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Everything posted by coffeedan

  1. Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project posted this at the Al Jolson Forum (in response to a query about a DVD of THE SINGING FOOL), and it bears reposting here: As I worked with WB on THE JAZZ SINGER DVD set, I can give a little perspective on next plans. THE JAZZ SINGER set was never going to have any other features, and its production is a monument to produce George Feltenstein's vision and tenacity. Clearly, this was not something the top execs would ever rubber stamp. This was in many ways a test set not just on Jolson, but for the market in vintage Vitaphone shorts and early talk
  2. Well, it took a while, but I finally read through all these schedules and narrowed it down to two. It's a shame I can vote for only one, but "Tourneur Classic Movies," Britney Spears as guest programmer (maybe that should be "Required Viewing for Britney Spears") and other equally witty groupings tipped the balance for me. My vote goes to Fedya, who not only made many good programming choices, but kept me laughing throughout. That said, I have to give an honorable mention to NormaDesmond, who included a lot of my favorites and films I'd really like to see, especially the John Gilbert
  3. You're right, Jeff. I ran a search of your posts, and didn't find any prior angst over Silent Sunday Nights therein. I must have confused your opinions with someone else's. I have edited my previous post to reflect this. Please accept my apologies. But I still wonder what spooked you this time when you've kept your cool on many other such occasions. The fact remains that you acted irresponsibly in your initial post -- on nothing but supposition -- and needlessly scared a lot of other people, including a few newbies. You have a lot of enthusiasm, but remember that enthusiasm is like
  4. Oh no -- Jeffrey's hyperventilating. Just look at all those question marks, exclamation points, and sentence fragments. Man, I can just see him bouncing off the walls like a wildly thrown Superball. Even if TCM did do away with Silent Sunday Nights -- and I really doubt that they will -- I don't think it would be a great loss. Has anybody besides me noticed that, in any month SSN has been pre-empted, the number of silent film screenings stays the same -- or even increases? I went through several years of Now Playing schedules, and found this to be true, even during Oscar month. May
  5. Aw, get the DVD, vallo . . . the quality and presentation will be so much better. By the way, you can get this set cheaper at Amazon.com ($34.99) or BarnesandNoble.com ($34.98). Since I pre-ordered early at B&N.com, I got it for $29.98, and my membership discounts brought it down to $22.74! It pays to be a B&N member . . .
  6. Deep Discount usually has its 20 percent off sales in June and November, so we have a few months to wait yet. Lately, DVD Planet has been holding a 20 percent off sale at about the same time.
  7. Just one correction and one addition to your list of films in the Silent Sunday Nights montage, Jeff. The "seductive glance" of Garbo is from THE KISS, not THE MYSTERIOUS LADY, and the very last shot of the swinging lantern is from THE WIND. I initially researched and posted this info 'way back in 2002 (has it really been that long?): http://forums.tcm.com/jive/tcm/thread.jspa?threadID=813&start=60&tstart=480
  8. >I wish oldies.com had free shipping. It gets expensive when you order multiple dvds, They offer free shipping for orders of $50 or more.
  9. Proving once again you can't believe everything you read in Wikipedia. The Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America was formed in 1922 with Will Hays as its titular head, appointing eight state censor boards and adopting a production code of good practice that same year. The code was revised in 1927 and 1930, but was not rigorously enforced until the MPPDA appointed the Production Code Administration under Joseph Breen to enforce it (with several more amendments) in 1934.
  10. Teeny, the movie you're looking for is PETER IBBETSON (1935), starring Gary Cooper and Ann Harding. Given these stars, I didn't think it was going to work, but Cooper and Harding are magnificent together. It's available on DVD as part of The Gary Cooper Collection from Universal Home Video. Happy viewing!
  11. Sounds like THE UNHOLY NIGHT (1929) with Roland Young, Ernest Torrence, and Boris Karloff.
  12. So far, I've found out that Christopher Caliendo has scored THE IRON HORSE, Tim Curran has scored HANGMAN'S HOUSE, and the original Movietone soundtrack has been retained for FOUR SONS. Don't know anything about the scores for the other silents in the set yet. I've also heard a rumor that THE IRON HORSE will also have the original Erno Rapee score as rendered on organ by Gaylord Carter. Wish I could confirm this . . .
  13. Don't forget that TCM itself started off in 1994 as a spinoff channel -- from the classic movie programming on its sister station, TNT. On that basis, are we likely to see a spinoff of a spinoff? I doubt it. Any successful TV station assumes a large audience to serve, a large budget to support it (usually raised through advertising), and a large programming menu to fill the schedule. A TV station running 24 hours a day is a modern Moloch when you consider the programming that has to fill it and keep an audience satisfied at the same time. While there's definitely an audience for a c
  14. Not a lot of details yet, but I just got word that Criterion will be releasing Billy Wilder's ACE IN THE HOLE in June or July! Stay tuned -- bulletins aired as received . . .
  15. In response to Fred and SueSue: According to one of my old movie almanacs, there were 10 full-color features and one part-color feature released in Hollywood in 1939. I'm guessing that the part-color feature was HOLLYWOOD CAVALCADE, the first film to successfully blend Technicolor and B&W stocks. (I would have added THE WOMEN, but apparently they weren't counting color sequences.) The 10 full-color features are: DODGE CITY DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA (two-strip Cinecolor) GONE WITH THE WIND ICE FOLLIES OF 1939 JESSE JAMES THE LITTLE PRINCESS THE PRIV
  16. As far as I know, Countess, the Harlow documentary is not available anywhere else. Since it originally aired on TNT and clocks in at 45 minutes, chances are it would not be profitable if it was released by itself. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you've never seen DINNER AT EIGHT before, pick up the disc and watch. You'll be in for a treat, and I think you'll cherish it as much as I do, and not just for Jean Harlow's performance.
  17. Yes, in more than one sense, Gilbert was a wiry guy in this movie. Another thing I noticed: was that Polly Moran among the spectators in several scenes? The IMDb doesn't mention it, but then again, it misses a lot of little things . . .
  18. After the TCM premiere of THE SHOW, I'm bumping this thread up. It seems we have some new John Gilbert fans with us, and I'm eager to hear their contributions . . . I saw THE SHOW last year for the first time when a friend sent me a DVD copy (with the titles translated into French). I found it dark, but oddly fascinating. Now that I've seen it in a better print with a new score, I like it even better. Darrell Raby's score emphasized the right things at the right times, and wasn't obtrusive or self-indulgent. It really complemented the film and moved it along. John Gilbert gave a gr
  19. > I seriously hope that WB is releasing all > the movies [Jean Harlow] did at MGM. There's only 11 of them: Make that 10. THREE WISE GIRLS is a Columbia release.
  20. According to Patrick Robertson's book Film Facts, the last year in which black and white films predominated in the United States was 1961, when 78 b&w features and 72 color features were released. For the United Kingdom, the last year was 1964, when 41 b&w features and 34 color features were released. From then on, color films took over . . . By the way, 1965 was not the last year in which more than one Oscar nominee for Best Picture was in black and white. In 1980, THE ELEPHANT MAN and RAGING BULL were nominated for Best Picture, and both were filmed in black and white.
  21. Jean Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell is available on DVD as a extra with DINNER AT EIGHT.
  22. > You do know that Lauren Bacall did not do her own > singing right? Andy Williams sang for her, they > couldn't find a woman with a deep enough voice to > sound convincingly like her voice. It's not true. This Hollywood urban legend is almost as persistent as that of the casting of Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan in CASABLANCA. While it is true that director Howard Hawks had Andy Williams record some vocal tracks for TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, ultimately he didn't like them as much as Bacall's own singing. Yes, that really is Lauren Bacall's voice. That's the short ans
  23. Oh, that's STAR IN THE NIGHT (1945) the Oscar-winning short subject that marked the directorial debut of Don Siegel (INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, DIRTY HARRY). It's available on DVD as an extra with CHRISTMAS IN CONNECTICUT. I recently showed this film to some friends of mine, and afterward one of them said that this movie says more about Christmas in 20 minutes than most films say in 90 minutes or more.
  24. Relax, alix. The uncensored version of BABY FACE is also included on the recently released Forbidden Hollywood collection which also includes RED-HAIRED WOMAN (1932) with Jean Harlow and the rarely-seen WATERLOO BRIDGE (1931), featuring a great performance from Mae Clarke. I just watched the uncensored BABY FACE for the first time over the weekend, and the additional footage greatly enhances the narrative. The liner notes say there are about two dozen additions or deletions, some slight, some substantial. I'll look at it again and give you a fuller report later. Incidentally, the p
  25. Back in the 1950s and '60s, when MGM first released its silent films to television, they often contained these edited orchestral sores. The three films you mentioned seem to be among the few MGM silents still airing anywhere with their original TV scores. But the upcoming second Lon Chaney Collection will change all that. I understand that the 1925 UNHOLY THREE is being restored from the original camera negative, and the sound version will also be included. Further details from George Feltenstein of Warner Home Video now indicate that the set will definitely include TELL IT TO THE MARIN
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