John Kelso

John K. Kelso
Motion Picture Archivist - Historian - Consultant

Read the Wichita Eagle Interview

Read John's Review of Wings (1927)

Read John's Top 10 Lists

Read 100 Years of Favorite Feature Films

Read My Fifty-Year Love Affair with D.W. Griffith's Eighth Wonder of the World, The Birth of a Nation

A member of the JKK - John's Kinema Klub. I fell in love with movies when I was six. Since then, I've viewed more than 20,000 features.

Wichita's Biggest "Phantom Menace Fan!! with 170 Viewings

Want to know something about movies? Ask me.
If you don't receive an email answer to your question within a few days, please call 1-316-682-3286 M-F between 8 am - 6 pm CST
  • I've met such celebrities as Mrs. Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Leonard Maltin, James Karen, Kenneth Mars, Gaylord Carter, Edie Adams, and Dan Kamin. Film historians I have met are Kevin Brownlow, Russell Merritt, Bruce Lawton, David Shepard, John C. Tibbetts, and Wichita film notables, J.B. Kaufman, Jim Erickson, Bill Shaffer in Topeka Kansas, Brittany Valente of Novi Michigan, and Paul Girrucki of Cinemuseum, LLC.
  • My special interest is the film period 1888-1935. D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915) is my favorite film, and I believe that Griffith is the finest director in film history. His Intolerance (1916), Broken Blossoms (1919) and Way Down East (1920) still amaze and thrill audiences today.
  • I have worked as a production assistant in Kansas on My Name is Legend with Duke Kelly, and watched the Long Beach, California filming of Robert Mitchum's Farewell My Lovely (1975). I have attended all twenty-three Keaton Film Festivals in Iola, Kansas, and sixteen silent film festivals in Topeka, Kansas, plus the Parsons, Kansas ZaSu Pitts Festival in April 1998 and 1999.
  • I have spent many hours researching film history and am currently looking for work in the film industry.
  • I am available for film festivals or lectures.
    I have given a lecture at Georgetown Retirement Village in Wichita, KS on "The Silent Film: A Lost Art"

What's Wrong With Today's Film


$$ Will pay top dollar for Pioneer and Sony Laserdisc players $$
Laser Disk players must be in good shape and come with the original remote and Instruction booklet.

Also wanted: VHS Hi-Fi Stereo 4 head machines
(Sony, JVC Toshiba only)

The same is wanted on the 4 head VHS Hi-Fi Stereo machines. They must play and record in Hi-Fi. No Mono VHS machines.

Also wanted: Laserdisc movies
and unusual movies on VHS tape

Also wanted on DVD
7th Heaven (1927)
B/W The River, from the Murnau, Borzage and Fox set, or the complete set.

Wanted on 16mm, DVD-R, DVD+R or VHS
Ben Hur (1925) recut film sound print with music and sound effects.
The Big Parade (1925) 1930 recut film sound print with music by Dr. William Axt and sound effects.
Don't want the 1930 sound version that has been on TCM 3 times with the original score by Dr. William Axt and sound effects cut off the film and replaced by the 1988 score by Charles Davis.

Contact me by phone please: (316) 682-3286

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