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by Rob Farr
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 31
Views: 16470

Re: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

Not to belabor the point, but as soon as Ron Hutchinson announced a new DVD set of incredibly rare 1928-29 Vitaphone shorts, someone pipes up complaining that they didn't include Keystone Hotel. Ron patiently explained that this set has every restoration completed to date and that it would be years ...
by Rob Farr
Tue Feb 14, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Frame Grabs from Lost Films
Replies: 3
Views: 3406

Frame Grabs from Lost Films

Lots of talk on the monster forums about the frames from lost Lon Chaney films, supposedly from a film archive in the Canary Islands. Of more interest are these Laurel & Hardy frames. You'll have to scroll down, but there are a couple of frames from Battle of the Century and one from The Rogue S...
by Rob Farr
Tue Jan 24, 2017 9:02 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: A Lady and Her Maid w/ Norma Talmadge
Replies: 0
Views: 1233

A Lady and Her Maid w/ Norma Talmadge

Seems I'm always posting about comedies that have already been posted about, but here goes. A Lady and Her Maid (Vitagraph, 1913) was uploaded by EYE last year and it's hilarious. Co-stars Norma Talmadge and if you ever wondered what she looked like without makeup, it ain't pretty. Intertitles are i...
by Rob Farr
Wed Jan 11, 2017 2:52 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Slapsticon Site to Bite the Dust
Replies: 1
Views: 1548

Slapsticon Site to Bite the Dust

Many members of the mafia have attended at least one iteration of the Slapsticon, held in Arlington VA between 2003-10. Most attendees considered the Spectrum Theatre to be one of the stars of the event, featuring theatrical seating, a real projection booth that could accommodate two 35mm archival p...
by Rob Farr
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:30 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING
Replies: 31
Views: 16470

Re: Nitrateville Nitwittery: WHEN COMEDY WAS KING

If this were Facebook I'd give this comment a "like".
by Rob Farr
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:56 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Laurel & Hardy/Len Powers Profile
Replies: 0
Views: 2004

Laurel & Hardy/Len Powers Profile

Here is a link to an article in the October 1929 American Cinematographer about Laurel & Hardy and Len Powers. There's a beautiful cover portrait too. Not much of substance in the piece (we know that they're very funny fellows), but it includes some production stills of Powers and the boys that...
by Rob Farr
Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Shaw & Lee Alert
Replies: 0
Views: 1637

Shaw & Lee Alert

The duo play moving men in an otherwise negligible Ruby Keeler musical, Ready, Willing and Able. Hilarity ensues. Turner Classic Movies Friday 1/6 at 12:15 PM EST.
by Rob Farr
Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:04 am
Forum: CLASSIC TELEVISION
Topic: Great Steve Allen Clip 1958
Replies: 1
Views: 3601

Great Steve Allen Clip 1958

I've watched this clip several times in the past week and it makes me smile each time. God, how I miss entertainers! And before anyone quotes that hoary old Steve Allen joke with the punchline "name two", this song is so good it counts as ten. Don't miss the cameo at 2:54.
by Rob Farr
Sat Oct 01, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: Five Sennett Weeklies Now on Media History Digital Libary
Replies: 0
Views: 3872

Five Sennett Weeklies Now on Media History Digital Libary

MHDL has recently been uploading lots of individual issues lately, rather than complete runs, so these won't necessarily be easy to find unless you knew they were there. The new uploads are The Mack Sennett Weekly are: April 28 1919: https://archive.org/details/macksennettweekly01-1919-04-28 July 7 ...
by Rob Farr
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: Books, DVDs, Broadcasts & Screenings
Topic: Review of A Thousand Cuts, New Book About Film Collectors
Replies: 1
Views: 3894

Review of A Thousand Cuts, New Book About Film Collectors

I'm guessing that more than a few of us will be picking up A Thousand Cuts: The Bizarre Underground World of Collectors and Dealers Who Saved the Movies by Dennis Bartok and Jeff Joseph. I haven't read it yet, but here is a looong review by David Bordwell, along with observations from Bordwell about...