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by John Bengtson
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:51 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Harold Lloyd Doug MacLean and Ben Model
Replies: 0
Views: 180

Harold Lloyd Doug MacLean and Ben Model

Thanks to Ben Model’s new DVD release The Douglas MacLean Collection we see Harold Lloyd and Doug MacLean crossed paths many times. Both filmed high-rise stunts at the Hill St Tunnel, and home-town train scenes at the tiny Hynes depot, a one-time SoCal dairy capital, and beside the Palms Garage buil...
by John Bengtson
Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:05 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: New Keystone Kops book
Replies: 0
Views: 253

New Keystone Kops book

Hey everyone – my friend Lon Davis’s new anthology book CHASE! A Tribute to the Keystone Cops is now available for sale. It features articles by many authors and historians – see table below. It’s the first book devoted specifically to the Kops, and the proceeds will be allocated to silent film pres...
by John Bengtson
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:08 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Pickford on the Brunton lot - with Keaton and the Talmadges
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Views: 989

Pickford on the Brunton lot - with Keaton and the Talmadges

Mary Pickford staged The Hoodlum (1919) on a Brunton Studio backlot set later appearing in several Keaton films, Lloyd Williams filmed there too. There are even ties to the Talmadge sisters. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/0000-mary-pickford-buster-keaton-1024.jpg There's much to...
by John Bengtson
Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:52 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Missing The Cameraman Scene and Other Tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Re: Keaton's Missing The Cameraman Scene and Other Tricks

It makes sense to cut "the Admiral is coming" scene altogether if the surviving prints don't contain the payoff joke. But, as mentioned, this may have been the hotel's debut screen appearance, so a bit of LA history is lost along with the missing footage.
by John Bengtson
Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Missing The Cameraman Scene and Other Tricks
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Keaton's Missing The Cameraman Scene and Other Tricks

A missing scene from Buster Keaton’s The Cameraman contains likely the first screen appearance of the newly opened Beverly Wilshire Hotel. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2020/02/blog-link_page_2.jpg and Buster’s newsreel fiasco in The Cameraman fully explained https://silentlocations.fi...
by John Bengtson
Fri Jan 24, 2020 12:23 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Silent Comedy's Crazy Corner
Replies: 0
Views: 1574

Silent Comedy's Crazy Corner

Quick – what are some essential elements for a silent comedy? A park bench? An angry cop? A banana peel? If you think about it, one absolutely essential geographic element is the humble street corner. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/crazy-corner.jpg The crazy corner of Alameda at...
by John Bengtson
Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Happy Roaring Twenties New Year at Keaton's Bungalow
Replies: 0
Views: 1271

Happy Roaring Twenties New Year at Keaton's Bungalow

Happy New Year everyone! Buster Keaton made his 1929 New Year's Resolutions at the small bungalow he rented just outside of MGM before being forced to reside at “Keaton's Kennel” inside the studio lot. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2020/01/1929.jpg https://silentlocations.files.wordpre...
by John Bengtson
Fri Jan 10, 2020 6:20 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton at the Selig Studio "Prison"
Replies: 0
Views: 1343

Keaton at the Selig Studio "Prison"

Chaplin’s Tillie’s Punctured Romance solved a Keaton location years later, filming a "prison" scene at the Selig Studio for Convict 13 . https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/3-view-2.jpg While details must wait for a later post, Buster also filmed the many Convict 13 golf sc...
by John Bengtson
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Allright, we'll try this again.........
Replies: 11
Views: 3953

Re: Allright, we'll try this again.........

Just pre-ordered my copy. Thank you so much for making these films widely available.

Cheers, John
by John Bengtson
Fri Dec 27, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Scarecrow Adobe
Replies: 0
Views: 1500

Keaton's Scarecrow Adobe

Guest blogger Jeffrey Castel de Oro [url]@jeffcdo[/url] reveals the amazing history of this lost adobe appearing in Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow . https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/12/jeff-pan_page_1.jpg Using hidden clues in various archival photographs, Jeff pinpoints the very spot...