Monday, February 24, 2020

Baby Peggy, RIP -- February 24, 2020

Motion Picture Magazine, November, 1924
Child star Baby Peggy Montgomery died today at the age of 101. Her name was most recently Diana Serra Cary.  She may have been our only remaining silent movie star.  Her parents cleverly blew all the money that she had earned in movies.

She went on to live a productive life, writing for radio shows and later writing books.  I read her book The Hollywood Posse many years ago and did not realize the author's earlier identity.

We were lucky to have her for such a long time.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

I Am Stroheim -- February 23, 2020

Indiana Daily Times, 21-February-1920
Erich von Stroheim made controversial movies.  Blind Husbands is one of the few feature films that he directed that I have not seen.

Friday, February 21, 2020

In the Rip-Roaring Laugh Producer -- February 21, 2020

The Heppner, Oregon Gazette-Times, 12-February-1920
"The Great Fun Maker Fatty Arbuckle" and Buster Keaton appeared in "Goodnight Nurse" at the Star Theater in Heppner, Oregon.

Moving Picture World, 20-July-1918
Note that Buster Keaton is smiling.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Nothing Can Stop the Man Who Dares! -- February 19, 2020

Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram, 28-February-1920
100 years ago this month, Tom Mix was appearing in Rough Riding Romance at the Richmond Theatre in Richmond, Indiana.

Moving Picture World, 20-September-1919

Monday, February 17, 2020

Wilson or the Kaiser -- February 17, 2020

Moving Picture World, 07-December-1918

Happy Presidents' Day everyone.

The Great Victory, Wilson or the Kaiser? The Fall of the Hohenzollerns was the ungainly of a movie about World War One. It was anti-German propaganda produced during the war, but released after the Armistice.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Larry Semon -- The New King of Comedy -- February 15, 2020

El Paso Herald, February 28, 1920
This ad features a sinister image of Larry Semon.  At least they spelled his family name correctly.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Happy Saint Valentine's Day, 2020 -- February 14, 2020
Happy Saint Valentine's Day, everyone.

Actress Anne Gwynne was famous for appearing in horror movies.  She poses with a Valentine heart formed from a V for Victory and the letter V in Morse Code.