The Golden Age of Hollywood

PREVIEWS OF COMING ATTRACTIONS, or Tom Swift and His Electric Chair

Greetings fellow film fans and GAOH members and visitors!

   There's an old saying that if you want something done, give it to the guy who's really busy - he finds time to get everything finished. Somehow, I feel this is directed at me...

   Anyway, today I decided to take the plunge, and add a blog post to my list of 10,000 top priorities. Yay me! I can't guarantee that I'll do this on a regular basis, but I'll give it a shot. My thought is, I will probably write about a particular film, genre, or performer who happens to be on my mind at the time. Call it stream of consciousness - or unconsciousness, if you will. It occurred to me that the only thing I like more than watching classic films is reading about them (which includes research). I added a comment tonight to the GAOH discussion JOLSONS JAZZ SINGER take2. It was more in the nature of a film history lesson, which leads me to a possibility - to provide some give and take, I'd be glad to answer any film questions you may have. I have a pretty extensive library that I've acquired over 40-plus years. There's a lot I can remember off the top of my head (even if I can't tell you what I had for breakfast yesterday), and what I don't know, I'd have fun looking up for you.

   Also, my newest and bestest buddy Tiffany Brannan offered me an invitation to join in the fun at THE GREAT BREENING BLOGATHON! I've read a lot of these "thons" over the years, and enjoyed them all, but never gave any thought to actually writing anything for them. In part because I don't have a real blog like everyone else, and also because so much has been written already, by many far more erudite than I. Thank you for the invite, Tiffany, and yes, I will contribute. After much consideration, I'd like to write about a film that means a lot to me, that hasn't been widely discussed: DODSWORTH (1936). This film resonates with me on many levels and for numerous reasons.

   Well, I'll call it a night, and be back with you all real soon. And yes, Ktrek, I'll stop in more than once every five years! You can find me by the phone waiting for Warners to pick up my option.

Yours for bigger and better silents,

Bill Ferry

P.S. And remember, if your computer isn't equipped with Vitaphone yet, be sure to read this as a silent blog.

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Comment by Tiffany Brannan on September 11, 2017 at 1:50pm

I apologize for having an incorrect link. Here is the right one: Thank you for your interest.

 Yours Hopefully,

Tiffany Brannan

Comment by Rosie Sayer on September 11, 2017 at 1:46pm

Tiffany, that link only takes me to a generic WordPress page that invites me to create my own WordPress site. I hope you can find a way to cross-post here, as I would love to read the full description.

Comment by Rosie Sayer on September 11, 2017 at 11:00am

I must add that I don't think I could "Breen" a film, even in jest. But I will read your posts with interest!

Comment by Rosie Sayer on September 11, 2017 at 10:53am

Bill, I look forward to reading your blog. I have watched Dodsworth a couple of times and found it interesting, well-acted, and, if I'm any judge of this, mature in its outlook. Hollywood likes to make all marriages happy ones, but sometimes they outlive their purpose and need to be dissolved, even late in life. I can see Mr. Dodsworth as "happily divorced," and finally following his heart, the future suggested by the ending.

I'm glad you're going to make time for sharing your views on classic films. Thank you for your offer to answer questions! I'm sure I will be sending a few your way.

Comment by William Ferry on September 9, 2017 at 7:10pm

Hi Ms. Brannan!

Thank you very much for the kind words. I look forward to contributing more here on GAOH! I'm very glad that my choice of DODSWORTH passed the test. This is a really great film, and I encourage anyone who hasn't seen it to seek it out. It's firmly ensconced on my "second Top Ten" list. Perhaps it isn't a film that immediately comes to mind when compiling lists, but once you see it, you do realize there are many outstanding points to recommend it.

My page here, such as it is, is pretty casual. I don't want to steal any of your thunder, so if it's all right with you, I'd be glad to send my contribution to you for posting on your website. I can post it here at a later date. Think of it as your site being Loew's Jersey, and mine being the "nabe" that gets the second-run!

Happy to come on board!

Bill Ferry

Comment by Tiffany Brannan on September 8, 2017 at 8:50pm

Dear Mr. Ferry,

What an amusing article! You are quite a wit. To quote Linda Seton, played by Katharine Hepburn, from "Holiday" of 1938, "I think I like this man."

Thank you so much for joining my blogathon. I really appreciate it. I have never heard of "Dodsworth," but it sounds very interesting. I look forward to reading what you have to say about this early Code film. When the time comes, how would you like to publish your article? Will you post it here at "The Golden Age of Hollywood," or would you like me to post it for you on my website? Both are fine with me.

It is a pleasure to have met you. I look forward to hearing from you again soon. Thank you again for joining.

Yours Hopefully,

Tiffany Brannan


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