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It Came From Outer Space, When Worlds Collide and Prince of Pirates 09/24 beginning at 8:00 PM are featuring Barbara Rush.  I can recommend It Came From Outer Space and have seen it and When Worlds Collide.

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Perhaps getting ahead a bit, but be sure to catch "The First Degree" (1923) on Wednesday.  From nitrateville in July 2020:

"The following was announced by the Chicago Film Archives today. A pretty significant discovery, and I'm glad to see more of Sylvia Breamer's work turn up:

Chicago Film Archives is excited to announce that a complete 35mm print of lost silent feature film The First Degree (1923) has been rediscovered in our collection. There are no known surviving elements from the film held by other archives, and it is included on the Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films 1912-1929 list maintained by the Library of Congress.

Directed by Edward Sedgwick and produced by Universal, The First Degree is a rural melodrama that revolves around a courtroom confession of murder. Frank Mayo stars as Sam Purdy, a banker-turned-politician-turned-sheep farmer who is repeatedly blackmailed by his jealous half-brother Will (Philo McCullough) over their mutual affection for Mary (Sylvia Breamer). Sedgwick, who primarily directed comedies including Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman (1928), tells the story largely through flashbacks and includes several impressionistic flourishes. The film was released on February 5, 1923 to strong reviews; Exhibitor’s Trade Review indicated, “There are five reels of bully entertainment in this picture, with no waste material clogging up the action, and a surprise finish that gets across with tremendous effect.”

CFA’s Director of Film Transfer Operations Olivia Babler identified the film as unique while prioritizing films for digitization. Since identifying the print, Olivia has fully inspected and scanned all five reels on our Kinetta Archival Film Scanner. The tinted, nitrate distribution print has suffered only minor mechanical damage and very little deterioration in the 97 years since it was struck. CFA’s print of The First Degree is part of the Charles E. Krosse Collection, which contains films produced and/or distributed by C.L. Venard Productions of Peoria, IL. From the teens until the early 1980s, the company offered a full range of film services to central Illinois, including selling and renting film equipment, producing sponsored films for local businesses, and distributing national and international films to local audiences, largely with an agricultural focus. Krosse donated the collection to CFA in 2006 and passed away in 2016. Many thanks for archivists Carolyn Faber, Anne Wells and Andy Uhrich for their instrumental early work on this collection.

A 2013 study by the Library of Congress concluded that 75% of American feature films produced between 1912–1929 are now considered ‘lost’; a mere 14% survive in complete 35mm copies as originally released. Universal has the poorest survival rate of all the Hollywood studios, having destroyed its silent film negatives in 1948. Mike Mashon, Head of the Moving Image Section at Library of Congress, says, “Given the abysmal survival rate of American silent films, the emergence of a previously lost complete feature—especially one from Universal—is cause for rejoicing. The CFA’s discovery of The First Degree also renews our collective hope of uncovering similar treasures in other archives and collections and underscores the importance of preserving these precious pieces of our cinematic legacy.”

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Tuesday, September 27/28

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12:30 a.m.  McLintock!  (1963).  With the Duke, Maureen O’Hara and Bruce Cabot.  I just watched Cabot in King Kong (1933) on the weekend.  A different sort of actor who had a fairly good long career.  He certainly benefited from a friendship with Wayne.

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It was a big deal that Katherine Anne Porter's blockbuster novel was brought to the screen with such a splash, and such a cast.   Lots of watchable performances, but I really like the combo of Oskar Werner and Simone Signoret in this.   Interesting casting of Signoret as a world-weary contessa, an opiate addict, whom Werner's ship's doctor treats and then falls for.   Sensitive  Werner hitting all the right notes.   They both were nominated for Oscars, along with Michael Dunn.

 

 

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late WED., early Thurs.,  10-6

TCM  Premiere.....

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''............. As far as he's concerned all society is a rigged sham, and he's just working in his self-interest like everyone else.

At this point we may begin to realize that Street's adventures in creative self-invention apply equally to the filmmaker. Wendell B. Harris Jr. is 'inventing' himself as an accomplished writer-director-actor, and his first effort is an unqualified success. ,,,
The insolent Street plays the color card to put some white lawyers on the defensive, but he has no illusion that his race entitles him to special treatment. He knows he's guilty as hell, and when he ends up in handcuffs, he just wants to find out where he tripped up.

........ Chameleon Street is consistently funny and inventive,..........There's really nothing like this film -- it's an unexpected anti-Blaxploitation comedy thriller. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance but was not widely distributed. .........
 
 
 
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They seem to be airing "The Two Mrs. Carrolls"    ( tonight, Tuesday, 10:15 p.m. Eastern)  more than they used to, but it's still fun for its suspense and the casting.  I could be wrong, but I don't think Bogart and Stanwyck were in anything else together?   Stanwyck's evolution from newlywed bliss to agonized suspicion is neatly accomplished.    Love Stanwyck!    And the art direction in this.   And little child actress Ann Carter, so earnest.     

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Thursday, October 6/7

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4:45 a.m.  Of Mice and Men (1939).  Great cast in this Lewis Milestone film.  

Jose Ferrer's I Accuse! was originally scheduled for 2 a.m.

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Saturday, October 8

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6:15 p.m.  The Omega Man (1971).  I saw this when it came out in the good old days of the double bills.  So so then and now too I’m guessing.

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