Kendra Steiner Editions

February 15, 2019

Kickstarter fund for the release of 7 BILL AND BOB silent Western adventure shorts (1920-22), with the adolescent Bob Steele

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 6:57 pm

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Great news….Grapevine Video (I’ve been buying films from them since the 1980’s and the VHS era) has a new Kickstarter project to release 7 of the legendary 1-reel ADVENTURES OF BILL AND BOB silent shorts, dating from 1920-22 and originally released by Pathe. These are the earliest films of future Western star BOB STEELE (real name Bob Bradbury, Jr.), who is paired with his twin brother Bill….and the films were directed by a western great himself, Robert N. Bradbury, Bob’s father, perhaps best-known for directing 12 of the 16  John Wayne ‘Lone Star’ westerns in the 1933-35 period.

As a lifelong fan of Bob Steele and his director father, I have been wanting to see some of these since I first heard of them 40+ years ago….now, we finally can, thanks to our friends at Grapevine Video in Arizona. The shorts seem to be focused on the boys’ outdoor adventures–fishing, investigating wildlife in their area, tracking and trapping animals, etc.

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If you get in on the ground floor, you can guarantee the release of these films AND get your own DVD copy for only $15 postpaid (it goes up to $20 after the initial period). The campaign ends on Monday 18 March 2019.

Here is the link for the Kickstarter project: 1920-22 BILL AND BOB film shorts

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I’m very much looking forward to experiencing these rare shorts when they are released…I’m sure Mary Anne and I will get a bottle of champagne and make an evening of it (freshly made guacamole will, I hope, also be involved!), transporting ourselves back 99 years with the richness of detail and immediacy than only the cinema can provide. Director Robert N. Bradbury was a master director of B-westerns, so it will be exciting to see what he can do with outdoor shorts in the early 1920’s….and since these films star his own children, I’m guessing he will bring his A-game to them!

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