The Return of Boston Blackie 1927

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Boston Blackie has just be released from prison and with the help of his canine pal Strongheart he is determined to walk the straight and narrow this time. Yet when he sees a mysterious woman on the run from the law he leaps to help and finds himself entangles in the schemes of former partner in crime, Denver Dan, to score a necklace worth a fortune.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Screenplay: Leah Baird
Producer: I.E. Chadwick
Story by: Jack Boyle

Stars: Strongheart the Dog, Bob Custer, Corliss Palmer

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Barbed Wire 1927

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During World War I, French peasant girl Mona (Pola Negri) is left with her father (Claude Gillingwater) to manage the family farm when her brother (Einar Hanson) enlists. Soon after, the French military commandeers the farm for a prisoner-of-war camp. Although resentful of the Germans, Mona befriends German prisoner Oskar (Clive Brook), who defends her from a lecherous French sergeant. Mona’s sympathy for Oskar rouses anger in the village, but provokes a surprise when her brother returns.

Director: Rowland V. Lee
Screenplay: Rowland V. Lee, Jules Furthman
Production companies: Paramount Pictures, Famous Players-Lasky
Producers: Rowland V. Lee, Jesse L. Lasky, Erich Pommer

Stars: Pola Negri, Clive Brook, Claude Gillingwater

Now You’re Talking 1927

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An instructional film for the telephone using a combination of animation and live action. Produced by Max and Dave Fleischer.

Beautifully preserved silent advertising film from Max Fleischer. The film starts off with a man trying to talk into a phone while trying to smoke a cigar. After failing to hear clearly (clearly failing to grasp how to use a phone), the man falls asleep.

His dream is done in the classic 1920’s Fleischer style, using word balloons when characters needs to speak. The film relies on simple black and white lines, much like his later sound film “Finding His Voice”.

A anthropomorphic phone is rushed into the hospital. When the doctor examines him, the phone complains of fatigue and the doctor examines the phone’s diary. The diary covers all the don’t of the day; don’t get the cord wet, don’t tangle the cord, look up correct number when speaking with the operator, etc. It should be noted that the film does contain a stereotypical portrayal of a African American zookeeper, complete with stereotypical speech.

After the rules are covered, the man wakes up, remembers the rules and is able to hear what’s going on. The print for this film is in excellent condition and a fine example of Fleischer’s style of the period.

Copied at 24fps from a 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress, drawing from material from the AFI/Donald Nicol and AFI/Ahti Pataja Collections.

My Friend from India 1927

IMDb 7.1

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Wealthy young man about town, Tommy Valentine (Franklin Pangborn) comes to the aid of Barbara Smith (Elinor Fair). But before he can learn anything about Barbara, her social climbing Aunt Bedelia (Ethel Wales), whisks her away. On a mission to “find the girl,” Tommy looks for her everywhere. He unknowingly befriends her brother Charlie, who invites him to spend the evening in Smith’s palatial home. The next morn Aunt Bedelia finds Tommy with his head wrapped in a towel and assumes him to be the Hindu prince that Charlie promised to bring to her society party. Introduced to all as a Prince from Calcutta, Tommy is forced to see the charade through. But the local con-man Charlie had previously arranged to appear at the party as the Prince shows up as well. At least Tommy is able to reconnect with Barbara, that is until the police show up with orders to arrest all fake fakirs.

Director: E. Mason Hopper
Screenplay: Rex Taylor
Story by: H.A. DuSouchet
Cinematography: Dewey Wrigley

Stars: Franklin Pangborn, Elinor Fair, Ben Hendricks Jr.

Fluttering Hearts 1927

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Defying her father’s wishes, a young woman runs off to a sale at store. She’s pursued by a policeman, but wins him over with the help of a friendly millionaire. In the mean time, her father tries to retrieve a compromising letter.

Director: James Parrott
Producer: Hal Roach
Screenplay: H. M. Walker, Charley Chase
Production companies: Pathé, Hal Roach Studios

Stars: Charley Chase, Oliver Hardy, Martha Sleeper

The Jolly Jilter 1927

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Ben Turpin, now engaged to a gold digger, goes to visit his former lover, a dancing girl at the theater. The dancing girl doesn’t want to let Ben go and makes many empty threats. Eventually she follows Ben home and he is also visited be his fiancée and her mother.

—Packy Sporre

Director: Edward F. Cline

Production Co: Mack Sennett Comedies
Writers: Randall Faye, Clarence Hennecke
Stars: Ben Turpin, Madeline Hurlock, Sunshine Hart

 

 

London After Midnight 1927

Also known as the The Hypnotist

London after midnight

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When Roger Balfour is found shot dead in his London home, his death is declared a suicide by Inspector Burke of Scotland Yard, even though the executor of Balfour’s estate, Sir James Hamlin, insists his friend never would have taken his own life. Five years later, the abandoned Balfour house comes to life again with the arrival of two sinister-looking tenants: a fiendish-looking man with pointed teeth, bulging eyes and a tall beaver hat, and a pale young woman in a long gown. The presence of the strangers prompts Sir James, who lives next door, to call in Inspector Burke again. Also living in the Hamlin household are the other people who were also present in Balfour’s house the night he died: Sir James’ nephew, Arthur Hibbs; the late Balfour’s now-grown daughter, Lucille; and Williams, the butler. Burke expresses skepticism about Sir James’ suspicions that the new neighbors might have been involved in Balfour’s death, until strange things start happening: Balfour’s body disappears … Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

Director: Tod Browning
Based on: “The Hypnotist”; by Tod Browning
Screenplay: Tod Browning, Waldemar Young, Joseph W. Farnham

Stars: Lon Chaney, Marceline Day, Henry B. Walthall