No Foolin': Marie Prevost Marathon April 16th on TCM!

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Some exciting news from the world of lost silents: Courtesy Rhett Bartlett on Twitter and David Hudson’s Daily, news that EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam has discovered more silent films that were either thought lost or existed only in poor and incomplete prints. The L.A. Times article is here, and the entire list of films is here. Keen-eyed observers will note the Mack Sennett short “The Village Chestnut” (1918) is among the films. This has long been considered lost, though with the bog standard “it’s probably in an archive somewhere” rumors, which for once turned out to be right. Marie Prevost may be one of the Bathing Beauty extras, along with Phyllis Haver and Harriet Hammond, and it’ll be a real treat to finally have a chance to see this short. Above: Promotional still from “The Village Chestnut” (1918). The brown-haired girl in the far back may be Marie Prevost; compare to this famous portrait of Marie from about that time: And even more good news! TCM is hosting a day-long, eight-film Marie Prevost marathon on April 16th! Why April 16th? Why only one silent film and no Mack Sennett shorts? And why does this have to happen after I’ve had to give up cable because I can no longer afford it? No man can say. But let’s not look a gift marathon in the mouth; we should just enjoy what we’ve got, because what we’ve got is good. Here’s the low-down on all the Marie films being shown. All times … Continue reading

TCM Tributes for Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine

TCM has schedule changes for two nights this month, in honor of the recently-departed Andy Griffith and Ernest Borgnine.     On Wednesday, July 18, TCM will show four movies to celebrate the film career of Andy Griffith, including the rarely-seen Hearts of the West (1975): 8 p.m. – A Face in the Crowd 10:15 p.m. – No Time for Sergeants 12:30 a.m. – Hearts of the West 2:15 a.m. – Onionhead And on Thursday, July 26, a full 24 hours of Ernest Borgnine films, including his Private Screenings interview: 6:00 a.m. – The Catered Affair 8:00 a.m. – The Legend of Lylah Clare 10:30 a.m. – Pay or Die 12:30 p.m. – Torpedo Run 2:30 p.m. – Ice Station Zebra 5:15 p.m. – The Dirty Dozen 8:00 p.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine 9:00 p.m. – Marty 10:45 p.m. – From Here to Eternity 1:00 a.m. – The Wild Bunch 3:30 a.m. – Bad Day at Black Rock 5:00 a.m. – Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine

Turner Classic Birdman

Well, hello there, handsome! Before I begin, I’d like to call attention my new layout, if you haven’t noticed it already. This terrific blog design is courtesy Kathy at Moxie. They’ve designed several blogs I enjoy, and were kind enough to take my little personal blog as a client. I couldn’t be happier with the new look. I hope you like it as much as I do. You may have noticed that posts are now wider than they were previously. This has caused some of my photos and post layouts to become rather… interesting. Please bear with me for a few days while I get everything back to normal. And now, on with the show: Every once in a while I like to get silly. Many of my posts are rather time-intensive and involve finding rare movies, digging up stills from crazy sources and buying books that have been out of print for a few decades, so I like to take a break occasionally. That said, this is a post I’ve wanted to do for a long time, because it’s about one of my favorite people, Robert Osborne. Osborne began his career in Hollywood as an actor. He was under contract with Desilu studios and was close friends with Lucille Ball until her death, despite the fact that she greatly intimidated him. Osborne has remarked that training as an actor under the studio system was preferable to what actors have nowadays, and mentioned Desilu taught their contract players how to … Continue reading