Last Friday I mentioned in a post that Grapevine Video, a mom-and-pop video business that specializes in silent and early sound films, was offering a weekend special on one of its releases—the 1922 movie version of Washington Irving’s classic short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Titled The Headless Horseman, it stars Will Rogers as
Silent Era website Grapevine’s copy is mastered from a 16mm print released by the company in 2002. (ReelClassicsDVD.com also offers a disc version of the public domain movie that sells for a bit more but you get an original Ben Model score with it and two Ub Iwerks cartoon shorts instead of the Lloyd comedy, Spooks [1931; with Flip the Frog] and The Headless Horseman .) Considering that the public domain version sold by Alpha Video only runs 51 minutes (it’s supplemented with surviving footage from a 1921 Italian feature, The Mechanical Man) I think I got a pretty nice deal.