Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween: Midnight Frolics

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Topping off my Halloween Cartoon countdown today is the Color Rhapsody "Midnight Frolics" which was released Nov.24, 1938. The 16mm print above is a real beaut but was unfortunately transferred a little dark thus obscuring the opening of the picture. I have included frame grabs from a different B&W print (which I've tinted blue) to help explain what is going on through the dark section. Happy Halloween!!

The camera pans down to a ruined front gate. The tree blows in the breeze a la Iwerks.

The camera pans right from the front gate over a dark tree-lined path to an old house. Lightning flashes intermittently. The image above is the film's proper color palette (on 16mm anyway). This film would look amazing on 35 - anyone out there seen it?

Camera trucks in on the house.

Cross dissolve to the front door of the house.


Camera trucks in as the door falls inward.

Truck-in continues through darkness until the house interior is revealed.


Camera pans left to the window shade.

The wind blows the shutter across the keys of the organ.

3 comments:

Belle Dee said...

Yay! Terrific! Thank you for sharing these wonderful gems!
Hope you had a Happy Halloween!
PS: I love your ghost art in the side bar!!

J.V. (AKA "White Pongo") said...

Thanks! Most of the credit should really go to Mark Kausler who's 16mm collection, I believe, encompasses much of the 'Garage Sale' discs and Jerry Beck for the mammoth task of transferring every one to DVD. This particular print comes courtesy of Bob Jaques.

p spector said...

Thanks for a great Halloween week!