Friday, May 25, 2018

Billy West, Learning to Knit -- May 25, 2018

Moving Picture World, 11-May-1918
Billy West closely imitated Charlie Chaplin in a long series of comedies for different studios. While Chaplin was making the excellent Mutual comedies, West was making imitations of Chaplin's Essanay comedies. When Chaplin moved on to First National distribution, Billy West was still making comedies for King-Bee. King-Bee often came up with some interesting ads, but I couldn't find any from May, 1918.

Moving Picture World, 04-May-1918
Billy West wrote a scenario called "The King of Volcano."  It was apparently released as "Beauties in Distress."

Moving Picture World, 18-May-1918
"This is said to be the first time since King-Bee has had him under contract that he appears in costume."  I guess they didn't consider the tramp clothes as a costume.
Moving Picture World, 25-May-1918
Everyone wore hats back then.  The Hatless Club members felt that going bare-headed was good for the hair.  DW Griffith went through a phase of cutting holes in the tops of his hats for the same reason.

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