Cook, Papa, Cook 1928

cook papa cook

This lost film, the last one starring Henry Murdock, just turned up (Feb 2011) in a silent era Kodascope print. Murdock and Hutton are a married couple with a young son. Clearly made quickly and simply — the son disappears after a few gags at the beginning — at the end of the silent era, but the gags are inventive throughout.

After oversleeping and then a tiff over waking each other up, Hutton orders Murdock to make HER breakfast for a change. He does so while she lies in bed eating chocolates. After a number of routines in which Murdock fails at slicing bread, toasting it and preparing it, he returns with a breakfast tray…only to find his wife still in bed, throwing up — and less-than interested in eating anything at all.

This was the last film Murdock made before his death in 1928. Special thanks to film historian Steve Massa for the info and for ID’ing the print, which lacked main titles and credits…┬áby Ben Model
Director: Wallace MacDonald
Stars: Henry Murdock, Lucille Hutton, Eva Thatcher


The Lady 1925

the lady 1925

Reconstructed version of THE LADY starring Norma Talmadge. There is some missing footage and quite a bit of nitrate decomposition.

A young woman marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can’t find the people she left him with

Director: Frank Borzage
Screenplay: Frances Marion
Production company: Norma Talmadge Film Corporation
Producers: Norma Talmadge, Joseph M. Schenck

Stars: Norma Talmadge, Wallace MacDonald, Brandon Hurst

The Primrose Path 1925

The primrose path

Bruce Armstrong (MacDonald) is quite wealthy. He is also a drinker, a gambler, and pretty much worthless as a human being. For some reason, Marilyn Merrill (Bow), a successful dancer, sticks by him. In spite of this, he gambles with her boss, and when he loses, he writes bad checks. In order to avoid jail, Armstrong gets involved in diamond smuggling.

Director: Harry O. Hoyt
Writer: Leah Baird
Stars: Wallace MacDonald, Clara Bow, Arline Pretty