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by drednm
October 6th, 2009, 2:42 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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I watched to new release of Sappho starring Pola Negri... The story was so-so but the restoration and tinting were super.

Has anyone seen this?
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 3:47 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Yes but Keaton really needed a stump!
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 3:12 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Wow that's a new one. Keaton in the Lionel Barrymore role? I can't believe MGM was ever that creative in its thinking. I have always thought the John Barrymore role would have been perfect for John Gilbert, but we all know why that would never have happened.... still a terrific film and still (I bel...
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 1:19 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Thanks for the review of A Kiss for Cinderella. I have this but have not watched it yet. I really like the whimsical Peter Pan, which was in great shape. Luckily I'm pretty tolerant about watching less-than-perfect silents. I'll try to get tot this one this coming weekend.
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 12:31 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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The Keaton talkies are ok but nothing special. In Free and Easy the only part of the film I really liked was Keaton singing and dancing (with an unknown woman in a hula skirt) to the title song. Even with his raspy singing voice, it's a special moment from a consummate performer. But then the number...
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 11:23 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

and the very funny Girl Shy
by drednm
September 28th, 2009, 9:10 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Harold Lloyd's Safety Last is a must for every fan of silent films. Truly one of the great films, both funny and hair-raising. Of Lloyd's talkies, I like Movie Crazy the best. It seems to comes closest to capturing Lloyd's magic in silents and also boasts the beautiful Constance Cummings.
by drednm
September 14th, 2009, 3:24 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Finally got around to watching DW Griffith's The Idol Dancer, probably the worst Griffith film I've seen. Despite the terrific Richard Barthelmess and the tragic Clarine Seymour, a huge disappointment.
by drednm
September 10th, 2009, 2:50 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Yes Kevin Brownlow is terrific. His documentaries and books are all first rate. We've been emailing sporadically since he was a guest on this board, and he has loaned me films I couldn't find (like Slide, Kelly, Slide as well as sharing info from his many interviews.
by drednm
September 7th, 2009, 10:06 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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I watched the 1922 potboiler Trapped by the Mormons starring a young Evelyn Brent as the impressionable Nora, who gets mesmerized by the fiendish Isoldi Keene (Louis Willoughby) and taken away to London where he plans to marry her. Not sure what the historical thing was for these kinds of stories ab...
by drednm
August 30th, 2009, 10:28 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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IT'S THE OLD ARMY GAME (1926).... The version I have is an excellent print from a showing in Oregon. It runs 105 minutes (not the 70 or 77 minutes mentioned on IMDb) and boasts a nice, live piano performance by Keith Taylor. This film was considered to be lost for many decades but exists in a very n...
by drednm
August 24th, 2009, 6:04 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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I watched Open All Night, a strange 1924 marital comedy from Paramount where no one is really happy with his/her mate. Adolphe Menjou opens the film holding a bizarre nude-woman ivory cigarette holder as he snuffs out a cigarette and ponders marriage. Viola Dana (his bored wife) is in the bath tub w...
by drednm
August 13th, 2009, 4:33 pm
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
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Bethulia is also interesting because it features Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish, their mother Mary Gish, Mae Marsh, Robert Harron, Antonio Moreno, Elmo Lincoln, and Lionel Barrymore! Not a bad cast. I had read somewhere that Griffith pitched fits trying to get Blanche Sweet to give MORE and YET MORE in...
by drednm
August 6th, 2009, 7:42 am
Forum: Silents & PreCodes
Topic: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?
Replies: 3710
Views: 382409

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

Have been working my way through some Richard Barthelmess silents and have enjoyed Just Suppose, Soul-Fire, and The Drop Kick.

Barthelmess certainly had some varied roles during his silent years. All three of these films were quite enjoyable.

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