Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

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Footage of Broadway marquees, 1929 (with sound!)

Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:51 am

Remarkable raw newsreel footage with Movietone sound of a drive down Broadway, wonderful to look at all the marquees (RUDY VALLEE! THE VAGABOND LOVER!) and as a bonus (for me, anyway) to see a giant Moxie billboard.

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Wed Mar 21, 2018 1:42 pm

Gee, a little glimpse of life as it was. I see the streets were just as crowded then as they are now. People everywhere!. And - New York had trams! I even saw some gentlemen walking down the street without a hat on! What a good choice of pictures they had to look at too. :D
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Unread post by Scott Eckhardt » Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:16 pm

Amazing footage. The sound really adds to the "live" atmosphere. I would love to crawl through that lens and go and see GOLD DIGGERS OF BROADWAY, new, complete and pristine.

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Unread post by smokey15 » Wed Mar 21, 2018 9:30 pm

Awesome! What I found intriguing is how people were all dressed up. The guys in overcoats and hats and the women
in dresses and skirts. People used to dress up then. Not like today.


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Unread post by Daniel Eagan » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:36 pm

That Paramount building is still there at 44th Street (and still has Paramount's NY offices), although the theater itself is mostly used for TV shows.

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Unread post by Marr&Colton » Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:51 pm

I downloaded that clip last week and made a dvd copy to run at my weekly home theatre showings---great on a big screen---love those great theatre marquees with the chaser lights!!

One of my guests familiar with NYC thinks the old Embassy newsreel theatre is now a visitor center---right?

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Unread post by syd » Sun Mar 25, 2018 12:56 am

2:01 - 2:22 - Walgreens. Survived the Depression and is the #2
largest drug store chain in the U.S.

Upbeat, positive marquee titles everywhere.
Our present cynical times won't allow that.

The Vagabond Lover (1929).
They showed this on the old AMC
during a fundraiser. It moves like
molasses and the director seemed
unsure on how to handle dialogue.
The cast looks rather nervous at times.
Too many pauses and poor Rudy
Vallee, when not singing, looks as if
he wished he were elsewhere.
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I liked the Moxie billboard... You Gotta Have Moxie! I drink it every day.
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Unread post by silentfilm » Mon Mar 26, 2018 11:22 am

Marr&Colton wrote:I downloaded that clip last week and made a dvd copy to run at my weekly home theatre showings---great on a big screen---love those great theatre marquees with the chaser lights!!

One of my guests familiar with NYC thinks the old Embassy newsreel theatre is now a visitor center---right?
According to the CinemaTreasures website, it was a visitor's center, but has now been closed.

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Unread post by ajabrams » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:29 pm

syd wrote: The Vagabond King (1929).
They showed this on the old AMC
during a fundraiser. It moves like
molasses and the director seemed
unsure on how to handle dialogue.
The cast looks rather nervous at times.
Too many pauses and poor Rudy
Vallee, when not singing, looks as if
he wished he were elsewhere.
I think you mean The Vagabond Lover not Vagabond King.

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Unread post by s.w.a.c. » Mon Mar 26, 2018 12:34 pm

Similar footage from the same source. Look at those marquees for Trader Horn and Ingagi!

Bebe Daniels in My Past! Joan Crawford in Dance Fools Dance!

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Unread post by Donald Binks » Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:30 pm

Thanks for posting. Another fascinating glimpse of things as they were.

So, when did New York get rid of its trams? Funny little ones weren't they?

I loved the way that people just crossed the roads anywhere they liked - I have seen this in a lot of actuality footage taken in the "olden days". I also liked the driving - which seems a lot more relaxed, after all they didn't have any turn indicators so I suppose it was quite alright to just come straight out from the kerb.

All those fabulous cinemas - with an orchestra, organ and a stage show!

And the prices! Take me back there with today's dollars!

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Unread post by LouieD » Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:26 pm

Outtake footage from a Noel Francis "discovered on the street" Movietone news reel. There is a second part of this at the South Carolina archive website.

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Unread post by Scott Eckhardt » Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:06 am

THE VAGABOND LOVER does have all the scars of the early talkies. Vallee is stiff as a board, and only Marie Dressler and Nella Walker sparring adds any life. The Photophone recording is very crisp and clear, though. To the point where in several scenes, the whirring of the (blimped?) camera is quite noticible. In Rudy's final numbers, the heavy makeup and lipstick are laughably obvious. He became an adroit character actor later on. Still, this is a textbook example of the unsure nature of early sound filming, and one of RKO's early money makers.

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Unread post by jtc » Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:45 am

Marr&Colton wrote:One of my guests familiar with NYC thinks the old Embassy newsreel theatre is now a visitor center---right?
I was sometimes able to catch a major release when it was on its last legs at the Embassy 2, 3, or 4. This is where I finally saw Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Fatal Attraction (during the screening of the latter, right after the first illicit love scene, a woman stood up and encouraged all the other women in the audience to go out and cheat on their husbands).

I had a unique experience during Bad Lieutenant. Harvey Keitel jumps in a cab and heads downtown. The cab drives right past the theater I am watching the movie in -- The Embassy 3.

So, thanks M&C and Bruce for the additional information about that night.

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Unread post by syd » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:26 pm

ajabrams wrote:
syd wrote: The Vagabond King (1929).
They showed this on the old AMC
during a fundraiser. It moves like
molasses and the director seemed
unsure on how to handle dialogue.
The cast looks rather nervous at times.
Too many pauses and poor Rudy
Vallee, when not singing, looks as if
he wished he were elsewhere.
"I think you mean The Vagabond Lover not Vagabond King."

Correction made. Thank you.

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