From the first of July to the tenth of August I am taking a break to visit family and friends in Europe.I have scheduled advance posts for this period to run on automatic pilot. The number of posts will also be reduced to 2 or 3  per day. Fingers crossed all goes well.

I will check in occasionally but my intention is to stay away from the internet in so far as it is possible.

Bye for now


The Longest Gangplank, 1926

The longest gangplank

Entertaining travelogue from 1926 promoting The French Line, a trans-Atlantic cruise line. This is interspersed with narrative that focuses on a young middle-class couple who takes a trip on the ocean liner. Extensive footage of passengers enjoying leisure time and activities on the sun deck, couples in 1920s formal attire dancing and eating in dining room, people exercising in the gym, and romantic couples

Year: 1926
Color: B/W
Sound: Silent
Filmmaker: Andre de la Varre

Over the Fence 1917



Snitch steals Ginger’s baseball tickets and takes Ginger’s girl to the game. Finding himself without tickets, Ginger dresses as a baseball player and wins the game.
Directors: Harold Lloyd, J. Farrell MacDonald

Producer: Hal Roach
Stars: Harold Lloyd, Bebe Daniels, ‘Snub’ Pollard

The film is notable as the debut of the “Glasses” or “Boy” character.

Where Now are the Dreams of Youth? 1932


IMDB 7.1


When a young man inherits his father’s lucrative business, he cheats the system to set up three of his college friends with jobs.
Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Writers: Kôgo Noda (idea), Kôgo Noda (screenplay)
Stars: Ureo Egawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Tatsuo Saitô

A Submarine Pirate 1915

A submarine pirate

An inventor and his accomplice plan to rob a ship carrying gold bullion by using a submarine. A waiter overhears their plans, buys himself an admiral’s uniform, tricks his way into command of the sub and plots to take the ship himself.
Directors: Charles Avery, Syd Chaplin
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Syd Chaplin, Phyllis Allen, Glen Cavender

Hearts And Flowers 1919

Hearts and flowers

When a hotel orchestra leader starts to flirt with a girl in the audience, her fiancé is very displeased. Then the orchestra leader finds out that the hotel flower girl is really a rich heiress, and he shifts his attentions to her. Now the flower girl’s boyfriend is unhappy, and soon there are even more complications.

Director: Edward F. Cline
Writer: Mack Sennett
Stars: Louise Fazenda, Ford Sterling, Phyllis Haver |


The Hero of Tokyo 1935

the hero of toyko

The story focuses on the widower Nemoto, ostensibly a businessman, who has one son, Kanichi, the hero of the title. Nemoto remarries; his new wife is a widow with a son and daughter of her own. However, Nemoto’s business turns out to be out a shady scam, and he disappears, leaving his wife to raise the three children alone. In order to support the family, she is obliged to become a bar hostess. She conceals this shameful employment from the children, but the truth comes out years later, after her daughter is rejected by her husband’s family when they investigate her background

Initial release: 1935
Director: Hiroshi Shimizu
Cinematography: Hiroshi Nomura
Production design: Yonekazu Wakita
Cast: Mitsuko Yoshikawa, Tomio Aoki, Kōji Mitsui, Mitsugu Fujii, Yukichi Iwata, Mitsuko Ichimura, Michiko Kuwano, Bakudankozo

Romeo Turns Bandit (Romeo se Fait Bandit), 1909

Romeo turns bandit

Pathecolor print with Max Linder.
UK-title: “Romeo turns brigand”, released Dec. 4, 1909. US-release: May 23, 1910

“[Max Linder] as an ardent suitor for a young lady’s hand, the father being opposed to his pretensions. To convince him, the lover arranges with two of his friends to masquerade as bandits. They capture the father and leave him tied in a way that permits of his gaining his freedom in a short time. Then they pretend to kidnap the girl, and send word that they are holding her for ransom. Max now presents himself before the father and offers to rescue her, accomplishing the feat with a droll show of bravery and prowess that wins the old gentleman’s gratitude and the hand of his daughter.” (The New York Dramatic Mirror, June 4, 1910)

Director: Romeo Bosetti
Writer: William Shakespeare (play)
Stars: Romeo Bosetti, Max Linder