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by intothenitrate
December 3rd, 2015, 12:34 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3709
Views: 277155

Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

You guys -- someone posted the full version of NIGHT WORLD (1932) on YouTube! This has been like the holy grail for me for many years -- very difficult to find. Check it out before Universal has it pulled! I've only watched the first ten minutes as of this writing, and had to stop to let you know. I...
by intothenitrate
December 5th, 2014, 7:40 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: The Lost City of DeMille
Replies: 4
Views: 5534

Re: The Lost City of DeMille

I heard that when they were staging the fire scene in the windmill for the 1931 Frankenstein, they tossed on reels and reels of silent films because the nitrate stock burned so dramatically. Ouch!
by intothenitrate
March 11th, 2014, 6:54 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: This week on SVENGOOLIE...
Replies: 849
Views: 90861

Re: This week on SVENGOOLIE...

It's hard to resist comparing The Raven with The Black Cat . With the latter, the atmosphere is so wonderfully engineered, you get the feeling that something is happening even when nothing much is happening. With The Raven , there are many more shocks written into the script, but the mood -- particu...
by intothenitrate
February 6th, 2014, 3:21 pm
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: This week on SVENGOOLIE...
Replies: 849
Views: 90861

Re: This week on SVENGOOLIE...

KKvsG is considered a classic between myself and my now 30 year old son. I bought a VHS tape of it in a bargain bin and watched it a number of times with him when he was little. Recently he said, "The first time I saw it I thought it was scary." When I tried to show it to my two younger so...
by intothenitrate
October 16th, 2013, 10:10 am
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Mary Astor, SOTM??
Replies: 23
Views: 12018

Re: Mary Astor, SOTM??

I'm pretty sure most of Mary's work is within the province of TCM's holdings -- RKO (early talkies), Warner, and MGM. The licensing issue comes up with Paramount, Universal, and United Artist releases. I recently saw Mary in two brief interview clips In Kevin Brownlow's Silent Hollywood documentary ...
by intothenitrate
August 23rd, 2013, 10:39 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: JOAN BENNETT: THE QUIET STAR
Replies: 8
Views: 2743

Re: JOAN BENNETT: THE QUIET STAR

It's funny talking about Joan Bennett as a forties star. I recently got a copy of Disraeli from 1929 where Bennett plays a plucky ingenue. She's pretty green and not given a lot to do, but she holds up her corner of the screen pretty well. What's remarkable is how little she seems to have aged in he...
by intothenitrate
August 21st, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Movies and Features on TCM
Topic: Randolph Scott - Star of the Day
Replies: 26
Views: 4516

Re: Randolph Scott - Star of the Day

I didn't catch the Scott westerns, but I recently watched him as the male lead in Merian C. Cooper's She from 1935. At first glance, one might lump him together with the "wooden" leading men of the period. Actually he's a lot more winning than that. He's got a beautiful nature that comes t...
by intothenitrate
August 16th, 2013, 11:13 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Newbie silents
Replies: 20
Views: 11081

Re: Newbie silents

Your story reminds me of a time when my middle son was doing a school report on the Ford Model T. He must have been in the 5th or 6th grade. We combed through my Buster Keaton films to find some that he could show the class. There were a few of them visible in the street scenes in the film Seven Cha...
by intothenitrate
August 14th, 2013, 1:05 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: Newbie silents
Replies: 20
Views: 11081

Re: Newbie silents

All things being equal, I definitely think you would want to show them something from the later twenties, when the medium was more fully developed. I think it takes a lot of forbearance to sit through the earlier silents. Once they get used to the silent mode, then I think they would settle in for s...
by intothenitrate
August 12th, 2013, 4:51 am
Forum: General TV and Media
Topic: The Royals!
Replies: 420
Views: 58102

Re: The Royals!

My daughter-in-law Anne was perhaps the person in my family most susceptible to the royal baby buzz. Her son (and my grandson) Oliver is just over a year old and all of her friends seem to be having babies these days. She had heard that Oliver was on the short list of possible names, and was pulling...
by intothenitrate
May 26th, 2013, 8:05 am
Forum: Comedies
Topic: Best Birthday Present EVER: THIN MAN BOX SET
Replies: 5
Views: 5098

Re: Best Birthday Present EVER: THIN MAN BOX SET

Happy birthday! I don't have all of them in my collection. Honestly, they all kind of run together in my mind. When I'm in the mood, I'll put one in and enjoy the ride. For me, the plots are secondary to the atmosphere generated by Powell and Loy's chemistry...more specifically, Myrna's warmth and t...
by intothenitrate
April 25th, 2013, 8:27 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 70121

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

When I saw it in the theater, my brain had been tricked so thoroughly by the realism of the dinosaurs, I half expected them to walk out between the buildings as I was driving home.
by intothenitrate
April 22nd, 2013, 6:47 am
Forum: Sci-fi and Horror
Topic: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?
Replies: 623
Views: 70121

Re: What Horror and Sc-Fi films have you seen lately?

Hi Mike. I'm not really up to speed on that franchise; I only saw JP during its first run in the theater. Funny though, I very nearly picked up The Lost World at the library to watch with my kids over the weekend. Instead, I checked out a copy of the recent Marvel blockbuster Thor. When I picked the...
by intothenitrate
April 16th, 2013, 8:27 am
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: George Arliss
Replies: 13
Views: 2913

Re: George Arliss

In his autobiography, he provides (IMO) definitive comparisons between stage acting and screen acting; as well as between silent film and sound film work. He understood what was required right away...while others were figuring it out by trial and error. When he agreed to go into films, many of his t...
by intothenitrate
April 15th, 2013, 5:21 pm
Forum: The People of Film
Topic: George Arliss
Replies: 13
Views: 2913

Re: George Arliss

I'm so glad you got to see that one. It's a treasured film in my collection, one that I re-visist often. Karloff is absoulutely rabid in his anti-semitism, isn't he? The film illustrates the constructive synergy bewteen Zanuck and Arliss which I read about in GA's biography.

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