“Forgotten Hollywood”- Paramount Takes to the Sky…

Posted on December 4, 2011 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Paramount Pictures is celebrating its 100th birthday with a screening of the first Oscar-winning movie. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a restored version of Wings on January 18th, complete with a live-music accompaniment by organist Clark Wilson. The restoration was conducted with the help of the Academy Film Archive.

   Wings features stirring action footage and fine performances from Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Clara Bow, Richard Arlen, and in a small part, a very youthful Gary Cooper (in a tragic role). It is the only silent picture to win the top Academy Award, which it did back in 1927.

   This fact may change in 2011, since The Artist has the inside track to win this year’s Best Picture statuette. The French entry swept most of the major awards at the Festival de Cannes, and just last week, was recognized as the top movie by the New York Film Critics Circle. The Artist is distibuted in the United States by Warner Brothers.

   The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will debut an exhibit called Paramount’s Movie Milestones: A Centennial Celebration in conjunction with the screening, and the studio’s birthday. It includes photographs, design sketches, posters, and archived correspondence. The collection is on display January 6th through February 5th at the Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery.

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   To honor the month-long event, Gary Lycan and I are re-airing our tribute to Paramount Pictures on Forgotten Hollywood over The Spa Radio Network, Saturday, January 14th at 3p (PST). You will hear rare stories and listen to superb cinema-related music scores  that placed Paramount on the Hollywood map.

   Here’s the link to our weekly program if you live outside the area:


   You can pick up a copy of Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History at the Hollywood Heritage Museum, site of the first movie lot that eventually led to the creation of Paramount Studios.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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