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Mon, 8 Aug 1994 15:39:24 EDT
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In the Studio Era there were numerous sequels, ANDY HARDY is the
best known character.  These featured a regular set of characters and
were released on something like a regular basis.  They functioned
much like tv series.  A comparison could be easily made between the
Andy Hardy series and The Waltons.
Some sequels in that era featured the same performers as different --
but yet the same -- characters.  Following CASABLANCA, Bogart,
Sidney Greenstreet, and others were put in films which attempted to
duplicate its mood.  They did not succeed, of course.  Magic strikes
once, even when the same players, writers, directors are brought
together for one more try.
It is easy to forget that the imperatives that drove this tactic was
the same as those that drive television programming:  Just as the
networks need to supply a regular amount of programming weekly, the
major film studios were obligated to supply a regular amount of
programming to the theaters they owned and were otherwise affiliated
Cal Pryluck, Radio-Television-Film, Temple University, Philadelphia
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