A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#1 by Tom Photiou , Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:05 pm

Now i know this film appears on just about every sales list and always has done, but it is usually in the b/w format on both 400 foot extract or 4 x 400ft feature.
The full feature on 7 x 400 foot spools was mentioned on another forum the other day and it got me in the mood to watch my 400 footer. The plot is very simple and well known,

Bundle of Joy (1956) is a Technicolor musical remake of the comedy film Bachelor Mother (1939), which starred Ginger Rogers.
It stars Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Adolphe Menjou. An unmarried salesgirl at a department store finds and takes care of an abandoned baby. Much confusion results when her co-workers assume the child is hers and that the father is the son of the store owner. Quite a good little comedy which in this spool ends in the original place and includes the musical number "a bundle of joy".

I saw this little gem on ebay and surprisingly won it at what i considered a bargain price. What i was very surprised with was how good this print is and how rich the colours are with no fade at all, i am sure this is an agfa print. It has the original box which is also in very good condition and there are no splices in the film.
If every mountain release was as good as this one, (along with our 7 x 400 foot full feature in colour of Run of the Arrow), they would have been up there with Walton and Derann. Paul Foster also had the full colour feature some time ago but unfortunately was advertised as some fade so i avoided.
This 400 foot extract pretty much appears to be the last reel of the feature with a short spell of the original titles at the start, it's set at Christmas so makes for a good support film at the seasonal time.
We had this in b/w for many years but i have to say the colour version just makes so much difference to this title. If one comes up in colour its well worth it.



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RE: A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#2 by Vidar Olavesen , Wed Mar 02, 2016 10:13 pm

Looks gorgeous


 
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RE: A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#3 by Andrew Woodcock ( deleted ) , Wed Mar 02, 2016 11:41 pm

It's a stunner Tom, as said over on the other place! Superb mate, just superb!


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RE: A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#4 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:40 am

WOW ! That colour has held up well Tom. Thanks for the screenshots.
I wonder if ALL the 400 footers still look like this.


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RE: A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#5 by Tom Photiou , Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:26 pm

I think,(i could be wrong here), Mountain films did mostly b/w releases but the few colour ones they did so far have all been pretty good and on Agfa stock, namely this title, Run of the Arrow and also The Flying Leathernecks which we have as the 4 x 400ft colour feature and the colours are exactly the same as this one.



 
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RE: A Bundle of Joy,400ft Colour.

#6 by David Hardy ( deleted ) , Thu Mar 03, 2016 3:29 pm

Whatever stock that is on the colour is every bit as good as the later DFS and WALTON films releases.


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