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by John Bengtson
Mon May 08, 2017 12:53 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton - the geography of one gag - The Goat
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Keaton - the geography of one gag - The Goat

This post shows how Buster stitched together seven scenes, all filmed closed to his studio home, to create one gag for The Goat (1921). The Bell & Howell building at the corner of Santa Monica Blvd and Lillian Way (2, 4, 6 below) still stands, a block north of his former studio site. https://sil...
by John Bengtson
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:09 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Steve McQueen's Bullitt
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Views: 1943

Keaton and Steve McQueen's Bullitt

Buster Keaton crossed paths with Orson Welles in Venice, California ( The High Sign and Touch of Evil ), and with Alfred Hitchcock in San Francisco ( Day Dreams and Vertigo ). But Keaton also crossed paths with ‘King of Cool’ actor Steve McQueen filming stunts in the City by the Bay. https://silentl...
by John Bengtson
Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Orson Welles
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Views: 1729

Keaton and Orson Welles

Orson Welles greatly admired Keaton - I doubt they realized they each filmed at the same spot in Venice, California. The High Sign and Touch of Evil . https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/high-sign-touch-of-evil-pan.jpg Read more here https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/03/31/k...
by John Bengtson
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:15 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Keaton and Hitchcock cross paths in VERTIGO
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Views: 1938

Keaton and Hitchcock cross paths in VERTIGO

Filmed on location in San Francisco, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo (1958) provides tantalizing mid-century glimpses of the City in sparkling VistaVision color. Remarkably, when Scottie (James Stewart) traces Madeleine (Kim Novak) by car back to his own apartment, they cross paths twice with...
by John Bengtson
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A peek over the Metro backlot fence - Cops and Go West
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Views: 1901

A peek over the Metro backlot fence - Cops and Go West

In this rather unremarkable photo of the recently completed addition to the Vine Street Elementary School in Hollywood you can see something quite remarkable over the fence - a view of the Metro backlot where Buster Keaton filmed scenes from Cops and Go West https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.c...
by John Bengtson
Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Inside Chaplin's "The Kid" maternity hospital
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Views: 1951

Inside Chaplin's "The Kid" maternity hospital

This post allows you to see inside the 'maternity hospital' Chaplin used in The Kid . The building was once part of the original Occidental College campus, visited by Presidents Roosevelt and Taft. Remarkably the building still stands as an apartment block. https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.co...
by John Bengtson
Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:18 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: How Charlie Chaplin filmed The Champion in Niles, CA
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Views: 1878

How Charlie Chaplin filmed The Champion in Niles, CA

Charlie filmed his Essanay boxing comedy The Champion (1915) on location in Niles, CA. It will be featured Dec. 3 at the SF Silent Film Festival Day of Silents event. http://www.silentfilm.org/homepage/gallery/save-the-date https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/the-champion_page_05.jpg...
by John Bengtson
Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:23 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Chaplin - Keaton - Lloyd at one Hollywood alley
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Views: 1734

Chaplin - Keaton - Lloyd at one Hollywood alley

https://silentlocations.files.wordpress.com/2016/10/the-chaplin-keaton-lloyd-hollywood-alley-blog_page_04.jpg The Kid, Cops , and Safety Last! were all filmed at the same Hollywood alley you can still visit today. You can read more at this link. https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2016/10/26/the-...