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  1. What has happened with Silent Sundays? I can't find any schedule for future silent movies. Also, there is only one silent movie shown in the streaming movies for tcm. In the pasts, I've always seen several available silent movies.( I use DirecTV.)
  2. I'm a big fan of LILLIAN GISH. She was an acting original and one of our greatest film stars, as well as a tireless champion of silent movies and their restoration (and she hailed from my home state of Ohio). My late cousin, a silent film collector and film historian, actually met her in the 1970s. I consider it a minor sin that her and her sister Dorothy's names were removed last spring from that theatre at Bowling Green State University. Anyway, I just learned that Gish wrote and directed a silent that was released almost 100 years ago: Remodeling Her Husband, starring Dorothy. The film, like so many other silents, is considered "lost." It's a film that is also notable for the involvement of writer Dorothy Parker, who provided intertitles (whatever they are). Wikipedia calls it "nearly an all-woman produced movie with the exception of the cameraman." I could be wrong, but this movie might be the first ever that was directed by a woman. Here's a link to a short, lukewarm review from Variety magazine on December 31, 1919: https://variety.com/1919/film/reviews/remodeling-her-husband-1200409323/
  3. 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.
  4. Airing in Prime-time this evening. 8:00 PM/7:00 Central. Part of the fascinating Trail Blazing Women series. This has always been my favorite Mary Pickford feature. Produced and written (using Grandmother's name) by her. I have waited a long time to see this film properly restored. Hope the new musical score does the movie justice. ROONEY was also an important picture for William Haines. Helping to establish him as a major Star in his own right. No version of this film has aired on TCM in a decade. This restoration was only completed a few months ago by the Mary Pickford Foundation and Academy Film Archive. By all accounts it looks simply tremendous. Probably will not be on DVD or Blu-ray anytime soon, so if you want to see it be sure to set you DVR. I'm amazed that TCM was able to license this so quickly. With any luck maybe they will pick up the new restoration of MY BEST GIRL (1927) too. That hasn't been shown on TCM in quite awhile. Anxious to see the recent documentary on Mary as well. "MUSE OF THE MOVIES" (2008) which is another premiere. Can't thank Chuck Tabesh and the rest of the TCM programing staff enough for their superb efforts. By the way, It would be a shame to exclude Colleen Moore from the TRAIL BLAZING WOMEN series. Maybe we can get a few of her premiere's next season? Thanks again. "She ain't no girl, She's a Wildcat!"
  5. A Masterpiece of Silent Movie making from prolific director Frank Borzage. One of my favorites. Airing at 10:00 PM Eastern/9:00 PM Central! Don't miss it! First time on TCM since early 2011! Who knows when it will be shown again??? It's possible this could be the debut of the new 4k transfer that Fox was working on. Probably not. The last and only time previously that TCM aired this movie the transfer looked rather dark, dull and battered during many scenes. I know better quality materials exist, even before the new 4k restoration. Fabulous vintage Movie-tone score! Hopefully, they obtained better prints of the early Talkie SUNNY SIDE UP as well?
  6. While I sincerely hope this will be a brand new restoration or print transfer, I'm not expecting that to be the case. To the best of my knowledge, no version of this film has been shown on TCM before. For that matter, it has only aired twice in two different versions on American TV in the past 38 years! Both telecast were on Public Television in 1978 and 1999 respectively. So please appreciate just how rare this broadcast airing at 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 Central time truly is! Thank you TCM!
  7. Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. is the legal distributor of any FBO/RKO movies between 1925 and 1930. This is a petition for Turner Entertainment/Warner Bros. to digitize the following Tom Tyler silent films he made for FBO between 1925 and 1929 and eventually make these movies available on DVD for consumer purchase. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/650/139/217/turner-entertainmentwarner-brothers-please-digitize-tom-tylers-surviving-fbo-silent-films/ Thank you!
  8. Wow a full evenings slate tomorrow with the original "King of Hollywood" Douglas Fairbanks Senior! Very impressed with the unexpected Prime-time TCM debut's and World Television Premiere's of THE GOOD BAD MAN with Bessie Love, and THE HALF-BREED with Alma Rubens! Both titles recently restored! In-fact, THE GOOD BAD MAN was restored just last year, and I am told looks pristine from those who have seen the movie at live screenings! Neither of these two extremely rare films have ever been released on home video in any format. In addition there is also a TCM Premiere of Fairbanks Two-Color Technicolor swashbuckler THE BLACK PIRATE (1926) with Billie Dove! A movie I have long wondered why TCM never seemed to run? PIRATE might have been scheduled at an earlier hour certainly, but at least it's finally on TCM! What's more, this could potentially be a new restoration from the BFI for all I know? Be sure to set your DVR's! Thank you so much TCM for this major surprise treat! A nice early Christmas gift the week before Thanksgiving! "Dem Male Folk Sure Is Pesky Critters!" Douglas Fairbanks and Bessie Love - "You Best Hightail It Straight Out 'O Dodge, City Slicker!!!" "Dashing Doug!" - Circa 1917
  9. Finally at long last, a Colleen Moore movie on TCM! And in Prime-time to boot! Monday at 8:00 PM Eastern. 7:00 Central. I already have the Warner Archive disc of the formally long lost WHY BE GOOD? (1929) which was released about a month shy of a year ago. However, I'm very anxious to hear Leonard Maltin's opening and closing comments as he is guest host for the evening. I would have been interested to hear Bob's take just as well. The nifty film is a fast paced delight from start to finish! Great fun! Maybe even one of the first films I would show to Silent Film Newbies. A nice introduction to the genre. I just wish there were a whole evening dedicated to Colleen, but we will certainly take what we can get. Especially given Colleen's general lack of visibility on TCM up to this point. Here's hoping that HER WILD OAT (1927), SYNTHETIC SIN (1929) or LILAC TIME (1928) might be in the works. In-fact, it would be a huge if we could maybe get a restored LILAC TIME (1928) or perhaps IRENE or TWINKLETOES (both from 1926), screening as part of next years TCM Classic Film Festival. Nonetheless, I still have to thank TCM's Charles Tabesh, and Leonard for at least putting WHY BE GOOD? on the schedule and Spotlighting it. Along with Warner's and the Vita-phone Project for the beautiful restoration work. It's a solid start. "A Little Moore Love!" (Colleen with Neil Hamilton in WHY BE GOOD?)
  10. Exciting news broke just yesterday that the long lost Alice White Silent feature SHOW GIRL (1928) was being restored by Warner Brothers and the Vita-phone project. It is currently still listed on the Library of Congress Silent Movie Database as a Lost film. Or in any event, read's "No Holdings In Archives" So I'm not sure where this print came from? Nevertheless, this is a welcome surprise seemingly out of nowhere! I hope we might see it on TCM as soon as possible. Since it has a complete Vita-phone score already, additional music doesn't need to be recorded. Would be a great fit for TCM's sporadic Lost and Found series.
  11. Very surprised no one has mentioned this here. Colleen Moore's last Silent film the long lost WHY BE GOOD? (1929) has been added to the TCM Classic Film Festival schedule. I am so gratified to see this. I was hoping for maybe SYNTHETIC SIN or LILAC TIME since WHY BE GOOD? was released on DVD by Warner Archive late last October, while the other two are still not available. But at least it's a Colleen Moore film and as I have the DVD, it is Wonderful with a teriffic Vita-phone score. Print is outstanding quality. I hope this plays to a packed house. Though being scheduled for a 9:15 AM screening at the The Chinese Multiplex House 1, and going head to head with Doctor Zhivago isn't exactly ideal timing. The recently restored SYNTHETIC SIN (also 1929) playing in Scottland this weekend at the Pardone Festival has been sold out for weeks. It is also being screened at the final Cinefest in Syracuse NY at 8:50 PM Eastern Daylight time. I'm still holding out hope for an evening on TCM of Colleen Moore careers maybe later this year. It's been a long time coming, but I want to thank Warner Brothers, TCM and the Vitaphone project for the colborative effort in finally honoring the great Colleen Moore. This just a few weeks after her famous doll house in Chicago had it's restoration completed. I hope we might get a new and complete print of LILAC TIME at next years featival. That would definitely appeal not just to Colleen Moore and Silent films fans, but to Gary Cooper fans as well. Maybe TCM can get Colleen's granddughter Alice Hargrave as a special guest host? I wonder if she will be at the festival? Or maybe Hugh Monroe Neely who discovered the long lost HER WILD OAT (1927) in the Czech Archive at Prague. Still awiting a TCM debut of that picture and have been for the past 9 years.. Or perhaps Colleen's Biographer the enagmatic Jeff Codori. I figure that might be the reason that WHY BE GOOD? though released by Warner Archive hasn't been shown on TCM yet, as they plan to debut a few films at the same time. Sure would be nice if that were the case anyway. There was a very nice piece on restoration of Colleen's famed Fairy Princess Doll House on CBS this morning a couple weeks back. I like to think that she is finally getting some well deserved and long over due attention on the road to a major rediscovery. http://filmfestival.tcm.com/programs/films/why-be-good/
  12. Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm LACMA, Bing Theater in Los Angeles California! There will be additional screenings coming up throughout the Fall around the country. http://www.lacma.org/event/why-be-good Why Be Good? Saturday, September 6, 2014 | 7:30 pm U.S. Restoration Premiere 1929, 90 minutes, black and white, DCP | Directed by William A. Seiter; written by Carey Wilson; with Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John Sainpolis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman. In her final silent film, Colleen Moore plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation, who, after a vivacious night of dancing, finds herself romantically linked to her boss's son. Why Be Good? contains a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects and synchronized music, chiefly hot jazz and 1920s dance music played by such period greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti, and Eddie Lang. The big-budgeted film, filled with beautiful art deco sets, features a young Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra. Long believed to be a lost film, it was rediscovered though the perseverance of film historian Joseph Yranski and Ron Hutchinson, the founder of the Vitaphone Project. The search began when Yranski interviewed Moore, who told him that a copy of the film survived in an Italian film archive. Hutchinson was able to find the 16" Vitaphone discs containing the soundtrack, and the task of locating the missing picture began. Gian Luca Farinelli of Cineteca di Bologna contacted Matteo Pavesi of Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who graciously allowed access to the 35mm nitrate dupe negative for the restoration at L’Immagine Ritrovata in conjunction with Warner Bros. Presented as part of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' ongoing series at LACMA. LACMA, Bing Theater $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members, and students with valid ID | $5 general public Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online. Plan Your Visit U.S. Restoration PremiereIn her final silent film, Colleen Moore plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation, who, after a vivacious night of dancing, finds herself romantically linked to her boss’s son. Why Be Good? contains a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects and synchronized music, chiefly hot jazz and Twenties dance music played by such period greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. The big-budgeted film, filled with beautiful art deco sets, features a young Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra. Collette Merton, Colleen Moore and an unidentified woman in WHY BE GOOD? (1929) Long believed to be a lost film, it was rediscovered though the perseverance of film historian Joseph Yranski and Ron Hutchinson, the founder of the Vitaphone Project. The search began when Yranski interviewed Moore, who told him that a copy of the film survived in an Italian film archive. Hutchinson was able to find the 16” Vitaphone discs containing the soundtrack, and the task of locating the missing picture began. Gian Luca Farinelli of Cineteca di Bologna contacted Matteo Pavesi of Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who graciously allowed access to the 35mm nitrate dupe negative for the restoration at L’Immagine Ritrovata in conjunction with Warner Bros. 1929, 90 minutes, black and white, DCP | Directed by William A. Seiter; written by Carey Wilson; with Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John Sainpolis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman. Event Information Saturday, September 6 at 7:30 pm Bing Theater Los Angeles County Museum of Art 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles TICKETS $5 general admission $3 Academy members and students with a valid ID. Tickets will be available starting Monday, August 25 at 10 a.m. Order Tickets Online
  13. Huge Breaking News from Ron Hutchinson at The Vitaphone Project! This update was just posted earlier this morning on his Facebook page. "I am happy to finally announce that Colleen Moore's last silent, WHY BE GOOD? (FN/'29) has been synchronized with my Vitaphone disks by Warner Bros, and will be screened at the end of this month at Il Cinema Ritrvato 2014 in Bologna, Italy! This film was consider lost for decades, when during an intro I was making at a Film Forum show, I casually mentioned that I acquired all the film's soundtrack disks. "It's not lost, I know where it is" yelled film historian Joe Yranski to the laughter and applause of the audience. So began an a lost decade long effort to retrieve the lone surviving 35mm print from an Italian archive, and restore it with its super hot dance music soundtrack --- which includes Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. This is a big budget, heavily art deco flaming flapper film which also has Jean Harlow as a dress extra. Ned Price, Warner's Chief Preservation Officer, negotiated getting the print and has bveen working to restore and synch it up over the last year. He called me excitedly this week, and noted how extremely Pre-Code the film is. He was the first person to see and hear this film in 85 years. When I'm permitted, I will let you know when the US screenings will be held. But once again, a great preservation story I am so proud to have been a part of! Stay tuned." Ron
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