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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Double Feature: 1939

Double Feature: 1939

March 1939. "Mexican man in front of movie theater. San Antonio, Texas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Castles in the Air

More interesting, to me at least, is the other movie being advertised behind the guy. It is "Castillos en el Aire" which was a Spanish language film made in the United States by Edward LeBaron Productions. Apparently it was the only film the company made. There seems to have been a number of fly-by-night companies in the mid to late 1930s producing Spanish language movies for either the American or the Latin American market after the major studios pretty much abandoned the idea.

City Streets

The poster for "City Streets" announces that one of the stars was Tommy Bond. I checked with IMDb and found that indeed it was our beloved Butch from the Little Rascals. His last appearances with the Gang were in 1938 and 1939 as he was becoming too old for the show.

http://members.tripod.com/~plantation/rascals1.htm

I'm very pleased to see this picture. Tommy was a true gentleman and believe it or not, a friend to the entire Gang.

Bill Cary

 
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