Monthly Archives: April 2011

Stan Laurel in Buster’s Footprints

One of my all time favorite Keaton location discoveries was finding these statues appearing in Buster Keaton’s short film Hard Luck (1921).  During the scene, Buster eludes the police by posing among the statues of a park monument.  The scene … Continue reading

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Buster Keaton Steamboat Bill, Jr. locations

Buster Keaton filmed his final independent production Steamboat Bill, Jr. in Sacramento, California.  By the time Keaton and company came to town, Sacramento had become a popular location for Hollywood films.  Historian Paul Frobose discovered these Sacramento locations, and has … Continue reading

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Meet Buster in Goatland at the Silver Spray Pier

Believe it or not, renting goat carts to travel around the Southern California beach amusement piers was once a popular entertainment. In this scene from the Roscoe Arbuckle – Buster Keaton comedy The Cook (1918) (Milestone Film & Video), Buster … Continue reading

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Langdon on Larchmont

Larchmont Boulevard was (and remains) a very popular place to film.  Many of Harry Langdon’s antics from Saturday Afternoon (1926) were filmed at the corner of Larchmont and W. 1st Street. Larchmont appears in many other silent films, including Harold … Continue reading

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Harry Langdon in The Strong Man

One of the great set pieces from Harry Langdon’s The Strong Man (1926) takes place as Harry attempts to transport a femme fatale up a flight of stairs into her apartment.  With a suspicious cop on her tail, “Lily” of … Continue reading

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Chaplin – A Film Johnnie at the Bryson

The remarkable image quality of the new Chaplin at Keystone collection from Flicker Alley makes it possible to identify several more scenes from Charlie’s earliest films.  As shown here, the extant Bryson Apartments (2701 Wilshire Blvd.) stood in for the … Continue reading

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Harold Lloyd Hollywood Tour

Tour silent-era Hollywood with this PDF guide prepared in connection with my May 22, 2011 presentation of Harold Lloyd’s Never Weaken and Girl Shy for the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The tour is … Continue reading

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Chaplin Medley of Then and Now Images

This 27 MB PowerPoint slide-show features over a dozen famous Chaplin filming locations, fading back and forth between vintage and contemporary images.  The ghostly transitions are quite effective.  The slides are animated, so please pause long enough before clicking to … Continue reading

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Chaplin’s Very First Scene – Now a Jack-in-the-Box

Following the release of the Chaplin at Keystone DVD Collection, for which I prepared a bonus feature program, Kevin Dale contacted me wondering if Chaplin had filmed the opening scene from his inaugural film Making a Living in front of … Continue reading

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Tour of Chaplin’s The Kid

Attached below is a PowerPoint presentation showing the historic settings in Chinatown and the Plaza de Los Angeles where Chaplin filmed his early masterpiece The Kid (1921).  The file is about 60MB, and you will need a PowerPoint viewer to … Continue reading

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Details Behind Video Tour of Chaplin Keystone Locations

I highly recommend the Chaplin at Keystone DVD collection presented by Flicker Alley.  Watching these beautiful restorations of Chaplin’s earliest films made during 1914 at the Keystone Studio is a revelation.  For years only nearly unwatchable copies of these films … Continue reading

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