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  1. Thanks to everyone above for these responses. I will check out the MoMA possibility. Regarding the copyright holders of the two films, I don't know how to find them. There is a long Wikipedia article on RKO General, but who owns the rights once owned by RKO General today, I have no idea. I don't know whether RKO General even still exists, or, if it was swallowed by another company, which company that was. And I tried a Google search for "Horizon Productions" and came up with nothing. If anyone knows the current incarnations of either RKO General or Horizon Productions, and will give me t
  2. Two supposedly classic films of the early 1950s are The Blue Veil and When I Grow Up. As far as I can tell, neither of these has ever been commercially released. I'm told that the production companies that produced them no longer exist and copyright is nebulous. But that wouldn't normally stop some enterprising person with a good copy taped off television, or a good 16 mm print, from putting out at least a DVD-R version and selling it on Amazon or Ebay. With the original company long defunct, it is likely that copyright on these two films has never been renewed and they are now public doma
  3. Supposedly John Wayne, Ward Bond, and Andy Devine were all extras in the Flood scene in the 1928 Noah's Ark. I just watched the DVD from Warner Archives and didn't notice them. Has anyone spotted any of them in the picture? The only source I know of for the claim is the IMDb, and the IMDb fans often think they see someone who isn't there, so maybe they weren't in it. Or maybe they were in it but they are too tiny to see. Any information on this?
  4. Tonight I watched, for the first time in many years, the 1981 film The Chosen. Most of the film was as I remembered it, down to even details of dialogue. However, there was one scene where my memory was so different from what was on my DVD that I wondered whether there might be two variant versions of the film. The scene in question is the wedding scene. At one point the Rabbi (Rod Steiger) comes out to dance, and the first part of his dance is slow, passionate, romantic, a gradual build-up of tension seeming to represent the longing of the young bride and groom (or at least of the you
  5. Thanks for your work on this -- you may well be right, and it may remain an unsolved mystery.
  6. My 15-film Elia Kazan deluxe collection includes the 1953 film Man on a Tightrope, starring Fredric March, Gloria Grahame, Terry Moore, Cameron Mitchell, and Adolphe Menjou. At about 1:01:17 on the DVD, you can see, in the watchtower with the Communist soldiers (who are watching and being watched by the American soldiers across the river boundary), an actor in close-up whose face seems very familiar, but I can't identify. He looks like a cross between John Garfield and George Maharis, of Route 66 fame. Of course Garfield wouldn't be playing a bit role by 1953 -- he was a star. But could it
  7. You know, it might be! IMDb lists him as an uncredited contributing writer for the film, and I can imagine them sticking him in for a token part. Anyhow, that's the best guess so far. However, I don't know if I feel sure enough to add him to the IMDb cast list. I'll think about it, and await any further discussion.
  8. Thanks for reproducing the clip, which will enable others to see what I can already see on my own copy of the film. Whoever the actor is, he is not listed in the IMDb credits for the film, as far as I can see. I think I've eliminated every possible name on the IMDb list. In response to a suggestion above -- not, it's definitely not Ben Welden. I suppose it's just possible that he is not an actor who acted in very many films, and that's why nobody here recognizes him. Maybe he's the producer's brother-in-law, or something like, who always wanted to be in a film so they slipped
  9. Already tried, with no luck. All the other actors are accounted for. It has to be someone not listed. So I'll need someone who either has the movie (VHS or DVD or Blu-ray), or can find it online, to look at the scene indicated (14:30 into the film), and give me an opinion on the actor's name. I only have a computer and a player, no hand-held device to take a picture with, and I have no idea how to capture several seconds from the Blu-ray and put it into a file format that can be uploaded here. But I figure that some of the ultra-fans here will have collections as large as mine, or larger,
  10. The American comedy film It's in the Bag!, starring Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Rudy Vallee, etc. has two crooked business partners of the murdered man (beyond the lawyer played by John Carradine), who are introduced by name (by Carradine) at about 14:30 into the film. One is a tall man and the other a short one who is semi-balding. The tall one is "Mr. Arnold", played by John Miljan. The short one is "Mr. Gardiner", and I don't seem to recognize the actor, although he looks vaguely familiar. The short one later appears in an important scene and meets with an unhappy ending, and one would thin
  11. Hi, everyone. I just watched the Criterion restoration of Chimes at Midnight (Falstaff) -- a wonderful film which I highly recommend (and the restoration is good, too). Two questions: 1. At about 43:31, for about 2 or 3 seconds, one sees a number of soldier types watching Orson Welles's efforts to recruit new soldiers. The man on the very far right looks astoundingly like Anthony Hopkins. He looks a little too old to be the Hopkins of 1966, who was only 29, but makeup can make actors look older. I wondered if anyone who has the Criterion edition thought it might be Hopkins.
  12. Hi, everyone. I just watched the Criterion restoration of Chimes at Midnight (Falstaff) -- a wonderful film which I highly recommend (and the restoration is good, too). Two questions: 1. At about 43:31, for about 2 or 3 seconds, one sees a number of soldier types watching Orson Welles's efforts to recruit new soldiers. The man on the very far right looks astoundingly like Anthony Hopkins. He looks a little too old to be the Hopkins of 1966, who was only 29, but makeup can make actors look older. I wondered if anyone who has the Criterion edition thought it might be Hopkins.
  13. Yes, that was the film! I managed to get a copy of it, too! Thanks to all. The only problem with my copy is that it was the Rhino version with the "goofy" subliminal messages rather than the original ones. I wonder if any editions with the original subliminal messages exists.
  14. Thanks so much! How did you know where to look for that photo and caption? Alexander -- got it! As for Margaret Dumont, I know she is listed by both AFI and IMDb, but she's not in closeup, so I'm not 100% sure it's her. But I'll take it on trust. Holden is listed only on IMDb, and there are many errors on the IMDb where fans have simply misidentified actors, or imagined actors who aren't there. I'll disregard the IMDb claim unless someone here can says he has spotted her.
  15. Does anyone know the name of the actor who plays the exasperated Macy's sales clerk in Auntie Mame? I know the face well, but can't put a name to it. Also, do people out there agree with the IMDb addition of Margaret Dumont as one of the actresses in the stage play, the one inviting the others to retire to another room? Finally, the IMDb claims that Gloria Holden can be seen in the "Garden Party." But the only Garden Party I can see is the one at the estate in the South, and there's no sign of her there; nor can I spot her in any of the other party scenes.
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