Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Open Your Shutters, You Screen Bugs -- May 26, 2015

Washington Times, 26-May-1915

"Open your shutters, you screen bugs, and let this breeze sweep through your attics.  We've got the film world by the hair.  We're going to make you eat, drink, dream and scream UNIVERSAL.  We'll make your eyes pop, your nerves tingle and minds dance whenever you see or hear the word."

In this ad, they stopped the weekly advice to take Santa Fe to Los Angeles, take a trolley to Universal City and "SEE HOW THE MOVIES ARE MADE." 

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Story of G.I. Joe -- May 25, 2015


Happy Memorial Day, everyone.  I thought this was a good day to write about William Wellman's The Story of G.I. Joe.  The movie is the story of Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent who paid attention to the infantrymen.  I cry every time I see the death of Captain Bill Walker, played by Robert Mitchum. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Marciano vs Moore -- May 24, 2015

Moving Picture Daily, 26-September-1955

On 21-September-1955, heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano fought light heavyweight champion Archie Moore.  Moore knocked Marciano down the second, but Marciano knocked Moore out in the ninth.  This was Marciano's last fight.  He retired the next year with a record of 49-0.  Rocky Marciano is the only man so far to retire as heavyweight champion undefeated and untied and stay retired. 

Archie Moore was a great fighter.  He was 38 years old for this fight, and kept fighting until 1963. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

News of the Week May 22, 1915 -- May 22, 2015

The 22-May-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"The liner 'Lusitania' leaving New York on her last voyage.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." On 01-May-1915, Cunard liner RMS Lusitania sailed for Britain.  The German embassy in Washington DC placed an ad warning that the ship was liable to be sunk:
On 07-May-1915, U-20 torpedoed and sank Lusitania near the coast of Ireland:  

"King Victor of Italy reviews his troops in the city of Rome.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." Italy was neutral until 23-May-1915, when it declared war on Austria-Hungary.  Victor Emmanuel III is looking at a troop of Bersaglieri, who wear feathers in their hats and jog rather than march. 

"Heavy guns being loaded in Paris for shipment to the front.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." I don't know what gun that is.  Since they call it heavy, I assume it is bigger than a 75. 

"Chancellor von Bethmann-Holweg and Prince Wilhelm honor Bismarck at Berlin.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg was the German Chancellor.  I think he is in uniform.  I don't see Wilhelm the Crown Prince and his son Wilhelm was too young to be one of these men. 

"U. S. torpedo boat destroyer "Tucker" is launched at Quincy, Massachusetts.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial." USS Tucker (DD-57) was a destroyer which served the Navy and the Coast Guard until 1936. 

"A naval and military parade at Norfolk, Virginia.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News." Naval Station Norfolk is a key part of the economy of the area. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The New Varsity Theater -- May 20, 2015

The former New Varsity Theater in Palo Alto now houses Hanahaus, a café.  The section in the open courtyard looks nice.  I took the photo on 10-May-2015. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Side Whiskers as Art -- May 19, 2015

Francis Ford was the older brother of future director John Ford. He was a star and director at Universal. 

With expositions in both San Francisco and San Diego dedicated to the newly opened Panama Canal, and with tourism to Europe cut off, Universal hoped to attract visitors to its new studio, Universal City.  "If you are going to California this Spring, go to your favorite theatre first, see some Universal moving-pictures, then drop in at Universal city and


Universal City is a brief trolley ride from Los Angeles whichon the direct line of the Santa Fe Railroad." 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Chas. Chaplin in The Champion and The Passion Play or The Life of Christ, 4 Acts -- May 18, 2015

Moving Picture World, 15-May-1915
Moving Picture World made fun of this poorly punctuated Good Friday ad from an exhibitor.

Photoplay, May, 1915
Chaplin appeared in "The Champion" (not in the Passion Play) with this bulldog.
Motography, 01-May-1915
Chaplin moved from the Essanay studios at Niles, across the bay from San Francisco, to Los Angeles.  Some sources reported that Broncho Billy and the rest of the Essanay western companies had moved, but only Chaplin went to Los Angeles. 

Motography, 01-May-1915
Charlie Chaplin inspired "the latest song and dance hit." 

Moving Picture World, 15-May-1915
This Essanay ad features Chaplin's "By the Sea" in the lower part of the list of productions. 

Motography, 15-May-1915
"By the Sea" sounds like many of Chaplin's Keystone movies. 

Moving Picture World, 22-May-1915
Chaplin appears below Broncho Billy.  "Watch for the Chaplin-Essanay brand." 

Motography, 22-May-1915
This Chaplin novelty was a watch fob. 

Motography, 29-May-1915

Madison Square Garden offered Chaplin $25,000 to appear twice a day for two weeks.  Broncho Billy gave Chaplin $25,000 to stay in California. 

Moving Picture World, 29-May-1915

A more detailed account of the offer.