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  1. WHERE IS THE OCTOBER SCHEDULE ?

    Maybe they are working on getting LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE, STAGE STRUCK, CHILDREN OF DIVORCE, or BEGGARS OF LIFE? The first two would be splendid additions to the festival lineup. How about Female pioneer Director Lois Weber's SHOES? That just came out from Milestone a few months ago. How about a premiere of the newly restored KING OF JAZZ in 2- Color Technicolor from Universal? I expect to see this debut on TCM sooner or later. But then for whatever reason they never seem to air WHOOPEE, so who knows? That being said, July has been a great month on TCM in my opinion. Can't complain. Looking forward to August and September.
  2. GOOD NEWS ABOUT "BEGGARS OF LIFE"

    Hibi, Rest assured, neither am I "rolling in the dough" so to speak by any means. I neglected to mention that Chuck did surprise us with a a Prime-time debut of Von Stoheim's THE WEDDING MARCH (1928) last August during Summer Under The Stars. So that was one Paramount Silent that has never been released on DVD or Blu-ray Especially with the Carl Davis score, that TCM was able to get a hold of. Although it didn't happen overnight. The Photoplay Productions version they aired was produced for British Television clear back in 1998. Chuck obviously kept on working at it. THE WEDDING MARCH was leased to Criterion years ago, but they have yet to release any version of the film on DVD/Blu-ray. I'm told that Kino wanted to, but Criterion already had the contract.
  3. GOOD NEWS ABOUT "BEGGARS OF LIFE"

    Tom JH, Everyone, The Vitaphone or Movie-tone track to the film has never been found. This version will contain a new score by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra. The 2-K transfer is processed from the 2006 George Eastman House 35 Millimeter restoration. So it took basically nearly 12 years to make it to DVD/Blu-ray. Unexpectedly, Kino licensed a handful of long awaited Paramount Silents. In June they released a beautiful restoration of Gloria Swanson in ZAZA (1923). A film that has not been widely seen since it's original theatrical run. Highly recommend this. Two additional Swanson titles are coming out soon. MANHANDLED (1924), and STAGE STRUCK (1925). All three of these pictures are films I never thought I would see on TCM. I sure hope that they pick them up, and not just for a single broadcast. Swanson at the peak of her career. With any luck Kino will also release FINE MANNERS (1926) (a personal favorite), at some point. Since all 4 of these movies were Directed by Allan Dwan. Kino has also announced that two great James Cruze Classics, THE COVERED WAGON (1923) with J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, and Ernest Torrence and OLD IRONSIDES (1926) with Charles Farrell and Esther Ralston, will be released soon as well. Probably in September or October. With any luck these too will pop up on TCM. I was praying for Ernst Lubitsch FORBIDDEN PARADISE (1924) with Pola Negri, Adolph Menjou, Rod LaRocque, and Pauline Starke to get a release, since it was recently restored. If you want to see other Paramount's licensed through Kino-Lorber, the best thing you can do is buy the ones they have contracted for so far. Speaking of Paramount Silents, Flicker Alley released CHILDREN OF DIVORCE (1927) with Clara Bow, Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper, and Einar Hanson. Last December. That hasn't debuted on TCM yet either. I assume that it will before the end of the year. ? Licensing Paramount and Fox Silents has routinely been difficult in the past according to TCM Programmer Chuck Tabash. The big problem is that Paramount and Fox Silents had to be licensed directly through the studio, and not any third party. They tried to get PETER PAN (1924), SEVENTH HEAVEN (1927), UNDERWORLD (1927), and THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK (1928) among others without success. And WINGS is seldom aired. With any luck that will not be the case this time around.
  4. It's RONALD COLMAN as July SOTM!

    Not a laugh track. Alas, this score to THE WINNING BARBARA WORTH was recorded at a live screening event many years ago. Preformed by the legendary Theater Organist Gaylord Carter on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Much like the TCM Orchestral score to LOVE (1927) had also been recorded at a live screening. Inevitably, a few audience reactions noises were audible in the process. Incidentally, That guy was definitely wearing long johns. No nudity there. I ended up watching the entire film, which I had not seen in many years, even though I have it on DVD. Have to say it was much better then I had generally remembered. I loved the movie. A gorgeous tinted print, transferred from original nitrate stock. Exquisitely photographed. Brilliantly directed by Henry King. Vilma Banky who got rather short shrift in Ben's intro and was snubbed entirely in the closing comments, was entrancingly beautiful. She gives a wonderful performance. Hard to believe that Vilma spoke barely two words to English when she first got to Hollywood from Budapest. RC is dashing, noble and romantic. Coop is quite good in his first significant movie role. Clyde Cook was a delight providing comic relief. The entire cast was excellent. Overall, an underrated film. One that I hoped many more Classic and Silent film fans would discover with this Prime-time broadcast.
  5. It's RONALD COLMAN as July SOTM!

    It's great to see RC as Star of The Month. It's also nice to see THE WINNING OF BARBARA WORTH (1926) airing in Prime-time. The only other occasion it was shown was like 4 or 5 O'clock in the morning a few years back. This production is also notable as giving Gary Cooper his first major role after a year of stunt work for other actors. THE WHITE SISTER (1923) with Lillian Gish has been broadcast in Prime-time before several years back. Not meaning to rant here, but alas there are no premiere's of any Colman's Silent Films. This is rather disappointing. THE NIGHT OF LOVE (1927) with Vilma Banky was recently restored. It is a fabulous picture that deserves to be rediscovered. A forgotten Masterpiece from the once famed Director George Fitzmaurice, and the only other Colman and Banky pairing besides WORTH that still survives in it's entirety. In-fact, TCM should strongly consider this movie for their annual Classic Film Festival next year. Ernst Lubitsch LADY WINDEREMERE'S FAN (1925) has been shown before, but not for many years and still isn't scheduled. Just seems to have disappeared. HER SISTER FROM PARIS (1925) with Constance Talmadge is a top flight Romantic Comedy, uproariously funny, and it is certainly available. TCM hasn't shown that either. They have aired HER NIGHT OF ROMANCE (1924) the title that preceded it a handful of times. THE SPORTING VENUS (1925) with Blanche Sweet is one of the many MGM Silents that TCM and Warner's has yet to retrieve from the vaults. Maybe some day? Will STELLA DALLAS (1925), dropped from the TCM Classic Film Fest last April. and dare we hope the much too long awaited BEAU GESTE (1926) ever debut on TCM??? Very much looking forward to the Hitchcock Festival during July. THE RING and THE MANXMAN are arguably his two best surviving Silents in my opinion, with respect to the far better known THE LODGER. Have to say MANXMAN blew me away the last time TCM aired it. Wish this movie were airing at a better time of night. I believe that DOWNHILL will be a TCM Premiere. To the best of my recollections it has not been shown before.
  6. September Schedule is Up-- Jennifer Jones SOTM

    I haven't looked at the whole schedule yet, but it appears that TCM has picked up the brand new LOC restoration of Douglas Fairbanks THE THREE MUSKETEERS (1921) which debuts on the 10th. Just released on DVD and Blu-ray a few months ago. As far as I'm aware this film has never aired on TCM before. So a premiere across the board.
  7. DR. JACK is a very underrated film in the Lloyd Canon. Made between GRANDMAS BOY and SAFETY LAST it is little remembered, and seldom screened by comparison. Nonetheless, it is heartwarming, and delightfully enjoyable fair from start to finish. Noteworthy as the only Silent Lloyd feature in which his first name is not Harold. The sequence being referenced where Dr. Jack Jackson dons the guise of the escaped Madman "Humpy Logan" is actually a Lloyd parody of John Barrymore's Mr. Hyde persona. It has nothing whatever to do with Lon Chaney. Mildred Davis character name of the "The Sick Little Well Girl" would have instantly been recognized at the time as a play on both Mary Pickford's Poor Little Rich Girl, and more timely Bebe Daniels post Lloyd leading lady screen nickname of "The Good Little, Bad Girl". In-fact, the entire movie is filled with clever satirical undertones that sadly are probably lost on most modern viewers today. Fortunately, this doesn't detract much at all from the laughter and joy that the picture still provides in spades.
  8. who'll replace robert osborne ?

    One of my first choices obviously would be Leonard Maltin. Here are some other unique suggestions. None are high profile people, but all of them could be. Karie Bible - Just a beautiful and highly charismatic lady with a profound passion for Noir, Golden Age and especially Silent Films. Ginger Pauly - Lovely young gal, who is Vintage through and through. Loves the Golden Age and Silent Era's. Actress, Comedienne, Singer, interviewer. Boundless personality and charm. Fernando Martin Pena' - His knowledge of the Cinema and in particular Spanish, Argentine, and the Silent Era is virtually without peer. Hugh Munro Neely - An amazing historian who has personally discovered and restored many previously lost films. Extremely personable. His knowledge of the Silent and Golden Era's is impeccable. Bob Fells - If you amalgamated together Bob Dorian and Robert Osborne he would look like Bob Fells. Bob belongs on TCM. Few people know more about Classic Cinema anywhere. Jorge Finkielman - Jorge is literally a one man archive beyond compare. Has restored more Classic film images Lobby's, Posters, stills, etc, then anyone else I can think of. Jorge makes many so called historians sound like novices by comparison. Chuck Tabesh - Chief TCM Programmer from the beginning. Hey, Chuck when are you actually going to appear on camera? I've been waiting for well over a decade! Don't be shy! Ron Hutchinson - Head of The Vita-phone Project. Great knowledge of Silents and Pre-code cinema. Very personable guy.
  9. Midnight08, Let's not forget about WINGS (1927). Although that isn't shown all that often either. Was left off of 31 days of Oscar this year. There are beautiful restorations of MANTRAP (1926) from the Treasures From The American Film Archive Volume 5 "Treasures West" DVD set. and Also HULA (1927) Directed by Victor Fleming that are available. For whatever reason TCM's hasn't picked those up.
  10. TomJH, Yes, CHILDREN OF DIVORCE was released back in December. I got my copy in the pre-order special direct from Flicker Alley for just S20.00 plus shipping. I think it's like $35.00 or something now. It contains both a DVD and Blu-ray. I was hoping for the 2012 BBC Documentary Clara Bow : "Hollywood's Lost Love Goddess" as an extra. Alas, Flicker Alley apparently was not able to obtain the rights. But it does include the 1999 Documentary "Discovering The It Girl". Frankly, It amazes me when people complain about Flicker Alley product being expensive. You pay extra for a quality restoration of a rare film. DVD's and Blu-ray's have so devalued the cost of movies it is absurd. Back In 1979 I paid roughly $65.00 for an in-complete Super 8 Millimeter Silent (no scoring track) release of Harold Lloyd's THE FRESHMAN from Blackhawk films. When VHS and Beta first came out most releases both old movies and new were around $50.00 to $60.00 a piece! Some were over Two hundred bucks! What's more It stayed that way for about the first 5 or 6 years of these formats. People are spoiled by three and four dollar bargain bins at shopping malls. I have mentioned COD to TCM Programmer Chuck Tabesh many times in the past long before it finally became available. I believe there is a good chance that TCM will license this picture. Assuming they can get consent from Paramount? I was once told by Mr. Tabesh that Paramount owned Silents needed to be licensed through Paramount and not through a third party. One of the reasons we never saw the restored UNDERWORLD (1927) or THE DOCKS OF NEW YORK on TCM when they were released by Criterion by arrangement with Paramount. With any luck, CHILDREN OF DIVORCE might get a Prime-time Premiere in the Summer or Fall. Incidentally, I wouldn't mind seeing them finally run DeMille's CHICAGO (Pathe, 1927) with Phyllis Haver either. It's been on DVD from Flicker Alley since 2011. This is one of the most beautifully preserved Silents around anywhere. Transferred from an original near-flawless nitrate print found in the DeMille vault. I still can't believe TCM has never shown it! In-fact, I recommend that TCM consider CHICAGO (1927) to replace STELLA DALLAS (1925) which was unexpectedly yanked from the TCM Classic Film Festival. It fits much better with the event's "Make 'Em Laugh" theme. Not really a comedy, but with some very funny moments. Maybe a "Dark Comedy" would be a good term. Plus Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra has preformed their score to the picture live many times at other venues.
  11. Mightnight08, Everyone, Here is a link to an intrquing article about a rare 35 millimeter screening of ORCHIDS AND ERMINE (1927) that took place just last month. The BFI (British Film Institute), recently restored this title and TWINKLETOES (1926) from it's archive. Both films have been touring art houses. I do not know if the BFI print of TWINKLETOES contains the original or perhaps I should say alternate ending or not? Three different endings for the picture were produced. I had hoped that TCM might pick up one or both of these films. http://ithankyouarthur.blogspot.com/2017/01/brunette-ambition-orchids-and-ermine.html To the best of my knowledge, 3 of the original Firn 'a phone scoring discs to LILAC TIME (1928) are still missing. However, all 11 reels have been accounted for in 35 millimeter. There have been a number of 35 millimeter live screenings in the past few years. For decades only an abridged 16 millimeter version was in general circulation. Warner's has intimated that they are interested in restoring this title, but they are hoping the remainder of the scoring discs turn up someplace. At least that was the story the last that I had heard. SYNTHETIC SIN (1929) was restored a few years ago by Warner's and The Vita-phone project. Unfortunately, it is missing all of the Vita-phone scoring discs, with the exception of the final reel. Although the complete score survives on paper. There has been on again of again talk of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks Orchestra recreating the rest of the score with a new recording. Alas, that remains just talk at the stage. Nothing has yet come of it. This picture has been touring live venues all over the world the past few years. HER WILD OAT (1927) - The story here is very frustrating. The Academy Film Archive at AMPAS in Hollywood restored this film in 35 millimeter over a decade ago. Way back 2006. Spending over $80,000.00 on the project. Print was recovered from the Czech Archive at Prague. It has been screened quite a bit all over the world at live venues, but has never made it to DVD or been shown on TCM. That being said, I am trying to get the AFA to likewise restore NAUGHTY BUT NICE (1927). A complete print was found in the Barcelona Spanish Archive back in 2009. The film is notable as the first appearance of a 14 year old "Loretta Young" newly christened that name by Colleen Moore. She had previously been known as Gretchen Young. There are complete 35 millimeter archival prints of IRENE (1926). Alas, the Two-Color Technicolor Fashion Show sequence that runs a full-reel is badly faded. This film is certainly long overdue for a comprehensive and loving restoration. 2 full reels are still missing from the surviving Kodascope of ELLA CINDERS (1926). No 35 Millimeter materials are known to exist. Since this film is Public-domain Eric Grayson, Jeff Codori, Jeffrey Nelson, and myself were planning a Kickstarter to make a new transfer from a first generation Kodascope at the LOC. We planned to include an extensive stills reconstruction to bridge the gaps of the missing scenes and title-cards. Speaking of Mr. Grayson, he has painstakingly restored Colleen's first Starring feature 1918's LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE from 4 incomplete prints at the LOC and another archive. There have already been a few screenings, but this will be coming out on a limited edition DVD and Blu-ray possibly as soon as the late Spring. With any luck it might be shown on TCM as well. Colleen Moore Biographer Jeff Codori is trying to convince the Museum Of Modern Art to embrace a possible Kickstarter fund raiser project to get BROKEN CHAINS (1922) out on DVD and Blu-ray. Jeff has seen the film and it is among his favorites. George Eastman House recently restored another 1922 feature COME ON OVER which has been seen at festivals.
  12. I tried to share this news the other day, but the link apparently didn't work? Anyway, We have confirmation now that EYE Institute of Film Netherlands in Amsterdam Holland has 6 reels of the long lost Colleen Moore feature OH KAY! (1928). Does not state "Complete" on the LOC Silent Film Survival Data Base, just mentions the 6 presumably in-tact reels. When I checked on the site back in December with regards to this title, the page still read "No Holdings In Any Archive". I knew this was incorrect, since I had heard about a chunk of OH KAY! having been discovered at least 2 or 3 years ago. Just lacked details on the by who and where of the matter? Print appears to be tinted and in very good condition. Here is an actual capture frame. EYE has certainly been great about restoring films, but truly dreadful when it comes to getting them on Television or released on DVD/Blu-ray. Nevertheless, this title probably has a much better chance of being seen sooner then NAUGHTY BUT NICE (complete print in Barcelona Spain archive) does considering the archive location alone. These guys EYE have recovered literally dozens of films previously believed lost forever! They have been a Godsend. TCM justly needs to honor this organization like they have several of the other better known archives. A whole evening or even entire month of programming at some point is called for! I would consider the title a rather significant find. Based on a famous Broadway Musical, big name director, (Mervyn Leroy) and Colleen at the peak of her career. In addition, if there are any rabid Lawrence Gray or Ford Sterling fans out there, they are both in it too! With the recovery of OH KAY!, this means that only HAPPINESS AHEAD is still missing from Colleen's entire 1927-28 movie output. We do have an intriguing Trailer. Cross your fingers that picture might be located as well. Too expound on this even further with the exception of the 2 plus missing reels of ELLA CINDERS, only 2 of Colleen's films from 1926 -1928 are unaccounted for. The other being IT MUST BE LOVE (1926). The story is not so good for her 1924-'25 features. None of the 7 films she made during this period have been found as far as I know so far. That is save for the first 3 reels of THE PERFECT FLAPPER which does survive at the LOC.
  13. May Schedule Is Up!

    ELLA CINDERS (1926) is still in-complete since over 2 reels of footage was snipped from the 1928 Kodascope Libraries 16 Millimeter Show At Home edition that has been the basis for all copies in any format ever since. Unlike LILAC TIME, ELLA is public-domain fare since the copyright lapsed in 1953 without being renewed. In-fact, Eric Grayson, Jeff Codori, Jeffrey Nelson, and myself were going to start a Kickstarter campaign to have a new 35 Millimeter master struck, together with a stills reconstruction of the missing scenes. That being said, what's left of the film was screened only a week or so ago with a new live score and it's not impossible that TCM may have licensed this? I wish they could have licensed ORCHIDS AND ERMINE as that was recently restored from a full 35 millimeter nitrate print by the BFI. It also has a new live score that is touring. The BFI recently restored arguably my favorite Colleen Moore feature in 35 MM TWINKLETOES (1926) as well, though it's not clear if the original or alternate ending has survived? IRENE is another Moore feature that survives complete. Would love to see that in a beautiful new transfer. Why TCM would pay for a score to ELLA CINDERS instead of the long awaited HER WILD OAT or SYNTHETIC SIN I have no idea? I am hoping that they will pick up Grayson's new restoration of LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE later on this year.
  14. Boo!!!! What??? Are you kidding me? Now STELLA DALLAS (1925) has been mysteriously removed from the 2017 Festival schedule as was previously announced! Even mentioned many times on Television. Why??? I happen to know that there are excellent quality restored or archival 35 millimeter prints that have been screened elsewhere. It's not like there aren't any materials available to show. This is getting absurd! They just nixed the long awaited THE PATENT LEATHER KID (1927) Premiere from 31 Days of Oscar a couple of nights ago. I mean this could have been replaced with 7TH HEAVEN which won 3 Oscars and never, ever airs on TCM. I'm still upset because LILAC TIME was pulled from the October line-up at the last minute last year. Look I still love TCM and all, but hey they have got to stop making empty promises and start making good on some of these. Ignoring matters entirely doesn't inspire viewer confidence or loyalty either. The very least they could do is address these issues, and provide some sort of genuine explanation instead of leaving us with none.
  15. "The Patent Leather Kid" removed from schedule

    Blast! There was a big article up on this site about the picture too. It was there just last night!!!! The article I mean. I read it three times. Not yet another case just like with LILAC TIME which was pulled off of the October schedule? In this particular case, I had no reason to believe THE PATENT LEATHER KID would not air, since it was talked about for a couple of years after a live screening event. I expected the movie to debut last year during 31 Days of Oscar. Now I don't know what to think? To say the very least it's disappointing. Maybe it is being rescheduled for a Prime-time debut later on in the year? Let's hope so anyway. By the way, we never got a straight answer concerning LILAC TIME. Both of these titles are long overdue for TCM debuts. Incidentally, I want to take a moment to ask when we are going to finally see WHAT PRICE GLORY? (1926) on the schedule again? This picture debuted on TCM Silent Sunday Nights in November of 2011, and has not aired since. I mention this because David Shepard the great film preservationist who passed away a couple weeks back provided TCM with his personal 35 Millimeter print of the 1930 Movie-tone track sound re-issue free of charge to prepare it's broadcast master. Demonstrating the extraordinary generosity of the man. That happened after WPG had been yanked from the advance May 2010 schedule. Fox claimed it could not find any materials in it's archive, even though it had aired on the old American Movie Classics back in 1996, part of a week long War Films Festival. TCM Paid for a new transfer, but it would not have happened without access to the Shepard owned print. It would be a fitting tribute to the man to mention this in the intro of a future telecast. Subsequently, only about a year and a half later a more extensive restoration of the original 1926 release was completed by one of the big archives, totally independent of the TCM effort. But I don't recall which one off hand. I anticipated a DVD/Blu-ray. Alas, that has yet to transpire either. Maybe this restoration or Fox copyright confusion has precluded WPG from subsequent airings? Frustrating!

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