Frame Grabs from Lost Films

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Frame Grabs from Lost Films

Postby Rob Farr » Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:22 pm

Lots of talk on the monster forums about the frames from lost Lon Chaney films, supposedly from a film archive in the Canary Islands.

Of more interest are these Laurel & Hardy frames. You'll have to scroll down, but there are a couple of frames from Battle of the Century and one from The Rogue Song. Do these derive from footage known to exist?

The Lon Chaney frame grabs are here, from London After Midnight, Thunder and The Big City no less.
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Re: Frame Grabs from Lost Films

Postby Richard M Roberts » Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:44 pm

Rob Farr wrote:Lots of talk on the monster forums about the frames from lost Lon Chaney films, supposedly from a film archive in the Canary Islands.

Of more interest are these Laurel & Hardy frames. You'll have to scroll down, but there are a couple of frames from Battle of the Century and one from The Rogue Song. Do these derive from footage known to exist?

The Lon Chaney frame grabs are here, from London After Midnight, Thunder and The Big City no less.



Yes, I saw these, but there still seems to be some question as to what this archive actually has, and they are not being too specific. It appears to be just single frames, but now they are giving us title cards. If they claim film prints, I want to see consecutive frames together.

Hey, maybe the guy on Nitratevile who posted that he wants to find a "lost" film and thinks the best place to find them is on the internet can catch a plane to the Canary Islands!

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Re: Frame Grabs from Lost Films

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:36 pm

Fascinating, Rob. The frame is NOT from the known surviving footage of THE ROGUE SONG.

Image

At present there are only two surviving Laurel and Hardy sequences:

The storm / cave scene, which was located in 1981, and a gag wherein Stan has swallowed a bee,
which hails from a "35mm cemented 2-color Technicolor nitrate workprint" trailer restored by UCLA.

If there were more than single frames, this would be a significant discovery.

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Re: Frame Grabs from Lost Films

Postby Paul E. Gierucki » Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:00 pm

But there are not. According to Jack Theakston:

"The images posted by Filmoteca Canaria are from single frames, an album of which was donated to the archive in 1995."

Single frames, no nothing more. Tantalizing, tho.


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