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  1. You're welcome. ? I'm still curious how to go about putting Sewell's bio on her TCM bio page that's currently blank. The other sites (IMDB and Wikipedia) have unreliable info in some parts of what little they have on her. The TCM page would give me a clean slate to work on. More tidbits: Dr. Ament said she wasn't sure how to pronounce Sewell's surname. I found Sewell's surname would have been pronounced "Sea-well," as that's the way it's spelled in some census years for her family. The census-taker apparently spelled it as it sounded to him. Besides her siblings I mentioned in previous post, she had a sister Mary, born January 1907 in Idaho but died same year in October. So she actually had two sisters, but only one survived infancy. I also found my paternal grandma's family has some connections to Sewell's family!! As a teen, Sewell's dad was enumerated with his parents and siblings in 1880 Effingham County, Illinois census. My grandma's family pioneered that county in 1830 and by 1880 her family members still held public office, were teachers, lawyers, and preachers/church workers there. (I'm the first generation in my line not born/raised there.) I'm sure Sewell's dad's family would have met them in one way or another. Before her birth, in late 1880s-early 1890s, Sewell's father became a Congregational Church pastor in the Decatur, Illinois area. He did guest preaching at other denominations in the area as well, including Methodist churches. This was at time my grandma's dad and his brother (both raised Methodist) lived in Decatur. So they very possibly may have attended Rev. Sewell's services. Grandma's dad's first cousin was a Methodist minister in various parts of Illinois at that time, including Decatur, and should have been acquainted with all clergy in that area, including Rev. Sewell.
  2. About all the Crosby-Hope "Road" shows have lots of inside jokes. For non-musical movies, one of my favorite inside jokes is the 1947 Bob Hope movie "My Favorite Brunette," which pairs Hope again with Dorothy Lamour. Hope's character is sentenced for execution but at last minute, close to end of movie, he's exonerated. The authorities have to tell the executioner, Harry, that Hope's execution has been cancelled. The very disappointed Harry is then shown in a cameo appearance by Bing Crosby... whose real name was Harry. Another non-musical movie that had several inside jokes was in Cary Grant's "His Girl Friday." In one part he's giving someone a description of Ralph Bellamy's character in the movie, saying that Ralph Bellamy's character looks like that actor Ralph Bellamy. In another part of the movie, he calls the convict (hiding in roll top desk) a mock turtle. Grant played the part of the Mock Turtle in the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland. And, funniest of all, about 7 minutes before end of the movie, as the authorities are threatening Grant and Rosalind Russell with 10 years each in prison for aiding an escaped convict, and tell Grant he's through, Grant says "the last man that said that to me was Archie Leach, just a week before he cut his--" [other dialogue cuts him off] Of course, Cary Grant's real name was Archie Leach.
  3. During today's lecture detailing the transition of silent films to talkies, this Billy Murray song kept going through my brain!! So I'll post the song here, and now it can go through everyone else's brain, too. ? For those not familiar with Billy Murray, he was a very popular singer in the early 20th century and made LOTS of great records, mostly novelty songs. One of them was "Ever Since the Movies Learned to Talk" (1928 or 1929, depending on which of the several recording versions he made), written by Walter O’Keefe, Bobby Dolan, and James Cavanaugh. Here are the lyrics: Ever Since the Movies Learned to Talk Science now has really revolutionized the screen Things out there in Hollywood are not so darned serene All the stars are in a panic Here’s the reason why Everyone must talk out loud or kiss their job good-bye Lots of old time stars are out of a job All they do is blubber and sob Ever since the movies learned to talk And a red hot vamp who registered pash* Sounds as if she’s ordering hash Ever since the movies learned to talk Oh they can’t fool you and they can’t fool me when they open up it’s a squeak Why, it’s a sin, even Rin Tin Tin has a bark that sounds like a Peke When the hero sings “Asleep in the Deep,” He sounds just like Little Bo Peep Ever since the movies learned to talk Every bathroom singer has a chance to make a name Any guy with leather lungs can crank the Hall of Fame If you know your vo-de-do and do-re-mi-fa-so You can go to Hollywood and make a lot of dough When the “villyan” gets the gal in his toils She says “Take your doity old poils.” Ever since the movies learned to talk And when Emil Jannings opens his mouth You’d swear he was raised in the south Ever since the movies learned to talk When a dark-eyed dame with a foreign name starts to talk in doing a scene We all know she’s from Buffalo and her Christian name is Levine Though the hero’s big still everyone knows He makes every stitch of his clothes Ever since the movies learned to talk Once the movie kiss made hearts loop the loop Now it sounds like drinking hot soup Ever since the movies learned to talk All the old time stars were seen but not heard Now you hear them lisp every word Ever since the movies learned to talk When they start a scene It's an awful scream He says, "Sweetheart, kiss me my dear." She says, "This is so sudden, sweet, and you say you miss me, my dear." He says, "Honest, truly, sweetie, I swear you, yourself, start lisping right there." Ever since the movies learned to talk --------------------------- *pash = a brief infatuation And for those not familiar with Emil Jannings (and his thick German accent): https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0417837/
  4. What system are you using? (Windows version 7, 8, 10 ??, Mac version?) I'm using latest Firefox on both of my Windows computers, which have Windows 7 and 10, and the videos play fine on those. It sounds like your problem is a blocked plugin that isn't allowing the videos to play.
  5. Of course, Aristocats came out in 1970, several years after Disney's death.
  6. I have several, but since we've studied Judy Garland, here's one that not many may know she did, from 1962, Gay Purr-ee. I think TCM showed this either last year or earlier this year:
  7. More OTR personalities that connect to these past two weeks of musicals we've studied: Alice Faye and her 2nd husband Phil Harris had their own radio show (after Phil had been on Jack Benny's program many years). https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=phil+harris I first knew Alice's husband Phil as Baloo the Bear in Disney's 1967 Jungle Book and tomcat Thomas O'Malley in Disney's 1970 Aristocats. (Alice's first husband Tony Martin was singer for Burns & Allen's radio show in late 1930s. After Tony and Alice divorced, Tony married Cyd Charisse, another performer we've seen in these musicals.) Fannie Brice (whom Barbra Streisand portrayed in Funny Girl) not only had records https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=fannie+brice&sin= but was mostly known in OTR (as my parents were growing up) as "Baby Snooks": https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=baby+snooks&sin= Meredith Willson (The Music Man) appeared regularly on George Burns and Gracie Allen's radio show, being their musical director in addition to being a character on the show (1945-1948). Which is how I became acquainted with Meredith and his music. His "trademark" on the show was reminding everyone he was from Mason City, Iowa. https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=burns+%26+allen&sin= Gene Kelly made a guest appearance in a 1949 episode of the Burns & Allen radio show https://archive.org/details/490127BurnsAndAllen018GeorgesBirthday Years ago I'd first heard of Oscar Levant after hearing him in his 1944 and 1946 guest appearances on Fred Allen's radio program: https://archive.org/details/FredAllen-texacoStarTheater1941-1944/Fredallen-440423TexacoStarTheater-northDakotaWithOscarLevant.mp3 https://archive.org/details/FredAllenShow46062350thAnniversaryOfTheTelephoneCompany And, of course, besides having guest appearances on others' shows, Bing Crosby https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=bing+crosby&sin=&and[]=subject%3A"OTR" and Bob Hope https://archive.org/details/audio?and[]=bob+hope&sin= each had their own radio show. Enjoy!
  8. My first exposure to Fred Astaire that I remember was in 1970 when I was 7 years old and saw the new stop-motion Christmas special (now classic) "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Fred, in doppleganger animated form, was the postman that narrated the show. p.s. Mickey Rooney was Santa Claus, in Santa's younger and older age.
  9. I'd describe her major editing style as "packing a lot of punch" in the remaining parts of the film that didn't get cut out. This could be taken literally, too, as her forte was battle, riot, and fist-fight scenes. In contrast with the average film editor, she kept film sections with the most action in them, while keeping the "soul" of the story. Due to this asset and her superb judgment in editing as a whole, despite being so young and a female, she was much in demand. As Dr. Ament mentioned, not much has been written on Sewell's life. This week I've done quite a bit of research and found a lot more info than online bio pages (such as IMDB and Wikipedia) offer. I've found some sites with wrong information on her, confusing her with a Beverly Hills heiress, widow Mrs. Blanche M. Sewell, who was nearly 10 years older than movie editor Blanche Irene Sewell (1898-1949). In this, they give Blanche M. Sewell's son Barton as belonging to Blanche Irene. Blanche Irene married Leon Bourgeau (who was also a film editor) and they had no children. In 1937 heiress Mrs. Blanche M. Sewell purchased a house in Palm Springs. In 2007 and 2008 this same house at this address was on the market, falsely being advertised by realtor as once belonging to MGM editor Blanche Sewell!! I noticed TCM has blank page for editor Sewell's bio section. Does anyone know how I might submit a bio for this page? I've gleaned quite a bit of info from old newspaper articles as far back as early 1920s and what I have is more substantial than what's given on most websites. These old articles mention quite a few movies that Sewell edited that in IMDB are not listed as edited by her!! Though the articles don't say if she edited these all by herself or just as an assistant, she should still have credit for all movies she worked on. Here are some "nuggets" I discovered: According to January 1920 census, she was already working as a motion picture negative cutter (some bios give her starting in 1921) and according to a few 1922 newspaper articles, she began her career while still a student at Hollywood high school five years prior. (IMDB "trivia" says she graduated from Inglewood high school, no source given.) At the studio employment office, she turned down applying as an actress and instead told the manager she wanted to apply for a job in the "works." She was hired and worked during her summer vacations, while attending high school in winter. After this first job, she worked as assistant cutter for Marshall Neilan at First National, editing his 1922 movie "Minnie." Other works she edited for Neilan were: "Bob Hampton of Placer" (1921), "Dinty" (1920), "Bits of Life" (1921), "Penrod" (1922), and "Fools First" (1922). These last two are listed by IMDB as edited by Daniel J. Gray; so likely Sewell was his assistant? She also did editing for Allen Holubar's studio, on his 1922 movie "Hurricane's Gal." (IMDB lists Frank Lawrence as film editor; again, perhaps she was assistant.) Holubar's wife, Dorothy Phillips, starred in this production. In early 1923 Holubar signed a long-term contract with Metro (later MGM) to provide filming for them. However, in November 1923 Holubar died. It's my theory that Sewell likely came to MGM through this contract, while working for Holubar. Sewell had four older brothers, a younger brother, and finally a sister. Growing up with all those boys, it was inevitable she'd choose a non-traditional-for-female career! ? Though born in Oklahoma, she grew up in Idaho, then moved to Los Angeles, where she boarded. Later, her older brothers Ray and Glenn eventually moved to Los Angeles, too, where Ray was also a film editor. Glenn had married in Idaho in 1915 to Hazel Bounds. (The 1930 census gives Hazel's occupation as "head of studio" which is likely movie studio.) Hazel's sister Lillian Bounds moved with them from Idaho to California. Lillian would marry Walt Disney in 1925. Yes, that Walt Disney. It's a small world after all...?
  10. I agree. I think it's just Disney Company PR that's keeping it from being released in the U.S. The same way they've tried to "cleanse" other "offensive" works of Walt Disney, not just movies but the beloved old Disneyland attractions, such as Pirates of the Caribbean. (They thought it "improper" for a pirate to chase a wench, so they put the wench carrying food, so it will appear he's only after the food and not the girl.) Like Gone With the Wind, this movie was also based on a book; however, in contrast to Mitchell's book, Harris began writing his stories as a newspaper serial as early as the decade after the Civil War. (And published as book in late 1880s.) At that time, people were also enjoying reading Mark Twain's books that many consider "offensive" today! ? In his teens during Civil War, Harris worked for a newspaper owner who also owned a plantation, providing Harris room and board. In his years there, Harris became close friends with the slaves, visiting their quarters when he wasn't working, and hearing them tell their folk-stories. He wished to honor those slaves and preserve their stories by publishing those stories in his newspaper serial, which later would be published as a book. I've seen a foreign copy of the movie and I really didn't see anything really "offensive" about it. Again, I watched it in context of a story taking place in 1860s, not just the movie's context from mid-1940s. The little boy, who is visiting the plantation while his father is away, loves and respects Uncle Remus. If anyone wanted to complain about a movie being "offensive" for modern viewers, I could easily point out several pre-WWII movies and cartoons, even going back to silents, where blacks were disrespected and portrayed as lazy, stupid, and getting scared easily (trembling and stammering with their eyes bulging and mouth agape). But that's all part of the history for that era of movies; I wouldn't call for a ban on those old films, either.
  11. However, in the original book by Baum, Shirley Temple would have been slightly older than Dorothy, thus as far as book goes, the best age to have played her. Unlike the movie, the book had political significance, in a time where there was great political debate in 1890s as whether the U.S. should be on silver or gold standard. Baum was among those who supported silver. In the book, Dorothy did not have ruby slippers, but silver ones, that helped her travel the yellow (gold) brick road. Lots of political allegories in the book.
  12. One pre-code example no one has mentioned yet is Union Depot (1932) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Guy Kibbee, and Joan Blondell. I'd never seen the movie before nor heard about pre-code movies at the time I bought the DVD from an online DVD store 2005. When I got the DVD, the DVD case said it was pre-code. Watching this movie, yes, you can certainly see how "far" pre-code went!
  13. I missed that one. But I remember (when show was new!) the Happy Days episode of Robin Williams doing Mork--as it was a spinoff of Happy Days--and Mork turns on TV as Richie is leaving living room. The TV starts playing the Andy Griffith theme and Mork says, "I like that little boy Opie!"
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