Love those newspaper ads, Randall! Always so much to pour over. Not just the move showings, but the various night spots, the ads for phonograph records, etc. Although this time the comic-strips also caught my eye. There's "Winnie Winkle" on the top, which was still around in our local newspaper, decades later. A long-running strip you don't hear much about these days. There was actually a series of filmed short-comedies based on "Winnie Winkle" in the late-1920s, produced by the Weiss Brothers. None were included in VCI's "Weiss-a-Rama" dvd collection, and I hope this doesn't mean they don't survive. If they do, I'm assuming Kit Parker has them. I'm rather curious about them. Weiss also had that series of comedy shorts based on another (early-era) strip, "Hairbreadth Harry," a somewhat hokey parody of the old-style melodramas. Several of these float around. I've seen a number of them. They're not necessarily all that great, but they do sport a lot of marvelous, atmospheric location-work in their many chase sequences. I guess I've always been intrigued by film series based on comic-strips. An interest probably originating in my long-time affection for Columbia's "Blondie" series, not to mention the dozen or more chapterplays based on adventure strips. The success of "Blondie" is likely what inspired Columbia to try out a "Tillie the Toiler" (1942) film, which I'd be curious to see (even if the leading man is William Tracy, who made such a goofy hash out of Terry in the "Terry and the Pirates" serial). Never seen the film, nor the earlier version of "Tillie the Toiler" (1927), an A-budget MGM affair with Marion Davies. But I have seen Fox's "Dixie Dugan" (1943) film, based on another popular, long-running 'girl' strip. The movie was rather average at best, and had a wartime Washington DC backdrop. There'd also been an earlier version of Dixie Dugan, with Alice White playing her in "Show Girl" (1928) and "Show Girl in Hollywood" (1930), the latter sometimes appearing on TCM. Quite a different portrayal of Dugan between the 1920s and 1940s. I wonder if that was the case with the strip itself also. I have a couple of 1940s Dixie Dugan comics books, comprised of reprints, but not ones that went that far back. I guess the one that got the whole ball rolling was Colleen Moore's "Ella Cinders" (1926). The film itself has very commonly circulated for decades, although its the short/edited Kodascope home-viewer version. I hope the complete version is extant. I really don't know. My grandmother always professed a liking for the Ella Cinders strip, and even though well into adulthood, she purchased a 1940 vintage comic book devoted to Cinders strip reprints. I found it in her attic forty years later, and happily read it and added it to my collection. There was also a "Harold Teen" (1928) film, starring a younger Arthur Lake, ten years before he became Dagwood. The later Hal LeRoy version of "Harold Teen" (1934) is another that occasionally pops up on TCM. Similarly, MGM had a big-budget version of "Bringing Up Father" (1928), while Monogram much later initiated its cheapo series (in 1946), with Joe Yule and Renie Riano. The last one of them, "Jiggs and Maggie Out West" (1950) used to show up quite a bit on tv in the 1980s, believed (apparently incorrectly) to be a PD item. I still have a copy on VHS somewhere. I think Monogram's "Joe Palooka" series from the same time was a hair better, but still no great shakes. Monogram's earlier "Tailspin Tommy" films are mild but decent. But the studio's two "Snuffy Smith" films were the pits. I know I'm probably forgetting a lot of other examples (how did I get onto this subject?), even while specifically omitting the many 'serial' based titles. There was that independent "Li'l Abner" (1940), released thru RKO, which was very weird and very weak (although I always thought pretty Martha O'Driscoll absolutely nailed the Daisy Mae character). There were the two "Little Orphan Annie" features in the 1930s, first with the popular Mitzi Green (who seems a bit boisterous for the character) in 1932, and then with Ann Gillis (who passed away not all that long ago) in 1938. Anybody ever see the Gillis one? I don't recall ever encountering it anywhere. One of the more forgotten film adaptions of a strip is the late-1920s "Toots and Caspar" shorts, released through FBO. I have an original FBO campaign book from its last (1928-29) season, and it has a colorful, one-page advertisement for the series. Can't forget Columbia's two "Gasoline Alley" films from the early-1950s, either. I rather liked them. Well, that's more than enough tangential rambling, but I've always been a bit fascinated by this movie/comic nexus. Dang, and I didn't even bring up "Red Ryder" (which would arguably be the most fitting and relevant example for this thread!).