Monthly Archives: May 2013

How Harold Lloyd Filmed Safety Last (the parts on the ground)

The alleys at the SE corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga are certainly the most historically significant silent film locations in town.  The yellow arrow above marks the alley entrance from which Buster Keaton grabs a passing car one-handed in … Continue reading

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Douglas Fairbanks, Edge of Doom, and Film Noir

During Douglas Fairbanks’ 1916 short comedy The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (part of the Fairbanks Modern Musketeer DVD set from Flicker Alley), a police van races from HQ down a quaint, post Victorian era Los Angeles street.  Thirty-four years … Continue reading

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Buster’s Paramount Backlot Plunge

Now that Buster’s complete silent film oeuvre is available from Kino on Blu-ray, and more historic Hollywood photos become available for study, we continue to learn more and more about how Buster crafted his amazing comedies.  One fun discovery is … Continue reading

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