The Signal Tower
We are delighted to make The Signal Tower available to SFSFF members until Sunday, April 4.
In 2019, SFSFF collaborated on a major restoration with Photoplay Productions Ltd. of London to return Clarence Brown’s superb The Signal Tower to the silver screen. No 35mm copies of this important title existed, so restorers Robert Byrne (SFSFF) and Patrick Stanbury and Kevin Brownlow (Photoplay) worked with surviving 16mm elements. Materials were scanned at 4K resolution, the image digitally repaired, and a 35mm black-and-white negative created from which prints were struck that were then dye tinted by specialist chemists in Prague. A truly international endeavor—with beautiful 35mm preservation prints at the Library of Congress in D.C. and Photoplay in London to prove it!
This thrilling drama, set deep in the redwood forest of Mendocino on the Fort Bragg railroad line, pits a decent family against terrifying forces—a runaway train and Wallace Beery! Maestro Stephen Horne has created a brilliant musical score to accompany this beautiful restoration.
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