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Ray Faiola

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  1. Well, in answer to the topic query, probably my favorite short is BRIDELESS GROOM. It's an early (1947) Shemp short directed by former ace Columbia sound recordist Edward Bernds. This is probably the best-paced Stooge short and features one of my favorite laugh-out-loud sequences (Christine McIntyre and "Cousin Basil"). Of course, there are dozens of great shorts with Curly (pick a fave? Couldn't!) and several excellent shorts with Shemp. But BRIDELESS GROOM gets my vote for all-around swell short.
  2. Here are two rare trailers from my 16mm collection.
  3. And how about SPOOKS' companion short, THE CUCKOO MURDER CASE? Another Blackhawk favorite.
  4. Frederick Valk was even MORE of a pain in THE MAGIC BOX, styfling poor Robert Donat's ambitions to be a photographer.
  5. Universal released DEAD OF NIGHT domestically at 77 minutes. The most significant cuts were the Christmas party ghost story and the sequence with golfing chums Basil Radford and Naughton Wayne. I haven't seen the US version in years but I imagine they also removed or dubbed the many lines with "hell".
  6. RIGHT YOU ARE! My bad! Thanks so much for the correction!
  7. One of my favorite plays-into-films. Bellamy is wonderful and Hume Cronyn is great. Greer Garson had a real hill to climb playing Eleanor. She was not known for "character" roles and I thought she really did fine work ( Anne Seymour played the role on Broadway). Franz Waxman's score is superb (and a bit Coplanesque). And I loved Ann Shoemaker as Franklin's mom. I think the play and subsequent screenplay are among the finest in literate treatments of both biographical and political themes. Like ADVISE AND CONSENT, CAMPOBELLO is a long film that does not seem long or protracted. As
  8. Gilbert's a big fan of Universal horror films.
  9. I strongly disagree. The film is well-made and Bela is in very fine form - probably his best work since A&C MEET FRANKENSTEIN. Between the Sam Katzman pictures and the Ed Wood catastrophies Lugosi had plenty of nadirs, not to mention SCARED TO DEATH. But the Mother Riley picture (released here in the 60's as MY SON THE VAMPIRE) is not one of them.
  10. Here is the debut of Universal's glass logo with Jimmy McHugh's fanfare:
  11. ROAD TO UTOPIA. The line is followed by the Paramount stars and lettering appearing over the mountain scene.
  12. The only repeated Paramount fanfare was Lyn Murray's VistaVision emblem. I don't know who wrote Republic's late 30's emblem that was used on the Autry pictures. My guess would be William Lava but that's purely a guess. Max Steiner wrote a Republic emblem in 1955 for LAST COMMAND. It was reused several times before the studio stopped theatrical production.
  13. Of course, studio logos go hand-in-hand with their respective fanfares or emblems. Max Steiner wrote the familiar Warner Bros. fanfare; Alfred Newman wrote both the Selznick and 20th Century Pictures (and Fox CinemaScope extension) fanfares; Jimmy McHugh wrote the Universal plexiglass globe logo; Franz Waxman wrote a short-lived MGM fanfare; and Roy Webb composed a Victory fanfare based on Beethoven's 5th for RKO during the War years. I always felt that Columbia missed a great chance by not adopting Dimitri Tiomkin's opening bars ("Columbia, Gem of the Ocean") to MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGT
  14. I mean it's NOT a common name among actors!! Great story Yancey!
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