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by Frank Thompson
Sat Dec 14, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME TWO 1932-33 coming out this Tuesday
Replies: 24
Views: 15979

Re: CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME TWO 1932-33 coming out this Tuesday

I meant to note and highly recommend this terrific set weeks ago. But life got hectic and it took a good long while for me to watch all the shorts included here and then watch them again to listen to Richard M. Roberts's knowledgeable and often hilarious commentary tracks. The first Charley Chase se...
by Frank Thompson
Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Todd/Pitts
Replies: 1
Views: 3147

Todd/Pitts

I've meant to write about this set for quite a while but, well, you know. I finally posted this on Amazon and wanted to copy it here. Any fan of '30s comedy -- especially comedy produced by Hal Roach -- should rejoice at the release of these comedies starring the extraordinary Thelma Todd and ZaSu P...
by Frank Thompson
Sat May 26, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle
Replies: 16
Views: 13290

Re: THE ROUND-UP starring Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

I've wanted to see "The Round-Up" for a long, long time. Now that I have, I believe it has joined the ranks of my favorite silent films. It's gorgeous to look at. And it's exciting, amusing and, at times, profoundly moving. I've always felt that Roscoe Arbuckle is one of the great film com...
by Frank Thompson
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Okay-----NOW!: CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME ONE 1930-31
Replies: 21
Views: 23299

Re: Okay-----NOW!: CHARLEY CHASE AT HAL ROACH: THE TALKIES VOLUME ONE 1930-31

So far I've watched only the first disc, but to be fair I've watched it twice, once straight and once with a side of Richard M. Roberts. I can't decide which way is more enjoyable. The quality of every print I've seen so far has been at least fine and at best gorgeous. I have only one regret and tha...
by Frank Thompson
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:12 pm
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: GO JOHNNY GO (1959) restored DVD from Sprocket Vault
Replies: 8
Views: 13184

Re: GO JOHNNY GO (1959) restored DVD from Sprocket Vault

I'm no critic but I can still add my voice to the throng of enthusiastic fans of this DVD. The quality is first-rate, the musical numbers (well, the great majority of them) are terrific and the commentary track is worth the price of the disc all by itself. Don't be a chump -- add this one to your co...
by Frank Thompson
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: The ultimate book on William Wellman
Replies: 2
Views: 5500

Re: The ultimate book on William Wellman

Three weeks from today, we stop selling "Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman" by Frank Thompson and John Gallagher. December 5 is the end. No more copies will be sold after that date. Ever. This book is huge, deeply detailed, highly entertaining and richly illustrated with more t...
by Frank Thompson
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: The ultimate book on William Wellman
Replies: 2
Views: 5500

Re: The ultimate book on William Wellman

Three weeks from today, we stop selling "Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman" by Frank Thompson and John Gallagher. December 5 is the end. No more copies will be sold after that date. Ever. This book is huge, deeply detailed, highly entertaining and richly illustrated with more t...
by Frank Thompson
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:31 pm
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: The ultimate book on William Wellman
Replies: 2
Views: 5500

Re: The ultimate book on William Wellman

Nice words: "It’s a work that can rightly be described as the most thoroughly researched, detailed, and richly illustrated book ever published on any director" – Thomas Gladysz, Huffington Post “The most ambitious book ever on a Classic Era director … It is awesome … There is not another c...
by Frank Thompson
Tue Sep 05, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: SOUND MOVIE MAIN
Topic: The ultimate book on William Wellman
Replies: 2
Views: 5500

The ultimate book on William Wellman

Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman By John Andrew Gallagher and Frank Thompson Deluxe Limited Edition $150 Learn more about Wellman and “Nothing Sacred” in this video: https://vimeo.com/232527187 Nearly four decades in the making, Nothing Sacred: The Cinema of William Wellman is now read...
by Frank Thompson
Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Buy This Book: Asheville Movies: The Silent Era
Replies: 3
Views: 4273

Re: Buy This Book: Asheville Movies: The Silent Era

Thanks for sharing Leonard's review, Richard. I'll be so bold as to post a link to Thomas Gladysz's review from the Louise Brooks Society site. Thomas read the book carefully and thoroughly -- and he still liked it. http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/2017/06/new-book-asheville-movies-volume-1.h...