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The 11 films on "Found at 'Mostly Lost'" are not only new to DVD, this is probably the first time anyone has seen any of them in decades. Until now, these one-of-a-kind rare shorts could not circulate because they were unidentified, meaning that their main titles were missing, due to damage or decomposition. But now they can be seen, thanks to the participants in the annual "Mostly Lost" film identification workshop, presented by the Library of Congress, who have identified these rarities. You'll recognize comedians like Snub Pollard, Hank Mann, Monty Banks, Jimmie Adams, and even pre-Lucy William Frawley in an early sound film of his vaudeville act. Musical scores for the silent films on the DVD are by Philip Carli, Ben Model or Andrew E. Simpson.
THE FILMS: The Nickel Snatcher (Hank Mann), Fidelity (Gertrude Norman), The Paper-Hanger's Revenge (Bud Duncan), A Brass Button, Jerry's Perfect Day (George Ovey), One Million B.C. test footage, Ventriloquist (William Frawley), Fifteen Minutes (Snub Pollard), In And Out (Monty Banks), Grief (Jimmie Adams), The Joyride (George LeMaire).
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This one of a kind dvd shines the spotlight on past Mostly Lost workshops with 11 extremely rare (mostly silent) films spanning from 1911 to 1940 all presented here for the first time on dvd.Six silent comedies, two melodramas, two all talking shorts and one test footage are included here.Below are the films that have been identified and that is presented on this disc.
THE NICKEL SNATCHER ('20) An Arrow comedy featuring underrated comedian Hank Mann and with direction by Charley Chase who also appears in the film as one of the crooks.This film was originally released as a two reeler but only a single reel survives today.
FIDELITY ('11) A Pathe melodrama with forgotten screen actress Gertrude Norman
THE PAPER HANGER'S REVENGE ('18) A Bob Duncan comedy, shortly after the split with Lloyd Hamilton in the "Ham And Bud" series.Kewpie Morgan also stars.
A BRASS BUTTON ('11) Reliance drama.
JERRY'S PERFECT DAY ('16)A Cub comedy featuring forgotten screen clown, George Ovey.
ONE MILLION B.C. ('40) Test Footage
VENTRILOQUIST ('27) A Lee Deforest all talking short of William Frawley in a vaudville act.
FIFTEEN MINUTES ('21) Hal Roach short featuring fan favorite, Snub Pollard.
IN AND OUT (20/21?) Featuring Monty Banks and Cliff Bowes.Possibly originally distributed by the fledgling Warner Bros. who released comedy shorts in the early 20s.
GRIEF ('21) An Educational Mermaid Comedy with Jimmy Adams.
THE JOYRIDE ('28) An early FBO all talking short featuring Vaudville stars, George LaMaire and Joe Phillips.
Out of the 11 films here, several suffer from nitrate decomp and have been preserved with the prints looking really good to excellent on this disc and the great musical scores are provided by Phillip Carli, Ben Model and Andrew Simpson.In all, this is hands down a must have for your video library and hopefully this will become a regular dvd series in the future.Undercrank Productions is the new leader in the home video market on getting very rare silent comedies that no one will release to modern day film fans, so do yourself a favor on pick up your copy and checkout Mostly Lost in June.