Napoleon's Barber (1928)

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    • Napoleon's Barber (1928)

      NAPOLEON'S BARBER

      DIRECTED BY JOHN FORD
      FOX FILM CORPORATION



      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      About an anarchistic French barber (Frank Reicher) who regales his customers with stories of his deep-abiding hatred for Emperor Napoleon (Otto Mattiesen). After telling his latest patron of the horrible fate that awaits Napoleon should the emperor ever enter the barbershop, our hero is somewhat taken aback to discover that he's been shaving "the Little Corporal" himself!

      Full Cast
      Otto Matieson ... Napoleon
      Natalie Golitzen ... Empress Josephine
      Frank Reicher ... Napoleon's Barber
      Helen Ware ... The Barber's Wife
      Philippe De Lacy ... The Barber's Son
      D'Arcy Corrigan ... Tailor
      Russ Powell ... Blacksmith
      Michael Mark ... Peasant
      Buddy Roosevelt ... French Officer
      Ervin Renard ... French Officer
      Youcca Troubetzkov ... French Officer
      Joseph Waddell ... French Officer
      Henry Hebert ... Soldier

      Writing Credits
      Arthur Caesar play
      Arthur Caesar screenplay

      Cinematography
      George Schneiderman.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: John Ford- Napoleon's Barber (1928)

      Napoleon's Barber is a 1928 short drama film,
      and filmed in the Fox Movietone sound-on-film system.
      From the play Napoleon’s Barber by Arthur Caesar
      The film, Ford's first talkie, is now considered to be a lost film.

      New York Times Review
      Director John Ford made his talking-picture debut
      with the 3-reel (32-minute) Fox "featurette"
      Napoleon's Barber.
      Faithfully adapted from a vaudeville sketch by Arthur Caesar,
      the film is little more than a shaggy-dog story.

      Napoleon's Barber was used to test the efficiency of the Fox Movietone system
      in "exterior" dialogue sequences, a test which the equipment passed with flying colors.
      The sound recording was less effective during the interior scenes,
      moving one critic to remark that the characters' voices seemed to be emanating
      from their vest pockets.
      The film was the first in a series of Movietone short subjects
      which were ballyhooed by Fox as "feature films in themselves";
      the series came to an ignominious end in 1929
      with a group of poorly received Clark and McCullough comedies
      by Hal Erickson, Rovi
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().