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John K. Kelso

John K. Kelso

Motion Picture Archivist - Historian - Consultant
P.O. Box 8781
Wichita, Kansas 67208-0781

(316) 267-2168

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A member of the Damfino's, the International Buster Keaton Society, and the Charlie Chaplin Film Company, I fell in love with movies when I was six. Since then, I've viewed more than 13,800 features.

Want to know something about movies? Ask me.

  • I've met such celebrities as Mrs. Buster Keaton, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Leonard Maltin, James Karen, Kenneth Mars, and Dan Kamin. Film historians I have met are Russell Merritt, Bruce Lawton, David Shepard, and Wichita film notable, J.B. Kaufman.
  • 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) andWay 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 just finished working on a project for the Pawnee Plaza Theaters in Wichita for their showing of Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi and have attended all five Keaton Film Festivals in Iola, Kansas. I have spent many hours researching film history. 

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