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

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…”

Classic Movies · Stuff You Should Know

Book Review: Slapstick Divas

Film historian/author Steve Massa released one of the most essential books on silent movie comedy back in 2013—Lame Brains & Lunatics—and in my review of this wonderful reference in August of 2016, I mentioned that his next project was going to expand on the female comediennes touched upon in Lunatics, titled Slapstick Divas.  Divas hit… Continue reading Book Review: Slapstick Divas

Classic Movies

“Why bring that up?”

The end of October brought forth another volume in Alpha Video’s Ultra-Rare Pre-Code Comedies series, and friend of the blog Brian Krey was good enough to aim a screener for Volume 4 screener in the direction of Rancho Yesteryear.  “A collection of six racy, hilarious, and often politically incorrect shorts from the anything-goes pre-Code era!”… Continue reading “Why bring that up?”