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by Richard M Roberts
Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:12 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Mack Sennett & Education Pictures ...
Replies: 8
Views: 3608

Re: Mack Sennett & Education Pictures ...

Well, apparently neither I nor Brent Walker has MATCH PLAY, and the Zouary Collection at LOC comes up negative as well. Odd, as this is a regular Sennett Andy Clyde talkie and most of the others exist in one form or another, it's not one of the Sennettcolor shorts or anything else to make it a rarit...
by Richard M Roberts
Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:55 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Mack Sennett & Education Pictures ...
Replies: 8
Views: 3608

Re: Mack Sennett & Education Pictures ...

Hi All! I've been lurking here for a while now, and haven't ventured into introductions as, quite frankly, I'm a wee bit intimidated by the wealth of knowledge everyone seems to possess! I'm currently working on a project with a partner of mine and am hoping someone out there can help as I’ve rathe...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Stepping on the Gas (1920)
Replies: 7
Views: 2488

Re: Stepping on the Gas (1920)

The, or a, series name for these films was THE FORTUNE HUNTERS. I think there were at least 12 titles in the series (very much like several Witwer / FBO series). Sam Efrus, who was also making LIGHTNIN' THE POLICE DOG features as a low-rent Rin-Tin-Tin at about the same time, was responsible. Isn't...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Sep 05, 2009 4:24 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Bill Frisell
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: Bill Frisell

Yes, but does the music "approximate the sad stillness blowing through the corridors of Keaton’s mind"? Not really, no, not that there is actually any "sad stillness" in one of the most busy and creative comic minds that has ever lived. However,they convey extremely well a very ...
by Richard M Roberts
Fri Sep 04, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Bill Frisell
Replies: 9
Views: 2960

Re: Bill Frisell

Guitarist Bill Frisell has released his scores for GO WEST, THE HIGH SIGN and ONE WEEK on a new DVD. Here is a review (likes the films, not the score): http://www.popmatters.com/pm/column/93785-buster-keaton-the-sound-of-his-obsession/ Anyone have any comments on Frisell's efforts? Yes, they suck. ...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:04 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Johnny Salvo
Replies: 11
Views: 3613

Re: Johnny Salvo

Thanks for the imput -- and the welcome. Do any of Savo's Fox shorts survive? And was he always directed (in the early 1920s) to imitate Keaton? IMDB has two of his Foxes posted - both directed by Slim Summerville. (SAY IT WITH FLOWERS was also a Fox.) His films don't seem to have been promoted by ...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 30, 2009 10:20 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: So........would anybody be interested.....
Replies: 13
Views: 7610

Re: So........would anybody be interested.....

in reading a full length bio on El Brendel?? I am at a quandary in my research and wondering "what's it all for???" so should I continue towards a book or just keep it a fun thing? It would be on my stack of books just below the Ben Blue and Elsie Ames bios, which would be guaranteed to h...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:39 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Johnny Salvo
Replies: 11
Views: 3613

Re: Johnny Salvo

Hi – long time reader, first time poster. Does anyone have a line on this individual? Here’s an Exhibitors Herald review of SAY IT WITH FLOWERS: The first reel of this comedy has nothing to do with flowers. It does take a lot of the stunts used by Buster Keaton, the elevator stuff, the sad face, lo...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 30, 2009 2:45 am
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: MPW review of Larry Semon's THE BAKERY (1921)
Replies: 3
Views: 2128

Re: MPW review of Larry Semon's THE BAKERY (1921)

Is there ever a rhyme or reason for pie throwing antics? I would submit there is but who knew PETA was writing film reviews back in 1921. Gary J. Well, the monkey scene is a bit disconcerting, because the animal does indeed look uncomfortable. And of course the rhyme and reason for pie-throwing is ...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Aug 23, 2009 3:45 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Dr Vermin Strikes Again!
Replies: 2
Views: 1486

Dr Vermin Strikes Again!

Several years ago, on the good old alt.movies.silent newsgroup(back when it was still the “good old alt.movies.silent newsgroup”), I posted a piece on the most disgusting silent film comedy team of all time, Maggott and Pustule, and their Producer, Dr Henry Vermin, ne’ Dr. Heinrich Vehrmann, which t...

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