|Moving Picture World, 25-March-1922|
Frank Capra had virtually no experience in movies when he talked his way into a job directing a short film for a new company founded in San Francisco. Walter Montague, an old actor and theatrical manager, had a dream. He wanted to make short films based on famous poems. His first project was an adaption of Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Ballad of Fisher's Boarding-House." The movie, which survives, is pretty good for a first effort. Montague and Capra made three other movies in the series:
"The Village Blacksmith" -- a famous poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Looking Glass" -- a not-so famous poem by F. B. Lowe
"The Barefoot Boy" -- a famous poem by John Greenleaf Whittier
The other films probably no longer exist.
|Salt Lake Telegram, 27-March-1922|
Walter Montague performed in vaudeville and wrote scripts for other acts. He died in 1925.