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Paul Adsett
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 - posted November 27, 2016 01:32 PM      Profile for Paul Adsett     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
This is a really fun Walt Disney Silly Symphony cartoon that I saw for the first time at CineSea in April 2015. I have looked for it ever since and finally snapped up a print from Steve Osborne's lists last week.




This "Silly Symphony" Cartoon is pegged on the film stars of the 1930s, all as characters in the Mother Goose story. They include, Katherine Hepburn (as "Little Bo Peep" - rallee she is); Charles Laughton, Spencer Tracy, and Freddie Bartholemew as the Three Men in a boat (Laughton is Captain Bligh, Tracy is Manuel from CAPTAIN'S COURAGEOUS, and Freddie is David Copperfield); Hugh Herbert as Old King Cole, Ned Sparks as his "merry" Jester, Groucho, Chico, and Harpo Marx as his fiddler three, Stan Laurel as Simple Simon and Oliver Hardy as the pie-man; Eddie Cantor as Little Jack Horner, and his four and twenty blackbirds include Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Wallace Beery as Little Boy Blue; Greta Garbo as Marjorie Daw, taught a lesson by Edward G. Robinson; and at the conclusion they have Fred Astaire (unfortunately dancing alone), Zazu Pitts, Edna Mae Oliver and Mae West playing horns (Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel and the Marx Brothers also return playing instruments, and we see George Arliss playing a saxophone and Clark Gable on another instrument), and it all ends with Martha Raye('the big mouth') and Joe E. Brown dancing and kissing.

A really fun little film for fans of 1930's cinema, and a great program opener. My print is a Derann print on low fade stock, great color, contrast, and sharpness, excellent sound. I am delighted with it and it's definitely a keeper.

***** Highly recommended

Here it is on Youtube:

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Andrew Woodcock
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 - posted November 27, 2016 02:35 PM      Profile for Andrew Woodcock         Edit/Delete Post 
Great find Paul and it'd be even more enjoyable if you'd post us a video of your actual print in run on Vimeo or You Tube if you have an account.

I love seeing the real actual footage of these things myself.

"C'mon Baggy..Get with the beat"

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Phil Murat
Jedi Master Film Handler

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From: Villeneuve St Georges, France
Registered: Dec 2015

 - posted November 30, 2016 12:39 PM      Profile for Phil Murat   Email Phil Murat   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Paul,

Great short, great print, I love it (I am fond of "Silly Symphonies", the very best from Disney from my opinion)!!!

You are a lucky man ! [Wink]


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Ali Hipperson
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From: London, England
Registered: Oct 2016

 - posted December 01, 2016 06:38 AM      Profile for Ali Hipperson   Email Ali Hipperson   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hi Paul - what a fantastically enjoyable film.

I remember seeing I think it was a Bugs Bunny cartoon (?) on TV in my childhood where there were also caricatures of many of the Hollywood stars of the 30/40's.

I will have to add that one and your recent purchase to my 'wish-list'!


We're going to need a bigger shelf!

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Bill Phelps
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From: USA
Registered: Jan 2009

 - posted December 01, 2016 10:25 AM      Profile for Bill Phelps     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Hollywood Steps Out....WB cartoon with old Hollywood stars....great cartoon!

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