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by John Bengtson
Sun Nov 03, 2019 1:11 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chico, Harpo, and Cagney at the Brunswig Mansion
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Views: 3802

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
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Views: 3527

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
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Views: 3103

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
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Views: 4783

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
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Views: 2991

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...
by John Bengtson
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Mary Pickford's Daddy-Long-Legs Part One
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Views: 4371

Mary Pickford's Daddy-Long-Legs Part One

The former Occidental College Hall of Letters has an incredible story. Abandoned in 1914, the Hall once appeared with Presidents Taft and Roosevelt, and later in Mary Pickford’s Daddy Long Legs (1919) and in Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid (1921). Mary filmed orphanage exteriors on all sides of the buildi...
by John Bengtson
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:10 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's Sherlock Schindler
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Views: 2807

Keaton's Sherlock Schindler

Buster Keaton’s wild motorcycle ride in Sherlock Jr. passes by the architecturally significant Schindler House still standing on Kings Road in Los Angeles. Read more here - https://silentlocations.com/2019/08/20/buster-keatons-sherlock-schindler/ https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/08/s...
by John Bengtson
Sat May 25, 2019 2:10 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton Studio plaque dedication - Silent Echoes
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Views: 3273

Keaton Studio plaque dedication - Silent Echoes

My brief speech at the Keaton Studio plaque dedication last June 16, 2018. I first thought the link said "Plague Bengtson!" :)

https://youtu.be/dXKIyBAhRGI

Cheers, John
by John Bengtson
Tue Mar 19, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Lloyd Chaplin Pickfair and Keaton - Neighbors All
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Views: 2874

Lloyd Chaplin Pickfair and Keaton - Neighbors All

Not directly film related, but this post shows how Lloyd, Chaplin, Pickford-Fairbanks, and Keaton once all lived very close to each other. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2019/02/c-4686_8-4-view-color.jpg To decipher the image, and see further views, read more here - https://silentlocati...
by John Bengtson
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: SILENT MOVIE MAIN
Topic: Hollywood Snapshots 1922
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Views: 4933

Hollywood Snapshots 1922

This Hollywood PR film https://www.filmpreservation.org/preserved-films/screening-room/hollywood-snapshots-1922# includes many unique views of early Hollywood, including street level views of the Famous Players - Lasky Studios on Vine, that I've never seen before. Lot of fun details and locations, i...