Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

GENERAL ELECTRIC GOLDDIGGERS OF 1933

What the hell are Bette Davis, Dick Powell, Warren William, Joan Blondell, Ruth Donnely and Preston Foster doing in an informercial for General Electric products shot in 1933? The answer is: I haven’t the foggiest idea. I never heard of this little weirdie until stumbling upon it this afternoon, deep

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 3

Behold Grand National Pictures logo, as fancy and fine an Art Deco logo as you’ll ever see. All this for a low-rent studio that lasted only three years (1936-1939) and went into receivership only to have its assets taken over by the only studio at that time lower on the

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 2

The generically named ‘Producers Releasing Corporation’–or, familiarly, PRC–was an ultra low-budget, poverty-row movie studio that existed from 1939 to 1947 and is now primarily known as the studio behind Edgar G. Ulmer’s immortal noir ‘Detour’ (1946). Ulmer made a number of PRC movies–others include ‘Strange Illusion’ with Hedy Lamarr and

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGOS PT. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkattXslzEo After exhausting the subject of film leader (see previous three posts) I’m moving onto what comes after the leader is finished counting down. And that would be the logo of the studio who produced/released the film. Logos are an essential part of the filmgoing experience as they set up

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I DIG FILM LEADER PT. 3

Here are six beautiful countdowns complete with some random V.O. (‘Lifeguard’…final mix’…etc.), the requisite flash frame of a pretty 1960s-ish woman and the curious private language found in the world of leader: the letters CF stand for ‘check frame’ and the beeping sound on the number 2 is called a

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JOHNNY

The glut of shows–series, limited series, Netflix/Amazon/Hulu series–that are streaming on your 60 inch screens, your computers, your iPads, your phones, your watches–are frankly too much for me to deal with. The chore of watching the amount of material that one is told (by friends and the New York Times)

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STOOGE SLAP-A-THON

Above witness a seemingly interminable four minute marathon of Three Stooges slaps, kicks, pokes etc. culled mainly (for some mysterious reason) from movies made in the 1935-36 window. And when I say interminable, I mean: in·ter·mi·na·ble/inˈtərmənəb(ə)l/adjective endless (often used hyperbolically).“we got bogged down in interminable discussions”synonyms:(seemingly) endless, never-ending, unending, nonstop, everlasting, ceaseless, unceasing, incessant, constant, continual, uninterrupted, sustained;

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DEAD END: LEARN TO SPEAK OLD NEW YORK-ESE

Here are excerpts from the 1937 film adaptation of Sidney Kingsley’s ‘Dead End’, directed by William Wyler. This little grouping of scenes has apparently been assembled by an acting coach who uses it to teach his students an old-time New York East Side accent. It’s kind of a gas to

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“MAKE MINE MUSIC”
BENNY MEETS WALT

During the Second World War, most of Walt Disney’s staff of animators and directors wound up being drafted into the service to make army-related films and cartoons. (What kind of cartoons? Animations about the dangers of V.D.? These must have been rather peculiar, don’t you think? A subject for further

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WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: A TRAILER BY SAUL BASS

Saul Bass, master designer/title-ist/graphic wizard and doormat creator (I’ll get to that in a minute) designed one of his most felicitous credit sequences for Edward Dmytryk’s 1962 movie version of Nelson Algren’s ‘Walk On the Wild Side’. There’s nothing more for me to say about it. Simply watch and enjoy.

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Take a ride down the Sunset Strip in 1963 and enjoy the cool cars and the already sickening smog. My favorite liquor store, Gil Turner's, was already in business. #HollywoodHills #LosAngeles https://raymonddefelitta.org/historical-footage/drive-west-on-sunset/

Take a trip down the Sunset Strip, heading east and facing south, in 1967. I can smell the rib joint that was on the SE corner of Crescent Heights. Anyone know what I'm referring too? #SunsetStrip317 #Hollywood #LosAngeles #60s https://raymonddefelitta.org/uncategorized/drive-east-on-sunset/

What do Duke Ellington and Cinerama have in common? Find out in this quite fascinating (if I do say so myself) blog entry that I wrote in--yikes--2007. It includes the incredibly strange and beautiful short 'Symphony In Black'. #Jazz #TCM #Cinema https://raymonddefelitta.org/music-jazz/duke-ellington-meets-cinerama/

Dig Rick Moranis doing his wicked Merv Griffin impression in this sketch from the immortal SCTV NBC late night show of the early 80s. Guest appearances by Liberace, Loni Anderson and Yasser Arafat. #television #comedy #Mimicry https://raymonddefelitta.org/film-history/rick-moranis-impersonates-merv-griffin/

I had no idea that Merv Griffin interviewed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on his show in 1967? Did you? A must-watch clip. #television #ClassicTV #MLKDay #MLK #BlackLivesMatter https://raymonddefelitta.org/historical-footage/merv-meets-martin/

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