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by Rob Farr
Thu Jan 06, 2022 11:45 am
Forum: THE PASSING PARADE
Topic: Betty White RIP
Replies: 2
Views: 381

Re: Betty White RIP

Betty White's connection to Buster Keaton reminds me that we lost the last living (screen) link to W.C. Fields earlier this year. Jane Powell passed on Sept. 16 at 92. Baby LeRoy, Gloria Jean, and Butch and Buddy are all gone.
by Rob Farr
Tue Dec 28, 2021 10:46 am
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Nonsense: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Replies: 3
Views: 829

Re: Nitrateville Nonsense: THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

This essay is a great Christmas gift Richard. Along the lines of pointless reconstructions, the project to map all surviving prints of Shoulder Arms seems particularly meaningless since no one is proposing or funding a restoration of any kind. I grant anyone their right to go down a rabbit hole for ...
by Rob Farr
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THREE HOLLYWOOD GIRLS (1931) directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

Re: THREE HOLLYWOOD GIRLS (1931) directed by Roscoe Arbuckle

Just thought it was rather a dark take perhaps informed by Arbuckle's own view of Hollywood.
by Rob Farr
Fri Dec 03, 2021 10:11 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THREE HOLLYWOOD GIRLS (1931) directed by Roscoe Arbuckle
Replies: 4
Views: 1063

Re: THREE HOLLYWOOD GIRLS (1931) directed by Roscoe Arbuckle

In all of Arbuckle's Hollywood Girls comedies, Hollywood is portrayed as a hellhole from which the denizens on the fringes are desperate to escape.
by Rob Farr
Thu Nov 18, 2021 11:52 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: What Actually Happened between Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, and Mae Busch
Replies: 12
Views: 2682

Re: What Actually Happened between Mack Sennett, Mabel Normand, and Mae Busch

Wow. It’s amazing that Mabel would agree to appear in ANY Sennett film after that. Why make money for the louse, even if Mabel’s features were filmed away from Sennett’s hands-on involvement? Popular myth always put the blame on Mae Busch. Looks like she got the raw end of the deal.
by Rob Farr
Thu Oct 28, 2021 1:31 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: OFF HIS BASE (1932) Directed by James Gleason
Replies: 0
Views: 2292

OFF HIS BASE (1932) Directed by James Gleason

Well, here's something unusual. An Educational two-reeler directed and starring James Gleason with support by Gleason's family, Eugene Pallette, Eddie Dunn, Peggy Montgomery (no longer a Baby) and Jim Thorpe. https://youtu.be/OQqU_aJf5W8
by Rob Farr
Tue Oct 12, 2021 10:29 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: MIDNIGHT MELODIES with Jack Gilford (1936)
Replies: 3
Views: 1855

MIDNIGHT MELODIES with Jack Gilford (1936)

In this Paramount one-reeler, Jack Gilford does several impressions including Harry Langdon. A bold artistic choice to make in 1936. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFmXu6JM96A
by Rob Farr
Thu Sep 09, 2021 9:05 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Trailer for THE CAT'S PAW (1934)
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

Re: Trailer for THE CAT'S PAW (1934)

This trailer didn't do Lloyd any favors. In every shot, he is completely inert except for his prissy half-smile. The trailer's not-so-subtle message is, "yes, its Harold Lloyd, but LOOK AT THE GREAT SUPPORTING CAST!!!"
by Rob Farr
Sat Sep 04, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Trailer for THE CAT'S PAW (1934)
Replies: 3
Views: 1900

Trailer for THE CAT'S PAW (1934)

From the Chelsea Rialto Studios, which always comes up with rare stuff, here's the original release trailer for Harold Lloyd's The Cat's Paw. I don't know whether it was originally released in an amber tint, or if this is just an artifact of the transfer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhLQGzenkcQ
by Rob Farr
Sat Aug 07, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Danish Remake of Edison's THE KISS (1896)
Replies: 3
Views: 1996

Re: Danish Remake of Edison's THE KISS (1896)

Crosses the fine line between kissing and cannibalism.