Sunday, May 1, 2016

Citizen Kane 75 Years -- May 1, 2016

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Happy International Labor Day to all.

75 years ago, on 01-May-1941, Citizen Kane premiered at the RKO Palace theater on Broadway.  Orson Welles hit a grand slam on his first effort as a director, Citizen Kane.   It used to be at the top of lists of the Greatest Film Ever.  It doesn't appear to get there much anymore, but it is still a wonderful movie.  The movie had a mixed reception.  The Hearst papers hated it because everyone thought that Kane was William Randolph Hearst.  It hurt the reputation of Marion Davies, who was a lot more talented than Kane's second wife.  Writer Herman J Mankiewicz spent many years trying to get people to acknowledge that he played a large part in the creation of the movie.

Today is also the 100th birthday of actor Glenn Ford.  The Big Heat is one of my favorite movies.

Friday, April 29, 2016

News of the Week April 29, 1916 -- April 29, 2016


The 29-April-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"just a sample of preparedness at Fort Scott, California.  Infantry at drill before a Selig-Tribune camera."  Fort Winfield Scott was established within the Presidio of San Francisco to command the Artillery District of San Francisco. After World War II, Fort Scott became a sub-post of the Presidio.  My father was stationed here.  "Preparedness" became a popular term as events led towards the US entering the Great War.

"When the 'bos'un' pipes "Coal Ship" the boys get busy.  Caught at Guantanamo Bay by a Pathe man."  Coal burning warships were coaled (loaded with coal) by their crews.



"Fifteen automobile ambulances for service in the battle fields of Russia, the gift of the American Red Cross.  Pathe."  An Orthodox priest blesses the new ambulances.

"Uncle Same is make new arms and legs for the crippled soldiers in Europe.  British supervisor at work.  Universal."  The war led to much new development in the science and art of prosthetics. 


"How the Selig-Tribune gathers Chicago camera news for its semi-weekly.  Editor Jack Wheeler with driver."  Someone who knows more about autos could probably identify this one. 

"Unloading supplies from the States of the U.S.A. field headquarters at Cascas Grande, Mexico.  Mutual News."  The Punitive Expedition chasing Pancho Villa established its headquarters at Casas Grandes, Mexico. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ann-Margaret 75 -- April 28, 2016

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Eighth Wonder of the World Ann-Margaret was born seventy-five years ago today, on 28-April-1941.  She has been nominated for Academy Awards and Grammys and she has won Emmys and Golden Globes.  She projects a wildly sexy image.
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But I haven't mentioned movies yet.  She was in Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley, Carnal Knowledge and Tommy.


xxxx

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree in The Scottish Play -- April 23, 2016

Moving Picture News, 26-February-1916

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, on 23-April-1616.  Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, a famous British actor, came to Hollywood in 1916, the 300th anniversary, to play MacBeth for Triangle under the supervision of DW Griffith.  In My Autobiography, Charlie Chaplin wrote about how one of Tree's daughters was hot for Charlie.  Constance Collier played Lady MacBeth. I like the image of Wilfred Lucas as MacDuff. 


Motography, 05-February-1916
Moving Picture News, 26-February-1916




Friday, April 22, 2016

News of the Week April 22, 1916 -- April 22, 2016



The 22-April-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"The good ship Jerome Jones taking to the water for the first time, at Bath, Maine.  Pathe News."  Jerome Jones, a five-masted schooner, was launched on 31-March-1916 by GG Deering.

"Raw! Raw! for Hawvahd! The crimson crew off for first spring practice, and Captain D. P. Morgan."  The Crimson crew went on to win the 23-June-1916 regatta against Yale. 


"The allies of Uncle Sam in the 'Mexican war.'  Troops of Carranza at a noontime pause.  Selig-Tribune." Venustiano Carranza was the leader of the Constitutionlists during the Mexican Revolution and President under the new constitution in 1917.

"Ambulance of Troop G, Eighth Cavalry, picking up wounded in Mexico.  Caught by a Mutual camera reporter."  The 8th Cavalry Regiment participated in the Punitive Expedition against Pancho Villa. 


"The triple train wreck near Amerst, Ohio, recently in which twenty-five persons were killed.  Pathe News."  On 29-March-1916, three New York Central trains ran into each other in a thick fog.  About 30 people died.  The trains included the Twentieth Century Limited.

"'Getting Villa' American cavalry working their way into the mountains of Mexico.  Hearst-Vitagraph Pictorial."  Pancho Villa withdrew to the mountains to avoid pursuing US cavalry.

Monday, April 18, 2016

When the Earth Trembled -- April 18, 2016

The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
"When the Earth Trembled" was a 1913 Lubin three-reeler which included the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco among its events.  Reviewers remarked on how long it was and how effective were the "mechanical effects." 

Motion Picture News, 29-November-1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913
The Motion Picture Story Magazine, September, 1913

Friday, April 15, 2016

News of the Week April 15, 1916 -- April 15, 2016


The 15-April-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Not a submarine victim.  The wreck of the 'Herman Winter' off Boston.  From the Selig-Tribune News Films."  SS Herman Winter, carrying 800 bales of cotton, caught fire on 14-March-1916.

"Flyers are not so light on their 'feet.'  Freighting one of Uncle Sam's 'planes to Mexico. Pathe News."  The First Aero Squadron used Curtiss JN3s to perform liaison duties and aerial reconnaissance for the punitive expedition.


"Uncle Sam's boys receiving supplies on the troublesome Mexican border.  Scene from Hearst-Vitagraph News."  On 09-March-1916, Pancho Villa attached the town of Columbus, New Mexico:
http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2016/03/columbus-raid-100-years-march-9-2016.html

"Rescue of an adventurous horse who plunged into a New York subway.  Taken from the Universal Weekly."  Sources say that the pavement had to be cut away to free the horse. 


"The first United States dirigible navy airshop, just previous to its first trials.  Pathe News."  This looks like the DN-1, which was based on the Parseval type, but it didn't makes its first flight until 1917.
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"Specialists in the business of war.  Scene in the trenches at Solmka, from the Hearst-Vitagraph News."  In 1915, an Allied expeditionary force occupied the Greek port of Salonika to support the Serbians.