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  1. My cable company has a feature called On Demand. Within the On Demand section is an icon for TCM on Demand. The movies in this area are free to watch, and this week, TCM on Demand has the Laurel and Hardy short Beau Hunks. It looks like the Laurel and Hardy shorts that they are putting out in the On Demand area are available for one week only? Last week they had The Live Ghost, and this week's short is only available until May 16. I'm not sure how long this has been going on, or if there will be another new short after Beau Hunks, but hopefully this helps out a few people.
  2. I borrowed the dvd from a friend, so I'm not quite sure where he got the print from. The print was a little dark in some spots, but the shots of the Grand Canyon were beautiful. It was worth watching, but unfortunately it was not in pristine condition. After watching this movie I went out on the internet and looked up Tom Mix. I was surprised to find out that he had reportedly made over 300 movies between 1910 and 1935, and this was the first one I had ever seen. Thanks for the reply gagman.
  3. I just saw my first silent western last night, Sky High with Tom Mix. I have been watching TCM and Silent Sunday Nights for about two years now, and I can't remember if they have played any westerns. Does TCM have westerns to show, or have I just been missing them? Thanks.
  4. I couldn't wait for TCM to play their next Charlie Chase short, so I grabbed an old vcr tape of shorts and found the 1927 short Forgotten Sweeties. This is a great little short where Charlie's ex-girlfriend and husband move in across the hall from Charlie and his wife, and Charlie's wife (along with his ex-girlfriends husband) are none to happy about it. Not to give to much away for those who haven't seen it, but in one scene Charlie ends up in his ex-girlfriends bedroom (by mistake) and in his attempt to scare the husband to get back out, he turns on a light a creates a shadow puppet of a bat on the wall. The husband screams "My Gawd - the Bat" and the husband and ex-girlfriend run screaming into the bathroom. The first time I saw this short I had not seen the 1927 silent The Bat. The film ask the audience to keep the identity of the Bat a secret, so I will do so, but this time around I truly understood the humor of the shadow puppet (classic Charlie Chase).
  5. Gagman, I was reading through a Motion Picture Magazine and I thought you might be interested in an ad that I ran across for Bardelys the Magnificent: Magnificent! Each tense moment holds you dream-bound. The crushing kisses of John Gilbert Stolen between duels ... From languid lips of fair ladies ... None fairer than Eleanor Boardman, heroine, King Vidor has painted a flaming romance From the vivid pages of Sabatini ... The director of "The Big Parade" The Star of "The Big Parade" Together they have given the screen Another immortal entertainment. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - more stars than there are in Heaven Here is a little bit of what the magazine wrote about the film in their review section: John Gilbert as Bardelys is to be congratulated on a finished, delicate performance of a role that calls for finesse. For a swashbuckling romance of the middle ages, of the time of Louis XIII, I do not believe "Bardelys the Magnificent could be improved upon. Sounds like a good movie ...
  6. I enjoyed A Girl's Folly too. A young Johnny Hines was good for a few laughs, and I liked the scene where the four girls had to try to get rid of the mouse in their bedroom.
  7. I liked the short too, but it made me think what it must have been like after the stock market crash, and unemployment rising to almost 25%. My favorite part was when Charley was walking down the street with the newspaper attracting a crowd of over the shoulder readers, then lighting a match and 5 to 10 guys "jump in" to get a light of their smoke with Charlie turning to the camera saying "man, the panic is on." Nice short.
  8. Thanks for the update. Most of the Charley Chase shorts that I have seen were silent, so I was quite surprised to hear how well he could sing in his talkies. The last Charley Chase short that I saw was Midsummer Mush quite a few months ago when it was on TCM On Demand. I probably watched it three or four times during the week it was available (I drove my wife crazy, but I just loved that short).
  9. I read that the Charley Chase shorts are "back in the rotation" and it looks like I have missed a few of them. Are they still in the rotation, and if they are, do they come out once or twice a month, or is it just hit or miss on when they are shown. Thanks.
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    Charley Chase

    Does anyone know anything about the DVD - Cut to the Chase: The Charley Chase Classic Comedy Collection? The last time I was out on the Milestone Films website, they said that it would be released in 2008. Today when I went out to their website, it says that the DVD is coming soon? Thanks.
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    Harry Langdon

    Last winter I rented some of the Slapstick Encyclopedia tapes from the library and I believe that Harry Langdon's Saturday Afternoon was on one of the tapes. I enjoyed that short, and it actually left me wanting to see more of his work. I can only assume that was some of his best work since it made it onto the Slapstick Encyclopedia tape?
  12. It sounds like two thumbs up for the re-construction of London After Midnight, so I'll be watching it this weekend. Thanks for the replies. I do have a few more questions though. I was surprised to find out that they took so many stills that they were able to re-create the movie with them. Why were so many stills taken? Was this something common back then? Do they still do that today? Thanks in advance.
  13. I noticed that London After Midnight and the 1935 re-make Mark of the Vampire are both on this weekend. I have never seen either movie, and I have heard that London After Midnight is a re-creation of the movie from stills? My question is, can I follow the plot easily enough in the still re-creation, or should I watch Mark of the Vampire first? Thanks.
  14. I saw the Busher a while ago, and was quite surprised at how many title cards were missing in this version. I'm still new to silent films, but I'm starting to understand what some of you are saying about different versions of movies. In comparing this version to the version I saw, they had to cut out anywhere from 30 to 40% of the title cards. It was almost like watching a different movie. I think that a lot of the "jumping" that we saw last night was the missing title cards. It was almost impossible to follow the story line. Just a quick example without giving away to much - John Gilbert is the "bad guy" in this movie, and he has to figure out a way to pay back his gambling debts before his father finds out. He then tries to solve his problem, but without the title cards, there is absolutely no way to know this. The print was really good last night, and it's a shame that so many of the title cards were either lost, decomposed etc., because a lot of time and attention went into making the the title cards, and the actual story line was lost without them.
  15. I was wondering if anyone knows about the Flash Gordon serials starring Buster Crabbe from the late 1930's to early 1940's? I believe that there were three serials made, but I'm not sure. The original in 1936, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars in 1938, and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe in 1940. I have heard that the last serial (Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe) had the best plot, but that is just one person's opinion. Should I start with the first serial and work my way through, or could I start with the last serial without missing anything that may have been explained in a previous serial? Thanks for any help.
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