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Ronald Palmer
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Feb 2012

 - posted February 03, 2012 11:09 PM      Profile for Ronald Palmer   Email Ronald Palmer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hello all... I'm looking for a little assistance. I recently came across some old 8mm films at an estate sale. Some of them were in boxes, but several were in round metal tins. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to look at them yet to determine their quality or if they are in fact what the tins say they are. But I'm hoping someone here can tell me if they are anything special, or if they're common run-of-the-mill films. I've done some research online, but have not come up with anything definitive. Here's what I've got. (I'm giving you everything that's listed on the tin, or the first portion of the film):

TIN REEL #1 -- Perils of Pauline

TIN REEL #2 -- Zippy's Birthday Party (silent short)/It Came From Outer Space/Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein

TIN REEL #3 -- Gymnasium Gym/Gate Crasher (Woody Woodpecker)/First Alarm (Our Gang)

TIN REEL #4 -- An Edison AL./Death in the Arena - Manolete

TIN REEL #5 -- Cartoon Reel: Little King/Sleep Happy/Chilly Willy

TIN REEL #6 -- Mickey's Mad Dog/Seein' Red

TIN REEL #7 -- Title: Disneyland/Woody Woodpecker

TIN REEL #8 -- New York/Paris/F.D.R (this appears to be home footage)

BOXED REEL #1 -- Bozo the Clown: Knight Fight Fright

BOXED REEL #2 -- Walt Disney Character Films: Super Service

BOXED REEL #3 -- Your Movie Show (Castle Films): No Indians Please

BOXED REEL #4 -- Woody Woodpecker (Castle Films): Secret Agent F.O.B.

BOXED REEL #5 -- Abbott and Costello (Castle Films): Have Badge, Will Chase.

Again... I'm still in the research faze of trying to figure out what I have here. Any information would be appreciated. I'm really anxious to get a look at the FDR footage to see exactly what it is. Unfortunately, I have not been able to come across an 8mm film projector that I can use. Hopefully that will change shortly.

Thanks in advance for any help.


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Dino Everette
Phenomenal Film Handler

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From: Long Beach, CA USA
Registered: Dec 2008

 - posted February 04, 2012 02:02 PM      Profile for Dino Everette   Email Dino Everette   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
They all sound fairly common to me, if looking to sell them I would advise putting on ebay as a LOT, and trying to make the picture look exciting....Foe instance if some of the original boxes are in great shape someone may buy them to replace their copy, etc..

"You're too Far Out Miss Lawrence"

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Winbert Hutahaean
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From: Nouméa, New Caledonia
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 - posted February 04, 2012 02:12 PM      Profile for Winbert Hutahaean   Email Winbert Hutahaean   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Can you tell us what is the diameter of each reel, because there are several films in one reel.

Or the easier one, can you tell me if BOXED REEL #4 -- Woody Woodpecker (Castle Films): Secret Agent F.O.B. has the same size with TIN REEL #3 -- Gymnasium Gym/Gate Crasher (Woody Woodpecker)/First Alarm (Our Gang).



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Bill Brandenstein
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 - posted February 05, 2012 12:03 AM      Profile for Bill Brandenstein   Email Bill Brandenstein   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Better yet, additionally post a picture of a some of the film so we can see which guage and whether there might be evidence of sound or not.

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Ronald Palmer
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Registered: Feb 2012

 - posted March 08, 2012 05:35 PM      Profile for Ronald Palmer   Email Ronald Palmer   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Thanks for the replies guys... and sorry for the delay. I've been able to do a little research, and I think I've figured out what I have (or don't have, as the case may be). The two that I think may have some real value are the "Perils of Pauline" and "Mickey's Mad Dog." The Pauline episode is one of the two so-called lost episodes called "The Pirate's Treasure." The Mickey Mouse cartoon is rare in that it's called "Mickey's Mad Dog"... not "The Mad Dog" as it's commonly known. This may have been an early version of the film.

Anyhow... I've put them all up for sale on Ebay, and I've provided the links here if you're interested.

Perils of Pauline

Mickey's Mad Dog & Red Skelton Seein Red

Zippy the Chimp IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE AND Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein


Gymnasium Gym WOODY WOODPECKER and Our Gang

New York, PARIS and Franklin D Roosevelt

Woody Woodpecker CHILLY WILLY and The Little King

DISNEYLAND FEATURE and Woody Woodpecker



Woody Woodpecker in SECRET AGENT FOB

Abbott and Costello in NO INDIANS PLEASE

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