Movies 'Til Dawn Blog

DRIVE WEST ON SUNSET

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT2tU_zAxuc As opposed to yesterday’s eastward drive on the Sunset Strip in 1967, today we’ll drive west on the Strip in 1963, starting at the curve near Horn/Holloway. Many thanks to the Youtube poster who put this terrific piece of footage up but I must disagree with their assertion that

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DRIVE EAST ON SUNSET

Here’s a terrific one-take driving view of the Sunset Strip on a long-forgotten afternoon in 1967. (There are helpful supered street signs to orient you–Havenhurst, Crescent Heights etc.). We are looking south, starting somewhere east of La Cienega, passing the ruins of the demolished Garden Of Allah (dig the hippie/druggie

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MERV MEETS MARTIN

I mentioned yesterday that in addition to hosting an array of glitzy show-biz guest, Merv Griffin also hosted his share of important and controversial guests. One of them was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who appeared on Merv’s show in 1967. I had no idea that this interview existed when

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RAY CHARLES REHEARSAL

I find every second of this thirteen minute clip of Ray Charles rehearsing ‘They Can’t Take That Away From Me’ with an orchestra that he’s clearly never worked with before absolutely mesmerizing. Charles’ clarity and precision with what he wants (needs, really) from the band and his direct and not

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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 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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‘HOLLYWOOD NIGHT COURT’; A 1930 ‘DOWN AND DIRTY’

Take a trip to the dark side of yesterday’s humor with ‘Hollywood Night Court’, a 1930 ‘blue’ record meant for private consumption only at parties. The three minute sketch traffics in stereotypes of gay men and female prostitutes, using low-down double entendre to garner its laughs…if indeed anyone laughed at

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I DIG FILM LEADER PT. 2

Apropos of yesterday’s post here is another short (3 minutes) reel compiled of old film leader. This one is particularly cool as it features all kinds of weird graphics and unusual countdowns that I’d never seen before. There is also a slate used as slug from the movie ‘The Time

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I DIG FILM LEADER

Film leader is a length of film attached to the head or tail of a film reel to assist in threading a projector. The leader attached to the head of the reel is called ‘head leader’ (or sometimes simply ‘head’) and a leader attached to the end of the the

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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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