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Cinecon 50 is coming soon!!

Sunday, June 29th, 2014


Cinecon 50 is coming soon!





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.


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.


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.


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






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

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013


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





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.


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 49 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend.


For more information, visit Cinecon’s website at:



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 47 at the Egyptian Theater

Monday, August 29th, 2011


Cinecon 47 at the Egyptian Theater



To Pay Tribute to The National Film Preservation Foundation


The 47th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, California will be held over the Labor Day Weekend, September 1-5, 2011. Tribute will be paid to the National Film Preservation Foundation with screenings of two recent NFPF funded projects, The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies Episode 5, and The Chinese Fan, produced by Thomas A. Edison, and the 1920 Metro Pictures film, Stronger than Death, starring legendary Russian actress Alla Nazimova.


The Active Life of Dolly the Dailies is presented by the Academy Film Archive through a collaboration of the New Zealand Film Archive, the National Film Preservation Foundation, and the American archival community. Stronger Than Death was preserved by the George Eastman House through a grant funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation.


Both films are two of nearly forty rare and unusual films to be screened during the five-day Cinecon Classic Film Festival. Other titles scheduled include Raymond Griffith’s Civil War comedy Hands Up! (1926); Stormy Weather (1943) featuring Lena Horne, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway, Thomas “Fats” Waller and the Nicholas Brothers; Beauty’s Worth (1922) produced by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst and starring Marion Davies; Blazing Days (1927) an early effort by future Oscar-winning director William Wyler, and The Brasher Doubloon (1947) a film noir classic based on Raymond Chandler’s novel, “The High Window,” with George Montgomery in the role of detective Phillip Marlowe.


In addition to the film screenings, Cinecon offers a movie memorabilia and collectibles show during the festival at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel, 1755 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood.


If you love movies, Cinecon 47 is the place to be over the Labor Day weekend.

–From Cinecon’s website


 For more information, click HERE for Cinecon’s website!



“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning

Saturday, March 12th, 2011


“MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot” booksigning and screening at the Egyptian





A book signing with authors Steven Bingen, Stephen X. Sylvester & Michael Troyan


Sunday, March 13, 2011

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Go behind the curtain and see the magic factory at work. Then, see the magic with the double bill, 1953’s The Band Wagon (Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse) & That’s Entertainment @ 5:00 p.m.


The Egyptian Theatre

at the

American Cinematheque

6712 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, California


Going behind the scenes at one of Hollywood’s greatest movie studios, this extraordinary history reveals the untold story of the soundstages and outdoor sets where many of the world’s greatest films were produced. Featuring candid, previously unpublished photographs from the studio’s archives and exclusive interviews with actors and staff, this detailed exploration of MGM’s backlot—the setting for more than a fifth of the films produced prior to 1980—takes film buffs back to Hollywood’s golden age, offering an insider’s look at the movie business and celebrating many of its best films and the leading actors of the studio system. Today, when a film set can be anywhere at anytime, this treasure trove of information reveals the creativity and ingenuity of a bygone era when the studio system, coping with the limitations of space and technology, produced screen gems such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and the Our Gang shorts.



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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Egyptian Theater mural – then & now

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010


The Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural




Above is Grauman’s Egyptian Theater mural, in the forecourt just outside the entrance, as it looked in the 1920s.



 Above, the restored version as it looks today.



James Cameron Gets Star on Walk of Fame

Friday, December 18th, 2009


James Cameron honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron

( December 17, 2009 – Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)


Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with Director James Cameron who was honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame with the 2,396th star on December 18, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Cameron’s star is placed just in front of the Egyptian Theatre.



Q&A With Laura Petersen Balogh

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


Author Laura Petersen Balogh answers questions on her new biography of Karl Dane


 Karl Dane cover



Karl Dane’s life was a Cinderella story gone horribly wrong. The immigrant from Copenhagen was rapidly transformed from a machinist to a Hollywood star after his turn as the tobacco-chewing Slim in The Big Parade in 1925. After that, Dane appeared in more than 40 films with such luminaries as Lillian Gish, John Gilbert and William Haines until development of talkies virtually ruined his career. The most famous casualty of the transition from silent to sound film, Dane reportedly lost his career because of his accent. He was broke and alone at the height of the Depression and committed suicide in 1934. 


This Sunday, October 18, at 5 p.m., author Laura Petersen Balogh will be in Hollywood at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater doing a book signing and giving a talk about Karl’s life and career. A screening of The Big Parade will follow with Robert Israel on the organ. Click here for complete information.


Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about her new biography on Karl Dane:




Why Karl Dane? What is it about him and his story that moved you to write a biography?


I had always known who Karl Dane was, being a silent film buff my whole life, but he never really made that much of an impression on me. I had read different Hollywood scandal books which said his voice was not suited to the talkies, but pretty much thought that was the end of the story. It wasn’t until December 2005, when my husband Dan and I were watching the 1933 early sound serial The Whispering Shadow, co-starring Karl and Bela Lugosi, that I sat up and took notice–I was hearing his voice for the first time and was suddenly intrigued. It didn’t seem to me that his accent was that much of a barrier–it fit his physical persona and seemed easy enough to understand. I decided to find out more about him, but there were no biographies available. After awhile, I remained so curious and motivated that I decided to take on the project myself. I felt a sense of empathy for him, too, and wanted to find out what really happened.


How was Karl Dane the man, different from Karl Dane the actor?


Karl was always portrayed as a bit of a bumpkin, but reporters were always shocked to find him a lot more sophisticated off-camera. While always ready with an easy grin, he was actually quiet and reserved. Also, Karl rarely got the girl in his films, but comedy partner George K. Arthur said that he “had a way with women that was something incredible.” He was reported to be a bit of a romantic in real life so must have been a very charming sort.


Was he popular among his fellow actors?


There was apparently some snobbery towards him in Hollywood due to his working class background which he never tried to disguise and also his broken English. Some cast and crew members got the wrong impression of him due to misunderstandings due to language, and got to thinking he was self-important or just plain stupid, which was not the case. He also was a loner and didn’t go to Hollywood parties of the day, and this further isolated him.



Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe he was married three times and had at least three children. Were you able to contact any surviving family members or friends?


Yes, exactly. He had 3 children, but one of them died at birth. I was able to contact family members, including one of his grandsons and a grand-nephew who very generously shared all the information they had with me. However, none of his surviving family ever met Karl–they were born after Karl died. I did manage to contact Frank “Junior” Coghlan, who appeared with Karl in the film Slide Kelly Slide in 1927 and remembered Karl very fondly.


What was the most difficult part of your research?


Probably at the beginning stages, I was the most unsure, because I had very little idea of where to go for information and whom to contact. I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to uncover enough to write a book at all. I was putting money into the research at that point without knowing for sure if it would all be worth it.


What part of your research did you enjoy the most?


Sitting down in various film archives at USC, Warner’s, the Danish Film Institute, and MOMA, digging through boxes of unpublished memoirs, scripts, photo albums, clippings, and production records. I felt like an archaeologist at times! I also loved going to the Eastman House to see all the Dane films in their catalog.


What is your favorite Karl Dane film and why?


Although he’s primarily remembered as a silent actor since Pantomime was his main forte, I really love seeing his sound films, like the wonderful Navy Blues with William Haines and Anita Page. Karl’s voice really fit his persona, and it’s nice seeing the complete performer onscreen.  


There are a lot of stories about Dane’s last days and his death. Did you find them to be mostly true?


Some aspects of the stories were true. It was true that Karl committed suicide when he was reduced to poverty, and that he did have part ownership in a “hot dog stand.” However, it was probably a myth that the stand was near the studio gates. Also, Karl didn’t lose his studio contract because his accent was bad. Sure, they reduced his roles, but would have kept him on, had he not suffered a complete nervous breakdown in 1930, brought about by overwork and loss of confidence.  



(A.J. Marik – findagrave)


Reportedly MGM paid for Dane’s funeral and sent Jean Hersholt to claim his body. Why didn’t the studio or his Hollywood friends try to help him when they could?


Jean Hersholt didn’t claim his body–it was another studio employee. Hersholt had nothing to do with arranging the funeral, according to his later interviews, although he did act as a pallbearer at the funeral. Also, some people did in fact try to help Karl. Mary Pickford planned a film called Shantytown in which Karl was supposed to have a featured role, but she abandoned it to make Secrets instead. Friend Buster Keaton also gave Karl roles in at least 2 of his films, but Keaton was having enough personal and studio troubles of his own at the time.  


What is your next project?


I have a few ideas that I’m contemplating–but I don’t want to jinx anything yet!


Click here to purchase Karl Dane: A Biography and Filmography