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by Ed Watz
Sat Jul 02, 2022 10:26 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: I'M A CIVILIAN HERE MYSELF (1945) Robert Benchley
Replies: 0
Views: 362

I'M A CIVILIAN HERE MYSELF (1945) Robert Benchley

I'M A CIVILIAN HERE MYSELF (1945), produced by the U.S. Navy shortly after V-J Day and starring Robert Benchley in his final short subject for use in Navy separation centers. In her autobiography Eve Arden recalled her friend Benchley sending her a portrait of himself dressed as an Admiral for this ...
by Ed Watz
Thu Jun 09, 2022 4:33 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Billy Bevan - Kickstarter
Replies: 5
Views: 3341

Re: Billy Bevan - Kickstarter

Dave, I received my Billy Bevan set the other day and already watched it twice. It's a magnificent labor of love, all the more precious when one realizes how much work went into piecing together what others had cut apart and repackaged. Thanks to you and Dave Wyatt, and all those historians, collect...
by Ed Watz
Thu Jun 09, 2022 10:03 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Coming in October..........
Replies: 6
Views: 1799

Re: Coming in October..........

Richard -- receiving this wonderful news reminded me of a few words from Alastair Sim:

https://youtu.be/5MzMqrq0fZs

All I can say is -- THANK YOU! (and thanks to Kit Parker, too!)

Ed
by Ed Watz
Fri May 20, 2022 3:57 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: FAT WIVES FOR THIN (1930 Sennett)
Replies: 2
Views: 1016

Re: FAT WIVES FOR THIN (1930 Sennett)

Marjorie Beebe has quickly become my favorite unsung comedian from Sennett's early talkies. As good as she is in the later Paramounts, these early Educational talkies are a revelation.
by Ed Watz
Thu May 19, 2022 10:27 am
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis
Replies: 10
Views: 4628

Re: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis

May 17, 2022 From The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: At 810 pages, 'Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life' is a commitment worth making by Carol O'Sullivan You might wonder why, in the age of TikTok, anybody would be interested in reading about a silent film star born during the Gilded Age. But the story of a...
by Ed Watz
Fri Apr 29, 2022 2:28 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Two Ben Turpin First Reels
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Re: Two Ben Turpin First Reels

As it says, here's the first reel of Ben's Vogue comedy CAUGHT IN THE END (1917): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXRkfe5Cd4o&t=129s And here's the first reel of Ben's Mack Sennett comedy ROMEO AND JULIET (1924): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKaxeo32qRI&t=9s RICHARD M ROBERTS An abridged...
by Ed Watz
Tue Apr 26, 2022 12:49 pm
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: NYC March 9 - Rizzoli Bookstore - Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life by James Curtis
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Views: 1331

Re: NYC March 9 - Rizzoli Bookstore - Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life by James Curtis

For Mafiosi located in proximity to The Big Apple: Rizzoli Bookstore upcoming free event: Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life by James Curtis in conversation with Bruce Goldstein WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9 AT 6 PM Join acclaimed cultural and film historian James Curtis for a conversation with Bruce Goldstein...
by Ed Watz
Mon Apr 25, 2022 4:07 am
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis
Replies: 10
Views: 4628

Re: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis

Here's a wonderful article excerpt from The Orange County Register on James Curtis' Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life. As I've mentioned previously, it is a magnificent book, easily the best book on the life of Buster Keaton, and one of the very best biographies of all time: Buster Keaton’s life, fr...
by Ed Watz
Tue Apr 19, 2022 4:33 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A BLONDE'S REVENGE (1926) Ben Turpin
Replies: 2
Views: 828

Re: A BLONDE'S REVENGE (1926) Ben Turpin

So much for Bill Everson's assertion that Mack Sennett didn't change with the times. An excellent comedy in every way as you pointed out, Richard. It's strange how this top Sennett short remained obscure in the days of home movie collecting, even though Robert Youngson used frame enlargements from t...
by Ed Watz
Wed Apr 13, 2022 2:17 pm
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis
Replies: 10
Views: 4628

Re: "Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker's Life" by James Curtis

Leonard Maltin may not be writing the last review we'll see on this remarkably fine book, but his review below IS The Last Word: BUSTER KEATON: A FILMMAKER'S LIFE by James Curtis : "At more than 600 pages, this is not the kind of book one takes up casually. I cleared time on my calendar to read...