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by Rollo Treadway
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:29 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: I can't believe they said that ....
Replies: 6
Views: 1395

Re: I can't believe they said that ....

Navajos appearing as extras in classic Westerns were known to sneak in some choice vulgarities: https://medium.com/dose/youll-never-believe-what-native-american-actors-in-westerns-were-really-saying-d87496f3d1ab Most Laurel and Hardy fans know about Edgar Kennedy's expletive in "Perfect Day" (1929),...
by Rollo Treadway
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Lost Charley Bowers film WHOOZIT found?
Replies: 13
Views: 2192

Re: Lost Charley Bowers film WHOOZIT found?

Five years on, and is there any news on the great lost Whoozit?
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:11 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: New book on the 1927 Louise Brooks film Now We're in the Air
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: New book on the 1927 Louise Brooks film Now We're in the

Looking forward to the book, Thomas, almost as much as I'm looking forward to seeing the rediscovered footage! Having thoroughly enjoyed both your previous book on Beggars of Life and your commentary on the Lobster release of that film, these are splendid times to be a Brooksian. https://i.pinimg.co...
by Rollo Treadway
Wed May 31, 2017 1:00 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: George Herriman, Krazy Kat, and the movies
Replies: 13
Views: 3169

Re: George Herriman, Krazy Kat, and the movies

A marvelous biography, Michael Tisserand can't be lauded enough.

In connection with the book's release, he provided this article to The Comics Journal, including a fantastic drawing by Herriman not published elsewhere, depicting the employees of the Roach studios.

http://www.tcj.com/the-gift/
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Aug 30, 2016 12:46 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Silent film oops! moments
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: Silent film oops! moments

And speaking of Laurel & Hardy, there's the classic bit with Jean Harlow in Double Whoopee (1929).

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by Rollo Treadway
Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: MARX BROS. 4K RESTORATIONS - UNIVERSAL NEEDS YOUR HELP
Replies: 24
Views: 21291

Re: MARX BROS. 4K RESTORATIONS - UNIVERSAL NEEDS YOUR HELP

So who we contact at Universal to ask them to include the I'LL SAY SHE IS "Theatrical Office" scene from THE HOUSE THAT SHADOWS BUILT as a bonus feature? Then the set will be truly complete. The photo of the packaging has been released and that isn't on it. A feature length documentary that will mo...
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: MARX BROS. 4K RESTORATIONS - UNIVERSAL NEEDS YOUR HELP
Replies: 24
Views: 21291

Re: MARX BROS. 4K RESTORATIONS - UNIVERSAL NEEDS YOUR HELP

And here comes the blu-ray collection of the restored prints. Let there be dancing in the streets, drinking in the saloon, and necking in the parlor!

https://www.amazon.com/Brothers-Collect ... 01KHJKAKS/
by Rollo Treadway
Sun Aug 14, 2016 2:33 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: unexpected slang
Replies: 32
Views: 8803

Re: unexpected slang

In Tod Browning's "The Show" (1927) I was surprised to see "Christ" as an expletive in a title card when John Gilbert's character says: "Christ! He's dead!"
by Rollo Treadway
Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: "action figures" or dolls of Silent Stars
Replies: 192
Views: 105266

Re: "action figures" or dolls of Silent Stars

At last, ready to take on Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy.

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by Rollo Treadway
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:32 pm
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: Ernest Thesiger caricatures from his time
Replies: 10
Views: 5213

Re: Ernest Thesiger caricatures from his time

Smashing stuff! Especially enjoyed the self-portrait and the Searle cartoon, but all of these are nice.

Here's a caricature of Frankenstein and Pretorius from Punch, 1935, by James Henry Dowd. (Apologies for the watermark)

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by Rollo Treadway
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: If the Internet says so...
Replies: 82
Views: 17040

Re: If the Internet says so...

Marx Brothers Day at the Races ORIGINAL 1930s Movie Photo Groucho Chico Harpo

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Marx-Brothers-D ... SwKtVWy-AI
by Rollo Treadway
Wed Jul 20, 2016 2:03 pm
Forum: Image Gallery
Topic: The Young Edward Everett Horton
Replies: 1
Views: 1617

The Young Edward Everett Horton

Some most intriguing images found on the NYDL Digital Collection. All are undated, so any additional expert information or arbitrary guesses are welcome! My own tentative deductions below: 1. "Distinguished scholars of our schools.—Edward Everett Horton, pupil of Grammar School No. 9, Courtland Stre...
by Rollo Treadway
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Movie About Clara Bow Being Developed
Replies: 47
Views: 7283

Re: Movie About Clara Bow Being Developed

Ye gods, what havoc hath I wrought? It was a joke, dammit! Jim Jim, funny you should mention Jessica Tandy, because the news of another silent star biopic project just came (via Thomas at the Louise Brooks Society): A film about Louise Brooks to be directed by Bruce Beresford, who steered Miss Tand...
by Rollo Treadway
Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love
Replies: 51
Views: 11517

Re: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love

It isn't as if the film is a flawed classic brought down by that one number- there are wince inducing bits througout Very true. Suddenly I visualize the contract scene from A Night at the Opera , revised: "Now, the next scene I don't think you're going to like." "Well, your word's good enough for m...
by Rollo Treadway
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:15 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Movie About Clara Bow Being Developed
Replies: 47
Views: 7283

Re: Movie About Clara Bow Being Developed

I could sorta kinda see Christina Ricci in the role, although at 36 she may already be a little long in the tooth to portray Clara in her heyday.
by Rollo Treadway
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:09 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love
Replies: 51
Views: 11517

Re: Scenes You'd Cut in Films You Love

I'd throw out the "Water Carnival Ballet" from A Day at the Races and insert the "Dr. Hackenbush" song in the earlier scene when Groucho first arrives at the sanitarium, even if the visuals would have to consist of stills, as with the sound-only scenes found for the restored A Star Is Born (1954). S...
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Movie About Clara Bow Being Developed
Replies: 47
Views: 7283

Clara Bow Biopic in the Works

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/clara-bow-biopic-silver-bullet-1201808572/ Film Reporter Dave McNary JULY 5, 2016 | 09:01AM PT Silver Bullet Entertainment has acquired movie rights to David Stenn’s biography “Clara Bow: Runnin’ Wild” and is developing a film on Hollywood’s first sex symbol. Mike ...
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Actors' literary interests
Replies: 100
Views: 31942

Re: Actors' literary interests

Minor mystery of the day: Why does a biography of actress Ellen Terry (1847-1928) seem so appetizing to Hitch?

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by Rollo Treadway
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:26 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Mary Pickford, the 1st Million Dollar Baby
Replies: 0
Views: 642

Mary Pickford, the 1st Million Dollar Baby

June 24, 1916 On this date, 100 years ago, the World's Sweetheart became the first Hollywood Star in history to sign a million dollar contract with a film studio (Zukor's Famous Players). Respect! http://i.imgur.com/lJijy2k.jpg PS. Exactly 21 years later, on June 24, 1937, she would marry her third...
by Rollo Treadway
Thu Jun 23, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: James Whale and His Joke Credits
Replies: 6
Views: 2073

Re: Jean Rouverol's "Joke" Credits and Eugene Gericke

Eugene Gericke was the given name of "Gene Garrick" - whose first film The Road Back was. In the wishful thinking department, I like to guess Whale suggested Garrick's "stage" name, since Whale's other 1937 film was The Great Garrick . The plot thickens! There's a sequel to Gods and Monsters in all...
by Rollo Treadway
Tue Jun 14, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Cinemas in Novels and Other Books
Replies: 7
Views: 1239

Re: Cinemas in Novels and Other Books

"Haircut" by Ring Lardner : She'd been away to school and Chicago and New York and different places and they ain't no subject she can't talk on, where you take the rest of the young folks here and you mention anything to them outside of Gloria Swanson or Tommy Meighan and they think you're delirious...
by Rollo Treadway
Mon Jun 13, 2016 3:19 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: If the Internet says so...
Replies: 82
Views: 17040

Re: If the Internet says so...

Hello all, first post! :D Welcome aboard, Mae! Here are two threads, one starring Miss Byrne and the other one featuring her as supporting player: http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19904 http://www.nitrateville.com/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=20912 Also, check out Nitrateville's "Formal intr...
by Rollo Treadway
Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:38 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: German (?) farce with Martin Ems??
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Re: German (?) farce with Martin Ems??

Don’t know if any of this will be helpful, but I had some fun playing Google detective! Found one (incomplete) image of the mysterious Martin Ems on the web: A fragment of a poster for the 1914 film Lolas Hosenrolle . In the close-up of the center image, he is hyped as "Die Film-Kanone", I suppose a...
by Rollo Treadway
Sat Jun 11, 2016 5:28 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: James Whale and His Joke Credits
Replies: 6
Views: 2073

Re: James Whale and His Joke Credits

Or it could have been a private joke between the two of them. Maybe one or the other had recently seen or read The Wild Duck and was enthusiastic about it. The only connection between the characters of Maria and Hedwig that I can think of is both are the young daughters of their families, but Hedwig...
by Rollo Treadway
Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:53 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: James Whale and His Joke Credits
Replies: 6
Views: 2073

James Whale and His Joke Credits

There are three well known cases: Frankenstein (1931) - In the cast list at the start, The Monster is listed as being played by ”?”. When the cast list is repeated after the end titles, the actor’s name is revealed as Boris Karloff. The Old Dark House (1932) - Actress Elspeth Dudgeon, playing the ma...
by Rollo Treadway
Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Jim Tully's Aborted Chaplin Biography (Boni 1927)
Replies: 1
Views: 759

Re: Jim Tully's Aborted Chaplin Biography (Boni 1927)

Leonard Maltin's write-up on a Tully biography, with a photo of the Tramp and the Hobo together.

http://www.indiewire.com/2012/05/hollyw ... ce-255578/

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by Rollo Treadway
Thu Jun 09, 2016 9:00 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Alice Howell, Winnie Lightner biographies this year
Replies: 12
Views: 4118

Re: Alice Howell, Winnie Lightner biographies this year

Having become increasingly fascinated by Winnie in recent years, I'll be looking forward to the book.
by Rollo Treadway
Thu Jun 09, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Contemporary Humorists Review Silent Comedians
Replies: 3
Views: 1457

Re: Contemporary Humorists Review Silent Comedians

Cartoonist George Herriman of "Krazy Kat" fame reviews The Gold Rush in Motion Picture Classic, Oct. 1925:

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by Rollo Treadway
Tue Jun 07, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Scenes with Phonograph/Gramophone in them
Replies: 3
Views: 877

Re: Scenes with Phonograph/Gramophone in them

I'm not sure I've ever seen a movie where a movie is accompanied by a theater organ either. Not a movie, but the 1954 "Disneyland" special The Story of the Animated Drawing . Disney composer Oliver Wallace is made up to look like his younger self and recreate his earlier job as theater organist, as...