Pat Kellar (
Mon, 28 Feb 2000 16:29:43 -0800 (PST)

I am an independent producer working on a television documentary about
Hoagy Carmichael and I want to acquire legal rights for television use
of film and video clips from feature films, television programs etc. I
have tracked down the copyright owners for almost all the clips we are
using but there are still a few missing pieces. I know I can have a
search done through the Library of Congress but they charge for the
service and even then they don't guarantee that their information is
accurate. Can anyone help?

1. The copyright holder for the movie TOPPER, 1937 starring Cary Grant
and Constance Bennett. It was a Hal Roach production and I believe it
was distributed through MGM which later sold rights to Ted Turner. My
most recent information is that Turner didn't renew rights and it seems
to be in limbo.

2. Copyright holder for the Charlie Chaplin silent film TILLIE'S
PUNCTURED ROMANCE? This may be public domain but I'd like to confirm.

3. Copyright holder for a short film, PARAMOUNT PRESENTS HOAGY
CARMICHAEL, 1939. This also may be public domain but I'd like to

4. Copyright holder for an old television program, TIMEX ALL-STAR JAZZ
SHOW, Program #3, 11/10/1958, CBS?

Pat Kellar

Stardust Productions
2545 Round Hill Lane
Bloomington, IN 47401