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Ray Faiola

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  1. Rush's TV studio was up the block from my CBS office on West 57th Street. I met him in the green room when he was waiting to go on the Morning News with Harry Smith. We spoke several times after 60 MINUTES did an excellent segment on him. Rush was a very nice person. He loved broadcasting and he single-handedly rescued AM radio. Every year he hosted a leukemia-thon on his program and raised many tens of millions of dollars. Yes, he often skewered people on pedestals but he always did it with good humor. And when he erred, he always owned up to it. I may not have agreed with his take on every
  2. It's hit and miss. I believe many of the Universal/Paramount restorations are with Library of Congress materials. There have been fires and other losses of materials over the generations since the sale by Paramount of their library.
  3. When I say "full frame" I mean prints that are "unmasked" for 1:85 as they were shown theatrically. Very often you see things outside the "safe" area, such as Spencer Tracy's mattress at the bottom of the set of THE MOUNTAIN. If you mean how many features do I have on film, it's just over 2,500. Then there are a few thousand shorts, cartoons, serial chapters, tv shows and trailers. I have very few foreign films (M, NOSFERATU, CALIGARI, LAST LAUGH, POTEMKIN, DYBBUK and a few others). Quite a few British pictures.
  4. I first saw this on NBC SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES. I was 9 and you can imagine the impact it had on me. Coincidentally, I just ran my print last week. It's a full frame print so you see the VistaVision framing cues at the beginning of each A-B section. They're scratched into the negative like crosses.
  5. Yes, in 1956 Music Corporation of America purchased the entire Paramount pre-1948 FEATURE film library and syndicated the films to local television stations. When MCA merged with Universal, which I believe was finalized in 1963, Universal became custodian of the Paramount pre-'48's. Unfortunately, the transfer of materials was somewhat haphazard and many of the Paramounts remain in very shabby condition. Paramount had a huge library with an extensive 'B' unit output. Those B's are extant almost exclusively in 16mm former station prints. The Aldrich pictures are part of that group. But, as I sa
  6. I managed to tape this and THE SCOUNDREL with Noel Coward on betamax when WNET ran them back then. I've preserved CRIME but I guess I should dig out the beta of SCOUNDREL and transfer that over! Universal is so negligent of so much of their library it's tough to know whether they COULD exploit these or if they just haven't.
  7. Whether or not MCA/Universal ever did anything with them is an unknown. But no, they never aired on AMC. It's possible that there may be a literary restriction since they were all based on the characters from the play What a Life by Clifford Goldsmith (Ezra Stone, who played the role on radio, originated Henry on Broadway).
  8. And then, of course, there's THE BIG CIRCUS! A penny dreadful favorite with Roland as a tightrope walker who crosses Niagara Falls for the climax.
  9. Nope. I have a 16 of HENRY ALDRICH, EDITOR (my vote for the best in the series). But these are buried deep in Universal's Paramount pre-48 group. There are unauthorized uploads on youtube (GLAMOUR) and at archive.org (HAUNTS).
  10. A fine actor who never let it show on the outside but had a lot working on the inside. I felt so bad for him when Bruno died. And yes, Bruce and "B. Kirby Jr." both appeared in COLUMBO: "By Dawn's Early Light".
  11. When I think of eating on screen I think of Jean Arthur and Thomas Mitchell in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON, Paul Kelly in THE ROARING TWENTIES, James Stewart and Samuel S. Hinds in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, and Richard Dix in THE GHOST SHIP.
  12. I was doing some organizing in my film vault today and I came upon an RKO picture that I'd never gotten around to running. It's called MARRIED AND IN LOVE. It was an unproduced play by S.K. Lauren who also wrote the screenplay. Directed by John Farrow, it's a tremendously effective and unpretentious 6-reeler (59 minutes) with Alan Marshal, Barbara Read, Helen Vinson and Patrick Knowles. All about two long-ago lovers who meet after both have since married. Has anybody else seen this? I assume TCM has run it but I have no idea when.
  13. The only problem with BULLDOG is that nearly every online version emanates from a VHS copy of a BBC Channel 4 telecast. I was able to track down the closest to the original copy but I'm surprised there has been no U.K. home video release. Unless even U.K. rights have been tied up since that Channel 4 presentation.
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