This week from Mark Kausler’s Film Vault – two films from England and one from France. First up:
The Mysterious Island (André Rigal, 1943) Animator and print comics cartoonist André Rigal made several animated films using his Cap’taine Sabord character in the early 1940s, during the Nazi Occupation Of Fance. This particular one has US home movie titles. “I have another Captain Sabord, too. In French,” Kausler told me. If its as much fun as this one, I want to see it!
Sam’s Musket (1935) Mark has a black & white print (missing the title card above) of this rare film originally produced in Dunning Color. “British cartoonist Anson Dyer’s biggest hit. It features Stanley Holloway narrating the story, based on his famous monologues about soldier Sam Small”. Astor Pictures released the series of these films (I believe their were five) in the US in 1936.
Widdicombe Faire (1947) by the Larkins Studio of England, is a rendition of the traditional English folksong ‘Widdicombe Fair’, accompanied by drawings. “I like how quietly this cartoon starts out, with a little song about the Faire, then toward the end, the visuals take on a mysterious and witchcraft tinge,” says Kausler. “One of my favorite British cartoons.”
As always, reader’s contributions to our collective knowledge is always welcome (in the comments below).
Next Week: Films from the Carpenter-Goldman Studio.