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WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

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Re: WHAT SILENTS & PRE-CODES HAVE YOU SEEN LATELY?

Postby JackFavell » July 7th, 2013, 10:14 am

I loved the clip from Jolly Fellows. It looks like it's just my speed.

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Postby CineMaven » July 7th, 2013, 12:00 pm

JackFavell wrote:Are you Sansfin from over at the TCM site? It's wonderful to see you over here!


Masha wrote:I tried so very hard to hide my identity! :oops:

I thank you very much for your warm welcome.

I like the TCM Forum but it has become trying and I at times can not follow discussions well because I have had to use the Ignore feature for several posters there because of their attitude and rudeness.

"Masha" may I also offer you a warm welcome here. There is a reason why it is called "OASIS." Welcome! :)
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Postby knitwit45 » July 7th, 2013, 10:46 pm

what a charming little movie! Thanks for sharing, Masha.

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Postby kingrat » July 8th, 2013, 12:04 pm

Masha, we are delighted you're here and we hope you'll stay here "sans fin."

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Postby Ceil » July 14th, 2013, 6:18 pm

My husband and I are working our way through the "Les Vampires" series. Some of it seems predictable, but I have to remember that it WASN'T in 1915-16!

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Postby charliechaplinfan » July 16th, 2013, 10:01 am

Welcome Ceil, there are lots of silent movie lovers here. I haven't got through the entire Les Vampires set yet, but I intend to.

I watched a charming precode The Sin of Nora Moran with Zita Johann, Zita plays a nice girl that ends up misused and on the wrong side of the tracks and as the film starts on death row awaiting execution the very next day. Zita didn't make enough movies in my opinion, she has a lovely expressive face, perfect for these roles. I also watched a very preachy precode by Mrs Wallace Reid, The Road to Ruin, it says it all and it's about the descent of a New York city girl, it ended up being quite entertaining although in the opening scenes I was expecting a polemic, Mrs Reid succeeded in telling a good story.
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Postby JackFavell » July 16th, 2013, 12:49 pm

I think Zita is marvelous, I have a photo here somewhere in my computer, but aside from beauty she has something else going for her. I like her very much.

Here it is:

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Postby CineMaven » July 16th, 2013, 2:51 pm

Ahhhhhhh, must be another Texas Ollie special. I find I have "THE SIN OF NORA MORAN" in my dvd collection.

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Guess I'd better pull it out of my library and give it a view. ( I've only see Johann in one film. Yep, "The Mummy." )
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Postby kingrat » August 16th, 2013, 11:52 am

I really enjoyed A WOMAN OF AFFAIRS. Brilliant direction by Clarence Brown. He made this after KIKI, another fine film. A couple of examples of Brown's direction: 1) the main opponents in the film, Holderness, Dr. Trevelyan, Neville, and Diana, lined up with binoculars to see the regatta; 2) three different characters, each with a different emotion, pulls back the curtains to watch Diana (Garbo) get in a car in the street below. Good acting, too, from an excellent cast. Greta Garbo has one of her best roles. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is successfully cast against type as an alcoholic weakling, and Dorothy Sebastian brings some charm and sensitivity to the part of Neville's fiancee. I'm always impressed when an actress can make something of the "girl he doesn't really love" roles.

The bromance factor is ramped way up, and some contemporary viewers will think that Jeffry, the alcoholic brother (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) is in love with David (Johnny Mack Brown), the man Diana marries. He simply can't stop talking about how wonderful the guy is.

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Postby JackFavell » August 16th, 2013, 1:39 pm

kingrat, Dorothy Sebastian is a great personality. Have you seen Our Dancing Daughters already? She plays one of the three bright eyed flapper heroines in it. She plays the second lead in The Single Standard, starring Garbo and Nils Asther, and is in Spite Marriage with Buster Keaton, with whom she is rumored to have had an affair.

She's also one of the most photographed and photogenic of the late 20's starlets and seemed like she had a great sense of humor. Her 'fun' quotient seems high in all those silly publicity photos they had her do, but then, maybe she was just ambitious, and ready to get her face out there to the public.

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Postby knitwit45 » August 16th, 2013, 2:02 pm

KR, Woman of Affairs is my favorite GG movie. I love it so much, I got the book from the library (not an easy task!) which is "The Green Hat".


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Even as a pre code, they really had to clean up the script. Johnny Mack Brown's character was NOT an embezzler...he had venereal disease. And the bromance was just friendly on his part, but Douglas Fairbanks Jr. was definitely in love with him, and was why he hated his sister so much. He thought JMB had committed suicide because she was unfaithful..not because JMB didn't want her to become infected with his terrible disease.

She was hospitalized, not with a breakdown, but because she had lost Neville's baby. (I don't think he knew) That makes the scene with the roses even more heart wrenching, doesn't it?

When that ring drops off her finger.....WOOOOO HOOOOO!!!!! Now that is story-telling at it's best!!!!!
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Postby JackFavell » August 16th, 2013, 2:55 pm

Gee, thanks knitty for clearing up so many details! It all makes a lot more sense, though I always thought she had had a baby and they used 'nervous breakdown' as a euphemism. I must have been more on the ball than usual when I first watched it! :D

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Postby Robert Regan » August 16th, 2013, 2:59 pm

Thanks, Wendy, for the Dorothy Sebastian pictures. She certainly does appear to have had a highly developed sense of humor!


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