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Movies Are Adventure (1948)

Approved | | Short | 8 September 1948 (USA)
When TV was just getting available, this short promo for the movie theater industry by AMPAS uses clips from several unidentified films of the preceding few decades to remind viewers of the thrills and adventures to be found at the movies.


Jack Hively (uncredited)


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Uncredited cast:
Edmund Cobb ... George (uncredited)
Douglas Fairbanks ... D'Artagnan (archive footage) (uncredited)
Warren Farlow Warren Farlow ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Wayne A. Farlow Wayne A. Farlow ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Frank Ferguson ... Man in Crowd (archive footage) (uncredited)
Verna Kornman Verna Kornman ... Mother (uncredited)
Harold Lloyd ... Actor in 'Safety Last' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Long ... Actor in 'Criss Cross' (archive footage) (uncredited)
John McIntire ... Judge Ogden (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gerald Mohr ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Meg Randall ... Actress in 'Criss Cross' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rudolph Valentino ... Actor in 'The Sheik' (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Football Player (archive footage) (uncredited)


This short promotes the movies. It shows that the "magic seat" of a movie theater can transport the movie-goer to all types of adventures, such as the Oklahoma land rush; being rescued by a sheik in the Sahara Desert; watching a huge ape climb the Empire State Building; or experiencing a hurricane in the south Pacific. No matter what type of thrill your looking for, you'll find it on the big screen. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Putting yourself in the driver's seat via a movie chair...
20 March 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

A movie chair is a magic carpet, according to this short feature, MOVIES ARE ADVENTURE, produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in '48. Unfortunately, it's a compilation of tired clichés about the average movie-goer and his experience in putting himself in dangerous and exciting situations via the movie screen.

Another drawback is that this short hasn't been restored at all, which makes viewing it an uncomfortable experience--blotchy looking B&W photography that has a very flat effect.

The narrator (Gerald Mohr) talks about the "romance, mystery, danger and excitement" bought with a movie ticket and we view a family of three watching movies with rapt attention and putting themselves into the scenes shown from KING KONG, THE SHIEK, SAN FRANCISCO, STAGECOACH, THE THREE MUSKETEERS (Douglas Fairbanks), THE GOLD RUSH and CIMARRON, among others.

Mercifully, it's only 11 minutes long, but it's still only a bland filler. Considering that it was produced by the Academy, it's a shame to see it being shown in such terrible condition.

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