Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Patchwork Girl of Oz -- March 23, 2014

The Oz Film Manufacturing Company, located in Los Angeles, was formed in 1914 to produce movies based on stories by L Frank Baum, the creator of The Wizard of Oz.  The company made some movies, but was not a financial success. This review of their first feature, by W Stephen Bush is from the 03-October-1914 edition of Moving Picture World.  The reviewer is fairly enthusiastic, with some reservations.  "The acting is fair, and some of the characters enter into their parts with a good deal of enjoyable enthusiasm." 

The other article in this clipping is about the arrival in Hollywood of William C deMille, brother of Cecil B DeMille.  William did not capitalize his "D."  William was an experienced and successful playwright.  He became a good director, although he never had the commercial success that his brother attained.  William was considered a more serious artist. 

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