Sunday, October 21, 2018

Dachshund Gets Licked by Three Allied Pups -- October 21, 2018

Moving Picture World, 26-October-1918
Henry (Pathé) Lehrman started out at Biograph, then went to Keystone with Mack Sennett, then left Sennett to found L-KO (Lehrman Knock-Out) Komedies. He left L-KO to produce Sunshine Comedies for Fox. Sunshine Comedies frequently featured pretty girls and lions.  "Mongrels" had no lions or pretty girls, just dogs.  The story of a German dachshund attacking a French poodle, who gets rescued by a British bulldog and an American terrier, was an allegory of the war.

Moving Picture World, 26-October-1918
"A dachshund, wearing a Hun helmet, comes along, crosses the line and attacks the poodle."

Moving Picture World, 05-October-1918
Bud Fisher's Mutt and Jeff was the most popular comic strip in America for many years. Augustus Mutt and Jeff had many timely adventures. The cartoon in this ad, "Bulling the Bolsheviki," has the boys in Russian during the revolution.  The ad also promotes Fox Sunshine Comedies.

Moving Picture World, 26-October-1918
I have never seen the term "bomb inhalers" before.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Mary Miles Minter in Rosemary Climbs the Heights -- October 19, 2018

Moving Picture World, 19-October-1918
"Dainty Mary Miles Minter has firmly established in the hearts of the fans."

Film Daily, 13-October-1918
"Follow the lead of such exhibitors as Marcus Loew, Turner and Dahnken, Ruben and Finkelstein." 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rita Hayworth 100 -- October 17, 2018
Beautiful actress, dancer and singer Rita Hayworth was born 100 years ago today, on 17-October-1918. Her name was Margarita Cansino. She began performing in the family's dance act at an early age. At Columbia Pictures, she became a big star and a popular pin-up. She made some very interesting movies including The Lady From Shanghai, with her husband Orson Welles, Gilda and Blood and Sand.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Harry Pollard, Bebe Daniels, Harold Lloyd -- October 15, 2018

Moving Picture World, 05-October-1918
100 years ago this month, there was a dearth of Harold Lloyd items in the trade papers.  This triptych has Snub Pollard, Bebe Daniels and Harold Lloyd in the center.  On the other two panels, we see comedian Smiling Bill Parsons.  I have never seen any of his movies.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Lillian Gish 125 -- October 14, 2018

Photoplay, August, 1917
Actress Lillian Gish was born 125 years ago today, on 13-October-1893. I remember when she was still appearing in movies.
Lillian Gish and her sister Dorothy started making movies directed by DW Griffith at the Biograph company.  They both became famous, and Lillian Gish is considered one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Robert Walker 100 -- October 13, 2018
Actor Robert Walker was born 100 years ago today, on 13-October-1918.  He usually played nice guys, as in The Sailor Takes a Wife with June Allyson.
But he may be best remembered as the evil/crazy Bruno Antony in Alfred Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train.

He died at 32 in strange circumstances.

Friday, October 12, 2018

1492, Conquest of Paradise -- October 12, 2018
Happy Columbus Day, everyone.  In 1992, for the 500th anniversary of the discovery, two major studios released movies about Christopher Columbus.

Alexander and Ilya Salkind produced Christopher Columbus: The Discovery:

Director Ridley Scott made 1492: Conquest of Paradise.  Gérard Depardieu played Columbus.