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by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 625
Views: 78317

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

Roscoe wrote:
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:26 am
Nope -- Thomas Tryon was not related to Glenn Tryon, per wikipedia at least.
Who're you gonna believe, me or Wiki?

Jim
by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Official Silents online deals thread
Replies: 538
Views: 236908

Re: The Official Silents online deals thread

If Criterion has a fall “Flash” sale, it is likely to be in early October. We have time now to check our wish list and finances. If you have purchased directly from Criterion before, you may have some Credits/Loyalty Points to use toward purchases. Here are the dates of earlier Criterion fall sales...
by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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 Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 19
Views: 193

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

I follow the recommendations in those wonderful books written by James Roots about silent comedies. It is really amazing how much we think alike, so if he enjoys a certain film, I'm pretty confident I will enjoy it too. Jim That's funny. I've never heard of him. Maybe he should become a member here...
by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:00 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 19
Views: 193

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

I follow the recommendations in those wonderful books written by James Roots about silent comedies. It is really amazing how much we think alike, so if he enjoys a certain film, I'm pretty confident I will enjoy it too.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 625
Views: 78317

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

Meet the Missus (1924): Glen Tryon and Blanche Mehaffey are a young and bickering couple. When he gets a raise from his boss, Glen invites the man for dinner and everyone pulls together: Glen, Blanche, the snapping dog and the cook who drinks half the gin and replaces it with kerosene in this amusi...
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 625
Views: 78317

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

Bob, you would love the novel.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:54 pm
Forum: Crowdfunding Projects
Topic: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)
Replies: 25
Views: 382

Re: NEW KICKSTARTER: THE COSSACK WHIP (1916)

Battra92 wrote:
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:29 am
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
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:44 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Happy 112th Birthday Grace Jones
Replies: 2
Views: 154

Re: Happy 112th Birthday Grace Jones

I'm sure I'm not the only one who did a double-take at the subject line. Pop star Grace Jones isn't quite that old yet.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Recently I've reviewed a film noir with Lizabeth Scott and a film noir with Humphrey Bogart, so the next step obviously is to review a film noir with Lizabeth Scott and Humphrey Bogart. So, Dead Reckoning (1947). Contrary to the DVD box blurb writer, Bogie does not play "a hard-boiled sleuth". He pl...
by Jim Roots
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

I forgot to mention that the spur to the action in The Man Who Cheated Himself has the unfortunate effect of being almost totally implausible. Jane Wyatt shoots her soon-to-be-ex-husband when the latter comes home to murder her, with Cobb being an interested looker-on. As an experienced detective, C...
by Jim Roots
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Flicker Alley has a new release in its film noir series: The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950) with Lee J. Cobb as a rumpled, gruff chief of detectives nudged over the line into becoming a bad cop by his lust for wealthy serial-wife Jane Wyatt. John Dall is not only Cobb's brother, he's also the new gu...
by Jim Roots
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Walter, Walter, Walter
Replies: 3
Views: 320

Re: Walter, Walter, Walter

So Walter Stull is not Walter Stahl, meaning that the Finn and Haddie comedies released by Jaxon featured Stahl not Plaid Jabbs Stull. Billy Ruge, who often worked in support of Stull at Vim, starred with Stahl in the Finn and Haddies. When Jaxon moved from Jacksonville up to Rhode Island to shoot ...
by Jim Roots
Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54
Replies: 27
Views: 890

Re: A Harlett goes to Cinecon 54

Arndt wrote:
Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:26 am
Robert W wrote:
Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:09 pm
Enjoyed the report very much.

Is Helen's Babies legally available anywhere ?
My copy is from Videobrary.
So is mine! VHS.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Big Board Software Update
Replies: 109
Views: 10353

Re: Big Board Software Update

The transition from login to board index to "show new posts" is dazzlingly fast now! I'm very impressed. In fact, it's so fast, I still haven't adjusted to its speed yet. I enter my login info and then sit back to wait a few seconds for the index to pop up, only to realize the index popped up almost...
by Jim Roots
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: The Exchange
Topic: The Emigrants books
Replies: 0
Views: 41

The Emigrants books

Watching The Emigrants and The New Land upon their initial release (1971, 1972) inspired me to rush out and buy the four-volume novel by Vilhelm Moberg. Well, actually, the books didn't become widely available until 1978, but I scarfed them up the moment they hit the bookstores. I'm clearing out som...
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?
Replies: 22
Views: 3632

Re: Best "bad" singing in a classic era film?

Donald Binks wrote:
Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:21 pm
W.C. Fields was evidently never meant to sing but I remember (unfortunately) him croaking out something or other to do with "The Wabash".
"The Wabash Cannonball"? What film did he sing that in? Anybody remember?

Jim
by Jim Roots
Sun Sep 09, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

There are a good handful, or should I say fistful, of authors revered as masters of the classic era of noir crime novels: Chandler and Hammett and Cain, Woolrich even though he was often a technical disaster (I love him, so don't bark at me for that negative coda), Donald Westlake under a variety of...
by Jim Roots
Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:00 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Any film released under three different and completely unrelated titles should come off as a dud. Happily, Hollow Triumph a.k.a. The Scar a.k.a. The Man Who Murdered Himself (1948) proves this rule of thumb is no rule written in stone. Instead, it's a surprisingly suspenseful noir that builds to a v...
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:27 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

I have a VHS of Godard's Breathless that features white subtitles imposed on white backgrounds, and the print is so faded that even the darkest areas are whited out. It's like trying to separate grains of white rice in a bowl of vanilla ice cream in the middle of a snowstorm in Nunavut.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:23 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie cribbed from Stan?
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Charlie cribbed from Stan?

Tommie, while I agree with you that Chaplin's version of the tramp was probably the best in history, we never got to see the pre-Ritchie versions of it, so I'd be a bit reluctant to say Chaplin's was "obviously" the best. It's only "obviously" the best that we have seen preserved on film. For the pr...
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Al Joy
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Al Joy

Al Joy is in the hundred greatest film comics? Who was 101? Pauly Shore? Bob He's in the back pages in the section explaining why certain "comedians" were not included among the 100. As you would know if you ponied up the few shekels needed to buy the book! Jim So you’re claiming that money spent s...
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:52 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Al Joy
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Al Joy

boblipton wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:46 am
Al Joy is in the hundred greatest film comics? Who was 101? Pauly Shore?

Bob
He's in the back pages in the section explaining why certain "comedians" were not included among the 100.

As you would know if you ponied up the few shekels needed to buy the book!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie cribbed from Stan?
Replies: 9
Views: 428

Re: Charlie cribbed from Stan?

Chaplin never credited Laurel and never mentioned him in his autobiography, that's true enough. But Chaplin never gave ANYONE any credit for helping him in any way. He never acknowledged anyone else's greatness, at least not if the other person could in any way be regarded as a competitor. Yes, he d...
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:44 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Al Joy
Replies: 10
Views: 326

Re: Al Joy

The one-line evaluation from my book, The 100 Greatest Silent Film Comedians:

"Al Joy is to silent film comedy what Blind Crippled Horribly is to Delta blues music."

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 377931

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Apologies for the misspelling of your name, bobfells.

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:26 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Donald Binks wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 3:33 pm
Jim Roots wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 8:01 am

"hoosegow"

"slickster"

Jim
Que?
Aw, 23-skidoo, daddio!

Jim
by Jim Roots
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:25 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Frame Rate wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 5:08 pm
Jim Roots wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:35 pm
Isn't that what he said about The Untouchables?
I wouldn't put it past Agee to recycle one of his own bon mots, but both the TV series and the feature film came out well after his own final reel.
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Whoosh! Right over your head, eh?

Jim
by Jim Roots
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

Oh, that Liz Scott flick, the one that prompted The Nation 's James Agee (who by the end of the 40s had had his fill of noir-ish, betrayal-and-revenge tales) to issue one of his most facile, play-on-the-title fulminations: "The picture deserves, like four out of five other movies, to walk alone, ti...
by Jim Roots
Sun Sep 02, 2018 1:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1493
Views: 125025

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

FrankFay wrote:
Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:46 am
You didn't give the title - I WALK ALONE (1948)
I'm sorry, your response must be given in the form of a question. That will cost you $1,000.

Alex