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Blogney and Racy

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on February 11, 2015 by dcairns

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ALICE BROWN as HORTAMUELS

Over at The Chiseler, a cryptic triptych of blogneys (definition provided) and a set of fun facts I have made up about pre-code personnel. The Chiseler — bringing you the facts other publications haven’t dreamed up yet.

Over at Limerwrecks, we continue to try to find rhymes for Peter Lorre, as in this collaborative effort. And the site welcomes Shadowplayer DBenson to its staple of scribes.

The Sunday in New York Intertitle

Posted in FILM with tags , , on February 1, 2015 by dcairns

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From MANHATTA (1921). But never mind that! There is a whole new set of Blogneys available at The Chiseler. I’m running out of early thirties Warner pictures where they wipe from one face to another, allowing me to frame-grab strange intermediate actors (one part Blondell, one part Cagney makes a Blogney), but the films where they dissolve softly from left to right also produce some interesting, phantasmal effects.

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Robert Jenkins as FARM BUCK.

You can thrill to the whole set here.

 

Blogney Logic

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on January 10, 2015 by dcairns

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Sitting in the Cameo Bar with collaborator Alex Livingstone, working on a screenplay idea, of which more later. Playing on the big wall-mounted TV is Film4, and CAT BALLOU comes on.

“It just said ‘wank’, reported the sharp-eyed Alex.”

And so it did. As the credits (literally) unfold, the screenplay is momentarily assigned to one WANK R. NEVRSON. I reported this on Facebook and Chiseler editor Daniel Riccuito described it as “blogney logic,” which I like a lot.

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A Blogney, as regular Shadowplayers may recall, is when someone like Joan Blondell meets someone like James Cagney during a Warner Bros title sequence (era 1931-1935 approximately) and as the screen wipes from one actor to another we get a glimpse of a hypothetical, freakish and ambisexual third actor, with hir own name and character. I’m actually running out of examples of this rare fauna, but here are some more.

And one more.

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