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Postby Gagman 66 » October 19th, 2007, 5:02 pm

Mr. Eyman,

:) While I must confess to having not read any of your books to date, I fully intend to do so. I have been a Silent film fan for about 30 years. My family had lots of the old Blackhawk films releases in Super 8 millimeter film format, when I was a Kid.

:D My Father started collecting these in about 1976. He ordered a couple Tom Mix western's, because He had met Tom Mix when he was a boy back in the 1930's in person. He came to town with his own traveling Circus troop. A little later He picked up some Bill Hart films, and it just kind of escalated from there.

:D In 1977, I saw the 1969 Robert Youngson compilation FOUR CLOWNS on a local channel, and that piqued my interest in Silent Comedy. I purchased some books, on Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Buster Keaton, and got many others through the Library.

:lol: In 1979, I got to see Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS, and Lloyd's THE FRESHMAN at the local Cinema Art's Guild. Both with between 50 to 70 people in attendance, what an unforgettable experience! I had dreamed of seeing THE FRESHMAN for 2 years, and was not disappointed! Never to this day, have I heard such un-bridled laughter in a Theater!

By the very early 80's, we had Blackhawk editions of Five of Harold Lloyd's 11 Silent features of the 1920's. Actually I still have them.

Over the years I have seen, and collected somewhere in the neighborhood, of 600 Silent features, and I never fail to be amazed at just how good so many of these films actually are.

:roll: I dearly love Mary Pickford's films, and have seen virtually all of the features. I am pretty disappointed that Milestone has not released restorations of titles such as REBECCA OF SUNNY BROOK FARM, ROMANCE OF THE REDWOODS, THE LITTLE AMERICAN, JOHANNA ENLISTS, POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL, POLLYANNA, DOROTHY VERNON OF HADDON HALL, and Especially, LITTLE ANNIE ROONEY, Which was offered on Image Laser-disc years ago. :(

Nothing new has been released by Milestone in the Pickford series, since THROUGH THE BACK DOOR, and LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY, well over a year ago? Both of them excellent features by the way. I personally feel among Mary's very best. Are there more titles still forth coming in the series? I sure hope so? :cry:

One of my latest obsessions is wistful Colleen Moore. It breaks my heart that none of her surviving Silent's have been offered on official DVD, by the major companies so far?

:o I find her films delightful, highly entertaining, vastly underrated, and sadly under-evaluated! I desperately would like to see her surviving work fully restored, and released on DVD! Part of the problem is apparently the First National merger with Warner Brothers, that has left her neglected for decades on end?

However, It's my understanding that at least three of Colleen's features of the 1920's, are undergoing restoration efforts at this time. HER WILD OAT (1927), LILAC TIME (1928), and her final Silent film WHY BE GOOD? (1929). I hope that this means that we might actually be seeing these movies someplace, not that they are just going to be re-mastered, and stashed away again? :?

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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » October 19th, 2007, 5:11 pm

Dear Mr. Eyman,
Thanks so much for answering all of our questions. We are all very grateful for your input and for your time you spent visiting here!

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Postby SSO Admins » October 19th, 2007, 5:34 pm

We're very grateful to Mr. Eyman for showing up and answering our questions. It's been an informative and interesting visit.

I'm going to go ahead and lock this thread. The other Scott Eyman thread is still open if anyone wants to discuss his visit.

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Scott Eyman's Future Books

Postby moira finnie » October 22nd, 2007, 3:12 pm

This is just a note to publicly thank Scott Eyman for his generosity with his time and knowledge. Here are two books that will be forthcoming from Mr. E. in the future:

A collaboration with "Robert Wagner on a memoir of his life and career, and an authorized Cecil B. DeMille biography, a big project that will be about the size of the L.B. Mayer book. The first book is for William Morrow and should be out in about a year, the second is for Simon & Schuster and should be out in 2010."

I know that many of us will be looking forward to these books even more now that we have had a chance to "meet" the author. Thanks as well to all those who participated here, and especially to Jon for his coordination of this event.


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