Collection 2016.006 - Shirley Hughes / William Petts Collection

Identity area

Reference code

CA ON00349 2016.006

Title

Shirley Hughes / William Petts Collection

Date(s)

  • 1905 - 1997 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent and medium

540 reels of moving image
• 215 reels 35mm colour print; [310950ft]; TRT: 57:35:50
• 12 reels 35mm black & white print; [13152ft]; TRT: 2:26:08
• 178 reels 16mm colour print; [195510ft]; TRT: 90:30:50
• 135 reels 16mm black & white print; [154719ft]; TRT: 71:37:45
• 4 rolls 16mm colour negative; [1999ft]; TRT: 00:55:32

211 video recordings
• 142 VHS (TRT: 202:51:57)
• 68 Laserdiscs (TRT: 88:20:00)
• 1 Betacam SP (TRT: 00:02:00)

2 audio recordings
• 1 VHS (TRT: 00:05:00)
• 1 Reel 16mm full coat magnetic ([150 ft.] TRT: 00:04:10)

0.5 meters of textual records

Context area

Name of creator

(1960 -)

Biographical history

Shirley Hughes (b. 1960) is a high-profile member of Toronto’s vintage film community. She has been active in the Toronto Film Society since 1979 and served as vice-president for nearly a decade. In the late 1990s, Hughes co-founded Goddess Film & Entertainment Inc. which produced and marketed art videos, feature films, and shorts. In 2010, Hughes co-founded the Toronto Silent Film Festival and has programmed the Toronto Film Noir Syndicate since 2012. A long-time collector of films on home video formats, Hughes began collecting film prints in the early 2000s.

Name of creator

(1954 – 2014)

Biographical history

William Harry Petts (1954 – 2014) was a film collector and member of Toronto’s vintage film community. He had a life-long passion for film and collected films for many years. Until his death, Petts was a staff member at East York Collegiate Institute, where he was active in the school’s AV club.

Archival history

Most of the materials in the collection were assembled by Petts over several decades and remained in his possession until his death in 2014. During this time, as part of Petts’ film collecting practice, musical numbers and other clips were excerpted from some of the films and assembled in compilation reels. While in Petts’ possession, the 35mm films were kept behind a false wall in Petts’ basement. While there, some films were subjected to flooding and suffered water damage as a result.

Following Petts’ death, the materials were obtained from his family by Shirley Hughes. The collection was subsequently combined with materials Hughes had collected, including the records in Series 14, which were created or received by Hughes during in her capacity as an independent producer. Hughes donated the collection to Media Commons Archives in 2016.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This collection consists of 14 series arranged by format and subject matter. Several of the films included in Series 1 and Series 3 are incomplete. Excerpts were made of musical performances or key moments in the narrative from these films and subsequently assembled into compilation reels. Compilation reels containing excerpts from the films in Series 1 are in Series 2, and compilation reels containing excerpts from the films in Series 3 are in Series 8.

Series 1 (35mm Feature Films) is comprised of commercial feature films that were intended to be shown theatrically. These prints are believed to be original to the films’ initial theatrical release. The series contains the following titles:

A Hole In The Head (1959)
All Neat In Black Stockings (1969)
Arthur (1981)
Bells Are Ringing (1960)
Billy Rose’s ‘Jumbo’ (1962)
Damn Yankees (1958)
Death Of A Scoundrel (1956)
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Fiddler On The Roof (1971)
Firefox (1982)
Five Star Final (1931)
Girl On A Motorcycle (1968)
Hair (1979)
Hello Dolly! (1969)
Honeysuckle Rose (1980)
Hot Millions (1968)
Independence Day (1983)
Interrupted Melody (1955)
Love At 20 (1962)
Magic Fire (1955)
Mame (1974)
Merry Andrew (1958)
Nearer To Heaven (1954)
On The Riviera (1951)
Personal Best (1982)
Popi (1969)
Porgy & Bess (1959)
Serenade (1956)
Sharkey's Machine (1981)
Sincerely Yours (1955)
So This Is Love (1953)
Song Of Norway (1970)
Sport Fishing, Family Style (1962)
Stop The World: I Want To Get Off (1966)
Swan Lake (1969)
Sweet Charity (1969)
Table For Five (1983)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
The Great Race (1965)
The Greek Tycoon (1978)
The Music Man (1962)
The Reluctant Saint (1962)
The Shining (1980)
The Slipper And The Rose (1976)
Tom Horn (1980)
Tom Jones (1963)
Up The Down Staircase (1967)
Who Is Killing The Great Chefs Of Europe? (1978)
Who’s Minding The Mint? (1967)
Women In Love (1969)
Woodstock (1970)

Series 2 (35mm Newsreels, Trailers, and Excerpts) contains 35mm films that are not commercial features and compilation reels made from the excerpts taken from the films in Series 1. Where possible, the titles comprising the compilation have been identified. The series contains the following titles:

[Basilio Vs Robinson] (1958)
[Compilation: Jewish Artists Musical Clips] [Various]
[Compilation: an unknown ballet scene; musical numbers from Al Jolson and Eddie Cantor; and a song from A Star is Born (1976)] (1955, 1953, 1976)
[Excerpts: “Bells are Ringing” (1960); “Pete 'n' Tillie” (1972); “Fiddler on the Roof” (1971)] (1960, 1972, 1971)
[The Nutcracker] [1966]
[Title Tests For 'Bug Bunny's All-Star Cartoon Review] [Unknown]
[Trailers: “Dog Day Afternoon” (1975); “Sparkle” (1976); “Let's Do It Again” (1975); “Barry Lyndon” (1975); “St. Ives” (1976); “Dirty Harry III” (1976); “The Enforcer” (1976); “Exorcist II” (1977); “All the President's Men” (1976)] (1975)
[Trailers: “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976); “Ode to Billy Joe” (1976); “St. Ives” (1976)] (1976)
[Unknown Musical Group] [1961]
[World Cup 1966] (1966)
A Concert Album [Short] (1950)
A Star Is Born [Clip] (1976)
A Star Is Born [Trailer] (1976)
Call Of The Holy Land (1960)
Blazing Saddles [Excerpt] (1974)
Fashions, Flowers And Favourites [Short] [1963]
Football Royal [Short] (1955)
Fortress Formosa [Short] (1958)
I Want To Live! [Trailer] (1958)
La Sonnambula [Trailer] (1954)
Legend Of The Orient [Short] (1958)
Mame & The Music Man [Clips] (1974 & 1962)
Mel Allen's Football Highlights 1961 [Short] (1962)
Quebec Sports Pageant [Short] (1962)
[“Robin And The 7 Hoods” combined with an excerpt from “Pete Kelly's Blues”] (1964, 1955)
Serenade [Clip] (1956)
Sex And The Single Girl [Tail Credits] (1964)
The Critic [Short] (1963)
The Getaway [Trailer] (1972)
The World According To Garp [Trailer] (1982)
Vesuvius Express [Short] (1953)
Wild Race For Glory (1958)
World's Heavyweight Championship Fight (1959)
Zepplin [French Titles And Credits] (1970)

Series 3 (16mm Feature Films) is made of 16mm prints of films that were originally released theatrically in 35mm. The prints in this series were created at a later date for television broadcast and were not a part of the initial theatrical release. This series contains the following titles:

1776 (1972)
A Man Betrayed (1941)
A Man, A Woman And A Bank (1979)
A Pain In The Ass (1973)
A Quiet Place To Kill (1970)
Adiós, Sabata (1970)
Agatha (1979)
Alaska Patrol (1949)
All The President's Men (1976)
Atlantic City (1944)
Avalanche (1978)
Bang! Bang! You're Dead! (1966)
Beloved Infidel (1959)
Billy Jack (1971)
Birch Interval (1976)
Blood On The Sun (1945)
Bowery Blitzkrieg (1941)
Breakout (1975)
Bullfight (1951)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Calcutta (1946)
Carnegie Hall (1947)
Champ For A Day (1953)
Claudia (1943)
Compromising Positions (1985)
Crazy Mama (1975)
Digby: The Biggest Dog In The World (1973)
Dirty Harry (1971)
Doctors' Wives (1971)
Fanny (1961)
Father Of The Bride (1950)
Fighting Man Of The Plains (1949)
Final Assignment (1980)
First Family (1980)
First Monday In October (1981)
Flame Of Calcutta (1953)
Flight Commander (1930)
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
For Love Or Money (1963)
For Them That Trespass (1949)
From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1973)
Go Naked Into The World (1961)
God Forgives….I Don't! (1967)
Guardian Of The Wilderness (1976)
Gunfighters (1947)
Guns Of The Black Witch (1961)
Hellfire (1949)
Hopscotch (1980)
How To Beat The High Cost Of Living (1980)
In Old Oklahoma (1943)
Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
International Velvet (1978)
Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
Isle Of Sin (1960)
Josephine And Men (1955)
Just Before Dawn (1981)
Kiss The Boys Goodbye (1941)
La Guerre Des Momes (1962)
Lady For A Night (1942)
Land Of No Return (1978)
Law Of The Badlands (1951)
Le Silencieux (1973)
Light Of The Western Stars (1940)
Lonely Heart Bandits (1950)
Luv (1967)
Monte Carlo (1930)
Murder By Decree (1979)
My Wife's Family (1956)
Naughty Marietta (1935)
Never Trust A Gambler (1951)
Next To No Time (1958)
Nothing Personal (1980)
Of Unknown Origin (1983)
Oh Heavenly Dog (1980)
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Panic In The Streets (1950)
Pony Express (1953)
Psyche 59 (1964)
Rage (1966)
Range Defenders (1937)
Ready, Willing And Able (1937)
Reckless (1935)
Renegade Girl (1946)
Roaring Westward (1949)
Run Of The Arrow (1957)
Running Wild (1973)
Russian Roulette (1975)
Sanders Of The River (1935)
Séance On A Wet Afternoon (1964)
Second Childhood (1936)
Seven Alone (1974)
Shadowed (1946)
Sing Me A Love Song (1937)
Smile (1975)
South Of Tahiti (1941)
Spook Busters (1946)
St. Ives (1976)
Street Bandits (1951)
Such Good Friends (1971)
Summer And Smoke (1961)
Susan Slept Here (1954)
Taras Bulba (1962)
Tarnished (1950)
Tender Mercies (1983)
The 3 Worlds Of Gulliver (1960)
The Adventures Of Mark Twain (1944)
The Bramble Bush (1960)
The Bride Goes Wild (1948)
The Burglars (1971)
The First Traveling Saleslady (1956)
The Flame And The Arrow (1950)
The Golden Madonna (1949)
The Good Guys And The Bad Guys (1969)
The Hard Way (1943)
The Hellfire Club (1961)
The Honkers (1972)
The House Of The Seven Gables (1940)
The Lady In Red (1979)
The Lady In The Car With Glasses And A Gun (1970)
The Last Word (1979)
The Lawless Nineties (1936)
The Magic Carpet (1951)
The Magnificent Rogue (1946)
The Magnificent Seven (1960)
The Mercenary (1968)
The Millionairess (1960)
The Mississippi Gambler (1953)
The Night Visitor (1971)
The Nine Second Adventure [1962-1966]
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Pharaoh's Woman (1960)
The Pink Panther (1963)
The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
The Producers (1967)
The Psychic (1977)
The Sandpiper (1965)
The Story Of Dr. Wassell (1944)
The Story Of Mankind (1957)
The Tall 'T' (1957)
The War Between Men and Women (1972)
The Way to Love (1933)
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
They Call Me Trinity… (1970)
Thundering Trails (1943)
Tomahawk (1951)
Trinity Is Still My Name (1971)
Twice Two (1933)
Valley of the Doomed (1960)
Valley Of The Kings (1954)
Viva Maria! (1965)
Viva Max (1969)
What a Chassis (1961)
Win, Place or Steal (1974)
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)
Zorro: The Gay Blade (1981)

Series 4 (16mm Television Movies) contains 16mm prints of films and TV specials initially intended for television broadcast. These titles did not receive a theatrical release in 35mm. This series contains the following titles:

A Merry Mirthworm Christmas (1984)
A Movie Star’s Daughter (1979)
Andrea’s Story: A Hitchhiking Tragedy (1983)
Duel In The Wind: In Defense Of America's Cup (1970)
Eugene Onegin (1958)
Free To Be…You & Me (1974)
Hand Me Down Kid (1983)
Judge Horton And The Scottsboro Boys (1976)
Lionheart (1954)
Love Leads The Way: A True Story (1984)
Mission: Monte Carlo (1974)
Nearly No Christmas (1983)
Night Chase (1970)
Panic On The 5:22 (1974)
Paper Dolls (1982)
Patience Of Bunthorne’s Bride (1957)
Summer Switch (1984)
The Day The Earth Moved (1974)
The Forgotten Man (1971)
The Life And Assassination Of The Kingfish (1977)
The Red Room Riddle (1983)
The Sex Symbol (1974)
The Wave (1981)
They Call It Murder (1971)

Series 5 (16mm Educational Films) is comprised of shorts created for an educational context. The films in this series were largely targeted at young people and intended to be educational or informative. The series includes the following titles:

Alaska! [1967]
Authority And Rebellion: ‘The Caine Mutiny’ [1982]
Between Two Loves (1983)
Christmas Lace (1978)
Crime And The Criminal: ‘In Cold Blood’ [1983]
Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment (1971)
Four Centuries: The Firearm In Canada [1982]
Power And The Press: ‘Citizen Kane’ [n.d.]
The Lilith Summer (1985)
The Northeast, Headquarters For a Nation (1967)
The Odyssey II: Return Of Odysseus (1965)
The Sound Of Sound [1971]

Series 6 (16mm Documentary Shorts) contains short documentary films. Many of these films were produced by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and were not explicitly educational. The series includes the following titles:

[Artic Tundra] (n.d.)
[Pioneer Life] [1944]
A Sports News Review: Faster And Faster [1956]
A Time To Rise (1982)
A. J. Casson: The Only Critic Is Time (1981)
Between Two Loves (1983)
Bighorn (1970)
Children Of The World: The Trumpet [1968]
Coppelia (Winter Night) (1957)
Danses Sacree et Profane (n.d)
Dories (1979)
Going The Distance (1979)
Hunting The Devil Cat (1944)
J’me Marie, J’me Marie Pas (1973)
Julie La Rousse (1959)
Kiel Olympiad (1972)
Láge Des Pigeons (1983)
Les Maitres Fous (1957)
Matisse: A Sort Of Paradise (1969)
Musical Masterpieces: Grieg's Piano Concerto - Two Norwegian Ranges [1949]
Paul Robeson: Tribute To An Artist (1979)
Picture Canada (1973)
The Farming Of Fish [1977]
The Lilith Summer (1985)
The Littlest Angel (1950)
The River Of No Return [1958]
This Is Rudolf Nureyev (1965)

Series 7 (16mm Television Shows) includes individual episodes of regularly airing television series. Amongst these are musical segments from variety shows. Many of the prints are kinescopes (film recordings of television broadcasts). The series includes the following titles:

[Gobbi – Rigoletta] [1956]
Air Power: [Unknown Episode Title] [1956]
Air Power: Luftwaffe (1956)
Air Power: Superfort (1957)
CBC Concert Hour [broadcast November 16, 1956] (1956)
CBC Concert Hour [1954]
Degrassi Junior High: He Ain't Heavy… (1988)
Duffy's Tavern: Archie Faces Marriage (1954)
Duffy's Tavern: Archie's Newspaper (1954)
Duffy's Tavern: Class Reunion (1954)
Duffy's Tavern: Salami Sam (1954)
Duffy’s Tavern: Archie The Hypnotist (1954)
Fountain Of Bakhchisarai [1959]
Green Acres: Where There’s A Will (1969)
Green Acres: A Take Of A Tail (1969)
Green Acres: Send A Boy To College (1966)
Green Acres: The Road (1969)
Green Acres: Uncle Fedor (1970)
Green Acres: You And Your Shrinking Head (1969)
Green Acres: [Unknown Episode Title] (n.d.)
Insight: The Thousand-Mile Journey [broadcast May 7, 1967] (1967)
Insight: The Hit Man [episode 454, broadcast October 8, 1983] (1983)
Music '60 Presents The Jack Kane Show [broadcast December 21, 1959] (1959)
P.M. Party (1959-1960)
Parade [1959-1964]
Riverboat: End Of A Dream (1960)
Serenade For Strings [broadcast July 4, 1957] (1957)
Serenade For Strings [broadcast July 18, 1957] (1957)
Serenade In Strings [broadcast June 6, 1957] (1957)
The American Short Story: The Jolly Corner (1975)
The Big Picture: It's Up To You - Basic Combat Training (1967)
The Ford Television Theatre: The Taming Of The Shrewd (1954)
The Magical World Of Disney: One Day At Teton Marsh (1964)
The Perry Como Show [episode 10, broadcast November 17, 1956] (1956)
War In The Air: Cold Dawn (1954)
War In The Air: The Fated Sky (1954)
William Tell [1948]
World In Action: The Six Day War (1969)

Series 8 (16mm Compilation Reels) is comprised of selected musical numbers and trailers assembled onto reels. Many of these are excerpts from the films in Series 3. Where possible, the titles of the segments have been indicated below.

[Compilation: 9 Segments: unknown western; “You'll Like My Mother” (1972); “Play It As It Lays” (1972); “Two People” (1973); “Two People” (1973); “I Never Sang for my Father” (1970); “Summertree” (1971); “Loving” (1970); unknown drama] [1970s]
[Compilation: Musical Excerpts - 2 Titles, “Carnegie Hall” (1947) and an unknown title] [1947]
[Compilation: Orchestra, Musical, And Ballet Scenes - 5 Titles] [1951-1960]
[Compilation: Trailers for “The Missouri Breaks” (1976); “Klute” (1971); “Superman” (1978); “The Tomb of Ligeia” (1964); “Rough Night in Jericho” (1967); “Cowboy in Africa” (TV show, 1967-68); “Avanti” (1972); “Palm Springs Weekend” (1963); “The Big Mouth” (1967); “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1960); “The Plainsman” (1966), and a clip from “Code of Courage”] (1960 - 1978)
[Compilation: performances by Michael Bartlett, Richard Tauber, and an unknown female singer] [1930 - 1940]
[Hong Kong Action Film Trailers] (1971-1972)
[Musical Reel: Reel composed of various known and unknown television and feature film musical number segments. Eight television clips and two feature film clips make up reel. Feature films: “Irish Eyes Are Smiling” (1944) clip of Leonard Warren singing, and “Carnegie Hall” (1947) clip of Arthur Rubinstein. Television: only show known is the “Ed Sullivan Show” with Cesare Siepi singing. Other identified singers in television clips are Isaac Stern, Lily Pons, Marian Anderson] [1944 - 1959]
[Trailers & Feature Film Segments: Trailers for “The Hawaiians” (1970); “The Hitchhikers” (1972); “Little Big Man” (1970); and “Murphy’s War” (1971). Feature film segments: last reel of “You Can’t Run Away From It” (1956) and “Super Colt 38” (1969)] (1956 - 1974)

Series 9 (16mm Pre-Print Elements) contains one full coat magnetic reel of 16mm film. The reel was labeled “Roll 12 WB office, 12/19/71, Sound Only”. No connection could be confidently made with materials in other series within the collection.

Series 10 (VHS Comedy Shorts and Feature Films) is comprised of commercially released VHS tapes. Most of these are compilations of early comedy films released together as a set. The title of the VHS release and the original date(s) of release for the content are listed below.

Clyde Cook: Classic Comedy Shorts (1926)
Lloyd Hamilton: Classic Comedy Shorts (1927 - 1932)
[Buster] Keaton Sound, Vol. 1: Classic Comedy Shorts (1935 - 1936)
The Champ of the Champs-Elysées (1935)
Hal Roach Comedies: Classic Comedy Shorts (1920 - 1927)
Larry Semon, Vol. 2: Classic Comedy Shorts (1918 - 1927)
Edgar [Kennedy] - 4: Classic Comedy Shorts (1933 - 1942)
The Films of Larry Semon, Vol. 1 (1918 - 1927)
The Films of Larry Semon, Vol. 2 (1919 - 1925)
The Films of Larry Semon, Vol. 3 (1918 - 1928)
Our Gang Silents: ‘Thundering Fleas’, Vol. 1 (1923 - 1927)
Our Gang Silents: ‘Dogs of War’, Vol. 5 (1923 - 1924)
Harry Langdon: ‘His First Flame’ & 2-Reelers (1925 - 1927)
Harry Langdon: ‘Three’s A Crowd’ (1927)
Harry Langdon: ‘The Chaser’ (1928)
Kelly The Second (1936)
Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934)
So This Is Africa (1933)
Bosko & Friends (1927 - 1942)
Cartoon Moviestars: Starring Tom & Jerry (1941 - 1953)
Cartoon Moviestars: Porky! (1935 - 1947)
Will Rogers’ Epic Film: ‘The Ropin’ Fool’ (1922)
“For Pete’s Sake” - Little Rascals 75th Anniversary (1927 - 1934)
“Micro-Phonies” - The Three Stooges (1935 - 1945)
The Burns and Allen Show: ‘Gracie Knows Best’ (1953)
Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
W. C. Fields: 6 Short Films (1915 - 1933)
The Wizard of Oz (1925)
Roman Scandals (1933)
Chained for Life (1952)
The Sins of Madelon Claudet (1931)
Hal Roach Comedy Classics, Vol. 1 (1929 - 1936)
Classic Comedy Teams: Hosted by Steve Allen [1920 - 1950]
The Golden Stallion (1949)
Street of Shame (1956)
Kitten with a Whip (1964)
Jail Bait (1954)
Ren & Stimpy: In Disguise (1994)
The Ren & Stimpy Show: The Stinkiest Stories, Vol. 3 (1993)
The Lost Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy: Laurel and Hardy with Friends, Vol. One, Featuring ‘Our Gang’ (1918 - 1941)
The Lost Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy: Laurel and Hardy with Friends, Vol. Two, Featuring ‘Our Gang’ (1927 - 1947)
The Lost Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy: Laurel and Hardy with Friends, Vol. Three, Featuring ‘Our Gang’ (1923 - 1941)
The Lost Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy: Laurel and Hardy with Friends, Vol. Six, Featuring ‘Our Gang’ (1923 - 1941)
Hal Roach Comedy Classics Vol. 4: Laurel and Hardy, Charley Chase, Zazu Pitts, Thelma Todd (1933 - 1936)
Laurel & Hardy: ‘On Parade’ (1935)
Laurel & Hardy: U.K. Tours (1932 - 1955)
The Devil’s Brother (1933)
Hollywood Party (1934)
Air Raid Wardens (1943)
Nothing But Trouble (1944)
The Big Noise (1944)
Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang Shorts: ‘We Faw Down’ (1927 - 1929)
Laurel & Hardy and Our Gang Shorts: ‘From Soup to Nuts’ (1927 - 1928)
8mm Laurel & Hardy Movies: ‘Two Tars’ & Super-8 Silents (1927 - 1943)
Laurel & Hardy (1929 - 1930)
Laurel & Hardy (1916 - 1930, 1999)
Laurel & Hardy (1930 - 1956)
Laurel & Hardy: “Stan Visits Ollie” plus Walton 50’ Films
Laurel & Hardy: Italian Trailers
[Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase & Our Gang]
[Laurel & Hardy, Charley Chase, Buster Keaton]
Laurel & Hardy: “Do It Yourself” “Where To Now?” plus Hal Roach Classics (1932 - 1940)
Laurel & Hardy: “This is Music Hall” “Another Fine Mess” (1918 - 1955)
Laurel & Hardy: ‘I’ll Tell One Now’ (1927)
Laurel & Hardy: Erskine Johnson’s “Hollywood Reel” plus Misc. 2-Reelers (1930 - 1940)
Laurel & Hardy: “Atoll K” (1934)
Laurel & Hardy: “MGM’s Big Parade of Comedy” (n.d.)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 1, Tape 1 (1911 - 1924)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 1, Tape 2 (1912 - 1926)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 1, Tape 3 (1914 - 1919)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 1, Tape 4 (1916 - 1925)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 2, Tape 1 (1915 - 1929)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 2, Tape 2 (1920 - 1929)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 2, Tape 3 (1917 - 1927)
Slapstick Encyclopedia: Volume 2, Tape 4 (1919 - 1926)
Video Images presents A Video Yesteryear Recording: “Two-Reelers, Comedy Classics #2” (1938 - 1946)
Video Images presents A Video Yesteryear Recording: “Don Q, Son of Zorro” (1925)
Video Images presents A Video Yesteryear Recording: “Hell’s Hinges” (1916)
Masters Of Comedy: 1932-38 (1933 - 1944)
Kid Boots (1926)
The Nut and The Matrimaniac (1916 - 1921)
Classic Silents: Larry Semon, Vol. 1 (1918 - 1928)
The Goldwyn Follies (1938)
Hal Roach: Hollywood’s King of Laughter [1950’s]
Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
Shemp Howard Comedies (1935 - 1947)
The Comedy of Max Linder (1905 - 1913)
Entertaining the Troops: American Entertainers in World War II (1988)
Lupino Lane: “Movieland” and Silent 2-Reelers (1926 - 1927)
Lupino Lane: “His Private Life” and Silent 2-Reelers (1925 - 1929)
The Boyfriends: ‘Adventurous Knights’ (1935)
The Boy Friends: ‘Call A Cop’ & The Young Friends “Roaring Roads” (1929 - 1940)
Hal Roach Classics #1: Thelma Todd & The Taxi Boys (1933 - 1938)
Thelma Todd Shorts (1929 - 1936)
Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts: “Maids A La Mode” (1933)
Thelma Todd & Zasu Pitts, Vol. 1: “On The Loose” & 2-Reelers (1931 - 1933)
Harry Langdon: “The Strong Man” and “His Marriage Wow” (1925 - 1926)
Harry Langdon: “Long Pants” and “Saturday Afternoon” (1926 - 1927)
Harry Langdon: “All American Co-Ed” (1923 - 1941)
Harry Langdon: ‘Feet of Mud’, Silents – 1 (1925 - 1942)
Harry Langdon: ‘Love, Honor and Obey (The Law!)’ plus Buster Keaton Talkies (1916 - 1941)
Harry Langdon: ‘The Shrimp’ and Sound 2-Reelers (1930 - 1945)
Harry Langdon: ‘Saturday Afternoon’ & 2-Reelers (1926 - 1938)
Our Gang: Silent Shorts (1923 - 1927)
Our Gang: ‘Sundown Limited’ and Pathe Shorts (1924 - 1927)
Our Gang: ‘Monkey Business’ & Silent 2-Reelers (1924 - 1927)
Our Gang: ‘The Big Town’ plus ‘Are These Our Children’ (1925 - 1931)
Little Rascals: ‘Fast Freight’ & Our Gang Silents (1927 - 1929)
Charlie Chaplin: A First National Collection, Vol. 1 (1918 - 1919)
Charlie Chaplin: A First National Collection, Vol. 2 (1921 - 1923)
Charlie Chaplin: A First National Collection, Vol. 3 (1917)
Charlie Chaplin: A Mutual Collection, Vol. 1 (1916)
Charlie Chaplin: A Mutual Collection, Vol. 2 (1916)
“The Chaplin Puzzle” and “Gentlemen of Nerve” (1914, 1992)
Charlie Chaplin: A Keystone Collection
Charley Chase: ‘Limousine Love’ & Silent Shorts (1915 - 1928)
Charley Chase: ‘Vamp Til Ready’ & Sound Shorts (1930 - 1936)
Charley Chase: ‘Neighborhood House’ & Kelly / Roberti in ‘Hill Tillies’ (1930 - 1936)
Charley Chase: ‘Rough Seas’ & 2-Reelers (1930 - 1932)
Charley Chase: ‘Four Parts’ & 2-Reelers (1931 - 1939)
Charley Chase: ‘Something Simple’ & Sound Shorts (1930 - 1939)
Charley Chase: ‘Fast Work’ & The Boy Friends: ‘Love Fever’ (1925 - 1931)
Charley Chase Silents, Vol. 2 (1925 - 1926)
Charley Chase, Vol. 1 (1930 - 1936)
Charley Chase, Vol. 2 (1930 - 1937)
Charley Chase, Vol. 4 (1931 - 1935)
Buster Keaton: Educational Shorts: ‘Allez Oop’ (1934 - 1937)
Buster Keaton: Educational Shorts ‘Mixed Magic’ (1934 - 1936)
“Buster Keaton Rides Again” and Hal Roach Comedy Classics (1930 - 1965)
Fatty & Buster: ‘The Butcher Boy’ & Comique Shorts (1917)
Buster Keaton: ‘Boom In The Moon’ (1946)
Buster Keaton: ‘The Railroader’ & ‘The Great Stone Face’ (1949 - 1968)

Series 11 (Laser Discs: Feature Films) is made up of commercially released laser discs of feature films. Some titles are two-disc sets. Most are wide screen or ‘letterbox’ versions. The list of titles is below:

12 Monkeys (1995)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Addams Family Values (1993)
Batman Forever (1995)
Cabin Boy (1994)
City Slickers (1991)
Coneheads (1993)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Die Hard (1988)
Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
Die Hard: With A Vengeance (1995)
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
Eraser (1996)
Executive Decision (1996)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Get Shorty (1995)
GoldenEye (1995)
Home Alone (1990)
In The Line Of Fire (1993)
Independence Day (1996)
Just Cause (1995)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Lethal Weapon 3 (1992)
Liar Liar (1997)
Multiplicity (1996)
My Blue Heaven (1990)
On Deadly Ground (1994)
Poltergeist (1982)
Stargate (1994)
The ‘Burbs (1986)
The Abyss (1989)
The Addams Family (1991)
The Fifth Element (1997)
The Fugitive (1993)
The Money Pit (1986)
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
The Rock (1996)
The Untouchables (1987)
Throw Mamma From The Train (1987)
Tombstone (1993)
Twister (1996)
Under Siege (1992)
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

Series 12 (Laser Discs: Musical Concerts) contains three commercially released laser discs of musical performances. The titles of the releases are below:

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine: Homecoming Concert (1989)
Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine: Evolution (1990)
Rickie Lee Jones: Live at the Wiltern Theatre (1992)

Series 13 (Warner Bros. Short Subject Release Sheets) contains publicity notices released with short subject films by Warner Bros. studios. The films concerned are predominantly re-releases of cartoons owned by Warner Bros. and re-released between 1949 and 1969.

Series 14 (Lasting Love) contains three VHS tapes relating to the television documentary “Lasting Love”, originally broadcast by PBS in 2003. Two VHS tapes a 10-minute previews and the third contains the full 60-minute documentary.

Series 15 (Thomas Care) is comprised of production elements and textual materials related to the short film “Pictures from Home” produced by Shirley Hughes and directed by Thomas Care. This series includes Thomas Care’s director demo reel, Super 16mm camera negatives of “Pictures from Home”, VHS and BetacamSP previews or trailers for the film, 2 VHS tapes of content transferred from the film reels, and a letter of correspondence between Care and Hughes.

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