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WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

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Re: WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » December 4th, 2016, 5:38 pm

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Thanks for stopping by Countess De Lave!

Ron, we so appreciate your comments here.

Can you tell us about the actors in the photo I posted? I'm afraid I don't know much about their contibutions to the Vitaphone era. Are they featured in a film being screened tomorrow?
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Re: WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

Postby Vitaphone » December 4th, 2016, 6:50 pm

Sue Sue Applegate wrote:Image

Thanks for stopping by Countess De Lave!

Ron, we so appreciate your comments here.

Can you tell us about the actors in the photo I posted? I'm afraid I don't know much about their contibutions to the Vitaphone era. Are they featured in a film being screened tomorrow?




This is a still from HAPPY HOTTENTOTS (Vitaphone, 1930). Directed by Bryan Foy of The Seven Little Foys in Warner Bros west coast studios. The short stars Bobby Callahan (l) and huge vaudeville and Broadway star Joe Frisco (r). The comedy short shows the boys trying to break into show business at a theatre at which they are the only act. Hilarious. Frisco was a comedian and great eccentric dancer. His very last film appearance, in a bit, was SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. His other 1930 short THE SONG PLUGGER, is on volume 2 of Warner Archive's VITAPHONE VARIETIES DVD set. He was in Hollywood in 1930 to star in the now lost feature THE GORILLA.

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Re: WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » December 4th, 2016, 7:47 pm

Oh, thanks, Ron. I'd heard of Joe Frisco.

Since you have listed all 63 shorts and 5 features on your Facebook page, I'm adding them here, Ron, since TCM's website schedule can't include all of these features.

The Silver Screen Oasis members can now officially call themselves VITAPHONIACS!

Here's the detailed TCM Schedule.....

Monday, December 5

90th Anniversary of Vitaphone
6:00 AM Before They Were Stars --
Paree, Paree (1934) (Bob Hope)
The All Girl Revue (1939) (June Allyson)
Art Trouble (1934) (James Stewart)
Seeing Red (1939) (Red Skelton)
Success (1931) (Jack Haley)
Ups and Downs (1937) (Phil Silvers, June Allyson & Hal LeRoy)
8:15 AM The Better Ole’ (1926)
10:15 AM Vitaphone in Technicolor --
Good Morning, Eve (1934)
Out Where the Stars Begin (1938)
Okay, Jose (1935)
11:30 AM Vitaphone Mini Musicals –
Soft Drinks and Sweet Music (1934)
King for a Day (1934)
Private Lessons (1933)
20,000 Cheers For a Chain Gang (1933)
The Winnah! (1934)
1:45 PM Vitaphone Bands –
The Yacht Party (1932)
Barber Shop Blues (1933)
Johnny Green and His Orchestra (1935)
Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra (1937)
Swing Cats Jamboree (1938)
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra (1937)
Gus Arnheim and His Cocoanut Grove Orchestra (1928)
The Ingenues (1928)
Harry Reser and His Eskimos (1936)
Mills Blue Rhythm Band (1933)
3:45 PM Vitaphone Potporri –
Hip Action (1933)
Home Run on the Keys (1936)
Believe It or Not #1 (1931)
Trouble in Toyland (1935)
All Colored Vaudeville (1935)
Buzzin’ Around (1933)
Rambling Round Radio Row #3 (1933)
Hot News Margie (1933)
Smash Your Baggage ('33)
All-Star Vaudeville ('35)
6:00 PM The Voice That Thrilled The World (1943)
The Jazz Singer (1927)
RON AND BEN MANKIEWICZ DO INTRO's THROUGH THE 12:30AM EST BLOCK
8:00 PM Vitaphone Shorts Primetime Block #1 –
Will H. Hays Introduces Vitaphone (1926)
Georgie Price In 'Don't Get Nervous' (1929)
Horace Heidt And His Californans (1929)
Shaw And Lee, The Beau Brummels (1928)
Baby Rose Marie, The Child Wonder (1929)
Mayer & Evans, The Cowboy And The Girl (1928)
Trixie Friganza In 'My Bag 'O Trix' ('29)
Hazel Green And Company (1928)
9:45 PM Vitaphone Shorts Primetime Block #2 –
Burns And Allen In 'Lambchops' (1929)
The Foy Family In 'Chips Off The Old Block' (1928)
Conlin And Glass In 'Sharps And Flats' (1928)
The Revelers (1927)
Born And Lawrence, The Country Gentlemen (1928)
Chaz Chase, The Unique Comedian (1928)
Eddie White In 'I Thank You' (1928)
Joe Frisco In 'The Happy Hottentots (1930)
11:00 PM Why Be Good (1929)
12:30 AM Vitaphone Shorts Primetime Block #3 –
Dick Rich And His Syncho Symphonists (1928)
Brennan And Butler In 'You Don't Know The Half Of It' (1929)
Jack Waldron In 'A Breath Of Broadway (1928)
Ben Bernie And His Orchestra (1930)
Arthur Pat West In 'Ship Ahoy' (1928)
Harry Fox And His Six American Beauties (1929)
1:45 AM Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)
3:15 AM Vitaphone Shorts Primetime Block #4 –
Harry Wayman's Debutantes (1928)
Shaw And Lee In 'Going Places (1930)
Tal Henry And His North Carolinians (1929)
Jans And Whalen, Two Good Boys Gone Wrong (1929)
Florence Brady In 'A Cycle Of Songs' (1928)
Blossom Seeley And Bennie Fields (1927)
6:00 AM Don Juan (1926)

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Re: WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

Postby Vitaphone » December 5th, 2016, 8:10 am

Had a ball doing this. Programming Director Dennis Millay has been a long time Vitaphone fan for over twenty years, and it was so nice of him to suggest me for this gig. We began the planning this past summer, with me being asked to come up with programming of Vitaphone shorts and features to fill 24 hours! We tweaked it over a few weeks and then Dennis went to work firming up getting the films from his own holdings, Warner Bros, and UCLA.

As to the taping experience, my biggest concern was that I justified TCM's confidence in me. The team down there treated me so well. The morning of the taping, I went out to the front of my hotel to await the car to take me to the studio. I watched as someone walked up to an arriving car and was obviously told it wasn't for him. So I figured it was for me. I went out and confirmed it was indeed my car. I then looked over to see the guy who was turned down. It was Ben Mankiewicz! I introduced myself since we'd be working togetrr that day and suggested we ride to the studio together, which we did. WE had a nice talk on the ride over, and it was immediately obvious Ben had done his Vitaphone homework. He had viewed most of the shorts in advance and discussed in detail his favorites. This was a really great way fr us to get acquainted before we even started shooting!

The shooting of our eleven intros and outro's went smoothly, completed in under 90 minutes. After Ben's scripted openings, we just talked about the upcoming films off the cup. The crew was great and producer Courtney O'Brien watched over me! My friend Alexa Foreman stopped in to say hi during the taping, and afterwards Courtney took me up to see Dennis and Scott McGee, who I worked with for last years Festival. So overall a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience.

I hope you like the finished product. My fingers are crossed!

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Re: WELCOME TCM GUEST PROGRAMMER RON HUTCHINSON DECEMBER 3 & 4.

Postby Sue Sue Applegate » December 5th, 2016, 6:07 pm

Ron, we are so grateful to you for your visit here with us, and also very thankful for all the films you've helped save through your efforts. I'm looking forward to seeing you and Ben tonight when I arrive home from work!

Thank you so much for your time and consideration!

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