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For Auld Lang Syne (1939)

Approved | | Documentary, Short | 20 April 1939 (USA)
The fourth in the series of shorts requesting funds from the theatre audience for the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac, New York, preceded by the third one which was produced by ... See full summary »

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Scenes from stage production of 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois'
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The fourth in the series of shorts requesting funds from the theatre audience for the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital in Saranac, New York, preceded by the third one which was produced by Warner Bros. in 1938. The major film studios took turns producing these over a long period of years, and all were released and shown during the week of April 20th each year with a major star making the funds appeal at the end. Spencer Tracy in this one and James Cagnet the year before. This was produced at the Fox Movietone Studios in New York, and Eastman House, Dupont-Pathe and Filmex-Gevaert all contributed the film stock. These were made available to exhibitors at no charge. This one opens with writer Robert Sherwood drawing comparisons between Will Rogers and Abraham Lincoln, and then two filmed scenes from the stage production of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois (with Raymond Massey) were shown to make the point. Deanna Durbin and Lowell Thomas were also on hand to make donation appeals. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 April 1939 (USA)  »

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For Auld Lang Syne #4  »

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April 13, 1939 ad in all of the movie industry trade papers.

THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY Presents ITS ANNUAL TRIBUTE to Will Rogers

  • "For Auld Lang Syne" Stars include (pictured):




RAYMOND MASSEY (Star of the current Broadway success "Abe Lincoln in Illinois." Courtesy Max Gordon Plays and Pictures Corp, who will producer the picture.

SPENCER TRACY (Courtesy of MGM)

DEANNA DURBIN (Courtesy of Universal)

LOWELL THOMAS (Courtesy Movietone News)

ROBERT E. SHERWOOD (Author of "Abe Lincoln in Illinois." Courtesy of The Playrights Company, producers of the play)

THIS SHORT SUBJECT RUNS 10 MINUTES. SUPPLIED GRATIS TO ALL EXHIBITORS TAKING COLLECTION FROM THE AUDIENCE.

Proceeds for the future support of the Will Rogers Memorial Hospital, Saranac Lake, N.Y., and for its kindred philanthropies maintained for the needy of stage and screen. And for the aid of local institutions specializing in the care of handicapped children.

WILL ROGERS NATIONAL THEATRE WEEK - Week Beginning Thursday, April 29, 1939 - Major L. E. Thomposn, Chairman Order prints from any Columbia, MGM, Universal, Paramount, United Artists, Warner Bros, 20th Century-Fox,or RKO branch manager or film salesman.


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