A little Break – Update

Health Update March 31 2018

Once again I am on the slippery slope heading south to visit the ghosts of Shackleton, Scott and Mrs. Chippy, which means more Chemo.

Blood cells about 50% below the lower end of normal so feeling tired and lethargic.  It looks like I will require approximately 5 months of treatment 7 days per month and then a three-week rest in between doses . I am now firmly wedded to the hospital, its staff, nightmare corridors and the meandering ghosts of the dead. As a result of all this for the month of April posts will be reduced to one per day after that maybe 2/3 posts per week.

My life expectancy is now 5/6 more years and my friends say that is to bloody long to put up with you



March 2nd 2018

For the next week or so I will be taking a short break from Movies From the Silent Era. I will check in occasionally just to see that things are OK. I have scheduled movies for the days I am unlikely to be available so hope all goes well.

The reason I am making the above request is that I need more treatment for my MDS(Myelodysplastic Syndrome) and that means I will be in the land of nod  most of the time.

I am going to pin this note to the top of the page and once I am back on song I will take it down

A Bear, a Boy and a Dog 1921

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This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English.

Henry (“Sonny” Howard) does not want to do chores. His mother (Margaret Mann), adamant that he continue his chores, heads for the market leaving Henry in charge of the rent money. At the same time a lady (Nell Shipman) drives out of her yard, leaving her dog tied up. Meanwhile a bear escapes from the zoo. Henry decides to go on strike, leaves his mother a note and climbs out of the kitchen window. At the same time the dog slips his collar and heads for freedom. Henry arrives to save the dog from three bullies and the boy and dog are quickly pals. Now two burglars enter Henry’s house, stealing the mother’s jewelry. The bear also enters the house and eats the mother’s baking. The bear scares off the burglars. The mother returns from the market and the bear escapes unseen. On the road, dog and boy are startled by the appearance of the bear. A terrified Henry climbs a tree but the bear chases him up the tree and climbs over him. Back on terra firma the trio quickly become fast friends. Henry comes on the two burglars. They have a pipe-bomb to be used in an attempt on the life of a judge. He also recognizes jewelry in their possession as his mother’s. Discovered by the villains, Henry is tied up but the bear unties him soon enough to get to the judge’s residence and snatch the bomb off the doorstep, hurl it away to to save the judge’s life. Sunday morning Henry returns home to find his aund an cousin on hand to accuse him of the theft of both the rent money and his mother’s jewelry. By an unfortunate coincidence, Henry has on him the exact amount of the rent, a ten and a twenty. His explanations, shown in flashback, that he got these two notes from the lady in the car when he returned her dog and from a grateful zoo keeper when he returned the bear, are met with disbelief. To make matters worse he has on his person the jewelry, recovered from the burglars. Now even his mother thinks him a thief. Henry realizes that she never even found the note he left her. But, the judge arrives to sing the boy’s praises and reward him for his brave deed while Henry, inside the house, discovers that the rent money is still there. Now his aunt and cousin hang their heads in shame and Henry exclaims that he “won’t never strike no more!”

Director: Bert Van Tuyle
Writer: Nell Shipman
Stars: Sunny Howard, Margaret Mann, Nell Shipman

Little Gray Doors 1928

This film is a heritage item from Library and Archives Canada and is only available in English

This film shows the story of a misbehaving boy and his bad dream. The film begins by introducing David, a boy who has spent the day doing his favorite things: he is seen playing with a toy boat, enjoying flowers in the garden, walking along the fence throwing stones, and climbing on the big fallen oak tree. David peers inside the shattered trunk of the tree and wonders what is inside. While David is playing his Aunt Lucy arrives for a visit; when called, David takes a very long time returning home. In the mean time, Lucy and David’s mother talk about the young boy, in particular his temper when playing the piano. When David returns home, his mother takes him to wash his hands and change his clothes; David complains bitterly throughout. Before taking him in to his aunt, David’s mother asks Lucy not to give him the toy boat she has brought him, because of his poor behavior. Later that night, David takes a bath and apologizes to his mother. After he falls asleep, David’s dreaming body leaves his room and goes to the tree. Inside the trunk he finds a ladder leading down, which he descends a long way to the bottom.At the bottom of the trunk is a corridor with little gray doors along both sides and the letters “L.O.P.” hanging on the wall. David is seen passing down this hallway until a strange little man with a large hat and beard becons him through one of the doors. Inside, this man and an identical partner destroy a piano; David protests but they ignore him. Upset, David leaves the room and walks down the corridor, seeing the letters “L.O.P.” repeatedly and wondering what they mean. Exploring other doorways, David watches a boy destroying a cake and, later, sees his mother complaining to a group of women about how tired she is. The mysterious letters “L.O.P.” appear again and again, until they finally reveal their meaning: “Land of Punishment”. As David runs away from the letters he falls to the floor and cries for his mother. In the next shot, David is seen struggling in bed with his mother standing above him. After comforting David, his mother sends him to do his chores which David pledges he will complete.

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