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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Nazimova, Mae Murray, Betty Blythe, Corinne Griffith, Helen Gardner




Gloria Swanson, Mary Pickford
Corrine Griffith, Betty Blythe

Nazimova, Mae Murray, Helen Gardner



Restored! SALOME (1924) Nazimova, She (1925) Betty Blythe and
    CLEOPATRA (1912) Helen Gardner

Cleopatra (1912) Helen Gardner
Helen Gardner was the first woman filmmaker at Vitagraph, where she began ... Not only did Miss Gardner star in this adaptation, she also was the Producer. (1hr 27min 13sec)

She (1925) Betty Blythe
Director: Leander de Cordova, G.B. Samuelson
Cast: Betty Blythe, Carlisle Blackwell, Mary Odette, Tom Reynolds, Heinrich George, Jerrold Robertshaw, Marjorie Statler.
Description: Three explorers voyage to Libya searching for the supposed source of immortal life. What they find is a lost race ruled by an ageless Queen. Original titles written by H. Rider Haggard.
Re-mastered, music and tint, Brian Pinette.
Running Time: 60 mins

RESTORED! Salome (1922) Alla Nazimova
Director: Charles Bryant
Cast: Nazimova, Rose Dione, Mitchell Lewis, Nigel De Brulier, Earl Schenck, Arthur Jasmine

Description: Salome, daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a sensual dance. In return for this "favor" he promises her the head of John The Baptist. Produced by Alla Nazimova. Screenplay and Art Direction by Natacha Rambova, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.

Original, Music by Brian Pinette

Running Time: 1 hour 8 minutes 34 seconds
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Mae Murray: A Mormon Maid (1917) & Mary Pickford: Amarilly of Clothesline-Alley (1918)

A Mormon Maid (1917) Mae Murray

This silent melodrama is set against the 1840s westward migration of the Mormons. Dora, a young woman, and her family are saved from an Indian attack by a Mormon community traveling to Utah. They join the wagon train. Dora is pursued by two men, one a recent convert, the other a scheming elder with a stable of wives. The Mormon elder wants her in his harem. When the mother kills herself from revulsion toward polygamy, the daughter must consider her own future and the man she loves.

One of Mae Murray's few surviving films, this was intended by Robert Leonard to be a thoughtful drama about the goods and evils of Mormonism.

Amarilly of Clothes-Line Alley (1918) Mary Pickford

... silent film directed by Marshall Neilan, written by Frances Marion and based on a Belle K. Maniates novel.

Amarilly comes from a large family in a working-class neighborhood. She is happy with her family and her boyfriend Terry, a bartender in a cafe. But one day she meets Gordon, a sculptor who comes from a rich family, and she begins to be drawn into the world of the upper class.

Original Music Scores by Brian Pinette

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1929 ~ Corinne Griffith is The Divine Lady & Gloria Swanson in The Trespasser

The Divine Lady is a 1929 Vitaphone sound film with a synchronized musical score and sound effects. The film, however, featured no spoken dialogue.

The film tells the story of the love affair between Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton. It stars Corinne Griffith, Victor Varconi, H.B. Warner, Ian Keith, Marie Dressler, Dorothy Cumming, William Conklin, and Montagu Love. It featured a theme song entitled "Lady Divine" with lyrics by Richard Kountz and music by Nathaniel (Nat) Shilkret. The song became a popular hit in 1929 and was recorded by numerous artists such as Nat Shilkret, Frank Munn, Ben Selvin (as The Cavaliers), Smith Ballew, Adrian Schubert, Sam Lanin and Bob Haring.

The movie was adapted by Harry Carr, Forrest Halsey, Agnes Christine Johnston, and Edwin Justus Mayer from the novel The Divine Lady: a Romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton by E. Barrington. It was directed by Frank Lloyd.

It won the Academy Award for Directing and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Corinne Griffith) and Best Cinematography.

Release date: March 31, 1929
Running time: 99 minutes

The Trespasser is a 1929 American film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall and Wally Albright.

The Trespasser was distributed by United Artists. It was a Joseph P. Kennedy Production of a Gloria Swanson Picture and was released as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.

The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A quickly made talkie version was made and was a smash hit for its star - Gloria Swanson. Her second and last Academy Award nomination was for Sunset Boulevard (1950).

Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda.

Running time: 1hr 30min
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