Cinecon Film Festival on the Horizon



American Movies Unseen for Decades Highlight the 48th Annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival


HOLLYWOOD – July 16, 2012 – Film fans, archivists, and researchers from around the world will gather in Hollywood, California, to attend the 48th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival this Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3, 2012.

The five-day festival will revive dozens of rare and recently-restored films–some in limbo for decades–at the historic Grauman’s Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. The event will also honor the film careers of several actors and filmmakers from Hollywood’s Golden Age.  Schedule updates and complete information may be found at

Among this year’s Cinecon honorees are Phyllis Coates, best-remembered as Lois Lane in the first season of TV’s Adventures of Superman and as Alice McDoakes in the long-running Joe McDoakes theatrical shorts; and Carleton Carpenter, who sang “Aba Daba Honeymoon” with Debbie Reynolds in Two Weeks With Love and went on to star in such films as The Whistle at Eaton Falls and Sky Full of Moon. Also being honored is director Richard L. Bare, who helmed the Joe McDoakes comedies and brought a zany touch to TV’s Green Acres.

Cinecon will also feature a movie memorabilia show at Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) located at 1755 North Highland Avenue in Hollywood, near the Egyptian Theater. Attendees may purchase rare movie stills, posters, lobby cards and other film-related collectibles.

Among the films being scheduled for Cinecon 48 is director John Ford’s previously “lost” silent gem Upstream (1927), one of a number of American silent films repatriated from New Zealand by the National Film Preservation Foundation, and preserved through a collaboration of Twentieth Century Fox and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Other silent films slated for viewing include Clarence Brown’s The Goose Woman (1925); Ladies Night in a Turkish Bath (1928) starring pre-code favorite Dorothy Mackaill; the sly romantic comedy Blonde or Brunette (1927) with Hollywood’s best-dressed man, Adolphe Menjou; Sensation Seekers (1927) directed by Lois Weber, one Hollywood’s few women directors in the silent era; Harold Lloyd’s classic comedy Hot Water (1924); The Circus Man (1914) one of the earliest surviving films from the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company—the forerunner to Paramount Pictures; and famed cowboy star William S. Hart’s screen bio of Wild Bill Hickok (1923). Silent films will be shown with live musical accompaniment.

This year’s stellar line-up of early sound films encompasses such diverse titles as She Wanted a Millionaire (1932) starring a young Spencer Tracy; Hello, Everybody! (1933) which features the only starring role of radio’s “Songbird of the South,” Kate Smith; Love Under Fire (1937) starring Don Ameche and Loretta Young in a story set against the backdrop of the Spanish Civil War; Dangerous to Know (1938) starring Chinese-American performer Anna May Wong; Always a Bridesmaid (1943), a swing-era musical outing starring the Andrews Sisters; and Way Out West (1937) with beloved screen comedy team Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy.

A highlight of the festival will be a screening of Gentle Julia (1936), based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize winner, Booth Tarkington. Two of the film’s stars, Marsha Hunt and Jane Withers, are scheduled to attend this screening, 76 years after its original release.

Special programs will include the world premiere screenings of Palace of Silents, chronicling the fabled history of the Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles, and Looking for Mabel focusing on the scandal–ridden life of silent screen legend Mabel Normand. A third documentary, Peter Ford: A Little Prince, a personal journey about growing up in Hollywood as the son of superstars Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, will also be screened.

“Cinecon offers an opportunity to see classic movies as they were intended to be seen – on the big screen, with an audience,” says Robert Birchard, president of Cinecon. “The festival provides a place to rediscover long-unseen gems of American film.”

All announced titles are subject to final film clearances.  Celebrity appearances are confirmed pending unforeseen circumstances.  Please check for schedule updates, details on how to register, and hotel information. Also check our Facebook page at

Cinecon is a non-profit film festival.

  • The Egyptian Theater is located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028,
  • Loews Hollywood Hotel (formerly the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel) located at 1755 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, CA 90028.

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Cinecon president and film historian, Robert S. Birchard, is available for interviews. Birchard is the author of Cecil B. DeMille’s Hollywood, and has appeared in such movie-related documentaries as TCM’s Moguls and Movie Stars.

Photos will be available to the media upon request.


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Roscoe Fraser



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