Our Hospitality

Our Hospitality movie poster

As mentioned in the introductory post for this section, Our Hospitality was my introduction to Buster’s films. I was in a video store (remember those? Are they still around?), wandering the aisles, trying to decide on what to watch. Coming across a copy of Our Hospitality reminded me of a film clip I’d seen many years previous. It was the jump Buster’d attempted in Three Ages from the top of one building to another … As we know, the jump failed. But Buster’s resilience and quick thinking and reflexes allowed him to survive the fall in an impressive acrobatic manner. I attest to the fall being impressive because I mentally filed away the name “Buster”, meaning to look up this acrobat.

The discovery of the Our Hospitality video occurred a number of years later. I distinctly remember that seeing Buster’s name on the cover caused me to wonder if it was the same man I saw trying to jump across the building tops. I rented the video, took it home, and discovered my favorite actor. Continue reading

The One Lovely Blog Award


I am honored to have been nominated for a ‘One Lovely Blog Award’. The nomination was made by Nicole from one of my favorite blogs, an ode to dust. Nicole often posts about classic and silent films. While many blogs exist that feature classic and silent films, I’ve found that the films featured at an ode to dust are ones that I have or am likely to enjoy. I’m also discovering there that Nicole is a very nice and interesting person 🙂 . Continue reading

The Beatles-The True Beginnings

Ringo Cat and The Beatles-The True Beginnings

The Beatles-The True Beginnings, by Roag Best with Pete and Rory Best

Description (from the cover leaf):

“The Casbah Coffee club … was the brainchild of Mrs. Mona Best, the mother of Pete Best. It is well known that Pete Best was the drummer for The Beatles in their early days…. Less well known is that The Beatles’ origins were in fact at Pete’s mother’s club …

This book tells the story of how Mona Best created the Casbah, and in the process played a major part in creating The Beatles….

Seen here for the first time in forty years is the club’s interior as it was at the very beginning, juxtaposed with the rooms as they are today … A wealth of rare material from the Casbah and the Bests’ own archives, together with newly commissioned images …, documents the club’s and The Beatles’ intertwined story. Accompanied by a fascinating personal memoir …, written by Roag Best with his brothers Pete and Rory, this is both a moving family tribute from the Bests to their mother, and a unique insight into a remarkable period of Beatles history.”

I acquired my copy of this book one crazy weekend in 2003. I posted my account of that weekend here at the old Abbeyrd Beatles News website. Continue reading

The Hidden Fortress


This post is part of the “Try It, You’ll Like It!” Blogathon, hosted by Sister Celluloid and Movies Silently, where we write about “gateway films” that might bring non-classic-film lovers into the fold! For all the entries, click here!

I’m going to start off by explaining that I’m no film scholar nor have any kind of expertise in film analysis. My comments on film on this website are only my personal thoughts about films I’ve watched and felt motivated to review. Most of what’s presented here is only my opinions or observations; any facts that I share I will try to present along with the sources where I’ve found them.

The Hidden Fortress movie poster

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Miss O’Dell


Miss O’Dell, by Chris O’Dell with Katherine Ketcham

Description (from the cover leaf): “…. Miss O’Dell is the remarkable story of an ordinary woman who lived the dream of millions – to be part of rock royalty’s trusted inner circle. Illustrated with private photographs and jam-packed with intimate anecdotes, Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.”

I bought Miss O’Dell online before attending the Beatle fest in Chicago that she attended 2010. I’d read and dug Pattie‘s Wonderful Tonight, and I hoped to enjoy Chris‘ book also. Continue reading

Before He Was Fab


Before He Was Fab-George Harrison’s First American Visit, by Jim Kirkpatrick

Description (from the back cover): “DID YOU KNOW?? The first Beatles record played on the radio in the U.S. was played in southern Illinois. George Harrison played with a local group during his visit to the U.S. While visiting southern Illinois, George Harrison was informed that the Beatles song, “She Loves You”, had achieved record sales in England. George Harrison bought a guitar in southern Illinois that he used while playing with the Beatles. … and much, much, more!”

Before He Was Fab is another book I purchased at the Chicago Beatles festival; I bought this one in 2000. As my copy of Lennon Revealed was a version special for the Fest, this book was also at the Fest at which I bought it. It’s a numbered copy from a limited release, as is evident from the first page:


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Lennon Revealed


Lennon Revealed, by Larry Kane

Description (from the cover leaf): “… In Lennon Revealed, Emmy Award-winning journalist Larry Kane – who had a professional relationship with [John] Lennon that spanned fifteen years – draws from personal experience and over 100 interviews with John’s friends, family, and associates to craft a portrait of Lennon that truly captures the man’s essence…. More than a list of stunning revelations, Lennon Revealed weaves together insights and recollections from those who knew Lennon best to create a picture of the artist as a man, with all his faults, strengths, desires, and demons intact.”

I purchased my copy of Lennon Revealed at the Chicago Beatles festival in 2005; the cover features this stamp:


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Akira Kurosawa’s Films

For a few years now I’ve been a fan of movies directed by Akira Kurosawa. I was encouraged to watch Seven Samurai by a review I read in a movie book, and after enjoying that film, I followed the book’s referrals of others of Kurosawa’s films. I’ve now watched most of the films he directed and have added many to my DVD collection. I consider Akira Kurosawa the greatest of all film directors, passing my previous favorite Buster Keaton.

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