The Ira H. Gallen Collection

Since 1972 Ira Gallen has resurrected and preserved tens of thousands of rare vintage television commercials, children's tv shows, Hollywood outtakes and tone of a kind television programs. For 25 years he hosted the pioneering New York City public access program  Biograph Days, Biograph Nights  presenting his rare footage to millions of nostalgia hungry baby boomers.  He has worked alongside filmmakers such as Sidney Pollack, John Schlesinger, Michael Winner, J Lee Thompson, Gil Cates, Dino De Laurentiis, Sylvester Stallone, Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Dustin Hoffman and Fred Astaire. He filmed rare footage on the sets of classic films such as  Death Wish, Three Days of the Condor, Summer Wishes Winter Dreams, Marathon Man, Shaft's Big Score, Kramer vs Kramer, Rocky II, Man in a Santa Claus Suit, Gumball Rally, and more.

Highlights from our Library:

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    WOODSTOCK 1969 - The Amalie Rothschild Collection

    This collection includes footage from the ORIGINAL Woodstock Festival, filmed in 16mm color by Amalie Rothschild. Browse…
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    The GLEN CAMPBELL Goodtime Hour

    The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour was an American network television music and comedy variety show hosted by singer Glen Campbell. Browse…
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    Jackie Gleason

    In 1962, legendary comedian and television star Jackie Gleason created a variety format television show with his AMERICAN SCENE MAGAZINE. Browse…

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This astounding festival featured the likes of a young JOHNNY WINTER, Memphis STAX VOLT  RECORDS legends THE BAR-KAYS with RUFUS THOMAS, country blues legends BUKKA WHITE, SLEEPY JOHN ESTES, MISSISSIPPI FRED MCDOWELL and many others.  Gene Rosenthal, owner of indie label Adelphi filmed approximately 17 hours of performances on 16mm film and abandoned the project after blowing the remaining budget on film processing. It sat in Rosenthal's archive until two years ago when Bruce Watson and Mathew Johnson of Fat Possum Records resurrected it. HISTORIC FILMS is proud to offer clip licensing for this iconic slice of musical history, It also features  footage of the oldest Blues Man of all time, Nathan Beauregard born in 1863 was 106 years old when he was filmed at the Festival in 1969!

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