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Silent Movie Locations—At Your Fingertips

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 16, 2011 4:15 AM
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Where did Charlie Chaplin stage a throwaway gag in his classic 1931 movie City Lights—and does the street look the same today, eighty years later? The answer is yes, and John Bengtson just figured it out.
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‘DAILY’ FILM HISTORY ONLINE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 11, 2011 5:00 AM
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In the online era it might be difficult for young people to appreciate the role daily and weekly trade journals played in the movie industry way back when.
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Disney Rarities On Auction—And On View

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 9, 2011 4:00 AM
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Auctions offering Disney artwork and memorabilia are fairly commonplace, but the material gathered for Profiles in History’s newest event, in conjunction with The actual envelope, in Walt Disney’s handwriting.
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Remembering Jackie Cooper

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 6, 2011 1:30 AM
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I feel as if I’ve known Jackie Cooper my whole life. Like many baby boomers, I grew up on a daily diet of The Little Rascals (originally known as Our Gang) on television, and also watched reruns of his 1950s TV series The People’s Choice, which I liked because it featured a dog named Cleo who “talked” to the audience. When I first interviewed Jackie, by telephone in 1974, he told me that when he directed episodes of that comedy series he remembered a valuable lesson from The Little Rascals: when in doubt, cut to the dog.
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TCM Goes Hollywood—Again

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 4, 2011 4:30 AM
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Euphoric: that’s the best word I can think of to describe the feeling that permeated the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood this past weekend.
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Good Riddance To Movie Prints

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 2, 2011 4:30 AM
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Well, it’s about time. After more than a hundred years of faithful service, 35mm prints seem destined to go the way of the dodo bird, and I for one am glad. Who needs those pesky, perforated pieces of film anyway?Actual 35mm frames from Can-Can with Maurice Chevalier, Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra.
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100 Years Of Movie Memories

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 27, 2011 4:30 AM
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Farewell, Marvin of the Movies

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 25, 2011 11:50 AM
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His name was Marvin Eisenman, but most of his film-buff pals knew him as Marvin of the Movies. He wasn’t a trained archivist or a professional librarian, but he kept careful track of all 42,000 movies in his collection and offered copies to friends, friends of friends, filmmakers, researchers, and scholars. He never asked for a nickel in return, so far as I know. His reward was the satisfaction of providing movies to people who wanted to see them. It was just as simple as that.
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Cowboys Are Still Riding High

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 18, 2011 9:00 AM
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I know a little something about fanzines, having published one for many years. Young people may not even know the term, which predates the Internet, with its sites and blogs, by many decades. Back then, before there was even widespread access to photocopy machines, I inherited Film Fan Monthly from its founder, Daryl Davy, in May of 1966 and combined it with my much more modest publication, Profile, which was then printed on a mimeograph machine. With a schoolmate, at first, and then my dad, I continued producing FFM every month—which included licking stamps, stuffing envelopes, and hauling bins to the post office—for the next nine years. (If you’re curious, you can explore and even purchase vintage issues HERE.)

dvd watch: Classic Comedies...Imported!

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • April 14, 2011 4:30 AM
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ZaSu Pitts and Thelma Todd, Hal Roach’s distaff comedy duo.

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