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Movieland Magic (1946)

 -  Comedy | Musical | Short  -  9 March 1946 (USA)
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Released as part of a series of WB shorts under the collective title of "Technicolor Specials" (WB production number 2003) this short most likely holds the WB house record for a 20-minute ... See full summary »

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Scotty Beckett ...
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Lucile Fairbanks ...
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Fritz Feld ...
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Dick Foran ...
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Kathryn Kane ...
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Released as part of a series of WB shorts under the collective title of "Technicolor Specials" (WB production number 2003) this short most likely holds the WB house record for a 20-minute film containing footage from the most different titles in their inventory. It's theme of a singing guided tour of the lot (and some of the footage) is from 1944's "Musical Movieland", the former title holder, and it contains clips from 1939's "Quiet, Please" and "Royal Rodeo"; "Sunday Roundup" from 1936 and 1940's "The Singing Dude." Pieces from "Out Where the Stars Begin" and "Swingtime in the Movies" may also be used, but it's hard to tell since they all tend to run together and show up in a lot of places during the 1940's Warner shorts. Its title of "Movieland Magic" is most apt considering the sleight-of-hand performed by the WB Shorts and Sales departments in once again selling the same film clips for the 3rd, 4th or more times. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Musical | Short

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(RCA Sound System)

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The Soubrette on the Police Gazette
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Jane Wyman
From The Sunday Round-Up (1936)
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The beauty of archive footage...

is that Vitaphone Corporation/Warner Bros got the services of all these cast/crew people and didn't have to pay them anything.

Released as part of a series of WB shorts under the collective title of "Technicolor Specials" (WB production number 2003) this short most likely holds the WB house record for a 20-minute film containing footage from the most different titles in their inventory. It's theme of a singing guided tour of the lot (and some of the footage) is from 1944's "Musical Movieland", the former title holder, and it contains clips from 1939's "Quiet, Please" and "Royal Rodeo"; "Sunday Roundup" from 1936 and 1940's "The Singing Dude." Pieces from "Out Where the Stars Begin" and "Swingtime in the Movies" may also be used, but it's hard to tell since they all tend to run together and show up in a lot of places during the 1940's Warner shorts. Its title of "Movieland Magic" is most apt considering the sleight-of-hand performed by the WB Shorts and Sales departments in once again selling the same film clips for the 3rd, 4th or more times.

The Warners' people made a fine art out of compilation archive-footage (except they called it stock footage)and re-selling the same footage to the theatre exhibitors over and over. When movie attendees left the theatre in the 1940s and 50s with the feeling they had seen it before, they were correct. They had. Especially if it carried a WB logo.

Yogi Berra was right...it's de javu all over again.


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