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by R Michael Pyle
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:21 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber
Replies: 50
Views: 553

Re: Win Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers from Kino Lorber

Petebain wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:43 am
The Hitch - Hiker. Ida Lupino
I'm right there with you!
by R Michael Pyle
Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Jim Roots wrote:
Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:21 am
How did they run all that necessary farming machinery to plant and manage and reap the corn without making any noise?

Jim
Everybody knows that on Ytreoiuyt a year lasts 764 days! They don't harvest until Jancembpril! Gosh...
by R Michael Pyle
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: John Decker: Painter to the Stars
Replies: 1
Views: 356

Re: John Decker: Painter to the Stars

Fascinating! Thank you.
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage
Replies: 9
Views: 655

Re: Mystery Hollywood/'Zelda Fitzgerald' Footage

Definitely NOT Gish. In fact, the idea is absurd.
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: November Star of the Month – Lon Chaney
Replies: 13
Views: 986

Re: November Star of the Month – Lon Chaney

Chaney, Sr. is, along with Fairbanks, Sr., my favorite silent actor. The film that first grabbed me was "The Unknown" (1927). I also watched it to see a young Joan Crawford. It was Chaney, though, that made the impression. But the film that has always drawn me in most is "The Penalty" (1920), a near...
by R Michael Pyle
Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Started on my quest to watch all the Universal Frankenstein movies in sequence last night and while watching the original '31 version I realized just how long it's been since I'd seen them. Probably decades. Was somewhat in awe of the new restoration on my relatively large screen - a far cry from h...
by R Michael Pyle
Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:24 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

I watched a film I'd not watched in over 30 years last night, "He Was Her Man" (1934), with James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Victor Jory, Frank Craven, Sarah Padden, Harold Huber, Russell Hopton, Ralf Harolde, John Qualen, and Bradley Page. Let's begin by saying that James Cagney with a mustache is like...
by R Michael Pyle
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Is there anyone here willing to admit, as I do, that he watches the Hallmark Channel's original movies? Bob I have a hard enough time not running into my hall tree, let alone watching Hallmark. If I had to do both at the same time it would be like putting TNT against TCM and finding myself on CNN.
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time
Replies: 62
Views: 12073

Re: Classics I Haven't Seen In a Long Time

On the other hand, it allows us to enjoy sheer competence. That's what I get from The Most Dangerous Game . Bob Frankly, I don't think Leslie Banks gets enough credit. I really enjoy him as an actor. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1934), "The Arsenal Stadium Mystery" (1939), and "Cottage to Let" (194...
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:27 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Last night I watched one of those 30's "B" films that lasts just a tad over an hour (61 minutes in this case) that really outshines its origins and is worth much more than decades of being forgotten. I must admit, though, that the critical reception on the IMDb is rather slaps in the face than kisse...
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant
Replies: 28
Views: 889

Re: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant

"Arsenic and Old Lace" was actually filmed in 1941. It sat on the shelf for three years before being released. I watched Grant on television a year or so before he died doing a one man show, and he said he thought the film was the worst performance he ever gave. He said he was embarrassed watching ...
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant
Replies: 28
Views: 889

Re: October Star of the Month – Cary Grant

"Arsenic and Old Lace" was actually filmed in 1941. It sat on the shelf for three years before being released. I watched Grant on television a year or so before he died doing a one man show, and he said he thought the film was the worst performance he ever gave. He said he was embarrassed watching i...
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

"Stage Fright" (1950), directed by Alfred Hitchcock, begins rather roughly and not very well - it would seem. For an audience today, much of the back-lit scenes will seem crude and very old-fashioned. Nevertheless, this film not only picks up steam, but eventually roars! After the initial disappoin...
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:32 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Mike Gebert wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:02 am
he's the Last Grownup Left in Hollywood.
In tu veritas!
by R Michael Pyle
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:57 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming
Replies: 30
Views: 6619

Re: Dietrich-Von Sternberg in Hollywood Boxed Set Coming

Over the last two days I binge-watched the six films in the Criterion set with a buddy. The films look great. Yes, MOROCCO is a bit soft in places, but crisp enough in most others. We particularly enjoyed the first four films - MOROCCO, DISHONORED, SHANGHAI EXPRESS and BLONDE VENUS - and were less ...
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:45 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 4
Replies: 14
Views: 202

Re: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 4

Certainly - definitely count me in, please - and - thank you!
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 1-3
Replies: 16
Views: 244

Re: DVD Give Away - Texas Guinan Vol 1-3

Definitely interested! Thanks!
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:25 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: DVD Give Away - Hallroom Boys
Replies: 19
Views: 317

Re: DVD Give Away - Hallroom Boys

I’m definitely interested!
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

ERAN TRECE / THERE WERE THIRTEEN (1931) is the Spanish-language version of CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON, a lost movie. It is remarkable that, while the English version of CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON has disappeared (was it in the Fox fire of 1937), this Spanish-language version should survive in a beautiful...
by R Michael Pyle
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:11 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Sessue Hayakawa, Author
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: Sessue Hayakawa, Author

Silent films to watch that are somewhat readily available - at least I have DVD prints of them - are: 1) "The Last of the Line" (1914) 2) "The Wrath of the Gods" (1914) 3) "The Cheat" (1915) 4) "The Secret Game" (1917) 5) "The Dragon Painter" (1919) 6) "The Tong Man" (1919) my own personal favorite ...
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Charlie cribbed from Stan?
Replies: 9
Views: 486

Re: Charlie cribbed from Stan?

I look at it this way: so he cribbed? Shakespeare cribbed from so many people it's unbelievable, all the way back to Plautus in Roman days, let alone Ovid. How many people have "cribbed" from him? Chaplin did it best. Period. Glad he cribbed. Otherwise, we wouldn't have what we do. Obviously Stan di...
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Book News: Davies Book at Hearst Castle
Replies: 9
Views: 676

Re: Book News

Congratulations, Ed!! Great news!!
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:55 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Michael Powell became one of the best directors in the British film industry. Many of his earliest works have gone missing unfortunately. However, in 1990 "Rynox" was found. Last night I had the chance to watch it. "Rynox" (1932) stars Stewart Rome, John Longden, Dorothy Boyd, and others. The story ...
by R Michael Pyle
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Pending releases from Flicker Alley
Replies: 53
Views: 10997

Re: Pending releases from Flicker Alley

I pre-ordered these yesterday. Make sure you pre-order from Flicker Alley, as you'll save $10 per film. If you pre-order from Amazon they're the regular price! By the way, I also noticed that there are two Rudolph Valentino SETS available in what appears to be something still ongoing; there may be f...
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 1:42 pm
Forum: Site Chat
Topic: Gallery of Mastheads
Replies: 1019
Views: 382067

Re: Gallery of Mastheads

Ah, Mr. Arliss!!! Thank you!
by R Michael Pyle
Sat Sep 01, 2018 6:22 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

After the success of Ten Nights in a Bar Room , William Farnum must have figured that straight melodrama was a good sound genre. His next movie in the field was The Drifter (1932). Farnum plays a big, good-hearted, dangerous Quebecois who returns to his boyhood cabin after searching for his long-lo...
by R Michael Pyle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:56 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

Have been watching sets of Dickens that I've had for years, but never watched. Wow! Are they fantastic! Began with the 1985 BBC production (418 minutes over 8 episodes) of "Bleak House" . Starring Denholm Elliott, Diana Rigg, Peter Vaughan, Robin Bailey, and so many other great performers, this is t...
by R Michael Pyle
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1816
Views: 134364

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

The El Brendel action comedy Hot Pepper (1933) also just happens to star Edmund Lowe and Victor McLaglen in the last of their four Quirt & Flagg films, as two Marine buddies who try to one-up each other over the length of the film, before joining in for one slam-bang fight at the finish. Lupe Velez...
by R Michael Pyle
Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:34 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING
Replies: 28
Views: 834

Re: SELECTIVE SUBTITLING

Although it's not sub-titling, per se, dubbing is often that way, too. My favorite is from Raymond Burr's being additionally added to the Japanese "Godzilla, King of the Monsters" (1956). Sometimes the Japanese speakers go on and on, then the dubber comes on and says only one word or two. When I was...