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by Ed Watz
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:58 am
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: FRANKLY: UNMASKING FRANK CAPRA by Joseph McBride
Replies: 2
Views: 234

Re: FRANKLY: UNMASKING FRANK CAPRA by Joseph McBride

The fact that McBride had to self-publish this through Vervante, suggests the mainstream publishing/academic press wagons are still circled. That might very well be the case, Rob. I can add that Amazon blocked this book to overseas customers -- even though they ship every other Vervante book throug...
by Ed Watz
Wed Apr 17, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

A screenshot from Cohen Media's "extra" feature - discussing their restoration of SEVEN CHANCES' color prologue: CM Technicolor prologue.jpg Here's a link to the site offering additional comparison images between the Kino and Cohen restorations of SEVEN CHANCES: http://www.dvdclassik.com/t...
by Ed Watz
Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:41 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Re: Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES
Replies: 1
Views: 179

Caveat emptor: Cohen Media's SEVEN CHANCES

Cohen Media's BluRay restoration of SEVEN CHANCES was released in France recently with little fanfare. If you have Kino's 2011 BluRay with Eric Grayson's restoration of the Technicolor prologue, you may want to see what Cohen Media released as an alternative. Kino Lorber: KL.jpg Cohen Media: CM.jpg ...
by Ed Watz
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 3461

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

Whatever Babe was telling the restauranteur as quoted in PRATFALL! -- about the team not speaking to each other in 1944 -- this interview makes it clear that they were fast friends again during their 1947 tour. Babe's compliment to Stan that "you've taught me everything you know about comedy&qu...
by Ed Watz
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:08 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 3461

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

It's strange that a documented real-life quarrel between Laurel & Hardy is usually overlooked by true L&H aficionados but STAN AND OLLIE made no qualms about fabricating a fake rift between The Boys. In an old issue of PRATFALL! (circa 1970) there's an article titled "Babe's Night Out,&...
by Ed Watz
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 3461

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

Richard, I believe you've just given the best analysis of what is wrong with STAN AND OLLIE, to which I'll add a brief anecdote: My teenage son was switching channels last night and came upon an extended trailer for STAN AND OLLIE, already in progress. He's a true fan, naturally, but when it was ove...
by Ed Watz
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Eddie Cline an alcoholic?
Replies: 2
Views: 781

Re: Eddie Cline an alcoholic?

Eddie Cline had a gambling addiction, but I never heard that he was an alcoholic. Edward Bernds told me that by the late 1950s Cline was so broke that he sold his car to pay off gambling debts.
by Ed Watz
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:36 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: ARTE: Reel 2 THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY online
Replies: 2
Views: 958

Re: ARTE: Reel 2 THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY online

Sorry to hear that you cannot access BATTLE from the States. But I have received thank-you emails from friends in the US who have watched the link. Based on what you say, I presume some US viewers are using a VPN service or web proxy that hides your location. I'm not endorsing any of these services ...
by Ed Watz
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:29 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: ARTE: Reel 2 THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY online
Replies: 2
Views: 958

ARTE: Reel 2 THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY online

My friend Richard Siedhoff advised me that the ARTE channel has a link to Filmmuseum München's reconstruction of THE BATTLE OF THE CENTURY, which includes the entire reel two pie fight. The film won't be online for long so if you haven't seen it yet and can't wait for the DVD release, you'd better c...
by Ed Watz
Mon Dec 31, 2018 4:21 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Leonard Maltin on STAN AND OLLIE
Replies: 1
Views: 980

Re: Leonard Maltin on STAN AND OLLIE

Last week TIME magazine published an article about the film without actually critiquing it. The headline calls it "The Not-So-Funny True Comedy Story Behind the Movie Stan & Ollie." The film itself is described as "a fictionalized take on the comedians’ British tour in 1953 and 19...