We all love a good mystery, right? Well, collector Christopher Bird has some nitrate extracts that he would like us to help him identify. Chris has been really generous about sharing his collection with us via YouTube so this is a chance to do something nice in return.
This is very much brainstorming. If you think you recognize anything at all, give a holler in the comments. We’re just throwing out ideas so don’t worry about being right or wrong. Even a guess that isn’t exactly right can trigger the old synaptic pathways and lead us to the identity of these mystery fragments.
Film #1: Soldiers in a Trench
This film has an edge code that indicates it was PRINTED in the UK in 1927 (possibly 1928). It may or may not be a British film. Obviously a war picture but whether it is a comedy or drama is unclear.
Possible clues include the identity of the two men with visible faces and the uniforms they wear.
Film #2: The Damsel
As you can see, this is likely a western or lumberjack picture and we have a pretty good look at the leading lady’s face. The bob looks mid-1920s to me but don’t take that as gospel. Do you know her or the film?
Film #3: Napoleon in New York
The film says Pathé Frères New York, likely a French production exported to the American market. No closeups of the actors, I’m afraid, but this is clearly a historical picture, likely Napoleonic given the costumes. This production definitely looks pre-WWI to me but, again, don’t take it as gospel.
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