Monday, July 27, 2015

Bugs Bunny 75 -- July 27, 2015

Showmen's Trade Review, 05-June-1940

27-July-1940 saw the debut of the Buck-Toothed Barrymore, the Hardest Working Hare in Show Business, the Chairman of the Carrot Patch, Bugs Bunny.  There is some controversy over the identity of the first Bugs Bunny cartoon.  Some people favor "Porky's Hare Hunt" from 1938.  Some people like other movies, but the rabbit's official debut was in "A Wild Hare," which was released on 27-July-1940.  Tex Avery directed it.  Bugs said "What's up, Doc?" for the first time.  Warner Brothers received an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Subject. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

News of the Week July 24, 1915 -- July 24, 2015


The 24-July-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Liberty Bell starts for the Panama Fair.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   This caption is with the wrong photo.  It belongs with the one in the lower right-hand corner.  San Francisco school children raised money and persuaded Philadelphia to allow the Liberty Bell to travel to the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. 

"U. S. S. Wyoming passing under Brooklyn Bridge.   Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Dreadnought battleship USS Wyoming (BB-32) later served with the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet.  She trained many gunners who served during the Second World War. 


"Cornell beats Leland Stanford University in rowing championship race.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Cornell crew defeated Stanford at Poughkeepsie on 04-July-1915. 

"Firearms taken from prisoners in Chicago police stations thrown into the lake.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   I hope this doesn't cause people to go diving. 


"Heavy storm leaves toll of death in Cincinnati.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."   A big storm on June 24 caused damage throughout the Midwest. 

"Observation train at Cornell race.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  This caption belongs with the photo in the upper left-hand corner.  Rowing fans watch the race at Poughkeepsie from stands built on railroad cars. 


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

EL Doctorow, RIP -- July 22, 2015

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I was sad to learn of the death of EL Doctorow.  I enjoyed the movie version of Ragtime.  It was neat to be able to say I had seen a James Cagney movie on its first run.  I was very impressed by Elizabeth McGovern, who played Evelyn Nesbitt.

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Friday, July 17, 2015

News of the Week July 17, 1915 -- July 17, 2015


The 17-July-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Italian recruits rally to colors in Rome, Italy.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Italy entered the war on 23-May-1915. 

"Yale wins great victory over Harvard in regatta.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Yale defeated Harvard at New London, Connecticut on 25-June-1915. Last week we saw the Hearst-Selig News Pictorial version. 


"Tremendous ovations given to the ambassador by Italians in London, Eng.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  The Italians must be celebrating their entry into the war.

"Working to save flood swept railroad in Kansas.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The The Topeka State Journal on June 19 reported "All Rivers in Kansas Full and Still Are Rising" and "State's Railroads Awash." 


"Sculptor John Flanagan designing the medal of award for the Panama-Pacific Exposition.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  This is a repeat of an item from last week, where we also saw an example of the medal. 

"Preparing to raise an automobile truck, which recently slipped over a bridge in Chicago.   Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."   This is also a repeat of an item from last week. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bastille Day, 2015 -- July 14, 2015

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In honor of Bastille Day, here is mignon French actress Simone Simon.  I liked her in Val Lewton's The Cat People and Jean Renoir's Zola adaption La Bête Humaine
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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Omar Sharif, RIP -- July 11, 2015

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Omar Sharif died.  He was great in good movies like Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago and good in bad movies.  I always admired his moustache. 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

News of the Week July 10, 1915 -- July 10, 2015


The 10-July-1915 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.


"Preparing to raise an automobile truck, which recently slipped over a bridge in Chicago.   Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."   I couldn't find anything about this incident. 

"Official welcome to first train in the underground railway at Brooklyn, N. Y.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  On 22-June-1915, the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company opened its first subway line, which still operates as the Fourth Avenue Line of the BMT Division. 


"Yale wins from Harvard in the annual regatta at New London.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  Yale defeated Harvard at New London, Connecticut on 25-June-1915. We saw them practising last week, also in a Hearst-Selig News Pictorial. 

"Tremendous enthusiasm marks the opening of Chicago's new Speedway track.  Copyright 1915 Hearst-Selig News Pictorial."  The board racetrack in Maywood, Illinois opened on 11-June-1915 with a 300-mile race won by Dario Resta. 


"Sculptor John Flanagan designing the medal of award for the Panama-Pacific Exposition.  Copyright 1915 by Pathe News."  John Flanagan created the official medal of award of the fair in San Francisco.    See an example of the medal below. 

"Scions of men who fought at Bunker Hill celebrate the 140th anniversary of the battle.  Copyright 1915 by Universal Animated Weekly."  Bunker Hill Day is celebrated on June 17.