Friday, April 24, 2015

News of the Week April 24, 1915 -- April 24, 2015


The 24-April -1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"The fruit liner Heredia after her collision near New Orleans.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  On 30-March-1915, the United Fruit Company liner Heredia rammed liner Parisian near the mouth of the Mississippi, then swerved off and sank steamer Weems. 

"Vice-president Marshall speaking at University of California.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Thomas R Marshall of Indiana was Woodrow Wilson's Vice President.  Here he spoke at Cal Berkeley. 


"U. S. divers leave Washington for Honolulu to raise submarine.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  USS F-4 sank on 25-March-1915 off of Honolulu.  All hands were lost. 

"General Von Morger and his stall leaving their headquarters near Bolimov, Russian Poland.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  I can't find anything about Von Morger.


"Easter parade on boardwalk at Atlantic City, N. J. Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Easter fell on 04-April-1915. 

"Wm. Hale Thompson, Chicago's new mayor, with Mrs. Thompson.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  Big Bill Thompson (no relation, thank Heaven) was the last Republican mayor of Chicago.  He served from 1915 to 1923, then 1927-1931.  He was known for being profoundly corrupt. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blowing Up the Scenery -- April 21, 2015

Washington Times, 21-April-1915

"Some days we blow the scenery up.  Some days we smash locomotives and hold an earthquake."

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. "It's only a few minutes from Los Angeles and Los Angeles is on the direct line of the Santa Fe." 

Friday, April 17, 2015

News of the Week April 17, 1915 -- April 17, 2015


The 17-April -1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"New York fire fighters in new oxygen helmits (sic - JT).  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  I did not know that firefighters had such equipment available in 1915.  I thought such equipment might have come after the war, inspired by gas masks. 

"Cavalry horses assembled at eastern seacost for shipment to England.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  I have mentioned it before, but the armies still depended greatly on animal power. 


"Sixty tons of nitroglycerine exploded in one blast at Riverside, Calif.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  I don't know why.  Perhaps it was for railroad construction. 

"President Wilson and ex-President Taft laying cornerstone of Red Cross headquarters.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  The American Red Cross National Headquarters is still in use today. 


"New 14-inch guns just completed for Panama Canal.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I'm guessing these were 14-inch gun M1907s on disappearing carriages. 

"Testing new U. S. submarines in New York harbor.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  I don't know, but this could be an N-class submarine, intended for coastal defense. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Eat a Piece of Mince Pie and Sleep on Your Back -- April 14, 2015

Washington Times, 14-April-1915

"Eat a Piece of Mince Pie and Sleep on Your Back -- and you'll dream of a city like Universal City -- out in California -- where the movies are made." 

The blonde-haired girl in the foreground is pretty creepy looking. 

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.  "Take the Santa Fe to Los Angeles and a trolley from there.  See How the Movies are Made."
"Go to Los Angeles on the Santa Fe and run from there down to Universal City -- the only moving picture city in the world where theatrical insanity reaches its greatest height." 

Friday, April 10, 2015

News of the Week April 10, 1915 -- April 10, 2015


The 03-April -1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Cardinal Farley and Mayor Mitchell reviewing St. Patrick's Day parade in New York.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  John Cardinal Farley was Archbishop of New York from 1902 to 1918.  John Purroy Mitchel was Mayor of New York from 1914 to 1917. 

"Armless wonder driving car from coast to coast.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I have not been able to find the armless wonder's name. 


"Columbia crew off for the first spin of the year.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  I'll bet most of these young men were in the military two or three years later. 

"German Red Cross caring for wounded at Lowicz, Poland.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The Germans were attacking towards Warsaw to try to distract the Russians from East Prussia. 


"English Chancellor reviewing troops at Llandudno, Wales.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Richard Haldane, former Secretary of State for War, was probably Lord Chancellor at this time.   

"Lloyd George inspects Welsh brigade at Llandudno, Wales.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Welsh Liberal politician David Lloyd George had been Chancellor of the Exchequer.  He became Minister of Munitions during the 1915 Shell Crisis. 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bob Leonard and Ella Hall Have Nearly Worn Themselves Out -- April 7, 2015

Washington Times, 07-April-1915

"Did you see the great battle at the mines?  Well, that was taken at Universal City, where most of Universal's great pictures are made."

Bob Leonard and Ella Hall starred in the Universal Serial The Master Key

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.   "Take the Santa Fe direct to Los Angeles, get off there and run down to Universal City for a few minutes and See How the Movies are Made."

Motion Picture World, 19-December-1915

Monday, April 6, 2015

Manoel de Oliveira, RIP -- April 6, 2015

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I was sad to learn of the passing of Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira.  He was 106 years old and his last film was released last year.  He and his wife were married for 75 years. 

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He tried to make a movie in 1927, but ran into difficulties.  His first completed movie, "Douro, Faina Fluvial," was released in 1931.  It is a portrait of Porto, his home town. 

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The first time I remember reading about him was when I saw a review of his 2010 movie O Estranho Caso de Angélica.  The reviewer mentioned that he was 102. 

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His last completed feature, O Gebo e a Sombra, came out in 2012.  He released a short, "O Velho do Restelo" in 2014. 

I am sad to say that I have not seen any of his movies.  I missed the chance to do it while he was alive.  I was happy that I got to see movies by Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston and other directors while they were still alive.