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Paul Killiam was an entertainer, film historian, and collector. He was a pioneer in film preservation and the reintroduction of old films to the viewing public during the television era. He amassed a large and valuable collextiom of films. His collection was sold to various buyers after his death.
He performed on The Steve Allen Show delivering a comedic monologue about his film company and then delivering contemporary narration over silent film footage from a film about cave dweller era relations. He hosted the Paul Killiam Show which festured a similar format of comedic introduction followed by ridiculous narration of old films including from the Thomas Alva Edison Studio.
An orchestra purchased some of the films in his collection.
He hosted the show Hour of Silents.
His film company lost a suit over the film rights to The Son of the Sheik.
In 1983, The New York Times reported on his activities.
- Tribune, Donald Liebenson Special to the. "LISTEN UP". chicagotribune.com.
- Slide, Anthony (August 7, 2000). "Nitrate Won't Wait: A History of Film Preservation in the United States". McFarland – via Google Books.
- "PAUL KILLIAM SHOW". Vimeo.
- "The old 'Phantom' rises from the dead -- in living color -- with a new score". www.sfgate.com. April 21, 2005.
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