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4th Dec '17 6:05:20 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' was edited down from its original 3 1/2 hour length for worldwide distribution following its original release, and the cut footage was discarded and believed lost for years. Thanks to a batch of the discarded footage being found in a condemned warehouse and the efforts of Stanley Kramer, 20 minutes of footage were re-edited back into the film for the VHS release. The film's first DVD release (in a white cover and now out-of-print) has the footage on Side B. The second release (in a blue cover) does not have this footage. In 2014, TheCriterionCollection releaed a reconstructed/restored version of the original release on DVD and Blu-Ray. 3 or 4 minutes are still missing, but it is still the closest we'll get to the original.

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* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' was edited down from its original 3 1/2 hour length for worldwide distribution following its original release, and the cut footage was discarded and believed lost for years. Thanks to a batch of the discarded footage being found in a condemned warehouse and the efforts of Stanley Kramer, 20 minutes of footage were re-edited back into the film for the VHS release. The film's first DVD release (in a white cover and now out-of-print) has the footage on Side B. The second release (in a blue cover) does not have this footage. In 2014, TheCriterionCollection Creator/TheCriterionCollection releaed a reconstructed/restored version of the original release on DVD and Blu-Ray. 3 or 4 minutes are still missing, but it is still the closest we'll get to the original.
17th Nov '17 8:24:36 PM Pichu-kun
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* For many decades, the only way to watch a complete version of Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 was the Eastman House print of the [[ReCut 1929 recut]] since the original 1925 version was believed to be lost to time. That all changed in 2011 when the British Film Institute located a copy, going on to release it on DVD two years later.

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* For many decades, the only way to watch a complete version of Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 ''Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925'' was the Eastman House print of the [[ReCut 1929 recut]] since the original 1925 version was believed to be lost to time. That all changed in 2011 when the British Film Institute located a copy, going on to release it on DVD two years later.


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* The 1916 film ''Film/{{Snow White|1916}}'' is the earliest film adaptation of ''Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. It also inspired Walt Disney to create [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs his animated adaptation]]. It was considered lost until a Dutch copy was found in 1992. Even then, it's still missing several scenes such as when Snow White eats the Poisoned Apple.
9th Nov '17 5:52:32 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* Some of Creator/KevinSpacey's last projects, including ''Gore'', a biopic about Gore Vidal, might never be released as a result of the Great Hollywood Sex Scandal of 2017, which has severely compromised him.
27th Oct '17 5:24:34 PM klausbaudelaire
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* Many, ''many'' old silent and early sound films (including those of superstars like Creator/ThedaBara and Creator/ClaraBow) are now considered lost (partially or completely), simply because -- in an era well prior to rebroadcast opportunities like TV or home video -- it didn't make financial sense for the studios to care about keeping them around. The prints that do remain are usually those that were preserved in private collections. Creator/ThedaBara appeared in over two dozen films but only four have survived. According to Creator/MartinScorsese's Film Foundation, 90% of all American films made before 1929 are lost forever, while the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library of Congress]] estimates that 75% of all silent movies are lost forever.

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* Many, ''many'' old silent and early sound films (including those of superstars like Creator/ThedaBara Creator/ThedaBara, Creator/ClaraBow and Creator/ClaraBow) Creator/BabyPeggy) are now considered lost (partially or completely), simply because -- in an era well prior to rebroadcast opportunities like TV or home video -- it didn't make financial sense for the studios to care about keeping them around. The prints that do remain are usually those that were preserved in private collections. Creator/ThedaBara appeared in over two dozen films but only four have survived. According to Creator/MartinScorsese's Film Foundation, 90% of all American films made before 1929 are lost forever, while the [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything Library of Congress]] estimates that 75% of all silent movies are lost forever.
27th Oct '17 5:59:57 AM RedScharlach
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* The [[BadExportForYou infamous American theatrical cut]] of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' has seemingly been never released on home video. Despite several claims to the contrary that it ''did'' see either a VHS or DVD release at one point, virtually all of the known existing home video releases of the film are instead edited versions of the universally-acclaimed director's cut, and if there actually ''was'' a home video release of the American theatrical cut at one point, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it's borderline impossible to find it now]]. Considering how said cut --[[ExecutiveMeddling which sloppily watered down director Sergio Leone's preferred non-linear four-hour cut into a chronological two-hour cut against his wishes]]-- was trashed by reviewers and heavily flopped at the box office; its lack of availability may (understandably) be [[OldShame a deliberate example]].
* Music/TheBeatles documentary ''Film/LetItBe'' was last legally released in 1991 (laserdisc and VHS). Odds are, it will never be legally released again in its original form, and we've no idea if it'll ever be legally released again in any form. (There is dissonance between what viewers will expect to see and what [[Music/TheBeatles Apple Corps]] wants to show.) Music/PaulMcCartney told ''[[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/paul-mccartney-looks-back-the-rolling-stone-interview-w433437 Rolling Stone]]'' in 2016 that he wants the film to be released, correctly noting that he should be the main objector among the Apple Corps stakesholders because he "doesn't come off well" in it. Despite [=McCartney=]'s comment, the film has yet to be re-released.

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* The [[BadExportForYou infamous American theatrical cut]] of ''Film/OnceUponATimeInAmerica'' has seemingly been never released on home video. Despite several claims to the contrary that it ''did'' see either a VHS or DVD release at one point, virtually all of the known existing home video releases of the film are instead edited versions of the universally-acclaimed director's cut, and if there actually ''was'' a home video release of the American theatrical cut at one point, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes it's borderline impossible to find it now]]. Considering how said cut --[[ExecutiveMeddling -- [[ExecutiveMeddling which sloppily watered down director Sergio Leone's preferred non-linear four-hour cut into a chronological two-hour cut against his wishes]]-- wishes]] -- was trashed by reviewers and heavily flopped at the box office; office, its lack of availability may (understandably) be [[OldShame a deliberate example]].
deliberate]].
* Music/TheBeatles documentary ''Film/LetItBe'' was last legally released in 1991 (laserdisc and VHS). Odds are, it will never be legally released again in its original form, and we've no idea if it'll ever be legally released again in any form. (There is dissonance between what viewers will expect to see and what [[Music/TheBeatles Apple Corps]] wants to show.) Music/PaulMcCartney told ''[[http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/paul-mccartney-looks-back-the-rolling-stone-interview-w433437 Rolling Stone]]'' in 2016 that he wants the film to be released, correctly noting that he should be the main objector among the Apple Corps stakesholders stakeholders because he "doesn't come off well" in it. Despite [=McCartney=]'s comment, the film has yet to be re-released.



* The original cut of Creator/OrsonWelles's ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'', as well as the hour or so raw footage that was [[ExecutiveMeddling excised for the final release]], is lost forever - and we do mean ''forever''; the excised footage was rended for the silver nitrate. It's been said that Welles received a copy of the original cut, but where it is right now, if it actually happened, is anybody's guess.

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* The original cut of Creator/OrsonWelles's ''Film/TheMagnificentAmbersons'', as well as the hour or so raw footage that was [[ExecutiveMeddling excised for the final release]], is lost forever - and we do mean ''forever''; the excised footage was rended rendered for the silver nitrate. It's been said that Welles received a copy of the original cut, but where it is right now, if it actually happened, is anybody's guess.



* Good luck finding a copy of ''Day Of The Tiger'', the ultra violent early 80s kung-fu film. After the audience reaction (disgust and horror) to its limited screening, the original distributor attempted to destroy all copies of the film to appease their theaters, and it's unclear if they succeeded or not. Most of the time, you'll just find small clips mistaken for parts of ''Film/TheStoryOfRicky''. Its sequel, at least, can be found in torrents.

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* Good luck finding a copy of ''Day Of The Tiger'', the ultra violent ultra-violent early 80s kung-fu film. After the audience reaction (disgust and horror) to its limited screening, the original distributor attempted to destroy all copies of the film to appease their theaters, and it's unclear if they succeeded or not. Most of the time, you'll just find small clips mistaken for parts of ''Film/TheStoryOfRicky''. Its sequel, at least, can be found in torrents.



** Toho's Film/{{King Kong Vs Godzilla}} can also be labeled as a missing film - sort of. Back in the early seventies, director Ishiro Honda edited a version of Kong V Godzilla for the Champion Matsuri, a film festival for kids that ran edited down monster flicks and cartoons, cutting just under half an hour from the movie. Unfortunately, this edit has become the only Japanese language version to exist in the Toho archives. Fifteen minutes of the footage exists still exists in the American release while the other nine are only known to exist in a badly faded 16mm internegative of the uncut original.

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** Toho's Film/{{King ''Film/{{King Kong Vs Godzilla}} Godzilla}}'' can also be labeled as a missing film - sort of. Back in the early seventies, director Ishiro Honda edited a version of Kong V Godzilla ''Kong Vs Godzilla'' for the Champion Matsuri, a film festival for kids that ran edited down monster flicks and cartoons, cutting just under half an hour from the movie. Unfortunately, this edit has become the only Japanese language version to exist in the Toho archives. Fifteen minutes of the footage exists still exists in the American release while the other nine are only known to exist in a badly faded 16mm internegative of the uncut original.



* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' is a horror movie that had an incredibly limited run in theaters, and the director refuses to release it in public in any way (it doesn't help that [[MetroGoldwynMayer the studio that financed it]] is only just recovering from its recent bankruptcy). For a while the only way to find it was through pirated copies online, though it was eventually made legally availible via Blockbuster On Demand.

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* ''Film/ThePoughkeepsieTapes'' is a horror movie that had an incredibly limited run in theaters, and the director refuses to release it in public in any way (it doesn't help that [[MetroGoldwynMayer the studio that financed it]] is only just recovering from its recent bankruptcy). For a while the only way to find it was through pirated copies online, though it was eventually made legally availible available via Blockbuster On Demand.



* One of ElSanto's many films, ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (''Santo in Dracula's Treasure'') (1968), had an alternate version entitled ''El Vampiro y el Sexo'' ("The Vampire and the Sex"). Additional scenes featured nude or topless vampire seductresses (fortunately or unfortunately, the heroic luchador himself did not engage in any sexual activity.) This version of the film, intended for more liberal audiences outside Mexico, apparently had a limited release (newspaper ads exist for showings in New York-area Spanish language theaters), then disappeared, but stills of nude vampire ladies from the "sexy" version provided evidence of its existence. It was finally discovered by the producer's grand-niece and publicly screened in Guadalajara in July 2011.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' is a rather interesting example here. Creator/RichardWilliams spent decades trying to make this an animated classic, yet it was [[ExecutiveMeddling screwed up by the many executives]] that held on to the film. The original cut was left in the shelf for decades due to Williams having to deal with other works being made. Eventually, he managed to get further work done and tried to license the film to Warner Bros. for release, but Williams couldn't finish it in time, and Disney had [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} its own]] ''A Thousand and One Nights'' story in development. As a result, WB terminated the deal and the executives forced Williams out of the project. Soon afterwards, the project suffered heavy editing and outsourcing in order for the film to be completed faster, and was released to heavy panning by animation lovers and critics across the board. This made Williams extremely devastated, leaving his career in ruins. The original, unfinished left unseen for decades until it was finally shown, half remastered, as the "Recobbled Cut", retaining most of the elements of the original print and some scenes that were never even finished.

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* One of ElSanto's many films, ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (''Santo in Dracula's Treasure'') (1968), had an alternate version entitled ''El Vampiro y el Sexo'' ("The Vampire and the Sex"). Additional scenes featured nude or topless vampire seductresses (fortunately or unfortunately, the heroic luchador himself did not engage in any sexual activity.) activity). This version of the film, intended for more liberal audiences outside Mexico, apparently had a limited release (newspaper ads exist for showings in New York-area Spanish language theaters), then disappeared, but stills of nude vampire ladies from the "sexy" version provided evidence of its existence. It was finally discovered by the producer's grand-niece and publicly screened in Guadalajara in July 2011.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler'' is a rather interesting example here. Creator/RichardWilliams spent decades trying to make this an animated classic, yet it was [[ExecutiveMeddling screwed up by the many executives]] that held on to the film. The original cut was left in on the shelf for decades due to Williams having to deal with other works being made. Eventually, he managed to get further work done and tried to license the film to Warner Bros. for release, but Williams couldn't finish it in time, and Disney had [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} its own]] ''A Thousand and One Nights'' story in development. As a result, WB terminated the deal and the executives forced Williams out of the project. Soon afterwards, the project suffered heavy editing and outsourcing in order for the film to be completed faster, and was released to heavy panning by animation lovers and critics across the board. This made Williams extremely devastated, leaving his career in ruins. The original, unfinished left unseen for decades until it was finally shown, half remastered, as the "Recobbled Cut", retaining most of the elements of the original print and some scenes that were never even finished.



** Speaking of Gerard Christopher, Superboy was supposed to end with the episode "The Death of Superman" ending in a cliffhanger, which would be resolved in a series of made-for-TV movies. Instead, Warner Bros put a lein on them and it was over for Superboy, while Warners proceeded with ''Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman''.

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** Speaking of Gerard Christopher, Superboy ''Superboy'' was supposed to end with the episode "The Death of Superman" ending in a cliffhanger, which would be resolved in a series of made-for-TV movies. Instead, Warner Bros put a lein rein on them and it was over for Superboy, ''Superboy'', while Warners proceeded with ''Lois & Clark: the New Adventures of Superman''.



** ...written by J.J. Abrams and tentatively to be directed by MCG of Charlie's Angels fame. This, in turn never materialized, but ''Film/SupermanReturns'' went into production in late 2004, arriving in theaters in the summer of 2006.

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** ...written by J.J. Abrams and tentatively to be directed by MCG [=McG=] of Charlie's Angels ''Charlie's Angels'' fame. This, in turn never materialized, but ''Film/SupermanReturns'' went into production in late 2004, arriving in theaters in the summer of 2006.



* The strange Jon Voight film ''The Legend of Simon Conjurer'' seems to be heading this way. It was supposedly released to a limited number of theaters in 2006 and apparently has yet to recive any release on DVD, Blu-ray, or even Netflix with a large portion of the internet population trying to find it. Considering the only footage available is a trailer, it is speculated that the whole thing was a weird hoax. The film was quietly released to streaming platforms in September 2014. It is now called ;;Deadly Lessons''.
* The second ever Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie, released in 1916 and simply titled ''Sherlock Holmes'', was thought lost forever, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29474334 until it was found mislabeled]] in the French Film Archive in Paris in 2014. This is especially important since it stars William Gillette, the man who first performed Sherlock Holmes on Stage over a thousand times and the TropeCodifier for many Sherlock-isms like "Elementary Dear Watson" and him smoking a Calabash pipe (he needed a pipe that could be seen from the back row). So in many ways this is the first time ever we are able to see the original Sherlock Holmes! The first ever Sherlock Holmes film, ''A Study in Scarlet'', released in 1914, remains missing however.

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* The strange Jon Voight film ''The Legend of Simon Conjurer'' seems to be heading this way. It was supposedly released to a limited number of theaters in 2006 and apparently has yet to recive receive any release on DVD, Blu-ray, or even Netflix with a large portion of the internet population trying to find it. Considering the only footage available is a trailer, it is speculated that the whole thing was a weird hoax. The film was quietly released to streaming platforms in September 2014. It is now called ;;Deadly ''Deadly Lessons''.
* The second ever Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie, released in 1916 and simply titled ''Sherlock Holmes'', was thought lost forever, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29474334 until it was found mislabeled]] in the French Film Archive in Paris in 2014. This is especially important since it stars William Gillette, the man who first performed Sherlock Holmes on Stage stage over a thousand times and the TropeCodifier for many Sherlock-isms like "Elementary Dear Watson" and him smoking a Calabash pipe (he needed a pipe that could be seen from the back row). So in many ways this is the first time ever we are able to see the original Sherlock Holmes! The first ever Sherlock Holmes film, ''A Study in Scarlet'', released in 1914, remains missing however.




14th Oct '17 8:05:29 AM Malady
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* There are many Franchise/{{Superman}} examples going as far back as 1941 when Republic Pictures planned to make a Superman serial, to which National Periodicals (now DC Comics) refused to grant the rights. Instead, they licensed him to Paramount who worked with Max Fleischer to create the classic cartoons, while the dummy they were going to use was instead used for ''TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. Oh, and the screenplay? Apparently it was rewritten into a serial titled "The Mysterious Doctor Satan," featuring an original protagonist by the name of Copperhead.

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* There are many Franchise/{{Superman}} examples going as far back as 1941 when Republic Pictures planned to make a Superman serial, to which National Periodicals (now DC Comics) refused to grant the rights. Instead, they licensed him to Paramount who worked with Max Fleischer to create the classic cartoons, while the dummy they were going to use was instead used for ''TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''.''Film/TheAdventuresOfCaptainMarvel''. Oh, and the screenplay? Apparently it was rewritten into a serial titled "The Mysterious Doctor Satan," featuring an original protagonist by the name of Copperhead.
9th Oct '17 9:56:18 AM Kitchen90
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* The British Film Institute has compiled a list of [[http://www.bfi.org.uk/nationalarchive/news/mostwanted/75-list.html The 75 Most Wanted]] lost British films. The list includes ''The Mountain Eagle'' (1926) - the only lost feature film of Creator/AlfredHitchcock. Also included in the list are the films that served as the screen debuts for legendary actors John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Creator/ErrolFlynn and Patricia Kirkwood and an early film role of Ian [=McKellen=]. The list also stretches well into the late-20th century, with the three most recent films on the list all dating from the early 1970s - the 1971 drama ''Nobody Ordered Love'' (which was so poorly promoted and received that the director withdrew it and ordered all prints destroyed at his death in 1977), the 1972 sexploitation comedy ''The Cherry Picker'' starring Lulu and Spike Milligan (bootlegs of which do circulate, but the master prints are lost), and the 1973 horror film ''Symptoms'' (which also only exists in low-quality bootleg form).[[note]] When the list was compiled in 2010, the 1983 farce ''Where Is Parsifal?'' starring Peter Lawford (in his final film role), Creator/OrsonWelles, and Tony Curtis was the most recent film on it, but it was never truly "lost", having instead been withdrawn before its UK release but having seen home video releases in such countries as Italy and the Netherlands. The film's director personally donated his copy to the BFI, and it is now available on Netflix.[[/note]]

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* The British Film Institute Creator/BritishFilmInstitute has compiled a list of [[http://www.bfi.org.uk/nationalarchive/news/mostwanted/75-list.html The 75 Most Wanted]] lost British films. The list includes ''The Mountain Eagle'' (1926) - -- the only lost feature film of Creator/AlfredHitchcock. Also included in the list are the films that served as the screen debuts for legendary actors John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Creator/LaurenceOlivier, Creator/ErrolFlynn and Patricia Kirkwood and an early film role of Ian [=McKellen=]. Creator/IanMcKellen. The list also stretches well into the late-20th century, with the three most recent films on the list all dating from the early 1970s - the 1971 drama ''Nobody Ordered Love'' (which was so poorly promoted and received that the director withdrew it and ordered all prints destroyed at his death in 1977), the 1972 sexploitation comedy ''The Cherry Picker'' starring Lulu Music/{{Lulu}} and Spike Milligan Creator/SpikeMilligan (bootlegs of which do circulate, but the master prints are lost), and the 1973 horror film ''Symptoms'' (which also only exists in low-quality bootleg form).[[note]] When the list was compiled in 2010, the 1983 farce ''Where Is Parsifal?'' starring Peter Lawford (in his final film role), Creator/OrsonWelles, and Tony Curtis was the most recent film on it, but it was never truly "lost", having instead been withdrawn before its UK release but having seen home video releases in such countries as Italy and the Netherlands. The film's director personally donated his copy to the BFI, and it is now available on Netflix.[[/note]]
1st Oct '17 2:21:01 PM ClintEastwood
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* Jerry Lewis' ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'', about a clown who insults Hitler and ends up a Pied Piper to the children of a Jewish concentration camp. People are split on if keeping it suppressed is a good thing or not. Apart from the question of good taste, the project's [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal ownership is disputed]]. The film remains unfinished; post production work was never completed. The film negatives were eventually admitted into the Library of Congress in August of 2015, but under the condition that it can't be screened for ten years. However, as stated before, the legal ownership dispute (plus the fact that some of the parties in said dispute [[AuthorExistenceFailure are dead]]) still leaves the film indefinitely lost.

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* Jerry Lewis' Creator/JerryLewis' ''Film/TheDayTheClownCried'', about a clown who insults Hitler and ends up a Pied Piper to the children of a Jewish concentration camp. People are split on if keeping it suppressed is a good thing or not. Apart from the question of good taste, the project's [[ScrewedByTheLawyers legal ownership is disputed]]. The film remains unfinished; post production work was never completed. The film negatives were eventually admitted into the Library of Congress in August of 2015, but under the condition that it can't be screened for ten years. However, as stated before, the legal ownership dispute (plus the fact that some of the parties in said dispute [[AuthorExistenceFailure are dead]]) still leaves the film indefinitely lost.



* Four of the CharlieChan movies from the 1930s, ''Charlie Chan Carries On'', ''Charlie Chan's Chance'', ''Charlie Chan's Greatest Case'', and ''Charlie Chan's Courage'', are lost (though ''Charlie Chan Carries On'' survives in a Spanish-language version, ''Eran Trece'').

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* Four of the CharlieChan Film/CharlieChan movies from the 1930s, ''Charlie Chan Carries On'', ''Charlie Chan's Chance'', ''Charlie Chan's Greatest Case'', and ''Charlie Chan's Courage'', are lost (though ''Charlie Chan Carries On'' survives in a Spanish-language version, ''Eran Trece'').
27th Sep '17 5:11:16 AM Mareon
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* The second ever Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie, released in 1916 and simply titled ''Sherlock Holmes'', was thought lost forever, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29474334 until it was found mislabeled]] in the French Film Archive in Paris in 2014. This is especially important since it stars William Gillette, the man who first performed Sherlock Holmes on Stage for many years and are the TropeCodifier for many Sherlock-isms like "Elementary Dear Watson" and him smoking a Calabash pipe (he needed a pipe that could be seen from the back row). So in many ways this is the first time ever we are able to see the original Sherlock Holmes! The first ever Sherlock Holmes film, ''A Study in Scarlet'', released in 1914, remains missing however.

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* The second ever Franchise/SherlockHolmes movie, released in 1916 and simply titled ''Sherlock Holmes'', was thought lost forever, [[http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29474334 until it was found mislabeled]] in the French Film Archive in Paris in 2014. This is especially important since it stars William Gillette, the man who first performed Sherlock Holmes on Stage for many years over a thousand times and are the TropeCodifier for many Sherlock-isms like "Elementary Dear Watson" and him smoking a Calabash pipe (he needed a pipe that could be seen from the back row). So in many ways this is the first time ever we are able to see the original Sherlock Holmes! The first ever Sherlock Holmes film, ''A Study in Scarlet'', released in 1914, remains missing however.
9th Aug '17 7:57:49 AM Scifimaster92
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** Two oft-bootlegged Superman pilots were produced in the early '60s. One of them was known as ''The Adventures of Super-Pup'' which was an incredibly ill-concieved funny-animal version of the character, but instead of animation, they used little people in fiberglass costumes. A better idea came in the form of ''The Adventures of Superboy'' which followed our hero's days in Smallville. The timeline is a bit questionable, as shots from the origin episode of TAOS appear in the opening sequence, but the show appears to take place in 1961 or so. While not as dreadful as Super Pup, it was a little dull and wasn't picked up. Superboy would have to wait almost twenty years.

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** Two oft-bootlegged Superman pilots were produced in the early '60s. One of them was known as ''The Adventures of Super-Pup'' ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperpup'' which was an incredibly ill-concieved funny-animal version of the character, but instead of animation, they used little people in fiberglass costumes. A better idea came in the form of ''The Adventures of Superboy'' which followed our hero's days in Smallville. The timeline is a bit questionable, as shots from the origin episode of TAOS appear in the opening sequence, but the show appears to take place in 1961 or so. While not as dreadful as Super Pup, it was a little dull and wasn't picked up. Superboy would have to wait almost twenty years.
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