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  1. Pete Smith comedy shorts

    Here is a DVD inventory along with some pre-"Specialties" Smith (like the Goofy Movies series), all "extras" to features unfortunately. No, there is no Pete Smith Collection put out by the Warner Archive yet. However the feature movies are often included in many Spotlight Collections with other titles and other short subject "extras". Ain’t It Aggravatin’ (w/ O'Brien) / The Long, Long Trailer Audioscopiks / A Tale Of Two Cities (Flat Version, not 3-D) Crashing The Movies / Nancy Goes To Rio & Two Weeks With Love Curious Contests / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 2 (& TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Esther Williams Vol 2) with Pagan Love Song Did'ja Know?: Have You Ever Wondered #3 (w/ O'Brien) / Summer Stock Fala / Lassie Come Home The Fall Guy (w/ O'Brien) / Hit The Deck & Kismet La Fiesta De Santa Barbara / Classic Musical Shorts From The Dream Factory (Warner Archive) & For Me And My Gal Flicker Memories / The Big Store Goofy Movies / Forbidden Hollywood Collection: Volume Three Goofy Movies #2 / Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection Goofy Movies #3 / Myrna Loy and William Powell Collection Goofy Movies #4 / Sadie Mckee Hollywood Daredevils / The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (& TCM Greatest Classic Legends) with Girl Crazy Hollywood Scout / The Clock How To Hold Your Husband Back / The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (& TCM Greatest Classic Legends) with Babes On Broadway I Love My Husband, But! (w/ O'Brien) / Without Reservations Let's Cogitate (w/ O’Brien) / Battleground Marines In The Making / Random Harvest Menu / Morning Glory (Katharine Hepburn Collection) Movie Pests (w/ O’Brien) / Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo Musiquiz / Royal Wedding & Belle Of New York Now You See It / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 2 with This Time For Keeps Penny Wisdom / Prisoner Of Zenda Pest Control (w/ O’Brien) / The Stratton Story Quicker Than A Wink (Quicker 'N A Wink) / Go West & The Big Store Reducing / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 2 (& TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Esther Williams Vol 2) Seeing Hands / Du Barry Was A Lady Sports Oddities / That Midnight Kiss & Toast On New Orleans Strikes And Spares / Treasure Island (1934) Sure Cures (w/ O’Brien) / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 1 with Easy To Wed Swing High / Night Flight This Is A Living? / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 2 (& TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Esther Williams Vol 2) with Dangerous When Wet Those Good Old Days (w/ O’Brien) / Madame Bovary Water Trix / TCM Spotlight Esther Williams Vol 1 (& TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Esther Williams Vol 1) with Neptune's Daughter Wedding Bills / The Mickey Rooney & Judy Garland Collection (& TCM Greatest Classic Legends) with Strike Up The Band Wrong Way Butch (w/ O’Brien) / Nancy Goes To Rio & Two Weeks With Love You Can't Win (w/ O’Brien) / The Pirate
  2. Making some "Shortie Checklists"...

    Back to the states to view Kentucky horse racing, with races shown in Florida and Saratoga of New York, in one of the earlier RKO-Pathé Sportscopes (covered under that series heading on the RKO-Pathé-FBO thread). Produced initially by Frederic Ullman Jr., Turner Classic Movies shows only the last entries of this long running series, those produced post-Howard Hughes RKO in the closing years of 1955 through 1957. The earlier entries are harder to see due to all kinds of ownership issues. Bluegrass, directed by Frank Donovan with some of the narration from then popular commentator Clem McCarthy, was released December 2, 1938. This copy from the Prelinger Archives unfortunately has its RKO title card replaced by a 16mm reissue Sears Roebuck & Company opening, but is otherwise identical to the original theatrical. At least the personal credits are spared. Nice shots of Man O'War in his retirement are shown here. Two years later, Robert Carney filmed him in Technicolor for a MGM FitzPatrick Traveltalk called Glimpses Of Kentucky, but the footage is more extensive here and we can see America's favorite horse at his most playful.
  3. Making some "Shortie Checklists"...

    Now heading south to Cuba as it appeared in 1933 in a title covered in the RKO-Pathé-FBO thread. Amadee J. Van Beuren is more famous for his animated cartoons featuring a human version of Tom & Jerry, Little King, Cubby Bear and color "Rainbow Parades" featuring Felix the Cat. Yet he also supplied both Pathé and later RKO-Pathé with many short films including a couple comedy series and multiple documentary shorts. The Vagabond Adventures initially featured Tom Terriss, later ones were written by Russell Spalding. This is one of Spalding's with Alois Havrilla as your host traveler, called simply Cuba. It was released November 10, 1933 and includes a fleeting newsreel shot taken that August when Gerardo Machado was forced out of his presidency due to unrest among struggling workers hit hard by the Depression. This was an interesting sign of things to come 25 years in the future. However the contrast between the lower classes and the tourists of leisure are not fussed with here. Our armchair traveler would much rather spend time with an heiress who is destined to inherit 11 million as she plucks from a honey berry tree. This film is courtesy of Periscope Films: http://periscopefilm.com/
  4. Making some "Shortie Checklists"...

    Time to add a few videos of shorts covered in the "shortie checklists". Sorry it has been a while. Above are the threads you can link to. Not sure how long these stay on YouTube, but it is fun to give life to what is merely a title in a "filmography" list. First one is from Universal and included in that thread. Going Places with Graham McNamee was the studio's key black and white travelogue and "human interest" series of the thirties, produced by Thomas Mead and Joseph O'Brien with scripts by Henry Clay Bate. No. 66, released September 25, 1939, covers a Florida "Man Made Jungle" near Vero Beach. It is always fun to compare old travelogues to the modern locations covered, especially when there is little change in one locale. Here is the official website for McKee Botanical Gardens: http://www.mckeegarden.org/
  5. Soap hunks and divas

    I got to hand it to you, TopBilled. Your analysis of the history of soap operas is even more penetrating than mine for vintage theatrical short films of the 1910s-80s. Daytime TV does reflect the changing times of America.
  6. Soap hunks and divas

    I can see there has definitely been progress. Ten to fifteen years ago, that scene would still be taboo even though there were thousands of heterosexual counterpart scenes that would raise no eyebrows. The one sad part now is that every gay guy on TV looks like a Ken Doll who has spent 4-5 days a week in the gym since he was 12. Definitely more hunks than divas.
  7. Soap hunks and divas

    I didn't want to sound too pessimistic in my above post. Yet we all know that social progress never follows a straight line. Instead it meanders forward and then backwards. Hopefully it moves forward again. It was a decade ago that I recall women I was working with discussing General Hospital. Apparently there was a gay couple on that show and the comments were along the lines of "Well... I guess that show has to include a couple like that to please them." The pronoun "them" was emphasized in pronunciation to distinguish from "us", the ladies discussing. They taped the show but fast forwarded "all of the gay stuff". Again, to be fair, this was a decade ago and maybe, just maybe, those same viewers would be more tolerant today? In addition, they were just temporarily annoyed rather than outraged. They weren't going to write ABC in protest as sometimes happened in the past. We had this discussion on other threads, comparing the progress of gays on TV with that of interracial heterosexual couples. An inventory of those in daytime soaps is worth a discussion all to itself since I seriously doubt there have been any more of "them" than gays and lesbians. Going back through the decades, I was reading up all of the outrage over Petula Clark having an innocent but interracial "bonding moment" with fellow singer Harry Belafonte on her TV special taped in March 1968. NBC was swamped with angry letters and Clark, in particular, suffered a bit of a downturn in her career. Her latest movie with Fred Astaire, Finian's Rainbow, hadn't been released yet and it was speculated that, because she wasn't entirely forgiven, its box-office was hurt to some degree. Chrysler Motors was also upset that they sponsored her show. Nonetheless NBC executives stood by their airing and even decided to push the envelope further. When an actual, more pronounced, interracial kiss occurred on the same network with Star Trek that November (between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner), there was again plenty of outrage but it wasn't as bad as earlier. This was partly due to the surprise of the Martin Luther King assassination and resulting civil unrest that happened in-between. Maybe American TV viewers had gotten a little more tolerant as a result? Apparently not tolerant enough since Star Trek was quietly cancelled the following spring and it would still be quite a while before you saw more interracial affection shown on TV. Remember also that, despite Guess Who's Coming To Dinner being a smash at the box office around the same time as Petula/Harry's TV controversy, the only real display of affection between Sidney Poitier and Katherine Houghton was fleetingly seen in a taxi rear-view mirror. Otherwise that movie was all talk-talk-talk and no action. Also, just because a movie is popular does not mean that the movie-goers flocking to see it necessarily approve of what they see. (Even my own mother said multiple times that she thought it was a "cute" movie but that didn't mean she approved of those kinds of marriages because they are "so unfair to the children". Mind you, she is deceased and I try my best to get over all of my parental issues after all of this time.) It is interesting to note that British TV had interracial kissing well before American TV. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_interracial_kiss_on_television Although a British soap, Emergency Ward 10 featured an interracial kissing scene in 1964, this article in People, dated June 20, 1977, suggested that society on the other side of the Atlantic was still not ready during daytime. http://people.com/archive/interracial-love-in-the-afternoon-tv-soaps-arent-ready-for-it-tina-andrews-finds-vol-7-no-24/
  8. Soap hunks and divas

    There is a very specific line drawn in the sand that you do not cross. You may be able to cross over it sometime in the future, but the time isn't right now. Especially given the present political climate. Television, like a public forum such as this one*, must please a large demographic and there must be a middle ground where those easily offended won't be. Gay relationships will be tolerated as long as they maintain a certain protocol on screen. Until a large enough portion of that population can handle it, you just can't depict heterosexuality and homosexuality equally on screen. The same is true in public parks, beaches and other areas: it is totally acceptable behavior for a man and a woman to embrace and show affection. You will see a lot of that everywhere you go regardless whether you want to see it or not. However it is only acceptable for the same genders to do the same in very discrete areas or specified urban districts where it is more commonplace a.k.a. West Hollywood, Greenwich Village, parts of San Francisco or Winton Manors. Likewise a cable network like Bravo can show a series with gay characters, albeit more chaste than any heterosexual counterpart, provided those who say "I don't mind others doing it as long as I don't have to see it" can easily flip past with their remote. It doesn't matter whether the TV producers or owners of a website are tolerant. It matters whether or not a large portion of the public is. *One of the reasons, perhaps not the only reason, why a post got removed recently may have been due to a shot of two women looking like they might... potentially... kiss each other.
  9. I guess there was something wrong with my above movie trailer post. Oh well... at least I didn't get any messageboard "demerits" this time. This is why I always give plenty of warning in every post in case there is anything to be concerned about so that all readers can tread lightly. Never want to offend anybody. Sometimes I do get too opinionated and this is not good in the era we live in today where opinions are seldom neutral.
  10. No YouTube "age restriction" on this trailer.
  11. Soap hunks and divas

    Now you know how ignorant I am about soaps since I have no clue who is a "diva" or not.
  12. Soap hunks and divas

    So many famous stars started on daytime. You can also add Meg Ryan. One embarrassing confession: although many (mostly women) in my childhood years were soap addicts, I never acquired the taste. I was OK with primetime soaps like DALLAS primarily because they were no different than other TV dramas shown once a week. It was hard for me to stay committed to something shown daily with so much else going on in my life. The medical profession was one I had zero interest in, although I did watch GREY'S ANATOMY in its early years mostly because of all of the sex going on. Again that was not a soap opera. Of course, there tended to be more sex in daytime than primetime anyway.
  13. No Words

    He left the business quickly. Per the imdb.com, "Amid his brief time in front of the lights and cameras, Herren had something of a roller-coaster personal life which included dating Barbara Thinnes, ex-wife of actor Roy Thinnes. He lives inauspiciously in Santa Barbara, California and could still be found on the beach until his death at the age of 68." Even his official obituary is nebulous, which isn't specific as to the exact day in September 2014 he died so we don't know if he celebrated his last birthday or not. I guess he didn't.
  14. No Words

    Not to mention, Raquel certainly didn't suffer. I guess this is Myra's big day with both him and Tom Selleck on the radar for we TCM posters.
  15. Soap hunks and divas

    Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson) drying him off by the pool in Sunset Blvd.

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