In the small principality of Rutania, young Karl Heinrich (Francis Carpenter) leads a miserable life. He’s a prince and the heir apparent to the Rutanian throne (occupied by his father, who spends so much of the movie in conference with his cabinet his death in battle sneaks by you)...but Karl spends most of his time… Continue reading “Tusch!”
Last month, as I was entertaining myself with the two-reel comedies on The Sprocket Vault set Thelma Todd & ZaSu Pitts: The Hal Roach Collection 1931-33, I spotted one of the blog’s favorite character actors, Guinn “Big Boy” Williams, in two of the Thel-Zase entries. In Catch-As-Catch-Can (1931), Guinn is the lovable lug of a… Continue reading “Possessed of an instinct keener than man, Wolfheart suspects evil doings…”
The very first “blogathon” in which I participated took place in 2009, when the Frankensteinia blog hosted a seven-day tribute to actor William Henry Pratt—better known to (and beloved by) fans as Boris Karloff. My love of Karloff’s work was an inspirational muse during this event; I posted entries on Thrilling Days of Yesteryear for… Continue reading Boris Bad Enough
The blog has been fallow for a few days, so I regret the lack of activity...but as we were welcoming in July I received a notice in the mail that Oglethorpe County requested my presence as a Superior Court “traverse juror” the week of August 7. Yes, it’s the time-honored practice of drawing jury duty;… Continue reading A little housecleaning
Wealthy John Fairfax (Henry Hull) returns to his family estate after a sabbatical abroad and while attending a garden party with his "Auntie" (Grace Griswold), is hit with Cupid's arrow after gazing upon one of the hostesses—a young girl named Agnes Harrington (Carol Dempster). John's barely-disguised romantic affection towards Agnes is reciprocated in kind...though she's… Continue reading From the DVR: One Exciting Night (1922)
It’s a tale right out of The Beverly Hillbillies—wildcatter Tim Henessey (Samuel Adams—not the beer guy, by the way) has had a gusher come in, and now the entire Henessey clan is filthy with money! (Though in all honesty…they were filthy without money before this picture started.) The family puts up the “Out of Bidness”… Continue reading Silly rabbit—Brix are for kids!
Southerner Jean Stratton (Anise Boyer) is willing to go to any lengths to find work in Harlem—even making a wish under the legendary “Tree of Hope” (the story goes that an actor did this under the same tree and learned upon returning to his boarding house a producer had a part for him). Unfortunately, a… Continue reading Mr. Bojangles