Note, August 14, 2021:
My planned updates have been delayed again due to circumstances beyond my control, but in the meantime I wanted to announce that VCI has come out with excellent restored DVD and Blu-ray prints of Wild West Days and Pirate Treasure, neither of which have ever been available on commercial home video before and both of which are among Universal’s most entertaining and action-packed 1930s serials. Wild West Days is available on the VCI website (https://www.vcientertainment.com); Pirate Treasure was only released this week, so it isn’t listed there yet, although it can be found on Amazon, Movies Unlimited, and similar outlets.
While using the Australian newspaper archive site Trove to research Rusty Wescoatt’s Australian wrestling tour, I realized that the site would also be a logical resource to retrieve additional information on Australia’s own C. Montague Shaw. A search on Shaw’s real name of Charles Montague Discombe Sparrow produced several interesting clippings pertaining to Shaw’s years as a Shakespearean actor. Continue reading
While researching my recent Rusty Wescoatt biography, I turned up an enormous amount of press clippings concerning Rusty’s wrestling days, as well as his football and swimming exploits, through both Newspapers.com (subscription, Ancestry.com, or Facebook account required for full access), and the free Australian newspaper archive site Trove. I thought I would share some of these through the Elsewhere series. Continue reading
Motion Picture Herald, May-June 1940.
The Film Daily, April-June 1941
Motion Picture Herald, May-June 1943.
Thanks to the researches of James Swan, I’ve been able to update my John Davidson biography with a wealth of new detail. Some of the news clippings turned up by Mr. Swan, relating to Davidson’s non-serial activities, warrant a post of their own. Continue reading
(Like the Frank Shannon piece below, this was originally attached to the subject actor’s bio page).
Charles N. Quigley, son of serial star Charles Quigley, has kindly permitted me to reproduce here several reminiscences concerning his father’s acting career–reminiscences which he originally sent to me via e-mail, and which are too interesting not to share with other serial buffs. All that follows, save my interjections and comments in bold type, are Mr. Quigley’s own words. Continue reading
I had previously attached these press clippings from Frank Shannon’s distinguished pre-Dr. Zarkov stage career to the biography page on Shannon. I am starting a new series of blog posts concerning the non-serial activities of serial actors, and figured it would make sense to use these for the inaugural offering; perhaps they will be new to some readers. Continue reading
(Note: This is a repeat post–an economy chapter, if you will–but when I updated the Home post today, I wanted to preserve it for future reference)
VCI president Robert Blair, via Tom Weaver, is soliciting serial-fan input in prioritizing the release schedule of VCI’s Universal serial restorations, on this thread. Continue reading
Much of the information in this article may be old news to many serial buffs, but I thought the following account of Republic’s failed attempt to make a Superman serial, and the tangled legal aftermath, might be of interest to my readers. If nothing else, it gives me a chance to write about my hobby (movie serials) and my profession (law) at the same time. Continue reading
Restorationist Eric Grayson, also known as “Dr. Film,” is working on restoring the 1929 Mascot part-silent/part-sound serial King of the Kongo (starring Walter Miller and Boris Karloff). The serial has long been missing the soundtrack for its talking portions–some of which, however, still exists separately from the film print, having been recorded on disc. Eric is working on reuniting all that remains of the soundtrack with the best possible print; his latest update is here:
Update on King of the Kongo
April 18th, 2019: More big news from VCI via Tom Weaver, even more exciting than the previous announcement, and so important that I’m reposting in full Tom’s latest announcement on the Classic Horror Film Board: Continue reading