Mysterious_Mose

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  1. Mysterious_Mose

    Upcoming shorts on TCM

    "The Perfect Set-up" is an entry in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series.
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    MGMWBRKO - Syncopation (1929)

    > I have asked George Feltenstien and the film and > video mastering department at Warner Bros to look > into this. Thanks! If you can let us know if you hear anything, that would be wonderful. There are quite a few people that would be interested to see this film saved somewhere else than Moscow. :-)
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    Nertsery Rhymes and Roast-Beef and Movies

    Thanks. I even have "Dancing Lady" and forgot all about that short being on it. In regards to "Nertsery Rhymes", my guess is that it has also aired more recently. I am pretty sure it is not on any DVD outside of the black and white version that is on the Platinum DVD. At least, I think it's the Platinum DVD. Hopefully, it will air again. The one from the MGM shorts box set is quite faded.
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    Nertsery Rhymes and Roast-Beef and Movies

    Apparently, these two shorts, one with Ted Healy and his Stooges and the other with Curly Howard, aired on TCM sometime in recent memory. I have these on LaserDisc, but it is my understanding that the ones that aired were of much better quality. I may even have the things archived somewhere tacked onto the end of films I haven't looked at yet. Does anyone remember or have a record of when they aired? Or better yet, the films they followed?
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    MGMWBRKO - Syncopation (1929)

    Do you know who in Russia is said to own this print? It's at the Gosfilmofond of Russia, a film library in Moscow.
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    MGMWBRKO - Syncopation (1929)

    That is indeed awesome. Especially, if something can be done to rescue this film. As near as I can tell, it is still in Russia. Penn State had the one blurb about it, but I haven't been able to find any more info on it at their web site other than the fact that they apparently have a tape to rent.
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    MGMWBRKO - Syncopation (1929)

    Does anyone at TCM know anything about the disposition of the Morton Downey/Dot Lee/Fred Waring film "Syncopation"? This was apparently discovered in Russia in 1997 or so and copies were made. According to the Penn State link below, they had some interest in trying to obtain the film. Does anyone know if they, or anyone else did? This is an historic film in that it was the first "all talking, all singing" film. It was also the first Radio Pictures film AND the first commercial test of the RCA Photophone system. It was also apparently produced before "The Jazz Singer", but released after. I know there is a huge interest in this film amongst jazz buffs because of the appearance of Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians and Morton Downey and The Melody Boys. Not to mention that it was Dot Lee's film debut. I have a multi-generation VHS dub of this film and it is delightful. Has any effort been made to obtain it? http://www.psu.edu/ur/archives/intercom_1997/Feb20/CURRENT/news.html
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    Upcoming shorts on TCM

    "The River", "The City", and "The Plow That Broke the Plains" (Part 1) are all in the public domain and available for download at http://www.archive.org/index.php.
  9. For any healthy culture to remain intact, a set of standards regarding decency must be established and preserved. I don't have a lot of time right now to get into a discussion about this and what I am about to say is not meant as a personal attack. But, the above statement is a lot of hooey. Who gets to decide what "decency" is. One of the problems with this country is that we are still suffering from the innate insanity of the original Puritans that had all sorts of unhealthy hangups about sex and bodily functions, but who had no complusions about forcing other people to bend to their wills. And killing them when they wouldn't. In my opinion, the above statement is a direct descendant of that and so were the people that enforced the Breen Code. The Hollywood Production Code was finally put into actual effect by the driving will of Joseph Breen. Breen was closely allied with the Catholic League of Decency that wanted to foist its will upon the public. During the 20's and the early years of the Depression, this country was going through a period of enlightenment and that was reflected back by Hollywood. Films began depicting strong-willed and independent women that were comfortable with their sexuality. Topical subjects were becoming common, as was evidenced by some of the early talkies of Richard Barthelmess. Along come the Powers That Be and squash it like a bug. No longer were films to be relevant to people's day-to-day lives. A very similar thing happened in the aftermath of the late 60s and early 70s. Relevant topics in films were replaced by "Rambo" and "Star Wars". The long and the short of it is that the decent thing to do is to not force your will on other people. If people were offended by such fare as was available in the late 20s and early 30s, they didn't have to go see the particular films. Not everything that played was racy or even topical. Women like Stanwyck and Crawford were popular for a reason. That reason was that other women could relate to their screen characters. During the the 1930s, clientele of theaters started to dwindle and special promotions and double features were offered, in an attempt to bring people back. Part of this was because many people just couldn't afford to go to the movies every week any more. But, how much of it was because of censorship? My grandmother was 44 when the Production Code went into effect. I know for a fact that one of the reasons she stopped going to the movies so often was because of censorship. But then, she was a newspaper writer and was hep to such things. The long and the short of it is that the Breen Code was censorship. Nothing more, nothing less. And censorship should never be tolerated in a society that advertises itself as being free. So, that's my 2 cents, for what it is worth, and that is all I will invest in this. :-)
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    movie title

    I know you say it is a 1940's black and white film, but could it be "Yanks" (1979)? The song "I'll Be Seeing You" is played during the fade to credits and over the credits. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080157/ Other the the film of the same title, IMDB doesn't list that song in any of the soundtrack listings for any other 1940's film. Crosby had the first hit with that one in 1944, I believe, although it had been written in 1938 and recorded in 1940. Tommy Dorsey also recorded it in 1944 with Frank Sinatra doing the vocals.
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    "Lost" RKOs airing in April

    Thank you so much! My friend will be elated at the news.
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    Do You Know Me?

    > "Most of my acting career was spent on the stage. > However, I did make over 30 films. The first of these > was in an early, part color, talkie. I specialized in > comedy roles and am probably best known for my role > as the mother of another actress in a well known > musical. I am also remembered for a television role, > in which I was involuntarily replaced by another > actress. > > Who am I?" > > > You are: Pert Kelton. > > You were in "Sally" (1929), a part-color musical. > You played the mother of Shirley Jones in "The Music > Man" (1962). You were the original Alice in "The > Honeymooners" with Jackie Gleason. > > Dan N. You're too good for me, man. Let someone else try. :-)
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    Do You Know Me?

    Okay. I'll try again. Most of my acting career was spent on the stage. However, I did make over 30 films. The first of these was in an early, part color, talkie. I specialized in comedy roles and am probably best known for my role as the mother of another actress in a well known musical. I am also remembered for a television role, in which I was involuntarily replaced by another actress. Who am I?
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    Do You Know Me?

    I looked in the TCM data base for the figure "82". Sounds like one or the other is wrong. :-)
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    "Lost" RKOs airing in April

    Does anyone know if these will be airing on Canadian TCM? A friend of mine has recently got TCM and is noticing the lack of RKO films that get aired there. Will this affect the recently restored film too?

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