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Cinecon 44…

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Cinecon 44

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

Cinecon 44 is now history. From August 28 through September 1, film fans gathered at the Egyptian Theater in downtown Hollywood to enjoy more than 35 classic films. Some of the highlights included Damon and Pythias (1914); Ruth Roland in The Devil’s Bait (1917), and The Menace (1934) with Bette Davis.

 

I had the opportunity to volunteer at this year’s event, something I haven’t done in more than ten years, so I didn’t get to watch all the films but did enjoy some of the more rare ones. Some of my favorites included I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby, a 1940 Universal comedy starring Broderick Crawford as Public Enemy #3 and Jessie Ralph as his Ma Barker-like mother — only more fun.

 

The Mollycoddle (1920) stars Douglas Fairbanks who plays — against his usual swashbuckler roles — Richard Marshall V, who is descended from a long line of Arizona heroes. According to the program notes, the term ‘mollycoddle’ was popularized by Theodore Roosevelt to denote “an overly indulged and spoiled young man.” Fairbanks is the ‘mollycoddle’ of the film, being Arizona-born but raised in England, he is your stereotypical British fop. By the end of the film he quickly reverts to his ancestral heritage. Wallace Beery plays the heavy and Ruth Renick is the love interest.

 

The Poor Nut was a collegiate-comedy starring Jack Mulhall and an adorable Jean Arthur has a supporting role. The bookish-looking Mulhull with his unkempt curly hair, glasses and nerdy, ill-fitting apparel was a big hit with some of the ladies in my group who thought he was “adorable.” I didn’t see it, but his performance  was excellent and the film enjoyable.

 

And probably my favorite film was The Ninth Guest (1934), a Columbia who-dunit starring Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin and a cast of recognizable character actors. The plot is similar to Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, but was adapted from a novel by Gwen Bristow and Bruce Manning. Eight people are invited to a penthouse party by an anonymous host only to discover that they are locked in with fellow guests whom they loathe. The host introduces himself through a radio hook-up as “the ninth guest” and announces that each guest will die before the night is over. However, as the program notes stated, the real star of the film is the Arte Moderne set. Catch this one if you get the chance.

 

The special guests this year included Walter Mirisch, Warren Stevens (The Case Against Brooklyn), Elena Verdugo (House of Frankenstein) and Celeste Holm (Champagne For Caesar).

 

The officers of Cinecon are Robert S. Birchard, president; Marvin Paige, vice-president; Michael Schlesinger, secretary and Stan Taffel, treasurer. The officers and their staff accomplished another great year considering the passings of Cinecon veterans, Harold “Rusty” Casselton, preservationist; Alex Theater projectionist George Crittenden and Robert Nudelman of Hollywood Heritage. The recent Universal Studios fire also wiped out many of the scheduled films for this years event.

 

 

A special thanks to volunteer coordinator, Stella Grace and her right hand, Sue Guldin. Stella cracked the whip when needed and at the same time showed her tender side. Thanks Stella — can’t wait until next year!

 

Attendees at the banquet this year included Celeste Holm, Warren Stevens, Elena Verdugo, Pat Hitchcock, Ann Robinison, Sybil Jason, Kathleen Hughes, Stanley Rubin, Jane Withers, Ann Rutherford, Mary Carlisle, Jayne Meadows, and many more.

 

 SOME HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BANQUET

 

 

 

JANE WITHERS, ANN ROBINSON and SYBIL JASON

 

 

 

MARSHA HUNT

 

 

DORIS ROBERTS and JONATHAN CHIN-DAVIS

 

 

 

GARRETT BRYANT and DORIS ROBERTS

 

 

CELESTE HOLM

 

 

 

ELENA VERDUGO

 

 

 

 

JAYNE MEADOWS

 

 

 

BETTY GARRETT

 

   

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Cinecon 44 Schedule…

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

 CINECON 44 Film Schedule

 

 

Attend the Cinecon 44 Classic Film Festival this Labor Day weekend, August 28th to September 1st 2008, in Hollywood.

 

Here is the film schedule for Cinecon 44. Titles in all upper case are features and those with upper & lower case are short subjects. For more information about these films visit the Cinecon website: http://www.cinecon.org/.

 

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.

 

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 August 28

7:00

  

Cartoon Centennials

7:45

 

Walter Mirisch Tribute Reel

8:00

 

Q&A w/ Walter Mirisch

8:30

 

MAN OF THE WEST (1958) Directed by Anthony Mann

10:20

 

TILLIE’S PUNCTURED ROMANCE (1914) with Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Friday August 29

9:00

 

The Iron Claw, ch. 13 (1941)

9:20

 

ACQUITTED (1929)

10:35

 

The Sign of the Cucumber (L-Ko comedy) (1920)

10:55

 

THE BLOOD SHIP (1927)

12:05

  

Lunch Break

1:30

 

The Awful Goof (1937) with Charley Chase

1:50

 

MURDER IN TRINIDAD (1934)

3:15

 

THE HOME MAKER (1925)

4:50

 

THE CASE AGAINST BROOKLYN (1958)

6:10

 

Q&A w/ Warren Stevens

6:35

  

Dinner Break

8:10

 

Off Again, On Again (1945) with Shemp Howard

8:30

  

I CAN’T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY (1940)

9:40

  

THE MOLLYCODDLE (1920) with Douglas Fairbanks

10:55

  

OUTLAWS OF THE ORIENT (1937)

 

 

Saturday August 30

9:00

  

Business Meeting

10:10

  

TRIUMPH (1917; incomplete) with Lon Chaney

11:10

  

THE EAGLE AND THE HAWK (uncut) (1933) with Cary Grant & Fredric March

12:25

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Rootin’ Tootin’ Tenderfoot (Baer & Rosenbloom) (1952)

2:15

  

MODERN LOVE (part-talkie) (1929) with Charley Chase

3:40

  

SKY HIGH (1922) starring Tom Mix

4:50

  

HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)

6:00

  

Q&A w/ Elena Verdugo

6:30

  

Dinner Break

8:15

  

Screen Snapshot (1942) with James Stewart

8:25

  

THE POOR NUT (1927) with Jack Mulhall and Jean Arthur

9:45

  

THE NINTH GUEST (1934)

11:00

  

OUTLAWS OF THE PRAIRIE (1938) with Charles Starrett

 

 

Sunday August 31

9:00

  

The Iron Claw, ch. 14 (1941)

9:20

  

Abie Kabibble Outwits His Rivals (LaCava cartoon)

9:30

  

THE DEVIL’S BAIT (1917)

10:35

  

CHAMPAGNE FOR CAESAR (1950)

12:15

  

Q&A w/ Celeste Holm

12:40

  

Lunch Break

2:10

  

The Iron Claw, final chapter! (1941)

2:30

  

CRAZY HOUSE (1943) with Olsen & Johnson

4:00

  

DAMON AND PYTHIAS (1914)

5:10

  

THE TEXAN (1930) starring Gary Cooper

7:15

  

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

8:00

  

BANQUET

 

 

Monday September 1

9:00

  

Hetty King (1970)

9:20

  

SING, BABY, SING (1936) with Alice Faye

11:00

  

RAIN OR SHINE (alt. silent version) (1930)

12:30

  

Lunch Break

1:55

  

Southern Exposure (Krazy Kat) (1934)

2:00

  

MAMMY (1930) starring Al Jolson in color

3:35

  

SPEEDY (1928) with Harold Lloyd

5:10

  

THE MENACE (1932) starring Bette Davis

 

 

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

 

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Cinecon 44…

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cinecon 44 In Hollywood

  

 

 

By Bob Birchard,
President
Society for Cinephiles/Cinecon

  

The Society for Cinephiles will present the 44th annual Cinecon classic film festival and memorabilia show in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, August 28 through September 1, 2008. Cinecon is the oldest and the grandest of the movie related fan festivals, and Cinecon 44 promises to offer an outstanding five day program of unusual films, exciting celebrity guests and one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the nation. Special guests will be announced as confirmed. We also want to call attention to the dealers’ rooms where collectors will find one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the country.
 
This year’s host hotel will again be the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel located at 1755 North Highland Avenue next to the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. As in recent years all film screenings will be held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the restored Grauman’s Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard.
 
We also want to encourage you to take advantage of our pre-event discount rate. Individually, festival registration , required cinephiles membership, and a banquet ticket would add up to $185.00. When you pre-register and book the whole package before Cinecon– registration, membership and banquet–the rate is $150.00–a savings of $35.
 
The discount applies only to registrations received or postmarked on or before August 15, 2008.
 
If you love movies, Cinecon 44 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend. See you here!
 

And as always, you can also reach us by mail for further information at: Cinecon 44, 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd.#760 Burbank CA 91505. Or by email at cineconinfo@earthlink.net

  

 

 For more information, please go to the CINECON website

 

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