Hear ‘Em Rave 1918

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Hear ‘Em Rave is a 1918 short comedy film featuring Harold Lloyd

Director: Gilbert Pratt
Producer: Hal Roach

Stars: Harold Lloyd, ‘Snub’ Pollard, Bebe Daniels



Hills of Kentucky 1927

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Hills of Kentucky is a 1927 American silent drama film. The film stars the dog Rin Tin Tin.

Brief Synopsis
In a famine-striken section of Kentucky, the mountain people are forced to turn out their dogs. One dog, which becomes the leader of a foraging dog pack, is known as The Grey Ghost. Ben, a bully, and Steve, his shy and gentle half brother, vie for the attentions of Janet, their new schoolmistress, who likes Steve but considers him cowardly for enduring the childrens’ taunts. The Grey Ghost is injured in an attack and hides near a stream where little Davey is fishing. He permits the boy to bathe his wound and feed him. They secretly become friends, and The Grey Ghost saves the boy from an attack by the pack. In a jealous frenzy, Ben turns the farmers against Janet, then ties her to a canoe headed for the rapids. The Grey Ghost saves Steve from an attack by Ben and rescues Janet. All ends happily.


Director: Howard Bretherton
Screenplay: Edward Clark
Story by: Dorothy Yost
Production company: Warner Bros.

Stars: Rin Tin Tin, Jason Robards Sr., Dorothy Dwan


Ten Dollars or Ten Days 1924

Ten dollars or ten days

Director: Del Lord
Writer: John A. Waldron (titles)

Produced by Mack Sennett
Stars: Ben Turpin, Harry Gribbon, Irene


Sitting Bull at the Spirit Lake Massacre 1927

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This movie was thought to be a lost film, which eventually surfaced after being unseen for over eight decades. The story takes place in the 1860s or 1870s near Spirit Lake, Iowa. Settlements of whites are growing in that region but the Sioux Indians also have professed their interest in one such settlement. Chief Sitting Bull, surveys the settlement at Spirit Lake from afar and with the advice of the Great Spirit vows to retake the land that belonged to his fathers

Director: Robert N. Bradbury
Screenplay: Ben-Allah Newman
Producer: Anthony J. Xydias
Cinematography: James S. Brown Jr.

Stars: Bryant Washburn, Chief Yowlachie, Anne Schaefer

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On Patrol 1922

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When Kalla Pasha persuades Billy Bevan to handcuff himself so Kalla can steal the contents of the safe, Billy finds himself on patrol, where an escaping prisoner steals his uniform and stuffs Billy into his own striped prison garb. After that, things get very silly in this high-speed Sennett comedy.

The indefatigable David Glass has done a “reconstruction” of this comedy — whatever that may mean — and posted the 10-minute result to Youtube. His sources may include the 1940s short “Happy Times and Jolly Moments”, but no matter whence this came, it’s a highly enjoyable end result. Bevan was at this point Sennett’s leading utility comic; he also had a fine career after the silent era as a supporting player. This one is definitely worth the six hundred seconds it will take to watch….by boblipton (New York City)

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Producer: Mack Sennett
Editor: Allen McNeil
Cinematography: Slim Padgett, J.R. Lockwood

Stars: Billy Bevan, Mildred June, James Donnelly

The Young Rajah 1922

The Young Rajah

Rudolph Valentino (as Amos Judd) is a holy Indian prince, brought to America as a small boy; there, he was adopted by the Judds. The throne of Amos’s real father had been seized by tyrannical Bertram Grassby (as Ali Kahn). Mr. Valentino is told of his true identity, but happily remains in America, where his muscles and magnetism make him a popular student at Harvard University. Valentino’s innate precognitive abilities surface as he meets and falls in love with Wanda Hawley (as Molly Cabot). Due, undoubtedly, to his divine past, Valentino’s gift of prophecy grows more pronounced. After his life is threatened, he must decide whether or not he should return to India and reclaim his throne.

Excellent restoration by Flicker Alley, the Library of Moving Images Collection, and Turner Classic Movies – the available footage and supplementary material have the integrity of the full film; the beginning footage is mostly lost, so the viewing pleasure improves over the running time. However, the story’s “Mystical Eastern Hindu” exoticism hasn’t aged well, and the film is only partially successful in its intent. Valentino and Grassby are passable as Indians (from India); actually, Valentino is better as an All-American.

The best aspect of the film is how it addresses racism – and, it is best portrayed by Wanda Hawley as Valentino’s love interest; in effective scenes, she struggles with her own racism. She loves Valentino, but questions marrying a man who isn’t her “kind”. The film advises, “Men should be judged not by their tint of skin, the Gods they serve, the Vintage that they drink, nor by the way they fight, or love, or sin – but by the quality of thought they think.” Ms. Hawley’s struggle parallels Valentino’s own – should he stay in America, or return to native India?…| by wes-connors (Los Angeles)

Director: Phil Rosen
Screenplay: June Mathis
Production company: Famous Players-Lasky
Story by: John Ames Mitchell, Alethea Luce

Stars: Rudolph Valentino, Wanda Hawley, Pat Moore

Wall Street Blues 1924

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A bumbling bank custodian becomes an unlikely hero when he foils a robbery.

Director: Del Lord

Produced by Mack Sennett
Writer: John A. Waldron (titles) (as J.A. Waldron)
Stars: Sidney Smith, Billy Bevan, Andy Clyde