A Strange Double Bill

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Bob Birchard

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A Strange Double Bill

PostMon Jul 01, 2013 12:28 pm

Going through old newspapers and came across a rather odd double bill in mid August 1930 at the Avenue Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska:

"The Cuckoos" (RKO-Radio, 1930) All-Talkie with Wheeler & Woolsey

"Three Word Brand" (Hart-Paramount, 1921) -- Silent with William S. Hart--this was likely a Sandbee reissue after rights reverted to Hart ca. 1928
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A Strange Double Bill

PostMon Oct 23, 2017 12:18 am

One of Sondheim's favorites- which he may or may not have attended-
heralded on a NYC theater marquee of his youth:
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George Washington Slept Here...Between Us Girls
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostMon Oct 23, 2017 12:28 am

Our local art-house cinema has six screens, and on one occasion, the films listed on one side of the marquee told a story:

CONSTANT GARDENER
BROKEN FLOWERS
THUMBSUCKER
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostMon Oct 23, 2017 5:05 pm

But who could forget this studio-sanctioned double of Paramount's big hits of '68?

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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostMon Oct 23, 2017 6:41 pm

Back when double bills were common, there were usually two types of programs; one of similar-themed titles such as Bond or horror double bills, and simple "two giant hits" programs that had nothing more in common than the same studio releasing them. I was alive when the Odd Couple / Rosemary's Baby double bill came out, and while I was too young at the time to actually see Rosemary's Baby, my only reaction (then as now) would have been to think " Hey, two movies that are supposed to be really good! " and nothing more . Movie lovers don't have to see two of the same thing all the time.
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostTue Oct 24, 2017 12:52 pm

Back in the late 1970s the Palace cinema (still standing, but now a night club of the modern variety had odd double bills, which sometimes may have served to increase audiences.

Two which stick out were:

JUBILEE (1977, Derek Jarman) and THE GOLF SPECIALIST (1930).
MARATHON MAN (1976) and MY LITTLE CHICKADEE (1940).
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostTue Oct 24, 2017 2:56 pm

I was, apparently, the only person in the whole world who thought it was hilarious back in the 1960s when a Toronto movie theatre paired Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? with I'll Never Forget Whatshisname.

Probably still am.

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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostThu Oct 26, 2017 12:28 pm

Jim Roots wrote:I was, apparently, the only person in the whole world who thought it was hilarious back in the 1960s when a Toronto movie theatre paired Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? with I'll Never Forget Whatshisname.

Probably still am.

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But were you the only person in the cinema?
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostThu Oct 26, 2017 1:29 pm

earlytalkiebuffRob wrote:
Jim Roots wrote:I was, apparently, the only person in the whole world who thought it was hilarious back in the 1960s when a Toronto movie theatre paired Can Hieronymus Merkin Ever Forget Mercy Humppe and Find True Happiness? with I'll Never Forget Whatshisname.

Probably still am.

Jim


But were you the only person in the cinema?


Couldn't get in! Underaged!

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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostThu Oct 26, 2017 3:37 pm

Two 97-year-old films that TCM has shown this year were on a double bill at the Broadway in NYC, according to the New York Times review of AMTW in the April 26, 1920 edition:

Victor Sjostrom's A MAN THERE WAS
Mack Sennett's DOWN ON THE FARM
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Re: A Strange Double Bill

PostTue Oct 31, 2017 9:54 am

Here's an odd double bill playing at Stanford this month:

Frankenstein @ 200 Film Series - Die Puppe [The Doll] & Making Mr. Right
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 7:30 pm
Location: The History Corner, Building 200, Room 205
*Part of Professor Scott Bukatman's Synthetic Humans Course (Film Studies 119/319 • Fall 2017)*

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