Shorts on Warner Bros. DVDs

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#1 Post by Matt » Tue Oct 17, 2006 3:27 pm

These short films appear on DVDs released by Warner Bros. This list does not include MGM or Warner Bros. animated shorts.

An All-Colored Vaudeville Show (1935) on The Green Pastures
The Black Network (Roy Mack, 1932) on Hallelujah
The Devil's Cabaret (Nick Grinde, 1931) on Cimarron
The Dogway Melody (Zion Myers & Jules White, 1930) on Broadway Melody of 1929
The Gay Parisian (Jean Negulesco, 1941) on The Maltese Falcon
How to Be a Detective [Robert Benchley] (Felix E. Feist, 1936) on After the Thin Man
Jammin' the Blues (Gjon Mili, 1944) on Passage to Marseilles
Jimmie Lunceford and his Dance Orchestra (Roy Mack, 1935) on Follow the Fleet
The Little Maestro (Joseph Sherman, 1937) on Captains Courageous
The Littlest Diplomat (Bobby Connolly, 1937) on The Life of Emile Zola
Love on Tap (George Sidney, 1939) on Another Thin Man
MGM Christmas Trailer (aka Judy Garland sings "Silent Night" (1937) on A Christmas Carol (1938)
Pie Pie Blackbird (Roy Mack, 1932) on Hallelujah
Romance Road (Bobby Connolly, 1938) on The Life of Emile Zola
Rufus Jones for President (Roy Mack, 1933) on The Green Pastures
Star in the Night (Don Siegel, 1945) on Christmas in Connecticut
The Tell-Tale Heart (Jules Dassin, 1941) on Shadow of the Thin Man

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#2 Post by Jeff » Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:37 pm

Great idea, Matt. That's a big job. This cartoon nerd can get you started with the animated shorts.

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#3 Post by davebert » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:16 pm

how are we organizing this? I was thinking maybe...

"Short title", director, year (Warner DVD it can be found on)

Just want to make sure I know whats expected before I take an evening to comb through some Warner DVDs on hand...

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#4 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:26 pm

Jammin' the Blues (Gjon Mili 1944) on Passage to Marseilles

So far unremarked - the Passage to Marseilles disc includes possibly - probably- the greatest jazz short ever recorded by the Warner/Vitaphone outfit - Jammin the Blues featuring the great Lester Young. Directed by Life Photogrpaher Gjon Mili and photographed by Robert Burks. Every time I watch this open with the iconic circle of Lester Young's Porkpie hat rising to reveal the man's face and his horn, a narrator intones "this is a jam session" and the hairs on my neck stand up. So many great people in it - Barney Kessel - the only white member of the band whose one appearance is (politically) obscured by a multiple shot optical, and sensational Duke Ellington dancer Marie Bryant - legs up to the armpits - who sings "Sunny Side of the Street" in a cross between Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong.

The Bogart conncection probably relates to the story that Bogie demanded and got more money for the players than Warner was willing to pay. Bogart and Bob Mitchum were both huge fans.

Buy the disc for this alone!

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#5 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:29 pm

The Gay Parisian (Jean Negulesco 1941) on the Maltese Falcon

This is a 22 minute Technicolor short featuring the Ballets Russes with (and choreography by) Leonide Massine in a much condensed adaptation of Offenbach's Gaite Parisienne.

An essential for dance lovers.

EDIT; Moderators, I just jumped in here with these - is this how you want them? Or a listing first?
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#6 Post by Matt » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:36 pm

I'm not bothering with the animated shorts since those are nicely cataloged elsewhere (see Jeff's link above).

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#7 Post by davebert » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:37 pm

How to Be a Detective (Robert Benchley) on After the Thin Man
Early Bird and the Worm, The (Cartoon) on After the Thin Man
Love on Tap (Musical Short) on Another Thin Man
Bookworm, The (Cartoon) on Another Thin Man
Little Tinker (Cartoon) on The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Little Maestro, The (Short) on Captains Courageous
Little Buck Cheeser (Cartoon) on Captains Courageous
Judy Garland Sings "Silent Night" on A Christmas Carol (1938 version)
Peace on Earth (Cartoon) on A Christmas Carol (1938 version)
Star in the Night (Short) on Christmas in Connecticut

Here are just a few alphabetical-wise I thought I'd add for a kick.

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#8 Post by davebert » Tue Oct 17, 2006 9:38 pm

Ah, ok. That'll make it easier to weed stuff out, then.

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#9 Post by david hare » Tue Oct 17, 2006 10:08 pm

Jimmie Lunceford and his Dance Orchestra (Roy Mack, 1935) - on Follow the Fleet.

So far the only appearance by Lunceford and his band on DVD, athough they recorded several sets for the Vitaphone Melody Master series through the thirties.

They're all great, but this one is particularly distinguished as a set by perhaps the most feverish version of Nagasaki to ever grace a Vitaphone climax! HoTTT!

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#10 Post by Titus » Tue Oct 17, 2006 11:17 pm

The Tell-Tale Heart (Jules Dassin, 1941) - on Shadow of the Thin Man.

A very effective adaptation of Poe's work -- according to imdb, this is Dassin's directorial debut.

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#11 Post by scotty » Wed Oct 18, 2006 9:58 am

davidhare, I completely share your enthusiasm for Jammin' the Blues (I'm actually writing about Mili's jazz images right now). I wonder why they didn't couple Jammin' the Blues with To Have and Have Not. They were shown together upon release in 1944. I actually first saw this short preceding Jean Bach's A Great Day in Harlem back in 1995 or so--a terrific pairing.

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#12 Post by zedz » Wed Oct 18, 2006 7:32 pm

A really useful thread. The individual recommendations for specific shorts are particularly useful as there's a lot of dross on those Warners discs.

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#13 Post by david hare » Wed Oct 18, 2006 11:22 pm

I wonder why they didn't couple Jammin' the Blues with To Have and Have Not. They were shown together upon release in 1944. I actually first saw this short preceding Jean Bach's A Great Day in Harlem back in 1995 or so--a terrific pairing.
I couldnt agree more. But the Hawks DVD was released years before Warner was really putting these shorts out within this "Night at the Movies" format, I guess.

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#14 Post by Brian Oblivious » Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:58 am

Actually that animated link apparently only covers cartoons from the Warner studio. Which means it leaves out notable MGM-produced 'toons like:

Little Rural Riding Hood (Tex Avery, 1949) found on the Battleground disc.

This "city wolf, country wolf" cartoon isn't the best of the cartoons featuring Avery's popular "Red" character, but she never appeared in a bad one. Rather appropriate to have a Red cartoon on the disc for a WWII film, as the character was quite popular among GIs.

The Battleground disc also includes a live action short:

Let's Cogitate (Dave O'Brien, 1948)

Wacky hijinks that I found utterly unremarkable and barely funny. Your mileage may vary.

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#15 Post by david hare » Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:16 am

Yes - let's be mindful MGM did thousands of shorts - most of them vile, but, for instance, you get the Dassin. Not to mention Tex!

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#16 Post by Matt » Thu Oct 19, 2006 11:33 am

Brian Oblivious wrote:Actually that animated link apparently only covers cartoons from the Warner studio.
Very sad, but maybe I should be more forthcoming: I'm not listing animated shorts because I'm too lazy. Someone else can compile and maintain that list.

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#17 Post by Lino » Tue Nov 07, 2006 2:16 pm

Why is this no longer a sticky? Anyway, here's my contribution (the first of many, I hope) --

Nothing ever happens (Roy Mack, 1933) on Grand Hotel.

It's basically a parody of the featured film on the DVD. Especially memorable is the scene "I want to be alone", making fun of the classic Garbo line.

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Re: Shorts on Warner Bros. DVDs

#18 Post by Trelkovsky » Wed May 19, 2010 2:56 am

This thread was such a great idea, a pity it was abandoned, let's try to continue it:

Sons of Liberty (Michael Curtiz, 1939) on Dodge City.
Alice in Movieland (Jean Negulesco, 1940) on The Sea Hawk.
The Royal Rodeo (George Amy, 1939) on The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.

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#19 Post by colinr0380 » Wed May 19, 2010 6:21 pm

I must have missed this - here are the shorts from the first Gangsters set:

The Hard Guy; 1930 (Directed by Arthur Hurley and starring Spencer Tracy) on Little Caesar - A rather sickly sweet depression melodrama about a man unable to find work to support his wife and child. Events seem bleak until a contrived happy ending (and the overly enunciated accents work against verisimilitude!

The Eyes Have It; 1931 (Directed by Alfred J. Golding, starring Edgar Bergen) on The Public Enemy - A ventriloquist's dummy goes to the opticians(!)

Rhythmitis; 1936 (Directed by Roy Mack, starring Hal Le Roy) on The Petrified Forest - pills turn an ordinary Joe into a tap dancer!

Out Where The Stars Begin; 1938 (Directed by Bobby Connolly, starring Evelyn Thawl) on Angels With Dirty Faces - a 'star is born' story about an ingenue landing the lead in a musical film after the argumentative lead actress walks off of the set in a huff

All Girl Revue; 1940 (Directed by Lloyd French, starring June Allyson) on The Roaring Twenties - can women actually run a city, or will they just start performing musical numbers?

The Great Library Misery; 1938 (Directed by Lloyd French) on The Roaring Twenties - who knew that working in a library could bring a girl into contract with so many bizarre characters, all performing skits?

So You Think You're Not Guilty?; 1950 (Directed by Richard L. Bare) on White Heat - or how to thoroughly escalate a simple situation in a few easy steps!

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