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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part V

This is the last in our series of posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps.” We have previously looked at the history of the film, the plot (convoluted), the reviews (mixed) the condition of this print … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part IV

  In the three previous posts on the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps,” we took a brief look at the production history and the plot, the critical reaction (mostly mixed) and the curious condition of the print, … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part III

The previous two posts gave a brief production history and plot summary of the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps” and a sample of the reviews. Today, we’ll look at some of the more unusual aspects of this … Continue reading

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From the Vaults — ‘While the City Sleeps,’ Part II

In yesterday’s post, I gave a brief production history of the 1928 Lon Chaney film “While the City Sleeps,” and a summary of the rather complex plot, rendered even more convoluted because substantial portions of the print are missing, either … Continue reading

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From the Vaults: ‘While the City Sleeps’ — Part I

It’s worth spending a bit more time on our recent mystery movie “While the City Sleeps” for several reasons. It’s not widely available and most copies seem to be missing large chunks of the film, making the complex narrative even … Continue reading

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‘London After Midnight’ — ‘One Reel of Story and Six Reels of Utter Rot’

In perusing Film Spectator for 1928, I found this review of “London After Midnight,” one of the most intriguing of the lost silent movies. Oh dear: “The whole thing is too utterly silly to warrant detailed criticism…. There is about … Continue reading

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Lon Chaney’s Ghost Haunts Hollywood and Vine!

Oct. 26, 1942: Rosetta (D. 1958) and Vivian (D. 1986) Duncan appear in “Topsy and Eva,” a musical version of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” a musical comedy in which they first appeared in San Francisco in the 1920s. The Duncan sisters … Continue reading

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Matt Weinstock

Oct. 22, 1957 The men of the copy desk gloomily agreed the other day that another hallowed city room custom is just about gone–reporters and editors bellowing "Boy!" and getting an instant and spirited response. Time was when this strident … Continue reading

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