Monday, 10 July 2017

More Sinned Against?

From a recent Ebay auction...

IT AIN'T NO SIN - Very Rare Original Paramount Pictures pressbook for Mae West's 1934 film.
This was the Pre-release title for Belle Of The Nineties starring Mae West
- with Roger Pryor, Duke Ellington's Orchestra, etc. -
Censors forced change of title, after some publicity material had been produced.
Entire pressbook had to be changed throughout, with title changed in every item.
Some changes and differences in materials / posters between this original printing and the later printing under the new title of Belle Of The Nineties.
Total of 38 pages, including both sides of covers.
22 numbered pages . . .
12 pages of Advertising . . .
4 pages, both sides of covers include posters, display cards, lobby cards, etc.
Sections on Exploitation, Publicity, Songs and Music, Advertising, etc.
No clips or missing pieces. Pressbook is complete as originally printed.
Very good condition. Front cover silver printing slightly smudged / dirty from storage.

Sunday, 9 July 2017

At The Hague

Courtesy of Google Translate:

Duke Ellington performs in The Hague (1939). Performances by jazz musician Duke Ellington with his orchestra in the building of arts and science in The Hague, April 8, 1939. Apparently, Duke Ellington had forbidden to make recordings of this performance. Added text on card in archive reads: "Not used for journal". The title title reads: "With great difficulty, we have managed to make some recordings of this ideal jazz interpreter during his performance in the building of art and science in The Hague".
Duke Ellington's orchestra consisted of: Duke Ellington - Piano
Otto Hardwick - Saxophone
Harry Carney - Saxophone
Johnny Hodges - Saxophone
Barney Bigard - Clarinet
Cootie Williams - Trumpet
Fred Guy - Banjo
Joe "Tricky Sam" Nanton - Trombone
Lawrence Brown - Trombone
Sonny Greer - Drums
Polygoon-Profilti (producer), April 1939
The Telegraph, April 9, 1939, message about this performance in The Hague: Duke Ellington has conquered young The Hague with his famous band last night. The grand hall of the Building of Arts and Sciences was filled with enthusiastic crowd jazz lovers, including many from outside The Hague, who enjoyed the alternate program, largely filled with own compositions. Tiger rag, Rocking Rhythm, Mood Indigo belonged to the most acclaimed songs. The jam sessions, in which the band performs improvisationally, a Ellington specialty, testified of the high artistic views of the performers. The dark lady Crooner Ivy Anderson, who left after the break. Made an extraordinary impression with 'In my solitude'. The performance of the band proved in all respects of the excellent leadership of Duke Ellington, who had received a wreath from the Jazz World with long-term applause. The audience did not get used to the jazz king and his players with applause. In all ways, they tried to make them bissering, but Ellington did not shatter himself.