At the Movies, In the Movies

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PostSun Aug 30, 2009 6:00 am

Oh another that would resonate alot more with me now is Igby Goes Down, an underrated Catcher in the Rye-esque coming of age film. There's a sequence where the father takes his teenage kids to watch a screening of Holiday (Holiday is likely my favorite film...so I would have probably wet myself if hadn't seen Igby Goes Down first).
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PostSun Aug 30, 2009 4:29 pm

silentfilm wrote:While there's plenty of movies that cover filmmaking, there are not nearly as many that are about going to the "movies".


I'm surprised no one has mentioned "One Foot in Heaven," which has an extensive sequence in which an anti-movie preacher (Fredric March] is finally persuaded to go see what he's been railing aganist. He sees a William S. Hart film, and becomes a movie fan.

Brian DePalma's "Hi, Mom" has a sequence in a porno theater (Allan Garfield: "In a theater like this you do not go to the men's room,")

"The Majestic" with Jim Carrey--not a particulary good movie, but the movie theater plays a central role.

"The Tingler" has a sequence set in a silent movie theater and clips from "Tol'able David"
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PostSun Aug 30, 2009 6:24 pm

Bob Birchard wrote:I'm surprised no one has mentioned "One Foot in Heaven," which has an extensive sequence in which an anti-movie preacher (Fredric March] is finally persuaded to go see what he's been railing aganist. He sees a William S. Hart film, and becomes a movie fan.

Brian DePalma's "Hi, Mom" has a sequence in a porno theater (Allan Garfield: "In a theater like this you do not go to the men's room,")

"The Majestic" with Jim Carrey--not a particulary good movie, but the movie theater plays a central role.

"The Tingler" has a sequence set in a silent movie theater and clips from "Tol'able David"


I think Greta did mention "One Foot in Heaven".

Probably my favorite amongst all of these is the scene in "Nickelodeon" where the whole crew goes to see "The Clansman" at it's premier engagement in L.A. (Tatum O'Neill mentions that she heard that Griffith was going to change the title for the NY premiere). As they walk out of the theater, it is agreed that the movie business has forever changed.

"Nickelodeon" - I just watched the B&W Directors Cut a couple of weeks ago. Now, there would have been a reasonable film for Cinecon to run to honor Stella Stevens. Probably could've invited silent film buff Peter Bogdanovich, too.

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PostTue Oct 27, 2009 9:49 pm

I watched The Little Ranger (1938) tonight. It was the first MGM Our Gang away from the Roach studio. Alfalfa, Darla, Butch, Porky and Buckwheat all go to an afternoon matinee to watch a western with a singing cowboy in it. I know that the MGM "Rascals" usually were not very good compared to the Roach versions, but this one is up to the usual standard, plus it has a big budget.
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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 12:23 am

silentfilm wrote:Can you think of any others?


"The Tingler" has a scene in a silent revival theater in which "Tol'able David" is being shown.

Jimmy Cagney catches the end of a WB John Wayne movie in "Footlight Parade"

And isn't there a movie-going sequence in "Hoodoo Ann"? Or am I misremembering?

But I'm surprised no one else has cited "One Foot in Heaven" in which an anti-movie minister, played by Fredric March, is persuaded to go to the movies because even though he's agin' 'em, he's never seen one.

There is an extensive sequence in a theater with a piano player (footage that has been repurposed often in documentaries about early movies) and he sees a William S. Hart film and comes away with the notion that movies can be a force for good.
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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 1:22 am

THE EVIDENCE OF THE FILM (Thanhouser, 1913).

THOSE AWFUL HATS (Biograph, 1910?) where the ladies and their big hats are removed from the theatre.

SHOOTING STARS, a silent British film, with clips of various movies.

PREVIEW MURDER MYSTERY (Paramount, 1936) Rod La Rocque gets killed at a movie preview.

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS with McCrea watching the movie with the chain gang.

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, with the disastrous preview of the talkie footage.

DICK TRACY'S G-MEN (1939), where you see Irving Pichel walk out of the La Reina theatre in the newsreel.

The Porky Pig cartoon where he goes into the theatre instead of buying milk and at the end all the kids run out when it says a mother is looking for the kid who went to the movies rather than the store.
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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 1:38 am

THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, 1938 British film noir, where Emlyn Williams ducks into a cinema as he's trying to hide from the police.

THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (MGM), Kirk Douglas in the cutting room watching films.

HELLZAPOPPIN' (UNiversal) with Shemp Howard having problems in the projection booth and the film going on and off on screen.
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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 12:53 pm

missdupont wrote:
The Porky Pig cartoon where he goes into the theatre instead of buying milk and at the end all the kids run out when it says a mother is looking for the kid who went to the movies rather than the store.


That would be Bob Clampett's "The Film Fan" (1939)

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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 1:28 pm

In the 1915 Italian film MACISTE a young girl is victimized by her evil uncle after her father's death. Fleeing from her uncle's thugs, she ducks into a movie theater where they are showing CABIRIA. She is so impressed by the heroism of Maciste and his rescue of the heroine in the film that she writes to the actor at his studio to ask for his help. Maciste, "disguised as a regular chap" -which I guess means he wears street clothes rather than a loin cloth-goes to meet her and does indeed end up saving her from the bad guys (he throws a lot of them around)
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PostWed Oct 28, 2009 1:59 pm

THE NOISY SILENT MOVIE [3 Stooges]

THE FIFTH CHAIR

PADDINGTON GOES TO THE MOVIES
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In HENRY AND JUNE, Henry Miller watches UN CHIEN ANDALOU in a Paris avantgarde theatre.
Kaum hatte Hutter die Brücke überschritten, da ergriffen ihn die unheimlichen Gesichte, von denen er mir oft erzählt hat.

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Re: At the Movies, In the Movies

PostSun Aug 21, 2011 7:20 pm

Reviving this thread, because this cartoon is not a silent...

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PostMon Aug 22, 2011 6:25 am

Three more, not yet mentioned:
SIOUX CITY SUE (1946) - Gene Autry
THE BLOB (1958)
SO YOU WANT TO BE A COWBOY (1951) - WB "Joe McDoakes" short
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PostMon Aug 22, 2011 8:35 am

The newish BLACK DAHLIA, where they see THE MAN WHO LAUGHS.
HOLLYWOOD STORY, where they see THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.
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PostMon Aug 22, 2011 4:22 pm

I don't think that anyone's mentioned The Cameraman's Revenge (1912).

The revenge takes place at the movies. This stop-motion animation stars insects, not people.

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PostMon Aug 22, 2011 7:26 pm

It's in the Bag! (1945) has a hilarious sequence of Fred Allen and family trying to get seats at a movie theater, being pushed along the rows of seats and right through the exit.

Brazilian "art" film Limite (1931) has a sequence in a theater showing Chaplin's The Adventurer.

Famous documentary Berlin: Die Sinfonie der Grosstadt (1927) shows Berliners at the movies enjoying The Gold Rush (a close-up of Charlie's shoes suffices to identify him).

"Happy Endings", the film-within-a-film in New York, New York (1977), is a musical number with Liza Minnelli as a 40's cinema usherette.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000): The Coens dug up a real obscurity for the chain gang to watch at the movies: Myrt and Marge (1933), a short directed by the famous Al Boasberg.

Woody Allen frequently takes his characters to the movies:
Duck Soup in Hannah and Her Sisters
Double Indemnity in Manhattan Murder Mystery
Happy Go Lucky in Crimes and Misdemeanors
The Philadelphia Story in Radio Days
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PostWed Jul 30, 2014 11:50 am

In The Blackboard Jungle (1955), Glenn Ford shows a 16mm print of a "Jack and the Beanstalk" cartoon to his high school students using an RCA 16mm projector.
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PostWed Jul 30, 2014 12:28 pm

Unless mentioned elsewhere, one pippin was John Huston's film of ANNIE, featuring a 1933 cinema trip to see Garbo in CAMILLE (1936)...
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Woody Allen watches Casablanca in a movie theater
at the beginning of Play it Again, Sam.

The Grey Fox (1982) Richard Farnsworth goes from being
a stagecoach robber to a train robber after he watches
The Great Train Robbery in a movie theater.

John Travolta was "stranded at the drive-in" in Grease.

Lee Harvey Oswald (Gary Oldman) was captured in a movie theater in JFK

Mabel's Dramatic Career (1913) - Mack Sennett shoots a gun at a movie screen when
he sees a villain pursuing Mabel Normand.

The Movies (1922) - A Snub Pollard comedy. This short was at the beginning of Days of Thrills and
Laughter. It shows Snub Pollard and Marie Mosquini
trying to enjoy a movie with mounting difficulties
(film projector speed, distance from screen, etc.).
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PostThu Jul 31, 2014 6:04 am

I was just about to mention ONE FOOT IN HEAVEN before Greta beat me to it. It features an often excerpted segment in which movie-hating preacher Fredric March goes to see a William S. Hart film in order to gain first hand knowledge of what he's preaching against, and comes away a convert to the movies. The footage of people entering the nickelodeon, the piano player, slides on the screen, etc. Have been used (usually anonymously) countless times in movie-related documentaries.
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PostThu Jul 31, 2014 6:07 am

Another great comedy take on movies and censorship is POP TUTTLE'S MOVIE QUEEN (1922) a Plum Center comedy starring Dan Mason.
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PostThu Jul 31, 2014 6:11 am

And then there's IT'S IN THE BAG, in which Old Joe promises, "Immediate seating inside."
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Unless mentioned already, A COTTAGE ON DARTMOOR (1929)...
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PostThu Jul 31, 2014 2:13 pm

In WORDS AND MUSIC, Tom Drake (as Richard Rodgers) takes in a matinee of CAMILLE at a Broadway house (since it's an MGM picture and there is also a stage show, I'd guess the theatre to be either the Capitol or Loew's State). Since the year is supposed to be 1924 (when Rodgers was 22) the picture is silent -- and we clearly see the theatre orchestra playing in the pit as they accompany the movie. What's bizarre about the scene, however, is that Drake is watching Robert Taylor and Great Garbo in the 1936 version of Camille, which has obviously been aurally neutered for the occasion.
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PostWed Sep 03, 2014 11:22 am

In Witness for the Prosecution Tyrone Power goes to the movies and runs into Norma Varden, the old woman who has a crush on him. She moves down to his row to watch the film with him.
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silentfilm wrote:In Witness for the Prosecution Tyrone Power goes to the movies and runs into Norma Varden, the old woman who has a crush on him. She moves down to his row to watch the film with him.


Actually, she moves back a row. Just ran it at Cinecon. A quibble, I know, but to correct the permanent record. ;-}
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PostThu Sep 11, 2014 11:19 am

Having recently re-watched Footlights Parade (1933), I wonder how many films of the time commented on the transition from silence to sound, like this one did?

Coming out of Warner Bros, about the sort of people who found themselves out of work when sound came seems particularly ironic - even if the message is that if you're clever, you can find other ways of making money out of movie crowds.
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PostThu Sep 11, 2014 12:24 pm

Twinkletoes wrote:Oh, ya big blister!
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PostFri Oct 10, 2014 1:13 pm

DISTANT VOICES, STILL LIVES (1988) and it's companion piece THE LONG DAY CLOSES (1992) both have memorable cinema scenes. If I remember rightly, featuring LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING (1955) and TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR (1957). I don't think one sees any of the film, just the audience swathed in cigarette smoke, the posters and music and songs.

And CARRY ON CAMPING (1969) features a trip to a cinema, which I think may be the Picturedrome, Bognor Regis, with Sid James, Joan Sims, Bernard Bresslaw and Dilys Laye watching a naturist film... Apparently, this scene is censored in some showings with the film in question not being seen!
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PostSun Oct 12, 2014 10:25 am

One that most people would rather forget is "Forever, Darling", the 1956 Lucy-Desi comedy (and I use that term loosely) where a guardian angel in the form of James Mason saves their marriage. In the first part of the movie, they go to a show and watch Mason in a satire of jungle adventure movies as Lucy is star-struck in the audience.
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