Paramount Pictorials

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Paramount Pictorials

Unread post by Brock Davis » Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:09 pm

Does anyone know much about these shorts? Looks like they were short news stories or music and scenery. I can find info about #10 from 1938 and #6, 8, & 10 from 1939 on IMDB. I found a short nitrate reel that says it is a Paramount Pictorial based on the popular ballad Ebb Tide.

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Unread post by Brock Davis » Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:02 pm

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I couldn't figure out how to post a pic so here are a couple of links to pics. I scrolled through the reel and it is pretty much just beach scenes with music over the top. Anyone know anything else about this series?

I also got a nitrate print of the Popeye the Sailor sing along with this.
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Unread post by oldposterho » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:55 pm

It looks like that would be Paramount Pictorial #5 from December 3, 1937.

http://ia902306.us.archive.org/BookRead ... e_0247.jp2

I imagine these are just shorts that are promos for studio films, disguised with public interest stories. Perhaps your Popeye is also one listed on that page of Motion Picture Herald.

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Unread post by Brock Davis » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:01 am

Wow! How do you guys find this stuff!? Thank you. The Popeye, I believe just from looking at the tail, is just the sing-a-long like this one here:



It is on a short show-at-home reel, so 2 minutes is probably about right. Just from inspection, not projection though, it looks gorgeous and has to be pretty rare on nitrate. Not exactly sure what to do with these, but it is pretty fun to find them.
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Unread post by Ray Faiola » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:10 am

Not a "Pictorial" but here's an early Paramount color short in my 16mm collection:

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Re: Paramount Pictorials

Unread post by Marr&Colton » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:54 am

EBB TIDE was a Paramount feature release of that time and the theme song from it was very popular.

Years ago I had a print of the movie and found it rather dull.

Paramount made loads of these one reelers in various series back in the day when shorts were a major part
of the movie experience.

BTW---the Popeye song short is on volume 1 of the early POPEYE DVD set and all are from 35mm materials.
It was used as the lead-in for the TV show hosted by
Capt. Jolly and Poopdeck Paul back in the late 1950s and early 60s on
channel 9, Windsor Ontario, which we received in southern Michigan and Toledo.
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Re: Paramount Pictorials

Unread post by Brock Davis » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:59 am

Nice Ray! I should have known with your collection that you'd have something comparable. Mine is only about 200 feet on 35mm so about 2mins. I always get these types of things and then wonder what the heck I should do with them. I'd give it to Paramount if they'd throw it on a dvd as an extra feature on a feature from the same time period. My guess is though that the scan, the time, and the effort is not worth it to them though. I know that I could send it to an archive, but then it is going to just sit there.

To switch gears, I started going through that Popeye reel and ran into this:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/ibEr8xQ4PUUJtkSh1" target="_blank

It was a big spot of nitrate dissolving into goo. The film was stuck to itself. I had to cut it with a razor unwrap one turn and cut it again. It was in the middle of the bouncing ball section. About 10 splices later, I finally got through it. The rest looked nice, but what a pain in the butt.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/tXV3g91SPKCbKRn62" target="_blank

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Unread post by Ray Faiola » Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:00 am

Great find!! Captain Jack McCarthy used that footage on his WPIX open too. But I'm pretty sure it was from the short POPEYE THE SAILOR which was in the AAP TV package. The sing-a-long was not in the package. I think I first saw it on the old Matinee at the Bijou with Scott Davini.
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