Classic Movies

Matinee with The Movie Man

With the success of Alpha Video releases like Charley Chase: From Keystone to Hal Roach 1915-1926 and Blondes and Redheads: Lost Comedy Classics, John K. Carpenter—a.k.a. "The Movie Man"—has dipped into his voluminous collection of 16mm movies and whipped up another DVD all-you-can-eat guaranteed to put a smile on the face of silent comedy fans. … Continue reading Matinee with The Movie Man

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Classic Movies

Smile when the raindrops fall

In August of last year, I prematurely announced that our good friends at The Sprocket Vault would begin releasing Charley Chase shorts to DVD, beginning with a 2-disc release of the comedian’s output in 1930 and 1931 in November.  The news of this release was warmly received by the Facebook fans that propagate a lot… Continue reading Smile when the raindrops fall

Classic Movies

“…on the dotted line!”

To the Fisher family, he’s known as “The Show Off.”  Every clan has or knows someone like Aubrey Piper (Ford Sterling), a brash, obnoxious individual with a braying laugh that sets on edge the teeth of any poor soul unfortunate to be within earshot.  Aubrey is only a thirty-dollar-a-week clerk in the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad—but… Continue reading “…on the dotted line!”

Bad Movies

Buried Treasures: Dementia (1955)

There’s a story behind today’s “Overlooked Film.”  Let me tell you a tale. You may know—and if you don’t, consider this me telling you—that while I relinquished my post as Associate Editor at ClassicFlix back in February 2014, I still maintain a working relationship with CF as the author of their “Where’s That Been?” column.  Each month, the new… Continue reading Buried Treasures: Dementia (1955)

Classic Movies · Where's That Been?

Where’s That Been? – Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

The following review is one of several that I composed for the ClassicFlix site under the column title “Where’s That Been?”  Most of those columns made the transition to CF’s new site but some of them stayed behind for reason or another...and since my writer’s ego is just big enough to where I don’t like having what… Continue reading Where’s That Been? – Big House, U.S.A. (1955)

Classic Movies · Where's That Been?

Where’s That Been? – He Ran All the Way (1951)

  The following review is one of several that I composed for the ClassicFlix site under the column title “Where’s That Been?”  Most of those columns made the transition to CF’s new site but some of them stayed behind for reason or another...and since my writer’s ego is just big enough to where I don’t like having… Continue reading Where’s That Been? – He Ran All the Way (1951)