May 18, 2022 Subject:
A night at the movies!
I nearly died from this, because one segment is so good.
We start out with more dummies being thrown off cliffs! Two shots of this, in both of them, Cowboy dummy miraculously keeps his hat on. Clapboard says "McEvoy / Stout", This is most definitely then from the Glenn Ford Westerner, "Lust For Gold" from 1949!Archie Stout was the Director of Photography and Earl Mcevoy was the Associate Producer,
Next, another rockside fight, with a guy with a cowboy hat on and one without. One with seems to win though, At the end of the take, they help each other up! This time the clapboard says SIMON / Stout. Same film, S. Sylvan Simon was the producer of the film. NEEEEAT.
Next, some rather dark footage of a dark car going from right to left, stops, then reverses on to what looks like a flat bed truck. No clapboard.
Next, murky footage of someone driving an ambulance vehicle. Looks like he's being chased. No clapboard.
Next, more dark footage, this time what looks like a car pulling up to what COULD be a premiere or something. REALLY hard to tell.
Dark footage continues. My guess is someone is shot by someone through a window. The victim, who was outside of the window, falls from whatever height they were at. Good fall, wish I could see more though.
Next. very dark, but not too dark footage of a train departing, two men manage to board while the train is in motion. There IS a clapboard this time of Salkow / Stumar. This is likely the movie "The Lone Wolf Takes A Chance", Director Sidney Salkow, cinematographer, John Stumar. And I just watched a little of this, and the falling guy through the window was there! So all of this matches perfectly :)
Then comes a REALLY great part, a car ride down Market Street. We see the GREAT El Patio dance club, (check out that HUGE sign.. like on top!) and the Fox Theater!
Then, another shot, and this is RICH. We see the Embassy, The Guild, The Paramount, and when we turn the corner, the simply awesome marquee for the Golden Gate theater! That theater is playing Fort Apache from 1948, while the Guild was playing Sahara from 1945, just to give you timelines here. Anyways, we turn on to 6th Street (Seneca Hotel being our landmark to help us) and we stop for traffic. Love the lady behind us, who looked impatient!
And then, new scene! We go up some hilly inclines in SF, these are rather dizzy climbs! No clapboard on this (or on any of the SF shots, sorry). Later, we stop behind a humorous taxi cab driver (with hat!)
Next scene, a still shot of what looks to be tenement housing in SF. No clapboard.
Next, more SF, just a street shot on a hill. Nothing remarkable.
Next a city shot. Two guys are just left of a hotel that has it's sign cut off. Almost on cue, they scurry off the sides of the shot. Lots of cab traffic.
This was great! One of the highlights of these series, and is recommended!