Saturday, February 24, 2024

Mack Sennett Presents Picking Peaches With Harry Langdon -- February 24, 2024

Motion Picture News, 09-February-1924

Vaudeville comic Harry Langdon had started to appear in short comedies for Mack Sennett. "Picking Peaches," directed by Erle C Kenton, was the first. Sennett's Bathing Beauties were prominently featured.

Motion Picture News, 02-February-1924

Motion Picture News, 02-February-1924

Langdon's childlike/childish character did not appear in this film.

Friday, February 23, 2024

Fred Thomson -- The Screen's Newest and Biggest Western Star -- February 23, 2023

Motion Picture News, 02-February-1924

Fred Thomson (no relation) had a diverse career. While attending the Princeton Theological Seminary, he earned the Amateur Athletic Union's All-Around Champion trophy in 1910, 1911 and 1913. After being ordained as a Presbyterian minister, he joined the Army and served as a chaplain during World War One. He went into the movie business after he married director and screenwriter Frances Marion. In time, he became a major western star. Sadly, he died of tetanus in 1928.

The Mask of Lopez was directed by Albert S Rogell. 

Film Daily, 24-February-1924

Art Acord was a cowboy star who appeared in many silent films but did not make the transition to talkies. 

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Happy Birthday, George Washington -- February 22, 2024

New York Daily News, 22-February-1924

Today would have been the 292nd birthday of our first President, George Washinton. 100 years ago this week, director DW Griffith's America, an epic about the Revolutionary War opened at Manhattan's Forty-Fourth Street Theater. George Washington did not play a large part in the movie, but he played an indispensable role in the events. The movie was intended to be the first in a series.  

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Vagabond Trail Next for Buck Jones -- February 21, 2024

Motion Picture News, 09-February-1924

The Fox Film Corporation needed a western star to back up Tom Mix. Buck Jones made a long series of movies for Fox. I imagine they tried to change his name to Charles to allow him to move into other movie genres. Marian Nixon co-starred in Vagabond Trail and Wild Bill Wellman directed. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Tom Mix -- The West of Yesterday -- February 20, 2024

Motion Picture News, 02-February-1924

Tom Mix was the greatest western star in silent films. In 1924 he published The West of Yesterday, "Compiled and Edited By J. B. M. Clark From Interviews With the Author." I haven't read it yet, but I can imagine it will include some tall tales.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Magnificent Doll --February 19, 2024

Magnificent Doll was a 1946 movie about future president James Madison (Burgess Meredith) and Alexander Hamilton's (David Niven) rivalry in courting the widow Dolley Payne Todd (Ginger Rogers), who became Dolley Madison. Frank Borzage directed.

I love Ginger Rogers, but I don't think she looked anything like Dolley Madison.

Lee Marvin 100 -- February 19, 2024

Lee Marvin was born 100 years ago today, on 19-February-2024. I always liked his style. He served in the Marine Corps during World War Two and was severely wounded on Saipan.

He made a big impression as the psychotic Vince in The Big Heat. Be careful around coffee pots.