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Fred M. Stevens
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Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts: The Hal Roach Collection 1931-32

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This thread is a listing of fabulous holiday- or any day- gift suggestions: Currently “in print” items- DVDs; eBooks; CDs; Calendars; Books; Art; etc.
Produced, in whole or in part, by NITRATEVILLE MEMBERS.

Ideally, each post will provide an image, publisher’s description, and on-line purchase link.

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Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts :
The Hal Roach Collection 1931-32

2 DVD–Running Time:340 Minutes (October 9, 2018)
Restored From the Original Negatives

Commentary by Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, Brent Walker and Robert Farr
”These sexy, pre-code two-reel comedies showcasing Thelma Todd's timeless beauty and impeccable comedic ability. that wowed audiences during the Depression, tickling their funny bones as well. The vivacious, talented, and lovely Thelma Todd was Hal Roach's top female comedian, who in her short 29-year lifetime graced over 100 films. This collection brings together all of the films from her collaboration with Zasu Pitts, a veteran character actress with wonderful comedy timing and delightful comedic gestures who proves a fine comic foil for the blonde beauty. These two-reel short comedies also feature the wonderful Hal Roach stock company of comedians: Billy Gilbert, James C. Morton, Charlie Hall, Anita Garvin, Bud Jamison, and others, as well as special collaborations with other top Hal Roach stars like Laurel and Hardy and Charley Chase.
The shorts: 1931: Let's Do Things, Catch-As Catch-Can, The Pajama Party, War Mamas, On The Loose -
1932: Sealskins, Red Noses, Strictly Unreliable, The Old Bull, Show Business, Alum and Eve, The Soilers, Sneak Easily -
1933: Asleep In the Feet, Maids a La Mode, The Bargain of the Century, One Track Minds
Bonus features include: Stills and poster gallery, Commentaries by Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, Brent Walker and Robert Farr.”

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The Hal Roach Comedy Shorts of Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly

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The Hal Roach Comedy Shorts of Thelma Todd, Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly
By James L. Neibaur
Paperback (December 1, 2018)
"Producer Hal Roach wanted to match his success with Laurel and Hardy by producing films with a female comedy team. So in 1931 he teamed up Thelma Todd and ZaSu Pitts for a series of two reel shorts that were quickly successful. When Pitts left the studio for other pursuits, she was replaced by Patsy Kelly and the series continued to be successful. Thelma Todd died suddenly under mysterious circumstances in 1935 and Patsy tried to carry on, first paired with Pert Kelton, then with Lyda Roberti. When Lyda died in 1938, the series ended. This book is the first film-by-film look at each of the comedies these women made, how they responded to different directors, and how the movies adapted to changes along the way. As the short comedies are discussed, other projects each of the actresses engaged in outside of the series will also be mentioned. Each film examined will include credits, production information, period reviews, background, and a critical assessment.”
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Side By Side: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis On TV and Radio

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Side By Side: Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis On TV and Radio
by Michael J. Hayde
514 Pages Paperback And Hardback (July 24, 2018)
”Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis were the most successful comedy team of the 20th century, but if you’ve only seen them in movies, you haven’t really seen them.
For years their only legacy was 16 starring films that shoehorned them into predictable situations far removed from the mutual affection and uninhibited slapstick that captivated audiences. That changed when their starring appearances on The Colgate Comedy Hour were released to home video. Fans of old-time radio have long known of their fine work in that medium. Television and radio gave the team freedom to improvise, as well as showcase favorite night club routines.
More than a chronicle of classic comedy, SIDE BY SIDE tells the Martin & Lewis story: two friends whose individual ambitions gradually drove a wedge between them that carried into their work. It recounts in detail their legendary feuds and final split, and their equally legendary reunions.
‘A treasure trove for any fan of Dean and Jerry, packed with valuable information, behind-the-scenes stories, and a dizzying array of rare photos. I couldn’t put this book down!’ – Leonard Maltin

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Louise Brooks The Persistent Star

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Louise Brooks
The Persistent Star

by Thomas Gladysz
296 pages (July 28, 2018)

"Louise Brooks, the Persistent Star brings together 15 years work by Thomas Gladysz, the Director of the Louise Brooks Society. Gathered here are a selection of his articles, essays, and blogs about the silent film star. The actress' best known films--Beggars of Life, Pandora's Box, and Diary of a Lost Girl--are discussed, as are many other little known aspects of Brooks' legendary career. These pieces range from the local ("Louise Brooks, at the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and 16th Street") to the worldly ("Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan"), from the provocative ("A Girl in Every Port: The Birth of Lulu?") to the poignant ("Homage to George W. Lighton of Kentucky, idealistic silent film buff who perished in the Spanish Civil War"), from the quirky ("Louise Brooks' First Television Broadcast") to the surprising ("A Lost Girl, a Fake Diary, and a Forgotten Author"). Also included are related interviews with actor Paul McGann, singer- songwriter Rufus Wainwright, and novelist Laura Moriarty, author of The Chaperone.... with dozens of illustrations.”

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MARION DAVIES in “ENCHANTMENT” Blu-Ray or DVD

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Marion Davies in Enchantment (1921)
Blu-ray BD-R (region free) or DVD (August 2018)
Enchantment (1921)
Directed by Robert G. Vignola
Cast: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Edith Shayne, Tom Lewis
Ethel Hoyt, a flapper assured of her charm and beauty, is leading along a gaggle of boys and overwhelming her dear parents. So while watching a performance of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew her father decides that, like shrewish Kate, his daughter just needs a taste of her own medicine to be tamed. He conspires with Ernest Eddison, his friend and the actor who plays Petruchio, to charm and tame Ethel. Of course things may not go as planned when Ernest finds he is not immune to Ethel's enchantment.
89 minutes with a music score by Donald Sosin
Released in cooperation with Edward Lorusso.

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Ticklish Town - Vol. 1

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Ticklish Town - Vol. 1
Dailies Nov. 1913 - Feb. 1914

Paperback – July 1, 2018
by Snorre Smári Mathieson

"TICKLISH TOWN is a comic strip starring two grand gents named Marcel & Pretzel Dragon. This book collects their first 48 moments together.
SnoSmari (actually Snorre Smári Mathiesen - the name isn't that odd or uncommon where he comes from) is a Norwegian writer-cartoonist-etc. Having done cartoons since nearly as far back as his murky memory goes, he had the comic TICKLISH TOWN launched on the web in 2017. He is also author of the book MAX LINDER: FATHER OF FILM COMEDY (BearManor Media, 2017).
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The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality! -DVD

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The Kinetophone: A Fact! A Reality!
DVD 76 minutes – (August 7, 2018)
"In 1913, the Thomas Edison Company made talking pictures using a sound-on-cylinder system called The Kinetophone. These pioneering sound movies were shown in theatres for about a year, and featured vaudeville acts, comedy sketches, dramatic scenes and musical performances. Only 8 of the 200 Kinetophone films made survive in both film and cylinder elements, and these have now been digitally restored and synchronized by the Library of Congress, and are presented here for the first time in 105 years.
The Films (all 1913):
THE EDISON KINETOPHONE (1913) - 3 mins
MUSICAL BLACKSMITHS (1913) - 6 mins
NURSERY FAVORITES (1913) - 6 mins
THE DEAF MUTE (1913) - 6 mins
THE EDISON MINSTRELS (1913) - 6 mins
THE FIVE BACHELORS (1913) - 6 mins
THE OLD GUARD (1913) - 6 mins
JACK’S JOKE (1913) - 6 mins
Bonus:
SO AMAZINGLY PERFECT THEY ARE REALLY WEIRD (2018) - 25 mins - mini-documentary on the Kinetophone films’ history, technology and their restoration
THE POLITICIAN (1913) - 6 mins - Kinetophone film whose sound cylinder is still lost and is presented here with a musical score by Ben Model
B&W/color - stereo - 4:3 aspect ratio Region 0. [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed CD and is manufactured on demand] "

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The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts: 20 Original Short Subject Screenplays (1926–1934)

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The Laurel & Hardy Movie Scripts:
20 Original Short Subject Screenplays (1926 – 1934)

Paperback– June 18, 2018
304 pages

by Randy Skretvedt
Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy improvised many of the scenes for their classic comedies while the cameras were rolling, which meant that some excellent material in their scripts was lost – until now. Twenty complete, original screenplays for their short subjects are presented here for the the very first time. They include a treasure trove of unused but hilarious comedy routines. Among them is the entire script for a proposed 1926 comedy, never filmed, which would have been the comedians’ first film as a team. The scripts are illustrated with 150 rare photos; many of them vividly depict the process of making the films. Introductions for each entry detail the fascinating differences between the scripts and the movies made from them. Full cast and credit information is also included. This collection of fabulous rarities is essential for any admirer of Stan and Ollie..

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Kidnapped: A Complete 1917 Night at the Movies- DVD

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Kidnapped: A Complete 1917 Night at the Movies
90 minutes DVD (July 27, 2018)
Musical Scores by Ben Model

"A complete night at the movies-- exactly as it was presented in 1917.
This DVD contains a complete program of films made by the legendary Edison film studio: a feature film adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Kidnapped" and all four shorts that originally accompanied it: a live-action silhouette performance of Little Red Riding Hood, the scientific short Microscopic Pond Life, the Roman era slapstick comedy Friends Romans and Leo and the travelogue Quaint Provincetown.
Ads for the series of Conquest Programs boasted that it was an "open road to romance and knowledge" and that the films were "guaranteed censor proof" with their combination of family-friendly comedy, drama, science, history and travel. The Kidnapped program was the ninth in this series. This is the first time the entire program has been available to the general public since its release in 1917.
All of the films feature authentic period tinting and original piano scores composed and performed by Ben Model. They were preserved and transferred by the Library of Congress from 16mm prints derived from producer George Kleine's personal collection.
This release is a rare opportunity to enjoy a complete authentic silent era movie experience and is invaluable to collectors, historians and educators.
When sold by Amazon.com, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. "

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How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910's

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ImageHow To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910's.
By Darren Nemeth
August 2018
Hardback and Paperback

How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910's
Everyone interested in early cinema knows about the iconic wooden, hand cranked cameras. This book reprints extremely rare camera gear manuals, pamphlets and assorted literature from the era of The Keystone Studio, Charles Chaplin, D. W. Griffith, Mary Pickford, and store front Nickelodeons. Just when purpose built movie theatres were in their infancy. Along with added material and research by Darren Nemeth, you can learn the basics on how to operate a moving picture camera and process film from the 1910's perspective. Learn the ropes on how to become a successful camera operator at the dawn of industrialized film production!

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Laurel & Hardy On The Radio & On The Phone! Hardcover – CD Box Set

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Laurel & Hardy On The Radio & On The Phone!
Hardcover – 2 CD Box Set

Hardcover: 85 pages 2 CD 95 Minutes September 2018
Edited by John Tefteller
"Laurel & Hardy On The Radio & On The Phone! Rare and previously unreleased audio 1944-1964 is a HARDCOVER 9 1/2" x 12 1/2" 85 page book. The book contains essays by Leonard Maltin, Michael Feinstein, Randy Skretvedt Richard W. Bann, and others, with dozens and dozens of never-before-seen photographs. There are two audio CD's containing over 95 minutes of super rare audio, including, for the very first time, a brand-new, never before heard or known of 2nd 1944 NBC Radio audition, "No Dumber Plumbers." Also included a long-thought lost hour-long interview with Stan Laurel in a private, candid conversation that he had no idea was being recorded. Great care has been taken to use the finest, first generation photographs and the audio has been meticulously restored to perfection! It sounds like it was recorded yesterday! It is a super high quality product through and through and should be in the collection of anyone who loves Laurel & Hardy, vintage comedy or collecting entertainment history.”

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JAMES CRUZE-OLD IRONSIDES (1926) Blu-Ray+DVD Wallace Beery Charles Farrell

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Old Ironsides (1926)
(Blu-ray or DVD)

BLU-RAY or DVD 114 minutes (October 30, 2018)
Score by J.S. Zamecnik and Hugo Riesenfeld, adapted for piano by Rodney Sauer

"Newly Remastered in HD from a 2K scan from 35mm film elements preserved by the Library of Congress. Old Ironsides is a grand adventure on the high seas directed with flair by James Cruze (The Covered Wagon). It is 1798, and the young U.S. government is desperate to drive the Barbary pirates out of the Mediterranean, so they build and launch the USS Constitution into the fight. A farm boy (Charles Farrell) wants to join the battle, but a hard-living and fast-talking boatswain (Wallace Beery) liquors the boy up until he boards the merchant ship Esther. It doesn’t hurt that the ship owner’s pretty daughter (Esther Ralston) will also be on board. This ragtag group embarks on a thrillingly unexpected journey that lands them in the middle of the pirate war, with little hope of escape. Though praised by critics upon its release as “a glorious story
 of a glorious achievement” (Photoplay), it sunk at the box office. But in this new restoration provided by the Library of Congress, it is time to view the film anew as a thrilling and technically astonishing achievement.
Charles Farrell Esther Ralston Wallace Beery George Bancroft Johnnie Walker
Boris Karloff (as A Saracen Guard) Gary Cooper (an extra)
Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by Film Historian Toby Roan
-Booklet Essay by Film Historian Peter Labuza
-Featuring the New York premiere score by J.S. Zamecnik and Hugo Riesenfeld,
adapted for piano by
Rodney Sauer

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George Arliss in DISRAELI: A Graphic Novel Based on the 1921 Silent Film

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ImageImageGeorge Arliss in DISRAELI:
A Graphic Novel Based on the 1921 Silent Film

Paperback 44 Pages– September 8, 2018
by Robert M Fells

Russian meddling in the affairs of western governments is nothing new. Over a century ago, George Arliss starred in a play that told the story of British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli's efforts to purchase the Suez Canal for his country. But his plan was almost thwarted by Russia. The play ran for five years, then Arliss starred in a silent film version, later followed by a sound film version that won him an Academy Award. This graphic novel faithfully recreates the 1921 silent film DISRAELI that today is considered lost.

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Found At "Mostly Lost": Volume 2

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Found At "Mostly Lost": Volume 2
106 minutes DVD (Oct 30, 2018)
Musical Scores by Philip Carli, Ben Model and Andrew E. Simpson

"No one has seen any of the 10 films on "Found at 'Mostly Lost': Volume 2" in decades, perhaps not even since their release. Until now, these one-of-a-kind rare shorts could not circulate because they were unidentified because their main titles were missing, due to damage or decomposition. Thanks to the participants in the annual "Mostly Lost" film identification workshop presented by the Library of Congress, these rare silent film shorts have been identified and are presented on this DVD to be enjoyed once more. Musical scores for the silent films on the DVD are by Philip Carli, Ben Model and Andrew E. Simpson.
THE FILMS:
And the Villain Still Pursued Her; or The Author’s Dream (1906) (Paul Panzer)
The Faithful Dog; or, True to the End (1907)
The Falling Arrow (1909) (James Young Deer)
Adolph Zink (1903 ?)
In The Tall Grass Country (1910) (Francis Ford, Edith Storey)
The Noodle Nut (1921) (Billy Bletcher)
Fresh Fish (1922) (Bobby Bumps Animated)
Derby Day (1922) (Monty Banks)
Do Me a Favor (1922) (Snub Pollard)
The Sunshine Spreader (1920s)
B&W/tinted - stereo - 106 mins - not rated - NTSC - 4:3 aspect ratio - Region: 0. [Note: This product is an authorized, licensed DVD and is manufactured on demand] "

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Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers- A Monumental 6-Disc Collection

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Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers
A Monumental 6-Disc Collection

1,710 minutes Blu-ray/DVD (Nov 20, 2018)
”In the early decades of cinema, some of the most innovative and celebrated filmmakers in America were women. Alice Guy-Blaché helped establish the basics of cinematic language, while others boldly continued its development: slapstick queen Mabel Normand (who taught Charlie Chaplin the craft of directing), action star Grace Cunard, and LGBTQ icon Alla Nazimova. Unafraid of controversy, filmmakers such as Lois Weber and Dorothy Davenport Reid tackled explosive issues such as birth control, abortion, and prostitution. This crucial chapter of film history comes alive through the presentation of a wide assortment of films, carefully curated, meticulously restored in 2K and 4K from archival sources, and presented with new musical scores.
Special Features: 80-page booklet with essays and photos | Interviews with historians and archivists | Audio commentaries for select films.”

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BARE KNEES FLAPPER: THE LIFE AND FILMS OF VIRGINIA LEE CORBIN

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"BARE KNEES" FLAPPER:
THE LIFE AND FILMS OF VIRGINIA LEE CORBIN

218 Pages Paperback– October 18, 2018
Tim Lussier (Author) (Kevin Brownlow-Foreword)
”One of the most popular Hollywood child stars of the late 1910s, Virginia Lee Corbin was well known to fans worldwide. With her mother as her manager, Corbin retained her popularity as she grew older. She performed in vaudeville for a couple of years before continuing her film career. Corbin fit well into the flapper mold of the Jazz Age and appeared in many films throughout the 1920s. As she matured, her mother found it ever more difficult to control her. Corbin led a difficult life. After her mother's suicide attempt, she found that all the money she had earned was gone. Her marriage (at age 18) failed and she was eventually separated from her children. The flapper struggled to remain relevant in the sound era and was trying to make a comeback when she died at 31 in 1942.“
65 photos, filmography, notes, bibliography, index

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William Wellman-YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN-Blu-Ray/DVD

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YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN (1926)
Blu-Ray / DVD (October 23, 2018)
Runtime: 71 minutes with a Donald Sosin score
Director: William Wellman

"Brand new HD master from a 4K of the 35mm Nitrate Tinted Print and 35mm Safety Dupe Negative by Paramount Pictures Archives. You Never Know Women is a thrilling romance that constructs a combustible love triangle between a Russian dancer, a handsome escape artist, and a wealthy broker. Vera Janova (Florence Vidor) is on her way to star in a Russian vaudeville revue when a falling girder nearly kills her. A construction worker saves her life, but before she wakes up the conniving Eugene Foster (Lowell Sherman) takes Vera into his arms, pretending to be the one who rescued her. Susceptible to Eugene’s oily charms, Vera begins ignoring Ivan Norodin (Clive Brook), a Houdini-like master of illusion who had loved her his whole life. Racked with jealousy, Norodin plans the ultimate illusion, one that could change their lives forever. Filmed with knockabout energy by the great director William A. Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident), You Never Know Women is a silent era gem.”
Special Features:
-Audio Commentary by William Wellman, Jr.
-Booklet essay by filmmaker/critic/archivist Gina Telaroli
-Music composed & performed by
Donald Sosin

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