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THE LOVABLE CHEAT and Bell & Howell 202 Projector
THE LOVABLE CHEAT (1949)
and BELL & HOWELL'S NEW FILMOSOUND 202 PROJECTOR (1952)
THE LOVABLE CHEAT stars the always genial Charles Ruggles who turns in a delightful performance in the title role of this period parlor romp adapted from a Balzac play. Monsieur Mercadet (Ruggles), his wife (Iris Adrian) and daughter (Peggy Ann Garner) are living the good life in a lovely mansion staffed with servants and headed by a proficient butler (Alan Mowbray). But all is not well behind the scenes - as Mercadet has been left penniless by his business partner who may or may not return - and so he is forced to contend with creditors at every turn - a perpetual dance of which he has become quite masterful. Buster Keaton appears in a featured role as Ruggles chief creditor - whose new false teeth manage to put him at a constant disadvantage at inopportune moments.
BELL & HOWELL'S NEW FILMOSOUND 202 PROJECTOR: Bell & Howell was long a trusted name in motion picture equipment - both in the professional field and the home market. This promotional film (clearly produced for "in-store" demonstration) touts the wonders of the new 16mm Filmosound model 202 projector. What set this machine apart from conventional home projectors was it's ability to allow the user to record - and if so desired, re-record - sound on any film (once striped with magnetic coating) while still retaining the film's original optical soundtrack! An innovative relic of another time.
Charles Ruggles, Peegy Ann Garner, Alan Mowbray and Buster Keaton