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ALL-GIRL MELODY MAKERS
Dave Schoeler and his all-girl Orchestra (21 Swinghearts) in  "Tchaikowskiana", "
16mm / sof / b & w print from Castle Films.....Ex shape original, ...........$10.

ALL-GIRL MELODY MAKERS

Dave Schoeler and his all-girl Orchestra (21 Swinghearts) in  Pavane"
16mm / sof / b & w print from Castle Films.....Ex shape original..........$10.

 





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DAMES
A Busby Berkley musical starring Dick Powell, Ruby Keeler, Joan Blondell, Zazu Pitts, Guy Kibee, Hugh Herbert
Warners was heavily into the music publishing business as well as movies and when they pushed a song, they really pushed it! Dick Powell sings "I Only Have Eyes For You" which continues into an extravagant chorus line song and dance number that lasts 11 minutes. The second number, running about 12 minutes, is Powell's rendition of "Dames" with all the usual kaleidoscope-style Berkley gimmicks and visual effects. If you don't have time to watch the entire musical, this 23-minute highlights reel has the two biggest numbers to enjoy. A very fine-grain, sharp dupe obviously taken from a quality original print of the complete feature to showcase these two incredible numbers.
16mm/Sound  / b & w / approx 900-feet / Ex shape ..............................$75.

JOHNNY FARMAPPLE CLOWN BAND
Details and pics coming soon.
16mm/Sound 
/ b & w / approx 100' film ./ Ex-LN shape ..............$30.

FLOWER DRUM SONG
starring Nancy Kwan and Jack Soo
From Universal 8 comes this 16mm color-sound digest of the feature which is essentially all the big musical numbers, complete. Very little story-line is incorporated as it should be in these highlight digests. They give you what you paid for, which are  the major musical numbers in the original feature.  Eastman stock, still has blues and other hues but definitely an Eastman print.
16mm/ Sound COLOR  /approx 800-foot-reel music short / Ex shape.....................$45.


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GAY RANCHERO
Luba Malina in a big band era Latin rhythm soundie from the 1940's.
16mm / sof / b & w / approximately 100' / original print / Ex-L.N. shape............$15.

BENNY GOODMAN AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Here are a pair of Castle Films music album releases from  Universal's "Benny Goodman  Story".  Steve Allen mimes the clarinet as Benny Goodman belts out such hits as "Bye Bye Blues, "Bugle Call Rag", "Life Goes to a Party", "Shine", "Blue Room", "Dixieland One Step", "Moonglow", "Don't Be That Way", "Memories of You" and the classic "Sing, Sing, Sing". Joining Steve Allen on camera and playing are Harry James, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson. Bothe editions offered here.
Super 8mm Sound  /Color /  approx 200-feet each......$40.


THE GREAT BIG SAW CAME NEARER AND NEARER

featuring Red River Dave (McEnery) with Cindy Walker
This may be one of the longest soundies titles ever from the most prolific cowboy entertainer in soundies history (14 titles). Old time silent movie buffs will get a kick out of this parody of the "Perils of Pauline" serial thrillers of the mello drama days as the girl is tied to the infamous buzz saw in a lumber factory while the villain  bargains with her!
16mm / sof / b & w / approximately 100' / original print from Official Films normal titles / Ex-L.N. shape............$30.





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HAR-OMAR DOLL 
This is almost certainly a Joe Bonica release though it has a generic title. The film is set in a night-club setting via stock footage and a harem dancing girl does two "veil dance" numbers. By the second number she has stripped down to the "bare minimum".
16mm/Sound  / b & w / approx 200-feet/ .............. Ex-LN shape.................20.
 

TED HEATH AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Ted Heath was Britain's contribution to the Big Band Swing Era music that Heath carried on with for decades.
After his signature tune, he plays "Rockin' in Morocco", an orchestral arrangement of Fat's Waller's "Bond Street" and Ray Noble's famous "Cherokee" which was also made popular by fellow band leader Charlie Barnet. Ted Heath at his best!
Super 8mm Sound  / approx 200-feet.........................$20.

 

HILLBILLY HOOSE-GOW*
featuring Tom Emerson in a hillbilly jail break song spoof.
16mm/sof  approx 100-feet.........................$15.

 

HOLIDAY INN
featuring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire
Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire star as a popular nightclub song-and-dance team. When his heart is broken by his girlfriend, Crosby decides to retire from the hustle-bustle of big city showbiz. He purchases a rustic New England farm and converts it to an inn, which he opens to the public (floor show and all) only on holidays. This barely logical plot device allows ample space for a steady flow of holiday songs (including an incredible blackface number in honor of Lincoln's Birthday) by Irving Berlin.. Oddly enough, the most memorable song in the bunch, the Oscar-winning White Christmas, is not offered as a production number but as a simple ballad sung by Bing to an audience of one: leading lady, played by Marjorie Reynolds. Astaire's best moment is his Fourth of July firecracker dance. Ah, but what about the plot? Well, it seems that Astaire wants to make a film about Crosby's inn, starring their mutual discovery Marjorie Reynolds. Bing briefly loses Reynolds to Astaire, but wins her back during the filming of a musical number on a Hollywood soundstage. As with most of Berlin's  "portfolio" musicals of the 1940s, the song highlights of "Holiday Inn" are too numerous to mention. This delightful film is far superior to its unofficial 1954 remake, "White Christmas". Plot synopsis courtesy of Hal Erickson and all movie.com
16mm Sound  /b & w / complete feature film/ Excellent, sharp dupe with strong track............(R.B)................$125.

 

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I'M LOOKING OUT THE WINDOW
  featuring Herbie Kay and his Orchestra
vocal by Ellen Connor
16mm/Sound  / b & w / approx 100-fee/ complete with Official opening titles and end/ Ex-LN shape.................15.

IRISH MELODIES "A Bit of Blarney"
Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians and the University Chorus perform along with some cops in a police station sing a series of Irish melody favorites including "It's the Same Old Shillelagh", "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen" and "Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral".
16mm / Sound / b & w / 400-foot-reel edition from Castle Films / top shape but no end title...............................$20.

IRISH SONGS  by CLARK DENNIS
Clark Dennis sings five melodies including some Irish favorites ; "Molly O'Reilly", "Hello Patsy Fegin" , "Rose of Tralee", "How Can You Buy Kilarnee?", and "Tenderly".
16mm / Sound / b & w / 600-foot-reel edition from Snader / top shape ..............................$25.






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JOLSON SINGS AGAIN starring Larry Parks as Al Jolson
Columbia digest of the sequel to  "The Jolson Story" picks up where the original left off. Jolson's wife leaves him and he goes into a career slump until he entertains the troops during W.W. 2. Various problems are highlighted in this fictionalized story of the entertainer's life before he makes a remarkable come-back. Columbia wisely gives most of the footage to his songs which include; "Is It True What they Say About Dixie?", "For Me and My Gal", "Back in Your Own Back Yard", "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover", "Give My Regards To Broadway", "I'm Just Wild About Harry", "Baby Face", "After You've Gone", "Sonny Boy", "Toot Toot Tootsie", "Carolina In the Morning", "Rock a Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody".
Super 8mm Sound / Color / 400-foot reel digest edition from Columbia Pictures/ L.N. shape / ................$25.

JUMPING BEAN
A big band era Latin rhythm soundie featuring Isabelita. Reverse image original print soundie.
16mm / sof / approx 100' / Ex shape....................$15.




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KOO KOO KORRESPONDENCE SKOOL
This title will blow out my spellcheck but that's the title! Jefferson MacNamer was a popular newspaper cartoonist who enjoyed a brief career as the star of some of these musical swing era comedies that basically featured him doing his sketches of leggy girls and incorporating some musical numbers as well such as one bouncy swing tune called "Me, Myself and I".  Good swing era music throughout. A TV station title has been added on to the start of the film and a generic end title added as the film fades out. Other than a normal amount of inconsequential splices, the print is in good shape for it's age. No major lines, etc.
16mm Sound / b & w / original soundie from Educational Studios................used but decent. shape...$35.





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LISTEN TO THE MOCKING BIRD
Featuring The Korn Cobblers
16mm / sof / b& w / approx 100 feet / original print / Castle Films titles..ends slightly abrupt otherwise like news sharp original with great sound.. shape...............$20.


LITTLE NELL

featuring The Rondoliers
16mm Sound / b & w / reverse titles soundie / approx 100' / in Ex-L.N. shape..........$40

MacNAMARA'S BAND
featuring Mitchell Ayers and his Orchestra with Tommy Taylor singing this Irish favorite.
16mm Sound / b & w / Castle Music album original print / approx 100' / in Ex-L.N. shape................$10

MacNAMARA'S BAND
featuring Gus Van (of the vaudeville team Van and Schenk in his version of this Irish classic.
16mm Sound / b & w / reverse image soundies original print / approx 100' / in Ex-L.N. shape..........$10

MARGIE - Sing-a-Long version
This is most likely a Joe Bonica release though the title is gone. Pretty girls are featured while the sing-a-long lyrics are seen at the bottom of the frame much like the animated "bouncing" ball cartoons only here the words are scrolled for the audience to see and sing with.
16mm Sound / b & w  / approx 100' / G. shape but no opening title or end title.........$10

MEXICAN JUMPING BEAN
Latin style juke-box soundie from the 1940's.
16mm / sof / b& w / approx 100 feet / original print / .............$15.

MURDER IN SWINGTIME  (1930's)
Les Hite and his orchestra with red hot mama singer June Richmond in a fantasy musical with some hot swing era songs and dances. A real prime period piece!
A few pre-print splices were in this Thunderbird Films release but otherwise sharp fine grain picture quality, probably from 35mm source material and a good strong re-recorded sound track.
16mm Sound / b & w / 1-reeler (approx 400') / L.N. shape............................................$95.

MUSICAL STAIRS
  (1940's)
featuring Saul Grauman's Stair-A-Tone
16mm Sound / b & w / approx 100') / L.N. shape............................................$45.

MY GAL SAL
  (3-9-41) The Eaton Boys in an old time tune set in the late 1890's era / original print from Castle Films
16mm/sof) / approximately 100-feet / one splice otherwise like new shape / ..........$15.


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NEGRO IN ENTERTAINMENT
This is a short documentary sponsored by Chesterfield Cigarettes featuring legendary black performers such as Ethel Waters, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Marion Anderson and many others from the field of jazz, opera, ballet, tap dance, etc.
Super 8mm / Sound / b & w / running time 10 minutes / Ex-L.N. shape.............$20.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK theme sung by Liza Minelli / This famous theme song sung complete by Liza Minelli features her on stage while silent clips from the movie are inserted. A cross between a soundie and a trailer that works quite well.
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / running time about 3 minutes / Ex-LN shape .............$12.

NO CAN DO 
The Dinning Sisters in an exotic soundie mixing their fine harmony with a Latin-beat rhythm.
(16mm/sof) b & w / approx. 100' / Ex shape.........$15.

 

PENNIES FROM HEAVEN
starring Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong
with Edith Fellows, Donald Meek and Madge Evans
Bing plays a drifter who befriends an orphaned girl and her grandfather. Plenty of classic music from Bing and Satch in this Columbia digest of the original feature.
Super 8mm Sound  / b& w / approx 400 feet / ..............$20.

PERFIDA 
This is the Del Casino and his orchestra version with "Tamera" and Betty Jane Smith from April 21, 1941<
16mm Sound / b & w / approx. 100' / Ex shape.........$15.





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THE ROSE
starring Bette Midler and Alan Bates-
This is virtually a non-stop musical highlights digest of the feature film. The big hits from this film include "When A Man Loves A Woman", "Fire Down Below" and many others
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / 400-foot-reel edition / colors still in good shape / L.N. shape .....................$20.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
starring John Travolta
This import digest of the film.
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / 400-foot-reel edition / colors still in good shape / L.N. shape .....................$30.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
starring John Travolta
This is the complete feature length musical-drama.
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / 400-foot-reel edition / colors still in good shape / L.N. shape .....................$125.


1776  (1972)
featuring William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard and Blythe Danner
The first independent production of former studio mogul Jack L. Warner, "1776" was adapted from the hit 1969 Broadway musical by Peter Stone and Sherman Edwards. William Daniels, Howard Da Silva and Ken Howard are among the many actors who recreate their Broadway roles. The story is set during the first Continental Congress, when the Declaration of Independence was drafted by such founding fathers as John Adams (played by Daniels) and Benjamin Franklin  (played by Da Silva).
Even if you are not a fan of musicals, this feature has a great deal of charm and humor and much of the dialogue spoken by the founding fathers is just as relevant today as it was over two centuries ago!
About the print; It is a nice, fine-grain flat version (not scope-adapted or squeezed scope for those of you in Rio Linda). Color is excellent for Eastman stock and shows no signs of fading. Some minor projection wear but near start of reel, otherwise a good print for those who don't have a scope lens and excellent for auditorium and class room use if high-def video is not available.
(16mm Sound / Color original print / feature length approx 160 min ..........$175.


THE SINGING HILLS (6-16-41)
featuring the Arthur Johnson Singers in a Castle Films soundie
16mm Sound  original print approx 100' ..........$15.

ST. LOUIS BLUES
starring Bessie Smith
This is her only film appearance as the legendary blues singer sings the classic W. C. Handy signature tune "St. Louis Blues" in what can only be described as a two-reel jazz operetta. Set in an urban rooming house where the chief occupation for men is dice game gambling, Bessie deals with her lover when his faithlessness keeps rearing it's head (no pun intended). Thinking he has come back to her she perks up but he merely needs money from her then flees again. This simple story situation provides the atmosphere and setting for Bessie to belt out the St. Louis Blues" as she was famous for.
Super 8mm / Sound  / 400-foot-reel edition / Blackhawk Films release /
L.N. shape .....................$25.

 

STEPHEN FOSTER HISTORICAL MUSIC SERIES

STEPHEN FOSTER'S OLD FOLKS AT  HOME

Produced and directed by J. Richard Westen; Featuring Ken Darby and The King's Men, with: Donn Reed (Stephen Foster), Joy Gwynell (Jane Foster), Mary
Worth (Mrs. Foster), Fred Fox (Mr. Foster), Paul Theodore ( Morrison Foster), Mary Martin (Mrs. O'Hara), Joe Weston (Mr. Firth), J. Courtland Lytton
(Mr. Pond), Paul Arnold (Mr. Jackson).
This entertaining short subject is an episode from a rarely seen 12 part series about America's first troubadour, Stephen Foster. Each entry presents picturesque scenes from Foster's life as they relate to his timeless compositions, interspersed with musical performances of his songs by the male quartet, The King's Men.
Stephen Foster "discovers" the Swanee river and perpetuates it in this moving melody as one of the most famous rivers of all time. The film touches on Foster's decision to give minstrel impresario E. P. Christy the exclusive right to premiere his compositions, going so far as to sell him the right to be known as the author
of "Old Folks at Home" ("Swanee River"), a move Foster would forever regret.
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / used shape occasional splices & lines......................$20.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S NELLY BLY

The happiness of the first year of Stephen Foster's marriage and his joy upon the advent of his first child are reflected in his gay and rollicking ballad of Nelly's misadventure
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / .....................$20.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S OH SUSANNA
This is one of two color episode available at present.
16mm/ Sound COLOR  / 600-foot-reel music short / Vg-Ex shape.....................$60.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S NELLY WAS A LADY
Stephen Foster at 21 is inspired by Old Zeke's romance to write the song which, by its enthusiastic public reception, led him to quit the bookkeeping job he hated and embark upon a career in music.
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / .....................$20.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S MASSA'S IN THE COLD COLD GROUND
On a visit to Tennessee Stephen Foster hears and puts to music a tale of affection and devotion which is a well loved classic of pathos and harmony.
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / Ex shape....................$20.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S COME WHERE MY LOVE LIES DREAMING
Stephen Foster writes and dedicates his most ambitious melodic composition to his mother, in loving memory of her devotion, faith and constant encouragement of his aspirations in music. Along with "Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming" is "Swanee River-Old Folks At Home" and "Oh, Suzanna" all three of which are sung by the quartette as Foster plays the piano.
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / .....................$20.
16mm/ Sound COLOR  / 600-foot-reel music short / Vg-Ex shape.....................$60.

STEPHEN FOSTER'S BEAUTIFUL DREAMER
This is the final entry in the series. Broke, ill and living alone in new York, a dying Stephen Foster is inspired to write one last great hit song, "Beautiful Dreamer".
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 600-foot-reel music short / .....................$20.






STEPHEN FOSTER MEDLEY
set in the period with costumed actors, singers and dancers, they perform Jeanie Wi the Light Brown Hair, Ring Ring the Banjo, Beautiful Dreamer, Old Black Joe and Camptown Races. Print is splicy and has no titles or end.
16mm/ Sound /  B & W  / 300-foot-reel music short / .....................$5.

KENNETH SPENCER - FOLK SONGS & SPIRITUALS
(1930's)
Basso-singer Kenneth Spencer with a piano accompanist sings a variety of traditional folks songs.
16mm/ Sound
/  B & W  / 400-foot-reel music short / L..N. shape.......................$35.

SWEET AND LOVELY
featuring Mr. Personality himself, Harry Cool in a big band era musical soundie romance ballad / no opening titles but song is complete
16mm / Sound
b & w / original / Ex shape / approx 100' .............................$10.


SWEET CHARITY
starring Shirley MacLaine
From Universal 8 comes this 16mm color-sound digest of the feature which is essentially all the big musical numbers, complete. very little story-line is incorporated as it should be in these highlight digests. They give you what you paid for; the major musical numbers in the original feature.  Eastman stock, still has blues and other hues but definitely an Eastman print.
16mm/ Sound COLOR  /approx 800-foot-reel music short / Ex shape.....................$45.



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THAT'S A LOT OF SCHICKELGRUBER

featuring Don Gautier in a World War 2 Hitler parody song
16mm/ Sound /  b & w / reverse titles / original print  in Ex shape......................................$40.
 

THERE'S A HOLE IN THE OLD OAKEN BUCKET
Florence Gill with Red Harper and The Sells in a hillbilly comedy song with an old granny who sings like a chicken-clucking! Corny as it gets!
16mm/ Sound /  b & w / original print / Excellent-Like new shape with good sound.....................................$15.

 

TOMMY
starring Elton John as the Pinball Wizard,
Roger Daltery, Ann-Margret, Oliver Reed
This import digest of the Ken Russell film featuring the most beautiful hang gliding sequences ever photographed.
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / 400-foot-reel edition / colors still in good shape / L.N. shape .....................$30.

 




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VAMOS A GOZAR

Varios and Vida in a musical soundie from the swing era of the 1940's with a Latin rhythm style with Herbert Curbelo and his orchestra.
16mm / sof / b & w original print / Ex-LN shape ..................$15.

THE WIZARD OF OZ
starring Judy Garland
with Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley, Margaret Hamilton, and Toto, too
This is a digest of the film.
Super 8mm / Sound / Color / 400-foot-reel edition / colors still in good shape / L.N. shape .....................$25.

YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER
  (1942)  starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth
Also featuring Adolph Menjou and Xavier Cugat. A well-done professionally edited edition from Columbia about a hotel tycoon who tries to keep his daughter happy with fake romance but the plan backfires when real love blossoms. A Jerome Kern score adds to the delight of this musical.
Super 8mm Sound / original box / Ex-L.N shape.......................................................$15.


 


The Soundies Book


 

A Revised and Expanded Guide
by Scott MacGillivray & Ted Okuda
Book Description

"Soundies" were the granddaddies of music videos: single-song musical movies that played in special jukeboxes during the 1940s. Some of the biggest musical stars (and stars of the future) appeared in these films: Louis Armstrong, Spike Jones, Liberace, Fats Waller, Stan Kenton, Cab Calloway, and many others. Thanks to Soundies, hundreds of unique musical performances were photographed for posterity. These mini-musicals were originally nothing more than a ten-cent novelty. Today, to film and music fans, they're a priceless part of history.

Scott MacGillivray and Ted Okuda, authors of the landmark resource book The Soundies Distributing Corporation of America, now offer this revised and expanded guide to the Soundies musicals. This all-new book picks up where the original left off: more than 1800 titles are classified
by performer, title, and date-many with new, individual annotations and all with new cross-references for easy reading and consultation. There is also a historical account of the prolific Soundies production companies, a look at Soundies' many competitors and descendants (including telescriptions and Scopitones), a checklist of the dozens of Soundies home-movie editions, and a listing of alternate titles to help collectors
identify the films more easily. All in one handy volume: The Soundies Book.

About the Author(s)

Scott MacGillivray wrote Castle Films: A Hobbyist’s Guide, Laurel & Hardy: From the Forties Forward, & (with Jan MacGillivray) Gloria Jean: A Little Bit of Heaven. Ted Okuda wrote The Monogram Checklist, Charlie Chaplin at Keystone and Essanay (with David Maska), and Chicago TV Horror Movie Shows (with Mark Yurkiw)
You can order this book at your local book store or on line at Amazon . com
The ISBN number for this book is 0-595-67969-2


 

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