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by John Bengtson
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:12 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Pioneer Lois Weber used locations before Chaplin and Keaton
Replies: 4
Views: 3638

Pioneer Lois Weber used locations before Chaplin and Keaton

Years before Chaplin, Keaton, and other men would film at classic Hollywood locations, Lois Weber filmed there first! https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/another-lois-weber-first-using-locations/ https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/where-are-my-children_page_2.jpg https:...
by John Bengtson
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:56 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton's "What No Beer?" Barrel Avalanche
Replies: 0
Views: 3410

Keaton's "What No Beer?" Barrel Avalanche

While much has been written about Keaton’s loss of control working for MGM, What No Beer? (1932), Buster's final MGM picture, contains a pure, elaborately staged “Keatonesque” moment, when Buster struggles with a truck load of beer barrels on a steep hill, recalling the avalanche scenes from his sil...
by John Bengtson
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:07 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Arbuckle and Keaton at the Biograph Studios
Replies: 0
Views: 2553

Arbuckle and Keaton at the Biograph Studios

Arbuckle and Keaton filmed Oh Doctor! (1917) at the Biograph Studios 100 years ago in the Bronx, near Crotona Park. Many settings from the film are still recognizable, and even appear in the early 60s sitcom Car 54 Where Are You? https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/oh-doctor-1979-mar...
by John Bengtson
Sun Aug 27, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Arbuckle and Keaton at the Arrowhead Hot Springs
Replies: 0
Views: 2415

Arbuckle and Keaton at the Arrowhead Hot Springs

Roscoe Arbuckle, Al St. John, and Buster Keaton must have had special fun making their Comique film Good Night Nurse (1918), leaving their Long Beach studio behind to film certain scenes at the Arrowhead Hot Springs resort 75 miles to the east. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/pan...
by John Bengtson
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:47 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chaplin filmed in San Jose - now a high tech company
Replies: 0
Views: 2277

Chaplin filmed in San Jose - now a high tech company

One of Chaplin's first scenes upon returning to California from Chicago in January 1915 was filming A Night Out beside Chick Leddy's saloon in San Jose, still standing, and now home to a high tech company. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/a-night-out-pan-chicks.jpg Read more here ...
by John Bengtson
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:37 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Buster Keaton's real Haunted House
Replies: 0
Views: 2217

Buster Keaton's real Haunted House

Buster filmed The Haunted House at the Bonebrake Mansion shortly before it was demolished to make way for the Auto Club headquarters. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/06/haunted-house-02.jpg Read more here https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/06/19/buster-keatons-haunted-house/...
by John Bengtson
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:00 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Hallroom Boys 3 DVD set - 14 titles
Replies: 0
Views: 2136

Hallroom Boys 3 DVD set - 14 titles

You can purchase a 3 DVD set of 14 Hallroom Boys shorts at this eBay link. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hallroom-Boys-Silent-Comedies-Sid-Smith-Edward-Flanagan-Neely-Edwards-DVD-/261419859403?epid=1625035432&hash=item3cddd67dcb:g:ipMAAOxyoVZTHS-~ The image quality of these 9.5mm films is quite good c...
by John Bengtson
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:46 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chaplin - Pavlova - Lois Weber - a lost Hollywood castle
Replies: 0
Views: 2129

Chaplin - Pavlova - Lois Weber - a lost Hollywood castle

Chaplin's Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914) and the Lois Weber historical epic The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916), starring Anna Pavlova in her only film role, both share scenes filmed at an early Hollywood landmark - the Castle Sans Souci mansion. The owner's prior castle mansion was later purchased b...
by John Bengtson
Thu Jun 15, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg
Replies: 4
Views: 4660

Re: HIGH FLYERS (1922) Sid Smith, Zip Monberg

My sense is Lloyd used the setting first, as Strother climbed the 12-story International Bank Building for Safety Last! on September 17, 1922, and thus likely climbed the Dresden much earlier that summer. The Hall Room Boys released 16 shorts in 1922, every 3-4 weeks, with High Flyers debuting on De...