Wednesday, February 24, 2021
From the collection of a well known Hollywood-based movie historian, collector, author, archivist and intimate of the late, great Hal Roach, comes this holy grail item for Roach fans. An original Dialogue Cutting Continuity to the classic CHALEY CHASE -THELMA TODD short, THE PIP FROM PITTSBURG. This 1931 short is considered the best CHARLEY CHASE comedy to come out of the Roach studios. Much like a script, DIALOGUE CUTTING CONTINUITIES feature all the dialogue and descriptions (including titles) of each and every shot in the film. Cutting continuities also noted the shot #, how many 35mm feet and frames of film into the short that the shot appears. This information would be compiled by the Film Editor (in this case RICHARD CURRIER) and would serve as a record of all the shots for other key departments at the studio and for filing as proof of content with the U.S. Copyright office (often in lieu of sending an actual print of the film). This is editor RICHARD CURRIER'S PERSONAL COPY (as per the hand written name that appears on the top edge of the brown protective fold over) and would no doubt be placed in his files in the Hal Roach Studio offices. Continuity has 29 pages extensively detailing every one of the 181 shots and lines of dialogue in the short (with long descriptions of the many sight gag sequences). Top of the first page notes this as Production C-37 in the Chase series. Continuity is in excellent condition. Paper is supple and cream colored and free of any rips, tears, creases, stains or blemishes. Continuity is firmly affixed by the staple on the top and has a protective brown paper back page and top edge fold over, making this one of the most pristine condition continuities we've seen. Unless you attended the Hal Roach Studios auction back in 1963, here is your chance to have an authentic piece of Hollywood history directly from the hallowed Culver City “Lot of fun”. Ultra rare Continuity is an amazing artifact from the golden age of movie making and sure to be prized collectible from this immortal Chase-Todd short, legendary film editor Richard Currier and the immortal Hal Roach.