Friday, July 28, 2023

Magic -- Mirth -- Mystery -- Magnificence -- July 28, 2023

Motion Picture News, 14-July-1923

Director Maurice Tourneur began making films for Éclair in France. In 1914 he came to America to make movies for Éclair's subsidiary. Later he moved to other American companies. He went back to France after disagreements with M-G-M.

The Brass Bottle was based on a novel by British author Thomas Anstey Guthrie. It was about a man , played by Harry Myers, who purchased an antique, which turned out to contain a genie. The first film adaption of the book was made in 1914. 

Motion Picture News, 14-July-1923

Motion Picture News, 14-July-1923

The four-page ad is beautiful.

There was a talkie version in 1964, which ironically starred Barbara Eden, who did not play the genii. Tony Randall played the man who met the genie. 

The story clearly inspired the television show I Dream of Jeannie, where Barbara Eden did play the genie. 

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