Walton made great covers, but unfortunately they cut the films. American Blackhawk Films had as complete versions as possible, but their boxes had all the same layout on the L&H films. I have over 50 films with the Boys, most of them Blackhawk Prints. Screening L&H films, seems to be the only way to make my wife spend some time in my home cinema.
As many L&H films that are still available, I should pursue one or two perhaps. What titles do you guys HIGHLY recommend for a beginner?
Robert, it's terrific that you have kept these in such nice condition all these years.
I agree with Mats, the Walton boxes are well designed. I like Blackhawk prints, but it would've been nice to see unique boxes for each title. I'm assuming that those were often made-to-order (hence the generic boxes with the typed labels on the spine). Their way of packaging them would've kept production costs down for sure.
Some early Blackhawk prints ( standard 8 mm ), had unique boxes. At that time a two-reeler was sold on 2 200ft reels in one box. I can highly recommend their silent films LIberty and Big Business.
Got those features myself. 5x400' on Babes in Toyland. Both fairly worn. They are not suppose to be colorized. Hate that. Worst colorization I've seen were Night of the Living Dead. They say in the start that they look just like us .... They're green faced in that version. Destroyed the movie for me
Timothy! There are many better features than the two you mentioned. I love Our Relations, where the are mixed up with their twin brothers. I agree with Vidar. The Music Box is great and their only Oscar winner.
I agree with all points made, the only feature I have is "Babes In Toyland" 4x400' std 8mm ( reg 8 ) which is very good, and a few shorts, horror/ fantasy film
taking first place, but lets face it, whoever released what, the boys talent shows through, Phil at CHC is the man to ask on best versions,
he is renowned as the L & H Expert, and wrote many great pieces on them in various magazines, including "Super 8 Film Collector". I love
their comedy, timeless, and unlike many comedy duo's, these men were friends, maybe that's the magic that shows through.
Tim, there are some great L&H silent films as well; some made before they were officially a team; there is one I like, but I don't remember the title just now; it involves a diamond thief on board a ship, he is a midget disguised as a baby, and the diamonds are stuffed into the back of a teddy bear.
'Sailors Beware' is the film with the midget. I must have a bad print of 'Busy Bodies'. it's almost like the print has a sort of outline to the detail like it had moved in the print process, it's like comparing it to colour printing, the print is out of registration, that sort of effect but in B&W.
Tim, here is a clip from the film; I like the scene where Stan throws the Teddy Bear down a shute, and the baby (midget) dives after it. Many of these films I had never seen until I got them in Super 8. TV used to frequently show the Robert Youngson films 'When comedy was King' and 'Days of thrills and laughter', so people of a certain generation were familiar with names like Fatty Arbuckle, Harold Lloyd, Chester Conklin, Ben Turpin. I think most people under 40 wouldn't have a clue who these people are.
I have only found British prints of Sailors Beware. My first one was a standarsd 8, Mountain films print. It was a very full 200ft reel. Later I found a 400ft copy. As far as I know this title was never released by Blackhawk.
About Walton L&H. I have had a couple of these. All were great prints.