The Fabulous Joe

Mild-mannered Milo Terkel’s life is never the same after he is willed a dog named Joe by a former client. A thoughtful husband, Milo buys his wife a beautiful diamond necklace for their anniversary. When he returns home, he finds a note from her saying she is attending a charity affair and that he should take dinner at his club. Instead, he decides to celebrate alone, taking Joe along for company. After drinking two “mysterious gardenias” at the Florida Club, a local nightspot, he meets Gorgeous Gilmore who spots the necklace and asks to try it on. Poor innocent Milo is punched in the nose by Miss Gilmore’s jealous boyfriend, Louie.

But Milo’s troubles really being when his dog starts to talk to him, and only to him! He tells Milo to stop being everyone’s doormat, and advises him to act tough, like Humphrey Bogart.

It’s a laugh-a-minute from then on as Milo changes from lamb to lion, is innocently caught by his wife with the shapely Miss Gilmore, and thought by all his friends to have gone off the deep end. When his wife sues for divorce, he tells the judge about Joe being his advisor. The judge can only suggest that Milo and his wife take a long vacation to work out their problems. Everyone knows dogs simply can’t talk!

Color
Running Time: 54 Minutes
1948
Eng./Span. dubbed (neutral)

THE ADVENTURES OF CURLEY AND HIS GANG

When Lakeview’s beloved school teacher suddenly marries and moves away, the children are left wondering what their new teacher, Miss Johnson, will be like. Curley Benson overhears Aunt Martha growling at the train station attendant for losing her luggage, and mistakes her for her niece, Mildred Johnson, the new teacher.

Curley races to the swimming hole in his rocket car and he and his pals decide on some drastic measures to ensure the new teacher will not stay. One the way to school the next day, Curley meets Mildred and unwittingly reveals all of the kid’s practical jokes to her, which Mildred then cleverly causes to backfire on the pranksters. Curley is marked as a squealer and things get worse for him when he and his pals are excluded from the class picnic because they’ve been exposed to painted-on “measles.”

As the class prepares to leave, two preschool youngsters start up Curley’s rocket car, filling the classroom with smoke. Out of control, they speed down country roads, through haystacks and henhouses, with Curley in pursuit. Finally, they force Miss Payne’s car off the road. Curley arrives and the school supervisor demands to know why he is out of class. Not very keen on Mildred’s “modern” teaching methods, Miss Payne drives to the picnic ground intent on firing the new teacher. But she finds that Mildred has won the respect of the children. Curley is finally vindicated and forgiven by Mildred, and he tells her that he thinks she sure is pretty too.

Color
Running Time: 54 Minutes
1947
Eng./Span. dubbed (neutral)

CURLEY AND HIS GANG IN THE HAUNTED MANSION

Dr. Hugo Robbin, a rather mysterious and eccentric scientist, disappears in the strange explosion of a cottage on his gloomy estate. Ann Loring, his assistant, also happens to be the sole beneficiary in the doctor’s will, and is charged with murder. At her trial, Curley Benson, the ringleader of the neighborhood kids, unwittingly gives some testimony that implicates the kids’ friend, Fix-It-Dan, as the number one suspect. Dan, a former physics professor, was a colleague of the doctor in a secret project until a heated argument over who should benefit from their labors caused a bitter falling out.

To exonerate Dan, the kids proceed to the doctor’s castle-like mansion, where they are beset by a number of hair-raising and sidesplitting adventures. Secret passages, underground pits, hidden laboratories inhabited by wild animals on the loose, alternately account for shudders, suspense and howls of laughter.

At the crucial moment, when a killer gorilla is menacing the kids, Dan and the police break in to save the day. They have found the evidence that proves Dan innocent, but the kids will never forget the night they spent in the “haunted” mansion.

Color
Running Time: 54 Minutes
1948
Eng./Span. Dubbed (neutral)

THE ADVENTURES OF CURLEY AND HIS GANG (COMBINED)

This feature version of Hal Roach’s last “Our Gang” group of kids, the only two ever made in color, combined The Adventures of Curley and His Game and His Gang in the Haunted Mansion into one film.

It portrays the hilarious adventures of the ringleader Curley, and his amazing gang of troublemakers as they try to get rid of the new teacher who they’ve misidentified for the teacher’s cranky aunt, and how the teacher deals with their pranks, all ending with a great picnic at the park for the whole class.

Not willing to stay out of trouble, Curley and his pals embark on solving a mystery when an old house explodes in the night. Chased by a gorilla, and menaced by the evil Doc Robbin, the kids discover that the doctor has met with bad fortune, but in fact, he’s the one dishing it out. Of course, the police are called in at the last minute, and everyone is safe, but not before a hair-raising adventure in what the kids think is a haunted mansion.

Color
Running Time: 96 Minutes
1947 & 1948
Eng./Span. (neutral)

A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS

When an expedition of young astronauts flies off into space, the children of the world become so excited about this cosmic event that they deluge the North Pole with letters, all asking Santa for toy rockets for Christmas. That’s when Santa’s problems begin. Neither he nor his elves have made rockets before, and they’ll need help fast if he’s going to meet the Christmas deadline. Santa confers with the Keeper of the Stars and the Man in the Moon, but neither has kept up with the technological progress.

Finally Santa decides to visit some young boys who are studying to be space scientists. He is saved when the boys give him a model rocket they have built themselves.

Now he’s in business and returns to the North Pole in his magical helicopter. He and his helpers set up a brand new production line, and work side-by-side assembling thousands of rockets for the children of the world, enjoying every minute as they all sing the exciting musical finale.

Color
Running Time: 26 Minutes
1982
Eng./French (Canada)

RUMPELSTILTSKIN AND THE GOLDEN SECRET

Based on the story by the fabled Brothers Grimm, the film tells the story of the lazy Miller Klunk who likes to sit around and tell tall tales. One day when he cannot pay his post-due taxes, he tells the greedy Treasurer, “My daughter can spin straw into gold.” The King, being somewhat greedy himself, orders Marie, the Miller’s daughter, to spin piles of straw into fine gold. She, of course, cannot do it, but a strange little man magically appears to help. For three nights he spins, and each time Marie gives him a token of appreication – a necklace, a bracelet – except on the third night she she has nothing left to give.

So she promises to give him her first-born child. He then works all night, spinning the biggest pile of gold anyone has ever seen. The King is so pleased that he asks Marie to marry him.

Time passes and they are blessed with a child. Bu one day, the little man appears to demand his reward. Marie bursts into tears, so the dwarf tells her that she may keep the child if she can guess his name. The King offers all his riches to anyone who can discover the name of the little man.

Marie’s good friend, Hans, searching one day in the forest, overhears the little man chanting his name: RUM-PEL-STILTS-KIN. Now Marie gets to keep the child, a precious gift worth more than all the riches in the world.

Color
Running Time: 80 Minutes
1960
English Dubbed

PINOCCHIO

All the magic of the original story is brought to life in this wonderful new version of the classic Carlo Collodi novel.

The film follows the adventures of the loveable puppet, Pinocchio, brought to life by the Blue Fairy to reward good-hearted Papa Gepetto, the toymaker, for all his good works. But the trouble begins on Pinocchio’s very first day of school. Naive and unsuspecting, Pinocchio meets two sly and cunning strangers along the way – the Cat and the Fox. They talk him into playing hookey, and Pinocchio soon finds himself in the company of all the other lazy children who have been duped by the wily pair. The whole of them is then transported to what appears to be a magical place of never-ending fun called Playland.

Soon it become clear that the evil Stomboli, for whom the Cat and the Fox work, has other plans for the children: to turn them into donkeys and sell them to the highest bidders.

Pinocchio and his friend, Pipifax, are sold to the circus where they must perform acrobatics for the cruel ringmaster. Meanwhile, worried by Pinocchio’s absence, Papa Gepetto goes to sea in search of his son. But one stormy night, the sea overturns his boat and he winds up in the belly of a whale.

Pinocchio miraculously escapes from the circus and rescues his father. Because of his brave deed, the Blue Fairy finally transforms Pinocchio into a real live boy.

Color
Running Time: 80 Minutes
1982
English Dubbed

PINOCCHIO AND HIS MAGIC SHOW

Pinocchio and His Magic Show combines live action and animation in a film for children that follows the famous puppet through a new set of adventures revolving around his efforts to put on a puppet show for Maestro Eisenbeiss who is sick with a cold. Over the protestations of Mr. Cargill, the Maestro’s ill-tempered assistant who doesn’t think Pinocchio will do a good job, the Maestro agrees to let Pinocchio put on the show. Pinocchio convinces the other puppets to pitch in and do their best for the waiting and anxious children, but Pinocchio has problems getting the curtain up. Just at that moment, the suspicious Cargill drops in, sees Pinocchio’s difficulties and insists that the ailing Maestro come and see what is going on. The Maestro arrives and sees that the children are actually enjoying themselves tremendously. He stays to watch Pinocchio’s show, which includes three animated adventures.

The first is the exciting story of a small dog and his young friend who are stranded on an ice floe and drifting out to sea. At the last possible moment, a passing ship rescues them. Next comes the classic fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty complete with the evil witch and the handsome Prince. The third tale concerns three poor carpenters who come to the aid of an elf in distress and are given one wish apiece as a reward by the grateful elf. The impulsively made wishes give reality to the old adage, “be careful what you wish for, you just might get it” with hilarious results.

The film ends with all the children in the audience singing a delightful “thank you” song to Pinocchio who gave them such a wonderful afternoon of entertainment.

Color
Running Time: 80 Minutes
1976
Eng./Span. Dubbed (neutral)

WILBUR WEBSTER

This “politically correct” cartoon follows the story of a muckraking young journalist named Wilbur Webster, a corrupt politician named Senator Phil E. Buster, a bankrupt new republic which accidentally receives the U.S. Navy’s finest new battleship as “foreign aid,” and all of the great characters from the American Revolution.

With the help of some spooky toons (the spirits of the American Revolution) our hero Wilbur Webster does his very best to save the United States from political corruption and pollution of the environment. At the same time, his bravery reminds the American population and the whole world of the wonderful spirit in which America could once again find itself. Sound like a fantasy?

The program features a rousing theme song appropriately entitled THE SPIRIT OF ’76, by well-known film music composer, Joel Herron.

The film was written and designed by Sheldon Moldoff, one of the legendary greats of the Golden Age of Comics, and directed by Graham Place, animator and director of many of the Fleischer Studios films such as GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, and the Popeye and Betty Boop cartoons.

Color
Running Time: 26 Minutes
1976

SLEEPING BEAUTY

In an enchanted, faraway land, the Queen is visited by a magical frog who gives her a rose – the promise of her first born child. As time passes, the baby, Briar Rose, is born and a royal banquet is prepared in her honor by the Master Chef to which the twelve good fairies are invited by the King and Queen. But the Chef’s apprentice notices that one gold plate is missing, so the King decides to remove one of the fairies from the guest list.

At the banquet, the uninvited fairy angrily bursts in and places a curse on the child, declaring, “When she is 15, she will prick her finger on a spindle and die!” But one of the good fairies transforms the curse; “Instead of death, she will sleep for one hundred years, to be awakened only by the kiss of true love.” The King then orders all spindles in the kingdom to be destroyed, but no one notices that one is left in an abandoned tower of the castle. On Briar Rose’s 15th birthday, the evil fairy appears, lures the princess to the tower, and tricks her into pricking her finger. Briar Rose and everyone in the kingdom fall into a deep sleep.

Color
Running Time: 26 Minutes
1968

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

The scene is set in Ancient Athens, and the storyteller introduces “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with Shakespeare’s 15th sonnet, “When I consider everything that grows.” Hermia, daughter of Egeus, loves the poet Lysander, but has been promised in marriage to the hot-headed Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander flee to the nearby woods to escape, but Helena, a young maiden in love with Demetrius, discovers their plan, and reports it.

Also headed to the woods is a group of Athenian artisans, to rehearse a play for the upcoming wedding. It is a midsummer night and the woods are full of love, spells and magic. We now encounter the Fairy Monarchs; the jealous Oberon, the disdainful Titania, and Puck the servant. Oberon sends Puck to find the magic flower whose fragrance causes one to love the first thing one sees. Puck uses the flower to cast the lovers into turmoil; Lysander and Demetrius fall in love with Helena, and Titania falls in love with one of the actors, Bottom.

Finally, Puck rights his wrongs, and removes the spell from Lysander and Demetrius, who then fall back in love with Hermia and Helena, respectively. They are found by the Duke Thesus, who gives consent for both couples to marry, with the the same amateur actors petforming at the double wedding.

Color
Running Time: 75 Minutes
1958

Premiere In The News

See our News page for a side-by-side comparison of some original and restored footage from The Prince and the Pauper done by Premiere Pictures.

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