Category Archives: Random film stuff

Et Al. Nov22

Fear (1917) Original title: Furcht. There is ongoing debate about the correct running-time of this film, which is often listed around at 72 minutes but exists generally in prints running between 45 and 55 minutes; some people believe the last … Continue reading

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Et Al. July22

The Mechanical Man (1921, incomplete) Original title: L’uomo meccanico. This important early science-fiction film was written and produced by André Deed (real name: Henri André Chapais), an important figure at the dawn of cinema who, after performing on the stage, … Continue reading

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Et Al. Nov21

House Of Mystery (1934) Based upon the play The Ape by Adam Shirk. Under the guise of an archaeological expedition, Prendergast (Clay Clement) seeks the treasure of an Indian temple; he also outrages the followers of Kali by killing a … Continue reading

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Et Al. Sep21

House Of Danger (1934) Also known as: The Great Gamble. Sailing home from the South Seas with his friend and associate, Don Phillips (Onslow Stevens), Ralph Nelson (James Bush) confides his fears over the recent death of his father. He … Continue reading

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Et Al. July21

The Great Impersonation (1935) Based upon the novel by E. Phillips Oppenheim. In German East Africa, in 1913, Sir Everard Dominey (Edmund Lowe) stumbles out of the bush in desperate condition, into the camp commanded by Leopold von Ragostein (Edmund … Continue reading

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Et Al. April21

The Story Of The Kelly Gang (1906) At a time when film-making everywhere else was limited to one- and two-reel efforts, a group of Australians got together and made the world’s first feature-length production. At its first release, The Story … Continue reading

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Et Al. Jan21

Mystery Mountain (1934, 12 chapters) A railway construction team that is attempting to tunnel through a mountain comes under attack by a gang led by a mysterious criminal known as “the Rattler”. Manager Frank Blayden (Edward Earle) suspects that someone … Continue reading

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Et Al. Oct20

Seven Keys To Baldpate (1929) Author William Halliwell Magee (Richard Dix) is challenged by his friend, Hal Bentley (Crauford Kent), to complete a 10,000 word story within 24 hours, midnight to midnight. When Magee accepts the bet, Bentley offers him … Continue reading

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Et Al. Aug20

The End Of The World (1931) So: long story short. Abel Gance’s first sound film was an adaptation of the novel, La Fin du Monde, by the French astronomer and author, Camille Flammarion (which was translated in English in 1894 as Omega: … Continue reading

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Et Al. June20

The Madness Of Dr Tube (1915) Original title: La Folie du Docteur Tube. The most interesting thing about this short, experimental film directed by Abel Gance is the evidence it provides for how quickly certain scientist tropes got nailed down—the … Continue reading

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