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Typical Pinguin Films boxes
A puzzling one - this range of 100 foot (30 metre) and 50 foot (15 metre) films arrived in very similar boxes to the Film Office product (see separate listing) under the Pinguin label. From the box illustrations, the Pinguin name is intended to be a penguin - however correctly spelt in French this should be 'Pingouin' not 'Pinguin' - perhaps there was a problem with copyright (hardly likely this was a consideration as they also have Disney pictures on the boxes!) or the chappie wasn't good at spelling! No address was shown, but many of the film spools are Film Office ones and the boxes were produced at the same printers as the Film Office ones in Colombes (north of Paris). Even the hand written titles on the leaders are the same as those on Film Office prints. The material seems to be from ex Film Office and French Pathé triple negatives, but all the titles are shortened to 100 feet / 30 metres (or in the case of Felix cartoons to 50 feet / 15 metres). The films begin with a plain title, no Film Office or Pathé credits, nor Pinguin credits. (Except "Saut A La Perche" which still has the Film Office title - maybe an actual Film Office print?)
Pinguin appear to have used the triple negatives (on special 35mm filmstock) and printed the 9.5mm releases as triple prints on the specially perforated 35mm print stock, then slit them to 9.5mm in the original Pathé way. So I assume that these releases came from the same chap who was making (or made) the Film Office releases. Maybe he was 'moonlighting', or these prints were made after the Film Office company had discontinued 9.5mm and 16mm film releases. (I have both 16mm and 9.5mm Pinguin film releases in my collection). Currently I have no catalogue of these films (was one ever issued?) so have no idea how many titles were issued. Certainly on the colour box they mention Dessins Animés (cartoons), Westerns, Documentaires, Comédies and Sports so there must be some more titles to catalogue.
My list of these films is quite small, limited to
films in my collection and those I have spotted elsewhere.
Naturally any information of extra titles or details of the
Pinguin business would be very gratefully accepted.
(e-mail me, Grahame Newnham at gln @ pathefilm.freeserve.co.uk - no gaps in actual e-mail address)
@GLN '96 INTERNATIONAL 9.5 FILM CATALOGUE - ALPHABETIC ORDER LISTING 17/02/2008 ------------------------------------------------------------------ ('Released by' = PU and/or 'Film Star' = and/or 'Class' = ) 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 BK=Buster Keaton BB=Billy Bevan BT=Ben Turpin CC=Charlie Chaplin CH=Charley Chase DA=Unclassifoed Animated DD=Dinky Doodle DF=Fleischer DL=Lortac DY=Disney FX=Felix HB=Hallroom Boys HL=Harold Lloyd LH=Laurel&Hardy ML=Max Linder MM=Mickey McGuire OG=Our Gang PP=Paul Parrott SL=Stan Laurel SP=Snub Pollard WF=Walter Forde
9.5mm No. 9.5mm Film Title Classification Issue-Delete Original Film Title Date
1 J(PU) A COUP DE TOMATES Comedy B/W Mute - :PERFECT GENTLEMAN (A) ??/??/2? US 1 J(PU) CHASSE A L'ORANG-OUTANG Interest B/W Mute - : ??/??/?? 1 D(PU) FELIX AU ROYAUME DES PERLES Animated B/W Silent - :FELIX TRIES FOR TREASURE 15/04/23*US FX 1 D(PU) FELIX RENTRE TARD Animated B/W Silent - :UNKNOWN FELIX CARTOON ??/??/2? US FX 1 J(PU) MALEC CHASSEUR DE FAUVES Comedy B/W Silent - :HARD LUCK 16/03/21 US BK 1 J(PU) NAPOLEON A MONTENOTTE Drama B/W Silent - :NAPOLEON ??/??/27*FR 1 J(PU) NAPOLEON EN CORSE Drama B/W Silent - :NAPOLEON ??/??/27*FR 1 J(PU) OURSONS CASCADEURS Interest B/W Mute - : ??/??/??* 1 J(PU) PECHE SPORTIVE DU TARPON Sport B/W Mute - : ??/??/??*FR 1 J(PU) PLUTO VOLEUR DE CHEWING GUM Animated B/W Mute - : ??/??/?? US 1 J(PU) POURSUITE INFERNALE (LE) Western B/W Mute - : ??/??/?? US 1 J(PU) ROUND SANGLANT (UN) Drama B/W Mute - :CHAMPION (THE) 01/01/48*US 1 J(PU) SAUT A LA PERCHE Sport B/W Mute - :JEUX OLYMPIQUES DE MELBOURNE ??/??/56*FR
( 13 entries )
I wonder if these 8mm titles were also on 9.5mm? Apart from "Le Roi Midas" the other two were Film Office titles
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03Dec2012 Peche Sportive... added / 09May2016 - Pluto Voleur De Chewing Gum added / 27Jun2016 - Poursuite Infernale added
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