Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Honor Blackman, RIP -- April 7, 2020

I was sorry to learn about the death of actress Honor Blackman.  She was Cathy Gale, John Steed's partner before Emma Peel, on The Avengers.  She was accomplished at judo.  She may be best remembered for playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.  My daughter laughs every time she hears that name. 

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Charles Chaplin in The Ham Artist -- April 5, 2020

Alaska Daily Empire, 27-April-1920
Juneau, Alaska's Palace Theater feature Charlie Chaplin in "The Ham Artist," a reissue of Keystone's "The Face on the Bar Room Floor."  Treat 'Em Rough was a Fox film starring Tom Mix. 

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Golden Gate Park 150 -- April 4, 2020

The City of San Francisco had planned to have a big celebration today for the 150th birthday of Golden Gate Park.  It will be rescheduled because of the pandemic.

I don't know the date of the park's actual birthday.  I grew up a couple of blocks uphill from the park.  I spent a lot of time there with my family, my friends and on my own.  I never completed my project to walk around the perimeter of the whole park.

In 1915, while Charlie Chaplin was making movies for Essanay across the bay in Niles, his team shot most of the second half of "A Jitney Elopement" in the western end of Golden Gate Park and along the Great Highway.  Here we see the Dutch windmill in operation.

The official website.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Harold Lloyd in His Second New $1000,000 Comedy -- April 3, 2020

Great Falls, Montana Daily Tribune, 20-April-1920
Harold Lloyd's name was in larger type than the star of the feature's, William Farnum.  I also threw in an ad for DW Griffith's Broken Blossoms

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Toshiro Mifune 100 -- April 1, 2020

Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune, Akira Kurosawa's muse, would have been 100 years old today.  I have enjoyed every movie in which I have seen him. 

Keaton and Costello -- April 1, 2020

Motion Picture Classic, October, 1926
Producer Joe Schenck tried to borrow Dolores Costello from Warner Brothers to star with Buster Keaton in Romeo and Juliet

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Larry Semon -- In His New Screaming Comedy Knockout -- March 25, 2020

El Paso Herald, 02-March-1920
This month's ad uses the same image of Larry Semon, but it doesn't seem to be so sinister this time.  There is a nice image of Constance Talmadge.