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by John Bengtson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chaplin - Pavlova - Lois Weber - a lost Hollywood castle
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Views: 1200

Chaplin - Pavlova - Lois Weber - a lost Hollywood castle

Chaplin's Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) and the Lois Weber historical epic The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), starring Anna Pavlova in her only film role, both share scenes filmed at an early Hollywood landmark - the Castle Sans Souci mansion. The owner's prior castle mansion was later purchased b...
by John Bengtson
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg
Replies: 4
Views: 2537

Re: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg

My sense is Lloyd used the setting first, as Strother climbed the 12-story International Bank Building for Safety Last! on September 17, 1922, and thus likely climbed the Dresden much earlier that summer. The Hall Room Boys released 16 shorts in 1922, every 3-4 weeks, with High Flyers debuting on De...
by John Bengtson
Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:51 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg
Replies: 4
Views: 2537

Re: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg

The building stunt scenes were filmed above the Hill Street Tunnel (see URL below), but remarkably the scene where they start climbing the building from street level, at 9:48, is the Dresden Apartment, the very same building, same camera angles, appearing early in Safety Last! , when Harold's friend...
by John Bengtson
Sun May 21, 2017 8:19 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The FIAF tour - 25 silent movies in one Hollywood block
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Views: 1448

The FIAF tour - 25 silent movies in one Hollywood block

Last month I gave a series of Hollywood walking tours for members of FIAF, the International Federation of Film Archives, which held their annual congress this year in Hollywood as guests of the Motion Picture Academy and UCLA. Here is a page from the brochure I prepared for FIAF and the Film Librar...
by John Bengtson
Mon May 08, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton - the geography of one gag - The Goat
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Views: 1134

Keaton - the geography of one gag - The Goat

This post shows how Buster stitched together seven scenes, all filmed closed to his studio home, to create one gag for The Goat (1921). The Bell & Howell building at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Lillian Way (2, 4, 6 below) still stands, a block north of his former studio site. https://sil...
by John Bengtson
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Steve McQueen's Bullitt
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Views: 1208

Keaton and Steve McQueen's Bullitt

Buster Keaton crossed paths with Orson Welles in Venice, California ( The High Sign and Touch of Evil ), and with Alfred Hitchcock in San Francisco ( Day Dreams and Vertigo ). But Keaton also crossed paths with ‘King of Cool’ actor Steve McQueen filming stunts in the City by the Bay. https://silentl...
by John Bengtson
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Orson Welles
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Views: 1025

Keaton and Orson Welles

Orson Welles greatly admired Keaton - I doubt they realized they each filmed at the same spot in Venice, California. The High Sign and Touch of Evil . https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/high-sign-touch-of-evil-pan.jpg Read more here https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/k...
by John Bengtson
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Hitchcock cross paths in VERTIGO
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Views: 1202

Keaton and Hitchcock cross paths in VERTIGO

Filmed on location in San Francisco, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo (1958) provides tantalizing mid-century glimpses of the City in sparkling VistaVision color. Remarkably, when Scottie (James Stewart) traces Madeleine (Kim Novak) by car back to his own apartment, they cross paths twice with...
by John Bengtson
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A peek over the Metro backlot fence - Cops and Go West
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Views: 1187

A peek over the Metro backlot fence - Cops and Go West

In this rather unremarkable photo of the recently completed addition to the Vine Street Elementary School in Hollywood you can see something quite remarkable over the fence - a view of the Metro backlot where Buster Keaton filmed scenes from Cops and Go West https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.c...