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What are your favorite movies?
Everything from the 1920's, Dinner at Eight, Svengali,The Quiet Man, Shanghai Express, Morrocco, Dishonered, The Blue Angel, Blonde Venus, The Scarlett Empress, Pollyanna,Grand Hotel, Mildred Pierce, Our Dancing Daughters, Our Modern Maidens, Nosferatu, Metropolis, and so many more from the 20's and '30's...
Who are your favorite stars?
Jeanne Eagels Marlene Dietrich John Gilbert Anita Page Mae Murray Alla Nazimova, Clara Bow,Marion Davies, Mabel Normand, Gloria Swanson, Joan Crawford, Olive Thomas, Louise Brooks, Constance Talmadge, Pola Negri, Anita Page Douglas Fairbanks,Marian Marsh,Constance Talmadge Rudolph Valentino, John Wayne Steve McQueen Mae Marsh Norma Shearer Bessie Love Eddie Cantor Laurel&Hardy Marilyn Miller Kim Novak
Who are your favorite directors?
Josef von Sternberg, Billy Wilder, DW Griffith, Erich von Stroheim, Ernst Lubitsh, Fritz Lang, John Ford
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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 9:00am 17 Comments

As with any era, the 1920's had time period specific slang. Here is a sampling. It sure is the berries! Have a swell time, but make sure you don't upchuck!

Apple Sauce-Flattery

Bell Polisher—A young man addicted to lingering in vestibules at 1 a.m. 

Brush Ape—Anyone from the sticks; a country Jake.

Brooksy—Classy dresser




Posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:00pm 4 Comments

One of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Days...and what a survivor he is!  Hard living never seemed to slow him down one bit. 

Here he is, age 30, in his screen debut in the mesmerizing film noir, “The Strange Love of Martha…


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At 9:47pm on June 15, 2013, kareng said…

found this blog that may be of interest.

Have you seen The Great Gatsby yet?

Its Baz Luhrmann's 1920's but well worth a 3D watch.

At 9:16am on May 16, 2013, Ktrek said…

Spock has always been cool! Nice job of photoshopping though by whoever did that pic. I like it!


At 12:53pm on March 14, 2013, The Giant said…

There may be a couple of other lost Colleen Moore Silents out there. The Netherlands Eye Institute of Film Archive in Amsterdam Holland has elements on both NAUGHTY BUT NICE (1927), and OH KAY (1928). Though I'm not exactly sure what they have, and how complete those titles are?  This is the same organization that restored three Olive Thomas features recently, and Pola Negri's THE SPANISH DANCER. So they have done some great works, but funding is always a problem.

It took 10 years to get the new prints made of SYNTHETIC SIN and WHY BE GOOD? and ship them back to the States out of Italy. The originals are still there I believe. They don't ship actual Nitrate. These had come from the private film collection of Antonio Moreno. They must have been dedicated to the archive when he passed away in 1968?

At 12:24am on March 14, 2013, The Giant said…

Huge Breaking news courtesy of Ron Hutchinson at the Vita-phone project. Colleen Moore 's final two Silent features being restored by the WB. This was a long time coming. Originally announced in 2006. Took several years just to get the prints out of Italian Archive. All indications are these films will be shown on TCM, and released through Warner Archive. No mention of HER WILD OAT (1927), but that was fully restored by AMPAS Academy Film Archive back in 2006. There has been talk going way back concerning LILAC TIME (1928) as well. Here is the announcement.

"Ron Hutchinson of The Vitaphone Project here.

Our "lost" film news continues (after the discover of HELLO POP last month) with an announcement I am finally able to make! Colleen Moore's final silent, WHY BE GOOD? (FN/'29) was long believed to be lost. About 10 years ago while introducing one of my Vitaphone shows at NYC's Film Forum, I mentioned I had just acquired the Vitaphone disks (music and effects) for this feature but, sadly, the film was lost. Film historian Joe Yranski was sitting in the front row and yelled out "No it's not! I know where it is!". The crowd cheered, and so began a decades-long effort to get the film back to American and restored. I'm happy to report that in a joint effort by Ned Price and Warner Brothers, the Bologna Archive in Italy, Joe Yranski (who knew Colleen Moore) and The Vitaphone Project, this film is now being restored! This is an ultra art deco film, with a super jazzy music and sound effects track with such greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, and Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang. It even has Jean Harlow as a dress extra! Truly the ultimate silent experience with something for everyone. Ned made all the arrangements to get the lone surviving 35mm nitrate print from Italy and disk transfers have already been completed.

This has been a long and difficult process, and knowing what went into getting to this point, I sure hope we don't hear any clueless "it's about time" comments! WB is thrilled to fund BOTH of these restorations.

The print of Moore's next to last silent with Vitaphone track, SYNTHETIC SIN(also thought lost) is also being repatriated now and restored.

So on the heels pf finding HELLO POP, some more MGM Colortones I'll soon announce, and the restoration-in-progress of over 50 1926-30 Vitaphone shorts, 2013 is sure shaping up as a banner year for film discoveries and restorations!"

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At 7:46pm on March 6, 2013, The Giant said…

A little taste of BLACK OXEN (1923).

At 10:35pm on February 26, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Thanks Catherine.

At 5:01am on February 23, 2013, The Giant said…

Clip from Gloria Swanson's FINE MANNERS (1926). I also posted this in a larger size in the video section with some background details.

At 11:38pm on February 16, 2013, The Giant said…


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