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by John Bengtson
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Allright, we'll try this again.........
Replies: 11
Views: 6581

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: 2389

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: 2631

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: 3818

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: 3679

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 ...
by John Bengtson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chico, Harpo, and Cagney at the Brunswig Mansion
Replies: 0
Views: 3620

Chico, Harpo, and Cagney at the Brunswig Mansion

Imagine the star power – in 1931 Chico Marx, Harpo Marx, and James Cagney all once stood on the former Brunswig Mansion front steps, 3528 West Adams, filming Monkey Business and Blonde Crazy . Read more below https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/harpo-chico-and-cagney.jpg https://sile...
by John Bengtson
Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:26 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Harry Houdini Solves Earliest Chaplin Filming Location
Replies: 0
Views: 3360

Harry Houdini Solves Earliest Chaplin Filming Location

Clues from Harry Houdini helped to solve the downtown locations where Chaplin filmed his very first movie. Read more - https://silentlocations.com/2019/09/12/harry-houdini-solves-a-charlie-chaplin-mystery/ https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/clues-from-harry-houdini-helped-to-solve-t...
by John Bengtson
Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:46 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Nearly Last Safety Last! Joke
Replies: 0
Views: 2915

The Nearly Last Safety Last! Joke

Harold Lloyd employed 17 downtown buildings for his “thrill” stunt climbing movies – 14 survive. The final discovery, the concluding joke of Safety Last! with Noah Young still chasing after Bill Strother, was filmed looking down at them along 2nd and Main from the extant 10-story Higgins Building. h...
by John Bengtson
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Lois Weber early Hollywood views
Replies: 0
Views: 4436

Lois Weber early Hollywood views

Lois Weber‘s innovative and aptly titled home invasion thriller Suspense (1913) provides remarkable views of early Hollywood at the dawn of the movie industry. A young mother, home alone (also portrayed by Ms. Weber) telephones her husband working late that a tramp is breaking into their home. When ...
by John Bengtson
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: The Kid Brother - Close to Home at the Lasky Ranch
Replies: 0
Views: 2827

The Kid Brother - Close to Home at the Lasky Ranch

The Criterion Collection release of Harold Lloyd's masterpiece The Kid Brother https://www.criterion.com/films/28499-the-kid-brother is loaded with special interviews, two rare shorts, and my visual essay Close to Home describing where and how the movie was staged, primarily at the Lasky Ranch. http...