Clara Bow in color in 1928's lost film "Red Hair" (only a few fragments have been found)

Clara Bow in color in 1928's lost film "Red Hair" (only a few fragments have been found)

Some details about the movie:

A free-spirited young girl has three middle-aged admirers, each of whom sees her from a completely different perspective. Unknown to her, they also happen to be the guardians of a wealthy young man to whom she is attracted.

Besides the title sequence, this is all that remains of the movie. Apparently the rest of the film is in B&W, and this is the only sequence shot in Technicolor.


A fuller description from a user on IMDB:

Red-headed manicurist Clara Bow (as "Bubbles" McCoy) enjoys the company of older men for their gifts, and then gets lucky when attractive young Lane Chandler (as Robert Lennon) reveals his possessions are greater. "Red Hair" featured Ms. Bow at the peak of her popularity - she was the #1 box office star for 1928, according to the industry standard's "Quigley Publications" poll. After the success of "It" (1927), Paramount wisely found another story to adapt, from original novelist Elinor Glyn; she wisely forgot about promoting previous young women as having "It", after Bow arrived on the movie screen...

No full print of the popular "Red Hair" is presently available, but small fragments seem to keep turning up. Seen together, they suggest an average Bow vehicle. The film was once thought completely lost, and these bits and pieces suggest more is possible. The original contained some color footage of Bow's red hair. A color clip of Bow in "Red Hair" has turned up, though it looks (to me) like this may be an outtake or camera test. Additional fragments include the scene where Bow suns herself on a raft and the notable "lily pond" scene, where she seems to be in her altogether - except for a lily-pad on her head.

(Note: I've tried to find the "lily pond" scene mentioned to no avail.)

Edit again:

Some more details:

RED HAIR came as a bit of a jolt, because it was filmed in early Technicolor and show Bow as she was in real-life, a red-head. This all-too brief clip seems to be from the rushes, where Clara repeats the same action (offering someone a fish) over and over with a few variations as she improvises. At the end of the clip, a technician comes up with a slate-board. Other clips show Clara (supposedly nude) in a fish pond with lily pads while William Austin is holding her robe. Later, Austin holds her in his arms while she kisses him and again, improvises over his shoulder. These are very rough moments, giving the audience a tantalizing glimpse of Clara Bow at work. It was, as we were warned, sad and depressing to know that as far as anyone knows – this is all that remains of the film. It is also encouraging to know that around the world, archivist are at work, trying to preserve these kinds of precious moments for future generations.”

Why is she luring that pelican? I need to watch this movie... oh

Yeah, this is literally all that remains of the movie.

Red Hair (film)

Red Hair is a 1928 silent film starring Clara Bow and Lane Chandler, directed by Clarence G. Badger, based on a novel by Elinor Glyn, and released by Paramount Pictures.The film had one sequence filmed in Technicolor, and is now considered a lost film except for the color sequence at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and a few production stills.

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Buster Keaton trying to figure out what time it is in Seven Chances (1925)

That gag, with the clockmaker not knowing what time it is, is a perfect gag. Simple, straightforward irony.

She had a watch on her ankle??

Even if it’s not that’s honestly such a funny gag that he thought it was a watch.

Love this sub.

She's a trend setter! Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit B

Couldn’t he just check his phone ? /s

Buster Keaton crosses a river without getting his shoes wet (The Scarecrow 1920)

I love how he goes to all the effort to keep is shoes dry but then plonks the rest of his clothes in the water

How'd the cameraman keep his shoes from getting wet

Hands are easier to dry and clean than feet

Charley Chase gets stuck in the middle of the road in Hello Baby! (1925)

Borrowed Keaton's gag from Hard Luck and then did a little upgrade

This reminds me of a short on MTV India in 90s of a guy getting his foot stuck in a hole on the side of the road

His Majesty, The Scarecrow of Oz (1914) is a silent film directed by author L. Frank Baum

L. Frank Baum actually lost quite a bit of money with his investment in making silent movies set in Oz. Between that and the costly failure of the bizarre 1925 The Wizard of Oz, which helped send Larry Semon into financial ruin, pretty much all the early efforts to make a Wizard of Oz movie were failures, until of course the 1939 movie came along and became an enormous hit.

Written by the original author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum, this movie became the basis for the book The Scarecrow of Oz.

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz

His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz is a 1914 American silent fantasy adventure film directed by J. Farrell MacDonald and written and produced by L. Frank Baum. It stars Violet MacMillan, Frank Moore, Vivian Reed, Todd Wright, Pierre Couderc, and Fred Woodward.

The film had a troubled distribution history; it opened on October 14, 1914, to little success, though it was received as well above average fare by critics of the time. Early in 1915, it was reissued under the title The New Wizard of Oz and was slightly more successful.

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Joe Roberts delivers a piano to Buster Keaton in One Week (1920)

Thanks for the smile this gave me

That's a brilliant bit.

Ankles of steel

That must have absolute cracked people up at the time... it's still pretty funny now.

"Chaplin wasn't the funniest. I wasn't the funniest. Stan Laurel was the funniest." Buster Keaton on Stan Laurel, who was born 128 years ago today

GIF is from The Finishing Touch (1928)

Here's Buster doing a similar gag in (1966), the final movie he made.

Alright that was pretty damn funny.

This is the worst bot in the history of bots, maybe ever.

What a pioneer

Buster Keaton running from a cyclone in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)

I love this, such a good gag. The door swinging shut at the end is perfect.

Pic related

Ha! Hilarious

Georges Méliès makes a quick change of clothes in An Impossible Balancing Feat (1902)

Memorize a pose and mark the position of your feet. Do the first half, stop the camera, change clothes, resume your old position and pose, roll the camera again. He was an expert at this and used this technique extensively.

One of the greats.

While he was also the inventor of stop motion, this is called a substitution splice or stop trick:

How what!

Charlie Chaplin hangs up his hat in One A.M. (1916)

Great silent short, showing off his fantastic ‘drunk guy’ bit. No one can do ‘drunk guy’ like him.

Playing drunks is one of the things that helped make Chaplin so famous as a stage performer.

Meanwhile, Sydney Chaplin had joined Fred Karno's prestigious comedy company in 1906 and, by 1908, he was one of their key performers.[46] In February, he managed to secure a two-week trial for his younger brother. Karno was initially wary, and considered Chaplin a "pale, puny, sullen-looking youngster" who "looked much too shy to do any good in the theatre."[47] However, the teenager made an impact on his first night at the London Coliseum and he was quickly signed to a contract.[48] Chaplin began by playing a series of minor parts, eventually progressing to starring roles in 1909.[49] In April 1910, he was given the lead in a new sketch, Jimmy the Fearless. It was a big success, and Chaplin received considerable press attention.[50]

Karno selected his new star to join the section of the company, one that also included Stan Laurel, that toured North America's vaudeville circuit.[51] The young comedian headed the show and impressed reviewers, being described as "one of the best pantomime artists ever seen here".[52] His most successful role was a drunk called the "Inebriate Swell", which drew him significant recognition.[53] The tour lasted 21 months, and the troupe returned to England in June 1912.[54] Chaplin recalled that he "had a disquieting feeling of sinking back into a depressing commonplaceness" and was, therefore, delighted when a new tour began in October.[55]

I’ve never thought of Chaplin as necessarily attractive, but this clip is sexy AF. Guess I’m attracted to fake drunk Chaplin.

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