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BEVERLY HILLS PROPERTIES OF THE 1950s: AN AL HERD JOINT

Here’s a real weirdie. Back in the 1950s a real estate broker named Al Herd, who apparently specialized in Beverly Hills properties, made a promotional film consisting of shots of him showing two very 50s-esque youngish ladies various houses he was representing. Or was the film actually ever really made?

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SUNSET STRIP DRAG

Take a little spin down the Sunset Strip in 1964, courtesy of the above clip. While the uniformly low buildings of the time have now given way in many cases to mega-hotels, there are still quite a few recognizable ones. My family moved to LA four years after this and

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NIGHT FALLS ON TIMES SQUARE IN 1931

Take a stroll through Times Square on a typical evening in 1931 by watching this extraordinary footage that was shot for God knows what reason. It’s date is mislabeled as 1929–the films playing in the theaters that are seen include ‘Dance Fools Dance’, ‘The Front Page’, ‘Trader Horn’ , ‘My

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WALKING DOWN FIFTH AVENUE IN 1929-ISH

Why was the fascinating footage posted above shot? Hard to say, but I’m glad it was. It consists of three fragments of documentary street footage photographed at three different locations on 5th Avenue in 1929. In the first, two women enter the middle of a crowd (many of whom are

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“THE IN CROWD”
A TATI MOMENT REVISITED

Dig this: there’s a Youtuber who has a channel called ‘Soft Tempo Lounge’ which features music videos (for want of a better term) he/she have created using footage culled from various 60s-era sources–found footage, commercials, repurposed feature films etc. that are set to music by Euro-pop artists of the time.

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“THE LAUREL AND HARDY HOME MOVIE CASE”

Ever wonder what James Finlayson looked like off-screen, sans mustache? No? Well, so what? Part of the wonderful few minutes of home movie footage from the early 30s (posted above) is taken at Stan Laurel’s daughter Lois’s second birthday party. Both Finlayson and Ollie were present and it’s quite charming

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A TOUR OF MANHATTAN IN 1939–IN LIVING COLOR

This vivid, color film reel of various New York City locales in 1939 is, sadly, something of a mystery as the person who posted it on Youtube declined to comment on it or allow comments (due to racist sentiments apparently). Still, it’s quite a find. In three minutes we get

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1926 SUBWAY STIKE

In June 1926 the New York City Subway workers went on strike for higher pay, shutting down the IRT and forcing crowds of New Yorkers to mill about waiting for busses, trolleys and other forms of transportation which were suddenly overloaded with riders who usually used the trains. Strike breakers

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BROADWAY TIME CAPSULE

Thanks to the Fox Movietone sound-on-film technology, we have documentary views of many strange and interesting habitats with the actual sound captured as well. England, India, the Midwest, Long Beach California–all are pictured in the late 20s/early 30s and are available on Youtube. (By the way, my son just pointed

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VETERANS DAY SPECIAL; ‘THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE’

My dear departed father Frank De Felitta (1921-2016) spent much of the 1960s as a writer/producer/director of documentaries at NBC news. I’ve posted them all on Youtube and I highly recommend (natch) taking a look at them. One of the best is ‘The Battle Of The Bulge’, shot in 1963

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Strange moment in the lyric of 'New York New York'. At the end the narrator says: 'If I can make it there I'll make it anywhere' but then shifts the burden of responsibility to the city:'It's up to YOU, New York New York', thereby evading responsibility for his potential failure.

In 'As Time Goes By' we are told 'woman needs man and man must have his mate THAT NO ONE CAN DENY'. But is it the specific mate that cannot be denied or the general concept about man needing his mate that can't be denied? I've never been clear on this. Anyone? #cinema #TCMParty

I just discovered this hour-long doc on Don Siegel, featuring a long interview with the man himself. "I find directing very boring, dull...I don't like it" are among some of his more joyous pronouncements. Well worth a watch. #FilmTwitter #Filmmaker #TCM http://raymonddefelitta.org/uncategorized/a-documentary-about-legendary-director-don-siegel/

Old Hollywood studios always had a 'ranch'--land somewhere in LA where they shot their westerns, outdoor stuff etc. Hal Roach's was in a neighborhood called Beverlywood which is near West LA. Dig these before/after views. http://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/beverlywood-a-hal-roach-child-friendly-community/ #Cinema #LosAngeles #TCMParty

Old school NYC brownstone mailbox. I love when stuff like this remains untouched for decades. Perhaps even a century.

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