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September 2004, Week 4


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Scott Hutchins <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:22:09 -0400
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I watched a video from this distributor last night called _Mountain Charlie_, and it had extraordinarily long distributor material involving an old guy who was apparently an animal expert.  It was rather surreal since it would put his facial reactions in response to the main image by placing it in the corner (not during the film itself), and it looked like he was just waiting for "action" to be called.  The guy has no screen presence and all his jokes fall flat, even for a children's entertainer, via poor execution.  The end said that the next release would be Fleischer's _Gulliver's Travels_, which is, of course, public domain, and it implied that _Mountain Charlie_, whcih was originally distributed by American National Enterprises (the same distributor as _The Legend of Alfred Packer_) was not the first release by the company.

I could not get any internet hits for "Ranger Rob" that referred to the same Ranger Rob.  Are there any specialists on early home video?  Perhaps that period is so fascinating for me since I didn't get a VCR until 1988 (middle school for me) or so, long after home video had been available to the general public.


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