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Discoveries In B&W, Color, 2-D And 3-D

by Leonard Maltin
September 26, 2013 4:11 PM
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Vintage film discoveries are in the news, from the unearthing of a long-lost 1911 Mary Pickford short to the unveiling of a Three Stooges two-reeler in Technicolor that hasn’t been seen in 80 years. As icing on the cake, Warner Home Video is about to unveil an extensive restoration of the studio’s landmark 3-D feature House of Wax on Blu-ray next week. Who knows what other goodies may be on the horizon?

This weekend at Manhattan’s Film Forum, the Vitaphone Project’s Ron Hutchinson will introduce the re-premiere of Hello Pop!, a 1933 MGM short starring Ted Healy and his Stooges in two-color Technicolor. This long-lost short was discovered in the hands of a private collector in Australia, whose 35mm nitrate print was in remarkably good condition. Warner Bros., which now owns the rights to the vintage MGM library, immediately undertook a restoration and agreed to make a 35mm projection print. 

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The Film Forum show will include other rarities including Your Technocracy and Mine, a hilarious short made as a one-shot project by humorist Robert Benchley at Universal Pictures in 1933. For more information on this weekend’s show, click HERE

In other news, a long-lost Mary Pickford short from 1911 was discovered, along with a handful of other silent films, in a dilapidated New Hampshire barn. It turns out that Their First Misunderstanding has considerable significance: Pickford is credited with the story, which pairs her with her real-life newlywed husband, Owen Moore, and was made for Carl Laemmle’s IMP organization, which gave her official screen billing for the first time. I was asked to comment about this find for CBS Evening News this week; you can see that story HERE

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Finally, Warner Bros. has put a great deal of time, effort and money into a full-scale restoration of its 1953 3-D sensation House of Wax, which makes its debut this coming Tuesday. As always, Bob Furmanek’s 3-D website is the one-stop source for all relevant information about the original film, its impact at the time, and its “rebirth” under the watchful eye of Warners’ Vice President of Mastering, Ned Price. For all of that and more, click HERE.


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  • Mike Momich | October 17, 2013 8:48 PMReply

    Why haven't you included a review of the film "Stalin" in your Movie Guide? It was originally made for HBO in 1992. It starred Robert Duval and, Max Schell (as Lenin!)?

    Regards, Mike Momich

  • george | October 5, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    "Hats Off," "London After Midnight" and Harry Langdon's "Heart Trouble" top my holy grail.

  • Gene1802 | September 28, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    any chance of Hello Pop being released on DVD - perhaps with the other Stooge shorts at MGM?

  • Yaice | September 27, 2013 8:00 PMReply

    Mary Pickford... married to Owen Moore. Reminds me of a comic epitaph I remember reading as a kid:

    "Owen Moore passed away
    Owin' more than he could pay."

  • Norm | September 26, 2013 5:16 PMReply

    More Stooges, it IS a miracle !

  • jeff coe | September 26, 2013 5:10 PMReply

    This is all well and good, but my holy grails are Laurel & Hardy's "Hats Off" and and a complete version of "The Magnificent Ambersons."

  • Lucius P. Frankenstein | September 26, 2013 6:51 PM

    Uh huh! Even though miracles do rarely happen don't hold your breath for these two!

    Lucius P. Frankenstein
    Manager of Your Local Theater

  • Karen | September 26, 2013 5:06 PMReply

    Oh how I wish "RIDDLE GAWNE" (among others) would turn up in some old barn ! These sort of finds keep the hope alive.

  • Jim Reinecke | September 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    A wish shared by me, Karen, considering that the film is not only a William S. Hart vehicle, but also features another giant of early American cinema, namely Lon Chaney, in a supporting role. And, Jeff, I'm as anxious to see those two buried treasures as you are, BUT. . .I can't help it, I have to say it again for the umpteenth-thousandth time: Where, oh where is CONVENTION CITY? (or, how about the lost "spider-pit" sequence from KING KONG?)

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