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by elalamo
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The ultimate book on William Wellman
Replies: 1
Views: 914

The ultimate book on William Wellman

"Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman" by John Andrew Gallagher and Frank Thompson A deluxe limited edition. We will sell it through December 5 and after that no more orders will be taken. Only the number of copies sold will be printed. Please watch this video: http://vimeo.com/232527187 "...
by elalamo
Wed Aug 02, 2017 3:52 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: new book Silent Films in St. Augustine
Replies: 3
Views: 1257

Re: new book Silent Films in St. Augustine

Sounds great. I'll definitely get it.

Hope you do better with St. Augustine than I have with Asheville.
by elalamo
Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Article on Frank Thompson's new book
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Re: Article on Frank Thompson's new book

"Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era" was published on May 1. Only stores in Asheville stock it at the moment and I doubt that it will be carried elsewhere except in stores that specialize in cinema. I also doubt that it will be sold on Amazon. Their fees would dig too deep into an already-tee...
by elalamo
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Article on Frank Thompson's new book
Replies: 4
Views: 879

Article on Frank Thompson's new book

Nice piece on me and my new book "Asheville Movies Volume I: The Silent Era."

https://mountainx.com/movies/film-histo ... ovie-past/" target="_blank" target="_blank
by elalamo
Sun Apr 09, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Stills from Silent Wellman Films Needed
Replies: 4
Views: 896

Re: Stills from Silent Wellman Films Needed

Yep, this is exactly the kind of still I'm looking for, if it could be published in a book. Sad to say, this can't.
by elalamo
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:37 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Stills from Silent Wellman Films Needed
Replies: 4
Views: 896

Stills from Silent Wellman Films Needed

John Gallagher and I are in the final stages of a book on which we've labored for literally decades, "Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman." We are issuing it first as a limited edition -- probably no more than 100 copies. It will be, in essence, our dream version of the book which no publi...
by elalamo
Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:00 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What Silent Film Related Books Have You Purchased or Read?
Replies: 59
Views: 12499

Re: What Silent Film Related Books Have You Purchased or Rea

I don't know how other authors feel, but this thread has been profoundly depressing to me.
by elalamo
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:53 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Asheville Movies - the Silent Era
Replies: 0
Views: 726

Asheville Movies - the Silent Era

"Asheville Movies Volume 1: The Silent Era" by Frank Thompson is now available as an e-book from https://www.menwithwingspress.com" target="_blank" target="_blank You can also pre-order the actual book which should be shipping on May 1. Free postage for all pre-orders. This book is a rediscovery of ...
by elalamo
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)

Thank you. I already have all of these pictures and posters. What I don't have is the name of the actor who played Roger.

Much obliged.
by elalamo
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)

As to getting it released, hold on for awhile.
by elalamo
Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)
Replies: 6
Views: 985

Re: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)

Yes, Roger. Jonas is his brother and Malcolm Bradley's name is listed in IMDb and AFI and everywhere else. The actor who played Roger Tabor is the one I need.
by elalamo
Fri Sep 09, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Conquest of Canaan (1921)
Replies: 6
Views: 985

The Conquest of Canaan (1921)

Does anyone have a pressbook for this film? I need to know the name of the actor who plays "Roger Tabor." He isn't named in any source I've found.

Thanks.
by elalamo
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: BEN H. PEARSE
Replies: 3
Views: 702

Re: BEN H. PEARSE

Thanks to both of you. I found several articles by a Ben H. Pearse in WWII-era military magazines. It could possibly be the same guy. I wish I could find something to explain his (apparently) brief career as a movie director.
by elalamo
Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: BEN H. PEARSE
Replies: 3
Views: 702

BEN H. PEARSE

Does anyone know anything about Ben H. Pearse? He directed three films in 1929, all with local casts composed primarily of kids: "Now We're Careful" (in Asheville, NC); "Now We're Careful" (in Altoona, PA); and "Home Run Hawkins" (Milwaukee, WI). The Asheville film was based on Ad Carter's comic str...
by elalamo
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Theda Bara in North Carolina?
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: Theda Bara in North Carolina?

Sure, the movie played in Asheville. It played everywhere. But there isn't a scintilla of evidence that it was made anywhere but New Jersey.
by elalamo
Tue Jul 19, 2016 9:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Theda Bara in North Carolina?
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Re: Theda Bara in North Carolina?

Thanks, Bruce. Yes, I've gone through Media History Digital Library as well as all North Carolina papers from 1915 and 1916 and there isn't a word about it. Unless solid proof shows up, I've decided that there's nothing at all to this.
by elalamo
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:30 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Theda Bara in North Carolina?
Replies: 4
Views: 1137

Theda Bara in North Carolina?

As some of you know I'm working on a book on the silent era in North Carolina. Yesterday, a fellow author informed me that Theda Bara's "The Serpent" (1916) was filmed at Chimney Rock. After a year of research I've never come across this. As proof, the author pointed me towards Wikipedia. I believe ...
by elalamo
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Itinerant filmmakers
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Re: Itinerant filmmakers

There were a number of filmmakers who made local films that seemed as if all you had to do was drop in your city or town's name in the same vein as "The Romance Of..." From what I could tell in the film magazines, they used the same script, or, possibly, a choice of scripts. I seem to remember one ...
by elalamo
Sat Jul 16, 2016 8:47 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Itinerant filmmakers
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Re: Itinerant filmmakers

I have that Blu-Ray, David. I was glad to see the 1934 "Hero" film even though, once I saw it, I realized that it had almost nothing to do with Newland's silent versions except the broad outlines of the plot. Of the nearly 200 silent films made in North Carolina, I have found only ten that survive a...
by elalamo
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Itinerant filmmakers
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Re: Itinerant filmmakers

I've never encountered such a story, although I imagine there were Harold Hill prototypes wandering the countryside in search of easy marks. To the contrary, when the only print of "A Knoxville Romance" (1925) was lost in transit, "Slim" Brolund went right back and made it again at his own expense.
by elalamo
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Itinerant filmmakers
Replies: 17
Views: 3086

Re: Itinerant filmmakers

I'm late to this discussion but I hope it will still generate some interest -- I could sure use some more information. I've been studying itinerant filmmakers regarding their work in North Carolina in the 'teens and '20s for my book on the silent era of N.C. filmmaking. I've found this whole topic t...
by elalamo
Sun May 22, 2016 7:03 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Dipper
Replies: 3
Views: 1103

Re: The Dipper

Thanks a million, Rick. I'm embarrassed to say that I had a copy of that article and somehow glossed right over the cast names in it. I'm very tired...

I do very much appreciate your help.
by elalamo
Fri May 20, 2016 4:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: The Dipper
Replies: 3
Views: 1103

The Dipper

For my upcoming book on the silent era in North Carolina, I'm looking for credits for a one-reeler called "The Dipper" (1916). It was based on a prose poem by Walt Mason and was directed by A. J. Rothemel. Those are the only credits I have. I've gone through the trades and the N.C. newspapers but I ...
by elalamo
Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: TITANIC (1953)
Replies: 12
Views: 2174

Re: TITANIC (1953)

In "Modern Screen" magazine from March, 1953 there's an item that Barbara Stanwyck and Robert Wagner amused themselves by trying to come up with a better title for the film than "Nearer My God to Thee." Stanwyck's suggestion was
"Bottoms Up!"
by elalamo
Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Commentary Track article on HuffPo
Replies: 0
Views: 453

Commentary Track article on HuffPo

Terrific article on me and both of my podcasts written by Steven Paul Leiva. Please pass it around, so maybe we can attract some listeners.

Thank you kindly.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-pa ... 07494.html" target="_blank" target="_blank
by elalamo
Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:51 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Before Boyhood: Films shot over several years
Replies: 8
Views: 1583

Re: Before Boyhood: Films shot over several years

The one I've always been curious about is "Mata Hari" directed by David Carradine. He cast his daughter and began filming when she was a child. He intended to keep at it until she was at the appropriate age for Mata Hari to shuffle off her mortal coil. I know he worked on it for years but it's uncle...
by elalamo
Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Podcast Episode on Silents, Sam Gill Interview
Replies: 1
Views: 553

Re: Podcast Episode on Silents, Sam Gill Interview

This link should take you directly to part one of my talk with Sam Gill.

http://www.thecommentarytrack.com/index ... 31&&id=209" target="_blank" target="_blank
by elalamo
Sun Nov 16, 2014 5:54 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Martyrs of the Alamo (1915) The Blackface Character.
Replies: 11
Views: 2474

Re: Martyrs of the Alamo (1915) The Blackface Character.

The video version of "Martyrs" which I released a few years ago was in very good condition. We added a piano score by Dean Mora. The historical veracity of the film isn't too compelling. There were actually several slaves in the Alamo during the siege. In "Martyrs," the one black character is shown ...
by elalamo
Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: "The Ghost Goes West" on RADIO MOVIES
Replies: 0
Views: 445

"The Ghost Goes West" on RADIO MOVIES

Episode #20 of RADIO MOVIES is on the air! All month long we're celebrating Halloween with spooky radio shows based on scary movies. This week it's "The Ghost Goes West" starring Basil Rathbone, Marsha Hunt and Eugene Pallette in a 1944 "Screen Guild Theater" production based on the 1936 supernatura...
by elalamo
Tue Oct 14, 2014 6:27 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Looking for Podcasts
Replies: 10
Views: 1649

Re: Looking for Podcasts

I listen to a lot of podcasts but haven't found many movie-related shows that I like. Most of them seem to be centered on reviews and I hate reviews. So, most of the shows that I listen to are either comedy or literary (my favorite podcast is "A Podcast to the Curious" in which two interesting chaps...