6 September 2012 9:52 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, one of the bonuses of theatre-going was the little jewels called short subjects. Today we usually just get trailers for upcoming flicks ( my rule: at least two trailers, more than three is pushing it ) . Back then, besides the possibility of a second feature, you’d get the trailers and the shorts. A seven minute cartoon or two, a comedy short subject or mini-musical, and a newsreel focusing on headline-making stories would round out the program along with an occassional travelogue. Travelogues ( nearly always in bright, sparkly color ) whisked film fans to far-off exotic places guided by an informative narrator ( newsman Lowell Thomas did several of these ). Today the major studios have shuttered their shorts department, but TV has taken up the format ( there’s even a Travel Channel ). Still several film makers are making theatrical short subjects ( Oscar still honors them ) and many are »

- Jim Batts

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