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Cinecon returns to the Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

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The 52nd annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival returns to Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

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Cinecon is back! That’s right. Over this coming Labor Day Weekend (September 1 – September 5), cinephiles from around the country (and possibly the world) will gather at Hollywood’s historic Egyptian Theater to view remarkable films,  thrilling celebrity guests and a collection of movie memorabilia during the 52nd Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival.

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Just some of the highlights include a new restoration of 1930’s King of Jazz with Paul Whiteman and an all-star cast that will screen on Saturday night. A special film tribute to Jack Oakie will consist of Looking for Trouble (1934) with Spencer Tracy (1935), Sitting Pretty (1933) with Ginger Rogers and Tin Pan Alley (1940) with Alice Faye. American Asian stars, Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn (both Los Angeles natives) battle alien smugglers in Daughter of Shanghai (1938). Also see the lovely Dolores Del Rio in the rarely screened classic Ramona (1928), along with Warner Baxter. Some rare and early films made at Fort Lee, New Jersey—before Hollywood was Hollywood— will screen, and there will be a sneak peek at an episode of The Clown Princes of Hollywood (2016) from the new DVD collection Silents Please: The Great Comedians.

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For Western fans, there will be Gary Cooper in The Spoilers (1930), Ken Maynard in The Fighting Legion (1930) and in a more modern tale, there is Sky High (1922) starring Tom Mix as a border patrol agent who is fighting smugglers.

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Special highlights will include restored shorts of Laurel & Hardy; the great director Ernst Lubitsch’s silent production of So This is Paris (1927), and a 12-part pre-code serial from Universal called The Jungle Mystery (1932) that will run periodically throughout the festival.

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Bob Birchard speaking at Cinecon 48.

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At 5 PM on Friday, September 2, 2016, there will be a memorial held for former Cinecon president, Bob Birchard, who passed away on May 30, 2016. In addition to his dedication to overseeing Cinecon for many years, Bob was a well-respected film historian, author and film editor. He will be missed by many especially by everyone in the Cinecon family. The memorial is open to the public, and all are welcome.

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Marsha Hunt, recipient the 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award  in a scene from

“None Shall Escape” (1944)

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This year, the Cinecon Board of Governors announced the presentation of the inaugural 2016 Cinecon Legacy Award to the legendary actress, author, and activist Marsha Hunt. The award will be presented to her in person on Friday, September 2 at the Egyptian Theater following a screening of her personal favorite film, None Shall Escape (1944), the story of what war crimes trials might be like following World War II. This movie was released two years before the actual Nuremberg trials.

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Besides The King of Jazz (rarely seen in the last 70 years), there are a few films I am looking forward to including Universal’s sparkling new restoration of the Marx Brother’s classic Animal Crackers (1930) containing footage originally cut by the scissors-happy American censors. Then there is A Million Bid (1927), a silent melodrama of love, motherhood, death and amnesia, starring the beautiful Dolores Costello (and grandmother of the present-day actress, Drew Barrymore). Also, plan to be scared silly during The Last Warning (1929), a pre-cursor to Universal’s horror legacy with ghosts, and murder in an eerie, deserted Broadway theater, starring the also neglected stars Laura La Plante and Montagu Love.

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In addition to the great actors mentioned above, at Cinecon 52 you will also see more films featuring Patsy Ruth Miller, Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston, Monty Banks, Abbott and Costello, Claire Trevor, Ralph Bellamy, Madge Kennedy, Thelma Todd, Eva Novak, Douglas Fairbanks, Betty Grable, John Boles, Dixie Lee, Jack Haley, Richard Conte, Lynn Bari, Bing Crosby, Blanche Sweet and many, many more.

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These classic films and much more will screen at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater (home to the American Cinematheque) So if you have not reserved your seat, go to the CINECON website and find out how you can enjoy five days of non-stop classic films and fellowship with like-minded cinephiles in the heart of Hollywood. See you there.

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  • Cinecon 52, Egyptian Theater, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
  • Stay at Loews Hollywood Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood.

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CINECON 51 is coming!!

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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Cinecon 51 is coming!

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For half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel is the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd. There will also be a Memorabilia Show and Author’s book signings all weekend.

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For more information, please CLICK HERE

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JUST A FEW OF THE FILMS THAT WILL BE SCREENING AT

CINECON 51:

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FOR A COMPLETE FILM SCHEDULE OF CINECON 51, PLEASE GO TO:

http://www.cinecon.org/cinecon_schedule.html

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U.S. premiere of the restored 1922 film, “East is West” at Cinecon 50

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

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The American premiere of the restored 1922 silent film, East is West at Cinecon 50

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EAST IS WEST (Constance Talmadge Film Co., US, 1922) 70 min. 35mm (18fps), silent, b&w and tinted (reproduction through the Desmet color process), 1,436 meters. Director: Sidney A. Franklin; Producer: Joseph M. Schenck (for Constance Talmadge Film Co.); Screenplay: Frances Marion (based on the 1918 play East Is West by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer); Camera: Tony Gaudio; Art Direction: Stephen Goosson. Cast: Constance Talmadge (Ming Toy), Edward Burns (Billy Benson), E.A. Warren (Lo Sang Kee), Warner Oland (Charley Yong), Frank Lanning (Hop Toy), Nick De Ruiz (Chang Lee), Nigel Barrie (Jimmy Potter), Lillian Lawrence (Mrs. Benson), Winter Hall (Mr. Benson), Jim Wang (the love boat proprietor). Restored 35mm print with English (and some Chinese) intertitles. Source: EYE Film Institute’s Zaalberg Collection.

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East is West, the outstanding Broadway success of 1918, written by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer with Fay Bainter in role of Ming Toy, ran for nearly two seasons at Manhattan’s Astor Theatre. In 1922, producer Joseph Schenck brought the story to the screen with Sidney Franklin directing, who directed Smilin’ Through. Constance Talmadge secured the coveted play, and is seen as Ming Toy, the lovely heroine. Talmadge crowned a meteoric career with her temperamentally brilliant interpretation of the role of this Chinese miss. Ming Toy, the eldest of Hop Toy’s many children, is rescued from the auction block by Billy Benson and sent to the United States in the care of Lo Sang Kee. There she continues her interest in western ways and attracts the attention of a powerful Chinatown figure, Charley Yong. When Charley Yong demands the hand of Ming Toy, she declines, causing disgrace to everyone involved.

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East is West is a tremendous production produced on a lavish scale. The Baltimore News said: “Once again the movies have taken a stage play and improved on it. East is West is much better as a screen than as a stage entertainment. Constance Talmadge is at her best.”

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The supporting cast is made up of Warner Oland, the villainous Charlie Yong, Edward Burns, Nigel Barrie, Winter Hall, E.A. Warren, Frank Lanning, Nick de Ruiz, Lillian Lawrence and Jim Wang. In Los Angeles, the film appeared at the downtown Kinema Theater (672 S. Grand Avenue [demolished]). The film was never shown again in the U.S. and was considered lost. Then, at the end of 2005, the film was found at the Nederlands Filmmuseum in the collection of Jan Zaalberg, who collaborated regularly with restoration projects (The Chess Player [1927] for example, came also from his collection, and was restored by Kevin Brownlow). In 2011, East is West (1922) was restored by The Netherlands EYE Institute of Film in Amsterdam Holland.

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This Labor Day Weekend, Cinecon 50 is pleased to host the U.S. premiere of the EYE Institute’s new restoration of East is West.

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The following, from the Eye Film Institute Netherlands, describes the restoration process:

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Despite its A-list Hollywood star, producer, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer, East Is West was considered a lost film until a nitrate print from a private collection came to the Nederlands Filmmuseum in 2005. The initial inspection revealed that the first reel was in extremely bad condition, much of it crumbling into powdery chips. Nevertheless, a multi-year restoration was painstakingly undertaken.

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Approximately 400 feet (six minutes) of the decaying first reel were salvaged by step printing the delicate pieces. After duplication, none of the original film strip from reel one survived. The rest of the print was in relatively good physical condition and initially looked to be complete. However, further inspection revealed many narrative gaps, particularly towards the end of the film. Dutch release prints of East Is West were documented as being 2,364 meters long, meaning the surviving copy was missing more than 900 meters (some thirteen minutes of screen time). Access to the original shooting script helped fill the gaps in the story. The restoration, therefore, includes some explanatory title cards to provide a more complete narrative.

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Another restoration challenge was the print’s Dutch intertitles. The English-language release prints included pidgin English in many of the dialogue titles written for Ming Toy and others. The Dutch title cards have her speaking “broken Dutch” and her initial problems with the language are fundamental to the comedy plot. Rather than translating the Dutch back into pidgin English, this restoration used Frances Marion’s original script when possible. Where no original intertitles existed, the Dutch cards were translated in keeping with the style of the original American production.

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The result testifies to the great comedic talents of its stars, Constance Talmadge and the Swedish-born Warner Oland, who became famous as Charlie Chan in sixteen films before his death in 1938. Constance was a celebrated movie star, part of the Talmadge Sisters, alongside Norma and Natalie. By 1919, she had her own production outfit, Constance Talmadge Film Company, producer of East Is West and fifteen other silent features in which she starred until her retirement at the end of the silent era. The independently produced movie was distributed in the U.S. by Associated First National Pictures.

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Join fellow cinephiles at Cinecon 50, Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2014, in Hollywood, California. For more information, please check out Cinecon’s website at: www.cinecon.org.

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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!

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For nearly half a century Cinephiles have gathered over Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the movies at the annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Cinecon is where archivists, authors, collectors and film fans come together for five days of classic film screenings, special programs, celebrity guests, and the best movie memorabilia show in the nation. Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

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Loews Hollywood Hotel will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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Everything you need to know about will be added to Cinecon 50s website in the months to come, including news about films to be screened, hotel and dealer information, as well as registration details.

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We hope you’ll join us at CINECON 50, Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2014, in Hollywood.

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CINECON 50

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Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day weekend

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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Cinecon 49 at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater over Labor Day Weekend

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Cinecon 49 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 29th to September 2nd, 2013, in Hollywood. Nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults will be shown, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Celebrity guests will attend a screening of one of their films and participate in question and answer sessions following the film. You can buy great movie memorabilia in the six fabulous dealers’ rooms.

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The Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) will be the host hotel with all screenings taking place at the historic Egyptian Theater just down the street on Hollywood Blvd.

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If you love movies, Cinecon 49 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

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For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at: http://www.cinecon.org/

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Candids from Cinecon 48!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

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By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 48 is history! The annual festival began last Thursday and ended yesterday and over the course of five days screened 43 classic films, shorts and documentaries at the legendary Egyptian Theater. Among the films shown were such rare gems as 15 Maiden Lane (1936) starring Claire Trevor and Caesar Romero and directed by Allan Dwan; the silent, Wild Bill Hickcok (1923) played by Cinecon favorite, William S. Hart; the crowd pleasing bio-pic, Diamond Jim (1935), the story of James Buchanan Brady, fondly known as “Diamond Jim,” starring Edward Arnold in the title role and Jean Arthur in a supporting role.

 

Other highlights included The Goose Woman (1925), The Bedroom Window (1924), and the Kate Smith film, Hello, Everybody! (1933). Some of my favorites include Diamond Jim, Upstream (1927), the once-lost John Ford film about vaudevillians starring Raymond Hitchcock and Grant Withers, the Cecil B. DeMille scenario, The Circus Man (1914), She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) with Joan Bennett and Spencer Tracy and the documentary about the Silent Movie Theatre, Palace of Silents.

 

Some of the special guests who appreared this year and talked about their filmes were Marsha Hunt, Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare, Samantha Eggar and Carleton Carpenter.

 

Phyllis Coates, Richard L. Bare and Carleton Carpenter were honored at this years Cinecon banquet with the Career Acheivement award. Carpenter was presented with his award by his Two Weeks With Love (1950) costar, Debbie Reynolds. The couple sang their hit song from the film, Aba Daba Honeymoon to a very appreciative audience. Jack Larson, best-known as Jimmy Olsen on TV’s Superman, presented his former costar, Phyllis Coates with her award. Coates played Lois Lane on the series first season. Director Richard L. Bare, who directed such classic television shows as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction and several episodes of the Twilight Zone was given his award by Linda Henning who played Betty Jo on Petticoat Junction.

 

There was a great selection of films shown at this year’s Cinecon and the banquet was one of the most entertaining in recent years. Many thanks to the Cinecon officers and committee: Robert S. Birchard, Jim Harwood, Marvin Paige, Stan Taffel, Sharon Arndt, Bryan Cooper, Stella Grace, Sue Guldin, Danny Schwartz and Maureen Solomon.

 

A personal thanks to volunteer coordinator Stella Grace and her group of volunteers which included Woolsey Ackerman, Nick Beck, Vivienne Benjamin, Amy Bowker, Paul & Kristina Bunnell, Annette Bursteen, Michael Cable, Rancen Collins, Sandy Dubois, Allan Ellenberger, Joan Engberg, Isabel Falck, Allison Francis, Sue Garland, Bill Goodwin, Sue Guldin, Mary Mallory, Ludmilla & HarryMartinez, Charlie McCollister, Ann McFerrin, Oriana Nudo, Betty Petit, Jane Reed, Robert Richard, Ronn & Carol Roe, Susan Shapiro, Ruth Silney, Norman Triplett, Laura Wegter, Rex Wegter, Rachel Wegter and Tyler, Seth Wegter and Mary Zickefoose.

 

See you at Cinecon 49 on Labor Day weekend, 2013!

 

Following are some candid photos from this past weekend, mostly from the banquet (Photos by Allan R. Ellenberger):

 

 

 

Volunteers Allison Francis and Robert Richard (left) help veteran Cinecon

attendee, Sharon Schwartz at Loew’s Hollywood Hotel on Highland Avenue.

 

 

 

 

Crowd gathers for the Cinecon banquet (recognize anyone?)

 

 

 

Cinecon president, Robert S. Birchard opened the banquet

 

 

 

Actresses France Nuyen and Colleen Gray

 

 

 

Former Superman costars, Phyllis Coates (Lois Lane) and Jack Larsen

(Jimmy Olsen) meet prior to the banquet. Author Anthony Slide is looking on.

 

 

 

 

Cinecon officer and banquet emcee, Stan Taffel greets Mary Ellen Dix,

wife of actor Bob Dix (son of Richard Dix)

 

 

 

Actress Linda Henning introduced director and honoree Richard L. Bare

 

 

 

Cinecon honorees, Richard L. Bare and Phyllis Coates. Bare and Coates were once husband and wife for less than ten months (1948-1949). At one point Bare asked her about their marriage and she held her thumb and index finger about an inch apart and said, “It lasted this long… but it was interesting.”

 

 

 

 

 Jack Larsen introduced honoree Phyllis Coates

 

 

 

 The legendary Debbie Reynolds introduced her former costar

and Cinecon honoree, Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter entertain the

audience with a rendition of “Aba Dabba Honeymoon”

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds and Jack Larsen

 

 

 

Debbie Reynolds, Cinecon committe member, Bryan Cooper

and Carleton Carpenter

 

 

 

Mary Ellen Dix and Richard Anderson

 

 

 

Carla Laemmle, neice of Universal founder Carl Laemmle

 

 

 

Miriam Nelson and Barbara Hale who played Della Street on Perry Mason

 

 

 

Julie Newmar of Catwoman fame talks to a fan

 

 

 

Jane Withers chats with Marsha Hunt

 

 

 

Cinecon committee members, Sue Guldin and Stella Grace

 

 

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Cinecon 48 is coming!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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Cinecon 48 is coming!

 

 

Cinecon 48 is a five day celebration of the movies which will be held over Labor Day weekend, August 30th to September 3rd 2012, in Hollywood. We will be showing nearly thirty rare silent and early sound feature films and as many short subjects from the nation’s leading film archives and Hollywood studio vaults, and Cinecon is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings. Celebrity guests will attend a screening of one of their films and participate in question and answer sessions following the film. You can buy great movie memorabilia in our six fabulous dealers’ rooms and the Cinecon Career Achievement Award celebrity banquet takes place on Sunday evening.

 

The Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) will be 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 48 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.

 

For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at: http://www.cinecon.org/

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Cinecon 46 lineup

Monday, August 30th, 2010

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 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
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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
9:00    VOICE OF HOLLYWOOD
9:10    WARNER ARCHIVE PROGRAM meet George Feltenstein plus unseen shorts
10:20    SATURDAY AT THE BIJOU
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
1:45    FILM PRESERVATION PROGRAM
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
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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
7:15    COCKTAIL RECEPTION
    

BANQUET

 

 
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

 

 

  

 For more information visit our website: www.cinecon.org

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Cinecon 46 is coming

Friday, August 13th, 2010

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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

 

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Cinecon 45 Wrap-up

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

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Cinecon 45

 

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Another Cinecon has passed into the California sunset

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 45 was presented by the Society of Cinephiles this past Labor Day weekend screening nearly 50 rare silent films and early sound feature films as well as many short subjects at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The organization is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.

 

The celebrity honorees who attended along with the showing of one of their films included: Denise Darcel, Flame of Calcutta (1953); Adrian Booth (aka Lorna Gray), The Last Bandit (1949) and Stella Stevens, The Silencers (1966) who were honored at Sundays banquet with the Cinecon Career Achievement Award along with composer, Richard M. Sherman, who created the music for the films Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and many more.

 

Some of the films screened included: The Miracle Man (1932), Hatter’s Castle (1948), Broadway Love (1918), Nightmare (1942), Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) and The Bride Comes Home (1935).

 

Highlights of the weekend included the North American premiere of The Dawn of Tomorrow (1915), a Mary Pickford film thought to be lost when a tinted nitrate print with Swedish titles turned up in the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute. Pickford’s costars were David Powell, Forrest Robinson and Robert Cain. The film was dedicated to Robert Cushman, photo archivist of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who recently passed away.

 

Turn to the Right (1922), a Rex Ingram film, was recently restored by the George Eastman House. Made following two of the director’s epics, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and The Conquering Power (1921), it starred Ingram’s wife, Alice Terry and Jack Mulhall. It was during the making of Turn to the Right that Ingram made one of his greatest discoveries when he cast Ramon Samaniego, later to be known as Ramon Novarro, in his next film, The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

 

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Author Robert Dix, son of actor Richard Dix, signed his autobiography, Out of Hollywood. With Dix are Sue Guldin and his wife Mary Ellen 

 

 

Author book signings included: Miriam Nelson (My Life Dancing with the Stars); Scott O’Brien (Kay Fancis – I Can’t Wait to be Forgotten and Virginia Bruce – Under My Skin); Robert S. Birchard (Early Universal City); John Gloske (Tough Kid: The Life and Films fo Frankie Darro); Paul Picerni (Steps to Stardon: My Story); Robert Dix (Out of Hollywood) and Michael Hoey (Elvis, Sherlock & Me).

 

 

Cinecon 45- Jane Withers

Former child star, Jane Withers 

 

Celebrity guests at Sunday’s banquet included: Sybil Jason, Lisa Mitchell, Jane Withers, Miriam Nelson, Carla Laemmle, June Foray, Ann Rutherford, Johnny Whitaker, France Nuyen, William Welman, Jr., Robert Dix, and many, many more.

 

The officers of Cinecon 45, who made this weekend such a success are: Robert S. Birchard, president; Marvin Paige, vice-president; Michael Schlesinger, secretary and Stan Taffel, treasuer.

 

Cinecon 45- Stella Grace, Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Gulden

Cinecon volunteer coordinator, Stella Grace (left) with volunteers Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Guldin.

 

And the volunteer coordinator for Cinecon and my boss for the weekend is the fantastic, one-of-a-kind Rhode Islander, Stella Grace.

 

For more information on Cinecon, please visit: http://www.cinecon.org/

 

Some Cinecon moments

 

 Carla Laemmle and Marvin Paige

Carla Laemmle (left), niece of Universal founder Carl Laemmle and Cinecon officer, Marvin Paige. Miss Laemmle will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 20.

 

 

Cinecon 45- William Wellman Jr.

 William Wellman Jr., son of the famed director

 

 

 Cinecon 45- Sybil Jason

 Actress Sybil Jason and archivist Miles Krueger

 

 

Cinecon 45- Katherine Orrison and Lisa Mitchell

Author Katherine Orrison (Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon) and actress Lisa Mitchell (The Ten Commandments)

 

 

 Cinecon 45 - Ann Rutherford

 Gone with the Wind’s Ann Rutherford

 

 

 Cinecon 45- Frederick Hodges

 Accompanist Frederick Hodges

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