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by Richard P. May
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:19 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

MY GAL SAL (20th-Fox 1942) Ugg! Victor Mature as a songwriter, singing (?) his songs. I haven't researched it, but he must have been dubbed. Useless story about composer and hoped-for girlfriend Rita Hayworth. I got thru about an hour of it, and gave up. Considering Fox's problems with their nitrat...
by Richard P. May
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book
Replies: 2
Views: 213

Re: CASABLANCA - new UK release for book

I received it for Christmas (I think). Excellent book, even though you might have previous CASABLANCA books, it is worth while.
by Richard P. May
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:18 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

RIO BRAVO (1959) Long considered one of Howard Hawks' major westerns, it didn't hold up for me in a current viewing (via TCM). Way too long at 140 minutes, lots of leisurely talk, and anti-climax after the big action shoot out. Every shot fired by the good guys hits its target, no matter how far awa...
by Richard P. May
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (1946) I bought the newly remastered BluRay of this wonderful fantasy, which includes several interviews with people involved in its production or restoration. Having a first hand interview with cinematographer Jack Cardiff is most informative. I have been a fan of this fi...
by Richard P. May
Sat Jun 30, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Silent News
Topic: Robert Youngson's M-G-M’s The Big Parade of Comedy 1964
Replies: 10
Views: 2557

Re: Robert Youngson's M-G-M’s The Big Parade of Comedy 1964

Regarding the clip quality, apparently MGM supplied Robert Youngson with top quality pre-print material to make the excerpts. One of the features included in BIG PARADE OF COMEDY was THE CAMERAMAN, which was later considered lost, as far as quality elements were concerned. When Turner Entertainment ...
by Richard P. May
Mon May 21, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

FILMWORKER (2018) A new documentary covering the career of Leon Vitali, long-time associate and major "get it done" person with director Stanley Kubrick. Very well done by Director Tony Zierra and producer Elizabeth Yoffe. This covers Vitali's career as an actor, then working for many years almost a...
by Richard P. May
Thu May 10, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Fox 1939) I have known about this picture for years, but never had an opportunity to see it. It has surfaced on FXM On Demand, and is available for about another month. Starring Don Ameche as D'Artagnan, and the Ritz Brothers as the musketeers, it sort of has to be seen to be b...
by Richard P. May
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: "TV in Public".
Replies: 5
Views: 2371

Re: "TV in Public".

Is this the one that costs from $500,000 to $800,000?
by Richard P. May
Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:47 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2018)

MR. SKEFFINGTON (WB 1944) TCM recently ran the full length 145 min. version of this Bette Davis, Claude Rains starring drama. It had been cut by about half hour after release. WB had deposited a fine grain master of the original version with the UCLA Film Archives, and Turner Entertainment preserved...
by Richard P. May
Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Talking About Silents
Topic: SHOW BOAT (1929)
Replies: 18
Views: 2274

Re: SHOW BOAT (1929)

MGM seems to not have had any hesitancy to put their Lion on original versions of pictures which they acquired for remake. As to the 1929 version, while at Turner (pre-WB) we did as much restoration as was possible with elements available at the time. The Library of Congress supplied copies of those...
by Richard P. May
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)
Replies: 7
Views: 1272

Re: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)

This is in response to sethb's inquiry about the making of Technicolor prints. He is correct that the equipment to make prints in the dye-transfer method (also known as IB) no longer exists in working manner. Modern restoration from Technicolor negatives is done by three-pass printing (one exposure ...
by Richard P. May
Fri Apr 13, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)
Replies: 7
Views: 1272

Re: Any info about the making of Service with a Smile (1934)

Preservation of SERVICE WITH A SMILE was done while I was VP-Film Preservation at Warner Bros. We had the original 3-strip Technicolor negatives, and the results are quite beautiful. The only problem is that several scenes have registration errors, no doubt from incorrect adjustment of the Technicol...
by Richard P. May
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:06 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: The Wait Is Almost Over!
Replies: 11
Views: 2232

Re: The Wait Is Almost Over!

Mike,
Having seen most of these, I can also speak for their entertainment value. I wish you success in getting them out to a larger public.

Dick May
by Richard P. May
Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Has anything happened yo RKO Pictures
Replies: 2
Views: 947

Re: Has anything happened yo RKO Pictures

The basic RKO library was acquired by Turner Entertainment Co. in 1988, and has had circulation along with other Turner libraries (MGM, pre-1950 WB). The company had some activity under the ownership of Ted Hartley, but I haven't seen anything of recent activity for many years. It is possible that t...
by Richard P. May
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Jean Porter 1922 - 2018
Replies: 3
Views: 693

Re: Jean Porter 1922 - 2018

I had wondered what happened to Jean. Back in the Turner Entertainment days (1986-96) we occasionally had visits from ex-RKO and MGM film makers, who found it interesting to see how we were storing their history. One of these visits was from Edward Dmytryk and wife Jean Porter. They were both very p...
by Richard P. May
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Carbon arc projectors
Replies: 10
Views: 2447

Re: Carbon arc projectors

Yes, that's what was used when I started in the business. What did it look like? A movie on the screen. As long as the carbons were adjusted properly, a nice white light. Changing the carbon rods was done between reels, similar to putting the next reel of film on the idle projector. I know there wil...
by Richard P. May
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Technicolor tech...all lost?
Replies: 21
Views: 1415

Re: Technicolor tech...all lost?

Not lost, but completely impractical. It would require obtaining and learning to use the 3-strip camera. After processing the three reels of black and white film, making the printing matrices (film for which would have to be manufactured), building the transfer machines to put the three dye images o...
by Richard P. May
Sun Jan 07, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2018)
Replies: 1635
Views: 127834

TRAIL OF THE LONESOME PINE (1936)

I have had an affection for this film since first seeing it probably at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in the days when that was almost the only place to see historic films in this area. I ordered the Universal Vault version, and am very pleased with the quality of the restoration of the secon...
by Richard P. May
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322979

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

While on the subject of James Stewart, and having seen HARVEY (see earlier post), we just saw THE GLENN MILLER STORY. As previously mentioned, I was working at Universal's Oklahoma City exchange when this was released. Up to then, Universal's top grossing picture had been THE EGG AND I. This one eas...
by Richard P. May
Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322979

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

HARVEY (1950) I have remembered this as one of my favorite films of its day. My first job in distribution was with Universal a couple of years later, and it was nice to work for a company that made such an entertaining movie. It still holds up pretty well, if you consider other comedies of that peri...
by Richard P. May
Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: SHOWBOAT (1929)
Replies: 18
Views: 2831

Re: SHOWBOAT (1929)

All versions of SHOW BOAT have been owned by (1) MGM (2) Turner (3) Warner Bros. for many years. Any preservation/restoration would be done by WB, not Universal.
by Richard P. May
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: How movie houses projected 2-reel comedies?
Replies: 28
Views: 13701

Re: How movie houses projected 2-reel comedies?

Jack, You are right about changeovers on silent films being, for the most part, over dialog titles. Not always, however. When they were using the titles for both outgoing and incoming reels the changeover was often pretty obvious. This was because the projectors were not perfectly aligned, and light...
by Richard P. May
Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: DVR recomendation
Replies: 5
Views: 1537

Re: DVR recomendation

I am sort of loaded with recording devices, all of which work properly. As part of the Spectrum package, two cable boxes with DVR. Separately, a Magnavox connected to one of the cable boxes, which will record either on disc or its own internal hard drive. The other is an older Panasonic that will re...
by Richard P. May
Fri Oct 27, 2017 8:34 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Getting Technicolor Effect
Replies: 8
Views: 1901

Re: Getting Technicolor Effect

This is a guess, but it it possible that the fact that the light had to pass thru a beam-splitter prism to expose three rolls of film at the same time caused this glare.
There might be filters available today that can replicate it, but at the same time might cut the sharpness of the image.
by Richard P. May
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: The Sissi Trilogy
Replies: 23
Views: 4213

Re: The Sissi Trilogy

I have to compliment TCM for presenting this trilogy. As with others above, I had never heard of it. I thought I'd give the first episode a try, and ended up seeing the whole thing. Fortunately, TCM put all of them in their "on demand" channel, so it has been possible to catch all three. It reminds ...
by Richard P. May
Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:17 am
Forum: Talkie News
Topic: Marsha Hunt to turn 100 tomorrow
Replies: 4
Views: 1071

Re: Marsha Hunt to turn 100 tomorrow

In 1994, when working at Turner Entertainment, I had the pleasure of meeting Marsha Hunt when we supplied film clips for the release of her book "The Way We Wore". At that time, film clips were actually film, and she came to our distribution center to view a number of sections of her films included ...
by Richard P. May
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:44 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Lewis Stone former house for sale
Replies: 7
Views: 1535

Re: Lewis Stone former house for sale

The article has a price at the bottom: $1,750,000
by Richard P. May
Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:21 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Recycled Music
Replies: 46
Views: 6838

Re: Recycled Music

I forget the title now, but Steiner scored a 1935 RKO film which very clearly had an actor playing the piano using what became the "Melanie" theme in GWTW.
I'm sure somebody will know what movie this was, and will post it.
by Richard P. May
Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:14 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: What is the last film you watched? (2017)
Replies: 2028
Views: 322979

Re: What is the last film you watched? (2017)

KEY LARGO (WB 1948) : The recent hurricanes in that region, as well as a reference to the island in a book my wife was reading, brought up an interest in revisiting this movie. Our library had a BluRay on hand, so we watched it last night. This, along with several other WB films of that period, hold...
by Richard P. May
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:46 am
Forum: Talking About Talkies
Topic: Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?)
Replies: 42
Views: 11718

Re: Are Movie Titles...Entitled? (Why Do Film Titles Change?

Title changes also took place when a movie flopped. It was thought that the original title must have been a turn-off. One example was ACE IN THE HOLE, with Kirk Douglas. It was reissued as THE BIG CARNIVAL. It didn't help. This movie is today pretty highly regarded. It's somber story was probably ah...