Sunday, October 17, 2021

The New Sheridan in Greenwich Village, New York -- October 17, 2021


Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

The Sheridan Theater, later Loew's Sheridan, opened in Manhattan's Greenwich Village in 1921 and was torn down in 1969.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Suzanne Somers 75 -- October 16, 2021

Actress Suzanne Somers was born 75 years ago today, on 16-October-1946. We watched Three's Company during the first couple of seasons. She was born in San Bruno. I sometimes see her promoting unusual health products.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Buck Jones Scores Again -- October 15, 2021

Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

Buck Jones started out as Fox Film Corporation's second-tier cowboy star, after Tom Mix. He went on to have a strong career, well into the talkie era. I think he deserves his own series. Bar Nothing is a good title.

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

Eddie Sedgwick directed and Ruth Renick co-starred.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer, 15-October-1921

"They aroused the wrong man! They started something -- he finished it!"

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

Hoot Gibson was a contemporary of Tom Mix and Buck Jones. His movies tended to emphasize humor. He starred in Universal productions.

Moving Picture World, 29-October-1921

Lester Cuneo had worked with Tom Mix at the Selig Polyscope Company and then served in the army during World War One. Unable to deal with the death of his wife, Cuneo died by his own hand in 1925. Mrs Wallace Reid was Dorothy Davenport. Learn more about her here:

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Lester Cuneo planned to make a "Spanish picture" in Mexico. 

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

The Vitagraph starred William Duncan and his wife Edith Johnson in two features, Steelheart and Where Men Are Men

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Benjamin B Hampton produced adaptions of six Zane Grey novels, including The Mysterious Rider. Robert McKim, who had played Zorro's nemesis in the Douglas Fairbanks movie, starred. McKim died in 1927. Learn more about Benjamin B Hampton, who promoted Zane Grey Week:

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Here's Strongheart -- October 14, 2021

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Strongheart was born in Germany and trained to work for the police and the Red Cross during World War One. After the war, the dog's owner could not afford to keep him, so he placed him with a kennel in the United States. Director Lawrence Trimble saw Strongheart and persuaded screenwriter Jane Murfin to purchase him. Trimble trained Strongheart and directed him in four movies. Strongheart got burned by a studio light in 1929 and died from a tumor caused by the burn. Strongheart was one of the first German Shepherd dogs to star in a movie. The Silent Call was Strongheart's first movie.

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A Still More Lovable Tom Mix -- October 13, 2021

Moving Picture World, 01-October-1921

I was amazed to see how elaborate this two-page ad for Tom Mix's The Night Horseman, which was a sequel to The Untamed. Both films were based on novels by Max Brand (Frederick Schiller Faust), who wrote lots of Westerns. He later created the character Doctor Kildaire.

Motion Picture News, 07-August-1920

A less-elaborate ad for The Untamed

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

Lynn Reynolds directed. May Hopkins was the leading lady.
Exhibitors Herald, 29-October-1921

The Rough Diamond was "a new kind of Tom Mix Picture." It appears to have been a Ruritanian romance/comedy. It is probably lost. 

Moving Picture World, 29-October-1921

Eva Novak was his leading lady. Eddie Sedgwick directed. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Hare We Go -- October 12, 2021

 Happy Columbus Day, everyone. In 1953, Bugs Bunny starred in "Hare We Go," a Merrie Melody directed by Robert McKimson. After Bugs proves that the world is round, he sails with Christopher Columbus as a mascot. The crew thinks Bugs is a jinx, but the ship hits land just as his pursuers catch him.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Harry Carey: The First Western Super-Production Ever Screened -- October 11, 2021

Seattle Star, 28-October-1921

I have decided that Harry Carey, a pioneering western star, deserves his own series of posts, separate from the posts about William S Hart. I like the image above.

Moving Picture World, 29-October-1921

The Fox was Harry Carey's first Universal-Jewel production. Jewels were prestigious productions with higher budgets and longer running times than other Universal features. We can see the huge crowd of horsemen in this ad.

Moving Picture World, 01-October-1921

"Carey's First Big Feature."

Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

Seattle Star, 28-October-1921

"In the most stupendous Western ever made."

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Harry Carey and his wife Olive kiss under the watchful eye of censors.

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

Brute Island was a rerelease of a 1914 feature, McVeagh of the South Seas, which Harry Carey wrote, directed and starred in.

Moving Picture Weekly, 11-September-1921

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Der Golem -- October 10, 2021

Moving Picture World, 04-March-1917

Halloween is coming. 

Der Kinematograph, 30-December-1914

Jewish folk tales describe a Golem as a man-like creature made from clay or mud and given life by magic. In 1915, Paul Wegener and Henrik Galeen created Der Golem, the first movie about a Golem. The film was set in modern times. Fragments of the movie may survive. Wegener played the Golem and Galeen played the antique dealer who reanimated him. Germany was at war but the United States was not, so the movie was released in the US as The Monster of Fate. I have not been able to find any reviews from the US.

Der Kinematograph, 13-June-1917

In 1917, Wegener and Rochus Gliese directed Der Golem und die Tänzerin (The Golem and the Dancing Girl), which has been described as a short horror spoof. The film is probably lost, but Wegener played an actor who had played the Golem in a movie. He wears his Golem attire to a costume party in order to impress a dancer whom he likes. Rochus Gliese later served as art director for FW Murnau's Sunrise

Moving Picture World, 10-September-1921

In 1920, Wegener and Carl Boese directed Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (The Golem: How He Came into the World), released in the US as The Golem, a movie set in Prague during medieval times.  The Jews of Prague have been banished. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, who was a real person, creates a Golem to protect his people. The Golem saves the life of the Holy Roman Emperor, who reverses the expulsion order. Later the Golem is possessed by an evil spirit and causes death and destruction in the Jewish quarter, but eventually is cured by the Rabbi and deactivated by a little girl.

Exhibitors Herald, 10-September-1921

A statue of the Golem was used around Manhattan's Lower East Side to promote the film. The item says the statue would be used in other cities as well.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

"Patrick Henry" Will be Next Bill Hart Movie -- October 9, 2021

Albuquerque Morning Journal, 23-October-1921

I have never seen William S Hart in Three Word Brand, but I have always liked the title. Bill plays a taciturn rancher who speaks in three word sentences, like "Go to hell" and "I love you." But first, Bill plays a Utah pioneer who gets killed in an attack by Native Americans. His twin sons are adopted by different families and each grows up without knowing the other exists. One grows up to be Three Word Brand and the other became the governor. The image shows Hart with the twins who played the young boys. 

The Living Age, 03-November-1923

In the article, Hart says his next film would be about American Founding Father Patrick Henry. He said it would be based on a novel that he was writing. The film was never produced, but Hart did publish the novel in 1923. 

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

Lambert Hillyer directed.

Friday, October 8, 2021

In Old Chicago -- October 8, 2021

150 years ago today, on 08-October-1871, a fire broke out in Chicago. It burned for three days and killed at least 300 people. Mrs O'Leary's cow did not start it. However, in 1938, 20th Century-Fox released a big musical, In Old Chicago. Alice Faye, Fox's biggest star, played the lead. Tyrone Power Jr played a gambler who was the son of Mrs O'Leary. Don Ameche played another son of Mrs O'Leary. Alice Brady played Mrs O'Leary. The cow was unbilled.

In this story, Mrs O'Leary left a lantern in the barn and her cow kicked it over and started the fire that raged for three days and destroyed most of Chicago. The fire did start in O'Leary's barn, but the cause is unknown.

The special effects were good. I don't remember the songs.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Harold Lloyd -- It Starts With a Laugh. It Ends With a Thrill -- October 7, 2021


Exhibitors Herald, 29-October-1921

"Never Weaken" was the first of Harold Lloyd's thrill comedies. Comedians had always scampered around in high places, but Lloyd built the film around dangerous events on a high rise building. This was Harold's last short film, a three-reeler.

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

"Never Weaken" opened the second season of Harold Lloyd films "presented by Hal Roach through Associated Exhibitors and distributed by Pathé."

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

Some nice stills from "Never Weaken." Note the gloves which helped conceal the missing thumb and finger on his right hand.
Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

This large ad, a 24-sheeter, was part of the ballyhoo for the movie. I like the suggestion to cut out the background and place it on the front of the theater.

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

Harold performed acrobatics to drum up business for the doctor who employed Mildred Davis.

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Harold helps Mildred in the kitchen in "I Do."

Exhibitors Herald, 15-October-1921

I like the use of the glasses in this Associated Exhibitors ad. 

Bemidji Daily Pioneer, 15-October-1921

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

These Pictures Are Better Than a Ringside Seat -- October 6, 2021

Seattle Star, 28-October-1921

Fans in Seattle were able to see movies of the Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier heavyweight championship fight. At the time it was illegal to transport fight films across state lines, but the Winter Garden does not seem to be trying to hide this showing. 

Read about the fight: 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

"'Fatty' Arbuckle No Longer Star of Famous Players Organization" -- October 5, 2021

Moving Picture World, 01-October-1921

"Enclosed in the Following Space Is Our Idea What Should Be Said by Everybody in the Moving Picture Business About the Arbuckle Case from Now Forth Until the Entire Matter is Settled." 

100 years ago last month, on 05-September-1921, actor Roscoe Arbuckle and some of his friends had a Labor Day party at San Francisco's Saint Francis Hotel. Guest Virginia Rappe, an actress, became sick and had to be hospitalized. On 09-September-1921, she died because of a ruptured bladder which became infected. Stories began to circulate that Arbuckle had assaulted Rappe. Tried for manslaughter three times, he was acquitted. Virginia Rappe was 26 when she died. Arbuckle's career was ruined. The newspapers sold a lot of copies. Many people who tried to defend Arbuckle said some nasty and unfounded things about Virginia Rappe.

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

A group of cowboys in Thermopolis, TX showed their disapproval of Roscoe by shooting up the local theater and setting the film on fire out in the street.

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Exhibitors were opposed to showing films with Roscoe Arbuckle of Virginia Rappe. 

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

Exhibitors were urged to book other Famous Players-Lasky (Paramount) films to replace the cancelled Arbuckle films. 

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Famous Players proclaimed that Roscoe was no longer one of their stars. He was not contracted to Paramount, but worked under a personal contract with Joe Schenk. "The public out here has about absolved him from anything but being the intended 'fall guy' for a 'shake down.'" No one told the cowboys. 

Albuquerque Morning Journal, 02-October-1921

Roscoe's estranged wife, Minta Durfee, came from New York to show her support. She brought along her mother.