Nostalgic Evocations: Craft Master Paint-By-Numbers

Palmer Paint Company produced the first paint-by-numbers kits in 1950 under the Craft Master moniker.  Their catch phrase was, "Every man a Rembrandt".  Once again, showing George Lucas was not afraid to stamp anything with his Star Wars brand, he teamed with Craft Master in 1980 to release three Empire Strikes Back paintable figurines.  I... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: The Lost World (1925)

First National Pictures/1925/63 minutes The first filmed version of the classic Arthur Conan Doyle novel. Young and adventurous reporter Edward Malone (Lloyd Hughes) is dispatched by his editor to cover a lecture by the boisterous Professor Challenger (Wallace Beery), who is convinced that dinosaurs are still roaming the Earth.  While the community thinks him a... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: One Week (1920)

The story involves two newlyweds, who receive a build-it-yourself house as a wedding gift. The house can be built, supposedly, in "one week". A rejected suitor secretly re-numbers packing crates. The movie recounts Keaton's struggle to assemble the house according to this new "arrangement". The end result is depicted in the picture. As if this... Continue Reading →

Silent Sunday: Outside the Law (1920)

In this early collaboration with director Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks), Chaney delivers a dual performance of dramatic intensity, starring as Ah Wing, a kind-hearted student of Confucian philosophy, and Black Mike Sylva, a murderous rake of the San Francisco underworld. A mob boss trying to go straight is framed for murder.  "Silent" Madden is sentenced... Continue Reading →

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