Friday, January 17, 2020

Charles Chaplin in the Comedy Everybody Has Laughed At -- January 17, 2020

Seattle Star, 15-January-1920
The two reeler "A Day's Pleasure" is considered one of Chaplin's lesser efforts, but it received billing above the feature at the Liberty Theater in Seattle.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Buck Henry, RIP -- January 11, 2020

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I was sorry to learn that Buck Henry has died.  He did all sorts of interesting things.  He was one of the creators of Get Smart.  He wrote the screenplays for movies like The Graduate, What's Up, Doc? and Catch-22.  He acted in movies like The Man Who Fell to Earth and Heaven Can Wait.

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Friday, January 3, 2020

Dew Drop Inn -- January 3, 2019

New Ulm Review, 31-December-1919
This ad features an interesting caricature of Larry Semon, who was appearing in "Dew Drop Inn."

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Six Years -- January 1, 2020

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I launched this blog six years ago today, on 01-January-2014. I split it from my other blog, The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion.

In 2019, I participated in one blogathon and one web challenge:

The Fifth Annual Buster Keaton Blogathon:

Paramount Comedy Releases Press Books (Sep 1918-Sep 1919)
Comique: Roscoe, Buster, Al and Luke
http://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/2019/02/comique-roscoe-buster-al-and-luke.html

October, 2019 Movie Challenge


https://bigvriotsquad.blogspot.com/2019/10/october-2019-movie-challenge-october-31.html

Battleboro Daily Reformer, January 9, 1919
In January 2019 I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the founding of United Artists. I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the death of Theodore Roosevelt.

I wrote about the 125th birthday of actress ZaSu Pitts and the 100th birthdays of actress Carole Landis, actor Robert Stack, genius Ernie Kovacs and baseball player and civil rights activist Jackie Robinson.

I noted the death of actress Carol Channing and actor Dick Miller.

I commended Fritzi, the host of the blog Movies, Silently, who published an article in Smithsonian Magazine's website.

International Motion Picture Almanac - 1937-1938
In February, 2019 I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of United Artists.

I wrote about the beginning of the Year of the Pig.

I noted the 125th birthdays of directors John Ford and King Vidor and comedian Jack Benny.  I noted the 100th birthdays of Eva Gabor and Jack Palance.

I wrote about the death of actress Julie Adams, actor Albert Finney, Monkee Peter Tork and director Stanley Donen.

Moving Picture World, 01-March-1919
In March, 2019 I wrote about a DVD produced by Fritzi, the proprietor of the wonderful blog Movies Silently.

I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the birth of actress Jennifer Jones.

I mourned the death of director Agnès Varda.
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In April, 2019 Notre Dame de Paris caught fire.  It suffered great damage.

I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the death of actor Sidney Drew.

I wrote about the deaths of actress Bibi Anderson and director John Singleton.

Moving Picture World, 24-May-1919
In May, 2019 I posted on the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

I noted the 125th anniversary of the birth of comic writer and performer Fred Allen. 

I wrote about the deaths of actor Peter Mayhew, actress Peggy Lipton, singer Doris Day, actor Tim Conway and actress Machiko Kyo.

Motion Picture World, 28-June-1919
In June, 2019 I wrote about the musical Hamilton.

I wrote about the 100th anniversary of the births of critic Pauline Kael and actor Slim Pickens.

I wrote about the deaths of actress Peggy Stewart and director Franco Zeffirelli.

Wid's Daily, 02-July-1919
In July, 2019 I noted the 100th anniversary of the Dempsey-Willard fight.  I wrote about the end of Mad Magazine.  I noted the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing.

I marked Walter Brennan's 125th birthday.

I wrote about the deaths of comedian Arte Johnson, actress Valentina Cortese and actors Rip Torn and David Hedison.