A restropective on the great silent actors, movies and themes.




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Ernie Kovacs ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1960-1961


A restropective on the great silent actors, movies and themes.

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4 August 1960 (USA) See more »

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Aus den Kindertagen des Films See more »

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The video collection runs 270 minutes and is narrated by Paul Killiam with a new musical score. See more »

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A Rose By Another Name
15 September 2006 | by nataloff-1See all my reviews

Many of the "Silents, Please" episodes turned up -- sans Kovacs -- retitled as "The History of the Motion Picture" and were made available to public libraries in the 1960s. All footage was public domain. They were released on VHS in 1997 from Critics' Choice Video in transfers made from old ragtag prints, some with spliced-in "History of the Motion Picture" snipes, and others retaining their "Silents, Please!" titles. Alas, they must have been assembled from whatever was in Paul Killiam's and Saul J. Turrell's basements; one of them was even transferred without sound -- ironic, to be sure, but also very sloppy. As wonderful as we remember these shows to have been -- and, indeed, they introduced a whole young generation to the joy of silent cinema -- they don't date well, especially with the arrival of archivists like Kino Video who rescue and restore films.

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