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Friday, January 24, 2014

Son Of God | Official Trailer | 20th Century FOX (+playlist)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Evalyn Knapp - 6 films on 2 DVDs

Evelyn Pauline Knapp
Born: June 17, 1906 - Kansas City, Missouri
Died: June 12, 1981 (aged 74)- Los Angeles, CA

Actress Years active 1929 –1943
Spouse(s) Dr. George A. Snyder (1934–1977; his death)

Evalyn Pauline Knapp (June 17, 1906 – June 12, 1981) was an American film actress of the late 1920s, 1930s, and into the 1940s. She was a leading B-movie serial actress in the 1930s.

Miss Knapp started acting in silent films, her first role being in the 1929 film, At The Dentist's. In 1932, Knapp was one of fourteen girls, including Ginger Rogers and Gloria Stuart, selected as "WAMPAS Baby Stars".

Knapp achieved success in cliffhanger serials, which were popular at the time. She played the title character in the 1933 serial The Perils of Pauline. She also played in Corruption that year opposite Preston Foster. One of her better known film roles was opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. She worked through 1941, but her career slowed afterward. In 1943, she played her last role, uncredited, in Two Weeks To Live, one of the Lum and Abner films starring Chester Lauck and Norris Goff.
She married a physician, Dr. George A. Snyder, in 1934. Following her retirement, she concentrated on her family. She and Snyder remained married until his death in 1977. Knapp died from undisclosed causes on June 12, 1981, five days before her 75th birthday, in Los Angeles, California.

Evalyn Knapp
Sunday, May 24, 2009

Born June 17, 1908, in Kansas City, Missouri, Pauline Evelyn Knapp began her career in the 1929 silent comedy short At The Dentist's. One might have thought that was to be her lot in film because that year saw her in ten other comedy shorts. Four more shorts followed in 1930, including Chills and Fever with Elisha Cook, Jr, his second film role, and Taxi Talks, starring 20 year old Spencer Tracy, in his second film role. Her first full fledged role was in Sinners' Holiday, also in 1930, and the cast included James Cagney in his screen debut. Two films in 1931 also included Cagney, Smart Money and The Millionaire. These roles helped her be named one of fourteen girls selected as WAMPAS Baby Stars for 1932.

With such a promising start, Evalyn (changed from Evelyn when at Warner Brothers) should have been able to break into the top ranks, but this was not to be the case. She found herself primarily in westerns and B programmers, including being paired opposite Ken Maynard in the 1934 film In Old Santa Fe. She also starred with John Wayne, not in a western, but a romantic comedy(!), His Private Secretary (1933). Other films of the early thirties included Night Mayor (1932) opposite Lee Tracy, Dance, Girl, Dance (1933), Corruption (1933), and Ladies Crave Excitement (1935). She was often the lead actress, but unfortunately not in "leading" pictures.

By 1943, with no prospects for ever getting in the the A ranks, Evalyn left film, married, and concentrated on family. As a side note, Evalyn was the younger sister of then well-known orchestra leader Orville Knapp (1904-1936) whose big songs were "Indigo" and "Accent on Youth." They initially appeared together in a dancing vaudeville act. Ironically, Orville, who was named after famed aeronautics pioneer 'Orville Wright', died in the crash of his private biplane.

Evalyn made 62 film appearances between 1929 and the final uncredited role in 1943's Two Weeks To Live. Evalyn died June 12, 1981, in Los Angeles, Ca.

Corruption (1933) Evalyn Knapp, Preston Foster
Directed by Charles E. Roberts
Produced by William Berke
Written by Charles E. Roberts (original story and screenplay)
Release date: 19 June 1933
Action, Advenutre, Crime
Running time: 67 minutes
His Private Secretary (1933)
With Evalyn Knapp, John Wayne, Reginald Barlow, Alec B. Francis.
Directed by Phil Whitman.
Comedy, Romance
60 minutes

In Old Santa Fe (1934)
American Western film directed by David Howard and starring Ken Maynard and George "Gabby" Hayes, and featuring the first screen appearance of Gene Autry, singing a bluegrass rendition of "Wyoming Waltz" accompanied by Smiley Burnette on accordion.
Although both Autry and Burnette were unbilled, the scene served as a screen test for the duo for subsequent singing cowboy films, beginning with The Phantom Empire (1935), which was Autry's first leading role.

Based on a story by Wallace MacDonald and John Rathmell, the film is about a cowboy who loses his horse in a rigged horse race and gets framed for the murder of a stagecoach driver. The film was shot on location in Kentucky and Keystone Studios in California. The picture's leading lady was Evalyn Knapp.

Action, comedy, crime - 64 minutes

Three of a Kind (1936)
With Chick Chandler, Evalyn Knapp, Berton Churchill, Patricia Farr.
Directed by Phil Rosen.
Comedy - 68 minutes

Bulldog Edition (1936) Ray Walker, Evalyn Knapp, Regis Toomey
Director: Charles Lamont
Crime Drama - 57 minutes

Roar Of The Press (1941) Jean Parker, Wallace Ford, Evalyn Knapp
Directed by Phil Rosen.
Drama - 71 minutes

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DVD #2 - Three of A Kind (1936), Bulldog Edition (1936), Roar of the Press (1931)

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Millie (1931) Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman and Joan Blondell

Millie (1931) is a Pre-Code drama film directed by John Francis Dillon and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the novel by Donald Henderson Clarke, the movie stars Helen Twelvetrees, Lilyan Tashman, James Hall and Joan Blondell.

In 1959, the film entered the public domain in the USA due to the copyright claimants failure to renew the copyright registration in the 28th year after publication.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Brian Pinette & Kathrin Victor a/k/a Katherine Victor - on amazon.com & cdbaby

Katherine Victor a/k/a Kathrin Victor, born Katena Ktenavea (August 18, 1923–October 22, 2004), was an American actress, perhaps best known for her roles in the Jerry Warren films Mesa of Lost Women, The Wild Wild World of Batwoman and Teenage Zombies. She also worked in various capacities (generally as continuity director) on a number of Disney animated films and cartoons.

Her first role was a brief appearance in the patched-together oddity Mesa of Lost Women, playing a minion of Jackie Coogan's mad scientist character. She also had a supporting role in Fugitive Rage, directed by Fred Olen Ray.
Katharine's last feature film appearances was as Mary Jo Trent in Superguy: Behind the Cape, and a cameo in From Caviar to Coleslaw & starring in The Centerfold (films written, produced & directed by Brian Pinette).

Winds of Change is from the Soundtracks of "From Caviar to Coleslaw" and "I'm Frightened Julie Andrews, I'm Frightened" two films by Brian Pinette.
Kathrin Victor and Brian Pinette (from the film) From Caviar to Coleslaw
Kathrin Victor and Brian Pinette (from the film) From Caviar to Coleslaw

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Valentino, Buster Keaton, Von Stroheim, D.W. Griffith

5 classics - 3 DVDs


The Greatest Question (1920) Lillian Gish, Dir. D.W. Griffith

American drama film directed by D. W. Griffith starring Lillian Gish & Robert Harron.

Convict 13 (1920)

Convict 13 is a 1920 short comedy film starring comedian Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by Keaton and Edward F. Cline.

In the film, Buster performs one of the most dangerous sight gags that he performed in vaudeville. In the words of Marie Dressler: Buster would "stand on a table in back of his father twirling a basketball tied to the end of a rope, while his father was trying to shave himself with a straight razor. And that ball kept getting closer and closer, all the sudden, BANG!" 

Our Hospitality (1923) Buster Keaton
A silent comedy directed, produced, written by and starring Buster Keaton. Released in 1923 by Metro Pictures Corporation, the movie uses slapstick and situational comedy to tell the story of Willie McKay, a city slicker who gets caught in the middle of the infamous Canfield & McKay feud, an obvious satire of the real-life Hatfield-McCoy feud.


Through the Back Door (1921) Mary Pickford
Silent film directed by Alfred E. Green and Jack Pickford (Mary’s brother) and produced & starring Mary Pickford.

Blood & Sand (1922) Rodolph Valentino
Blood and Sand is a 1922 American silent drama film produced by Paramount Pictures, directed by Fred Niblo and starring Rudolph Valentino, Lila Lee, and Nita Naldi.

The film was based on the Spanish 1909 novel Blood and Sand (Sangre y arena) by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez.


Greed (1924) Dir. Erich Von Stroheim (TCM restored; 4 hrs)
Greed is a 1924 American silent film written and directed by Erich von Stroheim and based on the 1899 novel McTeague by naturalist writer Frank Norris. It stars Gibson Gowland as Dr. John McTeague, ZaSu Pitts as his wife Trina Sieppe and Jean Hersholt as McTeague's friend and eventual enemy Marcus Schouler. The film tells the story of McTeague, a San Francisco dentist, who marries his best friend Marcus' girlfriend Trina. Shortly after their engagement, Trina wins a lottery prize of $5,000. Marcus jealously informs authorities that McTeague had been practicing dentistry without a license and McTeague and Trina become impoverished. While living in squalor, McTeague becomes a violent alcoholic and Trina becomes greedily obsessed with her winnings, refusing to spend any of it despite how poor she and her husband become. Eventually McTeague murders Trina for the money and flees to Death Valley. Marcus catches up to him there for the film's final sequence.

Von Stroheim shot over 85 hours of footage and obsessed over accuracy during the filming. Two months were spent shooting in Death Valley for the film's final sequence and many of the cast and crew became ill. Greed was one of the few films of its time to be shot entirely on location. Von Stroheim used sophisticated filming techniques such as deep focus cinematography and montage editing. Von Stroheim considered the film a Greek tragedy in which environment and heredity controlled the characters' fates and reduced them to primitive "bête humaines" ("human beasts").

During the making of Greed, the production company went through several mergers and eventually became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, putting Irving Thalberg in charge of the production. Thalberg had fired von Stroheim a few years earlier at Universal Pictures. Originally almost eight hours long, Greed was edited against von Stroheim's wishes to about two-and-a-half hours. The full-length version is lost. Only twelve people saw the full 42-reel version, some of whom called it the greatest film ever made. Von Stroheim called Greed his most fully realized work and was hurt both professionally and personally by the film's re-editing.

The uncut version has been called the "holy grail" of film archivists, amid repeated false claims of the discovery of the missing footage. In 1999 Turner Entertainment created a four-hour version of Greed that used existing stills of cut scenes to reconstruct the director's version. Greed was a critical and financial failure upon its initial release, but as early as the 1950s it began to be regarded as one of the greatest films ever made; filmmakers and scholars praised it for its influence on subsequent films.

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Saturday, January 4, 2014

Square Dance (1987) Rob Lowe, Winona Ryder, Jane Alexander, Jason Robards

Square Dance is Director Daniel Petrie's poignant coming-of-age drama, based on the novel by Alan Hines, stars Winona Ryder (in an early screen role) as Gemma, a young girl who has grown up in relative seclusion on a run-down farm in rural Texas. Abandoned by her mother, Juanelle (Jane Alexander), at an early age, Gemma has been raised by her cranky but devoted grandfather, Dillard (Jason Robards), and protected from the realities of the outside world.

But Gemma's vision of the world is changed forever when her mother visits and attempts to convince her to come live with her in the big city of Ft. Worth. Initially, Gemma refuses, but gradually she is overwhelmed with a deep desire to know her real mother. One night Gemma runs away from home and winds up at the doorsteps of her mother's home, where she lives with her new husband (Guich Koock).

Gemma learns about life in the city with Juanelle, a hard-living independent woman who spends her days working at a local beauty parlor and her nights dancing at a saloon. Gemma grows from an innocent girl to a young woman, befriending Rory (Rob Lowe), a mentally disabled and handsome young man who captures Gemma's heart. Rory and Gemma begin an innnocent courtship that quicky becomes more serious when Rory asks Gemma to marry him.

Although Gemma is only 13, she becomes like a mother and wife to the young man and is profoundly affected by their close relationship. As Gemma learns about the realities of life, love, and family, she is forced to leave her youthful innocence behind in this bittersweet love story.

The film features outstanding performances from young stars Ryder and Lowe.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Silent film STARS! William Haines & Esther Ralston ... Marion Davies, Joan Crawford

William Haines & Esther Ralston

Two Hollywood legends of the Silent Era and Early Taklies!

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Esther Ralston 3 gems on 1 DVD

Notorious Lady (1927) Lewis Stone, Barbara Bedford & The Mighty (1929) George Bancroft, Esther Ralston on 1 DVD http://rarefilmclassics.blogspot.com/2013/03/notorious-lady-1927-lewis-stone-barbara.html

Silent film star Patsy Ruth Miller ~ So this is Paris (1926), Lonely Wives (1931) Esther Ralston, Mother (1978), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) http://rarefilmclassics.blogspot.com/2013/02/silent-film-star-patsy-ruth-miller.html

Silent Fairy Tales: SNOW WHITE, Cinderella, ALICE in Wonderland, PETER Pan (Esther Ralston, Betty Bronson), BLUE BIRD ... Mary Pickford, Marguerite Clark, Betty Bronson, Esther Ralston, Anna May Wong ... http://rarefilmclassics.blogspot.com/2012/05/silent-film-fairy-tales-snow-white.html
William Haines, Marion Davies, Lon Chaney, John Gilbert King Vidor 6 films 3 DVDs
Williams Haines in Tell It To The Marines (1926) Lon Chaney & Show People (1928) Marion Davies 1 DVD http://rarefilmclassics.blogspot.com/2013/01/williams-haines-in-tell-it-to-marines.html
The Hollywood Revue of 1929: Jack Benny, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, William Haines DVD http://rarefilmclassics.blogspot.com/2013/01/conrad-nagel-jack-benny-joan-crawford.html