Mary-Kate wrote:A conciliatory idea: we could compile multiple lists: "My Ten Most Wanted", "My Next Ten Most Wanted," "My Last Ten Most Wanted."
HA! Oh Mary, that's wonderful!
What would get me, though, is figuring what would be classed as Most, and what would be Next Most. ( My bulletted list is in chronological order, you'll notice. )
Oh, I don't think my choices are so very rare. One or two have been within reach at times. But it was a matter of the reaching. I believe at least nine of them are extant in original negative, giving hope of better-than-bootleg prints someday. ( TCM? Netflix? Or, even, commercially released DVDs? ) But I wonder about "The Midas Touch". It was a Teddington Studios film not included in TCM's Lost and Found series on the studio several years back. And I've heard that some of the Teddington pictures were irrevocably lost in a fire. Please, oh, please say "The Midas Touch" is out there somewhere! It was the film that introduced Eileen Erskine to Philip Friend ( their very beautiful love story is told in Erskine's autobiography, Scenes from a Life ), and the only film Friend made before battling polio.
Remember, I knew only one of your original ten! Though... Give me another half-of-a-point, for a nodding acquaintance with "The Last Outlaw" ( with a tip of the ten-gallon hat to Don Miller ). That one does sound like a gem!
What is on your new list, now that "True to Life" and "Valley of Song" and "The Runaround" have been found? And speaking of that copy of "The Runaround"--the print doesn't have to be watchable. Just here.