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June 13th, 2018, 2:10 am #41

Rick wrote: Well, you got me there, Doc. Never seen it. I do think I read the title somewhere ages ago, but don't think it's crossed my mind since whenever I first read the title.

Sounds a bit like Hawks's MONKEY BUSINESS. I'll have to add it to the list.
or Joe E. Brown's The Gladiator from the same year
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June 13th, 2018, 2:16 am #42

Now that one I have seen. First heard of it in FM -- "Philip (GLADIATOR) Wylie." Like that.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
~ Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
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June 13th, 2018, 12:29 pm #43

Dr Kelp wrote: Isn't Oh Boy! from 1938 a sci-fi film available on dvd. nobody's ever reviewed it, anybody see it?
The BFI has a print, but I've never heard of any showings on this side of the pond.
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June 13th, 2018, 4:28 pm #44

PhantomXCI wrote:
Dr Kelp wrote: Isn't Oh Boy! from 1938 a sci-fi film available on dvd. nobody's ever reviewed it, anybody see it?
The BFI has a print, but I've never heard of any showings on this side of the pond.
It's on a nice DVD from UK distributor Network:

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June 13th, 2018, 4:48 pm #45

That doesn't look good, even by my low comedic standards. But it is great to see it is out there.
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June 13th, 2018, 7:16 pm #46

Here is one that was shown in theaters, said to play on PBS, but was never rebroadcasted, nor released on home entertainment like VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray.  This is TROIKA (1969).  To read more about it, read the book NIGHT MARE U.S.A.
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July 20th, 2018, 10:52 am #47

Through J. Paul Getty Jr. In UK, I obtained a copy of the silent version of HIGH TREASON (1929).  Long sought after by Forry who saw it as a kid.  I put the tape in his bedroom VCR, pressed play, and ran!  It's never been shown on TV or issued for home video.

The talkie version is in the National Film Archive of Belgium.
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July 22nd, 2018, 7:47 pm #48

Ned Sparks VO wrote: Through J. Paul Getty Jr. In UK, I obtained a copy of the silent version of HIGH TREASON (1929).  Long sought after by Forry who saw it as a kid.  I put the tape in his bedroom VCR, pressed play, and ran!  It's never been shown on TV or issued for home video.

The talkie version is in the National Film Archive of Belgium.
Is this the same J. Paul Getty Jr. who hired F. Grumbling Monkeytire to travel the world's film archives, carrying a Steenbeck on his back, in search of lost films for his own personal collection?

HIGH TREASON has been getting a lot of press recently on the CHFB.  Why?  I dunno, because it barely qualifies as sci-fi.  Be that as it may, the sound version has been shown at Capitolfest, and the LoC and BFI both have prints.
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July 22nd, 2018, 8:39 pm #49

F. Grumbling Monkeytire?
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July 22nd, 2018, 8:52 pm #50

I get it, F. Gwynplaine McIntyre, "finder" of lost films.  Sounds like quite a chapter in the film historian con artist hall of fame.
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July 22nd, 2018, 9:01 pm #51

Liar Liar McIntyre claimed he was in the employ of an exceedingly wealthy (unnamed) gentleman, whom many people suspected was a member of the Getty family.  Well, they suspected it until they figured out that McIntyre was a total loon.
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July 22nd, 2018, 9:25 pm #52

PhantomXCI wrote:
Ned Sparks VO wrote: Through J. Paul Getty Jr. In UK, I obtained a copy of the silent version of HIGH TREASON (1929).  Long sought after by Forry who saw it as a kid.  I put the tape in his bedroom VCR, pressed play, and ran!  It's never been shown on TV or issued for home video.

The talkie version is in the National Film Archive of Belgium.
Is this the same J. Paul Getty Jr. who hired F. Grumbling Monkeytire to travel the world's film archives, carrying a Steenbeck on his back, in search of lost films for his own personal collection?

HIGH TREASON has been getting a lot of press recently on the CHFB.  Why?  I dunno, because it barely qualifies as sci-fi.  Be that as it may, the sound version has been shown at Capitolfest, and the LoC and BFI both have prints.
Why do you say it barely qualifies? It is set in the future and has some futuristic city views. It may be lame, but it is science fiction.
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July 22nd, 2018, 10:20 pm #53

In my humble opinion (for what it's worth), the film must have some kind of sci-fi plot, or gadgetry, to qualify as a sci-fi.  HIGH TREASON is set in the future; but aside from some nice sets and a few weird cars, it doesn't have enough to rank it as more than "barely" sci-fi.  It's certainly not as sci-fi-y as JUST IMAGINE, THINGS TO COME, or even IT'S GREAT TO BE ALIVE.  There's just not enough meat on them bones.
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July 22nd, 2018, 10:46 pm #54

PhantomXCI wrote: Liar Liar McIntyre claimed he was in the employ of an exceedingly wealthy (unnamed) gentleman, whom many people suspected was a member of the Getty family.  Well, they suspected it until they figured out that McIntyre was a total loon.
Getty Jr., or Sir Paul after he was knighted (and his days weren't too hot either), was an old movie fan supreme.  If you've ever wondered what a billionaire does with his time, he'd sit up all night watching his detective favorites - Charlie Chan, The Saint, The Falcon, Boston Blackie, The Crime Doctor, The Whistler, Lone Wolf, Mr. Moto, Mr. Wong, Ellery Queen, Bulldog Drummond, etc.  When doing a chronological Chan-a-Thon for guests, when he got to the lost ones (Chance, Courage, one other), he'd bring out the framed lobby cards and EXPLAIN what happens in them!

In a way, I WAS in his employ, supplying him with hundreds of films.  His mom was actress Ann Rork, and I once came up with a glass lantern slide of one of her movies, produced by his grandfather Sam Rork.  He also spent part of his childhood in the house seen in SUNSET BLVD.

One thing I never got - he and his friends would watch tapes of Sarah Ferguson on the Oprah Winfrey show, and laugh hysterically.  I never got it!
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July 30th, 2018, 2:05 pm #55

Marie Dressler's final film CHRISTOPHER BEAN is supposed to still exist but has never been shown on TCM or anyplace else I believe.
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July 30th, 2018, 5:03 pm #56

CHRISTOPHER BEAN (1933) does exist, and has been shown at film festivals, but has never been shown on TV/video.  MGM sold the film rights, which were later resold, and resold and resold again.  It's my understanding that the paperwork was later lost and the paper trail is dead, so nobody knows for sure who currently owns the rights, except to say that MGM doesn't.
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July 30th, 2018, 7:13 pm #57

Is this picutre under the public domain?
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July 30th, 2018, 7:45 pm #58

MovieMatt wrote: Is this picutre under the public domain?
CHRISTOPHER BEAN?  No, it's still in copyright.
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July 30th, 2018, 9:03 pm #59

PhantomXCI wrote:
MovieMatt wrote: Is this picutre under the public domain?
CHRISTOPHER BEAN?  No, it's still in copyright.
is it genre?
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July 31st, 2018, 12:21 am #60

No.
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