Ep. 12: Saving Colleen Moore: Joe Yranski • Eric Grayson
Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:39 am
NitrateVille Radio Episode 12: Saving Colleen Moore, with Joe Yranski and Eric Grayson
Colleen Moore was one of the best-loved stars of the silent era, and had a long and happy life, doing much for charity with the tour of the lavish dollhouse that studio artisans built for her. In this episode I talk with two people involved in saving her cinematic legacy.
(1:51) New York Public Library senior film librarian Joe Yranski knew Colleen Moore for the last 18 years of her life, and came to Chicago for a showing of 1927's Her Wild Oat, which he helped rescue the only print of—in the Czech Republic. In the first part he talks about the film, her stardom—and what she was like in real life.
Colleen in Her Wild Oat's lunch wagon.
(20:25) In the second part, Joe talks about rescuing Her Wild Oat and other Colleen Moore films—an epic journey that spans the globe and decades.
This lobby card includes a still from a now-lost sequence that Joe talks about.
(40:21) In the third part, Joe talks about Colleen's later life.
(48:39) Film restorer Eric Grayson recently completed a restoration, funded in part by a Kickstarter, of Colleen Moore's earliest starring role, 1918's Little Orphant Annie, based not on a comic strip but on a James Whitcomb Riley poem. He talks about putting the film back together and other things he's working on, including a couple of real-life basketball games that Hollywood made famous in the 1980s.
To order a copy of Little Orphant Annie, email Eric Grayson at filmeric at earthlink dot net.
Her Wild Oat is not available on home video, but go here for another of her late 1920s comedies, Why Be Good?
Many editions of Ella Cinders are out there, but the one from Reelclassicdvd looks to have superior image quality—not to mention a score by Ben Model. Go to this page and scroll till you find it.
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