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Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:12 pm
by JFK
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.

Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains
Paperback– April 15, 2016
330 photos/illustrations | 406 pp

by Ed Hulse
This companion volume to Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders continues Ed Hulse’s groundbreaking history of American cliffhanger serials of the silent-movie era. It covers some 190 “chapter plays” released by production and distribution entities such as Universal, Vitagraph, Mutual, Arrow, Rayart, and Mascot, along with member companies of the Edison Trust and various fly-by-night independent operators.

Among the legendary serial stars whose output is documented and analyzed are Francis Ford and Grace Cunard, Ben Wilson and Neva Gerber, Helen Holmes, Eddie Polo, Marie Walcamp, William Desmond, William Duncan, Eileen Sedgwick, Joe Bonomo, Elmo Lincoln, Ann Little, Jack Daugherty, Juanita Hansen, and Louise Lorraine. Serials that starred favorites from the sports and theatrical worlds — Harry Houdini, Billie Burke, “Gentleman Jim” Corbett, Benny Leonard, and Maurice “Lefty” Flynn, to name a few — are also covered.

At a length of nearly 160,000 words, illustrated with hundreds of rare stills, posters, lobby cards, magazine ads and even frame blowups from surviving film elements, Handsome Heroes and Vicious Villains is the last word on this fascinating segment of American movie history. The product of a quarter century’s research, it equals if not surpasses the award-nominated
Distressed Damsels and Masked Marauders.

The Essential Mickey Rooney

Posted: Sat Apr 16, 2016 5:08 pm
by JFK
The Essential Mickey Rooney

Hardcover and Kindle– April 16, 2016
312 pages

by James L. Neibaur
Mickey Rooney is a cinematic icon whose career lasted from the silent era into the twenty-first century. From the shorts he made as Mickey McGuire to supporting roles in such films as Night at the Museum, Rooney had more than 300 film appearances to his credit. Mickey Rooney was not just a movie star, he was the most popular film performer for several years in a row in the 1930s. In addition to his four Academy Award nominations, Rooney received two special Oscars, including an honorary award for his variety of memorable performances spanning several decades.

In The Essential Mickey Rooney, James L. Neibaur examines more than sixty feature films in which the actor appeared, from starring roles in Boys Town, Babes in Arms, and The Human Comedy to acclaimed supporting performances in The Bold and the Brave and The Black Stallion. In addition to familiar works like the Andy Hardy comedies or musicals opposite Judy Garland, lesser known films like Quicksand and Drive a Crooked Road are discussed as examples of the masterful performances he offered again and again.

An actor of rare talent and unrestrained exuberance, Rooney appeared so often on film that it probably is impossible to view every performance of his career—one that lasted longer than any other actor in Hollywood. While minor roles are not discussed here, all of his vintage works are, making The Essential Mickey Rooney an indispensable resource for anyone wanting to learn more about the best work of this film icon.

Found At Mostly Lost DVD

Posted: Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:47 pm
by JFK
Found at Mostly Lost
DVD 112 minutes – March 31, 1916
Musical Scores by Philip Carli, Ben Model or Andrew E. Simpson

The 11 films on "Found at 'Mostly Lost'" are not only new to DVD, this is probably the first time anyone has seen any of them in decades. Until now, these one-of-a-kind rare shorts could not circulate because they were unidentified, meaning that their main titles were missing, due to damage or decomposition. But now they can be seen, thanks to the participants in the annual "Mostly Lost" film identification workshop, presented by the Library of Congress, who have identified these rarities. You'll recognize comedians like Snub Pollard, Hank Mann, Monty Banks, Jimmie Adams, and even pre-Lucy William Frawley in an early sound film of his vaudeville act. Musical scores for the silent films on the DVD are by Philip Carli, Ben Model or Andrew E. Simpson.
The Nickel Snatcher (1920) - Hank Mann
Fidelity (1911) Pathé drama with Gertrude Norman
The Paper-Hanger's Revenge (1918)- Bud Duncan and Kewpie Morgan
A Brass Button (1911) Reliance drama
Jerry's Perfect Day (1916) - Cub Comedy with George Ovey
One Million B.C. test footage (1940)
Ventriloquist** (1927) William Frawley
Fifteen Minutes (1921) - Snub Pollard
In And Out (1920/21) - Monty Banks
Grief (1921) - Jimmie Adams, with Albert Austin and Chuck Reisner
The Joyride** (1928) - FBO vaudeville short with George LeMaire.

The W. C. Fields Films

Posted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:58 am
by JFK
The W. C. Fields Films

Paperback– December 31, 2016
277 pages

by James L. Neibaur
W.C. Fields was one of the top comedians during Hollywood's Golden Era of the 1930s and 1940s and has since remained a comic icon. Despite his character's misanthropic, child-hating, alcoholic tendencies, his performances were enduringly popular and Fields became personally defined by them. This critical study of his work provides commentary and background on each of his films, from the early silents through the cameos near the end of his life, with fresh appraisals of his well known classics. Pictures once believed to be lost that have been discovered and restored are discussed, and new information is given on some that remain lost.

King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 2:17 pm
by JFK
King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue

Hardback– November 21, 2016
304 pages

by James Layton David Pierce
King of Jazz: Paul Whiteman's Technicolor Revue tells the story of the making, release, and restoration of Universal's 1930 Technicolor musical extravaganza King of Jazz. Authors James Layton and David Pierce have uncovered original artwork, studio production files, behind-the-scenes photographs, personal papers, unpublished interviews, and a host of other previously unseen documentation. The book offers a richly illustrated narrative of the film's production, with broader context on its diverse musical and theatrical influences. The story concludes with an in-depth look at the challenges Universal overcame in restoring the film in 2016. Additionally, the book's appendix provides a comprehensive guide to all of the film's performers, music, alternate versions, and deleted scenes.
King of Jazz was one of the most ambitious films ever to emerge from Hollywood. Just as movie musicals were being invented in 1929, Universal Pictures brought together Paul Whiteman, leader of the country's top dance orchestra; John Murray Anderson, director of spectacular Broadway revues; a top ensemble of dancers and singers; early Technicolor; and a near unlimited budget.
The film's highlights include a dazzling interpretation of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which Whiteman had introduced to the public in 1924; Walter Lantz's A Fable in Jazz, the first cartoon in Technicolor; and Anderson's grand finale The Melting Pot of Music, a visualization of popular music's many influences and styles.
The film is not only a unique document of Anderson's theatrical vision and Whiteman's band at its peak, but also of several of America's leading performers of the late 1920s, including Bing Crosby in his first screen appearance, and the Russell Markert Dancers, who would soon become Radio City Music Hall's famous Rockettes.

In Search Of Lost Films

Posted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:02 pm
by JFK
In Search of Lost Films

Paperback/Kindle– July 15, 2016
206 Pages
BearManor Media

by Phil Hall
It is one of the most astonishing facts of cinema history: an extraordinary number of important films are believed to be lost forever. Spanning from the early days of the silent movies to as late as the 1970s and touching all corners of the global film experience, groundbreaking works of significant historical and artistic importance are gone. Cinema icons including Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, Oscar Micheaux and Vincente Minnelli are among those impacted by this tragedy, and pioneering technological achievements in color cinematography, sound film technology, animation and widescreen projection are among the lost treasures. How could this happen? And is it possible to recover these missing gems? In this book, noted film critic and journalist Phil Hall details circumstances that resulted in these productions being erased from view. For anyone with a passion for the big screen, In Search of Lost Films provides an unforgettable consideration of a cultural tragedy.

Rudolph Valentino & Friends 2017 Calendar

Posted: Wed Nov 02, 2016 7:08 pm
by JFK
Rudolph Valentino 2017
Calendar– November 2016
Edited by Donna Hill
"Rudolph Valentino is shown with his friends and colleagues.
Spanning the 1920's this is a rare look at the silent screen idol."
Film historian Hill was previously the author of

Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol His Life in Photographs

William Gillette Sherlock Holmes Limited Edition T-shirt

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:12 pm
by JFK
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes Limited Edition T-shirt (2016)
Next Level brand, 100% Ring-Spun Cotton
(Sized according to men's fitted tees.)

Artwork by Wayne Shellabarger

William Gillette's sartorial choices as Sherlock Holmes made an indelible impact on the great detective's fashion sense - from his lush dressing gown to his curved pipe. Now you can bring the style of the original Sherlock Holmes to your own wardrobe with this Limited Edition Sherlock Holmes (2016) T-shirt.
The slim-fitting, cardinal T-shirt features artwork by Wayne Shellabarger depicting Gillette as Holmes, as seen on the cover of the recent Blu-ray/DVD release of the film's restoration. Printed on Next Level brand, 100% Ring-Spun Cotton Fitted Unisex T-Shirts. (Sized according to men's fitted tees.)

Accidentally Preserved: Volume 4

Posted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:32 pm
by JFK
Accidentally Preserved: volume 4
DVD 121 minutes – November 15, 2016
Musical Scores by Ben Model

ACCIDENTALLY PRESERVED: RARE AND LOST SILENT FILMS FROM VINTAGE PRINTS is a DVD series of rare/lost silent film shorts that only survive because home-use copies of silent movies were made in the 1920s, 30s and 40s for people to rent and watch at home. This FOURTH VOLUME of rare silent comedies and dramas contains rare 1930s prints made in the 9.5mm film format by the Pathéscope company (UK).

The films on this DVD are presented in new HD digital transfers with new musical scores by renowned silent film accompanist/historian Ben Model. The 9.5mm prints themselves were sourced from the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive. Stars include Bobby Ray, Glenn Tryon, Colleen Moore, Warner Baxter, Mae Marsh, Flora Finch, Pete the pup and more. Unavailable to the public for decades, these delightful comedy shorts are now back onscreen, entertaining fans all over again!

THE FILMS: Sid Smith and Jimmie Adams in NONSENSE (1920, dir. Jack White), Warner Baxter and Colleen Moore in THE NINETY AND NINE (1922), Bobby Ray in MEET FATHER (1924), Glenn Tryon in THE WAGES OF TIN (1925), Mae Marsh in TIDES OF PASSION (1925), Ben Corbett in A MAN'S SIZE PET (1926), Walter Forde in WALTER'S PAYING POLICY (1926), and Peggy Shaw and Flora Finch in 'MORNING, JUDGE (1926, dir. Dave Fleischer).

Broncho Billy 2 DVD Set: 16 Films (1911-15) + 1957 Interview

Posted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:01 pm
by JFK
Broncho Billy DVD
16 Films from 1911 to 1915 and a 1957 Interview

2 DVD Set – October 2016
Musical Scores by Frederick Hodges David Drazin
The Outlaw and the Child
The Puncher's New Love
Forgiven in Death
A Western Redemption
Broncho Billy's Narrow Escape
Broncho Billy's Love Affair
The Making of Broncho Billy
Broncho Billy and the Sheriff's Kid
Broncho Billy and the Western Girls
Why Broncho Billy Left Bear County
Broncho Billy's Squareness
Broncho Billy and the Greaser
Broncho Billy and the Claim Jumpers
Broncho Billy's Sentence
The Escape of Broncho Billy
Reminiscing With Broncho Billy Anderson.
A 1957 Interview.

( Twelve films from BFI 35mm transfers .....The remaining four films were on 16mm.)

The 2017 Silent Movies Calendar "Behind the Camera 2"

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:25 pm
by JFK
The 2017 Silent Movies Calendar "Behind the Camera 2"
Calendar– November 2016
Editor- Rodney Sauer
The theme this year is Behind the Camera 2 ... including a great "how the effect was done" shot from The Black Pirate, and many pictures of film crews working on movies such as Suds, The Winning of Barbara Worth, Flesh and the Devil, and Rosita. The cover of the calendar features a behind-the-camera-crew picture of Ernst Lubitsch working on the Charleston sequence of So This is Paris.

All funds from this year's calendar sales will go to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival, who have been doing a lot of interesting film restoration work in recent years.

Youngson's HD-Restored "When Comedy Was King" + 3 Shorts DVD

Posted: Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:56 pm
by JFK
When Comedy Was King - Restored
DVD– November 2016
Commentary- Richard M Roberts Music- Donald Sosin
Restored from the original negative, the kings of silent comedy triumphantly return in this compilation reprising some of their greatest moments brought together by famed documentarian Robert Youngson. See comic geniuses Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Charley Chase, Fatty Arbuckle, Harry Langdon, the Keystone Kops, The Sennett Bathing Beauties, and dozens more work their magic in the golden age of movie comedy.
SPECIAL FEATURES - Commentary by film historian, Richard M. Roberts --
PLUS Three rare comedy shorts

"THE SPROCKET VAULT presents the restored high definition video release of Academy Award-winning Documentarian ROBERT YOUNGSON’s wonderful 1960 Comedy Compilation WHEN COMEDY WAS KING which showcased some of the funniest comedy scenes by famous comedians of the Silent Era, including Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harry Langdon, Ben Turpin, and two of the great silent comedy producers, Mack Sennett and Hal Roach.
Remastered from the original 35mm negative and presented in its original full edge-to-edge 1:33 theatrical aspect ratio, audiences can once again enjoy classic comedy sequences from films like BIG BUSINESS (1929) with Laurel and Hardy, COPS (1922) with Buster Keaton, the only surviving footage from Harry Langdon’s THE FIRST HUNDRED YEARS (1924) and the other classic comedies. Thanks to Robert Youngson’s perseverance, the film source material of most of the comedies originated primarily from the sparking clear original camera negatives, not the jerky, flickery fourth generation copies that are so often shown.
THE SPROCKET VAULT’s new DVD release of WHEN COMEDY WAS KING features a commentary track by noted film historian Richard M.Roberts, who provides fascinating facts and historical information on the comedy classics showcased. He also pays tribute to WHEN COMEDY WAS KING’s producer Robert Youngson, revealing his story and his important contribution to bringing these films out of obscurity and back to the attention of the film history community and general audiences alike.
As an extra bonus, Mr. Roberts graciously allowed TSV permission to showcase three complete, rare, wild and crazy silent comedies from his own large collection of early film. For the first time in over 90 years audiences can get a taste of undeservedly forgotten names from the hundreds of comedians making films in the Comedy Film Industry of the Silent Era:
AN ELEPHANT ON HIS HANDS (1920) with Hughey Mack and Dot Farley,
FAST AND FURIOUS (1924) with the frenzied Lige Conley, and
HEAVY LOVE (1926) with the politically-incorrect Three Fatties (Frank Alexander, Hilliard Karr and Kewpie Ross) in the deliriously destructive Ton of Fun comedy
All featuring commentary by Mr. Roberts, and a new musical accompaniment by one of the leading silent film composers, Donald Sosin."

Re: Nitrateville 2016 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:43 am
by Mike Gebert
So this one isn't silent film related, but comes from my other life as a food writer. Nevertheless, if you live in or travel to Chicago, I think it will be worth it for you. $5.99 at Amazon, $1.99 for Kindle:


The Fooditor 99: Where To Eat (And What To Eat There) In Chicago

Chicago’s one of the most exciting dining cities in America—and on the planet. New places open all the time, and culinary barriers are busted down. The Fooditor 99 is a guide to the 99 most exciting, most interesting and most delicious places in Chicago to check out right now—with specific suggestions of what to eat at each one. From fine dining to tacos, downtown to the neighborhoods, this guide from the acclaimed local food site points you to everything Chicago has to offer with concise, specific information—so your next meal is one of your best meals, ever.

Re: Rudolph Valentino & Friends 2017 Calendar

Posted: Wed Nov 30, 2016 12:28 pm
by rudyfan
JFK thank you for posting the Rudy calendar. Much appreciated.

Re: A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Dra

Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 12:15 pm
by wich2
The rolling year has come 'round again!

And if you order direct from Your Obedient Servant, you'll receive a signed copy, and support the author with a few more pence (literally.)

$25 shipped, and for orders placed before 12/20/2017, with a bonus CD!


JFK wrote:
Standing in the Spirit at Your Elbow:
A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama

Paperback– November 30, 2012
by Craig Wichman
“The rich history of the Yuletide masterpiece in the "theater of the mind," both broadcast and on record from 1905 to today. With recollections by Arthur Anderson - Lionel Barrymore - Lonnie Burr - Tommy Cook - Michael C. Gwynne - Vere Johns - William Nadel - Daily Paskman - Dick Van Patten - Basil Rathbone - Simon "Stuffy" Singer - and others. Includes the first-ever comprehensive Log of these Carols, and features many rare illustrations! Craig Wichman is an actor, writer, producer, and sometime portrayer of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Nominated for the "Book of the Year" Rondo Award by the Classic Horror Film Board. ”


Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:49 pm
by JFK
Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources

Book 2016
277 pages

by Kendra Preston Leonard
Between 1895 and 1929, more than 15,000 motion pictures were made in the United States. We call these works “silent films,” but they were accompanied by an enormous body of music, including works adapted or arranged from pre-existing works, as well as newly composed pieces for theater orchestras, organists, or pianists. While many films and pieces are lost, a considerable amount of material remains extant and available for use in research and performance.

Music for Silent Film: A Guide to North American Resources is a unique resource on North American archives and English-language materials available in for those interested in this repertoire. Part I contains information about archives of primary source materials including full and compiled scores, sheet music, published anthologies of music, interviews with cinema musicians, periodicals, and instruction books. Part II surveys the English-language scholarship on silent film music in articles, book chapters, essay collections, and monographs through 2015. The book is fully indexed for ease of access to these important sources on film music..

Re: Nitrateville 2016 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:24 pm
by wich2
(And yes, many thanks for the flagging, JFK!)

Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in America, 1947–77

Posted: Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:18 pm
by JFK
Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp in America, 1947–77

Hardcover & Kindle– November 10, 2016
277 pages

by Lisa Stein Haven
This book focuses on the re-invigoration of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp persona in America from the point at which Chaplin reached the acme of his disfavor in the States, promoted by the media, through his departure from America forever in 1952, and ending with his death in Switzerland in 1977. By considering factions of America as diverse as 8mm film collectors, Beat poets and writers and readers of Chaplin biographies, this cultural study determines conclusively that Chaplin’s Little Tramp never died, but in fact experienced a resurgence, which began slowly even before 1950 and was wholly in effect by 1965 and then confirmed by 1972, the year in which Chaplin returned to the United States for the final time, to receive accolades in both New York and Los Angeles, where he received an Oscar for a lifetime of achievement in film.

The Mack Sennett Collection Vol. One

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 1:42 am
by JFK
Paul E. Gierucki wrote:It appears that Amazon has SOLD OUT of CineMuseum's THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION Volume One!
However, our friends at Flicker Alley still have some available at a 17% discount off the regular price!
The Mack Sennett Collection
Vol. One

Blu-ray August 19, 2014
Run Time: 1005 minutes
The Keystone Film Company, under the guidance of pioneering producer and director Mack Sennett, was the birthplace of classic American slapstick comedy. This historic studio was at one time home to a staggering number of silent screen luminaries including Mabel Normand, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Gloria Swanson, Wallace Beery, Harry Langdon, Marie Dressler, Ben Turpin, The Keystone Cops, Ford Sterling, Charley Chase, Al St. John, Mack Swain, Edgar Kennedy, Billy Bevan, Louise Fazenda, Eddie Quillan, and countless others. Even Hollywood icon Charlie Chaplin, still the world's most recognized actor, introduced his beloved Tramp character under the auspices of Keystone. Later, under the Mack Sennett Comedies banner, Sennett went on to produce a new generation of sound comedies, some in early color, featuring the likes of W.C. Fields, Bing Crosby, Lloyd Hamilton, Andy Clyde, and more. Now, for the first time, thanks to Flicker Alley, CineMuseum, and Keystone Films, over 100 of the best surviving Sennett comedies have been gathered from around the world, fully restored, and digitally re-mastered in HD for Blu-ray home video. The Mack Sennett Collection, Vol. One features the first 50 of these films presented on a 3-disc Blu-ray set. These new editions have been painstakingly reconstructed by CineMuseum and Keystone Films using original 35mm nitrate, archival negatives, preservation materials, and sometimes the lone known surviving film print, from the collections of the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Blackhawk Films®, Lobster Films, the Richard M. Roberts Collection, Gierucki Studios, and dozens of privately held archives.
.............................................................. 2. THE MANICURE LADY
......................................... 4. THE WATER NYMPH
......................................... 6. ON HIS WEDDING DAY
.............................................................. 8. A FISHY AFFAIR
............................................................... 10. THE THIEF CATCHER
.............................................. 12. RECREATION
.............................................. 14. THE NOISE OF BOMBS
...................................... 16. A BIRD’S A BIRD
.................................................. 18. DO-RE-MI-BOOM!
............................................. 20. A SUBMARINE PIRATE
............................................ 22. HIS BITTER PILL
......................................................... 24. TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE
................................................... 26. A CLEVER DUMMY
................................................... 28. DOWN ON THE FARM (FEATURE)
................................................................. 30. GYMNASIUM JIM
.......................................... 32. THE DARE-DEVIL
............................................................. 34. GALLOPING BUNGALOWS
....................................................... 36. SUPER-HOOPER-DYNE LIZZIES
............................................................. 38. SATURDAY AFTERNOON
......................................................... 40. HOBOKEN TO HOLLYWOOD
............................................................ 42. BROKE IN CHINA
.............................................. 44. FIDDLESTICKS
.............................................................. 46. TAXI FOR TWO
................................................................... 48. TOO MANY HIGHBALLS
......................... 50. THE FATAL GLASS OF BEER


- Full color booklet filled with rare images, production information, restoration notes, and Keystone - Sennett player biographies
- New music scores from silent film accompanists Philip Carli, Ben Model, Dennis Scott, Andrew Simpson, and Donald Sosin
- Commentary tracks from comedy historians Brent Walker, Steve Massa, Richard M. Roberts, Stan Taffel, Sam Gill, Paul Gierucki, and others
- Memorabilia galleries featuring vintage lobby cards, glass slides, posters, scripts, studio photographs, The Mack Sennett Story by film historian Joe Adamson, and rare audio recordings
- Long unseen rarities: newsreels, trailers, outtakes, Sennett-Color films, the dedication of the Mabel Normand soundstage, This Is Your Life Mack Sennett, and much more!


Posted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:02 pm
by JFK

DVD 2016

Restored from the original negative: Rock’n’roll changed 1950s America at 45 revolutions per minute and the swinging-est of the rock’n’roll movies was the electrifying Go, Johnny, Go!. Hung on the loose storyline of “King of Rock’n’roll” Alan Freed’s search for the next big star are way-out performances by all-time greats
Chuck Berry, Ritchie Valens, Jimmy Clanton, Jackie Wilson, Eddie Cochran, Harvey Fuqua, Jo-Ann Campbell, The Cadillacs, The Flamingos and Jimmy Cavallo. Many, including Ritchie Valens only film appearance, you won’t see elsewhere.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Original Theatrical Trailer AND Supplemental Audio Commentary by
Film Historians Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, and
Brent Walker, who share
fascinating facts and historical information in a breezy light-hearted fashion.

When The Sprocket Vault acquired the DVD rights to this rock and roll classic it had no idea the original film elements were in such disarray, and more than once feared the project would have to be aborted. Fortunately some mislabeled cans of film re-surfaced turning out to be the original camera negative form which restoration experts were able to create a beautiful, clear, sharp high definition wide screen transfer.

Re: A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Dra

Posted: Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:03 am
by wich2
Related programming note:

Christmas with Quicksilver Radio Theater - On Air and Online!

"A CHRISTMAS CAROL - A Ghost Story for Christmas"

"THE BLUE CARBUNCLE - A Christmas Adventure of Sherlock Holmes"

(Contact stations for time).


Hollywood's Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:54 pm
by JFK
Hollywood's Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934

Hardback/Paperback/Kindle January 4, 2017
277 pages

by Raymond Valinoti Jr.
In the first few years of the Great Depression, before the Production Code was rigidly enforced in 1934, Hollywood took advantage of its laxity, producing racy and violent films that titillated filmgoers and outraged reformers. The American horror genre blossomed during this time and the studios exploited its lurid possibilities. The results were both shocking and controversial. Some of these films remain unsettling today.
Hollywood's Pre-Code Horrors 1931-1934 appraises all of these films, from Dracula (1931), which spearheaded the American horror market, to The Black Cat (1934), the last chiller released before the strengthening of the Code. Each film is thoroughly analyzed, not only in its insinuations and/or portrayals of sex and violence, but in the context of the era in which it was made and the reactions of critics and filmgoers during this time.

WEISS-O-RAMA- &, if sales warrant, suggestions of a sequel

Posted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:29 pm
by JFK


Commentary by Richard M. Roberts
As the Silent Era drew to a close, the Brothers Weiss, low-budget independent producers of westerns and serials, entered the silent comedy business with a vengeance. These two-reel shorts are forgotten little gems of laughter, featuring several genuine comedy greats plying their trades for the last time before talkies came in. See Ben Turpin, the cross-eyed Sennett star without his teeth! See legendary circus clown Poodles Hanneford in a tutu! See Snub Pollard play a two-headed cow! See the delightful Hairbreadth Harry comedies, silly spoofs of old-time melodramas! In new, sparkling transfers from the original 35mm camera negatives, these comedies look as fresh and funny as when originally released, with music by top silent film accompanists Philip C. Carli and David B. Drazin, and commentaries by Film Historian Richard M. Roberts.
Compilation of the best silent era comedies produced by the Weiss Bros., selected by Richard M. Roberts, transferred from 35mm masters, with original piano scores by Philip C. Carli and David B. Drazin.
Includes: "Alibi Alley," Better Behave," "Big Shot," " "Bum's Rush," "Circus Daze," "Cockeyed Family," "Fare Enough," "Fearless Harry," "Fire!," "Ham and Herring," "Heave a Heart," "Keep Smiling," "Movie Mania," "Once Over," "Rudolph's Revenge," "She Said No," "Sign Them Papers," and Why Babies Leave Home." Also, Weiss Bros. non-comedy shorts "Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Who is Safe?"
Cast Ben Turpin Snub Pollard Poodles Hanneford Izzy and Lizzie Jimmy Aubrey Hairbreadth Harry

And, If sales warrant, there may be a volume #2 !

Wheeler & Woolsey-The Vaudeville Comic Duo + Their Films

Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 6:23 am
by JFK
Wheeler & Woolsey
The Vaudeville Comic Duo and Their Films, 1929-1937 (1994)

Paperback– March, 2001 (Now, Also in e-book)
by Edward Watz; Forewords Tom Dillon & Dorothy Lee
“During the Depression years, the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey were second only to Laurel and Hardy at the box office. Each of their over 20 comedies are analyzed in detail here; full filmographic data, production notes, plot synopses, and critical commentary are provided. The research is supplemented by an interview with Bert Wheeler.”

Olive Borden: Life and Films of Hollywood's "Joy Girl"

Posted: Mon Feb 06, 2017 5:29 pm
by JFK
Olive Borden:
The Life and Films of Hollywood's "Joy Girl"

Paperback and eBook – April 6, 2010
304 pages

by Michelle Vogel
The all too brief career of film star Olive Borden (1906-1947) is chronicled in this definitive biography. Apprenticing in short slapstick silent comedies, the vivacious Virginia-born actress rose to stardom after signing with Fox in 1925, enlivening such films as John Ford's 3 Bad Men (1926). Borden's career declined after she severed her ties with Fox, and by the early 1930s she was finished in Hollywood. Alcoholism and a devastating series of personal setbacks hastened her death at age forty-one. Olive Borden's controversial contract debacle with Fox and her long-term relationship with actor George O'Brien are thoroughly detailed. Personal anecdotes and insights are offered by Ralph Graves, Jr., who befriended Borden in the late 1920s. Dozens of heretofore unattributed screen appearances by the actress are included in the filmography.


Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:39 am
by JFK
Showtime USA, Vol. 1: Everybody's Dancin' and Varieties on Parade!

DVD 2017 122 MINUTES
by Various Artists
1. Everybody's Dancin': Dance hall owner Dick Lane, in desperate need of "name" attractions, is helped by country music legends who agree to star in a TV special at his emporium.
2. Varieties On Parade: It's vaudeville on film as the camera passes a box office and ticket taker, proceeds to a front-row seat, and watches as master of ceremonies.
3. Bonus Features: Scene Selection
Commentaries on Varieties on Parade, by Film Historians Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, and
Brent Walker
Short subjects: "Foto Facts: Part 1" (1947) & "Vaudeville Home Movies" (1948)

Showtime USA, Vol. 2: Yes Sir, Mr. Bones! And Square Dance Jubilee

DVD 2017 134 MINUTES
by Various Artists
1. Yes Sir, Mr. Bones!: A young boy wanders into a home for old minstrel men and wants to know more about them, cueing the oldsters to tell HIM (and the Lords of Flashback to show US) a performance from the days of riverboat shows.
2. Square Dance Jubilee: New York television talent scouts (Don "Red" Barry and Wally Vernon) head west to look for musical talent for Spade Cooley's TV show and find plenty--and even help round up some cattle rustlers!
3. Bonus Features:
Scene Selection
Yes Sir, Mr. Bones! and Square Dance Jubilee commentaries by by Film Historians Richard M. Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, and
Brent Walker
Featurette: "The Shortest Way Home" (1946)
Square Dance Jubilee" Deleted Scenes
Original Theatrical Trailer: "Kentucky Jubilee."

Showtime USA, Vol. 3: Hollywood Varieties and Holiday Rhythm

DVD 2017 121 MINUTES
by Various Artists
1. Hollywood Varieties: The advent of television brings back vaudeville, as emceed by Robert Alda (who also sings "Be There My Love"). Acts like the Hoosier Hot Shots, Sandy and His Seals, Hector and His Pals, The Four Dandies and Twirl, Whirl and a Girl resurrect that great entertainment medium of the past.
2. Holiday Rhythm: It's the top-tappin' fun-time of a lifetime when singer-dancer David Street bumps his head and dreams that he's on a trip around the world, and seeing great variety acts at each port.
3. Bonus Features:
Scene Selection
Advertising Gallery
Foto Facts #2 (1947).
Hollywood Varieties commentary by film historians Richard Roberts, Randy Skretvedt, and
Brent Walker

Showtime USA, Vol. 4: Kentucky Jubilee and the Kid from Gower Gulch

DVD 2017 138 MINUTES
by Various Artists
1. Kentucky Jubilee: A wild potpourri of hillbilly singers, dancers and specialty acts (including the Y-Knot Twirlers!); strung together by a crazy plot that involves a pop-eyed emcee (funnyman Jerry Colonna), a reporter (James Ellison), an actress (Jean Porter), a kidnapped movie director (Fritz Feld), a blackmailer and even an attempted bank robbery.
2. First Time In Color—— The Kid From Gower Gulch: Spade Cooley plays a singing-western movie star who can neither sing nor ride, but a rancher believing that Spade is the real deal, bets 500 cattle that he can win a rodeo contest!
3. Bonus Features:
Scene Selection
Kid From Gower Gulch commentary by production assistant Arthur A. Jacobs|
Behind the Scenes: The Kid From Gower Gulch
Short Subjects: "Foto Facts #2" (1947); "Hold "em Cowboy" (1940s).

Boston Blackie/Strongheart the Dog DVD

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:51 am
by JFK
"Grapevinevideo" Joined Nitrateville: Tue Oct 09, 2012 11:53 am

The Return of Boston Blackie (1927)
DVD Runtime: 57 minutes with a music score by David Knudtson
Director: Harry O. Hoyt

"Boston Blackie has just been released from prison and with the help of his canine pal Strongheart he is determined to walk the straight and narrow this time. Yet when he sees a mysterious woman on the run from the law he leaps to help and finds himself entangled in the schemes of former partner in crime, Denver Dan, to score a necklace worth a fortune."
Stars: Strongheart the Dog; Bob Custer; Corliss Palmer; Rosemary Cooper; Coit Albertson; William Worthington; Florence Wix; J.P. Lockney; Violet Palmer

The Magnificent Heel: The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:45 pm
by Fred M. Stevens
The Magnificent Heel:
The Life and Films of Ricardo Cortez

Paperback/Hardcover – March 2017
by Dan Van Neste
"With his dark good looks, muscular physique, heavy-lidded bedroom eyes, and easy smile, amateur boxer and Wall Street business man Jacob Krantz left Wall Street to cut a dashing figure on the silver screen for over five decades. Few knew that he was a Jewish man, when Paramount Pictures signed him in 1922, changed his name from Jacob Krantz to Ricardo Cortez, and widely publicized him as a “Latin lover” in the style of Rudolph Valentino, Antonio Moreno, and Ramon Navarro. He worked in silent movies with top directors and stars, including The Next Corner (1924) with Lon Chaney, Cecil B. DeMille’s Feet of Clay (1924), The Pony Express (1925), Torrent (1926) with Greta Garbo, D. W. Griffith’s The Sorrows of Satan (1926), Mockery (1927) with Lon Chaney, and Excess Baggage (1928) with William Hanes. Within six years, chaos took hold of topsy turvy Hollywood as the industry converted from silent movies to talking pictures, yet Cortez successfully transitioned through Frank Capra’s The Younger Generation(1929), Montana Moon (1930) with Joan Crawford, as Sam Spade in the first film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon (1931), Wonder Bar (1934) with Al Jolson, The Big Shakedown (1934) with Bette Davis, Walking Dead (1936) with Boris Karloff, Charlie Chan in Reno (1939), and John Ford’s The Last Hurrah (1958). Renowned for his professionalism, and for his ability to play a wide range of characters in all genres, Cortez appeared in more than a hundred films and was recognized as one of the movies’ premier heavies in a rogue’s gallery of sexy wastrels and troublemakers, to more nefarious gangsters and maniacal murderers. In 1934, one astute critic proclaimed him “the magnificent heel.” Relive his dramatic story, from his poverty-stricken childhood to Wall Street and on through Hollywood triumphs, tragedies, and scandals. The author draws from rare material gathered from key libraries and studio archives, much of which has never been published. 160 illustrations, including portraits, scene stills, and memorabilia from Cortez’ personal collection, including his last passport, scrapbook, a contract, and letters. Index, Bibliography, and extensive End Notes. ”

The Misfit Sailor:Billy Dooley-His Life+Stage/Film Careers

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:19 pm
by Fred M. Stevens
The Misfit Sailor:
Comedian Billy Dooley-

His Life, Vaudeville Career, Silent Films, Talkies and more !

Paperback– May 5, 2017
by Kevin Scott Collier
The life and career of silent film star comedian Billy Dooley, who from 1925-1931 appeared in 28 Christie Film shorts. Book includes a biography of Dooley, complete filmography, guest star information, and films available on DVD from Grapevine Video. The book also includes countless photographs, posters, magazine ads and lobby cards featuring Dooley and his movies.

Helen Twelvetrees-Perfect Ingenue-Rediscovering a 1930s Star

Posted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 5:39 pm
by Fred M. Stevens
Helen Twelvetrees, Perfect Ingenue:
Rediscovering a 1930s Movie Star and Her 32 Films

Paperback – December 13, 2015
Cliff Aliperti; Foreword by Dan Van Neste
"At her peak, Helen Twelvetrees was leading lady to legends like John Barrymore and Spencer Tracy. Other early co-stars who were billed below her included Joan Blondell, John Wayne, and Clark Gable. Twelvetrees broke out in Her Man (1930) and affirmed her stardom in Millie (1931). Her ten-year Hollywood career is highlighted by a run of starring roles in pre-Code era melodramas, but Helen Twelvetrees kept working long after movie audiences had forgotten her.
She lost momentum for a variety of reasons. External factors such as typecasting, studio anarchy, and Production Code enforcement, combined with an independent attitude that spurred inconvenient headlines and whispers of temperament are among those that kept her career from progressing. At her peak she chose to follow natural impulses and start a family, but in terms of her career, her pregnancy couldn’t have come at a worse time. When she returned to the screen it was with a new studio, and the types of films she was known for were not as popular as they had been before her maternity leave. Afterward, time itself may have been Helen Twelvetrees’ greatest enemy: one can only remain an ingenue for so long.
Helen Twelvetrees, Perfect Ingenue is one-half biography, one-half film retrospective. Presented here are the life, loves, and career of an unexpectedly modern woman. An extensive collection of notes supports corrections and new findings about Twelvetrees, including her accurate birth-date and a previously unreported marriage, while also supplying additional background about each of her thirty-two movies: the good, the bad, and the lost.
Foreword by Dan Van Neste, author of The Whistler: Stepping Into the Shadows. Illustrated with still photographs from the author's personal collection.