Rah! Rah! for THE COLLEGIANS (Universal, 1926-29)

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Rah! Rah! for THE COLLEGIANS (Universal, 1926-29)

PostTue Aug 11, 2009 10:11 pm

Thank you, thank you, to UNKNOWN VIDEO for releasing an episode of THE COLLEGIANS! (I haven't ordered my copy yet, but I'm about to...)

The UCLA Film and Television Archive has a few (six, to be exact) of these episodes in their collection, and I had the chance to see five of them a few summers ago. They are of course lightweight fluff, but I found them very enjoyable, and would love to see more of them.

I wonder, what is the survival rate of these two-reelers? This was a four-year series, with 44 episodes produced. All but perhaps the first five are in the public domain, according to the big blue book of copyright renewals.

I'm looking forward to FLASHING OARS!

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PostWed Aug 12, 2009 5:16 am

There are about five in circulation. The ones I have seen are

FIGHTING TO WIN

BENSON AT CALFORD

FLASHING OARS

MAKING GOOD

RUNNING WILD



I agree with your appraisal.

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PostWed Aug 12, 2009 7:36 am

I've seen one of the silent ones on an Unknown tale, and the part-talkie one on the Discovering Cinema set. They were both very entertaining and better than some features I've seen.

I'd like to see some more of Reginald Denny's LEATHER PUSHERS shorts- the one I've seen was quite good.
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Re: Rah! Rah! for THE COLLEGIANS (Universal, 1926-29)

PostWed Aug 12, 2009 7:57 am

rogerskarsten wrote:I wonder, what is the survival rate of these two-reelers? This was a four-year series, with 44 episodes produced. All but perhaps the first five are in the public domain, according to the big blue book of copyright renewals.

I'm looking forward to FLASHING OARS!

:D


I loved Flashing Oars! Beware the dangers of uncontrolled hula. More of the Calford College adventures, please.

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PostWed Aug 12, 2009 8:23 am

Eric Stott wrote

'd like to see some more of Reginald Denny's LEATHER PUSHERS shorts- the one I've seen was quite good.



Mark Roth has two of them scattered among his shorts compilations.

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PostThu Aug 13, 2009 7:09 am

so they are PD.
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PostMon Sep 07, 2009 9:53 am

jessica wrote:so they are PD.


Most of the the Collegians shorts are PD. Of the 40-50 shorts produced in this series Universal renewed the copyright on only about half a dozen.

While I don't have a list handy of which titles are PD and which aren't I do specifically remember that FLASHING OARS was one of the PD titles.

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PostMon Sep 07, 2009 8:39 pm

I don't recall the title offhand but I have a baseball themed one, FWIW.
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PostWed Sep 16, 2009 1:39 pm

Tom Stathes wrote:I don't recall the title offhand but I have a baseball themed one, FWIW.


That could be AROUND THE BASES.
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PostSat Oct 30, 2010 3:53 pm

Does anyone know the original title of the episode containing a faked car accident and an ice hockey game Calford vs. Midvale? We have this as a bilingual 8mm print (French and German intertitles) entitled "Un noir complot / Ein schwarzes Komplott".
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PostMon Mar 11, 2013 10:22 pm

Can anyone tell me how I might obtain or view a copy of The Collegians episodes Fighting To Win and Flashing Oars?
My wife's grandmother was an extra in one of these films and I have a few stills from the film.
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Re: Rah! Rah! for THE COLLEGIANS (Universal, 1926-29)

PostTue Mar 12, 2013 11:49 am

Yes, you can order a disk with both of them from Video Classics.
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PostWed Mar 13, 2013 6:30 am

I'm amazed these Universal silents exist, given Universal's propensity to burn their silent heritage. Where were these prints found? Guam?
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PostWed Mar 13, 2013 4:54 pm

The prints for six of the seven titles are not exactly great - but they are watchable and great fun. Flashing Oars is by far the best preserved of the bunch. I keep hoping that more will appear. They are great fun, even if most episodes seem to be an excuse for men to show good looking men soaking wet and half naked - the homoeroticism within them is quite intriguing.
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silentmovies742 wrote:The prints for six of the seven titles are not exactly great - but they are watchable and great fun. Flashing Oars is by far the best preserved of the bunch. I keep hoping that more will appear. They are great fun, even if most episodes seem to be an excuse for men to show good looking men soaking wet and half naked - the homoeroticism within them is quite intriguing.



I don't see that, any more than I read lesbianism into every scene in which two women are in their nighties. I think the latter is probably for the male audience and this one is to convince women to look at the movie.

While there are film makers who are clearly twisted -- von Stroheim and Charles Lamont spring to mind -- sometimes the purpose of a banana is to provide a peel for the comic to slip on.

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PostThu Mar 14, 2013 11:37 pm

Does anyone know if a print exists of the Bluebird Comedy, " The Midnight Bum," starring Arthur Lake, directed by Slim Summerville.
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PostFri Mar 15, 2013 2:11 pm

Blackhawk sold at least one of the Collegians series at one time. I have a nice 16mm of their release of THE RELAY.

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PostFri Mar 15, 2013 7:13 pm

BenModel wrote:Blackhawk sold at least one of the Collegians series at one time. I have a nice 16mm of their release of THE RELAY.

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EmGee and Thunderbird also sold this title. EmGee also sold Benson at Calford, another in the series.
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PostWed Jun 19, 2013 12:28 pm

It was brought to my attention tonight that another Collegians movie has emerged and uploaded on to youtube. Splashing Through is one that I have not come across before via Video Classics, and the intertitles are in French, but it's on YT for those that are interested.

By the way, has anyone else noticed the links between this series and The Plastic Age? Same director (Wesley Ruggles); Ross Churchill appears in both - he has a bit part in Plastic Age, but it's the same character he goes on to play in The Collegians; and the Hula Hut appears in both as well.
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PostWed Jun 19, 2013 4:49 pm

Here's an interesting blog post about the Collegians series showing off male bodies.
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PostSun Jun 23, 2013 11:31 am

Blackhawk Films sold "FLYING HIGH" (1929), which has some dialogue sequences and a track throughout. It was made from a beautiful 35mm print---a great example of the transition-to-sound period!
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PostSun Jun 23, 2013 12:07 pm

silentmovies742 wrote:By the way, has anyone else noticed the links between this series and The Plastic Age? Same director (Wesley Ruggles); Ross Churchill appears in both - he has a bit part in Plastic Age, but it's the same character he goes on to play in The Collegians; and the Hula Hut appears in both as well.


Minor correction, that should be Churchill Ross. He has writing credits on two of Charley Chase's Columbia shorts & "Rattling Romeo" is a particularly good one.
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PostMon Jun 24, 2013 7:07 am

FrankFay wrote:
silentmovies742 wrote:By the way, has anyone else noticed the links between this series and The Plastic Age? Same director (Wesley Ruggles); Ross Churchill appears in both - he has a bit part in Plastic Age, but it's the same character he goes on to play in The Collegians; and the Hula Hut appears in both as well.


Minor correction, that should be Churchill Ross. He has writing credits on two of Charley Chase's Columbia shorts & "Rattling Romeo" is a particularly good one.


Yes, of course. Not quite sure what made me write that!
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silentfilm wrote:Here's an interesting blog post about the Collegians series showing off male bodies.


I've only seen one of The Collegians, Flashing Oars, but I noticed the unusual quantity of nekkid mens and the lingering cameras thereon, too.
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PostTue Jun 25, 2013 12:54 pm

Frederica wrote:
silentfilm wrote:Here's an interesting blog post about the Collegians series showing off male bodies.


I've only seen one of The Collegians, Flashing Oars, but I noticed the unusual quantity of nekkid mens and the lingering cameras thereon, too.


Glad I'm not the only one!
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PostSun Jul 09, 2017 12:29 am

BenModel wrote:Blackhawk sold at least one of the Collegians series at one time. I have a nice 16mm of their release of THE RELAY.

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Any chance of a COLLEGIANS Kickstarter, Ben? :-)

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