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. 

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