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Stan Laurel Comedies (Rolin Film & Hal Roach/Pathé & Standard Photoplay/FBO)

Produced by Hal Roach & Joe Rock

Directors listed in ()

BW / silent

 

1 reel, Hal Roach for Rolin Film

 

  • No Place Like Jail (Frank Terry) / October 7, 1918 (filmed July) With Dan Alberts, Margaret Hansen, Estelle Harrison, Wallace Howe & Bud Jamison

  • Just Rambling Along (Hal Roach) / December 8, 1918 (filmed June) A nervy young man follows a pretty lady into a diner to flirt with her but winds up getting stuck with the tab. With Clarine Seymour, Noah Young & others

  • Do You Love Your Wife? (Hal Roach) / January 5, 1919 (filmed June '18) With Mary Burns, Bunny Bixby & others

  • Hustling For Health (Frank Terry) bw/s-15m-(C: Stan Laurel)-February 2, 1919 (filmed July)

  • Hoot Mon! (Hal Roach) / March 1, 1919 (filmed June '18) Featured on SlapHappy series of DVDs. With Wallace Howe, Carrie Fowler, Bud Jamison & others

 

2-reel for Hal Roach/Pathé

 

  • The Noon Whistle (George Jeske) / April 29, 1923 ((filmed February)

  • White Wings (George Jeske) / May 13, 1923 ((filmed February)

  • Under Two Jags (George Jeske) / June 3, 1923 ((filmed February)

  • Pick And Shovel (George Jeske) / June 17, 1923 (filmed February-March)

  • Collars And Cuffs (George Jeske) / July 1, 1923 ((filmed March)

  • Kill Or Cure (Percy Pembroke) / July 15, 1923 (filmed March-April) Stan is a medicine salesman

  • Gas And Air (Percy Pembroke) / July 29, 1923 ((filmed March)

  • Oranges And Lemons (George Jeske) / August 12, 1923 (filmed March-April) Antics at a citrus farm with Katherine Grant & Eddie Baker

  • Short Orders (Percy Pembroke) / September 2, 1923 (filmed April)

  • A Man About Town (George Jeske) / September 16, 1923 (filmed May)

  • Roughest Africa (Ralph Ceder) / September 30, 1923 (filmed June-July) Safari spoof with plenty of critter footage.

  • Frozen Hearts (J.A. Howe) / October 28, 1923 (filmed July-August) Co-starring with James Finlayson in a Russian wintery spoof, involving snow fights and antics in a palace. With Pierre Couderc as Count Alexis, Mae Laurel as Madame XXX and Katherine Grant as a peasant girl.

  • The Whole Truth (Ralph Ceder) / November 4, 1923 (filmed July)

  • Save The Ship (George Jeske) / November 18, 1923 (filmed April-May)

  • The Soilers (Ralph Ceder) / November 25, 1923 (filmed August-September)

  • Scorching Sands (Robin Williamson) / December 9, 1923 (filmed June-July)

  • Mother's Joy (Ralph Ceder) / December 23, 1923 (filmed September)

  • Smithy (George Jeske) / January 20, 1924 (filmed October '23) Stan plays Smithy, an ex-soldier who attempts a job at a construction site. William Gillespie and James Finlayson co-star.

  • Postage Due (George Jeske) / February 17, 1924 (filmed November '23)

  • Zeb Vs. Paprika (Ralph Ceder) / March 16, 1924 (filmed October-November '23)

  • Brothers Under The Chin (Ralph Ceder ) / April 13, 1924 (filmed November-December '23)

  • Near Dublin (Ralph Ceder) / May 11, 1924 (filmed September-October '23)

  • Rupert Of Hee Haw (Coleslaw) (Percy Pembroke) / June 24, 1924 (filmed December '23-January)

  • Wide Open Spaces (George Jeske) / July 16, 1924 (filmed December '23)

  • Short Kilts (George Jeske) / August 11, 1924 ((filmed January)

  • Should Tall Men Marry? (Clyde Bruckman) / December 1927 (filmed April-May)

 

For Standard Photoplay and producer Joe Rock, distributed by FBO. Also 2 reels (18-20 minutes)

 

  • Monsieur Don't Care (Scott Pembroke) / November 1, 1924

  • West of Hot Dog (---) / December 1, 1924

  • Somewhere in Wrong (Scott Pembroke) / January 30, 1925 (F- '24) With Max Asher, Julie Leonard & others

  • Twins (Scott Pembroke) / February 28, 1925

  • Pie-Eyed (Scott Pembroke) / March 30, 1925 A drunk leads an orchestra. Co-starring Thelma Hill & Glen Cavender

  • Snow Hawk (Scott Pembroke) / April 30, 1925

  • Navy Blue Days (Scott Pembroke) / May 30, 1925 Set in a South American country with sailor Stan tries pleasing a Chief and a dinner guest lady. With Glen Cavender & Julie Leonard

  • The Sleuth (---) / June 30, 1925

  • Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pride (Scott Pembroke) / July 30, 1925 Comedy spoof on the popular story set in Victorian London. Co-starring Julie Leonard

  • Half A Man (No Sleep In The Deep) (Harry Sweet) / August 30, 1925 Antics on a boat off Catalina

 

 

Stereoscopiks (Frederick Eugene Ives & Jacob Leventhal/Pathé)

BW, with two color glasses for the 3-D effect. Running times undetermined for all, but all under 15 minutes

 

Long before it became fashionable in Hollywood in 1952, 3-D movies were pioneered by the team of Ives and Leeventhal with a couple shorts released through Pathé and Educational Pictures in the 1920s and MGM's “Pete Smith” series in the '30s.

 

  • Luna-cy! / September 22, 1924: Initially released with a soundtrack (the first 3-D “talkie”) using Lee DeForest's system Pathé's re-release (May 18, 1925) was likely just seen silent.

  • Zowie / March 22, 1925

  • Ouch! / July 5, 1925

  • A Runaway Taxi / December 17, 1925

 

 

The Struggle To Live ( Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directed by Stacey & Howard Woodard; narration on several by Gayne Whitman

BW, 9-10 minutes each

 

The Woodards were among the top nature cameramen of the thirties, being asked by both Van Beuran and RKO to assist on the editing of one of Frank Buck's features. They also made some earlier shorts for Educational Pictures including the award-winning City Of Wax (showing the inside of a beehive).

 

  • Neptune's Mysteries (Neptune Mysteries) / © August 5, 1935 The life of an octopus. This title gets shown on TCM frequently.

  • Hermits Of Crabland / © September 23, 1935

  • Beach Masters / © October 18, 1935 Fur seals are examined

  • Winged Pageantry / © February 11, 1936

  • Underground Farmers / © April 17, 1936 An ant colony up close. See here: https://archive.org/details/0968_Underground_Farmers_18_26_06_27

  • Living Jewels / © June 12, 1936 Visiting a coral reef. See here: https://archive.org/details/0473_Living_Jewels_01_08_48_00

  • Swamp Land / © August 26, 1936 Florida wetlands with gators and turtles

  • Deadly Enemies / © November 2, 1936 Profiles the trap door spider

  • Forest Gangsters / © January 8, 1937 (filmed '36) Mountain lion vs. hunting hounds

  • Desert Land / April 5, 1937

 

 

Sunshine Sammy (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

Directed by Robert P. Kerr

BW / silent and 1 reel

 

Although just one short was produced, Eddie Morrison was the first black child star attempted with his own series, before becoming part of the Our Gang (see also)

 

  • The Pickaninny / December 4, 1921

 

 

Superba (RKO)

Directors listed in ()

BW and 18 minutes

 

This umbrella title was used with the early Leon Erroll Comedies (see also)

 

  • Listen To Freezin' (Al Boasberg) / © July 31, 1936 Husband is driven bonkers buying a refrigerator. Featuring Lew Kelly & Ruth Hiatt

  • Bridal Grief (Charles Roberts) / © February 5, 1937 Promised $10,000 from an uncle if he marries quickly, a guy has mixhaps getting “tied”. Featuring Ford Sterling, Diana Gibson & Franklin Pangborn

 

 

Supreme Comedies (Robertson-Cole Pictures, later distributed by FBO)

Directors listed in ()

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

Filmed mostly in November 1919 through February 1920 just before the lead directors moved to Al Christie's comedy studio.

 

  • Struck Out (Scott Sidney) / December 1919

  • Good Night Judge (Scott Sidney) / December 1919

  • Their Little Wife (William Beaudine) / January 1920 Featuring Harry Depp & Teddy Sampson

  • Pass The Apples, Eve (William Beaudine) bw/s-(1R)-(C: Supreme Comedy [Katherine Lewis and James Liddy])-January 1920 Featuring Katherine Lewis & James Liddy

  • Are Honeymoons Happy? (William Beaudine) / January 1920 Comedy slapstick at Niagara Falls starring Harry Depp & Teddy Sampson

  • A Four Cylinder Frame-Up (William Beaudine) / January 10, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Molly Malone

  • Molly's Millions (Scott Sidney) / January 10, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Molly Malone

  • Mollie's Mumps (Scott Sidney) / January 10, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Molly Malone

  • Hearts And Diamonds (William Beaudine) / January 1920 Featuring Katherine Lewis & James Liddy

  • Her Nearby Husband (Scott Sidney & Frank Roland Conklin) / January 24, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Harry Depp & Teddy Sampson

  • Her Novel Idea / February 7, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Harry Depp & Teddy Sampson

  • Artistic Temperment / February 7, 1920 (Motion Picture News review) Featuring Ray Gallagher & Molly Malone

  • Take The Doctor's Advise (Scott Sidney) / February 1920 Featuring Molly Malone

  • Come Into The Kitchen (Scott Sidney) / February 1920 Featuring Molly Malone

  • Oh You Kid (William Beaudine) / March 1920

  • In Room 202 / March 1920

  • Her Beloved Burglar (Scott Sidney) / April 3, 1920 (Motion Picture News) Featuring Ray Gallagher & Molly Malone

  • Mixed Husbands / April 1920

  • The Taylor Made Wife / April 1920

  • Downstairs And Up / April 1920

  • Her Self Commencer / April 1920

  • Mary Had A Little lamb / April 1920

  • A Bungled Bungle / April 1920

  • Why Be Jealous? (William Beaudine) / May 2, 1920 (Film Daily review) Featuring Harry Depp & Teddy Sampson

  • Letty's Lost Legacy / May 30, 1920

  • Becky Strikes Out / June 6, 1920

 

 

The Telephone Girl (FBO)

Directed by Malcolm St. Clair

Starring Alberta Vaughn

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Julius Sees Her / March 3, 1924 With Arthur Rankin, Douglas Gerard & others

  • When Knighthood Was In Tower / March 16, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • Money to Burns / March 30, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • King Leary / April 27, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • William Tells / May 11, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • Sherlock's Home / May 13, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • For The Love Of Mike / May 25, 1924 With Al Cooke & Kit Guard

  • The Square Sex / June 8, 1924

  • Bee's Knees / June 22, 1924

  • Love And Learn / July 6, 1924

  • Faster Foster / July 16, 1924

  • Hello And Goodbye / July 30, 1924

 

 

Theater Of Life (Associated Press/RKO)

Directed by Herbert Morgan

BW

 

MGM made a few of these semi-“March of Time” documentaries in the 1940s and even earned some Oscar nominations with them... as did RKO with one.

 

  • Devil Take Us / 27m / December 1952 (Academy Award Nominee) This overview of auto accidents in California (with three reenactments) went into general release June 17, 1955, two years after being Oscar-nominated.

  • Alaska Lifeboat / 21m / November 11, 1956 Focuses on a medical services ship that stops in the native village of Haines, Alaska and one particular handicapped boy Ralph Sarlan

 

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This Is America (and RKO-Pathé Specials) (RKO-Pathé)

Produced by Frederic Ullman Jr. (1942-47) and Jay Bonafield (1947-51) unless otherwise noted

Directors listed in ()

BW, times listed

 

Basically RKO's replacement series for The March Of Time (see also), which... in turn... was replaced in 1951 by the more simply titled “RKO-Pathé Specials”. Two titles, Air College and Design For Living were re-edits of this series that were released in 1947-48 as “Radio Parades”

 

  • Private Smith Of The USA (Larry O'Reilly & Slavko Vorkapich) / 19+m / October 2, 1942 (Academy Award Nominee) Typical soldiers and civilian life was covered in this wartime first entry, as well received by the critics as the earlier “March of Time”

  • Women At Arms (Edward J. Montagne) / 18+m / November 18, 1942

  • Army Chaplain (Edward J. Montagne) / 19+m / December 18, 1942

  • Boom Town, DC (James Moore) / 19+m / February 12, 1943 Washington at wartime and scenes of soldiers protecting graves

  • Air Crew (Richard Fleischer) / 18+m / March 12, 1943

  • Medicine On Guard (Slavko Vorkapich) / 19+m / April 9, 1943

  • Merchant Seamen (Larry O'Reilly) / 17+m / May 14, 1943

  • Lieutenant Smith (Slavko Vorkapich) / 19+m / June 12, 1943

  • Pacific Island / 16+m / July 2, 1943

  • Broadway Dim-Out (Nat Karson) / 15+m / July 30, 1943

  • Arctic Passage (Larry O'Reilly) / 20+m / August 1943

  • Age Of Flight (Douglas Travers) / 16+m / September 24, 1943

  • Children Of Mars (Frank Donovan) / 20+m / October 22, 1943 (Academy Award Nominee) Teenage struggles are profiled

  • Sailors All (Slavko Vorkapich) / 20+m / November 19, 1943

  • Letter To A Hero (Larry O'Reilly) / 18+m / December 17, 1943 (Academy Award Nominee) Sentimental 2-reeler about a school teacher in O'Reilly's hometown of Monroe NY writing to a pupil of hers fighting overseas.

  • New Prisons, New Men (Harry W. Smith) / 17+m / January 14, 1944 (filmed '43)

  • Mail Call (Slavko Vorkapich) / 17+m / February 12, 1944

  • News Front (Larry O'Reilly) / 16+m / March 10, 1944

  • Aircraft Carrier (Harry W. Smith) / 16+m / April 7, 1944

  • Viva Mexico / 17+m / May 5, 1944

  • Hot Money (Harry W. Smith) / 17+m / June 2, 1944

  • They Fight Again (Otto Lang) / 16+m / June 30, 1944

  • Rockefeller Center / 16+m / July 28, 1944

  • That Men May Live (Larry O'Reilly) / 19+m / September 29, 1944

  • Navy Yard / 16+m / October 29, 1944

  • West Point Winners (Larry O'Reilly) / 17+m / November 17, 1944

  • New Americans (Slavko Vorkapich) / 19+m / December 15, 1944 (Academy Award Nominee) How immigration forms the backbone of this country: Albert Einstein, Herbert Mann, Victor Heiss, James Franck and others are covered.

  • Power Unlimited / 16+m / January 30, 1945 Made with Bituminous Coal Institute

  • On Guard / 17+m / February 9, 1945 Shows FBI training in Washington DC

  • Honorable Discharge / 18+m / March 9, 1945

  • Guam: Salvaged Island / 17+m / April 13, 1945

  • Dress Parade / 16+m / May 4, 1945

  • Battle Of Supply / 17+m / June 1, 1945

  • China Life-Line / 16+m / June 29, 1945

  • Policing Germany / 19+m / July 27, 1945

  • Annapolis / 16+m / August 24, 1945

  • California Boom-Town (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / September 21, 1945

  • Americans In Paris / 16+m / October 19, 1945

  • Airline Is Everywhere / 17+m / November 16, 1945

  • T.V.A. / 18+m / December 14, 1945

  • Great Lakes (Jerry Brondfield; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © January 11, 1946 (filmed '45)

  • Report On Japan (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 19+m / © February 8, 1946

  • Street Of Shadows (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / March 8, 1946 Covers New York's Bowery

  • Two Million Rooms (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © April 5, 1946

  • No Place Like Home (Edward J. Montagne; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © May 3, 1946 Covers the post-war housing crisis and some of the black marketing involved.

  • Panama (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © May 31, 1946

  • Port Of New York (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © June 28, 1946

  • Courtship To Courthouse (Edward J. Montagne; narrator: Andre Baruch) / 15+m / July 26, 1946 State of marriage post-war

  • Highway Mania (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / © August 23, 1946

  • The White House (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / © September 20, 1946

  • Northern Rampart (William Deeke; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 18+m / October 18, 1946 Tour of Alaska.

  • Beauty For Sale (Larry O'Reilly) / 17+m / © November 15, 1946

  • Germany Today (William Murray) / 16+m / © December 13, 1946

  • A Nation Is Born (David Griffin) / 30+m / © January 10, 1947 (filmed '46)

  • Campus Boom (Edward Evans) / 16+m / February 7, 1947

  • Forgotten Island (John Ferro; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 18+m / © April 4, 1947 Profile of Puerto Rico.

  • The Big Party (Howard Winner) / 17+m / © May 7, 1947

  • San Francisco-Pacific Gateway (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16m / May 9, 1947

  • I Am An Alcoholic (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 10+m / © May 30, 1947

  • Passport To Nowhere (narrator: Dwight Weist) / 19+m / © June 27, 1947 (Academy Award Nominee) Covers war-torn Europe and the homeless.

  • Whistle In The Night (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / August 4, 1947

  • Treasure House (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / © August 22, 1947 Washington's Smithsonian Institute

  • Smoke Eaters (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / September 2, 1947 Fire-fighting is covered.

  • The 49th State: Hawaii (David Griffin; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / September 19, 1947 Jay Bonafield took over as producer with the 1947-48 season. Made before it became a state

  • Border Without Bayonets (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © November 14, 1947 Look at Canadian and Mexican borders

  • Switzerland Today (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 18+m / © December 12, 1947

  • Children's Village (Edward J. Montagne) / 15+m / © January 9, 1948 (filmed '47) Profiles a Dobbs City, New York school.

  • Operation White Tower (William Deeke; narrator Dwight Weist) / 18+m / February 6, 1948 (filmed '47) Bradford Washburn leads a scientific expedition to Mt. McKinley

  • Who's Delinquent? (Edward J. Montagne) / 16+m / February 6, 1948 (filmed '47) Docu-drama of sorts covering a newspaper editor run down by two teenagers in a stolen car.

  • Photo Frenzy (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / March 5, 1948 General overview of photography in the 1940s.

  • Funny Business (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 18+m / April 9, 1948 Profiles comic strip artists

  • Democracy's Diary (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © April 30, 1948 Shows how a New York newspaper is run.

  • Crime Lab (Edward J. Montagne & Phillip H. Reisman) / 17+m / May 28, 1948 With the New York Police Department

  • Letter To A Rebel (Larry O'Reilly) / 17+m / © June 25, 1948 A father and newspaper editor's essay to a doubting son about US democracy.

  • Sports' Golden Age (Phillip H. Reisman & Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / July 23, 1948

  • Glamour Street (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © August 20, 1948 Views of New York City.

  • Friend Of The Family (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / September 17, 1948 All about pets.

  • County Fair (Phillip H. Reisman & Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / November 12, 1948

  • Girls In White (Phillip H. Reisman & Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / December 10, 1948 Nursing in America.

  • Berlin Powderkeg (William Deeke) / 19+m / © January 7, 1949 (filmed '48) Profile of the Berlin airlift.

  • Our Daily Bread (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © February 4, 1949 (filmed '48)

  • On Watch (Dudley Hale) / 17+m / © March 4, 1949 Shows US Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force in a variety of locations

  • Wonder House (Larry O'Reilly) / 16+m / © April 1, 1949 Tour of the American Museum of Natural History

  • Fraud Fighters (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © April 29, 1949 Profiles the Food & Drug Administration

  • Love That Beauty (Edward J. Montagne) / 16+m / © May 27, 1949 Feminine fitness and dieting

  • The Kentucky Derby Story (Joseph Walsh; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / © June 24, 1949

  • Hoodoo (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Andre Baruch) / 16+m / © July 22, 1949 Covers all kinds of superstitions

  • Canada Unlimited (David Cooper) / 15+m / © August 19, 1949

  • Holiday For Danny (Larry O'Reilly) / 17+m / © September 16, 1949

  • Spotlight On Mexico (Larry O'Reilly & Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © November 11, 1949 Includes Pan American highway, the Mexican pyramids, a bullfight, art school at San Miguel, etc.

  • State Trooper (Harry W. Smith) / 17+m / © November 11, 1949 Filmed with the Connecticut State Police

  • Kilroy Returns (Neil Sullivan) / 18+m / © December 9, 1949 Soldiers revisit former battlefields.

  • Rescue Squadron (Edward J. Montagne; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © March 31, 1950 Covers Air Rescue Service of the U.S. Air Force.

  • Trading Post / 15+m / © April 28, 1950 Covers Chicago's merchandising market.

  • Play Ball ([Joseph Walsh) / 13+m / © May 26, 1950

  • You Can Make A Million (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / June 6, 1950

  • Danger Sleuths (Larry O'Reilly) / 14+m / © June 23, 1950

  • House Of Mercy (Larry O'Reilly) / 15+m / © July 21, 1950

  • Pinkerton Man (Edward J. Montagne) / 16+m / September 15, 1950

  • Seven Cities Of Washington (Edward J. Montagne) / 15+m / October 15, 1950

  • Expectant Father (Edward J. Montagne) / 16+m / October 20, 1950

  • Whereabouts Unknown / 15+m / © November 10, 1950 Following the NYPD Missing Persons Bureau

  • Letter To A Rebel / 16+m / © December 8, 1950

  • Airlines To Anywhere (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © January 5, 1951 (filmed '50)

  • Lone Star Roundup (Burton Benjamin, producer; Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Bob Hite) / 15+m / February 2, 1951 (filmed '50)

  • Cruise Ship (William Deeke; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / © March 2, 1951 Aboard the Santa Paula through the Caribbean

  • Day Of The Fight (Burton Benjamin, producer; Stanley Kubrick) / 16+m / April 26, 1951 (filmed '50) Profiles boxer Walter Cartier. This was Kubrick's first film and a bit more impressive than other docu-shorts of the period.

  • The MacArthur Story (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / April 27, 1951

  • They Fly With The Fleet (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16m / June 22, 1951 Profiles the "Annapolis of the Air" at Pensacola, Florida.

  • Ambulance Doctor (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / © July 20, 1951 Above average behind-the-scenes of ER in NYC.

  • Prison With A Future (Jerome Bronfield; narrator: Dwight Wesit) / 15+m / © August 17, 1951 Covers the Reformatory for Women in Marysville, Ohio

 

The following are listed as RKO-Pathé Specials and essentially replaced This Is America. Mostly BW, but a few color (16mm Kodachrome blown to Technicolor 35mm). Jay Bonafield produced.

 

  • Here Comes The Band (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 17+m / September 14, 1951 With the University of Michigan

  • Last Of The Wild West (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Jim Boles) / 16+m / © October 12, 1951 Tour of Big Bend, Texas

  • Railroad Special Agent (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / November 9, 1951

  • Lady Marines (Harry W. Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m / December 7, 1951 Shows ladies in training on Parris Island

  • Songs Of The Campus (Larry O'Reilly) 15+m / February 1, 1952 Featuring the University of Michigan's Glee Club

  • Second Sight (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Walter Abel) / 16+m / February 29, 1952 (filmed '51) “Seeing eye” dogs are shown training at Long Island's Smithtown Branch

  • A Nation Is Fifty (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16+m-(M: Special)-April 25, 1952 Profile of Cuba.

  • Your Doctor (John Barnwell) / 10+m / © June 10, 1952 (filmed '51)

  • West Point Today (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) 15+m / July 18, 1952

  • I Am A Paratrooper (Harry W. Smith) / 15+m / September 12, 1952 Profiles training at Fort Benning (Georgia).

  • Caution Danger Ahead (writer: Paul Alley; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / October 10, 1952 Auto safety film

  • Men Of Science (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / November 7, 1952 Made at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Operation A-Bomb (Burton Benjamin; narrator: Bob Considine) color-16+m / December 12, 1952 Bomb tests filmed in color at Yucca Flat, Nevada.

  • Conquest Of Uncava (Larry O'Reilly) 15+m / © January 3, 1953 (filmed '52) Profiles iron ore mining

  • Canadian Mounties (Jerome Brondfield) / 15+m / © January 30, 1953 (filmed '52)

  • Transatlantic Hop (Harry W. Smith) / 15+m / February 27, 1953 (filmed '52) Behind the scenes on an airplane.

  • Escape To Freedom (Burton Benjamin)bw-16+m / March 27, 1953 (filmed '52)

  • Tower Of Destiny (writer: Pennell C. Kirkbride) / 15+m / May 8, 1953

  • Shark Killers (Shark Island) (Sam Lee, producer; writer: Hugh Falkua) / 15+m / June 15, 1953

  • Holiday Island (Harry W. Smith) color-15+m / August 14, 1953 Color travelogue of the Caribbean

  • The Magic Streetcar / 20+m / December 18, 1953

  • Taming The Crippler (Jerome Brondfield) / 16+m / © March 30, 1954 (filmed '53) Covers the National Foundation For Infantile Paralysis

  • The Iron Fence (Jerome Brondfield) / 19+m / October 8, 1954 Part documentary and part reenactment showing how fences halt personal freedom. Anti-Communist reel.

  • Circus Trainer (Marc de Gastyne, producer) / 17+m / November 12, 1954 Wild animal training in the Loire Valley of France. Sometimes listed as a Screenliner. (see also)

  • Fast Freight (Burton Benjamin, producer; Clement Stigdon) / 15+m / December 17, 1954 All aboard "Big George" the freight train

  • River To The Past (Dr. Andre Sauske [Sausse] & Jean Huraul) / color-15+m / January 21, 1955 (edited '54) Curious exploration footage involving two "lost" tribes in South American rain forests including the Roucouyennes

  • Big Top Caravan (Marc de Gastyne, producer) / 16+m / February 25, 1955 (filmed '54) Following a French circus

  • Finders Keepers (Burton Benjamin; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 16m / April 1, 1955 (filmed '54) All about treasure hunting

  • Operation Icecap / 16+m / May 6, 1955 Following scientists with a two year survey in Greenland... under ice!

  • The Future Is Now (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / September 4, 1955 Covers an assortment of new technologies including video tape (soon adopted by the TV industry), nuclear and solar energy and automated kitchens.

  • Golden Glamour (Larry Williams; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / October 14, 1955 A look at the history of gold

  • The Golden Equator (Hamilton Wright; narrator: Fred Manness) / 18+m / April 6, 1956 Travelogue of Ecuador

  • Alert Today - Alive Tomorrow (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Andre Baruch) / 16+m / September 7, 1956 Shows how a typical town (Reading, Pennsylvania) prepares for all kinds of emergencies including the nuclear kind.

  • Polar Outpost (Jerome Brondfield) / 15+m / January 1957 (Completed '55) Profiles the DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line, air bases maintained near the Arctic Circle to keep US and Canadians on watch from Soviet threat. Air Force Captain Richard Crane is shown at work.

  • Decade For Decision (Ardis Smith; narrator: Dwight Weist) / 15+m / March 1957 This short emphasizes the necessity of increasing education in the sciences. Includes Clifford Furnas.

 

 

Tom Santschi Westerns (Cyrus J. Williams/Pathé)

Directed by Robert N. Bradbury

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Beyond The Trail / January 23, 1921

  • The Imposter / February 6, 1921

  • The Death Trap / February 20, 1921

  • The Tempest / March 6, 1921 With Patricia Palmer, George Kunkel, Harry Lonsdale & Starke Patteson

  • The Desert Wolf / March 20, 1921 Co-starring Patricia Palmer

  • LaRue Of Phantom Valley / April 3, 1921

  • The Sage-Brush Musketeers / April 17, 1921 With Vera Sisson, Earl Dwire & others

  • The Secret Of Butte Ridge / April 21, 1921

  • The Sheriff Of Mojave / May 1, 1921

  • The Wolver / September 4, 1921 With Ruth Stonehouse & Clark Comstock

  • Mother O' Dreams / September 18, 1921 With Ruth Stonehouse

  • Lorraine Of The Timberlands / October 2, 1921 With Ruth Stonehouse & Clark Comstock

  • The Honor Of Rameriz / October 16, 1921 With Besse Love, Ruth Stonehouse, Edward Hearn & others

  • The Spirit Of The Lake / October 30, 1921 With Besse Love, Ruth Stonehouse, Edward Hearn & Thomas G. Lingham

  • The Heart Of Doreon / November 13, 1921 With Ruth Stonehouse, Edward Hearn & Jay Morley

 

 

Toots & Caper (Standard Cinema/FBO)

Produced by Larry Darmour

Directors listed in ()

Starring Thelma Hill & Bud Duncan

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Fooling Casper (Earl Montgomery) / September 16, 1928

  • What A Wife (Earl Montgomery) / October 14, 1928

  • Family Meal Ticket / November 11, 1928

  • Casper's Week End (St. Elmo Boyce) / December 9, 1928

  • Smile Buttercup Smile (St. Elmo Boyce) / January 6, 1929 (filmed '28)

  • Big-hearted Toots / February 3, 1929

  • Casper's Night Out / March 3, 1929

  • Toots' Big Idea / March 31, 1929

  • Spareribs Reforms / April 28, 1929

  • His Wife's Secret (Earl Montgomery) / May 26, 1929

  • Who's the Boss? / June 23, 1929

  • Don't Say Ain't / July 21, 1929

 

 

Topics Of the Day (silent version) (Timely Films & Amadee J. Van Beuren/Pathé)

Directed by A.L. Siegel and Charles McDonald (by 1921)

BW / silent and 3-5 minutes each

 

Just covering a select few of these, which contained snippets of film material and title cards culled from popular newspapers of the day. The all-talkie version was more sophisticated.

 

  • (series 1) / April 1919-December 1920: typical entries listed below

  • No. 32 / December 15, 1919 (Film Daily review) prohibition jokes, Russian vs. German cultures, the Senate

  • No. 39 / February 1, 1920 (Film Daily review) Covers Lenin & Trotsky, liquor & telephone services

  • No. 43 / February 29, 1920 (Film Daily review) Jokes about prohibition & marriage

  • No. 47 / April 4, 1920 (Film Daily review) spotlights teacher salaries

  • No. 69 / August 29, 1920 (Film Daily review) stereotyped “black” comments on chicken

  • (series 2, #1-55) / Jan-December 1921

  • (series 3, #1-55) / Jan-December 1922

  • (series 4, #1-55) / Jan-December 1923

  • (series 5, #1-55) / Jan-December 1924

  • (series 6, #1-55) / Jan-December 1925

  • (series 7, #1-55) / Jan-December 1926

  • (series 8, #1-55) / Jan-December 1927

  • (series 9, #1-55) / Jan-December 1928

 

 

Topics Of the Day (Sound Topics Of the Day) (Amadee J. Van Beuren/Pathé)

Directed by Charles McDonald. Alfred T. Mannon takes over in later shorts

BW and 1 reel (under 10 minutes)

 

Slightly lengthier than the earlier shorts with mostly narration over silent footage, but also some all-talkie lectures by familiar (then) faces.

 

  • The Petters / December 16, 1928 (preview)

  • Topical Quips No. 1 / March 1929 Featuring famous stars on Broadway: Lawrence G. O'Brien, Jess Sidney, Isabel Vernon, Frank Andrews, Fary Hunt, Edward J. LaSaint, Ruth Hunter, Rupert LaBelle, Eddie O'Connor, George Neville & Little Eddie Wragge

  • Topical Quips No. 2 / March 1929

  • Topical Quips No. 3 / April 1929

  • Topical Quips No. 4 / April 1929

  • Topical Quips No. 5: Pressing His Suit / May 11, 1929 (Motion Picture News) Human interest all-talk docu-comedy about a boy and girl shown wooing.

  • Topical N ips / June 1, 1929 No. 6: a collection of newspaper human interest items that utilize various film clips and spoken humor.

  • Topical Pips / June 30, 1929 More cinema jokes

  • Topical Wits / June 30, 1929

  • Topical Fits / July 28, 1929

  • Topical Sips / July 28, 1929

  • Topical Rips / August 1, 1929

  • Topical Clips / 1929

  • Topical Flips / 1929

  • Topical Hicks / 1929

  • Topical Kicks / 1929

  • Topical Nicks / 1929

  • Topical Slips / 1929

  • Topical Tips / 1929

  • Topical Licks / October 28, 1929

  • On The Air / © January 12, 1930 (filmed '29) Alfred T. Mannon takes over in later shorts

  • Cover Charge / February 15, 1930 (Motion Picture Herald)

  • The Van Beuren News / © April 4, 1930

  • Home Sweet Home / February 22, 1930 Includes a ventriloquist act

  • What! No Bait! / © April 7, 1930

  • In The Park / January 18, 1930 Includes a ventriloquist act

 

 

Toto (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced and directed by Hal Roach

Starring Arnold Novello

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • The Movie Dummy (Movie Mummy) / January 13, 1918 (filmed May-August '17) A young man works in a factory that makes dummies for movie studios. He becomes so bored that one day when an order for a dummy comes in, he decides to pretend to be the dummy to see what it's like inside a film studio. Co-starring Marie Mosquini

  • The One Night Only (One Night Stand) / February 24, 1918 (filmed October '17)

  • Fare, Please / March 17, 1918 (filmed August-October '17) With Lige Conley, Bud Jamison & others

  • His Busy Day / April 28, 1918 (filmed December '17-January) With Lige Conley, Bud Jamison, Margaret Joslin & others

  • The Junk Man / May 26, 1918 (filmed June-August '17) With Bud Jamison & Katherine O'Connor

  • Cleopatsy (The Cleo Proxy) / June 23, 1918 (filmed March-April) With Lige Conley, Bud Jamison & others

  • The Furniture Movers / June 30, 1918 (filmed April) With Clarine Seymour & Bud Jamison

  • Fire The Cook (The Dippy Daughter) / July 14, 1918 (filmed November-December'17 & March) With Bud Jamison, Margaret Joslin, Clarine Seymour & Harry Todd

  • Beach Nuts / July 28, 1918 (filmed April-May) With Lige Conley, Bud Jamison & others

  • Do Husbands Deceive? / August 11, 1918 (filmed April) With Billy Armstrong, Lige Conley, Bud Jamison & others

  • Nipped In The Bud / August 25, 1918 With Margaret Joslin, Bud Jamison & others

  • The Great Water Peril (Poor Clarine) / September 22, 1918 With Bud Jamison, Margaret Joslin & Charles Stevenson

  • An Enemy of Soap / November 24, 1918 (filmed May) With Billy Armstrong, Lige Conley & Bud Jamison

  • Check Your Baggage / December 22, 1918 (filmed April) With Margaret Joslin, Bud Jamison & others

  • Toto's Troubles / 2 reels / February 16, 1919 (filmed '18) With Margaret Joslin & Bud Jamison

 

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Travelesques (Pathé)

Directed by Carl Stearns Clancy

Starring Will Rogers

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

A delightful series profiling the popular comic Will Rogers touring Europe in 1926 and the title cards providing his ho-hum commentary. TCM aired a couple of these preserved by UCLA.

 

  • With Will Rogers In Dublin / March 6, 1927

  • Hiking Through Holland With Will Rogers / April 3, 1927

  • With Will Rogers In Paris / May 1, 1927

  • Hunting For Germans In Berlin With Will Rogers / May 29, 1927

  • Through Switzerland And Bavaria With Will Rogers / June 26, 1927

  • With Will Rogers In London / July 24, 1927 Perhaps the best liked of the Rogers comic travelogues (per vintage reviews), starting at "John Bull's home office" and culminating at Scotland Yard.

  • Roaming The Emerald Isle With Will Rogers / August 21, 1927 Hot spots include the home of the late Richard Croker and the Kilnarney lakes areas.

  • Prowling Around France With Will Rogers / September 18, 1927 Mostly in Paris with the famous US satirist and movie star's personal take on the sights

  • Winging Around Europe With Will Rogers / November 18, 1927 (Motion Picture News review)

  • Exploring England With Will Rogers / December 16, 1927 (Motion Picture News review)

  • Reeling Down The Rhine With Will Rogers / January 7, 1928 (Motion Picture News review)

  • Over The Bounding Blue With Will Rogers / February 11, 1928 (Motion Picture News review)

 

 

The Traveling Man (RKO)

Directors listed in ()

Starring Louis John Bartels

BW and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • That's My Line (Roscoe Arbuckle) / © July 13, 1931

  • Beach Pajamas ( Roscoe Arbuckle) / September 20, 1931 Louis flirts by mistake with the fiancé of a department store owner where he works. With Addie McPhail, Marion Douglas, Charlotte Mineau, Vernon Dent, James Finlayson & others

  • Selling Shorts (Harry Edwards) / © November 30, 1931 Bartel's character gets caught in a hillbilly feud. Co-starring Bud Jamison

  • Stop That Run (Howard Bretherton) / © February 1, 1932

  • Blondes By Proxy (Edgar Kennedy) / April 11, 1932

  • A Perfect 36 (Ralph Ceder) / © June 20, 1932

 

 

True Detective Stories (Sholes-Hazard Corp./Pathé)

Directed by William P. Burt

Starring Leslie Austin, Nellie Burt & Jack Hopkins

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • On Leave Of Absence / October 26, 1924

  • The Girl And The Gangster / November 9, 1924

  • Out Of The Storm / November 23, 1924

  • Bucking The Bucket Shop / December 7, 1924

 

 

True Detective Stories (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

Starring Walter Miller as Nick Harris

BW and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Facing The Gallows (George Rogan) / © September 26, 1931

  • Mystery Of Compartment C / October 31, 1931

  • Swift Justice / December 23, 1931

  • Self Condemned (Spencer Gordon Bennet) / -© February 15, 1932

 

 

True Life Adventures (Walt Disney/RKO & Buena Vista)

Directors listed in ()

Narrated by Winston Hibler

Technicolor

 

This was Walt Disney's first live-action short series, following a few features, although an “animated” paintbrush would set up many scenes. The animal footage in Technicolor dazzled movie goers at the time even if they weren't the first of their kind (even for RKO, see Struggles Of Life). A few were criticized by high-brows for being “cartoonish” with frogs, scorpions, bighorn sheep and so-forth edited in time to “toony” music scores, although this adds a certain retro-charm today. TV nature documentaries in later decades tended to present the material in more straightforward manner.

 

RKO only distributed the pre-1953 films, although Seal Island was shown independently in December 1948 to qualify for Oscar consideration before RKO reluctantly agreed to distribute it nationwide. The executives weren't happy with the “featurette” format and later, when the series went “full” feature-length with The Living Desert, Disney's own distribution company Buena Vista handled them. I have included them here, however, in order to be complete.

 

  • Seal Island (James Algar; camera: Alfred & Elma Milotte; narrator: Winston Hibler) / 26m50s / December 21, 1948 (filmed '46 & '47) (Academy Award Winner / Two Reels) The first of the True-Life Adventures profiles the fur seals of the Pribilof Islands (and some arctic fox and sea birds as well). Pretty straight-forward and less "disneyesque" than the later nature films.

  • In Beaver Valley (Beaver Valley) (James Algar; camera: Alfred & Elma Milotte, Murl Deusing & Karl H. Maslowski) / 31m55s / May 19, 1950 (filmed '48-'49) (Academy Award Winner / Two Reels) Includes a musical serenade of frogs, a narrow escape with a coyote and other adventures.

  • Nature's Half Acre (James Algar; camera: Murl Deusing, John Nash Ott, Conrad Hall, Alfred & Elma Milotte & others) / 32m36s / May 11, 1951 (preview; July 31, wide-release) (filmed '49-'50) (Academy Award Winner / Two Reels) A typical United States acre of garden and woodland life (and at least one exotic species: a chameleon). Lots of birds, bees, mud dauber wasps, praying mantis, etc.

  • Olympic Elk (James Algar; camera: Herb & Lois Crisler) / 26m36s / February 13, 1952 (filmed '50-'51) Only select close-ups of the wapiti but still pretty good True Life Adventure material.

  • Water Birds (Ben Sharpsteen; camera: Arthur A. Allen, Alfred M. Bailey, Martin Bovey, Stephen F. Briggs, Murl Deusing, Myron A. Elliott, Ed N. Harrison, Bert Harwell, S. Paul Lindau, Tom McHugh, Alfred & Elma Milotte, Olin Sewall Pettingill Jr., Frances Roberts, James R. Simon, John H. Storer & Norman Wakeman) / 30m39s / June 10, 1952 (filmed '49-'51) (Academy Award Winner / Two Reels) Fairly straightforward look at all kinds of waterfowl and seabird right up until "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" has all of the birds flying and landing in perfect unison.

  • Prowlers Of The Everglades (James Algar; camera: Alfred & Elma Milotte) / 31m56s / © August 26, 1952 Life of the alligator and the myriad of water birds, otters, raccoon and other critters it confronts.

  • Bear Country (James Algar; camera: Alfred & Elma Milotte) / 32m50s / © November 21, 1952 (filmed '50-'51) (Academy Award Winner / Two Reels for 1953) Perhaps the most popular of the True Life Adventures to that time, although we are so used to bear shots in films. Watching them scratch and feed on flowers was still fun.

 

All other releases through Buena Vista, but included here to complete the series list:

FEATURES released through Buena Vista: THE LIVING DESERT (1953), THE VANISHING PRAIRIE (1954), THE AFRICAN LION (1955), SECRETS OF LIFE (1956), PERRI (actually a True Life “Fantasy”, 1957), WHITE WILDERNESS (1958) & JUNGLE CAT (1959)

 

  • Nature's Strangest Creatures (Ben Sharpsteen; camera: Alfred & Elma Milotte) / 15m51s / January 28, 1959 (filmed '55-56) A short "True-Life Mini-Adventure" about Australian and Tasmanian mammals, featuring impressive shots of a platypus giving birth and swimming underwater, wallabies feeding in the snow, along with the expected clips of koalas, Tasmanian devils, flying foxes and emus.

  • Mysteries Of The Deep (Ben Sharpsteen & Roy E. Disney; camera: H. Pederson & others) / 23m55s / July 6, 1959 (filmed '54-'58) (Academy Award Nominee) Covers a coral reef, sharks and other fish as well as dolphins. Some footage done during the filming of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA

  • Islands In The Sea (Ben Sharpsteen & James Algar; camera: Conrad Hall & others) / 28m24s / © November 13, 1959 (filmed '54-'56) (Academy Award Nominee) (for 1960) A profile of island life (tortoise, iguana, bird, seal and crab) in the Galapagos, Guadalupé, the Falklands and Midway.

 

 

Vagabond Adventures (Amadee J. Van Beuren/Pathé & RKO-Pathé)

Primary direction & narration through 1931: Tom Terriss, with others listed in ()

BW and 1 reel (under 11 minutes)

 

This was Pathé & RKO's official travelogue series of the sound era, later succeeded by World On Parade (see also)

 

  • Streets Of Mystery / © May 16, 1930 India tour

  • The Lair Of Chang-How / © June 15, 1930

  • Drums Of Fear / © June 29, 1930 "Dark" Africa witch doctor

  • Temples Of Silence / © July 27, 1930 Scenic of Angkor (modern Cambodia)

  • The Love That Kills / © August 10, 1930 Malayan culture profiled

  • Satan's Fury / © September 7, 1930 Profiles geysers in New Zealand and South Seas

  • The Ebony Shrine (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © September 21, 1930 In Egypt

  • Gem Of Agra / September 27, 1930 (Motion Picture News review) India tour

  • Jungle Terror (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © October 5, 1930 Focuses on snakes

  • The Sands Of Egypt (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © November 2, 1930 Includes Cairo festivals, Luxor and the underground tombs

  • The Mystic Isles (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © November 30, 1930

  • Wizard Land / © December 14, 1930 Visiting "cannibal territory" Papua, New Guinea

  • The Spirit Of The Sho-gun (Alfred Mannon) / © December 28, 1930 Japanese travelogue

  • The Zuyder Zee / © January 12, 1931 (filmed '30) Visiting Holland

  • A Tale Of Tutula (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © January 24, 1931 (filmed '30) Visit to Samoa and the burial of a chief.

  • The Well Of Fortaleza (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © February 5, 1931 Coastal Brazil

  • Dogs Of Solitudes (Elmer Clifton & Alfred Mannon) / © February 7, 1931 (filmed '30) Covers the Swiss St. Bernards

  • Shadow Of The Dragon / © March 8, 1931 Chinese travelogue.

  • Thom, The Unknown / © March 22, 1931 Seeing Siam's Angkor temple

  • Call Of Mohammed / © April 5, 1931 Islamic mosques in India are seen

  • Hurricane Island / © April 19, 1931 Visiting Santo Domingo in the Caribbean

  • Fallen Empire (Elmer Clifton) / © July 27, 1931 First of the RKO-Pathé releases. Tour of Haiti with amusing shots of fishing ladies topless and ominous Sans-Souci Palace

  • Beneath The Southern Cross (Elmer Clifton) / © August 31, 1931 Australian tour

  • The Utmost Isle (Elmer Clifton) / © September 28, 1931

  • Song Of The Voodoo / © October 26, 1931 Caribbean tour through Haiti and a visit with sculptor Charles Normil

  • Thru The Ages / © November 23, 1931

  • Children Of The Sun (Elmer Clifton) /© December 14, 1931

  • The Door Of Asia (Elmer Clifton) /© January 20, 1932 (filmed '31) Touring Manchuria

  • Land Of Gandhi (Elmer Clifton) /© February 6, 1932 (filmed '31)

  • Second Paradise (Elmer Clifton) /© March 6, 1932 (filmed '31)

  • The Golden Pagoda (Elmer Clifton) / © April 14, 1932 Visiting Singapore

  • Empire Of The Sun (Elmer Clifton) / © April 25, 1932

  • Shanghai (narrator: Gayne Whitman) / © May 19, 1932

  • Drums Of The Orient (Elmer Clifton) / © June 24, 1932

  • Wild New Guinea (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO- Elmer Clifton) / © August 2, 1932

  • Singapore (narrator: William Hanley) / © September 5, 1932

  • Malaysia (narrator: William Hanley) / © November 25, 1932

  • Holland Mosaics (Russell Spalding) / © January 20, 1933 (filmed '32)

  • Bali (Russell Spalding) / © March 17, 1933 (filmed '32)

  • Contrasts In China (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © May 15, 1933

  • Antwerp (Russell Spalding) / © August 25, 1933

  • Cuba (Russell Spalding) / © November 10, 1933

  • Moorish Spain (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © January 10, 1934 (filmed '33)

  • Holy Land (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © February 16, 1934 (filmed '33)

  • Madeira, Land Of Wine (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © March 22, 1934 (filmed '33) See here: https://archive.org/details/51764Madeira

  • Gibraltar (Russell Spalding) / © May 4, 1934

  • Damascus (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © June 22, 1934

  • Eyes Of Russia, From The Caucasus To Moscow (Margaret Bourke White) / © August 3, 1934

  • The Red Republic From Baku To Dnieprostroi (Russell Spalding) / © October 5, 1934

  • Fakeers Of The East (Russell Spalding; narrator: Alois Havrilla) / © November 16, 1934

  • Isle Of Spice (Russell Spalding) / © January 11, 1935 (filmed '34) Colombo in Sri Lanka (Ceylon) is viewed

  • The Saar (Russell Spalding) / © February 11, 1935 (filmed '34)

  • Jamaica (Russell Spalding) / © May 6, 1935

  • Romania (George Popovici) / © May 20, 1935

  • Quebec (Russell Spalding) / © June 21, 1935

 

 

Vanity Fair Girls (Rolin Film/Pathé)

Produced by Hal Roach

Directors listed in ()

Starring Eddie Boland

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • June Madness (Scott Pembroke) / October 3, 1920 (filmed June-July) With Jean Hope, Charles Stevenson, Wallace Howe

  • Alias Aladdin (Hal Roach) / October 17, 1920 (filmed August) With Ethel Broadhurst, Roy Brooks, Sammy Brooks & others

  • Mamma's Boy (Mama's Boy) (Hal Roach) / October 31, 1920 (filmed August)

  • The Sandman (Fred C. Newmeyer) / November 14, 1920 (filmed July & September) With Jean Hope, Charles Stevenson, Ethel Broadhurst & others

  • Queens Up! (Fred C. Newmeyer) / November 28, 1920 (filmed September) With Jean Hope, Jack O'Brien, Ethel Broadhurst & others

  • Greek Meets Greek (Nicholas T. Borrows) / December 12, 1920 (filmed October) Co-starring Robert O'Connor

  • The Man Haters (Nicholas T. Barrows) / December 12, 1920 (filmed September-October)

  • The Sleepy Head (Nicholas T. Barrows) / December 26, 1920 (filmed November)

  • The Burglars Bold (Nicholas T. Barrows) / January 16, 1921 (filmed November '20) With Jean Hope, Robert O'Connor, Edith Valk & others

  • Pinning It Down (Nicholas T. Barrows) / January 30, 1921 (filmed November '20)

  • Oh Promise Me (Nicholas T. Barrows) / February 6, 1921 (filmed November-December '20)

  • Prince Pistachio (Nicholas T. Barrows) / February 20, 1921 (filmed December '20)

  • Paint And Powder (Nicholas T. Barrows) / March 6, 1921 (filmed December '20)

  • Running Wild (Nicholas T. Barrows) / March 20, 1921 ((filmed January) With Robert O'Connor, Wallace Howe, Jean Hope, Harold Adkins, Charles Stevenson & others

 

 

Variety Comedies (Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

BW and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Eventually, But Not Now (Ralph Ceder; story by E.V. Durling & Johnnie Grey) / April 30, 1929 Starring Alberta Vaughn, Al Cooke, Lewis Sargent & George Gray

  • Beach Babies (Bradley Barker; story: Joe Hayman & Gordon Bostock) / 15+m / July 13, 1929 (preview) Starring Charles Kempar & Evalyn Kapp, with Naomi Claire Casey, Blanche Latell & Ted Marcell

  • Haunted (Who Killed The Cat?) (Philip Tannura & Gordon Bostock) / © August 17, 1929 Starring Charles Kemper, Robert Milliken & others

  • End Of The World (Bradley Barker) / © August 19, 1929 A tycoon, fearing the end of his life, gives his blessing to his son's marriage of an Irish maiden. Featuring Alexander Carr, Lorin Raker & Marcia Manning

  • Wednesday At The Ritz (Philip Tannura) / December 22, 1929 Featuring Charles Kemper & Evalyn Knapp

  • Doing Phil A Favor (Bradley Barker) / 15+m / © January 21, 1930 (filmed '29) A British businessmen gets another guy to test his wife's faithfulness. Featuring MacKenzie Ward & Val Lester

  • His Birthday Suit (Philip Tannura) / © February 6, 1930 Featuring Steve Mills, Carl Herman, Billy Green & Cliff Bragdon

 

 

Victory Shorts (RKO)

Directors listed in ()

BW, 9-11 minutes

 

  • Salvage (Richard Massingham; narrator: Donald M. Nelson) / -October 8, 1942

  • Manpower (Paul V. McNutt) / October 29, 1942 Documentary short film demonstrating methods used by the War Manpower Commission to resolve problems in worker shortages.

  • City Of Courage / March 13, 1943 (Film Daily review)

  • Black Marketing / August 19, 1943

  • Glamour Girls Of 1943 / September 2, 1943 Women workers on the home front are profiled.

  • The Last Will And Testament Of Tom Smith (War Information Film No. 76) (Harold S. Bucquet) / September 9, 1943 Details an American pilot captured by the Japanese. George Reeves stars.

  • Oil Is Blood / September 23, 1943 Documentary short film depicting the usage and necessity of oil in the Allied war effort.

  • Family Feud / 6+m / November 4, 1943 Featuring Leon Erroll, Jane Darwell, Nancy Gates. Documentary short film depicting ways in which Americans can assist the war effort by proper conservation around the home.

  • Memo For Joe (Richard Fleischer) / August 10, 1944 Documentary short film extolling the virtues of the American Community Chest charity program and its value to the Allied war effort.

  • V-1: The Robot Bomb (Crown Film Unit) / November 16, 1944

  • Seeing Them Through / February 1, 1945 Propaganda for the Red Cross.

  • Target Tokyo (Special Film Project 153) (narrator: Ronald Reagan) / 22+m / May 24, 1945

 

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Wally Brown & Jack Kirkwood Comedies (RKO)

Directors listed in ()

BW, 16-18 minutes

 

  • Heart Troubles (Hal Yates) / April 1, 1949 (filmed '48) Wally avoids work by pretending a heart attack and tries to fool a doctor.

  • Put Some Money In The Pot (Hal Yates) / March 17, 1950 (filmed November '49) A song & dance team try to woo their landlady (Patsy Moran) to avoid getting evicted and later deal with her brother (Dick Wessel).

  • Brooklyn Buckaroos (Leslie Goodwins) / May 12, 1950 Western comedy, also featuring Lynn Davis, Richard Emory, Gene Roth & John Merton

  • Photo Phonies (Hal Yates) / July 7, 1950 Out-of-work actors go into the photography business. Also cast: Lynn Davis, John Alvin, Emil Sitka, Jack Rice, Vince Barnett & others

  • Tinhorn Troubadors (Hal Yates) / March 16, 1951 (filmed '50) Like two previous Edgar Kennedy shorts, this borrows the set-up of the wife thinking stock certificates are worthless and using them as wall paper. With Patsy Moran, Frank Wilcox, Ray Walker & Sue Casey

  • From Rogues To Riches (Leslie Goodwins) / © July 16, 1951 Featuring Tom Kennedy as deputy sheriff in a quiz show mastered by Stephen Dunne. Also Christine McIntyre and Peggy Wynne.

 

 

Whirlwind Comedies (Robertson-Cole/FBO)

Directed by Charles Bowers & Harold L. Muller

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

Clever animation and stop-motion photography were used to great effect in this fantasy series. Listed below are only those titles distributed by FBO. Later entries in this series were handled by Educational Pictures.

 

  • Egged On / September 6, 1926 Charlie constructs a Rube Goldberg-ish machine making indestructible eggs

  • He Done His Best / October 4, 1926 Charlie updates his girlfriend's restaurant with zany inventions

  • Fatal Footsteps / November 29, 1926 New shoes cause havoc at a Charleston dance contest

  • Now You Tell One / December 27, 1926 At the Liars Club, Bowers recreates his farming triumphs growing outlandish egg plants, cat-tails come to life and herds of elephants and donkeys storming Washington DC. All done with trick photography and stop motion animation effects.

  • Many A Slip (The Non-Skid Banana) / January 24, 1927 Charlie invents a non slippery banana peel. Additional cast includes Eddie Dunn, Frank Donnelly, Betty Marvin, Cornelius MacSunday, Kolin Kelly, among others

  • Enough Is Plenty / February 21, 1927

  • Gone Again / March 18, 1927

  • Why Squirrels Leave Home / March 21, 1927

  • He Couldn't Help It / April 18, 1927 With Corrine Powers, May Dean, George Williams, Roy Applegate, John Burdette & Dan Duffy

  • The Vanishing Villain / May 16, 1927

  • Steamed Up / June 13, 1927

  • Pickled Romance / June 13, 1927

  • Nothing Doing / July 11, 1927 Charlie joins the police force to woo his girl and please her dad

  • A Wild Roomer / November 1, 1927 Charles debuts his extraordinary new invention

 

 

Who's Guilty? (Arrow Film/Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

Starring Anna Q. Nilsson, Tom Moore & Octavia Handworth

BW / silent and 2 reels (20 minutes approx.)

 

  • Puppets Of Fate (Lawrence B. McGill) / © June 10, 1916

  • The Tight Rein (Howard Hansel) / © June 10, 1916

  • The Silent Shame (Howell Hansel) / © June 15, 1916

  • Sold Out (Howell Hansel) / © June 15, 1916

  • The Tangled Web (Howell Hansel) / © June 15, 1916

  • Beyond Recall (Howell Hansel) / © July 14, 1916

  • Sowing The Wind (Lawrence B. McGill) / © July 14, 1916

  • Truth Crushed To Earth (Howell Hansel) / © July 14, 1916

  • Weaker Strain (Howell Hansel) / © July 14, 1916

  • A Trial Of Souls (Howell Hansel) / © August 12, 1916

  • Weighed In The Balance (Howell Hansel) / © August 12, 1916

  • The Goad Of Jealousy (Howell Hansel) / © August 30, 1916

  • The Irony Of Justice (Howell Hansel) / © August 30, 1916

  • The Lost Paradise (Howell Hansel) / © August 30, 1916

 

 

Whoopee Comedies (Pathé)

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BW, times listed

 

  • Carnival Revue (Wallace Fox) / 19+m / © June 6, 1930 A mystic mind-reader falls for a circus headliner. Starring T. Roy Barnes & Ruth Hiatt, with Ray Hughes, Frank Sabini & Eddie Clark

  • Big Hearted (Robert De Lacy) / 15+m / © June 14, 1930 Starring Harry Gribbon & Vivien Oakland. Salesman and wife must share a bungalow with newleyweds. With Dorothy Gulliver, Ray Hughes, Sammy Blum & others

  • Hold The Baby (Fred Guiol) / 20+m / November 9, 1930 Starring Robert Agnew, Phyllis Crane, Addie McPhail, Dick Stewart, Richard Carle & Spec O'Donnell

  • Seein' Injuns (Ralph Ceder) / 20+m / © January 15, 1931 (filmed '30)

  • All Gummed Up (Harry Sweet) / 21+m/ May 23, 1931 Wife mistakenly gets her bumbling husband chores before a kids party. Starring Edgar Kennedy, Louise Carver & Florence Lake

 

 

Wildlife Album (RKO-Pathé)

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Technicolor

 

  • The Whitetail Buck (Larry O'Reilly; narrator: Thomas Mitchell) / 28m / October 21, 1955 Hunting reel showing father-son bonding

  • World In A Marsh (National Film Board of Canada; Maureen Balfe & William H. Carrick; narrator: John Drainie) / 22+m / November 22, 1956

  • Arctic Roundup (John Teal Jr.) / 28+m / January 1957 Profiles how the Institute of Northern Agricultural Research considers domesticating the musk ox of the Northern Territories.

 

 

Will Rogers Comedies (Hal Roach/Pathé)

Directors listed in ()

BW / silent and 20 minutes unless noted

 

Despite no soundtracks, these silent comedies boast plenty of visual appeal and snappy title cards

 

  • Fruits Of Faith (Clarence G. Badger) / December 24, 1922

  • Jus' Passin' Through (Hal Roach) / 27+m / October 14, 1923 (filmed June-July) Also Noah Young & Marie Mosquini

  • Hustlin' Hank (Hal Roach) / November 11, 1923 (filmed July-August & October)

  • Uncensored Movies (Roy Clements) / December 9, 1923 (filmed August-October) Rogers is a "morals" reformer who returns to his small town from Hollywood. The results of his investigation include hilarious film clips of him dressed as Douglas Fairbanks, Tom Mix and a Keystone Kop. With Earl Mohan, Ena Gregory & Marie Mosquini

  • Two Wagons Both Covered (Rob Wagner) / January 6, 1924 (filmed September-October '23)

  • The Cowboy Shiek (Rob Wagner) / February 3, 1924 (filmed October '23) With Marie Mosquini & Earl Mohan

  • The Cake Eater (Hal Roach) / March 2, 1924 (F-Nov-December '23)

  • Big Moments From Little Pictures (Hal Roach) / March 30, 1924 (filmed November-December '23) Will spoofs Rudolph Valentino in Blood And Sand, Douglas Fairbanks as Robin Hood, weepy melodramas, and the Keystone comedies. With Noah Young, Earl Mohan, Marie Mosquini & others

  • High Brow Stuff (Rob Wagner) / April 27, 1924 (filmed December '23-February '24) With Marie Mosquini

  • Going To Congress (Hal Roach) / May 25, 1924 ((filmed January) Rogers visits Washington and brings his own politics. With Marie Mosquini, Jack Akroyd & Molly Thompson

  • Don't Park There (Tay Garnett) / June 22, 1924 (filmed February-April)

  • Our Congressman (Rob Wagner) / July 20, 1924 (filmed March & May)

  • Gee Whizz, Genevieve (J.A. Howe) / August 17, 1924 (filmed April-May) With Dan Maines, Mari Mosquina, Ena Gregory & others

  • A Truthful Liar (Hampton Del Ruth) / August 17, 1924 (filmed April-May) With Jackie Cooper

 

 

Wisecrackers (FBO)

Directed by Del Andrews

Starring Lorraine Eason, Al Cooke & Kit Guard

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • Turkish Howls / February 13, 1927

  • Love At First Sight / February 27, 1927

  • Cry And Get It / March 27, 1927

  • A Chin He Loved To Touch / April 10, 1927

  • Shy Knees / April 24, 1927

  • No So Big / May 8, 1927

  • The Better Role / May 22, 1927

  • A Sock In Time / June 5, 1927

  • Bo's Guest / June 19, 1927

  • A Kick In The Dark / July 19, 1927

 

 

World Geography (Duncan Underbill/Pathé)

BW / silent and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

  • Hawaii The Beautiful / November 27, 1927

  • Calcutta / December 11, 1927

  • Nature's Cathedral / December 18, 1927

  • Women Workers Of Old Ceylon / December 25, 1927

  • Kashmir Old And New / 15+m / © December 27, 1927 Profiles religious rites of Mohammedans and Hindus

  • Benares / January 22, 1928

  • The Guild Cities Of Belgium / © November 4, 1928

 

 

World On Parade (Amadee J. Van Beuren/RKO-Pathé)

Directed by Harold McCracken

Narrated by Alois Havrilla

BW and 1 reel (10 minutes approx.)

 

This travelogue series replaced Vagabond Adventures (see also), but is virtually indistinguishable

 

  • Venice Of The North / © May 15, 1935 Stockholm, Sweden. Camera work by Capt. Warwick M. Tompkins. See here: https://archive.org/details/0995_Venice_of_the_North_01_44_49_04

  • Land Of The Eagle / August 23, 1935 Guatemala

  • Spain's Romantic Isles: Majorca / © October 18, 1935

  • The Land Of Evangeline / © November 1, 1935 Visiting Nova Scotia

  • Morocco / © January 10, 1936 (edited '35) See here: https://archive.org/details/60344AloisHavrillaInMorocco

  • Trinidad / © April 24, 1936

  • Coral Isle Of The Atlantic / © May 27, 1936 Covers Bermuda

  • Washington In Virginia / © September 14, 1936

  • Heart Of The Sierras / © October 12, 1936 Tour of Yosemite

  • Graveyard Of Ships / © November 27, 1936

  • Gold Mania / © December 25, 1936

  • Romantic Mexico / © January 11, 1937 Mostly Mexico City

  • Manhattan Waterfront / © February 19, 1937 See here: https://archive.org/details/0503_Manhattan_Waterfront

  • Mount Vernon / © March 19, 1937

  • California Missions / April 15, 1937

  • Circus Winter Quarters / © May 14, 1937 Visiting Sarasota, Florida

  • Florida Cowboy / © June 3, 1937

  • Workshops Of Old Mexico / © June 17, 1937

  • Jungle Playmates / © July 28, 1937

 

 

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