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Pathéscope 9.5mm silent film releases



Jimmie Adams


Among the various 9.5mm silent releases in the UK from Pathéscope are a number that credit 'Jimmie Adams' as the star on the film title card or mention him in the Pathéscope 9.5mm printed film catalogues. For a change, in the UK, Pathéscope retained the original titles for the full length releases. Most of these were also issued in France and Spain with corresponding language titles. Luckily for us collectors, some of these were issued with the same reference numbers. The films may have been issued in other languages too, but so far I have not identifued any of these. Luckily it was easy for multi-language silent films - just another set of main titles and intertitles in whatever language was required.

In the UK, Pathéscope also released a number of the little 30 foot (10 metre) and 60 foot (20 metre) shorts featuring Jimmie Adams, hopefully the catalogue below will show which films these extracts were edited from.

Next is a brief resume of Jimmie Adams career, although it appears he only appears on 9.5mm in the 1920/1921 films he made for the Astra Film Corporation. however later when 'talkies' had arrived, we see him in a couple of Charley Chase 2 reel comedies, here singing with 'The Ranch Boys".


James B. "Jimmie" Adams (October 4, 1888 – December 19, 1933) was an American silent-screen comedian and actor

James B. Adams was born on October 4th 1888 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA.

In 1921, Adams starred in two-reel comedies for Educational Pictures and Al Chritie. The slightly built, pencil-mustached Adams has been described by historian Kalton C. Lahue as "a poor man's Charley Chase." Like Chase, and unlike the other comics at Educational, Adams favored situational comedy over slapstick.

He briefly replaced Mack Sennett comic Harry McCoy in the cartoon-inspired Hall Room Boys series (produced by Harry Cohn and Jack Cohn, later of Columbia Pictures). By 1924, Adams was back with Educational.

Christie hired Adams for six comedies released in 1926 and 1927. The Christie comedies were more polite and less extreme than the slam-bang comedies of other studios, but Christie's soft-pedal comedy style did find an audience. Star comedians Jimmie Adams, Bobby Vernon, Lige Conley, Neal Brns, and Billy Dooley constituted a lineup that was no threat to Hal Roach, but nevertheless entertained millions with a style than neither Roach or Mack Sennett could or would provide.

Adams was also a singer. In 1930, he co-starred with burly comic Bud Jamison as "The Rolling Stones," a pair of singing vagabonds touring America. Adams also sang with The Ranch Boys, a musical group featured in Charley Chase comedies. (Wikipedia)

Jimmie Adams died of myocardial infarction aged just 45, on 19th December 1933 at Glendale, California, USA. He was married to Virginia Warwick.


See a 9.5mm short ftom the Jimmie Adams comedy SB.801 "Bang" on You Tube: "The Alarum Clock"

See a 9.5mm Jimmie Adams comedy - SB.811 on You Tube: "Holy Smoke"



9.5mm film frame shots from "Sunless Sunday"


THE JIMMIE ADAMS SILENT FILMS RELEASED ON THE 9.5MM 'HOME MOVIE' FILM GAUGE
"BANG"           US 22Mar1921
                 Dir:Jack White;   Production Company: Astra Film Corporation;   Producer: Louis Gasnier (or Jack White?).
                 Actors: Jimmie Adams, Lillian Biron, Lige Conley, Earle Montgomery, Otto Fries. 
"A FRESH START"  US 20Jul1920 
                 Dir:Jack White;   Production Company: Astra Film Corporation;   Producer: Jack White
                 Actors: Jimmie Adams, Lige Conley, Marvel Rea, Frank J. Coleman 
"HOLY SMOKE"     US 27Feb1921  (aka "Hotel Hysteria")
                 Dir:Jack White;   Production Company: Astra Film Corporation;   Producer: Louis Gasnier or Jack White?).
                 Actors: Jimmie Adams, Elinor Lynn, Lige Conley, Charles Gorman.
"NONSENSE"       US 26Sep1920
                 Dir:Jack White;   Production Company: Astra Film Corporation;   Producer: Jack White
                 Actors: Jimmie Adams, Lige Conley, Marvel Rea, Frank J. Coleman, Hap Ward 
"SUNLESS SUNDAY" US 31Jul21
                 Dir:Charles Reisner;   Production Company: Astra Film Corporation;   Producer: Jack White
                 Actors: Jimmie Adams, Lillian Biron, Cliff Bowes, Tom Kennedy, Frank Hayes 
                         (Data sourced from the IMDb (International Movie Database))
                 SOUND FILMS RELEASED ON THE 9.5MM 'HOME MOVIE' SOUND FILM GAUGE WITH JIMMIE ADAMS
 "FIRST IN WAR"           US 28May1932
                          Dir: Warren Doane;   Production Company: Hal Roach
                          Actors: Charley Chase, Luis Alberni, Billy Gilbert, Jimmie Adams (as Charley's pal & quartet member)
                         
 "LUNCHEON AT TWELVE"     US 09Dec1933
                          Dir: Charley Chase (as Charles Parrott);  Production Company: Hal Roach
                          Actors: Charley Chase, Betty Mack, Billy Gilbert, Jimmie Adams (as The Ranch Boys)
                          

                      JIMMIE ADAMS COMEDY SHORTS RELEASED ON THE 9.5MM 'HOME MOVIE' FILM GAUGE

 @GLN '96                       INTERNATIONAL  9.5  FILM  CATALOGUE  -  ORIGINAL TITLE ALPHA LISTING                     10/08/16
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                            ('Released by' = PA  and/or  'Film Star' = JA  and/or  'Class' = Comedy   )
  PA=Pathescope(UK)  PB=Pathe-Baby(FR)  Pathe: PG=(Ger)  PI=(IT)  PN=(India)  PS=(Spain)   PT=(Aus)   PW=(Sweden)   PX=Pathex(US)
  FO=Film Office(FR)  PU=Pinquin(FR)  HF=Hefa(FR)  LA=LaPierre(FR)  MS=Mascre(FR)  TB=Tobis(Ger)   CK=Cinak(FR)   LP=LGP Cine(UK)
  AV=Adventure(UK)  NV=Novascope(UK)  PK=Peak(UK)  WL=Walton(UK)  WH=WallaceHeaton(UK)  BC=Birmingham Comm.Flm(UK)  PR=Presto(UK)
  V=30ft notched  G=60ft notched  L=30ft  D=60ft  J/C=100ft  M=200ft  SB=300ft  S=300ft notched  T/CT=UK sound  SS/MS/GS=FR sound
                                       JA= Jimmie Adams

 Original Film:  Title     Date  Country  9.5mm Number 9.5mm Title                             Class                 9.5 Issue Del

 BANG                        22/03/21 US  1SB(PA)  801 BANG                                    Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Jun34
                                          1SB(PA)30048 BANG - planned, issued as SB.801        Comedy    B/W Silent  JA   Jun34
                                          1 L(PA)30063 ALARUM CLOCK (THE)                      Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Oct34
                                          1 D(PA)30098 FURS AND FEATHERS                       Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Feb35
                                          1SB(PB)  801 VIVE LE FAR-WEST !                      Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1SB(PB) 4594 VIVE LE FAR-WEST !                      Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1SB(PS)  801 VIVE EL FAR WEST                        Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
 FIRST IN WAR                20/05/32 US  2 T(PA) 9668 FIRST IN WAR                            Comedy    B/W Sound   JA  *Oct50
 FRESH START (A)             26/07/20 US  1SB(PA)30045 FRESH START (A)                         Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Dec33
                                          1 D(PA)30066 BOYS BECOME WAITERS (THE)               Comedy    B/W Silent  JA   Oct34
                                          1SB(PB)  814 GARE AUX FAUVES!                        Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1SB(PB) 4592 GARE AUX FAUVES!                        Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1SB(PS)  814 CUIDADO CON LAS FIERRAS                 Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
 HOLY SMOKE                  27/02/21 US  1SB(PA)  811 HOLY SMOKE                              Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Jan35
                                          1 D(PA)30060 TROUBLE AT THE FORGE                    Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Apr34
                                          1 L(PA)30062 OH THAT MULE !                          Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Aug34
                                          1SB(PB)  811 HOTEL MODERNE                           Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1SB(PS)  811 HOTEL MODERNO                           Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
 LUNCHEON AT TWELVE          09/12/33 US  1 T(PA) 9641 LUNCHEON AT TWELVE                      Comedy    B/W Sound   JA  *   4
 NONSENSE                    26/09/20 US  2SB(PA)30041 NONSENSE                                Comedy    B/W Silent  JA   Nov33
                                          1 V(PA)30044 BARNYARD LAY                            Comedy    B/W Notched JA   Oct33
                                          1 L(PA)30308 TROUBLE IN THE FARMYARD                 Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          1 M(PB) 5008 POUR SAUVER ROSETTE                     Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
 SUNLESS SUNDAY              31/07/21 US  1SB(PA)30047 SUNLESS SUNDAY                          Comedy    B/W Silent  JA  *Jan34
                                          1 D(PA)30055 SAY IT WITH FLOWERS                     Comedy    B/W Silent  JA   Nov33
                                          1 J(PB) 4713 FERME LE DIMANCHE                       Comedy    B/W Silent  JA
                                          2 G(PB)10411 FERME LE DIMANCHE                       Comedy    B/W Notched JA
                                          2 G(PB)10417 FERME LE DIMANCHE                       Comedy    B/W Notched JA
                                          2 G(PS)10411 CERRADOS LOS DOMINGOS                   Comedy    B/W Notched JA

                                                                                                                 ( 29 entries )
n.b.
The above list shows that various versions and extracts were released on 9.5mm
 by Pathéscope / Pathé-Baby in the UK, France and Spain - I would be pleased
 to add details of other 9.5mm Jimmie Adams releases in other countries.

Any corrections, additions or identification of 'unknown' films appreciated!
(I would also love any titles not yet in my collection)
e-mail me, Grahame Newnham at:-
 presto @ pathefilm.freeserve.co.uk (no spaces in actual e-mail address)

The longer UK Pathéscope 9.5mm Jimmie Adams film releases


Pathéscope Monthly December 1933 - one of the UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
sorry! no photo from Pathéscope for this film


Pathéscope Monthly November 1933 - one of the UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
sorry again! - no photo


Pathéscope Monthly January 1934 - one of the UK 9.5mm film releases for that month


Pathéscope Monthly June/July 1934 - one of the UK 9.5mm film releases for that month




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