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by Chris Seguin
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Brats - Silent Version
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Brats - Silent Version

I’d imagine the reason the silent version ran 50’ shorter is that Blackhawk had a habit of cutting frames from their silent “adaptations” to approximate a natural speed at 18fps. Run the silent BRATS at 24fps and it’s gonna look pretty darned zippy.
by Chris Seguin
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's 1947 two-reeler UN DUEL À MORT now on DVD/Blu-Ray
Replies: 4
Views: 838

Re: Keaton's 1947 two-reeler UN DUEL À MORT now on DVD/Blu-Ray

Well after 40 years of waiting and waiting, I finally got to see this film. In a word, it's a treat. Agreed, Ed, it starts out pokey (it's not dissimilar from the Merton of the Movies footage in that it's almost home movie-like), but the duel itself is fun and charming. It also comes at a really int...
by Chris Seguin
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 5589

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

I could easily imagine Stan absolutely wanting to call it quits with the big studios in 1944, with Babe's reaction being "last time you went searching for greener pastures it brought us here -- and you've been miserable ever since!" So most people here are right, there were lots of opportu...
by Chris Seguin
Mon Feb 04, 2019 12:03 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Well blow me down with an anchovy.
Replies: 14
Views: 5252

Re: Well blow me down with an anchovy.

I feel like if they stuck to the true dramatic arc of Laurel & Hardy’s actual lives and careers between 1939-1957 it would be too tragic for celluloid.
by Chris Seguin
Fri Feb 01, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Laurel & Hardy in "Morton's Plumbing Shop"
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

Laurel & Hardy in "Morton's Plumbing Shop"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7_9ZVwUTheo This really is one of the holiest of Laurel & Hardy holy grails. Unheard – and unknown – for almost 75 years until it was unearthed last year by John Tefteller, this clip is from a rarest of rare rehearsal performance of “Morton’s Plumbing Shop”, a pil...
by Chris Seguin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: ATOLL K coming to blu-ray from the BFI
Replies: 7
Views: 3073

Re: ATOLL K coming to blu-ray from the BFI

It's telling that the ATOLL K blu-ray is outselling the five-feature "Best Of" blu-ray set on amazon.co.uk ATOLL K is #88 in DVD & Blu-ray > Comedy BEST OF is #427 in DVD & Blu-ray > Comedy Cracking the Top 100 is not bad at all for "Laurel & Hardy's worst film ever"!
by Chris Seguin
Tue Jan 29, 2019 1:14 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 5589

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

I’d say a lot of this was indeed driven by Mr. Laurel; no doubt Babe was just seeking a paycheque while Stan was seeking creative freedom and a salary he considered worthy of the team. It seemed to get contentious around the time of “The Fighting Kentuckian”; according to AJ Marriot’s book “Laurel &...
by Chris Seguin
Mon Jan 28, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 5589

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

Well that’s my point exactly. Besides the aforementioned “My Darling is a Kangaroo” and a 1948 blurb about Roach wanting to sign them for a series of 12-minute TV shorts, I can’t think of a single Hollywood offer they got between 1945-51. Hardy might’ve been in demand; Laurel & Hardy weren’t. No...
by Chris Seguin
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....
Replies: 18
Views: 5589

Re: Saw STAN AND OLLIE last night.....

Absolutely true to all that, but let's say they were in optimal health in 1948-49 -- I'm not sure the offers would have been pouring in, especially not from the big studios after the bridge-burning interviews they did about Fox and MGM once they left. (The only thing I recall coming up during that p...