THE HOME MAKER (1925)

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THE HOME MAKER (1925)

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Fri Jun 01, 2018 12:54 pm

I just read a 1924 novel by Dorothy Canfield called 'The Home-Maker', about the events following the sacking of an unsuccessful (in financial terms) husband. In the introduction it said that the novel was filmed the following year with Clive Brook and Alice Joyce. Much to my surprise I found that the film had been preserved. Is there any chance of it being made available?

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Unread post by BenModel » Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:07 pm

The answer to that question depends on the answers to 3 other questions. The film's survival database entry shows a 16mm at UCLA. Is the film PD? What would need to be involved for UCLA to be willing to let a DVD producer access it? What shape is the 16mm in? And then there's the matter of where the money comes from for an access fee, scanning, musical score, and other aspects of production.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:00 am

I've seen it screened twice, it's a terrific film in my opinion. I'm pretty sure it's been screened at at least one or two other festivals in the last 20 years.

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Unread post by Harold Aherne » Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:39 am

The copyright of The Home Maker was renewed by Universal on 29 June 1953.

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Unread post by Agnes » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:44 am

I have a reprint of a Lobby card for that film. I always wondered if I ever get to see it. I also believe that is the film mentioned in the book Cheaper by the Dozen (the original book by the Galbraith siblings). There is a section that mentioned them all going out to a movie, and I believe that is the movie they mention that they saw.

I always wondered if I'd ever get to see that movie. Well, even if it is under copyright isn't that about a 1925 release? That would mean another two and a half years and it's going to roll of copyright anyway. That doesn't mean someone will release it it just means they can. I think it would be an interesting one to see
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Unread post by dalefullerfan2014 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:22 pm

U.C.L.A restored this to 35mm sometime in the 1990's. They've screened it at one of their Preservation Festivals and Cinecon has shown it. I saw it at U.C.L.A. and at Cinecon and the print didn't look very good.
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Unread post by dalefullerfan2014 » Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:45 pm

The Cinecon screening was within the last few years.
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Unread post by oldposterho » Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:03 pm

Specifically, 2008, if the internet is to be believed.

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Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:55 pm

greta de groat wrote:I've seen it screened twice, it's a terrific film in my opinion. I'm pretty sure it's been screened at at least one or two other festivals in the last 20 years.

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Thank you for that, Greta. As there has been a deluge of silent cinema pouring out of YT and other sources in recent years, I expect it will surface eventually. The astonishing thing is its survival, although as another thread had suggested it is often some of the more obscure films which seem to surface...

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Unread post by Danny Burk » Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:15 pm

Being Universal and a 16mm print, it was almost surely a "Universal Show-at-Home" print, many of which were released by Universal. They were struck from the camera neg and were often excellent quality, although wear that had developed in the neg by that time would be printed into any new prints. It's possible that some lost films could still survive in that form; for example, the Show-at Home catalogue includes Paul Leni's CHINESE PARROT, which is currently still unknown to survive.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:51 pm

I should have mention ed i have a web page on the film with reviews, comments, and some pictures.
https://web.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/AJ/r ... emaker.htm

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Unread post by missdupont » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:20 pm

I agree with Greta, it is a very strong film. I saw it at Cinecon. King Baggot did a great job directing, and it's a reverse homemaking story, ahead of its time.

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Re: THE HOME MAKER (1925)

Unread post by silentfilm » Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:45 am

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Clive Brook in The Home Maker (1925).

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Re: THE HOME MAKER (1925)

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:13 am

greta de groat wrote:I should have mention ed i have a web page on the film with reviews, comments, and some pictures.
https://web.stanford.edu/~gdegroat/AJ/r ... emaker.htm

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That sounds very interesting. Will have a dekko at it later...

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Re: THE HOME MAKER (1925)

Unread post by earlytalkiebuffRob » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:15 am

Danny Burk wrote:Being Universal and a 16mm print, it was almost surely a "Universal Show-at-Home" print, many of which were released by Universal. They were struck from the camera neg and were often excellent quality, although wear that had developed in the neg by that time would be printed into any new prints. It's possible that some lost films could still survive in that form; for example, the Show-at Home catalogue includes Paul Leni's CHINESE PARROT, which is currently still unknown to survive.
Yes, that gives one hope. I have a few 9.5 mm catalogues which list missing films which may be gathering dust in some forgotten corner...

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