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by John Bengtson
Tue Sep 25, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster Keaton's Blue Blazes (1936) in Astoria
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Re: Buster Keaton's Blue Blazes (1936) in Astoria

D'oh - of course he filmed three in Astoria. But Mixed Magic didn't have any identifiable exteriors, and hence purged from my frontal lobes.

John
by John Bengtson
Tue Sep 25, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster Keaton's Blue Blazes (1936) in Astoria
Replies: 2
Views: 219

Buster Keaton's Blue Blazes (1936) in Astoria

Keaton filmed two Educational shorts in 1936 at the former Paramount studio located at 35th Ave. and 35th St. This overview shows several shots, still with confirming buildings, filmed along 34th Ave. just north of the studio. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/00-07-blue-blazes-34t...
by John Bengtson
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:43 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster Keaton's Kennel on the MGM lot
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Re: Buster Keaton's Kennel on the MGM lot

The full aerial photos, and Sanborn maps, show that Grant Ave. ran ~ east west, for a short block terminating at Madison to the east, which ran ~ north south. Madison had a funeral home on the SW corner of Grant, and a gas station, but no homes. I can't account for Harold's recollection, but as I me...
by John Bengtson
Sun Sep 23, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster Keaton's Kennel on the MGM lot
Replies: 3
Views: 295

Buster Keaton's Kennel on the MGM lot

Buster Keaton's Kennel on the MGM lot was likely built in late 1930. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2018/09/p1-1-018-kennel-box.jpg This photo shows the back of the Kennel, and part of the New York set where he filmed The Cameraman (1928). You can read all about the Kennel below https:/...
by John Bengtson
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:35 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, It's The Old Army Game fully indentified
Replies: 0
Views: 336

W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, It's The Old Army Game fully indentified

I've really enjoyed the new Blu-ray release of W. C. Fields and Louise Brooks in It's The Old Army Game (1926). There were so many details and locations that I ended up doing six posts about it. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/old-army-game-55.jpg The latest post covers Fields fi...
by John Bengtson
Tue Jul 24, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: "new" EYE Film - NO PARKING 1921
Replies: 2
Views: 501

"new" EYE Film - NO PARKING 1921

Here's a fun film from Eye Film Institute - "No Parking" Director: Scott Sidney | Production Country: United States | Year: 1921 | Production Company: Christie Film | Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam) - http://www.eyefilm.nl https://youtu.be/heiiLRCdnp8 I know nothing about the m...
by John Bengtson
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Borrowing the Keaton Studio
Replies: 3
Views: 744

Re: Borrowing the Keaton Studio

For what it's worth, the Keaton Studio demolition permit (historic LA building permits are searchable online) was pulled on May 27, 1931. The person listed as owner was J.F. Germain, address 6139 Fountain Ave. I read somewhere, that makes sense, that the studio was too small, out of date, to make it...
by John Bengtson
Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:48 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Self-Guided Keaton Studio Walking Tour
Replies: 0
Views: 386

Self-Guided Keaton Studio Walking Tour

Here's an illustrated 20-page PDF walking tour of the former Keaton Studio site at Lillian Way and Eleanor in Hollywood, prepared in honor of the new studio plaque that was dedicated last month. https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/new-buster-keaton-self-guided-tours/ You can download an...
by John Bengtson
Sun May 20, 2018 11:09 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Seven Chances Alarm Clock
Replies: 1
Views: 744

Keaton's Seven Chances Alarm Clock

Late for his wedding in Seven Chances (1925), Buster Keaton must marry by 7:00 p.m. in order to inherit a fortune. But what time is it? A woozy drunkard tosses his alarm clock out the window, konking Buster on the head, beside the Cheremoya Apartments, completed in 1924 at 5987 Franklin Ave. https:/...
by John Bengtson
Sat May 19, 2018 11:25 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Surviving Sherlock Jr/Convict 13 bungalow
Replies: 0
Views: 601

The Surviving Sherlock Jr/Convict 13 bungalow

A bungalow that appears in Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Jr. (1924), and in his early short film Convict 13 (1920), is still standing today at 4908 McKinley Avenue, when it was moved 11 miles away from Buster’s studio in 1926, the third time the modest home had been moved in less than six years. https://...