Films With Re-Used Footage

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Re: Films With Re-Used Footage

PostSun Oct 08, 2017 2:52 pm

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Brooksie wrote:Watching MGM's Buster Keaton talkie Speak Easily (1932) yesterday, I noticed what was clearly King Vidor's famous skyscraper window shot from The Crowd (1928) repurposed as an establishing shot. No doubt this was a common practice, especially in the case of older special effects shots that remained durable well into the sound era.

The re-use of footage from the 1924 Dante's Inferno in Twentieth Century-Fox's 1935 film of the same name is another that springs to mind. Anyone got other examples?


The following Keaton film WHAT! NO BEER? also makes use of the very following shot in THE CROWD, panning across the vast field of identical desks....


Yes, by coincidence this came up in John Bengston's latest blog post - https://silentlocations.wordpress.com/2017/09/23/keatons-what-no-beer-barrel-avalanche/. On one hand, it seems astounding that they'd reuse footage in such a cavalier fashion (especially sequences we'd consider iconic, even if they weren't seen that way then), but we have to remember that you saw a film once and then never again.

And yet even in the current days of instant freeze frame, it continues ... http://mentalfloss.com/article/55801/10-movies-recycled-footage-other-movies
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PostMon Oct 09, 2017 11:26 am

When Shemp died they made about 4 episodes using reused footage and recreating things to fit the older stooges (Moe & Larry) in old footage from older episodes with Shemp. For example Malice in the Palace (1949) was adapted and got some new shot footage to became Rumpus in the Harem (1956).

Malice in the Place : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yQJQVrtwos

Rumpus in the Harem : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3KDPJk-MSw

Similar editing with reshoot approachs was used for the films Hot Stuff, Scheming Schemers and Commotion on the Ocean.

Hot Stuff (1956) used footage from Fuelin' Around (1949)
Scheming Schemers (1956) used footage from Vagabond Loafers (1949)
Commotion on the Ocean (1956) used footage from Dunked in the Deep (1949)

Actor Joe Palma played Shemp in few scenes, to try to connect with the old footage plot, without show his face. Shemp voice lines was taken from some episodes to fit palma's brief speak.


Dean Thompson wrote:This is a small-scale example, but one of the later Three Stooges shorts with Joe Besser, Oil's Well that Ends Well, has some footage that I'm almost certain had been used in a Curly short, Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise. Of course they were recycling a number of tried-and-true plots at this point in their careers.

I saw Oil's Well at a hometown theater in 1971 or 1972, when it was paired with the reissue of Modern Times. Talk about a study in contrasts!
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PostWed Oct 11, 2017 1:37 am

The Pearl Harbor attack footage from "Tora, Tora, Tora" (1970) shows up again in "Midway" (1976) and even in a flashback sequence in a "Magnum P.I." TV episode. Director Richard Fleischer of "Tora, Tora, Tora" felt this was a misuse of his work.
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PostWed Oct 11, 2017 1:42 am

Laurel and Hardy's feature film "Blockheads" (1938) borrows some WW1 footage from "The Big Parade (1925).
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PostWed Oct 11, 2017 4:58 pm

One episode of MacGyver , Trumbo's World, used footage from film The Naked Jungle (1954) starring Charlton Heston.



This TV series was edited/finished on video, despite be shot on 35mm film. They add the stock footage using a video transfer they already ahve fro Naked Jungle (1954). SUppose they decide to mrelease MacGyver on Blu Ray and go back to the 35mm film... Would they use the same video transfer for the stock footage or would use new or retranfer the scenes fro The Naked Jungle to keep a similar image resolution ?
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PostWed Oct 11, 2017 5:08 pm

The kings of reused footage :



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PostMon Oct 23, 2017 6:41 am

Howard Hawks' "Road to Glory" lifted almost all its impressive battle scenes from the French film "Les croix de bois", directed by Raymond Bernard. You even can recognize Pierre Blanchar in the long shots !
Jerry Warren got Mexican, Filipino and Chilean movies, cut them to ribbons, filmed horrid additional scenes (with John Carradine, Kathryn Victor, Bruno VeSota) to obtain atrocities like "Face of the Screaming Werewolf", "Curse of the Stone Hand", "Horror of the Blood Monsters", etc.
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