NEXT LIVE BROADCAST:
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015
4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET
This Week's Guest:
Film Historian/Preservationist ERIC GRAYSON With a Look at Collecting 16mm Films in the 1960s and 1970s
This subject is very near and dear to your genial host's heart. When it was affordable, collecting
16mm TV shows, features, and cartoons was the way to go in the pre-VCR days. How cool was it
to own your own prints of "I Love Lucy", "The Dick Van Dyke Show", "The Flintstones", and many
other shows you could only watch on television during those years? If you were a feature film buff,
you also might have had in your library prints of "Horsefeathers", "The Wizard of Oz", "Singing in the
Rain", or even (gasp!) "Mary Poppins" and "Elmer Gantry"...and that's where the trouble for film
collectors began. Although it seems ridiculous now, back then just POSSESSING the films was
against the law. Film collectors around the country were being raided by the FBI on orders from all the
major studios to confiscate any and all prints. Collections were wiped out. Sellers were fined big
time and served long prison sentences. It all slowed way down with the advent of the VCR, which
paved the way for a new kind of harassment - bogus claims from would-be copyright holders, capping
off with nasty "cease and desist" letters from lawyers and eventual lawsuits. Wanna learn more about
this fascinating era? Film preservationist ERIC GRAYSON will provide a detailed history of the whole
period...a time when even respected actors like Roddy McDowall were busted for loving the movies.
It will be an entertaining look back at a hobby that barely exists today thanks to DVDs and streaming
online. Tune in and be fascinated...and ask your questions via e-mail too!
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