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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 20, 2011 / 16 Iyar, 5771

Eddie Brandt and Marvin

By Greg Crosby



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | So far it's been a sad year for classic movie fans and film buffs. Last February Eddie Brandt passed away at the age of 90. Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee in North Hollywood is where everybody goes to find a copy of any movie ever made, no matter how obscure. And when I say everybody I mean everybody, including film historians, famous actors, directors, and movie studio executives. As the saying goes, if Eddie Brandt's doesn't have it, you probably can't get it.

Eddie started the place as a movie memorabilia store in the late 1960's and I used to buy movie posters there in the early 70's when I was a young whippersnapper just starting out at Walt Disney Studios. The lobby cards and one-sheets of old classic movies seemed like gold to me, and for a kid making 70 bucks a week as an animation trainee, spending $25 or $30 for a one-sheet of Disney's "The Ugly Duckling," or a Max Fleischer Popeye was a luxury.

Eddie Brandt and family started their movie rentals with Eddie's favorites, westerns and detective pictures, but as time went on, their library expanded until now they have upwards of 87,000 VHS tapes and 18,000 DVD's. Film preservationists and movie historians worldwide know that Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee is the main source to go to for reference.

Eddie Brandt was born in Chicago and he taught himself to play the piano and started his first band, Eddie Brandt and the Hollywood Hicks, during service in the Navy in WWII. He wrote music for bandleaders Spike Jones and Spade Cooley, as well as for Eddie Cantor in the 1940's. During the 1950s Eddie wrote for TV's "The Colgate Comedy Hour" and "The Spike Jones Show."

He was also a cartoonist, working with animation director, Bob Clampett on "Beany and Cecil" where he composed music for the show and even did some voices. Eddie worked as a writer for the Hanna-Barbera Studios where met his wife, Claire, who was an inker. They married in the late 60s, and when animation work became scarce, they started their business selling movie still photos they acquired from garage sales and swap meets.

In true Hollywood happy ending fashion, although Eddie himself is gone, Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee will go on. The store is still what it has always been, a family operation. Claire handles the photo sales and son Donovan, who probably knows as much or more about movies than any film archivist in town, manages the movie rentals.

If you ever need to find that obscure little gem of a movie that you remember from your childhood and haven't seen since, Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee is located at 5006 Vineland Ave. in North Hollywood. The place may not look like a lavish movie palace, but it is a movie lover's dream.

Another film lover passed away in April. Marvin Eisenman, better known as "Marvin of the Movies" died at the age of 83. Ironically (or maybe not so ironically) I used to see him from time to time at Eddie Brandt's store. Movie fan/collectors gravitate to each other in order to share information, search for hard to find films, or just to talk movie talk.

Marvin had a personal collection of videos and DVD's of around 42,000 titles. Just as with Eddie Brandt, the movie industry knew Marvin well and often came to him for rare and hard to find films. Historians and film critics such as Leonard Maltin would come and borrow movies from Marvin's vast collection and he was always happy to share. If he didn't have a film, he would do what he could to try and locate it.

Marvin once got a call from producer Howard Koch who was trying to locate a copy of the 1962 film "The Manchurian Candidate" many years before it was released on video. It turned out that it was Frank Sinatra himself who wanted the copy and yes, Marvin had one and send it to Koch. Sinatra sent Marvin an autographed picture as a thank you. Needless to say, he cherished that photo.

The world has lost two men this year that loved the movies and loved seeing them preserved and appreciated by new generations of movie fans. The motion picture business has always been first and foremost a business. History and preservation unfortunately takes a backseat to box office and net receipts. In the final analysis, it is collectors and fans such as Eddie and Marvin who manage to find lost films and keep the history of the motion picture alive and well for all of us who care about the great movies of the past.

Rest in peace, gentlemen.

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JWR contributor Greg Crosby, former creative head for Walt Disney publications, has written thousands of comics, hundreds of children's books, dozens of essays, and a letter to his congressman. A freelance writer in Southern California, you may contact him by clicking here.

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