Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017 -- November 23, 2017
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  I'm grateful for health and life, my family, and my coworkers.

The photograph shows Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as a Pilgrim couple. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

David Cassidy, RIP -- November 22, 2017
I remember both The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family airing on Friday nights on ABC.  I used to play at a friend's house Fridays, but we had to stop when the first show came on.  I don't remember if he was more interested in Maureen McCormick (Marcia Brady) or Susan Dey (Laurie Partridge).  I liked Susan Dey.

I didn't care much about David Cassidy, but I admired his father Jack, who was a real ham.

I'm sorry that David Cassidy, like his dad, has died too young.

I will sometimes get a Partridge Family song stuck in my head.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Films That Made Him Famous -- November 21, 2017

Moving Picture World, 24-November-1917
Working to squeeze as much as they could out of their investment, Essanay was re-releasing a Chaplin film each month. "In the Park" was a one-reeler.

Moving Picture World, 03-November-1917
"At the time of its original release (two years before - JT), it proved to be one of the most popular of the Chaplin series, and is sure of a warm reception on its return engagement."

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
Charlie catches Leo White by the neck.

Moving Picture World, 03-November-1917
A Dutch company secured the rights to release Chaplin's Mutuals in Holland, the Dutch East Indies and the Dutch West Indies.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"The Adventurer" was Chaplin's last Mutual release.

Moving Picture World, 03-November-1917
After Chaplin signed a million dollar contract with First National, he began to build a new studio at 1416 North La Brea Avenue.  He used it for all of his films until he left the United States.   It is currently used by the Jim Henson Company.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"Six buildings of English architecture will front on the street, and these will be so arranged as to give the effect of a picturesque English village street.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
Chaplin was still pursuing legal action against producers of "alleged spurious Chaplin comedies."

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
First National sold French distribution rights.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
The Rothacker Film Manufacturing Compny gained the rights to make prints of First National releases, including the Chaplin films.

Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917
"Details of this big transaction will be announced to the trade at a later date."

Moving Picture World, 17-November-1917
Chaplin cut short a vacation in Hawaii to inspect the site that would hold his new studio.

Moving Picture World, 24-November-1917
Chaplin and  his brother Syd broke ground on North La Brea between Sunset and De Longpre.  

Monday, November 20, 2017

Della Reese, RIP -- November 20, 2017
I was sad to learn that actress, singer and ordained minister Della Reese has gone to her reward.  I remember her on television in the 1960s and 1970s.  We watched Touched By an Angel a few times. I think the only movie of hers that I have seen was Harlem Nights.  People speak very highly of her.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Box Office Attraction of the Best Kind -- November 19, 2017

Moving Picture World, 03-November-1917

Irene Castle had become famous, with her husband Vernon, as a ballroom dancer.  He left the act in early 1916 to return to his native Britain, where he joined the Royal Flying Corps.  He was a successful pilot, earning the Croix de Guerre.  He was sent to Canada and then the United States to train new pilots.  He died in a flying accident in 1918.  Her second solo feature would be a mystery,  The Mark of Cain, which would co-star Antonio Morena.
Moving Picture World, 10-November-1917

Friday, November 17, 2017

Milk Fund Fight Picture -- November 17, 2017

Film Daily, 24-June-1924
Millicent Hearst, wife of publisher William Randolph Hearst, founded the New York Free Milk Fund for Babies in 1921. In 1923, sportswriters Damon Runyon and Bill Farnsworth promoted a boxing fundraiser at Madison Square Garden.  Disgusted with the small cut of the gate offered by the Garden, Farnsworth worked with baseball parks for future fundraisers.

The second event was held at Yankee Stadium on 26-June-1924.  The movie would be released the next day.  The original Yankee Stadium opened in 1923. This was a great card.

Harry Greb, the Pittsburgh Windmill, was Middleweight champion, despite what the ad says.  He is considered one of the greatest boxers of all time even though he was blind in one eye.  British boxer Ted Moore put a good fight but Greb won a unanimous decision in fifteen rounds.
Young Stribling, the Georgia Schoolboy, was a fantastically talented all-around athlete who fought as a heavyweight.  The ad says he was going to fight Paul Berlenbach, but instead he fought Tommy Loughran, the Phantom of Philly, who is much more famous.  Stribling won on points in six rounds. 

Film Daily, 22-August-1926
Gene Tunney was a handsome, educated war hero who had held the light heavyweight title.  In 1926 he won the heavyweight title from Jack Dempsey and appeared in a serial, The Fighting Marine.  Italian Erminio Spalla was also an actor.  Tunney won by a TKO in seven. 

Panama Joe Gans was an African-Caribbean middleweight.  He should not be confused with Joe Gans, the Old Master, who died in 1910.  He lost the Colored Middleweight Championship to Larry Estridge in a ten round unanimous decision. 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Giant Camera -- November 15, 2017

The Giant Camera sits on a terrace behind San Francisco's Cliff House.  The attraction is also called the Camera Obscura San Francisco.  A camera obscura is a dark room which displays an image of an outside scene projected through a pinhole or a lens.  The Giant Camera, built in 1947, provides a beautiful view of the Land's End area of San Francisco.  On a clear day, it is always worth a visit.

I took the photos in 2012.

Seal Rocks, in the background, used to be home to a large group of sea lions, but they have moved to a warmer home next to Pier 39.

There is a high quality lens in the tower.  It rotates to give a panoramic view.  

More about the camera obscura:

The Giant Camera's webiste: