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My cable company has a feature called On Demand. Within the On Demand section is an icon for TCM on Demand. The movies in this area are free to watch, and this week, TCM on Demand has the Laurel and Hardy short Beau Hunks.


It looks like the Laurel and Hardy shorts that they are putting out in the On Demand area are available for one week only? Last week they had The Live Ghost, and this week's short is only available until May 16.


I'm not sure how long this has been going on, or if there will be another new short after Beau Hunks, but hopefully this helps out a few people.

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As far as the L&H shorts go for On Demand it is pretty rare. Both of these you mention have been on before, "The Music Box" has been featured as has "**** For Tat." Maybe one or two more.


It is common though for any the shorts to be featured for only a week.


Like you, I hope for more.


P.S. If you don't know already L&H will have Saturday double features in June and a day in August as part of "The Summer Under The Stars" month.

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Cinecon 44, one of the oldest classic film festivals in the country will be held August 28th thru September 1st at Grauman's Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Blvd. Among the over forty films presented will be three films featuring comedy pioneer Charley Chase.


First up is a meticulously restored version of "Tillie's Punctured Romance", which includes recently found footage that hasn't been seen since its original release in 1914. Charley Chase plays a detective and has a sequence with Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand in a movie theater.


Second is a long lost film and the first sound motion picture Charley Chase appeared in, entitled Modern Love (1929). Released by Universal, this film also features Anita Garvin. Chase and Garvin filmed this during the break at the Hal Roach Studios when the compound was closed in order to wire up for sound pictures. This will be the first time since 1929 that the once lost film will be seen AND in 35mm.


Finally, one of the four missing Charley Chase Columbia shorts that hasn't been seen since its original release in 1939 will be shown. The Awful Goof also features Lucille Lund, who played the wife of Boris Karloff in The Black Cat. Screened in 35mm (as are virtually all the films) this is another rare opportunity to see a once thought lost film.


Many features, shorts, cartoons and other rare film will be seen including a two reel remake of Laurel and Hardy's classic Way Out West, this time featuring Max Baer and Maxie Rosenbloom, made at Coolumbia Pictures. Go to the Cinecon website for further information. www.cinecon.org and don't miss this chance to see rare Charley Chase and other amazing films. Cinecon is an annual festival and always takes place over Labor Day weekend. The celebrity banquet is a chance to see at least fifty stars from the glory days and is a big highlight of the festival.


Don't expect to wait for these to pop up on DVD. Film preservation is not done soley so everything can be put out on video. Some things are done for preservation purposes and can be seen the way they were meant to be seen; on a screen. Come join us as we screen rare classics and a few nobody has seen in decades.


Viva Chase!

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