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There's a new silent film label that is receiving rave reviews from the blogosphere all the way to the New York Times' Dave Kehr -- it's Ben Model's Undercrank Productions.
The silent film accompanist's new label has already produced two sterling releases so far this year: Accidentally Preserved, Vol. 1 and The Crackerjack -- which we now have available for rent. We also have the former for sale for only $15.99.
More are on the way from Undercrank too as at least two more DVDs are in the works.
Wallace Lupino in The Lost Laugh (1928, 9 min.)
Wallace and his wife have a rough start to their day - waking, showering and breakfasting. Wallace tried to keep a sense of humor about it all, in spite of a visit from a washing-machine salesman and the washing-machine he sells them.
Jack Duffy in Loose Change (1928, 11 min.)
Wealthy-but-cheap Scottish uncle Jack Duffy pays a to visit nephew Neal; things get complicated with Neal's wife's friend decides to vamp him as a prank.
Monte Collins in Wedding Slips (1928, 9 min.)
Newlyweds Monte and Lucille Hutton are driving to their honeymoon spot and crash into a gypsy caravan and are kidnapped by the leaders of the gypsies and a gorilla.
Paul Parrott in Shoot Straight (1923, 10 min.)
Paul Parrott goes a-hunting, and tangles with rabbits, ducks, a bear and more in this near-solo turn with gags out of a WB cartoon from the '40s.
Elgin Watch Company - The House of Wonders (Ca. 1931, 23 min.)
Industrial film on the Elgin Watch Company, showing its factory, its observatory, and the step-by-step assembly of an Elgin watch from start to finish.
Clyde Cook in The Misfit (1924, 12 min.)
Hen-pecked Clyde Cook must help wifey shop then paint the living room floor. He escapes by joining the Marines, but fares no better in basic training.
Cliff Bowes in Cheer Up (1924, 10 min.)
Cliff and Eddie Boland are rivals for Virginia Vance's hand in marriage, and the rivalry does not end after Cliff and Virginia wed.
Koko The Clown in Mechanical Doll (1922, 7 min.)
Koko is dropped into a running projector at a movie theater, then falls in love with a life-size wind-up doll that Max Fleischer draws for him.
Billy Franey in The Water Plug (1920, 12 min.)
Franey hatches a scheme to fleece automobile owners with a portable hydrant from a pawn-shop.
The Crackerjack finds silent screen star Johnny Hines as a breezy go-getter who falls in love with a young woman (Sigrid Holmquist) and helps her father thwart a revolution in Esquasado using stuffed pickles. This comedy classic is presented here with a brand new score by Ben Model.
Reminiscent of Harold Lloyd's Why Worry? (1923), as well as later films like Woody Allen's Bananas (1971) and Paul Mazursky's Moon Over Parador (1988), in The Crackerjack Hines takes on a variety of gag sequences including impersonating one of the fictional south-of-the-border country's dignitaries. The film ends in a large-scale battle and comedy chase and will delight fans of silent movies.
- A fast and furious comedy...plenty of imagination and dash. -- New York Time
- 'The Crackerjack' is built entirely for laughing purposes...virtually a scream from beginning to end. -- Variety
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