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Post Info TOPIC: Kansas City Museum Movie Stills Identified, I'm Pretty Sure.


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Kansas City Museum Movie Stills Identified, I'm Pretty Sure.

I'm pleased with and proud of this bit of detective work, even though a bit of luck was involved.

These photos appear on the Kansas City Museum site:




They're on page 14 of the search results. The caption accompanying each of them says, "Probably a film still; film unknown."

I didn't recognise any of them. So I was just sitting thinking about Great War films in general, and suddenly remembered that, ages ago, I posted this:

Made in 1927. An American prizefighter who joins up and goes to fight in France, and, of course, performs heroics, etc.

At the time I tried to find out more, but didn't come up with anything. The film wasn't on the Net at the time. So in an idle moment I thought I'd see if anything had come to light in the meantime.

It has. It's on the Net now.

The tanks first appear at 1.31.25, passing in the background, being carried on lorries. Then a few seconds later, this. Compare with 2nd picture down:


There then follows a prolonged and excellent battle sequence, U.S. troops and many tanks versus entrenched German infantry (At 1.36.41 a tank can be seen toppling sideways into a trench. Doesn't appear to be intentional)

This is a publicity shot captioned "The Patent Leather Kid - A First National Picture." Compare with top picture.


And a billpost. Again, compare with top picture:


So I think that's game, set, and match. A bit of happenstance on my part, but I think it's safe to enlighten the Kansas City Museum. And the tank battle is a great piece of work. Considering the way old favourite, anachronistic footage keeps turning up, it's a pity this doesn't get more use. (OK, ignoring the fact they're not FTs)


"Sometimes things that are not true are included in Wikipedia. While at first glance that may appear like a very great problem for Wikipedia, in reality is it not. In fact, it's a good thing." - Wikipedia.


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Excellent work - I'll have to give the film a watch!

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