Archive for August, 2010

Cinecon 46 lineup

Monday, August 30th, 2010


 Cinecon 46 lineup







Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 46. For more information about these films visit our Film Line-up page.


All of these screenings will be at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Admission is by day pass or full festival pass which can be purchased in advance or at the door during the show, please see our Registration page for more information.


Show times are approximate and this schedule is subject to change without notice. Some films are listed here pending final clearance. Guests appearances are confirmed subject to unforeseen circumstances.

Thursday September 2
7:00    DINNER FOR EIGHT (1934) Early Technicolor Short
7:20   KING OF BURLESQUE (1936) Warner Baxter, Alice Faye 85 min
8:55   DOWN ON THE FARM (1921) Louise Fazenda, Harry Gribbon 65 min
10:15   VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD 2 shorts introduced by David Stenn

I LIKE IT THAT WAY (1934) Gloria Stuart, Roger Pryor 67 min


Friday September 3
9:00   RHAPSODY IN WOOD (1947) George Pal Puppetoon
9:10   BOMBSHELL (1933) Jean Harlow. Lee Tracy 96 min
10:55   TENNESSEE’S PARDNER (1916) Fannie Ward 65 min
12:05    Lunch Break
1:35   THE PEPPERY SALT (1935) Andy Clyde Short
2:00   THE FRESHMAN (1925) Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston
3:45   THIS IS THE LIFE (1935) introduced by Jane Withers 63 min
5:00   Two shorts with Louise Currie
6:30    Dinner Break
8:00   THE GROCERY CLERK (1919) Larry Semon
8:20    THE WAY OF THE STRONG (1928) Directed by Frank Capra 61 min
9:30    EASY TO TAKE (1936) introduced by Marsha Hunt and Marilyn Knowlden 67 min

YOU NEVER KNOW WOMEN (1926) directed by William Wellman 65 min


Saturday September 4
9:10    WARNER ARCHIVE PROGRAM meet George Feltenstein plus unseen shorts
Return to those glorious days of yesteryear with a full program like they used to do on Saturday mornings. Featuring SHORTS – TRAILERS – NEWSREEL – SERIAL CHAPTER – PRIZES –plus our BIG FEATURE
THE THRILL HUNTER (1933) starring Buck Jones 60 min
12:15    Lunch Break
featuring a fragment of FLAMING YOUTH (1923), the documentary KEEPERS OF THE FRAME and the newly discovered Charlie Chaplin short A THIEF CATCHER (1914)
3:45    THE CASE OF BECKY (1915) Blanche Sweet, Carlyle Blackwell 65 min
5:00    A PAIR OF SILK STOCKINGS (Fox, 1918) Constance Talmadge. A new restoration introduced by Patrick Stanbury
6:10    Dinner Break
7:45    FROM BAD TO WORSE (1937) Charley Chase short
8:05    THE SEA WOLF (1930) Milton Sills 87 min
9:45    THE TESTING BLOCK (1920) William S. Hart 70 min

THE COLLEGE COQUETTE (1929) Jobyna Ralston 68 min


Sunday September 5
9:00    Laurel & Hardy Short
9:20    THE BREAKING POINT (1924) Nita Naldi 75 min
10:45    MISTER BIG (1943) in person Cinecon honoree BOBBY SCHERER 63 min
12:10    Lunch Break
1:30    THE BOY FRIEND (1928) Max Davidson short
1:55    FROM HELL TO TEXAS (1958) in person Cinecon Honoree DON MURRAY
4:20    DOUBLE OR NOTHING (1937) Bing Crosby, Mary Carlisle 90 min



Monday September 6
9:00    GODDESS OF SPRING (1934) Silly Symphony
9:20    BROTHERS (1930) Bert Lytell, Dorothy Sebastian 79 min
10:45    THE SEVENTH DAY (1922) Richard Barthelmess 60 min
12:00    CADET GIRL (1941) Carole Landis, George Montgomery 69 min
1:10    Lunch Break
2:30    CROOKED STREETS (1920) Jack Holt 57 min
3:50    CROSS COUNTRY CRUISE (1934) Lew Ayres, June Knight 72 min
5:10    CAREER WOMAN (1936) Claire Trevor 76 min


The good people at Cinecon do their best to stick to the schedule, but changes and delays are inevitable.

Program subject to change without notice and pending final clearance




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Kevin Brownlow to get Honorary Oscar

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010


Film preservationist, Kevin Brownlow to receive Honorary Academy Award; Francis Ford Coppola gets Thalberg Award



Kevin Brownlow (Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present honorary awards to British film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow; French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who made his feature directorial debut 50 years ago with “Breathless”; and veteran actor Eli Wallach, whose credits include “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.


The film academy’s Board of Governors also voted Monday to present Francis Ford Coppola, director and producer of “The Godfather,” among other films, with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award.


The awards will be presented at the academy’s second annual Governors Awards dinner Nov. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center.


To read more, click here to check out today’s article at  the Alt Film Guide



83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


Today’s 83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial



 By Allan R. Ellenberger


Once again, this year’s highly attended, 83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial Service was a complete success. Held at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in the foyer of the Cathedral Mausoleum, today’s service had something for everyone. The life and career of Rudolph Valentino was lovingly remembered in word and song.


It was a warm August day, not at all like most of this summer which has been unseasonably cool. Summer is back! Hollywood Forever Cemetery owner, Tyler Cassity welcomed the audience this year before turning the service over to Tracy Ryan Terhune, the emcee for the day.


Yours truly provided a history of the “Aspiration” statue that stands in De Longpre Park that this year is celebrating its  80th anniversary. Following that, a short video that documented the early history of “Aspiration” was shown. Next the audience was treated to a recitation of three poems from Valentino’s book, Daydreams by Allison Francis, the mother of the 2030 Lady in Black.


The crowd was serenaded to two songs by Frank Labrador: “Candlelight” and “The Angels Above Needed Someone To Love” – the lyrics were reportedly written by Valentino for future Lady in Black, Ditra Flame, who wrote the music. Frank was accompanied on the piano by Garrett Bryant.


The current Lady in Black, Kari Bible, treated everyone to a history of Ditra Flame, the original Lady in Black. Following was a short clip from Art Linkletter’s House Party from the 1950s of Ditra being interviewed about her devotion to Valentino. It was the first public showing of this clip in more than 50 years.


Tracy then read excerpts from an unpublished manuscript by Paul Ivano who was a close friend of Valentino. Special guest, Donna Hill, the author of the just published Rudolph Valentino: The Silent Idol spoke about her book and showed a video of rare Valentino photos from her book.


Perennial favorites, Ian and Regina Whitcomb once again entertained the crowd with the songs, “There’s a New Star in Heaven Tonight” and “Sheik of Araby.” Valentino Memorial Committee icon, Stella Grace led the audience in a reading of the 23rd Psalm to end the service.


Once again, many thanks to this year’s committee members: Channell O’Farrill, Tracy Ryan Terhune, Stella Grace and Marvin Paige. And thank you to everyone behind the scenes — you all did a great job as usual.


Following are some photos from todays events:


Rudolph Valentino’s crypt




Donna Hill (left), Kari Bible and Garrett Bryant



Frank Labrador sings “The Angels Above Needed Someone to Love”



 Donna Hill, Tracy Ryan Terhune and Ian Whitcomb



 Allison Francis reads poems from Valentino’s Daydreams



Visitors explore the Cathedral Mausoleum 



Visitors peruse Valentino memorabilia 



 Allan Ellenberger holds the  future Lady in Black-2030, Olivia Francis



 Tracy Ryan Terhune and Stella Grace



Valentino is home today…

Monday, August 23rd, 2010


“Valentino Home Today”




The following poem was published in the Independent Daily News on the day that Valentino’s body was returned to Hollywood.  





By Oliver Allstorm


Valentino is home today

In a casket gray

From far away.

His hands are folded on his breast,

In sweet repose

And peaceful rest,

While mourners pray.


He sleeps like one a-wearied sleeps,

Nor shall he wake –

For Pola’s sake –

Nor shall the winds upon the shore

Where waters crash

And billows roar

His slumbers break.


He loved, his art was always love,

His love an art

That gripped the heart.

And now, tho’ buried from our view,

He lingers still –

The lover true –

Loath to depart.


The sheik shall move across the screen,

On desert sands –

In many lands –

And press a kiss on Sapho’s lip.

But O we miss

The fervent grip

Of his warm hands.


The living voice of him we loved

The laughing bell –

We knew so well –

Is stilled and silenced with his clay.

Nor can he see

Our tears that say –

Farewell! Farewell!


Here in the vale of golden dreams –

Here in the “west”

He lies at rest.

An Abelard, whose tomb shall be

Love’s trysting place

While souls agree

That love is best.


He lies and feigns that he is dead,

Who can not die

While lovers sigh.

‘Tis only man’s “location” ends.

This scene is best

To be with friends

While eons fly.


At home today with those he loved.

And he shall keep –

His slumbers deep –

Like one wrapped in immortal dust.

We leave him thus

Alone to sleep –

Because we must.


SOURCE: Independent Daily News, Los Angeles, September 6, 1926



Norma Talmadge remembers Valentino

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010


“Valentino as I Knew Him”



The following are excerpts from a three-part article that actress Norma Talmadge originally wrote (?) for the New York Daily News with the first installment appearing the day after Valentino died.


By Norma Talmadge


“I don’t believe it yet? It doesn’t seem possible – and yet it is – our great friend Rudolph Valentino is gone to a far beyond, whence he will never return.


“We all loved Rudy, we who knew him. He was sincere. After that he was brilliant, fascinating and companionable – three qualities seldom united, but I think with those who knew him best that it was his sincerity that touched us most.


“While I never worked with Rudy, I know so many who did, and I know that they always found him not only fair, but brilliant. He had the hypnotic power in acting, just as he had in life. People who played with him seemed to take fire from him. That thrilling throbbing fire of Italian youth!


“We were going to work together some day – Rudy and I. We both had determined that some day we would do Romeo and Juliet together. He wanted to awfully and so did I. And dad (Joseph Schenck, Norma’s husband) thought it would be the greatest thing in the world for both of us.


“What was he like in real life – this gallant, gentle Italian youth whom all the world in a few short years learned to love and admire?


“He was a boy – a mere kid in spirit until the very end. He was a great lover because he loved greatly. But, though his love affairs were discussed by multitudes in all corners of the earth, he himself never spoke of the women in his life, even to his closest friends.


“Of course we joked with him, as friends do, about certain young women to whom it was considered he paid marked attention. Rudy shut up tight as a clam. And only if he heard slurs on one he liked would he rise to action. Then he’d fight like the man he was. Otherwise he was usually of a calm even temperament.


“When I first met Rudy those eight years ago – it was on a studio set, and between scenes for one of my pictures which really wasn’t a bit romantic – he was exactly the same Rudolph Valentino as he was just two weeks before he died.


“Of all the men of the movies I’ve ever known – and I’ve known and played with nearly every prominent man on the screen today – Rudolph Valentino, with more cause for conceit than most of them, was positively modesty personified.


“Rudolph Valentino was the mixture of a spoiled child and a great poet.


“But he wasn’t that kind of a spoiled child who cries for the moon. Rudy was mischievous and people couldn’t help but love him for some of the little tricks he executed. We all thought him adorable at the time I’m going to tell you about now.


“He was making his last picture – how horribly sad that sounds – when my sister Constance was filming The Duchess of Buffalo at the same studio. All on both sets were attending conscientiously to duties. Suddenly – perhaps because the day was hot and the studio hotter, Rudy decided to take an hour’s recreation. But he hadn’t yet thought how to spend it.


“He walked over to Constance’s set – a snow scene which looked a great deal cooler than it really was – and became much attracted to a huge horse sleigh, in which my sister was seated. While the technical staff was getting prepared for the next shot, Rudy jumped up into the seat beside Constance and insisted that he drive her around Hollywood, much to the joy of everyone but his director and hers. “However, they had that ride around town and everybody – even the dignified directors – laughed for a good while afterward at the prank.


“I have seen Rudy and my sister Constance, dance together and everyone on the floor would stop to watch them. It was really a beautiful sight. Both of them were born to dance.


“What more can I say of Rudolph Valentino? I have already told you that he was brilliant, he was charming, companionable, fascinating, considerate, and a great lover of all humans.


“If you ask me to sum what Rudolph Valentino was, I’d say he was a kind man. Throughout all the sudden sadness of his illness, the grim tragedy of his death, I kept being reminded of that line from Hamlet:


‘There’s a Divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will!’”



83rd Annual Valentino Memorial

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


The 83rd Annual Valentino Memorial



As always, the service will start promptly at 12:10pm in the afternoon. Plan to arrive early for better seating.


83rd Annual Rudolph Valentino Memorial

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Boulevard

Monday, August 23, 2010

12:10 pm


By Tracy Ryan Terhune


The lineup for this year VMS will include:


Noted author Allan Ellenberger who will speak about the 80 Year history of the Valentino tribute statue “Aspiration” This year marks the 80th anniversary of it’s dedication. Allan’s remarks will be followed by a video presentation of Aspiration from its dedication to today.


Allison Francis will be reading selections from “Daydreams”, Valentino’s book of poetry he released in 1923. This will be Allison’s first time to speak at the service, although she’s been a long time attendee.


Karie Bible will give us an overview of the Ditra Flame “Lady In Black” story. Karie’s presentation will be followed by a very rare (recently discovered) archival film clip filmed just days after Ditra’s announcement on August 23, 1954 that she would be giving up the Lady In Black role. When she made that announcement, she was wearing a white gown, with a blue cape. She’s wearing the same outfit in this interview.


Frankie Labrador will be joining us for the first time; Frankie has taking the time to learn two pieces of vintage Valentino tribute related sheet music that were never professionally recorded. Everyone will be hearing them at this years Memorial for the very first time!


Donna Hill, who’s recent release of her pictorial book called “Rudolph Valentino – The Silent Idol” will be speaking for the first time. Everyone from Kevin Brownlow to Leonard Maltin have given high praise to this beautiful book Donna has made this years Valentino Tribute video based on images she has selected from her book.


Rudolph Valentino had many friends who knew him well, but few knew him as good as Paul Ivano. They roomed together and shared many memories. Recently discovered but never published is Paul Ivano’s “I Remember Valentino” We have secured permission to read some of these never heard before, inside stories of Rudy in his personal life.


Ian Whitcomb will be joining us for another year to lead us in song.


All of these things and more, will make up the 83rd Annual Valentino Memorial.


“We Never Forget” is our motto. We honor his life, his legacy. Please join us on Monday, August 23rd in remembering the remarkable Rudolph Valentino.



Cinecon 46 is coming

Friday, August 13th, 2010


Cinecon 46 is returning to Hollywood



A Thief Catcher (Keystone, 1914), featuring a previously unknown performance by silent comedy star Charlie Chaplin, will have its west coast re-premiere during the 46th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood California over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-6, 2010


 Charlie Chaplin in a scene from The Thief Catcher


To read more about this rare film click here


A Thief Catcher is one of nearly forty rare and unusual films to be screened during the five-day Cinecon film festival, and will be shown on Saturday afternoon during a themed film preservation segment of the program.


Besides a great film line-up Cinecon 46 also includes celebrity screenings, a great movie memorabilia show with six fabulous dealers’ rooms and the Cinecon Career Achievement Award banquet which will take place on Sunday evening.


The Hollywood Renaissance is the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.


If you love movies, Cinecon 46 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend


 Click here for more information at Cinecon’s website




Jane Wyatt’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, August 12th, 2010


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David Wolper Obituary

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010


David L. Wolper dies at 82; producer of ‘Roots,’ 1984 L.A. Olympics opening ceremonies



The miniseries was a turning point for television. Wolper also produced many well-regarded documentaries.


By Dennis McLellan
Los Angeles Times
August 11, 2010


David L. Wolper, the award-winning television documentary producer best known for the blockbuster TV miniseries “Roots” and for the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies he created for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, has died. He was 82.


Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for David Wolper



Emma Thompson gets Star on Walk of Fame

Monday, August 9th, 2010


Emma Thompson honored on Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’


(Los Angeles, August 6. Image via Bauer-Griffin)


British actress Emma Thompson was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, organizers said.


Thompson won a best actress Oscar for “Howards End” and was nominated for acting Oscars for “The Remains of the Day,” “In the Name of the Father” and “Sense and Sensibility.” She won a screenwriting Oscar for “Sense and Sensibility.”


“Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. On Aug. 20, her current global hit, Universal Pictures’ ‘Nanny McPhee Returns,’ comes to the United States and Canada,” the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said on its Web site. “Thompson is currently writing a new film version of ‘My Fair Lady’ for Sony Pictures and starring, with Alan Rickman, in a flagship production of the poem ‘The Song of Lunch,’ by Christopher Reid, for the BBC.”