News from the Silent Movie Front, Addendum: Lost Stan Laurel Film Found and New Crowdfunded Release

And just when I hit “publish” on my last news piece, two bits of wonderful news came my way. These are too good to wait, so I am taking the liberty of publishing an addendum.

Lost Stan Laurel Solo Film Footage Found in the Netherlands

The Frisian Film Archive has discovered pieces of the Stan Laurel comedy Detained that were thought to be lost.

Do read the entire piece but the archive has helpfully put together a video comparing the abridged version and their newly-discovered cut. (Dutch cut on the right.

New Kickstarter Campaign

Gail Kane in “The Heart of a Hero” which was also released through World.

Edward Lorusso has launched another campaign to release a silent film on home video. This time his target is On Dangerous Ground (1917), a spy film from World Film Company starring Carlyle Blackwell and Gail Kane. I love World films, I love Blackwell and I love Kane, so I obviously am pretty pleased about this. I’ve watched just about every available World release, so receiving a new title from the studio is a very welcome surprise.

You can donate and learn more on the campaign page. It’s a 30 day event and has just launched but is already well on its way to being funded. Everyone who donates $25 or more will receive a DVD with the scored film. I am not involved in this campaign except as an enthusiastic backer but I have backed Mr. Lorusso’s projects in the past and have been most satisfied.

Carlyle Blackwell not really succeeding in impressing his date in “The Beloved Blackmailer”

If you’re interested in World titles, here are the ones I have reviewed:

The Wishing Ring (1914)

Alias Jimmy Valentine (1915)

The Heart of a Hero (1916)

The Dancer’s Peril (1917)

A Girl’s Folly (1917)

The Beloved Blackmailer (1918)

World films were of remarkably high quality and beauty. I applaud this effort to release another of their titles to the general public.


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  1. silentroom49

    Hi. Thanks for the plug. ON DANGEROUS GROUND looks good, was filmed in Ft. Lee, NJ, and environs. Carlyle Blackwell may be in the news later this year if the rumor is true that his 1929 German film, DER HUND VON BASKERVILLE, which was found in Poland about 10 years ago, is being restored. It was his final silent film and he plays Sherlock Holmes. From the stills I’ve seen, it looks pretty darn good. I’m not very familiar with Gail Kane, but she’s good in this film. She had a reputation for being a little eccentric. She collected Egyptian scarabs and bathing suits … according to her publicity.

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      My pleasure! I wish you every success in your project.

      I haven’t seen much of Gail Kane but I have been impressed with what I have been able to view. I am very much looking forward to seeing more. And here’s hoping the Sherlock rumors are true!

  2. Crochetcat

    This hit my email box just as the Kickstarter announcement did. And then Milestone announced the Lois Weber blurays……oh well, bag lunches are good for you.

  3. Pam Beddard

    Great news from Bristol’s Slapstick festival. We’re going to be showing the newly-rebuilt Detained in Bristol, UK, on Thursday 25 January as part of an event called Lost & Found. This will, we think, be the restored and completed version’s European premiere. For more info about the festival, please see

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