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2:37 PM - Jun 09, 2015 #21

When I was stationed in Calif from 75 to 78, the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER used to report about all kinds of movie news. Possible the paper reported the fire ten years earlier if anyone can look thru any archives.
  
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3:39 PM - Jun 09, 2015 #22

Wouldn't there be police reports and insurance records?
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4:08 PM - Jun 09, 2015 #23

Well, since no one can be sure when the fire occurred, perhaps there never was a fire, and London After Midnight wasn't lost at all. Say...looks like this guy found a clip of it :

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3:01 PM - Jun 10, 2015 #24

I guess that the studio had its own security and safety crews, so maybe they don't have to file detailed reports under those circumstances.
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3:29 AM - Jun 11, 2015 #25

DonM435 wrote:
I guess that the studio had its own security and safety crews, so maybe they don't have to file detailed reports under those circumstances.
I think you're probably right, but if in fact someone was killed, there's record of it somewhere outside MGM. Problem is, we don't even have confirmation of the year anymore, so it's hard to know where to start looking—though 1965 is sounding more viable than 1967.
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5:13 AM - Jun 11, 2015 #26

I checked my copy of Nitrate Won't Wait, and while it talks about a lot of fires and vault explosions, there's no mention of the MGM vault--in fact it talks about how good they were about transferring everything they had to safety stock. Thompson's Lost Films doesn't mention it either. Weird. It's one of those things that everyone knows about but there don't seem to be many traces of it.
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2:50 PM - Jun 15, 2015 #27

A very informative article from January 2015:
https://silentology.wordpress.com/2015/ ... come-lost/
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2:11 PM - Jun 16, 2015 #28

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11:16 PM - Jun 16, 2015 #29

Thanks, PhantomXCI & Scoundrel!


In terms of that Turner Classics page, that's what first made me aware of the whole 1965/67 discrepancy. Elsewhere at the TCM site, they mention 1967 as the year. Here's what David Pierce, the author of that aforementioned "Film History" piece unfortunately said about it:


There is a lot of information on various fires on this page,
http://fangroups.tcm.com/blogpost/vault ... -a-history
but some of it I know is factually incorrect, some appears to be
cribbed from my article, so I don't trust any of it without further
verification.
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4:25 PM - Jun 17, 2015 #30

"Don't step on that spider -- it might be nitrate!!"

http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/17/87921 ... n-festival
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