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by bobfells
Sat Sep 08, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4051

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

I agree that the ‘34 WIDOW is Lubitsch caught up in the MGM bureaucracy. He must have had a different deal when he returned there in ‘39.
by bobfells
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:28 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 378190

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Jim Roots wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:28 am
Apologies for the misspelling of your name, bobfells.

Jim
I've been called worse.

Bob
by bobfells
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:13 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 994
Views: 378190

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Mike said that he was looking for a photo that had "personality" so I proposed a few, among them was the one that graces the N'ville Masthead for September. The portrait was taken in conjunction with THE WORKING MAN (1933), which was a remake of $20 DOLLARS A WEEK. I rather like the photo and a clos...
by bobfells
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:06 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Silent Features on Arte & French TV
Replies: 93
Views: 50392

Re: Silent Features on Arte & French TV

Next silent on Arte on Mon 24th September 0.30 am: Der Geiger von Florenz (Impetuous Youth, 1926) directed by Paul Czinner with Conrad Veidt and Elisabeth Bergner https://m.media-amazon.com/images/M/MV5BOWQ3NDgyYWItNmQyYy00YmVlLTk1[email protected]._V1...
by bobfells
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:46 pm
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: 1930 Furtwangler: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
Replies: 6
Views: 1767

Re: 1930 Furtwangler: Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

Thanks Bruce, good to know.

Bob
by bobfells
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Oscar news
Replies: 24
Views: 1095

Re: Oscar news

Clearly, the solution is to create a new category called Temporary Oscars. These would be awarded to films that would never even be nominated but since commercializing the award is so prevalent now, any film can be called "An Academy Award Winner" to attract ticket buyers. At the end of the movie, v...
by bobfells
Mon Jul 30, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: ZUFLUCHT (Carl Froelich, 1928)
Replies: 9
Views: 2257

Re: ZUFLUCHT (Carl Froelich, 1928)

About a year prior to the release of ZUFLUCHT, Henny made this record with Richard Tauber. https://youtu.be/nppd06FxNME" target="_blank This is an auto-translation of the German description found on YT: Hello friends of rare recordings Here is a recording on Odeon in March 1927. Richard Tauber the K...
by bobfells
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE DESERT SONG (1929)
Replies: 105
Views: 31915

Re: THE DESERT SONG (1929)

C’mon, Bob, Halliwell made that mistake. And the only way to stay on your toes when you have no competition is to act as if you do. Bob I think Halliwell has since corrected itself in newer editions. Maybe not. I contacted them some years ago, not that they paid attention. As for competition, that'...
by bobfells
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: THE DESERT SONG (1929)
Replies: 105
Views: 31915

Re: THE DESERT SONG (1929)

I offer a few words about TCM and "The Desert Song" (separately and together) in my latest balog post at earlysoundguy.com: https://earlysoundguy.com/2018/07/29/tcm-the-desert-song-and-me/" target="_blank" target="_blank Ed, I enjoyed your essay very much. As a TCM fan I date back to its TNT days i...
by bobfells
Wed Jul 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D
Replies: 118
Views: 45076

Re: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D

Nice camera! I'm looking for a digital 3-D camera that doesn't cost a fortune. I'm not sure that it exists. I've experimented using a single lens digital camera by carefully positioning it a few inches to the right (or left) to approximate the two lens positions on real 3-D cameras. The results are ...
by bobfells
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is Lubitsch funny?
Replies: 43
Views: 4051

Re: Is Lubitsch funny?

Lubitsch films seem to me either hot or cold. My favs are SHOP AROUND THE CORNER and HEAVEN CAN WAIT, both loaded with sentiment. His more "sophisticated" films have a lot of sharp edges that perhaps appeal to certain tastes. Once he went too far with a line in TO BE OR NOT TO BE (1942). This occurr...
by bobfells
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Arliss Alert! VOLTAIRE on TCM Thurs July 12 4:45 PM EDT
Replies: 0
Views: 366

Arliss Alert! VOLTAIRE on TCM Thurs July 12 4:45 PM EDT

Arliss Alert! TCM (US) is showing VOLTAIRE (1933) this Thursday, July 12 at 4:45 PM eastern daylight time. Mr. A’s hit biopic is part of the channel’s celebration leading up to Bastille Day on the 14th. VOLTAIRE had been a story that Mr. A had wanted to play since 1919 but was never able to find suf...
by bobfells
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: A new silent comedy from Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 926

Re: A new silent comedy from Canada

Excellent work and ironic use of modern technology to make a film look "old." Witty script!
by bobfells
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Unlikely cowboys
Replies: 7
Views: 892

Re: Unlikely cowboys

Ronald Colman does the cowboy shtick in THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1925). But if there are cowboys, there have to be Indians: Boris Karloff as Chief Pontiac in THE UNCONQUERED (1947). Walter Hampden in a similar role in NORTHWEST MOUNTED POLICE (1940). Bela Lugosi in THE DEERSLAYER (1920). Henry ...
by bobfells
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6561

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

My wife is 5’7” and slender. She fit easily into the vest. Mr. A was also 5’7” and slender so I’m satisfied that it’s a good fit. Also, there’s a Western Costume label inside the vest and also the breeches with “Arliss” written in ink.
by bobfells
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: CLAIRE WINDSOR
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Re: CLAIRE WINDSOR

Claire is also in SOULS FOR SALE (1923) which is online. You may know this but there's a very nice audio on YT of Claire listing all of her movies, backed by some great photos and lobby cards.

by bobfells
Mon Jun 25, 2018 9:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6561

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

I suppose this is as good a place to announce the most recent acquisition of the Arliss Archives: one of the actual costumes worn by George Arliss in portraying Nathan Rothschild in THE HOUSE OF ROTHSCHILD (1934) . The photos tell it all: The auction description: http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/x...
by bobfells
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6561

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

I am the proud proprietor of the Arliss Archives that may well be the world's largest collection of George Arliss Memorabilia. Bob, as I've mentioned here before, I'm a long-time member of an organization that Arliss was the first President of, the Episcopal Actors' Guild. I'm sitting in Guild Hall...
by bobfells
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:39 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen
Replies: 48
Views: 6561

Re: Extraordinary Film Artefacts You've Seen

I am the proud proprietor of the Arliss Archives that may well be the world's largest collection of George Arliss Memorabilia. I have posted many of the items on my blog (see address below) and in a total so far of five printed volumes and ebooks. I have copies of many of GA's letters but I especial...
by bobfells
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:08 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: FILMS WITH RECORDED OVERTURES / EXIT MUSIC
Replies: 7
Views: 2210

Re: FILMS WITH RECORDED OVERTURES / EXIT MUSIC

I chanced upon exit music from an unexpected source, CHARLIE CHAN IN LONDON (1934) . I had seen this film many times on TV and when "The End" faded out so did the music. But I purchased a 16mm print and let the last few feet run out so I could rewind it, I was shocked to hear this lilting upbeat mel...
by bobfells
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:01 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is there any possible way to see The Mighty Barnum (1934)?
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: Is there any possible way to see The Mighty Barnum (1934

I always understood the distinction between the Director of Photography and the camera operator is that the Director was responsible for planning the lighting, angles, tracking shots, filters, etc. The operator physically loaded the film and was responsible for making the camera function as planned ...
by bobfells
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Is there any possible way to see The Mighty Barnum (1934)?
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: Is there any possible way to see The Mighty Barnum (1934

BARNUM is one of the humorous biographies that Zanuck produced when George Arliss was at the studio and I doubt that Arliss's influence was a coincidence. Another was THE AFFAIRS OF CELLINI. But once Mr. A left the building to make films in his native Britain, the Zanuck biopics lost their sense of ...
by bobfells
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:42 am
Forum: Music of the Era
Topic: Jeanette MacDonald 1931 Radio Broadcast
Replies: 2
Views: 3554

Re: Jeanette MacDonald 1931 Radio Broadcast

I think it likely that the 1931 radio broadcast lifted excerpts from the soundtrack of OH WHAT A MAN! where Mac sang "Liebestod" at the opening of the film. Radio movie previews were transcribed, or prerecorded as we say now, and the few I've heard from that time, i.e., the Marx Bros., used the soun...
by bobfells
Sat May 26, 2018 10:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1498
Views: 125251

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

And, talking of the glaring mistakes that Hollywood often makes, the opening of "The Emperor Waltz" (1948) designates the incorrect numeral associated with His Late Imperial and Royal Apostolic Majesty, Franz Josef II, Emperor and King of Austria-Hungary - as only No. 1. Then only just slightly fur...
by bobfells
Sat May 26, 2018 12:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1498
Views: 125251

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

I rarely watch a new film mainly because it's rare that there's one worth watching.That said, I missed DARKEST HOUR and DUNKIRK that I understand are pretty good. Last night I accompanied my wife to see THE BOOK CLUB , a chick flick if ever there was one. There seems to be certain rules for this gen...
by bobfells
Fri May 25, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Photo ID
Replies: 9
Views: 1991

Re: Photo ID

drednm wrote:
missdupont wrote:The woman looks more like Eileen Percy.
Weird. I can't place that hair in any Davies film.... You may be right!
I agree that it's not Marion. The pouty cheeks give it away.

Bob
by bobfells
Sun May 20, 2018 11:48 pm
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D
Replies: 118
Views: 45076

Re: Old Hollywood Photos in 3D

All three photos look like simulated 3-D to me, taking flat images and making them into two levels. The Keaton-Cooper image on top is especially noticeable with both actors "flat" and the background also flat but there's the perception of distance between the front images and the back images.
by bobfells
Sun May 20, 2018 6:11 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent features
Replies: 30
Views: 5972

Re: Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent featu

:shock: Ruling Passion Distinctive (1922) 6 reels and The Man Who Played God (1922) are George Arliss film. I know some here will be excited about that. :D Yes, at least one person is excited about this - me. But in fact Arliss admirers have been growing by leaps and bounds over the past ten years. ...
by bobfells
Fri May 18, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES book on Amazon
Replies: 44
Views: 14351

Re: THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES book on Amazon

I've published several color photo books through CreateSpace and did all the layout and design myself. (I know - it looks like it!). Anyway, the answer is yes, even if you want to use color on only one page the entire book must be checked for color. There's also a flat rate for color (as with b/w o...
by bobfells
Sun May 13, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES book on Amazon
Replies: 44
Views: 14351

Re: THE SILENT FILMS OF MARION DAVIES book on Amazon

I've published several color photo books through CreateSpace and did all the layout and design myself. (I know - it looks like it!). Anyway, the answer is yes, even if you want to use color on only one page the entire book must be checked for color. There's also a flat rate for color (as with b/w on...