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United Artists James FitzPatrick short subject travelogue documentary

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#21 Jlewis

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Posted 02 September 2016 - 03:05 PM

FitzPatrick Pictures:

 

Before he began making his Traveltalks for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (see my Shorties Checklist for MGM), James FitzPatrick had his own independent company distributing on a states rights basis much as Walt Disney did his shorties in the 1920s before Columbia Pictures helped him out.

 

A cluster of his earliest Traveltalks and musical composer biographies can be viewed here: http://www.travelfil...?filmmaker_id=9

 

FitzPatrick is most famous for filming MGM's Traveltalks in the glorious rainbow starting in 1934, but he was already dabbling with Technicolor several years earlier. His first experiment in the 2-color system was a section of a 1929 short listed below called People Born In September. Then, according to Film Daily (April 6, 1930), he filmed his first all-Technicolor short Mary's Little Lamb. However I am not certain if this was ever released. All of his other shorts listed below are all one-reel and in glorious black and white.

 

 

American Holidays

 

With music by Nathaniel Shilkret, these only ran 3-5 minutes each, only slightly longer than commercials.

 

  • Labor Day / August 26, 1929

  • Columbus Day / September 21, 1929

  • Thanksgiving Day / October 15, 1929

  • Christopher Columbus (Columbus Day) / November 6, 1929 (week previewed) Animated sequences by "Hall Studios" (Alex Hall & Virginia May)

  • Christmas And New Years / November 9, 1929

  • Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln's Birthday) / February 12, 1930 Clay animation sequence by Virginia May (per Film Daily December 23, 1929)

  • George Washington (Washington's Birthday) / February 22, 1930 Also claymation sequences by Virginia May

  • Mother's Day / May 7, 1930 (Variety review)

  • Independence Day / June 15, 1930 (completion week) Claymation sequences by Alexander Hall & Virginia May

  • Armistice Day / October 16, 1930 (week completed per Film Daily) Animated sequences by "Hall Studios" (Alex Hall & Virginia May) Started production in November 1929

  • Thanksgiving Day / November 16, 1930 (Film Daily previews mentioned)

  • Origin Of Christmas / December 1, 1930 (completion date)

  • Memorial Day / May 31, 1931 (Film Daily review)

 

 

Famous Music Masters

 

As the Famous Music Masters, these were initially silent films with theater orchestration supplied. Yet soundtracks were added and some new footage shot to adapt them to the talkie era.

 

  • Love Lyrics Of India / October 1926

  • Ethelbert Nevin / November 1926

  • Songs Of Southern States / December 1926

  • Jacques Bizet / January 1927

  • Robert Schumann / February 1927

  • Rossini (Gioacchino Rossini) / May 1927

  • Four Indian Love Lyrics / June 1927

  • Johannes Brahms / July 1927

  • Johann Strauss (music: Emanuel Bauer) / 8+m / August 23, 1929 (approximate preview)

  • Franz Litz (music: Hugo Riesenfeld & Nathanial Finston) / 11+m / November 3, 1929 (week completed)

  • Georges Bizet (singer: Olga Albani; music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 11+m / November 20, 1929 (Film Daily previews mentioned)

  • Johannes Brahams (music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 6+m / November 24, 1929 (Film Daily review)

  • Chopin (Frederick Chopin) (music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 11+m / March 18, 1930

  • Handel (George Frideric Handel) (music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 11+m / March 18, 1930

  • Ludwig Van Beethoven (music: Hugo Riesenfeld & Nathanial Finston) / 8m / April 19, 1930 (Motion Picture News review)

  • Felix Mendelssohn (music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 9+m / November 1930

  • Guiseppe Verdi / 10m / November 29, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review)

  • Gioacchino Rossini (music: Nathaniel Shilkret) / 9+m / December 20, 1931 (Film Daily review)

 

 

Movie Horoscope

 

This oddball series profiled the famous by month and the ensemble featured were Billy Faye, Louise Seger and Prince Zanzimar, the popular India astrologer. Music was by Nathaniel Shilkret.

 

  • People Born In August / 9+m / August 2, 1929 (completion date)

  • People Born In September / part Technicolor-11+m / August 23, 1929 (week completed)

  • People Born In October / 11m / September 29, 1929 (Film Daily review)

  • People Born In November / 8+m / October 3, 1929

  • People Born In December / 8+m / October 28, 1929

  • People Born In January / 10+m / December 1, 1929

  • People Born In February / 10+m / January 1930

  • People Born In March / 10+m / February 1930

  • People Born In April / 8+m / April 9, 1930 (Variety review)

  • People Born In May / 9m / May 7, 1930 (Variety review)

  • People Born In June / 11m / May 1930

  • People Born In July / 8+m / registered for UK release per Kinematographic Year Book, February 25, 1930

 

 

Traveltalks

 

These were initially edited at the 729 7th Ave. recording facilities in New York City starting July 5, 1929 (per Film Daily) and on July 19, he announced these all-sound (actually his narration and Nathaniel Shilkret's music only) with a full page spread in that magazine. The earliest films were filmed by FitzPatrick himself, then Hubert Dawley assisted on his January through May 1930 tour.

 

MGM first handled Burton Holmes' travelogues in 1930-31, which competed against these independently produced Traveltalks along with Fox's Magic Carpet, Pathé (and later RKO) “Vagabond Adventures” and Vitaphone-Warner's E.M. Newman travelogues. Then FitzPatrick secured a lucrative contract with MGM for the fall 1931 season and remained a staple on Metro's shortie program through the 1953-54 season.

 

  • From Barcelona To Valencia / 11+m / July 18, 1929 These Spanish visits were shot in February and March of 1929

  • From Granada To Toledo / 11+m / September 1, 1929 (Film Daily review)

  • From Valencia to Granada / 11+m / September 21, 1929

  • In Old Madrid / 8+m / November 29, 1929

  • Bombay The Gateway To India / 8+m / June 6, 1930 (Film Daily review)

  • Egypt, Land Of The Pyramids / 8+m / June 22, 1930 (Film Daily review)

  • Gateway To India / 8+m / July 9, 1930 (Variety review) Visit to Bombay

  • Picturesque Hong Kong / 9+m / July 16, 1930 (Variety review)

  • The Imperial City / 9+m / August 23, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald) This Traveltalk visits Beijing and the Great Wall. FitzPatrick traveled to China on his S.S. Columbus (starting January 1930 and reaching China by April 6th per Film Daily).

  • The Island Empire / 8+m / September 6, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review) Tour of Japan.

  • Temple Of Love / 13+m / September 6, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review) India

  • Charming Ceylon / 8+m / November 16, 1930 (week ending)

  • Japan In Cherry Blossom Time / 9+m / November 16, 1930 (week ending)

  • Java, The Fragrant Isle / 8+m / November 30, 1930 (Film Daily review)

  • From Honolulu To Havana / 9+m / December 1930

  • Siam To Korea / 9+m / January 3, 1931



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Posted 02 September 2016 - 02:58 PM

Now for some Burton Holmes and his comrade-in-arms André de La Varre...

 

I covered many of Burton Holmes travelogues on my Paramount Shorties Checklist, spanning the years 1915 through 1922. Alphabetical titles can be found here: http://forums.tcm.co...list-paramount/

 

In addition, there are a cluster in 1930-31 for MGM, also intermixed with MGM's other stuff from A to Z: http://forums.tcm.co...-checklist-mgm/

 

Sorry. I should make these easier for you folks by posting all of his films here, but...

 

There is a nifty examination of his career and filmography here to please y'all: http://www.burtonholmes.org/ (Both he and I have been exchanging our notes in emails to try to get his filmography as accurate as possible.) Unfortunately like any great filmmaker who isn't Alfred Hitchcock or George Lucas, he never received enough study by film enthusiasts and there is still plenty of archeological “digging” to do. Fortunately his lectures are well taken care of here, beginning with his color slide presentations of 1892, moving on to film by 1897: http://www.burtonhol.../travlist1.html

 

Some of his theatrically distributed silent films, made after his Paramount contract:

 

  • A Trip Around The World / ?m / March 27, 1922 (per Film Daily) Made for Bureau of Education of New York City

  • Burton Holmes Text Films (National Non-Theatrical M.P.) / 5 shorts supposedly completed by February 28, 1922 (per Film Daily)

  • War Of The Wooden Soldiers / May 15, 1923

  • Jack And The Beanstalk / May 22, 1923

  • Peat Logging With Elephants (produced for M.J. Winkler) / October 1, 1924

  • The Aalst Of Amping (produced for M.J. Winkler) / November 15, 1924

  • Indian Durbar / 1926

  • Reykjavik, Capitol Of Iceland / 5m / 1926

  • Niagara Falls / 4m / 1927

  • Nile And Pygmy Hippopotami (directed by Raymond L. Ditmars) / 4m / 1927 “Living Natural History”

  • How Batik Is Made In Java / 6m / 1929

  • Two Ends Of A Rope / 4m / 1929 Demonstrates workers cutting the stalks of Albaca or Manilla hemp.

  • Where West Is Still West / 15m / 1929

  • Winter Breadline In Wyoming / 5m / 1929

  • Don Coyote / 4m / 1930

  • Eastes Park, Colorado / 4m / 1930

  • When Winter Comes To The Range / 4m / 1930

 

With sound, excluding his MGM films:

 

  • An Investment In American Prosperity / bw-40m / December 9, 1930 (Film Daily review) For Corporate Trust Shares

  • Up And Down New York / bw / May 23, 1931 (Film Daily review) For Central Films & Talking Picture Epics

  • The Real Hollywood / bw / January 10, 1932 (Film Daily reports a showing at Carnegie Hall)

  • Austria And The Alps / bw-11m / 1932 Also split into 16mm silent extracts: Glimpses Of Vienna & Picturesque Salzburg

  • Belgium The Beautiful / bw-11m / 1932 Extract titled: Beautiful Bruges

  • Cairo To The Pyramids / bw-11m / 1932

  • Cheese Market Of Alkmaar / bw-4m / 1932

  • Holland And The Dutch / bw-11m / 1932 Also available in 16mm silent reels: Isle Of Marken & Going To Volendam

  • Lake Of Lucerne / bw-4m / 1932

  • Paris / bw-11m / 1932 Also split into silent 16mm versions: Café Life In Paris / Nine Glories Of Paris / Paris Markets

  • Around The Fair With Burton Holmes / bw / June 15, 1933 All 1933 productions made for the Century Of Progress Exposition

  • Belgium Village / bw / June 15, 1933

  • Indian Village (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / June 15, 1933

  • Lama Temple (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / June 15, 1933

  • Opening Day Ceremonies And The Queen And Her Court (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / June 15, 1933

  • The Enchanted Island / bw / July 15, 1933

  • The Fair At Night (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / July 15, 1933

  • The Fair From The Air (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / July 15, 1933

  • Streets Of Paris (script: H.T. Cowling) bw-11+m / July 15, 1933

  • Wings Of A Century (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / July 15, 1933

  • The World A Million Years Ago (script: H.T. Cowling) bw / July 15, 1933

  • Streets Of Paris #2 (script: H.T. Cowling) bw-11+m / September 15, 1933

  • American Legion Parade / bw / October 15, 1933

  • Darkest Africa / bw / October 15, 1933

  • Events Of The World's Fair / bw / October 15, 1933

  • Exhibits Of The Fair / bw / October 15, 1933

  • Double Keyboard Piano (With Winifred Christie) / bw/s-10m / 1933

  • 1934 World's Fair / bw / June 1, 1934

  • 1934 Villages Of The World's Fair / bw / July 6, 1934

  • 1934 World's Fair At Night / bw / July 9, 1934

  • 1934 World's Fair Wings Of A Century / bw / July 9, 1934

  • Beautiful Bermuda / bw-16m / 1934

  • Fifty-two Paychecks A Year (narrator: J. Manley Phelps) / bw-25m / 1935

  • Alluring Bali (narrator: Harlow Wilcox) / bw / February 15, 1936

  • Ethiopia (narrator: Harlow Wilcox) / bw / February 15, 1936

  • Historic Rhineland (narrator: Harlow Wilcox) / bw / March 27, 1936

  • Baseball / bw-41m / 1938 Re-edited to 20m as WINNING BASEBALL in 1941

  • To The Ladies / bw-22m / 1938 For Milwaukee Lace Paper

  • More Life In Living / bw-12m / 1939 For National Dairy Council

  • Finding Your Life's Work (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / February 24, 1940

  • Your Life Work: Journalism (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / April 1, 1940

  • Your Life Work: Radio And Television (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / April 1, 1940

  • Your Life Work: Automotive Service (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 19, 1940

  • Your Life Work : The Woodworker (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 19, 1940

  • Metal Working Lathe (John J. O'Brien & Russel E. Frushour) color-20m / August 15, 1941 For South Bend Lath Works

  • Plain Turning On The Metal Working Lathe (John J. O'Brien & Russel E. Frushour) color-20m / August 15, 1941 For South Bend Lath Works

  • America Learns To Fly / bw-10m / 1941 For US Army Corps

  • Meat For America / bw (16mm)-20m / 1941 For Armour

  • Capacitance / bw-10+m / July 17, 1943 For the US Navy

  • Radio Shop Techniques / bw-10+m / October 21, 1943

  • Beneficient Reprobate - Ethyl Alcohol, Its Nature And Its Properties / bw-40m / 1943

  • Inductance (Radio Technician Training) / bw / February 8, 1944 For the US Navy

  • R.C.L. (Radio Technician Training) / bw / February 8, 1944 For the US Navy

  • Aviation Machinists Mate: Parachute Responsibilities / bw-13m / 1944 For the US Navy

  • Your Life Work: Bookkeeping And Accounting (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 20, 1945

  • Your Life Work: Heating And Air Conditioning (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 20, 1945

  • Your Life Work: Agriculture (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / November 15, 1945

  • Your Life Work: The Baking Industry (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / March 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Laundering And Dry Cleaning (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / March 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: The Restaurant Operator (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / March 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Photography (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / August 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Teaching (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / August 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Telephone And Telegraph (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / August 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Transportation (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / August 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: Forestry And Forest Industries (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 15, 1946

  • Your Life Work: The Pharmacist (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / September 15, 1946

  • Expanding World Relationships (Burton Holmes Films Inc./U.S. State Department) color-11m / 1946 For the U.S. State Department

  • Your Life Work: Air Transportation (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / May 15, 1947

  • Your Life Work: Fire And Police Service (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / May 15, 1947

  • Your Life Work: The Librarian (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / May 15, 1947

  • Your Life Work: Printing (script: Arthur P. Twogood) / bw-10+m / May 15, 1947

  • Historic New England / color-21m / 1947

  • Nation's Building Stone / bw-20m / 1947

  • Trapping For Profit / bw-23m / 1947 For Armstrong Machine

  • Grinding And The Use Of Basic Lathe Tool Cutter Bits / color-22+m / June 27, 1949 For South Bend Lath Works

  • Surprising South Africa / color-11+m / March 8, 1951

  • Andean Glimpses / color-11+m / March 24, 1952

 

*****

 

André de la Varre's “Screen Traveler” Series.

 

André de La Varre worked as a key cameraman for Burton Holmes (above), the father of travel films in the United States. He then decided to become his own producer-director-writer on an ambitious series covering Europe and Asia in the mid-thirties pre-war. This was before he joined Columbia pictures, followed by Warner Brothers. His independent productions were very popular in the 16mm school market throughout the forties and fifties before color filming became more common place in educational material. (He was shooting in Technicolor for Warner Brothers by 1943.) A handful of these can be viewed at the Travel Film Archive: http://www.travelfil...ve.com/home.php

 

For producer Harold Autin

 

  • Along The Life-line Of The British Empire: Suez, Malta, Gibraltar / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Bits Of Brittany / 10+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Ceremonies In Bali / 10+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Cities Of North Africa: Tunis, Algiers, Rabat / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Colonial Williamsburg / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Colorful Cairo / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Damascus And Jerusalem / 10m26s / © May 15, 1936 (reissued in 1938 with that date on many prints)

  • Glimpses Of Picturesque Java / 10m47s / © May 15, 1936

  • Glimpses Of The Heart Of Paris / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Nias And Sumatra, Islands Of Netherlands India / 10+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Rambling In Vienna / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

  • Through Normandy To Mont St. / 11+m / © May 15, 1936

 

For producer Paul Devlin

 

  • Along The French Riviera / 10+m / © Dec 29, 1937 All 1937-38 productions filmed before October 1936

  • Ancient Cities Of Southern France / 10m44s / © Dec 29, 1937

  • Precious Herbs (Tea Planters Of Java And Sumatra) / 10+m / © Dec 29, 1937

  • Through The Pyrenees To Lourdes / 10+m / © Dec 29, 1937

  • Manila: Queen City Of The Pacific / 10m52s / February 3, 1938 (Film Daily review)

  • Hong Kong: Gateway To China / 9+m / February 3, 1938 (Film Daily review)

  • Singapore: Crossroads Of The East / 9+m / February 3, 1938 (Film Daily review)

  • Old Towns Of Normandy / 11+m / April 9, 1938

  • Beautiful And Gay Budapest / 11+m / May 14, 1938

  • Resorts And Quaint Towns Of The Blue Coast / 11+m / May 21, 1938

  • Fabulous Marseilles / 11+m / June 8, 1938

  • Historic Sites, Normandy Coast (Journey To Normandy) / 11+m / June 25, 1938

  • Voyage To Cebu / 11+m / July 2, 1938

  • Makassar / 10+m / August 6, 1938 Covers Indonesia Sulu and Celebes

  • Rio De Janeiro / 9+m / August 13, 1938

  • Venice / 10+m / August 13, 1938

 



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Imperial Productions: William M. Pizor headed this little company that didn't last long, but put out some very interesting stuff. Most of its focus was on feature films of the western variety between roughly 1928 and 1938, but some shorties of great importance too were cranked out. Quite a few were even in color. Alpha Video has released a cross selection of titles from the Port O'Call (given its own DVD) and Edgar Guest Poetic Gems.

 

Color Classics & World In Color

 

Co-produced by World Travel Films, these were supervised by Palmer Miller and Curtis Nagel, the same team behind an independently produced feature called SONG OF THE ISLANDS (profiling scenic Hawaii) and some later “Color Cruises” for Paramount that I included in Paramount's shortie lists. Earlier with Howard Brown, Curtis was a leading producer and cameraman of Technicolor's Colorart company (for Tiffany) and the later 2-color Multicolor system, utilized in a number of shorties of the 1920s and early '30s. The process used with these was a superior, but short-lived, process called Vericolor. (A sampling of images from another Vericolor short not part of these series, A Holiday On The Magic Isle made by Bob Newman Productions in 1935, can be found here to give you a good visual: http://zauberklang.c...ine-entry/1443/ ) Each of these ran 8 minutes in length (roughly). Sadly I don't know all of the areas covered in these, but it appears that the United States (including Alaska), Australia and New Zealand were primary hot-spots.

 

Billed as “Color Classics”

 

  • Hidden Treasures / 1935

  • Southern Beauties / 1935

  • Towers Of Melody / 1935

  • Manhattan Tapestry / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

 

Billed as “ World In Color”

 

  • Beneath Coral Seas / September 1935

  • Dream Harbor / September 1935

  • Inspiration Of Old Love Songs / December 1935

  • Under The Southern Cross / December 1935

  • Street Of Memories (Street Of Memory) / December 1935

  • Maori / January 1936

  • Melody Isle / January 1936

  • Isle Of June / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

  • Mystery Islands / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

  • Port Of Memory / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

  • Eskimo Isle / 1936

  • Fishermen Of The North / 1936

  • Gateway To The North / 1936

 

 

Edgar Guest Poetic Gems

 

After completing his Port O'Call travelogues (see below), Deane H. Dickerson supervised these “mood” pieces that incorporated human interest documentary material built around a poetic theme. Consider these slightly avant garde films. All are in black and white and run roughly 8 minutes. Alpha Video put three of these on a set called Great Old Short Subjects:

https://www.amazon.c...r/dp/B003GOOYSQ

http://shop.tcm.com/...ts/089218635099

 

  • Boyhood (narrator: Norman Brokenshire; singer: Al Shayne) / April 23, 1935 Follows a trio of boys in the countryside.

  • Early In The Mornin' (narrator: Norman Brokenshire; singer: Al Shayne) / April 23, 1935

  • The Old Prospector Talks (narrator: Norman Brokenshire; singer: Al Shayne) / April 23, 1935 Images of prospectors are shown while the title character remembers his life before meeting his maker. Available on DVD

  • Sea Dreams (narrator: Norman Brokenshire; singer: Al Shayne) / 1935

  • Bill And I Went Fishing (Charles L. Glett; singer: Al Shayne) / 1935 Title says it all, with plenty of country scenics. Available on DVD

  • Call Of The Woods / 1935

  • Ma And The Auto / 1935

  • Scout Master / 1935

  • Song Of The Builders / 1935

  • When Redskins Bit The Dust / 1935

  • Worn Out / 1935

  • After The Storm / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

  • Couldn't Live Without You (music: Frank Loesser) / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily) Profiles a mother's love for her seven year old. Available on DVD

 

 

Flash the Wonder Dog

 

The one main star that Imperial promoted in its shorties was a canine successor to Rin Tin Tin, already a star in B-budget features like THE FLAMING SIGNAL (1933). These were 2-reel dramas, all in black & white. The directors listed in ()

 

  • Crack-Up (William Berke) / 16+m / June 2, 1934 Co-starring David Sharpe, Willia Desmond and Gertrude Messenger on the first three titles

  • Death Fangs (William Berke) / 14+m / August 2, 1934

  • Wild Waters (William Berke) / 20+m / March 3, 1935

  • Timberesque (King Guidice) / 20+m / March 7, 1935 Co-starring Barry Norton & Veola Vonn

 

 

Novelties

 

All black and white assorted documentaries and musicals. Stanley helped distribute these.

 

  • I Love A Parade (Deane H. Dickerson) / 10+m / August 4, 1932 Features Harry Richman, Norman Brokenshire & Lew White

  • Every Dog Has Its Day / 8+m / 1935

  • Hobo Here / 8+m / 1935

  • Napoleon's Waterloo / 9+m / 1935

  • Nero / 8+m / 1935

  • Cities Of The Past / 8+m / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

  • Control Yourself / 8+m / April 28, 1936 (in release per Film Daily)

 

 

Port O'Call (a.k.a. Romantic Port O'Call)

 

Made contemporary of the early FitzPatrick Traveltalks was this black & white travelogue series by Deane H. Dickason, who later made some color shorties for Warner Brothers and Republic Pictures in the 1940s-50s. His initial series was filmed on two tours made between 1930 and 1932 that provided enough material to keep theaters happy through 1934. Key editor was Nathan Cy Braunstein, with music by Louis Betancourt's Orchestra on a cluster (mostly the later batch). When Imperial was having troubles, Monogram assisted distributing these during the last year. Alpha released a few on a DVD : http://shop.tcm.com/...am/089218761392 The quality of these old films are... OK. You won't be disappointed if your are a vintage travel geek. A couple can also be viewed here: http://www.travelfil...filmmaker_id=22

 

  • Honeymoon Heaven / 9m51s / © February 1, 1931 (reissued with different music: July 1933) A scenic tour of Honolulu, Hawaii. This first season of "Port o'Call" shorts were filmed in 1930 and edited early '31 (several titles by February 13th per Film Daily). After promoting them in the US, he started another tour of filming in December 1931 that lasted over five months.

  • Ghosts Of Empire / 9m / September 1, 1931 Tour of Peking (China), a bit static compared to others of the series with little music. Available on DVD

  • Castilian Memoirs / 8m13s / September 6, 1931 (Film Daily review) Tour of Manila, Philippines. Available on DVD

  • Haunt Of Romance / 9m approx. / September 6, 1931 Visits Hong Kong

  • Isle Of Isolation / 9+m / September 6, 1931 (Film Daily review) Covers Bali. Later a feature VIRGINS OF BALI (reviewed by Film Daily 9-23-32) expanded with this material.

  • Cannibals Once / 12+m / 1931 Covers Suva, Fiji

  • In Maori Land / 9m approx. / 1931 Covers New Zealand

  • Southern Cross Ways / 9m30s / 1931 Profiles Sydney, Australia and some of the critters (at the zoo): platypus, koala, kangaroos, dingos and seals. Also a boomerang demonstration.

  • Sunny Splendor / 9m approx. / January 1932 Covers Niko, Japan. Available on DVD

  • Japanese Rome / 7+m / February 21, 1932 (Film Daily review)

  • A Celestial Venice / 9m approx. / 1932

  • Death's Hostelry / 9m approx. / 1932

  • Fairest Eden / 9m approx. / 1932

  • A Garden Granary / 9m approx. / 1932

  • An Oriental Metropolis / 9m approx. / 1932

  • Temple Of Heaven / 9m approx. / 1932 Most famous building in Peking (now Beijing).

  • Love's Memorial / 10+m / © July 1, 1933 (Monogram release: February 1, 1934) Covers Agra, India. Like most of Dickason's travelogues of the 1933-34 season, much of the footage was shot on a tour he conducted from December 1931 through May 1932

  • Seventh Wonder / 10+m / December 1, 1933 Panama tour. Available on DVD

  • Adventure Isle / 10+m / 1933 (Monogram release: October 1, 1934) Features Fort Moresby, a "village of stilts" (New Guinea)

  • City Of David / 10+m / 1933 Covers Jerusalem. Available on DVD

  • Raffles 'N' Rubber / 10+m / 1933 Covers a Singapore industry

  • City Of The Sun / 9m approx. / January 1, 1934 More of India with a focus on rug making, weddings and even astronomy observation

  • Children Of The Nile / 9m approx. / March 1, 1934 Egypt with an emphasis on the markets

  • The Peacock Throne (camera: S. Crawford Rorer) / 9+m / April 1, 1934 Scenic of Delhi (India). Often dated 1931 (year likely filmed)

  • Jungle Bound (camera: S. Crawford Rorer) / 9+m / May 1, 1934 Covers Cambodia's Angkor with native dances and wrestling matches included. Impressive music score works well with the scenery.

  • The Last Resort / 9m approx. / June 1, 1934 Exotic footage of Djibouti, French Somaliland

  • Mother Ganges / 10+m / July 1, 1934 Covers Benares, India

  • The First Paradise / 10+m / August 1, 1934 Covers Ceylon's "Adam's Bridge" reefs

  • Dravidian Glamor / 10+m / September 1, 1934 Covers Madera in south India

  • Queen Of The Indies / 9m approx. / November 1, 1934 Havana, Cuba

  • A Mediterranean Mecca / 9m approx. / December 1, 1934 Sights of Madeira, Gibraltar, Mallorca (Majorca) and Greece filmed winter of 1931-32

 

 

Western

 

  • Pals Of The Prairie (Robert Emmett Tansey) / 29m / April 3, 1934 Western with Jay Wilsey, Buck Owens, Ben Corbett, Victoria Vinton & Charles K. French

 

Stanley helped release a few Imperial productions. Headed by Ira H. Simmons, they had a few other successful releases:

 

  • An Old City Speaks: Charleston, South Carolina (Cinelog; Irvin S. Cobb) / bw-15+m / September 1932 A short history of the city of Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Pep, Vim And Vigor / bw-7+m / October 1932

  • Sponge Divers Of Tarpo (Cinelog; Lorenzo Del Riccio; narrator: Lowell Thomas) / bw-9m43s / November 2, 1932 Florida travelogue

  • Wonderland Of California (Associated Screen Picture) / Cinecolor-7+m / November 19, 1932 (Film Daily mention) Supposedly filmed in 1930, this includes shots of Hollywood such as the Marx Brothers on the set of ANIMAL CRACKERS. All music score.



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Tiffany Pictures made at least 70 feature length films between 1921 and 1932, some in conjunction with John M. Stahl's company as Tiffany-Stahl. Mae Murray, the leading silent star, was a co-founder with her (then) husband-director Robert Z. Leonard. Unfortunately the company struggled quite a bit with adequate distribution, although MGM helped with some of their earliest productions.

 

For shortie purposes, their main claim to fame was a steady stream of early Technicolor productions for Colorart company alongside Educational Pictures handling several others starring Hope Hampton. With the coming of sound, their “Voice of Hollywood” enjoyed a brief run paralleling Columbia pictures' “Screen Snapshots”. Columbia, by the way, took over their studio on Gower Street, Hollywood.

 

The Chimp Family

 

Title says it all: apes playing out dramas. Not a new idea except that Snooky in the late teens and early twenties often co-starred with humans. Jack White produced these with Sig Neufeld (Sam Newfield) as the primary director. All in black & white and a few titles obviously spoofed popular features like 1923's Covered Wagon and the more recent Cimarron, Africa Speaks (a Columbia documetary), Skippy, The Big House and The Divorcee.

 

  • The Blimp Mystery / 20+m / © July 17, 1930 All ape spoof on detective yarns featuring a character named Hemlock.

  • Little Covered Wagon / 16+m / August 30, 1930

  • Little Big House / 19+m / October 15, 1930

  • The Little Divorcee / 20+m / December 6, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review)

  • Nine Nights In A Bar Room / 16+m / January 3, 1931 (Motion Picture Herald review)

  • Chasing Around (Phil Goldstone) bw-16+m / March 23, 1931

  • Africa Squawks (Phil Goldstone) bw-18+m / July 7, 1931

  • Ape-ing Hollywood / 21+m / August 16, 1931

  • Cinnamon / 11+m / September 27, 1931

  • Skimpy / 18+m / November 8, 1931

  • My Children / 21+m / December 23, 1931

  • Ex-King (Broadcasting) / 18+m / January 31, 1932

  • Another production referenced in imdb.com, called Sweet Patootie, appears to be either a working title for one of the above or an unfinished short mentioned by Motion Picture Herald that was not officially released. (thanks to Mickeyfender's passionate research)

 

 

Classics In Slang

 

These Phil Goldstone produced comedies featured Paul Hurst, often with support by Pert Kelton. They were based on stories by H.C. Witwer. Frank Strayer directed. All black and white and running two reels of roughly 20 minutes.

 

  • The Missing Link / October 1930

  • De Woild's Champeen / © November 28, 1930 With Don Terry in the lead role as a prize fighter with Nita Marfan, Eddie Bolan & Jack Kennedy

  • One Punch O'Toole (Sig Neufeld co-director) / December 6, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review) With Don Terry, Nita Marfan, Eddie Bolan & Jack Kennedy

  • The Ex-Bartender / © December 19, 1930

  • The Tale Of A Flea / March 28, 1931 (Motion Picture Herald review)

 

 

Colorart Pictures “Color Classics” and “Color Symphonies”

 

Filmed in glorious Technicolor with Howard C. Brown & Curtis F. Nagel as producers. All ran about 10 minutes in length unless otherwise noted. A few were early travelogues predating FitzPatrick's own Technicolor Traveltalks, but most were mini-romances and comedies. In 1928, soundtracks were dubbed in and the name changed from “Color Classics” to “Color Symphonies”. A few had live sound by performers, but most had a “theme” adapted to a music only soundtrack. Directors listed in ().

 

See an excerpt of The Toy Shop (1928) here:

 

 

  • The Barefoot Boy / December 4, 1926 Adaptation of a John Greenleaf Whittier poem, filmed at Henry Ford's Wayside Inn in Sudburv, Mass.

  • Clothes Make The Women (Tom Terriss) / February 22, 1927 Completed January 12 per Film Daily. Two men wager on dressing up a lady picked from the street. Starring Sigrid Holmquist.

  • On The Trail Of A Ranger / February 1, 1927 Mostly mountain scenics as a ranger checks the terrain

  • The Isle Of June / February 15, 1927 (filmed '26) Footage of the Bahamas (travelogue footage shot around the same time as a Hope Hampton film made for Educational Pictures)

  • A Greenwich Village Romance (Harold Hall) / March 15, 1927 Starring Antrim Short, Yvonne Bristol, Ricca Allen, Jean Murray, Gladys & Irma Philbin & Eileen Wenzel.

  • Fisherman's Luck / April 1, 1927 Covers fishing industry in New England

  • King Of Sports (Harold R. Hall) / September 1, 1927 Filmed at the International Horse Club Races in Boston

  • Memories (Harold R. Hall) / September 15, 1927 Starring Anita Louise. An elderly couple remember their youth in an album

  • Roaming 'Round The Caribbean / October 15, 1927

  • The Bride of Pennacook (Harold R. Hall) / November 1, 1927 Starring Consuelo Dawn. Adaptation of a John Greenleaf Whittier poem

  • Comrades (Bradley Barker) / November 15, 1927 Starring Jack Holliday, Leslie Stowe, Muriel Kingston & Jane Jennings.

  • Romany Love (Bradley Barker) / December 1, 1927 Starring Duncan Renaldo & June O'Day.

  • Rose of Killarney (Bradley Barker) / December 15, 1927

  • North Of Suez / January 1, 1928 (filmed '27)

  • Scarface (Harold R. Hall) / January 15, 1928 (filmed '27) Starring Consuelo Dawn.

  • Treasure Island / February 1, 1928 (filmed '27) Maybe a travelogue

  • Souvenirs (Hans Reinhardt) / February 15, 1928 Starring Harold Miller, Anna May Wong, Joyzelle Joyner & Esther Garcia. A sea captain with three loves

  • Marcheta / March 1, 1928 Starring Joan Meredith.

  • Mission Bells (Hans Reinhardt) / March 15, 1928 Starring Myrna Hoffman, William Begg, John T. Prince & Jack Ford.

  • A Perfect Day / April 1, 1928

  • The Red Man's Home / April 15, 1928 Arizona travelogue

  • Girls Of Today (Hans Reinhardt) / May 1, 1928 Starring Jack Thomas, Winifred Landis & Betty Westmore.

  • Tom, Dick Or Harry / May 15, 1928

  • When Dreams Come True / June 1, 1928

  • A Tenderfoot Tourist (The Tenderfoot) / June 15, 1928 Travelogue of the Grand Canyon

  • Maude Muller / July 1, 1928 Starring Priscilla Bonner, William Dillon, Allan Sears & Elinor Vanderveer. Another Whittier poem come to life

  • The Love Charm (Howard Mitchell) / July 15, 1928 Starring Lucio E. Flama, Jean Mann & Ann Christy. Romance aboard a ship in the South pacific. Watch an excerpt here: http://www.filmprese...love-charm-1928

  • Gold (Martin “Justis” Justice) / August 1, 1928 Starring Harvey Clark, Harry Murray, Dorothy Nourse & Eddie Barnell.

  • No Women Allowed / September 1928

  • Twelve Minutes In Glacier National Park / 12+m / September 1928

 

(soundtracks added, some as additional discs to silent films)

 

  • In A Persian Market (Rudolph Flothow) / October 1, 1928 Starring Betty Boyd.

  • A Japanese Carnival / October 1928

  • The Toy Shop (Martin Justice) / November 1, 1928 Starring Joseph Swickard & Virginia Marshall.

  • Hawaiian Love Call (Abe Meyer) / December 15, 1928

  • When Skies Are Blue / December 1928

  • Songs My Mother Taught Me (Mother) / December 1928

  • Song Of The Islands / January 1929

  • Lover's Paradise (Rudolph Flothow) / January 15, 1929 (filmed '28)

  • Little Vagabond / February 1, 1929

  • In A Chinese Temple Garden / February 15, 1929

  • Way Down South / March 1, 1929 (filmed '28) Big band performance with Gieseppe Creator.

  • In Old Madrid / March 1929 Starring Paul Ellis, Rosita Duvall, J. Barney Sherry, Arthur Allardt, Wilfred McDonald & Faustina Lucero.

  • Melodie (Martin Justice) / March 1929 Starring Dorothy Nourse, Vadim Uranefif, Reinhart & Carl Wiegel.

  • Twinkle Toes (Rudolph Flothow) / March 1, 1929

  • Song Of Spain (Gypsy) (Martin Justice) / April 1929 Starring Joyzelle Joyner, Robert Cautiero & Carleton King.

  • West Of The Golden Gate / May 1929

  • Festival In Bagdad (Curtis F. Nagel) / June 1929 (Film Daily review 9-8) Starring Joyzelle Joyner, James Marcus, Carleton King & Allan Paul.

  • Sports Of Many Lands / July 1929 Filmed in Hawaii

  • Jungle Drums / October 24, 1929

  • The Cossack's Bride (Aubrey Scotto) / December 1929 Starring Gregory Gaye, Lucille Powers, Joseph Marievsky & Christian J. Frank.

  • Minuette / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • A Modern Cinderella / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • The Mountain King / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • Pharaoh's Daughter / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • The Sacred Hour / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • A Song Of India / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • Tales Of Araby / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • Temple Bells / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • Viennese Melody / 1929 (undetermined release date)

  • The Enchanted Forest (Aubrey Scott) / June 1, 1930 (Film Daily review) Musical fairy tale with dwarfs and fairies... and a little girl.

  • Dancing Bear (Aubrey Scott) / June 10, 1930

  • Parisian Nights (Aubrey Scott) / June 25, 1930

  • Chinese Flower Beat (Aubrey Scott) / July 5, 1930

 

 

Football For The Fan a.k.a. "Pigskin Problems"

 

Produced by Alfred T. Mannon and featuring coach Howard Jones, these sports reels were all in black and white.

 

  • Spring Training / 9+m / September 5, 1931

  • Wedge Play / 9+m / October 3, 1931

  • Kicking Game / 11+m / October 10, 1931

  • Deception / 10+m / October 17, 1931

  • Forwad Pass / 9+m / October 24, 1931

  • Penalties / 11+m / October 31, 1931

 

 

Kentucky Jubilee Singers

 

Backed by Forbes Randolph, these mini-musicals featuring this all-black cast were filmed in black and white, running 9-10 minutes in length.

 

  • On A Plantation (On The Plantation) / April 1930

  • Old Black Joe / May 1, 1930

  • Pickin Cotton / October 29, 1930 (week of completion)

  • The Road Home / October 29, 1930 (week of completion)

  • Slave Days / December 7, 1930

  • Welcome Home / December 12, 1930

 

 

Musical Fantasy featuring Giesseppe Creatore & Band

 

All black & white and running 10 minutes

 

  • Memories / April 23, 1930

  • William Tell / August 1, 1930

  • Fire Worshippers / August 10, 1930

  • Way Down South / December 6, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald review)

 

 

Rolling Stone Series

 

Howard Brown & Curtis Nagel produced these in 2-color Multicolor just after completing the last of the Technicolor “Color Symphonies” (see above). These had a western theme, often with hillbilly music and shots of the great west interspersed. Each ran 10 minutes.

 

  • Windermere & Braun Time / September 7, 1930 (Film Daily review)

  • In The Mountains / September 25, 1930

  • The Desert / December 18, 1930

 

 

The Voice Of Hollywood

 

Produced by Tech Art Studios with Louis Lewyn and Alfred T. Mannon as producers, often with Jack Duffy supervising, these were behind-the-scenes “talkies” covering big name stars making movies and doing publicity stunts. All in black & white. Quite a few are available for viewing such as this one, number 10:

 

 

 

  • No. 1 / 9m approx. / December 1929 (previewed) Hosted by Lloyd Hamilton with Olive Borden, Robert Frazer, Arthur Lake & Benny Rubin

  • No. 2 / 9m approx. / December 30, 1929 Supposedly Marie Dressler and Tom Mix

  • No. 3 / 10+m / January 5, 1930 (filmed '29) Features Julian Eltinge, Paul Whiteman, Mack Sennett, Anita Page, Marion Mack & Richard Dix

  • No. 4 / 11+m / © January 16, 1930 Hosted by Nick Stuart with Marguerite Churchill, Sammy Cohen, Sam Coslow, Bebe Daniels, James Gleason, Mildred Harris, Ben Lyon & Jack Mulhall

  • No. 5 / 14+m / © February 1, 1930 Hosted by Taylor Holmes with Armida, Lew Cody, Gus Edwards, Lola Lane, Harry Langdon, Montague Love & Blanche Mehaffey

  • No. 6 / 9m approx. / © February 26, 1930 Hosted by Norman Kerry with Ben Bard, Sally Blane, Joe E. Brown, Fay Marbe, Patsy Ruth Miller & Eddie Quillan

  • No. 7 / 9m approx. / © March 7, 1930

  • No. 8 / 9m approx. / © March 22, 1930 Hosted by Ben Turpin with Madge Bellamy, Al Cooke, Kit Guard, Mickey Rooney & Alberta Vaughn

  • No. 9 / 9m approx. / © April 1, 1930 Features Montagu Love, Harry Jolson, Lola Lane, Gus Edwards, Lew Cody, Harry Langdon

  • No. 10 / 6+m / © April 28, 1930 Hosted by Robert Woolsey with Al St. John, Nancy Welford, Johnnie Walker, Mary Carr, the Meglin Kiddies, Lew Cody, Gwen Lee, Cliff Edwards, Raquel Torres & Buster Keaton.

  • No. 11 / 9m approx. / © May 16, 1930 Features Billy Bevan, Bessie Love & Blanche Sweet

  • No. 12 / 9m approx. / © May 26, 1930 Lloyd Hamilton hosts with a large ensemble including Richard Arlan, Constance Bennett, William Boyd, Ann Harding, Ruth Hiatt, Leatrice Joy, Phillips Holmes, Carole Lombard, Franklyn Pangborn, William Powell, Norma Shearer, Thelma Todd, Ivan Lebedeff & Lupe Velez

  • No. 13 / 9m approx. / © June 13, 1930 Ruth Roland hosts with Jack Benny, Charles Irwin, Charles King, Davey Lee, George E. Stone & Estelle Taylor

  • No. 14 / 14+m / © July 2, 1930 Features George K. Arthur with Marie Dressler, James Finlayson, Eddie Lambert, Eddie Quillan, Montagu Love, Barbara Stanwyck & others

  • No. 15 / 9m approx. / © July 22, 1930 Joe Cobb hosts

  • No. 16 / 9m approx. / © August 11, 1930

  • No. 17 / 9m approx. / © August 31, 1930

  • No. 18 / 9m approx. / © September 12, 1930

  • No. 19 / 9m approx. / © September 18, 1930

  • No. 20 / 9m approx. / © October 10, 1930

  • No. 21 / 9m approx. / © October 29, 1930

  • No. 22 / 9m approx. / © November 9, 1930

  • No. 23 / 8+m / © November 28, 1930 Features Sammy Cohen with the Southern California University Band. Also the stars of the Chimp Comedies

  • No. 24 / 9m approx. / © December 19, 1930

  • No. 25 / 9m approx. / © January 22, 1931

  • No. 26 / 9m approx. / March 6, 1931 Features Kenneth Harlan, the Sisters G & Buster Keaton

  • B-1 / 9m approx. / July 5, 1931 Features John Wayne, Our Gang & Lew Ayres. This second series spoofs the latest technical marvel, television (still in its experimental stage)

  • B-2 / 9m approx. / July 19, 1931 Features Elliot Nugent

  • B-3 / 9m approx. / August 2, 1931 Features Ivan Lebedoff

  • B-4 / 9m approx. / August 15, 1931 Features Arthur Lake

  • B-5 / 9m approx. / August 30, 1931 Features Olsen & Johnson

  • B-6 / 9m approx. / September 13, 1931 Features John Bates & Helen Chandler

  • B-7 / 9m approx. / September 27, 1931 Features Roscoe Ates, Robert Montgomery, Anita Page, Jean Hersholt, John Miljan & Lola Lane

  • B-8 / 9m approx. / October 11, 1931 Features Monte Blue

  • B-9 / 9m approx. / October 23, 1931 Features Pat O'Brien

  • B-10 / 9m approx. / November 8, 1931 Features Andy Clyde, Ernst Torrence, Buddy Rogers, Tom Mix, Slim Summer(?), Dick Arlen, Jackie Coogan, Dickie Moore, Rex Bell & Douglas Fairbanks Sr.

  • B-11 / 9m approx. / November 22, 1931 Features Marjorie White

  • B-12 / 9m approx. / January 3, 1932 Features Franklyn Pangborn

  • B-13 / 9m approx. / January 17, 1932 Features John Wayne & “Farina” Hoskins of the OUR GANG series. Also George Bancroft, El Brendel, Gary Cooper, Jackie Cooper (also of OUR GANG), Thelma Todd & Lupe Velez



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For more information on the BIG companies, see here:

 

Paramount http://forums.tcm.co...list-paramount/

MGM http://forums.tcm.co...-checklist-mgm/

Warner Brothers http://forums.tcm.co...st-warner-bros/

RKO, Pathé & FBO http://forums.tcm.co...-pathé-and-fbo/

Fox, 20th Century Fox & Educational Pictures http://forums.tcm.co...ional-pictures/

Universal http://forums.tcm.co...rsal-post-1928/

Columbia http://forums.tcm.co...umbia-pictures/



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United Artists is one of Hollywood's leading film companies from 1919 through its merging with MGM in 1981 and having a hit-and-miss life since (as United Artists Media Group, disappearing and then reappearing). The James Bond series is its most famous contribution to world cinema, in addition to a great many Best Picture Oscar winners.

 

Yet its short subject program was never very consistent. Animated cartoons were the most popular and, like all of their shorts, released in spurts: most famously, Walt Disney distributed his Mickey Mouse & Silly Symphonies through them between 1932 and 1937, then Walter Lantz briefly had them handle his Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda during a separation period with his primary distributor Universal. Most popular of all were DePatie-Freleng Enterprises' Pink Panther, Inspector, Ant & Aardvark, Tijuana Toads & other creations from a mostly ex-Warner Bros. Crew, spanning the years 1964-1978. UA also distributed a few one-shot cartoons like Icarus Montgolfier Wright, Jules Engel's 1962 Oscar nominee. In terms of both animation and live-action, it handled several independent productions imported from Canada's National Film Board.

 

Focus here is on live-action, starting with...

 

Feature Production Musicals

 

Produced by Joseph Schenck, these were pretty ambitious for their time and are still highly entertaining today once you get past the aging soundtracks. All were in black and white, but a few were tinted in color. William Cameron Menzies was primary director in charge, collaborating with Hugo Riesenfeld. Alpha Video put a couple of these on a DVD called The Fantastic World Of William Cameron Menzies

http://shop.tcm.com/...es/089218591395

 

All run roughly 10 minutes unless noted.

 

  • Impressions Of Tschaikowksky's Overture 1812 / October 5, 1929 Napoleon is profiled in his glory here

  • Tannhauser / October 1929

  • Musical Marionettes / November 1929

  • A Night In Madrid / November 1929

  • Tintypes / December 1929

  • Irish Rhapsody (Irish Fantasy) (co-director: Orville O. Dull) / December 14, 1929 Features Donald Novis, Helen Foster & Nick Cogley

  • The Fall Of The Bastille / December 1929

  • Glorious Vamps (supervisor: Orville O. Dull) / 2 reels / © January 15, 1930 (filmed '29) Starring Bobby Watson

  • In A Russian Cabaret / January 1930

  • The Birth Of Jazz / February 1930 Starring Harry Richmond

  • The Huskin' Bee / February 1930

  • The Love Cup (music: Rudolph Friml) / February 1930

  • The Wizard's Apprentice (supervisor: Sidney Levee) / April 1, 1930 Starring in a live-action version of Mickey Mouse's famous Fantasia performance, broomsticjs are cleverly manipulated as puppets. Impressive color tinting here.

  • The Hungarian Rhapsody (supervisor: Eugene Ford) / © May 15, 1930 Romance found, almost lost and regain in rural Hungary. Quite the little mellerdrama here.

  • The Americans Came / July 26, 1930 Starring Otto Matieson & Arthur Lang

  • Zampa (supervisor: Eugene Ford) / September 1, 1930 Featuring Wallace MacDonald

 

 

Musicolor Shorts

 

David Loew produced these with Werner Janssen credted as key director. These interesting little musical shorts were shot economically in Cinecolor

 

  • Tocatta And Fugue / 10+m / October 15, 1946

  • Engulfed Cathedral / 9+m / June 1, 1947

  • Moonlight / 9+m / September 19, 1947

  • Enchanted Lake / 7+m / December 10, 1947

  • Fingal's Cave / 10+m / March 26, 1948 (filmed '47)

  • Liebestraum / 7+m / May 7, 1948

  • Swan Of Tuonela / 9+m / September 1, 1948

  • Bolero / 9+m / January 7, 1949 (filmed '48)

 

 

Songs Of America

 

These mini musical documentaries were produced by W. Lee Wilder for Attwood Productions and featured Jester Hairston. All in black and white, running 8-9 minutes each. Most were filmed in 1949, but some were held over through the 1950-51 season.

 

  • Treasured Ballads / July 4, 1949

  • Melodic Spirituals / August 19, 1949

  • Visions And Voices / September 9, 1949

  • Melodious Sketches / October 7, 1949

  • Symphonic Shades / November 4, 1949

  • Melodies Reborn / December 2, 1949

  • Cherished Melodies / December 31, 1949

  • Southern Acapella / January 17, 1950

  • The Tradition / February 25, 1950

  • Memorable Gems / March 15, 1950

  • Tunes That Live / April 14, 1950

  • Glory Filled Spirituals / May 12, 1950

  • Highlights Of Long Ago / June 6, 1950

  • Long Remembrances / July 14, 1950

  • Folk Lore / August 11, 1950

  • The Moods / September 15, 1950

  • Design In Melody / October 21, 1950

  • Treasured Melodies / November 17, 1950

  • Melodious Patterns / December 22, 1950

 

 

War Activities Committee

 

Wartime shorts, all documentaries

 

  • Mister Gardenia Jones (Office Of War Information; George B. Seitz; narrator: Carey Wilson) / bw-13+m / May 29, 1942 Documentary short film depicting the work of the United Service Organizations (USO) in providing recreational and morale-boosting services for American troops. Ronald Reagan stars. Produced at MGM but distributed by United Artists.

  • It's Your War Too (US Army Signal Corps) / bw-10+m / April 20, 1944 Profile of the WACs.

  • Reward Unlimited (US Office Of War; Mary C. McCall Jr.) / bw-10+m / May 25, 1944 Starring Dorothy McGuire & James Brown

  • Brought To Action (US Navy) / bw-20+m / January 11, 1945

  • To The Shores Of Iwo Jima (US Marine Corps; Milton Sperling) / Kodachrome 16mm (Technicolor 35mm)-19m / June 7, 1945 (Academy Award Nominee) Documentary short film depicting the American assault on the Japanese-held island of Iwo Jima and the massive battle that raged on that key island in the Allied advance on Japan.

 

 

The World In Action (Canada Carries On)

 

Imported from the National Film Board of Canada. All black & white. Directors/producers listed in ()

 

  • Churchill's Island (Stuart Legg) / 22m / June 27, 1941 (co-distributed by Columbia)

  • Letter From Home / 15m / October 14, 1941

  • Warclouds In The Pacific (Stuart Legg) / 21m / November 1941

  • Food, Weapon Of Conquest (Stuart Legg) / 22m / 1941 (Canada) & June 5, 1942 (US)

  • Battle For Oil / 20m / January 17, 1942

  • Ferry Boat (Stuart Legg, producer; Ross McLean) / 19m / 1942

  • This Is Blitz (Stuart Legg) / 22m / January 1942 (Canada) & February 21, 1942 (US)

  • New Soldiers Are Tough / 18m / June 14, 1942

  • Inside Fighting Russia (Our Russian Ally) (Stuart Legg) / 22m / April 1942 (Canada) & August 1, 1942 (US)

  • Geopolitik - Hitler's Plan For Empire (Hitler's Plan) (Stuart Legg) / 20m / August 15, 1942

  • Inside Fighting China (Stuart Legg) / 22m / September 13, 1942

  • The Mask Of Nippon (Behind The Nipponese Mask) (Stuart Legg, producer; Margaret Palmer) / 21m / October 24, 1942

  • Freighters Under Fire (Fighting Freighters) / 26m / December 12, 1942

  • Invasion Of North Africa / 21m / 1942 (Canada) & February 4, 1943 (US)

  • Road To Tokyo (Raymond Spottiswoode) / 18m / 1942 (Canada) & April 24, 1943 (US release)

  • Battle Is Their Birthright (Stuart Legg) / 24m / 1943

  • Corvette Port Arthur (Joris Ivens) / 22m / 1943

  • Fighting Dutch (Raymond Spottiswoode) / 15m / 1943

  • The Gates Of Italy (Stuart Legg & Tom Daly) / 21m / 1943

  • Paratroops (Stanley Hawes) / 10m / February 12, 1943

  • Invasion Of Europe / 21m / May 7, 1943

  • War Birds / 15m / 1943

  • The War For Men's Minds (Stuart Legg) / 21m / June 1943 (Canada) & August 28, 1943 (US)

  • The Labour Front / 21m / October 1943 (Canada) & November 19, 1943 (US)

  • Letter From Overseas / 15m / 1943

  • Wings On Her Shoulder (Jane Marsh) / 9m / 1943

  • Balkan Powder Keg (Stuart Legg) / 19m / 1944

  • Russia's Foreign Policy / 21m / March 18, 1944

  • Global Air Routes (Stuart Legg) / 15m / April 1944 (Canada) & June 23, 1944 (US)

  • Battle of Europe (Stuart Legg & Tom Daly) / 15m / May 5, 1944

  • When Asia Speaks (Stuart Legg, producer; Gordon Weisenborn) / 19m / June 1944 (Canada) & December 16, 1944 (US)

  • Zero Hour (Stuart Legg) / 22m / June 1944 (Canada) & October 21, 1944 (US)

  • Fortress Japan (Stuart Legg) / 16m / August 10, 1944

  • Inside France (Stuart Legg & Tom Daly) / 21m / November 4, 1944

  • Our Northern Neighbour (Stuart Legg & Tom Daly) / 21m / 1944

  • Ships And Men (Ernest Borneman, producer; Leslie McFarlane) / 18m / 1944

  • Food: Secret Of The Peace (Stuart Legg) / 11m / 1945

  • Guilty Men (Tom Daly) / 11m / 1945

  • John Bull's Own Island (Stuart Legg) / 20m / 1945

  • Maps In Action (Stuart Legg) / 20m / 1945

  • Now – The Peace (Stuart Legg) / 21m / May 18, 1945

  • Spotlight On The Balkans (Stuart Legg) / 11m / 1945

  • Headline Hunters / 10m / June 1945

 

 

World Windows

 

Produced in the UK by E. S. Keller & F. W. Keller for World Window Productions, these absolutely gorgeous Technicolor travelogues featured camera work by Jack Cardiff, later famous for his feature films (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes, The African Queen, etc.). Directors/editors are listed in ()

 

  • No. 1- The Eternal Fire (Pietro Francesci & Hans Nieter; music: Ezo Masetti ) / 10+m / filmed 1937; released October 1, 1938 Covers Vesuvius and Pompeii

  • No. 2- Fox Hunting In The Roman Campagna (Alassandro Blasetti; music: Ezo Masetti ) / 8+m / filmed 1937; released October 1938 Sometimes listed as #3

  • No. 3- Rome Symphony (Giacomo Gentilomo; music: Ezo Masetti ) / 10+m / filmed 1937; released October 1938 Sometimes listed as #2

  • No. 4- Jerusalem (Hans Nieter & John Hanau; music: Ludig Brav ) / 8+m / November 1, 1938

  • No. 5- Wanderers Of The Desert (Hans Nieter & John Hanau; music: Ludig Brav ) / 10+m / November 1, 1938

  • No. 6- Petra The Lost City (Hans Nieter & John Hanau; music: Ludig Brav ) / 8+m / November 1, 1938

  • No. 7- Arabian Bazaar (Hans Nieter & John Hanau; music: Ezra Masetti ) / 9+m / November 1, 1938

  • No. 8- Ruins Of Palmyra And Baalbek (Hans Nieter & John Hanau; music: Ludig Brav ) / 10+m / November 1, 1938

 

Series two was distributed by United Artists in the UK, but not in the United States. Instead Paramount handled them in 1940-42 under the umbrella title “Fascinating Journeys”. This was two years after their initial release overseas.

 

  • No. 1- A Road In India (Hans Nieter; music: Giovanni Fusco; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / February 1939 (UK release) & October 24, 1941 (US release)

  • No. 2- Temples Of India (Hans Nieter; music: Ludwig Brav & Menaka India Ballet “Shiva’s Dance of Destruction”; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / February 1939 (UK release) & September 4, 1942 (US release)

  • No. 3- Sacred Ganges (Hans Nieter; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / April 20, 1939 (UK release) & December 27, 1940 (US release)

  • No. 4- A Village In India (John Hanau & Hans Nieter [also ed]; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 9m / May 29, 1939 (UK release) & January 31, 1941 (US release)

  • No. 5- India Durbar (John Hanau & Hans Nieter [also ed]; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / May 29, 1939 (UK release) & May 15, 1941 (US release)

  • No. 6- Delhi (Hans Nieter; music: Ludwig Brav; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / June 1939 (UK release) & March 21 1941 (US release)

  • No. 7- Jungle (Hans Nieter; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / June 1939 (UK) & July 25, 1941 (US release)

  • No. 8- River Thames Yesterday (Hans Nieter; music: Ludwig Brav; narrator: Frank Gallop ) / 10m / November 8, 1940 (US release)

Another title, London On Parade, was released in the UK in January 1939 and probably uses similar footage as the last entry.

 

And a selection of others...

 

All in Technicolor unless noted

 

  • Royal Symphony (Castleton Knight/Rank; Malcolm Sargent) / 26+m / March 2, 1954

  • Jacqueline Kennedy's Asian Journey (Motion Picture Service of United States Information) / 30m / December 21, 1962 In Eastmancolor

  • This Is Jordan (Harold Baim Film- Paul Weld Dixon; narrator: Ed Bishop) / 24m / October 15, 1963

  • The Beatles Come To Town (British Pathé) / Techniscope-7m / December 1963 (US release June 1964)

  • Chagall (Auerbach Film Enterprises & Albert Skira- Lauro Ventur) / 26m / October 1964 Completed in 1963, a profile of the painter Marc Chagall

  • Dave Clark Five (British Pathé) / 7m / October 1964

  • Skaterdater (Byway Prod.- Marshall Backlar & Noel Black) / 17+m / December 1, 1965 (Academy Award Nominee) Profiling the skateboard craze with music by Mike Curb and Nick Venet

  • Reflections On Love (Clarendon, Barry J. Kulick, producer; Joe Massot) / 14+m / May 1966 Features shots of The Beatles, Jenny Boyd, Jane Lumb & Michael Morris in a romantic scene set in swinging London

  • Behind The Veil (Clarendon; Jean Oser) / 21m / July 1966 Profiles an Indian wedding ceremony

  • Tender Touch Of Love (Clarendon, Stanley Darer, producer; Robin Cantelon) / 20m / July 1966 Looking at teens in Hong Kong

  • The Lovers' Knot (How Thais Fall In Love) (Clarendon; Jean Oser) / 19m / July 1966 Profiles romance in Thailand

  • Shark Hunt (Plaza Pictures-Ry Associates) / 10m / November 9, 1967 Filmed off Cornwall

  • Wet And Wild (Grant Rohloff & Fred Hudson) / 14m / January 1968 Surfing in Hawaii and California. Co-distributed by Pyramid Films

  • People Of Provence / 9m / April 24, 1968

  • Beyond Wakiki / 19m / December 18, 1968

  • Blaze Glory (Len Janson & Chuck Menville) / 11+m / December 19, 1968 Part animated pixilation spoof on westerns. Co-distributed by Pyramid Films.

  • Das Apartment (1501 ½) (Paul B. Price) / 20+m / June 1971 Drama with Paul B. Price & Madge West

  • Solo (David Adams, producer; Mike Hoover) / 9+m / December 1972 (Academy Award Nominee) Poetic views of a mountain climber. Co-distributed by Pyramid Films.







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