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Trailers Phenomena: This Happen To You? LOOK!

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#1 musicalnovelty


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Posted 01 January 2011 - 06:00 AM

Did all Marx Brothers fans notice that the trailers for ANIMAL CRACKERS and MONKEY BUSINESS include alternate takes from what's seen in the finished films? Plus lots of sort of generic early thirties Paramount music that's also not in the Marx films.
See them again here:





The DUCK SOUP trailer can be seen here, but as far as I can tell, doesn't contain anything not in the feature:

DUCK SOUP (1933):


#2 Ray Faiola

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Posted 18 June 2009 - 11:47 AM

In the old days, trailers invariably used alternate takes. As for the music, Warner Bros. and MGM produced their own trailers and scored them directly using thematic material from the score of the feature. Other studios' trailers were made by National Screen Service and were given tracks from a film's score to be cut up and assembled into a trailer track.

Here is the specifically-written trailer score to SHINING VICTORY:

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 07:38 PM

I don't think anything is shot especially for a trailer, unless it features something like an actor talking to the camera or anything like that. For the most part, they're put together from the raw footage coming out of a production. It's true that the footage that is used in a trailer doesn't necessarily make the final cut of the movie, so the trailer may contain an alternate angle or even scenes that are deleted from the final film. (For special-effects films, the effects themselves may not be finished).

Oftentimes trailers also have some kind of "temp" music that isn't necessarily the music which will be used in the finished picture. It's not unusual for trailers to use the music from an earlier, well-known movie if it seems to fit what is being presented in the trailer of the new movie.

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Posted 12 June 2009 - 01:43 PM

You think you know how a particular scene is going to look, or play out, because you've seen it before. THEN IT LOOKS DIFFERENT! Maybe you know already, but people assume "trailers" were cut right out of the movie, but they were shot separately, often from different angles, sometimes with different dialog. Then you confuse the trailer with the film.

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