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The Hallroom Boys
(James & George)
9.5mm Comedy Film Releases



Among the various 9.5mm silent releases in the UK from Pathéscope are a number that mention 'James & George' in the film titles themselves or in the illustrated film catalogue film descriptions - sometimes similar comedies mention other stars' names. In France 9.5mm silent releases from the Pathé-Frérès parent company often used the name 'Anatole'; in fact these early American silent short comedies from around 1920 appeared in not only French, but also Spanish and German versions - maybe even Italian etc! It was easy for silent films - just another set of main titles and intertitles in whatever language was required.

In general Pathé in Europe tended to be a little coy about various early films from overseas - by changing the titles and actors' names thay were often able to avoid paying royalties for the copyright use of this product - saving Pathé good money, but losing the originators a decent income.

In fact little is known about the films listed as starring James & George - luckily, enthusiasts have managed to identify a few of the real stars of these films marketed originally as 'Hallroom Boys Comedies'. Many of the original Hallroom Boys Comedies seem to be lost - by chance a few now seem to only survive on 9.5mm printed film releases.

One star generally listed as 'James' in the UK 9.5mm film releases was actor Sid Smith - who starred in a good number of these Hallroom Boys Comedies - his life was short and sweet: he was born 28 February 1893 in Faribault, Minnesosta as Syndney C. Smith, he was an actor and director, married to Ruth Beckman, sadly he died from alcohol poisoning (consumed at a beach party), on 4 July 1928 in Los Angeles, California - (at the time prohibition in the USA - banning drinking alcohol, meant much 'boot-leg' alcohol was brewed /distilled illegally, often containing things like meths. etc - not exactly good for the health!)

The Hallroom Boys film series (or was it Hall Room Boys?) was originally based on a newspaper comic strip drawn by H.A. MacGill which had begun in the USA around 1904. The orginal characters in the film comedy shorts were named Percy and Ferdie, but were played by a variety of actors over the few years the series was being produced. It was around 1919 that Smiling Bill Parsons bought the rights to make a series of films with the newspaper cartoon characters. Sadly he died aged just forty-one after making about a dozen films, the rights were then taken over by Jack and Harry Cohn.

It was Harry Cohn who actually produced the Hallroom Boys Comedy film series around 1919 or so - these continued into the early 1920s until about 1923 - his company really the beginning of what later became known as Columbia Pictures. The original company seems to have been The National Film Corporation of America, later it was CBC Film Sales (Columbia Broadcasting Company).

The actors in many of the 9.5mm releases may be Sid Smith & George Williams (Full O' Pep, High Flyers, Holy Smoke, ), also Sid Smith & Jimmie Adams (Game Birds, Nobody's Baby) , Sid Smith & Harry McCoy (Put & Take), others were Neely Edwards & Bud Flanagan (Taming The West). Certainly none of these actors are credited on the 9.5mm printed film releases.


 

See a 9.5mm Hallroom Boys Comedy SB.30051 "An Accidental Champion" on You Tube: "High And Dry"

Well probably not on 9.5mm film - but here is a full length Hallroom Boys Comedy on You Tube: "In Bad Again"



 


                       HALLROOM BOYS COMEDY SHORTS RELEASED ON THE 9.5MM 'HOME MOVIE' FILM GAUGE
@GLN '96                       INTERNATIONAL  9.5  FILM  CATALOGUE  -  ORIGINAL TITLE ALPHA LISTING                         08/07/15
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                           ('Released by' =     and/or  'Film Star' = HB  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

 BK=Buster Keaton    BB=Billy Bevan   BT=Ben Turpin   CC=Charlie Chaplin    CH=Charley Chase   DA=Unclassified Animated
 DD=Dinky Doodle  DF=Fleischer   DL=Lortac   DY=Disney  FX=Felix   HB=Hallroon 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

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

CIRCUS HEROES                  03/06/21 US  1 M(PA) 5027 ACROBATIC ANTICS                        Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Feb38
                                            1 M(PB) 4620 ANATOLE CHEZ LES FORAINS                Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
CLOSE SHAVE (A)                01/12/20 US  2 D(PA)10419 WHO'S NEXT ?                            Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Oct36
                                            2 D(PS)10419 IDEAL RASCABARAS                        Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
FULL O' PEP                    01/03/23 US  1SB(PA)  815 PANIC!                                  Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Oct35
GAME BIRDS (THE)               02/02/22 US  2 D(PA)10421 A'HUNTING WE WILL GO                    Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Feb36
HIGH AND DRY                   24/12/22 US  1 G(PA)10418 JAMES TAKES THE PLUNGE                  Comedy    B/W Notched HB   Jan35
                                            1SB(PA)30051 ACCIDENTAL CHAMPION (AN)                Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Aug34
                                            2 G(PB)10414 CHAMPION IMPROVISE (UN)                 Comedy    B/W Notched HB
                                            2 G(PB)10415 GAI, GAI MARIONS-NOUS                   Comedy    B/W Notched HB
                                            1 G(PS)10418 ANATOLE Y LAS SIRENAS                   Comedy    B/W Notched HB
HIGH FLYERS                    27/11/22 US  1SB(PA)  771 SKY HIGH                                Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Aug34
                                            1SB(PB)  771 TOUJOURS PLUS HAUT                      Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
                                            1SB(PS)  771 DICHOSOS CRIOS                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
IN BAD AGAIN                   ??/04/21 US  2 D(PA)10439 PICNIC FOR TWO                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Nov37
NOBODY'S BABY                  06/01/22 US  1SB(PA)  856 JAMES AND GEORGE KIDNAPPERS             Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Mar38
                                            1SB(PB)  856 ANATOLE KIDNAPPER                       Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Jan38
PUT AND TAKE                   07/09/21 US  1 M(PA) 5005 GAME OF CHANCE                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Nov34
STARS AND STRIPES              22/10/21 US  3 G(PA)10409 TWO BIRDS IN A CAGE                     Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
                                            1 M(PA)10409 TWO BIRDS IN A CAGE                     Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Mar34
TAMING THE WEST                15/12/19 US  1SB(PA)  857 COWBOY COMEDY                           Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Apr38
                                            1SB(PG)  857 WOCHENENDE BEI DEN COWBOYS              Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN (ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN)??/??/2? US  1SB(PA)  812 ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN                   Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Aug35
                                            1SB(PB)  812 MAISON DE SANTE                         Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
                                            1SB(PS)  812 CASA DE SALUD DEL DOCTOR MATADANOS (LA) Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN (CONJUROR JAMES)       ??/??/2? US  1SB(PA)  823 CONJUROR JAMES                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Aug36
                                            1SB(PB)  823 ANATOLE ILLUSIONISTE                    Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
                                            1SB(PS)  823 ANATOLE ILUSIONISTA                     Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN (CRAZY VILLA)          ??/??/2? US  1SB(PA)  836 CRAZY VILLA                             Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Dec36
                                            3 G(PA)10379 SPIRIT, WHERE ARE YOU?                  Comedy    B/W Notched HB   Mar32
                                            1SB(PB)  836 VILLA EN FOLIE (LA)                     Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN (GOWNS LTD)            ??/??/2? US  1 M(PA) 5029 GOWNS LTD.                              Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Apr37
                                            1 L(PA)30235 CHASE (THE)                             Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
                                            1 M(PB) 4622 ANATOLE COUTURIER                       Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN (JAMES THE JOCKEY)     ??/??/2? US  1 M(PA) 5045 JAMES THE JOCKEY                        Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Dec38
                                            1 D(PA)10449 FROM FAT TO THIN                        Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Mar39
                                            1 M(PB) 5045 ANATOLE JOCKEY                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Nov38
UNKNOWN (UP FOR AUCTION)       ??/??/2? US  1SB(PA)  868 UP FOR AUCTION                          Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Jan39
                                            1SB(PB)  868 ANATOLE VENDU AUX ENCHERES              Comedy    B/W Silent  HB
UNKNOWN HALL-ROOM BOYS COMEDY  ??/??/2? US  1 M(PA) 5033 RENT PROBLEM (THE)                      Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Dec37
                                            1 M(PA) 5034 JAMES MANAGES A RESTAURANT              Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Jan38
                                            2 D(PA)10427 LUNCH FOR THE FAMILY                    Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Jan37
WE'LL GET YOU YET              01/07/21 US  1 M(PA) 5015 JAMES AND THE BROWN HAND                Comedy    B/W Silent  HB  *Apr36
                                            1 M(PB) 5015 ANATOLE ET LA MAIN BRUNE                Comedy    B/W Silent  HB   Pre46
                                                                                ( 49 entries )

n.b. "Holy Smoke" and its linked shorts on 9.5mm is a Jimmy Adams comedy and has been removed from this listing
     "Jockey D'Occasion" (a French 9.5mm release is a Jackie Coogan film not Hallroom Boys and has been removed

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)

Some French Pathé-Baby 9.5mm Hallroom Boys film releases


In France & Spain Pathé-Baby used 'Anatole & Jules' instead of 'James & George' for the 9.5mm Hallroom Boys comedy film releases
'Anatole Kidnapper' was 'James & George Kidnappers' in the UK - original American film title: 'Nobody's Baby'
- this illustration is from a January 1938 Pathé 9.5mm Filmatheque brochure


Another French Pathé-Baby 'Anatole' 9.5mm Hallroom Boys comedy film release shortened to 60 metres / 200 feet
in the UK Pathéscope released this on 9.5mm as M.5045 'James The Jockey' - most HallroomBoys stuff on 9.5mm seems to originate in France


Some UK Pathéscope 9.5mm Hallroom Boys film releases


Pathéscope Monthly Novemebr 1937 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
note Pathéscope got the reference number wrong - it's actually 10439!
the photo suggests this short film comes from the American Hallroom Boys Comedy: "In Bad Again"


Pathéscope Monthly March 1932 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
the plot description suggests this short film comes from the UK Hallroom Boys Comedy release "Crazy Villa"
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film?


Pathéscope Monthly December 1936 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
the description suggests "Spirit, Where Are You" above comes from the same film -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film?


Pathéscope Monthly October 1936 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
seems likely this comes from the Americal Hallroom Boys Comedy "A Close Shave"


Pathéscope Monthly Aug-Sept 1936 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film - "Matinee Idols" maybe?


Pathéscope Monthly November 1934 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
seems likely this comes from the Americal Hallroom Boys Comedy "Put And Take" - by the way
this appears to be the first 'M' reel (200 foot spool) from Pathéscope!


Pathéscope Monthly April 1937 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film?


Pathéscope Monthly December 1937 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film - "False Roomers" maybe?



Pathéscope Monthly January 1938 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film - "The Dumb Waiters" perhaps?



Pathéscope Monthly February 1938 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film is believed to be - "Circus Heroes"


Pathéscope Monthly April - May 1938 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film is believed to be - "Taming The West"



Pathéscope Monthly December 1938 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film ?



Pathéscope Monthly March 1939 - one of the current UK 9.5mm film releases for that month -
the description suggests this little short film comes from the same film as the 9.5mm "James The Jockey"-
but what is the original American title of this Hallroom Boys Comedy film?



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