The Blu-ray release of Herbert Blaché’s The Saphead (1920) is the latest addition to Kino’s extensive catalog of Buster Keaton films. The Saphead holds the distinction of being Keaton’s first feature length motion picture. Prior to this movie, he starred in a number of two-reel shorts with dear friend and mentor Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle. The Saphead is adapted from Winchell Smith’s stage play The New Henrietta, which starred Douglas Fairbanks. When Metro Studios began casting for the film, Fairbanks was asked to recreate his role as the dim-witted, well-meaning Bertie Van Alstyne. He declined and suggested Keaton for the part.
March-in-March starts tomorrow! In celebration, I am giving away a copy of William Wellman’s A Star is Born, starring Fredric March and Janet Gaynor. After years of poor quality transfers, fans of this film will appreciate the exceptional quality of the new Kino Classics release. The winner of the giveaway will have his/her choice of either the Bluray or DVD versions.