Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I Cannot Tell a Lie -- February 27, 2018

Moving Picture World, 09-February-1918
Billy West closely imitated Charlie Chaplin in a long series of comedies for different studios. While Chaplin was making the excellent Mutual comedies, West was making imitations of Chaplin's Essanay comedies. When Chaplin moved on to First National distribution, Billy West was still making comedies for King-Bee. This ad was inspired by George Washington's birthday.

Moving Picture World, 09-February-1918
Here we see Billy West out of makeup.

Moving Picture World, 09-February-1918
King-Bee President Louis Burstein would soon receive a demonstration of a method of projecting backgrounds with a magic lantern.  Probably not back projection as we know it.

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