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    A 20th Century Fox Retrospective Scrapbook : 1935

    1936 will most likely appear on Monday. i hope to do much of Fox's history with these eventually. As long as there is interest.
  2. 20th Century Fox was born as part of a merger in 1935 between the Fox Film company, a 20 year old maker of films, long a major player in the film industry and the upstart 20th Century Pictures, an enormously successful independent producer at United Artists. The first steps of this new company were hesitant. In the first full year of the merger, a major star died and the depression was still at its height, but brighter days would be ahead..... These were the first releases of 20th Century Fox in the fledgling days after the merger in 1935. July 31, 1935: Dante's Inferno, a drama starring Spencer Tracy (who after this was en route to MGM) and Claire Trevor August 30, 1935, Redheads on Parade, a musical starring John Boles and Dixie Lee September 6, 1935, Steamboat Round the Bend, a comedy directed by John Ford. Star Will Rogers died a few weeks before its release in a plane crash. His final film would be released a few months later. September 13, 1935, The Gay Deception, the first Oscar-nominated film released after the merger. It was a romantic comedy starring Francis Lederer and Frances Dee. September 20, 1935, Thunder in the Night, a crime saga with Edmund Lowe September 27, 1935, Thunder Mountain (another week, another Thunder film), a B-western based on a Zane Grey story with George O'Brien and Barbara Fritchie October 4, 1935, Here's to Romance, a musical starring Nino Martini, Genevieve Tobin, and Anita Louise. October 14, 1935, Charlie Chan in Shanghai, the 9th in the series started under the old Fox label, starring Warner Oland. October 18, 1935, This is the Life, a family comedy with Jane Withers October 25, 1935... two films this day. A remake of Way Down East with Rochelle Hudson and Henry Fonda, and Bad Boy, a B-Comedy with James Dunn, 10 years before his Oscar win.... November 1, 1935, Music is Magic. Needless to say a musical. 'Twas the last film to be released that was filmed before the merger completely came together. Also was the last film for star Bebe Daniels. Star Alice Faye would soon become a major star in her own right. November 8, 1935, Metropolitan, an operatic musical with Lawrence Tibbitt. The first completely filmed after the merger, and thus, the first full fledged 20th Century Fox film..... November 15, 1935, Thanks a Million, a musical starring two stars loaned from WB: Dick Powell and Ann Dvorak (although it seems Miss Dvorak was beginning to freelance) November 22, 1935, In Old Kentucky, the swansong film for Will Rogers. It was a walloping hit. November 29, 1935, another 2 film day. The A-Film was The Man who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo, a romantic comedy with Ronald Colman and Joan Bennett. The B movie was Navy Wife, with 3 main players whose careers would all blossom in years to come: Claire Trevor, Ralph Bellamy, and Jane Darwell. December 6, 1935, Show Them No Mercy, a crime film whose title seems to have been applied to its poster since top-billed Rochelle Hudson is nowhere to be found on it...... December 13, 1935, Your Uncle Dudley, a rare starring vehicle for Edward Everett Horton. December 20, 1935, Whispering Smith Speaks, an action B with George O'Brien, back again December 27, 1935, The Littlest Rebel, the year's final release starring the company's biggest star, Shirley Temple. it was a little to late to be a Christmas present, but it was very much welcomed by the accountants anyway.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Was thinking possibly of making a retrospective thread going through Fox releases of the past. Nothing fancy, just pictures, names of films, genres, a star or two. Would people be interested?
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    In many ways, Fox 2000 was the main reason why the main branch of Fox had renewed energy in the last few years. it's a nasty blow to thoughtful major-studio moviemaking. This is really bad news.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    they didn't waste any time. It's rather darkly amusing to see The Shape of Water pictured next to Toy Story.
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    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    I saw it once, and I'll confess, I was deeply uncomfortable with its bluntness. I wasn't expecting it to be that frank. Still Elliot Gould and Dyan Cannon turned in fine work and Natalie Wood was good too.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Indeed. Some of the most famous examples include Zorba the Greek, Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Longest Day, The Hustler, Compulsion, The Three Faces of Eve, and The Innocents.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Some films in the late 60s and 70s that were in regular 1.85 widescreen (as opposed to Panavision at 2.4 widescreen) often had it zoomed in so that the logo almost completely filled up the screen.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    According to what I see here on a website all about movie logos, it was done to "widen" the logo up for the new aspect ratio of widescreen. But as we see here, there is a lot of blue space on both sides of the sign.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    In the CinemaScope era, the 0 was always tiled on its side (made it look like an olive). This applied to almost all Fox films from late 1953 through the late 60s except the Todd-AO spectaculars (Sound of Music, Can-Can, The Agony and the Ecstasy, Cleopatra etc.). And the tilted 0 version continued through the 80s after that, although it was in tandem with a regular version in the 80s.
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    Starring Madeline Kahn

    Yes, that's the one. Good read, very poignant too.
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    Upcoming Releases

    Incoming Blu-Rays for April: Frankenstein 1970 (1958) Summer Stock (1950) A Patch of Blue (1965)
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    The intention is to still keep the label open it seems, but even so, it seems like a strange step forward. There is though one amusing thing to come out of this. Disney now becomes the owner of both Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Myra Breckinridge, two very un-Disney like films.
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    RIP 20th Century Fox

    Well, its official now. Disney bought out 20th Century Fox, and Fox's long run as a independent major studio will be coming to an end just hours from now at 12:02 AM (don't know if that's Eastern or Pacific time). Fox gave us many great films over the years and had many great stars in its studio system days, and I for one as very sad to see it end this way, that now they will only be a subsidiary. It's a sad day in Hollywood history.
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    Starring Madeline Kahn

    I was looking at something that was archived the other day. The IMDb messageboards closed down in 2017, but they had an archive feature where you could look through old posts, and I happened to look at Madeline Kahn's messageboards. There was something there that was unique for the internet; there were no nasty posts; everyone who posted truly loved her. She was a true original, incredibly funny, extremely endearing. There was a good biography published about her a few years ago, well worth checking out.

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