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Stars galore! You won’t believe how many Hollywood stars appear in this short subject, The Stolen Jools!

Stars galore! You won’t believe how many Hollywood stars appear in this short subject, The Stolen Jools! Just to wet your appetite: Norma Shearer, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy, Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Maurice Chevalier, Bebe Daniels, Joe E. Brown, and 48 more!

The Stolen Jools (1931) was a promotional short film to raise money for the National Variety Artists Tuberculosis Sanatorium. This comedy begins with Norma Shearer’s jewels having been pinched from a Hollywood party. Detective Kane snoops around, grilling all the stars who might have attended this said party. Very fun to see how many stars you can spot.

Trivia: Alternate title is The Slippery Pearls. All actors, but a few, are credited at the end of this film. Oddly enough, this fund raiser for tuberculosis was sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes! Check out IMDb for the whole cast.

Thank you to Guérin Pascal for making it available on YouTube!

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Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Ready for your swim, Miss Crawford!

Joan Crawford appeared in at least 15 short subjects from the 1920’s-1950’s. Picture above is Crawford in the April, 1940 Hollywood magazine, brought to you by Media History Digital Library.

Selected Short Subjects
1925 Studio Tour (1925)
Wampas Baby Stars of 1926 (1926)
Voices Across the Sea (1928)
Hollywood Snapshots, #11 (1929)
Screen Snapshots series (1930-1939)

Click on Joan Crawford’s name here to find out more.

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Love this guy!

One of my favorite movie actors, Jimmy Stewart, from Picture-Play Magazine, 1938. Early in his career, Jimmy appeared in quite a few short subjects: Art Trouble (1934), Important News (1936), and the Screen Snapshots series,to name a few. Also, Jimmy narrated various military-related shorts during and after WWII. Gotta love him!

Source: http://mediahistoryproject.org/collections/

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Can you guess who is in this 1947 short subject film?

“Shy Guy” (1947) is a 14-minute film, otherwise known as a short subject: a brief film (40 mins or less) that is typically shown before the main feature. Coronet Instructional Films, a successful company who, for years, sold educational films to schools and libraries, produced this short. I’m sure many of you have had the pleasure of watching an educational short…either in school, or before a movie, or on YouTube. A number of these films are corny, outdated, and sometimes offensive. However, I got a kick out of this one, as the advice offered wasn’t as bad as I expected. 

Once in a while, an actor continues his career in movies after starring in one of these instructional films. Many well-known actors made their first appearances in these and other types of shorts such as comedies, musicals, etc. As in “Shy Guy,” the main actor became quite popular on a TV sitcom from 1964-1969. Spoiler Alert Ahead! 

“Shy Guy” stars a 19-year-old actor named Dick York, who played Darren Stevens on “Bewitched.” Gotta love his voice in this film! And, by the way, the narrator is Mike Wallace, former TV journalist on “60 Minutes.” Enjoy this short, but sweet, view of teenage life in the 40’s.

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“Believe It Or Not?”

A word that is 184 letters long? A three-story home built by a blind man? A man who can pick up and hold, in one hand, twelve billiard balls? Allow Mr. Robert Ripley to answer all of these burning questions, and more, with a nostalgic look back to 1930 from his “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” short subject! 

I’m sure you’re familiar with Ripley’s books and television shows. But, did you know that Ripley (and the company bearing his name) produced his syndicated cartoon features in over 200 worldwide newspapers, broadcast several radio series to every world nation, created thirty-two “Odditorium” museums around the world, maintains an website and blog, and made an early talkie film series for Warner Brothers? Believe it or not!

Ripley was an avid artist, an explorer extraordinaire, a tireless traveler, and a generally busy guy, who, if had been a cat, would have surely died too soon from his insatiable curiosity. 

Enjoy more Ripley videos on MrJadedtom’s YouTube channel.

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin sing “Every Sunday.”

“Every Sunday” is a 1936 short subject with Judy Garland and Deanna Durbin (Durbin’s film debut). Per IMDb, “George Sidney, believed to be the line producer, has said that MGM executives instructed him to ”dump the fat one“ (meaning Judy Garland) after viewing this short film. But Judy was signed to MGM and Deanna Durbin was let go, to be snapped up by Universal Pictures.I guess Garland showed them!

Photo Source: DeannaDurbinDevotees

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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“Bubbles” with Frances Ethel Gumm! Oh, sorry, I meant Judy Garland!

In this clip from a Warner Brothers Vitaphone Varieties short called “Bubbles,” Frances Ethel Gumm, aka Judy Garland, is seen at the age of eight, belting out “The Land of Let’s Pretend.” Young Judy is joined by her older sisters, Mary Jane and Virginia Gumm; all three known to Hollywood as “The Gumm Sisters.” If you want to hear just Garland’s two-line solo and see her in a close-up, skip through the clip to about 1:04. Sorry, that it isn’t a better print.

The 1930 short was originally filmed in Technicolor, but did not survive in that format. However, during the 1990’s, in the Library of Congress, a black & white print was discovered. You can watch the full 7+ minutes on Dailymotion. And, to read more about Judy’s short films, please visit thejudyroom.com.

Warner Brothers made hundreds of short films showcasing many great talents of the 20’s and 30’s. Judy starred in a few more short subjects before making feature films. Isn’t it fun to see our “Wizard of Oz” girl so early in her career?

 
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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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