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by Big Silent Fan
Tue Sep 18, 2018 6:04 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl

You can find a blurry image of the article at 'The NewYorker's' website, but they did not save the text to be downloaded.
by Big Silent Fan
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2204

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Financially it just would not make sense to spend that kind of money on a limited audience. But it does make me curious why they would actually list what to many is a rather obscure title in the first place. Matthew I assume, as they did in the past with other films including "The White Sister," TC...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:15 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl
Replies: 10
Views: 1025

Re: Lina - DeMille's Godless Girl

Thanks for the info. Brooksie.

It's too bad all those "#MeToo"s didn't have the courage to respond (in-kind) immediately to unwanted advances made towards them instead of waiting so many years.

Fascinating, if actually true.
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:57 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I meant to say...

Never Weaken is my favorite because it both entertains and tells a funny story quickly. It's all there in just 19 minutes.
I don't have to sit through more than an hour of film, waiting to see the stunts.
by Big Silent Fan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 7:36 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I watched the delightful comedy, The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (1926) this morning. A fun picture with Adolphe Menjou as the millionaire, posing as a hotel waiter, and Florence Vidor as the runaway countess from her native Russia. A very fun 70 minutes but you'll need to add your own music. Coinc...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Had another look at Houdini's 75 minute film, The Man From Beyond (1922), perhaps my favorite of all his films I've seen. The print by "The Video Cellar" is in good condition, even if I found three or four spelling errors made when the titles were replaced. The piano score works okay. Reincarnation ...
by Big Silent Fan
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

One of Swanson's more quiet performances. The bit with the pie is a shock- particularly in a DeMille picture I remember the pie and the crust being cut, but don't know how this could be a shock? I just saw a happily married woman who was about to have her first child. Life was good. BTW: Gloria nev...
by Big Silent Fan
Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Only yesterday, Something To Think About (1920) appeared on my YouTube screen (posted apparently three weeks ago). Starring Gloria Swanson, this Cecil B. DeMille film is another Christian morality play written for the screen by Jeanie McPherson. Jeanie always wrote cleverly worded titles to tell the...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:34 pm
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2204

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Actually, both "The Big Parade" and "Wings" come to mind watching the story since it ends with a French girl searching for a wounded airman after the big aerial battle.
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:30 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST
Replies: 37
Views: 2204

Re: 'Lilac Time' TCM Wed Oct 24th 6am EST

Well...a watchable copy of the 94 minute film is available to watch on YouTube, with an organ score made for the epic film. I watched today and couldn't help compare it to "Wings" because of the large production and combat-in-the-sky scenes. The organ music includes lots of appropriate sound effects...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

William S Hart again plays the good-bad-man in THE CRADLE OF COURAGE (1920), set in 1919 San Francisco. Hart plays one-time crook 'Square' Kelly, whose time in the trenches has taught him a thing or two, and he is given the chance of a new slate if he joins the Police Force. Thanks for the tip sinc...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:49 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

William S Hart again plays the good-bad-man in THE CRADLE OF COURAGE (1920), set in 1919 San Francisco. Hart plays one-time crook 'Square' Kelly, whose time in the trenches has taught him a thing or two, and he is given the chance of a new slate if he joins the Police Force. Thanks for the tip sinc...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Another big surprise to me from YouTube is The Fighting Eagle (1927) which I had never heard of. The film, based on a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, stars (never seen by me in a leading role) Rod La Rocque, with Phyllis Haver, Sam De Grasse and even fan dancer/actress, Sally Rand in this light hearte...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Another big surprise to me from YouTube is The Fighting Eagle (1927) which I had never heard of. The film, based on a novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, stars (never seen by me in a leading role) Rod La Rocque, with Phyllis Haver, Sam De Grasse and even fan dancer/actress, Sally Rand in this light hearted...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
I wrote on THE BATTLE OF THE SEXES on July 31 last year. Thought it much better than it reputation would have suggested, but helped by excellent presentation...
That, and of course the lovely Phyllis Haver.
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Errors in the latest restoration of "Mare Nostrum."
Replies: 0
Views: 709

Errors in the latest restoration of "Mare Nostrum."

This morning, I watched the restored Mare Nostrum that TCM aired on the weekend. Very nice print with the same familiar score. However... Why don't these companies engage a fan of Silent films to watch their final cut before it's manufactured and sold? There were at least four minor errors that I no...
by Big Silent Fan
Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

After struggling manfully (or should this now be personfully?) through THE WOMAN IN THE SUITCASE (1920) thinking it must be one of the worst silents I've put myself through, I find boblipton had a similar reaction when I was checking up some credits on IMDb. Reading your post, and then reading the ...
by Big Silent Fan
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

The old saying, Ignorance is Bliss came to mind today, since exploring information on something entirely different (Erich von Stroheim Jr. directing "Party Girl"), resulted in my watching Alraune (1928). While the copy available on YouTube was not restored, it was 137 minutes long (copied from an It...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Looking for help on a silent film topic - again
Replies: 19
Views: 1618

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

Im doing another research, this time its about medicine in general and for another project just the topic of suicide. Of course in silent movies. "Toll of the Sea," where the early 'Madame Butterfly' story ends in suicide. So does Fritz Lang's "Kara Kiri" (1919), which is also based on the 'Madame ...
by Big Silent Fan
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

For the umpteenth time, yesterday I began another look at the original VHS version of Napoleon (1927), recorded during it's premiere at Radio City Music Hall back in 1981. Many years ago, I dubbed that 'too fast' (24 fps) recording at .8 speed resulting in 4 hours, 27 minutes run time. The faster sp...
by Big Silent Fan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!
Replies: 21
Views: 2707

Re: I’m teaching a class on silent horror!!

I’m undecided which was more influential— Hyde vs. Canary. Well, "The Cat and the Canary" is essentially a comedy, where the only horror, might come from the heirs, when they first learned they had to wait twenty years before the Will would be read. Barrymore's "Hyde" is shown to be a pedophile ear...
by Big Silent Fan
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: NOMADS OF THE NORTH (1920)
Replies: 10
Views: 1831

Re: NOMADS OF THE NORTH (1920)

Oh, I agree about the slowness of the soundtrack. I did find a few critics at the time complain that the film dragged. Doing the math, it would seem that a six reel film would run somewhere between between an hour and an hour and a quarter. To run an extra half hour longer seems to suggest a lot of...
by Big Silent Fan
Sun Jun 17, 2018 10:38 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: Best Cabiria available?
Replies: 6
Views: 2441

Re: Best Cabiria available?

TCM has broadcasted the 123 minute long KINO release and that's what I've saved to my DVD collection. I think my original copy was shorter.
by Big Silent Fan
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Had a look at the 105 minute, Montie Christo (1922) with a young John Gilbert and Estelle Taylor (with a brief appearance by Renee Adoree). It's a complete telling of the novel which is summarized at Wikipedia. While there wasn't any sound, all the title cards and written letter images seen on the s...
by Big Silent Fan
Tue Jun 12, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Adrian Brunel's silent version of The Constant Nymph (1928) was last discussed here in 2015. I found it a lush, richly acted version of the story of how Ivor Novello, a rising young composer, marries Frances Doble, only to realize too late that she is not the wife for him; she is a staid and societ...
by Big Silent Fan
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Adrian Brunel's silent version of The Constant Nymph (1928).nuanced, and even Miss Doble performs her semi-villainous role with an air that made me sympathize with her. The lack of music was why I held back on watching it last night. Any suggestions as to something suitable? Much to my surprise, ch...
by Big Silent Fan
Tue Jun 05, 2018 3:22 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

I, too, was very impressed with THE COVERED WAGON when I saw it a couple of years back. One problem with this film was that it was only available in a severely truncated version for so long that it was regarded as 'disappointing' and a 'letdown'. I don't know if the current print is any longer than...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:32 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Did you mean to say The Notorious Lady (1927)? Yes, of course. Was just checking a couple of facts when realised my Malapropism... Thanks! It took some searching at YouTube but tonight, I managed to see a good quality copy with a good score. In so many Lewis Stone films, Chaney's Nomads of the Nort...
by Big Silent Fan
Fri Jun 01, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

THE MYSTERIOUS LADY (1927) is a late outing from director King Baggot, featuring Barbara Bedford and Lewis Stone. Stone plays a husband who believes Bedford has been cheating on him and kills the other fellow (more of a slimy rat) in the ensuing struggle. At Stone's trial things are looking very ba...
by Big Silent Fan
Wed May 30, 2018 7:59 pm
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]
Replies: 634
Views: 78556

Re: What's The Last Silent Movie You Watched? [2018]

Run at 150% speed, the film seems to be running nearly correct. I'm sure 150% isn't quite accurate since the music still sounds okay. This seems like a bit less than 1.3. I watched the first ten minutes or so, and 150% seems much better. Reading the opening crawl, I see they transferred it at 16 fp...