Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

SAHL V. PUTNAM: A TV MELTDOWN A LA MODE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqIeYLSMDew In the land of great public meltdowns, this clip from a 1975 local L.A. television show called ‘Both Sides Now’ is royalty. George Putnam and Mort Sahl faced off in what was supposed to be an invigorating hard-ass debate. But things went south almost from the get-go, as you’ll

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BACKSTAGE WITH GERSHWIN

In December, 1929 the above remarkable footage was shot in the Times Square Theater during rehearsals of the Gershwin show ‘Strike Up The Band’. I’ve posted this before but every so often I rewatch it and am freshly amazed at what a rare and peculiar document it is. In it,

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GERSHWIN IN HOLLYWOOD: THE SAGA OF THE ‘SECOND RHAPSODY’

In 1931 George and Ira Gershwin went to Hollywood for the first time to compose the score for a Janet Gaynor/Charlie Farrell musical called ‘Delicious’. No popular songs of any particular note came out of this endeavor but, Gershwin being Gershwin, a symphonic masterwork somehow snuck its way into existence.

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A BRONX MORNING

Last week (or was it the week before?) I posted an experimental 1929 film called ‘Skyscraper Symphony’ by Robert Florey, which was a paeon to art deco New York and the then startling proliferation of the massive and impressive buildings of the era. On a very different note, avant garde

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WEEKEND STOOGEFEST

‘Don’t Throw That Knife’ (1951) was the 131st short comedy made by The Three Stooges for Columbia Pictures. It was photographed from Tuesday, June 20 through Thursday, June 22, 1950 and was released on Thursday, May 3rd, 1951 (the 123rd day on the Gregorian calendar). I think this is one

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KOVACS KORNER

This Friday’s Ernie Kovacs entry is a guest appearance he made on ‘You Bet Your Life’. Kovacs and Groucho are an uneasy fit and this little segment is proof that comedians often sniff around each other, uncertain as to who has the power.in the dynamic. Ernie to his credit shows

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BROADWAY RHYTHM CIRCA 1932

Here’s a fabulous colorized reel of various views of Broadway in the early 1930s. The YouTube artist known as NASS is responsible for many of these urban re-boot reels, in which he colorizes the footage (with great skill), slows the frame rate down and adds a quite convincing soundbed of

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HITCHCOCK, 1929: A DIRTY YOUNG MAN

Alfred Hitchcock’s first sound film, ‘Blackmail’ (1929) was shot in both silent and sound versions, a typical one-foot-in one-foot-out practice at the time. Above is a sound test made, it would seem, to see if the voice of the lead actress Anna Ondra would be suitable for recording. As you

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‘THE BRIDGE’–A 1929 CHARLES VIDOR JOINT

One of my favorite underrated directors of the past is Charles Vidor. Among the top films in his filmography are ‘Cover Girl’ (1944) starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth, which is certainly one of the best musicals of its era and the delightfully sensuous and darkly peculiar ‘Gilda’ (1946)–really the

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KOVACS KORNER

It’s Friday so guess who you get to have a visit with!.Click above and have a fab weekend. And think of me on Sunday as I celebrate my 60th trip around the sun. I’d do the same for you, you know…

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