Monday, July 15, 2019

Billy West, the Genuine Article -- July 15, 2019

Moving Picture World, 26-July-1919
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. Before we saw West move from King-Bee to Bull's Eye. This month we'll see him move from Bull's Eye to Emerald.

Moving Picture World, 26-July-1919
In this ad over his signature, Billy attests that he is now working for the Emerald Motion Picture Company.

Moving Picture World, 05-July-1919
Bull's Eye Film Corporation was still releasing Billy West comedies, along with movies starring Gale Henry and a monkey.

Moving Picture World, 05-July-1919
Exhibitors were happy with the Bulls Eye Billy West comedies.

Moving Picture World, 12-July-1919
"The Bulls Eye idea is: The funniest pictures from the two funniest stars, Billy West and Gale Henry."

Moving Picture World, 19-July-1919
Bulls Eye sued Billy, who had fulfilled three months of a two year contract, and then left to sign with Emerald, claiming that Bulls Eye "failed to live up to its agreement."  This article says that Billy prevailed.

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