The Fog of Lost London, Part 1 — 8 Comments

  1. Thanks, Dorian! Needless to say, you're one of the new friends I wanted to share these year-old posts with, so I'm glad you're enjoying them so far. I hope you like the rest as well.

  2. Jim, you had me at "a novelization of a silent movie of an opera"! 🙂 Like many movie fans, I've always been curious about LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT and attempts to try to reconstruct it. Amazing how wordy silent movies could be! 🙂 But seriously, I'm quite intrigued, and I plan to read the other 3 installments by reading one installment each day, so it'll feel like I'm following a serial. I'm enjoying this so far; great job of writing and research, as always!

  3. Welcome, Victoria; delighted to hear from a member of Mrs. Rask's family. I knew nothing about her beyond reading London After Midnight (before coming into my hands, my copy once belonged to one Paulyne Frances Rowell) and the references I found to your great aunt having also written Sparrows and La Boheme. If you care to share any biographical information about her, I'll be happy to include an update to my text.

  4. Hi, I just stumbled on your blog, Marie Coolidge Rask was my great aunt. While I never got to meet her (she died before I was born) my father said she was a lovely woman.

    It's so nice to see people still appreciate her work.

  5. I suspect you may be right, Kevin. Mori of Variety was certainly not overly impressed. And one thing I've noticed from reading Variety's reviews over the decades is that they are invariably astute, regardless of who is writing. Variety's assessments of individual pictures tend to hold up quite well 70, 80, even 90 years later; I have not always observed this to be the case with the New York Times.

  6. William K. Everson was probably the last person to have seen "London After Midnight," having arranged a screening at the MGM in the '50s. "Disappointing" was the operative word. This jibes with Forry Ackerman's memory of having seen it on its original releasd.