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A Shortie Checklist: Fox, 20th Century Fox and Educational Pictures

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Treasure Chests (Skibo-Educational Pictures/Fox & 20th Century Fox)

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This was a great “omnibus” series of mini-musicals and documentary shorts, a couple being Oscar nominees thanks to Educational Picture's already established prestige in documentary film-making.

 

  • Your Life Is In Your Hands (Robert C. Bruce) / 9+m / © September 22, 1933 Features hand expert Josef Ranald

  • Song Of Vienna (Sam Citron; camera: Willy Goldberger; music: Robert Stolz) / 10+m / © November 3, 1933 Musical travelogue of the city with some ballet dancing added

  • Shorts (Charles Judels; narrator: Johnny Woods) / 10m approx. / © November 10, 1933

  • Day Dreams (Howard Milton) / 10m approx. / © December 8, 1933 Starring Henry King & Walter Scharf. Musical visualization of childhood dreams, aimed for the holidays

  • Air Maniacs (Al Christie, producer; Nate Watt) / 11+m / © December 15, 1933 Featuring Vince Barnett, John T. Murray, Roy Wilson & Frank Clarke. Comic look at early airplanes

  • What Does 1934 Hold? (William Watson) / 10m approx. / © February 8, 1934 Featuring Wynn the astrologer

  • Hula Honeymoon (Audio Productions; Lorenzo del Riccio) / 8+m / March 24, 1934 (Film Daily review) Travelogue of Hawaiian customs and marriage ceremonies

  • Bosom Friends (Sam Citron; narrator: James Clemenger) / 10m approx. / March 30, 1934 (Academy Award Nominee) Features various unusual animal buddies, including a cat and a mouse

  • Famous Scenes From Pagliacci (Audio Productions; William DeMille) / 15+m / © April 4, 1934

  • Then Came The Yawn (Ben Blake & Max Hayes; camera: Frank Zukor) / 10m approx. / © August 10, 1934 A “mock” movie trailer mixing vintage clips together.

  • Your Stars For 1935 (Al Christie, producer) / 10m approx. / © October 19, 1934 Astrologer Wynn makes some predictions

  • Harlem Harmony (Alfred J. Goulding) / 10+m / December 21, 1934 Starring Ben Carter & His Pickaninny Choir.

  • Chums (narrator: James Clemenger) / 10+m / © March 1, 1935 Animal reel much like the Oscar nominated BOSOM FRIENDS. Focuses on a dog befriending a porcupine, monkey, cats, alligator, etc.

  • Taming The Wild (B.E. Norrish, producer; A.L. Alexander) / 10m approx. / April 26, 1935 Circus training in action

  • Personality And The Pen (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 9+m / May 10, 1935 Features a handwriting expert Josef Ranold

  • Ski-Scrapers (Ed Thorgerson) / 8+m / May 24, 1935 Ski reel

  • Dog Days (Chuck Reisner) / 10+m / July 12, 1935 Focuses on fox terriers

  • Clever Critters (A.L. Alexander) / 10+m / September 20, 1935 Features cormorants, porcupines, foxes, etc. First 20th Century Fox release

  • Hold That Line (narrator: Thornton Fischer) / 10+m / October 11, 1935 Football reel

  • Gangsters Of The Deep (narrator: Thornton Fischer) / 10+m / November 1, 1935 Deep sea fishing reel

  • Sunday Sports In Mexico (narrator: Thornton Fischer) / 10+m / November 8, 1935

  • Monsters Of The Deep / 8+m / November 27, 1935 (Film Daily review) Covers a whale hunt, along with some sharks

  • Seeing Nellie Home (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 10+m / December 20, 1935 Starring Charles Henderson, Carol Deis, the Geirsdorf Sisters.

  • Jai Ali (The Game Of Jai-Alai) (Thornton Fischer; narrator: Ed Thorgeson) / 10+m / December 27, 1935 Captures the popular ball sport from Cuba with a demonstration in Mexico City

  • The Seeing Eye (Clinton Wunder) / 10+m / January 17, 1936 (completed '35) First of several trips to the Morristown New Jersey training facilities for seeing eye dogs

  • Fisherman's Luck (narrator: Ed Thorgerson) / 10+m / January 31, 1936 (completed '35) Spotlights swordfish

  • Land Of The Lei / Cinecolor-9+m / February 14, 1936 Color Hawaiian travelogue

  • Animal Cunning (A.L. Alexander; editor: Sam Citron) / 10+m / May 1, 1936

  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever (Thomas Frelinghuysen & Arlene Erlanger; camera: Dal Clawson; narrator: John Holbrook) / 9+m / June 1, 1936 Initially released by Pedigree Pictures

  • Fast Friends (John Green, producer; Harry Foster) / 9+m / June 5, 1936 Docu-drama about two dogs and their masters

  • Feminine Form (narrator: Ed Thorgerson) / 10+m / August 7, 1936 Exercise reel for the ladies

  • Nature's Songsters (Arthur A. Allen & Arthur A. Brand) / 8+m / September 4, 1936 Cornell University studies bird calls in the field

  • Sports In The Alps (narrator: Ed Thorgerson) / 10+m / September 11, 1936 Switzerland travelogue including skiing

  • Krazi Inventions (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 11+m / October 9, 1936 Juliet Lowell surveys oddities once filed for patents. Cast: Ed Ford as commentator, Aileen Cook, Jimmie Fox, Earle Gilbert, Eddie Hall, Frank Jaquet & Rose Kessner

  • Symphony In Snow (A.L. Alexander) / 10+m / October 16, 1936 Following the Steual brothers through the Jungfrau Alps

  • Songs Of The Danube (Willy Goldberger) / 10+m / May 7, 1937 Part travelogue and part musical performances

  • Crystal Ballet (Gordon Sparling) / 10+m / May 28, 1937 Poor Cinderella musical performance

  • Ornamental Swimming (B.E. Norrish Productions; Gordon Sparling) / 10+m / June 4, 1937 Sports reel

  • How To Ski (Ed Thorgersen) / 10m approx. / August 20, 1937

  • The Private Life Of Gannets (London Films/Julian Huxley; narrator: A.L. Alexander) / 10+m / September 10, 1937 (US release; British release in 1934) (Academy Award Winner / One reel) Birdlife along the Atlantic coastline

  • Not So Dumb (A.L. Alexander) / 9+m / December 10, 1937 Clever critters: a cats nurse chicks and squirrels, bear goes salmon fishing, dogs compete with a woodchuck and rattlesnake, pig feeds a cow

  • Grey Owl's Little Brother (B.E. Norrish, producer; Gordon Sparling; narrator: Corey Thomson) / 10+m / December 24, 1937 Story of a Canadian naturalist befriending beavers and other wildlife.

  • Top Dogs / 10+m / December 24, 1937 Canine reel

  • Song Birds Of The North Woods (Arthur Allen & Albert Brand) / 9+m / February 11, 1938 Two ornithologists from Cornel University film and audio-record chickadees, loons, woodpeckers, etc.

  • Sky Fishing (B.E. Norrish, producer; Gordon Sparling; narrator: Corey Thomson) / 10+m / February 25, 1938 (completed '37) Made in cooperation with the National Parks of Canada

  • Music From The Stars (B.E. Norrish, producer; Gordon Sparling) / 10m approx. / March 25, 1938 Starring Horace Lapp & Orchestra, William Morton & Madeline Pedler. Features tunes like “Stars of Love” and “Old Man Mose Is dead”

  • Return Of The Buffalo (Gordon Sparling; narrator: Corey Thomson) / 9+m / April 8, 1938 Wildlife reel covers bison progress out west

  • A Kingdom For A Horse (B.E. Norrish, producer; Gordon Sparling; narrator: Corey Thomson) / 10+m / April 22, 1938 Tale of old Dobblin and his many equine talents competing with Percival for blue ribbons but stuck on an old rag wagon

  • We Live In Two Worlds (GPO Film Unit; J.B. Priestly) / 10+m / July 22, 1938 Released in the UK in 1937, this documentary features J.B. Priestley discussing Switzerland representing the battle between nationalism vs. internationalism

 

 

Tuxedo Comedies (Educational Pictures, distributed by Fox and 20th Century Fox after 1933)

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During the silent era, these were somewhat distinctive with Al St. John and Johnny Arthur as the primary stars, but the talkies were pretty much interchangeable with the Mermaid Comedies, Star Personality Comedies and Top Notch Comedies as a “catch all” umbrella title involving many different comedy stars.

 

Silent comedies, each 2 reels long (20 minutes approx.) and initially produced by Reel Comedies, then Goodwill after 1925

 

  • Easter Bonnets / August 26, 1923 Starring Ned Spears & Harry Tighe.

  • Front! / October 17, 1923 Starring Poodles Hanneford.

  • No Loafing / November 2, 1923 Starring Poodles Hanneford & Joe Roberts.

  • One Night It Rained / January 20, 1924 (completed '23) Starring Ned Spears & Harry Tighe.

  • The New Sheriff / March 16, 1924 Starring Poodles Hanneford.

  • The Bonehead / May 18, 1924 Starring Poodles Hanneford.

  • His First Car (Al St. John) / July 27, 1924 Starring Al St. John.

  • Never Again (Al St. John) / August 24, 1924 Starring Al St. John. Caveman vs. cave girl comedy

  • Stupid, But Brave (Roscoe Arbuckle) / October 26, 1924 Broke Al St. John must find a ride across country to a prospective job. Above average comedy.

  • Lovemania (Al St. John) / December 28, 1924 Starring Al St. John, Doris Deane, George Davis & Glen Cavender.

  • Dynamite Doggie (Grover Jones) / © April 6, 1925 Starring Al St. John, Doris Deane & George Davis. Al can't elope because of a dog disrupting

  • The Iron Mule (Grover Jones & Roscoe Arbuckle) / April 12, 1925 Starring Al St. John. Antics on an early 19th century train

  • Curses! (Grover Jones & Roscoe Arbuckle) / May 17, 1925 Starring Al St. John & Bartine Burkett. Rustic comedy featuring Buckwheat Ben against the Buttonshoe Bill Gang

  • The Tourist (Roscoe Arbuckle) / September 20, 1925 First produced by Goodwill Productions. Starring Johnny Arthur & Helen Foster.

  • Cleaning Up (Roscoe Arbuckle) / November 22, 1925 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • My Stars (Roscoe Arbuckle) / January 17, 1926 (completed '25) Starring Johnny Arthur, Florence Lee, Virginia Vance & others. Johnny loses his girl to big screen idols

  • Home Cured (Roscoe Arbuckle) / March 14, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur, Virginia Vance, George Davis & Glen Cavender.

  • Mr. Cinderella (Norman Taurog) / May 2, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Honest Injun (Norman Taurog) / July 4, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Open House (Charles Lamont) / August 15, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur. The Browns open their house to help those less fortunate... until their house becomes a literal zoo

  • Humdinger (Norman Taurog) / October 10, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur, Anita Garvin & George Davis. Johnny is a jack of all trades at a hotel

  • Close Shaves (Charles Lamont) / © December 3, 1926 Starring Johnny Arthur, Helen Foster, Wallace Lupino, Anita Garvin & Robert Graves. Antics in a hotel barber shop

  • Wedding Yells (Charles Lamont) / February 6, 1927 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Draw-Back (Norman Taurog) / April 10, 1927 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Her Husky Hero (Norman Taurog) / June 5, 1927 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Live News (Charles Lamont) / August 28, 1927 Starring Johnny Arthur & Anita Gavin

  • Scared Silly (Charles Lamont) / November 13, 1927 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Wildcat Valley (Charles Lamont) / January 23, 1928 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Visitors Welcome (Harry Sweet) / March 4, 1928 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Slippery Head (Norman Taurog) / April 29, 1928 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Blondes Beware (Norman Taurog) / © June 25, 1928 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Wedded Blisters (Jules White) / August 26, 1928 Starring Johnny Arthur.

  • Making Whoopee (Charles Lamont) / Starring Harold Goodwin. October 28, 1928

  • Husbands Must Play (Jules White) / January 6, 1929 (completed '28) Starring Wallace Lupino.

 

Sound comedies. Running times listed.

 

  • Social Sinners (Jack White, producer; Charles Lamont) / 19+m / September 1, 1929 Starring Raymond McKee, Marion Byron, Cissy Fitzgerald & Dolores Johnson. (imdb.com) A bug exterminator mingles in high society.

  • Don't Get Excited (Jack White, producer; Charles Lamont) bw/s-16+m / November 10, 1929 Starring Harold Goodwin, Addie McPhail, Lloyd Ingraham & Estelle Bradley. The nervous victim of a guitar-strumming fiend sails for Hawaii to get away from the source of his irritation, only to find him occupying the adjoining cabin on the cruise.

  • Drumming It In (Jack White, producer; Charles Lamont) / 18+m / © January 21, 1930 (completed '29) Starring Raymond McKee & Phillips Smalley.A drum factory owner's son woos the office stenographer

  • Trouble For Two (Jack White, producer; Stephen Roberts) / 17+m / March 8, 1930 Starring Raymond McKee, Anita Garvin, Harold Goodwin, Monte Collins, Wallace Lupino & others. Suspicious husband and wife's fidelity is tested at a party

  • Bitter Friends (Jack White, producer; Stephen Roberts) / 18+m / April 16, 1930 Starring Eddie Lambert, Addie McPhail & Edward Clark. Squabbling among business partners

  • French Kisses (Jack White, producer; Stephen Roberts) / 19+m / © July 21, 1930 Starring Monte Collins, Robert Agnew & Betty Boyd. An American in Paris poses as an artist

  • Expensive Kisses (William Watson) / 19+m / December 7, 1930 Starring Bert Roach, Elinor Hunt & Ernest Wood. A don juan type tries to wage a bet that he can avoid kissing another woman

  • Girls Will Be Boys (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 21+m / January 25, 1931 Starring Charlotte Greenwood & Vernon Dent. The rubber legged actress of future Fox studio and Oklahoma! fame plays the wife switching roles with her husband... only to discover that he's a piano mover!

  • Bride And Gloomy (Al Christie, producer; A. Leslie Pierce) / 20m approx. / March 22, 1931 Starring Bert Roach & Eleanor Hunt. Newlyweds have a struggling first day

  • Don't Divorce Him (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 18+m / May 31, 1931 Starring Clyde Cook, Vernon Dent & Edgar Kennedy. A clerk must serve divorce papers to a fiesty surgeon

  • What A Head! (Al Christie, producer; Robert Hall) / 20+m / June 28, 1931 (Film Daily review) Starring Jack Duffy, Frances Lee, Ernest Wood, Ronald R. Rondell & Jack Lipson. A horse doctor prescribes the wrong medicine to his girl's father

  • Dame Shy (Al Christie, producer; Al Christie) / 16+m / August 2, 1935 Starring Buster West & Tom Patricola. Two sailors avoid their petty officer and hit the nightclub

  • Ye Olde Saw Mill (Mack Sennett) / 20m approx. / August 30, 1935 Starring Jobyna Howland, Franklin Pangborn, Diane Tempest, Alden 'Stephen' Chase & others. Spoof on old silent film melodramas complete with a log tie-up

  • Kiss The Bride (Al Christie, producer) / 18+m / September 13, 1935 Starring Buster West & Tom Patricola. School drop-outs pose as a married couple!

  • One Big Happy Family (Al Christie, producer) / 21+m / November 15, 1935 Starring Tim & Irene Ryan & George Shelton. A highland lad joins a touring theatrical troupe

  • Just Plain Folks (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 19+m / March 13, 1936 Starring Tim & Irene Ryan. Tim's new in-laws by marriage are anything but. With George Shelton, Billie Ivans, Frank Jaquet, Joe Bonomo, Sam Monroe & others

  • Rail Birds (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 18+m / May 22, 1936 Starring Tom Howard & George Shelton, Charles Kempler, Frank Taylor, Earle Gilbert & Helen Deverell. Saving the homestead thanks to some tossed money from a runaway bookie

 

 

Unreel News Reel (Fox)

Directed by George [Slim] Summerville

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  • No. 1 / © August 24, 1923

  • No. 2 / March 2, 1924

  • No. 3 / © June 4, 1924

  • No. 4 / © September 5, 1924

 

 

Van Bibber Comedies (Fox)

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A handsome “every boy” character involved in various comic adventures, based on a creation of Richard Harding Davis and played by Earle Foxe and Tyler Brooke.

 

  • The Fight (George E. Marshall) / August 24, 1924 Starring Frank Bell, Hallam Cooley, Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • The Hunt (George E. Marshall) / August 24, 1924 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Race (George E. Marshall) / September 9, 1924 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • Paul Jones, Jr (George E. Marshall) / October 26, 1924 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Burglar (George E. Marshall) / December 7, 1924 Starring James Bryson, Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • The Guest Of Honor (Robert P. Kerr) / © January 18, 1925 (filmed '24) Starring Earle Foxe.

  • A Spanish Romeo (George E. Marshall) / © February 15, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • Amateur Detective (Robert P. Kerr) / March 22, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Sky Jumper (George E. Marshall) / © August 6, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • Big Game Hunter (George E. Marshall) / August 9, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Wrestler (Robert P. Kerr) / November 1, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • A Parisian Knight (George E. Marshall) / December 6, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Feud (George E. Marshall) / Starring Earle Fox. © December 30, 1925 Starring Earle Foxe.

  • The Reporter (George E. Marshall) / March 14, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • The Mad Racer (Benjamin Stoloff) / April 18, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • Rah! Rah! Heidelberg (Lewis [Lou] Seiler) / © May 10, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • The Swimming Instructor (Albert Austin) / July 25, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • King Bozo (Robert P. Kerr) / September 12, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert.

  • The Tennis Wizard (Orville Dull) / © November 7, 1926 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert. Reggie accidentally drops his girlfriend's locket down the back of another woman's dress. He has to retrieve it without attracting the attention of her husband.

  • The Society Architect (Robert P. Kerr) / © January 2, 1927 (filmed '26) Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert. Van Bibber is called upon to give his opinion of a housing complex for the poor, but winds up in trouble with the construction site

  • Car Shy (Orville O. Dull) / April 3, 1927 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert. Also Virginia Bradford. Antics with a runaweay patrol wagon and a pair of bandits

  • Not The Type (Jess Robbins) / © April 17, 1927 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert. A misprint of “undressing a cook” in a newspaper gets Van Bibber in trouble with his girl's father

  • A Hot Potato (George E. Marshall) / © June 6, 1927 Starring Earle Foxe & Florence Gilbert. Van Bibber upsets his girl by visiting a harem to secure services of a marriage official

  • A Fool And His Honey (Orville Dull) / September 25, 1927 Starring Tyler Brooke w/ Duane Thompson, Larry Steers, Bess Flowers, Monte Collins Jr. & Adele Watson. Despite not impressing his girlfriend's mother, Van Bibber gets involved in a mystery contest and becomes a celebrity with the ladies.

  • Four Faces West (Orville Dull) / November 6, 1927 Starring Tyler Brooke. Eager for quick cash for his girl's necklace, Van Bibber steals a taxi

  • Hot House Hazel (Orville Dull) / © December 9, 1927 Starring Tyler Brooke.

  • The Kiss Doctor (Orville Dull) / © January 16, 1928 (filmed '27) Starring Tyler Brooke. A bashful assistant to a doctor deals with lady patients. Later he hides in a sanitarium

  • Too Many Cookies (Orville Dull) / © March 5, 1928 Starring Tyler Brooke.

  • T-Bone For Two (Orville Dull) / © April 18, 1928 Starring Tyler Brooke.

  • A Knight Of A Daze (Billy West) / May 10, 1928 Starring Tyler Brooke & Natalie Joyce. Van Bibber gets into a scrap with his future father-in-law at the barber shop

  • His Favorite Wife (Orville Dull) / © June 22, 1928 A newly married couple (Tyler Brooke & Mary Ashcroft) take a cruise ship and suffer mix-ups with another couple's cabin.

 

 

Vanity Comedies (Al Christie/Educational Pictures)

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This was Al Christie's “catch all” one-reel comedy series during the silent period, launched in 1919 with his own distribution company. I am only covering his Educational releases here. After his stint with Paramount, he produced a cluster more in the early thirties in the 2-reel format.

 

  • Tea For Two (William Beaudine) / December 5, 1920 Starring Eddie Barry, Charlotte Merriam & Gino Corrado.

  • Without A Wife (Allen Watt) / 2 reels / December 19, 1920 Starring Earle Rodney, Irene Dalton & Billy Bletcher.

  • His Four Fathers (Frederick Sullivan) / January 2, 1921 (completed '20) Starring Laura La Plante, Neal Burns, Sidney Bracey & others.

  • Mind Your Business (James H. Clemens) / January 16, 1921 (completed '20) Starring Dorothy Devore, Helen Darling, James Harrison & Eddie Baker.

  • Ouija Did It! (William Beaudine) / January 30, 1921 Starring Bobby Vernon, Vera Steadman, Neal Burns & Henry Murdock.

  • Man Vs. Woman (Al Christie) / 20+m / February 13, 1921 Starring Neal Burns, Dorothy Devore, Harry Edwards & Gino Corrado.

  • Naughty Mary Brown (Frederick Sullivan) / March 13, 1921 Starring Dorothy Devore, Earle Rodney, Billie Bennett & Gino Corrado.

  • Dead Easy (William Beaudine) / March 27, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton & Earle Rodney.

  • Hubby Behave (William Beaudine) / April 10, 1921 Starring Raele Rodney, Irene Dalton, Harry Edwards & Henry Murdock.

  • Take Your Time (Harold Beaudine) / April 24, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton, Earle Rodney, Mary Wynn & Harry Edwards.

  • Three Jokers (Harold Beaudine) / May 8, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton, Earle Rodney, Ward Caulfield & others.

  • Rocking The Boat (Harold Beaudine) / May 22, 1921 Starring Henry Murdock, Irene Dalton, Earle Rodney 7 others.

  • Spooners (Scott Sidney) / June 5, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton, Earle Rodney & Marion Mackay.

  • How She Lied (Scott Sidney) / June 19, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton, Donald Keith, Gino Corrado & others.

  • Ninety Days Or Life (William Beaudine) / July 3, 1921 Starring Donald Keith, Irene Dalton, Thornton Edwards & Gus Leonard.

  • It's Your Move (Archie Mayo) / July 17, 1921 Starring Charlotte Merriam, Donald Keith & George French.

  • Spiking The Spooks (Frederick Sullivan) / July 31, 1921 Starring Earle Rodney, Irene Dalton & Thornton Edwards.

  • Chicken Hearted (Scott Sidney) / August 14, 1921 Starring Dorothy Orth, Earle Rodney, George George & Ward Caufield.

  • Eat And Be Happy (Scott Sidney) / 2 reels / August 28, 1921 Starring Irene Dalton, Francis Ford & James Harrison.

  • Paying Patients (Donald Edwards) / September 11, 1921 Starring Dorothy Devore, Alton Boyd & William T. Home.

 

 

Vanity Sound Comedies (Educational Pictures)

Produced by Al Christie

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All of Al Christie's early thirties films were produced in Hollywood.

 

  • The Freshman's Goat (Nat Ross) / 20+m / September 7, 1930 Starring Marion Shockley, Ray Cooke, Ronald R. Rondell, Churchill Ross, Eddie Barry & Iris Adrian. College students hold an auto race. First Al Christie production after leaving Paramount. All Christie films made in Hollywood through January 1933 before moving to Astoria facilities on Long Island, New York City.

  • Don't Give Up (William Watson) / 19m / October 26, 1930 Starring Buster West, John West, Carol Wines, Vera Marsh, Marion Shockley & Iris Adrian. A detective gets the district attorney's daughter confused with a gangster's girlfriend

  • College Cuties (Nat Ross) / 19m / December 6, 1930 (Motion Picture News review) Starring Eddie Tamblyn, Ronald R. Rondell, Marion Shockley, Stella Adams & Neal Burns. Romantic triangle on a college campus

  • A Happy Little Honeymoon (Harold Beaudine) / 21m / February 15, 1931 Starring Glenn Tryon, Vera Marshe & Jack Duffy. Scary antics await a couple in a rustic uncle's home

  • Elbow Room (Harold Beaudine) / 20m approx. / March 26, 1931 (Film Daily reports filming) Starring Glen Tryon, Betty Lorraine, Vernon Dent, Eddie Baker, Glenn Cavender & Jack Henderson.

  • A Shotgun Wedding (William Watson) / 20+m / © April 19, 1931 Starring John & Buster West. Buster tries to save John's daughter from gangsters in a flivver car

  • A College Racquet (Harold Beaudine) / 20+m / June 14, 1931 Starring Glenn Tryon, Betty Lorraine, Vernon Dent, Eddie Baker, Glen Cavender & Jack Henderson. College dean is in trouble for closing a popular hang-out

  • The Freshman's Finish (William Watson) / 21+m / September 20, 1931 Starring Carlyle Moore Jr., Helen Mann, Eddie Tamblyn, Vera Steadman, Ronald R. Rondell, Jack Duffy & Vernon Dent. Antics with a college speedboat race

  • The Girl Rush (William Watson) / 21+m / October 25, 1931 Starring Vernon Dent, Helen Mann, Jack Duffy & others. College campus comedy with Vernon a nutty janitor, Helen the star dame and Jack dean

  • For The Love Of Fanny (Al Christie) / 20+m / December 27, 1931 Starring Glenn Tryon & Helen Mann. Well received campus comedy with Glenn dressing in antique bathwear in order to get into his girl's fraternity

  • That Rascal (Al Christie) / 21+m / February 21, 1932 Starring Harry Barris, Audrey Ferris, Harry Holman & others. Crooner Harry sings successfully on the radio but must convince the father of his girlfriend to like jazz

  • Honeymoon Beach (Harry Edwards) / 20+m / April 3, 1932 (preview; wide release October 23) Starring Billy Bevan, Glenn Tryon, Ruth Hiatt & others.

  • He's A Honey (Al Christie) / 20+m / April 17, 1932 Harry Baris is a radio star winning his girl by dealing with her father, a prize fighter and a jealous suitor. With Bobby Vernon, Eleanor Hunt, Helen Mann, Edgar Kennedy.

  • Now's The Time (Harry Edwards) / 20+m / © June 12, 1932 Starring Harry Barris, Mary Carlisle & Edgar Kennedy.

  • Ship A Hooey! (Harry Edwards) / 19+m / August 7, 1932 Starring Bobby Vernon, Glenn Tryon & Mary Carlysle.

  • Hollywood Runaround (Al Christie) / 18+m / December 18, 1932 Starring Monte Collins, Gertrude Messinger, Matthew Betz, John T. Murray, Fern Emmett & Ralph Brooks.

  • Keyhole Katie (Charles Lamont) / 20+m / © January 15, 1933 (completed '32) Starring Gay Seabrook in the title role, with Eleanor Hunt, George O'Dell, John T. Murray, Buddy Messinger & others

  • Techno-Crazy (Charles Lamont) / 19+m / March 12, 1933 Starring Billy Bevan, Monte Collins w/ Eleanor Hunt, John T. Murray & others. A precursor to Chaplin's MODERN TIMES with Monte dreaming of a modern factory of the future. Later awake, he visits a social club with bearded eccentrics. Distributed by Fox.

 

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Victory Shorts for the War Activities Committee (20th Century Fox)

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  • Sex Hygiene (Otto Brower & John Ford) / 30+m / February 1942 Thou shalt not with a prostitute... or so this warning film instructs the military servicemen watching.

  • Your Air Raid Warden / 10+m / July 25, 1942

  • Battle Of Midway (US Navy-John Ford) / Technicolor-18m / September 14, 1942 (Academy Award winner) The Japanese attack on Midway in June 1942, filmed as it happened in 16mm Kodachrome.

  • It's Everybody's War (Office Of War Information; Eugene O'Neill, producer; Will Price; narrator: Henry Fonda) / 18m / November 6, 1942 (Academy Award Nominee) A plea for everybody to do their bit from the standpoint of a typical US town.

  • Weapons For Victory (Edmund Reek, producer; Russ Sheilds) / 9+m / May 6, 1943 “America Speaks” short:

  • War Town / 10+m / June 24, 1943 Shows how one typical town mobilized for the defense industry.

  • Lift Your Heads (Michael Hankinson; script: Arthur Koestler) / 10m / July 3, 1943 (Film Daily review)

  • Women In Blue (Edmund Reek, producer; Vyvyan Donner & William Storz; narrator: Hugh James) / 10+m / July 16, 1943 “America Speaks” short: Profiles the "Waves"

  • Camouflage (Edmund Reek, producer) / 7+m / August 27, 1943 Part of an “America Speaks” series

  • Is Your Trip Necessary? / 10+m / December 1943

  • No Exceptions (Robert Webb; narrator: John Archer) / 10m / December 30, 1943 Promotes female war cooperation

  • Battle Stations (narrator: James Cagney) / 10+m / July 27, 1944 Documentary short film revealing the replacement of Coast Guardsmen on domestic shore duty by women from the Coast Guard's women's detachment, the SPARS, during World War II.

  • No Substitutes / 10m / October 1944

  • Target: Japan (James Forrestal & Ernest J. King) / 10+m / October 26, 1944

  • What's Your Name? (US Army Pictorial Services) / 10m / January 10, 1945

  • Story With Two Endings (Lee Strasberg) / 1 reel / March 1, 1945 Documentary short film depicting the disastrous result of runaway prices following the First World War and warning Americans against repeating the crisis as the Second World War nears an end.

  • The All Star Bond Rally (Michael Audley) / 18+m- / May 10, 1945 Featuring Bob Hope, Betty Grable, Fibber McGee & Molly, Frank Sinatra with Harry James' Orchestra, Harpo Marx, Linda Darnell, Faye Marlowe, Jeanne Crain, June Haver, Vivian Blaine, Carmen Miranda and Bing Crosby

  • UNRRA Reports To The United States / 1 reel / September 1945

 

 

Wilderness Tales (Robert C. Bruce/Educational Pictures)

BW / silent and 1 reel (under 11 minutes)

 

This series were short westerns set "up north" focusing on a group of prospectors. A few, with assorted bits and pieces of this series survive.

 

  • Missing Men / March 12, 1922

  • Nights Of Many Shadows / April 23, 1922

  • My Country / May 21, 1922

  • The One Man Reunion / June 25, 1922

  • The Drifters / September 3, 1922

  • The Blanket Stiff / October 8, 1922

  • The Spilt Outfit / November 12, 1922

  • The Natural Born Liar / December 17, 1922

  • Prickly Conscience / January 21, 1923

  • By Lantern Light / February 25, 1923

  • Moonblind / March 25, 1923

  • Jenkins And The Mutt / April 22, 1923

  • From The Windows Of My House / May 20, 1923

  • Mixed Trails / June 17, 1923

  • The Gray Rider / July 15, 1923

  • Dark Timber / August 19, 1923

  • While The Pot Boils / September 23, 1923

  • Discontent / October 21, 1923

  • My Boy Bill / December 2, 1923

  • Jean Of Heceta Head / January 6, 1924

  • The Homemaker / February 10, 1924

  • Haunted Hills / March 9, 1924

  • Trader Keeps Moving / April 20, 1924

  • The Flowers Of Hate / May 25, 1924

  • Just Waiting / June 22, 1924

  • The Ex-Bartender Retires / July 20, 1924

  • The Farewell / August 17, 1924

 

 

William J. Burns, Detective (G.C. Reid/Educational Pictures)

BW, running times listed below

 

  • The Suppressed Crime / 18m approx./ November 23, 1930

  • The Asbury Park Murder Mystery / 18+m / © December 21, 1930 The detective solves a little girl's murder

  • An Anonymous Letter / 12+m / © January 4, 1931 (completed '30) The sleuth relates how a missing war Department file is recovered

  • A Bank Swindle / 10+m / © January 15, 1931 (completed '30)

  • The Philadelphia Lancaster Counterfeiters / 12+m / © February 1, 1931 the sleuth uncovers a counterfeit scheme

  • The Strange Death Of Mr. Ramsay / 12+m / February 9, 1931 (Film Daily mentions its filming)

  • The Black Widow / 17+m / © February 15, 1931 More elaborate than others in this detective “who done it” series, the sleuth discovers a spider bite claims a prominent financier

  • The Triangle Murder / 11+m / © March 1, 1931

  • The Ring Leader / 11+m / © March 15, 1931

  • The Strangler / 12+m / © March 29, 1931

  • Death House / 10+m / April 12, 1931

  • The Thayer Trial / 11+m / © April 26, 1931

  • Framed / 11+m / © May 10, 1931

  • The Starbright Diamond / 11+m / © June 7, 1931

  • The Mead Trail / 11+m / © June 21, 1931

  • The Trap / 11+m / © June 24, 1931

  • Double Cross / 11+m / © July 5, 1931

  • Foiled / 10+m / © July 19, 1931

  • Anthony Case / 11+m / © August 2, 1931

 

 

The World Today (20th Century Fox)

Producers and directors listed in ()

BW, times listed below

 

  • Battle Of The Atlantic (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Sheilds; narrator: Quentin Reynolds) / 9+m / April 11, 1941 Covers the dangerous task of delivering war supplies to the British, especially from Canadian sea ports

  • Empire In Exile (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Sheilds & Eric Mayell; narrator: Leland Stowe) / 10+m / © May 8, 1941 Covers the Netherlands at war.

  • Anzacs In Action (Truman Talley, producer; Dave Cooper; narrator: Leland Stowe) / 10+m / © June 20, 1941 Australia and New Zealand vs. Japan

  • War In The Desert (Truman Talley, producer; Herman Blumefeld; narrator: Quentin Reynolds) / 9+m / July 18, 1941 Profiles the Italian conquest of northern Africa and General Italo Balbo being banished to Libya by Mussolini but starting up cities there. Also covers the British attack on the Italian forces by Gen. Sir Archibald Wavell in Egypt.

  • American Sea Power (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Shields, Al Brick & Warren McGrath; narrator: Lowell Thomas) / 11+m / August 29, 1941 Shots taken on board with the US Navy

  • Uncle Sam's Iron Warriors (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Sheilds; narrator: Lowell Thomas) / 9+m / October 10, 1941 Shows the development of Iron Warrior combat troops

  • Dutch Guiana (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Sheilds; narrator: Lowell Thomas) / 8+m / January 2, 1942 (edited '41) Surinam region of South America is shown

  • Hub Of The World (Truman Talley, producer; Russ Sheilds & William Storz; narrator: Fulton Lewis Jr.) / 9+m / © March 13, 1942 Wartime Washington DC

  • Courageous Australia (Dave Cooper; narrator: Hugh James) / 10+m / June 5, 1942

  • Men Of West Point (Dave Cooper & Jack Painter; narrator: Hugh James) / 10+m / July 3, 1942

  • Accent On Courage (Edmund Reek, producer; narrator: Hugh James) / 10+m / April 30, 1943 Various examples of courage are shown. The story of Captain Kurt Carlsen and his ship the "Flying Enterprise". The assassination of King Alexander I of Yugoslavia while on a state visit to France. And the rescue of an aerial stunt man in Germany. Reissued as a "See It Now" in 1954

  • The Man From Missouri (Edmund Reek, producer; Valeska Weidig; narrator: Lowell Thomas) / 9m / January 25, 1946 (completed '45) Study of President Truman

  • Horizons Of Tomorrow (Edmund Reek, producer; Earl Allvine; narrator: Ed Thorgersen) / 8+m / September 12, 1947 Also listed as a Movietone Adventure. Covers the USAF use of radar at Wright Field, Ohio.

  • The Big Harvest (Edmund Reek & Boris Vermont, producers; Jean Oser & Robert Hertzberg) / 15+m / © November 12, 1947 Covers grain farming.

  • City Weekend (Edmund Reek, producer; John Oser & Rosemarie Hickson; narrator: Nelson Case) / 10+m / © November 12, 1947

  • Men And Machines (Edmund Reek, producer; John Oser; narrator: Hugh Jmaes) / 10+m / © November 12, 1947

  • Vacation: Two Weeks A Year (Edmund Reek, producer; John Oser & Lawrence Ktaz; narrator: Nelson Case) / 10+m / © November 12, 1947

     

 

World Wanderings (Educational Pictures)

BW / silent and 1 reel (under 11 minutes)

 

  • Could Columbus Discover An American? / September 18, 1921

  • Ancient Rome / September 24, 1921

  • Bits Of Europe / November 26, 1921 Possibly reissued by Fox in 1922 as part of their series

  • Old Spain / November 26, 1921

  • Let's Go To The South Seas / December 4, 1921 Tour of Samoa

  • Bonnets Of Auvergne / January 1, 1922 (completed '21)

  • Dawn To Dusk In Egypt / January 29, 1922

  • The Silver Harvest / February 26, 1922

  • People Of The Old Bruges / March 26, 1922

 

 

Young Romance Comedy (Educational Pictures/Fox & 20th Century Fox)

Producers and directors listed in ()

BW, times listed below

 

Mostly shot in New York's sometimes claustrophobic Astoria facilities. As the umbrella title suggests, these involved many teens in the casts.

 

  • Good Luck, Best Wishes (Al Christie, producer) / 20+m / © August 24, 1934 Starring The Pickins Sisters, Solly Ward, Hugh Cameron, Warren Hull & others. Unable to afford a wedding, Solly and Jane Pickens (of the Pickens Sisters) to elope

  • The Girl From Paradise (Al Christie, producer) / 20+m / November 23, 1934 Starring Sylvia Froos, Frank Luther, George Shelton, Nils T. Granlund & Johnny Johnson. A neglected chef (Frank Luther) at NTG's Paradise Restaurant gets his boss to promote him over a sweepstakes ticket.

  • Three Cheers For Love (Al Christie, producer) / 31+m / © December 14, 1934 Starring Sylvia Froos & Walter Hull. In order to turn off a suitor, the grandma of Sylvia has her dress up younger than she is

  • Moon Over Manhattan (Al Christie, producer) / 17+m / February 15, 1935 Starring Sylvia Froos & Marion Martin. A country boy becomes an artist

  • Love In A Hurry (Al Christie, producer) / 16+m / May 17, 1935 Starring Warren Hull, Sylvia Froos & Johnny Johnson. Warren learns proper manners in love-making

  • It Never Rains (E.H. Allen, producer; Alfred J. Goulding) / 19+m / May 24, 1935 Starring Frank Coghlan Jr. & Dorothea Kent.

  • All For One (Al Christie, producer; William Watson) / 19+m / June 21, 1935 Starring Warren Hull & Sylvia Froos, Marion Martin & others. Warren gets engaged to four girls

  • Way Up Thar (Mack Sennett) / 19+m / November 8, 1935 Starring Joan Davis, Myra Keaton, John W. Jackson, Bob Nolan, Louise Keaton, Roy Rogers, Sons Of The Pioneers & others. Hillbilly comic-musical

  • Beware of Blondes (Al Christie, producer) / 20+m / February 7, 1936 Starring Ackland Powell & Marilyn Stuart, Three Blue Bells, Ted & Mitzi Diamond, Ruth Brent & others. Two students who crash their cars discover they are together in a play

  • Love In September (Al Christie, producer; Edward F. Cline) / 21+m / March 6, 1936 Starring Jackie Coogan, Clara Kimball Young, Gladys Blake, John McGuire & others. Jackie enters an auto race

 

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