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#1 traceyk65

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 11:31 AM

This used to be a great thread. Why are there so many cat pictures now (not that I dislike cats)?

Because whatever site was hosting the pictures is down or the poster posted them incorrectly?


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#2 scsu1975

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 03:10 PM

This used to be a great thread. Why are there so many cat pictures now (not that I dislike cats)?


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#3 farnsbarns

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 01:04 AM



Edited by: enigma on Nov 17, 2013 1:29 AM

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Posted 20 August 2013 - 07:14 PM



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Posted 13 August 2013 - 10:48 PM

Yes, it is (as you reported in the Silent Forum earlier this year)!

It's doubtful I'll be able to catch a screening as they're usually on the east or west coasts but still exciting news and a first step toward it airing on TCM or coming to home video.

I'm especially anxious to see Why Be Good? Given the complete original soundtrack and all the great musical talent present.

Edited by: farnsbarns on Aug 14, 2013 12:47 AM

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:28 AM

That is great news! Look forward to it returning to the screen in 2014!

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Posted 09 August 2013 - 11:03 PM



Why Be Good?



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Posted 09 August 2013 - 11:01 PM

Was looking for a suitable place to post the occasional precode pic or two.

Old news to some here but I just found out -
reading The Vitaphone Project's latest Vitaphone News Spring/Summer edition and excited to hear Synthetic Sin and Why Be Good?, both silent films with accompaniment from 1929, are being restored and are planned for screening in 2014!!

Noteworthy for the Colleen Moore feature disks is that the musical performances are jazzy, toe-tapping and highly reflective of the late 1920?s. This is especially true of the soundtrack for WHY BE GOOD? Jazz historians have identified such legendary musicians as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang on the disks...

"While the entire (Vitaphone) soundtrack to WHY BE GOOD? survives..., only the disk for the last reel and exit music is known for SYNTHETIC SIN. Fortunately, a full list of Vitaphone music cues exists and will be used to recreate the soundtrack (possibly by Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks).

The restoration effort represents a true partnership between Warner Brothers, UCLA Film and Television Archive, Joe Yranski, and The Vitaphone Project. Restoration efforts will likely not be completed until 2014, when both films will be screened, for the first time (in) over 80 years, in 35mm and sound.

Both films were well budgeted, had strong First National art direction with a heavy art deco slant. In the case of WHY BE GOOD?, there is the added attraction of Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra and a super musical score with top jazz musicians of the period.

Read more about it @ http://www.vitaphoneproject.com/

Edited by: farnsbarns on Aug 10, 2013 1:37 PM

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Posted 24 July 2009 - 06:57 AM

lets see if I can do this still


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#10 Snorky

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:08 AM

Hi, welcome to the boards!

I love pre-codes too, however a complete lack of moderation on this thread from pernicious and persistent trolling
combined with new rules limiting resolution size should provide some insight how
welcome this thread was here.

I'm sure you'll find plenty of good conversation on the forums though.

Thanks, Jeff

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Posted 16 June 2009 - 12:45 AM

Thanks! Didn't recognize Jean Harlow with the wig

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 10:17 PM

That last picture is of Chester Morris and Jean Harlow in "Red-Headed Woman" (1932) - MGM.

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 08:03 PM

I'm new to this board as well and have been looking at all the wonderful pictures, there's some great ones in here! What's the name of that film goldensilents?

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:52 AM

Welcome GradeBMovies. :)

It's nice to resurrect an old thread from time to time, especially with new pictures.

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 11:09 PM

> {quote:title=GradeBMovies wrote:}{quote}
> I wish this thread was still going. I just joined the community, and I am so into early 1930 black and white films.
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> I don't have anything to post as far as pics, but would love to converse with others who love the movies from the 1930's.

Hi GradeBMovies, welcome to the forum! :)

I'm not too much into posting pictures, but hopefully someone will step to the plate in regards to the pre-codes. There are quite a few photos being posted, but lately most of them are in the Your Favorites section of the forum, which encompasses everything from the silent era to contemporary movies.

Hope you'll find something for you.

#16 GradeBMovies

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Posted 14 June 2009 - 08:23 PM

I wish this thread was still going. I just joined the community, and I am so into early 1930 black and white films.

I don't have anything to post as far as pics, but would love to converse with others who love the movies from the 1930's.

#17 Snorky

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Posted 06 June 2009 - 12:16 PM

> {quote:title=PrinceSaliano wrote:}{quote}
> > {quote:title=JackFavell wrote:}{quote}
> > I just want to say that though I don't have a collection to post, I _truly_ have enjoyed everyone's photos and posters.
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> > I feel very sad that everyone seems to have given up on the boards.
> Love the pics...the toxic personality, not so much.

#18 chinaseas

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Posted 28 April 2009 - 06:24 PM

Love the photo of Kay Francis from Mandalay.

#19 PrinceSaliano

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Posted 26 April 2009 - 09:29 AM

Love that Helen Twelvetrees poster.

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