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by John Bengtson
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Early Chaplin Views of the Selig Studio
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Views: 404

Early Chaplin Views of the Selig Studio

Charlie Chaplin filmed some of the earliest scenes of his career beside the Selig Polyscope Studio, the first permanent studio in Los Angeles. Built in 1909 it stood just two blocks north of the Keystone Studio. The studio appears several times during Tillie's Punctured Romance . https://silentlocat...
by John Bengtson
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: So much LA history - Pickford's Daddy Long Legs Part 2
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Views: 844

So much LA history - Pickford's Daddy Long Legs Part 2

100 years later, beautiful mansions and rock pools survive, sunken gardens and train depots do not. There is so much LA history in part two of Mary Pickford’s Daddy Long Legs (1919). https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ddl-shots_page_1.jpg https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/...
by John Bengtson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Lois Weber's Suspense in early Beverly Hills
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Views: 896

Lois Weber's Suspense in early Beverly Hills

Lois Weber staged the climax to her 1913 home invasion thriller Suspense in “rural” Beverly Hills near Doheny and Sunset, where Charlie Chaplin later dressed as a tree for Shoulder Arms (1918), and Buster Keaton filmed two newly recovered scenes from The Blacksmith (1922). Weber also filmed Lost By ...
by John Bengtson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chico, Harpo, and Cagney at the Brunswig Mansion
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Views: 1288

Chico, Harpo, and Cagney at the Brunswig Mansion

Imagine the star power – in 1931 Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and James Cagney all once stood on the former Brunswig Mansion front steps, 3528 West Adams, filming Monkey Business and Blonde Crazy . Read more below https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/harpo-chico-and-cagney.jpg https://sile...
by John Bengtson
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Harry Houdini Solves Earliest Chaplin Filming Location
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Harry Houdini Solves Earliest Chaplin Filming Location

Clues from Harry Houdini helped to solve the downtown locations where Chaplin filmed his very first movie. Read more - https://silentlocations.com/2019/09/12/harry-houdini-solves-a-charlie-chaplin-mystery/ https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/clues-from-harry-houdini-helped-to-solve-t...
by John Bengtson
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Nearly Last Safety Last! Joke
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Views: 1409

The Nearly Last Safety Last! Joke

Harold Lloyd employed 17 downtown buildings for his “thrill” stunt climbing movies – 14 survive. The final discovery, the concluding joke of Safety Last! with Noah Young still chasing after Bill Strother, was filmed looking down at them along 2nd and Main from the extant 10-story Higgins Building. h...
by John Bengtson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Lois Weber early Hollywood views
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Views: 1730

Lois Weber early Hollywood views

Lois Weber‘s innovative and aptly titled home invasion thriller Suspense (1913) provides remarkable views of early Hollywood at the dawn of the movie industry. A young mother, home alone (also portrayed by Ms. Weber) telephones her husband working late that a tramp is breaking into their home. When ...
by John Bengtson
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Kid Brother - Close to Home at the Lasky Ranch
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Views: 1423

The Kid Brother - Close to Home at the Lasky Ranch

The Criterion Collection release of Harold Lloyd's masterpiece The Kid Brother https://www.criterion.com/films/28499-the-kid-brother is loaded with special interviews, two rare shorts, and my visual essay Close to Home describing where and how the movie was staged, primarily at the Lasky Ranch. http...
by John Bengtson
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Mary Pickford's Daddy-Long-Legs Part One
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Views: 1588

Mary Pickford's Daddy-Long-Legs Part One

The former Occidental College Hall of Letters has an incredible story. Abandoned in 1914, the Hall once appeared with Presidents Taft and Roosevelt, and later in Mary Pickford’s Daddy Long Legs (1919) and in Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921). Mary filmed orphanage exteriors on all sides of the buildi...
by John Bengtson
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Sherlock Schindler
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Views: 1544

Keaton's Sherlock Schindler

Buster Keaton’s wild motorcycle ride in Sherlock Jr. passes by the architecturally significant Schindler House still standing on Kings Road in Los Angeles. Read more here - https://silentlocations.com/2019/08/20/buster-keatons-sherlock-schindler/ https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/s...