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What are your favorite movies?
I love Classic Movies. I have a collection of well over 800 Silent features. Also allot of stuff from the 30's and 40's as well. Some 50's and 60's. Narrowing down favorites, is no easy task. I have many, many favorites, and the order changes all the time.

Some of my long time favorite Silent films are pictures such as Douglas Fairbanks THE THIEF OF BAGDAD (1924), Harold Lloyd's THE FRESHMAN (1925), and Chaplin's CITY LIGHTS.

Among the newer Favorites, are titles such as King Vidor's THE BIG PARADE (1925), and SHOW PEOPLE (1928). Also Frank Borzage's SEVENTH HEAVEN (1927), and STREET ANGEL (1928). But there are so many others!
Who are your favorite stars?
Again no easy task. Most of my favorites are all silent film Stars. Long time favorites have been people like Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Mary Pickford. More recent favorites would include Marion Davies, Colleen Moore, and Renee Adoree, among others.

As for sound Movies, I was always a big John Wayne Fan, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Susan Hayward, Heddy Lamarr, LInda Darnell, Etc.
Who are your favorite directors?
To numerous to mention. In Silent films, probably King Vidor, Frank Borzage, F. W. Murna, Lewis Milestone, Raoul Walsh, Etc. Always have been a big Chaplin fan, and a supporter of Cecil B. De Mille's work.
About Me: Tell us about yourself/or your love for classic movies
Well, I grew up during the 70's and early 80's There were lot's of Classic Movies on TV all the time. Today there isn't a whole lot going. The Classics are not properly cherished, or showcased. And to many younger people ignor them, or dimiss them as old or uninteresting sight on-seen! Which is so very wrong!

Fortunately, we do have DVD's, and such. But so many great films of the past still have yet to receive an official release that's it's truly mindboggling! Many big name Stars of by gone day, have almost nothing that has been offered commercially!

My Dad was an old Westerns fan, and we had several Silent Westerns in Super 8 Millimeter film format from Blackhawk films. My first real expousure to the Silent's were Western's starring people like Tom Mix, and William S. Hart. From there I evolved a growing interest in the entire medium.
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Help Restore An Important Silent Film! Time is running out!

Posted on August 30, 2016 at 5:00pm 0 Comments

Historian and film preservationist Eric Grayson has been spearheading a massive Kickstarter campaign this month in an effort to restore, and score Colleen Moore's first Starring feature film. LITTLE ORPHANT' ANNIE (1918). Based on the famous James Whitcomb Riley poem, and the only film in which he himself actually appeared. Making it unnique in that respect.

 This film has only been available in incomplete poor quality dupes of dupes for decades with several scenes out of the…

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Colleen Moore On TCM in Prime-time Monday Evening!

Posted on September 28, 2015 at 1:06am 0 Comments

Finally at long last, a Colleen Moore movie on TCM! And in Prime-time to boot! Monday (that's tonight September 28th at 8:00 PM Eastern. 7:00 Central. I already have the Warner Archive disc of the formally long lost WHY BE GOOD? (1929) which was released about a month shy of a year ago. However, I'm very anxious to hear Leonard Maltin's opening and closing comments as he is guest host for the evening. I would have been interested to hear Bob's take just as well. This nifty film is a fast…

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Podcast about RAMONA (1928) Restoration and Screening March 29th in LA.

Posted on March 12, 2014 at 6:28pm 0 Comments

Here is a fascinating Podcast interview with film Historians Hugh Neely and Frank Thompson about the various film versions of RAMONA, focusing on the brand new LOC Restoration of the long lost RAMONA (1928) with Dolores Del Rio, and Warner Baxter, Directed by Edwin Carewe. Screening for the first time anywhere at UCLA 's Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.on March 29th with Live scoring by Rodney Sauer and Mont…

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LOVES OF CARMEN (1927)

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 10:51pm 5 Comments

I finally saw this rare Raoul Walsh feature with Dolores Del Rio, Don Alvarado, and Victor McLaglen. Holy Mama! Restore this film now! Del Rio positively smoulders up the screen. Her performance is comic, tragic, feisty, flirtatious and Sexy all rolled into one. Arguably the best roll I have ever seen her in.



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Urgent! Help Save The Pick-Fair Studios from Destruction!

Posted on March 29, 2012 at 3:08am 4 Comments

Attention! There is no time to waste. None! …

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At 1:12am on July 25, 2014, diane said…

Love your picture Jeffrey. Is it Eleanor Boardman?

At 9:07am on March 29, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

I suppose I'd better have a look at The Loves of Carmen if you don't mind. I rec'd Red Dance and will view later today. Thanks, Jeffrey.

At 5:39pm on March 19, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Just now bid on ebay $13.50. If necessary I'll bid up to $15

At 5:03pm on March 19, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

I noticed that Nell is available on the net for $13-$15. I'd like to try yours , then if I can get an

upgrade off the net I'll send you a copy. It's such a departure from any other role Dorothy Gish had

previously played. She left the USA to find better parts on the stage and in film. She

jumped at the chance to play this sexier than usual part, and garnered good reviews for making

the stretch.

At 9:19pm on March 16, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Your nitrate film pics are very interesting.

At 9:05am on March 14, 2013, Catherine said…

WOW!  What great news on those Colleen films!  Very exciting!

At 11:08am on March 10, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Sounds like a lot of work. You are truly a dedicated collector , scorer, and editor. Seems to me

that you could find employment of your talents at one of the PBS affiliates, or even Los Angeles.

At 5:48pm on March 8, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Have Dropbox now. What's my next move? Send PM plz.

At 10:34am on March 8, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Thanks Jeffrey. I'll have to look into "Dropbox". I got rid of Pando since it fell into disuse.

I'd be interested in having "Glorious Betsy".

At 8:46pm on February 25, 2013, Mike Duffy said…

Thanks Jeffrey! You are correct. Where did you get the print of Glorious Betsy? I dont have TCM anymore since they insist on running the same stuff over and over again. Did TCM broadcast this or did you have to go thru your contacts?

 
 
 

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William Wyler’s Wuthering Heights (’39)

To view Wuthering Heights click here. Following the success of Dead End (written about here) in 1937, director William Wyler headed over to Warner Bros. to direct Jezebel (1938), a romantic drama set in the antebellum South, starring Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. The film was a critical and commercial success, and earned Davis her […]

“He Don’t Believe in Anything” – Mr. Freedom

To view Mr. Freedom click here. There’s a scene in Arthur Miller’s American Clock, a lesser known and not very successful later work of his, where a father and son go to a government office during the Depression to try and get the son a work voucher since the father won’t let him live at […]

Taking Issue with A Boy and His Dog (1975)

A guest post provided by former TCM intern, Alexandra Greenway. To view A Boy and His Dog click here. A Boy and His Dog follows 18-year-old Vic (Don Johnson) and his telepathic dog, Blood (voiced by Tim McIntire), as they scavenge for women in the dystopian Wild West in the year 2024. The film is […]

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