superb -- the kind of voice talent that ...
by Jim Roots
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:27 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler Blu-ray
Replies: 5
Views: 1365

Re: Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler Blu-ray

Here's "CineSavant" Glenn Erickson's review of the Kino blu-ray of Dr. Mabuse . Plus, for comparison, here is his review of the earlier Image Entertainment DVD release of Dr. Mabuse . The biggest difference is that the Image DVD is 229 minutes long, while the Kino version is 270 minutes long, not a...
by Jim Roots
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Dawson City Preserved Films
Replies: 15
Views: 764

Re: Dawson City Preserved Films

I've seen some of the Dawsons at film fests -- the now defunct Cinesation showed several. I've yet to see one that is a complete, undamaged print, but in this situation, complaints are unnecessary. I found the documentary to be a major pain, given how invested I am in the subject matter. The film m...
by Jim Roots
Thu Jan 17, 2019 6:53 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Carol Channing Has Died at 97
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Carol Channing Has Died at 97

Have to agree with Marge Champion that Channing was very odd-looking, but the eyes and the wall-to-wall smile transformed her when she was having fun on stage or screen. Seeing her in that Show Girl clip, I have to wonder why Twiggy got mocked for being a stick figure just five years later. It must ...
by Jim Roots
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:15 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]
Replies: 55
Views: 1293

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]

It is amazing it survives to be watched- back in the 1960's Kalton C. Lahue wrote that half of one chapter was known to exist (he writes that the set for the villain's lair is very elaborate, with a sliding bookcase ) Yes, there is a sliding bookcase, and also some kind of an underground mine, and ...
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]
Replies: 55
Views: 1293

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]

Action serials were a lifeblood of silent movies, and they need to be evaluated on their own terms rather than on the same standards as feature films (of any kind). The same tropes and clichés must appear in all serials: non-stop action, chases, fights, shoot-outs, athleticism including swimming and...
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:30 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 25!
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 28!

I just finished going through my DVD/Blu-ray library, and made a shocking discovery: I have never watched Charlie Chaplin in THE CIRCUS! Haven't even broken the shrinkwrap on the DVD! I will definitely have to resolve this glaring omission on the 28th next . . . You're in for a real treat! In my op...
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Hollywood Star System
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: Hollywood Star System

s.w.a.c. wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 10:51 am
I saw Aquaman on the weekend, and that was strictly major league non-kosher fare.
I must be avoiding the right films, then!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Carol Channing Has Died at 97
Replies: 18
Views: 519

Re: Carol Channing Has Died at 97

Another entertainer whose death shocks us in that we all thought she had died years ago. It's been such a long time since she lit up the stage.

(This is not meant to be disrespectful.)

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:20 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2019)
Replies: 129
Views: 2368

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2019)

drednm wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:44 am
Jim Roots wrote:
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:23 am
drednm wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 pm
and the singer known as Yana.
Is her brother Yanni?

Jim
No, I think that's the plural form.
:lol:
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Hollywood Star System
Replies: 8
Views: 329

Re: Hollywood Star System

In the Old days of films the studios made stars out of people,some were great actors but most of all they were created as STARS. Today the acting is proably alot better but stardom is really gone, you watch the Awards show and it doesn't have the splendor the past had. I have to say only a few of t...
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2019)
Replies: 129
Views: 2368

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2019)

drednm wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 pm
and the singer known as Yana.
Is her brother Yanni?

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume 2?
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume 2?

NotSoSilent wrote:
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:39 pm
Yes, this is fabulous news! Hopefully we are early enough in the year to see the release of this and The Arbuckle Anthology in 2019!
Life is good.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: When did Monty Python start on United States television?
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: When did Monty Python start on United States television?

I've also got a bunch of of Betas of the original Benny Hill Show half-hours. At least half of the sketches never made it to the DVD compilations. Jim Ah, the b/w years? The colour stuff is all on DVD, at least I think it is. No, the colour stuff. I have some of the DVD compilations and was surpris...
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2019)
Replies: 129
Views: 2368

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2019)

All About Eve (1950) is a joy to watch and to listen to. So, OK, there are a few overwritten, like Gary Merriill's "barroom Benzedrine standards of this megalomaniac society" line and Hugh Marlowe's "weird process by which a body with a voice suddenly fancies itself as a mind" line. It's clever and...
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:34 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: When did Monty Python start on United States television?
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: When did Monty Python start on United States television?

Two or three segments only exist today thanks to PBS showings (the undertakers' sketch, party policial choreographer). Although they probably would have turned up in b/w somewhere, it's the colour version that survived only in the US. Seriously, if any of you have really old off-air tapes, it's wor...
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:16 am
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: When did Monty Python start on United States television?
Replies: 17
Views: 266

Re: When did Monty Python start on United States television?

My earliest memory of seeing it was on CBC-TV while we were still living in Calgary, which was from 1971 to 1975. I can't place exactly when I would have seen my first Monty Python episode, although I remember the show quite clearly, with a silly courtroom sketch with the "Anything goes in, anythin...
by Jim Roots
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:13 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume 2?
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: The Mack Sennett Collection: Volume 2?

You have to be a Facebook friend of Paul Gierucki to see it... sennett2.jpg Thanks I don't do "The Facebook" :) Paul - excited about this to no end!!! In my opinion the first set ranks as one of the all-time best Blu-ray sets and perhaps the finest ever usage of the Blu-ray medium. Still hoping for...
by Jim Roots
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: December Star of the Month – Myrna Loy
Replies: 22
Views: 646

Re: December Star of the Month – Myrna Loy

I don't care for Random Harvest but at least I've seen that one. The others— has anyone in a million years seen Julia Misbehaves or Scandal at Scourie (both of which seem desperate to imply something about a thoroughly unscandalous, well-behaved performer)? Warning to Mike: both of the films he men...
by Jim Roots
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 25!
Replies: 32
Views: 640

Re: 11th Annual Watch That Movie Night is January 28!

Two years ago I bought two Criterion films by a director I deeply admire, Andrei Tarkovsky. They were Solaris and Stalker . But because they are so long -- each is more than 160 minutes -- I never really had enough time to watch them. Until now. I'm in the final night of a three-night viewing of Sol...
by Jim Roots
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (1923)
Replies: 68
Views: 1908

Re: LITTLE OLD NEW YORK (1923)

I assume this is from Ottowa, Canada.... https://i.postimg.cc/XJqd6LKP/LONY-wagon.png That's Ottawa, not Ottowa. And yes, it's where I live. In fact, I can make out "Albert Street" painted on the building, and that would place the scene directly opposite the parking-lot where I used to leave my car...
by Jim Roots
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:51 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Do Warner Archive titles undergo Restoration?
Replies: 10
Views: 537

Re: Do Warner Archive titles undergo Restoration?

Unfortunately Jim, this is reality. The Warner Archive model of pressed on demand, no extras, booklets, etc. is the reason for its success and survival and there are ZERO, repeat ZERO, dollars in their budget for new captioning or any other extras. This is also why scoring of silent features, even ...
by Jim Roots
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:11 am
Forum: Useful Info
Topic: 2019 New Public Domain Works
Replies: 4
Views: 161

Re: 2019 New Public Domain Works

boblipton wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:25 pm
I want to caution everyone that just because you can sing "Yes, We Have No Bananas" for free doesn't mean you have to.

Bob
NOW he tells us!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1052
Views: 386375

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Fun trivia: Both Jean Arthur and Tom Tyler were born by Lake Champlain in upstate NY: she in Plattsburgh, he in Port Henry. Which is very close to the Canadian border (I've driven up that way several times en route to Montreal via New England), but no maple-flavoured cigar. Should we allow them a b...
by Jim Roots
Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:22 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]
Replies: 55
Views: 1293

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2019]

I'm sorry everyone seems to be bored watching a story about the early pioneers. I'm sure the actual experience doing this would really have been worse. I see it as a wonderful piece of history, and understand why it was such a big hit in 1923. Ah, ah, ah! I specifically wrote: "I watched The Covere...