Slightly Foxed

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , on May 22, 2018 by dcairns

Part two of my partial round-up of films from the Fox archive screening in New york is up, here. It’s a mixture of repurposed Shadowplay posts which may sound familiar, and all-new observations on films by Borzage, Dwan, Walsh and others. Plus, bonus El Brendel-bashing. Image from John Ford’s THE BRAT.

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The Old Sex Thing

Posted in FILM on May 21, 2018 by dcairns

            

     

                

     

“Was it the sex thing, Archie? Was it the old sex thing?”

The Sunday Intertitle: Indoor Boles

Posted in FILM with tags , on May 20, 2018 by dcairns

Hey, John Boles, why is your face so big? At about eight foot, John Boles’ face could be used as a queen-sized bed, though I admit the nose would cause some problems. I guess an unmarried couple could sleep either side of it, the nasal extrusion serving as a kind of organic bundling board.

The film is ROMANCE OF THE UNDERWORLD and John Boles’ eight-foot face is patronising Mary Astor, his new stenographer, in the bit of the film that isn’t a romance of the underworld at all. Even as early as 1928, movies had the sense to give the boring business to Boles.