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sepiatone wrote:They had a retrospective on M. Tourneur at the National Gallery in January, they ran a couple of his sound films after he went back to France. Needless to say I missed them. But he's well known for a personal visual style ie LORNA DOONE, LAST OF THE MOHICANS, THE WISHING RING. Luckily those are available for us today but what of other interesting films in his canon.
For instance THE BAIT(1921) with a story by Sidney Toler and scenario by John Gilbert, yes 'that' John Gilbert.
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Re: Lorna Doone (1922)about a year after LORNA DOONE Maurice Tourneur made an atmospheric movie called ISLE OF LOST SHIPS(1923). Kevin had a great production photo from this film in his companion book to HOLLYWOOD THE SERIES. It's another one of Tourneur's many lost films (or is it lost?). Some background on this movie reveals that Irvin Willat remade 'ISLE OF LOST SHIPS' in 1929 with sound reportedly using some of the footage shot from the silent film. I ran across another sound film from 1936 called THE SEA FIEND/aka DEVIL MONSTER and in the early sequences of the film there are scenes of tall ships bunched together(as in Tourneur's silent film) with what is obviously silent stock footage. I was wondering if this stock footage could be from Tourneur's lost ISLE OF LOST SHIPS. I linked a photo from ISLE OF LOST SHIPS below and the Archive.org listing of THE SEA FIEND movie. Judge for yourselves:
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