Friday, October 17, 2014

SPERDVAC 

No, it's not a new cyclonic vacuum cleaner.

The Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety, and Comedy (SPERDVAC) played host to special guest Stanley Dyrector and his book, Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participats at its meetingat the West Valley Library, 19036 Vanowen St., Reseda.

Dyrector started his career as a radio actor and writer of many episodes of the Sears Radio Theater. 

Hear the meeting on YesterdayUSA.com at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 17. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It's alive!


It's Alive

It's alive! The Bearmanor Media Book Club is alive! In the true spirit of pandering segues and shameless promotional tie-ins, we've boldly hijacked this Halloween 2014 to electrify you with eloquent euphemisms that dare to blatantly broadcast our Book Club. The truth is, we're looking forward to our 500th Book Club member, and we hope it's you!

I know you hate to think about stocking up on stocking stuffers for Christmas when you haven't even yet got enough Halloween candy to give to those roaming kid scavengers from the next block and for all you know from the other side of town. No, it's not your imagination. They ALL make a beeline to YOUR house . . . every one of them. But think of our new Book Club as a Frequent Buyer Discount Program that may help defray the high cost of gifts this year. For a modest $25 annual fee, you receive 25% off all BearManor booksand 10% off all Coverout.com titles.

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A HARDBACK OR  A PAPERBACK BOOK?
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How many times have I rested my chin in my hand and just stared with loving awe like Clara Bow at my book collection? The sheer cost of all those books (along with the ditched 8mm films, record albums, 8-tracks, audio cassettes, VHS tapes, and standard definition DVDs, not to mention all the money I spent on dates that ultimately went nowhere) would be enough to fund my retirement, unless I live to 100, in which case I'm screwed. That's why I like paperback books. If kept nicely, they will last the rest of my life, and their lower cost enables me to buy more.

On the other hand, there are those who strongly prefer hardback books the way Clara Bow preferred Rex Bell. You'll have to make your own decision. We've got enough on our plate just trying to decide whether to ditch all of our Blu-ray DVDs we only just bought and buy those film favorites all over again in the new 4K technology that's sweeping the world or just wait for the Superman crystals to become a reality. 

 
We're busy making our books available in hardback, paperback, e-book, and audio book editions so you have a choice. Our hardback books are stacking up exclusively through CoverOut. Click the logo below and see the shining hardback books.

THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939) in 3D

No, you're eyes are not seeing double, so stop cleaning your glasses. Speaking of Blu-ray, the ruby-red slippers are about to kick right out of your home TV in the fantastic new 75th Anniversary Blu-ray 3D edition.

The photo here is for those of you who happen to have a pair of those red/blue 3D glasses littering your TV room somewhere along with your old VHS copy of The Wizard of Oz that you haven't yet thrown out even though no one you know even has a VHS player anymore. Everyone was impressed that you poneyed up big bucks for the 70th Anniversary Edition, but get over it. Take off your Pearl Vision Center spectacles that you bought on their 2 for 1 special, put on your 3D glasses, and look at the picture. You'll get an idea of how the movie looks in 3D now that the 75th Anniversary Edition has just come out on Blu-ray.
 
As for the 3D experience, I was quite surprised. Still am actually. Depth and dimensionality are more convincing than I expected, and very rarely does the film resemble a pop-up storybook. Great care has been invested in making the actors and the world they inhabit look wondrous in 3D, and the film's elaborate sets, already a hallmark of color, vibrancy, and cinematic craft, are more immersive than ever before; almost to the point of inviting the viewer to step into the screen and tour the MGM lot, or as if the production were shot in 3D all those years ago. No small feat considering the challenges the restoration and conversion teams faced. Even the audio is bumped up with a whole new mix. All dialogue is in the center audio channel, while the music has been remixed for surround sound home theater systems.

Now, the really big question is Should I fall for the marketing ballyhoo and buy the Blu-ray 75th Anniversary edition DVD in 3D, or should I just wait for the 80th Anniversary Edition that's bound to come out in LBH (Living Breathing Holograms) or whatever new technology the electronic industry is sure to shove down our throats about the time I'm forced by law to disburse some funds from my 401K account? I can already guess that the upgrade will cost an amount equal to that, right? Oh, bring on the Superman crystals already so we'll never have to upgrade our stuff again, nor will we have to buy The Beatles' White Album for the twelfth time. 
A BEARMANOR MEDIA CLASSIC EDITION
I, Red Skelton, or A Man, His Movies, and Sometimes His Monkeys!
by Wes D. Gehring

Thank God this story is in flat 2D. Looking at that 3D picture above without red/blue glasses is giving me a headache. It's like watching Cozy TV and those low-res 1970s TV episodes that are interspersed with senior citizen commercials they run in endless loops. (I've seen that Lifestyle Lift commercial 1,297 times, and I should buy one, but I'm afraid they'd have to stretch my face back so far I'd look like Richard Barthelmess in Broken Blossoms and have to change my name to Wong Li. Some people might enjoy the humor in that, though.)

Red SkeltonSpeaking of humor, you'll enjoy our Red Skelton biography as much as thousands of others, like Steve Bell, former anchor for ABC News and Good Morning, America. He said, "We learn much about the women in Red’s life, notably the indomitable Edna Stillwell, the first wife, whose guidance and drive were most responsible for Red’s early success. There is also an intriguing portrait of the beautiful but troubled Georgia, his second wife, who was probably the true love of his life.”
Steve added, "I find myself always being drawn into Wes’ comedic research and storytelling by its insights into the history, politics and sociology of the period explored. In that context, his gift is not only that of a researcher but also a “decoder” of what leads a reader to exclaim. ‘Oh, so that’s how he (the subject) got that way.’” Read more or order now . . . . 
NEW RELEASES 
 
The Power and the Glory . . . For Ever and Ever

Mob boss Philip Vega is back in Janette Anderson's new thriller. Vega passes the torch to his favorite son, but betrayal, treachery, and deception rear their ugly heads in a nail-biting race to an unforgettable climax. 
Read more . . . .



The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley

Dr. Robert V. Kenny explores the lives and films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, 
 who were among the highest-paid and most admired variety artistes in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. They packed theatres throughout the land, and made a series of zany films with Arthur as the belligerent washerwoman Old Mother Riley, and Kitty as her flighty daughter. Read more . . . .

George Brent: Ireland's Gift to Hollywood and It's Leading Ladies

This new book is our best seller for the second week in a row, and for a good reason. Bette Davis answered “George Brent” whenever asked to name her favorite co-star. Her longtime crush on the actor (they teamed in eleven films) culminated in an off-screen affair while filming Dark Victory (1939) for which she received an Oscar nomination and Brent gave what many consider his “finest performance.” Hollywood’s top stars clamored to play opposite Brent. Read more . . . . 

Rock & Roll Recollections

He was there. He rocked. Read his interesting and revealing compilation of fascinating interviews, conversations, and anecdotes about a diverse lineup of Rock, Pop, and Soul performers. Author and musician William R. Chemerka provides unique glimpses into the professional and personal lives of the world's most famous rmusical performers who have made important contributions to popular music. 
Read more . . . .


We Can Be Who We Are

Lee Gambin explores this explosive energy and diversity lf 1970s musicals. From the quirky sophistication of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever and the dark unnerving genius ofCabaret to the sweet sentimentality of Charlotte’s Web,Gambin’s book offers insightful film criticism while exhaustively covering the decade. 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .


Nobody's Stooge: Ted Healy

Discover the missing back-story of the dawn of The Three Stooges in this groundbreaking full-length biography of Ted Healy. He began his show business career in Vaudeville and climbed to the pinnacle of fame as a movie star, appearing in dozens of films, such as Dancing Lady (1933) with Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, Operator 13 (1934) with Gary Cooper and Marion Davies, Reckless (1935) with Jean Harlow, and the Academy Award-winning San Francisco(1936) with Jeanette MacDonald, Spencer Tracy, and Gable. Healy's sudden death at age forty-one just days after the birth of his son has long been surrounded in mystery and scandal. Was his death by natural causes or did foul play involving an alleged MGM/Wallace Beery murder cover up the truth? 
Pre-order now or read more . . . .

Mad Movies With the LA Connection

Mad Movies with the L.A. Connection was a 1985 syndicated television show produced by the comedy troupe, The L.A. Connection. Every episode was a spoof of a classic movie edited to fit the show's half-hour format and all the dialogue overdubbed with new, ridiculous, wacky, and humorous dialogue written and voiced by the L.A. Connection in a manner similar to Woody Allen's feature-length film, What's Up, Tiger Lily? Author Mike White presents the ultimate guide to the show that caused an entire generation to tune in to the turned-on team.Coming soon! 
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Yes, we know you didn't have time last week to take advantage of our Generous-Like-Mother-Theresa offer to bolster our ego by putting book reviews of your favorite BearManor Media books on Amazon in exchange for a chance to win $200 in free books, but now that your wife has gone out on her first gift-buying frenzy, or now that your husband has given his approval to inviting the whole clan over (not that you needed his approval) and you've got upcoming expenses out the wazoo, maybe you'll sing a diferent tune. Since this is the month a lot of people are celebrating Halloween, and since we can't seem to get enough 5-star reviews on Amazon.com to satisfy our craving for glory, what could be more appropriate than to lure you into posting your review of your favorite BearManor Media book on amazon in order to be in the drawing for $200 worth of BearManor Media books? Simply post your review on Amazon.com on the book's page and s
end us the link to your review. Your name will be thrown in a shocking frenzy into our frothing cauldron. An Official Winner will be chosen and notified on Halloween. Send your review and link to books@benohmart.com.
NATIONAL FILM PRESERVATION SOCIETY
 
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Monte Blue in Defying Destiny (1923)





 

After spending nearly $10 for gas, $40 for a babysitter, and $50 for two tickets to a recent movie plus a tub of popcorn and two cokes, I had to recall how much I've spent in my lifetime on films, and then my wife rightfully (as she claims she always is) suggested that the film industry owes all of us something in return for making them as fabulously wealthy as kings and queens of old.

No sooner said than the National Film Preservation Society has given all of us free views of dozens of rare movies we would never get to see otherwise.
 Discover a mother lode of rare preserved films at The National Film Preservation Foundation that are free to watch online anytime for free. (Run a cable from your computer hard drive to your big ol' TV and you can really have fun!) The nonprofit organization was created by the U.S. Congress to help save America's film heritage and improve film access for study, education, and exhibition. Read more . . . .
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONTREMAKE COMING
Of course you remember this truly haunting final shot from the original version of this unforgettable war movie that starred Lew Ayres. All Quiet on the Western Frontwas based on the 1928 novel by Erich Maria Remarque, who was a German veteran of World War I, and described the immense stress on soldiers during the conflict. You also remember what happened just before this when battle-scarred Lew sees a butterfly on the ground in no man's land and reaches for it while an enemy sniper awaits  . . . .



The 1930 film won Oscars for Best Picture and director Lewis Milestone.




Everything old is new again. Variety just announced that a remake is forthcoming with a 2015 release date from Radar Pictures. Directing duties are being done by Ronald Donaldson. The hunt is one for the actor who will play the memorable lead character originally portrayed by Lew Ayres. Rumor has it that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is attached to the role. Of course, Delbert Mann directed a 1979 version starring Richard Thomas, so I guess any young sensitive actor could do the role justice, right? Who do you think would be the best choice?
Read more . . . .
THIS WEEK'S WINNER IN OUR FREE BOOK DRAWING


When you buy any BearManor Media product, you get your name placed in the fish bowl for our Weekly Free Book Drawing. If you're the lucky person chosen, we'll notify you promptly to visit our web site and choose from our current catalog.  

THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS LISA CARTER Congratulations, Lisa! You've just been contacted by BearManor Media to order your free book.

The rest of us are going to visit our BearManor Media web site and make a purchase get our names in the bowl for next week's drawing. Good luck to everyone!  
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IN MEMORIAM
JAN HOOKS
Janice Hooks (April 23, 1957-October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she was a repertory player from 1986 to 1991, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons of Designing Women, a recurring role on 3rd Rock from the Sun and a number of other roles in film and television. A genuinely funny comedian, her characters included Candy Sweeney of The Sweeney Sisters. She performed notable impressions of Bette Davis, Ann-Margret, Betty Ford, Nancy Reagan, Sinéad O'Connor, Jodie Foster, Tammy Faye Bakker, Kathie Lee Gifford,Kitty Dukakis, Diane Sawyer and Hillary Rodham Clinton.








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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

We're cheering today . . . .

Yes, we're cheering today . . .
and for good reasons

 

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Life is all about being gruntled. Certainly that's better than being disgruntled. We're highly gruntled today for three reasons:

Reason #1: 
Even Charles Foster Kane knew that a rose bud by any other name still smells as sweet, and so does the BearManor Media Book Club. We only just launched the club, but the response has been amazing! If you're not yet a member, don't delay. Christmas book buying is already in full swing, and our Book Club pays for itself with just your first few purchases. Enjoy the long-term savings all year . . . and brace yourself: we've got some of the best new titles ever set to come out during the next few weeks. You'll be cheering, too!  

Reason #2: A rare lost film that has long been on everyone's Most Coveted List has just been rediscovered. More on that below.

Reason #3: We're launching a new contest with a Grand Prize of $200 in free books. More on that below, too. 

Think of our new Book Club as a Frequent Buyer Discount Program. For a modest $25 annual fee, you receive 25% off all BearManor booksand 10% off all Coverout.com titles.

*Non-transferable to anyone else or to anyone else's paypal account except the buyer. Not valid with other offers or specials. Not valid to BM authors or wholesalers. A few exceptions apply, such as non-BearManor Media books, Bulldog Drummond, and Dragnet titles. 


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NEW RELEASES HOT OFF THE PRESS
 
The Power and the Glory . . . For Ever and Ever

Mob boss Philip Vega is back in Janette Anderson's new thriller. Vega passes the torch to his favorite son, but betrayal, treachery, and deception rear their ugly heads in a nail-biting race to an unforgettable climax. 
Read more . . . .




The Man Who Was Old Mother Riley

Dr. Robert V. Kenny explores the lives and films of Arthur Lucan and Kitty McShane, 
 who were among the highest-paid and most admired variety artistes in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s. They packed theatres throughout the land, and made a series of zany films with Arthur as the belligerent washerwoman Old Mother Riley, and Kitty as her flighty daughter. Read more . . . .


George Brent: Ireland's Gift to Hollywood and It's Leading Ladies

This new book is our best seller this week, and for a good reason. Bette Davis answered “George Brent” whenever asked to name her favorite co-star. Her longtime crush on the actor (they teamed in eleven films) culminated in an off-screen affair while filming Dark Victory (1939) for which she received an Oscar nomination and Brent gave what many consider his “finest performance.” Hollywood’s top stars clamored to play opposite Brent. Read more . . . . 

Rock & Roll Recollections
He was there. He rocked. Read his interesting and revealing compilation of fascinating interviews, conversations, and anecdotes about a diverse lineup of Rock, Pop, and Soul performers. Author and musician William R. Chemerka provides unique glimpses into the professional and personal lives of the world's most famous rmusical performers who have made important contributions to popular music. 
Read more . . . .

 
WIN $200 IN FREE BOOKS
Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman Awesome Gif animated GIFDon't scream. Yes, we know it's another contest, but there's nothing horrifying or shocking about it except that it's so easy. Since this is the month a lot of people are celebrating Halloween, and since we can't seem to get enough 5-star reviews on Amazon.com to satisfy our craving for glory, what could be more appropriate than to lure you into posting your review of your favorite BearManor Media book on amazon in order to be in the drawing for $200 worth of BearManor Media books? Simply post your review on Amazon.com on the book's page and send us the link to your review. Your name will be thrown in a shocking frenzy into our frothing cauldron. An Official Winner will be chosen and notified on Halloween. Send your review and link tobooks@benohmart.com.
MOVIE POSTERS THAT REALLY MOVE
 
We recently broke the news that animated movie posters (and soon, book covers) will be appearing everywhere, and we're just fascinated with thepossibilities of a limitless imagination. We expect to see some amazingly creative motion posters in the coming months, such as this one for Inception.

Meanwhile, get ready for the onslaught of upcoming December movie releases, and there are some whiz-bang doozies coming, including The Judge with Robert Downy, Jr. and Robert Duvall; Nicholas Cage inLeft Behind;  Brad Pitt and and Shia LaBeouf in the World War II thriller Fury; and the Science Fiction space adventure, Interstellar, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine.  Who says they don't make movies like they used to? We're sure we'll be publishing books on these new blockbusters twenty years from now when they are considered nostalgia by the next generation. Here's to the movies, and to them!
THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
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The first time I saw this film, I screamed and jumped out of my seat when Lon Chaney was unmasked.  It's bound to happen again on Saturday, October 12, at 2:00 p.m., when the music of the night will be heard once again as The Silent Clowns Film Series takes a break from guffaws and dares to venture into the truly horrifying subterranean world of Lon Chaney's original 1925 silent film, The Phantom of the Opera.  Read more . . . .
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THEY LIVE BY NIGHT
If you happen to be in New York on Friday, October 10, 2014, 7:00 p.m., treat yourself to a great movie classic. Go see They Live By Night at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art). The 1948 film directed by Nicolas Ray will have a rare screened in a vibrant print in their Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building. 

Featuring Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell, and produced by John Houseman, this Depression-era Film Noir was the directorial debut of budding auteur Nicholas Ray (Rebel without a Cause, Johnny Guitar).Read more . . . .

  
MICHAEL HAYDE'S LOVE FOR CHAPLIN IS MUTUAL

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For those of you lucky enough to be in Charlottesville on October 19, 2014, author Michael Hayde will be at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, Virginia hosting a screening of Charlie Chaplin Mutual shorts, as well as signing copies of BearManor Media's deliciously engaging Chaplin's Vintage Year.

Michael Hayde's Chaplin's Vintage Year captures the story of the making of these films in a richly researched work illustrated with many photographs, one of our most popular books this year.

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s first appearance in motion pictures, The Paramount presents a program of three of Chaplin’s most comical Mutual shorts: the hilarious The Floorwalker, the poignant and funny Easy Street,  and the rib-tickling The Cure. Michael Hayde will introduce each film, helping twenty-first century viewers understand the social context in which they were made, as well as  Chaplin’s own evolution as an artist. Following the presentation, Mr. Hayde will be available to sign copies of his book and answer questions. Read more . . . .

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IN MEMORIAM
PAUL REVERE

 


 













You remember him. His group was on the radio every day when you were in school. They had one hit after another. You watched them every Saturday on Where The Action Is. Paul Revere, the organist and leader of The Raiders rock band, has died. He died Saturday, October 6, at age 76. Manager Roger Hart says Revere died at his home in Idaho. No other details were provided.

Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, became known as "the madman of rock and roll" for his theatrical colonial wardrobe and infectious stage persona with the band.
The group launched its career in 1963 with a popular rendition of Richard Berry's "Louie, Louie" before releasing its own hits, such as "Kicks," ''Hungry," and "Good Thing."  Their biggest hit arrived in 1971 with "Indian Reservation."
THIS WEEK'S WINNER IN OUR FREE BOOK DRAWING


When you buy any BearManor Media product, you get your name placed in the fish bowl for our Weekly Free Book Drawing. If you're the lucky person chosen, we'll notify you promptly to visit our web site and choose from our current catalog.  

THIS WEEK'S WINNER IS FREDERICK TUSSEY. Congratulations, FREDERICK! You've just been contacted by BearManor Media to order your free book.

The rest of us are going to visit our BearManor Media web site and make a purchase get our names in the bowl for next week's drawing. Good luck to everyone!  
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BEARMANOR MEDIA
CLASSIC EDITION
DR. FIRESIGN'S FOLLIES
By David Ossman

David Ossman has been contributing to popular culture since he chronicled Beat-era poets on his New York radio show, The Sullen Art, in 1960. He became a Boomer-era icon on The Firesign Theatre's classic albums, Waiting For The Electrician or Someone Like Him and as Porgie Tirebiter on Don't Crush that Dwarf, Hand Me The Pliers.

A prize-winning producer for NPR, playwright, and performer for the BBC, three-time Grammy nominee, and co-creator of the Mark Time Awards for Science Fiction Audio, Ossman's classic book tells all about the Art of Radio and his scandal-filled account of a tumultuous year as Surrealist Party candidate for U.S. Vice President. Get the perennial favorite here, or read more . . . .
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They have rare silent pictures and early sound films that are offered nowhere else, a bit of everything available, including dramas, comedies, Westerns, serials, and a wide assortment of early foreign films. Plus they're adding more titles all the time! You love classic cinema, and you'll want to be informed of their introductory prices on new releases and other special offers. Sign up for their newsletter by clicking here.

Here are four silent films released on DVD just last month:

A Girl's Folly (1917) - Maurice Tourneur directs Robert Warwick and Doris Kenyon in this drama set about a film studio.

The Prince and the Pauper (1920) - Alexander Korda’s German adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale of two identical boys of very different origin.

Timothy's Quest (1922) - Sidney Olcott directs this touching silent drama about two orphans who flee the city in a quest for a better future.

Kit Carson Over the Great Divide (1925) - Frank S. Mattison directs Roy Stewart and a star studded cast in a Western frontier epic!





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LOST FILM REDISCOVERED
 
At last, we will get to see the legendary William Gillette in his only film appearance in his signature role in Sherlock Holmes (1916).

In his lifetime, Gillette presented Sherlock Holmes approximately 1,300 times (third in the historical stage-record), before American and English audiences. 

Gillette (July 24, 1853-April 29, 1937) was an American actor, playwright, and stage-manager in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Gillette's most significant contributions to the theater were in devising realistic stage settings and special sound and lighting effects, and, as an actor, in putting forth what he called the Illusion of the First Time. His portrayal of Holmes helped create the modern image of the detective. His use of the deerstalker cap (which first appeared in some Strand illustrations by Sidney Paget,) and the curved pipe became durable symbols of the character. He played Sherlock Holmes on the stage more than 1,300 times over thirty years, voiced the character twice on radio, and portrayed him in the 1916 silent movie that was recently rediscovered after being considered "lost" for decades.































A 35mm nitrate dupe negative was found in the vaults of the Cinémathèque Française. Originally assembled for French distribution, the negative contains French flash titles and color annotations. This color information is quite surprising for an Essanay film, since usually Essanay's domestic releases were usually in black and white. The colors in this case were probably intended for French distribution.


The film is now being digitally restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and the Cinémathèque Française. The European premiere will take place at the Cinémathèque Française's festival of film restoration, Toute la Mémoire du Monde, in January 2015. The American premiere will take place at the San Francisco Silent Film festival in May 2015. Read more . . . . 
 



It's elementary, my Dear Watson, that you should read up on the various appearances of Sherlock Holmes in later movies in Michael A. Hoey's BearManor Media book Sherlock Holmes & the Fabulous Faces: The Universal Pictures Repertory Company by Michael A. Hoey. Read more . . . .










THE RETURN OF

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
This month, our radio station takes you back to Grover's Mill: The Making of the War of the Worlds Broadcast, written, produced, directed, and narrated by Joe Bevilacqua.

In this 1988 documentary, award-winning NPR producer Joe Bevilacqua looks at how the landmark broadcast came about and examines its impact on broadcast history. The half-hour program includes rare interviews with Mercury Theater producer John Houseman, writer Howard Koch, actor Arthur Anderson, and the people of Grover's Mill, New Jersey, who lived through the "Martian invasion."

WAR OF THE WELLES

You'll love the hilarity of Joe Bev's 1986 parody, part of his Old Time Radio Parodies, Volume Two, of The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour. These are not old-time radio shows but incredible simulations!

AND THE ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH BROADCAST OF

THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
Hear the original October 30, 1938 Mercury Theatre on the Air broadcast that panicked a nation when it was originally aired over the Columbia Broadcasting System radio network. Directed and narrated by actor and future filmmaker Orson Welles, the episode was an adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds (1898).

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