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Joy Girl!: Olive Borden Watchfest

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Joy Girl!
The Olive Borden Watchfest

Welcome, one and all, to the Silent Photoplay Olive Borden watchfest! For the next five weeks, we'll be focusing on the Joy Girl of the 1920s, vivacious silent actress Olive Borden.

We have a special format this time: we will be viewing three features and four shorts. Remember how in our Jobyna Ralston watchfest I expressed frustration at the lack of feature length films (other than the Lloyd films and Wings) available online? Well, in Olive's case we have all of three available in total, and one of them in very poor quality. Luckily, we have four comedy shorts Olive did for the likes of Hal Roach and Educational Pictures to help pad things out.

After stints as an extra, acting in two reeler comedies, being voted a 1925 WAMPAS Baby Star and a couple films with Tom Mix, Olive was cast in her breakout film, 3 Bad Men, in 1926. She became known as the Joy Girl in 1927 after starring in the film of the same name. The transition to sound was not an easy one for Olive. In 1934 she starred in her last film, Chloe, Love Is Calling. Her later years were marked by alcoholism, struggles with infertility, and poverty. Sadly, she passed away from cirrhosis in 1947 at only 41, in a home for destitute women she had lived in for the past two years. I highly recommend heading over to Elizabeth Landis' Olive Borden website to read more about her.


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And a final note: if there is a film here you really liked, I highly suggest downloading the mp4 in case any of these videos are pulled from YouTube. We've had some films get yanked after past watchfests, and during our vamp one we actually had a film get taken down during the event.

Below is our list. We'll be going chronologically through Olive's career. If there is an issue with a link, please let me know. Films currently being watched will have red titles and a larger bolded font. We can discuss the films at any time in this thread, just be sure to use spoiler tags! They're the icon with the yellow exclamation and triangle in the posting toolbar.

Feb 1 - Feb 8
Too Many Mammas (1924)
With Charley Chase
9m 1s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0tnUzqjn9VI

and

Air Pockets (1924)
With Lige Conley, Sunshine Hart
20m 24s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A9B79ZFQ3Gk


Feb 8 - Feb 15
Tell It To A Policeman (1925)
With Glenn Tryon
17m 34s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BuZcFlkeO5M

and

Good Morning Nurse (1925)
With Ralph Graves
11m 56s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IlZ8d6JWkAE

Feb 15 - Feb 22
3 Bad Men (1926)
With George O'Brien
90m 36s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wa1HjvcULH4

Feb 22 - Mar 1
Fig Leaves (1926)
With George O'Brien, Phyllis Haver
70m 58s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bK9i3wzd0QI

Mar 1 - Mar 8
The Monkey Talks (1927)
With Jacques Lerner
62m 49s
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cP7E4UT3yuk
Note: Unfortunately this copy is in pretty bad quality, especially in the beginning.


Happy Watching!

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Nice!!! 🙂🙂

Omg 3 Bad Men is an amazing movie, at least that's how I remember it! I saw it on one of those movie channels without commercials many years ago. It had this beautiful, serene cowboy type music throughout.

Edit: I'd thought I'd seen it on Fox Movies, and I think I was right, since this was a Fox film... And I found out that this is the same soundtrack! I'm super excited to see this again, and am hoping that it lives up to my memory. 😀
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Hurray! :D Looking forward to it. This is a star about whom I know nothing. In fact, I have to confess that I had her rather confused in my mind with Olive Thomas. (In my mind? Well, where else would you be confused? :? ) Anyway, this sounds like a fun one!

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I already downloaded all of these so I can watch. I'll probably watch these on Friday.
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Too Many Mammas
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You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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Air Pockets
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My comments on Too Many Mammas:
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Comments on comments of Too Many Mamma's
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And now my thoughts on Air Pockets.
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Comments on comments about Air Pockets
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You trying to tell me you didn't hear that shriek? That was something trying to get out of its premature grave, and I don't want to be here when it does. - Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

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