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Suzanna
(1923)
 

This feature comedy, produced by Mack Sennett and directed by F. Richard Jones, stars Mabel Normand, with support from George Nichols, Walter McGrail, Leon Barry and Eric Mayne.

2004 Unknown Video DVD edition

The Unseen Silents (1918-1923), black & white, 58 minutes total, not rated,
including Suzanna (1923), black & white, 37 minutes, not rated.

Unknown Video, no catalog number, unknown UPC number.
Full-frame 4:3 NTSC, one single-sided, single-layered DVD-R disc, Region 0, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, chapter stops, standard DVD keepcase, $18.95.
DVD release date: 22 November 2004.
Country of origin: USA

This edition of Suzanna (1923) has been mastered from a good quality but incomplete 35mm print that is flat gray. The video transfer has a big vertical block of black (and some white) to the left of the picture, and we suspect that some of the right-hand part of the picture is masked off. The DVD appears to have been mastered from a copy of Unknown Video’s 1999 VHS videotape release of the collection The Unseen Silents. The source print may have had foreign language intertitles as all of the intertitles here are reset in English on a crude video-based system.

The presentation features a low-fidelity electric organ musical accompaniment performed by Bob Vaughn.

Also included is a nearly-complete Harold Lloyd comedy, and the surviving footage of a William S. Hart western with Lon Chaney as the villain.

 
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Other MABEL NORMAND films available on home video.
 
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