Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lost Colleen Moore Silents Found!

The two silents are being restored as we speak.  Ron Hutchinson of the Vitaphone Project:

Colleen Moore's final silent, WHY BE GOOD? (FN/'29) was long believed to be lost. About 10 years ago while introducing one of my Vitaphone shows at NYC's Film Forum, I mentioned I had just acquired the Vitaphone disks (music and effects) for this feature but, sadly, the film was lost. Film historian Joe Yranski was sitting in the front row and yelled out "No it's not! I know where it is!". The crowd cheered, and so began a decades-long effort to get the film back to American and restored...[t]he print of Moore's next to last silent with Vitaphone track, SYNTHETIC SIN (also thought lost) is also being repatriated now and restored.

Fantastic news!  


Artman2112 said...

i have yet to see a Colleen Moore film but this is great news!

Flapper Flickers + Silent Stanzas said...

I haven't seen much of her work either but "Ella Cinders" is widely available -- and adorable! Go get that one when you can!

Mythical Monkey said...

That is great news -- I've seen three of Colleen Moore's films, Ella Cinders, Orchids and Ermine and Lilac Time, and the one surviving reel of Flaming Youth. She's cute and very likeable, especially in comedies.

Any day a lost silent film turns up is a good day.

Flapper Flickers + Silent Stanzas said...

Orchids and Ermine...that's the one with (little) Mickey Rooney, yes? I'm so excited!

Lauren said...

Sweet! I love it when this happens. I definitely need to get better acquainted with Colleen Moore.