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Radio Daze: Hollywood Behind The Microphone

In News on May 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

What: Screening Series Night 4

Where: The Secret Society
              116 NE Russell
              Portland, OR

When: Tuesday, May 31, 7:00pm – 10:00pm

How Much: $6 suggested donation

Radio Daze: Hollywood Behind The Microphone

Mel Blanc first performed on radio when he was 15 years old. Although he would become more famous for his work in animation, radio was Mel Blanc’s first love. He remained active in it his entire life. This program includes Dennis Nyback’s favorite radio themed cartoons and short films from 1929 to 1943.
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Coo Coo Nut Grove  (1936) WB Cartoon.
Caricatures of
Jean Harlow,
Bette Davis,
Joe E. Brown,
Hugh Herbert,
W.C. Fields,
Clark Gable,
Groucho and Harpo Marx,
Johnny Weissmuller,
Mae West,
Lionel and John Barrymore,
Laurel and Hardy,
Edward G. Robinson,
Fred Astaire,
and George Raft dance and drink.  A caricatured Ben Bernie MC’s as the radio broadcasting bandleader.  Jokes comment on the feud between Ben Bernie and radio journalist Walter Winchell.
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Hi De Ho (1934)  Live action short. Cab Calloway appears at the Cotton Club, on a show being broadcast on the radio.  One of his fans is a railroad porter who is worried that while he is on the road his wife ( Fredi Washington) will betray him. Cab advises the man to buy a radio to keep his wife happy and at home.
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Captain Henry’s Radio Show (1933)   Live action. One of the most popular radio shows on the 1930s was the Maxwell House Showboat  This film shows a broadcast which includes the popular radio performers Annette Hanshaw and Lanny Ross.
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I Love to Singa  (1936)  WB Cartoon   Young Owl Jolson is a disappointment to his classical music loving father.  Kicked out of the house, he finds redemption singing jazz on an amateur hour radio show hosted by Jack Bunny.

Midnight Melodies (1936)  Loretta Lee,  Ed Paul,  Jack Gilford   Live action. Incredibly rare film featuring the Ed Paul Orchestra doing a radio broadcast.  Featured throughout is the  young comedian Jack Gilford, making his first of many film and television appearances, but eight years before his next film appearance.

GI Journal with Mel Blanc (c1944) Live action. Army-Navy Screen Magazine recreation of a radio broadcast features Mel Blanc as the character Sad Sack. Extremely rare footage of Blanc performing live. Also featuring Lucille Ball and  Kay Kyser.

God Bless America (1943)  Live action. Technicolor clip from This is the Army (1943).  Features  Kate Smith introducing the famous Irving Berlin song in the form of a radio broadcast heard by the nation and by soldiers over seas.  Among the listeners are George Murphy, who later became a United States Senator, and a fresh faced nobody named Ronald Reagan.

All films from The Nyback Collection

For more information about Mel Blanc, see the Archives of this website.

Another recommended method of deepening your knowledge is to attend Mel Blanc: The Portland Years, our upcoming lecture series.

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It Was Against The Law: Mel Blanc, Prohibition and the Speakeasy Era

In News on May 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

What: Screening Series Night 3

Where: The Secret Society
              116 NE Russell
              Portland, OR

When: Tuesday, May 24 · 7:00pm – 10:00pm

How Much: $6 suggested donation

It Was Against The Law: Mel Blanc, Prohibition and the Speakeasy Era

Mel Blanc was 12 years old when Prohibition began, an adult when it ended. This program includes cartoons, short films, and newsreel footage which brings to life the era of rolled stockings, short skirts and hip flasks. Includes Bing Crosby in The Big Broadcast  (1932), Felix the Cat in Woos Whoopee (1929), Betty Boop in Betty Boop For President (1932), and newsreel footage of bottle smashing speakeasy raids.
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Clink Clink   (Soundie 1943)  Mel  Blanc sings with the Spike Jones boys about the evil of booze in pre-Prohibition America.
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Woos Whoopee  1928  Felix The Cat goes on a speakeasy drunken spree while his wife waits at home.
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Hearst Metrotone News  (1929 sound Newsreel) Coast Guard patrols and nabs rum runners.
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The Big Broadcast ( 1932, excerpt) With Bing Crosby, identified as a speakeasy patron.
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Project XX The Jazz Age (1956  Excerpt)  Television documentary with newsreel  footage of Texas Guinan and other speakeasy action.
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Hell Bound (1931, Excerpt)  Clip shows speakeasy scene with Lola Lane singing while Leo Carrillo watches and guns are discretely shown.
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Pathe News(1928  Silent  Newsreel )   SF Agents Destroy Booze
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Hollywood and the Stars:  How to Succeed as a Gangster (1963, excerpt)  TV doc shows real speakeasy and gangster footage.  Then it shows clips from films made during Prohibition exploiting the issue.  James Cagney and  Edward G. Robinson are featured.  Joseph Cotton narrates.
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The Rich Drink and get ready for the Revolution  (c1973 , Excerpt)  This clip is from a TV doc on the Depression.
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Betty Boop for President  (1932)  Cartoon spoofs the political process but slyly promotes FDR and the end of Prohibition.
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Murder at the Vanities (1934, excerpt)  The musical number, Cocktails for Two, which  celebrates the end of Prohibition.  This Arthur Johnston song later became Spike Jones’ greatest hit.
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All films from The Nyback Collection.

7:00 PM@ Secret Society, 116 NE Russell, Portland, Oregon

Admission by donation