A variety of segments focusing on Hollywoods contribution to the war effort: “The All-Star Bond Rally,” “Hollywood Canteen Overseas Special,” “Mail Call,” “G.I. Movie Weekly,” and “Invaders in Grease Paint.”
A NBC Television Special featuring Fred Astaire, The Jonah Jones Quartet, David Rose and His Orchestra, and Edward R. Murrow.
869. HOLLYWOOD WITHOUT MAKE-UP (c. 1962-USA). Produced by and featuring KEN MURRAY, When Ken Murray, an aspiring Vaudevillian, came to Hollywood in the early 1930’s, he brought with him a 15mm camera. Ken was one of the first home movie fans, but his home movies were taken of dozens of Hollywood stars who willingly posed, joked, mugged, made faces, threw snowballs and fell into swimming pools for him. Taking these “home movies” for over 30 years. Ken accumulated a priceless document of Hollywood’s greatest stars at work and at play. An absolute must for anyone who has enjoyed the performances of THE MARX BROTHERS, CLARK GABLE, LAUREL AND HARDY, DICK POWELL, JOE E. BROWN, MAE WEST, JACKIE COOPER, CARY GRANT, MARY PICKFORD AND CLARA BOW. But there’s much more, here is a never to be duplicated opportunity to watch at work and play: KIRK DOUGLAS, TOM MIX, JOHNNY MACK BROWN, HOPALONG CASSIDY, HUMPHREY BOGART, JUNE ALLYSON, ERROL FLYNN, JOHNNY WEISMULLER, LUCILLE BALL, BOB HOPE, ROBERT TAYLOR, BOB CUMMINGS, CHARLES FARRELL, VAN JOHNSON, DONNA REED, JOHN WAYNE, WALT DISNEY and MARILYN MONROE. Ken also narrates his movies taken at “San Simeon” while it was still being built. These rare scenes feature its millionaire owner WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST fooling around “on camera” with MARIE DRESSLER, MARION DAVIES, CHARLIE CHAPLIN and many more. Ken’s cigar and crewcut were his famous trademarks through the years, but his home movies will long be remembered as a priceless souvenir of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Highly recommended. 51 minutes. Documentary-Variety
751. STAGE SHOW (March 17, 1956-USA). CBS-TV. With TOMMY and JIMMY DORSEY and their ORCHESTRA, JUNE TAYLOR DANCERS, ELVIS PRESLEY, GLENN DERRINGER, HENNY YOUNGMAN. Sponsored by Nestle’s Quick and Nescafe (live commercial by DANNY O’DAY and FARFEL). It’s Elvis’ 5th appearance on the show and he’s still introduced as the star of the “Louisiana Hayride” in Shreveport. “Blue Suede Shoes” and “‘Heartbreak Hotel” get the kids in the audience wild. Glen Derringer (an 11 year old organist) beats out a hot “Tommy Dorsey Boogie”. Guy Lombardo and Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey’s Mother are introduced from the audience. Henny O’Youngman does a fine St. Patrick’s Day routine, but Elvis alone is worth the price of admission. Recommended. 28 minutes. Television-Variety
760.WEBER AND FIELDS, AL JOLSON, AND THIS IS AMERICA (c. 1930, September 27; 1948,1943-USA) Pure Americana in 3 easy lessons.
Lesson #1. WEBER and FIELDS (C1930) Vaudevillians since “Way Back When,” this dynamic duo were noted for their well-polished turns for decades. This rare footage appears to be a rehearsal or an unedited static shot Of their classic “Oyster* routine. Watch the dance at the end-it looks like they’ve done those same steps a thousand times. Practice makes perfect!
Lesson #2. AL JOLSON SCREEN TEST (September 27, 1948). The rarest scenes Of Al Jolson ever found- as the “world’s greatest entertainer” sings his famous songs (most Of them twice!). Made before the shooting Of “Jolson Sings Again,” this was either an attempt by Jolson to convince the studio brass that he was still young enough to play himself-or it was filmed as a guide for Larry Parks to use while imitating Jolson’s gestures and mannerisms. Anyone who really knows the Jolson personality will have no trouble deciding which.
Lesson #3. THIS IS AMERICA (c. 1943) Broadway Dim Out narrated by DWIGHTWEIST. A war time tour along the gay white way. A nostalgic look at theatres, restaurants, shows and stars long since passed from the scene. Watch for some Of those fabulous Broadway signs. 29 minutes total. Musical Variety
717. BROADWAY HIGHLIGHTS (Intimate News of the Gay White Way) (1936-USA). Narrated by TED HUSING. Four different one-reel tours through the night life of New York City. Visits to restaurants, night clubs and theatres long gone but fondly remembered today. Brief performances by the headliners of Yesteryear: MILTON BERLE, GEORGE JESSEL, BABE RUTH, PHIL REGAN singing with RUSS MORGAN and his ORCHERSTRA, “PEGLEG” BATES, JAMES J. BRADDOCK, JACK DEMPSEY. The opening night of “Jumbo” with ED WYNN, BEN BERNJE, MARION DAVIES, FANNY BRICE, GEORGE BURNS and GRACIE ALLEN. JIMMY DURANTE, KEN MURRAY and EVE ARDEN, EDGAR BERGEN and CHARLIE MCCARTHY, PHIL BAKER, LOU HOLTZ, GRACE MOORE, ED SULLIVAN, RUDY VALLEE, JAY C. FLIPPEN, FLOYD GIBBONS, PAT ROONEY, many more. A veritable entertainment newsreel of the past! 40 minutes total. Documentary-Variety
636. THE HOLLYWOOD PALACE (February 7,1970-USA). ABC-TV net. Last show of the series. BING CROSBY-host. Excerpts from past shows and famous performances. With ELLA FITZGERALD, FRED ASTAIRE, ETHEL MERMAN, NAT KING COLE, “MRS. MILLER,” JIMMY DURANTE, EDIE GORME, ED WYNN, SAMMY DAVIS JR., MARTHA RAYE, JAMES BROWN, HERB ALPERT AND THE TIJUANA BRASS, RAY BOLGER, GENE KELLY, PERRY COMO, DEAN MARTIN, JUDY GARLAND, THE WALLENDAS (and other novelty acts), VICTOR BORGE, BETTE DAVIS, BUSTER KEATON, GLORIA SWANSON, TINY TIM, IMOGENE COCA, SID CAESAR, BUDDY RICH, EDGAR BERGEN AND CHARLIE MCCARTHY, PHYLLIS DILLER, DON RICKLES, DEBBIE REYNOLDS, MILTON BERLE, GROUCHO MARX, JACK BENNY, GEORGE BURNS, DON KNOTTS, DON ADDAMS, many, many morel Don’t miss the compilation of hilarious live bloopers that happened on the show. (For instance-ALAN SHERMAN with his fly openl) The end of the live TV era. 52 minutes. Television-Variety
397. MAJOR BOWES’ ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR (C. 1939-USA) Two theatrical one-reelers about Major Bowes and his Amateurs. Starting on CBS in 1935, the show soon became immensely popular, with as many as 10,000 people each week applying to perform on the show! 1. STARS OF TOMOR ROW. A medley of typical contestants that were heard on the show: an English butler who plays the “spoons;” a banjoist who plays Braham’s Fifth Hungarian Dance; a Crosby-imitating crooner; Doc Dawson and his Original Buckaroos (why would anybody want to imitate them?); and several other acts, including a girl who tap dances on her toes! 2. CHRYSLER CORPORATION PRESENTS MAJOR BOWES’ ORIGINAL AMATEUR HOUR. With an audience of 20 million listeners, a look behind the scenes as announcer RALPH EDWARDS and the Major present a fat colored blues singer, a Charles Laughton impersonator, a 13-year-old Irish tenor, a one-man band, and a giri singer who breaks into tears. 20 minutes total. Variety