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themanthatgotaway, April 20, 2008
my copy has the color finale......
I would LOVE a copy on DVD (or VHS) of Paramount On Parade. If anyone can help me with this, please contact me off this site using my email address. Thank you very much, Matt Sherwin
Well, I had seen PARAMOUNT ON PARADE offered someplace awhile back, but I do not remember where? I don't have this, but I do have lots of Paramount, and Fox Silents not on DVD.
I have over 700 Silent features in all. So let me know what you are looking for? In most cases you won't find any better quality than you will get from me anyplace.
I have some late 20's Musicals, but not very many. A few from the the very early 30's. Most are not the best prints, but some like SUNNY SIDE UP, and TANNED LEGS don't look to bad.
Jeff.... I offered him a trade
You don't have PARAMOUNT ON PARADE do you? I don't have the MGM Review either I don't believe? Though I will look around to make sure?
I'll send you both.....
There aren't very many talkies from 1928, but two still in existence are the first all-talking feature motion picture "Lights of New York" and also the part-talkie "The Singing Fool", starring Al Jolson. I've seen "Singing Fool", but has anyone ever seen "Lights of New York"? I'd be interested in your comments. Has either of them ever shown up on TCM? They are Warner properties.
I have this film; here is my comment on IMDb:
LIGHTS OF NEW YORK was the first "all-taking" feature film, coming in at a brisk 57 minutes and directed by Bryan Foy (of the famous vaudeville family).
The story has two dopey barbers (Cullen Landis, Eugene Pallette) yearning for a chance at "big city life" and getting involved with gangsters and bootleg booze. One of the guys gets framed for the murder of a cop but is saved at the last minute by a gun moll (Gladys Brockwell).
Much of the story takes place in a night club called The Night Hawk, which is run by a crook named Hawk (Wheeler Oakman) who has his eye on a pretty chorine (Helene Costello) who is the girl friend of Landis. Costello gets to do a brief dance, and we hear Harry Downing (made up to resemble Ted Lewis) sing "At Dawning" in his best Al Jolson style.
The acting ranges from good (Palette and Brockwell) to awful (Oakman). A couple of the actors **** their lines but then keep right on with the scene. As noted elsewhere this was intended to be a short 2-reeler and was made on a shoestring budget. Yet the sound quality is surprisingly good, the voices all register clearly, and there is a neat cinematic touch in the silhouette death.
The film was a box-office smash even though it was shown as a silent film where theaters were not wired for the new sound technology. No one expected this little film to gross an amazing $1.3 million. It briefly made stars of Costello and Landis and certainly launched Pallette on his long career as a star character actor.
Co-stars include Mary Carr as the mother, Robert Elliott as the detective, Eddie Kane as the street cop, and Tom Dugan as a thug.
Thanks for the information. It's nice to know it's not as completely bad as I've been told. I hope I can see it in its entirety some day.
*Lights of New York* has definitely aired on TCM -- that's where I saw it. (However, it's probably been at least two years, if not three, since it last aired.)
If you do get the chance to see it, watch for the telephones in almost every scene, and the extent to which the characters make use of them, often for no good reason. That's where the giant microphones for the movie's sound were hidden.
Overall, LIGHTS OF NEW YORK is not the worst movie I have ever seen, but it does have its moments. There are a few scenes where the actors recite their dialogue in a very stilted manor.
It comes off as funny instead of dramatic.
I think LIGHTS OF NEW YORK must have been done in one take since several actors **** their lines but the scene goes right on....
I wouldn't be surprised, as the majority of the film was shot on the quiet, as most of the Warner brothers did not want to make an all talking feature film at that time. LIGHTS OF NEW YORK was originally supposed to be a Vitaphone short.
You're right Scott..... the film was a "spur of the moment" decision and grew from a short to a feature.
*Any 20's film or musical suggestions of your own Scottman? *
TCM once in a while will run RIO RITA (1929), RKO's extraviganza. It stars Jone Boles, Bebe Daniels and Wheeler and Woolsy.The second half of the film is in color.
Ernst Lubitsch's THE LOVE PARADE (1929) is also fun. THE BISHOP MURDER CASE (1930) is also very good. shot in 1929 and release in Januray of 1930, it stars Basil Rathbone as Philo Vance. Sometimes this one gets run on TCM as well. DYNAMITE (1929) is a pretty good film, its C.B. DeMille's talkie debut.
If you can track down a copies of these, I would recommend FOLLOW THRU (1930), a neat two color Technicolor musical from Paramount with Buddy Rogers and Nancy Carroll. Also THE KING OF JAZZ (1930), Universal's all star review movie in two color Technicolor features the Paul Whiteman band. Frank Capra's 1930 film RAIN OR SHINE is also good. This was a big hit on braodway with several songs, but Columbia pictures did not use any of the songs. Joe Cook, who stars in this one was also the show's star when it ran on Broadway.
add SWEET KITTY BELLAIRS (1930) to the list.... a nice little operetta from Warners, originally shot in Technicolor but only the B&W version survives. Claudia Dell and Walter Pidgeon star.
Haven't seen that one. has TCM shown that one? I don't recall it being shown before.
no idea.... but the film is rare but around.... who knew Walter Pidgeon could sing?I liked it.
I have reviewed the thread so far for title mentions, and have compiled the following list:
Title Mentioned by
HR of 1929 themanthatgotaway
1920's month Thelma Todd
Broadway Babies coder1953
Weary River coder1953
Street Girl coder1953
Show Girl in Hollywood coder1953
Sweet Mama coder1953
Green Goddess coder1953
Show of Shows coder1953
Madam Satan coder1953
The Cuckoos coder1953
It's A Great Life coder1953
Doug Fairbanks Sr. documentary lzcutter
Glorifying The American Girl calvinme
The Great Gabbo calvinme
Sweet Kitty Bellairs drednm
Her Wild Oat gagman66
The Big Parade gagman66
Bardely's The Magnificant gagman66
Wine of Youth gagman66
Proud Flesh gagman66
The Cardboard Lover gagman66
Man Woman & Sin gagman66
Lilac Time gagman66
What Price Glory? gagman66
Seventh Heaven gagman66
Street Angel gagman66
Four Sons gagman66
City Girl gagman66
Docks of New York gagman66
Beggars of Life gagman66
The Godless Girl gagman66
Paramount of Parade gagman66
Brown of Harvard drednm
The Roaring Road drednm
Why Change Your Wife drednm
Don't Change Your Husband drednm
Lights Of New York calvinme
The Singing Fool calvinme
Rio Rita Scottman
The Love Parade Scottman
The Bishop Murder Case Scottman
Follow Thru Scottman
The King Of Jazz Scottman
It is good for us to keep track of what films have been mentioned so far- and they are all good suggestions! I think we should regularly go over the list to consider what is desirable, as well as what is possible. I hope I have not missed anyone or their contribution. The above is a list of 50+ films so far. The list can be further filtered based on whether the title has been suggested to TCM under "Suggest A Movie" or in some other email, and whether TCM has shown it before.
Did anyone catch "Wings"(1927) over the weekend?
PS: Sorry the spacing looks bad- this isn't a real word-processing program and doesn't handle spacing well.
Message was edited by: ThelmaTodd
I further suggest we find out or look up the Oscar winners and nominees for 1928 to 1929, as some of those are good candidates as well, if they are not already on our mention list. I can't do this now, but if nobody has beat me to it by tomorrow, then I'll get that info.
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