Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, 2018 -- March 17, 2018

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone.

June Haver was a popular actress in the 1940's.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Tom Mix Puts on Dress Suit -- March 15, 2018

Moving Picture World, 09-March-2018

Tom Mix, wearing some fancy duds, poses at the Fox studio with director Lynn Reynolds.  Reynold killed himself in 1927.  

Moving Picture World, 30-March-2018
In Western Blood, Tom Mix played a cowboy who went about his business in a dress suit.  Fish out of water stories like this made popular westerns.

Moving Picture World, 02-March-2018
Last month we saw an ad for Six Shooter Andy:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Booth Tarkington 150 -- March 14, 2018

Time, 31-December-1929
Indiana author Booth Tarkington was born 150 years ago, on 14-March-2018.  I don't think people read his stories and novels much today.  When I was a kid, the only thing I knew about him was that he wrote the novel that Orson Welles used as the basis for The Magnificent Ambersons.  I was already in college when I learned that F Scott Fitzgerald was a great admirer of Tarkington.  Inspired by this, I went to the Anza Branch Library and took out Penrod: His Complete Story, a collection of stories about a boy who grows up.

Seattle Star, 23-January-1915
Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson wrote a play called Cameo Kirby.  It has been filmed several times.  Dustin Farnum, who had played the role on stage, starred in the 1914 version.  John Gilbert played the part in a 1923 version directed by John Ford.  Irving Cummings directed a 1930 version which starred J Harold Murray.  I have never heard of him, either.

Motion Picture Magazine, February, 1922
As far as I can tell, 1922's Penrod, starring Wesley Barry and directed by Mickey Neilan, was the first movie based on a Penrod story.  Ben Alexander played Penrod in a 1923 adaption of Penrod and Sam, also directed by Mickey Neilan.  Ben Alexander played Jack Webb's first partner on the television version of Dragnet.

Billy Mauch played Penrod in three talkies, Penrod and Sam (1937), Penrod and His Twin Brother and Penrod's Double Trouble, both in 1938.
Monsieur Beaucaire was a play by by Booth Tarkington and Evelyn Greenleaf Sutherland.  Rudolph Valentino and Bebe Daniels starred in a 1924 version.  Bob Hope and Joan Caulfield appeared in a 1946 adaption.
In 1942 Orson Welles based his second feature film on The Magnificent Ambersons, but the movie got butchered by the studio after he left for another project.  There was also a television adaption in 2002.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Cosmos Theater, Winner, SD -- March 13, 2018

Moving Picture World, 23-March-1918
I like the look of the New Cosmos Theater in Winner, SD.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Fight Pictures Sent to Training Camp -- March 11, 2018

Moving Picture World, 02-March-1918
Willie Ritchie, a San Francisco native, had been world lightweight champ from 1912 to 1914.  After the United States entered the war, Ritchie trained soldiers to box at Camp Lewis, Washington.  The Miles Brothers, San Francisco movie producers, sent Ritchie fight films to use as part of his instructional program.

San Francisco Call, 23-November-1908

Friday, March 9, 2018

Mickey Spillane 100 -- March 9, 2018

Mystery novelist Mickey Spillane was born 100 years ago today, on 09-March-1918.  Before World War Two, he began writing for comic books.  Spillane served as a fighter pilot and trainer during the war.  After the war, his first novel, I, the Jury.  The novel and its main character, private detective Mike Hammer, became popular.  I never tried to read any of his books.
Robert Aldrich's Kiss Me Deadly is a great  movie with a unique ending.  I don't know how much it had to do with the book.
I saw some episodes of the television show with Stacy Keach.  He played the part well.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Broncho Billy Revivified -- March 7, 2018

Moving Picture World, 16-March-1918
Gilbert M Anderson, Broncho Billy, was the first western star. With George K Spoor, he had founded Essanay (S and A). In 1918, Essanay began rereleasing his one-reel westerns.

Moving Picture World, 23-March-1918