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

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.

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. 

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

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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