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Video clip of Bruce and Babe

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Bruce and Babe

Extent:
1 videoreel of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videoreel of 1 : sd., col. ; 2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (D3) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (30 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
3 folders

Copyright Date:
1979

Copyright Holder:
WGBH Educational Foundation

Artist:
Cronin, Bruce

Background:
This work was created for the "Frames of Reference" series.

Scope:
Includes a 2" master, a 2" protection master, a 2" reel of unidentified original footage, a D3 preservation master, and VHS and 3/4" screening copies. Black-and-white photographic prints document scenes from Cronin's various films. Also included are black-and-white negatives, contact sheets, and photographic prints showing Cronin, Sargent, and WGBH personnel on the set of "Bruce and Babe."

In "Bruce and Babe," New England filmmaker Bruce Cronin and the star of several of his works, Babe Sargent, travel to Warner, N.H. to screen one Cronin's films. Cronin assumes the role of narrator, describing his career and showing highlights from several works. In "The Game," an early black-and-white film, young boys playing dodge-ball are interrupted by still images of soldiers. In "16 Summit Street," a woman comes face to face with a man's bloody visage in this send-up of the horror film genre. "The Wild Goose" features Babe as a feisty nursing-home inmate, teasing his fellow inmates, who nonetheless rejoice at his attempt to escape, and cheer him on as he is pursued by nurses. In "Henry Phipps Goes Skiing," Babe plays a worker in a show factory who wins a three-day skiing trip to nearby Snowflake Lodge. The film follows his antics and pratfalls as he tumbles through ski slopes and cocktail parties. While Cronin and Sargent take a humorous approach to the presentation of these works, their audiences' appreciation of them is fully evidenced by the response to their screening in Warner. "Bruce and Babe," written and directed by Cronin, takes the form of an autobiographical documentary.



Director:
Cronin, Bruce

Producers:
Chiesa, Dorothy
Barzyk, Fred
Tappan, Olivia

Coproducers:
New Television Workshop, WGBH
WGBY, Springfield

Funders:
Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
National Endowment for the Arts
Corporation for Public Broadcasting

Performers:
Cronin, Bruce
Sargent, Babe
Connolly, Daniel
Connolly, Dorothy
Viertel, John
Graves, Midge (Narrator)

Subjects:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction


Genres:
Documentaries and factual works
Dramas
Parodies





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