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Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by Michel Derrien » Sat May 04, 2019 11:04 am

YouTube features a new film by Sidney Olcott: Ranson's Folly (1926), shot in California in the Lookout Mountains and in First National Studios in Burbank. With Richard Barthelmess (The Broken Blossoms) in the leading role.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... Np0KVHctT0

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Re: Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by sepiatone » Wed May 08, 2019 10:57 am

thanks much! I've always wanted to check this film out.

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Unread post by Jim Roots » Wed May 08, 2019 12:17 pm

I love that you call it a "new" film.

Seriously, I do.

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Unread post by Danny Burk » Wed May 08, 2019 3:02 pm

I had a superb tinted print, struck in 1932, back in the day. Gorgeous, but deadly dull. David Bradley wanted it, and I traded it to him for something that I preferred. Ever after, he referred to it as "Bradley's Folly"...

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Unread post by 2 Reel » Thu May 09, 2019 3:13 pm

This production was a silent movie misfire. All the right values were in place, except for the script, which was mostly actors on a stage talking, talking, and talking . . . in subtitles! It's basically a stage play filmed without any microphones. Never show this movie to a neophyte, unless you want them to run from any future silent film screenings. A few years later, might have been a passable sound picture.
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Re: Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by Frame Rate » Wed May 15, 2019 4:48 pm

Danny Burk wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 3:02 pm
I had a superb tinted print, struck in 1932, back in the day. Gorgeous, but deadly dull. David Bradley wanted it, and I traded it to him for something that I preferred. Ever after, he referred to it as "Bradley's Folly"...
Nevertheless, he did make a dupe negative from it (probably due to the image quality of the print).
If only our opinions were as variable as the pre-talkie cranking speed...

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Re: Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by Danny Burk » Wed May 15, 2019 10:37 pm

Frame Rate wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 4:48 pm
Danny Burk wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 3:02 pm
I had a superb tinted print, struck in 1932, back in the day. Gorgeous, but deadly dull. David Bradley wanted it, and I traded it to him for something that I preferred. Ever after, he referred to it as "Bradley's Folly"...
Nevertheless, he did make a dupe negative from it (probably due to the image quality of the print).
Yes, I met him at "his" lab (Colburn's in Chicago) and he showed me a print from it. Not a patch on the original, unfortunately, and he was annoyed that it had jumpiness that wasn't in the original.

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Re: Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by drednm » Thu May 16, 2019 12:47 pm

Looking at box-office reports the film did pretty well, but it's not a film I liked very much despite having Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Mackaill.
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Re: Ranson's Folly on YouTube

Unread post by Big Silent Fan » Thu May 16, 2019 8:35 pm

drednm wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 12:47 pm
Looking at box-office reports the film did pretty well, but it's not a film I liked very much despite having Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Mackaill.
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What I remember most from seeing this back in 2018, was the courtroom drama and rather unexpected final scene. Most all early Perry Mason programs had a similar twist where you didn't know who was really guilty until it's revealed during the trial.
That was enough for me to forgive anything I didn't like in the film. Always interested in films with Richard Barthelmess.

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