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by sethb
Thu Sep 20, 2018 6:18 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 29
Views: 1319

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

Yes, the bickering seems on the fictionalized side, to say the least. I can't imagine the real Stan & Ollie had a notable disagreement other than creatively, and even then I'm sure it was amicable. But it makes for a more compelling story I guess. I thought the best bit was Stan being concerned abo...
by sethb
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)
Replies: 7
Views: 1272

Re: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)

Mr. May's post raised an interesting question for me. It's my understanding that all of the equipment needed to strike new Technicolor prints no longer exists, having been disassembled and scattered in various museums or destroyed. So the Technicolor process is now obsolete, and new Technicolor prin...
by sethb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Convention City (1933)
Replies: 12
Views: 3107

Re: Convention City (1933)

I share your hope, and am glad to hear that it is in fact something well worth finding and preserving. That's always the problem with trying to decide what to preserve --- insofar as it's financially and practically possible, we ought to try and preserve everything, because no one knows what will be...
by sethb
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:48 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Convention City (1933)
Replies: 12
Views: 3107

Re: Convention City (1933)

Thanks for the info --- I did get fooled on April Fool's Day, and very badly!!

But of course, I also do hope that a print of CONVENTION CITY will be found one day, even if it's just another WB "programmer" with nothing special to recommend it. And that goes for LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT, too!! SETH
by sethb
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Convention City (1933)
Replies: 12
Views: 3107

Convention City (1933)

I just noticed a very interesting blurb on the "In the Balcony" website (http://www.inthebalcony.com" target="_blank" target="_blank) that Warner Archive is releasing "Convention City" (1933), and in Blu-ray, no less! I recall that folks have been looking for this particular film for quite a while. ...
by sethb
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Restoring Laurel & Hardy's A Perfect Day
Replies: 5
Views: 1938

Re: Restoring Laurel & Hardy's A Perfect Day

I hope the restoration will be able to clean up one particularly bad section. In the version of A PERFECT DAY that was included in the recent multi-disc "Essential" compilation of the L & H sound shorts, the climatic sequence of the car sinking into the giant pothole was a very obvious and poorly do...
by sethb
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Carbon arc projectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2459

Re: Carbon arc projectors

A carbon arc lamphouse produces a perfectly fine white light --- if the carbons are aligned properly and gapped correctly, and if the lamphouse mirror is clean and focused properly, and if the rectifier (which converts AC to DC for the lamphouse power source) is adjusted correctly. That's what exper...
by sethb
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: More Technicolor snippets found!
Replies: 18
Views: 3165

Re: More Technicolor snippets found!

Looking at these lovely Technicolor clips, I'm wondering why these films were not preserved in color. My understanding is that sometime in the early 1950's, when these nitrate films were finally transferred to safety film, they were simply printed on black & white stock (and in some cases only as 16...
by sethb
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butchering of Films
Replies: 67
Views: 10780

Re: Butchering of Films

Just curious, what's missing from A STAR IS BORN? (I assume you're talking about the 1937 version here, not the 1954?) Sorry Matt, I should have specified the 1954 version. The "restored" version that's available on DVD makes clear exactly what is missing; I believe it's one of the Garland musical ...
by sethb
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Butchering of Films
Replies: 67
Views: 10780

Re: Butchering of Films

The problem isn't so much the cuts, as it is the fact that it was usually the original negative that was cut, and the trims were then destroyed. So unless there was an original full-length fine-grain print or dupe negative still floating around, there was no way to subsequently reproduce the origina...
by sethb
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:43 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Any old projectionists out there from films heyday?
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: Any old projectionists out there from films heyday?

I guess I can understand why most 16mm projectors used the "claw handle" device to pull the film through the projection gate, since unlike 35mm film, 16mm stock only has sprocket holes on one side of the film. But I think a "Maltese Cross" type of sprocket wheel, which is what most 35mm projectors u...
by sethb
Tue Sep 05, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Any old projectionists out there from films heyday?
Replies: 7
Views: 2275

Re: Any old projectionists out there from films heyday?

I guess I may qualify as a "mini" projectionist, since I ran 16mm for a "Classic Film Series" while I was a college student in the early 1970's. I used the college's two Bell & Howell AutoLoaders (commonly known as "AutoShredders" because of the automatic "loop restorer" in the Latham loop below the...
by sethb
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:04 pm
Forum: Collecting and Preservation
Topic: Color movies faded away in no time
Replies: 10
Views: 2757

Re: Color movies faded away in no time

Also, it was a fairly common practice to make black-and-white protection elements, again with one for each primary color, from standard color negatives, and if they were done properly and survive the original colors can be reproduced from them even if the camera negative has faded. While that's so,...
by sethb
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Good book about an "atmospheric" theater
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Re: Good book about an "atmospheric" theater

My only very mild and constructive criticism of the book is that there was no information about the projection booth and its equipment. As a former projectionist myself, I would have loved to see some photos or at least some descriptions of the projectors and lamphouses, and especially the Brenkert ...
by sethb
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Good book about an "atmospheric" theater
Replies: 3
Views: 1246

Good book about an "atmospheric" theater

I found an interesting book about John Eberson and his "Atmospheric" theaters, and particularly the 2,500 seat Palace Theater he built in Marion, Ohio in 1928. The book is "A Theater History of Marion, Ohio," by Scott Hoffman, and it's available from Amazon in paperback ($19) or as a Kindle e-book (...
by sethb
Thu Jun 08, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: New Citizen Kane book
Replies: 0
Views: 818

New Citizen Kane book

I've been reading "Citizen Kane, A Filmmaker's Journey," by Harlan Lebo, published in 2016. He had previously authored a coffee-table type book about the movie that was mostly photos; this one is much more text-oriented, and is the product of some serious and deep research. Lots of interesting infor...
by sethb
Thu Apr 27, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: COHEN MEDIA GROUP TO RESTORE "THE OLD DARK HOUSE"
Replies: 28
Views: 7736

Re: COHEN MEDIA GROUP TO RESTORE "THE OLD DARK HOUSE"

Cinesation showed LOC's print and it was absolutely perfect and pristine. This is exciting news. I have a question about the screening of archival prints. Why would LOC permit its pristine print, which was supposedly struck from the original negative, to be screened, especially if it is going to be...
by sethb
Wed Apr 26, 2017 8:51 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: MOMA Unseen Universal Shorts Programs!
Replies: 5
Views: 1782

Re: MOMA Unseen Universal Shorts Programs!

Thanks for the opportunity to see that great short!

Now we know what killed vaudeville --- it didn't die, it was murdered! SETH
by sethb
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:45 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Great new movie book . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 2566

Re: Great new movie book . . . .

I have not seen the book, but some of the comments on Amazon seem to indicate that it's mostly pictures and not too much text --- not enough text, in some readers' opinions. Whether that's good or bad, especially with a book about art direction, is hard to say. But some folks were looking for more i...
by sethb
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:11 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Great new movie book . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 2566

Re: Great new movie book . . . .

Glad I could pass it on, and glad you liked it. It's always amazing what you find when you're not looking for something! SETH
by sethb
Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Welcome Danger on The Criterion Channel
Replies: 2
Views: 1189

Re: Welcome Danger on The Criterion Channel

I believe that the "dumb and helpless" situations were more the result of incompetent writers who didn't really understand the characters, than the added factor of sound and the now-required dialogue. The same thing that happened to Keaton at MGM happened to Laurel & Hardy at Fox in the 1940's. A tr...
by sethb
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Great new movie book . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 2566

Re: Great new movie book . . . .

Thanks, Paul, for fixing the link. SETH
by sethb
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Great new movie book . . . .
Replies: 10
Views: 2566

Great new movie book . . . .

I recently bought "The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop," which is of course a pictorial history of the hand-painted Hollywood backdrop. Go to http://www.amazon.com/Art-Hollywood-Backdrop-Karen-Maness" target="_blank to view. Anyone who loves movies will LOVE this book. In addition to being a wonderful...
by sethb
Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:31 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kit Parker on restoring WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 60
Views: 13006

Re: Kit Parker on restoring WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

I just had a chance to view the restored version of WHEN COMEDY WAS KING. It's true that the film does look much better than it has in a long time, and the efforts of Kit Parker to recover and reissue this gem are much appreciated. BUT --- the opening titles, which appear over a clip from Charley Ch...
by sethb
Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:18 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Sheet music for a Vitaphone tune?
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Re: Sheet music for a Vitaphone tune?

Thanks very much for the info. Coincidentally, I was able to find a copy of the sheet music for I'D LIKE TO DANCE THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH on eBay. BTW, it's my understanding that even if a song is not published as sheet music, it is still possible for the author/owner to obtain a copyright for an un...
by sethb
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: TCM Vitaphone Marathon December 5th!
Replies: 24
Views: 4951

Re: TCM Vitaphone Marathon December 5th!

I tried to cherry-pick certain films with my DVR, but the starting times given must be an approximate. I checked and 3 of the 4 things I tried to record I got either the last few minutes or none of it at all. I had the same problem, and so missed out on a few shorts (like Ben Bernie) that I really ...
by sethb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: "Penthouse Serenade" as a radio show theme song?
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

Re: "Penthouse Serenade" as a radio show theme song?

Thanks for that info --- I was close, but just not close enough!

But at least I've managed to solve one mystery, anyway. SETH
by sethb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: "Penthouse Serenade" as a radio show theme song?
Replies: 2
Views: 1197

"Penthouse Serenade" as a radio show theme song?

I believe that the song "Penthouse Serenade" was used as the theme song of a famous radio show, but have been unable to confirm what the show was. My guess is "Easy Aces," but again I haven't been able to confirm or deny the guess. Or was this just a figment of my imagination? Can anybody supply thi...
by sethb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Sheet music for a Vitaphone tune?
Replies: 2
Views: 1213

Sheet music for a Vitaphone tune?

In the Vitaphone short "Soft Drinks and Sweet Music," Georgie Price sings a song entitled "Bring Back Those Melodramatic Days." Does anyone know if this tune was ever published as sheet music? Or if the orchestration exists? I've tried eBay and various sheet music archives, but so far have come up d...
by sethb
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kit Parker on restoring WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 60
Views: 13006

Restored WHEN COMEDY WAS KING re-issue on DVD

I first saw this wonderful compilation when I was 12 years old in 1962, and it really sparked my interest in silent comedies, Laurel & Hardy, and film comedy in general. So I was very glad when several years ago, this movie finally made it onto DVD, even if it was copied from a 16mm reduction print....