Classic Movies

If I were a Carpenter

My Facebook compadre John Carpenter (not to be confused with the director of Halloween...particularly since the Facebook Carpenter goes by "John K.") is known to friends and creditors as "The Movie Man"; John's a devoted classic film buff and collector of 16mm cinematic antiquities, which he's been sharing with appreciative audiences in his home base… Continue reading If I were a Carpenter

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Classic Movies

Buried Treasures: Behind the Door (1919)

Last week, I climbed this blog’s highest rooftop to announce that Thrilling Days of Yesteryear had agreed to co-host a giveaway sponsored by Flicker Alley: they are going to hand out a Blu-ray/DVD combo copy of their upcoming April 4th release of Behind the Door (1919), a World War I drama recently restored as a collaborative effort by the San Francisco Silent… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Behind the Door (1919)

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Thoroughly MODern Alley: Isn’t Life Wonderful (1924)

The time is 1923, a few years after the Armistice…and the location is Köpenick, a suburb of Berlin.  In Köpenick, Polish refugees struggle to keep body and soul together—not an easy task, since food is scarce (and expensive) and jobs even more so.  A family consisting of The Professor (Erville Alderson), The Grandmother (Helen Lowell), The Aunt… Continue reading Thoroughly MODern Alley: Isn’t Life Wonderful (1924)

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Thoroughly MODern Alley: Tol’able David (1921)

Greenstream, a small hamlet located in the mountains of Virginia, is home to the Kinemon family.  There’s Pa (Hunter, played by Edmund Gurney) and Ma (Marion Abbott), of course, and oldest brother Allen (Warner Richmond), who’s married to the expectant Rose (Patterson Dial).  But until that baby makes his appearance in the world, the youngest of the… Continue reading Thoroughly MODern Alley: Tol’able David (1921)

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Grey Market Cinema: Nevada (1927)

Gunslinger Jim “Nevada” Lacy (Gary Cooper) successfully springs his sidekick Cash Burridge (Ernie Adams) from the Lineville hoosegow, and the two men decide to emulate the heroes of TV’s Alias Smith and Jones by taking the straight-and-narrow for a change.  They find their salvation in the tiny hamlet of Winthrop, “a quiet, calm, peaceful place”—but no sooner have they… Continue reading Grey Market Cinema: Nevada (1927)

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Thoroughly MODern Alley: Victory (1919)/The Wicked Darling (1919)

In December of 1914, I joined what eventually numbered nearly 100 contributors on Indiegogo to raise money for a Manufactured-on-Demand (MOD) program at Flicker Alley, a small independent home video company “born out of a passion for cinematic history and a desire to bring filmmakers and films from out of the past to new audiences with renewed recognition.”  What… Continue reading Thoroughly MODern Alley: Victory (1919)/The Wicked Darling (1919)