Gangs Inc.

#1 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:35 am

I decided to give some Super 8 films an airing; this was the first feature I bought in 1975. It was advertised as an Alan Ladd film; in fact the male lead is Jack La Rue, who made Gangster films and wanted to do the same in Britain; he made 'No Orchids for Miss Blandish' in which appeared a young Sidney James. The Home Secretary thought making these films a bad influence and curtailed Jack La Rue's activities here. Alan Ladd only appears about 2 minutes on screen. When he was a success in such films as 'The Glass Key, the Blue Dahlia, and This Gun for Hire', the film was re-issued and he was given top billing to attract the cinema audiences The pre-print material is pretty bad, and the sound is not that clear most of the time. My Eumig doesn't have a tone control (is this normal), so can only control the volume. Quality wise it doesn't come anywhere near 16mm.

Robert Crewdson

RE: Gangs Inc.

#2 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:44 am

Hi Robert
The early sound Eumigs did not have such " luxuries" as tone controls. Is this a Mountain print ?

David Hardy

RE: Gangs Inc.

#3 by Robert Crewdson ( deleted ) , Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:15 am

Yes, I got it from Mountain. Ordinarily, it's not a problem, I showed a short after and the sound was clear. Magnetic sound was supposed to be better than optical sound, but some of my early talkies are very clear.

Robert Crewdson


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