Thursday, March 31, 2016

Patty Duke, RIP -- March 31, 2016

I was surprised to learn of the death of actress Patty Duke.  I remember hearing about her all my life.  I never saw her television show, but I would turn on the television for some show and see the end of reruns.  Later I saw The Miracle Worker.  She married John Astin, who was one of my favorites.  She did good work for many causes.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Rising 100 Years -- March 28, 2016
100 years ago, on Easter Monday, 1916, the Irish Volunteers and members of the Irish Citizen Army and the Cumann na mBan rose up against the British occupation in Dublin and declared the Irish Republic.  The British stopped them and executed their leaders.  This heavy-handed response led to increased support for Irish independence.

Seán O'Casey wrote a play, The Plough and the Stars, which premiered in 1926.  The last two acts take place during the rising.  In 1936, director John Ford adapted it into a movie starring Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck. 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter, 2016 -- March 27, 2016

Film Daily, 07-March-1928

Happy Easter, everyone. Here is a bunny for Easter. Disney lost control of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in 1928 and didn't get him back until 2006.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sterling Hayden 100 -- March 26, 2016
Actor Sterling Hayden was born 100 years ago today, on 26-March-1916.  He preferred sailing to acting, but he was in some good movies, like Johnny Guitar, Asphalt Jungle, Doctor Strangelove and The Godfather.  He enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War Two, went to officer candidate school, then got assigned to the OSS, where he worked with Yugoslav partisans and got a commendation from Marshal Josip Broz Tito. I remember how San Francisco columnist Herb Caen would write about Sterling Hayden when he lived in Sausalito. For a time he lived in one of the pilot houses of the ferryboat Berkeley, which was moored in Sausalito.

Ferryboat Berkeley moored in Sausalito in the 1960s.  It housed a warren of shops known as the Trade Fair.  It is now preserved at the San Diego Maritime Museum

Friday, March 25, 2016

News of the Week March 25, 1916 -- March 25, 2016

The 25-March-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"California High School girls dancing in the snow of Central Park, New York, in Grecian costumes.  Mutual Weekly, No. 63."  Isadora Duncan had a strong influence on modern dance, especially in her native California.  These poor girls must have been awfully cold. 

"Old Alsatian women, who recalls previous ward, greeting friend soldier after a recent victory.  Pathe News."  In 1871, Germany annexed the Alsace-Lorraine from France.  In World War One, it went back and forth a few times.  At the end of the war, France kept it.

"Frank Moran, heavyweight boxer, out with his ice-auto for a little wintry ozone.  Pathe News"  Frank Moran, the Fighting Dentist, fought heavyweight champion Jess Willard, the Pottawatomie Giant at Madison Square Garden on 25-March-1916.  Willard won in 10 lifeless rounds. 

"Boys join in scientific baking at Lane Technical High School, Chicago.  Hearst-Vitagraph."  Lane Technical High School, founded in 1908, now serves as a magnet school.  Girls began attending in 1971.

"Steam fishing smack arrives in Boston covered with ice.  Hearst-Vitagraph."  Smacks were common fishing boats on the east coast. 

"A speeder in the winder motor boat regatta at Miami, Florida.  Mutual Weekly, No. 63."  I can't find reports about the 1916 regatta.  It may have been organized by Carl G Fisher. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

News of the Week March 18, 1916 -- March 18, 2016

The 18-March-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Double wreck on New Haven railroad at Milford, Conn.  Mutual Weekly." Ten people were killed by a rear-end collision and boiler explosion on the New Haven Railroad on 22-February-1916.

"Frank Chance, manager of Los Angeles ball team, photographed on his farm. Hearst-Vitagraph."  Frank Chance, the Peerless Leader, a native of California, had been the first baseman in the Chicago Cubs' famous double play combination of Tinker to Evers to Chance.  In 1916, he was manager of the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

"Canadian troops in maneuvers near Winnipeg before leaving for front.  Hearst-Vitagraph."  I have mentioned before that Canadian soldiers played a critical role on the Western Front.

"Subway halted for hours while rain is pumped from tracks, New York.  Universal."  Heavy rain on 04-March-1916 flooded the subway tracks. 

"American and Mexican health officers disinfect Mexican emigrants.  Selig-Tribune."  On 02-March-1916, the US Public Health Service reported cases of typhus in El Paso, Texas.  Mexican emigrants from Chihuahua were turned back at the international bridge because they had smallpox.

"Waiting in the trenches at Souchez, France, for call to battle.  Pathe."  Souchez is in northern France.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, 2016 -- March 17, 2016

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, everyone.

Actress Martha Vickers made a great impression as Carmen Sternwood in The Big Sleep.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Mercedes McCambridge 100 -- March 16, 2016

Mercedes McCambridge, formidable star of stage, screen, radio and television, was born 100 years ago today, on 16-March-1916.
She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for All the King's Men

She played Joan Crawford's opponent in Johnny Guitar.  Wonderful performance. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wolfgang Petersen, 75 -- March 14, 2016

Happy 75th birthday to German director Wolfgang Petersen, who was born on 14-March-1941. 

I remember when Das Boot came to America.  We went to see it at the Bridge Theater on Geary.  I enjoyed it, but I remember controversy about the way the crew behaved and what some perceived as glorification of the German war. 

I enjoyed The NeverEnding Story

Friday, March 11, 2016

News of the Week March 11, 1916 -- March 11, 2016

The 11-March-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Wounded French soldier learning to write with his left hand -- Pathe."  The carnage of the war led to advances in prosthetics and treatment of injuries.

"Baptiste Ugo, nine-foot Italian and Esmiliare Adrien, 29-inch Frenchman Arrive in New York -- Pathe."  Battista Ugo was born on 21-June-1876 he and his younger brother Paolo Antonio performed in France as "les Geants des Alpes."  Baptiste was 7 feet, 6 1/2 inches tall.  Antonio was going to the United States to work for the Barnum and Bailey Circus.  He died on 15-February-1914.  Baptiste went in his place.  He died of diphtheria on 22-April-1916.  Adrien was 2 feet, 3 1/2 inches tall. 

"Fighting the five million dollar dock fire suffered by Brooklyn, N. Y. -- Mutual."  A 16-February-1916 fire destroyed Pier Three and two ships.  The fire was thought to be caused by electricity rather than sabotage.

"U. S. S. Pennsylvania, Uncle Sam's latest superdreadnaught, leaving for speed trials. -- Hearst-Vitagraph."  Dreadnaught USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) was launched on 16-March-1915.  During the Pearl Harbor attack, she was in drydock, but her anti-aircraft guns fought back.  15 of her crew were killed, but she was able to sail to San Francisco for repairs.

"Miss Hildur Erlandsen, winner of cross country race at Cary, Ill., skee tournament. -- Hearst-Vitagraph."  It looks as if the ski meet was held on 13-February-1913.  One report says Mrs F. Lunde was first and Mrs Erlandsen was second.

"Superimposed turrets of the Battleship Pennsylvania, each carrying three huge guns. -- Pathe."  We saw a Hearst-Vitagraph about the ship above. 

"Mr. and Mrs. Polar Bear enjoying the winter weather in Central Park Zoo. -- Hearst-Vitagraph."  Just as we like animal videos, newsreel audiences liked animal stories. 

"Wreck of the Aberdeen, San Francisco harbor. -- Mutual."  During a big storm on 28-january-1916, steam schooner Aberdeen, carrying garbage for the city of Oakland, was driven ashore outside of the Golden Gate.  Eight men were lost.  I'm not sure the image shows the Aberdeen, which was reported to be smashed up. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sam Jaffe 125 -- March 10, 2016
Actor Sam Jaffe was born 125 years ago, either on 08- or 10-March-1891.  I remember seeing him on television.

He was a friend of John Huston.  Huston gave him the part of Doc in Asphalt Jungle.  He played strange roles like the High Lama in Lost Horizon and Gunga Din in Gunga Din

Friday, March 4, 2016

News of the Week March 4, 1916 -- March 4, 2016

The 04-March-1916 Motography featured "News of the Week as Shown in Films," with items from current newsreels.

"Archbishop Mundelein of Chicago (in center) on way to Holy Name Cathedral to be installed.  Hearst-Vitagraph."  George Mundelein was Archbishop of Chicago from 1915 to 1939.  He was installed on 09-February-1916.  He was created a Cardinal in 1924. 

"St. Paul, Minn., indulges in a 'Carnival of Winter Sports.'  Mutual Weekly No. 8."  The Outdoor Sports Carnival included a parade on 02-February-1916.

"Auto squadron tests transporting wireless equipment near Los Angeles.  Universal Weekly."  The Army was experimenting with new technologies like automobiles, radios and airplanes.

"Society folk from all over the country 'wintering' at Palm Beach.  Hearst-Vitagraph."  Palm Beach, Florida was an upscale resort founded by railroad magnate Henry M Flagler. 

"Famous Wurtemberg regiment which led way into Warsaw drilling in part in captured city.  Pathe."  Württemberg was a small German state.  The Germans had captured Warsaw on 05-August-1915.

"Arrival at Key West of the K-5 'lost' U. S. submarine.  Mutual."  Submarine K-5 disappeared in a heavy fog in late January, 1916, but turned up safe. 

"Henry Ford being photographed by Mutual Weekly cameraman during peace expedition.  Mutual."  Henry Ford was opposed to the war and wanted to inspire a peace conference.  Pacifist Rosika Schwimmer persuaded him to finance a Peace Ship to sail to Stockholm.  Oscar II sailed from New York on 04-December-1915.  Vicious fighting among the pacifists and an outbreak of influenza caused many problems.  Discouraged, Ford sailed back to the US. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

George Kennedy, RIP -- March 2, 2016

I was sad to learn of the passing of actor George Kennedy.  He was very good in movies like Cool Hand Luke and Charade

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Taking a Break. 2016 -- March 1, 2016

I find that I need to take another break. I don't have any blogathons scheduled right now, but I hope to participate in a few.  I have one more entry for Iconic City Hall if I can find the photo.