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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: 3012

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: 3012

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: 2967

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: 2606

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: 2584

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: 7655

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: 2580

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...
by John Bengtson
Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Early Chaplin Views of the Selig Studio
Replies: 0
Views: 2818

Early Chaplin Views of the Selig Studio

Charlie Chaplin filmed some of the earliest scenes of his career beside the Selig Polyscope Studio, the first permanent studio in Los Angeles. Built in 1909 it stood just two blocks north of the Keystone Studio. The studio appears several times during Tillie's Punctured Romance . https://silentlocat...
by John Bengtson
Wed Nov 13, 2019 2:56 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: So much LA history - Pickford's Daddy Long Legs Part 2
Replies: 0
Views: 4144

So much LA history - Pickford's Daddy Long Legs Part 2

100 years later, beautiful mansions and rock pools survive, sunken gardens and train depots do not. There is so much LA history in part two of Mary Pickford’s Daddy Long Legs (1919). https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/ddl-shots_page_1.jpg https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/...
by John Bengtson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Lois Weber's Suspense in early Beverly Hills
Replies: 0
Views: 3997

Lois Weber's Suspense in early Beverly Hills

Lois Weber staged the climax to her 1913 home invasion thriller Suspense in “rural” Beverly Hills near Doheny and Sunset, where Charlie Chaplin later dressed as a tree for Shoulder Arms (1918), and Buster Keaton filmed two newly recovered scenes from The Blacksmith (1922). Weber also filmed Lost By ...