Harris Films, A blast from the past

#1 by Tom Photiou , Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:49 pm

Being a relatively new comer to 16mm, i keep on finding all these great one off titles,
Today, a friend of mine who use to collect cine films many years ago sent me two wonderful catalouges. The first was from Looney movies here in Plymouth, the other is a very good, thick glossy book like catalogue of 16mm films for hire from "Harris Films", Glenbuck Road in Surrey. WOW, how i wish i could find just some of the titles in this book. It reads like a Christmas wish list. I will be sitting down tonight having just viewed a couple of trailers and with a Cup tea, will look through it and dream. Over the next few days or so i will pop up a few pages. There are too many for me to copy the whole book but i will put up some to share.
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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#2 by Maurice Leakey , Wed Sep 12, 2018 9:48 pm

When I was doing mobile in the 50s it was Ron Harris Cinema Services. They had the exclusive 16mm distribution of 20th Century Fox and Paramount.


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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#3 by Robert Crewdson , Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:04 am

If you like old movies of the 30s/40s then this catalogue has some really desirable titles. https://archive.org/stream/gb16mmentert1gbeq#page/n1



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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#4 by Mats Abelli , Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:05 am

I´m happy to see that you are back on the forum Robert! You have been missed


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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#5 by Robert Crewdson , Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:11 am

The Builders have finished the house, but now I have months of redecorating to do, but will still find time to be here. Thanks for the welcome Mats.



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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#6 by Greg Perry , Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:36 am

Robert,
Welcome back! Glad you could take a little break from the home project and stop in for a visit!
This is a very interesting film catalog--thank you for sharing this. It is worth looking through closely as there is quite a variety of different film subjects and little-known titles throughout, including industrial films of Vick's Vapour Rub and Ovaltine (p. 68).

Also, it is in a great format where the pages actually "turn" like a real catalog, and it can be "zoomed" in/out easily for ease of reading. Lastly, I see that it can be downloaded at no cost as a PDF for offline use.


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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#7 by David Ollerearnshaw , Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:27 pm

I found this issue recently, plus an earlier one. I have a couple of the Robert Kingston Organisation catalogues too. I used to send for the catalogues from most of the 16mm library's but had no 16mm projector. By the time I bought one sadly most had gone. Still the catalogues are a useful mine of information, in some ways more useful than books.


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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#8 by Eivind Mork , Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:12 pm

Very good to see you, Robert! :-)


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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#9 by Robert Crewdson , Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:56 pm

Thanks Eivind, nice to be back.



 
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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#10 by Robert Crewdson , Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:02 pm

I'll have another look at the catalogue Greg, I never noticed the industrial films. The Tod Slaughter films would have been nice to own. It's sad when you think that the majority of these titles were probably destroyed when the libraries closed. The Ealing film 'Dead of Night' does sometimes come up, but expensive.



 
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RE: Harris Films, A blast from the past

#11 by Greg Perry , Thu Sep 13, 2018 11:16 pm

Yes, sadly you are right. It is great to see all of these unique films listed in an older catalog like this one, or the many Derann catalogs, but it is quite another thing to actually find one for sale. Yet I still add them to the "wish list" and the automatic searches on ebay---one never knows what pops up for sale.....


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