Surviving Jean Arthur silent films

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Surviving Jean Arthur silent films

Unread post by MaryGH » Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:30 pm

Does anyone know how many of Jean Arthur's silent films have survived, besides "Born to Battle" (1926) and "The Cowboy Cop" (1926)?

The American Silent Feature Film Database at LOC is giving me a "No results" reading.

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Unread post by Tommie Hicks » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:05 pm

FLYING LUCK (1927) Pathe, with Monty Banks which I believe is available on DVD from Undercrank Productions.

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Unread post by donwc1996 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:16 pm

I saw a copy of Cameo Kirby on YouTube. It's not a very good print, but very watchable.

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Unread post by boblipton » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:45 pm

Monks a la Mode played at the last Cruel & Unusual Comedy. I was puzzled that Miss Arthur left this out of her resume when she had toiled under Harry Cohn for many a year.

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Unread post by Harold Aherne » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:29 pm

She wasn't top-billed in any of her silent appearances, so her name won't produce any hits when searching for her in the LOC database.

This is what I came up with that hadn't been mentioned:

Biff Bang Buddy (1924) LOC
The Drug Store Cowboy (1925) LOC
The Fighting Smile (1925) LOC, BFI
Under Fire (1926) Cinémathèque Québécoise
Roaring Rider (1926) ca. 400-foot fragment in 16mm
Twisted Triggers (1926) LOC
The Block Signal (1926) UCLA, AMPAS
Husband Hunters (1927) BFI
Horse Shoes (1927) Gosfilmofond, Cinemateket-Svenska
The Poor Nut (1927) UCLA, although not shown in the database

She was also in the 1927 serial The Masked Menace, for which I don't know the status.

UCLA also has 16mm material from her silent Westerns called "Riding Rivals" and "Stampede", which could be excerpts or previously undocumented credits. They also have sound discs from 1928's Brotherly Love, but no picture. Indeed, her quartet of 1928 films all appear to be lost.

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Surviving Jean Arthur silent films

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Unread post by R Michael Pyle » Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:05 am

"The Block Signal" is available from Alpha Video. It's not great, but surely most watchable. Predictable, but fun.

She's supposedly in "The Iron Horse" somewhere. Uncredited. Same with "Seven Chances". She's a secretary.

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With Fred Kohler in Stairs of Sand (1929).

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Unread post by TheyHadFaces » Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:12 am

Loved Jean Arthur. She and Lillian Gish were my favorite actresses. It's amazing she made so many movies, considering she has terrible anxiety. You couldn't tell it on the screen.

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Unread post by Dave Pitts » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:30 pm

To donwc, above: did you mean the Cameo Kirby that's posted online with all-Portuguese titles? I tried to watch the thing, but the print was so dingy and the untranslated titles just took the heart out of me.

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Unread post by donwc1996 » Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:22 pm

Dave Pitts wrote:To donwc, above: did you mean the Cameo Kirby that's posted online with all-Portuguese titles? I tried to watch the thing, but the print was so dingy and the untranslated titles just took the heart out of me.
Yes, I'm afraid that's the one. I stuck with it because of John Gilbert in the lead role and the fact that it was Jean Arthur's first role. I hope someone will someday release it with English title cards.

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