Raymie (1960) EPIC UPLOAD #3 | Previously lost film recovered!

Raymie, a nine-year-old boy and an avid fisherman, dreams of catching a legendary giant barracuda know as Old Moe. When he finally accomplishes the feat of landing Old Moe, he has a change of heart and doesn’t want to see the barracuda destroyed.

Director: Frank McDonald.
Stars: David Ladd, Julie Adams, John Agar, Charles Winninger, Richard Arlen, Frank Ferguson, Ray Kellogg, John Damler, Jester Hairston, Vicente Padula, Ida Smeraldo, Christy Lynn, Brent Wolfson, Marianne Gaba, Shirley Garner.

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I think this one’s got to be the most epic upload on the site to this day. The original source of this print is a 16mm that a TV station worker found while cleaning up the station’s archive room back in the early 2000s, which he then sent to have it digitally trasferred. This copy specifically was sent to me by a very kind and generous guy over in Australia who managed to get a copy of the digital transfer, this upload wouldn’t have been possible without him, many, many thanks, Mr. R. You can read more about how this film was recovered and why it has never been released on DVD or VHS on his personal blog, here.

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13 Comments

  1. James558
    September 9, 2019
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    Great find, Jon! Thanks so much for making it more widely available!

  2. Steves
    September 9, 2019
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    I think I remember reading about this rediscovery a year or two ago. Glad to finally see the film. My utmost thanks to you, Jon, and of course to our friend from down under, Mr. R!

  3. Gabrielle
    September 9, 2019
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    Wow! What an amazing opportunity you’ve given us! Thank you to you and to the generous Mr. R.!

  4. Sandra
    September 9, 2019
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    What a delightful movie! I’m always amazed when a movie about a fish can capture an audience. Thank you, Mr. R, for sharing.

  5. Willy
    September 11, 2019
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    Thank you very much. I wonder what David Ladd thinks about the resurfacing of a movie he shot almost a lifetime ago.

  6. September 11, 2019
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    Great little gem. Glad it was rescued!

  7. Nathan
    September 13, 2019
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    Epic indeed! Thanks for sharing!

  8. David Asselin
    September 15, 2019
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    Great film!!! We were lucky to be able to see it!!! I love David Ladd’s work he did other nice family films too like “The Rebel”….!! Fantastic!

  9. October 22, 2019
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    Thank you so very much for making this extremely beautiful movie available to all of us to watch. I’ve just finished watching it and I have tears streaming down my face. It’s both wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. Very rare. I can’t thank you enough. I’ve wanted to see this movie for a long time. And it was worth the wait!

  10. Marc
    October 27, 2019
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    This is a lovely movie. It deserves much more than being shelved somewhere.
    Hopefully one day the vault will open for Raymie to get a proper re-release on dvd.
    A pity the final scene seems to be incomplete of the copy here, but I guess it’s just a matter of seconds that are missing.

  11. November 14, 2019
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    I am SO stoked to see all the positive responses to Raymie from you guys. And might I join you in sincerely thanking Jon for making the film easily publicly available here. It’s indeed a little gem restored to its rightful place in film history when it might so easily have been lost to us.

    Huge thanks to Troy in Florida for sending me a digitized copy of the film after I discovered his Raymie fan page. And thanks so much to my great mate Matt, in Melbourne, for so willingly applying his technical knowhow to splice together the two digitized disks Troy sent me.

    I’ve just received the cutest little story in my Raymie blog post Comments section, which you might like to check out – from a guy whose parents named him after the film!! I don’t know why, but I was so touched,

    https://www.boomtownrap.com/9261/raymie-1960-movie-review/

    Cheers all
    Ross (aka rolanstein).

  12. November 14, 2019
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    Marc, sorry to hear the ending is truncated by a few seconds. I’m pretty sure my copy is complete. I’ll check it against the version posted here, and if there is anything missing, will collaborate with Jon to remedy it. Won’t be until mid December, unfortunately – otherwise indisposed for a few weeks.

    Cheers
    Ross

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