Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Silent On TCM--May 2019

May 3 7:30AM Full Film

May 3 8AM Mary Astor Clip

May 7 4AM (this is an Oscar Micheaux film!) Clip

May 7 7:45AM Clara Bow!

May 13 12:30AM TCM Clip

May 20 12:30 TCM Presents a series of Bobby Bumps  animated shorts (14 shorts)

May 21 2:45AM Trailer

On the 27the of May, starting at midnight, TCM will be airing a series of short silent comedies until 2AM. All of the films are from the year 1915. The films are as follows:

May 27 11:45PM Trailer

Other Recommendations:

May 7 6:45AM 

May 18 8PM (Kicks off a celebration of Orson Welles in Primetime) Trailer

May 26 4AM Trailer

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Born Today April 6: Lorrin A. Cooke


Lorrin Alanson Cooke, future 57th Governor of Connecticut, was born on this day in New Marlborough, MA. He was educated in Connecticut and was a teacher in Norfolk before becoming a politician.  He was also, from the age of nineteen, a gentleman farmer and a member of the local agricultural society. It is within the society that he got his first taste of running for office, when he was elected president of the society at a relatively young age.  He served in a number of community jobs and elected positions, including state senator and Lt. Governor before becoming governor in 1897. He was in office only two years, leaving on the 4th of January in 1899. During this time, he was the subject of one Edison film (in the form of an early newsreel): Governor Cook and Staff, Connecticut in 1897 (note the Edison Co's misspelling of his last name). The film was made/directed by James H. White, who was head of the Edison production department from 1896 through 1902.  Cooke lived just 3 1/2 years after he left the governor's mansion, dying at the age of 71 in Winstead, Conn. on the 12th of August 1902. He is buried, with his two wives, at the Colebrook Center Cemetery in the Connecticut town of the same name. As with all historical figures, please follow the links posted below if you are interested in learning more about their lives, accomplishments, and why they were of interest as subjects of early film.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Silents On TCM--April 2019

April's Star of the Month:  Greta Garbo!!

The 29th Celebrates 25 Years of TCM! Join them in Primetime for a lineup full of TCM original material. Start at 8PM


April 1 12:15AM TCM Silent Sunday Intro

The Following 7 Films Feature Star of the Month Greta Garbo in Primetime:

April 1 8PM Clip

April 1 9:45PM Clip

April 1 11:45PM Clip

April 2 1:30AM Clip

April 2 2:45AM Trailer

April 2 4:15AM Clip

April 2 6AM (A TCM Presents showing) Clip

Charlie Chaplin Double Feature!

April 2 9:15AM Trailer

April 2 11AM Clip

April 3 6AM Famous Scene

Greta Garbo Star of the Month in Primetime (this line-up includes her famous early 1930's historical film Queen Christina (1933)  @ 1:45AM & a biographical documentary of her The Divine Garbo (1990) @ 3:30AM

April 4 8PM Waltz Scene

April 4 10:15PM Clip

April 5 12AM Extended Clip

April 5 4:30 AM TCM Clip

April 8 12:30AM The Best Man (Mack Sennett short) Film

April 8 After The Best Man (circa 1AM) Film

April 8 After Thundering Fleas (circa around 1:15AM) Film

April 8 7:30AM Clip

April 16 8PM (Part of primetime Fan Dedications) Famous Clip

April 22 1AM Trailer

April 25 6AM TCM Intro

Friday, March 8, 2019

Born Today March 8: Arthur F. Beck


Producer/Presenter (mostly of the silent era) Arthur F. Beck was born somewhere in the state of Indiana today in 1887. Beck is probably best remembered for being the husband of pioneering female film screenwriter and actress Leah Baird, whom he married in 1914. His history is scarce and it is probable that he was involved in films (and possibly theater) long before his current first film credit in 1919.  He enters film history as an executive director of the Artco production The Capitol (1919), a film that starred his wife, was written and directed by Augustus Thomas and was directed by actor George Irving. His dozen or so credits during the 1920's range between 1920 and 1927.  In 1920, he solely produced the Stuart Holmes 15 part western serial Trailed by Three, directed by Perry N. Vekroff under his own company Arthur F. Beck Serial Productions (the series was distributed by Pathé Exchange). As enterprising as the company sounded, it would only turn out two  additional titles, which Beck "presented:" Baird's When Husband's Deceive in 1922 and Destroying Angel in 1923.  His wife had her own production company, which had it's own studio in Cliffside, New Jersey; so it is understandable that he also worked as a producer under that outfit. The company in fact lent out, or rather rented out, space to other companies, and it was in the capacity of producer/presenter that he worked on The Harvest Moon, a 1920 J. Searle Dawley drama that was shot at the Leah Baird Studios (the film starred Doris Kenyon ).  He also worked as a general supervisor on a few productions; and, undoubtedly the most well known picture that he supervised was  The Return Of Boston Blackie, a film in which his wife adapted a popular novel of writer Jack Boyle in 1927. He was also a producer on the 1926 crime drama  Shadow of the Law, a lost Wallace Worsley film, adapted the the screen by Baird and starring Clara Bow. The "Boston Blackie" film was the last silent film that he produced. He worked on two full sound film in the 1930's as a producer--one uncredited and directed (in part) by Harry O. Hoyt, who was the director on the Boston Blackie film, amongst others Beck worked on in the 1920's (the film was the Anita Page crime adventure Jungle Bride (1933)). His last film credit comes as a producer of the lesser Paramount drama Sky Parade released in 1936.  He and Baird both retired from the film industry--both having long since moved to the Hollywood area.  Beck died there at the age of 91 on the 17th of July in 1978. There is no information as to his cremation or burial. His wife's ashes are interred at the Hollywood Forever cemetery--but a careful search of their records shows no Arthur Beck listed. 


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Silents On TCM--March 2019

March 11 12AM (1927) TCM Clip

March 19 11AM (Partial Silent 1929) TCM Clip

March 19 12:45PM (Early Talkie 1929) Clip--not great quality

March 19 2:15PM (Early Talkie 1929) Film on YouTube (no color, as far I can discern) 

March 25 12:15AM (1924) Trailer

March 26 6:45AM (1916 short) Full Film

The Mack Swain Short: Thirst (1917) March 26  11:45AM IMDb Info.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Born Today February 15: Arthur Shields


Irish born actor Arthur Shields was born on this day into a Protestant family in Dublin; he was the younger brother of character actor Barry Fitzgerald (William Shields).  Along with his brother, he began acting at the Abbey Theater in his home town when he was 17 years of age. Unlike his brother, he was much more involved with national and political action (which he no doubt got from their father who was a labour organiser).  This led to Arthur participating in and being captured/arrested during the 1916 Easter Rising--he was held in a prison camp in Wales afterward. After his release and return to his native country, he returned to the stage and eventually made his moving picture debut. He had a "largish" named role in Knocknagow, a crime film directed by Irish producer/actor Fred O'Donovan in 1918.  He appeared in just one other silent film; a comedic short Rafferty's Rise (1918)--this time O'Donovan was the lead actor and fellow Irishman J. M. Kerrigan directed.  Shields did not make an appearance in film again until 1936 when he turned up in the John Ford film The Plough and the Stars--he would subsequently have roles in other Ford films, and was, reportedly, well liked by the director (he has a credit for DeMille's The Sign of the Cross released in 1932, but he credit dates to material he added in 1944 for a re-release of the film). He would spend the rest of his acting career in the Hollywood area and, mostly, in front of camera.  He had a very early recurring role in a television series, when he was cast as "The Bookshop Man"--essentially the presenter--in Your Show Time, which premiered in 1949 on NBC.  He would also make appearances on Perry Mason, Bat Masterson, Bonanza and Death Valley Days (just four of many!).  Shields last filmed role came in the 1962 war comedy The Pigeon That Took Rome. He then retired and lived the Santa Barbara area until he passed some eight years later. Emphesema took his life on the 27th of April in 1970 in California; he was 74. His ashes are buried at Deans Grange Cemetery in Dublin, next to his brother William (Barry).