This short propaganda film, produced at the end of World War II, warns that although Adolf Hitler is dead, his ideas of racial hatred, violence and conquest live on in the German people, and in like-minded people in the United States.
The remarkable talents of baseball pitcher and trick artist Johnny Price are showcased including throwing two balls at once to two catchers, pitching blindfolded, throwing and hitting hanging upside down, and fielding fungoes in a jeep.
Humorist Robert Benchley discusses the issue of food and how different situations can affect one's ability to consume and digest food, using his stock everyman and slightly bumbling ... See full summary »
This Traveltalks entry looking at the history, culture, and scenery of South Africa begins in Cape Town, makes stops in Durban and the Valley of a Thousand Hills, before venturing north of the country to end at spectacular Victoria Falls.
The third of three different travelogues James A. FitzPatrick mined from Hone Glendinning's photography in late 1953 and early 1954. Lots of shots of the Hagenbeck Zoo, churches and streets comparing old and new sections.
Traveltalks entry highlighting the history, culture and scenic beauty of Scotland with stops at Perth, Inverness, Loch Ness, Culloden Moor, Glen Coe, and in St Andrews at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club and cemetery at the cathedral ruins.
In a well-appointed den, Lewis Stone hosts a celebration of twenty years of M-G-M's best films. He summarizes the merger of three studios in 1924 and introduces clips from 26 films in chronological order. The emphasis is on stars and Oscar-winning performances, spectacles, and melodrama. There are also a couple of comedies, three musicals, war pictures, an earthquake, a gushing oil well, and a compilation-ending kiss.Written by
This documentary from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) celebrates 20 years with clips from some of the studio's most successful films. The host is Lewis Stone, who states he has been with the studio for "over 20 years." Like most movie people, Mr. Stone is counting the years before "Metro" merged with Samuel Goldwyn (itself a merger of Goldfish-Selwyn-Selwyn) and Louis B. Mayer. Stone spent most of his career at Metro/MGM. We begin with scenes from two of MGM's early silent blockbusters, John Gilbert in "The Big Parade" (1925) and Ramon Novarro in "Ben Hur" (1925). With worldwide favorites Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Lon Chaney, Judy Garland, Mickey Rooney and many others, MGM could boast, "More stars than there are in the heavens." The next subject is Greta Garbo, who Stone calls "The First Lady of the Screen." Stone mentions she was introduced in "Flesh and the Devil" (1926), but Ms. Garbo was a star from her first US motion pictures...
Lionel Barrymore revives high praise from Stone, who calls his colleague's performance in "A Free Soul" (1931) one of the finest ever committed to film. In five years, Mr. Barrymore would host MGM's new version of "Same of the Best" (1949); it trimmed many of the old clips to make room for the studio's new and upcoming productions. As is generally acknowledged, the famous "telephone scene" from "The Great Ziegfeld" (1936) which made Luise Rainer a big favorite with "Oscar" voters is shown. Oddly, some title cards celebrate their status as "Academy Award" winners, while others forget – for example. "The Broadway Melody" (1929) was a "Best Picture" winner. Well-represented, Spencer Tracy is mentioned as getting better with every appearance. The later final clips are dominated by MGM's "vibrant new" star Greer Garson. It's all nicely paced and narrated. The title acknowledges than many films were left out; one reason is that this documentary was filmed in back-and-white. The next anniversary edition included color.
***** Some of the Best (1944) Louis B. Mayer ~ Lewis Stone, Greta Garbo, Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy
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