Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Best Known, Best-Dressed Woman in America -- October 21, 2017

Moving Picture World, 13-October-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 first solo feature would be Stranded in Arcady

Moving Picture World, 13-October-1917

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Exclusive Fight Pictures -- October 19, 2017

Motion Picture Daily, 15-July-1940

On 17-July-1940, Lightweight champ Lew Jenkins and Welterweight champ Henry Armstrong fought at the Polo Grounds in New York.  Neither man's title was at stake.  Armstrong won by TKO in the 6th round.

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Henry Armstrong is regarded as one of the best fighters of all time.  He won the Featherweight, Lightweight, Welterweight and Middleweight titles.  Armstrong was the first man to hold three titles (Featherweight, Lightweight and Welterweight) at the same time.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marsha Hunt 100 -- October 17, 2017

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Actress Marsha Hunt was born 100 years ago today, on 17-October-1917, and, last I heard, is still alive.  I like everything I have seen her in, like Kid Glove Killer with Van Heflin.  She got blacklisted, but was able to work on Broadway./ 

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In later years, she played the mother in Johnny Got His Gun, based on the novel by Dalton Trumbo, who had also been blacklisted. 


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Liberty Needs a Loan -- October 15, 2017

Moving Picture World, 20-October-1917
The cost World War One greatly exceeded the normal budget of the Federal Government.  The four Liberty Loans sold war bonds to raise money.  The movie industry dedicated itself to selling a lot of Liberty Bonds.

Moving Picture World, 27-October-1917
"Help your country and yourself -- Help our boys 'Over There'"

Moving Picture World, 13-October-1917
The National Association of the Motion Picture Industry, "which has been appointed to co-operate with the Treasury in the promulgation of the loan," created a short film to promote bond sales.  "The image shows Julian Eltinge, the female impersonator, William S Hart, Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford." 

Moving Picture World, 27-October-1917
The war continued to be a hot topic. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Florence La Badie Dead -- October 13, 2017

Moving Picture World, 27-October-1917
100 years ago today, on 13-October-1917, movie star Florence La Badie died from injuries she suffered on 28-August-1917 when the brakes failed on her automobile.

Florence La Badie began her film career in 1909 at the Biograph.  DW Griffith directed her in several movies.  In 1911, Florence moved to the Thanhouser studio, where she became their principal leading lady.

Moving Picture World, 06-February-1915
The Million Dollar Mystery was a Thanhouser production made in association with the Chicago Tribune, which ran the weekly stories in printed form. The 23-chapter serial starred Florence La Badie. Her leading man was James Cruze, who later became a director. His most famous production was The Covered Wagon.

Photoplay, December, 1915
 "She has been the heroine in scores of thrilling adventures filmed in and about New Rochelle."

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Christoper Columbus: The Discovery -- October 12, 2017

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Happy Columbus Day, everyone.In 1992, in time for the 500th anniversary of his voyage, Alexander and Ilya Salkind produced Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.  I never saw it, but it got horrible reviews. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Plagues and Puppylove -- Larry Semon -- October 11, 2017

Moving Picture World, 13-October-1917
In October, 1917, Vitagraph released "Plagues and Puppylove," an early short directed by and starring Larry Semon.  This is the first reference to Semon that I could find in Moving Picture World

Larry Semon's father was a magician, Zera the Great.  Larry grew up touring the South with his father's act.  Larry became a newspaper cartoonist and performed on stage.  He joined the Vitagraph Company of America as a writer, director and player of small parts.  Over time, he became a lead comic in movies with the Big V Riot Squad and others.  He was a major slapstick star in the late teens and early 20s, playing a weird-looking character.  He directed his own movies and became more and more extravagant, running up huge costs for elaborate special effects.  He parted with Vitagraph and tried to go into features.  The only one I have seen is The Wizard of Oz, where he played the Scarecrow.  Oliver Hardy played the Tin Man.  Semon's wife Dorothy Dwan played Dorothy.  The movie was not a success and Semon lost a lot of money.  Semon went back to making shorts for Educational release.   He appeared as a character actor in some serious features like Josef Von Sternberg's Underworld.  Semon died in 1928. 

His movies are still popular in Italy, where he is known as Ridolini.