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by William Ferry
Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: THE PASSING PARADE
Topic: Richard Schickel
Replies: 8
Views: 7651

Re: Richard Schickel

"Five most divisive" perhaps, but he's waaayyyyyy down the list for me in terms of any real importance. There are even some Citadel Press "The Films of..." authors that I'd rank above Schickel. Hats off to him for THE MEN WHO MADE THE MOVIES, to give credit where credit is due (d...
by William Ferry
Sun Feb 26, 2017 8:09 pm
Forum: THE PASSING PARADE
Topic: Richard Schickel
Replies: 8
Views: 7651

Re: Richard Schickel

Anxiously awaiting the turning of the worm, i.e. a biography of Richard Shickel's life and work by a film fan/historian who ultimately doesn't like him.
by William Ferry
Sun Feb 26, 2017 7:41 pm
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: THE ART OF SELLING MOVIES BY John McElwee now on Amazon
Replies: 1
Views: 4629

Re: THE ART OF SELLING MOVIES BY John McElwee now on Amazon

Ooh! Thanks for the tip! I got SHOWMEN, SELL IT HOT for Christmas a few years ago. I was so impressed, I let John McElwee know that I'd wished I'd had more time when I started reading it, because I would have finished it in one sitting. I'm looking forward to getting THE ART OF SELLING MOVIES - it's...
by William Ferry
Mon Jan 16, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 31
Views: 21267

Re: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

Well, on a positive note, I got my copy of the restored WHEN COMEDY WAS KING this weekend. And I'm happy to say it lived up to my expectations. Wonderful job, and it's not hyperbole to say the film has never looked better on a home release. Then again, I never owned the two-reel cut-down Americom 8m...
by William Ferry
Mon Jan 02, 2017 4:28 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 31
Views: 21267

Re: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

The caterwauling about any perceived faults in what undoubtedly a first-rate transfer would be funny if they weren't so irritating. For heaven's sake, when I first discovered the Youngson films, I had to wait until MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE showed them at 11:30pm. My take on remastering is this - does it...
by William Ferry
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:50 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION Volume Two
Replies: 4
Views: 8511

Re: THE MACK SENNETT COLLECTION Volume Two

Oh this is wonderful news! My son and I watch Vol. One regularly. You've got a truckful of Roscoe Arbuckle, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde, and Ben Turpin - four of my son's favorites. He'll be very happy (and so will his dad)!
by William Ferry
Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Answer Dept: Herb Graff Silent Comedy Film Festival
Replies: 1
Views: 2025

Re: Nitrateville Answer Dept: Herb Graff Silent Comedy Film Festival

I remember these shows well! They were always a highlight of the Christmas and Easter seasons on WNET (Channel 13) in NY. This was back when there was educational programming for schools during the day, so school vacation time was always when this alternate programming was scheduled. When I recall t...
by William Ferry
Tue May 31, 2016 7:47 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: MY DREAM OF THE BIG PARADE (1926) Peerless Quartet
Replies: 2
Views: 3490

Re: MY DREAM OF THE BIG PARADE (1926) Peerless Quartet

Thank you so much for sharing this...I first heard it many years ago (over 40, as I recall), on Joe Franklin's Saturday night radio show on WOR.
by William Ferry
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:39 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville General Jackassery: Film Speeds
Replies: 8
Views: 9007

Re: Nitrateville General Jackassery: Film Speeds

Having seen plenty of silent films over the last fifty years, I confess I don't have any strong feelings one way or the other over projection speeds, with the exception of step-printing (if I'm using the correct term). Watching a Chaplin "two-reeler" that runs 26 minutes (and seems to be m...
by William Ferry
Thu Dec 24, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A Merry Mafiosi Christmas
Replies: 14
Views: 10140

Re: A Merry Mafiosi Christmas

Merry Christmas! Here's hoping your stocking is full of silent comedy joy!