Spills for Thrills (1940)
I found this reference from the South Amboy Citizen in to a movie made in 1940. This movie was about stunt actors and actresses, and showed clips of older movies.
A great surprise was that this movie showed clips of a Silent Movie made on the RRRR in Parlin in about 1912. It was reported in the article to have showed the collision of an engine and an automobile, at the Washington Street crossing.
Now, this movie from 1940 is still available in the TCM (Turner Classic Movies) catalog. I have not been able to make contact with anyone at TCM to get a copy or a viewing of the movie.
If anyone can help us, it would be greatly appreciated, as we (and a bunch of other local people) would really love to see it!
Movie Catalog Details:
Vitaphone release #9793-9794
TCM Reference: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/639490/Spills-for-Thrills/
Length: 18 Minutes
This movie was part of the Broadway Brevities, two-reel (17–21 minutes long) musical and dramatic film shorts produced by Warner Bros. between 1931 and 1943. The series continued as Warner Specials in later years
Saul Elkins was possibly the writer, producer and director.
IMDB Reference: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1000723/
Director: De Leon Anthony
Stars: Harvey Parry, Mary Wiggins, Allen Pomeroy
Release Date: 7 January 1940
The South Amboy Citizen
Friday, December 27, 1940
MOVIE SHORT IS OLD PICTURE TAKEN ON R.R.R.R
Scene At Parlin Crossing Shows Changes That Have Taken Place
To acquaint movie patrons with the story behind the story. Hollywood has recently turned out an interesting “short”, titled Spills for Thrills”. The picture is devoted to illustrating the dangers movie actors and their “doubles” subject themselves to provide thrills for their audiences, and a number of “cuts” or daredevil stunts have been taken from various pictures, exhibited during the days of silent movies as well as from present day “talkies”.
Of particular interest to residents of this section, is a scene taken from an old picture filmed on the Raritan River Railroad. The picture, showing a collision between an automobile and a railroad train at the point where the tracks of the railroad cross Washington Road at Parlin, is not only interesting, because it shows the type of film produced in those days and the kind of thrills movie audiences were served, but also because it gives a picture of how that crossing looked about 30 years ago.
Washington Road is shown as a dirt road with a single road wheel rut down the center, while the station is a small wooden structure on the opposite side of the track from the present station, at the spot where the YMCA is now located. The fact that the railroad here is but one track at this point when the picture was taken instead of two as at present, the picture also records. The water tank at that point at present, does not appear in the picture, which also shows the homes of the former superintendent of the DuPont plant, Fullam, which has since been torn down and was located where the DuPont Company now has a parking lot for the employee’s cars.
While employees of the railroad are unable to say for certain just what picture the cut shown in the present film is a part of, they estimate it was taken around 1912.
From 1912 until 1921, the Raritan River was a favorite spot for producers who planned to include railroad scenes in their pictures. At that time practically all the big studios were located in Brooklyn, and the Raritan River railroad besides being particularly fitted for the taking of any kind of motion picture, was also handy to the studios. The last pictures taken on the road were in 1921, when it was the scene of some Johnny Hines thrillers.