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Barbara La Marr-The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood

Posted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:12 pm
by JFK
This thread is a listing of fabulous holiday- or any day- gift suggestions:
Currently “in print” items- DVDs; eBooks; CDs; Calendars; Books; Art; etc.

Produced, in whole or in part, by NITRATEVILLE MEMBERS.

Ideally, each post will provide an image, publisher’s description, and on-line purchase link.

Barbara La Marr:
The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood

Hardback, Kindle – December 6, 2017
by Sherri Snyder
"Barbara La Marr's (1896–1926) publicist once confessed: "There was no reason to lie about Barbara La Marr. Everything she said, everything she did was colored with news-value." When La Marr was sixteen, her older half-sister and a male companion reportedly kidnapped her, causing a sensation in the media. One year later, her behavior in Los Angeles nightclubs caused law enforcement to declare her "too beautiful" to be on her own in the city, and she was ordered to leave. When La Marr returned to Hollywood years later, her loveliness and raw talent caught the attention of producers and catapulted her to movie stardom.

In the first full-length biography of the woman known as the "girl who was too beautiful," Sherri Snyder presents a complete portrait of one of the silent era's most infamous screen sirens. In five short years, La Marr appeared in twenty-six films, including The Prisoner of Zenda (1922), Trifling Women (1922), The Eternal City (1923), The Shooting of Dan McGrew (1924), and Thy Name Is Woman (1924). Yet by 1925―finding herself beset by numerous scandals, several failed marriages, a hidden pregnancy, and personal prejudice based on her onscreen persona―she fell out of public favor. When she was diagnosed with a fatal lung condition, she continued to work, undeterred, until she collapsed on set. She died at the age of twenty-nine.

Few stars have burned as brightly and as briefly as Barbara La Marr, and her extraordinary life story is one of tempestuous passions as well as perseverance in the face of adversity. Drawing on never-before-released diary entries, correspondence, and creative works, Snyder's biography offers a valuable perspective on her contributions to silent-era Hollywood and the cinematic arts."

When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922) Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack

Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:43 pm
by JFK
When Knighthood Was In Flower (1922)
(Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack)

BLU-RAY/DVD 115 minutes – JULY 25, 2017
Musical Score by Ben Model

"Marion Davies stars as Mary Tudor in the breakout role and big-budget costume epic that established her as a movie star. Davies plays Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII, whom the king aims to use for political gain by offering her hand in marriage to King Louis XII of France. Look for a young William Powell in his second movie role as one of the story’s villains. For period authenticity, no expense was spared on the production’s costumes, armor and tapestries or on Joseph Urban’s huge, lavish sets.
WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER (1922) is presented here by Undercrank Productions in a brand new restoration, with a new theatre organ score by Ben Model. The film was scanned from an original 35mm nitrate print preserved by the Library of Congress, its color tints have been reinstated and the hand-colored sequence has been digitally replicated. This is the first time the film has been seen as it appeared in the 1920s.

The package includes a 16-page illustrated booklet with film notes by Lara Gabrielle Fowler, as well asboth Blu-ray and DVD editions of the film.
Both discs are region-free."

The Silent Films of Marion Davies

Posted: Sat Aug 26, 2017 7:32 am
by JFK
The Silent Films of Marion Davies
Paperback 196 Pages– August 27, 2017
by Edward Lorusso

Profiles of the 30 silent films Marion Davies starred in between 1917 and 1929, written by the film historian, and producer of such silent-film restorations as "The Restless Sex" (1920) and "Enchantment" (1921), the latter of which was broadcast on Turner Classic Movies in November 2014.

Man Who Made The Movies-William Fox's MeteoricRiseTragicFall

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:11 am
by JFK
The Man Who Made the Movies:
The Meteoric Rise and Tragic Fall of William Fox

by Vanda Krefft
944 Pages 40+ Photos
Hardback and Kindle Editions (November 28, 2017)

"A riveting story of ambition, greed, and genius unfolding at the dawn of modern America. This landmark biography brings into focus a fascinating brilliant entrepreneur—like Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, a true American visionary—who risked everything to realize his bold dream of a Hollywood empire.
Although a major Hollywood studio still bears William Fox’s name, the man himself has mostly been forgotten by history, even written off as a failure. Now, in this fascinating biography, Vanda Krefft corrects the record, explaining why Fox’s legacy is central to the history of Hollywood.
At the heart of William Fox’s life was the myth of the American Dream. His story intertwines the fate of the nineteenth-century immigrants who flooded into New York, the city’s vibrant and ruthless gilded age history, and the birth of America’s movie industry amid the dawn of the modern era. Drawing on a decade of original research, The Man Who Made the Movies offers a rich, compelling look at a complex man emblematic of his time, one of the most fascinating and formative eras in American history.
Growing up in Lower East Side tenements, the eldest son of impoverished Hungarian immigrants, Fox began selling candy on the street. That entrepreneurial ambition eventually grew one small Brooklyn theater into a $300 million empire of deluxe studios and theaters that rivaled those of Adolph Zukor, Marcus Loew, and the Warner brothers, and launched stars such as Theda Bara. Amid the euphoric roaring twenties, the early movie moguls waged a fierce battle for control of their industry. A fearless risk-taker, Fox won and was hailed as a genius—until a confluence of circumstances, culminating with the 1929 stock market crash, led to his ruin.”
Click Here for Krefft Podcast Interiew

Re: Nitrateville 2017 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:32 pm
by Jim Roots
Price of the Wellman book?


Re: Nitrateville 2017 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2017 1:50 pm
by wingate
$150 so not for me.In any event i have read the biog by his son

Funny Bunny: Film Comedian John Bunny

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 3:00 pm
by JFK
Funny Bunny:
Film Comedian John Bunny

by Kevin Scott Collier
52 Pages
Paperbound Edition (September 19, 2017)

"An introduction to silent film comedian John Bunny, whose pioneering work for Vitagraph Studios, from 1909-1915, has been lost to history. Collected interviews are published, revealing the man and his career in his own words. Film experts, Anthony Susnick and Steve Massa, contribute commentary. Also inside is look at the John Bunny documentary DVD by Tony Susnick, a listing of John Bunny's films, scenes from several films, and miscellaneous photographs.”


Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:45 pm
by JFK
3-D Rarities (1922)
BLU-RAY OR DVD 147 minutes – June 23, 2015
Compiled by Bob Furmanek

"Deluxe 3-D Blu-ray Edition"
It has taken over 30 years for the 3-D Film Archive to assemble and restore the material in 3-D Rarities, an eye-popping collection of ultra-rare and long-lost movies, which Flicker Alley and the 3-D Film Archive are proud to present here for the first time on Blu-ray.
Selections include Kelley's Plasticon Pictures, the earliest extant 3-D demonstration film from 1922 with incredible footage of Washington and New York City; New Dimensions, the first domestic full color 3-D film originally shown at the World’s Fair in 1940; Thrills for You, a promotional film for the Pennsylvania Railroad; Around is Around, a 3-D animated gem by Norman McLaren; Rocky Marciano vs. Jersey Joe Walcott, the only 3-D newsreel; Stardust in Your Eyes, a hilarious standup routine by Slick Slavin; trailer for The Maze, with fantastic production design by William Cameron Menzies; Doom Town, a controversial anti-atomic testing film mysteriously pulled from release; puppet cartoon The Adventures of Sam Space, presented in widescreen; I’ll Sell My Shirt, a burlesque comedy unseen in 3-D for over 60 years; Boo Moon, an excellent example of color stereoscopic animation…and more!
Presented in high-quality digital 3-D, all films have been stunningly restored and mastered direct from archival materials. Meticulously aligned shot by shot for precise registration of the original left/right elements, these historic 3-D motion pictures have never before looked this good.
The date of the first documented exhibition of a 3-D film occurred on June 10, 1915. 3-D Rarities commemorates the centennial of 3-D motion pictures!
Bonus Materials Include:
Introductions by Leonard Maltin and Trustin Howard.
Essays by Julian Antos, Hillary Hess, Thad Komorowski, Donald McWilliams, Ted Okuda, Mary Ann Sell and Jack Theakston.
3-D photo galleries - Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), New York World's Fair (1939), Sam Sawyer View-Master reels (1950) and 3-D Comic Books (1953)
3-D footage directed by Francis Ford Coppola from The Bellboy and the Playgirls (1962)
Commentary tracks by Thad Komorowski and Jack Theakston.
To view a complete list of all the films included, click here.
To Watch the 3-D Versions of These Films, You Need:
This Edition Is Also Viewable in 2D, Playable on Your Standard Blu-ray Player
For more information and additional images, please visit

Pandora's Box (BFI Film Classics) Paperback/eBook

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:17 pm
by JFK
Pandora's Box
(BFI Film Classics)

Paperback + eBook. December, 2017
by Pamela Hutchinson
“Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora’s Box, 1929), starring Hollywood icon Louise Brooks, is an established classic of the silent era. Pamela Hutchinson revisits and challenges many assumptions made about the film, its lead character and its star. Putting the film in historical and contemporary contexts, Hutchinson investigates how the film speaks to new audiences.”

Rudolph Valentino In Costume 2018 Calendar

Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 7:31 pm
by JFK
Rudolph Valentino 2018 Calendar
Published– October 2017
Edited by Donna Hill
"The 2018 edition of the annual Rudolph Valentino calendar focuses on Valentino's costume films. In his career he was more often an exotic Arab Sheik or Argentine Gaucho, in this calendar he can be seen and appreciated in many of his various roles.."
Film historian Hill was previously the author of

Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol His Life in Photographs

Max Linder: Father of Film Comedy

Posted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 5:54 pm
by JFK
Max Linder: Father of Film Comedy
Hardback (from publisher) and Paperback. October 25, 2017
by Snorre Smári Mathiesen
“ The fine line between comedy and tragedy blends into shades of gray in the story of Max Linder, a French comedian and director of the silent film era, who was often held as the standard for the legendary stars coming after him. Max's early start soon escalated into hundreds of films loved worldwide, and elevated him into one of the first international movie stars years before Mary Pickford and Charlie Chaplin. Renowned and recognized globally, his fame nearly extinguished due to World War One injuries, but he recovered, returned, and regained his status only to face one of the most terrible tragedies in human existence. His hilarious films and heartrending personal tale unfold fully in this richly researched and annotated biography and filmography. Illustrated with dozens of photographs. About the author: Snorre Smári Mathiesen (b. 1989) is a Norwegian cartoonist. A silent film aficionado since childhood, he has researched Max Linder’s life for the past ten years. He worked as assistant and translator on sociologist Thomas Mathiesen’s autobiography, Cadenza (European Group Press, 2017). He lives in Oslo, Norway.”

Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Posted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:19 pm
by JFK
Cartoon Roots: Halloween Haunts (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Blu-Ray DVD Runtime: 100 minutes 2 Discs
Compiler: Thomas Stathes

"Nothing says All Hallows' Eve like early animated films, with their bumptious bent for ghosts and goblins! Now the Stathes Collection brings you a ghoulish gaggle of shorts featuring Max Fleischer, Otto Messmer, Koko the Clown, Mutt and Jeff, and more—in scary soirees with the supernatural! Come for the classics; stay for THE HAUNTED HOTEL (1907), one of the first-ever animated frights!

Films include:
THE HAUNTED HOTEL (J. Stuart Blackton, 1907)
THE PUMPKIN RACE (Roméo Bosetti, 1907)
Out of the Inkwell: OUIJA BOARD (Max Fleischer, 1920)
Dinky Doodle: JUST SPOOKS (Walter Lantz, 1925)
Out of the Inkwell: KO-KO SEES SPOOKS (Fleischer, 1925)
Mutt & Jeff: SLICK SLEUTHS (Dick Huemer, 1926)
Felix the Cat: SURE-LOCKED HOMES (Otto Messmer, 1928)
THE FRESH LOBSTER (ca. 1920s) with Billy Bletcher
Snap the Gingerbread Man: THE WITCH'S CAT (Kinex Studios, 1929)
Waffles & Don: THE HAUNTED SHIP (Van Beuren, 1930)
Felix the Cat: SKULLS AND SCULLS (Messmer, 1930)
Tom & Jerry: WOT A NIGHT (Van Beuren, 1931)
Felix the Cat: BOLD KING COLE (Van Beuren, 1936)
Extras! Booklet, archival galleries, and new music by Robert Israel and Charlie Judkins
Featuring Films from the Stathes Collection
Co-Produced by Thunderbean Animation"

Re: A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Dra

Posted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:47 am
by wich2
wich2 wrote:The rolling year has come 'round again!

And if you order direct from Your Obedient Servant, you'll receive a signed copy, and support the author with a few more pence (literally.)

$25 shipped, and for orders placed before 12/20/2017, with a bonus CD!


JFK wrote:
Standing in the Spirit at Your Elbow:
A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama

Paperback– November 30, 2012
by Craig Wichman
“The rich history of the Yuletide masterpiece in the "theater of the mind," both broadcast and on record from 1905 to today. With recollections by Arthur Anderson - Lionel Barrymore - Lonnie Burr - Tommy Cook - Michael C. Gwynne - Vere Johns - William Nadel - Daily Paskman - Dick Van Patten - Basil Rathbone - Simon "Stuffy" Singer - and others. Includes the first-ever comprehensive Log of these Carols, and features many rare illustrations! Craig Wichman is an actor, writer, producer, and sometime portrayer of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Nominated for the "Book of the Year" Rondo Award by the Classic Horror Film Board. ”

The 2018 Silent Movies Calendar "Music is Half the Picture"

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:37 pm
by JFK
The 2018 Silent Movies Calendar "Music is Half the Picture"
Calendar– Available November 2017
Editor- Rodney Sauer
This beautiful wall calendar features photographs and artwork from silent films and the film industry, provided by generous collectors. This year, the theme is "Music is half the picture." Particular thanks to Robert Arkus, the George Eastman Museum, and Bruce Calvert for an intriguing collection of publicity stills and behind-the-scenes photos of musicians at work in the movie business.
All proceeds of the calendar sales will go to silent film restoration. More details at the web page.

Little Orphant Annie (1918) Blu-ray/DVD Combo

Posted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:57 pm
by JFK
Little Orphant Annie (1918) (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
Blu-Ray DVD 2 Discs
Producer of this restoration: Eric Grayson Compser: Ben Model

"Little Orphant Annie (1918) Colleen Moore, Thomas Santschi, Lafe McKee. NEW 2016 RESTORATION!Annie, an imaginative young orphan girl (Moore) is sent to live with her abusive uncle, who then sends her to live with another family. She is smitten with love for a farmer (Santschi) who intervenes on her behalf, stopping the abuse. Along the way, we are treated to see Annie's fantasies as she imparts moral lessons on other orphans and on the children of her new family. Goblins run out of the screen, nasty boys are kidnapped by huge bats or dumped by witches in steaming cauldrons. This is one of those films that everyone has seen, but never in a good print. The 2016 restoration reinstates about 5 minutes to the film, plus it recreates the elaborate tinting that was only seen in the 35mm nitrate prints. It was made up of five different prints, including parts of a deteriorating nitrate and several 16mm prints. The prints don't always match flawlessly... and they can't, but this film is a highly unusual delight for silent film fans... and it's the oldest surviving film starring Colleen Moore.

SPECIAL FEATURES Original piano score by Ben Model.
Commentary by Jeff Codori, Colleen Moore's biographer, on Moore and the history of the film.
Commentary by Eric Grayson and Glory-June Greiff on the restoration and the background of poet James Whitcomb Riley.
Interview with Eric Grayson at the premiere of the restoration.
Glory-June Greiff reads Little Orphant Annie and excerpts from Where is Mary Alice Smith?, both of which are referenced in the film.
Slick 16-page booklet with pictures and more background information on the film."

History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:48 am
by wich2
(Bump, as I have a new batch just off the presses!)

The rolling year has come 'round again!

And if you order direct from Your Obedient Servant, you'll receive a signed copy, and support the author with a few more pence (literally.)

$25 shipped, and for orders placed before 12/20/2017, with a bonus CD!


JFK wrote:
Standing in the Spirit at Your Elbow:
A History of Dicken's Christmas Carol as Radio/Audio Drama

Paperback– November 30, 2012
by Craig Wichman
“The rich history of the Yuletide masterpiece in the "theater of the mind," both broadcast and on record from 1905 to today. With recollections by Arthur Anderson - Lionel Barrymore - Lonnie Burr - Tommy Cook - Michael C. Gwynne - Vere Johns - William Nadel - Daily Paskman - Dick Van Patten - Basil Rathbone - Simon "Stuffy" Singer - and others. Includes the first-ever comprehensive Log of these Carols, and features many rare illustrations! Craig Wichman is an actor, writer, producer, and sometime portrayer of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Nominated for the "Book of the Year" Rondo Award by the Classic Horror Film Board. ”

Re: Nitrateville Creations:Books;DVDs;Calendars-2017 Gift Id

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:35 am
by Mike Gebert
Only of use to a small subset of folks here, but my new edition of my guide to Chicago dining is available at Amazon now.


Frank Wisbar: Director of Ferryman Maria-from Germany to USA

Posted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 3:04 pm
by JFK
Frank Wisbar:
The Director of Ferryman Maria, from Germany to America and Back

Paperback and ebook– December 30, 2017
277 pages

by Henry Nicolella
”German director Frank Wisbar (1899-1967) had the misfortune of achieving success as a filmmaker just as Hitler came to power. While critics praised his work, Nazi cultural watchdogs were scornful of his attempts to chart ""the landscape of the soul"" in films like Ferryman Maria (1936) and Anna and Elisabeth (1933). Wisbar fled to America, where Hollywood saw him as no more than a technician, good for churning out low-budget horror like Strangler of the Swamp (1945) and Devil Bat's Daughter (1946).
A successful stint in early television allowed him to return home to a very different Germany, where he abandoned his earlier mystical themes to tackle questions of war and peace, tabloid journalism and racial conflict. The author examines the films and career of an under-appreciated auteur who ultimately lost faith in his own vision.”
Table of Contents Acknowledgments ix Introduction 1 Biography: The Stranger from the Other Shore 4 The Films and Television Programs Im Bann des Eulenspiegels (Under the Spell of the Owl Mirror) (1932)  23 Anna und Elisabeth (Anna and Elisabeth) (1933)  29 Rivalen der Luft (Rivals of the Air) (1934)  48 Hermine und die seiben Aufrechten (Hermine and the Seven Upright Men) (1935)  56 Die Werft zum Grauen Hecht (The Grey Pikes Wharf) (1935)  62 Fahrmann Maria (Ferryman Maria) (1936)  65 Die Unbekannte (The Unknown) (1936)  82 Ball im Metropol (Ball in Metropol) (1937)  94 Petermann ist dagegen! (Petermann Is Against It!) (1937)  98 Women in Bondage (1943)  104 Strangler of the Swamp (1946)  112 Devil Bat’s Daughter (1946)  120 Secrets of a Sorority Girl (1946)  129 Lighthouse (1947)  134 The Prairie (1948)  140 Madonna of the Desert (1948)  147 The Mozart Story (1948)  149 Rimfire (1949)  153 Fireside Theater (1949)  156 Haie und kleine Fische (Sharks and Little Fish) (1957)  166 Nasser Asphalt (Wet Asphalt) (1958)  170 Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben? (Dogs, Do You Want to Live Forever?) (1959)  178 Nacht fiel uber Gotenhafen (Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen) (1960)  183 Fabrik der Offiziere (The Officer Factory) (1960)  192 Barbara (1961)  196 Commando (1962)  205 Durchbruch Lok 234 (Breakthrough Locomotive 234) (1963)  209 West German TV  212 Bibliography 221 Index 223

Re: Nitrateville Creations:Books;DVDs;Calendars-2017 Gift Id

Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:14 am
by missdupont
For those who love rare photographs, check out my two books "Hollywood at Play" and "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays," recommended by Larry Harnisch on the LA Daily Mirror. "Hollywood at Play" takes a nostalgic look at Hollywood enjoying life off-camera and "Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays" shows the stars saluting holidays large and small throughout the year. Studios employed all these photos in magazines and newspapers to promote their talent and films. ... ing-guide/" target="_blank


Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:25 pm
by JFK
The Animated Marx Brothers
Hardback/Kindle/Paperback– November 16, 2017
by Matthew Hahn
“To many people, The Marx Brothers always seemed cartoonish. Small wonder that film animators plucked their personas from their first appearances in The Cocoanuts (1929) and Animal Crackers (1930) and caricatured them in countless animated appearances in theatrical cartoons. Their animated likenesses have since been wisecracking in television cartoons, direct-to-video movies, fan films, commercials, flip books, avatars, emoji, a slot machine, and two TV pilots so rare they were once thought not to exist.
At last, Marx Brothers fans can rejoice. Matthew Hahn's search for every animated appearance of a Marx brother has trailed longer than Groucho's coattails. His discoveries include the backstories of the studios, moviemakers, and stars, rare test drawings from the Smithsonian Institution National Portrait Gallery, abandoned projects, connections, coincidences, and apocrypha.
Through the reels of Silly Symphonies, Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies, to their comic clashes with Heckle & Jeckle, Oswald Rabbit, Krazy Kat, Pooch the Pup, Buddy, Cubby, Willie Whopper, Flip the Frog, and Popeye, journey back through the most detailed analyses ever compiled of animated Marx Brothers appearances. The author also draws from appearances in You Bet Your Life (1950), Quick Draw McGraw(1959), The Simpsons (1989), Tiny Toon Adventures (1990), and Animaniacs (1993), among many others.
Featured contributions include Walt Disney, Ub Iwerks, Walter Lantz, Rudold Ising, Hugh Harman, Shamus Culhane, Joe Grant, Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng, T. Hee, Robert McKimson, Bob Godfre, Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Michael Maltese, Daws Butler, Dayton Allen; Pat Harrington, Jr.; Frank Felker, Dan Castellanata, Laurel & Hardy, Joe E. Brown, Greta Garbo, Frank Nelson, and Jerry Colonna. Illustrated. Foreword by Joe Adamson, an authority on The Marx Brothers and animation. Epilogue contains a never-before-published Groucho anecdote. Index. Bibliography.’’

Luther J. Pollard: Ebony Film Corp.

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:11 pm
by JFK
Luther J. Pollard:
Ebony Film Corp.

60 Pages Paperback– September 8, 2017
by Kevin Scott Collier
”Luther J. Pollard: Ebony Film Corp. tells the tale of what has been called the first company to feature entirely black cast in their films. The company produced a string of comedy shorts from 1917 to 1918. Their productions were both praised and condemned throughout the nation. This book takes a look at company president and general manager, Luther Jay Pollard, his life, business endeavors and how he survived Ebony's collapse to reinvent the company and produce a 1920 feature-length movie, Do the Dead Talk? Exposed are Ebony's racially insensitive investors and those involved that caused the outcry. Included is a complete film directory, historic articles, photos and advertisements. The tale of Ebony films is both a comedy and a tragedy, and in the center of it, a young African-American entrepreneur who became a fixture of Chicago history. “

The Marx Brothers Love Happy Confidential

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 6:40 pm
by JFK
The Marx Brothers Love Happy Confidential
48 Pages Paperback– November 19, 2017
by Kevin Scott Collier
”The Marx Brothers Love Happy Confidential takes a look at the comedy team's final theatrical motion picture, “Love Happy.” Loved by some and loathed by others, the making of the movie was neither “happy” nor involved much brotherly “love.” Originated as a solo project for Harpo Marx, “Love Happy” morphed into a monster, and controversy concerning its writer, Ben Hecht, and producer, Lester Cowan, damaged what was left. It puts on display a historical last curtain call for the brothers on film. Many gags are quite excellent, and in time, fans have shown some love for the film. “

Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look-Definitive Collection Box Set

Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:09 pm
by JFK
Ernie Kovacs: Take A Good Look:
The Definitive Collection Box Set

7 DVD Box Set–Running Time:1,440 Minutes (October 17, 2017)
Archivist:Ben Model
“All 49 existing episodes of this truly offbeat game show from television’s original genius! Take A Good Look is Ernie's aphoristic "if a tree falls in the woods", answer to the panel quiz show. Ernie turns the secret guest show formula on its ear and almost inverts it. In Take A Good Look, it is the host who gives the panel hints about the secret guest’s identity, and in the form of surreal sight gags, blackouts and sketches. The clues only really make sense if you know who the guest is to begin with. Throughout the series’ run, different approaches were taken to address this. Early on in season one, Ernie himself has trouble explaining the show’s formula to the home audience. Throughout the show’s two seasons, panelists periodically complain to Ernie that the clues don’t make sense; there’s one show where Hans Conried protests, "Please, Ernie ... tell them it’s rigged! ",
All in all, it is Ernie who seems to be enjoying the game the most, making these crazy blackouts as well as the commercials for Dutch Masters cigars. You watch the episodes of this game show and wonder ‘Did this really air on network television? ‘“

Re: Nitrateville 2017 Gift Suggestions:Books;DVDs;Calendars,

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:13 pm
by FrankFay
Rick Lanham wrote:John Sinnott's review of The Mysterious Airman: ... irman-the/" target="_blank" target="_blank

"Final Thoughts:

Not only is this rare silent serial a lot of fun, but it looks amazing too. Add to that an informative commentary track and a bonus short and you've got a great title. Check this one out. Highly Recommended."

Just got this and it DOES look to be fun.


Posted: Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:20 pm
by JFK
Lon Chaney: Before the Thousand Faces
DVD 82 minutes – October 13, 2017
Musical Score by Jon C. Mirsalis

"LON CHANEY: BEFORE THE THOUSAND FACES contains three early feature films, made 1915-16 for Universal, in which Lon Chaney has a supporting role. These films have never been available for fans, and are seen here in new 2K scans of 35mm elements preserved by the Library of Congress. The films on this DVD were restored and scored by Jon C. Mirsalis,
The films:
A MOTHER'S ATONEMENT (1915) - 20 mins
IF MY COUNTRY SHOULD CALL (1916) - 24 mins
B&W – stereo – 82 mins – not rated – NTSC – region-free – 4:3 aspect ratio
New musical scores by Jon C. Mirsalis
DVD released by Ben Model's Undercrank Productions, in association with Greenbriar Picture Shows
When sold by, this product is manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.'s standard return policy will apply."
Click Here For Mirsalis Podcast Interview


Posted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:46 pm
by JFK
"Reelclassicdvd" Joined Nitrateville: Aug 12, 2008 8:57 pm

DVD– December 28, 2017
106 minutes


THE HAUNTED CASTLE starring Arnold Korff, Lulu Kyser-Korff, Lothar Mehnert, Paul Bildt, Olga Tschechowa, Paul Hartman and Julius Falkenstein. Written by Carl Meyer. Directed by F.W. Murnau. A hunting party gathers at the castle of Lord von Vogelschrey for what they think will be a few days rest and recreation. This all changes with the arrival of an uninvited guest, Count Johann Oetsch, who has been recently accused of killing his brother! Soon mystery, intrigue and unexplained disappearances take over as the secret of a murder is unraveled.
Full of atmosphere and a sense of claustrophobic dread, this film can be seen as a warm-up to Murnau's great vampire masterpiece of the following year, "Nosferatu"!
Original music score composed and performed by John Mucci!
LIGHTS OUT: THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE starring Clarence Derwent, Elfrida Derwent, Sarah Burton, John Griggs, Klock Ryder and Jack LaRue. Directed by Kingman T. More. Our sinister host introduces the story of a team of famous historians who visit the creepy old home of the Bosworth family to research the letters that passed between American Civil War era general William Tecumseh Sherman and a Bosworth ancestor. During the night, they discover that a simple closet is not what it seems and a passage is found that leads to a mysterious trunk, a bloody dress and murder!
Originally aired on February 13, 1950, this is an episode from the series "Lights Out", the TV version of the famous radio broadcasts of the same name. This DVD is digitally transferred from what is likely the only surviving Kinescope, once owned by John Griggs, who appears as Eliot in our story."

Tomorrow is Forever Blu-Ray

Posted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:53 am
by JFK
Tomorrow is Forever

December 17, 2017. - Run Time: 104 minutes
“Soon after the end of World War I, Elizabeth MacDonald receives a telegram that her husband John has been killed in action just before peace was declared. She later succumbs to a fainting spell, not as a reaction to her husband's death, but because she's expecting a child. Still heartbroken and longing to preserve John's memory, she brings a boy into the world and names him "John Andrew" after his father, "Drew" for short.
Twenty years later and on the eve of World War II, the remarried Elizabeth is about to get a shock-- John is not dead! With a shattered body and a determination to forget the past, John now goes by the name "Erik Kessler," and unintentionally re-enters her life. But with the onslaught of Nazi aggression in Europe, the once happy couple must now confront new challenges together as Drew makes plans to fight with the RAF against Germany.
With a screenplay by Lenore Coffee (Four Daughters), Tomorrow is Forever provided an incredible acting showcase for "Renaissance man" Orson Welles as the enigmatic Kessler and Claudette Colbert as Elizabeth, a woman determined not to let another war tear her family apart. The drama also boasts fine support from George Brent, Lucille Watson, Richard Long (in his film debut), and a seven-year-old Natalie Wood (Miracle on 34th St).
Directed by Irving Pichel (The Most Dangerous Game), Tomorrow is Forever remains beloved by classic film fans for its exquisite music score by Max Steiner (Casablanca), and for its masterful blend of romance, suspense and sentiment in its depiction of a family whose lives are tested by the tragedies of war.
- Audio Commentary by Film Score Restorationist Ray Faiola of Chelsea Rialto Studios
- Isolated Music Track
- Image Gallery”
Leonard Maltin
“ I learned a great deal about this independent production from William Goetz’s International Pictures on the impressive commentary track prepared by film buff extraordinaire Ray Faiola. You may know Ray from his restorations of great movie soundtracks. Here he has created an isolated music track featuring Max Steiner’s beautiful score, which makes great use of the sentimental song “Till We Meet Again” as a recurring theme. But that’s just one of Ray’s accomplishments: he goes into fascinating detail about every aspect of this production and even incorporates segments of the half-hour radio adaptation on Screen Directors Playhouse. I didn’t think I would have the patience to watch the movie twice in a row just to hear this material but I eagerly did. I can’t pay a higher compliment to any commentary track. Learn more at

George Arliss’ Lost DISRAELI: A Photo Reconstruction

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:02 pm
by JFK
The 1921 "Lost" DISRAELI:
A Photo Reconstruction of the George Arliss Silent Film

122 Pages Kindle / Paperback– June 7, 2013
by Robert M Fells
”This fourth volume in the Arliss Archives series reconstructs the once-acclaimed but now lost silent screen version of DISRAELI. Arliss biographer Robert M. Fells has spent over two decades collecting materials to document this first film version of George Arliss's most successful play. Additional material includes the complete souvenir theater program of 1912, a set of eight original lobby cards from the 1929 sound version of DISRAELI in restored color, and a discussion of Mr. A's 1938 live radio broadcast of the play with links to the Arliss Archives website to enable readers to hear this radio program exactly as it was broadcast live over CBS on January 17, 1938. There is also a "bonus" appendix of George Arliss in 3-D photographs from a variety of his films. Over 80 rare color and b/w illustrations, bibliography and index.”

2 W C FIELDS Blu-Rays- Running Wild + It’s The Old Army Game

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:19 pm
by JFK
Running Wild (1927)

March 13, 2018. - Run Time: 67 minutes
“A browbeaten W.C. Fields gains the roaring courage of a lion thanks to a vaudeville hypnotist in RUNNING WILD (1927), a raucously funny silent comedy. Fields Stars as Elmer Finch, a meek accountant nagged by his wife, harassed by his children, and awed by his boss. After he accidentally throws a horseshoe through a window, the cops are on his tail, and a suitably ridiculous chain of events puts him under the thrall of hypnosis, where he believes himself to be a lion. With newly leonine strength he visits all those who shamed and bullied him, and tries to get a raise in the process. Written and directed by the legendarily witty Gregory La Cava (My May Godfrey), RUNNING WILD is a non-stop laugh riot.
Special Features:
-Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress
-Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of THE W.C. FIELDS FILMS
-New score by Donald Sosin
It’s The Old Army Game (1926)

March 13, 2018. - Run Time: 75 minutes
“It's the Old Army Game (1926) is an uproarious silent comedy in which the inimitable W.C. Fields finds it impossible to get some sleep. It was the fourth film in which Fields appeared, but the first over which he had some control, as it was adapted from his own stage play. Co-starring Louise Brooks (also in her fourth feature), and directed with verve by A. Edward Sutherland, It's the Old Army Game is a non-stop comedy of errors. Fields plays Elmer Prettywillie, a druggist kept awake by clamorous garbage collectors, a nosy woman seeking a 2-cent stamp, bogus land deals, and phony fortunes.
Special Features:
-Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of Congress
-Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of THE W.C. FIELDS FILMS
-New score by Ben Model

Early Universal City

Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:27 pm
by JFK
Early Universal City

Paperback– August 26, 2009
by Robert S. Birchard
Known as much today for its theme park, Universal City is also the largest and the longest continuously operating movie studio in Hollywood. The Universal Film Manufacturing Company was formed by a dozen independent producers in 1912, and Universal City was designed to provide a single facility in which to make their films. Since its official opening on March 15, 1915, Universal City has served as a training ground for great directors such as John Ford, William Wyler, and James Whale and as home to stars like Hoot Gibson, Deanna Durbin, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney Sr. and Jr., and Tom Mix. This evocative volume explores the studio that brought The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), Dracula (1930), Frankenstein (1931), and 100 Men and a Girl (1936) to the screen.
Robert S. Birchard was an award-winning film and video editor and noted film historian whose books include Cecil B. De Milles Hollywood, King Cowboy: Tom Mix and the Movies, and Silent-Era Filmmaking in Santa Barbara. Birchard has appeared on televisions History Detectives and in the documentaries Cecil B. De Mille: American Epic and The Woman With the Hungry Eyes: The Life and Films of Theda Bara.