Sunday, April 11, 2021

So Excruciatingly Funny -- April 11, 2021


Motion Picture News, 30-April-1921

In his wonderful book The Silent Clowns, Walter Kerr suggested that Lloyd Hamilton was one of the great silent comics whose reputation has diminished. This is because many of the Mermaid Comedies that Hamilton made for Educational during the 1920s are lost. Perhaps this is also because he was not able to succeed as a star in feature films.

Jimmie Adams appeared in many silent comedies and, for a time, was one of the Hallroom Boys

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Chuck Connors 100 -- April 10, 2021


Actor and athlete Chuck Connors was born 100 years ago today, on 10-April-1921. He played basketball for the Boston Celtics and baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs and the Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels. I never saw The Rifleman, but some of my friends loved it. They grew up in markets where the reruns were on television. I have seen him in many movies and television shows, but the only one that comes to mind is Airplane II: The Sequel

Friday, April 9, 2021

William S Hart Says Wear Your Mask -- April 9, 2021


Great Falls Tribune, 16-April-1921

William S Hart reminds us to wear our masks. I love the design of this ad.

Motion Picture News, 30-April-1921

The Palace Theater in Des Moines advertised O'Malley of the Mounted.

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

When I saw Neal Hart's name, I assumed he was one of many actors who changed their last names to match famous stars, but Neal Hart was this gentleman's real name and he was said to be a distant cousin of William S Hart.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Laughs That Lloyd Builds -- April 7, 2021


Motion Picture News, 23-April-1921

I like the locomotive. 

Motion Picture News, 02-April-1921

Here we see a two-page trade ad for Harold's latest. 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Roscoe Arbuckle -- Excellent Use of Cut-Outs -- April 5, 2021


Motion Picture News, 30-April-1921

The Garden Theater in Des Moines promoted Brewster's Millions with this display.

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

The Rivoli Theater in Philadelphia promoted The Life of the Party with cardboard cutouts.

Motion Picture News, 23-April-1921

I thought it was ironic that Roscoe's frequent leading lady at Comique was going to appear in a movie with Al Roscoe. I found a photo of him,. but he doesn't look that interesting. 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Happy Easter, 2021 -- April 4, 2021

Happy Easter, everyone. Actress and director Ida Lupino poses with a darned big Easter Bunny.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Larry Semon -- The Rent Collector -- April 3, 2021


Motion Picture News, 30-April-1921

100 years ago this month, the Vitagraph featured Larry Semon in "The Rent Collector."

Motion Picture News, 02-April-1921