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I DIG DESILU LOGOS

Here’s a chronological history of the Desilu logos, starting with ‘I Love Lucy’ and going all the way through…I don’t know. I forgot. But all the shows are here and after awhile it begins to feel like a role call of everything you watched after school in reruns–‘Gomer Pyle’, ‘Dick

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I DIG TV LOGOS PT. 2

Here is, for my money, the most beautifully crafted of all TV logos–graphics, music, concept all working in concert to grab the viewer and seduce them into seeing what was, in actuality, a pretty crappy presentation. I speak of the ‘ABC 4:30 Afternoon Movie.’ (It’s actually more than a logo–‘intro’

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I DIG OLD TV LOGOS PT. 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbjOLJxUQAc Behold the ‘Screen Gems’ logo that proceeded (and ante-ceded) all Three Stooges shorts and many other programs of my youth, chief among them ‘The Flinstones’. The above version is the ‘old’ Screen Gems theme and icon, a simple rehash of the Columbia Pictures torch lady. I watched this logo

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I DIG MOVIE STUDIO LOGO’S PT. 4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwC_hvhSVN4 Here’s a Warner Brothers logo from the mid 1930s that I’ve never seen. It’s the same WB in a heart shaped box as always only this one begins from nowhere and dramatically zooms toward the audience. Beyond that, what’s interesting about these credits is the tangle of companies listed

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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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‘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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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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