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Cinecon 2017 Announcements (Update 4/21/2017)

PostSat Apr 01, 2017 7:03 pm

This year's 53rd Annual Cinecon Film Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 4, 2017. Once again screenings will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd and Loews Hollywood Hotel will be the host hotel where the memorabilia rooms and author's tables will be located and where special presentations will occur.

Registration will begin on June 1st. Please check our website http://www.cinecon.org for updates.

Below is a partial list of films and events at this year's festival. The vast majority of films will be screened in new archival 35mm prints. And some titles will be projected in nitrate! Please note that the schedule is subject to change, but the following titles have been confirmed and changes to the schedule will be published at our website.

Some of Cinecon 53's films and special events are:

OPENING NIGHT GALA RECEPTION AND SCREENING WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA
This year we open in grand style with a reception at the Egyptian Theatre forecourt followed by a presentation of Buster Keaton's STEAMBOAT BILL, JR., accompanied by the Famous Players Orchestra. It is also a tribute to our friend and Cinecon contributor David Shepard. The new 35mm print was preserved and restored by David and it is a fitting and proper way to say "thank you" to our late and dearly missed friend.

NITRATE NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
An evening of rare 35mm material projected from archival nitrate prints. The program will consist of feature length and short subject materials.

KINECON AT CINECON
Over the years we have included an occasional and rare television kinescope in our program. This year we will offer a program of hardly seen kinescopes from the era of Live Television. None of them are available anywhere so the presentation is one you won't want to miss.

THE US PREMIERE OF A NEW DOCUMENTARY ON HAROLD LLOYD
Award Winning European Filmmaker Andreas Baum has selected Cinecon to host the premiere of his new documentary on the great comedian

A TRIBUTE TO FORT LEE
Back by request, our friend Tom Meyers will present more rarities from the early cinema days when Fort Lee was the center of filmmaking.

THE ACCUSING FINGER (1936, Paramount)
Actor Paul Kelly – in a rare leading role – plays a Deputy District Attorney, “Hot seat” Goodwin, who is out for wins, not for justice. He’s proud of his 100% conviction record, not caring if the accused is actually guilty or not. He soon finds himself in the hot seat himself when his estranged wife is found shot and murdered and all the evidence points to him. Sent to death row, he runs into the men he sent there! Interestingly, earlier in his life, actor Kelly spent two years in San Quentin for manslaughter after killing another actor in a fist fight. And yes, it was over a woman. Will these guys never learn? Cinecon hopes that the co-star in this film, actress Marsha Hunt, who turns 100 this year, will once again grace us with a visit when we show this crime melodrama. Last year we had the honor of presenting Miss Hunt the 1st Cinecon Legacy award.

SPRING TONIC (1935, Fox)
Based on the stage play “Man-Eating Tiger” by Ben Hecht, this is a fast moving, 58 minute, screwball comedy. When big-city bride Claire Trevor gets cold feet the night before her wedding she escapes into the country. There, she runs into moonshiners, local crazy people and a wild animal circus with an escaped tiger. Directed by veteran comedy writer, Clyde Bruckman (THE MAN ON THE FLYING TRAPEZE (1935)), with a stand-out cast of delightful character actors. With Claire Trevor, Lew Ayres, Zasu Pitts, Jack Haley, Sig Ruman, Walter King, Walter Brennan, George Chandler, and many more.

THE PRESIDENT VANISHES (1934, Paramount)
Topical subject, eh? Directed by William Wellman, this political thriller was based on a novel written by Rex Stout, creator of Nero Wolfe. The publishers first credited the book to “Anonymous” in an attempt to pique the interest of the reading public. In the film, a group of the industrial military complex backs a fascist entity called the Gray Shirts in an attempt to force the U.S. into a war in Europe. To stop them, the President, an isolationist, fakes his own kidnapping. Starring Arthur Bryon as the President and Edward Arnold as the Secretary of War. With Paul Kelly, Peggy Conklin and Andy Devine. When asked what he thought about the movie Rex Stout said, “I hate like hell to admit it, but it was better than the book, I think.” The movie was condemned by the Catholic National Legion of Decency as “immoral” and was one of the films that lead directly to the enforcement of The Motion Picture Production Code.

WOMAN-WISE (1937, Fox)
Allan Dwan directed this light-hearted, action-packed sports drama. Newspaper Sports Editor of the Evening Globe, Tracey Browne (Michael Whalen), is saddled with looking after the alcoholic, trouble-prone son of the newspaper’s owner (Thomas Beck). Then he discovers that a crooked boxing promoter, along with the sports editor of a rival paper, The Dispatch, is scamming the sport by bringing shaky, over-the-hill boxers back into the ring. To prove it, Tracey agrees to fight their newest “discovery,” Duke Fuller, and knocks him out. Then he meets Duke’s daughter Alice Fuller (Rochelle Hudson) and falls for her. But she seems to be falling for the paper owner’s son…

SING AND BE HAPPY (1937, Fox)
In this 64-minute Fox B-musical Tony Martin is happy-go-lucky singer Buzz Mason whose father is an Advertising Executive and owner of the Mason Agency. His girlfriend Ann Lane (Leah Ray) works as a designer for her father’s rival advertising agency down the hall. His romantic rival for Ann’s hand, Allen Howard (Allen “Rocky” Lane,) also works for the Lane Agency, but secretly works for Mason. They all compete to land the same advertising campaigns; for the Posini Hosiery Co. and the Henty Pickle Co. Joan Davis and Chick Chandler play a pair of song writers disguised as window washers trying to break (pun intended) into the business.

THE TEXAS RANGERS (1936, Paramount)
Fred MacMurray, Jack Oakie, and Lloyd Nolan (Wow. Watta great cast!) are bandits who split up and ride in different directions to avoid getting captured. MacMurray and Oakie, needing easy money, meet back up and join the Texas Rangers. They figure that while pulling in a paycheck, they can get inside information that will make their next robberies easier and more profitable. But after saving lives during an Indian attack, they become heroes. And then the Major’s daughter (Jean Parker) sets her sights on ol’ Fred. The Code of the Rangers slowly takes over their consciousness. Then they are given the assignment to hunt down and capture the “Polka-Dot” Bandit, who happens to be their old pal Nolan. King Vidor directs.

ANYTHING GOES (1936, Paramount)
This early film version of the musical was produced only two years after the opening of the Broadway show. It’s very close, plot wise, to the original, but shockingly, all but four of the show’s classic Cole Porter songs were jettisoned for new songs written by Hollywood songsmiths. Of course at that time Porter was just a working songwriter and not the legend he is now. And it was a regular business practice in the ‘30s when the studios owned their own music publishing companies. Still, you can’t miss when you have Ethel Merman reprising her role of Reno Sweeney from Broadway. And reading the contemporary reviews from the time, she’s as great here as she was on stage. Then you have Bing Crosby crooning the part of the juvenile lead – something that was not as appreciated by the critics at the time, but he is himself now a legend. Especially with the Cinecon audience. And this version of the musical is rare. The words, “nobody’s seen this!” were uttered many times during our Cinecon film planning meetings.

POWER OF THE PRESS (1943, Columbia)
From a story written by former newspaper reporter and future cult film director, Sam Fuller, and directed by Lew Landers, this film has an amazing cast of Cinecon favorites: Guy Kibbee, Lee Tracy, Otto Kruger, Victor Jory, Don Beddoe, Gloria Dickson and an unbilled Larry Parks. A corrupt newspaper publisher is committing wartime treason against the U.S. for his own personal gain. To cover up his crimes he has his partner assassinated. Then he plays up the murder in his paper to boost circulation. Terrific!
BTW Sam Fuller, with the help of his wife Christa, wrote the best autobiography I’ve ever read: “A Third Face.” And not just show business autobiography either, but best, period. In it he tells of graduating from being a child newsboy selling papers on the street to being a crime reporter while still a teenager. He would sleep in class because he was up all night covering murders and other crimes. Highly recommended!

MURDER AMONG FRIENDS (1941, Fox)
This comic mystery was written by John Larkin, who wrote many of the best of the Charlie Chan movies including CHARLIE CHAN AT TREASURE ISLAND(1939) and CHARLIE CHAN AT THE WAX MUSEUM (1940). Laughs and murder combine when Mary Lou (Marjorie Weaver), a law office clerk, thinks she has stumbled onto a murder conspiracy when she learns that half of a group of former college friends have dropped dead recently, and that they were all about to inherit the proceeds of a tontine. $225.000 worth. She takes her suspicions to Dr. Thomas Wilson (John Hubbard) whose father was one of the college friends and once she convinces him that she’s not altogether crazy they start searching for, and saving, the surviving members of the group. The poster’s tagline was LAUGHTER AND THRILLS! KISSES BETWEEN KILLINGS!

NO MORE WOMEN (1934, Paramount)
For years after their success in WHAT PRICE GLORY?(1927), Edmund Lowe and Victor McLaglen were cast against each other as battling rivals. That’s what happens in this lusty pre-code sea comedy. Here they play rival salvage boat captains. During the day they fight over the title of “most successful salvage diver.” At night they fight over women. Finally they both declare, “No more women!” Then McLaglen learns that Sally Blaine has inherited his ship, and she moves on board. Both men are instantly smitten.

THE TEXAS STREAK (1926, Universal)
Hoot Gibson plays a Hollywood cowboy actor in this silent western. Riding back to Hollywood after a film shoot he is bucked off the back of a prop truck. What happens next, well, you'll have to see to find out.

BELLBOY 13 (1923, Thomas Ince, Co.)
A young man (Douglas MacLean), about to inherit his family’s fortune, dreams of marriage to his actress girlfriend (Margaret Loomis). His father (John Seppling) disapproves and pulls his son’s funding and threatens to disinherit him. The boy leaves home and gets a job working as a bellboy in a local hotel. Then, taking a cue from the recent Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, he leads his co-workers in a strike. William Seiter, Director of Laurel and Hardy’s SONS OF THE DESERT directed this silent comedy.

BOWERY TO BROADWAY (1944, Universal)
Universal designed this musical comedy as a showcase for Maria Montez, but she ended up with a fairly small role because this movie is jam-packed to the gills with other stars. Jack Oakie and Donald Cook are rival Irish-American theatre impresarios during the Gay 90’s, each trying to top the other. All this is an excuse to showcase a multitude of musical numbers and comedy skits. Guest stars include- among others - Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey, Donald Cook, Ann Blyth, Frank McHugh, Leo Carillo, Andy Devine, Thomas Gomez, Evelyn Ankers, Donald O’Connor, Peggy Ryan, Mantan Moreland, Ben Carter, and more!

WHEN DAWN CAME (1920, Hugh E. Dierker Photo Drama Prod.)
The “dawn”- referred to in this title- is the restored sight given to blind girl Mary Harrison (played by the lovely Colleen Moore) by the hero who has fallen in love with her. “A soul-stirring story of human appeal!” and “The Story of Stories!” the original poster for this silent drama declared.

CAPTAIN BLOOD (1924, Vitagraph)
As a young man I went through a phase when I read everything I could find written by Italian blood-and-thunder author Rafael Sabatini: “Captain Blood,” “The Return of Captain Blood,” “Scaramouche,” “The Sea Hawk” and my personal favorite of his novels “Master-at-Arms,” the only one of those books not turned into a movie. Of course the sound film version of CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) made Errol Flynn a star. And it’s no surprise. The book and the film are both action-packed. Many of the stories from Sabatini’s books became classic movies after sound came to Hollywood. But a good story is a good story and quite a few of them were also made earlier as silent films, including this one which, lost for years, has been reconstructed by The Library of Congress.
When Dr. Peter Blood - following the physician’s oath - operates on a rebel soldier, he is arrested by the King’s men and sent into slavery in the south seas. He leads a rebellion, steals a ship, and becomes a pirate on the high seas. J. Warren Kerrigan stars as Captain Blood, a year after starring as the rugged lead in the classic silent western THE COVERED WAGON (1923). CAPTAIN BLOOD was his last film before retiring from film work. Jean Paige stars as Arabella Bishop, the woman Blood loves. She also left her acting career right after this film. And for a good reason. She married Albert Smith, her boss, and the President of Vitagraph.

A SALUTE TO UNIVERSAL 1940s B-PICTURES
Fast, slick and enormously entertaining, these quickies demonstrated factory efficiency at peak form during the war years. Few are on DVD, many were never even released to TV, but all await rediscovery. So grab an extra-large popcorn and enjoy this triple-dip of pure pleasure: NORTH TO THE KLONDIKE (1942) stars Broderick Crawford, Andy Devine, Evelyn Ankers, Lon Chaney and many more in this action-packed tale of murder and intrigue in The Frozen North. In LA CONGA NIGHTS (1940), Hugh Herbert pulls a Guinness by playing eight roles, mainly a dopey millionaire who just lo-o-oves the Rhumba. Constance Moore and Dennis O’Keefe co-star. And RIDERS OF THE SANTA FE (1944) is an unusually clever western in which Rod Cameron arrives in a town so corrupt they’ve elected goofball Fuzzy Knight mayor because they think he’s too stupid to see all the crimes being committed right in front of his face.

POLLY REDHEAD (1917)
World Re-Premiere! Newly preserved by Universal, this charming little comedy stars Ella Hall as a Pickford-ish waif with a toddler brother who talks her way into a maid’s job for wealthy Gertrude Astor and George Webb and naturally turns the household around. Directed by Jack Conway, with a fun turn by Louise Emmons as a tipsy housekeeper.

WOMAN CHASES MAN (1937, Samuel Goldwyn)
Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Charles Winninger, Erik Rhodes and Broderick Crawford (in his first film!) star. Spendthrift millionaire (Winninger) is getting his allowance cut off by his son (McCrea) so he hires Hopkins to come up with a scheme to squeeze some money out of him to help finance a big real estate deal he's been working on. A wonderful comedy that goes over great with an audience. Cinecon will be screening a rare 35mm print of this gem. Not to be missed!

Update 4/21/17
NOW I'LL TELL (1934, Fox)
Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice Faye and Shirley Temple star in this particularly saucy precode drama about a gambling addict who gets in deep with the Mob. Here's another beautiful 35mm print of a very rare title, recently restored to all its glory.

Additional great titles and events will be announced over the coming months. We hope to see you in Hollywood!
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PostSat Apr 01, 2017 7:36 pm

Jim Harwood wrote:This year's 53rd Annual Cinecon Film Festival will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 31-September 4, 2017. Once again screenings will be held at the historic Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Blvd and Loews Hollywood Hotel will be the host hotel where the memorabilia rooms and author's tables will be located and where special presentations will occur.

Registration will begin on June 1st. Please check our website http://www.cinecon.org" target="_blank for updates.

Below is a partial list of films and events at this year's festival. The vast majority of films will be screened in new archival 35mm prints. And some titles will be projected in nitrate! Please note that the schedule is subject to change, but the following titles have been confirmed and changes to the schedule will be published at our
CAPTAIN BLOOD (1924, Vitagraph)
As a young man I went through a phase when I read everything I could find written by Italian blood-and-thunder author Rafael Sabatini: “Captain Blood,” “The Return of Captain Blood,” “Scaramouche,” “The Sea Hawk” and my personal favorite of his novels “Master-at-Arms,” the only one of those books not turned into a movie. Of course the sound film version of CAPTAIN BLOOD (1935) made Errol Flynn a star. And it’s no surprise. The book and the film are both action-packed. Many of the stories from Sabatini’s books became classic movies after sound came to Hollywood. But a good story is a good story and quite a few of them were also made earlier as silent films, including this one which, lost for years, has been reconstructed by The Library of Congress.
When Dr. Peter Blood - following the physician’s oath - operates on a rebel soldier, he is arrested by the King’s men and sent into slavery in the south seas. He leads a rebellion, steals a ship, and becomes a pirate on the high seas. J. Warren Kerrigan stars as Captain Blood, a year after starring as the rugged lead in the classic silent western THE COVERED WAGON (1923). CAPTAIN BLOOD was his last film before retiring from film work. Jean Paige stars as Arabella Bishop, the woman Blood loves. She also left her acting career right after this film. And for a good reason. She married Albert Smith, her boss, and the President of Vitagraph.


Hey Jim can you expand, or someone from the LOC on the reconstructiion? Is this now essentially complete>
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rudyfan wrote:Hey Jim can you expand, or someone from the LOC on the reconstructiion? Is this now essentially complete>


I'm checking on this and will get back shortly. Thanks!
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NORTH TO THE KLONDIKE! Lon and Brod do a no-stunt-doubles donnybrook that rivals THE SPOILERS!
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rudyfan wrote:
CAPTAIN BLOOD (1924, Vitagraph)

Hey Jim can you expand, or someone from the LOC on the reconstructiion? Is this now essentially complete>


The version of the silent CAPTAIN BLOOD that we are running at Cinecon this year has a running time of approximately 90 minutes. It has had a little bit of material put back into it, but it is still shy approximately 20 minutes worth of footage.

This screened recently at LOC's Culpeper theater and it went over. It apparently still plays quite well without the missing footage.

Jenny Paxon from the Library of Congress has also graciously offered to Cinecon the Powerpoint presentation about the restoration of the film that was shown prior to the screening at Culpeper and we will show that as well.

So this is the most complete version of the film known to exist.
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Jim, thanks! This has been on ye olde bucket lyste for some tyme!
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An additional title has been added to the Cinecon schedule:

WOMAN CHASES MAN (1937, Samuel Goldwyn)
Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Charles Winninger, Erik Rhodes and Broderick Crawford (in his first film!) star. Spendthrift millionaire (Winninger) is getting his allowance cut off by his son (McCrea) so he hires Hopkins to come up with a scheme to squeeze some money out of him to help finance a big real estate deal he's been working on. A wonderful comedy that goes over great with an audience. Cinecon will be screening a rare 35mm print of this gem. Not to be missed!
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Those subscribers to this forum not based in America (like me) are very jealous. Apart from the 1936 "Anything Goes" and "Woman Chases Man" I have never seen any of these gems!

My only hope is that some kind soul will issue them on region free HD Blu ray so that the wider world may enjoy...

I especially love the Universal B flicks mentioned!

Wow!

Thanks for sharing.
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brendangcarroll wrote:Those subscribers to this forum not based in America (like me) are very jealous. Apart from the 1936 "Anything Goes" and "Woman Chases Man" I have never seen any of these gems!

My only hope is that some kind soul will issue them on region free HD Blu ray so that the wider world may enjoy...

I especially love the Universal B flicks mentioned!

Wow!

Thanks for sharing.


Universal's B library is astonishing. You'll be seeing a lot more of them in years to come.

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precode wrote:Universal's B library is astonishing. You'll be seeing a lot more of them in years to come.

Mike S.


Good news! And now for Columbia's B library, so much of which seems unavailable even on the grey market ...
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An additional title has been added to the Cinecon schedule:

NOW I'LL TELL (1934, Fox)
Spencer Tracy, Helen Twelvetrees, Alice Faye and Shirley Temple star in this particularly saucy precode drama about a gambling addict who gets in deep with the Mob. Here's another beautiful 35mm print of a very rare title, recently restored to all its glory.

Be there!
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Brooksie wrote:
precode wrote:Universal's B library is astonishing. You'll be seeing a lot more of them in years to come.

Mike S.


Good news! And now for Columbia's B library, so much of which seems unavailable even on the grey market ...


Well, God knows I tried, but let's not get into that again...

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precode wrote:
Brooksie wrote:
precode wrote:Universal's B library is astonishing. You'll be seeing a lot more of them in years to come.

Mike S.


Good news! And now for Columbia's B library, so much of which seems unavailable even on the grey market ...


Well, God knows I tried, but let's not get into that again...

Mike S.


And we do appreciate it, Mike.

I'd like to think there were others besides me who wants to see old Jinx Falkenburg musicals, but sadly the Powers That Be are not amongst them.

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