Thursday, July 7, 2022

Harold Lloyd's "Grandma's Boy" in 10th Week -- July 7, 2022

Moving Picture World, 22-July-1922

This two-page trade ad with color must have been very expensive, but Harold Lloyd's first full-length feature, Grandma's Boy, was bringing in scads of money. The ad lists two major theaters, the Symphony in Los Angeles and the Strand in San Francisco which were showing it on an indefinite run. This was not common in 1922. The film would soon open at another major theater, the Mark Strand in Manhattan.

Moving Picture World, 15-July-1922

This item says that the eighth week of the run of Grandma's Boy at the Symphony Theater in Los Angeles broke Harold's own "world" record for the longest run of a comedy.

Moving Picture World, 22-July-1922

And here we see Grandma's Boy reach its ninth week at the Symphony Theater.

Moving Picture World, 29-July-1922

Here is a report about Grandma's Boy reaching its tenth week at the Symphony Theater.

Moving Picture World, 22-July-1922

Everybody wanted to book Grandma's Boy.

Moving Picture World, 29-July-1922

Moving Picture World, 29-July-1922

Piracy was as much of a problem in 1922 as it is in 2022. Harold foiled pirates by releasing Grandma's Boy overseas before he released it in the US.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Shelley Hack 75 -- July 6, 2022


Actress Shelley Hack was born 75 years ago today, on 06-July-1947. I remember seeing her in perfume commercials, and then she spent a year appearing on Charlie's Angels.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Bobby Connelly, Highly Paid Boy Film Star, Dies -- July 5, 2022

New York Evening News, 14-May-1922

Child star Bobby Connelly died 100 years ago today, on 05-July-1922. He was 13 years old.

Bobby Connelly, 
Highly Paid Boy 
Film Star, Dies

Bobby Connelly, who was one of the most famous child motion picture stars in the world, died at his home, 45 Spencer Avenue, Lynbrook, L. I., yesterday of acute bronchitis. He had been ill three months. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at St. Raymond's Roman Catholic Church, Lynbrook, and internment will follow at Elmont, L. I.

Bobbie (sic - JT) made a big hit in "Humoresque." Later he appeared in "The Old Oaken Bucket," and recently appeared as star in "Wild Youth," not yet released.

Bobby was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Connelly, vaudeville and motion picture actors. He also headed a vaudeville company of his own in a sketch on the Keith circuit. He was one of the highest paid child stars in the world. 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Independence Day, 2022 -- July 4, 2022

Happy Independence Day, everyone. Marilyn Monroe warns of the dangers of fireworks.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Wanted, Slot Machines -- July 3, 2022

New York Clipper, 04-April-1903

Frank Kelly was looking for Kinetoscopes, Mutoscopes and many other coin-in-the-slot machines. 

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Larry Semon's $500,000 Production -- July 2, 2022

Ogden Standard-Examiner, 11-July-1922

Larry Semon was very big 100 years ago this month. "Larry Semon's $500,000 Production" -- This was a harbinger of troubles to come.

Buffalo Courier, 16-July-1922

Larry married his leading lady, Lucille Carlisle, in 1922, but the match did not last. 

Friday, July 1, 2022

Robert Mitchum 25 Years -- July 1, 2022
Robert Mitchum, a pioneering joker, smoker and midnight toker, died 25 years ago today, on 01-July-1997.  Although he always said he hated acting, he managed to give many great performances in many great films. 

After a wild youth and some factory work, he started out playing bad guys in Hopalong Cassidy movies.  After he appeared in Thirty Second Over Tokyo, directed Mervyn LeRoy persuaded RKO to sign Mitchum to a long-term contract.
Mitchum's first big hit was William Wellman's The Story of G.I. Joe, made while on load to United Artists.  The movie is the story of Ernie Pyle, a war correspondent who paid attention to the infantrymen.  I cry every time I see the death of Captain Bill Walker, played by Mitchum.
 Robert Mitchum as Captain Walker and Burgess Meredith as Ernie Pyle.
After The Story of G.I. Joe, RKO starred Mitchum in a series of B Westerns adapted from Zane Grey stories.
He appeared in many film noirs.  Out of the Past is one of the best. 

In 1948, Mitchum was busted for for possession of marijuana.  This would have ruined some peoples' careers, but it fit right in with his image.
Mitchum played an evil man in The Night of the Hunter with Lillian Gish and Shelley Winters.  It was the only movie that Charles Laughton directed.  I don't know why he never got another chance.
Mitchum was even scarier in Cape Fear
One of my favorites among Mitchum's later movies is Farewell, My Lovely, where he played Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe.  It was a faithful adaption with beautiful period settings.  And it had Charlotte Rampling.
Robert Mitchum as Phillip Marlowe and Charlotte Rampling as Helen Grayle. 

A few years later, Mitchum played Phillip Marlowe in The Big Sleep.  It was horrible.  It was set in modern times in Britain. 

A lot of people were surprised that he lived as long as he did.