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Your "Holy Grail" of Talkies

Unread post by Sidney P. Bloomberg » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:21 am

If You could find/see one (1) "Talkie," what would it be?
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Unread post by silentfilm » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:27 am

Convention City (1933) with Joan Blondell.

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Unread post by Penfold » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:32 am

Someday A romantic comedy/drama directed by Michael Powell, starring Esmond Knight and Margaret Lockwood. 1935 - very early in all their careers. A Teddington-made Quickie, but if you've seen Father Takes A Walk, you'll know that some could be very good indeed...
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Unread post by LouieD » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:43 am

Oooooooh, I like playing these games. Since Convention City has already been spoken for, I would have to say:

Hot For Paris (1929)

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Unread post by Harold Aherne » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:14 pm

There are far, far too many desirable lost silents for me to attempt this question in that forum, but with talkies the choices are a bit more focused, even if choosing one is still pretty hard.

OK, with apologies to Fanny Foley Herself, Charlie Chan Carries On, and My Man, I'll go with...

Gold Diggers of Broadway--all of it, and with all of its colour intact. From just the fragments, I think this would be a truly enjoyable jewel.

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Unread post by greta de groat » Fri Apr 30, 2010 12:27 pm

Self Defense (1933) or Women Go On Forever (1931)
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Unread post by elalamo » Fri Apr 30, 2010 1:17 pm

I'd also have to go with "Convention City."
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Unread post by N_Phay » Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:21 pm

"Gold Diggers of Broadway", based on the surviving extracts, which I think are fantastic. I can just about concieve of a copy showing up somewhere, as it seems to have been a very poular film in its day?

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Re: Your "Holy Grail" of Talkies

Unread post by Shaynes3 » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:22 pm

I'd like to see the 1933 RKO Monkey's Paw. It my not be great, but there was some really good stuff coming out of the studio at that time and I love to original story.

As far as I know it's still MIA.

(On a double bill with Convention City would be good... :D)
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Unread post by bobfells » Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:02 pm

THE MAN FROM BLANKLEY'S (1930) Warner Bros. John Barrymore's first sound comedy.

And any of Rin Tin Tin's Warners' talkies - all seem to be lost.
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Unread post by CoffeeDan » Sat May 01, 2010 6:13 am

According to a reviewer on IMDb, a private collector has a print of THE MAN FROM BLANKLEY'S without the Vitaphone discs, and another collector has the discs without the print. Can some enterprising archivist bring them together, pretty please? I'd LOVE to see this movie!

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Unread post by drednm » Sat May 01, 2010 7:32 am

=I'd love to see John Gilbert's His Glorious Night...
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Unread post by colbyco82 » Sat May 01, 2010 9:02 am

The Cat Creeps (1930)

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Unread post by Hal Erickson » Sat May 01, 2010 12:35 pm

I would have said the 1929 NOTIHNG BUT THE TRUTH...until I finally saw it.

ROGUE SONG of course, and the 1930 HIT THE DECK.

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Unread post by myrnaloyisdope » Sat May 01, 2010 2:30 pm

Bride of the Regiment is my non-Convention City choice.

Under A Texas Moon (Myrna in Technicolor) and Big Time (Mae Clarke's debut) are my choices for existing films that are tough to find.

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Unread post by Einar the Lonely » Sat May 01, 2010 4:33 pm

The original version of WALKING DOWN BROADWAY (1932).
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Unread post by R Michael Pyle » Sun May 02, 2010 6:04 am

Tough to find:

How about

"A Devil with Women" (1930) and "Body and Soul" (1931), both early Humphrey Bogart. I've got every other film the guy made, but I've looked for forty years for these two. Any suggestions from anybody?...

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Unread post by Einar the Lonely » Sun May 02, 2010 8:20 am

As far as I know it's still MIA.
I am eager to see THE MONKEY'S PAW as well... what does "MIA" mean?
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Unread post by boblipton » Sun May 02, 2010 8:25 am

MIA is "Missing In Action" referring to soldiers who are not returned from the battlefield but have not been declared dead.

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Unread post by Brianruns10 » Sun May 02, 2010 1:05 pm

I'd give anything for "On With the Show," in its original color form. Being the first all talking, a color picture, it really should be more of a landmark film than it is. Not to mention, that fantastic unbroken tracking shot at the beginning refutes the idea that the advent of sound set back innovative cinematography...

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Unread post by silentfilm » Sun May 02, 2010 1:55 pm

Here's some surviving footage from The Rogue Song (1930)...


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Unread post by dr.giraud » Mon May 03, 2010 2:29 pm

Judging from the stills, I'd like to see First National's NO NO NANETTE.
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Unread post by Scoundrel » Mon May 03, 2010 7:57 pm

THE TERROR ( 1928 )
THE MONKEYS PAW
CONVENTION CITY
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Unread post by radiotelefonia » Mon May 03, 2010 8:40 pm

WU LI CHANG (1931)

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Unread post by drednm » Tue May 04, 2010 7:46 am

how about Richard Barthelmess' Oscar nod for The Noose ??
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Unread post by BixB » Tue May 04, 2010 8:30 am

Lot's of choice titles already mentioned but I'd like to add among the extant that are almost impossible to see-

VIENNESE NIGHTS
THE VAGABOND KING (1929)

Lost-

The complete PARAMOUNT ON PARADE with all the Technicolor. In it's original state I think it would be considered THE best of all the early revues. "Sweepin' The Clouds Away" must have been a feast for the eyes in color.
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Unread post by Ray Faiola » Tue May 04, 2010 9:52 am

Definitely THE MONKEY'S PAW.
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Unread post by Richard M Roberts » Tue May 04, 2010 10:32 am

BixB wrote:Lot's of choice titles already mentioned but I'd like to add among the extant that are almost impossible to see-

VIENNESE NIGHTS
THE VAGABOND KING (1929)

Lost-

The complete PARAMOUNT ON PARADE with all the Technicolor. In it's original state I think it would be considered THE best of all the early revues. "Sweepin' The Clouds Away" must have been a feast for the eyes in color.
I think however it's sliced, PARAMOUNT ON PARADE is the best of the early revues.

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Unread post by Dan Oliver » Tue May 04, 2010 1:22 pm

Any of the 4 lost Chan films.
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Unread post by BixB » Tue May 04, 2010 2:16 pm

MY MAN
HONKY TONK ('29)
IS EVERYBODY HAPPY? ('29)
FOX MOVIETONE FOLLIES OF 1929
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