The Saturday Matinee: Fourth of July Special

Did you know that the film Charade is in the public domain? Amazing, but true!

According to Wikipedia, the movie was released with an invalid copyright notice and, as a result, immediately became part of the public domain.

Just goes to show how important legalities are. 🙂

The movie deftly combines suspense, screwball comedy, and mystery in one fantastic feature film, something I may or may not have mentioned here.

So … without further ado … here’s Part One of the movie! 🙂

Plus this short I found on the Public Domain Films channel.

And because it’s the weekend of the Fourth of July, this seems depressingly oddly appropriate! 🙂

PS: We should probably be celebrating Independence Day on August 2! 🙂 Found that out on Know I Now!

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19 Responses to The Saturday Matinee: Fourth of July Special

  1. Michael Eddy says:

    Wow. Somebody screwed up big time letting the copyright lapse. This is a great movie. One of my favorites – favorite Cary Grant Movie, favorite Audrey Hepburn, favorite Walter Matthau, Stanley Donen – favorite – period. It checks off a lot of boxes. This was one of those Hitchcockian thrillers that were very popular at the time (Arabesque with Sophia Loren and Gregory Peck also comes to mind). No one does Hitchcock like Hitchcock – but Grant was one of his favorite leading men – so there always seemed to be a tenuous connection for me. I’ve seen the movie many times – and own it on DVD. Probably put out by one of the companies that jumped in when they knew the rights were fair game.

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  2. This is one of my favorite films of Cary Grant. I could watch him on a loop. Walter Matthau and Stanley Donen? No brainer! Have you ever seen the screwball comedy, The Awful Truth with Cary and Irene Dunne? So many priceless scenes. Thanks for bringing this one back, Debbi!

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    • Debbi says:

      I second your thoughts on Charade! I haven’t seen The Awful Truth, but if it’s a screwball comedy with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne, I’ll have to! 🙂

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      • You will enjoy it! There is a bit of physical comedy that Grant engages in during a piano recital that had me in stitches. Also, if you haven’t seen Penny Serenade, I recommend that as well. A real tearjerker. Good work, Debbi!

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      • Michael Eddy says:

        Penny Serenade is terrific. It also slipped into public domain when its copyright was not renewed – so be careful if you order it on a DVD – because many are very poorly made.. Funny and bittersweet. Grant and Dunne make a wonderful couple – through the highs and lows of a crumbling marriage – all played out in flashback – keyed by the playing of their old record collection – each song triggering a memory – as they pack up to separate. My favorite scene is when Dunne is trying to change the baby’s diaper (the infant played by “Baby Biffle” – which still makes me laugh every time I watch the credits), while their newspaper foreman (they publish a small hometown/family paper) – the always scene-stealing Edgar Buchanan – stands watching and cracking open walnuts. This film has it all – a love story, tragedy, cute babies, an earthquake, – a good old-fashioned tear-jerker, directed by the great George Stevens (The Diary of Anne Frank, A Place in the Sun, Shane, Gunga Din amongst others).

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      • George Stevens, an American treasure. This was a favorite of my mother who introduced it to me.

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    • Debbi says:

      So many movies, so little time! 🙂 Like books!

      Which reminds me … I just started reading Where Eagles Dare, which is one of my favorite films. The book looks fantastic!

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    • Debbi says:

      Will have to check for Penny Serenade on the Public Domain Films YouTube channel. 🙂

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  3. Michael Eddy says:

    CHARADE would be in upper echelon of my Cary Grant faves as well – top of the list: FATHER GOOSE. Leslie Caron and an Oscar winning screenplay by Peter Stone.

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    • Debbi says:

      One of my other favorites with Grant is Arsenic and Old Lace. Cary Grant was awesome!

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      • Michael Eddy says:

        My main problem with Arsenic and Old Lace is that it’s based on a stage play from decades ago – and it doesn’t date well. Even though the premise is amusing – it gets a bit screwball (and not in a good way like Bringing Up Baby – another Grant favorite with Katharine Hepburn) – and by the end – Grant (and others) is mugging all over the place and chewing enough scenery to make the set collapse.

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    • Debbi says:

      LOL! I still love it. And Bringing Up Baby, too! 🙂

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      • Michael Eddy says:

        We’re in lockstep here. I assume you’ve seen Peter Bogdanovich’s inventive and hilarious “update” on Bringing Up Baby – “What’s Up Doc?” – w/ Barbra Streisand, Ryan O’Neal, Madeline Kahn and a cast of superb comedic character actors. If not – run, don’t walk.

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    • Debbi says:

      Oh, yes! Love that movie! 🙂

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