Wednesday, November 21, 2018

The Little Girl You Will Never Forget -- November 21, 2018

Moving Picture World, 16-March-1918
I haven't been posting enough items about Mabel Normand.  Mabel and Mack Sennett co-produced Mickey, which became an enormous hit when it was released in 1918.

Moving Picture World, 19-January-1918
I love this image of Our Mabel.

Moving Picture World, 26-January-1918
"Mickey Will Hit the Bullseye."

Monday, November 19, 2018

An Argument That Has Weight -- November 19, 2018

Moving Picture World, 26-October-1918
100 years ago this month, there weren't many Harold Lloyd items in the trade papers. Here is cute photo of his leading lady, Bebe Daniels, that I missed last month.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Lauren Hutton 75 -- November 17, 2018
Actress and supermodel Lauren Hutton was born 75 years ago today, on 17-November-1943.  I always liked the gap in her teeth.
I remember the 26-August-1974 issue of Newsweek.
I have not seen many of her movies, but she was very good in Zorro, the Gay Blade.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Charley Chaplin...Exceeds Himself in Originality and Effectiveness -- November 15, 2018

Moving Picture World, 02-November-1918
Chaplin's second release through First National, "Shoulder Arms," turned out to be one of his most popular movies at the time. World War One was a hot topic.

Moving Picture World, 02-November-1918
"Chaplin has lined the clouds of war with silver festoonings of laughter in creating his second comedy feature for the First National Exhibitors' Circuit."  Note that they spelled his name "Charley."

Moving Picture World, 30-November-1918
"Shoulder Arms" was "breaking house records for the duration of runs."

Motion Picture News, 23-November-1918
In order to protect his new movies, Chaplin put his signature on the title cards.

Moving Picture World, 23-November-1918
Chaplin never sued Billy West, who imitated him pretty closely, but "Charlie in the Trenches" was probably too close to "Shoulder Arms."

Moving Picture World, 23-November-1918
Chaplin married 16-year-old actress Mildred Harris on 23-October-1918.

Motion Picture News, 23-November-1918
This item asks if Chaplin's imitators will rush to get married.

Moving Picture World, 30-November-1918
One of Mildred Harris' Jewel Productions for Universal, Borrowed Clothes, appeared on the same bill as a Chaplin film.

Moving Picture World, 23-November-1918
An ad for Borrowed Clothes does not mention the name "Chaplin."  That would soon change.

Moving Picture News, 02-November-1918
Peter Brinkerhoff was a popular cartoonist.

Moving Picture News, 02-November-1918
Chaplin took two weeks off after "Shoulder Arms."  "He said he knew what the beginning would be, but he has no idea how the production will end."

Motion Picture News, 16-November-1918
There was a rumor that Chaplin had influenza, but he denied it.  About his next movie: "The subject is yet unnamed, but the scenes will be laid in a rural community."  This would become "Sunnyside."

Motion Picture News, 02-November-1918
WH Productions continued to rerelease Chaplin's Keystone films.  "Hot Dogs" was a rerelease title for "Mable's Busy Day."

Motion Picture News, 16-November-1918
Chaplin's first movie, "Making a Living" was rereleased as "A Busted Johnny."

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tom Mix ... Went to the Hospital Last Week -- November 13, 2018

Motion Picture News, 02-November-1918
100 years ago this month, Tom Mix was having some health problems. It is always difficult to tell if a story is true, especially coming from Tom Mix. "Tom Mix week before last had reached the middle of his production, “The Coming of the Law.” During the week the picture was delayed because Mix was unable to do a few stunts called for owing to an injured hip, received some time ago when he leaped from a horse at the rodeo given under his direction on California Day. Physicians this week, it was announced, discovered a bullet that had lodged in his hip sixteen years ago from a gun fired by a friend. As soon as his present production is completed Mix will go to a hospital to have the piece of lead removed, it is said."

Motion Picture News, 16-November-1918
"TOM MIX, Fox Western star, went to the hospital last week to undergo an operation for the removal of lead from his hip that is said to have been there for fifteen years. He was under ether for three hours. A story is told n Old Blue, faithful horse belonging to Mix, that the animal refused to eat or to be led or to be entertained in any manner while Mix was absent. Accordingly the horse was taken to the hospital, according to this same story, and when he got a glimpse of his master, he proceeded to act as all good horses are expected to act. "

Motion Picture News, 23-November-1918
Tom Mix, who has been a patient at the Clara Barton Hospital, Los Angeles, returned to his home, 5841 Carlton Way, on Thursday, November 7. Mix had an operation performed on his left knee. Years ago while in Texas he was hot and the bullet flattened against the bone. The wound healed and for a long time the actor suffered no inconvenience. For several months the knee began to give trouble and early in October he decided to have the cause removed. He went to the hospital where he spent several weeks.

Moving Picture World, 30-November-1918
"Tom Mix considers that he saved a lot of valuable time by having the flu during the time he was in the hospital convalescing from the operation of having a fifteen-year-old bullet taken from his knee.  He took the flue at the same time that his doctor and several nurses got it and made one big spell of it, and by the time he was well of one trouble, the other had ceased to bother him."

Monday, November 12, 2018

Stan Lee, RIP -- November 12, 2018
I was sad to learn that Stan Lee has died.  He started out at Timely Comics, filling inkwells for artists.  He became a writer.  Stan Lee became a writer with a story in Captain America #3.  Lee became an editor before he served in the Army during World War Two.

When superheroes fizzled after the war, Lee wrote stories in many genres for Atlas, the successor of Timely.

Atlas became Marvel in the early 1960s.  When superheroes came back, Lee worked with artist Steve Ditko to create Spiderman.  I did not appreciate Marvel comics because they seemed to be trying very hard to be current and hip.

Lee eventually became editor-in-chief.  After he retired, he served as a spokesman for the company and made cameos in Marvel-related movies.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Big Parade -- November 11, 2018
100 years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the Armistice went into effect and the fighting stopped. The day was known for many years as Armistice Day.

In 1925, M-G-M release King Vidor's The Big Parade, which turned out to be a big hit.  John Gilbert plays Jim, a boy from a rich family.  He doesn't want to enlist, but friends persuade him to change his mind.  Adorable Renée Adorée is Melisande, a French peasant.

Back in 2014, I wrote about an excellent DVD release: