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VINTAGE EXPLOITATION FILMS- FILMOGRAPHY

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*L'INFERNO - DANTE'S INFERNO (1911)*

 

*Milano Film- Italy*

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http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9114285191814844350#|http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9114285191814844350

 

*Full movie Silent with score by Tangerine Dream*

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*The element of exploitation was inherent in the first part of* *Dante's Divine Comedy trilogy, The Inferno.* *People over the centuries have shown far less interest in* *Purgatorio or Paradiso,* *preferring to dwell on the lurid and graphic descriptions of torture and misery for the damned in hell. I went through a gothic phase when I was very young, and admit to having been enthralled by his work. There was truly a morbid fascination to his conception.*

 

*Given that the source material itself was exploitational, any film depicting it in a literal and graphic fashion would itself have to follow suit. To show masses of naked men and women being tortured and in torment can never serve as purely an artistic exercise, but a prurient one as well. It's the latter reason that people for the most part paid their admission money.*

 

*Supposedly this was the first full length feature film to be shown in the US. Domestic production favored shorts, as it was felt that they would be more profitable and that people wouldn't have the patience to sit through hour long films. (Wrong on both counts!) It was also the first full length Italian feature film.*

 

*For those not familiar with this 700 year old work of literature, Dante the poet, is yearning for his lost soulmate Beatrice. He is confused, wandering in a wood and enters the gates of hell. He is guided through it all by the spirit of the ancient pagan poet Virgil, who the church conceded might have been one of the few pagans virtuous enough to have made it into heaven! The hell that Dante goes through is shaped like an inverted cone, with each level punishing a certain kind of sin. The lower the level, the worse the sin being punished and consequently, the greater the torture applied. Dante is eventually escorted out of hell and into Purgatory and Paradise, where he is reunited with God and Beatrice.*

 

*Dante is a great source of national pride to the Italians. When he wrote this in the early 1300's, it was customary to write in Latin. He chose instead to write his verses in Italian, making it one of the earliest works of Italian literature. It has inspired a great many people ever since, including the 19th century engraver and artist Gustav Dore, whose work inspired this film.*

 

*Dante put many then famous people and celebrities into hell, including a few Popes, which helped increase the sensational impact of his work.*

 

*A stunning and ambitious effort for a film of it's vintage.*

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*DANTE'S INFERNO (1924)*

 

*Fox Film Corporation*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_HrrWCw4OY&feature=related

 

*Full movie in 5 parts.*

 

*This is quite a remarkable film from the silent era. It combines imagery and inspiration from* *Dante's Inferno**, interspersed with a story that had a contemporary setting.*

 

*Unfortunately the only copy of it I could find has no soundtrack. No problem, you could play some background music by opening another tab and playing something off youtube, or putting a disk in your CD disk drive. I would recommend some long running operatic work, like Wagner's Siegfried, Parsifal or Lohengrin. (all of that stuff is on youtube).*

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*The tactics of a vicious slumlord and greedy businessman finally drive a distraught man to commit suicide. The businessman is tried for murder and executed, and is afterward taken by demons to the Hell where he will spend the rest of eternity.*

 

*This film, like several previous* *Fox Films such as The Queen of Sheba, A Daughter of the Gods and some Theda Bara films, featured full nudity in some sequences. Actress Pauline Starke is completely nude in the Hell sequences, with the exception of a large flowing black wig that covers her nether regions. Some bit players and extras are fully nude. The different prints of the film were more than likely edited according to the attitudes of the different regions or parts of the world they played in.*

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*DANTE'S INFERNO (1935)*

 

*Fox Film Corporation w/ Spencer Tracy, Claire Trevor, Rita Hayworth*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPwgJ1_mKXs

 

*Full movie in 7 parts*

 

 

*An unusual melodrama from the 30's, featuring a 10 minute "Inferno" sequence. Inspired by a real life event 20 years earlier, where a fire consumed Dreamland Park at Coney Island. It featured a "Hell's gate" attraction with a fantasy ride through hell and a big Satan over the entrance. Ironically the place caught fire, caused by workmen.*

 

*Jim Carter (Tracy) takes over a fairground show illustrating scenes from Dante. An inspector declares the fair unsafe but is bribed by Carter. There is a fatal disaster at the fair during which we see the vision of the Inferno. Carter establishes a new venture with an unsafe floating casino.*

 

*According to a 28 July 1935 New York Times article, there were 4,950 technicians, architects, artists, carpenters, stone masons and laborers, 250 electricians and 3,000 extras in the Inferno scene.*

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*SUCCUBUS (1968) aka NECRONOMICON-Geträumte Sünden*

 

*Aquila Film Enterprises- Germany Dir Jess Franco*

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http://kinomaniacs.ru/drama/573-sukkub-necronomicon-getraumte-sunden1968.html

 

*Full movie*

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*ADULTS ONLY!*

 

*This amplifies on a theme that came up on a submission to this thread from* *LuckyDan- The Spirit Is Willing (1967)- the idea that one can be amorously drawn to, entranced and exploited by a disincarnate entity. Such legends are worldwide and go back in history. Paranormal investigation groups continue to encounter and record the phenomenon. A succubus is a female spirit or demon that drains the life and vitality of men. An incubus is a corresponding male demon that preys upon women.*

 

*Janine Reynaud stars as a nightclub stripper who free-floats through a spectral 60's landscape littered with dream-figures, dancing midgets and bizarre S&M games.*

 

*The film concerns an S&M nightclub performer named Lorna (played by model Janine Reynaud) who may or may not be a hell-sent succubus or perhaps merely a psychotic serial killer. Or perhaps Lorna is only dreaming. Among the assorted bits of strangeness that the film dishes out are some weird word-association games, a pianist playing his instrument while looking at a math book, an LSD party, some very mild lesbianism in a room full of mannequins. Film was released in the US with an "X" rating.*

 

*(Upload comes from Russia; video can be found by scolling down to the middle of the page.)*

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*INCUBUS (1966)*

 

*Contempo III Productions W/ William Shatner*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgUaOAI6woQ

 

*Full movie in 5 parts, In Esperanto with English subtitles*

 

*In Esperanto?! What were these people smoking? To think they got* *William Shatner* *to sign up for this!*

 

*An incubus is a demonic spirit that sexually preys upon living women, somewhat parallel to the vampire legend.*

 

*On a strange island inhabited by demons and spirits, a man battles the forces of evil.*

 

*Kia is a succubus, luring to their final perdition men who already have sinful habits and libertine inclinations. She tires of this, it's too easy, and these souls are going to Hell anyway. She wants to match wits and charm with someone who is good. So, against the advice of her sister Amael, Kia seeks out Marc, a man who has already faced death with courage. After a night together, Kia finds that not only is Marc's goodness still intact, but she has been ravaged by love. In anger, she and Amael conjure an incubus to deal with Marc. The incubus starts with Marc's sister, Arndis.*

 

*The premiere of Incubus took place at the San Francisco Film Festival on October 26, 1966, where, according to producer Taylor, a group of 50 to 100 Esperanto enthusiasts "screamed and laughed" at the actors' poor pronunciation of the language. Partly because of its Esperanto dialogue, and partly because of the scandal of one of the actors taking his own life and that of his girlfriend, Taylor and Stevens were unable to find any distribution for the film except in France, where it premiered in November 1966. Nevertheless, the film enjoys a 71% approval rate on the website Rotten Tomatoes.*

 

*Many people connected with the film met unfortunate fates after the film wrapped, giving rise to an urban legend that Incubus was a cursed production.*

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*MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY!*

*Best wishes to all and a hearty thanks to the readers and contributors to the exploitation film threads. I am gratified and encouraged in my efforts by your interest and support!*

 

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*DANCING ON THE CEILING (1937)*

 

*MGM*

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*Full 9 minute short*

 

*This whimsical, cheesy short has to be seen to be believed! A real sensational piece of fluff. Nothing like this would ever be made today! Airs on TCM from time to time, usually in the wee hours of the morning.*

 

*A female dentist caters to a male clientele with a whole host of dancing assistants and chorus girls! When a patient is given nitrous, he trips that the chorus women are- dancing on the ceiling!*

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*DEVIL'S CABARET (1930)*

 

*MGM*

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*Full short in two parts*

 

*This is a hilarious must see in early* *two strip Technicolor! A satire with a great punch line!*

 

*At "Satan & Co., Inc.", the Devil is upset because too many people are going up to Heaven rather than down to Hades. He gives his assistant, Mr. Burns the task of getting more people to his domain. In front of a nightclub, Mr. Burns invites a crowd of people to come inside to "The Devil's Cabaret" and be entertained. After they enjoy songs and dancing, the people go willingly to Hades*.

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Not from the movie, but a very nice picture!

 

 

 

 

*SEVEN FOOTPRINTS TO SATAN (1929)*

 

*First National Pictures, w/ Thelma Todd*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PghjjRvwuHA

 

*Full movie, silent*

 

A seldom seen movie, featuring my namesake,*Thelma Todd. Not typical of her later pictures. The film is deteriorated and the facial features are often washed/whited out. This title is badly in need of a restoration. Features a surprise ending. Filmed as a silent, despite it being a 1929 film. The fashion imprint of the late 1920's is Thelma's glittering knee length skirt. Hemlines took a dive come the thirties.*

 

 

*Shot as a part soundie, but the sound dialogue version is not available. Features* *Loretta Young* *as an uncredited extra.*

 

*A young man of society wants to make an expedition to Africa, but his fiancée asks him for help about one of her fathers guests shortly before his planed departure. Her suspects about that guest were serious, this man tries to steal one of her fathers rubin, and she and her fiance are kidnapped and brought to a house, where strange things happen. The whole thing becomes a nightmare under the direction of a mysterious Mr. Satan.*

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Lillian Roth

 

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*MADAM SATAN (1930)*

 

*MGM Dir. by Cecil B. DeMille, w/ Kay Johnson, Lilian Roth, Reginald Denny, Roland Young*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTLrPO_o55Y

 

*Full movie*

 

*This film leaves me almost speechless! I've posted more than the usual number of illustrative stills here, as the visuals almost compel me to. They give you some idea of what a strange experience the viewer is in for.*

 

*The first half of the film is an amusing bedroom farce. The latter half shows an art deco themed zeppelin party where everyone ends up having to abandon ship (it's a comedy so no one gets killed.). A very whimsical take on the then current popularity and mystique of airships. A "Jazz Age" Out Of Control! Features Lillian Roth, who had her real life troubles with alcoholism recounted in her autobiographies I'll Cry Tomorrow (1954), made into a film by the same title the year after starring Susan Hayward, and Beyond My Worth (1958)*

 

 

 

*Madam Satan (1930) is a dramatic pre-Code musical film produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille for MGM, one of the few DeMille made for the Culver City studio. It has been called one of the oddest films DeMille made and certainly one of the oddest MGM made during its "golden age."*

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*Angela and Bob Brooks are an upper class couple. Unfortunately, Bob is an unfaithful husband. But Angela has a plan to win back her husband's affections. An elaborate masquerade ball is to be held aboard a magnificent dirigible. Angela will attend and disguise herself as a mysterious devil woman. Hidden behind her mask, and wrapped in an alluring gown, Angela as the devil woman will to try to seduce her unknowing husband and teach him a lesson.*

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> {quote:title=ThelmaTodd wrote:}{quote}

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> Lillian Roth publicity still

> *MADAM SATAN (1930)*

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Thanks for all the cool images.

I can never get too many Lillian Roth pictures!

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Thelma, MN,

 

Must admit I have not seen this one yet. Have known about it for a long time. Yes, Lillian Roth was one sizzling actress. The montage is great. I think the movie was just released on DVD by Warner Archive only a month or so ago.

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Any film with Marjorie White and El Brendel has got to be a farce!

 

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The Queen of Mars!

 

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*JUST IMAGINE (1930)*

 

*Fox Film Corporation w/ Maureen O'Sullivan, El Brendel, Marjorie White*

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http://www.veoh.com/watch/v21253500wNgbq3Cp?h1=JustImagine

 

Full movie, but with only the first 5 minutes as preview. Watching the remainder of the film requires you to install a "veoh" player.

 

 

 

6 minute sequence on Mars.

 

 

 

6 minute opening sequence

 

 

*This fantastically imaginative film calls for more than the usual number of illustrative stills! This one falls into the "What were they thinking/smoking?" category! A rare example of a science fiction musical; utterly silly and whimsical. The world of 1980, as imagined in 1930! People have flying cars and babies come out of an automat machine! Story shifts to Mars, where the women wear Art Deco style metallic mini-skirts! Just Imagine is best remembered today for the huge, elabotate urban model sets designed by architect and set designer William Cameron Menzies.*

 

*I regret that I could find no other complete upload than Veoh.com. After the first 5 minutes, you have to install their "veohplayer" to keep watching. I dislike and distrust video hosting websites that require their own plug in and have avoided posting such links in the past. This film however, is such a treat and so unusual that some of you may want to take the trouble.*

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*New York, 1980: airplanes have replaced cars, numbers have replaced names, pills have replaced food, government-arranged marriages have replaced love, and test tube babies have replaced ... well, you get the idea. Scientists revive a man struck by lightning in 1930; he is rechristened "Single O". He is befriended by J-21, who can't marry the girl of his dreams because he isn't "distinguished" enough -- until he is chosen for a 4-month expedition to Mars by a renegade scientist. The Mars J-21, his friend, and stowaway Single O visit is full of scantily clad women doing Busby Berkeley-style dance numbers and worshiping a fat middle-aged man.*

 

 

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*A HAPPY HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR TO ALL, ESPECIALLY TO THE REGULAR READERS AND VIEWERS OF MY THREADS!*

 

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*BUSBY BERKELEY- GOING THROUGH THE ROOF*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oru2mqUN444

 

*Full 1 hour documentary in 4 parts*

 

*I'm going to launch a New Year's celebration with* *Busby Berkeley!* *According to the Mayan calendar, it may not turn out to be a "happy" new year, but that won't stop me from ushering it in with a "hey nonny na and a hotcha cha"! I will dedicate the next several posts to Berkeley and his films. Some are available on the internet in their entirety, but most are not. Fortunately his most memorable sequences are almost all posted to the internet. Those fragments are numerous and I will be posting them throughout this New Year's Eve. January 1 is also my birthday (three minutes after the clock!), so this sharing with you all will double as my special birthday bash!*

 

*The economic times we are now living in bear uncomfortable resemblance to the 1930's depression. Berkeley's films, which arose within that depression, will have to be revived and serve the same life affirming, morale boosting purpose they did then: Berkeley, his casts and chorines will have to be resurrected, arisen from their rest. Their country, sadly enough, calls them for duty once again! They will teach us that you fight a depression, both personal and economic, with spunk, determination and morale building with beautiful girls and all the life giving things they stand for! The films will remind us that we've faced tough times before in this country; that generation had no choice but to pull through it all and go for that happy ending, just like in the movies!*

 

*I've long considered adding Berkeley to this gallery. He wasn't the first or the only one to stage girly-show spectacles on the screen. It was how he did them that set him apart. His brilliance and vision were so unique that they stand out for all time. He was a one of a kind; there will never be another person like him!*

 

*The word voyeurism has come up to describe his camera involvement and visual style. Moving under leg tunnels, pointing up at crotches, shower and undressing scenes, women used as ornamental patterns- it was so far out that one wonders just how he got away with it all! Some have said that his are among the most erotic scenes and films ever made, a view I share. He depersonalised his chorus women as part of a larger, erotically suggestive visual fabric. There was no lewd "act" depicted that the censors could hang him on and yet the sum total of the parts added up to quite a lewd spectacle. He confounded a censorship code that was written in terms of specific no-no's.*

 

*The first submission today is a TCM documentary of his life and films. Do take a look, and keep an eye out for the airing of his movies when they appear on TCM! They hold up well under repeat viewing!*

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From his first film project, this still was a portent of his work to come. He expected the chorus women to be more than just dancers, but also props and accessories in cheesy and suggestive tableaus that pushed the boundaries of taste and permissibility. "Whatever I can get away with" became his standard!

 

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The first of his famous trademark overhead shots.

 

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*WHOOPEE (1930)*

 

*Sam Goldwyn Productions w/ Eddie Cantor, Ethel Shutta*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7F_vra-v6wE&feature=related

 

*Full movie in 10 parts*

 

*Eddie Cantor - Makin' Whoopee*

 

*Ten Gallon Hat dance number*

 

 

 

 

 

*I'm very fond of this, the first Busby Berkeley film project from 1930. Shot entirely in two strip Technicolor, it has a surreal charm, with most of the picture in pastel shades of pink and green. It's title tune Makin' Whoopee, has become a standard over the years and was even featured in a recent TV commercial! Eddie Cantor had an infectious charm and humor as well.*

 

*Based upon a successful Broadway play from 1928, staged by Florenz Ziegfeld. Sam Goldwyn, an independent producer, bought the rights to the stage production and shipped it's principals to Hollywood for the screen adaptation. At Cantor's urging, Goldwyn included dance director Busby Berkeley. Berkeley immediately took to the possibilities of the new medium, as we could see in this film. In him, the Goldwyn Girls had a strange new taskmaster! Berkeley wasn't content to let a static, front view camera capture a stage performance. He insisted on close up shots of the girls, as well as his famous overhead ones as well.*

 

 

*Western sheriff Bob Wells is preparing to marry Sally Morgan; she loves part-Indian Wanenis, whose race is an obstacle. Sally flees the wedding with hypochondriac Henry Williams, who thinks he's just giving her a ride; but she left a note saying they've eloped! Chasing them are jilted Bob, Henry's nurse Mary (who's been trying to seduce him) and others.*

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*KIKI (1931)*

 

*Sam Taylor Productions, w/ Mary Pickford, Reginald Denny*

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcZu9-rdlJQ

 

*Full movie*

 

*Busby Berkeley's second film, and Mary Pickford's second from last film. Pickford plays a showgirl involved with a producer. Longtime Pickford fans were not used to the loose adult role that the star traded for her earlier ingenue roles and it eventually flopped at the box office.*

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"Bend Down, Sister"?

 

 

 

*PALMY DAYS (1931)*

 

*Sam Goldwyn Productions w/ Eddie Cantor, Charlotte Greenwood*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euMPniJrASM

 

*Full movie in 8 parts*

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*Busby Berkeley - Yes Yes! - Eddie Cantor - 1931*

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*Musical comedy antics in an art deco bakery (motto: "Glorifying the American Doughnut") with Eddie Cantor as an assistant to a phoney psychic, who is mistaken for an efficiency expert and placed in charge. Complications ensue when the psychic and his gang attempt to rub the payroll.*

 

 

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*FLYING HIGH (1931)*

 

*MGM w/ Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O'Brien, Hedda Hopper*

 

*"Happy Landing" with Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra*

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*5 minute clip*

 

*"We'll Dance Until Dawn"*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYZ5QYWPgQQ&feature=related

 

*5 minute clip*

 

*Busby Berkeley - Dance Until The Dawn - 1931*

 

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNW-AzZdBRU

 

*5 minute clip*

 

*Our* *Busby Berkeley Celebration* *continues. I have only clips from this film.The musical numbers "Happy Landing" and "Dance Until Dawn" were reused in the MGM short* *Plane Nuts (1933) with the Three Stooges.*

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*NIGHT WORLD (1932)*

 

*Universal Pictures w/ Mae Clark, Lew ayres, Boris Karloff*

 

*BROADWAY MONTAGE*

 

 

*2 minute clip*

 

*MAE CLARK & BUSBY BERKELEY*

http://fan.tcm.com/_Mae-Clarke-38-Busby-Berkeley-/video/1610115/66470.html?b=

 

*6 minute chorus girl clip*

 

*Our* *New Year's Busby Berkeley tribute* *continues!In this film, so far as I can tell, Busby Berkeley makes his first cautious attempt at his famous "leg tunnel", which he would later fully "go into" at the Warner Brothers! Any restraint here might have been dictated either by the studio brass or by concern over local censors, who could order such scenes deleted.*

 

 

*"Happy" MacDonald and his unfaithful wife own a Prohibition era night club. On this eventful night, he is threatened by bootleggers, and the club's star dancer falls in love with a young socialite who drinks to forget a personal tragedy, among other incidents.*

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Looks like a hand out lobby card. This probably opened up to reveal more film graphics. These are quite collectible today!

 

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These were some steamy scenes for the time!

 

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*BIRD OF PARADISE (1932)*

 

*RKO Pictures Dir. by King Vidor w/ Dolores Del Rio, Joel McCrea, Lon Chaney Jr.*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vlRf_CERh8

 

*Full movie*

 

*Dolores Del Rio dance sequence*

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*4 minute clip*

 

*According to imdb,* *Busby Berkeley* *was an uncredited choreographer.*

 

*One of the earliest all talking films to have a full orchestral score, directed by* *Max Steiner,*

 

*Bird of Paradise created a scandal when released due to a scene featuring* *Dolores del Río* *swimming naked. This film was made before the Production Code was strictly enforced, so nudity in American movies was still fairly common.* *Orson Welles* *said del Río represented the highest erotic ideal with her performance in the film.*

 

*A young man falls overboard and is saved by a beautiful Polynesian girl. They fall in love, but their idyll is smashed when the local volcano begins to erupt. The man discovers that the local custom is to sacrifice a young woman to the volcanic gods. They try to escape but realize that "east is east and west is west, and never the twain shall meet."*

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Did you notice that this poster and lobby card are for the 1944 reissue of the movie? Note the prominent billing for George Raft, who got no such billing in the original 1931 promotional paper.

Another case where they tried to cash in on the popularity of a player who had become a bigger star since having a small role in the movie earlier in his career.

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*THE KID FROM SPAIN (1932)*

 

*Samuel Goldwyn Company w/ Eddie Cantor, Robert Young*

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***Opening Busby Berkeley sequence*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CC5MxkNxEtM

 

*5 minute clip*

 

*Eddie Cantor with Busby Berkeley dance number*

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*5 minute clip*

 

*Eddie Cantor- In The Moonlight*

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*5 minute clip*

 

*Eddie and his Mexican friend Ricardo are expelled from college after Ricardo put Eddie in the girl's dormitory when he was drunk...*

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Thelma,

 

Wow, The posters, stills, and Lobby-cards are great.

 

I have a very nice copy of *WHOOPE* on DVD-R from Laser-disc. Haven't looked at it on Youtube yet so I don't know what the quality is like there. Very surprised this film is never shown on TCM.

 

Also have an excellent recording of *PALMY DAYS.*

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$10 (1933) is the equivalent of $170 today!

 

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*42nd STREET (1933)*

 

*Warner Brothers w/ Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Bebe Daniels, Ginger Rogers*

 

*Finale*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL5MhCax5m8

 

*7 minute clip*

 

*I'm Young and Healthy*

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http://www.tcm.com/mediaroom/video/303065/42nd-Street-Movie-Ciip-I-m-Young-And-Healthy.html

 

*4 minute clip*

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*GOLD DIGGERS OF 1933*

 

*Warner Brothers w/ Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx9UrHD-Nmc

 

*Full movie in 7 parts*

 

*Shadow Waltz*

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1B3z2ImFH4

 

*6 minute clip*

 

*Millionaire turned composer Dick Powell rescues unemployed Broadway people with a new play.*

 

*This film draws from the contemporary Depression, inspired in part by the Bonus Marchers of 1932. Features moving "Forgotten Man" number.*

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Leslie,

 

I'm sorry, I keep getting these two threads switched around.

 

icon_smile.gif A brief reminder, there are A bunch of Marion Davies movies on TCM tomorrow. Actually, this morning. No Silents, all sound films. Don't know for sure what everyone has already seen among the group.

 

THE FLORODORA GIRL Has some scenes in Technicolor. Although I don't remember it very well. NOT SO DUMB I don't remeber at all. Not sure I have seen FIVE AND TEN? That doesn't ring any bells either. Can someone shed some light on those perhaps?

 

BLONDIE OF THE FOLLIES is very good, and I think it was Billie Dove's final film too? Doubly significant for that reason. Dove was once one of the biggest Stars in the business, and now her films are very difficult to see. If I recall correctly, it's a very nice print. Isn't shown on TCM very often either. PEG O' MY HEART is really good, Marion gives a terrific performance. Though maybe a little to old for the part by the time.

 

I'm not so sure I have never seen HEARTS DIVIDED before or not? OPERATOR 13 and CAIN AND MABEL I have not seen in a long time. Will have to watch those again to comment.

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