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Movie Memories #2 (1934)

Movie Memories (original title)
Using archival footage and stills, this short film briefly reflects on Hollywood's humble beginnings and then offers tributes, one after the other, to a long list of early film stars who had passed away.


Ralph Staub (uncredited)


Walter Anthony, Ralph Staub (dialogue)


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Credited cast:
Art Acord ... Himself (archive footage)
Renée Adorée ... Herself (archive footage)
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Himself (archive footage)
George Beban George Beban ... Himself (archive footage)
Lon Chaney ... Himself (archive footage)
Lew Cody ... Himself (archive footage)
Viola Dana ... Herself (archive footage)
Marie Dressler ... Herself (archive footage)
Douglas Fairbanks ... Himself (archive footage)
Dustin Farnum ... Himself (archive footage)
Alec B. Francis ... Himself (archive footage)
Barbara La Marr ... Herself (archive footage)
Willard Louis ... Himself (archive footage)
Arlette Marchal ... Herself (archive footage)
Percy Marmont ... Himself (archive footage)


Hollywood is a town that holds many memories of the movie business and the movies themselves, which has resulted in a town brimming with possibilities and wealth. But the town had very humble beginnings. Part of that history includes the professional lives of the plethora of who are now considered movie stars, such as Mabel Normand, Larry Semon, Willard Louis, Rudolph Schildkraut, Barbara La Marr, Rudolph Valentino, Dustin Farnum, William Russell, Roy Stewart, Alma Rubens, Frederick A. Thomson, Art Acord, George Beban, Louis Wolheim, George Siegmann, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Jack Pickford, Milton Sills, Lon Chaney, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, Renée Adorée, Lilyan Tashman, Lew Cody, Alec B. Francis, and Marie Dressler. Written by Huggo

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Documentary | Short







Release Date:

1934 (USA) See more »

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Movie Memories #2 See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Approved by the PCA of the MPPDA, Certificate No. 117. See more »

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All credited cast members are identified by the narrator as they appear on screen. See more »


Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Played during the opening credits and throughout the picture
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For Those Who Are Safely Dead
31 March 2013 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This Warner Brothers one-reeler is a series of clips of actors who had died since the town's rise to prominence, with soapy encomiums narrated by Ralph Staub in a mournful tone. It is a list of performers who had achieved fame and died in the previous decade and ignores the shabby manner in which the industry punished or ignored those it found unprofitable or just inconvenient. As some wag once remarked, sincerity is everything and if you can fake that, you've got it made.

Some of the performers may still be familiar to the interested but casual fan of silent movies. A few of the names escaped me -- cowboy stars mostly.

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