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Try to find the detective novel (with Gervaise Fen) by Edmund Crispin, "Love Lies Bleeding". You will find the story something you'd appreciate.

There is a list in "Wikipedia" of Lost Manuscripts that makes one really pause. By the way, we can expand this to lost movies (the complete versions of "The Magnificent Ambersoms" and of Von Stroheim's "Greed".

As for music - I'd wish somebody found the complete score of "Thespis, or, The Gods Grown Old" by Arthur Sullivan, (which was his contribution to the first Gilbert and Sullivan operetta). It's been lost (apparently) since the 1890s.

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This list covers lost literary works from Homer's comedy to Sylvia Plath's last, unfinished novel, so there is a good span of time covered in there.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-c...time-83373197/

As a librarian and literature major, I'd enjoy seeing Homer's "Margites" and the lost Shakespeare play "Cardenio" the most, but all of the titles on the list are intriguing.

It's interesting to learn how we know of the existence of some of these works-- because other people mentioned them in letters or other writings.

For the Ripper case, I'd like to find the missing inquest reports, the missing police files, and any other morgu photographs that might have existed. And, of course, more information on Mary Jeanette Kelly's identity and background.
Hi Pat,

There is an argument that "Cardenio" may have been found - read the article on it by "Wikipedia". Charles Hamilton, the New York City autograph and rare book dealer, believed he found the play in the 1980s, and even published his investigation and the renamed version of the play in that decade. But it has not gotten universal acceptance as of yet.

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G'Day GUT,

Try to find the detective novel (with Gervaise Fen) by Edmund Crispin, "Love Lies Bleeding". You will find the story something you'd appreciate.

There is a list in "Wikipedia" of Lost Manuscripts that makes one really pause. By the way, we can expand this to lost movies (the complete versions of "The Magnificent Ambersoms" and of Von Stroheim's "Greed".

As for music - I'd wish somebody found the complete score of "Thespis, or, The Gods Grown Old" by Arthur Sullivan, (which was his contribution to the first Gilbert and Sullivan operetta). It's been lost (apparently) since the 1890s.

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Lost music, how about the mini disc's McCartney had stollen while in Nigeria recording Band on The Run.
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Can't think of any lost movies.
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Can't think of any lost movies.
The Marx Brothers only silent movie, "Humorisk" vanished shortly after it was made in 1925. It would be curious to see it, although Groucho admitted he didn't recall it was very good. But then, his specialty was his verbal wit, not mime (Harpo's specialty). So one wonders if Groucho was just "grouchy" about how the film did not do much for him.

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The Marx Brothers only silent movie, "Humorisk" vanished shortly after it was made in 1925. It would be curious to see it, although Groucho admitted he didn't recall it was very good. But then, his specialty was his verbal wit, not mime (Harpo's specialty). So one wonders if Groucho was just "grouchy" about how the film did not do much for him.

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I didn't think of that one, but had heard of it.

How about radio plays, we had a comedy series here 'Yes What" the first few years went to air live some others were lost, would love to find them, loved it as a kid, in fact still do.
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Some of the "Doctor Who" episodes from the Sixties and Seventies are still missing, I believe.

Isn't there a Lon Chaney silent film called "London at Midnight" that is lost-- only some still photos remain?
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Some of the "Doctor Who" episodes from the Sixties and Seventies are still missing, I believe.

Isn't there a Lon Chaney silent film called "London at Midnight" that is lost-- only some still photos remain?
Tragically the last known copy of the film "London After Midnight" was burned up in a fire in the 1960s. You have to recall that many of the earliest films were on highly flamable stock (nitrate stock in the film) which not only could burn but frequently exploded over time, even with many precautions taken.

About 2009 a Halloween special aired on the Turner Classic Film network. Using the still existing screenplay, and stills from the film, a one hour "movie" documentary (for want of a better term) was made of "London After Midnight". Fortunately that script still existed, as well as the 1935 remake of the movie, "Mark of the Vampire" with Bela Lugosi, Lionel Barrymore, and Jean Hersholt. Although it can never take the place of the lost film, at least we can imagine what Chaney's performance was like (he played a "vampire" in the film, and images of his make-up as the vampire still exist: quite different and more excentric than that of Lugosi in "Dracula" or "Mark of the Vampire" (Lugosi's vampire is always played as a monster, but one who happens to be of noble birth - remember it is "Count" Dracula - so he moves rather majestically, as opposed to the odd movements Chaney apparently gave his vampire, who moved in a slouch manner, similar (oddly enough) to that used for humorous reasons in the 1930s by Groucho Marx). This special is still shown on TCM around Halloween, and it's worthwhile watching it.

Another lost silent film (there are more of these than lost sound ones) was the original 1926 version of "The Great Gatsby" which starred Warner Baxter as Gatsby, Neil Hamilton (the future "Commissioner Gordon" on the television series "Batman") as Nick Carraway (the narrator in the novel), and William Powell as the fellow who shoots Gatsby. [Powell, in silent films, usually played villains, not suave or funny leading men - his wonderful speaking voice changed the way he was cast in films when sound films came.] Ir actually got good reviews in 1926, based on it's adherence to a popular dramatization of the novel by dramatist Avery Hopwood. But we really can't tell unless a copy turns up. However, there is (oddly enough) an existing 1926 movie coming attractions for "The Great Gatsby" that survived. It shows many of the party scenes, and even a distant shot of Powell confronting the actress playing his wife - but showing all too little of it.

Still another is "The Way of All Flesh", which is genuinely unique. The first year or so of the Academy Awards, the candidates for the Oscars could be nominated for more than one film they appeared in or directed. Emil Jannings was nominated for his appearance as the Russian General in Josef von Stenberg's, "The Last Command" (which I highly recommend to you if you have never seen it), and for his role of the father in "The Way of All Flesh". This latter film is not based on the 19th Century novel "Ernest Pontifex, or The Way of All Flesh" by Samuel Butler (author of "Erewhon") which is still read in some college curriculums on Victorian novels. This one is about a father who has a loving family, but has to abandon it due to committing a crime (I won't go into the details), so that he only appears at the conclusion to watch the wedding of his son through a window in a street, years after he vanished (an ending that sounds very much like that of Barbara Stanwyck's turn in "Stella Dallas" a decade later). Actually a bit of the film has been recovered (about seven minutes or so) showing the conclusion. Jannings, whatever his later devil's deal working for UFA for Josef Goebbels and the Nazis as their leading star, was a terrific actor, and won the Oscar for these two performances. Even the fragment from "The Way of All Flesh is worth looking at for the pathos he brings to the characterization. But the rest of the film (way over an hour of movie) is missing, probably forever. As of this date it is the only movie performance (in it's entirety) that was nominated for an Oscar that has vanished.

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Hi, Pcdunn.


Yes, Pat, according to an old discussion thread on archive.org, the last known print of the film was lost to a 1967 fire at the MGM vaults. There have been recent rumours about it having survived in other formats such as 16mm or kinescope but these have mostly been hoaxes or April Fools jokes.
It was a very popular movie in its day and pulled in almost five times its production budget. Because it was widely shown at the time and had an international release, there is the tantalising possibility that a 'borrowed' copy could be withering away in a dusty cellar or attic somewhere. However, to the best of my knowledge, no copy has ever been discovered.
By happenstance and perhaps fittingly for this forum, "London after Midnight" also featured as a plot point in the third season of the British television series 'Whitechapel', when a lost print of it is discovered.

To anyone interested, the book which Jeff recommended, 'The Scholar Adventurers', is available in PDF format from the Ohio State University library here: - http://kb.osu.edu/dspace/handle/1811/708



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Hi Jeff

from my point of view there are several sets of information i wish were available:

From a Ripperology point of view any records relating to Aaron Kosminski and his whereabouts from November 88 until September/October 89 would be very revealing.(was he in any sort of asylum for instance during any of that time) such could possible seal the case for or against him.

Any records relating to him while he was locked away would also be of interest, but I fear that such were destroyed within the last 30-40 years following the closure of the old hospitals.

On non ripper stuff, the dream would be documents from the Amarna Period, be those in stone, clay or papyrus, which give some indication of the linkages within the royal family at the time, the recent DNA results on this are far from convincing in my view.


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