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At 4:46pm on May 12, 2015, Max fraley said…

Long time movie fan. Westerns and film noir are my favorite genres but like them all if they are good and done right. Have between 6 & 7 thousand recorded movies in my personal library. Am a collector of cinema related items such as dads, laser discs, posters, recorded music, books, printed materials, memorabilia, etc.

Was director, originator and founder of the Long Beach, CA. S.A. Film Forum for over 17 years. Showed vintage movies free to the public every Friday evening at 7 pm in the school auditorium where I was principal. Memorable  highlights would include having guests Betty Garrett with TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME, Ann Savage with DETOUR, Miles Kreuger with SHOWBOAT, Frank Thompson with BEAU GESTE, and Gavin MacLeod with OPERATION PETTICOAT. Film Noir and Pre-Code movies were probably our patron's favorite categories of cinema pleasures but we covered the waterfront with almost every type of movie imaginable from that Golden Era of Movies 1920's - 1975. Our opening film in April, 1995 was Chaplin's THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) and our last show in December, 2012 was Deanna Durbin in ONE HUNDRED MEN AND A GIRL (1937). Our audience favorites over the years included pre-codes (ONE WAY PASSAGE, SAFE IN HELL, BABY FACE, & HEAT LIGHTING), Noir (THE KILLERS, OUT OF THE PAST. THE NARROW MARGIN &  DETOUR), Westerns (WINCHESTER 73, GIANT, STAGECOACH & SHANE) and misc (FIVE GRAVES TO CAIRO, THE THIRD MAN, RUGGLES OF RED GAP, KEY LARGO & IT"s A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD). Many memorable movies and moments in the more than 900 we showcased over the years. Great memories from this experience.  

  Was primary auctioneer bid caller for movie memorabilia auctions in the 1990's and 2000's. Companies included The Odyssey Group, Executive Collectibles and The Last Movie Picture Co.  I was the first auctioneer to hammer down a movie poster for over $100,000. It was for The Odyssey Group. The poster was an original FRANKENSTEiN (1931) one sheet. Site was at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA. and the winning bid was $198,000 including buyer's premium. It eclipsed the former record sale of $75,000 for an original DRACULA poster a few years earlier. The record stood for several years until eventually overcome by the sale of THE MUMMY one-sheet at a New York auction. This auction of FRANKENSTEIN alerted other larger auction houses (primarily Christies and Sothebys) and they moved into the movie memorabilia auction field for the next several years. Today that arena is lead by e-bay and Heritage Auction House, both with extensive internet bidding activities. 

 My favorite festival is the Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival held annually in Palm Springs. I've been to many others, but this one is first place because of its simplicity, its dedication to one genre, its superb guests, and a schedule with allowances for rest periodically during the day. Alan Rode, Eddie Muller, and Foster Hirsch are unsurpassed in their knowledge, dedication and delivery of informative and pleasurable subject matter. It's a true vacation with with an old friend, CINEMA. 


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