Thursday, May 13, 2021

Wiiliam S Hart -- Highest Class in Every Way -- May 13, 2021


Richmond, Kentucky Daily Register, 23-May-1921

"This is the first of my own productions." Before The Toll Gate, Thomas Ince had produced William S Hart's films. 

Albuquerque Morning Journal, 17-May-1921

The B Theater. Interesting name. "A Wm. S. Hart Production."

Morning Tulsa Daily World, 29-May-1921

Truthful Tulliver was a reissue of a 1917 Ince production. Notice that nothing in the ad says that this was a reissue.  

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Norman Lloyd, RIP -- May 12, 2021

Norman Lloyd has died at the age of 106. I remember when Saint Elsewhere began its run on television and I realized that the kindly old doctor had also been in Saboteur and Limelight.  I imagine there is only a limited set of people who worked with both Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin.

Lloyd was put on the Hollywood blacklist, but Hitchcock had enough influence to get him off of it. Lloyd was associate producer of Alfred Hitchcock Presents and he directed many episodes.

His character in Saboteur was named Frank Fry. What a great name for an arsonist. And what a wonderful exit.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Harold Lloyd -- Look at His Teeth -- May 11, 2021


Motion Picture News, 21-May-1921

Here we have a two-page trade ad for "Among Those Present."

 Cinea was a French industry magazine. If I am reading it correctly, it says "Harold LLoyd, known as 'Him', in Him at the Cow-boys." I thought it might be "An Eastern Westerner," but the IMDB says that had a different French title.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

The Joy Luck Club -- May 9, 2021

Happy Mother's Day, everyone. I enjoyed Amy Tan's novel and Wayne Wang's film. The Joy Luck Club. I am a sucker for books/movies set in San Francisco. 

Candice Bergen, 75 -- May 9, 2021

Candice Bergen, actress, writer, photographer, daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and younger sister of Charlie McCarthy, was born 75 years ago today, on 09-May-1946. We used to watch her play Murphy Brown. She was in some good movies and a number of poor ones. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Roscoe Arbuckle in The Traveling Salesman -- May 7, 2021


Motion Picture News, 14-May-1921

100 years ago, Roscoe Arbuckle appeared in a lot of movies in a short time. He appeared in five features released during 1921.

In The Traveling Salesman, Roscoe played Bob Blake, a travelling salesman who left a train in the wrong town, and sought shelter from a rainstorm. His leading lady was Betty Ross Clarke. I keep trying to type her name as Betsy Ross Clarke.

The Traveling Salesman was based on a 1908 play by James Grant Forbes. 

Motion Picture News, 07-May-1921

Arizona Republican, 15-May-1921

Roscoe's short films made by Comique were still in release and popular.

Tacoma Times, 15-February-1917

Frank McIntyre, who had played Bob Blake on the stage, starred in a 1916 film version of The Traveling Salesman.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

El rey del barrio -- May 5, 2021

Happy Cinco de Mayo, everyone. Germán Valdés, who used the stage name Tin-Tan, was a popular character. He often dressed as a pachuco and used their slang.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Olympia Dukakis, RIP -- May 4, 2021

Actress Olympia Dukakis has died. I think I first noticed her in Moonstruck. She played Mrs Madrigal in Tales of the City

I voted for her cousin when he ran for president. 

Monday, May 3, 2021

Larry Demonstrates That a Sneeze Has No Consciece -- May 3, 2021


Omaha Bee, 01-May-1921

Meanwhile at the Sun and Muse Theaters in Oklahoma City, Larry Semon's "The Hick" was an added attraction with a feature starring Alice Lake, Roscoe Arbuckle's former leading lady. 

Below is the bottom of the ad in more detail. I wonder if Larry drew the caricatures.

Click on the images to see larger versions. 

Omaha Bee, 01-May-1921

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Satyajit Ray 100 -- May 2, 2021

Indian director Satyajit Ray was born 100 years ago today, on 02-May-1921. He was the first Indian filmmaker whose work I read about or saw. He made films in the Bengali language. When I took a film class in college, the instructor said that Satyajit Ray was not well known in India because his movies were in Bengali and most people speak Hindi.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Joanna Lumley 75 -- May 1, 2021

Actress Joanna Lumley was born 75 years ago today, on 01-May-1946. I didn't care for The New Avengers, but I liked watching her play Purdey. Absolutely Fabulous was absolutely fabulous.

Our Daily Bread -- May 1, 2021

Today is International Workers' Day. God bless the grocery workers, the transit operators, the medical workers, the janitors, the farm workers who kept working through the pandemic. We owe them a great debt. 

Way back when I grew up in San Francisco, our PBS station, KQED-Channel 9 played King Vidor's Our Daily Bread. I had not yet seen The Crowd, so I did not know that the leads were supposed to be the same characters. John and Mary move from the city to a farm, hoping to provide for themselves, but they know nothing about farming. Various downtrodden people come down the road. Some know about farming. Some know about baking. The farm becomes a co-op or collective. Everyone works. A drought threatens their crop, but in a great montage, we see everyone pitch in to build a ditch to carry water to the fields. Strange movie.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

That Wonderful Boy Breezy Eason -- April 29, 2021


Motion Picture News, 09-April-1921

B Reeves Eason, Jr, often billed as Breezy Eason, Jr was the son of director B Reeves Eason. The elder Eason directed his son in several movies. Carmel Myers was born in San Francisco. Her father was a rabbi.

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

"...the fascinating little flapper." Gladys Walton retired in 1925.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Douglas Fairbanks -- Just As Good As The Mark of Zorro -- April 27, 2021


Motion Picture News, 02-April-1921

The Nut was Douglas Fairbanks last modern-dress movie until his second talkie, Reaching for the Moon, in 1930. I like this ad. 

Motion Picture News, 09-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 23-April-1921

Doug's next production, The Three Musketeers, was ready to start shooting. 

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Chaplin -- The Picture That is Sweeping America -- April 25, 2021


Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Charlie Chaplin's first self-directed feature film, The Kid, co-starred Jackie Coogan. They made a wonderful team. This newspaper ad makes interesting use of a pair of baggy pants.

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 23-April-1921

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Chaplin's next production was a short film. The final title was "The Idle Class." 

Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

Charlie's brother Sydney had been away from the screen for a while. King, Queen and Joker was a flop.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Buster Keaton in The High Sign -- April 23, 2021


Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

I remember when "The High Sign" was thought to be a lost film. I am glad they found it.

A high sign is a subtle hand signal, as we see in this example with Paul Newman in The Sting, used by members of a group to communicate secretly with each other. As you see in the example from "The High Sign," the high sign used by the Blinking Buzzards, a Black Hand-style gang of criminals, is a little less subtle. 

Learn more about Buster Keaton's silent shorts in my blogathon post:

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Horror Shockers -- Rodan -- April 21, 2021


Vampirella 51, 1976

When I was young, I read Warren Publishing magazines like Famous Monsters of Filmland and Vampirella. The magazines always carried ads for back issues, posters and movies. I didn't have a film projector, so I read the ads with envy. Eventually, I got a Super-8 projector, but I didn't have enough money to buy any of these films. A friend had Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein and I was fascinated by the way it had been cut down to less than 20 minutes.

This section of an ad has Rodan, Varran the Unbelievable and The Werewolf. I like Japanese monster movies like Rodan. Varran the Unbelievable is a Japanese movie I have never seen. The Werewolf is a 1956 American film produced by Jungle Sam Katzman. 

Vampirella 51, 1976

Vampirella 51, 1976

Vampirella 51, 1976

Monday, April 19, 2021

Tim Curry, 75 -- April 19, 2021

Actor, singer and dancer Tim Curry was born 75 years ago today, on 19-April-1946. His most famous performance was as Dr Frank N Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Years later, when our daughter was growing up, I thought it was funny that he appeared in many movies for children, especially Disney films.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Universal's International Mirror #2 -- April 18, 2021

Universal Weekly, 16-December-1922

Today is the 115th anniversary of the 1906 Earthquake and Fire in San Francisco.

Universal's International Mirror #2, "part of a series recording historical events in the United States," showed images taken before and after the Earthquake and Fire.

Universal Weekly, 16-December-1922

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Fausto Theater, Havana -- April 17, 2021


Motion Picture News, 16-April-1921

"Havana's Best Known Theater."

Cine-Mundial, January, 1921