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A blog about an actress, silent film, and the Jazz Age; with occasional posts aboutthe Ziegfeld Follies, Denishawn, Frank Wedekind and Lulu, Hollywood, Weimar Germany,and film history, as well as other locales, topics and times with references tobooks, co

Updated: 2018-02-22T07:27:37.540-08:00


News about Pamela Hutchinson's Book on the Louise Brooks' Film, Pandora's Box


Speaking of Pandora's Box (see yesterday's post about the film's upcoming showing in Paris, which we were alerted to by the one-and-only Pamela Hutchinson).... there is a new book out on the film from BFI Film Classics. The book, by the same Pamela Hutchinson, is highly recommended.

I read it and loved it. This book is smart, detailed, incisive, and gracefully written. And at 106 pages, it is a quick, enjoyable read. And a must have for every Louise Brooks devotee, not to mention anyone interested in early German film.

If you haven't already gotten a copy, do so today. Follow THIS LINK to order a copy. And after you've read it, be sure and leave a review. That's important in getting the word out about the things we care about: authors, silent film, and anything to do with Louise Brooks needs your support. (If you can't afford a copy, why not ask your local library to acquire a copy. Many local libraries have "suggest a purchase" forms.)

If you hang out on the silent film and Louise Brooks groups on Facebook, then you may recognize the author's name. She is the Editor of Silent London, and writes on early and silent film for the Guardian newspaper and Sight & Sound. The book has been in the news of late. Sight & Sound ran a great review of the book in its February 2018 issue by David Thompson, who called Hutchinson's book a
highly sympathetic and well researched book … a welcome and long overdue addition to the BFI Film Classics series … particularly valuable in detailing the origins of the film, how it came to be made at all and the striking personalities involved …

As this book makes very clear, rarely has the blurring of a screen role and real life been so fruitful for a creator and so tantalising for the audience.

Pamela was also a recent guest on the Nitrateville Radio podcast. She chatted about Pandora's Box, both the film and her new book. It is well worth listening to. Check it out below.

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Have you ordered your copy? The book is available on amazon UK, USA and around the world) as well as where ever better books are sold.

Pandora's Box (LouLou) starring Louise Brooks screens in Paris on March 11


Pandora's Box (under the title LouLou) will be shown in Paris, France on March 11 in a special event put on by La cinémathèque française. More information about this event can be found HERE. The French language information about the vent is presented below, followed by a Google translation.Georg Wilhelm PabstAllemagne / 1929 / 134 minD'après Die Büchse der Pandora et Erdgeist de Frank Wedekind.Avec Louise Brooks, Fritz Kortner, Franz Lederer, Alice Roberts.Loulou, orpheline perverse et manipulatrice, devient la maîtresse d'un directeur de journal, le docteur Schön, mais son autre amant voudrait qu'elle soit à lui seul. [Loulou, a perverted and manipulative orphan, becomes the mistress of a newspaper editor, Dr. Schön, but her other lover wants her to be alone.]Version restaurée en 2009 par la Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin) et la George Eastman House (Rochester) aux laboratoires Haghefilm. Numérisation par la Deutsche Kinemathek. Ressortie en salles par Tamasa à l'automne 2018. [Version restored in 2009 by Deutsche Kinemathek (Berlin) and George Eastman House (Rochester) at Haghefilm Laboratories. Digitization by the Deutsche Kinemathek. Released in theaters by Tamasa in autumn 2018.]La Cinémathèque française et le Red Bull Studios Paris proposent une performance unique autour du film, dont la musique sera jouée en direct par la musicienne française Irène Dresel. [The Cinémathèque française and the Red Bull Studios Paris offer a unique performance around the film, whose music will be played live by the French musician Irène Dresel.]Avec Loulou, Georg Wilhelm Pabst adapte L’Esprit de la terre et La Boîte de Pandore, deux pièces écrites par Frank Wedekind, toutes deux inspirées de sa rencontre douloureuse avec Lou-Andreas Salomé. De ces récits, toutefois, Pabst ne conservera qu’un souvenir lointain. Grand découvreur d’actrices (il donne, en 1925, l’un de ses premiers grands rôles à Greta Garbo dans La Rue sans joie), Pabst songe d’abord pour incarner Loulou à Marlene Dietrich, qui a déjà gagné une certaine notoriété en Allemagne. Il lui préfère finalement une actrice américaine de vingt-deux ans au jeu très physique, découverte dans Une Femme dans chaque port de Howard Hawks (1928) : Louise Brooks. [With Loulou , Georg Wilhelm Pabst adapts The Spirit of the Earth and The Pandora's Box , two pieces written by Frank Wedekind, both inspired by his painful encounter with Lou-Andreas Salomé. From these stories, however, Pabst will only keep a distant memory. Big discoverer of actresses (he gives, in 1925, one of his first great roles in Greta Garbo in Joyless Street), Pabst thinks first to embody Loulou to Marlene Dietrich, who has already gained some notoriety in Germany. He finally prefers a twenty-two-year-old American actress in the very physical game, discovered in A Girl in Every Port of Howard Hawks (1928): Louise Brooks.]De Pabst, Brooks disait qu’il connaissait les réactions humaines comme personne. Il pouvait ainsi tourner « une scène avec peu de répétitions et de prises ». Cette faculté lui permet de façonner le jeu naturaliste et déconcertant de Loulou. Le metteur en scène et l’actrice travailleront beaucoup à partir des costumes du personnage qui jalonnent la tragédie : tenue de cabaret, déshabillés, robe de mariée, vêtements de veuve ou haillons – autant de tenues qui nourrissent le jeu de l’actrice, et marquent les étapes de la chute du personnage. [ From Pabst, Brooks said he knew human reactions as a person. He could thus shoot "a scene with few repetitions and shots". This faculty allows him to shape the naturalistic and disconcerting game of Loulou. The director and the actress will work a lot from the costumes of the character who punctuate the tragedy: cabaret outfit, stripped naked, wedding dress, widow clothes or rags - all outfits that nourish the actress's game, and mark the stages of the fall of the character. ]Si Loulou s’offre aux hommes, elle reste insaisissable. Profondément amorale, il émane [...]

Support Louise Brooks and Silent Film by Supporting PBS, NPR and the NEH


Why should you care that Trump's budget eliminates funding for PBS (Public Broadcasting System), NPR (National Public Radio) and the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) ? Not to mention support for research libraries and education in general.]The answer is simple. Because these institutions support American culture in general and silent film in particular through their coverage of the arts and through modest financial support in the form of grants.A few specific examples.... On a handful of occasions, National Public Radio stations have broadcast stories about Louise Brooks and her films, and on a couple of occasions, I have been a guest on various NPR stations around the country talking about the actress. Would that happen on mainstream media? Unlikely. (Or in other words, would a media/entertainment landscape dominated by asinine shows like "The Apprentice" and their ilk ever consider anything like silent film. The answer is again NO.)It's patriotic to support PBS, NPR, the NEH and the arts.Here are a couple instances when NPR covered Louise Brooks:Cone, Nathan. "After Wings, Hollywood's Wellman Rode The Rails For Beggars Of Life." Texas Public Radio, August 16, 2017.-- a review of the Louise Brooks' filmMack, Megan. "Connections: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of Louise Brooks." WXXI, December 2, 2015. -- hour long program with film critic Jack Garner, documentary filmmaker Charlotte Siller, and Thomas Gladysz, director of the Louise Brooks SocietyLater this year, PBS Masterpiece will broadcast a film version of Laura Moriarty's The Chaperone, the story of the summer Louise Brooks' left home to study dance in New York City in the company of a chaperone. Would mainstream media make a film about such an "obscure" subject? Again, it's very unlikely.Not convinced on the need to act? Be sure and check out this Publisher's Weekly article, "Trump Renews Bid to Eliminate Library Funding, NEA, and NEH". Show your support of these institutions by speaking out against budget cuts. Learn more at Protect My Public Media. And act. Sign a petition. Send an email. I did. Let your voice be heard.[...]

Upcoming Kansas Silent Film Festival, February 23 & 24


This year's Kansas Silent Film Festival is set to take place February 23 & 24 in Topeka, Kansas. Along with a special guest appearance by film historian Cari Beauchamp, another highlight of this year's festival is a screening of the terrific 1929 Colleen Moore film, Why Be Good? If you like Louise Brooks' films, you love this Colleen Moore film. Find out more about the festival HERE.We've wanted to do a ‘Women in Silent Film’ theme for some years now, but the timing was never right. The opportunity to introduce our audience to some wonderful female artists, many of whom they may not have heard of before, worked out perfectly this year with the acceptance of our invitation by Cari Beauchamp, author of the seminal work on screenwriter Frances Marion. Women have always had an important place in film history, most particularly in the early years when everything was new and untested. Women could carve out a career in just about any area of film work they wanted and not just in front of the cameras. Then came Steve Massa's fine book, Slapstick Divas: The Women of Silent Comedy, published in 2017 which really brought home the idea of just how far away we are from this era of strong women. It's time to celebrate Women in Silent Film!Fri. & Sat., February 23 & 24, 2018White Concert Hall, Washburn University 17th and Jewell, Topeka, Kansas Featuring: Denise Morrison, film commentator Live Musical Accompaniment by: Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra Marvin Faulwell, organ Bob Keckeisen, percussion Jeff Rapsis, piano Bill Beningfield, organSpecial Guest: Cari Beauchamp, author specializing in Women in Silent Movies frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="//®ion=US&placement=B00P8RURKI&asins=B00P8RURKI&linkId=b397356a9947b4abc104e55430f6e77c&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true" style="height: 240px; width: 120px;">[...]

CMBA Profiles Louise Brooks Society Blog


The Classic Movie Blog Association (CMBA) is a group of blogs dedicated to the celebration of classic cinema.  And every month or so, the CMBA profiles one of its member blogs. This month, the CMBA profiled the Louise Brooks Society. The profile began by stating, "The Louise Brooks Society is one of the most prolific and professional of the blogs in CMBA. Almost every day, there are updates on the site, and the writing and information is top-notch." It is an honor.The LBS blog began back in 2002 (on LiveJournal), and has been going ever since. The LBS blog moved to Blogger in 2009, and sometime later this year, it will post its 3000th combined entry. (I managed to move most of the old LiveJournal entries over to Blogger.) Thanks to everyone who has posted a comment or subscribed to the blog or is reading this very entry. Thank you!To mark this special occasion, I have revamped and updated the blog, adding new links and functionality. I hope you like what I have done.The Louise Brooks Society has been a member of the CMBA for a few years. I encourage everyone to check out the CMBA website as well as its member blogs and other profiles. It's a great way to explore the web of classic cinema. The CMBA profile of the LBS blog can be found HERE.   [...]

Film Censorship in America, including the silent era


There are a couple of new books out on film censorship. Both look at the history of film censorship in the United States, including the silent era. (Read more about film censorship at Wikipedia)Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in Early Twentieth-Century Urban America by Jennifer FroncUniversity of Texas PressFrom the publisher: "As movies took the country by storm in the early twentieth century, Americans argued fiercely about whether municipal or state authorities should step in to control what people could watch when they went to movie theaters, which seemed to be springing up on every corner. Many who opposed the governmental regulation of film conceded that some entity—boards populated by trusted civic leaders, for example—needed to safeguard the public good. The National Board of Review of Motion Pictures (NB), a civic group founded in New York City in 1909, emerged as a national cultural chaperon well suited to protect this emerging form of expression from state incursions.Using the National Board's extensive files, Monitoring the Movies offers the first full-length study of the NB and its campaign against motion-picture censorship. Jennifer Fronc traces the NB's Progressive-era founding in New York; its evolving set of "standards" for directors, producers, municipal officers, and citizens; its "city plan," which called on citizens to report screenings of condemned movies to local officials; and the spread of the NB's influence into the urban South. Ultimately, Monitoring the Movies shows how Americans grappled with the issues that arose alongside the powerful new medium of film: the extent of the right to produce and consume images and the proper scope of government control over what citizens can see and show."Reviews: "This is an extremely important book, a major, highly readable, well-researched contribution to the scholarship on the history of movie censorship and regulation in the Progressive era. Fronc provides a rich and diverse portrait of the social matrix that informed the shape, success, and limits of the National Board of Review’s efforts to encourage better films and defeat censorship laws." — Matthew H. Bernstein, Emory University, author of Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television"A terrific, well-argued, and engaging book that will appeal to readers in American history and film history. By mining primary sources from institutional records, Jennifer Fronc is able to provide the first account that really gets inside the workings of the National Board of Review." — Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, University of Texas at Austin, author of At the Picture Show: Small Town Audiences and the Creation of Movie Fan Culture=================== Film Censorship in America: A State-by-State Historyby Jeremy GeltzerMcFarlandI am currently reading this book, and find it to be an interesting, anecdotal account. When I am done, I hope to read Monitoring the Movies.From the publisher: "Since the first films played in nickelodeons, controversial movies have been cut or banned across the United States. Far from Hollywood, regional productions such as Oscar Micheaux's provocative race films and Nell Shipman's wildlife adventures were censored by men like Major M.L.C. Funkhouser, the terror of Chicago s cinemas, and Myrtelle Snell, the Alabama administrator who made the slogan Banned in Birmingham famous. Censorship continues today, with Utah's case against Deadpool (2016) pending in federal court and Robert Rodriguez's Machete Kills (2013) versus the Texas Film Commission. This authoritative state-by-state account covers the history of film censorship and the battle for free speech in America.Reviews: "The result of formidable research, this book traces the way each state in the union dealt with censorship from the earliest days of silent films to the present tracking down these particulars, author Geltze[...]

Edgar Blue Washington


To mark Black History Month, the Louise Brooks Society blog presents this post about actor Edgar "Blue" Washington, a supporting player in the 1928 Louise Brooks film, Beggars of Life.Black Mose, played by Edgar Washington, carries an injured hoboThis short biographical profile is adapted from my 2017 book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film.  Edgar "Blue" Washington (1898–1970), who plays Black Mose, was an actor and one-time prizefighter and professional baseball player. Washington appeared in 74 films between 1919 and 1961. Like Beggars of Life actor Robert Perry, Washington appeared mostly in bit parts throughout his career. And like Perry, Beggars of Life marked a high point in his career. The nickname “Blue” came from director Frank Capra.Harold Lloyd helped Washington break into acting, and this pioneering African-American actor appeared in the legendary comedian’s Haunted Spooks (1920) and Welcome Danger (1929). Sporadic roles followed, as Washington appeared in films alongside early stars Ricardo Cortez, William Haines, Richard Barthelmess, Ken Maynard, and Tim McCoy. Director William Wellman worked with Washington again in The Light That Failed (1939). The actor also appeared in a few films helmed by John Ford, including The Whole Town's Talking (1935) and The Prisoner of Shark Island (1936). Other notable movies in which Washington had a small part include King Vidor's all-black production, Hallelujah (1929), Mary Pickford's Kiki (1931), King Kong (1933), Roman Scandals (1933), Annie Oakley (1935), The Plainsman (1936), and Gone with the Wind (1939). He was in three installments in the Charlie Chan series, and appears as a comic sidekick in the John Wayne B-Western Haunted Gold (1933). Washington also had small roles in The Cohens and the Kellys in Africa (1930), Drums of the Congo (1942), Bomba, the Jungle Boy (1949) and other lesser fair. Unfortunately, many of these parts traded on racial stereotypes. His last role, as a limping pool hall attendant, was in The Hustler (1961), with Paul Newman. In an article about the film, the Afro-American newspaper wrote, “In Beggars of Life, Edgar Blue Washington, race star, was signed by Paramount for what is regarded as the most important Negro screen role of the year, that of Big Mose. The part is that of a sympathetic character, hardly less important to the epic of tramp life than those of Wallace Beery, Louise Brooks and Richard Arlen, who head the cast.”Richard Arlen and Edgar WashingtonIt’s notable that not one but two members of the cast of Beggars of Life gained distinction playing professional baseball, while a third also played organized ball. One of them was Washington,Washington was discovered while pitching for the Los Angeles White Sox of the Negro League. "Rube" Foster (the father of Black baseball) spotted Washington during the Chicago American Giants’ 1916 West Coast tour. Washington was invited to travel along and pitch for the legendary team, which would eventually produce three National Baseball Hall of Famers. During Washington’s tenure with the American Giants, he pitched in seven games, recording three victories against one loss versus white aggregations of the Pacific Coast and Northwestern Leagues. “Ed Washington,” as sports writers initially referred to him, made a name for himself as he ruled the mound with an unorthodox pitching style. In 1920, Washington joined the newly formed Kansas City Monarchs, where he started at first base and batted .275 in 24 games. After a few months of barnstorming, however, Washington left the Monarchs and returned to Los Angeles. That same year, after his first try at acting, Washington rejoined the Los Angeles White Sox for yet a few more games. Between gigs, Washington continued to play ball, and is believed to have occasionally played for Alexander’s Giants in the integrated California Winter League.[Was[...]

Some Miscellaneous Images from the Jazz Age


Recently, I was looking through an online magazine archive and came across a handful of interesting, appealing and and novel images. And here they are -- a small gathering of miscellaneous images from the 1920s and 1930s ....


It's the Old Army Game announced for release on DVD / Blu-ray


It's the Old Army Game, the delightful 1926 comedy starring W.C. Fields and Louise Brooks, has been announced for release on DVD / Blu-ray by Kino Lorber.The film was directed by A. Edward Sutherland, who was known as Eddie Sutherland. Brooks and Sutherland met during the making of the film (which was in production during February 1926). They were married in June, 1926 and divorced a couple of years a later.From Kino: "It’s the Old Army Game (1926) is an uproarious silent comedy in which the inimitable W.C. Fields finds it impossible to get some sleep. It was the fourth film in which Fields appeared, but the first over which he had some control, as it was adapted from his own stage play. Co-starring Louise Brooks (also in her fourth feature), and directed with verve by A. Edward Sutherland, It’s the Old Army Game is a non-stop comedy of errors. Fields plays Elmer Prettywillie, a druggist kept awake by clamorous garbage collectors, a nosy woman seeking a 2-cent stamp, bogus land deals, and phony fortunes."DVD Extras Include:Mastered in 2K from 35mm film elements preserved by The Library of CongressAudio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of THE W.C. FIELDS FILMSNew score by Ben ModelSome Trivia from the Louise Brooks Society:It’s the Old Army Game was originally announced as starring Fields and future “It girl” Clara Bow, but as she was shooting Mantrap (1926),  the female lead fell to Brooks. Clarence Badger was originally assigned to directed the film. The film features the popular stage actress Blanche Ring (1871 – 1961) in one of her few film appearances. Ring was Eddie Sutherland’s aunt. Ring’s sister was Frances Ring, who was married to Thomas Meighan, a popular stage and film actor who appeared with Brooks in The City Gone Wild (1927). Blanche Ring was married four times, the last time being to Charles Winninger, a popular character actor who appeared in God’s Gift to Women (1931) with Brooks.Outdoor scenes in Palm Beach, Florida were shot at El Mirasol, the estate of multi-millionaire investment banker Edward T. Stotesbury. In 1912, after having been a widower for thirty-some years, Stotesbury remarried and became the stepfather of three children including Henrietta Louise Cromwell Brooks (known simply as Louise Brooks), an American socialite and the first wife of the war hero General Douglas MacArthur. In her heyday, she was “considered one of Washington’s most beautiful and attractive young women”. Because of their names, the two women were sometimes confused in the press. It’s the Old Army Game received mostly positive reviews, though some critics noted its rather thin plot. Algonquin Round Table playwright Robert E. Sherwood (who would go on to win four Pulitzer Prizes and an Academy Award) was then writing reviews for Life magazine. His pithy critique read, “Mr. Fields has to carry the entire production on his shoulders, with some slight assistance from the sparkling Louise Brooks.”[...]

Louise Brooks is not from these parts, by Luca Spagnoletti


I don't know what it's about (except that it is a novel), or if it has much of anything to do with our Miss Brooks, but there is a new book out in Italy called Louise Brooks non è di queste parti (Louise Brooks is not from these parts). It is authored by Luca Spagnoletti, and was issued by ilmiolibro self publishing. The book is 140 pages, and is available as an e-book and on amazon Italy and at the store Feltrinelli.

Here is an image of the front and back covers.

And here is a page from the publisher, with a description of the book very roughly translated into English:

A veteran, after World War II, looking for his ex-girlfriend, Zoe Lennie. But where is Zoe now, and above all who is she really? The rebellious and apathetic that the mother encouraged to conform, in New England in the early forties or the one that, wandering in a country that is changing face, makes existential questions that nobody seems to be able to - and want to - respond? The author tells us, without pretense, of this oscillating traveler and his "strange" friends, between realism and madness. With her sad look, her jaunty haircut, which makes her look so much like a diva of silent cinema, Zoe will accompany us in her resignation, until she sees that there is a present with which to cohabit, beyond the consolation of the memories and time that often betrays. A novel without concessions, ostentatiously out of fashion: that's why it's already a classic. By Luca Spagnoletti my book has published the collections of poems Lulù of the overhangs and Biancaneve at the Excelsior.

Beggars of Life, starring Louise Brooks, screens May 18th at Yorkshire Silent Film Festival (UK)


On May 18, the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival in Scarborough, England will screen the now classic 1928 Louise Brooks' film, Beggars of Life. More information about this event can be found HERE.

The Festival describes the film thus: "In this rarely-seen Hollywood classic, the great Louise Brooks stars as a train-hopping hobo who disguises herself as a boy and goes on the run. With dramatic American landscapes, a lyrical love story, and a daring, desperate final scene atop a speeding train, this is classic silent film entertainment."

Want to learn more about the film? Last Spring saw the release of my new book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film, and this past Summer saw the release of a new DVD / Blu-ray of the film from Kino Lorber. If you haven't secured your own copy of either the book or the DVD / Blu-ray, why not do so today? The book is also available on in the UK at this link.

Louise Brooks adorns the cover of new edition of The Photoplay by Hugo Munsterberg


Louise Brooks adorns the cover of a new edition of The Photoplay by Hugo Münsterberg, as published by Duke Classics. First published more than 100 years ago, this early work of film theory is in the public domain and has been reprinted and reissued many times (and sometimes under slightly different titles) over the years. This is one of the latest editions. (Other notable actresses have also appeared on the cover of earlier editions.)

"In 1916, an eminent psychologist recorded his impressions of the fledgling film industry. His penetrating and prescient observations foretold the most modern developments of the cinematic art, and his classic survey, The Photoplay: A Psychological Study, remains a text of enduring relevance to movie historians as well as students of film and psychology.

Ranging from considerations of the viewer's perception of on-screen depth and motion to examinations of the cinema's distinguishing and unique characteristics as an art form, this study arrives at strikingly modern conclusions about movies and their psychological values."

Louise Brooks and Volker Kutscher’s Babylon Berlin (the book and the TV series)


Volker Kutscher’s bestselling work of crime fiction, Babylon Berlin, has just been published in the United States by Picador. The book was an instant hit in Germany. Part of a mutli-book series, it was awarded the Berlin Krimi-Fuchs Crime Writers Prize in 2011, and has sold more than one million copies worldwide.Its American cover (seen here) is nearly identical to the English edition: both feature an image of the iconic Louise Brooks.This book is the basis for the popular European TV series Babylon Berlin produced by Sky TV which has just debuted yesterday in the United States on Netflix (with subtitles). Vogue magazine calls it "the most bingeable new drama since The Crown."National Public Radio ran a good piece on the show, "Germany's 'Babylon Berlin' Crime Series Is Like 'Cabaret' On Cocaine," which concludes "Babylon Berlin captures the dark glamour of a briefly exhilarating time between the wars. And for today's Berliners — faced with the city's steady, sterile gentrification — the show offers a welcome dose of escapism." Listen to the NPR piece below: frameborder="0" height="290" scrolling="no" src="" title="NPR embedded audio player" width="100%">According to the publisher, "Babylon Berlin is the first book in the international-bestselling series from Volker Kutscher that centers on Detective Gereon Rath caught up in a web of drugs, sex, political intrigue, and murder in Berlin as Germany teeters on the edge of Nazism."And according to the sometimes reliable Kirkus Reviews, the books has been "been wildly popular in Germany ... an excellent police procedural that cleverly captures the dark and dangerous period of the Weimar Republic before it slides into the ultimate evil of Nazism." Likewise, Publishers Weekly stated, "James Ellroy fans will welcome Kutscher’s first novel and series launch, a fast-paced blend of murder and corruption sent in 1929 Berlin. Kutscher keeps the surprises coming and doesn't flinch at making his lead morally compromised." The Sunday Times (London) concurred, stating the book “Conjures up the dangerous decadence of the Weimar years, with blood on the Berlin streets and the Nazis lurking menacingly in the wings.”Writer Paul French, who I had the pleasure of meeting a few years back when he was touring for Midnight in Peking, has written a piece on LitHub titled, "How a German Detective Series Becomes an International Hit." It sums up the phenomenon that the books and TV series has become in Europe and as it might become in America (a la Philip Kerr, Joseph Kanon and Alan Furst). Give it a read.So, you may ask, what has all this got to do with Louise Brooks? Very little, I am afraid, except that the story begins in 1929 and the actress - an icon of Weimar German cinema through her roles in two 1929 G.W. Pabst films, Pandora's Box and Diary of a Lost Girl - adorns the cover of this bestselling book and no doubt helped propel at least a few sales. Eugene R. Richee's iconic portrait of Brooks also lends a bit of atmosphere.And, as Paul French explains in his LitHub piece, the American publisher knew they had a good thing keeping the Brooks cover, published in Scotland by Sandstone. "It’s also a tribute to Davidson’s clever marketing that Morrison has opted to stick with the cover Sandstone commissioned from Brighton-based designer Mark Swann. It’s a cover redolent of the period and the contents and has proved to be a great favorite of bookshop window decorators the length and breadth of the British Isles."Below is a musical video derived from the television series which gives a sense of what this stylish show has to offer. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameb[...]

Media History Digital Library celebrates Pandora's Box


The Media History Digital Library, a 'swonderful site if there ever was one (and one which I have spent hours and hours going through) celebrates the anniversary of the release of Pandora's Box (1929), the classic G.W. Pabst directed film starring Louise Brooks. The film debuted in Berlin. Here is what their Facebook page said said:"Today marks the anniversary of the release of G.W. Pabst's Pandora's Box (1929). Even though the film starred American actress Louise Brooks, it did not have a mainstream release in the United States, but the British journal Close-Up did a full spread on the film:"Be sure and flip through the pages linked to for more pictures and articles. Close-Up had a great deal of interest and a good deal of affection for Brooks (though they would never admit the latter).  I'll be keeping this special day and special film and special actress in my thoughts.....[...]

Spotlighting Louise Brooks: From the Kansas Prairie to the German Silver Screen


Announcing an important event: "Spotlighting Louise Brooks: From the Kansas Prairie to the German Silver Screen"

The German Program in the Department of Modern Languages is proud to present: "Spotlighting Louise Brooks: From the Kansas Prairie to the German Silver Screen" on Saturday, February 24th, from 10a-4p.

This event is free, open to all, and appropriate for all ages. It will take place on the K-State campus in Justin Hall, room 109. Free parking is available in the lot behind the building.

Throughout the day, participants will examine the unique role Louise Brooks, a silent film star and native Kansan, had in shaping ideas about women’s roles in society through her work in silent film, particularly in Weimar Germany in the 1920s and 1930s.

 Please contact Nichole Neuman ( with any questions. Principal funding for this program is provided by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit cultural organization connecting communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life. Additional funding provided by DOW Center for Multicultural and Community Studies at K-State Libraries.

 Event schedule:

    10:00-10:45: Welcome and presentation of silent student films

    11:00-1:30: Diary of a Lost Girl (GW Pabst, 1929) with live accompaniment by Matthew De Gennaro and a reception with light hors d'oeuvres to follow

    1:30-2:15: Moderated panel 2:30-4:00: Talk and Q+A session with Dr. Richard McCormick (University of Minnesota)

Want to  learn more about Louise Brooks and Diary of a Lost Girl? Check out this 2010 Louise Brooks Society publication, the "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl, available wherever fine books are sold. Not long after this book was published, noted UK scholar Elizabeth Boa (University of Nottingham) said "It was such a pleasure to come upon your well documented and beautifully presented edition. "

Pandora's Box with Louise Brooks screens in Manchester, England today!


A 35mm print of Pandora's Box will be shown at HOME in Manchester, England on January 28. That's today! This special event will feature live music by Stephen Horne and an introduction by Pamela Hutchinson, author of the terrific new book on the film from BFI Film Classics. More information HERE.

Pandora’s Box Live Accompaniment + Intro

The film will be introduced by Pamela Hutchinson, freelance writer and author of the BFI Film Classics volume on Pandora’s Box and will feature live accompaniment from Stephen Horne, silent film musician and composer.

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One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary persona was defined by Pabst’s lurid, controversial melodrama Pandora’s Box. Sensationally modern, the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery, brash, yet innocent showgirl Lulu, whose sexual vivacity has a devastating effect on everyone she comes in contact with. Daring and stylish, Pandora’s Box is one of silent cinema’s great masterworks and a testament to Brooks’s dazzling individuality.

Diary of a Lost Girl starring Louise Brooks Screens in Germany on Jan 26


The sensational 1929 Louise Brooks film, Diary of a Lost Girl, will be shown in Munich, Germany at the Munich Film Museum on Friday, January 26th. That's today! The information below can be found on the Suddeutsche Zeitung website.Filmtipp des Tages Tagebuch der UnterdrückungMissbraucht und geschwängert von einem Angestellten des Vaters, abgeschoben in ein Erziehungsheim, geflohen und untergekommen in einem Bordell. Georg Wilhelm Pabst verfilmte mit "Tagebuch einer Verlorenen" einen Roman von Margarete Böhme. Ein Angriff auf bürgerliche Moralheuchelei, der dann auch bis zur Unkenntlichkeit zensiert wurde und erst vor wenigen Jahren rekonstruiert werden konnte. Zum zweiten Mal nach der "Büchse der Pandora" drehte Pabst mit Louise Brooks in der Rolle der Thymian. Deren Schauspielkunst von unverstellter Natürlichkeit nutzt er, um ihr als Kontrast die militärisch rhythmisierten Unterdrückungsmethoden des Erziehungsheims gegenüberzustellen. Die Gewalt, erst ausgehend vom Vergewaltiger des jungen Mädchens, erweist sich schnell als institutionalisiert.Tagebuch einer Verlorenen, D 1929, Regie: G. W. Pabst, Freitag, 26. Januar, 18.30 Uhr, Live-Musik: Sabrina Zimmermann & Mark Pogolski, Filmmuseum, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1orMovie Tip of the Day Journal of OppressionAbused and impregnated by an employee of the father, deported to an education center, fled and found in a brothel. Georg Wilhelm Pabst filmed a novel by Margarete Böhme with "Diary of a Lost". An attack on bourgeois moral hypocrisy, which was then censored beyond recognition and could only be reconstructed a few years ago. For the second time after the "Pandora's Box" Pabst shot with Louise Brooks in the role of thyme. He uses her acting art of undisguised naturalness to juxtapose her with the militarily rhythmic oppression methods of the education center. The violence, first starting from the rapist of the young girl, quickly turns out to be institutionalized.Diary of a Lost , D 1929 , directed by GW Pabst, Friday, 26 . January, 6.30 pm, live music: Sabrina Zimmermann & Mark Pogolski, Filmmuseum, Sankt-Jakobs-Platz 1---------------------------------Want to  learn more? Check out this 2010 Louise Brooks Society publication, the "Louise Brooks edition" of The Diary of a Lost Girl, available wherever fine books are sold.[...]

A new cover on John Kobal's Hollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Photos of Stars, 1926-1949


John Kobal's classic pictorial, Hollywood Glamor Portraits: 145 Photos of Stars, 1926-1949, was first published in 1976 by Dover Publications, the same publisher that issued Marshall Deutelbaum's Image on the Art and Evolution of the Film: Photographs and Articles from the Magazine of the International Museum of Photography (1979), another important early title in the emergence of Brooks' reputation. (Dover also published Tom Tierney's Movie Star Vamps and Scamps Paper Dolls (2003), a book I recently wrote about.)Kobal's book was issued while Louise Brooks was still alive; notably, this popular, nearly once ubiquitous work, was one of the earliest books to feature the actress on the cover. I still have my old second-hand copy, purchased sometime, if I recall correctly, in the mid-1990s.I just noticed that Kobal's book has been reissued with a new, slightly different, cover (The new cover is pictured above. The original cover is pictured left.) The book features 145 full-page black-and-white photos of well known actors and actors dating from from 1926 to 1949 — including Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Montgomery, Marlon Brando, Veronica Lake and others — 94 stars in all including Louise Brooks.John Kobal (born Ivan Kobaly, 1940 – 1991) was an Austrian-born, British based, film and phot historian historian responsible for The Kobal Collection, a commercial photograph library related to the film industry. According to Wikipedia, "Kobal had a short-lived career as an actor in early 1960s London. He was an inveterate collector: magazines, postcards, pictures, any movie memorabilia. It was a chance encounter with Marlene Dietrich in Canada in the 1950s that led Kobal to develop his affection for the Golden Age of Hollywood. He used his contacts from a BBC appointment in New York from 1964 to acquire Hollywood related photographs, eventually numbering about 4,500 images dating from the end of the silent era to about 1960. The material was then considered of little value."Kobal was also the author of 30 books, and was responsible for organising the first exhibition of Hollywood related photographs at London's Victoria and Albert Museum in 1974. The critic John Russell Taylor has described Kobal's contribution to film studies as "unique" Kobal and Brooks were friendly. They exchanged letters, and Kobal interviewed Brooks at length. That exceptional interview, which detailed many little known incidents in Brooks' life, appeared in Kobal's People Will Talk (1986). It is essential reading. The actress' name appears on the cover of the original hardback editions, and an image of Brooks appears on the cover of this paperback edition.[...]

Louise Brooks' film Beggars of Life shows on Long Island TOMORROW


The riveting 1928 silent film, Beggars of Life, starring Louise Brooks, will be shown at the Cinema Arts Centre on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:30 pm. Part of the "Anything But Silent" series, this Long Island screening will feature live musical accompaniment by the one-and-only Ben Model. More information about this event can be found HERE.Wednesday January 24, 2018 --- Organized by Cinema Arts Centre, a 501(c)3 organization and Long Island's only not-for-profit independent movie theater, offering the most compelling American and international films today, as well as many unique programs.  Louise Brooks’ best American film was made shortly before she left for Germany and found everlasting fame in Pandora’s Box. Brooks plays a young woman who flees her cruel stepfather and, dressed in boy’s clothing, rides the rails with hobos. Based on the memoirs of rough-and-tumble writer Jim Tully, which describes his hardscrabble existence on the rails during the recession years of the 1890s and 1900s, this long-thought-lost silent classic features an unforgettable turn by Wallace Beery as the hobo Oklahoma Red and dazzling location photography set aboard speeding trains. Director William Wellman was in top form for the movie, basking in praise for his work on the Oscar-winning Wings (1927), although Louise Brooks felt he pushed her to take unnecessary risks–especially during a stunt in which she was nearly sucked under a train’s wheels. Nonetheless, Brooks lauded the director for “how hard he studied his script and prepared for his day’s work, how he always did his best, [and] how sure and fast he worked.” The new restoration of Beggars of Life is a triumphant resurrection for a classic of the silent era. (USA, 1928, 100 min., NR, English| Dir. William A. Wellman)  Want to learn more about the film? Last Spring saw the release of my new book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film, and this past Summer saw the release of a new DVD / Blu-ray of the film from Kino Lorber. If you haven't secured your own copy of either the book or the DVD / Blu-ray, why not do so today?[...]

Sleeping with Louise / Lulu / Valentina


As devotees of Louise Brooks may know, the Italian cartoonist / illustrator / graphic novelist Guido Crepax (1933 - 2003) had a thing for Louise Brooks. In fact, his most famous creation, Valentina, was inspired by the actress, with whom Crepax corresponded. Valentina first appeared in 1968, and there followed a long running series of comic strips and books.Flash forward to the present. From the Crepax estate comes these new Valentina products, presented here for your consideration and amusement. The bed set comes in many variations, a few of which are shown here.[...]

Louise Brooks' film Beggars of Life screens in Tromsø, Norway TODAY!


Beggars of Life will be shown in Tromsø, Norway later today. This event, sponsored by the Tromsø International Film Festival, is part of the festival's "Special Screenings" series. More information about this event with LIVE music by the Dodge Brothers & Neil Brand can be found HERE. Nancy (Louise Brooks) kills her abusive stepfather and tries to flee from the law and leave the country. Dressed as a man and accompanied by a vagabond named Jim (Richard Arlen), Nancy heads for Canada. Together they face the harsh reality and struggles of hobo life. Things get dangerous when they encounter a group of ragged and violent drifters led by Oklahoma Red (Wallace Beery). In a high-speed runaway drama cutting through the American continent in freight trains and stolen cars, with romantic as well as threatening undertones, three of the great stars of the silent film era give some of their best performances.BEGGARS OF LIFE is an intense and entertaining story about oppressed and desperate people on a dangerous journey through the dark underworld of pre-depression America. All aspects of his rollercoaster of a story are enhanced by the live soundtrack, composed and performed by skiffle/bluegrass combo The Dodge Brothers, together with silent film pianist Neil Brand.THE DODGE BROTHERS W/NEIL BRANDThe Dodge Brothers are renowned for playing the hell out of classic Americana with their exuberant hybrid of country blues, rockabilly, jugband and skiffle. Firmly rooted in these traditions, The Dodge Brothers bring to them a freshness that has feet stomping and hands clapping wherever they go, now also Tromsø.Neither brothers nor from Dodge City, the band consists of Mike Hammond (lead guitar, lead vocals, banjo), Mark Kermode (bass, harmonica, vocals), Aly Hirji (rhythm guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Alex Hammond (washboard, snare drum, percussion). Cinematic landscapes come to life when this potent musical brew joins forces with virtuous silent film pianist Neil Brand, AKA The Fifth Dodge Brother, a previous guest at Silent Film Days in Tromsø. These musicians and this film can only be described as a match made in heaven. More at to learn more about the film? Last Spring saw the release of my new book, Beggars of Life: A Companion to the 1928 Film (which mentions the Dodge Brothers), and this past Summer saw the release of a new DVD / Blu-ray of the film from Kino Lorber. If you haven't secured your own copy of either the book or the DVD / Blu-ray, why not do so today?[...]

Now We're in the Air, starring Louise Brooks, to screen at NY Museum of Modern Art


Now We're in the Air, the once lost comedy starring Louise Brooks, is set to screen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on January 19 as part of "To Save and Project: The 15th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation."Now We're in the Air (1927) will be shown along with The World and the Woman (1916), starring Jeanne Eagels. The two films will be introduced by screenwriter and film historian David Stenn, and will feature live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin. More information can be found HERE. The MoMA page reads:Now We’re in the Air (excerpt). 1927. USA. Directed by Frank R. Strayer. Screenplay by Thomas J. Geraghty. With Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, Louise Brooks. 35mm. 23 min. Louise Brooks makes a brief but memorable appearance as a carnival performer in this newly discovered fragment of a World War I aviation comedy. Restored by The Library of Congress in collaboration with the San Francisco Silent Film Festival. The World and the Woman. 1916. USA. Directed by Eugene Moore. Screenplay by Philip Longeran, William C. de Mille. With Jeanne Eagels, Boyd Marshall, Thomas A. Curran. 35mm. 74 min. Broadway legend Jeanne Eagels stars as a prostitute who discovers she has faith-healing gifts in a rare silent feature from the New York–based Thanhouser Film Corp. Restored by the George Eastman Museum.A write-up of the series in Film Journal International stated "David Stenn introduces a fragment of Now We're in the Air (Jan. 19), a 1927 service comedy starring future superstar Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton as two sad sacks who end up in an aerial unit during World War I. Some 20 minutes of footage were recovered from a deteriorated nitrate print found in a Czech archive. It's mostly excruciatingly broad comedy of the Dumb and Dumber school, but it does offer a few minutes of young circus performer Louise Brooks in a black tutu." Those who attend this special screening will be interested to know that I have just recently authored a book on the Brooks' film. I also helped with the preservation of this once-lost work, and wrote this illustrated book detailing the history of the movie and its discovery in Prague by film preservationist Robert Byrne; also considered in the book is the surprising impact this otherwise little known film has had on Brooks’ life and career.And review said this about the book: “The absolute final word on the film from the world’s foremost expert on Louise Brooks. Thoroughly researched and expertly written, oh, and did I mention lavishly illustrated? If you love silent film and if you love Louise Brooks (and who doesn’t) you really should pick up a copy for your library.” The book is available at // Barnes & Noble // Indiebound // Powells[...]

A new autographed Louise Brooks related treasure


Recently, I added a new treasure to my collection of Louise Brooks related autographed books.Over the years, I have collected all manner of items -- including vintage autographed copies of books which were turned into Brooks' films to autographed copies of books about the actress to a book which once belonged to Brooks and which is annotated in her hand.Among the vintage titles I have are Colleen Moore's copy of Beggars of Life, bearing her decorative bookplate and inscribed to the bobbed actress by author Jim Tully. (I also have a copy of Beggars of Life which was owned by Ralph Bierce, the son of writer Ambrose Bierce.) I have an autographed hardback copy of The Show-Off  (the play) signed by Pulitzer Prize winning dramatist George Kelly and inscribed to one of the cast members of the acclaimed stage play. I have as well an autographed copy of J.P. McEvoy's Hollywood Girl, the sequel to Show Girl, which was inspired by Brooks.I have autographed 1st edition copies of a number of more recent titles, the Barry Paris biography, Rolland Jaccard's Louise Brooks: Portrait of an Anti-Star, Peter Cowie's Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever, Jan Wahl's Dear Stinkpot: Letters from Louise Brooks; Kevin Brownlow's The Parade's Gone By and a handful of other titles.My most recent acquisition may not be as glamorous as some of the above mentioned books, but I treasure it none the less. The book is Movie Star Vamps and Scamps Paper Dolls by the late Tom Tierney, the noted American paper doll artist. This 2003 Dover book is signed by Tierny.According to his Wikipedia page, "Tierney ... had a Paper Doll Shop for many years on Main Street in downtown Smithville after leaving New York. His shop was downstairs while Mr. Tierney, known as Tom about town, lived in his upstairs apartment. He autographed all of his many Paper Doll Books which he sold until his death. His relatives kept the store open in memory of him until his supply of Vintage style paper ornaments and books sold out." My copy must have come from his shop, as it is additionally stickered with his defunct web address.There was a time when if you went into a bookstore you stood a good chance of coming across a selection of Tierney's paper doll books. According to his New York Times obit, "From the mid-1970s until his death, Mr. Tierney reigned as 'the undisputed king' of the international paper-doll world, as The New York Times wrote in 1999 — a milieu that comprises thousands of collectors in the United States alone. Over the years, he created more than 400 paper-dolls books, most issued by Dover Publications. His Dover titles have sold four million copies, according to the company."As a former bookseller, I had long been aware of Tierney's books, and was likewise disappointed that he had never took on Louise Brooks as a subject. Tierney created Garbo, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake and Lana Turner dolls, but never Brooks! Prior to the publication of Movie Star Vamps and Scamps Paper Dolls, I emailed Tierney suggesting he consider Brooks, and asked that he consider doing an entire book of dolls devoted to the actress.  Movie Star Vamps and Scamps Paper Dolls was released in 2003. And while it isn't devoted in its entirety to Brooks, she is featured on the cover. (Brooks is one of 12 femmes fatales from the silent era through the 1930s depicted in costumes from their most popular films -- also included is Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, M[...]

Weimar German culture seems to be trending.....


Weimar Germany seems to be trending..... I just came across a rather good article in Tablet magazine about the avant-garde performer Valeska Gert. "The Forgotten World of the Badass Valeska Gert," by Elyssa Goodman, looks at the influence of the "incomparable ‘dance performance artist’ who inspired entertainers from German Expressionism through to 1980s punk."I've been fascinated by this strange artist ever since I saw her in the 1929 Louise Brooks film, The Diary of a Lost Girl. Despite Brooks' presence, Gert dominates the few scenes she is in. As Goodman notes, "Gert began performing all over Europe, at Brecht’s cabaret The Red Revue, in Paris, in London, and elsewhere. She also moved her parody into a new medium, performing in film alongside a very young Greta Garbo in the 1925 film Joyless Street; in G.W. Pabst’s 1929 film Diary of a Lost Girl also starring American cinema sensation Louise Brooks; in the first film version of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera as Mrs. Peachum in 1931, and many others. Gert knew how to manipulate her face and her body to dominate a stage in her solo performances, and the same happens even when she’s on screen with multiple people, as in this scene from Diary of a Lost Girl: Her face twists, her eyes expand, her mouth bends and even if she’s not saying anything, you simply can’t look away." allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">I encourage everyone to check out Goodman's article HERE. It is a good read. Back in 2010, I also wrote a piece on Gert which you may also want to check out, "The Remarkable Life of Valeska Gert." It ran on Huffington Post.And that's not all the news from Weimar Germany. The culture of this special period in history is being celebrated in a new book, Night Falls on Berlin in the Roaring Twenties by Boris Pofalla (Author) & Robert Nippoldt (Illustrator). It is due out in May from Taschen. The publisher description reads thus:"It was the age of drag balls, Metropolis, and Josephine Baker. Of scientific breakthroughs, literary verve, and the political chaos of the Weimar Republic. After the best-selling Hollywood in the 30s and Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties, illustrator Robert Nippoldt teams up with author Boris Pofalla to evoke the fast-moving, freewheeling metropolis that was Berlin in the 1920s.Like a cinematographic city tour through time, Berlin of the Roaring Twenties takes in the urban scale and the intricate details of this transformative decade, from sweeping street panoramas, bejeweled with new electric lights, to the foxtrot and tango steps tapped out on dance floors across the town. With characteristic graphic mastery of light, shadow, and expression, as well as a silver-printing sheen, Nippoldt intersperses portraits with cityscapes, revealing the changing scenery and dynamic hubs of this burgeoning and rapidly industrializing capital, as well as the extraordinary protagonists that made up its hotbed scene of art, science, and ideas.With an eager eye on the eccentrics and outlaws that made up this heady age as much as the established “greats,” Nippoldt includes rich profiles not only of the likes of Lotte Reiniger, Christopher Isherwood, Albert Einstein, Kurt Weill, Marlene Dietrich, and George Grosz, but also for “the woman with ten brains” Thea Alba, “Einstein of Sex” Magnus Hirschfeld, and[...]

A few Louise Brooks related announcements


Here are a few Louise Brooks related announcements:Pandora's Box, the sensational 1929 film starring Louise Brooks, is set to screen in Chicago, Illinois on April 3, 2018. The movie will be accompanied by Jay Warren, Chicago's foremost pipe organ expert, on the classically restored 3/16 Marr Colton / Geneva Arcada organ.The film will be shown at the Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St. in St. Charles, as part of its continuing  "Silent Film Night" series featuring silent film classics.More information about the event can be found HERE.=========================== Recently, I wrote a new page on the Louise Brooks Society website ( which I invite everyone to read and explore.The page, under the "Dancer & Show Girl" menu, is sub-menued  "Denishawn" (and titled "Louise Brooks and Denishawn"); it pertains to the period in Brooks' life when she was a member of the Denishawn Dance Company.There is some new information there, as well as some pictures which I think will please.===========================And here is some news we've been waiting for.....Kino Lorber is bringing A. Edward Sutherland's It's the Old Army Game starring W.C. Fields, Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring, William Gaxton, and Mary Foy to Blu-ray on March 13. The disc will feature a new 2k master Supplements will include: - Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of The W.C. Fields Films- New score by Ben Model Plot Synopsis: Elmer Prettywillie, the village druggist, is awakened by a woman who needs a 2-cent stamp in the middle of the night. Seeking again a state of somnolence, Prettywillie must contend with the clamorous collectors of garbage, and with those of his own castle who have caught forty winks and then some. The letter-carrying lady, in trying to post her missive, manages to summon the city's fire department to the pharmacy where, unable to find a fire, they sit and sip sodas while Prettywillie panders to their every want. When they leave, a bit of a blaze does erupt, but Prettywillie is forced to his own resources. Meanwhile, George Parker is smitten with Elmer's buxom assistant and uses the storefront to promote a bogus land deal. The Prettywillie fortune is thus inflated, enabling the purchase of a flivver, but Elmer ends up wrecking a Florida estate and finally the flivver, foiling the schemers and delighting the denizens of the town, whose jubilation Elmer takes for an acute case of distemper. He jails himself for safekeeping. Also starring Louise Brooks, Blanche Ring, William Gaxton, and Mary Foy. Likewise, the label will also release Gregory La Cava's Running Wild starring W.C. Fields, Marie Shotwell, Mary Brian, Claude Buchanan, and Frederick Burton on March 13 as well. The disc will feature a new 2k master Supplements will include: - Audio commentary by film historian James L. Neibaur, author of The W.C. Fields Films- New score by Donald Sosin[...]