Chinese in Trees!

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Chinese in Trees!

Unread post by CliffordWeimer » Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:53 pm

Watching the 1935 film 'Doubting Thomas', I noted a familiar newspaper headline... Where had I seen "110,000 Chinese Living in Trees as a Result of Flood" before? Why, in the Daily Planet! Way! This is the "Rescue" episode from the first season of The Adventures of Superman (1950).

According to a quick Google search, the same headline also shows up in newspapers on the Andy Griffith Show and in the 1958 film Bride and the Beast. Wonder what THAT'S all about, eh?

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Unread post by Mike Gebert » Wed Dec 07, 2011 3:32 pm

Most likely there was a particular print shop that was used by the studios for these kinds of mockups, and they had a batch of generic stories already set up and ready to slug into the front page of whatever paper they were dummying up. In the days of linotype, not having to work most of the cover up from scratch would have been a significant efficiency.
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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Dec 07, 2011 7:16 pm

That headline is in a newspaper in a 1930's Three Stooges short, too. Can't recall right now which one.

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Unread post by Hal Erickson » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:13 pm

Richard Finegan wrote:That headline is in a newspaper in a 1930's Three Stooges short, too. Can't recall right now which one.

The Stooge comedy was SITTER DOWNERS (1937). It's one of my favorite faux movie headlines, along with the one in Monogram's RETURN OF THE APE MAN headlining the disappearance of derelict Ernie Adams (My friends and I used to refer to that one as "PROMINENT BUM VANISHES"--and it's not too far from what was really used!)

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Unread post by Paul Penna » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:42 pm

An interesting variation occurs when a Warner Bros. cartoon calls for either a newspaper or blocks of text as a background design element. For the former, the other "stories" are often clippings from film industry trade papers, studio house organs or labor union newsletters. In My Little Duckaroo, some newspapers are seen lining the walls in the backgrounds for Nasty Canasta's cabin. A friend spotted those and tracked them down to the April 19, 1947 issue of The New Yorker. Page 87, to be exact, the start of a short story A Case of Congestion by Evelyn Eaton.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Jan 23, 2012 3:46 am

CliffordWeimer wrote: Watching the 1935 film 'Doubting Thomas', I noted a familiar newspaper headline... Where had I seen "110,000 Chinese Living in Trees as a Result of Flood" before? Why, in the Daily Planet! Way! This is the "Rescue" episode from the first season of The Adventures of Superman (1950).

According to a quick Google search, the same headline also shows up in newspapers on the Andy Griffith Show and in the 1958 film Bride and the Beast.
I also spotted it in a newspaper shown in the 1940 Universal feature I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:20 am

That same headline is also used in a newspaper in the 1935 Columbia feature THE PUBLIC MENACE.

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Unread post by RichAtomic » Tue Apr 03, 2012 12:59 pm

It also appears in Arch Oboler's post-apocalyptic film 'Five' (1951).

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Unread post by CliffordWeimer » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:24 pm

I spotted it in the Allied Artists' 1959 gangster film The Purple Gang.

Also, now whenever a newspaper pops up, I look for oddball headlines as well as Chinese in trees; how's this subheading, from a newspaper in chapter one of the Universal serial Mysterious Mr. M (1946): "Meteorite Falls Near Baby".

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Unread post by Christopher Jacobs » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:56 am

CliffordWeimer wrote: Also, now whenever a newspaper pops up, I look for oddball headlines as well as Chinese in trees; how's this subheading, from a newspaper in chapter one of the Universal serial Mysterious Mr. M (1946): "Meteorite Falls Near Baby".
Just saw the "Meteorite Falls Near Baby" headline in one of the newspaper montages in AIRPLANE! (1980), so obviously these kept getting reused for quite some time.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:46 am

That headline is also used in a shot of a newspaper in the 1936 Hal Roach short HILL-TILLIES.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon May 27, 2013 5:18 am

The headline also is used in a shot of a newspaper in the 1939 UA feature SLIGHTLY HONORABLE.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Mon Jul 08, 2013 6:37 am

That headline also appears in a newspaper shown in the 1945 Republic movie ROAD TO ALCATRAZ.
I even have a still from the movie showing the newspaper in which we can read the story. I'd post it here but still can't post pictures:

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Unread post by Victor Brunswick » Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:07 am

In the Warner Brothers cartoon Russian Rhapsody (1944) there's a series of faux German newspaper headlines but if you look carefully you'll notice that the comical headlines were pasted over actual German-language Allied propaganda newspapers that were intended to be dropped behind enemy lines.

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Unread post by boblipton » Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:55 pm

I spotted the "Chinese in Trees" headline in the 1936 exploitation flick I Was a Captive of Nazi Germany.

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Unread post by Richard Finegan » Wed Dec 03, 2014 7:26 am

Just saw the "Chinese Living In Trees..." headline in a shot of a newspaper in the 1950 WB Picture HIGHWAY 301.

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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:08 pm

All these re-used headlines probably came out of the Earl Hays Press, which has been in business since 1915 and specializes in printing insert and prop materials for films.

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Unread post by Ed Hulse » Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:38 pm

My favorite newspaper insert appeared in, of all things, an early Forties Republic Western starring Don "Red" Barry. The paper was called The Canyon City Herald, or something along those lines, and under the logo — in fine print — was the slogan "More News Than the Public Can Stand"!

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Unread post by Paradoctor » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:32 pm

This was reported in the 1934-09-05 issue of several US newspapers, e. g. the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

The Straits Times noted 1935-01-23 that the region was still surrounded by floodwaters.
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Unread post by Frederica » Mon Mar 16, 2015 3:54 pm

Paradoctor wrote:This was reported in the 1934-09-05 issue of several US newspapers, e. g. the Spokane Daily Chronicle.

The Straits Times noted 1935-02-23 that the region was still surrounded by floodwaters.
The Spokane Daily Chronicle also reported "Girl Says Vallee Was Her Lover." I guess the correct response would be "get in line, honey." According to him, at least.
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Unread post by Bob Birchard » Mon Mar 16, 2015 4:49 pm

This has nothing to do with movies, but as long as others are reporting real headlines, I will add one of my all time favorites. After the head of United Fruit, E. M. Black, committed suicide on February 3, 1975, the street edition of the Los Angeles Times carried the banner headline: BANANA KING LEAPS 44 FLOORS.

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Unread post by Brooksie » Mon Jun 27, 2016 11:27 am

Turns out we are not the only ones to have noticed this phenomenon: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/mo ... c9f1c0b4ab. I guess the next trick would be find the greatest distance in time between two instances of the same newspaper appearing on screen as an apparently brand-new edition

The Earl Hays Press looks like it would be a fun place to work. Aside from newspapers and trashy magazines ('Woman In Hurricane Has Same Baby 3 Times!') they also do things like generic product labels.

One article I came across claims that the company printed the first full-page newspaper to ever be used as an insert, in the Bebe Daniels picture The Speed Girl (1921). Unfortunately this looks to be a lost film, but it would be interesting to know if the Chinese were up trees as early as that.

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