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INTIMATE INTERVIEWS–WALTER HUSTON

Today I’m posting the last of the three short interview films made in 1931 under the series title ‘Intimate Interviews’ (see previous two posts to catch up on what little history I’ve been able to figure out about the how and why of the existence of these fascinating little oddities).

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SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON–‘YANKEE DOODLE DAFFY!’

I’m not sure what this cartoon, possibly the best Daffy Duck directed by Friz Freleng, has to do with ‘Yankee Doodle’ or anything remotely Independence day related but it’s a major hoot. I was always particularly delighted as a kid when this one turned up and got all too familiar

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‘INTIMATE INTERVIEWS–BELA LUGOSI’

Yesterday I posted a fascinating little oddity of an interview with James Cagney shot in 1931 for a series of shorts called ‘Intimate Interviews’. There were two more of these done, one with Bela Lugosi and the last with Walter Huston. Above I’ve posted the Bela Lugosi, filmed as the

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JAMES CAGNEY 1931 ‘INTIMATE INTERVIEW’

Here’s a new find (at least for me). It’s a 1931 short film called ‘Intimate Interviews’ featuring a journalist named Dorothy West interviewing the new screen sensation James Cagney at his home. There are so many interesting things about this eight minute time capsule that its hard to know where

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‘GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY’ INTRODUCING…JAMES CAGNEY?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkWbTMJNWl4 James Cagney began his career as a ‘hoofer’ in Vaudeville–an admittedly self-taught dancer who picked up steps quickly and was athletic and acrobatic enough to try just about anything, all in the name of putting on a good show. He wended his way to Hollywood in the late 1920s

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CAGNEY/SNYDER=SORRY/GRATEFUL

Spurred on by yesterday’s ritual viewing of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy’ I went in search of James Cagney interview footage and turned up this 1980 interview with Tom Snyder, shot on Cagney’s farm in upstate New York. The first thing that struck me was how incredibly unlined Cagney’s face was at

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SATURDAY MORNING CARTOON–‘FALLING HARE’

I keep meaning to post a cartoon that isn’t a classic Warner Brothers Bugs/Daffy/Elmer/Porky number. But have you seen Tom and Jerry lately? Or, God help you, Andy Panda? (We skip over Disney entirely for the simple reason that nobody ever really wanted to see those cartoons to begin with–they

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CRUISE EASTBOUND ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.

Here’s a very clean, clear look at Hollywood Blvd. circa 1952/53 (based on car models) driving languidly east from Crescent Heights all the way to Highland Avenue. The street signs are helpfully subtitled and a few interesting things happen during this long-ago cruise. For instance: at 43 seconds the driver

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ALFALFA’S BIRTHDAY WISHES

Today marks my 58th trip around the sun. What better way to wish myself happy birthday than with a clip from Our Gang’s ‘Practical Jokers’? Ah, pineapple…not bad!

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THE HOME ELECTRICAL: UN FILM DE GENERAL ELECTRIC

Behold “The Home Electrical”, an informational film produced by General Electric in 1915 demonstrating all the new, modern and convenient devices one could now litter there home with, thus making the home ‘electrical’. It’s a fascinating view into another century (actually two centuries since the film was made early enough

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'Fright Night', Shemp's first appearance with the Three Stooges (not really but that's a long story) awaits your viewing on our Saturday Morning Stoogefest. #Comedy #FilmTwitter https://raymonddefelitta.org/saturday-morning-stoogefest-2/

Check out the best dance number from a musical nobody really wants to see--Bob Fosse and Tommy Rall's amazing duet from 'My Sister Eileen' (1955). #FilmTwitter #Dance #TCM #musical https://raymonddefelitta.org/fosse-v-rall-a-duel-in-dance/

Dig this short but deeply period drive through the Greenwich Village of the 1970s, an era you simply can't make up. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/the-village-in-the-bell-bottom-era/

Color footage of Greenwich Village in the 1940s is today's offering on our madcap journey through the history of that venerable neighborhood. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary
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Some fab footage of Greenwich Village in the late 60s--back when the FBI raided Village clubs and not Florida bed-and-breakfasts--awaits your avid viewing. #NewYork #NewYorkCity #NewYorkForever #Documentary https://raymonddefelitta.org/a-village-called-greenwich-a-view-from-the-late-60s/

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