The “Digital History” site offers hundreds of trailers from “historically significant” American films that you can view online. Fortunately, the DH folks don’t set the bar for “historically significant” too high, and a nonrepresentative sampling from the “L’s” turns up The Lady from Shanghai, Lady Sings the Blues, and Lassie Come Home, along with three versions of The Last of the Mohicans (1920, 1936, and 1992). A lot of the trailers are not the original theatrical versions but brief, 30-second or 1-minute clip jobs, and not all of them load, but quite a few are full length, including The Bank Dick (“The defective detective who became a hero through no vault of his own!”) and Barbarella (“Would you please hand me a garment?”).
First spotted by the “cinetrix” at pullquote, who previously ridiculed me as “an elfin little Jesus” suffering from “the anxiety of influence” in retribution for the beatdown I administered to Pauline Kael here. Well, what goes around comes around.