Samstag, 12. Juni 2010

James Newill croons "Barbecue Bill" in "Renfrew of the Royal Mounted" (1937)

While browsing the listings of public domain movies at, I came across the following review:

Reviewer: surfvh -
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Subject: The best baritone in movies
This is a really fun film with the lead actor being the best baritone in all of the movies I've watched so far. His rendition of "Barbecue Bill" is really great, and worth watching the movie just to hear him sing it! The rest of the movie is good as well, especially the Italian chef who is Renfrew's rival. I highly recommend this film. You gonna love it!

Naturally, I had to download this 1937 film - and was quite pleasantly surprised by the performance singled out by above reviewer - to the point of having to include it in my own archives (and this blog).

So please, grab a soda and some popcorn (or some hamburgers...), make yourself comfortable and enjoy

The first motion picture of the famous radio and fiction character...with Jimmy Newill, sensational star of radio.

Info from
Director: Albert Herman
Producer: Al Herman
Production Company: Grand National Pictures Inc.
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Creative Commons license: Public Domain

James Newill
.... Sgt. Renfrew
Carol Hughes
.... Virginia Bronson
William Royle
.... George Powlis
Herbert Corthell
.... James Bronson
Kenneth Harlan .... Roger 'Angel' Carroll

Dickie Jones .... Tommy MacDonald
Chief Thundercloud .... Indian guide (as Chief Thunder Cloud)
William Austin .... RCMP Constable Kelly
Donald Reed .... RCMP Constable MacDonald
Lightning the Wonder Dog .... Lightning, Renfrew's Dog

Additional review:
Reviewer: ccandreva - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - August 19, 2004
Subject: Very Enjoyable

...While the general image quality of the print is very good, there are a number of drop-outs. The beginning and end seem to have frames missing, as are bits throughout the movie. Including an entire punch line to a joke.

(ENTIRE MOVIE, 56:09: Divx as multi-part rar-file):

PART 1 (95 MB)
PART 2 (95 MB)
PART 3 (95 MB)
PART 4 (95 MB)
PART 5 (95 MB)
PART 6 (95 MB)
PART 7 (95 MB) 
PART 8 (22 MB)

(Divx, 2:00, 24 MB)

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