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Monogram's short films

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#1 Jlewis


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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:31 PM

Some of the Port O'Call (actually "Romantic Port O'Call") shorts were initially distributed by Ideal Pictures. William Pizor was executive producer. Monogram took over distribution in 1933 and reissued both older titles and added some new ones.


Alpha Video released a cluster of them on DVD. You can also see some here if you have their flash player system: http://www.travelfil...filmmaker_id=22





A basic list of the Imperial productions with Monogram distributing those last two seasons


All produced by William Pizor; directed by Deane H. Dickason; edited by Nathan Cy Braunstein; music (after 1933) by Louis Betancourt's Orchestra


All black & white


  • Honeymoon Heaven / 9m51s / ©-Feb 1, 1931 (reissued with different music: Jul 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 Feb 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 / Sep 1, 1931 Tour of Peking (China), a bit static compared to others of the series with little music

  • Castilian Memoirs / 8m13s / Sep 6, 1931 (Film Daily review) Tour of Manila, Philippines

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

  • Isle Of Isolation / 9+m / Sep 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. / Jan 1932 Covers Niko, Japan

  • Japanese Rome / 7+m / Feb 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 / ©-Jul 1, 1933 (Monogram release: Feb 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 / Dec 1, 1933 Panama tour

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

  • City Of David / 10+m / 1933 Covers Jerusalem

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

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

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

  • The Peacock Throne (camera: S. Crawford Rorer) / 9+m / Apr 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. / Jun 1, 1934 Exotic footage of Djibouti, French Somaliland

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted 31 March 2016 - 02:06 PM

In 1933 & 1934, Monogram produced a  Port O' Call series. These short travelogues were narrated by Deane Dickason:


The Seventh Wonder (12/1/33)

City of the Sun (1/1/34)

Love's Memorial (2/1/34)

Children of the Nile (3/1/34)

The Peacock Throne (4/1/34)

Jungle Bound (5/1/34)

The Last Resort (6/1/34)

Mother Ganges (7/1/34)

The First Paradise (8/1/34)

Dravidian Glamor (9/1/34)

Adventure Isle (10/1/34)

Queen of the Indies (11/1/34)

A Mediterranean Mecca (12/1/34)


In 1941, Monogram produced an edited short of Charlie Chaplin's 1914 feature TILLIE'S PUNCTURED ROMANCE. My guess is the film had just fallen into the public domain. The short version was 38 minutes and hit theaters on Sepember 23, 1941. Monogram reissued it in 1950.


In 1947, Monogram also produced a 21-minute short called CLIMBING THE MATTERHORN. It was directed by Irving Allen and photographed in Ansco Color. This short was not a travelogue, but rather had a narrative story with actors. It was released on May 30th.


Then in 1950, Monogram reissued 80 of Hal Roach's Our Gang comedy shorts. Roach originally produced them in the 1930s, and they had been released by MGM. Roach sold the Our Gang name to MGM but he retained the copyrights on the films. Monogram rereleased them as Little Rascals comedies.

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