A Vest Pocket Movie Of Yourself (Oct, 1930)

A Vest Pocket Movie Of Yourself

New drop-a-coin camera turns out portraits which wink and smile.

HAVE you ever wondered what you would look like in the movies? Well, you will soon have the opportunity of finding out—and you won’t have to go to Hollywood or spend money on a screen test, either!

A New York inventor, Stanley Pask, has recently perfected an invention which is a vest-pocket edition of a motion picture studio.


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A scary femme fatale peddles old horror films on TV At an hour before midnight each Saturday on many Los Angeles TV screens, a gaunt, black-wigged mistress of ceremonies steps out of ominous, drifting mists, screams hysterically into a shuddering camera, intones the greeting in the headline above and then sighs morbidly, “I hope you have been lucky enough to have had a horrible week.”

Movie Shown on 2 Screens (Apr, 1931)

Movie Shown on 2 Screens

A remarkable new movie theater in Los Angeles projects films on auxiliary screens in its lounge rooms by use of a light-proof tube and reflecting mirrors.

AN ELABORATE new talkie theater now being built in Los Angeles, home of the movies, is able to project its feature film to one or more auxiliary screens in its lounge rooms, simultaneously with the showing on the main auditorium screen.

Movies Fill Gaps in Stage Play (Aug, 1939)

Movies Fill Gaps in Stage Play

WHEN you see stage and movie actors present the same play, you notice how much the stage action is limited by its few possible changes of scenery. To remove this handicap, a New York inventor proposes a combined stage-and-movie show, in which movies intermittently “double” for living actors.

The Theatre of the Future (Jan, 1932)

The Theatre of the Future


THE “legitimate” theatre, as it is constituted at present, is doomed to extinction. The motion pictures, which for fifty cents give the public an excellent two-hour entertainment, are too strong competition for the legitimate theatre where seats cost from $2.50 upwards. Yet, up to now, there has been no way to sell seats in the legitimate houses cheaper, for obvious reasons.

Multiple Screens for Super-Movies (Apr, 1934)

Multiple Screens for Super-Movies

THE present method of representing simultaneous scenes on a motion-picture screen, in succession, may be supplanted by one in which details will appear on one screen, and the main body of the action on another, at the same time, according to a recent patent which contemplates the making and projecting of several films at once.

Mechanics of the Future (Feb, 1936)

Mechanics of the Future

• SCENES on this page, taken from the recent G-B (Gaumont-British) feature film, “Transatlantic Tunnel,” represent a high degree of ingenuity in forecasting the inventions of the next quarter century, as will be seen.

This is scientific and mechanical fiction, not science and mechanics; the film tells a story, without endeavoring to demonstrate its possibility mathematically.



ARI tells producers in advance whether you will like a new picture

Is there a scientific method of forecasting audience reaction to a motion picture before release? “Yes,” says Dr. Frank Gallup, father of the election polls—and cites an impressive record of success for his Audience Research Inc. Certain victims of adverse conclusions say, “No. Gallup polls don’t mean a thing. They lift a manhole cover and ask a question, and right away anybody inside the manhole becomes a critic.”

Making Mickey Mouse Act for the Talkies (Mar, 1931)

Making Mickey Mouse Act for the Talkies

How do they make those animated movie cartoons of Mickey Mouse and his animal relatives which have proved so popular? In this article the author explains the tedious process by which cartoons are brought to life.

by Gordon S. Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell is a member of the Sound Department of Universal Pictures Corporation, and is well qualified to write on technical phases of movie production.

THE next time you drop into your favorite theater and watch Mickey Mouse, Oswald the Rabbit, Krazy Kat, or any of their familiar cartooned brethren scamper across the screen in a series of animated musical episodes, stop and ponder for a moment on these weighty facts:

“Kodatoy” Home Movie Projector Shows Finest Pictures (Mar, 1931)

“Kodatoy” Home Movie Projector Shows Finest Pictures

MANUFACTURERS nave recently introduced a new home movie projector, called a “Kodatoy,” that has all the optical and mechanical features found in the large costly machines. The machine, shown in the photo at the left, has a high grade condensing and projection lens, a three blade shutter, and an automatic framing device. Using 16 mm. Kodak safety films in 100 foot rolls, the projector produces pictures of extraordinary clarity and steadiness. The complete kit includes the Kodatoy, two metal spools, and play theatre silver screen.