1944 Warner Bros. publicity ad for “Hollywood Canteen,” with a statement by film personality Bette Davis (who was also the president and co-founder of the canteen). The film was based off of the real Hollywood Canteen, which was located on Cahuenga Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
1958 television syndication leaflet for Associated Artists Productions (A.A.P.), advertising the 1942 film “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” The film was one of many pre-1948 Warner Bros. sound features (including select cartoons and shorts) that was syndicated to local television stations by A.A.P. in the late 1950s. Notice the fine print in the ad: “limited to two showings only.”
A Happy (and safe) Fourth to all fellow classic/cult film fans from the management of “Silver Screen Reflections.”
Svengoolie Presents: “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, as part of Sven’s salute to Godzilla)
Still from “Godzilla Raids Again” (1955, released in the United States as “Gigantis, the FIre Monster” in 1959).
As part of Sven’s month-long salute to “Godzilla,” the legendary Chicago-based horror film host will be presenting the sequel to “Godzilla” (”Godzilla, King of the Monsters”), “Godzilla Raids Again” (originally filmed in 1955, released in the United States in 1959) on Sat., Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. Eastern/9 p.m. Central on Me-TV Network.
Later this month, he will be showing two more vintage Godzilla features from Japan’s Toho Studios, including “Godzilla vs. Mothra” on Feb. 18 (released in 1964) and “Godzilla’s Revenge” on Feb. 25 (released in 1969 as “All Monsters Attack” in Japan).
Now that classic/cult film aficionados and fans of Turner Classic Movies celebrated slapstick throughout September, film lovers will be in for a treat this October.
“Frankenstein:” Turner Classic Movies’ “Monster of the Month”
1931 Universal Pictures trade ad for “Frankenstein.”
To kick off this month (and to celebrate the Halloween season), Turner Classic Movies will be showing a classic Frankenstein film each Sunday at 8 p.m. throughout the month.
Ranging from the Universal Studios Frankenstein films (including the original 1931 version with Boris Karloff), to Hammer Studios’ Frankenstein adaptations of the 1950s and 1960s, to Mel Brooks’ landmark 1974 comedic horror farce “Young Frankenstein,” there’s something for all fans of vintage horror on TCM this month.
Rundown of vintage and cult “Frankenstein” films as part of TCM’s month-long salute:
Sun., Oct. 2:
8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central: “Frankenstein” (1931) Directed by James Whale, featuring Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Mae Clarke (Elizabeth), John Boles (Victor), Edward Van Sloan (Dr. Waldman), Dwight Frye (Fritz, the Dwarf) and Frederick Kerr (Baron Frankenstein).
9:30 p.m. Eastern/8:30 p.m. Eastern: “Bride of Frankenstein” (1935) Directed by James Whale, featuring Boris Karloff (The Monster), Colin Clive (Dr. Henry Frankenstein), Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein), Elsa Lanchester (Mary Shelley/The Monster’s Mate), Ernest Thesiger (Dr. Pretorius) and Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron). An encore showing will occur on Sat., Nov. 12 at 9:15 a.m. Eastern/8:15 a.m. Central.
11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central: “Son of Frankenstein” (1939)Directed by Rowland V. Lee, featuring Basil Rathbone (Baron Wolf von Frankenstein), Boris Karloff (The Monster), Bela Lugosi (Ygor), Lionel Atwill (Inspector Krogh), Josephine Hutchinson (Elsa von Frankenstein), Donnie Dunagan (Peter von Frankenstein), Emma Dunn (Amelia) and Edgar Norton (Thomas Benson). This was Karloff’s final appearance as Frankenstein’s Monster.
Based off the story of real-life songwriter George M. Cohan (1878-1942), the film goes into the life, times and career of the multi-talented entertainer and songwriter, who brought such popular classic songs including “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” just to name a few.
When the film premiered in New York at the Hollywood Theatre in May 1942, it was tremendous hit, and was one of the top-grossing motion pictures of that year. According to The New York Times, the audience on opening night purchased $5,750,000 worth of war bonds to help America’s war effort during the Second World War.
1942: A prolific box office year for Warners
For Warner Bros. (who acquired the rights from Cohan for his life story, where Warners’ competitors declined Cohan’s story throughout the latter years of his life), it would be the studio’s top-grossing film at the time (along with Warners’ other popular noteworthy films released that same year, including “Casablanca,” “Air Force,” “George Washington Slept Here” and “Now, Voyager.”
Winner of three Academy Awards
The film won three Academy Awards for Best Actor (James Cagney), Best Sound Recording (Nathan Levinson and the Warner Bros. sound department), and Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture (Ray Heindorf and and Heinz Romfeld).
Warner Archive Blu-Ray
Warners has released Yankee Doodle Dandy on Blu-Ray (through the studio’s “Archive” line), from a new high-definition transfer (along with several extras ported over from the DVD release). It is also available for streaming on Amazon, iTunes and Warners’ YouTube VOD service.
Why you should watch “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942)
1958 advertisement for Associated Artists Productions (A.A.P.), advertising the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy, one of many pre-48 Warner Bros. feature films (along with shorts and select cartoons) that were available for syndication to local television stations.
To all fellow readers- if you haven’t seen “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” see it when you have the chance to. It is an entertaining and enlightening motion picture about the life and times of George Cohan, portrayed by James Cagney (in one of his few non-gangster roles on the screen).
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is one of the best examples of uplifting screen entertainment. You won’t be disappointed!
1959 Trade ad for United Artists (which bought A.A.P. in late 1958) and their package of pre-1948 Warner Bros. features (for TV), showcasing the 1942 James Cagney musical Yankee Doodle Dandy. NOTE: This was when UA had the rights to the pre-1948 WB features.
Other films that will be shown will include the 1972 film adaptation of the musical “1776” (featuring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard) at 1 a.m., followed by “Thousands Cheer” (1943, featuring Kathryn Grayson, Gene Kelly and Mary Ator) at 4 a.m.
Before the primetime offerings, the network will show various classics related to Americana, including “Judge Hardy and Son” (1939, featuring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone and Ann Rutherford) at 6 a.m., “The Howards of Virginia” (1940, with Cary Grant & Sir Cedric Hardwicke) at 7:30 a.m., “John Paul Jones” (1959, with Robert Stack) at 9:30 a.m., “The Scarlet Coat” (1955, with Cornel Wilde, Anne Francis, and George Sanders) at 11:45 a.m., “The Devil’s Disciple” (1959, with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Lawrence Oliver) at 1:30 p.m., Frank Capra’s “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939, with James Stewart, Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Claude Rains) at 3 p.m. and Robert Wise’s film adaptation of the musical “West Side Story” (1961, with Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno and George Chakiris) at 5:15 P.M.
Osborne, a noted film critic and longtime TCM host (since the network’s launch in 1994), was originally slated to make a special guest appearance on stage at the Majestic, before the cinema’s screening of “Casablanca” (alongside Jeffrey W. Gabel, founding executive director of the theater). The cinema is honoring ticket refunds.