Monday, June 17, 2019

Want a Laff? -- June 17, 2019

Moving Picture News, 14-June-1919
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. We saw West move from King-Bee to Bull's Eye.

Motion Picture World, 14-June-1919
Bull's Eye also made comedies with Gale Henry and Napoleon the Chimp.

Motion Picture World, 28-June-1919
"Billy West and Gale Henry comedies are popular with all classes of theatergoers."


Sunday, June 16, 2019

Henry Jones -- June 16, 2019

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Happy Fathers' Day to all my fellow fathers. I miss my dad. And I miss my father-in-law. I haven't had anyone for whom to buy a card for a long time.

In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sean Connery played Henry Jones, the father of Indiana Jones, played by Harrison Ford.  Henry Jones reminded me of my dad, who was very intelligent and did not suffer fools gladly.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Charlie Chaplin in His Third and Latest Comedy -- June 15, 2019

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
100 years ago this month, in June, 1919, Charlie Chaplin's third production for First National, "Sunnyside," was in release.

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
The owners of the Dreamland Theater in Eagle River, Wisconsin hesitated to book "Shoulder Arms," Chaplin's second release for First National.  They came up with a new method to draw customers, by having school kids figure out "How many words can you make from the letters in the two words, 'Shoulder Arms'?"  They would give two free tickets to the boy and girl who found the most words.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
A joke.  Sort of.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
A "Shoulder Arms" ad from Hong Kong.

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
Another joke.  Sort of.  Decoration Day is now called Memorial Day.

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919

Edward Weitzel gave "Sunnyside" a good review.

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Meanwhile, Essanay was trying to squeeze everything it could from Charlie Chaplin's movies.

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Chaplin's Lone Star company, which produced the Mutual comedies, ordered that all be withdrawn.  Lone Star was negotiating a new coontract.







Thursday, June 13, 2019

Tom Mix at Old Tricks Again -- June 13, 2019

Moving Picture World, 07-June-1919
100 years ago this month, Tom Mix was starring in Fox's The Wilderness Trail, which was set in the wilds of Canada. The caption makes fun of Tom's sweater. I say you'd have to be confident in your masculinity to wear it.

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
Romance of Cow Hollow was released as Rough-Riding Romance. There is a neighborhood in San Francisco known as Cow Hollow.  No relation.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
In Rough Riding Romance, Tom was a poor farmer who struck oil and went to San Francisco to help a princess he met when she visited Cow Hollow.

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
Fox had a lot of movies in release, including seven Victory Pictures starring Tom Mix.

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High Speed may have been released as The Speed Maniac.  I do not know what became of A Hard-Boiled Tenderfoot.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cine Real -- June 11, 2019

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
The Cine Real in San Juan, Puerto Rico featured Ruth Roland in The Tiger's Trail, a serial. I was surprised that the title was displayed in English.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mrs Sidney Drew Starts New Comedy -- June 9, 2019

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
Sidney Drew starred in the Mr and Mrs Sidney Drew comedies with his first wife, Gladys Rankin Drew and his second wife, Lucille McVey. Sidney's sister, Georgiana Drew, was the mother of Ethel, Lionel and John Barrymore. Sidney and his first wife were the parents of S Rankin Drew. The Mr and Mrs Sidney Drew series was a success for Vitagraph, then Metro and then Paramount. Sidney Drew died on 19-April-1919.

He doesn't look well in this image from one of their last movies, "Squared."

Moving Picture World, 07-June-1919
I didn't know New York City had a Punch and Judy Theater.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
"Mrs Drew is playing her familiar role of Polly, and Donald McBride as her frivolous bachelor brother, heads the supporting cast."

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
Lucille is dressed in mourning.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
Hobart Henley was an actor and director.  He filmed an adaption of Edna Ferber's short story "The Gay Old Dog" starring Lucille.

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
This item says Lucille bought the screen rights to the story.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
Famous Players-Lasky had three Drew comedies in release.  


Friday, June 7, 2019

Are You Booked? -- June 7, 2019

Moving Picture World, 07-June-1919
The Red Scare went on in the United States after the successful Bolshevik Revolution in Russia and other revolutionary but unsuccessful movements such as the Bavarian Soviet Republic. Bolshevism on Trial was "A box office winner. A patronage builder. An all-round success."

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
An interesting variety of theaters, theater chains and circuits were happy with the results.


Thursday, June 6, 2019

Peggy Stewart, RIP -- June 6, 2019

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I was to learn that Peggy Stewart, who had appeared in many B-westerns and serials, mostly for Republic, died in May.  She appeared with Roy Rogers Gene Autry and Red Barry, who she married.  She continued to work in television until recent years.

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The Longest Day -- June 6, 2019

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75 years ago today, Operation Overlord began with the invasion of France by the Allies on D-Day.  This was a major step towards the end of the war.  The Longest Day, made in 1962, starred most of the actors in Hollywood and Europe.  Many of the actors had served in the war, and some were present at D-Day.

It is a long movie, but it was done well.  I watch it when it turns up on television.


Monday, June 3, 2019

A Superman in a Superpicture -- June 3, 2019

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
This six page ad promoted current heavyweight champ Jess Willard, the Pottawatomie Giant, in a feature western, Challenge of Chance. Willard, a cowboy who didn't start boxing until he was 27, was, at the time he won the title from Jack Johnson in 1915, the oldest (33), tallest (6' 6 1/2") and heaviest (235 pounds) heavyweight champ. There was some suspicion that Johnson might have thrown the fight, but no firm evidence.

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
Stories and ads about Jess Willard often mentioned his superhuman strength.  There may have been some exaggeration involved.

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
"Champion divided his time between acting in studio and training for fight with Dempsey."  Perhaps Willard should have spent more time training and less acting.

Moving Picture World, 14-June-1919
The Mission Inn still operates in Riverside.

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
"Released before the fight in all big cities."  The fight took place in Toledo, Ohio on July 4.


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Semon Comedy Has a Real Plot -- June 1, 2019

Moving Picture World, 21-June-1919
100 years ago this month, in June, 1919, the Vitagraph offered a lineup of "cool farmerettes" who were appearing in a movie with Larry Semon.

Moving Picture World, 28-June-1919
"Semon Comedy Has a Real Plot."  Does this mean that others did not?

Friday, May 31, 2019

Bessie Love's a Unique Fisher Lady -- May 31, 2019

Moving Picture World, 31-May-1919
Bessie Love fishes in one panel and runs a company in the other.  She appears to wear the same hat doing both.

Fred Allen 125 -- May 31, 2019

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Comedian Fred Allen was born 125 years ago today, on 31-May-1894. I used to listen to Gene Nelson's old time radio show on KSFO every night. He would play Fred Allen now and then. I read about Fred Allen in Jim Harmon's The Great Radio Comedians and sought a copy of Allen's memoir, Treadmill to Oblivion. I found it at the Richmond Branch library, and took it out several times. I later found Much Ado About Me and Fred Allen's Letters and read each of them several times. I think he influenced my sense of humor and delivery.

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The few people who remember him today probably remember him for Allen's Alley and his long-time feud with Jack Benny.  The feud was staged, but it was often very funny.

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His best performance in a movie was as one of the criminals in "The Ransom of Red Chief," part of the anthology movie O Henry's Full House. Oscar Levant, another favorite of mine, was his partner.