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by Smari1989
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...
Replies: 19
Views: 793

When you make a really stupid mistake in a book you've written...

OK, so I've recently finished a book on a famous (in his time) Norwegian stage/silent film comedian (the book's in Norwegian, so there may not be much point in advertising for it here). Anyway, meticuously as I think I read through the manuscript before I pushed the button to have it printed, I now ...
by Smari1989
Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?
Replies: 17
Views: 682

Re: Thoughts on Dick Cavett?

I didn't grow up watching Cavett in his heyday (being both too young and living in the wrong part of the world) but I've watched several of his 70s programs retrospectively. My own impression is that he's a very bright and talented interviewer -- but, perhaps more so than certain other talkshow host...
by Smari1989
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2172

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

Incidentally, does anyone know to what degree the film will get an "international" release? Laurel & Hardy seem to be practically unknown where I live these days (incredible as it sounds, given that the Boys had their own monthly comic magazine here from the early 1960s through the late 80s, but al...
by Smari1989
Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2172

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

Incidentally, does anyone know to what degree the film will get an "international" release? Laurel & Hardy seem to be practically unknown where I live these days (incredible as it sounds, given that the Boys had their own monthly comic magazine here from the early 1960s through the late 80s, but ala...
by Smari1989
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:16 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: STAN AND OLLIE trailer
Replies: 30
Views: 2172

Re: STAN AND OLLIE trailer

I agree with Wm. Charles Morrow (and others) in that they seem to have overblown any small arguments the team may have had in real life. "You betrayed me... betrayed a friendship." What? I also do plan to see it, and if it helps bring some more widespread attention to the Boys, that's a good thing. ...
by Smari1989
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: How do you discover films to watch?
Replies: 25
Views: 388

Re: How do you discover films to watch?

These days -- like the majority of people, I assume -- I discover films to watch almost exclusively on the Web... other than occasional suggestions from friends, of course. I'll typically browse through the filmographies of actors / directors I like (without having seen all of their films), and go f...
by Smari1989
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie cribbed from Stan?
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: Charlie cribbed from Stan?

Saying that Laurel parodied "the great dictator" two years before Chaplin is a bit of a stretch. As far as I know, Stan posed as "Hitler" for a single photograph in -38 or so, and he was hardly the first one to do so, either. Agree with Tommie Hicks about the Tramp; many a stage comedian may have us...
by Smari1989
Mon Sep 03, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1803
Views: 134063

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Watched HOOK LINE AND SINKER (1930) with Wheeler & Woolsey last night. I think this may actually be the first full starring feature with W & W I've seen, I can only remember seeing a few bits and pieces before. Yeah, I know I'm late to the party here, but I've heard so many mixed reviews of the team...
by Smari1989
Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Discussing a Harry Langdon sound short
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: Discussing a Harry Langdon sound short

Nice review, Jim.
Langdon’s Columbias are a mixed bag, but there are some gems among them. I quite like SUE MY LAWYER.
by Smari1989
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1803
Views: 134063

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

Watched THE MEANEST MAN IN THE WORLD (1943) last night, needing some laughs after a stressful day, starring Jack Benny, Priscilla Lane and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Being a 20th Century Fox-production, I found it surprisingly entertaining. Of course it's a pretty standard story of "suburban man st...
by Smari1989
Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN

I really want to buy Sassen’s Semon biography but am on a bit of a tight budget these days. Are the rumors of Semon faking his own demise discussed in the book? Yeah, it does seem unlikely to me as well; after all, bankrupt or not, Semon wasn’t exactly a nobody even in 1928, his face would’ve been i...
by Smari1989
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime
Replies: 29
Views: 3148

Re: Kevin Brownlow's HOLLYWOOD on Amazon Prime

All 13 episodes were up on Youtube last time I checked. However, there's no doubt that a restored, crisp-looking version of this brilliant documentary series is sorely missed.
by Smari1989
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN

I usually appreciate subtlety, but when I'm in the mood for something else, Semon has his place. Sort of how I feel about his work, too. Heck, there are times when I'm in the mood for Ham & Bud..! However, for a comedian to become a dear favorite of mine, s/he generally needs to strike me as being ...
by Smari1989
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN
Replies: 15
Views: 1527

Re: Review: Larry Semon's THE PERFECT CLOWN

Nice review of THE PERFECT CLOWN, Neibaur. Semon fascinates me... I have to be in a special, almost outrageously silly mood to appreciate him; once I sit down and actually watch him I usually enjoy it (and I'm sure he works wonderful with a large audience), but I just about never seek him out on pur...
by Smari1989
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:39 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Big Board Software Update
Replies: 110
Views: 11394

Re: Big Board Software Update

Wasn't aware of this change until now, but it looks good to me!
by Smari1989
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: George Herriman, Krazy Kat, and the movies
Replies: 13
Views: 3169

Re: George Herriman, Krazy Kat, and the movies

Just published a second volume of (selected) Krazy Kat daily strips from 1914. Check it out here:
https://www.amazon.com/Krazy-Kat-Dailie ... at+dailies
by Smari1989
Tue Jul 17, 2018 5:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Chaplin's The Professor reconstructed
Replies: 7
Views: 1234

Re: Chaplin's The Professor reconstructed

Quite interesting to see, and the scenes do of course have their merits, individually speaking (especially the great examination scene outtake from SHOULDER ARMS), but it's probably just as well that it wasn't released as an "ordinary" Chaplin back in 1922. As a narrative, I think TRIPLE TROUBLE may...
by Smari1989
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again
Replies: 19
Views: 1637

Re: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again

The one-reel CRUEL CRUEL LOVE (1914), maybe? A Keystone and (very) early Chaplin.
by Smari1989
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison
Replies: 16
Views: 2589

Re: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison

The thing about SHOULDER ARMS is: making the 1919 print available again wouldn't just be a lovely curiosity to Chaplin fans. It is also a damn important film; Chaplin's greatest money-maker up to then, the first great war comedy on film, and widely lauded (in its time) as THE silent comedy of the 19...
by Smari1989
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Audience - "Repeat the Titles Right out Loud"
Replies: 5
Views: 985

Re: Audience - "Repeat the Titles Right out Loud"

In the early days (pre-1910s, and maybe a bit later), there seem to have been title cards before a show reminding ladies to "REMOVE HATS." At least if certain old comic strips of the time (Bringing Up Father, etc) are to be believed.
by Smari1989
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison
Replies: 16
Views: 2589

Re: THE IDLE CLASS A/B Cameras Comparison

Couldn't watch the IDLE CLASS comparison on my computer, unfortunately, but nice initiative! I know I've said this at least twice before here, but I feel it needs to be repeated every now and then... The 1919 print of SHOULDER ARMS stored at the Danish Film Institute, presumably the only print from ...
by Smari1989
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:25 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The greatest movie ever made
Replies: 43
Views: 3790

Re: The greatest movie ever made

... [ Vertigo ] would never have achieved its near-mystical status had it not been for its lengthy withdrawal from circulation. I agree completely. I've never understood the cult of Vertigo . For me it is a perfectly adequate thriller but other Hitchcock's like Shadow of a Doubt or even Psycho are ...
by Smari1989
Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie Chaplin & the distracted boyfriend meme
Replies: 1
Views: 1641

Re: Charlie Chaplin & the distracted boyfriend meme

Not to take anything away from the great Charlie, of course, but I'm guessing that the "meme" appeared, in one way or the other, in comic strips and vaudeville years before PAY DAY. But Chaplin's take on it remains very funny to this day, to be sure. :)
by Smari1989
Thu May 24, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent features
Replies: 30
Views: 5998

Re: Library of Congress list of 7,200 lost U.S. Silent featu

QUOTE: As mentined above, the lost films list is pretty up to date--database is a couple hundred behind. Here are films which have been located over past 18 months or so (note this list is from February 2018 so there have been a few since then). Some of these are corrections rather than finds. Most ...
by Smari1989
Thu May 24, 2018 4:14 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Jackie Coogan
Replies: 9
Views: 2322

Re: Jackie Coogan

This may have been posted before here, and it's not really what the thread is about, but here's an audio interview with Jackie from 1939, when he was 25.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4w9VQpZ1xoM

by Smari1989
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:39 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)
Replies: 73
Views: 14774

Re: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)

LIFE OF THE PARTY was scheduled for inclusion in the planned Arbuckle Anthology a few years back, at least, so we may hope that's still the case.
by Smari1989
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:04 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)
Replies: 73
Views: 14774

Re: Arbuckle: The Round Up (1920)

I'd argue that the comedians who succeeded best in features were the ones who realized, fairly early, that a comedy feature is a different animal from shorts, and requires a share of slightly more "serious" moments in order to make room for character development. Anyway, really looking forward to TH...
by Smari1989
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Jack Benny, and his contemporaries
Replies: 60
Views: 27432

Re: Jack Benny, and his contemporaries

It's also more likely that Larry is the Benny fan because, being some years older than Jerry, he was closer to seeing Benny perform "in his prime." And yes, there are several references to Abbott & Costello in Seinfeld (at one point a character bears the name of Sid Fields, clearly a nod to A&C's TV...
by Smari1989
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Broadcasting
Topic: Jack Benny, and his contemporaries
Replies: 60
Views: 27432

Re: Jack Benny, and his contemporaries

Just made this post at another board, but thought I might add it here as well... I just listened to the March 11, 1945-episode of Jack's program, the episode where we get to hear how (supposedly) Jack "found" his valet, Rochester -- and something struck me. The story goes that Jack in 1936 had a car...