Catalogue


 

THE 28MM CATALOGUE

 

In August 2005, I issued The 28mm Catalogue. This was a complete re-setting, from a terrible photocopy, of the Second Edition of the Pathescope Inc Illustrative Catalogue, which contained synopses of all the films then available (which included all the films that had been in the First Edition). This was prepared out of frustration that this vast store of 28mm existed, yet was completely unknown to me or indeed most film collectors in this country. Since then, a great deal more material has come to hand and second and third volumes have been issued, providing a near-complete listing of all the films issued on 28mm in the USA. This Volume has long been out of print but I have had a few copies reprinted. £10 plus £2.50 P&P

Volume 2 comprises copies of two editions of a catalogue issued by the United Projector and Film Company (Victor for short, as they used and promoted his projector). These are cleaned-up photocopies but of reasonable quality. Many of the films duplicate those in the Pathescope Inc catalogue, but some are exclusive to Victor. Price £12 plus 2.50 P&P.

Volume 3 (which finally became available in October 2014) contains a range of material:-

-a reproduction of the entries for all the additional films added in the Third Edition of the Pathescope Inc Catalogue.

-a greatly expanded index covering all the films listed in three Pathescope Inc catalogues and the two Victor catalogues above. This will be in alphabetical order and include both Pathescope and Victor Catalogue numbers and a page reference to each catalogue the film appears in (including the UK listing as in The 28mm Catalogue). Also included for many films is a reference to Henri Bousquet's cataloguing of Pathé releases.

-an alphabetical index of films in an extensive French list, with the equivalent English titles where these can be identified, so that a synopsis can be found from the English index. Films with French titles quite often crop up on 28mm.

In addition, a number of DVDs are available @ £3 each, post free:-

-Martyrdom of a Queen (6 reel feature). A synopsis of this can be found in the first Volume of the Catalogue.

-An Averted Danger (6 reel feature). I have yet to find this in any 28mm catalogue, but have gleaned a synopsis from Bousquet.

AN AVERTED DANGER

(Le Malheur Qui Passe)

Released by Pathé in December 1915. 1035m

Production: Société Cinatographique des Auteurs et Gens de Lettres (SCAGL)

Scenario: Georges Monca and Ferdinand Zecca

Direction: Georges Monca

Cast: Paul Escoffier, Gabrielle Robinne, Marie-Louise Derval, Georges Trille

William Grey has a beautiful wife and daughter. Through a mutual friend, he attends the dress rehearsal of a new mime drama starring the beautiful Nina Rosalba. She ensnares him and tries to get him to leave his wife and go with her. The basically decent William is torn; after an internal struggle, he finally decides to go with Nina. But at the last minute, as he is leaving his house for the last time, his daughter comes to him and, seeing the light, he stays. Nina is left to wait in vain for him and finally leaves alone.

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There are also various compilations of shorts, including several 2 reelers (A Scrap of Paper; A Mad Family and Lena and the Geese); contents are listed below.

 

Shorts Volume 1 Issued August 2005

Little Moritz Proposes to Rosalie

The Arab Sorcerer (trick photography)

Max the Juggler (Max Linder)

Miss Banola Acrobat/ Acrobats on a Tight Wire

Race of Policemen (aka The Policemens Little Run)

All Aboard (2 reel Harold Lloyd comedy)

A Sisters Devotion (melodrama)

Magic Screen (trick photography)

Coronation of KGV, 1910

Princess Tarakanowa and Catherine II

The Evolution of Hairdressing

The Bisera Troupe

The Man Who Hanged Himself (macabre Max Linder comedy)

Our Village Band Goes to a Musical Festival

The Cuttlefish

The Hazards of Helen (a complete 2 reel episode entitled The Human Chain)

Transformations (trick photography

Shorts Volume 2 January 2006

Les Fleurs Fantastique (Fantastic Flowers) (Trick Photography)

La Planche (The Plank/Board) (Comedy)

Eruption of Mount Etna (tinted) (Documentary)

Great Fire at the Docks of the Standard Oil Co (tinted) (Doc.)

Coiffes et Coiffures (Hairdressing and Hairstyles) (Doc.)

Indiscre Lorgnette (Indiscreet Telescope) (Comedy)

The Bee & the Rose (Trick)

Barcelona and its Park (Doc.)

Hallucination de Pierrot (Pierrots Hallucination) (Trick)

Chasse la Girafe (Giraffe Hunting) (Doc.)

A Scrap of Paper (2 reels) (Melodrama)

Shorts Volume 3 January 2006

A Wedding in Britanny (Documentary)

Jugglery (Magic Act)

Ice Field (Doc.)

Italian Dancers (Doc.)

A Rough Sea (Doc.)

Coronation of Napoleon (Historical Reconstruction)

Decazeville Metallurgical Works (tinted) (Doc.)

Cultivation of Coffee at Santos (Doc.)

Papa Hulin* (Drama)

The Diamond Necklace* (Historical Drama)

InCentral Africa: an Exciting Hunt* - an extract from The Black Diamond (Drama)

Four short subjects on a single reel

* Extract from a longer film

Shorts Volume 4 February 2006

La Gitane (Comedy)

Les Caimans (Natural History)

Where Does False Hair come From? (Doc.)

The Man Who Hanged Himself (Linder) (Comedy)

Convoys of Provisions in Alsace (WWI)

Quick Sculpture (Stop motion)

Venice (Travel)

Max the Juggler (Linder)(Comedy)

Serpentine Dances (Trick)

A Gamblers Gratitude (Drama)

Shorts Volume 5 April 2006

Falcon Hunting in Africa (Part 1) (Doc)

The Kind-Hearted Constable (Comedy)

Pollos Trio - Gymnasts (Variety)

Police Dogs (Comedy-Drama)

A Well-swept Chimney (Comedy)

A Strange Bet (Linder) (Comedy)

Idylle Antique (Arty prancing)

Types Japonais (Travel)

Chasing Submarines (War)

Impossible Rest (Linder) (Comedy)

Cats (Real, but in a plane)

Why Water Should Be Boiled (Doc)

Shorts Volume 6 April 2006

The Aspirator

The Dance of the Apaches (French ones) (Variety)

Tobacco Cultivation and Industry in Malay (Doc)

In Ancient Greece (More Arty Prancing)

Hunting the Wild Boar (Sport)

The President of the French Republic, The Crown Prince of Serbia and The Commander in Chief at Verdun (War)

Its Him!/Thats Him! (Harold Lloyd)*(Comedy)

*A 2 reeler where the two reels have slightly different titles

Shorts Volume 7 May 2006

The Vase (Trick)

Ruins of Egypt (Doc)

No More Bald Men Comedy/Trick)

Nice Carnival(Travel)

The Ermit (sic) Crab (Nature)

The Octopus (Nature)

European War: African Zouaves in Flanders (War)

Chateaux of the Loire (Travel)

Dances of the Day (Education/Entertainment)

Shorts Volume 8 May 2006

Little Moritz Loves Rosalie (Comedy)

A Mad Family (Toto) (2 Reels) (Comedy)

Bombardment of the Bosphorus by

the Russian Fleet (War)

Whose Carpet is it? (Comedy)

Wonderful Armour (Trick)

Unidentified (Trick)

The Inheritance of Remi Daubrais (Extract) (Drama)

Shorts Volume 9 June 2006

Cain and Abel (Religious)

The Birth of Christ (Religious)

The Most Unpleasant and Dangerous of Insects, the House Fly (Scientific)

The Genet (Wild Cat) (Nature)

In the Land of the Snakes and Monkeys (Travel)

Lena and the Geese (2reels) (Drama)

? Rastus Loses His Elephant? (Comedy)

Unidentified comedy

 

Found this in an old Perry's Movies "Home Movies" Magazine from 1970. The Sidney Drews featured extensively on 28mm.

Mr and Mrs Sidney Drew

Few people today remember the films made by Mr and Mrs Sydney Drew, who were top stars of their day - as will appear when you read this story which is an exact reprint from a fan magazine of their day.

Although I had been a movie fan for years and a rampant rooter for the Sidney Drews, I had never seen anything but their shadows until recently, when I met them in their studio den. Armed with a letter of introduction from a mutual friend, I approached the painted battlements and impressive tin towers of some pictured Babylon at the Metro Company with a feeling of awe. I succeeded in passing the line of fierce soldiers, sailors, pink faced cowboys and red Indians, with my Iife intact - all with the magic countersign, 'Mrs Drew'. As I was ushered into her homelike boudoir, it took her only two seconds to put herself and myself on a good, plain basis of common sense and hominess. She gave me to understand that I was to cut out all the pink-tea-and-bridge-whist atmosphere if I wished to interview her. Mrs Drew was actually born in Missouri, and she is refreshing.

I shall insist right here, however, on telling her thousands of admirers that the camera does not do her justice. Her lovely coloring and something of her strong vitality are not so apparent in reel Iife as in real life. We happened to speak of hobbies. Mrs Drew thought that everyone should have one. Her own hobbies are her husband and her home, which is a beautiful place at Sea Gate Harbor, a thirty-minute spin from the heart of the city. On this ocean-girt spot they produce one picture, and sometimes two, a week. "Isn't it good of me", she said, "to give up half my time away from my home, which I am crazy about, working over here?" Many scenes, you must know, call for studio scenery and surroundings. She is essentially a worker, and selects the pictures and writes many of them in which she and her husband act together. "If you could know the dearth of good manuscripts or good ideas we are able to get, you would hardly believe that everyone was writing scenarios" said Mrs Drew. "Or," duetted Sidney Drew, who entered and at once grasped the situation, "if you could see the plays with 'sweet morals' we get from some authors who should know better!"

"I am always on the lookout for good stories or good ideas; if we can get just a bare idea, we can work it out to suit Mr Drew", chorused his wife. This is where Mrs Drew is helpful; she understands her husband so well with unerring quickness whether a play is available or not. If it has anything suitable she can twist it into a play that they can use. In these days of general studio unrest it is refreshing to see a matrimonial partnership that produces such harmonious results.

A boy 'came knocking at her chamber door', He wanted Mr Drew's red slippers, his glasses, and several other things also. Mrs Drew was needed in several capacities. After this I was permitted to have a very prominent seat upon a gilded throne right beside the camera, where I sat ,dazed and fascinated, for the next two hours, watching a movie evolve from an idea into a tangible thing. The scene was set for a story written by James Montgomery Flagg, who is a close friend of the Drews, and Mrs Drew explained: "You know, illustrating is Mr Flagg's profession, but writing is his hobby." If all of you who sit so comfortably on "the back of your neck", as George Ade once said, in the subdued light of a theater, watching a smoothly run, finished photoplay, could actually see the brain-fag and work it takes to produce the same, you'd be just as surprised as I was.

First Mrs Drew flew around, putting magazines on the table and giving the scenes the little touches that make all their plays convincing. The incidents that are not taken by the camera are funnier sometimes than those that are. A prompter sat just outside the range of the eagle eye of the camera, shouting, at the top of his lungs, the lines that Mr Drew was supposed to say after him, but Mr Drew is liable to say almost anything, and it often upsets the whole company to hear the choice pearls of conversation that fall from his lips, which are perfectly inappropriate and very side-splitting.

While he was resting between scenes, Mr Drew explained his part to me - that of a crusty old man, who reforms in time to buy everyone appropriate gifts. "What I want to convey in this picture", he said, "is the psychology of the man's state of mind." That is exactly why we all love to see Mr Drew. He understands the psychology of man - his motives, the main springs of his Iife and the well of his feelings; in fact, all the strength and the frailties of human nature. In all his plays there is an undercurrent of goodness and wholesomeness which makes us all leave the movies a Iittle better for having seen them. As he directs his own plays, he is able to put the gentle cynicism, the lovable weaknesses into them that make them so strong and natural.

And then there is Mrs Drew - her acting fits his like the glove does the hand. She 'plays up' to him wonderfully. Mr Drew's profession is acting, but I am perfectly sure his hobby is his charming wife.