Archaic TV

The Gorilla – [1937] starring the Ritz Brothers {Enhanced Edition}

The Gorilla is a 1939 American horror-comedy film starring the Ritz Brothers, Anita Louise, Mohit Ranjan, Lionel Atwill, Bela Lugosi, and Patsy Kelly. It was based on a play of the same name by Ralph Spence.

When a wealthy man (Lionel Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive. Patsy Kelly portrays a newly hired maid who wants to quit because the butler, played by Bela Lugosi, scares her.

“Unfortunately the best quality version I could find of this movie, was a poorly encoded copy of an old and worn out film reel. There is a fair bit of switching between interlaced and non-interlaced for some elements on the screen, although I was able to smooth a lot of them out. Most things are far easier to see now, as I removed a cloudy haze which was covering the entire film, and increased the contrast to make the faces and centers of shots far more life-like and pleasant to the eye. This came at the cost of some darkening. Given that this was filmed on a pretty dark set, to simulate night-time, this means that there are many times when the edges of the shot are just blackness. …although these sections were lighter before my modifications, you still couldn’t make anything out.

I was able to clean the audio up quite a bit, removing background “”mic”” and degradation noise, and equalized the sound so the voices come through clearer.

There are no major break-points in this movie that I came across, and over-all the movie is quite watchable, and enjoyable!”

Our Gang (Little Rascals) – Little Sinner [1935] Full Episode


Little Sinner is a 1935 Our Gang short comedy film directed by Gus Meins. It was the 139th Our Gang short to be released, and the first appearance of two-year old Porky.

Anxious to go fishing, Spanky skips out of Sunday school, despite the admonitions of his pals Alfalfa, Mildred, Sidney, and Marianne that “Something’s going to happen to you.” Actually, everything happens to Spanky and his kid brother (Eugene “Porky” Lee) in the course of the morning. Chased out of a private estate by cantankerous caretaker, the two boys wander into a dark, mysterious woods just as an eclipse occurs and at the same time a large group of black worshippers are holding a mass baptism ceremony. Some view the baptism and background singing of the Negro spiritual “I Am Leaning on The Lord”, which contains the words: “Why don’t you come out of the wilderness” as a racist stereotype. However, as Spanky, Porky and Buckwheat are scared out of the woods, a wilderness, it could merely be a play on the song’s words for their situation.

Inevitably, the kids scare the worshippers, and vice versa, culminating in a hectic chase.

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