Thursday, November 14, 2002

Happy Birthday, Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks was born on this day in 1906. Happy Birthday, Louise.

Monday, November 11, 2002

Cherryvale News and other new citations

Numerous citations from various American newspapers have been added to the bibliographies. These citations - garnered from inter-library loan material - include articles and reviews from the Cherryvale News, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Rochester Times-Union, Philadelphia Inquirer, Milwaukee Journal, St. Louis Globe-Democrat, Denver Post, New Orleans Times-Picayuane and three different papers from Washington D.C. - the Washington Herald, Washington Star, and Washington Times. The hope in gathering such material is to present as wide a spectrum of critical response to Brooks' films. Along the way, a handful of previously undocumented articles about Brooks have also been uncovered!

Two pages on the LBS website were recently updated - Vintage Magazine Covers and Vintage French Postcards.

Saturday, November 2, 2002

Sally of the Sawdust

Recently signed up with Netflix. One of the first films I rented was Sally of the Sawdust (1925), starring W.C. Fields and Carol Dempster. Alfred Lunt also had a part. It was directed by D.W. Griffith. This film wasn't bad, and there are some memorable moments. Interestingly, there is a reference to the "old army game."

On imdb, there is a long write up about the film. The reviewer notes that "Sally of the Sawdust  was first introduced to television as part of the 13-week series on public television's 1971 presentation of THE SILENT YEARS, hosted by Orson Welles, which was, by this time, the only known surviving silent movie to feature Fields." What about the following year's It's the Old Army Game, with Louise Brooks? Was that film thought lost then?
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