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#4441 of 4805 williampl7@aol.com

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Posted February 04 2014 - 02:30 PM

Always happy to see more Cagney films!



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Posted February 04 2014 - 06:09 PM

Thanks Rob, and you purchased Jimmy Stewart directly from the Warner Archive?

Yes, I purchased it directly from Warner Archive on release day.



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Posted February 04 2014 - 07:16 PM

SO HAPPY ABOUT "smiling through" and "Barrets of Wimpole"! Two new best picture nominees!!!!

So greatfull I sent a heartfelt message to warner archives on their Facebook page asking about "test pilot", "Disraeli", "trader Horn", and other best pic Noms. I got a generic reply, but they said "more of my favorites are on the way!"

Best pic Noms aren't my favorites, I just collect them, but... I hope they do release more of them soon.
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Posted February 05 2014 - 09:07 AM

I'm annoyed by the months-long desert of animation releases. If these were truly among the most profitable and popular of WAC releases, you'd think we would have seen or heard something, ANYTHING by now.

 

They hate cartoons.



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Posted February 05 2014 - 12:03 PM

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Dear Ken ... "They hate cartoons." Isn't that going a bit overboard? They seem to go in cycles, and right now we're seeing more old classics released. I've been called out for posting "Yawn" after a dearth of films in which I was interested, and rightly so. I'd be very surprised if more cartoons aren't in the offing. Good things do come to those who wait ...


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Posted February 05 2014 - 01:16 PM

The films noir are all pretty good, esp. if you are a George Raft fan. Nocturne has a particularly noirish opening, reminiscent of the opening shot of Black Angel.
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Posted February 05 2014 - 01:52 PM

 Good things do come to those who wait ...

 

Vitaphone Shorts, Warner Brothers Shorts, MGM Shorts, RKO Radio Shorts.


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Posted February 05 2014 - 03:03 PM

Vitaphone Shorts, Warner Brothers Shorts, MGM Shorts, RKO Radio Shorts.


Unfortunantly Warner does not own the RKO shorts. They were sold off to a company named Guild Films in the 50's and were then licensed to local TV stations. Guild has been absorbed over the years and the films that are not in public domain reside in some family trust. That does not know what they own or care.
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Posted February 05 2014 - 03:48 PM

Unfortunantly Warner does not own the RKO shorts. They were sold off to a company named Guild Films in the 50's and were then licensed to local TV stations. Guild has been absorbed over the years and the films that are not in public domain reside in some family trust. That does not know what they own or care.

 

Thanks Allen,

That is indeed disappointing news.

 

RKO did make some really entertaining shorts.

They used directors such as George Stevens, Mark Sandrich and Jean Yarbrough.

Stars included Betty Grable, Ruth Etting and Tony Martin among others.

Of course the Edgar Kennedy and the Leon Errol comedies were gems.

 

I've a feeling that some of the Leon Errol shorts were released on DVD a while back.

 

Maybe the RKO Shorts will emerge at some time.

One can only hope.

 

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Posted February 05 2014 - 03:54 PM



I've a feeling that some of the Leon Errol shorts were released on DVD a while back.


They have some releases on DVD from VCI and Alpha/Gotham (as recently as November 2013), which means they are either public domain or assumed to be.

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Posted February 05 2014 - 04:43 PM

They've have some releases on DVD from VCI and Alpha/Gotham (as recently as November 2013), which means they are either public domain or assumed to be.

 

http://www.filmaf.co...on errol*rgn_us

 

Thanks Brandon.

 

"I've a feeling that some of the Leon Errol shorts were released on DVD a while back"

 

You know you have too many DVDs when you forget what you already have.

A quick search found The Leon Errol Two-Reeler Comedy Collection already in my DVD collection.

 

Being public Domain the shorts are generally very soft with less than perfect sound.

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It would be terrific if Warner Archives could obtain and release these shorts using pristine source material.

 

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Posted February 05 2014 - 05:37 PM

Yes, most of the RKO shorts that get released do so by being (presumably) PD.  Unlike some other PD content most of the RKO short DVD offerings are almost always of poor quality.  However, this is likely all we'll ever get barring some massive collectors' effort.

 

It would be great if WB managed to buy out the license holders.  At least then there would be some hope of getting definitive releases of these from their source elements.  But that will probably never happen.



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Posted February 06 2014 - 03:23 PM

In the mid-'80's, Orion Television was trying to sell a syndicated family series called "THAT'S FUNNY," which was conceived around a package of RKO comedy shorts. As such, I am inclined to believe that they are now in MGM's hands.


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Posted February 06 2014 - 03:34 PM

In the mid-'80's, Orion Television was trying to sell a syndicated family series called "THAT'S FUNNY," which was conceived around a package of RKO comedy shorts. As such, I am inclined to believe that they are now in MGM's hands.


I have heard that, and you are probably correct. The shorts changed many hands over the years since RKO sold them. But MGM having control is not a comforting thought.
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Posted February 10 2014 - 09:59 PM

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FREE AND EASY (1930)
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I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS (1951)
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MARINE BOY: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON (1966-67)
BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
I'LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS
THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
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Posted February 10 2014 - 10:12 PM

Whaaaat?  They actually released the Spanish version of Free and Easy?  Now there's a rarely seen Keaton film, and a real reason to double dip.


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Posted February 11 2014 - 12:37 AM

Same here. Keaton in Spanish. What a treat for me! Double dip indeed!



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Posted February 11 2014 - 08:14 AM

Coming on February 18.  Up for pre-ordering...

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Samuel “Shemp Howard” Horowitz wrote his own rules for comedy from the very beginning. Heckling his way into brother Moe’s “rough house” act with Ted Healy, Shemp was an original Stooge. After Larry Fine filled out the team, fame beckoned, but Shemp balked at playing second banana to Healy and lit out on his own as a Vitaphone player. Shemp quickly rose from bit parts in shorts like Gobs of Fun to supporting player alongside Daphne Pollard and Harry Gribbon (and even pro baseball’s famous Dean brothers), and went on to steal the show in the Joe Palooka series based on the hit comic strip. Shemp’s character of Knobby Walsh quickly became the comedic center of the series, and Shemp emerged as a new king of comedy. Hollywood beckoned Shemp away from the east coast confine of Vitaphone out west, where he carved out a comfortable spot as a film comedian until fare and fate and family compelled him to return to his roots in The Three Stooges. Here’s to Shemp!



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Posted February 11 2014 - 09:45 AM

Coming on February 18.  Up for pre-ordering...

 

Vitaphone Comedy Collection Volume 2: Shemp Howard 1933-1937? Sold!

 

There are also three more for preorder, 2 Joan Crawfords, Our Blushing Brides and I Live My Life, and the long, looong awaited release of What Price Hollywood? which is no doubt newly and painstakingly remastered as it had been outspokenly passed over due to poor elements over the years.


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Posted February 11 2014 - 12:00 PM

Whaaaat?  They actually released the Spanish version of Free and Easy?  Now there's a rarely seen Keaton film, and a real reason to double dip.

 

Makes me wish the movie wasn't so outright terrible...


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