Contacting Reel Classics
|I love helping people, but there are some questions I get over and
over again whose answers are already here at Reel Classics. Please do
me a favor and read the Frequently Asked Questions before you e-mail
me. (There is a link at the bottom of this page.) I'm getting hundreds
of messages a day right now, and can't keep up!
FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Where can I buy [name of movie]?
Not all classic movies are available on video and DVD yet, but many are.
Check out the online video dealers I have listed in my
Classic Movie Merchandise
section and see what they can do for you. Several of them specialize in
out-of-print and hard-to-find movies and a few will even do searches for
you. If it turns out your movie really isn't available, check out the
monthly schedules for actors, actresses and directors at TVNow to see if your
film will be on TV any time soon (for US television only).
Q. Where can I find movie posters,
pictures, scripts and other memorabilia?
Again, see my Classic Movie Merchandise
section. I have contact information and links for dozens of
reliable vendors there.
Q. I found an item of movie
memorabilia. Do you know its value? Do you want to buy it?
A. First, I know nothing about memorabilia.
Second, I don't collect it. However, if you're looking for some
help with valuations, try the various memorabilia dealers I have listed
Merchandise Section and see what they can tell you. And if
you're selling something, try listing it with one of the online movie
memorabilia auction sites also listed in my
Q. I'm working on a paper/report that's due
soon and I need some information fast!
I'm happy to try to help people, but I'm a busy person myself and can't
just drop all MY work because YOU procrastinated a little too long. I
don't write essays for people, nor do I have time to respond in depth to
complicated questions. However, if you'd like my assistance with
your topic and are working within reasonable time constraints, email me
(link below) and I'll do what I can as far as
answering questions and suggesting resources.
Q. Can I use a picture, audio/video clip
or other information from Reel Classics in my paper, publication, or on my
Webmasters should read my Guidelines for Building your own
pages first, and then if you have further questions, email me (link below).
page first, and then if you have further questions, email me (link below).
For others, using classic movie images in any kind of
commercial publication or project, including on consumer products or
other public displays, requires a license from the image's copyright
holder, as does the use of movie clips in documentaries, movies,
advertisements, etc. For information on obtaining a license for
such uses, see my Classic Movie Images/Clips
Q. I've used some information from this site in
my report/paper? How do I cite it in my bibliography/works cited?
I've built a page especially for this question:
How to Cite Reel Classics in a Bibliography.
Q. Can I host a public screening of a
A "public screening" of a classic movie means showing a film outside of
a private home environment or to someone other than family or social
acquaintances. In these situations, a public performance license must be
obtained before a movie can be shown, regardless of whether an admission
fee is charged, whether the institution or organization is commercial or
non-profit, or whether a federal or state agency is involved. For
more information, see the section on
Public Movie Screening Licensing
on my Classic Movie Images/Clips Licensing
Q. Why don't you have anything about [name of
movie, name of star, name of director]?
A. First of all, are you sure I don't? Use
Search Engine before you accuse me of leaving
out a classic. Even if I don't have an individual page for them, often I
mention them on other pages or have links to sites that can tell you
Secondly, there are over 500 classic movie
personalities and other topics currently being researched for pages on
Reel Classics. Therefore, most likely your missing classic is
already in my R&D (Research and Development) file, but feel free to
email me and make sure (email link below).
Thirdly, if there's nothing here and you want
information quickly, try the Internet Movie Database (which has
detailed information on any film, player or crew member you can think
of). Remember that much of the IMDb's content is submitted by
visitors however, many of whom make mistakes, so take that into
consideration when evaluating the site's accuracy.
Or fourth, consider making a page about them
Q. Why don't you have a next to [name of
film]? It's my favorite!
There are two reasons a film might not be recommended (and you're
welcome to ask which is the case with yours -- email link below):
- I didn't like it or won't put my reputation on the line
recommending it to the majority of my visitors.
- I haven't seen it yet. (Believe it or not, there are thousands of
classics I haven't seen yet!)
Also, be aware that a film might be listed with a in the filmography of
one of its stars, but not recommended in the filmography of another.
This is because some films, while noteworthy and significant in the
career of one person, might be insignificant in the career of another,
and I try to differentiate between the two.
Please note that a new system of ranking is currently under
development at Reel Classics. It ranks films on a scale from 0-5 and
includes a brief review of each film. Check it out under
Q. How can I contact [name of star, name of
director, name of studio, name of classic movie cable TV network]?
Check out the mailing addresses I have in my
Classic Celebrity Addresses section as well as the extensive notes
and further resources there.
Q. Do you know...?
I get dozens of questions a day from people who can't remember the name
of a film they saw long ago, or want more information about a star, or
have some other classic movie-related question they just can't answer.
I don't know everything, but I do make an effort to tell you what I know
when you ask (email link below). Please help
me help you by telling me as much information as you already know -- for
- approximate dates ("when I was a child" or "several years
ago" doesn't help; even decades are better than nothing)
- genres of films, black-and-white vs. color
- stars, studios, directors, character names
- plot summary
- when and where you saw/read about it
Be forewarned that there are those times when I'm not much help
(especially when it comes to movies made in my lifetime -- since the
1970s). In these cases, your best bet is probably to post a
message on one of
Turner Classic Movies' Message Boards or on
About.com's Classic Movie Discussion Forum and see if some of your
fellow classic movie fans can help you out.
Q. I'm another classic movie site
A. Welcome to the club! ... I'm not
kidding. There really is one! A couple of years ago, a group
of us classic movie webmasters got together and formed a mailing list
which we use to keep each other apprised of what's going on with our own
and other sites of interest on the Internet. If you're interested
in joining us or would just like more information, check out the
Classic Movie Webmasters
Q. Can I link to Reel Classics?
A. In most cases, yes. However,
please read my note about Linking to
Reel Classics first.
Q. Would you add a link to my page? Or would
you join my webring?
A. Reel Classics aims to be not only a
resource for information, but also a gateway to other classic
movie-related websites on the Internet. Thus, in most cases I am
happy to link to other movie-related pages. I do have restrictions
about content however, and check out all sites submitted to make sure
they live up to certain standards of good taste and decency. (That
means no nudity, profanity, or other objectionable content, and
reasonable accuracy in reporting.) To submit your site as a
potential link, use the
As far as my policy on webrings goes, visit my
Author's Note about WebRings.
Q. How can I promote my product/service at Reel
A. Reel Classics sells a variety of
advertising to companies whose reputable products and services may be of
interest to Reel Classics' visitors. For more information, submit
an Advertising Query.
Q. Who are you and how did you get into all
See my Stuff About Me pages for more
information, as well as my section of Author's Notes for some history on
Q. How can I contribute to Reel Classics?
ReelClassics.com is written and maintained for the general public
at no cost to anyone who visits this site. Reel Classics, L.L.C. (which
owns and operates the Reel Classics website) benefits financially from
the purchases visitors make from the affiliated vendors listed in the
Classic Movie Merchandise
section. Thus, by using the links here at Reel Classics to make
online purchases, you are helping ensure the future of
Other (non-monetary) contributions are also
welcome. Feel free to send me your pictures, celebrity addresses,
audio/video clips or other information you'd like to see on my site.
(Just make sure you do your best to tell me where it came from.) I can't
guarantee I'll include it, but I might. And if you're interested in
writing something for Reel Classics, read the note on "Feel Like Writing About the
Q. How can I get updates about Reel Classics?
Visit the Reel Classics Newsletter
page to subscribe to Reel Classics' monthly newsletter, complete with
updates about new content at Reel Classics as well as classic
movie-related news items every fan will want to know.
Still have something to say or a question unanswered? No problem. If this is
your first time to write Reel Classics, please use the
comment form. Or if you've written
before, you can email Elizabeth directly. Keep in mind however, that Reel Classics
receives over 200 inquiries daily. Questions that can be answered quickly
usually receive the fastest responses, while others that require more thought or
research take longer (when they are answered at all). Reel Classics
endeavors to respond to as much email as possible, but there are only 24 hours
in a day. Your understanding and patience is much appreciated.
HELPING ME HELP YOU:
Whether submitting your message by email or through the comment form,
be as specific as you can in the "subject" line. Messages with
a specific film title, star's name or other topic in the subject line
are more likely to be read and answered than messages with subjects like
"help!" or "hello" or "movie" or "question".
Be specific about the subject you are writing about. There
are hundreds of stars and thousands of films referenced here at Reel
Classics, and when I receive questions like "When was she born?" or
"Where was the fight scene filmed?", I'm at a loss to help you unless
you give me the person's name or the film's title.