Accidentally Preserved Vol. 3 – 9 films (2015)

by | Oct 10, 2015 | DVD & Blu-ray Video Reviews

Accidentally Preserved Vol. 3 –  9 films (2015)

Nine rare or lost short silent films, from 16mm copies made in the ‘20s, ‘30s & ‘40s.
Program: Wanted, A Nurse; Service a la Bunk; A Citrate Special; The Whirlwind; No Vacancies; Love’s Young Scream; Hot Luck; Whose Baby?; Half a Hero
Actors: Sidney Drew, Arthur Lake, Joe Rock, Billy Armstrong, others
Directors: various
Studio: Undercrank Productions [9/17/15]
No region coding
Video: 4:3 silent but with new accompaniment
Audio: piano or organ score by Ben Model, PCM stereo
Length: 105 min.
Rating: ***

These are interesting but not must-see silents, well restored. They range from 3 to 20 minutes and come from the shelves of dedicated film collectors who love the silents. My favorite among them was the longest, No Vacancies, which had some real acting in it. Arthur Lake of Dagwood fame is in one of them. I didn’t especially go for the very young stars of the last three films, but I understand that was a big thing back then.

—John Sunier

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