Saturday, September 27, 2014

An Unusually Realistic Prototype of Hang Town Temperment and History -- September 27, 2014

Moving Picture World, 12-September-1914

George Middleton, a San Francisco automobile dealer, married the beautiful and celebrated prima donna (that's how she was billed), musical comedy actress Beatriz Michelena in San Francisco in 1907. She left the stage for a while, then returned in 1910. In 1912, Middleton, son of a famous family in the lumber business, founded the California Motion Picture Company in San Rafael, north of San Francisco. At first he made promotional films for his auto business, but in 1914 he began to produce dramatic features starring his wife. Salomy Jane still survives and is very impressive. Most of the CMPC movies were destroyed in a fire.

Moving Picture World, 12-September-1914

Hang Town is now called Placerville. 

Motography, 05-September-1914

A very similar, almost identical, item appeared in Motography the week before. 

Moving Picture World, 12-September-1914

The Alco Film Corporation often gets blamed for the poor distribution of CMPC movies.  Note that Ethel Barrymore is in the center of the constellation of stars. 

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