Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
It’s been over a week with no update so here we go! I returned yesterday from Syracuse, New York where I attended my 7th Cinefest film festival. Cinefest may be the BEST classic film festival in the United States for silent and early sound film with a distinct emphasis on rarity. And, oh my, there were TONS of rare films this past weekend including 1929’s “The Desert Song” and the remains of 1929’s “Shopworn Angel” with Gary Cooper.
My favorite’s movies out of the four days were:
“A Bundle of Blues” (1933) with Duke Ellington and his Orchestra featuring a nice rendition of “Stormy Weather” by Ivie Anderson and some amazing dancing by Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill during the jumping “Rocking in Rhythm”.
“Less Than The Dust” (1916) an early Mary Pickford silent with the country of India being the setting. Mary plays the adopted child of and Indian sword maker who does not know she is actually of English blood. Sounds korny but always good to see Mary in a starring feature.
“The Caretaker’s Daughter” (1934) is a Billy Gilbert 2 reeler made for the Hal Roach studio that is a hard title to find and wasn’t run on TCM during their last round of Roach short airings. Lots of fun, with Gilbert and family acting as if they are proprietors of a mansion and when the real owners show up, craziness ensues.
“The Last Trail” (1933). El Brendel in all his glory as “Killer Olsen” and I think George O’Brien and Claire Trevor were in there too. When El came on the screen I heard some clapping from an audience member, so I think there was another fan there!
“Joan Crawford home movies” (unknown but probably circa late 30’s-early 40’s). Here we see Joan not being the movie star but just being a regular person fishing, hunting, at a birthday party and in one scene, sunbathing nude. Great stuff, mostly shot in stunning Kodachrome.
“Shopworn Angel” (1929). From Paramount, the tale of a soldier who falls in love with a showgirl, starring Gary Cooper and Nancy Carroll. Seeing the 35mm print on the screen was sad though as there are places in the film of much nitrate decomp and is missing the last 20 minutes, but what we have is a great movie and the imperfections should not take that away.
Although not in my top favorites for the weekend, Cinefest did run my print of 1931’s “The Lady Who Dared” with Billie Dove. A neat little 57 minute, Vitaphone production, which shows some limitation of the early sound process. The story seems as if it would have been better suited as a silent crime melodrama and just didn’t translate well into the talkies. Oh well.
Cinefest is loaded with dealers selling old celluloid, DVD’s (I finally got a good copy of “Girls About Town”!!), stills, books, posters, projectors, and just about everything else that has to do with movies. Here are a few of the items I obtained:
All in all, a GREAT weekend full of fun, film, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. If anyone is slightly interested in old film, I STRONGLY advise to attend Cinefest next year, if you can. It will be held a little later in March (the 25th through the 28th) so come along and join in!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
The films included are Other Men's Women (1931), The Purchase Price (1932), Frisco Jenny (1933), Midnight Mary (1933), Heroes for Sale (1933), and Wild Boys of the Road ( 1933) as well as period shorts and cartoons. Amazon has the release date as March 24th and mine in already in pre-order (with a good discount, too)! These are screen caps from the films (thank you Gary!):
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I have been terribly lax updating this blog lately but my pay job has kept me away from posting and I hope to rectify that soon. When I do have time to devote here, I spend it working on bits and pieces of many different articles and gearing up for Cinefest next week in Syracuse (where they will be showing my print of Billie Dove's 1931 film "The Lady Who Dared").
As a quick preview as to what blogs you'll see in the next few months, I will be posting about the El Brendel movies, "Hot Pepper", "Captain Caution" and "Sunny Side Up" as well as one that will focus on El's vaudville days. I also have a blog that will be out soon on the production and censoring of Wheeler and Woolsey's 1933 Columbia picture, "So This Is Africa", as well as posting more photos of stars I like and continuing the popular "Sexy time Saturday" series.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Here's some examples (click on the names to take you to the auctions):
Joan Blondell from this blog
Mary Duncan, (who they list as being Janet Gaynor) both from this blog
Glenda Farrell both from this blog
Joan Blondell both from this blog
Mary Pickford both from this blog (and the only two Pickford pictures they are selling)
Joan Blondell, again, from this blog
Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastain from this blog
Joan Blondell from this blog
I MAY be able to say it was all a coincidence, were it not for the uniqueness of some of the photos I post here. I know the internet is a wide open market for some people who want to do these things but I can't help but feel ripped off in some way. Has anyone else had experience with this type of crap??
Monday, March 2, 2009
Thanks to Rich Finegan for the use of these cards from his collection.