Friday, April 19, 2024

The New Wisconsin Theater, Milwaukee -- April 19, 2024

Motion Picture News, 26-April-1924

The New Wisconsin Theater in Milwaukee had a beautiful lobby. The theater was built in 1921. It when through a variety of names, and went out of business in 1975. The site is now a vacant lot. 

Motion Picture News, 26-April-1924

The Original Gold-Diggers Were '49ers -- Most of the Modern Ones are 36s -- WAGL -- April 19, 2042

Film Daily, 11-April-1924

"The original gold-diggers were '49ers -- Most of the modern ones are 36s -- WAGL."

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Frisco Jenny -- April 18, 2024

Today is the 118th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco. Wild Bill Wellman directed Ruth Chatterton in Frisco Jenny, a strong pre-code movie. The Earthquake and Fire kills Jenny's father and fiancee, and she gives birth soon after. She becomes involved in prostitution and has to give up her son. Her son grows up to be a lawyer and then district attorney. He doesn't know he is prosecuting his mother for murder and before she is hanged, she begs her old friend never to tell him.

WAGL is as WAGL Does -- April 18, 2024

"WAGL is as WAGL does."

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

M-G-M 100 -- April 17. 2024

Film Daily, 06-April-1924

100 years ago today, on 17-April-1924, the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M) Corporation was formed by the merger of the Goldwyn Company and Louis B Mayer's Metro Pictures Corporation. M-G-M became the most powerful film corporation in Hollywood. I notice that this item does not mention the Loewe Corporation. I remember the credit on M-G-M movies that said "Controlled by the Loew's Corporation." 

Along with Mayer, the new company received production manager Irving Thalberg and his wife actress Norma Shearer.

"See How the World Wags," said Shakespeare. Nowadays it WAGLs -- April 17, 2024

Film Daily, 10-April-1924

"'See how the world Wags,' said Shakespeare. Nowadays it WAGLs."

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Henry Mancini 100 -- April 16, 2024

Composer Henry Mancini was born 100 years ago today, on 16-April-1924. I grew up hearing his music in movies, in television shows and when my dad would sometimes listen to KABL, an easy-listening station. He often worked with Blake Edwards. "The Pink Panther Theme" is ubiquitous.

Henry Mancini - The Pink Panther Theme | WDR Funkhausorchester

Moon River...Henry Mancini...

I Say A Little Prayer