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Yesterday and Today(1953)

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Paul Weatherwax's credit reads: "Associate producer and editorial supervision," and George Jessel's reads: "Written and narrated by." An onscreen acknowledgment reads: "We gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences." Although the copyright file on the film listed a running time of 62 minutes, reviews listed a running time of 57 minutes, which is consistent with the 5,129 feet length listed in the NYSA. The viewed print did not include a second song, "My Mother's Eyes," which is listed in copyright files; its deletion May account for the shorter running time noted in reviews.
       Contemporary news items indicated that the footage of entertainer and producer George Jessel was to have been shot at the Motion Picture Center in New York City in early Jun, under the direction of Hal Walker. One news item also mentioned that Jessel was to perform in blackface, but this did not appear in the released film. Jessel introduces the picture and provides a running narration of the film clips shown. At numerous junctures, he is shown, sitting in his office, describing the history of motion pictures. The exact titles of some of the films excerpted could not be confirmed. Jessel's exit line was a slight variation on a motion picture industry tagline of the era, "movies are your best entertainment."