A look at various famous figures in the 1920s, including political figures, entertainers, writers, adventurers and inventors, beginning with the 1920 presidential campaign and including various newsmakers.
This short is in the "Crime Does Not Pay" series. Charlie Vurn is always looking for the 'big score.' He bets on the horses and owes his bookie. At work, he 'borrows' from his accounts. ... See full summary »
Par of the Warner Brothers Sports Parade series, this short film chronicles the attempt by a group of men to navigate the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon to Lake Mead. Led by Norman... See full summary »
Edwin E. Olsen
Edwin E. Olsen
At Phwitterby-on-Thames, England, a murder has occurred and Philo Holmes and Dr. Watkins are out to investigate it. Seems as if there is a second will and changes have been made in who will... See full summary »
Felix E. Feist
Created under the guidance of jazz impresario and Verve Records founder Norman Granz, this short captures the spontaneity of a jam session and is one of few film records of black jazzers of the day including tenor sax legend Lester Young.
George 'Red' Callender,
At the time of this film, the Bowery was a neighborhood in New York City populated largely by the down and out, and largely by transients. Those that can work generally can only find short ... See full summary »
Short news featurette produced by Pathe-RKO after the Russians launched the first orbiting satellite, Sputnik. It is a patriotic 'call to arms' from the threat posed by this and the need ... See full summary »
The Town of Banff is located in one of the most picturesque settings of the Canadian Rockies. The towering surrounding mountains dwarf the already small town. Driving down Main Street in ... See full summary »
This Warner Bros. vignette features short snippets about well-known people. It includes presidential candidate Warren Harding and his front porch campaign in his home town of Marion, Ohio where Al Jolson sang to the crowd; his successor, Calvin Coolidge, being honored by Native Americans; William Jennings Bryan at the 1920 Democratic convention where FDR was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate; the visit of the Prince of Wales; the so-called Scopes "monkey trial" that pitted Clarence Darrow against Bryan; Richard Byrd as he trained for his flight over the North Pole; George Bernard Shaw on a visit to America; and finally Al Smith in his 1928 presidential campaign.Written by
Somehow this later day Warner short picked up an Oscar nomination. What we basically have is Dwight Weist and Ward Wilson narrating a bunch of footage from the 1920s as they explain who the people are that we're looking at. I'm going to guess that the majority of this footage came from either newsreels or some sort of short from that era. We get to see several familiar faces including the likes of the Duke of Windsor, Warren G. Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Al Jolson, William Jennings Bryan, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs and Richard Byrd among many others. I think this short is mainly going to appeal to history buffs who will get a kick out of seeing the famous faces. There's some nice footage from the Rebublic National Convention in 1920 and some very good shots of Roosevelt. The most interesting thing will be for fans of INHERIT THE WIND as we get quite a bit of footage from the actual trial, which allows us to see the real people involved with the historic case. Still, the narration adds very little and this just seems like a cheap way to get a short subject out there just as they were basically dying off.
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