Archive for Eddie Quillan

The Sunday Intertitle: Powder Puff Girl

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on June 12, 2016 by dcairns

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Well, let’s see, we watched SHAUN THE SHEEP – THE MOVIE, which was wordless (apart from song lyrics) but had no intertitles. It was very good, though.

I did a little silent viewing for my work on POW!!! — Origin Story, the talk I’m presenting at Edinburgh International Film Festival on Thursday afternoon. It’s the first event after the opening gala, so no pressure or anything. But I’m kind of saving up any observations on those movies for the talk — I can reuse them here afterwards, perhaps.

Otherwise, WINGS was probably the last silent we watched, having been a tad distracted. So here’s the first intertitle I found, diving into THE SOPHOMORE, a 1929 Leo McCarey college comedy.

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“He’s the prettiest girl on the football team,” was the slogan for this one, owing to the fact that star Eddie Quillan plays ball but also drags up for the college show. The movie was released as a talkie, but only the silent version is known to survive. This didn’t stop the late F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre reviewing the sound version on the IMDb. I guess we’ll never know if ANY of his reviews of lost films were genuine. This one certainly seems like it could be the product of research and guesswork rather than eyewitness analysis.

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