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Celebrating a milestone, tracking down a landmark



Why are we running a photo of Carole Lombard bowling to kick off today's entry? Well, what's perfection in bowling? 300, of course. We're proud to announce that for the first time, "Carole & Co." now has 300 members; we hit the milestone earlier this week. (Incidentally, I doubt Lombard ever bowled a 300 game; if she had, it would be part of her lore, and she probably would have at least temporarily adopted bowling as a new favorite sport ahead of tennis.)

Changing the metaphor from bowling to baseball, now help us get our batting average over .300. Tell your friends about "Carole & Co." and get them to join; if you're not a member, join up yourself. There's no fee or other obligation.



In the past, we've discussed Kevin Brownlow and the late David Gill's invaluable 13-part series on the silent era, "Hollywood," made for British TV in 1980 and later coming across the pond to PBS. It was issued on videocassette in the '80s, but rights issues have prevented a DVD release (though it briefly appeared that issue was going to be resolved in 2006).



Lillian Gish was but one of the actors, directors and writers interviewed for the series. (Quite a bit of camera time also goes to Allan Dwan, who directed all sorts of films during the silent era, including the now-lost "A Perfect Crime" that featured a small role by 12-year-old Jane Alice Peters, the future Carole Lombard.)

In 2009, we reported that nine of the 13 episodes were available in full (roughly 50-minute segments) on YouTube (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/182045.html). That number is now up to 10. Here are the links:

Episode 1, "The Pioneers": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e91G9aDyS_s
Episode 2, "In The Beginning": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPW1Gu_cRRU
Episode 3, "Single Beds & Double Standards": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc346ihvScI
Episode 4, "Hollywood Goes To War": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2oYM0cLKNY
Episode 5, "Hazards Of The Game": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr9kgXZverY
Episode 6, "Swanson & Valentino": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGbspdG8SEE
Episode 7, "Autocrats": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kPw3W_x8k8
Episode 8, "Comedy -- A Serious Business": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UX06_406egk
Episode 9, "Out West": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8CDU148enA0
Episode 11, "Trick Of The Light": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nT5DK2Yawfo

Episode 10, "The Man With The Megaphone," for some reason was not allowed to be placed on YouTube. However, it can be seen in seven parts through RapidShare:
http://rapidshare.com/files/118198209/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118199619/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118201393/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118202835/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part4.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118204237/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part5.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118206897/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part6.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/118168657/Ep_10_the_man_with_the_megaphone.part7.rar

Episode 12, "Star Treatment," for now can't be tracked down in its entirety. However, there are two segments involving Clara Bow and three on Greta Garbo and John Gilbert that I believe to be from that episode. The links:
Bow, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTvvIXwVhnM&playnext=1&list=PL6B8BB8F0323D043F
Bow, part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od0S0dcjp18&playnext=1&list=PL6B8BB8F0323D043F
Garbo and Gilbert, part 1: http://www.youtube.com/user/Goldenageofcinema#p/u/146/Zn2400F3L2s
Garbo and Gilbert, part 2: http://www.youtube.com/user/Goldenageofcinema#p/u/145/vHFExJsBbIQ
Garbo and Gilbert, part 3: http://www.youtube.com/user/Goldenageofcinema#p/u/144/LtBERB6axFk

Episode 13, "End Of An Era," can be found in five parts:
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVWRzaQ-Uoc
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyidSA7pOwo
Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWyLNB-uit0
Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPplZp2HC4o
Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4-uqyBZwx4

I apologize for this rather convoluted method of viewing this important series, but for now, it's the best we can do.

To get you in the mood, here's the opening theme to "Hollywood," followed by Turner Classic Movies' similarly evocative theme for "Silent Sunday Nights" -- proof silence is indeed golden:



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