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Peter…..Here is some info for you on Clutch Cargo. “I remember Clutch Cargo well—especially Spinner, the teenage castrato. That kid’s squeak was like chalk on a blackboard. You apparently never saw Space Angel, released in 1964 by TV Comic Strips, Inc., which also produced Clutch Cargo. Both series made use of a technique known as "syncro-vox,” in which, as you correctly surmise, film of actors with everything masked out but the lips was superimposed over the animation. (The actors actually spoke their lines through a black megaphone.) The idea, not surprisingly, was to conserve bucks, since lip movements are a hassle to draw. In Space Angel they often used to draw microphones in front of the characters' mouths to save even the minimal expense of syncro-voxing. The technique was also used for things like flame. Little else in the scene moved, with the exception of the occasional plane, train, or extraterrestrial vehicle, which more or less slid across the screen. The contrast of the totally wooden action with the luridly lifelike lips was bizarre even by the relaxed standards of kidvid, and the producers wisely deep-sixed the technique after a short time".
I don’t remember Space Angel, maybe you do.
Well youngster, lets see what “grandpa” can remember. Clutch Cargo sounds familiar. I think that years, or decades before that they would insert an actors mouth into the face of animals. I saw these old movie clips on the tv show Animal Planet and one of them was a “talking” cow.
A friend of mine thinks that they were in the Parthenon and I’m leaning more towards the Ridgewood. Both movies were kind of “low budget” movies. These movies remind me of those martial art movies where the actors mouth moves and the words come out later on. I think one of his “better” movies was Thief of Baghdad.
Can anyone remember if these movies played at the Parthenon. Hercules and Hercules Unchained with Steve Reeves in the lead role. The year should be 1958-1959. Or could they have been at the Ridgewood theater?
I don’t know what the building is used for now, but at one time the Jehovah Witness people used it.
Mae West born Brooklyn, NY 1893 Died in California 1980
Jimmy Durante born Brooklyn, NY 1893 Died in California 1980
Coincidence? You be the judge!
Don’t write me any nasty messages, I’m just joking.
Maybe “Jimmie” was some sort of a nickname or that’s the Brooklyn spelling for Jimmy. Seriously, I found a few websites that list him as “James Francis "Jimmie” Durante".
This is one of those sites:
Erwin…..Don’t kill the messenger, I’m just the delivery guy. (just kidding)
This is a link to a 1946 photo of Coney Island ave with the Leader theater in the background. If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you might be able to read some of the writing on the marquee.
I found a newspaper article that might explain why there were two Montauk theater’s. According to the article there were no plans to move the original building. Construction on the “new” Montauk ran into problems. There were contract problems with the iron company. It doesn’t specify if these were labor problems or material problems. During these negotiations, the decision to move the original Montauk was made. The article is kind of vague but it does give a logical reason for two Montauk theater’s.
Nothing on the Novelty theater but lots of articles on Percy Williams. They cover the Casino, the Montauk and the Orpheum theater’s that he owned. He was also the manager of the company that ran Bergen Beach in Brooklyn. His theater’s would close for three months during the summer (I assume because of the heat) and the employee’s of those theater’s would be given jobs at Bergen Beach. He must have been a good guy to work for.
The Earth has an atmosphere? How come nobody told me that before? Oh, chickens can’t fly because the bread crumbs weigh them down too much. Okay, breaktime is over. Back to my research.
Since you feel that way about questions, Why is the sky blue, why can’t chickens fly, or more importantly why were there two Montauk theater’s and no one told me about it until now? Why am I always the last one to know these things?
Warren…..There were two different Montauk theater’s? The Werba theater was the one that was moved, correct? What happened to the second Montauk at Livingston st and Hanover Pl?
Is my search for knowledge the reason that I ask so many question? I just thought that I had a big mouth. I feel better now.
Since he purchased the Novelty theater, we know that it existed. Now we need to find something that says movies were shown there. Research is so simple, isn’t it? Not really!
Of course I’m joking. Except for all my major organ’s failing, I’m in perfect health. (just kidding)
Read this about Percy Williams. Its his obit from the NY Times.
I need to do more research on this man Percy Williams. Maybe I’ll find a clue as to where the theater was located. It most likely was in Brooklyn. I hope that I find the answer before I crumble.
Yeah, I have a feeling that this is another one of those hard to find theater’s. Remember…No job is too big, some are just too damn hard!
Warren……I’m impressed! Are you or were you a teacher?
I don’t really know Peter. The article didn’t mention which boro the Novelty was located in. Try Brooklyn, I like that boro.
One more for your inquiring minds, how about the Novelty Theater owned by Percy Williams. Was this a movie theater?
I knew it! I agree that the Ridgewood Folly should remain and list the address as Bway suggested. Also change the seating to “unknown”.
Erwin….Thanks. I thought that my marbles were getting loose again.
My comment should have read “C. Howard Crane, a Detroit architect who designed the Fox theater in Brooklyn was known for his work with theaters”. The five theater’s that I mentioned were considered the Fox flagship theater’s and I didn’t mean to imply that Crane designed all of them.