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by Frank Flood
Sat May 01, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: May '29 Release Chart for the Research Geeks
Replies: 6
Views: 4430

Re: May '29 Release Chart for the Research Geeks

That's good news, Rob. It sounds like the pdf download is also faster than copying. How much is the cost per page for the scanning? And whaddya mean "geek?"

Frank
by Frank Flood
Thu Mar 11, 2010 11:33 am
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Scott Eyman revews Brent Walkers Sennett Book
Replies: 17
Views: 7318

Re: Scott Eyman revews Brent Walkers Sennett Book

Maybe this is a contrarian view, but I think that in an indepth study of a studio or a performer, a look at the money involved (or not) is important. I can't think of any comedians or comedy studios that did their best work when their budgets tightened. As Brent notes, by the early 30's Sennett's bu...
by Frank Flood
Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:30 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: What did E. W. Hammons mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 6393

Re: What did E. W. Hammons mean?

The reason that the Chase-sponsored moving of Educational's US distribution to Fox made sense was that there was not much product overlap between them. In 1932-33, Fox's only short series were the Magic Carpet travelogues and the Movietone News. While Educational did release some non-fiction series ...
by Frank Flood
Mon Feb 15, 2010 4:02 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: What did E. W. Hammons mean?
Replies: 8
Views: 6393

Re: What did E. W. Hammons mean?

Sorry for this longish note, but Educational took a lot of twists and turns in its history, and I thought it made sense to put some of these down. As its name suggests, Educational Film Exchanges, Inc. started out as a distributor of educational and other non-fiction films, and some miscellaneous th...
by Frank Flood
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, September 22, 1923
Replies: 41
Views: 22178

Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, September 22, 1923

As to why I picked CAMERA to transcribe. Its mainly because it is such as rare publication which few researchers have seen much of. MPN and MPW are great resources but are much more commonly available on microfilm. There is no microfilm source for CAMERA that I know of and of the libraries that hav...
by Frank Flood
Tue Jan 26, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Billy West
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Re: Billy West

Billy West actually pops up in a number of uncredited bit parts, and he seems to have spent quite a bit of time at Columbia, but I think he was busily dodging creditors, including the Weiss Brothers and Consolidated Labs, to whom he and his brother George had defaulted on a number of loans. ... He ...
by Frank Flood
Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:13 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Billy West
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Re: Billy West

As busy as he was during many years of the silent era, he almost drops off the face of the earth come the talkies. In the shorts field, first he directs at least one Snub Pollard title for the Weiss Brothers, which might be one of those obscure early talkies that the Weiss' released in 1929 and 1930...
by Frank Flood
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:52 pm
Forum: Research Archive
Topic: Joan Castle
Replies: 3
Views: 3126

Re: Joan Castle

I have Joan Castle credited in the casts of: HERE, PRINCE (Vitaphone, 10/1/32) with Joe Penner I KNOW EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY'S RACKET (Universal, 1/33) with Walter Winchell WRONGORILLA (Vitaphone, 3/4/33) with Jack Haley LAUGHS IN THE LAW (Vitaphone one-reeler, 10/21/33) with Don Coleman and Hugh C...
by Frank Flood
Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:21 pm
Forum: SILENT COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Billy West
Replies: 5
Views: 4409

Billy West

Does anyone out there have a good filmography for Billy West, particularly his 1920's starring comedies? Any assistance would be appreciated.

Frank
by Frank Flood
Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:59 pm
Forum: SOUND COMEDY MAIN
Topic: Question regarding THE STAGE HAND
Replies: 30
Views: 17777

Re: Question regarding THE STAGE HAND

The Film Daily news item in question may have been one that appeared on February 3, 1932, noting that Harry Langdon was to make 12 two reel comedies in the East at Royal Studios, Grantwood, NJ starting the following Monday. Joseph Boyle, formerly of Paramount, was the production manager and George W...