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Candids from Cinecon 48!

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012





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





Cinecon 48 is coming!!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012


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:



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




 For more information visit our website:



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




Cinecon 45 Wrap-up

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


Cinecon 45


 Cinecon 45 poster


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)


Cinecon 45 - Robert Dix

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:


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



Labor Day Weekend at Cinecon

Friday, September 4th, 2009


Cinecon 45 at the Egyptian


Talmadge studio B 005


I will be spending the Labor Day weekend at Cinecon watching old films at the historic Egyptian Theater (above) and socializing with good friends. There will be no new postings over the next few days but I’ve chosen things from friends blogs and from my archives that will appear starting tomorrow. Check back on Tueday for photos and updates from this weekend at Cinecon. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. Have fun, drive carefully and be safe.