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Eagles Of The Navy (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; ---) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-April 24, 1943   Filmed at Pensacola Florida training facility. Joe Gosling is the soldier in training.

Earl Burtnett & His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (---) bw-12m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© March 3, 1928 (filmed December '27) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* Standard jazz reel with band in tuxs. Vitaphone #2285 features "Trees", "3:00 in the Morning" and "Anabelle Lee".  // Vitaphone #2285

Earl Burtnett & His Biltmore Hotel Orchestra (2) (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© March 3, 1928 (filmed December '27) Features "The Sunrise", "If I Should Love You" and "My Blue Heaven"  // Vitaphone #2286

Earl Burtnett Orchestra (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-September 29, 1928 (Film Daily review; filmed January)  Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* features one of these. Vitaphone #2294 includes "What'll You Do" and "The Song Is Ended".  // Vitaphone #2294

Earl Burtnett Orchestra #2295 (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© March 3, 1928 (filmed January) Features "I Fell Over Heels In Love"  // Vitaphone #2295

The East Indies (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(Musical World Journeys)-© July 23, 1934 (Completed January)  // Vitaphone #1650

East Is East (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; script: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor / CinemaScope-17m-(Scope Gem)-September 26, 1956 (filmed '55) Tour of Malay, Burma and Thailand.  // Vitaphone #2658A

East Side West Side (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Joe Weston & Collette Lyons)-© December 29, 1927 Apache dancing on the bowery  // Vitaphone #2318

Easy Aces (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-( Pepper Pot: Easy Aces [Goodman & Jane Ace])-© March 4, 1934 (filmed July '33)  This is the first of several comedies featuring the radio stars, but not the first released.  // Vitaphone #1578

Echo Mountain (Ralph Staub; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-October 30, 1936 Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  Romance in the Swiss Alps. Fred Laurence and Rosalind Marquis head the cast.  // Vitaphone #7633-7634

Echoes (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master: Charles Davis & His Orchestra)-© March 5, 1935 (filmed October '34) Set at a nightclub an fraternity with Cackles O'Neill in support.  // Vitaphone #1796

Eddie Conrad, Broadway's Favorite Comedian (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 19, 1927 Accompanied by Charlotte Conrad and ballerina Marion Eddy. Piano selections include Berlin's "Always" and the "Hungarian Rhapsody"  // Vitaphone #491

Eddie Conrad, Broadway's Favorite Comedian "So Far So Good" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed March) Mix of comedy and piano music and ballet with Marion Eddy and Charlotte Conrad.  // Vitaphone #563

Eddie DeLange And His Orchestra With Elisse Cooper (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-August 12, 1939 Includes Sissle-Blake's standard "I'm Just Wild About Harry"  // Vitaphone #239B

Eddie Duchin & His Orchestra (Eddy Duchin & His Orchestra) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-© November 25, 1933 (filmed May) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD*   Entertaining musical performances done at a club invoving roller skates.  // Vitaphone #1558

Eddie Lambert, America's Foremost Concert Pianist (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© January 28, 1929 (filmed December '28) Comic "pronoun" trouble and modernized rendiions of the classics.  // Vitaphone #702

Eleanor Painter, The Lyric Soprano (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety)-March 31, 1929 (Film Daily review)  Both classical and Irving Berlin's How About Me" with piano  // Vitaphone #746

Eliseo Grenet & His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-June 15, 1937   Cuban tunes with Conchita, Jose Negrette, R. Armangod and the Rhumba Sextette.  // Vitaphone #9B

The Emergency Case (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Hugh Cameron)-September 5, 1930 (filmed July) / In order to avoid a ticket, a man poses as a doctor. Things go well until a cop's wife needs help. Co-starring Al Ochs & Loretta Shea.  // Vitaphone #1063

Emil Coleman And His Orchestra (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-May 9, 1942 (filmed June '41)   Four selections: "Voice of Spring", "Just One of Those Things", "Mexican Magic" and "Shalimar" (Reissued 10-29-49)  // Vitaphone #397A

Emil Coleman And His Orchestra With The Nightingales (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-© December 7, 1936 (filmed September) Also Harlan & Hart. Features Coleman's "El Patio".  // Vitaphone #1997

Emperor's Horses (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; André De La Varre; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-March 1, 1952 (Completed August '51)  Covers Lippizaner horses of Austria. (Reissued December '61)  // Vitaphone #2095A

Enchanted Islands (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Owen Crump & Edwin E. Olsen; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-August 4, 1951 (Completed May)  Hawaiian documentary that enjoyed better-than-average reviews at the time of its release. Reissued to theaters in October 1960  // Vitaphone #2090A

English As She Is Not Spoken (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Val & Ernie Stanton)-© June 30, 1928 Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* More comic wordplay like "platitudinous ponderosity" and witty laugh tunes like "Horsie Keep Your Tail Up". Film Daily reviewed this as “classy” 11-11-28.  // Vitaphone #2587

English Outings (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Edwin E. Olsen; story: Charles Tedford; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) bw-10m-(Sports Parade)-May 14, 1949 (Completed October '48)  Covers British dog trials, horse racing and the regatta.  // Vitaphone #1750A

English Singers #416 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 2, 1927 (filmed December '26) They are Flora Mann, Lillian Berger, Norman Stone, Nellie Carson, Norman Motley and Cuthbert Kelly. Includes "Dark Eyed Soldier" and "Turtle Dove"  // Vitaphone #416-417

English Singers #417 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 2, 1927 (filmed December '26) Features "Wassail Song" among others  // Vitaphone #416-417

Enric Madriguera And His Orchestra (#2) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Lloyd French & Jack Scholl) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-August 10, 1946 (filmed '45)  Features hits "Take It Away" and "Mira Mira"  // Vitaphone #1457A

Enric Madriguera And Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-January 26, 1938 (filmed '37) The bandleader woos a socirty girl (Patricia Gilmore) in this one.  // Vitaphone #90B

Envy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley & Geoffrey Kerry) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Madge Evans, Eric Dresser, Romney Brent & others)-© January 5, 1931 (filmed November '30) / A 1930 version of "spouse swapping" (but with nothing too obsene here), with each couple displaying "envy" for the affections another couple shows.  // Vitaphone #1125

Ephraim Zimbalist & Harold Bauer Duet (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-8m35s-(Vitaphone Variety)-August 6, 1926 Don Juan *DVD* Piano and violin using Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata  // Vitaphone #281

Ernestine Schumann-Heink (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed May) The contralto covers Rassbach's "Trees", Huerter's "Pirate Dream" and Schubert's "Der Erlkoenig"  // Vitaphone #568

The Eternal Barrier (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Sarah Padden)-© December 29, 1927 (filmed October) Comic monologue  // Vitaphone #2246

The Eternal Triangle (---) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© June 30, 1930 (filmed April) Wyndham Standing, Lillian Rich & Armand Kaliz star in this one-reel act about how an American, British and French husband reacts to the unfaithful wife.  // Vitaphone #4033

Eva Shirley And Her Versatile Band (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-April 1929 Mostly music but some comedy and Gil Lamb in an early appearance. Also Ray Block, Willie Fratkin and the Two Sammys.  // Vitaphone #781

Evening At Home With Hitchy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Raymond Hitchcock)-© April 17, 1929 Comic monologue and song "Here Comes the Groom"  // Vitaphone #760

An Evening On The Don (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-May 1926 (test preview)  // Vitaphone #183

Every Dog Has His Day (music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-December 22, 1951 (Completed June)   Profiles working breeds.  // Vitaphone #2072A

An Everyday Occurance (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Wilbur Mack & Gertrude Purdy)-© May 27, 1929 (filmed November '28) A comic "lovers spat" on stage.  // Vitaphone #2795

Everything Happens To Me (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: James Carson)-June 1930  He isn't pleased with what he sees in a crystal ball… and already his underwear business is troubled with little help from his family. (Also featured: Leo Hoyt, Sid Garry, Lucille Lortel & Lisa Silbert)  // Vitaphone #1046

Evolution (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: ed: Bert Frank) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© June 11, 1930 (Completed April) A short history of the movies with vintage footage going back to The Great Train Robbery.  // Vitaphone #1022

The Evolution Of Dixie Overture (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Herman Heller & Vitaphone Orchestra)-© July 2, 1927 (filmed February)  // Vitaphone #462

Evolution Of The Dance (---) Technicolor (2-color)-12m-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety: Lupino Lane, Billy Taft & Mary Hutchinson)-July 11, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed January) Profiles dances from different countries in costume.  // Vitaphone #3895-3896

Excuse The Pardon (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-6m-(Vitaphone Variety: Ralph Morgan)-December 7, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed August) / (D) A released prisoner discovers the outside world is not easy. This mini-drama also features Marjorie Gateson, Robert Middleton and Katherine Alexander.  // Vitaphone #1069

Exploring The Pacific (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(Musical World Journeys)-September 23, 1933 (Completed July)  Tour of Cocos Island, the Galapagos & Tahiti  // Vitaphone #1587

The Eyes Have It (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-9m54s-(Pepper Pot: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy & Christina Graver)-© October 3, 1931 (filmed August) The Public Enemy (Greatest Gangster Films Prohibition Era) *DVD*  Bergen is the eye doctor trying to prescribe glasses for dummy Charlie (whose vision isn't impaired enough not to "eye" the sexy assistant), but the two wind up fishing later.  // Vitaphone #1271

Fabulous Mexico (Hamilton Wright) color-9m-(World Wide Adventure)-October 1962  // Vitaphone #3082A

Facing Your Danger (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Edwin E. Olsen & DeLeon Anthony; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade w/ Technicolor Adventure)-May 11, 1946 (© December 23, 1945) (*Academy Award Winner*) Deception (Bette Davis) *DVD*  An exciting trip along the rapids of the Grand Canyon's Colorado River, culminating at Lake Mead.  // Vitaphone #1472A

Faint Heart (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-20m-(Vitaphone Variety: Bert Lahr)-© December 21, 1929 (filmed September) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD*  A zany pajama tailor woos a critical gal by changing his occupation to a cop. The star is famous today as The Wizard of Oz lion. Co-starring Bobbe Arnst, Harry Shannon & Malcolm Duncan  // Vitaphone #904-905

Fair Days (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Val Harris & Ann Howe)-© November 24, 1928 (filmed August) Includes a "rube" (a.k.a. rural farmer type) routine by a roadside.  // Vitaphone #2757

The Fall Guy (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ray Hughes & Pam)-© May 12, 1929 (filmed November '28) Jokes and pratfalls on stage.  // Vitaphone #2837

The Fallen Star (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: George Rosener)-© November 29, 1929 (filmed September)  An aging thespian about to be evicted reenacts his great performances back in the ol' South.  // Vitaphone #910

The Familiar Face (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley; story: Russel Crouse) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Hugh O'Connell)-June 9, 1929 (Film Daily review; filmed April)   Comedy sketch at a newspaper office with a drunk reporter later seeking a bank robber in a speakaesy. (With Granville Bates, Frank Rowan and William Shelley)  // Vitaphone #807

A Family Affair (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Arthur Byron)-© January 28, 1929 (filmed October '28) With Kate, Eileen and Kathryn Byron. Romantic entanglements of a widow's two daughters.  // Vitaphone #2704

The Family Ford (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Jim Harkins)-May 1929 On the road comedy with the Model T causing havoc. Also cast in this comedy: Marian Harkins, Hope Eden, Harry Lester and Marie Dolan  // Vitaphone #790

A Famous Male Impersonator (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Kitty Doner)-September 5, 1928 (filmed July) Often we have guys dressing in drag... here the opposite.  // Vitaphone #2668

Famous Movie Dogs (Del Frazier; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: John Deering) Naturalcolor-10m-(Color Parade)-August 17, 1940  Color reel featuring canines who act in the movies, with interesting shots taken at the Burbank lot.  // Vitaphone #9686

Fannie Ward The Miracle Woman (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety)-March 24, 1929 (Film Daily review; filmed January) Tunes "Flapper Fannie" and "Radio Widow". Film Daily labeled this one “flat”.  // Vitaphone #721

The Fashion Plates Of Harmony (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© March 3, 1928 (filmed November '27)   Features Messrs. Reese, R.L. Williams & Maginetti "Singing Stylish Songs" like "Wild Man of Borneo"  // Vitaphone #2283

Fashions For Tomorrow (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Paul R. Thoma; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Technicolor Adventure)-November 17, 1945  Jean Parker and others showcase latest fashions.  // Vitaphone #1410A

Fashion's Mirror (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-15m-(Vitaphone Variety: Jack Thompson & Barbara Newberry)-October 19, 1930 (Film Daily; filmed May) Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD* Junior increases sales for pop’s clothing business with fashionable musical numbers like “You Can Tell a Lady by the Way She Wears her Clothes”.  // Vitaphone #1045

Fast And Pleasant (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Al Ray) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Billy Wayne & Thelma White)-May 1931 A struggling bellhop finds a rich ga running from her stuffy parents.  // Vitaphone #1224

Faster And Faster (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-10m-(Warner Novelty)-January 21, 1956 (Compiled '55)   A short history of boat racing.  // Vitaphone #2588A

The Fastest Automobile In The World (---) color-9m-(Worldwide Adventure)-November 5, 1966 Covers Bob and Bill Summers testing the Goldenrod in Bonneville Salt Flats  // Vitaphone #3287A

A Fat Chance (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Johnny Perkins)-March 25, 1939 Johnny runs the Roly Poly Club for the stout folks. (With the Sisters Virginia, Gae Foster Girls, Arren & Broderick)  // Vitaphone #204-205B

Feminine Types (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Jean Barrios)-© December 8, 1928 (filmed July) Female impersonator  // Vitaphone #2700

Festival Days (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; story: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor-17m-(Warnercolor Special)-August 13, 1955   Tours of Germany, Austria and Italy.  // Vitaphone #2527A

A Few Absurd Moments (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Stanley & Ginger)-© March 12, 1929 (filmed January) Duo sings "That's My Weakness Now" and "Just Like a Melody Out of the Sky"  // Vitaphone #714

A Few Minutes In The Mines (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Flynn O'Malley, Vernon Rickard & The Black Diamond Four Quartette)-© March 3, 1928 (filmed November '27) Tunes in the coal mine like "Rocky Road to Dublin" and "Where Do You Work-a John"  // Vitaphone #2277

A Few Moments With George Jessel (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]:  credits unavailable) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: 1R)-(M)-© June 29, 1927 Accompanied by Alex Sater.  // Vitaphone #534

Fiesta For Sports (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; André De La Varre; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-December 20, 1952   Tour of Argentina  // Vitaphone #2223A

Fifi (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Vivienne Segal, Albert Dekker, William Ingersoll, Flavia Arcaro & Charles Judels)-March 24, 1933 (Film Daily review; filmed December '32)   Condensed version of Victor Herbert's "Mlle Modiste".   // Vitaphone #1511-1512

Fifty Dollar Bill (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity? w/ George Watts, Eleanor Whitney & Jack Powell)-© July 26, 1935 (filmed March)   Two detectives use a counterfeit $50 bill to meet famous people on Broadway and a theater… and radio show. Powell does a blackface act.  // Vitaphone #1844-1845

The Fight (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Ring Lardner) bw-12m-(Vitaphone Variety: Harry McNaughton & Charles Lawrence)-© June 9, 1930 (filmed April)   Boxing comedy with plenty of visual puns involving the announcer.  // Vitaphone #1006

Fight, Fish, Fight (Bob Edge; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Wendell Niles) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-March 1, 1941  Hunting Marlin New Zealand. It is debatable if modern viewers would find this as "exciting" as the BoxOffice reviewer   // Vitaphone #82A

Fighting Athletes (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Saul Elkins; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-May 1, 1948 (filmed '47)   Indian Army soldiers practice ancient sports.  // Vitaphone #1666A

The Fighting Engineers (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; B. Reeves Eason; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special: Richard Travis)-January 2, 1943 (filmed December '42)  A boxer joins the Army and is trained to fight the Japanese.  // Vitaphone #1095A

The Fighting Judge (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-13m-(Your True Adventure)-July 2, 1938   Profiles Oliver Wendell Holmes' son, wounded in the Civil War. Edward Trevor, J. Covil Dunn, Suzanne Jackson & Patsy Roe star.  // Vitaphone #146B

Fighting The Fire Bomb (Office of Emergency Management: Sherman Price; cast: James Lehmann) bw-5m-(War Activities Committee Special)-December 23, 1941//

Filipino Sports Parade (Howard Hill; music: William Lava; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 17, 1944  Howard Hill makes an appearance with ex-natives training at Camp Cook in California.  // Vitaphone #1252A

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De La Plaza And Juanita With Their Spanish Serenaders (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© December 13, 1928 (filmed July) Classical pieces like "William Tell Overture" with Alma Real and the Royal Filipino Band in support.  // Vitaphone #2702

The Dead Line (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: David Callis, Blanche Friderici & Jimmy Phillips)-© November 25, 1929 (filmed September) Mini-drama about the mob in Hell's Kitchen.  // Vitaphone #3333

Dead Or Alive (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley; story: Russel Crouse) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Hugh O'Connell)-© December 10, 1929 (filmed August) A drunk reporter stumbles to get a story... and through a hospital. With Granville Bates and William Shelley.  // Vitaphone #895

Dean Of Pasteboards (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French & Louis Zingone) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Novelty)-May 27, 1939  Card expert instructs some students various card tricks.  // Vitaphone #227B

Dear Old Dad (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-12m-(Your True Adventure)-April 11, 1938   Wryley Birch stars as an elderly man who loses his memory and gets lost  // Vitaphone #45B

Dear Old London (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(Newman Traveltalk)-August 26, 1932 (Film Daily review; edited February) Highlight is the zoo and a Komodo dragon on display.  // Vitaphone #1351

The Death Ship (story by Jose Jackson) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Mitchell Lewis, Jason Robards & Elizabeth Page)-© June 2, 1928 (filmed October '27) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Mini-drama set on a mutinied ship. Interesting if stiff in its stagey-ness.  // Vitaphone #2234

Declaration Of Independence (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Crane Wilbur & Charles Tedford; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-17m-(Technicolor Special)-November 26, 1938 (*Academy Award Winner*)  A Slight Case Of Murder *DVD* Focuses on Caesar Rodney of Delaware (Ted Osborne), one of the deciding votes on a particular day in 1776. With John Litel as Thomas Jefferson an Walter Walker as Benjamin Franklin, along with Rosella Towne, Owen King and Richard Bond. (Reissued 5-15-54)  // Vitaphone #8874-8875

Deep Adventure (Cedric Francis, producer; Scotty Wellbourn & Ross Allen; story: Owen Crump; narrator: Johnny Jacobs) Warnercolor-46m-(Featurette)-May 1957 (filmed '56)   More wild critter escapades and sunken treasure adventure in Florida with Ross Allen in a semi feature (the '58 volume of SCREEN WORLD labeled it such) and semi-drama. William Fuller and Dottie Lee Phillips co-star. Howard Jackson provided the slushy music score.  // Vitaphone #2715A

Defying Death (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-12m-(Your True Adventure)-October 15, 1938  A mother saves her children from a burning building. Stars Mady Carrell, Warren Ashe & Stephen Miller  // Vitaphone #148B

Des Nouvelles Chansons Americaines (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ann Codee & Frank Orth)-August 1929 "Some New American Songs" in French.  // Vitaphone #886

Desert Killer (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Larry Lansburgh; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-December 25, 1952 (preview: general release June 27, 1953) (*Academy Award Nominee*)  Starlift (TCM Doris Day Collection) *DVD* Marvin Glenn tracks a sheep-killing cougar in the Chiricahuas of Arizona.   // Vitaphone #2222A

Desert Playground (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Arnold Albert; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-November 13, 1943  Tour of Palm Springs, California.  // Vitaphone #1165A

Desert Thrills (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Edwin Bartlett)-© April 30, 1930 (filmed February) Romance and music at an Egyptan cafe.  // Vitaphone #989

Desi Arnaz And His Orchestra (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jack Scholl) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-October 12, 1946  Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  & Night And Day *DVD*  The famous bandleader before I Love Lucy. The last Melody Master filmed, but not the last released. (Reissued 10-3-53)  // Vitaphone #1465A

Detectives (Detektuvs) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Penrod w/ Billy Hayes)-January 2, 1932 (filmed December '31) News of a bank robbery makes sleuth out Penrod and buddies (with David Gorcey ad Jackie Kelk).  // Vitaphone #1319

Devil Boats (A. Pam Blumenthal & André de la Varre: Arnold Albert; music: William Lava) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special w / Warren Douglas)-July 22, 1944   Demonstrates the production of PT boats. Co-produced by the US Navy.  // Vitaphone #1272A

The Devil's Parade (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: George Hale) bw (red tints)-10m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© June 8, 1930 (filmed February)   Musical set “down below” with Hades getting his fill of Broadway entertainers. Dialogue in rhyme mostly. Features Sidney Toler, Joan Blondell, Gerald Smith & Jessie Busley.  // Vitaphone #992

Diamond Til (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: Grace Hayes & Neville Fleeson)-September 1, 1929 (Film Daily review; filmed July)  “Average” (per Film Daily) spoof of Mae West’s “Diamond Lil”  // Vitaphone #871

Diary Of A Racing Pigeon (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Del Frazier; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Cinecolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-November 30, 1940   Life of a bird and its sport.  // Vitaphone #9795

Dick Rich And His Melodious Monarchs (---) bw-9m37s-(Vitaphone Variety)- © July 24, 1928 (filmed May) The Jazz Singer & Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Some great jazzy numbers like "Ramona" and "There Must Be a Silver Lining" as well as an oddball ventroloquist sketch with vocalist Cheri Rich.  // Vitaphone #2595

Dining Out (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-June 1930 Starring Alice Lake, Billy Kent & Ernest Wood. A wife gets even with her too-busy-to-dine husband when a friend of his mistakens her for "another woman".  // Vitaphone #4200

The Dinner Party (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Stanley Ridges, Florence Vernon & Daisy Atherton)-May 1929 A party next-door must be bigger than the one these house guests are expecting themselves.  // Vitaphone #812

The Diplomats, High Hat Syncopators Of Jazz (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed May) Features Teddy King, Hal Salies, Johnny Ferrara, Andy Hamilton, Harry Nadell, Walter Read and George Coo n on the bandstand.  // Vitaphone #565

The Dipsy Doodler (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master: Larry Clinton & Orchestra)-August 1939  Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD*  Glossy setting with big windows... all quite formal. Theme title song included.  // Vitaphone #247B

Disaster Fighters (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-August 11, 1951  Follow-up to BLAZE BUSTERS with stunning footage of flood and earthquake rescue efforts.  // Vitaphone #2075A

Divide And Conquer (War Department: Frank Capra, narrator: Knox Manning) bw-14m-(Broadway Brevity)-August 1, 1942  Similiar but slightly different than Frank Capra's later expanded feature released as part of his "Why We Fight" series.  // Vitaphone #1022-1023A

Dixie Days "Negro Spirituals" (---) bw-6m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© August 18, 1928 (filmed March)   A roundup of eight black performers complete with banjo.  // Vitaphone #2566

Dixieland (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: John B. Kennedy) bw-10m-(See America First)-August 28, 1934 (Washington DC preview)   Tour of the pre-Civil War south.  // Vitaphone #1743

Dixieland Jamboree (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jack Scholl; music: Howard Jackson) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-May 11, 1946 (Completed November '45)  Another compilation of previous Melody Master material (including Cab Calloway).  // Vitaphone #1411A

Dizzy And Daffy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-21m-(Big V Comedy: Jerome & Paul Dean, Roscoe Ates, Shemp Howard & others)-November 30, 1934 (Film Daily review)  Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vo. 2 *DVD* Shemp gets involved in a baseball game, showcasing a few professionals, in this above average physical comedy.  // Vitaphone #1805-1806

Doctor Cupid (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-20m-(Big V Comedy: Ken Murray & Oswald)-September 4, 1937 Ken's mother in law questions his marital fidelity. An old flame upsets things and Oswald must help hide his seedy past as a tattoo artist. (With Gertrude Mudge, Dorothy Edwards & Phyllis Crane)  // Vitaphone #7-8B

The Doctor's Wife (---) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety)-November 30, 1930 (Film Daily review; Filmed July)   Featuring Franklin Pangborn, Billy Gilbert, Gertrude Astor & Geneva Mitchell. A chiropractor woos a wrester's wife and both get in trouble.  // Vitaphone #4260

The Dog In The Orchard (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco; story: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity)-January 18, 1941 (filmed '40)   Howard da Silva plays a murderous husband haunted by his wife's dog. Original story by Mary Roberts Rinehart. (Reissued 11-19-55)  // Vitaphone #99-100A

Dogie Roundup (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: William Lava; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-February 26, 1944 (filmed '43)   Profiles Montana ranching.   // Vitaphone #1210A

Dogs You Seldom See (Del Frazier; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Cinecolor-10m-(Color Parade / Sports Parade)-July 6, 1940   Profiles less famous breeds like the Saluki and Chinese Crested.  // Vitaphone #9754

The Dominion Of Sports (Van Campen Heilner; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 31, 1946 (filmed '45)  Canadian sports reel.  // Vitaphone #1452A

Don Alberto y su Orquestra Argentina (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-April 1929 With Genaro Viega singing with guitar, Epaim Suares on violin and Celestino Bianchi on accordion set in a Spanish courtyard.  // Vitaphone #793

Don Bestor And Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-July 9, 1938 With Mildred Law, Ducky Yountz & Joan Merrill  // Vitaphone #125B

Don Cossack Chorus (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-April 25, 1942   Serge Jaroff conducts  // Vitaphone #824A

Don Cummings, The Drawing Room Roper (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© October 18, 1927 (filmed July) Rustic music , jokes and roping cowboy-style.  // Vitaphone #2125

Don Redman & His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-October 29, 1934 (filmed August) Dames & Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  Boppy jazz-reel highlighted by "Yeah Man"  // Vitaphone #1770

Don't Be A Sucker (---) bw-18m-(United States War Department Special w/ Paul Lukas & Felix Bressart)-July 4, 1943 Instructional drama about minority acceptance

Don't Be Jealous (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Joe E. Brown)-© August 18, 1928 A dance instructor has trouble with a pupil's husband. Co-starring Harry Downing, Eugene Pallette & Patricia Caron  // Vitaphone #2590

Don't Forget To Write (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; story: Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-December 5, 1953 (Completed October) Tour of England.  // Vitaphone #2327A

Don't Get Nervous (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Georgie Price)-July 28, 1929 (Film Daily review) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* Amusing comedy about a vaudeville star making his first... Vitaphone short. Great comic dialogue here that is still fresh today including the often repeated "can I get more money for this" requests.  // Vitaphone #841

Don't Handle The Goods (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank Browne & Kay LaVelle)-© August 25, 1928 (filmed May)  A comedienne backed by a xylophonist  // Vitaphone #2589

Donald Brian, America's Foremost Musical Comedy Star (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© February 9, 1929 (filmed July '28) Includes tunes like "What Are We Waiting For Mary?"  // Vitaphone #2733

Donde Estas Corazon (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Luana Alcaniz)-February 1930  // Vitaphone #994

Done In Oil (Bryan Foy) bw-17m-(The Potters w/ Lucien Littlefield)-© March 15, 1930   Pa invests his club's money on a phoney scheme... but does find oil.  // Vitaphone #3881-3882

Donkey Business (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy & Christina Graver)-© February 5, 1931  Charlie McCarthy joins a touring Boys Scouts in the Grand Canyon and tries to battle the Indians.  // Vitaphone #1177

Dooley's The Name (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Francis Dooley & Corinne Sales)-© July 31, 1929 (filmed May) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* Comedy and song including "Polly-Molly O" and "Oh Mr. Dooley"  // Vitaphone #824

The Doorman's Opera (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity)-September 28, 1935 (filmed July)  Features Charlotte Arren, Johnny Broderick, Thelma Leeds & Ray Heatherton.  // Vitaphone #1883-1884

Doris Duncan, Herring And Zeb (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© October 17, 1927 (filmed July)   With Arthur Kay conducting the Vitaphone Orchestra. Dubbed a “wild ride” by Film Daily 11-11-28. Tunes include "Pal O’Mine” and the popular “Side by Side”.   // Vitaphone #2115

Dorothy Whitmore, The Popular Prima Donna In A Song Recital (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 5, 1928 (filmed June) Includes the DeSylvia-Brown-Henderson songs "For Old Times Sake" and "My Mammy Is Gone"  // Vitaphone #2538

Double Crossing Of Columbus (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Charles Judels, Leona Maricle, Frank McNellis & Jack North)-June 10, 1933 (Film Daily review; filmed December '32)    Offbeat ditty about a man in court imagining himself in Christopher Columbus' time. The Rollickers and Maxellos support.  // Vitaphone #1527-1528

The Double Crossky (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Olga Baclanova)-April 18, 1936 /  A singer accidently signs two conflicting contracts. (With Wilbur Hall, Gretchen Kimmel & Ray Lee)  // Vitaphone #1954-1955

Double Exposure (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Big V Comedy: Bob Hope)-November 23, 1935 (filmed July) The Golddiggers Of 1935 *DVD* Mildly amusing Hope comedy has him as a bumbling paparazi photographer. (With Jules Epailly, Johnny Berkes & Loretta Sayers)  // Vitaphone #1891-1892

Double Or Another (Double Or Nothing) (Vitaphone- Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Lee Dixon)-April 20, 1940 (filmed June '39)  Hollywood impersonators highlight a man's dream sequence.  // Vitaphone #245-246B

Double Or Nothing (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-21m-(Broadway Brevity: Phil Harris, Leah Ray, Vickie Joyce & Harry Tyler)-January 18, 1936 (*Academy Award Nominee*)   The famous bandleader / comedian temporarily replaces a heavyweight champion with hilarious results.  // Vitaphone #1917-1918

Double Talk (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Novelty: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy)-June 26, 1937 (filmed November '36) Hollywood Hotel *DVD* Arguably the best of the Bergen comedies, with Charlie at an orphanage faking an illness in order to be adopted by a prettier lady.  // Vitaphone #1991

Dough-Nuts (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Big V Comedy: The Yacht Club Boys)-November 14, 1936 (filmed May) Antics on the set of a Canadian Mountie movie shoot. Also a flashback to wartime doughboy days. (With Virginia McNaughton, Johnny Berkes & Jules Epailly)  // Vitaphone #1970-1971

Down Singapore Way ((Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Deane H. Dickason; music: Rex Dunn) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-July 20, 1946 (filmed '45)  Visiting the East Indies (Indonesia).  // Vitaphone #1456A

Down South (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: The Brox Sisters)-© July 1, 1928 (filmed March) Performing on a draped stage tunes like "Kentucky Babe" and "Call Of The South"  // Vitaphone #2571

Down The Blue Danube (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(Newman Traveltalk)-June 28, 1931 (Film Daily review)  Austrian-German tour in all its beauty. Music by Harold Levey  // Vitaphone #1229

Down The Nile (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-July 30, 1949   One of several tours of post war Egypt in glorious Technicolor.  // Vitaphone #1813A

Dream Café (---) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Jimmy Clemons)-© December 27, 1927 (filmed October) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Quite well-done comedy… and drunk… dancing routine.  // Vitaphone #2242

A Dream Come True (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-9m-(Your True Adventure)-June 4, 1938  Stolen jewels are found with a family. Stars Marilyn Jolie, Joyce Gates, Minette Barrett & Frederick Smith.  // Vitaphone #47B

A Dream Comes True (George Bilson) bw-8m-(promotional)-November 1935 A Midsummer Night's Dream *DVD*  Promotes feature A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM // Vitaphone #7240

Drums Of India (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Truman Bradley) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-April 15, 1949 (completed September '48)   Classy India travelogue  // Vitaphone #1738A

Du Barry Did It Right (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-22m-(Broadway Brevity: Irene Bordoni)-August 7, 1937 /  A French lady jilted by her American husband (focused at the Elks Club) seeks a more successful prospect. Highlights are the musical numbers dancers Eddie Noll & Marian Nolan and even a juggling act by Charles Carrer.  // Vitaphone #27-28B

Dublin In Brass (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-22m-(Broadway Brevity: Morton Downey, Andea Marsh & Hugh Cameron)-September 7, 1935 (filmed May '35)  An Irishman wants to be a New York policeman, but winds up a singer instead.  // Vitaphone #1869-1870

Ducking Duty (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Heinie Conklin & Phil Morgan)-© May 15, 1930 (filmed February) Two soldiers get into a boxing match at their troop's variety show.  // Vitaphone #3988

Ducks And Deducts (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Bert Swor)-© May 19, 1928 (filmed March) "Negro"-voiced jokes at a Royal Order of Ducks committee  // Vitaphone #2544

Dude Ranch Buckaroos (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Arnold Albert; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Lou Marcelle) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 14, 1943 Horse-riding and lassoing in California from the director who gave you DESERT PLAYLAND.  // Vitaphone #1151A

Dude Rancheroos (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; story: Charles Tedford; ed: Rex Steele; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 4, 1949 (filmed '48)  More rodeo   // Vitaphone #1780A

The Duel (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Lew Fields)-June 1930 A series of comic duels between a French husband and the guy fooling with his wife. (With Verree Teasdale & Jean De Val)  // Vitaphone #1028

Dumb Luck (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank Orth & Ann Codee)-April 19, 1931 (Film Daily review; filmed February)   Orth is a detective sent to capture the French leader of a counterfeiting ring. When French Fanny tries to frame him, he is arrested. Eventually, he succeeds to trap her by dumb luck.  // Vitaphone #1190

Dutch Treat In Sports (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-February 2, 1952 (Completed October '51)   Horse-racing and other sports in the Netherlands are profiled.  // Vitaphone #2108A

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Cold Turkey (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Helen Broderick & Lester Crawford)-July 5, 1931 (filmed March)  A witty manicurist and her husband causes havoc in a harem-ish Turkey  // Vitaphone #1215

The Cole Case (The Cole Murder Case) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-20m-(S.S. Van Dine w / Donald Meek & John Hamilton)-April 3, 1932 (Film Daily review) Above average entry with a murder foretold to the police and an insurance scheme involving look-alike men. Donna Broome & Leonard Mudie co-star.  // Vitaphone #1365-1366

The College Boy And California Medley Girls (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: George Givot, Pearl Leonard & Nina Hinds)-© September 13, 1927 (filmed June) Vitaphone Orchestra assists with Rose-Fischer's "Why Should We Marry" and other ballads.  // Vitaphone #2107

College Capers (Carl McBride) Technicolor (2-color)-8m-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety: Ty Parvis & Lillian Crowell)-© September 6, 1930 (filmed April)   Color musical contrasting 19th century and 1930 college graduations. With Baron & Janet Gilmore, Ken & DeBard Brothers.  // Vitaphone #4124

College Dads (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-21m-(Broadway Brevity: Leon Janney)-April 11, 1936   Two dads meeting at a train station discover their college sons are duping them. Edith Mann, Bobby Lane and Dudley Clements co-star. Featuring the Columbia Glee Club.  // Vitaphone #1950-1951

The Collegiate Model (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-12m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© June 9, 1930 (filmed April)   Starring Ona Munson, Harry Rosenthal and Roger Pryor and initially titled RAH, RAH ROSLYN. Store clerk working his way through college is aided in sales by his gal.  // Vitaphone #1007-1008

Colorado Trout (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Sam Balter) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-July 1, 1944 (Completed May)  Filmed in the scenic Rockies. I'm guessing that is why BoxOffice magazine found this a "wow" picture.   // Vitaphone #1240A

Carolynne Snowden & Co. - Colored Syncopation (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 4, 1927 (filmed June) Features as support: Henry "Tin Can" Allen, Harvey Brooks and Thomas Valentine. Jazzy numbers include "St. Louis Blues" and "Learn to Do the Charleston" (Film Daily reviewed 11-11-28 as a “miss”.)  // Vitaphone #2109

Colorful Occupations (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Paul Douglas) Cinecolor-9m-(Colortour Adventures)-October 3, 1936   Humorous survey of unusual occupations like lady bug farms, flower designing, decorating balloons and siamese cat breeding.  // Vitaphone #2021

A Colorful Sermon (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Bert Swor)-© May 19, 1928 (filmed March) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Blackface routine set in a church. Dated negro humor.  // Vitaphone #2543

Come To Dinner (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-22m-(Broadway Brevity: Flavia Arcaco, Hershel Magall, Margot Stevenson & Clinton Sundberg)-© April 24, 1934 (filmed November '33) Dinner At Eight (Greatest Classic Legends Jean Harlow) *DVD*  Comic spoof of the MGM feature DINNER AT EIGHT.  // Vitaphone #1636-1637

Compliments Of The Season (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-13m-(Vitaphone Variety)-September 1930  A crook saves a girl from suicide on Christmas Eve. Featuring Eric Dressler, Lenita Lane and Pat O'Brien before becoming famous.  // Vitaphone #1094

Coney Island Holiday (Carl Dudley; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-9m-(Stereophonic Special)-© April 1, 1954   Updated travelogue.  // Vitaphone #2459A

Coney Island Honeymoon (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Arnold Albert; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special: Warren Douglas & Angela Greene)-June 16, 1945 (© December 19, 1944)  A sailor's honeymoon to Coney Island with some tunes from the Teddy Roosevelt/Taft era.  // Vitaphone #1344A

Congo (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Andre Corwin; music: Howard Jackson) bw-18m-(Special)-February 25, 1945 (filmed '44)  Wartime importance of Belgian Africa is examined.  // Vitaphone #1312A

Contact (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Pepper Pot)-October 8, 1932 (filmed March 1932)  Mini-drama featuring Frank Hawks, Alice Reinhart, Billy Hayes, G. MacQuarrie, Scott Moore & William Pringle. A little boy gets hurt in an airplane show and is flown to a doctor.  // Vitaphone #1390

Continental Holiday (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; story: Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Marvin Miller) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-April 9, 1954 (Completed '53)  Wonderful, and slightly campy, tour of France, Italy, the Riviera and other locales before returning home to Lady Liberty. Marvin Miller is enjoying his narration here. Includes some recycled footage like That's Bully and Riviera Days.  // Vitaphone #2365A

Contrary Mary (---) Technicolor (2-color)-9m-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety: Bobby Watson)-© March 19, 1930 (filmed December '29) Two chorus girls put on a show for a producer.  // Vitaphone #3753

Copters And Cows (Cedric Francis, producer; Tom McGowan; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor-17m-(Warnercolor Special)-March 2, 1956 (filmed '55)  A look at cattle ranching by helicopter in Vernon, Texas.  // Vitaphone #2580A

Cora Green, The Famous Creole Singer (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 20, 1929 (filmed May) Famous dark-skinned crooner of the period accompanied by pianist Isadore Myer.  // Vitaphone #825

Corn On The Cop (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Ralph Staub) bw-20m-(Big V Comedy: Harry Gribbon, Shemp Howard, Mary Doran & Boyd Davis)-© April 28, 1934 (filmed December '33) Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vol. 1 (Warner Archive) *DVD* A pair of tramps trying to sell "corn cures" get mixed up with a cop's wife  // Vitaphone #1658-1659

The Corner Store (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Fred Ardath)-© March 20, 1929 (filmed January)   Comedy and music at a grocery. (With Claude Allen, Cole Carrol and Klar Magnus)  // Vitaphone #720

Coscia And Verdi, Music Glorified, Classified And Mortified (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© March 15, 1928 (filmed October '27) A burlesque on opera.  // Vitaphone #2272

Costumes Of The World (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(World Adventures)-© July 24, 1933 (Completed December '32)  // Vitaphone #1520

Country Chickens (California Producers Corp- Erie Kenton) bw/silent-2 reels-(Louise Fazenda, Chester Conklin & Jack Duffy)-October 9, 1921//

A Country Reborn (---) color-9m-(Worldwide Adventure)-October 1965 Tour of Taiwan  // Vitaphone #3231A

Court Plastered (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Helen Broderick & Lester Crawford)-January 25, 1931 (Film Daily review)   Helen wisecracks her way out of a murder charge in the court room.  // Vitaphone #1165

The Cowboy And His Girl (the Cowboy And The Girl) (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ray Mayer & Edith Evans)-© April 21, 1928 (filmed January) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 3 *DVD* Includes the popular "Side by Side" and comedy lines.  // Vitaphone #2236

Cowboy's Holiday (Associated Screen News Canada) AnscoColor-10m-(Canadian Cameo)-May 1950 (US distribution only November 3, 1951)  Canadian rodeo reel (Reissued June '65)  // Vitaphone #2104A

Cradle Of Civilization (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Kenneth Roberts) Cinecolor-10m-(Colortour Adventures)-April 17, 1937 Covers Rhodes, Athena and Istanbul.  // Vitaphone #2028

Cradle Of The Republic (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Carl Dudley; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-© December 20, 1948 (completed October '47)   Overview of the New England states. (Wide release 5-28-49)  // Vitaphone #1661A

The Crane Poison Case (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-18m-(S.S. Van Dine w / Donald Meek & John Hamilton)-July 9, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed April) The suspect is an ex-explorer who likes snakes. Jane Winton also stars. FILM DAILY claimed this series had “excessive dialogue and not enough action”.  // Vitaphone #1406-1407

Crashing The Gate (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Ruth Etting)-© July 1, 1933 (filmed February) Etting has trouble re-entering the US with her Hungarian husband but she tells an interesting backstory. (With John Hamilton, Roy Atwell & the Tony Sarg Marionettes)  // Vitaphone #1533-1534

Crashing The Water Barrier ([co-prod: Robert Youngson: Konstantin Kaiser; narrator: Jay Jackson & Knox Manning) Warnercolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-© March 17, 1956 (*Academy Award Winner*) Donald Campbell strives to break 200 miles on Lake Mead, Nevada on November 16, 1955. Camera work by Edwin E. Olsen and additional writing by De Leon Anthony.  // Vitaphone #2589A

The Crawfords At Home (Mr. And Mrs. Jesse Crawford At Home) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Novelty: Jesse Crawford)-April 15, 1939 Invisible Stripes & Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD* Thin plot of a salesman visiting and mistaken for a radio promoter. This gives our musical couple and others attending (Judith Barron / Bill Johnson / Crawford & Caskey) to put on a show.  // Vitaphone #219B

Crimes Square (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Pat O'Brien, Mary Doran & others uncredited)-© March 26, 1931 Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* The future feature star famous for playing priests is a mob man here, ditching one dame for another... and serving time in jail. Actually more interesting in plot than on screen.  // Vitaphone #1149

Crinoline Classics (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Helen Yorke & Virginia Johnson)-© December 23, 1929 (filmed October) Johnson is at piano as both sing "St. Louis Blues" among others.  // Vitaphone #928

Cross Words (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Newhoff & Phelps)-© November 24, 1928 (filmed September) Comedy & songs in a livingroom setting.  // Vitaphone #2766

Crossing The Sahara (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Howard Claney) Cinecolor-9m-(Colortour Adventures)-August 14, 1937  // Vitaphone #2032

Crossroads Of The Orient (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Basil Ruysdael) Cinecolor-9m-(Colortour Adventures)-April 2, 1938 (completed January)  Tour of Singapore in gawdy color  // Vitaphone #70B

Crossroads Of The World (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; story: Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor / CinemaScope-9m-(Scope Gem)-September 26, 1956  (filmed '55)   Tour of Singapore in widescreen  // Vitaphone #2653A

Cruise Of The Zaca (Errol Flynn & Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-19m54s-(Technicolor Special)-December 6, 1952 (filmed '46-'47, edited '52) The Adventures Of Robin Hood (2-disc) *DVD*  Co-starring with Erroll Flynn in this 1946-47 filmed travelogue along the Pacific coastline and the Caribbean are daddy Theodore, his second wife (Nora Eddington), artist John Decker, Howard Hill, Carl Hubbs of Scripps Institute, gray whales swimming with our star and an elephant seal bull mis-gendered on screen. The dancing in Jamaica are the highlights.  // Vitaphone #2175A

Crusade For Freedom (---) bw- (Warner Pathé News Special)-January 1952  // Vitaphone #2132A

The Cruse Brothers, The Arkansaw Trio (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 13, 1927 (filmed July) "Turkey in the Straw" included.  // Vitaphone #2124

The Cruse Brothers "Missouri Sheiks" With "Old Time Melodies In An Old Time Way" (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© November 3, 1927 (filmed August) Featuring violin, guitar and banjo  // Vitaphone #2120

Cry Baby (---) bw-7m-(Vitaphone Variety: Bobby Vernon & Mary Treen)-© June 30, 1930 (filmed April)  Slapstick in a movie theater with baby  // Vitaphone #4036

Cryin' For The Carolines (Leon Schlesinger) bw-9m-(Spoony Melody)-May 1930 Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 6 & Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 2 (BluRay Disc 3) *DVD*  Part animated musical with stylish cut-outs and optical effects  // Vitaphone #4161

Cuba Calling (A. Pam Blumenthal & André de la Varre: Van Campen Heilner; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Sam Balter) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-December 23, 1944  Colorful travelogue  // Vitaphone #1309A

Cuba, Land Of Adventure And Sport (music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox  Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-January 16, 1943 (filmed '42)  // Vitaphone #1071A

Cure It With Music (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-19m-(Broadway Brevity: Fifi D'Orsay)-© July 15, 1935 (filmed January)   Silly fluff has Fifi curing sanitarium patients with musical numbers. With Eddie Ryan, the Chevaliers and Moore & Revel in support.  // Vitaphone #1825-1826

Curious Customs Of The World (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-10m-(World Adventures)-© October 17, 1932 (Completed July '32)   Covers a Parsee funeral, spirit killing in Bali, Korean temple dances and the wedding of a Hawaiian prince.   // Vitaphone #1434

Curious Industries (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Harry Von Zell) bw-10m-(Our Own U.S.)-September 7, 1935 (Completed May)   Includes scrap iron collecting and how oil is drilled. Also the farming of goats & frogs and clam & turtle fishing.  // Vitaphone #1855

Curses (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-15m-(Vitaphone Variety: Alan Dinehart & Erin O'Brien-Moore)-© November 5, 1930 (filmed July)  Spoof on melodramas of the nickelodeon, complete with tied-to-the-railroad scene.  // Vitaphone #1096-1097

Cut Out For Love (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Dorothy Dare & Donald Novis)-April 3, 1937 Donald is too famous to enjoy a public "normal" romance with Dorothy. (With June Taylor, Jack Seymour & Don Gautier)  // Vitaphone #18-19B

Cut Yourself A Piece Of Cake (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Val & Ernie Stanton)-© June 30, 1928 Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Comedy sketch with lots of punny wordplay set in a living room  // Vitaphone #2586

A Cycle Of Songs (---) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: Florence Brady)-September 2, 1928 Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* Includes Berlin's "Sunshine" along with "Here Comes the Showboat" and "I Can't Get Him Off of My Mind"  // Vitaphone #2699

Dad Minds The Baby (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Robert B. Churchill & Richard L. Barre; music: William Lava) Technicolor-9m-(Technicolor Adventure)-December 20, 1947 (filmed October '46)  Probably not quite as funny as So You're Going to Be a Father, but this comedy is in Technicolor and features a  "Clement Q. Clambake". Apparently, Disney animation director Jack Kinney must have been a fan of the Warner shorts (including McDoakes) since many Goofy cartoons of the early fifties often resemble their style of comedy.  // Vitaphone #1524A

Dad Minds The Baby (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot)-August 3, 1934 (filmed September '33) Another musical documentary of a tyke getting into mischief.   // Vitaphone #1599

Dance Of The Paper Dolls (Roy Mack) Technicolor (2-color)-9m-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety)-November 13, 1929 All children performing  // Vitaphone #3669

Dancing Around The World (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-10m-(Newman Traveltalk)-August 24, 1932 (Film Daily review; completed January)   Highlights: LaJota, the Tarantella and the Laendler. Aside from the usual Spain and Italian tour (with a cameo by Douglas Fairbanks on tour) we also get Sweden, the Zulu tribes and scenic Java. Went into wide release September 3 with fellow short C’EST PAREE and RAMBLIN’ RADIO ROW NO. 1.  // Vitaphone #1331

The Dandy And The Belle (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank McGlynn, Mary Murray, Pauline Dee & others)-May 11, 1931 (Film Daily review)   A bank teller’s “drama” with wife in the gay 1890s  // Vitaphone #1217

Danger (Eddie Cline) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: John Litel, Frank Campeau & Charlotte Merriam)-© March 15, 1930 (filmed January) Mexican lieutenant romances his colonel's daughter.  // Vitaphone #3529

Danger- High Voltage (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-9m-(Your True Adventure)-December 4, 1937  A lineman is electrocuted and thought dead... but he isn't! Bruce MacFarlane, Ruth Dryden, Jack Harwood & Philip Ober star.  // Vitaphone #40B

Danger Is My Business (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Ross Allen; music: William Lava; narrator: Marvin Miller) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-April 8, 1950   Visiting the Everglades with Ross the critter captor. (Reissued March '60)  // Vitaphone #1923A

A Dangerous Adventure (J.L. & Sam Warner) bw/silent-2 reels-(serial w/ Grace Darmond, Philo McCullough, Jack Richardson, Robert Agnew, Derelys Perdue & others)-© May 5, 1922 (filmed '20) Famous for what happened OFF the set than on screen with actress catfights and monkeys clawing a future mogul Jack Warner. Episodes: No. 1 The Jungle Storm, No. 2 The Sacrifice, No. 3 The Lion Pit, No. 4 Brandon's Revenge, No. 5 At The Leopard's Mercy, No. 6 The Traitor, No. 7 The Volcano, No. 8 The Escape (all © May 5), No. 9 The Leopard's Cave, No. 10 The Jungle Water Hole (both © May 15), No. 11 The Hippopotamus Swamp (© May 25), No. 12 The Lion's Prey, No. 13 In The Tiger's Lair, No. 14 The Treasure Cave & No. 15 The Rescue (all © June 12)

Dangerous Occupations (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bert Frank; narrator: Lowell Thomas) bw-10m-(Pepper Pot)-© January 16, 1933 (Completed July '32)   Usually behind the microphone, Thomas is seen here discussing wild jobs to a boy as we view news clips of window cleaners on Chrysler's building and cannon ball shooters.  // Vitaphone #1438-1439

Danish Sport Delights (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-July 25, 1953   Includes scenes of a sailing regatta at Kolding in Jutland, bicycle racing at Aarhus, the annual athletic festival at Ringsted, and ring-riding at Sönderborg.  // Vitaphone #2291A

Dank You (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Joe Burns & Murray Kissen)-© September 12, 1928 (filmed June) Greek dialogue humor and songs.  // Vitaphone #2679

Daredevil Days (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-10m-(Warner Novelty)-August 9, 1952   Crazy '20's stunts involving airplanes are highlighted.  // Vitaphone #2202A

Daredevil O'Dare (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-19m-(Big V Comedy: Ben Blue)-© August 3, 1934 (filmed February)  Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vo. 2 *DVD* Romance and hijinks under the big top. (With Shemp Howard, Vicki Cummings, Milton Frome & Maude Odell)  // Vitaphone #1683-1684

Daredevils On Wheels (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-July 23, 1949 (Completed October '48)   Profiles British motorcycles. (Reissued November '59)  // Vitaphone #1765A

Dark Africa (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-10m-(Musical World Journeys)-© August 2, 1934 (Completed December '33)  Covers Ethiopia and Aden.  // Vitaphone #1649

The Darling Brute (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Jack Hazzard)-November 1930 Tale of a wife who really loves her pooch... more than her husband. With Helen Goodhue and William Halligan.  // Vitaphone #1126

Darling Enemy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Gertrude Niesen)-© June 28, 1934 (filmed February) Pecular comedy musical set in Franconia, vaudevillians as spies and including neon show girls. (With Weldon Heyburn, Earle Hampton, Ralph Sanford, Dudley Clements & Roscoe Ates)  // Vitaphone #1681-1682

Darn Tootin' (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Melody Master: Rudolf Wiedoft & Dixie Lee)-December 6, 1931 (Film Daily review)   Dixie sings "I Apologize" and Lucille Page shows off some impressive dancing.  // Vitaphone #1293

The Daughter Of Rosie O'Grady (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor "Broadway Brevity" Special: Patty Hale, Al Shean & Peter Caldwell)-July 11, 1942 (filmed April '42)   Dramatic musical about a vaudevillian's daughter having to live in an orphanage, but later is saved by a rich man.  // Vitaphone #947-948A

Dave Apollon And His Club Casanova Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-April 8, 1939 With Melissa Mason, May McKim, Ted Adair & Ruth Long  // Vitaphone #198B

Dave Apollon And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-© December 24, 1938 (filmed August) / Features Buddy & Claire Green, Aunt Jemima / Tess Gardella and Bobby Graham  // Vitaphone #145B

Dave Apollon And His Russian Stars (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 7, 1929 Filipinos in kilts... yes, you read that correctly. Tunes include "If I Had You", "Mean to Me", "Louise and "Boo Boo Blues"  // Vitaphone #875

Dave Bernie's Orchestra (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 20, 1929 (filmed November '28) Features Maxwell Covert and a Lucky Lindy dance scene.  // Vitaphone #2797

David Mendoza And Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-July 31, 1937   The band leader responds musically to a lady reporter questioning him. Additional performers: Minor & Rot, Lucille Manners, Bob Simmons and the Revelers  // Vitaphone #17B

David Rubinoff And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-July 1933 With Jean Sargent. Selection: “Give Me a Moment Please” / “My Darling” / “Lying In The Hay”  // Vitaphone #1573

David Rubinoff And His Violin (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-April 16, 1938   He accepts requests here. Colette & Barry support. (Reissued 1-10-48)  // Vitaphone #116B

A Day At Hollywood Park (Harry O. Hoyt; music: William Lava; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 7, 1947 (filmed June '46)  Racetrack reel  // Vitaphone #1502A

A Day At Santa Anita (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Crane Wilbur; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-17m59s-(Technicolor "Broadway Brevity" Special: Sybil Jason, Marcia Ralston & Matthew Beard)-May 22, 1937 The Jazz Singer & Each Dawn I Die (Greatest Gangster Films James Cagney) *DVD*  The juvenile star helps in a horse race, which provides Technicolor "tests" for cameo walk-ins like Bette Davis, Ruby Keeler, Al Jolson, Edward G. Robinson, Allen Jenkins and Olivia De Haviland.  // Vitaphone #8071-8072

A Day At The Fair (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Saul Elkins; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-August 30, 1947 (Des Moines preview; filmed '46)  Covers the state fair of Iowa.  // Vitaphone #1599A

A Day's Journey (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Harlan Reed) bw-9m-(Our Own U.S.)-February 22, 1936 (completed '35) Cultural districts like Chinatown in San Francisco and New Orleans  // Vitaphone #1853

Days Of '76 (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Roger Q, Denny) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-December 22, 1945 (filmed May)   Covers the frontier parades and festivities of Deadwood, South Dakota.  // Vitaphone #1373A

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Carl Hoff And His Orchestra (#2) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-February 12, 1938 Features the Kidoodlers, Minor & Root, Patricia Norman and Jimmy Blair. (Reissued February '56)  // Vitaphone #104B

Carl Hoff And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-July 11, 1936 (filmed April) Set at country club dance with Grace MacDonald, Sonny Schuyler & the Collegians.  // Vitaphone #1964

Carl Roff And His Orchestra (Carl Hoff And Band) (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-August 16, 1941 (filmed April)  Adding a bit of zest to "The Blue Danube"  // Vitaphone #328A

Carlena Diamond, Harpist Supreme (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 7, 1929 (filmed July) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* Solo performance with harp and dancing  // Vitaphone #864

Carlos Sedano, Celebrated Concert Violinist (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© June 29, 1927 (filmed April) Doing both "Spanish Dance" and Mozart's Minuet  // Vitaphone #521

Carnival Day (Ralph Staub) Technicolor-16m-(Technicolor Special: Henry Armetta, Felix Knight & Joan Barclay)-January 11, 1936 (filmed '35) Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  Comic antics at a carnival and horse race with a balloon man helping out the romance.  // Vitaphone #7143-7144

Carnival In Rhythm (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Stanley Martin; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-August 23, 1941  / Katherine Dunham's dance troupe salutes the music of Brazil in a musical tale of romance. Lots of impressive lighting effects and abstract backdrop painting highlight this pantomime dance tale.  // Vitaphone #525-526A

Carnival In Rio (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; story: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-April 24, 1954 (filmed '53) Surprisingly undated and highly enjoyable view of all personality types enjoying themselves in costume and parade.  // Vitaphone #2366A

Carnival Night In Paris (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Henry Halstead Orchestra)-© December 4, 1927 (filmed July) Betty Patrick is one of 500 performing here.  // Vitaphone #2114

Carnival Of Sports (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Truman Bradley) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 23, 1947 (filmed '46)   A look at Venezuela sports.  // Vitaphone #1550A

Carolina Segrera "The Cuban Nightingale" With Don Alberto And His Argentines (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-July 1929 Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 3 *DVD* Set at a ranch house with Gennaro Viega, Epaim Suarez and Celestino Bianchi.  // Vitaphone #848

Casey At The Bat (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: DeWolf Hopper)-1926 (undetermined release)

A Castilion Garden (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-© August 1, 1933 (filmed March) Assortment featured: Senor del Pozo's Marimba Band, Celso Ruttado, Tortolero de Medina, Senorita Adrina and Ismael Guzman  // Vitaphone #1539

The Castle Of Dreams (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Morton Downey)-© July 15, 1935 (filmed December '34) A sign maker sees his castle painting come to life. Yet the mythical place is not favorable to romance. (With Arlene Dinitz, Eddie Ryan & Toto)  // Vitaphone #1821-1822

Cattlemen's Days (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 24, 1944  Rodeo reel  // Vitaphone #1247A

Cavalcade Of Academy Awards (Carey Wilson) bw-9m-(promotional)-April 1940  // Vitaphone #9780

Cavalcade Of Archery (Howard Hill; music: Rex Dunn) Technicolor-9m23s-(Sports Parade)-January 12, 1946 (filmed '45) The Adventures Of Robin Hood (2-disc) *DVD* Hill demonstrates his Robin Hood skills for some always smiling beauties.  // Vitaphone #1424A

A Cavalcade Of Girls (Robert Youngson) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-August 12, 1950   Profiles female athletes in vintage newsreels.  // Vitaphone #1964A

Cavalcade Of The Dance With Veloz And Yolanda (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco; narrator: Art Gilmore) bw-11m-(Melody Master)-November 20, 1943 (filmed July) (*Academy Award Nominee*) Action In The North Atlantic (Classic Legends Humphrey Bogart) *DVD*  The famous ballroom couple perform different early 20th century dance crazes. (Reissued 7-3-54)  // Vitaphone #1159A

The Cave Club (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ethel Merman)-© May 15, 1930 (filmed February) Musical comedy comparing prehistoric times with today. With Marjorie Leach, Frank Tinney and Ted Lewis.  // Vitaphone #999

Cecilia Leftus In Her Famous Impersonations (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© May 27, 1929 Including two versions (one Yiddish) of "Mamma Goe Where papa Goes".  // Vitaphone #792

Celebration Days (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Saul Elkins; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-January 31, 1948 (© December 29, 1947)   Views of Minneapolis' Aquatennial.  // Vitaphone #1600A

Celeste Aida (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Giovanni Martinelli)-© December 21, 1929 Similiar but different than the 1930 GIOVANNI SINGS title.  // Vitaphone #953

Centennial Sports (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Arthur Collins; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 28, 1952   Profiles the Canterbury Games of New Zealand.  // Vitaphone #2157A

Central America (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman & Bert Frank) bw-10m-(Musical World Journeys)-© October 5, 1934 (Completed April)   From Mexico to Panama  // Vitaphone #1652

C'est Paree (Roy Mack) Technicolor (2-color)-15m-(Technicolor Special)-July 23, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed May)   Lively early color musical involving doughboys in Paris  // Vitaphone #1415-1416

Chained (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator:  Floyd Gibbons) bw-9m-(Your True Adventure)-April 1, 1939 Boys play pirates but get carried away chaining themselves. Tommy Cooney, Kenneth Derby & Herb Vigran star.  // Vitaphone #150B

The Champion Golfer (Doc Salomon) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ben Bard & Bob Callahan)-© March 16, 1929 (filmed December '28) A profession tries to teach a di-wit the sport.  // Vitaphone #2910

Champions Of The Future (Howard Hill; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Sam Balter) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-November 18, 1944  Hill takes a break from his archery / hunting reels to profile children and sports.  // Vitaphone #1284A

Champions Of Tomorrow (music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 19, 1950 (Completed November '49)   Teaching rhythmetic gymnastics in San Fernando CA   // Vitaphone #1875A

Champions Training Champions (James Bloodworth; music: William Lava; narrator: Lou Marcelle) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-June 26, 1943 (filmed May)  Gym class with US Navy pilots.  // Vitaphone #1130A

Changing Of The Guard (Gordon Hollinshead: Crane Wilbur) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor "Broadway Brevity" Special: Sybil Jason)-May 13, 1936 (preview; wide relaese June 6; filmed March) Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  Sybil Jason was basically Warner's answer to Shirley Temple and, while her feature work wasn't as prolific, the studio went full throttle with glossy Technicolor two-reelers spotlighting her. Most haven't aged gracefully, despite the beautiful color, due to trite storylines. This one is better than most, with grandpa talking about the Boer War.  // Vitaphone #7497-7498

Character Songs (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Harry Delf)-© June 2, 1928 (filmed February) Includes his own "I Have Everything"  // Vitaphone #2542

Character Studies (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Montague Love)-January 4, 1928 (filmed December '27) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* One actor and several comedy and drama skits including Fagin from “Oliver Twist”  // Vitaphone #2278

Character Studies (Murray Roth) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Florence Brady)-September 2, 1928 (Film Daily review; filmed July)   Comedy routines and sassy songs like "I'm a Demon with the Ladies"  // Vitaphone #2734

Charles Ahearn And His Millionaires (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot)-© February 9, 1935 (filmed May '34) Performing as hobos on the run from the cops. With Eddie Miller & the Three Aristocrats.  // Vitaphone #1716

Charles C. Peterson - Billiard Champion Of Fancy Shots (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 30, 1929 (filmed May) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  A pool game with an expert. One of the early "sports reels".  // Vitaphone #815

Charles Green's Flapperettes Leading Girls' Jazz Band (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© March 7, 1929 (filmed January) The Jazz Singer *DVD*  Pretty good all-female jazz band. Nina Grey leads with a boppy rendition of "St. Louis Blues"  // Vitaphone #711

Charles Green's Twentieth Century Faydetts (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m12s-(Vitaphone Variety)-© March 20, 1929 (filmed January) The Jazz Singer *DVD* All female band with a top hat dancer.  // Vitaphone #710

Charles Hackett (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© March 12, 1927 (filmed November '26) He was a top tenor with many recordings for Edison and Columbia records.  // Vitaphone #392

Charles Hackett In "Faust" Assisted By Chase Borromeo (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-15m-(Vitaphone Variety)-December 8, 1929 (Film Daily review; filmed September) * Ambitious 2-reeler involving the first and second scenes  // Vitaphone #899-900

Charles Hackett Singing "I Looked Into Your Garden" & "I Heard You Singing" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-September 1929 Vitaphone #890  // Vitaphone #890

Charles Hackett Singing "Il Mio Tesoro Instanto" & "O Paradiso" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-November 25, 1929 (filmed September) Vitaphone #916  // Vitaphone #916

Charles Hackett, Call Of The Nile (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 11, 1927 (filmed May) Music in a desert oasis setting.  // Vitaphone #552

Charles Hackett, Leading Tenor Of The Chicago Opera Company (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 1, 1928 (filmed December '27) Featuring Schubert's "Who Is Sylvia"  // Vitaphone #2379

Charles Irwin, The Debonair Humorist (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 1, 1928 (filmed March) Comic monologue  // Vitaphone #2555

Charlie Hackett in "Romeo & Juliet" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m-(Vitaphone Variety)-November 9, 1930 (Film Daily review)   Performing Shakespeare with Rosa Lowe.  // Vitaphone #1143

Charlie McCarthy And Mortimer Snerd In Sweden (Larry Lansburgh; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Edgar Bergen) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-September 27, 1950 (Completed June '50)   Part travelogue, part high comedy.  // Vitaphone #1949A

Chasing The Sun (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; s: Owen Crump & Charles Tedford; music: Howard Jackson) Warnercolor-31m-(Featurette)-February 1956 Travelogue of Florida spotlighting Miami and Silver Springs.  // Vitaphone #2657A

Chaz Chase, The Unique Comedian (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© October 18, 1928 (filmed August) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* The human garbage disposal consumes anything (with a special taste for lit matches). Initially this film had him wanting to eat a horse but that got cut upon first release.  // Vitaphone #2696

Check Your Cash (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French; narrator: Paul Douglas) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Novelty: Louis Zingone)-© July 12, 1936 (filmed March) An expert card sharp demonstrates how he saves a fellow train passenger from getting duped.  // Vitaphone #1948

Check Your Sombrero (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Armida, Tito Coral & others)-November 2, 1935 A couple struggle o pay off their gambling debts with a worthless clock.  // Vitaphone #1899-1900

The Check-up (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Jack Hazzard & Ruth Donnelly)-© December 10, 1930 (filmed October)  A couple of shorts made in the fall of 1930 carry a philandering husband theme. This time he writes a hefty check for both wife and girlfriend… but they get on to him.  // Vitaphone #1131

The Cheer Leader (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Tom Douglas & Beatrice Blinn)-© June 9, 1930 (filmed February)  A sports leader is injured in his legs and needs to get over his bitterness.  // Vitaphone #993

Cherchez La Femme (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Jeanne Aubert)-© April 1, 1935 (filmed September '34) A French actress utlilizes ganster in her final act of a play. (With Stanley Smith & DeEspeys Troupe)  // Vitaphone #1787-1788

Chesterfield Celebrities (---) bw-22m-(commercial with Clark & McCullough)-January 18, 1931

Cheyenne Autumn Trail ([Professional Film Services]- Ronald Saland; s: Burt Sloane) color-18m-(Special)-October 1964 Cheyenne Autumn (Greatest Legends John Ford Westerns) *DVD*  A modern day family takes a camper across the original trail of the old Cheyenne of the 19th century. Intermixed is footage from the upcoming CHEYENNE AUTUMN. Camera work by Ross Lowell. Editing: Howard Kuperman  // Vitaphone #3190A

Cheyenne Days (David Goodnow; music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-April 4, 1953 (filmed '52)  Frontier Days Celebration in Wyoming. (Reissued December '63)  // Vitaphone #2252A

Chief Caupolican, The Indian Baritone (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 18, 1928 (filmed May)   Set at an Indian camp. Tunes "Bedouin Love Song", "After Long Absence" and "Pale Moon"  // Vitaphone #2598

Childhood Days (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco & Jack Scholl) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Diana Hale, The Alvarez Sisters & California Junior Symphony)-June 5, 1943 (filmed February) / Various juvenile musical talent. Some footage lifted from earlier shorts. (Reissued 2-10-51)  // Vitaphone #1108A

China Today (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman: co-d: Ira Genet; narrator: Dwight Weist) Cinecolor-9m-(Color Parade)-October 1, 1938 // Vitaphone #75B

Chinatown Champs (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-March 18, 1944 (filmed '43)   Tour of San Francisco's Chinatown  // Vitaphone #1217A

Chips Of The Old Block (Bryan Foy) bw-7m42s-(Vitaphone Variety: Eddie Foy Jr. & The Foy Family)-July 1, 1928 (filmed April) The Jazz Singer *DVD* Debut of the Foy family on film. The popular family act with the kids all grown now. Vaudeville routines of some humor (including a quick Red Riding Hood tale of graphic violence).  // Vitaphone #2580

Chistes y Lasses (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Tex McLeod)-September 1929 With Marjorie Tiller at a ranch with some rope tricks.  // Vitaphone #906

The Choke's On You (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-21m-(Joe Palooka w/ Robert Norton & Shemp Howard)-September 12, 1936   Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vo. 2 *DVD* Joe tangles with a weightlifter at the beach. With Johnny Berkes & Beverly Phalon.  // Vitaphone #2018-2019

Christmas Knight (C.B. Platts) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 30, 1930 (filmed December '29) Contrasting how a rich and poor couple celebrate the holidays. Starring Bryant Washburn, Helen Jerome Eddy & Charles Middleton.  // Vitaphone #3740

Cigars, Cigarettes (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot: Marjorie Beebe)-February 28, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed December 1931)  Marjorie as a bumbling nightclub hostess  // Vitaphone #1301

Cinderella Horse (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Harry Hoyt; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-December 26, 1948 (preview) (*Academy Award Nominee*)   The life cycle of a thoroughbred colt, initially pegged as an underdog.  // Vitaphone #1763A

Cinderella's Feller (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; William McGann; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special: Juanita Quigley, Scotty Beckett & Maris Wrixon)-June 8, 1940  Virginia City *DVD*  Technicolor musical spoof of the fairy tale. (Reissued 9-27-47)  // Vitaphone #9778-9779

Circus Band (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jack Scholl) bw-18m-(Melody Master)-May 5, 1945  A 2-reel assortment of circus tunes. (Reissued 12-27-52)  // Vitaphone #1347A

Circus Horse (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Richard L. Barre; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-10m-(Technicolor Adventure w/ Alan Hale & Douglas Kennedy)-June 28, 1947 (© January 21)  A prospector uses a circus horse to find gold, but only finds it after the horse dies.  // Vitaphone #1560A

Circus On Ice (Associated Screen News Canada: Gordon Spalling; narrator: Ken Davey) Technicolor-10m-(Canadian Cameo)-September 1954 Showcases the 40th annual of the Toronto Skating Club.  // Vitaphone #2416A

Circus Town (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Gill DeWitt & Saul Elkins; music: William Lava; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Technicolor Adventure)-January 15, 1949 (filmed '48)  Visiting the circus at Gainesville, Texas.  // Vitaphone #1772A

Ciro Rimac's Rhumba Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-October 1934   Struggling Cubans hit the big time in NYC. Reviewed by Film Daily 12-30-35.  // Vitaphone #1799

The City's Slicker (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Rufe Davis, Radio Rubes, Dawn O'Day/Anne Shirley & Jay Seiler)-May 20, 1936   A new-to-the-city impersonator falls for a "dream girl"... another impersonator.  // Vitaphone #1975-1976

Clair Omar Musser, The World's Foremost Marimbaphonist (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© January 21, 1928 (filmed October '27) The Vitaphone Ochestra accompanies "Over Moonlit Waters", "Doll Dance" and "Overture frm MIGNON"  // Vitaphone #2256

Clarence Tisdale, Southland's Spiritual Tenor (Old-Time Songs) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© May 12, 1929 (filmed March)   Another key early black artist singing in a plantation setting.  // Vitaphone #766

Claybirds Are Coming (Hamilton Wright) color-9m-(Worldwide Adventure)-February 21, 1968 (filmed '67)  // Vitaphone #3348A

Cleaned And Dry (J.L. Warner) bw/silent-2 reels-(Monty Banks)-December 1921

Cleaning Up (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Alan Cross & Henry Dunn)-November 12, 1938 Two song and dance men screw up their banking jobs. (With Ray & Grace MacDonald & George Campo)  // Vitaphone #166-167B

Cleo To Cleopatra (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Daphne Pollard)-© June 30, 1928 (filmed March) The famous Mack Sennett comedy star probably made her "talkie" debut here. Soon moved to Pathé.  // Vitaphone #2567

Cliff Edwards (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-March 1927 Long before he voiced Jiminy Cricket, he had a string of popular song recordings.//

Cliff Edwards And His Buckaroos (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-March 8, 1941 (filmed August '40) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD*  Great western swing band reel. (Reissued 7-22-50)  // Vitaphone #26A

Cliff Nazarro "Versatile Young Artist" And The Two Marjories (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© October 17, 1927 (filmed July)   The Marjories are Lamkin and Ward with some originals here "Lay Down My LifeFor My Lord". Arthur Kay conducts the Vitaphne Orchestra.  // Vitaphone #2116

Close Friends (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Hobart Cavanaugh & Roger Gray)-June 1931 Two handcuffed prisoners escape through a bathhouse... still stuck together.  // Vitaphone #1191

Close Relations (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy McCarey) bw-10m-(Big V Comedy: Fatty Arbuckle, Shemp Howard, Charles Judels, Harry Shannon, Hugh O'Connell & Mildred van Dorn)-© September 30, 1933 (filmed May) Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vol. 1 (Warner Archive) *DVD*  Two Arbuckle families quarrel with each other. The Warts and the Moles battle ownership over their uncle's "farm" (i.e. a looney bin).  // Vitaphone #1556-1557

Clyde Lucas And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-January 7, 1939 (filmed November '38) With Rosalean & Seville and Lyn Lucas  // Vitaphone #193B

Clyde Lucas And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-11m-(Melody Master)-June 12, 1936 (Film Daily review)   Featuring Dave & Dorothy Fitzgibbons, Lyn Lucas and the Three Symphonettes.  // Vitaphone #1990

Clyde Lucas And Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-June 18, 1938 Features the bouncy "Bob White" and "Mama I Want to Make Rhythm"  // Vitaphone #121B

Clyde McCoy And His Sugar Blues Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-August 15, 1936   Dance hall scene with theme song and other hits lke "Tear It Down"  // Vitaphone #2015

The Clyde Mystery (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-20m-(S.S. Van Dine w/ Donald Meek & John Hamilton)-September 27, 1931 (Film Daily review) Frisco Jenny / Forbidden Hollywood Collection (Midnight Mary) *DVD*  The Inspector uses “psychology” to be certain of a rich man’s murderer.  // Vitaphone #1269-1270

Cockatoos At Their Best (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Fritz Landes)-© September 13, 1927 (filmed June) Showcasing his famous bird act.  // Vitaphone #2110

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Blanche Ring (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-April 1929 With Charles Rand at piano an Cyril Ring. Includes her biggest hits like "I've Got Rings On My Fingers"  // Vitaphone #806

Blaze Busters (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) sepiatone-9m-(Warner Novelty)-December 30, 1950 (*Academy Award Nominee*) * One of Youngson's most famous newsreel-compilation shorts, profiling firefighters in action.  // Vitaphone #2011A

The Blonde Bomber (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Joe Palooka w/ Robert Norton & Shemp Howard)-November 28, 1936 Antics selling watches in the steet and later check-trouble in a restaurant. (Also in cast: Lee Weber, Harry Gribbon, Mary Doran and Johnny Berks.)  // Vitaphone #2058-2059

Blondes That Gentlemen Prefer (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-6m-(Vitaphone Variety: Neal Sisters)-February 24, 1929 (Film Daily review; filmed January) This trio belts out familiars like "Doin' the Raccoon". Judged "not so hot" by Film Daily.  // Vitaphone #719

Blossom Seeley The Queen Of Syncopation Assisted By Benny Fields (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m38s-(Vitaphone Variety)-© July 11, 1927 (filmed May) The Jazz Singer *DVD*  This talented vaudeville singer appeared in a few features later. A well-received favorite from the early Vitaphone era. With the Music Boxes Chas Bourne and Phil Ellis on piano.  // Vitaphone #548

The Blue And The Gray (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: John B. Kennedy) bw-11m2s-(See America First)-March 2, 1935 (Completed '34)   Civil War monuments are profiled, along with newsreel footage of veteran parades.  // Vitaphone #1744

Blue Baron And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-August 27, 1938   Subtitled "with Harris, Claire and Shannon" (also Russ Carlyle)  // Vitaphone #135B

The Blue Danube (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; script: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor / CinemaScope-17m-(Scope Gem)-June 1, 1957  CinemaScope German tour. (Reissued February '67)  // Vitaphone #2738A

The Blue Ridgers With Cordelia Mayberry (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© June 12, 1929 (filmed April) Group consists of Sam Morley, Jim & Pete Holy, Dan & Cordelia Mayberry in a mountain cabin with harmonica included.  // Vitaphone #795

Bluenose Schooner (National Film Board of Canada: Eduard Buckman & Douglas Sinclair; music: Rex Dunn) Technicolor-20m-(Sports Parade)-August 4, 1944 (US release, Canadian release December 1943)  Canadian import re-edited a little for Warner release. Following a Nova Scotia fishing fleet.  // Vitaphone #1259A

Boarder Trouble (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-20m-(Broadway Headliner w/ Harry Gribbon, Eddie Green & others)-December 17, 1938  // Vitaphone #173-174B

Bob MacGregor, Radio's Scotch Comedian (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 22, 1927 (filmed June) With Elspeth Brownwell at piano.  // Vitaphone #617

Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Le Roy Prinz) bw-11m-(Melody Master)-September 2, 1944  Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD*  OK western swing biography featuring some of their less boppy numbers. (Reissued 2-11-50)  // Vitaphone #1256A

Bob Witt And Cy Berg (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Vitaphone Symphony)-April 1926 (test preview)  // Vitaphone #131

The Body Slam (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Eddie Lambert & William Irving)-© June 11, 1930 (filmed April)  Mild wrestling comedy.  // Vitaphone #4123

Bolivia- The Last Frontier (Hamilton Wright; narrator: Andre Baruch) color-18m-(Worldwide Adventure)-August 1966  // Vitaphone #3275A

The Bolted Door (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-18m-(Your True Adventure)-© December 10, 1937  Mother must rescue baby in a water-filled tub, but will the door stay jammed? Diana Datlow stars.  // Vitaphone #42B

The Boob And His Harmonica (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Britt Wood)-© October 17, 1927 (filmed August) Includes "Swanee River"  // Vitaphone #2129

The Book Worm (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Harry Conley, Ethel De Voe & Duncan Harris)-January 4, 1928 (filmed December '27) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* A bookstore dlivery man is seduced by a siren… or so he imagines.  // Vitaphone #2273

Boom Days (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: John B. Kennedy) bw-9m-(See America First)-June 23, 1935 (Completed '34)   // Vitaphone #1749

The Border Patrol (---) bw-12m-(Vitaphone Variety)-August 1930 (Film Daily review 1-25-31)  Western comedy with Joe Frisco, Dorothy Knapp, Eddie Graham & Theodore Lorch  // Vitaphone #4426-4427

Born And Lawrence The Country Gentlemen (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Jack Born & Elmer Lawrence)-© January 28, 1929 (filmed December '28) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* Vaudeville comedy routine with harmonica music  // Vitaphone #2885

Born To Ski (Cedric Francis, producer; John Roberts & Clayton Ballou; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-January 16, 1954 (filmed '53)   Profile of Andrea Mead Lawrence  // Vitaphone #2337A

Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-© October 28, 1935 (filmed June '33) Earliest short featuring this energenic harmonica band. Release held up for two years.  // Vitaphone #1567

Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica Rascals (#2) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-July 6, 1935 (filmed January) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD* The harmonica band is offered a radio gig... by their landlord seeking the rent. Their imaginations take them to various settings, including Spain with a sexy dancer flirting with the shortest player. There are three shorts featuring this famous comedy group band; the first is rarely seen and the 1942 title sticks mostly to the music without any "story" or real comedy. That one is also enjoyable, but this second film is certainly the best... among the most satisfying Melody Masters of the mid-thirties.  // Vitaphone #1827

Borrah Minevitch And His Harmonica School (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-December 26, 1942  Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  & Desperate Journey *DVD*  Above average Melody Master with clever camera angles and the band's harmonica-playing at its best. This one does not feature a storyline like their second (1935) short. It is interesting to note that this was one of the few multi-racial groups appearing in films in the thirties and forties. (Reissued 12-6-47 and 4/56)  // Vitaphone #1061A

Boston Tea Party (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: John B. Kennedy) bw-11m-(See America First)-August 28, 1934 (Washington DC preview; wide release November 17)   This season, the E.M. Newman Travelogues spotlight periods of US history and the landmark locations. This one covers the Revolutionary War period.  // Vitaphone #1739

A Boy And His Dog (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Le Roy Prinz & Saul Elkins; music: William Lava) Technicolor-21m-(Technicolor Special: Harry Davenport, Billy Shefield, Russell Simpson & Dorothy Adams)-December 24, 1946 (preview; general release: April 26, 1947) (*Academy Award Winner*)  Technicolor drama set in a rural town of the last century, with a boy rescuing an injured hound from his brutal master. // Vitaphone #1556A

Branding Irons (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Wayne Davis; narrator: Gayne Whitman) Technicolor-9m-(Technicolor Adventure)-August 16, 1947 /  Covers famous irons of the Mormans & King Ranch, Texas.   // Vitaphone #1590A

Breakwater (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-August 1932 Pantomime drama of a young girl surviving the city.  // Vitaphone #5401

A Breeze From The South (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Gilbert Wells)-© December 1, 1928 (filmed July) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 3 *DVD*  Blues tunes "Trustful Joe", "International Dan" and "Jubilee Blues"  // Vitaphone #2735

Bridal Night (---) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Johnny Arthur & Charlotte Merriam)-September 14, 1930 (Film Daily review; © May 15)  Newlyweds at a haunted house  // Vitaphone #4035

Bride And Gloom (J.L. Warner) bw/silent-2 reels-(Monty Banks)-June 1921

Bright Moments (---) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Jack Benny & Sayde Marks)-© July 30, 1928 (filmed May) (LOST)  Although his early Paramount shorts survive, the greatest comedian of the 20th century's very first film (fresh out of vaudeville and before anybody in radio or Hollywood knew who he was) is one of the great Lost Wonders everybody has been searching vaults and attics for. Film Daily (9-2-28) labeled this “high grade” entertainment with a pianist walking out on Benny and his violinin coming in… along with a comic monologue about a cutie he met. A lady singer Marie Marlo (Marie Marsh) interferes with a story rather than a song.  // Vitaphone #2597

Bright Sayings (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-May 1930 Starring Rob Le May, Harry Tighe & Irene Shirley. One little boy pays the rent when each cute saying gets published in the newspaper... until he stops.  // Vitaphone #1048

Bring On The Girls (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-11m-(Big Time Vaudeville: Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy)-March 6, 1937 (filmed February) / Sitting in a theater box, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy make comments between the acts of a vaudeville show which includes Jerry Goff & Jack Kerr, Torelli's Circus animals and Alice Murphy's Quintuplets.  // Vitaphone #2079

Broadway Ballyhoo (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-21m-(Broadway Brevity)-December 28, 1935  Tour-guides lecture others on key NYC nightclubs and various performers are featured. Features Owen, Hunt & Parco, the Eight Ambassadors and Art Frank.  // Vitaphone #1915-1916

The Broadway Buckaroo (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Red Skelton)-June 21, 1939   Red builds a dude ranch on Broadway. Supporting cast: the Condos Brothers, Maidie & Ray, Edna Stillwell, Hank Lawson & his Texans  // Vitaphone #222-223B

The Broadway Minstrel (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Sam Coslow & June Clyde)-© January 28, 1929 (filmed November '28) Includes his own "The Show Is Over"  // Vitaphone #2659

Broadway's Like That (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley & Murray Roth) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: Ruth Etting)-© March 15, 1930 (filmed December '29)  Joan Blondell and Humphrey Bogart appear in this musical short (!) Also Mary Philips. Romantic entanglements here at a New Years party.  // Vitaphone #960

The Bubble Party (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 30, 1930 (filmed January) Featuring Frank Allworth, Janet Velie, Margaret Knight & Don Dilloway. Antics of a "bubble" part in the 1890s.  // Vitaphone #967

Bubbles (Roy Mack) bw (originally 2-color Technicolor)-7m5s-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety: The Vitaphone Kiddies & The Gumm Sisters)-January 1930 Meet Me In St. Louis (2-disc)  & Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  One of the surviving early appearances of Judy Garland (as a Gum sister), although the one print in circulation is in black and white. The sets are very stylized, if confined to a stage.  // Vitaphone #3898

Buddy Cooper And Sammy Stept, Song Hit Writers (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© December 8, 1927 (filmed October)   These hits include "Beside a Lazy Stream", "High Life" and "No One But My Tootsie". Revewed by Film Daily 9-15-28.  // Vitaphone #2159

Buddy Doyle, Popular Black Faced Comedian #441 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 4, 1927 (filmed February) Starts with "Hello Bluebird"  // Vitaphone #441

Buddy Doyle, Popular Black Faced Comedian #442 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 4, 1927 (filmed February) Starts with "Georgianna"  // Vitaphone #442

The Build Up (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-18m-(Big V Comedy: Jack Haley)-January 19, 1933 (Film Daily review; F- July ‘32)  A wimpy guy fails to save somebody at a beach. Later he succeeds... with a girl who gets him in trouble. (With Helen Lynd, Don Rowan & Ed Jerome)  // Vitaphone #1444-1445

Built For Speed (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Robert Adams; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 5, 1948 (Completed August '47)   Technicolor views of midget auto racing.  // Vitaphone #1628A

Business Is A Pleasure (Eddie Cline) Technicolor (2-color)-18m-(Technicolor Special: Teddy Joyce, Betty Grable, Hobart Cavanaugh & Robert Agnew)-© March 17, 1934 (filmed October '33)  // Vitaphone #1603-1604

Buzzin' Around (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; writer: Jack Henley) bw-20m-(Big V Comedy: Fatty Arbuckle & Al St. John, Dan Coleman, Alice May Tick, Tom Smith & Al Ochs)-© February 4, 1933 (filmed November '32) Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vol. 1 (Warner Archive) *DVD*  One of Fatty's better comedies from his final years, with him as a porcelain glue inventor confonting a beehive in his truck, a football court and pharmacy. Al St. John spends much of his time slightly drunk with a pooch resembling Pete the Pup of "Our Gang".  // Vitaphone #1509-1510

By Request (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack & Orlando Robeson) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Claude Hopkins)-October 18, 1935 (Film Daily review; wide release: November 9, filmed June)   Tip, Tap & Toe are also featured in this Harlem nightclub setting.  // Vitaphone #1880

By The Campfire (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Xavier Cugat & Company)-© May 19, 1928 (filmed March) Featuring his Melodious Gypsies at a gypsy camp.  // Vitaphone #2540

Bye-Gones (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Ruth Etting)-© January 14, 1933 (filmed November '32) A singer's life story is presented in musical form from western saloon to world war. (With Frank McNellis, David Burns, Eddie Ryan, Ruth Pine's Tiny Tots & Embassy Boys)  // Vitaphone #1501-1502

A Cabinet Meeting (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot: Radio Ramblers)-© April 13, 1934 (filmed November '33) The star impersonators hide in a radio when the husband of a lady they're romancing comes home unxpectedly. (Wih Janet Rathbun and Dudley Clements)  // Vitaphone #1640

Calgary Stampede (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Saul Elkins & Herman Boxer; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-May 29, 1948 (*Academy Award Nominee*)  The Adventures Of Don Juan (Greatest Classic Legends Errol Flynn) *DVD*  Calgary, Alberta has its Stampede Week (July 1947) with rodeo and Native American dances. Highlight is a stagecoach race.  // Vitaphone #1686A

California Collegians (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-April 1927 (released?)  // Vitaphone #500

California Junior Symphony Orchestra (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Jack Horner & Peter Meremblum)-April 18, 1942   Profiles a childrens orchestra. (Reissued 5-24-54)  // Vitaphone #896-897A

California Thoroughbreds (Del Frazier; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Wendell Niles) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-© December 22, 1940 (filmed October)  Race horse reel   // Vitaphone #9936

California, Here We Are (music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-December 18, 1944  Scenic travelogue  // Vitaphone #1287A

Calling All Girls (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Lloyd Bacon; narrator: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson) bw-19m-(Broadway Brevity / Warner Special)-January 24, 1942 (C- December '41) The Big Street *DVD*   Docudrama about ladies being cast for musicals with past Busby Berkeley material edited in. (Reissued 11-26-49)  // Vitaphone #655 & 658A

Calling All Kids (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Joe Palooka w/ Robert Norton, Beverly Phalon & Johnny Berkes)-November 20, 1937 Joe goes on the radio to denounce his advertisers using his name for gum and cigars.  // Vitaphone #25-26B

Calling All Tars (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Big V Comedy: Bob Hope & John Berkes w/ Oscar Ragland)-March 25, 1936 Critics' Choice *DVD*  Two buddies pose as sailors to pick up girlfriends. They are mistaken for the real thing and are drafted.  // Vitaphone #1941-1942

Camera Angles (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Gene Lester; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Technicolor Adventure)-© December 15, 1948 (Completed October '47)   Profiles the art of magazine cover photography. Includes cameos by Barbara Bates, Jack Carson, Sonia Henie, Hedy Lamarr & Alexis Smith.  // Vitaphone #1654A

Camera Hunting (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist & Dan Donaldson) bw-19m-(Classics of the Screen)-November 20, 1954   Four sequences of unusual subject matter: the tropical wilderness of the Florida Everglades; an exhibition of mechanical dolls made by Swiss watchmakers; the ruins of an ancient Indian civilization in Arizona; and scenes of the life and work of Thomas Edison.  // Vitaphone #2438A

Camera Hunting (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Paul Douglas) bw-11m-(Our Own U.S.)-October 18, 1935 (Film Daily review; wide release November 2)   Animal odds and ends in America: beavers working, trained ducks, a cat and monkey relationship. Also Seminoles hunting alligator.  // Vitaphone #1856

The Camera Speaks (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Billy Bitzer) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot)-August 11, 1934 (filmed September '33) Lady Killer & Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  A studio watchman views footage of silent stars. Clips: JOHN BARLEYCORN (Bosworth 1914)  /  NYC fireman's parade 1906  /  Gloria Swanson & Bobby Vernon in THE NICK OF TIME BABY (Sennett-Triangle 1916)  /  Charles Ray & Dorothy Dalton in THE WEAKER SEX (Kay-Bee-Triangle 1916)?  /  Louise Glaum in THE WOLF WOMAN (Kay-Bee-Triangle 1916)  /  William Jennings Bryan at Union Square 1912  // Vitaphone #1600

Campus Capers (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: The Collegiate Four)-© February 4, 1928 (filmed October '27) Selection in a dorm room includes Donaldson-Kahn's "Sing Me a Baby Song"  // Vitaphone #2249

Campus Cinderella (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Noel M. Smith) Technicolor-18m24s-(Technicolor Special: Penny Singleton, Johnnie Davis, Anthony Averill & Oscar O'Shea)-September 17, 1938 Bringing Up Baby (2-disc) *DVD*  Silly, but entertaining, campus comedy with a great athlete from a rival college being persuaded to help win a game and "get the girl".  // Vitaphone #8809-8810

The Campus Mystery (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-21m-(S.S. Van Dine w/ Donald Meek & John Hamilton)-July 2, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed March) / Harriet Hiliard co-stars in this "who-bumped-off-the-dean?" saga   // Vitaphone #1397-1398

Campus Spirit (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Douglas Stanbury & NYU Glee Club)-April 24, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed February)   Highlighted by a montage of parade shots over "I Love a Parade"  // Vitaphone #1350

Can It Be Done? (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-11m-(Pepper Pot: Ray Gross, Charles Laurance, Loretta Sayers & Elliot Fisher)-November 29, 1935 (Film Daily review; filmed August)   An inventer tests new discoveries in a dream in which he's rich.  // Vitaphone #1887

Can You Imagine? (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman: ed: co-d: Ira Genet; narrator: Ray Saunders) bw-10m-(Our Own U.S.)-July 13, 1936 (Completed '35)   Part "Believe It Or Not" and partly inspired by Universal's "Strange Than Fiction" series, this spotlights various odds and ends like Milwaukee's Monkey Island; a juvenile lion-wrestler, a town cryer in Provincetown MA, etc.  // Vitaphone #1864

Cancer Fund Film Notables Attending Glittering Benefits (---) bw-10m-(promotional)-September 1951

The Candid Kid (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-20m-(Presentation Revue: Phil Silvers, Josephine Houston & The Gae Foster Girls)-February 12, 1938  The Golddiggers In Paris *DVD*  The Candid Camera Club expects candid snapshots and a singer must gets some of herself.  // Vitaphone #98-99B

The Cannibal Isles (In The Cannibal Island) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman & Bert Frank) bw-9m-(Musical World Journey)-© February 28, 1934 (Completed September '33) Probably Fiji covered here.  // Vitaphone #1598

Can't Think Of It (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Big V Comedy / Broadway Brevity: Ken Murray & Oswald)-October 30, 1936 (Film Daily review)   The boys get involved with gangsters on a train. (With Elaine Arden, Ralph Sanford & Curtis Karpe)  // Vitaphone #2051-2051

Cantor Josef Rosenblatt (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-May 1927 Initially a two reeler with Vitaphone numbers # 556 and 558 edited down.   // Vitaphone #556-558

Captain Blue Blood (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Georgie Price, Nell O'Day & The Frazee Sisters)-February 13, 1937 (filmed December '36) A movie usher dates a rich girl whose mother expects proper breeding and tries to pursuade he is "blue blood" with flashbacks to the Mayflower and Napoleon.  // Vitaphone #2060-2061

Caribbean Playgrounds (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-February 18, 1955 (filmed '54) / Covers a variety of leisure activities, including fishing.  // Vitaphone #2453A

Carioca Serenaders (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco; music: Howard Jackson) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Humberto Herrere & Band)-October 25, 1941 (filmed July '41) Reissued August 16, 1952 as THE SERENADERS.  // Vitaphone #464A

Carl Deacon Moore And Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-May 7, 1938  // Vitaphone #115B

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Believe It Or Not #1 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-9m-(Robert L. Ripley)-May 4, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed March) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  In a studio office setting, Ripley discusses and sketches interesting tidbits like a woman who jumps through cigarette paper and a Chinese boy named One Long Hop.  // Vitaphone #1005

Believe It Or Not #2 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© June 11, 1930 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Robert opens his mail and finds lots of unique addresses. Later, he is put on a mock-trail to prove more believe it or not oddities.  // Vitaphone #1038

Believe It Or Not #3 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-9m-(Robert L. Ripley)-August 31, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed June) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Robert is aboard a ship impressing the passengers, including films and sketches of such oddities as a father to 888 children and proving that a fellow passenger can grow seven inches before their eyes.  // Vitaphone #1053

Believe It Or Not #4 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-September 5, 1930 (filmed July) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Nice retro entry set on a television set of the future. Highlights include the longest word in the world, the rifle fish, a blind house constructor, 22-inch fingernails on a Chinese man and professional billiard artist Carl Vaughan.  // Vitaphone #1067

Believe It Or Not #5 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-September 12, 1930 (filmed July) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Highlight: a man who hadn't slept in 78 years. Rest involves Ripley amusing a hunting lodge party and raising money for the milk fund. Brief mention of Kasper Hauser (subject of a great 1974 Werner Herzog film).  // Vitaphone #1093

Believe It Or Not #6 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© November 5, 1930 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Profiles of unusual athletic feats, a boy with clock eyes and a blind monk.  // Vitaphone #1109

Believe It Or Not #7 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© January 5, 1931 (filmed November '30) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Includes the world's most decorated soldier, a one-armed paperhanger and a bearded widow.  // Vitaphone #1148

Believe It Or Not #8 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© February 20, 1931 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  From his library, Ripley discusses  a chair made of growing trees, the world's narrowest street, a city where people live in wine casks and a bungalow with 144 rooms.  // Vitaphone #1172

Believe It Or Not #9 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-May 2, 1931 (filmed March) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Includes a mitten wearing piano player, a six month old with a full set of teeth, the largest chair in the world and a ball of string 140 miles long.  // Vitaphone #1189

Believe It Or Not #10 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-July 5, 1931 (filmed March) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Features a human lamppost, a dog with its own charge account, a six-year old weight-lifter and a match carved with 25 links.  // Vitaphone #1197

Believe It Or Not #11 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)- July 12, 1931 (filmed May) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Novelties include a horse with a picture of Abe Lincoln on its side, a house made of bottles, a farmer who can lift a 600 pound bull and a father and son body contortion act.  // Vitaphone #1211

Believe It Or Not #12 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-November 4, 1931 (filmed August) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  A travelogue through North Africa to see a village built of tin cans, haystack houses and a jail for nagging wives.  // Vitaphone #1267

Believe It Or Not #2-1 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Robert L. Ripley)-November 5, 1931 (filmed September) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Part travelogue of North Africa and Middle East (Algeria / Egypt / Morocco mostly). Highlights include women's ware and one lady whose eyes were padlocked for a month.  // Vitaphone #1282

Believe It Or Not #2-2 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-December 3, 1931 (filmed October) Ripley's Believe It Or Not *DVD*  Includes smallest book (fits on Robert's knuckle), giant bureau and typewriter, Indian face mountain in Wisconsin and Mr. Pitman's hedge "pets".  // Vitaphone #1294

Believe It Or Not #2-3 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-December 1931 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Highlight is a four-footed duck. Also a haystack church, a 128-year old former slave and unusual cemeteries.  // Vitaphone #1304

Believe It Or Not #2-4 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-January 2, 1932 (filmed December '31) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Little Billy Hayes doesn't do his homework and falls asleep behind mom's back. He is soon off to "Believe It Or Not" Land, full of oversized books and meets Ripley and his spooky fishies, along with a feline with a serious nicotine addiction.  // Vitaphone #1320

Believe It Or Not #2-5 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-March 20, 1932 (Film Daily review) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Gruesome entry with a shrunken head, an iron execution chamber and more light-hearted material like an armless expert sharpshooter and driver.  // Vitaphone #1336

Believe It Or Not #2-6 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-March 13, 1932 (Film Daily review) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Features a merry-go-round restaurant with revolving counters and rare footage of a sand spider attacking a lizard.  // Vitaphone #1346

Believe It Or Not #2-7 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-February 1932 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  A fun little reel with Robert entertaining on a cruise ship. He starts with drawings covering the derivation of the word "fathom" and Christopher Columbus. The audience claps in enthusiasm. Then we get the movies within a movie… including a shot of miners underground clapping as they watch a movie within a movie shown in this movie. The really fun stuff covers Morocco and Egypt including a snake charmer.  // Vitaphone #1361

Believe It Or Not #2-8 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-8m-(Robert L. Ripley)-February 1932 (Film Daily review 7-9) Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Includes very young parents and a 17-year grandparent, as well as a tea kettle that's been boiling for 60 years.  // Vitaphone #1362

Believe It Or Not #2-9 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-9m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© April 23, 1932 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Includes pyramids of salt in Spain and ancient Chinese rifles. This is a weaker entry in the series but it opens with some nice 1932 shots of NYC (covering a horseman directing trolleys and a cigarette butt collector… ew!) and closes with circus elephants getting their toe nails done.  // Vitaphone #1363

Believe It Or Not #2-10 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-© April 23, 1932 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD*  Shows the origin of some golf bunkers dating back to Civil War trenches and an Indian who paints landscapes upside down.  // Vitaphone #1364

Believe It Or Not #2-11 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-June 1932 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Includes churchgoers who use rowboats during service, a duck who teaches chickens how to swim, duckbill platypus and a horse with eight hoofs.  // Vitaphone #1412

Believe It Or Not #2-12 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding; story: Leo Donnelly) bw-7m-(Robert L. Ripley)-July 1932 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not  *DVD* Covers the South Seas and the Orient. Includes Philipines "movable" houses and Japanese roosters with long tails.  // Vitaphone #1427

Bell And Coates, The California Songbirds, In "A Singing Act" (---) bw-14m-(Vitaphone Variety)-September 2, 1928 (Film Daily review; filmed July)   Features "There Ought to Be a Law Against That"  // Vitaphone #2697

Bell Science Series: technically NOT “short subjects” but TV specials running just under an hour that were produced by Warner’s short subject department and… well… I couldn’t resist including them here. Frank Capra independently produced the first four Bell Science programs: Our Mr. Sun (November 11, 1956 with UPA and director William Hurtz producing animation), Hemo The Magnificent (March 20, 1957 with James "Shamus" Culhane Animation, as with subsequent Capra-produced shows), The Strange Case Of The Cosmic Rays (October 25, 1957) and The Unchained Goddess (February 12, 1958). Warner Bros. (along with its in-house cartoon studio) took over for the next four. All of these featured Frank Baxter, a talented radio speaker (in shows like The CBS Radio Workshop... check out "Joe Miller's Jokebook"), starring as "Mr. Research". All in Warnercolor and running 52-54 minutes in length… so more “feature” than short (since the official cut-off is 45 minutes).

-Gateway To The Mind (Owen Crump; story: Henry F. Greenberg; animation-direction: Chuck Jones & Maurice Noble) October 23, 1958 / Set in a "typical movie studio" covering man's senses of sight, touch, hearing, etc. This is generally regarded as the best of all Bell Science shows with excellent production values and a music score to match.

-The Alphabet Conspiracy (Owen Crump & Robert Sinclair; animation-direction: Friz Freleng & Hawley Pratt) / January 26, 1959  / Features outlandish sets (giant books included) with Hans Conrad playing the Mad Hatter and an “Alice” schoolgirl named Judy (Cheryl Callaway) studying human speech with Mr. Baxter. Shorty Rogers, Stanley Adams and Dolores Starr are also featured.

-The Thread Of Life (Owen Crump & Robert Sinclair; story: Rowland Barber; animation-direction: Robert McKimson) / December 9, 1960 / Less animation here but a nicely offbeat set-up with Baxter talking to “TV heads” of people… in black & white monitors as if “live”. the discussion is heredity and DNA.

-About Time (Owen Crump; story: Leon Salkin, Richard Hobson & Nancy Pitt; science adviser: Richard P. Feynman; animation-direction: Phil Monroe, Maurice Noble, Richard Ung & Robert Singer) February 5, 1962 / Arguably the funniest and most entertaining entry with the King of Planet Q (Les Tremayne) and his fussy assistant (Richard Deacon) demanding that Dr. Baxter set his clock… and we all learn about "time" both on Earth and in gravity-less outer-space.

Below The Rio Grande (Carl Dudley; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-9m-(Stereophonic Special)-April 1, 1954 (filmed '53)   Special updated (with fifties technology) tour of Mexico.  // Vitaphone #2386A

Ben Bernie And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© May 16, 1930 (filmed December '29) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 3 *DVD* Bandstand with comedy scenes. Includes Clayton, Jackson and (Jimmy) Durante and singers Pat Kennedy and Frances McCoy.   // Vitaphone #958

Ben Pollack & His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-© October 4, 1934 (filmed March)  Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD*  Singer Doris Robbins sings with the band in this conventional (but quite well-made) Melody Master.  // Vitaphone #1696

Ben Pollack And His Park Central Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 14, 1929 (filmed July) Supposedly with Benny Goodman And Jack Teagarden. Tunes "Memories", "My Kinda Love" and "Song of the Islands"  // Vitaphone #872

Beneath The Sea (B.F. Zeidman, producer; Stacy Woodard) bw-10m-(Pepper Pot)-April 11, 1936   Undersea documentary featuring jellyfish, sharks and octopus. Also a fish developing from an embryo.  // Vitaphone #1957

The Benefit (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety: Joe Frisco)-February 2, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed November '29)   Joe Frisco imitates Helen Morgan for a benefit performance.  // Vitaphone #939

Beniamino Gigli And Giuseppe De Luca In "The Pearl Fishers" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© March 15, 1928 (filmed April '27)   Dressed in oriental costume  // Vitaphone #518

Beniamino Gigli Of The Metropolitan Opera Company (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© May 6, 1927 Singing "Mirame Asi", "O Solo Mio" and other favorites with Vito Carnevali at piano.  // Vitaphone #498

Beniamino Gigli Singing Selections From Act 2 Of The Opera La Gioconda (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© June 29, 1927  // Vitaphone #517

Beniamino Gigli, Assisted By M. Picco And Minna Egener And The Metropolitan Opera Chorus (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-February 3, 1927 (filmed January) Highlights from Mascagni's CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA. Shown with the Feature WHEN A MAN LOVES.  // Vitaphone #414

The Bennett Twins (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 9, 1927 Featuring Kathryn and Gladys singing in the parlor suchnovelties as "Crazy Words Crazy Tunes"  // Vitaphone #476

Benny Meroff And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-© December 20, 1937 A piccolo player is mistaken for the taxman in this comedy-musical with Jackie Marshall and Florence Gast in support.  // Vitaphone #87B

Berlin Today (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(World Adventures)-August 31, 1932 (Film Daily review; edited February)   Spotlight on police dog training.  // Vitaphone #1357

Bernardo DePace "Wizard Of The Mandolin" (Mandolin Virtuoso) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-10m23s-(Vitaphone Variety)-April 4, 1927 (filmed February) The Jazz Singer *DVD*  Dressed in a clown outfit and playing some tunes familiar to cartoon fans.  // Vitaphone #443

Bernie Cummins And His Biltmore Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 10, 1929 (filmed February) Featuring "Come On Baby" at the bandstand  // Vitaphone #752

Bert Fiske (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-1927 (unknown release)

Bert Hanlon With Doris Canfield (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-August 1928 Yiddish comedy and song "The Fly"  // Vitaphone #2747

Bert Lewis "Broadway's Comedian" #472 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 9, 1927 Accompanied by Jack Carroll at piano. Songs and monogue. #472 includes tune "If My Baby Cooks As Good as She Looks".  // Vitaphone #472

Bert Lewis "Broadway's Comedian" #473 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 9, 1927 Features tune "Oh Baby Don't We Get Along"  // Vitaphone #473

Better Than Gold (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Fifi D'Orsay)-June 8, 1935 (filmed February) The nation of Balcania pauys its debt to the US in... pretty women. (With George Watts, Herb Warren & the Troubadors)  // Vitaphone #1841-1842

Between The Acts Of Opera (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-11m20s-(Vitaphone Variety: Willie & Eugene Howard)-October 5, 1926 (filmed August) Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  Comic banter about the opera shown with stuffier shorts initially shown before THE BETTER 'OLE.  // Vitaphone #349

Between The Lines (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-22m-(Broadway Brevity: Bernice Claire, Rodney McLennan, Arline & Ed Kinlay, George Dobbs & the Commanders)-February 8, 1936  Two illustrated magazine stories set in different eras come to life. Romance blooms across the years.  // Vitaphone #1909-1910

Beyond The Line Of Duty (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Lewis Seiler & Edwin Gilbert; music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: Ronald Reagan) bw-24m-(Broadway Brevity)-November 7, 1942 (*Academy Award Winner*)  Yankee Doodle Dandy *DVD* Follows Hewitt T. "Shorty" Wheless from Air Force training to his success in combat. Despite being filmed in black and white, this is a polished Grade A production. Ronald Reagan narrates.  // Vitaphone #1064-1065A

Biff And Bang Fisticuffs Funsters (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed May) Boxing match comedy sketch "Winner By A Nose" with Ivan Falkenstein, Milton Weiss and Eddie Lewis.  // Vitaphone #574

Big Bill Tilden (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Del Frazier; music: William Lava; narrator: John Deering) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-May 24, 1941 (filmed January '41)   Tennis reel with the master  // Vitaphone #214A

Big City Fantasy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: John Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Phil Spitalny)-April 14, 1934 (filmed October '33) Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD*  *A woman experiences many musical cultures in New York. An interesting "travelogue" of song numbers.  // Vitaphone #1635

The Big Deal  (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-June 1930 All star ensemble: Harry Holman, Franklin Pangborn, Billy Gilbert, Gertrude Astor & Geneva Mitchell. Romance between a poor suitor and the daughter of a wealthy businessman.  // Vitaphone #4230

The Big House Party (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Melody Master: Earl Carpenter)-September 27, 1931 (Film Daily review)   Convicts play musical baseball and other hijinks. Later we learn this is all a show with actors.  // Vitaphone #1268

Big John (Art Mayer Motion Picture Prod.) color-9m-(Special)- February 8-10, 1969  // Vitaphone #3425A

Big Money (Bryan Foy) bw-14m-(The Potters w/ Lucien Littlefield)-May 4, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed March)   Pa's attempt to make money in another couple's divorce causes trouble with the wife who threatens him with divorce.  // Vitaphone #4009-4010

The Big Paraders (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety)-© August 20, 1929 (filmed June) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 3 *DVD*  Featuring Charlotte Conrad, Tiny & Jack Waites, Elsie Thiel, Edna Howard & Ben Wise. The word "big" is a suggestion to body size here. Film Daily considered this run-of-the-mill.  // Vitaphone #840

Big Time Revue (Gordon Hollingshead; music: William Lava) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-January 25, 1947 (Completed '46)   Showcases Vitaphone footage dating to the twenties. Follow-up is VAUDEVILLE REVUE.   // Vitaphone #1466A

Bigger And Better (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Fanny & Kitty Watson)-© December 23, 1929 (filmed October) As the title suggests: this singing duo has no concern about "hour glass" figures.  // Vitaphone #925

The Bigger They Are (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-12m-(Vitaphone Variety: Primo Carnera & Little Billy)-June 28, 1931 (Film Daily review)   Tramp and midget get involved in a boxing gig  // Vitaphone #1246-1247

Bikes And Skis (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Sam Balter) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-February 10, 1945 (© December 28, 1944)   A visit to Cypress Gardens, Florida.  // Vitaphone #1301A

The Bill Of Rights (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Crane Wilbur; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-21m-(Technicolor Special)-August 19, 1939  Ted Osborne plays James Madison and Vernon Steele is Thomas Jefferson in this recreation of Williamsburgh Virginia in the 1770s. (Also Moroni Olsen and Leonard Mudie.)  // Vitaphone #9300-9301

Billy & Elsa Newell, Those Hot Tamales (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-April 30, 1928   Guitar tunes in a Spanish garden  // Vitaphone #2296

Billy Hill (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot)-© April 8, 1935 (filmed September '34) The songwriter of "The Last Roundup" revisits an old ranch.  // Vitaphone #1781

Billy Jones & Ernie Hare, The Happiness Boys #536 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-June 29, 1927 With the Vitaphone Symphony  // Vitaphone #536

Billy Jones & Ernie Hare, The Happiness Boys #537 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-June 29, 1927 Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD*  Stiff but amusing vaudeville routine of jokes and song. Opens with "How Do You Do?" and ends with "Goodbye".  // Vitaphone #537

A Bird In The Hand (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Ann Codee & Frank Orth)-© April 30, 1929 (filmed February) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  A daffy lady is feeding invisible pigeons and confusing her fellow bench sitter to no end. German version #757  // Vitaphone #757

The Birds And The Beasts Were There (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-December 30, 1944 (filmed '44)   Florida travelogue spotlighting Monkey & Parrot Jungles of Miami.  // Vitaphone #1288A

Birthplace Of Hockey (Douglas Sinclair; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-February 28, 1953 (Completed '52)   Travelogue of wintertime Canada.  // Vitaphone #2176A

A Bit Of Scotch (---) bw-7m-(Vitaphone Variety: Kitty Doner)-© August 27, 1928   She spoofs a Scotch-MAN.  // Vitaphone #2668

A Bit Of The Best (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-10m-(Warner Novelty)-© December 25, 1954  Profiles Warner's top star of the '20's: Rin Tin Tin.  // Vitaphone #2436A

The Bitter Wife (Our Wife) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Al Ray) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Frank Orth & Ann Codee)-June 1931 A sideshow star is thought by his wife to be dead and his decade later return to her prompts a struggle with her new husband. (With Dudley Clements, Florence Vernon, Lew Christy & Mabel Ash)  // Vitaphone #1241

Black Fury (Ted & Vincent Saizis; music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: John Brown & Marvin Miller) Warnercolor-32m-(Featurette)-September 9, 1953   Profile of David Da Lie, naturalist and vet in wild Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.  // Vitaphone #2304A

The Black Network (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Nina Mae McKinney & Nicholas Brothers)-April 4, 1936 (previewed April 1) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts & Hallelujah! *DVD*  It's a shame that the only way black artists could perform on screen in those segregated times was in "all black" films without any serious "white" interaction. This entertaining comedy involves a radio station and a Prima Donna (the sponsor's wife) trying to hog the limelight, but Nina Mae McKinney becomes the much-wanted singer who wins out in the end.  // Vitaphone #1944-1945

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Apartment Hunting (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: George Fisher & Honey Hurst)-© November 29, 1929 Honey waits for an agent renting her place in this comedy-musical.  // Vitaphone #920

Aqua Queens (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Warnercolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 6, 1955   Florida waterskiing   // Vitaphone #2520A

Arabians In The Rockies (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-December 15, 1945 (Completed May)   Arabian horses are raised in the Rockies.  // Vitaphone #1374A

Archie Gottler, His Songs Are Sung In A Million Homes (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© August 27, 1928 (filmed June) Showcasing a medley of his written hits with Babe Glick and Peggy Rollins in support.  // Vitaphone #2670

Are Animals Actors? (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; James Bloodworth; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) bw-20m-(Special)-March 31, 1945 (completed '44) / Footage from past Vitaphone shorts of circus stars (monkeys, bears and ponies) are featured with recent shots of dogs training on the Burbank lot, Daisy included. (Reissued 12-27-52)  // Vitaphone #1302A

Argentine Horses (music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Knox  Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-August 8, 1942   Horse racing reel  // Vitaphone #1026A

The Aristocrats (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Born & Lawrence)-© March 12, 1929 (filmed November '28) Music and pantomime gags.  // Vitaphone #2640

The Arkansas Travelers (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Meyers & Hanford)-June 30, 1928 Farmyard musical with plenty of bare feet.  // Vitaphone #2593

Army Days (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Lieutenant Clifford Carling)-November 1928 "Colored" military humor.  // Vitaphone #2793

Army Show (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Edward Dunstedter)-February 27, 1943 (filmed December '42)  The Army Air Force Orchestra performs  // Vitaphone #1090A

Arnaut Brothers, The Famous Loving Birds (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed May) John and Renee sing in a bird nest.  // Vitaphone #571

Arnold Johnson And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-September 11, 1938 (BoxOffice review)   A nod to Schubert (coming to life on a wall) in this tap-dancing mix of jazz and classical with Siroy & Weaver, Three Sirens and Three Orchids.  // Vitaphone #77B

Around The Clock (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Norma Terris)-© February 14, 1934 (filmed October '33) Romance of an actress as reported by Walter Winchell. (With Lynne Overman, the Four Eton Boys & Jay Brennan)  // Vitaphone #1630-1631

Around The World In Eight Minutes (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot: Hugh Cameron, Dan Coleman, Dudley Hawley & Lois Wild)-© June 6, 1933 (filmed February '32) Travelers showcase a bizarre film of their adventures (including a trip to the moon)  // Vitaphone #1369

Arrow Magic (Charles Trego & Aude Vail; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-March 22, 1947 (filmed June '46)  Archery reel  // Vitaphone #1501A

Art Of Archery (Howard Hill; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-October 6, 1951 (Completed March)  Final Howard Hill short. (Reissued April '65)  // Vitaphone #2053A

Art Trouble (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Ralph Staub; writer: Jack Henley) bw-21m-(Big V Comedy: Harry Gribbon, Shemp Howard, Gertrude Mudge, Beatrice Blinn & James Stewart)-© June 23, 1934 (filmed January) Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vol. 1 (Warner Archive) *DVD*  Two bumbling brothers pose as artists in Paris to please two rich boys (one a young Jimmy Stewart).  // Vitaphone #1674-1675

Arthur Pat West And His Middies "Syncopated Blues Players" (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© December 8, 1927 Singing "Mine", "Following You Around" and "Baby Baby and Me"  // Vitaphone #2189

Artie Shaw And His Orchestra (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-April 29, 1939 Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  *DVD* Both Artie Shaw reels are good (see SYMPHONY OF SWING) but this may have the better music selection ("Nightmare" and "Begin the Beguin"... and less eye popping visuals. Helen Forrest and Tony Pastor croon. (Reissued 2-7-48 and 10-22-55)  // Vitaphone #214B

Artistic Mimicry (Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Bruce Bowers)-© March 20, 1929 (filmed December '28) Comic monologue with an impersonator and sound effects guru.  // Vitaphone #2870

Artistic Temperament (Artistic Temper) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Ruth Etting)-April 1932  Doctor reacts to his stage struck wife's show business party but later reconiles when she makes it big. (With Victor Kilian, Wilfred Lytell, Frank McNellis & Frances McHugh)  // Vitaphone #1403-1404

A-Speed On The Deep (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-December 24, 1949  Vintage Pathé footage of water skiing and sailing.  // Vitaphone #1893A

Assassin Of Grief And Remorse (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Al Herman & His Troubadors)-© July 24, 1928 (filmed April) Blackface routines  // Vitaphone #2578

At His Side (Red Cross & 20th entury Fox [co-prod.]-) bw-10m-(War Activities Committee Special)-January 27, 1944

At Home (Bryan Foy) bw-18m-(The Potters w/ Lucien Littlefield)-© March 15, 1930 (filmed January) The boss is invited home for dinner. Big mistake with this family.  // Vitaphone #3827-3828

At The Ball Game (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Leo Carrillo)-May 7, 1927 First for this familiar Latin idol and later famous conservationist.  // Vitaphone #507

At The Church Festival (Wright & Louis? Silvers) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Dick Henderson)-© November 25, 1929 Includes "Love Her All the More" and "May Brown"  // Vitaphone #3280

At The Front (John Ford) Technicolor-40m-(War Activities Committee Special)-March 18, 1943  Profile of the Allied campaign against the Germans in North Africa.

At The Party (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Bud Harris & Frank Radcliffe)-© June 12, 1929 (filmed April) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD*  Early black vaudevillian reel. Some humor hasn't aged well but all black entertainment on '20s film is interesting.  // Vitaphone #783

At The Party (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Solly Ward)-© November 28, 1927 (filmed September) The "Foremost German Comedian" appears in a sketch "They Call It Dancing"  // Vitaphone #2148

At The Races (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henaberry & Jack Henley) bw-10m7s-(Pepper Pot: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy)-July 21, 1934 (filmed December '33)  Good comedy set at the race track with Bergen and dummy.  // Vitaphone #1657

At The Round Table (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety)-October 5, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed May)  James Corbett, Damon Runyan, Mark Hellinger and DeWolf Hopper have fun with journalist questions.  // Vitaphone #1047

At The Seashore (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-18m19s-(Vitaphone Variety: Ethel Sinclair & Marge LaMarr)-© May 4, 1929 (filmed March) The Jazz Singer *DVD*  Mildly humorous, if stagey, comedy with gals gossiping at the beach.  // Vitaphone #753

At The Stroke Of Twelve (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco; music: Howard Jackson) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity)-November 25, 1941 The Great Lie *DVD* Adaptation of Damon Runyon's "The Old Doll House": A racketeer (Craig Stevens) depends on a recluse woman's (Elizabeth Risdon) testimony about his whereabouts at the time a fellow gangster is murdered. A nice surprise ending. (Reissue 2-11-49 and 5-28-55)  // Vitaphone #595-596A

At Your Service (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety:)-© April 30, 1930 (filmed February) Mini-act with Jessie Royce Landis, William Halligan, George Blackwood & William Carey. A gun duel in a hotel room is constantly being interrupted by the staff.  // Vitaphone #988

Atoms For Peace (Working Together) (---) bw-18m-(documentary)-February 1957 (filmed '56) Made for the US Information Agency  // Vitaphone #2700A

The Attic Of Terror (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-9m-(Your True Adventure)-September 18, 1937  The famous radio announcer brings to life a dramatic story submitted about an amateur writer. According to Les Adams over on imdb.com, this particular short played with a Monogram feature Danger Patrol. Stars Chester Stratton, William Morrow & Julia Fasset  // Vitaphone #38B

The Audition (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m17s-(Melody Master: Hannah Williams & The Three X Sisters)-July 8, 1933 (filmed October '32) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  & The Mayor Of Hell *DVD*  Phil Emerton and his band play tunes and accompany guest performers, including acrobatic tap dancers Larry & Larry.  // Vitaphone #1494

Aunt Jemima "The Original Fun Flour Maker" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 18, 1927 (filmed May) Tess Gardella is accompanied by pianist Art Sorenson  // Vitaphone #566

Auriole Craven, The Dancing Violinist (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 13, 1927 (filmed July) Starts with "If I Had Never Met You"  // Vitaphone #2118

The Author (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Walter Weems)-© February 4, 1928 (filmed October '27) With Leo Sulkey in a producer's office. Weems gets completely carried away with his story pitch.   // Vitaphone #2252

Ave Maria (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-4m-(Vitaphone Variety: Giovanni Martinelli & Frances Alda)-January 5, 1930 (Film Daily review; filmed November '29)   Holiday chorus  // Vitaphone #943

Baa, Baa, Blacksheep (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-January 22, 1944 (F-'43)   Profiles Montana sheep raising.  // Vitaphone #1190A

Babe Egan And Her Hollywood Redheads (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-February 1930 Numbers include "What Do I Care?"  // Vitaphone #997

Babe O'Mine (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-10m-(Pepper Pot)-July 23, 1932 (Film Daily review)   Early cinéma vérité of a baby's day   // Vitaphone #1424

The Baby Bandit (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Bobby Watson & Anne Cornwall)-© June 11, 1930 (filmed January) A married convention-attendee gets caught up with a female crook.  // Vitaphone #3758

Baby Face (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Victor Moore)-May 1931 The great bumbling comedy star pretends to be a mobster with store mannequins... until he meets a real gangster.  // Vitaphone #1227

Baby Rose Marie The Child Wonder (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Bryan Foy) bw-8m30s-(Vitaphone Variety: Rose Marie)-© June 12, 1929 The Jazz Singer *DVD*  The future "Sally Rogers" of the Dick Van Dyke Show made three shorts for Warner Bros. as a rambunctious child star (sporting a Louise Brooks hairdo). She also appears in the 4th and 8th entries of Rambling 'Round Radio Row  // Vitaphone #809

Babykins (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack or Al Ray) bw-17m-(Vitaphone Variety: Pee Wee Singer)-July 19, 1931 (Film Daily review; filmed May)   A midget enters a cute baby show  // Vitaphone #1216

Back From Abroad (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: McKay And Ardine)-© March 9, 1929 (filmed January) Banter between "Mr" McKay and "Ms." Ardine  // Vitaphone #708

The Backyard Broadcast (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-22m-(Broadway Brevity)-September 26, 1936 (previewed August 14)   Major Edward "Bones" (Lloyd Barry) showcases an array of talented youngsters.  // Vitaphone #2007-2008

Backyard Golf (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-April 22, 1944   Comedy sports reel  // Vitaphone #1228A

A Bad Boy From A Good Family (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Phil Baker)-© March 12, 1929 (filmed January)   Comedy and accordion  // Vitaphone #724

The Bad, Bad Woman (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Dora Maughan & Walter Fehl)-© October 18, 1928 (filmed July) Highlight "After I Say I'm Sorry"  // Vitaphone #2731

Bahama Sea Sports (A. Pam Blumenthal & André de la Varre: Van Campen Heilner; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-June 23, 1945   Spear fishing spotlighted.  // Vitaphone #1346A

The Band Beautiful (---) bw-9m10s-(Vitaphone Variety: The Ingenues All-Girl Orchestra)-© June 30, 1928 (filmed March) The Jazz Singer *DVD*  All-female bands were quite the novelty in the twenties. Violins, harps and banjos included along with a boppy "Chasing the Blues Away"  // Vitaphone #2572

Bands Across The Sea (G.I. Jive) (narrator: Truman Bradley) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-June 2, 1945   Part documentary of band music with our boys. Includes soldiers impersonating various stars.  // Vitaphone #1366A

Banjo Buddy (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Harold Sandelman)-June 1927

The Ban-Jokester (---) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: Jack North)-© November 24, 1928 (filmed August)   Banjo and comedy with the catch phrase "Catch on?"  // Vitaphone #2756

Banjoland (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Eddie Peabody)-© June 2, 1928 (filmed March) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* Duet with Jimmy Maisel  // Vitaphone #2560

Banjomania (Bryan Foy) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Eddie Peabody)-© August 22, 1927 /  Different than the later BANJOLAND but similar singing and multiple instruments. Reviewed by Film Daily 10-14-28.  // Vitaphone #2103

Bannister's Bantering Babies (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Constance Bannister; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Technicolor Adventure)-December 4, 1948   A children's photographer shows his work.   // Vitaphone #1739A

Barber Shop Ballads (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jack Scholl; music: Howard Jackson) bw-18m-(Special w/ Cliff Edwards & others)-September 8, 1945  Musical documentary with some lifted footage. (Reissued 11-18-50)  // Vitaphone #1360A

Barber Shop Blues (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Claude Hopkins, Orlando Roberson & Four Step Brothers)-© September 23, 1933 Vitaphone Cavalcade Of Musical Comedy Shorts *DVD* A barber shop wins the lottery and hires the jazz band to perform.  // Vitaphone #1551

The Barber Shop Chord (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Martie Martel)-© November 25, 1929 A musical barber shop comes alive with tunes like "A Fast Life and a Hot One"  // Vitaphone #3640

The Bard Of Broadway (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery & Roy Mack) bw-14m-(Vitaphone Variety)-October 5, 1930 (Film Daily review)   Four dorm girls get expelled for reading Walter Winchell instead of history. Later he helps them after “prohibition trouble”. Madge Evans is among the ladies.  // Vitaphone #1091-1092

Barefoot Days (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: James Dunne?)-July 1930 Tale of Rex the dog put on trial for stealing chickens.  // Vitaphone #1062

Barney Rapp And His New Englanders (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-© April 1, 1935 (filmed November '34) Bottle playing at a bar. Jack & June Blair with Ruby Wright included.  // Vitaphone #1809

Bartch-A-Kalloop (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Steve Freda & Johnny Palace)-© February 10, 1928 (filmed October '27) Title tune is featured in this comedy-singing sketch.  // Vitaphone #2271

Batter Up (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dan Donaldson) bw-10m-(Sports News Review)-April 9, 1949 (Completed '48)   Baseball since the 1890s.  // Vitaphone #1805A

Batter Up! (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-9m-(Penrod w/ Billy Hayes)-October 24, 1931 Also titled PLAY BALL. Penrod avoids adult supervision with a baseball game. (With Bobby Jordan, Bertie Mayors and Jackie Kelk)  // Vitaphone #1287

A Battery Of Songs (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Waite Hoyt & J. Fred Coots)-© March 15, 1930 (filmed January) A songwriter and a ballplayer team up. Includes an apperaance by Mae Questel of Betty Boop/Olive Oyl fame.  // Vitaphone #972

The Battle For The Marianas (US Gordon Hollinshead/US Office of War: music: William Lava) bw-20m-(War Activities Committee Special)-September 21, 1944  // Vitaphone #1289A

Battle Of Champs (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Edward E. Olson; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-January 18, 1947 (filmed May 1946)  Unusual golf game is staged with a variety of equipment. Features Howard Hill, Lou Novikoff and Dick Muller  // Vitaphone #1500A

Beach Days (André De La Varre & Saul Elkins; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-July 13, 1946 (filmed '45)   Humorous look at human antics by the shore.  // Vitaphone #1454A

Beachhead To Berlin (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: William Lava) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-December 16, 1944 (preview; general release January 6, 1945) Features impressive color footage of D-Day (well a few scenes) along with actors posing in recreated ship scenes. All told by the an officer at his typewriter.  // Vitaphone #1307A

The Beast (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Irene Rich)-© February 18, 1928 (filmed November '27) A mini-drama in the tropics featuring "The Screen's Loveliuest Lady" with John Miljan and Barry Townly.  // Vitaphone #2279

Beatrice Lillie And Her Boyfriends (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© May 15, 1930 (filmed January) Singing "The Masculine Complex"  // Vitaphone #3863

Beau Night (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: El Brendel & Flo Bert)-© June 12, 1929 (filmed April) The Swedish comedy star gets soaked seeking his nightshirt in the rain. His first comedy was poorly received by Film daily.  // Vitaphone #789

Beautiful Bali (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Deane H. Dickason; music: Howard Jackson) Technicolor-15m-(Technicolor Adventure)-© December 28, 1946 (filmed '45; general release: November 15, 1947) / Straightforward travelogue of the South Seas.     // Vitaphone #1470A

Beauty And The Bull (Cedric Francis, producer; Larry Lansburgh; music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor-17m-(Warnercolor Special)-December 20, 1954 (*Academy Award Nominee*)  / The beauty is Bette Ford, professional female bullfighter down Mexico way. (Reissued April '67)  // Vitaphone #2454A

The Beauty Of Old Time Music (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: The Three Colonial Girls)-© November 8, 1927 (filmed July) Featuring Louise Klos, Anna Timmnr and Jeanette Rogers.  // Vitaphone #2121

The Beauty Shop (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Mary Haynes)-© December 1, 1928 (filmed September) Comic monologue at a beauty salon.  // Vitaphone #2762

Beauty Spots Of The World (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(World Adventures)-September 17, 1932 (Film Daily review)   Includes the Blue Grotto, Amalfi, the Acropolis and others. Japan and India also shown.  // Vitaphone #1435

A Bedroom Scandal (J.L. Warner) bw/silent-2 reels-(Monty Banks)-February 1921

Bedtime (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Harry Hollingsworth & Nan Crawford)-© March 20, 1929 (filmed August '28) Sort of a fore-runner to radio's Bickersons with spouces bantering in the bedroom.  // Vitaphone #2753

Bedtime Vaudeville (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-9m-(Big Time Vaudeville)-January 30, 1937 (filmed January '36, held over a year) Acts: Eddie Grady / Joyce Haber & Budy Matthews / Wesley Catri / Dickie Monahan / Muriel Weber  // Vitaphone #1925

Bees A'Buzzin' (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Roger Q. Denny; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Lou Marcelle) bw-8m-(Warner "Vitaphone" Variety)-September 18, 1943 (edited April '43)   The life cycle of the honey bee is examined. Made with the association of the International Bees Producers Association.  // Vitaphone #1125A

Before The Bar (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank Hurst & Eddie Vogt)-© September 7, 1929 (filmed July)   Comedy tunes like "Stein Drinking Song"  // Vitaphone #867

Behind The Big Top (A. Pam Blumenthal & Van Campen Heilner, producers; André De La Varre; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-18m-(Technicolor Special)-November 27, 1943   Two children sneak into Barnum & Bailey's winter quarters in Florida. (Reissued 12-3-55)  // Vitaphone #1176A

Behind The Lines (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-7m20s-(Vitaphone Variety: Elsie Janis)-October 5, 1926 The Jazz Singer *DVD* The pretty operatic star sings some wartime tunes with the 107th (Army?) present.  // Vitaphone #339

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Adele Le Narr, The Wonder Kid Of Vaudeville (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-June 1927 Jazzing singing ("Red Lips") and dancing  // Vitaphone #611

The Admirals "A Naval Quartet" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© July 2, 1927 (filmed March) Features Norman Bartlett, Jack Armstrong, Henry Durrett and Jack Keyes on a ship singing "I'll Remember You Always" and other tunes.  // Vitaphone #477

Admission Five Cents (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Leo Donnelly) bw-9m-(Pepper Pot)-© October 9, 1933 (filmed October '32)  Tunes from early century and a trip to the nickelodeon are recreated.  // Vitaphone #1498

Adventure In The Bronx (Sweenie Steps Out) (Film Associates- music: William Lava) bw-12m-(Special)-November 1941   Academy Award Nominee later distributed by Warner Bros. after its award nomination. Tale of a boy (Michael O'Connell) visiting the zoo.  // Vitaphone #1019X

An Adventure To Remember (Robert Youngson; narrator: Dwight Weist) bw-10m-(Warner Novelty)-October 1, 1955  Shows clips from The Isle Of Lost Ships.  // Vitaphone #2529A

Adventures In Africa #1- Into The Unknown (Wynant D. Hubbard; camera: W. Earle Frank) bw-15m-(serial documentary)-May 17, 1931 Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA)  The first of a series documenting the Hubbard's 1929-30 stay in equatorial Africa (mostly Rhodesia), with stunning footage of the animal life. The titles detail the main drama. The first entry was rated by FILM DAILY as "very good" with a high ratio of critter footage (including a skirmish between lion and hyena).   // Vitaphone #4681-4682

Adventures In Africa #2- An African Boma (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-10m-(serial documentary)-June 21, 1931 (Film Daily review; © April 13) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) Emphasis here is on native village life.  // Vitaphone #4773-4774

Adventures In Africa #3- The Lion Hunt (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-15m-(serial documentary)-July 5, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA)   FILM DAILY labeled this one "engrossing".  // Vitaphone #4775-4776

Adventures In Africa #4- Spears Of Death (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-14m-(serial documentary)-July 5, 1931 (Film Daily Review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) A gruesome entry with plenty of tribal dancing and one warrior slashing his eyes.  // Vitaphone #4777-4778

Adventures In Africa #5- Trails Of The Hunted (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-18m-(serial documentary)-July 19, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA)   The stars are wildebeest and baboons... and the Hubbard pets.  // Vitaphone #4692-4693

Adventures In Africa #6- The Buffalo Stampede (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-17m-(serial documentary)-August 9, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) A little less exciting than its title suggests but you do get the cape buffalo in his glory.  // Vitaphone #4698-4699

Adventures In Africa #7- The Witch Doctor's Magic (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-10m-(serial documentary)-September 6, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) The Film Daily critic snickered at the rather staged scene when the villagers force the witch doctor to leave. This may explain why it wasn’t included in the compilation feature later. Curious hunt has Hubbard showing tribesman to “scare to death” lechwe (small antelope).  // Vitaphone #4712-4713

Adventures In Africa #8- Flaming Jungles (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-15m-(serial documentary)-September 1931 Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) Dramatic brush fire overtakes much of the Hubbards’ dwellings.  // Vitaphone #4715-4716

Adventures In Africa #9- Dangerous Trails (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-15m-(serial documentary)-September 27, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) Lots of hippos and crocodiles in this one. Also a fire scene.  // Vitaphone #4726-4727

Adventures In Africa #10- Maneaters (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-17m-(serial documentary)-September 27, 1931 (FIlm Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) A lion is in trouble for raiding cattle.  // Vitaphone #4767-4768

Adventures In Africa #11- Beasts Of The Wilderness (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-12m-(serial documentary)-October 25, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA)  Rated "very good" by FILM DAILY on account of some close-up shots of the great antelope herds.  // Vitaphone #4769-4770

Adventures In Africa #12- Unconquered Africa (Wynant D. Hubbard) bw-16m-(serial documentary)-November 8, 1931 (Film Daily review) Kongo *DVD* (edited as a feature UNTAMED AFRICA) Partly a recap of the previous episodes  // Vitaphone #4771-4772

Adventures In South America (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Lewis N. Cotlow; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Technicolor Adventure)-August 10, 1946 (© December 30, 1945)  Tours the Andes, Lake Titicaca, the cities of La Paz, Cuzco & Lima and ends with the Amazon.  // Vitaphone #1460A

The Adventures Of Alexander Selkirk (Cedric Francis, producer; Jackson Winter; music: Howard Jackson) Warnercolor-17m-(Warnercolor Special)-June 18, 1955   An account of the desert-island existence of Alexander Selkirk, the young Scotsman who became the model for Defoe's literary character Robinson Crusoe. Portrays Selkirk's experiences as the sole human inhabitant of the island of Juan Fernández in the South Pacific from 1704 to 1709.  // Vitaphone #2490A

Aero-Nut (J.L. Warner) bw/silent-2 reels-(Al St. John)-May 1920

Africa Shrieks (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety: Hugh Cameron)-© February 5, 1931 (filmed December '30)   A "pre" spoof on "Bring 'Em Back Alive" pics with Cameron spooked by a mouse in one climax.  // Vitaphone #1151

Africa Speaks - English (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-11m-(Pepper Pot: Edgar Bergan & Charlie McCarthy)-© February 6, 1933 (filmed September '32) A very funny Bergen-McCarthy outing in a jungle with a most articulate cannibal. More of a spoof on jungle stereotypes than sterotyped itself.  // Vitaphone #1482

After The Honeymoon (---) bw-8m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank Orth & Ann Codee)-January 19, 1929 (filmed October '28)  One comic wedding night gone bad. Initially titled MEET THE WIFE.  // Vitaphone #2710

After The Roundup (Doc Salomon) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: The Rangers)-December 1928 Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* Country quartet rehearse after a round-up.  // Vitaphone #2900

Agriculture, Industry And Power (---) bw-9m-(documentary)-May 1955 Made for the US Information Service.  // Vitaphone #2486A

Ain't It The Truth: A Comedy In Manners (---) bw-18m-(Vitaphone Variety: William B. Davidson, Grace Valentine, Dot Farley & Patricia Caron)-© March 9, 1929 (filmed July '28)  // Vitaphone #2648-2649

Ain't Rio Grand? (James Bloodworth; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) bw-17m-(Warner Novelty)-December 2, 1951  Reissue with dialogue of a  Larry Semon western spoof, Well I'll Be (1919 Vitagraph).  // Vitaphone #4626A

Air Defense (---) bw-26m-(Warner Pathé News)-November 1952 Military documentary used to initiare Ground Observer Corps recruits.  // Vitaphone #2244A

Al Lyons & His 4 Horsemen "My Musical Melange" (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© January 28, 1929 (filmed October '28) Vitaphone Varieties 1926-30 *DVD* With Jack Beardsley, D.M. Taylor, Neal Castagnoli and Edith Murray. Accordian included here. "Some of These Days" and "Normandie" are among the tunes.  // Vitaphone #2789

Alaska (Eddie Lambert) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Laff Tours)-© February 16, 1931 (filmed December '30)  Spoof travelogue.  // Vitaphone #4654

Albert Spalding (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© November 7, 1929 (filmed April) Singing "To a Wild Rose" and "Rondo Capriccioso" with André Benoinst on piano.  // Vitaphone #802

Albert Spalding Playing "Alabama & Chopin's "Valse In G Flat" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Harold Levey) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Albert Spalding & André Benoist)-© June 12, 1929 (filmed April)  // Vitaphone #801

Albert Spalding Playing "Ave Maria" By Shubert & "Waltz By A" By Brahms (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-18m-(Vitaphone Variety: Albert Spalding & André Benoist)-© September 7, 1929 (filmed April)  // Vitaphone #797

Albert Spalding Playing "Minuet In B" By Mozart & "Liebesfreud" By Kreisler (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Harold Levey) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Albert Spalding & André Benoist)-© July 22, 1929 (filmed April)  // Vitaphone #798

Albert Spalding Playing Kreisler's "Liebeslied" & Raff's "Cavitina" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Harold Levey) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Albert Spalding & André Benoist)-© September 7, 1929 (filmed April)  // Vitaphone #800

Albert Spalding Playing Schumann's "Traumere" & Sarasate's "Romanza Andaluza" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Harold Levey) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Albert Spalding & André Benoist)-© November 7, 1929 (filmed April)  // Vitaphone #799

Albert Spalding, Renowned American Violinist #439 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-August 19, 1928 (Film Daily review; filmed February '27)  Features "Souvenir" and "Gypsy Airs"  // Vitaphone #439

Albert Spalding, Renowned American Violinist #438 (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© April 4, 1927 (filmed February) Features "Nocturne no. 12 in G-Major" (Chopin) and Schubert's "Hark Hark the Lark"  // Vitaphone #438

Alex In Wonderland (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Reisner & Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson) bw-14m-(Broadway Brevity: Eddie Foy Jr., Walter Catlett & Jane Gilbert)-March 9, 1940 (filmed '39) A practical joker disturbs his sister and brother-in-law and gets inadvertently involved in a jewel robbery.  // Vitaphone #9619-2620

Alexander Moissi, Europe's Greatest Actor (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-1929 (not released)  // Vitaphone #831

Algiers (Scenic Of Algiers) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; editor: Bert Frank; narrator: Burnet Hershey) bw-8m-(Newman Traveltalk)-April 12, 1931 (Film Daily review) Touring the “Paris of North Africa”  // Vitaphone #1181

The Alibi (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Kenneth Harlan)-June 1928  // Vitaphone #2677-2678

Alibi Mark (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery; narrator: Floyd Gibbons) bw-13m-(Your True Adventure)-December 20, 1937  Kid Galahad (Greatest Gangster Films Edward G. Robinson) *DVD* Dennis Moore is a freight train hopper who gets accused of a small time crime he didn't commit.  // Vitaphone #41B

Alibi Time (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Novelty: Radio Ramblers)-February 12, 1938 (filmed October '37) The boys investigate a robbery. (With Jose Dawning, Edith Roarke & Morgan Conway)  // Vitaphone #15B

Alice In Jungleland (Marjorie Freeman; music: Rex Dunn; narrator: Marvin Miller) bw-10m-(Warner "Vitaphone" Variety)-September 22, 1945 (Completed '44)   A girl dreams about wild animals. Not sure currently where the footage was lifted or if it was newly filmed, since it is in black and white.  // Vitaphone #1337A

Alice In Movieland (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco & Owen Crump) bw-21m39s-(Broadway Brevity)-November 16, 1940 (date on title card reads 1938) The Sea Hawk (Greatest Classic Legends Errol Flynn) *DVD* A small town girl (Joan Leslie) dreams of her difficult rise to Hollywood stardom, while aboard a LA-bound train.  Clever cinematic tricks and dissolves are employed here to dramatic effect. Nana Bryant, Clara Blandick and Clarence Muse also appear.  // Vitaphone #88-89A

All Aboard (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Carl Dudley; music: Howard Jackson & Vaughan; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Technicolor Adventure)-March 30, 1946 (completed November '45)  Brief history of the US railroad.  // Vitaphone #1423A

The All American Drawback (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-11m-(Pepper Pot: Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy)-October 5, 1935 (previewed by Film Daily September 6, filmed June)  Captain Blood (Greatest Classic Legends Errol Flynn) *DVD* Coach Bergen struggles to keep the quarterback dummy from looking like one with the college dean. One of the funniest of the ventroliquist with Charlie being quite the ladies man.  // Vitaphone #1877

All Colored Vaudeville Show (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw-11m-(Pepper Pot: Adelaide Hall & Nicholas Brothers)-June 22, 1935 (filmed December '34) Warner Bros. Big Band, Jazz & Swing Shorts  & The Green Pastures *DVD*  Somewhat dated, but highly entertaining musical frequently "borrowed" for its Nicholas Brothers dancing.  // Vitaphone #1819

All Girl Revue (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-8m8s-(Vitaphone Novelty: June Allyson)- June 22, 1940 (filmed July '39) The Roaring Twenties (Greatest Gangster Films Prohibition Era) *DVD*  A girl band runs for city government. Also featuring the Harrison Sisters, Betty Moe, Beverly Crane and Beverly Kirk  // Vitaphone #262B

The All Girl Revue (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Murray Roth) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety)-June 9, 1929 (Film Daily review)  With Betty Lou Webb, Lillian Price, Jean Rankin's Bluebells, the Malenoff Trio, Terry Green, Ellen Bunting, DePaco & Kazviki  // Vitaphone #818

All In For Fun (All In Fun) (Charles Smith) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: John Hyams & Leila McIntire)-© December 29, 1927 (filmed October) Music comedy about marriage  // Vitaphone #2247

All Sealed Up (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-18m-(Big V Comedy: Ben Blue)-© September 13, 1934 (filmed May)  Antics with a seal who follows Ben from aquarium to train. (Other support: Fred Harper, Louise Troxell, Harry Shannon & Lionel Stander)  // Vitaphone #1714-1715

All Square (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© January 15, 1930 (filmed October '29) 2-reel drama involving a boy wanting to take mother out west and etting robbed… by his father..  // Vitaphone #3289-3290

All Star Melody Master (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-July 29, 1944 Northern Pursuit *DVD*  Compilation of past Melody Masters (Hal Kemp, Emil Coleman, Skinny Ennis & David Rubinoff).  // Vitaphone #1224A

All Star Musical Revue (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jack Scholl; music: William Lava) bw-20m-(Special)-November 3, 1945  Features footage not used in HOLLYWOOD CANTEEN.  // Vitaphone #1403A

The All-American Bands (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Jean Negulesco) bw-9m-(Melody Master)-May 22, 1943 (Completed February)  Footage culled from earlier shorts with Freddie Martin, Skinnay Ennis, Joe Reichman and Matty Malneck.  // Vitaphone #1106A

Allan Prior, Famous Australian Tenor And Star Of "The Student Prince" (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© September 13, 1927 (filmed June) Cozy fireplace setting with Vitaphone Orchestra assisting.  // Vitaphone #2106

The Alma Martyr (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-10m-(Melody Master: Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians)-February 23, 1933 (Film Daily review; filmed November '32) Comedy musical set in a college.  // Vitaphone #1508

Aloha Nui (Dudley Pictures: Carl Dudley; music: Howard Jackson) Eastmancolor / Vistarama-11m-(Stereophonic Special)-September 19, 1953   More travel scenes from Hawaii. Initially released independently.  // Vitaphone #2391A

Along Came Ruth (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Joseph Henabery) bw-20m-(Broadway Brevity: Ruth Etting)-May 3, 1933 (filmed October '32)  Etting takes a vacation to a country inn to rest from her singing, but still belts out "Shine On Harvest Moon" and two other tunes. (With Chester Chute, Charles Althoff & Sam Wren)  // Vitaphone #1492-1493

Along The Mediterranean (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman; narrator: Howard Claney) Cinecolor-9m-(Colortour Adventures)-January 23, 1937 (Completed December '36)  // Vitaphone #2026

Alpine Champions (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: William Lava; narrator: Art Gilmore) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-May 6, 1950 (Completed September '49)   Filmed in the Swiss Alps. (Reissued February '61)  // Vitaphone #1863A

Alpine Echoes (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Douglas Stanbury)-July 1930  Mostly songs. Spanish version #1088.  // Vitaphone #1087

Alpine Glory (Cedric Francis, producer; André De La Varre; script: Owen Crump; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Marvin Miller) Warnercolor / CinemaScope-9m-(Scope Gem)-August 3, 1957  Excellent tour of Austria with (according to BoxOffice magazine) some of the best CinemaScope footage ever captured. (Reissued June '67).  // Vitaphone #2751A

Alpine Gradeur (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman & Ira Genet; narrator: Alan Kent) Cinecolor-9m-(Colortour Adventures)-May 15, 1937   Tour of Switzerland  // Vitaphone #2029

Always Faithful (George Middleton) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Blanche Sweet & John Litel)-December 31, 1929 Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* The silent star makes her talkie debut as a potentially unfaithful wife with a younger (bespectacled) John Litel.  // Vitaphone #3334

Amateur Night (Bryan Foy) bw-11m-(Vitaphone Variety: William Demarest & Bessie Love)-October 17, 1927 (filmed August)  Recreates an oldtime amateur night at the theater.  // Vitaphone #2130

America For Me (Jerry Fairbanks, producer; Albert Kelly) Technicolor-20m-(Technicolor Special)-May 30, 1953  Slightly dull bus ride through national parks, often available online as a Greyhound advertisement short. Ellen Drew, Meg Randall and John Archer star.  // Vitaphone #2270A

America The Beautiful (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; André De La Varre; story: Saul Elkins & Owen Crump; music: William Lava; narrator: Truman Bradley) Technicolor-16m-(Technicolor Special)-August 4, 1945  (edited April)   Ambitious travelogue  // Vitaphone #1355A

An American Partnership (William Hendricks; music: Basil Adlam; narration: William Conrad) c-13+m-(documentary)-1974 Made for U.S. Savings Bonds

American Saddle Horses (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Del Frazier; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: John Deering) Cinecolor-10m-(Color Parade)-November 11, 1939  // Vitaphone #9532

American Sports Album (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: William Lava; narrator: Knox Manning) Technicolor-10m-(Sports Parade)-March 8, 1947 (Completed June '46)   Compilation short  // Vitaphone #1504A

Americanische Lieder (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Ann Codee)-March 1929 Singing pop tunes in different languages  // Vitaphone #758

America's Battle Of Beauty (music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Knox  Manning & Sidney Blackmer) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-November 21, 1942 Travelogue footage from Florida and California with humorous narration.   // Vitaphone #1074A

America's Hidden Weapon (US Office of War: William C. McGann; s: Charles L. Tedford; music: William Lava) bw-10m-(War Activities Committee Special)-March 30, 1944   // Vitaphone #1219A

And How (---) Technicolor (2-color)-9m-(Technicolor Vitaphone Variety: Anne Greenway)-© March 19, 1930 (filmed December '29)   A musical look at ol' Manhattan when the Indians owned it.  // Vitaphone #3719

And She Learned About Dames (---) bw-9m-(promotional)-September 1934 Dames (Greatest Classic Films Busby Berkeley 1) *DVD*  Entertaining promotional with behind-the-scenes filming of DAMES and a "Miss Complexion" for 1934 getting a free trip to the studio.  // Vitaphone #6466

And Wife (William McCann) bw-9m-(Vitaphone Variety: Frank Davis & Bernice Elliott)-© April 30, 1930 (filmed December '29)  Marriage and divorce spoof with the husband-to-be having trouble getting rid of his ex.  // Vitaphone #3676

Angel Cake (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Roy Mack) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Cy Landry, The Foursome, Jimmy Ray & others)-© February 20, 1931 Assorted musical revues.  // Vitaphone #1179-1180

Animal Antics (music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Art Gilmore) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-January 20, 1951 (Completed '49)   Footage from the Sennett and, possibly Hal Roach, vaults involving animal stars.  // Vitaphone #1908A

Animals And Kids (Robert Youngson; narrator: Ward Wilson & Jay Jackson) bw-10m-(Warner Novelty)-August 18, 1956 (Completed '55)  Vintage old newsreel and silent comedy clips  // Vitaphone #2652A

Animals Have All The Fun (Robert Youngson; narrator: Ward Wilson) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-April 19, 1952  Great clips of critters in action, both in silent comedies and newsreels.  // Vitaphone #2156A

Animals Of The Amazon (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: E.M. Newman) bw-9m-(Newman Traveltalk)-May 1931  The success of "Adventures In Africa" and the later "Believe It Or Not" entries, which increased their amount of animal footage (here sloths, giant anteaters, Amazon dolphins included), had their effect on the early E.M. Newman travelogues. This one would be a good one to look for in the vaults. Music by Harold Levey // Vitaphone #1228

Ann Codee Dans "Des Melodies Americainers" (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-March 1929  // Vitaphone #759

Annabel Lee: Story By Edgar Allen Poe (Ron Morante) color-10m-(Worldwide Adventure)-November 22, 1969 Vincent Price narrates this tale over a series of still photos.  // Vitaphone #3465A

Anything For Laughs (music: Howard Jackson & William Lava; narrator: George O'Hanlon) bw-9m-(Warner Novelty)-April 21, 1951 (Completed June '50)  Larry Semon's silent The Show updated  // Vitaphone #1971A

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On the other forum (CMU, now “deceased”), I had been making chronological “lists” of each Hollywood studio’s live-action “shorties” in lengthy blogs and, just in this past year or two, I have been adding some of this material to the Wikipedia site: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_short_subjects_by_Hollywood_studio#Warner_Brothers

 

This series of posts (which I am putting online “backwards” so that they will stay in order) can be used as a “checklist” with a bit more information. I also decided to alphabetize for “easy” reference… and I put “easy” in quotes because NOTHING is ever easy. Should Dream Café be listed under “D” or under “J” as Jimmy Clemons In “Dream Café” instead? The way the title cards were seen on screen and the way these titles were listed in periodicals of the period differed.

 

Ah… yes… Warner Brothers!

 

They cranked out a TON of shorties at their Brooklyn Vitaphone facilities, as well as Hollywood and Burbank. Not only was that studio prolific, but they also were pretty good with their batting average, quality-wise. It is surprising just how many of these 6 to 30 minute extravaganzas are still fun to watch today after many decades. We are also VERY fortunate that TCM is owned by the Warner conglomerate and many lost treasures from their vaults have made it to TV and on DVD (and I have tried my best to indicate which titles made it there). So many other entertainment corporations are absolutely clueless of what they may have rotting away in their vaults.

 

Of course, I need to acknowledge my references for these lists and you folks can let me know of my many boo-boos that need corrected… hopefully on a different thread I am creating. BoxOffice Magazine (scans available online for a while, but a bit harder to access in recent years), Film Daily and Motion Picture Herald Magazine back issues (both found on the Internet Archive), with the IMDb.com site have all been a great help. (I had added many Warner shorties to that latter site.) Equally important are the Library of Congress copyright listings Motion Pictures 1912-1939 (1951), Motion Pictures 1940-1949 (1953), Motion Pictures 1950-1959 (1960) and Motion Pictures 1960-1969 (1971). I have a few of these, but they are also scanned online on the Internet Archive and probably feature the ONLY online information of ssssssooooo many forgotten shorties.

 

Then… there is Roy Liebman’s Vitaphone Films – A Catalogue of the Features and Shorts. (McFarland & Company, 2003), sort of a “bible” for this material. It is not totally complete with release dates, plot summaries and technical details; I still had to rustle 60% of my material elsewhere. Yet it is probably one of the very few books apart from Leonard Maltin’s 1972 Selected Shorts that even bothers covering our beloved shorties. Also it features all of the Vitaphone numbers listed here (and I will allow “eagle eye” observers to catch my boo-boos here), as well as “approximate” production times by month (although quite a bit is covered in the above mentioned magazine back issues as well).

 

This list is strictly “live-action”, but we ALL know that Warner Brothers ALSO cranked out the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny included) between 1930 and 1969, in addition to TV specials from the mid seventies onward. Of course, they need their own list… and there is quite a bit online already. Yet… did you know that Warner also distributed some independent cartoons as well? None of these are listed below, but I will mention them here:

 

Dolly Daisy was a puppetoon character created by Howard Moss and Charles Bennes, appearing in two “Vitaphone Variety” shorts: Dizzy Doings (previewed in August 1930) and Hearts And Flowers (December release and one that can be found online if you search). Another independent picked up for January 1931 distribution was John McCrory's Buster Bear; a follow-up featuring the same Mickey Mouse-ish teddy character was released on April 14, 1931 as Spring Carnival. The future Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), who would also contributed to Warner’s Private Snafu series, had his popular “Flint” ads brought to the screen via Audio Cinema’s unit with future Looney Tune animators Tom and Robert McKimson supposedly contributing. Unfortunately ‘Neath The Bababa Tree and Put On The Spout (both released June 1, 1931) may be lost films today. Another vintage cartoon “commercial” was Graduation Day In Bugland, reviewed by Film Daily on March 1 1931. This one promoted Listerine with a little girl dreaming of cartoon “germs”. In July 1934, another “Vitaphone Variety” was a stop-motion puppetoon released in France a year earlier as Fétiche Mascotte (The Mascot) with Vladislav Starewicz. The Americanized version was titled Stuffy's Errand Of Mercy. A puppetoon pooch seeks an orange for a sick child, but winds up at the Devil’s Ball with all kinds of weirdos that somebody like Tim Burton would, no doubt, love to meet in person.

 

But… enough with my babbling. Starting with Abe Lyman Band and ending with Zero Girl

 

This is the basic set up for each film listed:

 

Title of film

  • producer and/or director listed in (), also an indication if the film was either shot or edited (if a travelogue) at Brooklyn’s Vitaphone studio instead of California. If you see (---), it means I don’t have director information… yet.
  • black & white (bw) or color
  • “approximate” running time in minutes (m) or running time in reels (1 reel is under 11 minutes, 2 reels under 25 minutes) since I couldn’t find an exact time frame here
  • Series Title with key star listed in () and a top billed star in []
  • release date or copyright © date and sometimes a filming date in ()
  • (any awards) or *DVD* availability
  • brief description… and I do keep it brief. Additional cast members are also listed here.

 

I know… I have a strange way of doing these. Trying to save space.

 

 

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Abe Lyman Band (Abe Lyman And His Band) (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]) bw-10m-(Melody Master)-January 20, 1933 (Film Daly review; filmed October '32)   Set in an auditorium with the holiday "Auld Lang Syne" included  // Vitaphone #1485

Abe Lyman Orchestra "Maestro Of Syncopated Symphony" (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© February 18, 1928 (filmed November '27) Vitaphone Varieties Vol. 2 (Warner Archive) *DVD* Highlight is a boppy rendition of "Varsity Rag". This is Vitaphone #2338. A very similiar jazz reel titled "Syncopated Symphony" is listed Vitaphone #2474.   // Vitaphone #2338

Abe Lyman Orchestra "Syncopated Symphony" (---) bw- (Vitaphone Variety)-© February 18, 1928 (filmed November '27) With Jimmy Ray and such '20s standards as "12th Street Rag", "Varsity Drag" and "Among My Souvenirs"  // Vitaphone #2274

Absent Minded (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Arthur Hurley) bw-10m-(Vitaphone Variety: Wallace Ford)-April 30, 1930   He's so forgetful that he tries a memory course to no avail.  // Vitaphone #973

Absent Minded Abner (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Alfred J. Goulding) bw-18m-(Broadway Brevity: Jack Haley, Olive Shea & Hugh Cameron)-May 15, 1932 (Film Daily review; filmed February) One very serious… and hilarious… case of amnesia.  // Vitaphone #1372-1373

Absorbing Junior (Vitaphone Studio [NYC]: Lloyd French) bw-21m-(Big V Comedy: Shemp Howard & Johnny Berkes)-April 25, 1936 Vitaphone Comedy Collection Vo. 2 *DVD* The need to gamble at a horse race prompts a burgalry of Junior's piggy bank. (With Gertrude Madge, Gerie Worthing, Arthur & Morton Havel & Kenneth Lundy)  // Vitaphone #1978-1979

The Accordion Man And Girl Imitator (Bryan Foy) bw- (Vitaphone Variety: Dorothy Murray & Earl La Vere)-June 1927 Accompanied by De Sues, Furney & Johnson  // Vitaphone #2108

Ace Of Clubs (George Marshall; music: William Lava) bw-20m-(Classics of the Screen)-January 27, 1951 (Completed September '50)  Comprised of Bobby Jones reels from 1931 and '33.   // Vitaphone #1980A

Across The Border (---) bw-20m-(Vitaphone Variety: Sarah Padden, Frank Campeau & Roy Stewart)-© August 27, 1928 (filmed June)  A rancher leaves his Texas wife but the neighbors come to her aid and she wants her son’s name protected from his infidelity.  // Vitaphone #2664-2665

Action In Sports (Gordon Hollingshead, producer; Charles Tedford; music: Howard Jackson; narrator: Truman Bradley) Technicolor-9m-(Sports Parade)-December 13, 1947 (edited April)  Filmed in Peru.  // Vitaphone #1672A

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