Unknown Film Reel

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glenwrath
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Unknown Film Reel

Unread post by glenwrath » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:49 pm

Hello All. I recently came into possession of about 100 feet of 35mm film. The film is silent and in terrible condition with lots of perfs missing. I scanned two images from the film and posted them online. The links are:

http://www.laurelscamera.com/unknownreel001.jpg
http://www.laurelscamera.com/unknownreel002.jpg

Take a look and see if any of you recognize the actors or even the film. If you would like some more scans, just let me know. Thanks again!

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Tommy Stathes
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Unread post by Tommy Stathes » Tue Aug 12, 2008 10:11 pm

Just curious, can you find the code markings on the print? Usually near "Eastman" or "kodak", they are squares, circles, triangles, etc. This can date the print.
I wonder if that print can be run with the damage or be suitably repaired. Apologies for not being able to identify it...

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Re: Unknown Film Reel

Unread post by Chris Snowden » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:07 am

glenwrath wrote:Hello All. I recently came into possession of about 100 feet of 35mm film. The film is silent and in terrible condition with lots of perfs missing. I scanned two images from the film and posted them online. The links are:

http://www.laurelscamera.com/unknownreel001.jpg
http://www.laurelscamera.com/unknownreel002.jpg

Take a look and see if any of you recognize the actors or even the film. If you would like some more scans, just let me know. Thanks again!
I'd say this is George Ovey, in one of his Mutual comedies of 1915-1917.
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Unread post by glenwrath » Wed Aug 13, 2008 7:33 am

I will take a look this evening for the edge code. As for projecting, I think this film is well past those days. My guess is that at least 30% of the perfs are missing and the remaining are all ripped. Also the film is so brittle that I doubt it could handle projector movement. Even with perf-fix, I doubt it would work. You could scan each frame, digitally I suppose.

Also, about those George Ovey Mutual comedies, can you give me some more info on them?

Thanks all.

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Unread post by Turpinutz » Mon Sep 01, 2008 7:48 am

Bullseye for Chris!

Definitely George Ovey.

Just saw Ovey in a Three Stooges short the other day, "Dutiful But Dumb."


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