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Ray Faiola

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James Whale's SHOW BOAT is another of those classic films whose original trailer vanished many years ago.  So here's one in period style that I put together.  The narration track is from the original Hollywood on the Air radio prevue.  If a trailer were made in modern style, there would be emphasis on the darker aspects such as the miscegenation subplot.  But in 1936 they would stress music, fun and romance.



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That was very good.


Maybe too good -- even as late as '36 the cutting in trailers was often rather choppy (especially sound matching).


Also there would have been text on the screen throughout the footage, e.g.:


"Never before!"


"Music! Romance! Laughter!"


"Universal's Sensational Songster of 1936!"


"Entertainment as big as the Mighty Mississippi!"

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