This classic Soundie dates back to 1941 and features the Count Basie Orchestra performing “Take Me Back Baby” with Jimmy Rushing doing the vocal. In the clip, Rushing plays a sax player who falls asleep on the bandstand and dreams he is singing the blues to his gal. 'Soundies' were an early version of the music video, displayed on a Panoram (a coin-operated film jukebox) in nightclubs, bars, restaurants, factory lounges and amusement centers during the early-mid 1940s.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015
In this scene from the 1948 movie One Touch of Venus, a young window dresser named Eddie Hatch kisses a statue of Venus, which then comes to life in the form of Ava Gardner. Soon afterwards, she falls in love with him. The film stars Robert Walker, Ava Gardner, and Dick Haymes. It was released in August 1948.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
This vintage theatrical commercial announces an upcoming "Meet Gene Autry" contest that was shown in theaters in 1946. The winner would get to meet Gene Autry in person, have lunch with him, get a personalized autographed photo, and attend the rodeo at Madison Square Garden as his guest. The World's Championship Rodeo was scheduled from October 8th to October 26th. This is a wonderful vintage clip and most certainly an exciting contest for all of the kids.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Movie trailer for the 1946 film The Hoodlum Saint starring William Powell, Esther Williams and Angela Lansbury. The movie follows a former reporter who comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city's rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. After getting caught up in the "make money at all costs" game, he receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929. This film was released on April 4, 1946.