An early country video collector with many years experience says it’s unlikely more Hank Williams video will be discovered.
Ken Campanile contacted me after reading my two posts on Hank video from the ‘Kate Smith Show’.
Ken says WSM appearance were not recorded and Perry Como appearance seems to be lost:
I’ve been on the search for Hank Williams video footage for about 25 years. I’ve heard all the rumors and urban legends.
The WSM footage is probably gone forever. In those days, there wasn’t any video tape only kinescopes. And the small stations, didn’t film the shows.
Now the networks did film (kinescope). So there’s always hope that the Como show film shows up in someone’s attic, basement or garage. I’m keeping hope alive…
Thanks to Ken for more information on the Jimmie Rodgers film made away back in 1929 over 30 years before Hank Williams’ death:
And I don’t know if you knew this but there’s actually 6 complete songs on film by Jimmie Rodgers. The Columbia short, The Singing Brakeman was actually shot twice. The first one shows a date of 1929 in the credits and is directed by Jasper Ewing Brady. The second one is dated 1930 and the director was Basil Smith. The second one from 1930 was released by the Yazoo video company on VHS and DVD on the compilation Times Ain’t Like They Used to Be and it came from an original 35mm print, which means the picture quality is superb (compared to the grainy copies of the 1929 versions floating around among collectors). I have both versions in my collection.
I was so impressed as a viewed this video once again after a few years that I decided to put it up here for you:
Thanks Ken for your help on this.