Sunday, May 19, 2019

Bring the Children. This Boy is Always Good for a Laugh -- 19-May-2019

Chickasha, Oklahoma Daily Express, 30-May-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.

Note that the bill at the Kozy Theater in Chickasha, Oklahoma is interesting.  "The Stagecoach Driver and the Girl," was a rerelease of a one-reeler that Tom Mix made for the Selig Polyscope Company in 1915.  There is also a chapter of "The Master Mystery," a serial starring Harry Houdini.  "Its Weird; It Thrills; Its different."  Those "Its" should have apostrophes.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
"Her First False Hair" is an interesting title.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
Bulls Eye (no apostrophe in this title) sold comedies with Billy West and Gale Henry on a states rights basis.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
"Coppers and Scents"?  That is pushing it.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
Executives from the offices in New York and the studio in Hollywood decided to split the difference and meet in Chicago.

Moving Picture World, 17-May-1919
Bulls Eye comedies with Billy West were selling well.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Charlie's Chauffering Some Cows Along the Straight and Narrow -- May 17, 2019

Moving Picture World, 31-May-1919
100 years ago this month, in May, 1919, Essanay was trying to squeeze everything it could from Charlie Chaplin's movies. I like the image in this ad.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
"These four pictures and also the Essanay-Chaplin, 'Triple Trouble,' are now booking through the World Film Corporation." Essanay was still pushing its cut and paste Chaplin movie, "Triple Trouble."

Moving Picture World, 17-May-1919
"The audience which filled the Rialto enjoyed Chaplin in an Essanay of the vintage of 1915 as though it had made last week and released yesterday."

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
An Australian trade magazine presented a cake to "the most popular screen or stage star appearing in that country during the year."  Chaplin was the first male star to win the cake, which arrived at the studio on his 30th birthday, April 16.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
Chaplin finished his third movie for First National, the rural story "Sunnyside."

Moving Picture World, 31-May-1919
Chaplin and cows.

Moving Picture World, 31-May-1919
I have no idea why Charlie's half-brother and business manager Syd wanted to pay $50,000 for a rug from the Hotel Alexandria.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
Syd was also a pilot.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
Syd planned to form an airline, one of the first privately owned airlines in the United States.  He sought a franchise for flying passengers from Santa Monica to Catalina Island. The Syd Chaplin Airline Company lasted for one year.

Moving Picture World, 31-May-1919
Syd also planned to return to the movies, producing feature films for Famous Players-Lasky release.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tim Conway and Machiko Kyō, RIP -- May 16, 2019

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Tim Conway has died.  He was funny.  I remember him from McHale's Navy reruns, but mostly from the Carol Burnett Show, where he frequently cracked up Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman.  I don't think I have seen any of his movies.




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Actress Machiko Kyō also died. She was the wife in Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

TOM MIX -- The Only Money Maker In Xistence -- May 15, 2019

Moving Picture World, 17-May-1919
100 years ago this month, Tom Mix was starring in Fox's The Coming of the Law.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
Tom played a crusading newspaper editor in the west.  This could often be a dangerous profession.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
Editor Tom discusses a reader's concerns.  George Walsh was the younger brother of director Raoul Walsh.

Moving Picture World, 03-May-1919
"Take Back Your Hardware, Steve; I Ordered Bric-a-Brac."  I have no idea what the last clause means.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
I'm guessing this company was rereleasing Tom's old movies for Selig.

Moving Picture World, 10-May-1919
Fred LeRoy Granville was a cinematographer and director for some of Tom's movies.  He photographed The Coming of the Law.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Doris Day, RIP -- May 14, 2019

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Actress, singer and animal rights activist Doris Day has died.  She was a good actress, but I didn't like her movies from the early 1960s.  I thought her singing was annoying in Hitchcock's remake of The Man Who Knew too Much.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Directs Advertisement to Aviators -- May 13, 2019

Moving Picture World, 17-May-1919
Painting signs on the roofs of large buildings for the benefit of aviators was popular after the war.

Moving Picture World, 17-May-1919
CREDIT Ralph Ruffner with being the first to advertise his theatre to the birdmen. He is the first to make a direct and exclusive appeal to the airmen. For years it has been customary for tradesmen in the cities to letter the tops of their delivery wagons to advertise to those on the upper floors of tall buildings, but Ruffner seems to be entitled to the credit of being the first to paint a sign on the roof inviting the patronage of the flyers, as the accompanying illustration shows.

The Flying Circus, which has been touring the country in the interest of the Victory Loan, gave an exhibition at Butte, Mont., on Sunday, April 27, and early that morning Ruffner spread on the roof of his theatre white sign cloth letters nine feet high. He had just fastened them down to his satisfaction when the first of the planes appeared, an hour or more ahead of schedule, and Ruff congratulated himself that he was just in time.

Brings Passes to Flying Field.

He hustled out to the flying field with some passes in his pocket to look up the man who was to make photographs for the local Loan Committee and found Lt. Miller, who laughed when Ruff begged him to be sure to get the Rialto sign into the picture he was making. The lieutenant laughed and explained that it was he who formed the advance guard, coming in ahead of the others that the committee could get an early start on the plates.

"I could not overlook your sign," he said. "It was the most conspicuous thing in sight and I wondered who was advertising to get our business."

When the photographs came out the shots showed the theatre very clearly in some of the low altitude exposures and was to be seen even in those taken a mile above the town. Of course the local papers gave the house a triple column display and Ruff made the sign do double duty in appealing not only to the airmen, but to the rest of the town. The idea came too late to be done in permanent form, but it is now duplicated in paint and will be kept freshly whitened to serve as a guide to cross-country fliers.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Peggy Lipton, RIP -- May 11, 2019

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I was sad to learn that actress Peggy Lipton, who starred in The Mod Squad on television has died.


"The Odd Squad" in June, 1969 was one of my favorite Mad Magazine television satires. You could always tell which actresses Mort Drucker really liked.