Thursday, October 23, 2014

Burning Daylight -- October 23, 2014

Missoula Daily Missoulian, 05-October-1914
Actor Hobart Bosworth admired Jack London's writing and formed a company to produce movies based on London's stories and novels.

Jack London published Burning Daylight in 1910 and it was his biggest seller while he lived. I have not read the book, but I use the phrase a lot. This is another story based on London's time in the Klondike. There was later a second movie, Burning Daylight: The Adventures of "Burning Daylight" in Civilization.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Grauman's Chinese -- Mary Pickford -- October 22, 2014

I just finished my series of photos taken at Grauman's Chinese.  I started it on my other blog in 2009-2010, then picked it up again after a visit in 2012 (  I moved it here when I started this blog in 2014, and finished it last month.  This month I thought I would rerun the series, adding photos of the people and animals who left their hand/foot/nose/profile/leg/hoof prints in the concrete. 

Mary Pickford and her husband Douglas Fairbanks were the first people to leave hand and footprints in the forecourt of Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, on 30-April-1927. The day I visited, no one was paying attention to Miss Pickford.  In November of that year, she would release My Best Girl, her last silent. 

I took this on 18-July-2009. DSCN4137.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Scene From "The Patchwork Girl of Oz" -- October 21, 2014

Moving Picture World, 03-October-1914

The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, located in Los Angeles, was formed in 1914 to produce movies based on stories by L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz. The company made some movies, but was not a financial success.  The cover of the 03-October-1914 features an image from their first movie, The Patchwork Girl of Oz

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Real, Old-Fashioned, Shake-the-House Thriller -- October 20, 2014

Moving Picture World, 03-October-1914

The Perils of Pauline was a big hit in 1914. The 20 chapter serial was not the first movie serial, but it was one of the big ones. It starred Pearl White, the first serial queen. The Eclectic Film Company distributed Pathé movies in the United States. The film exists only in a mutilated form, based on a copy exported to France. The subtitles had been translated into French, then translated back into English. Chapter Fourteen got good reviews.

Motography, 03-October-1914

This ad also mentions "Max Has the Boxing Fever," a Max Linder comedy. 

Motography, 03-October-1914
"Pauline's Perils Increase in Number." 

Motography, 17-October-1914
"Pauline Periled in Auto Race." 

Motography, 31-October-1914

"Owen is truly a dauntless villain." 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Way of the Red Man -- October 19, 2014

Lincoln County Leader, 04-December-1914

Tom Mix started his film career with the Selig Polyscope company.  He sometimes wrote and directed his own movies.  "The Way of the Red Man" was one. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Elizabeth Peña, RIP -- October 18, 2014

Actress Elizabeth Peña has died way too young.  I think the first movie I saw her in was La Bamba.  She had a nice part in batteries not included.  I liked Tortilla Soup.  She had a wonderful voice. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Max Linder Not Dead -- October 17, 2014

Motography, 17-October-1914

Max Linder was the biggest star in film comedy before Charlie Chaplin.  Linder made hundreds of short films for Pathé.  A report from the Germans had indicated that he had been killed in the Battle of the Aisne:
Note that the first story said that Max was 49 and this story says he was "still under 30 years of age..."