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But since info I've seen doesn't give the specific month of the movie's premier in 1959, it's not clear whether it would've been available before April. (I will now avoid making any haunted house wisecracks)
Among other things, the Wikipedia page about "House on Haunted Hill" asserts:
"Thanks in part to [producer/director William] Castle's gimmickry, the film was a huge success. Alfred Hitchcock took notice of the low-budget film's performance at the box office, and made his own low-budget horror film, which became the critically acclaimed hit Psycho (1960). Castle was himself a Hitchcock fan, and would try to imitate Hitchcock's work in later films such as Homicidal (1961)."
Prior to joining the Fellowship, I took a part time job projecting films in our local theatre, just so i might have a skill that might be needed at Taliesin.JChoate wrote:"House on Haunted Hill " 1959
(by the way, that incinerator would be a good way to dispose of the bodies.)
Here's the whole movie. Not necessarily cinema at its finest, but well worth viewing from 1:25 to 2:04, then a good Ennis-laden stretch from 3:45 to 6:10. At the 6:10 mark things take a mysterious turn for the worse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhUOuS0Gq6U .
Of course, when I projected "House ..." I rewound the first reel and snipped out a couple of frames showing the Ennis House. I still have them stored between pages in the book A Testament
PS: Wouldn't you know, almost the moment I arrived at Taliesin West, I became the only trained projectionist in the Fellowship.
Hey, did you notice the light reflecting off of those stripes in the driveway ? Impressive. Must be some very regular joints in the paving . . .
https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/pe ... id52287963
Was there restoration work taking place in the 'fifties ?
I haven't opened my copy of.A Testament in years, but, yes, I can confirm that three frames showing the Ennis House, from the now nearly 60 year-old B & W film "House On Haunted Hill..." are still lodged between pages 148 and 149.JChoate wrote:Oh that's a good story.
I trust you place the film clippings bookmark in A Testament in between pages 148 & 149.
Projection booths don't "might" have the ability to splice film, they "must" have it.SDR wrote:How did that work ? Does a projection booth usually have splicing station ? I suppose it might . . . SDR
Once a reel of film broke half-way through the middle of the reel, as it was being projected. To ensure there would be no interruption in the viewer's experience, I had to let the film pile up on the floor, before changing over to the next reel. By the time of changeover, loose film a foot thick covered every inch of the floor, and it went out the door, trailing down the stairs towards the lobby.
Of course today things are probably far different ... I haven't been in a modern projection booth, but at one point all film stock began to be put on one big reel. Can't imagine the mess if one of them broke.
delivered to the next place ?
I had a friend on the East Coast who was a small-time film-maker, recording producer, teacher, ex-band member. He had a pair of sixteen-mm
projectors in the living room, and a pull-down screen at the opposite end. Eventually he had a booth built, and a pair of 35s in place as well. Movie
night was fun. I convinced him to buy a print of "The Black Cat," a movie I'd fallen hard for in high school, watching the "Million Dollar Movie" on TV
after school. He found a print for a hundred bucks, and we watched it once, with a crowd. "Supernatural, perhaps -- baloney, perhaps not. There are
many things . . . under the sun !" (Big laugh . . .)
Owning those prints was apparently illegal; they were traded back and forth by collectors. The good old days ?
I still keep that book with me even though it is falling apart. Among its contents is THE photo of Rosenbaum. And many, many wonderful black & white reproductions of pencil drawings that set the imagination flying. Among my favorite drawings was the Ennis perspective which includes the floor plan (also in perspective) at the foot of the hill. Once I saw it I never forgot it.
It is grouped with plan & photo on pages 148 & 149.