Classic Movies

On the Grapevine: Paths to Paradise (1925)

In The Silent Clowns, his seminal tome on those wonderful practitioners of silver screen mirth, Walter Kerr had this to say about Raymond Griffith: “Griffith seems to me to occupy a handsome fifth place—after Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd, and Langdon—in the silent comedy pantheon, a place that is his by right of his refusal to ape his… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Paths to Paradise (1925)

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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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Adventures in Blu-ray: The Phantom Honeymoon (1919)

Professor Juno P. Tidewater (Leon Dadmun), is a respected member of the Psychological Research Society—and part of his job title with that outfit is debunking ghosts.  He’ll get the opportunity to engage in this pastime while touring Ireland with nieces Vera (Harriet Cox) and Caroline (Katherine Perkins); while the three of them are sightseeing, they happen… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Phantom Honeymoon (1919)

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On the Grapevine: Lane closure

Okay, apologies for the lame title of this post.  I couldn’t come up with anything nearly as clever as some of the two-reelers that comprise Lupino Lane Comedy Shorts, a Grapevine Video release that came out last month.  I got wind of this DVD a while back at the Silent Comedy Mafia website, where capo di tutti capi Richard M. Roberts mentioned that… Continue reading On the Grapevine: Lane closure

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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)

Bad Movies

On the Grapevine – You’re a Big Boy Now

I reviewed a pair of Alpha Video releases that I obtained from Oldies.com back in the merry month of May this year; the theme of these two discs was that they featured a mixture of the sound and silent “Mickey McGuire” comedies that starred Thrilling Days of Yesteryear bête noire Mickey Rooney.  One of the DVDs, Mickey’s Movies, also… Continue reading On the Grapevine – You’re a Big Boy Now

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On the Grapevine: “It’s Hard Out There For a Blackmailer” Double Feature – Lady in the Death House (1944)/Behind Green Lights (1946)

This week, I had originally planned to do a review of another DVD purchased from Grapevine Video in the past (and on top of all that, had scheduled it for yesterday) but I wound up calling an audible because a disc on sale in one of the company’s e-mail fliers caught my eye and I succumbed to… Continue reading On the Grapevine: “It’s Hard Out There For a Blackmailer” Double Feature – Lady in the Death House (1944)/Behind Green Lights (1946)