Friday, August 17, 2018

Mae West 125, Evelyn Ankers 100, Robert De Niro 75 -- August 17, 2018
I was going through my notes and I saw that three actors celebrated their birthdays on August 17.  Mae West was born 125 years ago in 1893.  Evelyn Ankers was born 100 years ago in 1918.  Robert De Niro was born 75 years ago in 1943.

Film Daily, 06-June-1934
Mae West had a long and successful career in vaudeville, on Broadway, in movies, on radio and in nightclubs.  She was a good writer.
Evelyn Ankers appeared in many Universal horror films, including The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney, Jr.

Film Daily, December 10, 1941
Robert De Niro has been a great actor for a long time, in movies like The Godfather, Part II and Raging Bull.  He has also done stage work.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mix Has Made Hit in Fox Pictures -- August 15, 2018

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
100 years ago this month, Tom Mix starred in Fame and Fortune for Victory Pictures, a new brand of the Fox Film Corporation. I count 17 Tom Mixes in this ad.

Moving Picture World, 10-August-1918
The stars of the first Victory Pictures releases were Gladys Brockwell (Kultur), George Walsh (I'll Say So) and Tom Mix (Fame and Fortune).

Moving Picture World, 10-August-1918
This array of Fox stars includes Theda Bara, William Farnum, Gladys Brockwell (what is that hanging out of her mouth?) and Tom Mix.

Moving Picture World, 10-August-1918
"Tom Mix, cowboy, soldier, Texas Ranger, has never known what fear is, and when he went into motion pictures a few years ago he brought to his work the same daring and sensational riding that had been his life-habit."

Moving Picture World, 03-August-1918
We Jones, manager of San Diego's Superba Theater, created a unique display for "Ace High."

Monday, August 13, 2018

Big Deal Closed for South America -- August 13, 2018

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
Big Deal Closed for South America
Peruvian Exchange Purchases Rights on Fox, Pathe, Ivan, Paralta and Numerous Special Productions.

THE Empresa de Teatros y Cinema, Lda., one of the largest renting and exhibiting concerns in South America, has recently put in practice a plan designed to bring together the Spanish speaking public of its territory and the American manufacturers of moving pictures. Eduardo Rodrigo, one of the managers of the firm, arrived in New York about two months ago for the purpose of establishing connections, and will be on his way back to South America by the time this issue goes to press. Following a course much in vogue among Latin-American and European buyers, which is, however, being rapidly eliminated by the modern publicity methods developed in this country, Mr. Rodrigo refused to make any public announcement whatsoever in regard to his New York activities until he had closed his contracts and was ready to leave these shores.

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
"The contracts that I have signed on behalf of the Empresa de Teatros y Cinemas, Lda.," said Mr. Rodrigo to a representative of the Moving Picture World, "cover as much as a million feet of film and represent an nvestment dollars. All these contracts year.

"We have bought all the Paralta output, which includes the pictures featuring Bessie Barriscale, Lois Wilson, Henry Walthal, J. Warren Kerrigan, Louise Glaum and Clara Williams; most of the five-reelers produced by the Select Company with Clara Kimball Young, Norma and Constance Talmadge, Alice Brady and Marion Davies ; the Selexart productions in six and seven reels ; all the Ivan films ; 'Les Miserables,' 'When a Man Sees Red,' 'Du Barry,' 'Jack and the Bean Stalk,' as well as a large and comprehensive selection of other Fox subjects; practically everything produced by Pathe here and in Europe, and numerous special productions, such as 'Inside the Lines,' 'Hypocrites,' 'I Believe,' 'The Married Virgin,' 'The Reapers,' 'The Master of the House,' 'Liberty,' 'A Man's Man,' and 'The Victim.'

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
"As you are undoubtedly aware, our firm, besides supplying the exhibitors in general, owns several theaters and controls many others. Some of them are our absolute property, and I mean by this that we own not only the buildings, but also the land. In this connection, I wish to mention the Colon and Excelsior theatres, of Lima, as well as the Cinema-Teatro of Barranco, an aristocratic watering place located twenty minutes from the capital of Peru. In Arequipa we have just opened the Olimpo theatre, equipped, as all the others, with every modern improvement. One of the theatres we control, the Merced Street Cinema-Theatre of Lima, shares the honor with another Buenos Aires house of being the only ones in South America giving continuous performances.

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
"In Chile, Ecuador and Bolivia we have branches and agencies, besides exploiting several theatres, amongst them the Alhambra of Valparaiso, especially built for moving picture exhibitions. This house is doubtless one of the most comfortable in South America.

"I might remark in passing that competition in Chile is assuming suicidal proportions. There will be very shortly eight exchanges within the republic. However, owing to the purchases recently made by us in this country, we can look to the future without the slightest fear.

"In regard to Peru, you will allow me to make one point perfectly clear. I have noticed that some South American renters, in interviews published in Cine-Mundial, insist on, alluding to their 'branches in Lima.' Now, I wish to state that amongst the theatres and moving picture houses of Lima there are only three that we do not supply. Our programs constitute ninety per cent, of the moving picture business done in Peru, and, therefore, the talk about branches and agencies down there only reveals abnormal powers of imagination.

"The capital we do business with -- not counting our investments in films -- as represented by our theatres, real estate, furniture and cash, amounts to 65,000 Peruvian Pounds, equivalent to about 325,000 Dollars in American currency. This does not include our recent purchases.

"Before closing, I might say that the American moving picture production appears to me to be simply wonderful, colossal, in quantity and quality. I have been purchasing films in all the producing and exporting markets of the world within the past five years, and it is by honest opinion that the Silent Art is advancing with gigantic strides in the studios of this country."

The Empresa de Teatros y Cinemas, Lda., which Mr. Rodrigo has been representing in New York, was founded in 1900 and occupies a prominent position in the firm (Film? - JT) trade of Latin-America.

Its president, Aurelio Garcia y Lastres. was for some time secretary of the treasury of the Peruvian Republic, and is to-day the manager of the Popular Bank of Peru. Felipe Chavez, of the Parisian commission house of Chavez Bros., is the vice-president. Chavez Bros, do all the buying for the firm in European markets.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Robert Aldrich 100 -- August 9, 2018
Director Robert Aldrich was born 100 years ago today, on 09-August-1918.  I can't tell you how many times I have seen some of his movies.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Why America Will Win -- August 7, 2018

Moving Picture World, 31-August-1918
The United States joined the First World War in April, 1917. Learning from the British, the United States put its propaganda efforts into the hands of one organization, the Committee on Public Information, also called the Creel Committee, after its chairman, George Creel. The Creel Committee produced a few features. America's Answer was "The Second United States Official War Picture."

Moving Picture World, 10-August-1918
The "Official War Review" was a series of weekly one-reelers created by the Creel Committee.

Moving Picture World, 17-August-1918
"The Great Drive Starts."

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
"Over There and Over Here."

Moving Picture World, 31-August-1918
"Seeing the War -- at Home."

Moving Picture World, 10-August-1918
Why America Will Win was a feature-length dramatic biography of General John J (Black Jack) Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force (AEF).

Moving Picture World, 17-August-1918
"The Picture of the Hour."

Moving Picture World, 24-August-1918
"Based on the Family Records of Gen. John J. Pershing."

Moving Picture World, 31-August-1918
"Trained Investigators spent month gathering intimate details of the career of General Pershing for the massive Willian Fox Production."

Moving Picture World, 31-August-1918
Meanwhile, back in Italy, the Italian armies were fighting the Austro-Hungarian and German armies.  The battlefields high in the Alps were terrible.

Moving Picture World, 31-August-1918
"The first films to show a whole battle."

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Rialto Theatre Had to Call Out The Police! -- August 5, 2018

Film Daily, 15-May-1923
Millicent Hearst, wife of publisher William Randolph Hearst, founded the New York Free Milk Fund for Babies in 1921. On 12-May-1923, sportswriters Damon Runyon and Bill Farnsworth promoted a boxing fundraiser at Madison Square Garden.

Former heavyweight champion Jess Willard, the Pottawatomie Giant, defeated Floyd Johnson, the Auburn Bulldog, by TKO in the 11th.  Heavyweight contender Luis Ángel Firpo, the Wild Bull of the Pampas, defeated Jack McAuliffe by KO in the third.

Washington Times, 13-May-1923

Friday, August 3, 2018

Big V Special Comedies -- August 3, 2018

Motion Picture News, 24-August-1918
100 years ago this month, in August, 1918, Larry Semon was "the Producer and Principal Laugh-Getter In Some of the Vitagraph Big V Comedies."  That is not a bad photo of Larry.

Motion Picture News, 03-August-1918
"Big V comedy, one part, 'Dunces and Dangers,' featuring Lawrence Semon.  Written and directed by Lawrence Semon."  He loved alliteration.

Motion Picture News, 03-August-1918
This item hints at the extravagance that later caused Larry much trouble.

Motion Picture News, 17-August-1918
"Expressions of satisfaction already have begun to reach the Vitagraph home office on its decision to release Big V Comedies as two-reel features, beginning the week of September 16 ... Mr Semon, who was for several years cartoonist on the New York Evening Sun, writes all his own comedies and directs them, in adddition to playing the leading role in each."

Motion Picture News, 17-August-1918
"Larry Semon has just completed a Big V Comedy which is 'different' by way of its being made entirely in exterior scenes."

Motion Picture News, 24-August-1918
Motion Picture News, 31-August-1918
"Vitagraph's new series of two-reel feature comedies, the first of which will be released on September 16, will bear the brand name of 'Big V Special Comedies,' to distinguish them from the single-reel 'Big V Comedies' which the company has been issued for more than two years past."

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Mary Carlisle, RIP -- August 1, 2018
Actress Mary Carlisle, the last surviving WAMPAS Baby Star, died at the age of 104.  She was married to the same guy from 1942 until he died in 2007.  She retired from acting soon after they were married.

James O'Neill Monte Cristo -- August 1, 2018

Alta California, 15-June-1884
Actor James O'Neill, father of playwright Eugene O'Neill, spent a significant portion of his career playing Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo.  O'Neill played the part over 6000 times between 1875 and the early Twentieth Century.  He grew sick of the role and felt that it stunted his growth as an actor, but the public demanded that he play the Count.

The ad above is for an 1884 week at San Francisco's California Theater.

Moving Picture World, 25-October-1913

In 1912, James O'Neill played the part in the first production of the Famous Players Film Company.  It was directed by Edwin S Porter.