Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“That’s liable to happen to anyone!”

In May, I received an e-mail from ClassicFlix asking me to contribute the back liner notes for a DVD collection that I knew would generate waves of enthusiasm throughout the classic film and movie comedy communities I associate with on Facebook.  All 21 of the two-reel Hal Roach Studio comedies starring Thelma Todd and Patsy… Continue reading “That’s liable to happen to anyone!”

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Slow burn-ing memory

Alpha Video released another volume in their “Rediscovered Comedies of Edgar Kennedy” series about two weeks ago (July 24)—though again, for those of us dues-paying members in The Order of the Slow Burn (check out the Facebook page here) we’ve been aware of their existence for quite some time—and for a mere bag of shells,… Continue reading Slow burn-ing memory

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“I’m innocent, I tell ya—innocent!”

In the 1935 comedy short The Biffle Murder Case, deliverymen Benny Biffle (Nick Santa Maria) and Sam Shooster (Will Ryan) arrive at a stately mansion with a large crate: ROOSEVELT (a butler): Yes, gentlemen—may I help you? BIFFLE: We got a delivery… ROOSEVELT: Indeed…and whom might you be? SHOOSTER: Whom might we be?  (Pointing to… Continue reading “I’m innocent, I tell ya—innocent!”

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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

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

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

“So tell me, why should it be true/That I get a kick(start) out of you…”

Hi, buckaroos! Scamp Shreve time again. Yeah, I’m trying to slide one by ya once more.  Okay, now that I’ve achieved my lifelong ambition of referencing both Cole Porter and Jerry Jeff Walker in a single post...let me get to the “meat” of the matter.  There are two Kickstarter campaigns underway highlighting two of silent… Continue reading “So tell me, why should it be true/That I get a kick(start) out of you…”