Wanted

Hi all!

Here’s a list I made with movies that I’ve been trying to find for quite some time without any success, I’ve also included titles that have been requested to me by other people over the years. 

Please, if you are a film collector, big or small, I ask you to take a good look at the list of films below, some of the films in this lists could be lost so we will probably never find those but most of them are not, if any of you guys have some of these titles and you would like to send them to me so I can upload them here on the site please send me an email to jon@rarefilmm.com with details of the films you have and the format (digital, DVD, VHS, etc). I know there’s a lot of people after some of these films so I really want to try to reduce this list as much as possible. The movies will be posted here with due credit given to the person that has sent me the film/s, credit can be just initials just first name, whatever you prefer, you can also opt to stay anonymous of course in any case please let me know how would you prefer that I mention you.

Thanks so much everyone, really appreciate the help.
Jon.

Last updated: June 26, 2021.

 

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55 Comments

  1. Jonathan
    March 3, 2018
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    Hot Dogs for Gauguin is available in extremely truncated form from an episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis in 1981. Like Langford Mills, you probably have to visit Martin Brest’s alma matter to view it

  2. Andrew
    March 23, 2018
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    Might as well take LADIES OF THE MOB and CONVENTION CITY off the list. They’re lost films- there’s no print known to exist anywhere.

  3. Luis Balbosa
    March 31, 2018
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    Are You There? is a film I’ve sought out for many years. It appears that a condensed 30 minute version circulates on occasion. I was recently able to locate someone who had about 15 minutes of that condensation. The footage is wonderful and left me wanting to see more. I would gladly send you what I have although of course it’s only about 25% of the entire film.

  4. David G.
    June 12, 2018
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    Hi Jon,
    Any luck finding “Chieko-sho” (Portrait of Chieko)? I have been looking for that film for several years. I don’t think it has ever been released on VHS or DVD anywhere in the world (including Japan). However, I am in touch with the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, which has the film on nine reels. The public can go there and watch the film for a $25 screening fee. I would like to do that later this year but an archivist told me the film is in poor condition and faded, and she will have to check with the film staff to see if “Chieko-sho” is viewable. Hope so!

    • Rod J.
      November 8, 2018
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      I too have looking for this film. How could a film nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for 1967 not me available? It had to be shown in theaters to qualify and to be voted for. If this film is that rare, Pacific Film Archive or UCLA should do a restoration. I have attempted to contact Shochiku Films of America (1968) (USA) (theatrical) (subtitled) with no response. I wonder if Criterion Films would be interested in a restoration?

      • David
        April 18, 2019
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        Well, I watched the film in early December at UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, The Archive digitized it and I watched it on a monitor in a private screening room. Great film, loved it!

  5. Spiny Norman
    July 20, 2018
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    Some of these are famously “wanted” on lists of everyone everywhere (Jake’s Journey, Mice and men, 1970 Cleopatra). However “I Lysistrati ap’ to Thiseio (1986) [GREECE]” I managed to find. No subtitles though!

    • Jon W.
      December 5, 2018
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      Thanks for the links, Gabrielle, I appreciate it 🙂

  6. January 5, 2019
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    Hi Jon, I have Mrs Pym of Scotland Yard and numerous Play for Todays/Wednesday Plays (not always in great quality), if you’re still looking?

  7. Gabrielle
    February 27, 2019
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    There are some Dorothy Mackaill silents up on You Tube, Specifically Shore Leave and Ranson’s Folly.

    • Jon W.
      March 27, 2019
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      Wow, totally missed those, thank you so much Gabrielle, downloading them right away 🙂

  8. S Basu
    April 25, 2019
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    Let’s Get Married (1937) is available with Zeus DVDs – not very good quality of course.

  9. Jon W.
    May 10, 2019
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    Thanks again, JS, I’ve downloaded it.

    Best,
    Jon.

  10. May 19, 2019
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    I have some episodes of” Harry And The Hendersons”

  11. torbjorn
    May 27, 2019
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    Hi Jon,
    You want The Mozart story 1948 by Hartl in English but in fact the original German version from 1942 Wen die Götter lieben is available with English hard subs on archive org https://archive.org/details/Mozart2
    I suppose you want the German version of Julia, du bist zauberhaft 1962 but I have the English version of this film with Charles Boyer and Lili Palmer

  12. Strong Knotz
    July 8, 2019
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    I’ve been trying to track down the debut feature of author James Robert Baker (AKA James Dillinger), called “MOUSE KLUB KONFIDENTIAL’ from 1978. I can only find the same two-sentence synopsis of the film anywhere I look (and it sounds absolutely bonkers). Been trying to reach out to people involved with Baker (who is now passed on for several years) but having no luck. Would love to find some leads on this movie!

    • Jon W.
      July 8, 2019
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      Hello!
      Wow, never heard of that one, you’re right, it sounds absolutely crazy.
      Did you try emailing Michael Medved? http://www.michaelmedved.com/
      Baker’s Wikipedia article says: “It is also credited with having caused Michael Medved to abandon his dream of film making and instead become a film critic.” He may not have a copy but maybe he knows who could have one, long shot but I guess it never hurts to ask.
      Sorry I can’t be of much help.

      Best,
      Jon.

  13. September 24, 2019
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    Hi, I have been looking for And no one could save her and The man who came to dinner ( 1972) which are listed here as well as, The Farmer’s daughter (1963) tvmovie not series, The Ambassadors (1977) and Summer and Smoke (1972) which is currently listed as lost. Does anyone has has any of these? I have recently aquired a mediocre copy of The Hunted ( Touch me not ) ( 1974). All the above star Lee Remick.

  14. lou vingolla
    February 21, 2020
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    The Candy Man [1969]
    stars George Sanders
    was on video from USA Video in 1984, now nowhere to be found

  15. Lemmy
    April 23, 2020
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    So many great titles. Hope you can track some of them down,

    Hey Jon, do you know if subs, fan or otherwise, are available anywhere for the following films, or do you have any yourself?:

    Le voyageur de la Toussaint (1943)
    Les amants du pont Saint-Jean (1947)
    A False Student (1960) Nise daigakusei
    The Accompanist (1992) L’accompagnatrice
    At the Top of the Stairs (1983) En haut des marches
    One or the Other (1974) Einer von uns beiden
    Chieko-sho (1967)
    The Arch (1968)
    Hold-Up (1985)
    Beneath the Rooftops of Paris (2007)
    Le colonel Chabert (1943)

  16. Mina
    December 24, 2020
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    Hi Jon, thank you so much for this. I think I remember you having moderato cantabile on here before? I’d love to see that again! Also would love to donate for your time and effort, is there anywhere I can do that? Merry Christmas!

  17. Ford
    December 30, 2020
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    Yo Jon! So glad your back!

    So I thought I bring up something interesting… I just realized the IMDB page for Portrait of Chieko / Chieko-sho has been updated to include what seems to be a DVD cover of the film.

    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061471/mediaviewer/rm4259589376/

    Is this legit? Even if its a bootleg cover that could mean it’s floating around for sale, most likely by some dodgy seller.. Anyone know where this image originates from? Could be a good lead.

    For those who don’t know Portrait of Chieko is by far the rarest of all the films nominated for the best international/foreign language feature Oscar Award.

    • Nathaniel
      January 5, 2021
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      I have tracked down the origin of that image, it is from a blog where the author creates original mockups of DVD labels. The author in fact mentions that the film has not seen any home releases.
      https://re940blog-79461419.at.webry.info/201010/article_11.html
      I have been looking around on Japanese websites for a couple of days and have found no leads towards available copies of the film. The closest I have come is a VHS of the 1957 film of the same name with Setsuko Hara.

      • Kurt
        July 30, 2021
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        I contacted the company in Japan that produced Portrait of Chieko and they told me that they have no plans to release the film digitally or on dvd/blu-ray. I talked to somebody on a movie site who said that they saw the film a couple of years ago via somebody posting it or posting a link to the film on their private blog. Maybe somebody has a copy other than the one in Berkley.

  18. Simon H
    January 1, 2021
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    ‘La Longue Marche’ (1966) seems unavailable in any format anywhere despite having someone as major as Jean-Louis Trintignant in the cast (and Robert Hossein and Maurice Ronet are hardly unknowns!). Director Alexandre Astruc’s other films all seem available.. The 1960 Renate Muller biopic ‘Liebling der Gotter’ (1960) is another one I’d love to find somewhere.

    The number of films with available prints but no English subtitles is too huge to list. Andre Cayatte’s ‘Verdict’ with Gabin and Loren is one example.

  19. Simon H
    January 2, 2021
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    SILKS AND SADDLES (1929) has a Grapevine Video release.

  20. January 4, 2021
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    THE SQUARE DEAL MAN (1917) definitely exists. I saw it at Cinevent in Columbus, Ohio three or four years ago. I’m not sure if a digital or home video version exists, however. I saw it on 16mm. Contact the people who run Cinevent (Michael Haynes) or The Columbus Moving Picture Show (Samantha Glasser) and they may be able to point you in the direction of someone who has it.

  21. Eric Monder
    February 8, 2021
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    I have a few titles on your lists. Is trading the way you would want you proceed? I have my own wish list and/or I could look at your inventory. Thanks!

    • Jon W.
      February 8, 2021
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      Hi Eric,
      Please email me (jon@rarefilmm.com) with the titles you have and if you have a wish list yourself feel free to send it as well so I can take a look in my archives and see if I can help with some of the films you are looking for.
      Thank you!

  22. Vidor
    February 14, 2021
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    Noticed “East Lynne” on that list. That’s gonna be a tough get. Apparently, the only intact copy of the film is at the UCLA Film Archives.

  23. veronique
    February 27, 2021
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    I can’t find SYLVIE VERHEYDE’s filmography anywhere 🙁

  24. Coulrophobic
    March 27, 2021
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    Sorry you got wiped out. I have been away from HCC due to illness, but just came across your post. Errggg. Anyhoo, Kentucky Pride (1925) is up on YouTube.. Best, and thanks.

    • Jon W.
      April 12, 2021
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      Wow, thanks for the tip, Jessica! Amazing, and looks like it’s available on Youtube too and in HD, beautiful. I will post it here soon.
      Thanks again!

  25. Jerry Hill
    June 19, 2021
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    SECRETS D’ALCOVE AKA THE BED
    1954 portmanteau movie – Jeanne Moreau plus DeSica, ,Martine Carol & Richard Todd.

    My second choice would be THE SINNER/DESERT DESPERADOES from 1959 with Ruth Roman & Akim Tamiroff (Together At Last!!!)

  26. Arthur Maglen
    July 10, 2021
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    Hello Jon, no worries, will keep an eye out for that remake of HATFUL,

    Btw, I just watched THE HAIRY APE (1944) after searching for it for 2 months, incredible movie (I haven’t read or seen the original Eugene O’Neill play,) – print I found was a bit crackly, well-worn, but still very watchable.

    A worthy addition to your collection?

  27. Jesse
    September 4, 2021
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    Why was “Her Wild Oat (1927)” crossed out. Do you have a copy? Because even though it’s been found since 2007 and restored and had a screening in 2014 it’s never had a home release as far as I know.

    • Jon W.
      November 28, 2021
      Reply

      Hey Chris,
      Wow that’s great news, I had no idea, I see it comes with an English audio track as well, right? I’m only interested in the TV movie/special, is there any chance you could upload the files somewhere and email them to me? My email is jon@rarefilmm.com I think it’d be a nice little film to share with everyone here especially now close to Christmas time. Let me know, if you need help with the copying/ripping process please email me and I’ll try to guide you a bit.
      Thank you!
      – Jon.

  28. Pax Son
    January 9, 2022
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    Hi jon!
    I’m looking for ANGELS OF DARKNESS / Donne Proibite a 1954 Italian movie directed by Guiseppe Amata starrring Linda Darnell.
    Thanking you!
    P

  29. January 19, 2022
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    Hello. I read your list and the only one (I think) I have is “¡Olé…Cuba!”. However it is not a very good copy. It was kept by the Cinemateca de Cuba, and while I worked at the EICTV (the film school created by Gabriel García Márquez) we had a copy made for the mediatheque. Nobody seems to know if the producers left Cuba and took the negatives with them, but I have no knowledge of a better copy. It contains the whole story and the musical numbers (including a very young Celia Cruz singing “Pinar del Río” with the Sonora Matancera band), but frames and brief fragments are missing.

  30. Royce
    April 29, 2022
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    I’d would die if you were able to locate “Nos Batailles”, AKA Our Struggles. It’s a French/Belgium film from 2018 and seems to be impossible to find with English subtitles. I’ve scoured the net and nothing is available in the US.

    Great site btw! 😉

  31. Scott
    May 5, 2022
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    I’ve been looking for “Redneck Miller” for years. It was filmed nearby around 1975-76. From what I gathered, Tarantino has the only print and plays it at festivals from time to time.

  32. Shelby T Mitchell
    June 22, 2022
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    Really keep up the awesome work there my friend. BTW do you have the film “Wild Wheels” another biker film starring the late, great Casey Kasem?! Just wondering there. Thank you.

    • Jon W.
      July 27, 2022
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      And in HD! Fantastic news!
      Thanks so much for letting me know 🙂

  33. anthony barlow
    August 8, 2022
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    Looking for a french film – Le remparts des Beguines –1972
    It was released on VHS , 90 mins running time
    There is a 70 mins version on you tube
    I do have a image of the VHS sleeve

  34. Gene
    September 17, 2022
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    Could list more than a few titles, but maybe just one per post is the proper etiquette ?
    I’d say this has to be a prime candidate: indie, good reviews, long out of print, seems not to be available anywhere.
    Love in a Taxi (1980)
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081079/?ref_=nm_knf_t2

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