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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Warner Bros. Bloopers Featuring Kay Francis and Many Others

Warner Brothers "Break Downs" and "Blow Ups" 1936-1947 at Internet archive.  A who's who of Warner Bros. contract players are featured in the studio's annual blooper and outtake reels available at Internet Archive. The footage at Internet Archive is public domain, free and legal to download. The description from Internet Archive states that "These are most of the surviving Blooper reels produced by The Warner Club an organisation comprising Warner Bros Stars and Crew. These reels were produced most years and shown at their annual dinner to poke fun at the mistakes that had been made during that year's productions."

A sample of the Warner Bros. "BREAKDOWNS OF' blooper and outtake reels are also available below, courtesy of nicoley132 and YouTube.

The Warner Bros. blooper reel, BREAKDOWNS OF 1935. Personalities include Kay Francis, Warren William, James Cagney, Rudy Vallee, Allen Jenkins, Hugh Herbert, George Brent, Glenda Farrell, Dick Powell, Pat O'Brien, Busby Berkeley, and others. The Kay Francis blooper begins at 6:56.

The Warner Bros. blooper reel, BREAKDOWNS OF 1936, courtesy of nicoley132. Blooper footage of Kay Francis, Barton MacLane, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Leslie Howard, Claude Rains, Claire Dodd, James Dunn, Joe R. Brown, Allen Jenkins, James Cagney, Ricardo Cortez, Warren William, Pat O'Brien, Ann Dvorak, Paul Muni, Ross Alexander, Victor Jory, Leslie Howard, Ian Hunter, Paul Lukas, and others. The first of three Kay Francis outtakes begin at 8:26.

The Warner Bros. blooper reel, BREAKDOWNS OF 1937, courtesy of nicoley132. Reel includes blooper footage of Kay Francis, Hugh Herbert, Errol Flynn, Ricardo Cortez, Dick Powell, Boris Karloff, Pat O'Brien, Edgar Kennedy, Allen Jenkins, Patsy Kelly,  Humphrey Bogart, Barton MacLane, Glenda Farrell, Claude Rains, and others. The Kay Francis footage begins at 0:53.

The Warner Bros. blooper reel, BREAKDOWNS OF 1938, courtesy of nicoley132. Footage includes outtakes of Kay Francis, Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Carole Lombard, Pat O'Brien, Paul Muni, Claude Rains, Ian Hunter, Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan, Paul Kelly, Bette Davis, and others. The first of four Kay Francis outtakes begins at 2:56.

The Warner Bros. blooper reel , BREAKDOWNS OF 1939, courtesy of nicoley132. Outtakes include footage of Kay Francis, Glenda Farrell, Joan Blondell, Pat O'Brien, Bette Davis, Anna Mae Wong, John Garfield, Errol Flynn, William Gargan, Humphrey Bogart, and others. The Kay Francis blooper footage is at 7:21 in part 1, and 0:01 and 6:55 of part 2.

More rare footage and bloopers can be found here at the Kay Francis Website.

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

A Kay Francis birthday celebration on TCM

TCM will celebrate Kay's birthday on January 13th with a mini marathon of films.

Playgirl (1940) will be shown on January 12th at 7:45 am.
An aging gold digger takes a young woman under her wing. Cast: Kay Francis, James Ellison, Mildred Coles, Nigel Bruce. Dir: Frank Woodruff. BW-77 mins, TV-PG

January 13, 2010 schedule: 

7:00 AM The Goose And The Gander (1935) A divorcee can't stop meddling in her ex-husband's affairs. Cast: Kay Francis, George Brent, Genevieve Tobin. Dir: Alfred E. Green. BW-66 mins, TV-G

8:15 AM Another Dawn (1937)

An officer's wife at a British outpost in Africa falls for another man. Cast: Errol Flynn, Kay Francis, Ian Hunter. Dir: William Dieterle. BW-73 mins, TV-G, CC

9:30 AM Comet Over Broadway (1938) A stage star's rampant ambition leads to murder. Cast: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Crisp. Dir: Busby Berkeley. BW-70 mins, TV-G, CC

10:45 AM My Bill (1938) An impoverished widow fights scandal for the sake of her four children. Cast: Kay Francis, Bonita Granville, Anita Louise. Dir: John Farrow. BW-65 mins, TV-G, CC

12:00 PM Secrets Of An Actress (1938)

A leading lady falls for a married architect who's invested in her play. Cast: Kay Francis, George Brent, Ian Hunter. Dir: William Keighley. BW-70 mins, TV-G, CC

1:15 PM Women Are Like That (1938) Years after their break-up, a couple finds each other all over again. Cast: Kay Francis, Pat O'Brien, Ralph Forbes. Dir: Stanley Logan. BW-79 mins, TV-G, CC

2:45 PM It's A Date (1940) Mother-and-daughter singers vie for the same man and the same stage part. Cast: Deanna Durbin, Walter Pidgeon, Kay Francis. Dir: William A. Seiter. BW-104 mins, TV-G, CC

4:30 PM The Feminine Touch (1941) An author writing a book on jealousy discovers his wife is an expert on the subject. Cast: Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis. Dir: W.S. Van Dyke II. BW-98 mins, TV-G, CC

6:15 PM Always In My Heart (1942) A convict returns home to find his family has forgotten him. Cast: Walter Huston, Kay Francis, Gloria Warren. Dir: Jo Graham. BW-92 mins, TV-G, CC

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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Sheet Music Covers and a Rio Rita Advert