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by Richard M Roberts
Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:29 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: Vaudeville resources?
Replies: 27
Views: 7385

Re: Vaudeville resources?

From the Piqua Leader-Dispatch, 02/07/1914 http://i524.photobucket.com/albums/cc328/PatheLehrman1950/SwainsRatsandCats.jpg Which brings to mind two things: Was Mack Swain related to the Swain of Swain's Rats and Cats? And the old Brother Theodore quote:"You know you can train a rat? You can sp...
by Richard M Roberts
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:30 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: _City Lights_ and Panchromatic film
Replies: 1
Views: 1198

Re: _City Lights_ and Panchromatic film

So what's the deal with the poor contrast of this film? I know this was CC's first picture that was shot in the new Pan film. Every print I have ever seen is dark, and has very muddy blacks, and I was always disappointed that this film never looked as good to me as The Gold Rush or The Circus . The...
by Richard M Roberts
Wed Jun 17, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Hallroom Boys in "Conjuror James"
Replies: 26
Views: 7265

Re: Hallroom Boys in "Conjuror James"

Oh and Brent could I get some jpegs of your Stars & stripes images as I am really trying to put all of these Hallroom Boys in some sort of accurate list since I have lots of them......Speaking of Sid Smith is anyone familiar with the title in the final image? One Spooky Knight ? its a 2 reeler ...
by Richard M Roberts
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:07 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Correcting Yair Solan on FRESH LOBSTER
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Correcting Yair Solan on FRESH LOBSTER

Hey Yair, I saw over on that other silent comedians forum that you posted some info on FRESH LOBSTER from the Silent Era site. I hate to say it is incorrect as well. FRESH LOBSTER is sort of an mystery film that may have never had a theatrical release, but it was definitely not made in 1928, nor in ...
by Richard M Roberts
Sun Jun 14, 2009 2:34 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Charley Bower's collaborator
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

Re: Charley Bower's collaborator

Fair enough, Godfather. It certainly wasn’t my contention that Bowers was some kind of solitary genius who only needed Muller to thread the camera! But I think it goes too far in the other direction to describe Bowers’ background as “only in drawing and animation” while Muller was the “total techni...
by Richard M Roberts
Sat Jun 13, 2009 5:24 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Charley Bower's collaborator
Replies: 7
Views: 2904

Re: Charley Bower's collaborator

Interesting that Muller had no background as an animator - which raises the question about the division of labor on the Bowers films. Could one assume that Muller was responsible simply for the live-action components of the films, while Bowers handled the stop-motion sequences? (Perhaps not; after ...
by Richard M Roberts
Fri Jun 12, 2009 6:54 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "In the Movies" (1922)
Replies: 2
Views: 1410

Re: "In the Movies" (1922)

Does anyone know if Snub Pollard's "In the Movies" (1922, dir: Charles Parrott) survives? (And, if so, where it is available?) Thanks - Yair There's a lovely 35mm print at LOC, and there are several 16mm prints in private collections, apart from it's appearing as the opening sequence in R...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Hallroom Boys in "Conjuror James"
Replies: 26
Views: 7265

Re: Hallroom Boys in "Conjuror James"

"Conjuror James" - That's the title on a Pathescope print. Film takes place in the Casino Theatre in Little Puddleton, where the boys are part of the Trimble Tourers. The show consists of some magic tricks, followed by some trick shooting, and culminating in a melodramatic piece that take...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:09 pm
Forum: SCM 101
Topic: Why are Keaton, Lloyd and Chaplin the "Big Three?"
Replies: 14
Views: 8190

Re: Why are Keaton, Lloyd and Chaplin the "Big Three?"

Why do you care? Why am I bothering to answer? RICHARD M ROBERTS (yeah, i know we're supposed to be nice to newbies here on the Bunny Slope, but Pearson ain't a newbie) Because ZERO posts implies the newbie is all alone in the forest. Weren't you paying attention? DBP[/quote] Like this conversation...
by Richard M Roberts
Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:39 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Roscoe Arbuckle talkie shorts
Replies: 2
Views: 1627

Re: Roscoe Arbuckle talkie shorts

Hi I was wondering if anybody knows where I can watch or be able to buy Arbuckle's talkie shorts he made at Warner Bros.--mainy watch online. Thanks. Sara Unfortunately, the Arbuckle talkie shorts are still the property of Warner Bros, and they are not currently available on DVD. BUZZIN AROUND was ...

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