Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sir Roger Moore, RIP -- May 24, 2017

I was sad to learn of the death of Sir Roger Moore.  I enjoyed almost everything I saw him in.  I was very happy to read that he didn't like guns.

I didn't see The Saint when it was on its first run.  The first movie I saw him in was Live and Let Die at the Alexandria.  This was the first James Bond movie I saw in a theater.  I had seen Goldfinger on television, but I wasn't prejudiced in favor of Sean Connery.  It was interesting to see a different person play the part. 

I think the only other Moore/Bond movies I saw in the theater were The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker
 In 1976, Roger Moore played Sherlock Holmes in a television movie, Sherlock Holmes in New York.  Patrick Macnee played Doctor Watson.  I made sure to watch it. 

He did a lot of work for UNICEF and was knighted for it.  Well deserved. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Cure -- May 23, 2017

Motography, 12-May-1917

Some exhibitors were very happy with Chaplin's "The Cure." 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The Greatest Show on Earth -- May 21, 2017

Tonight the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus. the Greatest Show on Earth, will hold its final performance at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Long Island, New York. My parents took me and my sister every year to see the circus at the Cow Palace. I can still smell it. 

Cecil B DeMille's The Greatest Show on Earth was inspired by the 06-July-1944 Hartford Fire,which destroyed the big top, which been waterproofed with flammable materials, and killed more than 160 people. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Patria -- Keeps Bringing Them Back -- May 19, 2017

Moving Picture World, 05-May-1917
The Wharton Brothers produced Patria, a fifteen-chapter serial starring Irene Castle, for William Randolph Hearst.  Warner Oland, who made a career out of playing Asian parts, was a Japanese spy.  Baron Huroki and his spy ring wants to destroy American munitions plants, many of which are owned by Patria Channing, who was played by Irene Castle.  Milton Sills is a Secret Service agent who is after the spy ring.  At one point in the serial, the Japanese ally with Mexico to attack the United States.  While the film was being released, President Woodrow Wilson learned about the themes of the film and asked the producers to change the nationalities of many of the characters.

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.

Moving Picture World, 28-April-1917
 After Patria, Irene Castle went on to perform in feature films. 

Moving Picture World, 19-May-1917

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Exclusive Motion Pictures of the Sensational 6 Round Knockout -- May 17, 2017

Film Daily, 25-June-1938

Future heavyweight champ, Joe Louis, the Brown Bomber, fought former heavyweight champ, Primo Carnera, the Ambling Alp, on 25-June-1935.  Joe Louis may have been the greatest heavyweight boxer of all.  Primo Carnera was a giant, but he wasn't much of a fighter and he often lost when his fights were not fixed.  Joe Louis won by a KO in the sixth round. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tim Pigott-Smith and Powers Boothe, RIP -- May 16,2017
Sunday night we watched the Masterpiece Theater adaption of Mike Bartlett's King Charles III.  It lived up to the reviews of the production that came to San Francisco.  I had forgotten that it was in blank verse.  After it ended and before some cast interviews, my wife noticed a title that said it was dedicated to the memory of Tim Pigott-Smith, who had played King Charles.  I looked it up and learned that he had died last month.  I didn't see anything about it. 

I remember him from The Jewel in the Crown, many Shakespeare productions, and lots of British mystery shows.

Monday I learned that Powers Boothe had died.  When I first heard of him, I thought his name was a put-on, but it was his real name.  I first remember him from a television movie about Jim Jones.  The Chronicle ran a photo of Boothe wearing sunglasses that scared me.  He was good playing Philip Marlowe in an HBO series. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mo-Toy Magic -- May 15, 2017

Moving Picture World, 05-May-1917
I have not been able to find out much about the Peter Pan Film Corporation and its Mo-Toy Comedies, but the movies appear to use object animation.  I was never very good at drawing, so I have always been partial to object animation.

Moving Picture World, 19-May-1917