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by Richard M Roberts
Thu Aug 06, 2009 1:37 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Why the Decrease in Film Quality When Sound Came In?
Replies: 6
Views: 2946

Re: Why the Decrease in Film Quality When Sound Came In?

Watching Speedy and Welcome Danger back to back on TCM was a perfect illustration of this. Speedy looked like it was shot yesterday. Crystal sharp, with rock steady registration and perfect exposure. Then Welcome Danger came on: soft, grainy and flickering exposure. Both were presumably shot on pan...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:27 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Neighborhood House
Replies: 4
Views: 2697

Re: Neighborhood House

The reason for the cutting of NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE (which was it's only title either in previews as a feature or it's release as a short, the title BANK NIGHT was only a working title that was quickly scrapped) was actually very simple, MGM wouldn't release it as a feature. Louis B. Mayer had absolute...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 02, 2009 1:11 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster's AIP films
Replies: 2
Views: 1498

Re: Buster's AIP films

Anyone out there know when Buster's four AIP films were shot? The first (Pajama Party) was released in late 1964, the other three in mid '65. I'm not entirely sure how AIP's production schedule worked vs. their release schedule (were they shot in clusters and release over time?), so any insights wo...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jul 27, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: SCM Downloads
Topic: Here's the BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE booklet
Replies: 7
Views: 13307

Here's the BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE booklet

Hey Gang!

Here's a Silent Comedy 12345 exclusive!

Click on the link and you'll get a downloadable and printable copy of the booklet for AllDay Entertainment/VCI DVD release BECOMING CHARLEY CHASE

http://www.alldayentertainment.com/BCCbooklet.pdf

Enjoy!

RICHARD M ROBERTS
by Richard M Roberts
Tue Jul 21, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Becoming Mr. Laurel
Replies: 25
Views: 9737

Re: Becoming Mr. Laurel

that particular film makes me sad beyond belief and quite depressed to the point that I am only able to revisit it every 20 years or so. Hey Gary, don't be hatin' on ATOLL K... when's your next visit due? ;) Below is a snippet of interview between Laurel and a French interviewer for L'Ecran Francai...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:35 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Becoming Mr. Laurel
Replies: 25
Views: 9737

Re: Becoming Mr. Laurel

Unlike the majority of you folks on this site I am not a researcher. I can only observe everything I watch and try to put it all in some reasonable sense of history. Thanks for confirming the 'Karno training' aspect, Richard. I don't like making blanket statements about things that I feel are right...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jul 20, 2009 4:05 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Becoming Mr. Laurel
Replies: 25
Views: 9737

Re: Becoming Mr. Laurel

Nice essay Gary, thanks for posting it, and a couple of comments. Since the semi-mystery Stan Laurel short MIXED NUTS may indeed (and I, Rob Stone, and a few others think it is) be at least partially made up of Laurel's first film NUTS IN MAY, we can actually see what his first appearance on film lo...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:40 pm
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: OT: If You Ever Attended a Slapsticon in Arlington VA
Replies: 7
Views: 3614

Re: OT: If You Ever Attended a Slapsticon in Arlington VA

Thanks Rob, I needed to watch that video again today. I took a temp job that required WAY more hours than a mother of 4 with a hubby who is never home and frequently out of town on business shoudl have taken. I kept my girls in a dance class 50 miles away, was in the band for their school play, and...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:57 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Time to think of Slapsticon 2010
Replies: 1
Views: 1366

Time to think of Slapsticon 2010

Hey Folks, Do you realize this weekend would have been the weekend that we'd have had Slapsticon 2009? Well, just to get you gearing up for next year, here's the dates for Slapsticon 2010, they're official: July 15-18, 2010. Thursday through Sunday. The Spectrum Theater, Arlington, Virginia. Mark th...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Jul 18, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "Boom in the Moon" soundtrack
Replies: 11
Views: 4624

Re: "Boom in the Moon" soundtrack

I wouldn't say that necessarily, I like JITTERBUGS, THE BIG NOISE and THE BULLFIGHTERS as well. I would! :) If Stan and Babe looked healthier, even as well as they look in the 1947 newsreel footage, and performed the material in ATOLL's first 40 minutes with the same enthusiasm they manage to bring...