Articles: Academy Presents Restored Musical Shorts




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Tara Casanova

  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are presenting 14 restored Warner Bros. musical shorts including "Harlem Mania," (‘29) with the Norman Thomas Quintette, "An All Colored Vaudeville Show," (‘35) with Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers, and Cab Calloway in "Hi De Ho."
  Many of the shorts, shot in Technicolor using the early Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, date back from 1926 to 1945.
  Musical shorts were produced to play as part of a theatrical package before the feature attraction, accoding to Academy officials. And the mini-movies, with an average running time of 10 or 20 minutes each, also served as a means for studios to test new talent in front of the cameras.
  Fayard Nicholas, the surviving member of the Nicholas Brothers is expected to attend, and Rose Marie known for her role as Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show," is featured in one of the titles from 1929 is also expected to attend.

If You Go:
What: Classic Warner Bros. Musical Shorts
When: 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18.
Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills.
Cost: $3-$5
Call: 310-247-3600

Following are the shorts to be screened:

From 1926:
Roy Smeck in "His Pastimes." This short premiered on the program with the first Vitaphone feature film, "Don Juan," starring John Barrymore.

From 1929:
Baby Rose Marie, "The Child Wonder."
"Harlem Mania," with the Norman Thomas Quintette.
"Lambchops," with George Burns and Gracie Allen.
"The Opry House," with Lew Hearn and the Mound City Blues Blowers.

From 1933:
"Smash Your Baggage," with Small's Paradise Entertainers.

From 1934:
"Good Morning Eve," one of the first live-action, three-strip Technicolor short subjects.

From 1935:
"An All Colored Vaudeville Show," with Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers.

From 1937:
Cab Calloway in "Hi De Ho."

From 1938:
"Out Where the Stars Begin," in Technicolor.

From 1940:
"All Girl Revue," with June Allyson.

From 1941:
"Gay Parisienne," featuring the Ballet Russe, in Technicolor.

From 1943:
"Jammin' the Blues," with Lester Young.

From 1945:
"Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica School."

  Restoration work on the shorts in the program was completed by Turner Entertainment Company and Warner Bros. as part of their ongoing preservation program. The 1929 shorts were restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, with the sound re-recorded from Vitaphone discs.

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