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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Castle films at home


As this ad from 1941 reminds us, long before there was the VHS cassette, serious film fans had those 16-mm reels of "6 great cartoons to select from"..."each a great thrill on your own screen!"  

So get out your projector, put up that screen, and make the popcorn.  "Let's movie," as they say on TCM.

3 comments:

Caftan Woman said...

The sound of the film whirring through the reels is indelible.

Silver Screenings said...

I love this ad. If I were a kid back in the day, I would already be filling out the order form and pestering my parents to finance this new collection.

I have one of these Castle films, thanks to my fave husband, who bought one advertised on Kijiji (a Canadian equivalent of Craigslist). I haven't been able to watch the actual reel – a Tom Mix flick – but I've been able to see most of it on YouTube. At the risk of sounding like a paid endorsement, I cannot tell you how pleased I am to have this Castle film reel.

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

Ruth, I believe there are still collectors of the 16mm and 8mm films who are passionate about owning the movies on film reels. I haven't seen any since childhood myself -- neighbors owned them, not my family, and seeing them at elementary school as well where they showed educational films and not Tom Mix. I would have rather seen Tom Mix, I suppose, but I did enjoy seeing just about anything. Like Paddy above, it took only the whirring sound of the projector to excite.

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