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oldzilla
03-15-2010, 07:57 PM
seems we can vote to persued TCM to remaster this endagered classic film !

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=739637

vote now and vote often.

use all your email addresses.

oldzilla
03-16-2010, 07:14 AM
the movie is titled the Player.

have you seen it ? was it good ?

me ? never.

i am curious. vote now.

oldzilla
03-16-2010, 10:59 AM
bumpin for more votes !

cajunfats
03-16-2010, 11:14 AM
I'm a Big Time TCM Fan!! Done!!!

Duffman
03-16-2010, 11:26 AM
voted.....again

oldzilla
03-16-2010, 11:41 AM
heck i voted again using the same 2 email addys. hope it worked !

also gave it a 5 star rating. never seen it , hehe !

sfleinen
03-16-2010, 12:42 PM
seems we can vote to persued TCM to remaster this endagered classic film !

http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=739637

vote now and vote often.

use all your email addresses.

Done -- voted copiously, all email addresses. Classics like this should be preserved.

deebee53
03-16-2010, 12:44 PM
Has anyone actually seen this movie?

dardusm
03-16-2010, 03:55 PM
My votes in....:smile:

Mick56
03-16-2010, 04:10 PM
I voted, but have no hope of ever seeing it. I doubt if TCM could even find a copy to air.

smoooothstroke
03-16-2010, 04:23 PM
Cannot even download the movie on the net.Hollywood in all its wisdom made a 1992 move of the same Title starring Robert Altman,it is not a remake it is a totally different story.The only thing I can find on the 1972 picture is on the TMC website.

Fast Lenny
03-16-2010, 04:34 PM
I voted with 4 of my different emails, lmao. :thumbup:

oldzilla
03-16-2010, 07:44 PM
thakns for all the support. the vote count is up to 73 and good rating too.
i hope they notice the sudden spike.

but keep them votes and ratings coming anyway ! we gots to try and save this ! :cool:

Rich93
03-17-2010, 12:36 AM
According to Manwon in the other thread on this subject, the movie was never released for theatrical or home viewing. It's not in the IMDB database either, and IMDB has just about everything that was shown to even a handful of the American moviegoers. Let's face it - it must be pretty bad and the chances of ever seeing it very remote. It would be nice if somebody who knew Fats would tell us what happened to the flick.

However, to make up for this downer of a post, I did find the following online. The link is http://templeofschlock.blogspot.com/2009/12/lost-and-still-not-found-case-file-54.html and the text is shown below:

Engagement of ‘The Player’ Benefits From Appearance of Minnesota Fats
The people of Jackson, Mississippi, were treated to a first recently when the Jackson Mall Cinema held an area premiere of “The Player.” On hand to promote the film were all the leading stars of the picture, but the main excitement was the appearance of Minnesota Fats, the world’s greatest pool player and hustler. Other stars wee Jerry Como and Rae Phillips. Enthusiasm was running high as pre-advertisement went up announcing the coming of Minnesota Fats to the cross-roads of the South, Jackson, Miss. The first thing Charles Comeaux, manager of the Jackson Mall Cinema, did was to visit all of the local pool taverns and billiard parlors to pass the word of the coming of Minnesota Fats and put up advertising as to the playdate and appearance of the Fat Man. Comeaux found, to his surprise, a larger number of pool enthusiasts then he had expected. Local TV and radio sportscasters heard of the coming of Minnesota Fats and started giving advance publicity of the movie and his coming to the Jackson area. From then on, every facet of the news media was wanting a piece of the action. Upon the arrival of Minnesota Fats and other stars in Jackson one TV talk show devoted half of its air time to the promotion of “The Player.” Other TV stations, not to be outdone, did likewise, with one of them devoting the entire air time of the talk show to the area premiere of “The Player.” Enthusiasm was also high in the air among the people of Mississippi as was indicated at the demonstrations put on in the Jackson Mall. After a luncheon press conference and an appearance at the Cinema where Minnesota Fats was honored by Mayor Davis as an honorary citizen of the City of Jackson, the fat man’s pool demonstrations drew the largest crowds the Jackson Mall has ever seen. People seemed to be hanging from the ceiling as they came from far and near to see the fat man demonstrate what has made him the world’s greatest pool player. Later on in the afternoon at his second theatre appearance, Minnesota Fats was again honored. This time he was proclaimed an Honorary Colonel of the State of Mississippi by Gov. John B. Williams. It was anybody’s guess as to who gave the best news coverage of Minnesota Fats and the area premiere, as all of the media came out in full force to cover this event. Everyone in Minnesota knew of his coming even though the state was in the middle of a hot Governor’s election at the time. Excitement of the crowds ran high as Minnesota Fats met with some of his old friends of years past. One in particular was a gentleman known to the people of Jackson as Abe Lincoln. Extra advertisement was received as Penney’s furnished the table for the demonstrations and gave newspaper publicity of the event. All festivities were well planned and organized and had complete coverage. All of the news media carried the complete coverage on news programs, sports broadcasts, live TV talk shows, with write-ups in the local papers. This helped to give all the advertisement needed to make the Area Premiere a huge success in Jackson. In all, the Jackson Mall Cinema of the Ogden-Perry theatre circuit enjoyed a well-rounded and successful run of “The Player.” [Boxoffice, Showmandiser, September 27, 1971, p.138]

oldzilla
03-17-2010, 11:31 AM
bumpin for more votes, tyvm !

NineballBEN
03-17-2010, 12:07 PM
Voted,hope they do release it on dvd,I'd get it and report back,sounds good though.votes now at 92:thumbup:

oldzilla
03-17-2010, 12:34 PM
Voted,hope they do release it on dvd,I'd get it and report back,sounds good though.votes now at 92:thumbup:

tyvm ben, i just looked again and it is now 97. we went from just 6 or 8 votes to 97 in one day. this is great news ! i also sent them an email and explained what this film means to us here on the forum and in the pool world. i told them we are afraid of seeing this classic lost forever. and it stars some of our legendary hero's who are no longer with us but are immortal through the fans of pool and billiards.
this is becoming a movement. so keep voting, rating and even send then emails about "the player". released in 1972 stars minnesota fats and jack colavita.

JimS
03-17-2010, 03:21 PM
3 votes from me.

hemicudas
03-17-2010, 03:42 PM
The movie was shot in Baton Rouge, LA and released there first. Next week it was released in my home town, Jackson, MS. MN, Fats put on an exibition after the showing of the movie in BR and Jackson.

Many of us tried to locate this movie years ago here on AZ with no luck. I hope you have more luck than we had......

smoooothstroke
03-17-2010, 05:15 PM
According to Manwon in the other thread on this subject, the movie was never released for theatrical or home viewing. It's not in the IMDB database either, and IMDB has just about everything that was shown to even a handful of the American moviegoers. Let's face it - it must be pretty bad and the chances of ever seeing it very remote. It would be nice if somebody who knew Fats would tell us what happened to the flick.

However, to make up for this downer of a post, I did find the following online. The link is http://templeofschlock.blogspot.com/2009/12/lost-and-still-not-found-case-file-54.html and the text is shown below:

Engagement of ‘The Player’ Benefits From Appearance of Minnesota Fats
The people of Jackson, Mississippi, were treated to a first recently when the Jackson Mall Cinema held an area premiere of “The Player.” On hand to promote the film were all the leading stars of the picture, but the main excitement was the appearance of Minnesota Fats, the world’s greatest pool player and hustler. Other stars wee Jerry Como and Rae Phillips. Enthusiasm was running high as pre-advertisement went up announcing the coming of Minnesota Fats to the cross-roads of the South, Jackson, Miss. The first thing Charles Comeaux, manager of the Jackson Mall Cinema, did was to visit all of the local pool taverns and billiard parlors to pass the word of the coming of Minnesota Fats and put up advertising as to the playdate and appearance of the Fat Man. Comeaux found, to his surprise, a larger number of pool enthusiasts then he had expected. Local TV and radio sportscasters heard of the coming of Minnesota Fats and started giving advance publicity of the movie and his coming to the Jackson area. From then on, every facet of the news media was wanting a piece of the action. Upon the arrival of Minnesota Fats and other stars in Jackson one TV talk show devoted half of its air time to the promotion of “The Player.” Other TV stations, not to be outdone, did likewise, with one of them devoting the entire air time of the talk show to the area premiere of “The Player.” Enthusiasm was also high in the air among the people of Mississippi as was indicated at the demonstrations put on in the Jackson Mall. After a luncheon press conference and an appearance at the Cinema where Minnesota Fats was honored by Mayor Davis as an honorary citizen of the City of Jackson, the fat man’s pool demonstrations drew the largest crowds the Jackson Mall has ever seen. People seemed to be hanging from the ceiling as they came from far and near to see the fat man demonstrate what has made him the world’s greatest pool player. Later on in the afternoon at his second theatre appearance, Minnesota Fats was again honored. This time he was proclaimed an Honorary Colonel of the State of Mississippi by Gov. John B. Williams. It was anybody’s guess as to who gave the best news coverage of Minnesota Fats and the area premiere, as all of the media came out in full force to cover this event. Everyone in Minnesota knew of his coming even though the state was in the middle of a hot Governor’s election at the time. Excitement of the crowds ran high as Minnesota Fats met with some of his old friends of years past. One in particular was a gentleman known to the people of Jackson as Abe Lincoln. Extra advertisement was received as Penney’s furnished the table for the demonstrations and gave newspaper publicity of the event. All festivities were well planned and organized and had complete coverage. All of the news media carried the complete coverage on news programs, sports broadcasts, live TV talk shows, with write-ups in the local papers. This helped to give all the advertisement needed to make the Area Premiere a huge success in Jackson. In all, the Jackson Mall Cinema of the Ogden-Perry theatre circuit enjoyed a well-rounded and successful run of “The Player.” [Boxoffice, Showmandiser, September 27, 1971, p.138]


Look at some of the other films on the endangered list.

NineballBEN
03-17-2010, 06:56 PM
O.K. that's 2 more from me,was @ 109,gotta remember the rest of my addy's...lol.Now if I could just the the ol grey matter fired up:rolleyes:.

deebee53
03-17-2010, 07:02 PM
Up to 115.

Taylor_Lee09
03-17-2010, 07:14 PM
I voted with all of my e-mails and even some of my friends. :)

14-1StraightMan
03-17-2010, 07:23 PM
They got my vote.

oldzilla
03-18-2010, 06:06 AM
our cause is growing ! i sent an email and joined to post on their forum and comment in the review section.

i do not want to see this film lost forever !:cool:

oldzilla
03-18-2010, 11:01 AM
ty everyone ! i see the vote count is 142 now. i hope all you believe that this film must be saved. it can never be recreated. so keep the votes coming !:cool:

sde
03-19-2010, 12:47 PM
A bump to the top for more votes.

Steve

jay helfert
03-19-2010, 08:39 PM
To the best of my knowledge the producer Gordon Ogden has the sole surviving copy of this film. Hemicudas was right. There was a two week run of this movie in all the Ogden family owned theaters. 35 in all I believe.

hemicudas
03-20-2010, 06:36 AM
To the best of my knowledge the producer Gordon Ogden has the sole surviving copy of this film. Hemicudas was right. There was a two week run of this movie in all the Ogden family owned theaters. 35 in all I believe.



To me the most memorable part of, The Player, was Fatty waiting to be picked up at the air port in the bar. Obviously, there is a pool table in the bar. At this point in history, early 70's, it was super easy to make a living playing pool in the bars. A guy hustles Fatty to play for a drink. Though Fatty doesn't drink he agrees to play the guy and the camera fixes on the first drink the guy loses to Fatty, then the second, third, fourth, etc. until there are maybe a dozen drinks in a row, all untouched.

For you youngsters, under 45 maybe, Check with Jay about how easy it was to make a living playing pool in the early to late 70's. People didn't play $20 sets in the bars it was $20 per game and many APA 3-4 calaber guys were saying, "Raise the bet".