Monday, February 28, 2022

Sally Kellerman, RIP -- February 28, 2022

Sally Kellerman has died. I liked her voice.

Movie Serials -- Zip-Zing-Wow -- February 28, 2022

Motion Picture News, 25-February-1921

Charles Hutchison wrote, directed, acted and performed stunts in many Pathé serials (Pathéserials). He was especially good at motorcycle stunts. "The Thrill-a-Minute Stunt King."

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1922

Eddie Polo was a popular serial star. He started out as a trapeze artist in a circus. He appeared in many serials in the US and then went to Germany, where he starred in action films. He later worked as a makeup artist.

Motion Picture News, 04-February-1922

"Pulse-Quickening Posters That Will Pack Your Playhouse."

Motion Picture News, 11-February-1922

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1922

Motion Picture News, 04-February-1922

Harry Myers, who had recently starred in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Played the lead in Universal's serial adaption of The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Noble Johnson played Man Friday. 

Motion Picture News, 11-February-1922

Moving Picture Weekly, 11-February-1922

Sunday, February 27, 2022

Happy International Polar Bear Day, 2022 -- February 27, 2022

Carmichael wishes everyone a happy International Polar Bear Day. Please do what you can to slow the loss of sea ice. Carmichael's grandfather was a movie star in the Old Country.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

With a Cast of Colored Artists -- February 26, 2022

Wichita Eagle, 26-February-1922

The Burden of Race was a race film made by Reol Productions in 1921.

Arkansas Democrat, 12-February-1921

The Black Thunderbolt starred ex-heavyweight champion Jack Johnson. I assume that the name of the theater was supposed to be "The Plaza."

Bridgeport Times and Evening Farmer, 20-February-1922

Meanwhile, Jack Johnson was also touring the country with "His Vaudeville Jubilee."

Dallas Express, 28-February-1922

We have seen that John Harris, owner and manager of the Grand Central Theater in Dallas, had a policy of showing race films, but there was a paucity of product. On this bill, all the movies were mainstream productions.

California Eagle, 25-February-1922

Clarence Brooks, who appeared in many race films, was an officer in the Lincoln Motion Picture Company. He went east to do company business, and was happy to get home.

Dallas Express, 04-February-1922

A group of white people formed the Constellation Film Company to make race films. I can't find anything in the IMDB, but I will keep looking.

Perth Amboy Evening News, 17-February-1922

Shuffle Along was not a movie, but a 1921 musical revue that influenced Broadway shows for many years. Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle composed the music and wrote the lyrics. Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles wrote the comic scenes. 

Friday, February 25, 2022

Century Comedies -- Just Look at the Divilish (sic) Light in Her Eye -- February 25, 2022

Motion Picture News, 25-February-1921

Baby Peggy had grown to become Century's biggest comedy star, even surpassing her old comrade Brownie the Century Wonder Dog. I don't know why the ad calls her look "divilish," unless the ad was written by one of Carl Laemmle's recently arrived nephews. Carl Laemmle, head of Universal, was known to give jobs to relatives. 

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1921

"Play Century Notes For Your Cash Register." "Century note" is slang for a one-hundred-dollar bill. This ad promotes Century Comedies' four series, starring Lee Moran, Harry Sweet, Baby Peggy and Brownie the Century Wonder-Dog.

Motion Picture News, 25-February-1921

Century boss Julius Stern, Carl Laemmle's brother-in-law, had plans to expand Century. He hired Henry (Pathé) Lehrman to produce "twelve super comedies." 

Moving Picture Weekly, 24-February-1922

"Join Hands With This Big Four."

Moving Picture Weekly, 11-February-1922

I like this photo of Brownie. 

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1921

"Rooted Deep in Laughter." I like Brownie's hat. 

Moving Picture Weekly, 18-February-1922

One series of Arrow Comedies starred Lee Moran's old partner, Eddie Lyons "that inimitable comedian."

Motion Picture News, 11-February-1921

Arrow offered 52 two-reelers a year. 

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1921

"The Funniest Fellow in Films." I know some people who would debate that. 

Motion Picture News, 04-February-1921

A San Francisco exhibiter says, "His Comedies Are Greatest Two Reelers on Market."

Motion Picture News, 18-February-1921

"Beauty and Brains." Dorothy Devore starred in Christie Comedies. Here she shows her versatility. 

Motion Picture News, 11-February-1921

As I mentioned last month, I don't remember reading about Folly Comedies. I always thought George Ovey did not look funny. Vernon Dent later worked with the Three Stooges.

Los Angeles Times, 01-February-1922

Snub Pollard and pretty Marie Mosquini starred in a series of comedies for Hal Roach. This item says they got engaged. I think she was already married. They never married each other, as far as I know. Anyway, they look happy.

Motion Picture News, 25-February-1921

Moving Picture Weekly, 04-February-1922

"Universal Short Stuff" included Century and Jewel Comedies. 

Thursday, February 24, 2022

I Stand With Ukraine -- February 24, 2022

Russia has invaded Ukraine. I hope President Putin has made a big mistake. 

Any Show is a Good Show if Keaton Heads the Bill -- February 24, 2022

Exhibitors Herald, 11-February-1922

Buster Keaton in "The Paleface." Note that Buster has "gone native" as Little Chief Paleface, but he is wearing socks with garters.

Exhibitors Herald, 11-February-1922

"The Playhouse" got good reviews in San Francisco newspapers.
Motion Picture News, 18-February-1921

Motion Picture Magazine, February, 1922

"Buster Keaton in the funniest comedy he ever did make." They may be right. 

Motion Picture News, 25-February-1921

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Charlie Chaplin is Seen in Many Guises in "Idle Class" -- February 23, 2022

Pensacola Journal, 06-February-1922


Get ready for a good laugh.

For today we're going to show you a brand new Charles Chaplin comedy and you don't want to miss it. We know that all the patrons of the Isis theatre make a special point to see all the Chaplin, comedies, but we are issuing this warning to make sure. "The Idle Class" is a "knockout," and it will make you laugh until the tears come.

One novel feature of the comedy is the fact that for the first time the comedian portrays a dual role that of a tramp and of a gentleman. And he can be just as funny in a dress suit as he is in his tramp attire. His experiences on the golf links and as the absent-minded husband of the beautiful Edna Purviance are side-splitting.

Take our advice and don't miss "The Idle Class."

Motion Picture Magazine, February, 1922

Los Angeles Times, 01-February-1922

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

The Battle Cry of Peace -- February 22, 2022

Moving Picture World, 04-September-1915

In honor of George Washington's birthday, here is an ad for The Battle Cry of Peace, an epic 1915 Vitagraph production, which was co-directed by J Stuart Blackton and Wilfrid North. The film criticized America's lack of preparedness (a popular term in that era) to go to war. The film was criticized by many for glorifying militarism. George Washington turns up somewhere in there, played by a Canadian actor, Joseph Kilgour. The film survives only in bits and pieces.

Motography, 04-September-1915

Monday, February 21, 2022

Happy Presidents' Day, 2022 -- February 21, 2022

Happy Presidents' Day, everyone.

Martin van Buren was an agile politician. He was one of the founders of the Democratic Party. He was Secretary of State under Andrew Jackson, and then served as Jackson's Vice President. When Jackson left office, Van Buren won the 1836 election, but his term was damaged by the Panic of 1837. Van Buren was opposed to Texas joining the Union because of slavery. He lost the 1840 election to William Henry Harrison, a Whig. In 1844, Van Buren ran for president as the nominee of the Free Soil party, an abolitionist organization. He favored abolition for the rest of his life.

Martin Van Buren was portrayed by Nigel Hawthorne in Steven Spielberg's Amistad.

Sunday, February 20, 2022

San Francisco World's Fair -- February 20, 2022

Movie Makers, May, 1939

For many years, Castle Films and Official Films were the two big distributors of home movies.

In this ad, Castle offered movies of the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, held on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. The ad said Castle would soon offer films of the 1939 New York World's Fair.

Saturday, February 19, 2022

The Year of the Tiger -- February 19, 2022

Moving Picture World, 05-April-1919

In honor of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Tiger, here is a trade ad for The Trail of the Tiger, starring serial queen Ruth Roland.

The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is tonight. The parade has taken place since the 1860s.

Friday, February 18, 2022

The Magnificent Ambersons -- February 18, 2022

Motion Picture News, 11-February-1921

One hundred years ago this month, the Vitagraph announced plans to film Booth Tarkington's 1919 novel The Magnificent Ambersons. The now-lost film was released in 1925 as Pampered Youth

Mansfield Ohio News-Journal, 01-February-1922

The more famous adaption was Orson Welles' version made in 1942.

In 2002, the A&E Network produced an adaption based on Welles' original script.