Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Ford Sterling's Funny Faces -- June 25, 2014
Ford Sterling was a circus clown who went on to become a popular comedian at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studio. When he left Keystone, as virtually all of Sennett's stars did to seek more money, Sterling went to Universal with Fred J Balshofer, who had been a director for the New York Motion Picture Company. They made many short comedies for the Sterling Motion Picture Company for release through Universal in 1914-1915 until Sterling left for greener pastures.
Balshofer directed many silent movies and served as a studio executive for the rest of his career. In the 1960s, he wrote One Reel a Week with Arthur C Miller. I took that one out of the Main Library and read it.
The elaborate ad for "The Crash" is from the 27-June-1914 Moving Picture World. The ad for photos of "Ford Sterling's Funny Faces" is from the 13-June-1914 edition.