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The Five Best Cary Grant Movies of His Career

You could say that Archibald Alec Leach, better known as Cary Grant, didn’t have the best upbringing in the world since his father was an alcoholic and his mother suffered from clinical depression. She did the best she could for her son though, teaching him how to sing and dance when he was four, enrolling him in piano lessons, and taking him to the cinema as much as she could. This inspired him to become an actor as he watched such greats as Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle, Ford Sterling, and many others. Unfortunately his father placed his mother in an

The Five Best Cary Grant Movies of His Career
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The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town

Proving again that there’s always more to learn about film history, Marc J. Perez’s documentary tells the story of a major American film capital before Hollywood. Milestone surrounds it with a couple of hours of early silent films made in the cinema Mecca of . . . Fort Lee, New Jersey.

The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town


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2015 / Color + B&W / 1:33 flat full frame / 35 min. main documentary; many more short subjects / Street Date October 17, 2017 / available through The Milestone Cinematheque / 34.99

Film Editor: B.B. Enriquez

Original Music: Ryan Shore

Based on a book by Richard Koszarski

Produced by Tom Myers, John L. Sikes

Directed by Marc J. Perez

Milestone’s new crash course in film history is a two-disc set centered around a 2015 documentary, The Champion: A Story of America’s First Film Town. ‘The Champion’ was the name of a short-lived but significant film company,
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The Forgotten: Allan Dwan's "Black Sheep" (1935)

Relatively few films from Fox Pictures (before they became Twentieth Century Fox) are readily available: Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans is the big one. The modest caper Black Sheep wouldn't be high on the list for reissue: stars Edmund Lowe and Claire Trevor aren't too well-remembered, though he's in Dinner at Eight and she's in Stagecoach. Despite a large cast of supporting players, rotund character man Eugene Pallette is the only other really familiar figure, though founding Keystone Kop Ford Sterling has a good bit as a ship's detective.We're on a transatlantic liner, see, and there are warnings posted about professional gamblers: The Lady Eve territory, before Sturges thought of it. Lowe is such a gambler, but he's a swell guy really. Trevor plays an actress, which is no stretch, and the two have real chemistry. He has a debonair manner and a mellifluous voice—and a drunk scene,
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Her Majesty, Love

It's the final Hollywood film by the legendary Ziegfeld star Marilyn Miller, and it's also a terrific talkie feature debut for W.C. Fields -- with one of his dazzling juggling bits. But the real star is director William Dieterle, whose moving camera and creative edits rescue the talkie musical from dreary operetta staging. Her Majesty, Love DVD-r The Warner Archive Collection 1931 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy / 75 min. / Street Date January 19, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Marilyn Miller, Ben Lyon, W.C. Fields, Leon Errol, Ford Sterling, Chester Conklin, Clarence Wilson, Ruth Hall, Virginia Sale, Oscar Apfel. Cinematography Robert Kurrie Film Editor Ralph Dawson Songs Walter Jurmann, Al Dubin Written by Robert Lord, Arthur Caesar from story by Rudolph Bernauer, Rudolf Österreicher Directed by William Dieterle

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

The Warner Archive Collection has been kind to fans of early talkies. We've been able to discover dramatic actresses like Jeanne Eagels
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Chaplin or The Weight of Myth

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By Mireille Latil-Le-Dantec. Originally published in Cinématographe, no. 35, February 1978 in an issue with a Chaplin dossier.

Translation by Ted Fendt. Thanks to Marie-Pierre Duhamel.

The Chaplinesque Quest

The overbearing weight of interpretative studies devoted to Chaplin makes any pretension to some "fresh look" at a universe already studied from every angle seem absurd from the outset. At least, on the occasion of the homages currently being made in theaters to the little man who would become so big, a few fragmentary re-viewings more modestly allow for the rediscovery of the thematic unity of this body of work and the inanity of any artificial divide between the "excellent" Charlie films and the "mediocre" Chaplin films – a divide corresponding, of course, to the event which his art was not supposed to have survived: the appearance of those talkies that – in the excellent company of Eisenstein, Pudovkin, René Clair and many others – he
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Lost Chaplin Film To Get Re-premiere At Cinecon Film Festival In Hollywood; Don Murray And Michele Lee To Be Honored

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A Thief Catcher (Keystone, 1914), featuring a previously unknown performance by silent comedy star Charlie Chaplin, will have its west coast re-premiere during the 46th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood California over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-6, 2010

Chaplin is officially credited with appearing in thirty-five films during his year at Keystone in 1914, but he claimed in various interviews that he had also played bit roles as a cop and a barber while at the studio--but he did not name the films, and although there has been some speculation about the possibility of additional Chaplin-Keystone appearances, none has turned up until now. Film collector Paul Gierucki found a 16mm film print in a trunk at a Taylor, Michigan, antique store last year. "I could tell it was a Keystone comedy,
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Early Charlie Chaplin Short Discovered in Antique Sale

Early Charlie Chaplin Short Discovered in Antique Sale
It's not exactly a Chaplin masterpiece, but the ten-minute 1914 film A Thief Catcher featured an early, maybe 3-minute cameo with Charlie Chaplin playing a Keystone cop. The film had disappeared from the record books: Chaplin filmographies neglected to list it, and Keystone filmographies listed it without mentioning Chaplin. In a late interview, Chaplin himself recalled making it, but did not mention the title.

The film turned up at an antique sale in Taylor, Michigan, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Film historian Paul Gierucki thought he was buying an ordinary Keystone Studios movie. When he finally watched it, he was shocked and had to show the film to his friend, Richard Roberts, to be sure he could believe his eyes. The two men help organize the annual Slapsticon festival in Arlington, Virginia, and A Thief Catcher will make its debut at this year's fest (July 15-18).

Chaplin was one of the
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Charlie Chaplin Film Found At An Antique Sale, Once Thought Lost

How do you follow up a newly found John Ford film?

How about a newly found Charlie Chaplin film sound?

That’s just what was found at an antique sale in Michigan. The film, A Thief Catcher, doesn’t star the silent legend, but it features a rather extensive cameo from him, as he reprises his legendary role as the Keystone Cop in this Keystone comedy clocking in at just around 10 minutes.

The film was originally released in 1914, and was, like many films from that era, thought to be lost to history. It stars Ford Sterling, Mack Swain and Edgar Kennedy, and as the Palm Beach Post put it, “finding a lost Chaplin appearance can be roughly compared to finding a lost Beethoven quartet.”

I second those sentiments.

While not quite as massive a find as a full length John Ford film, this is still one hell of a discovery,
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