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Restored shorts unspool

AMPAS dusts off 14 musical mini-movies

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will unspool 14 restored Warner Bros. musical shorts, dating from 1926 to 1945, on Aug. 18.

Averaging 10-20 minutes each, shorts — dubbed mini-movies — were produced as precursors for feature attractions and as a handy way for studios to test new talent.

The shorts to be screened are “His Pastimes,” which preemed with the first Vitaphone feature, “Don Juan,” starring John Barrymore (1926); “The Child Wonder” (1929); “Harlem Mania,” with the Norman Thomas Quintette (1929); “Lambchops,” with George Burns and Gracie Allen (1929); “The Opry House,” with Lew Hearn and the Mound City Blowers (1929); “Smash Your Baggage,” with Small’s Paradise Entertainers (1933); “Good Morning Eve,” one of the first live-action, three-strip Technicolor short subjects (1934); “An All Colored Vaudeville Show,” with Adelaide Hall and the Nicholas Brothers (1935); “Hi De Ho,” with Cab Calloway (1937); “Out Where the Stars Begin,” in Technicolor (1938); “All Girl Revue,” with June Allyson (1940); “Gay Parisienne,” featuring the Ballet Russe, in Technicolor (1941); “Jammin’ the Blues,” with Lester Young (1943); and “Borrah Minevitch & His Harmonica School.”

Restoration work was completed by Turner Entertainment Co. and Warner Bros. as part of their ongoing preservation program. The 1929 shorts were restored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive, with the sound re-recorded from Vitaphone discs.

For information and tickets, call (310) 247-3000.

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