Saturday, August 13, 2022

Fake Warning Cards for Buster Keaton -- August 13, 2022

Moving Picture World, 12-August-1922

"Cops" was one of Buster Keaton's best short films. The California Theater on Market Street in San Francisco use fake parking tickets to advertise the show.

Motion Picture News, 05-August-1922

Moving Picture World, 05-August-1922

Images from "The Blacksmith." Buster's leading lady was Virginia Fox. 

Ashland Weekly Tidings, 09-August-1922




Friday, August 12, 2022

Chaplin -- Pay Day Means a Gay Day! -- August 12, 2022

Albuquerque Morning Journal, 28-August-1922

"At work he wields a wicked pick,
Ofttimes he lays a wayward brick;
He toils and boils and sweats there,
There's not a job he will not shirk; 
He takes his dinner pail to work
'Cause it's lunch time when he gets there!"

Crossville (Tennessee) Chronicle, 16-August-1922

"Follow the Crowds to The Kid." "6 Reels of Real Joy." 

Alaska Daily Empire, 09-August-1922

We haven't seen Charlie's half-brother Sydney for a while.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Greatest Clown Rider on Earth -- August 11, 2022

Ogden Standard-Examiner, 27-August-1922

100 years ago this month, the Sells-Floto Circus and Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show came to Ogden, Utah. Poodles Hanneford, "The Greatest Clown Rider on Earth." In 1923, he began appearing in short comedies. He played bit parts and cameos in sound films and television programs until the early 1960s.


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

The Republic Theater, Washington DC -- August 10, 2022


Moving Picture World, 05-August-1922

Washington DC's Republic Theater (referred to in the captions as the Century Theatre, was arranged to fit a maximum-sized audience in a minimum-sized area.

Moving Picture World, 05-August-1922

Moving Picture World, 05-August-1922

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Hoot Gibson -- He's a New Type of Hero -- August 9, 2022

Morning Tulsa Daily World, 22-August-1922

I always enjoy Hoot Gibson movies. He added a lot of comedy to his films.

Salem, Oregon Capital Journal, 26-August-1922

Casper Daily Tribune, 14-August-1922

Not many Buck Jones ads this month in 1922.

Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

Leo Maloney, who directed several movies with Hoot Gibson, but he also starred in several westerns.

Moving Picture World, 19-August-1922

Exhibitors Herald, 27-August-1922

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.

Monday, August 8, 2022

Tom Mix -- A Story of His Famous Horse -- August 8, 2022

Motion Picture News, 19-August-1922

Just Tony featured Tom's wonderful horse Tony. Lynn Reynolds directed. 

Moving Picture World, 12-August-1922

Motion Picture News, 05-August-1922


Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Foremost Western Star Now Before the Public -- August 7, 2022

Motion Picture News, 12-August-1922

Harry Carey moved from Universal to Robertson-Cole, which soon became Film Booking Office (FBO). 

Motion Picture News, 05-August-1922

Man to Man was a Universal Jewel production directed by Stuart Paton. It is probably lost.

Motion Picture News, 12-August-1922

FBO planned to star Carey in "Outdoor Specials."

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Hays Not Concerned in Hart's Affair -- August 6, 2022

Amarillo Daily News, 20-August-1922

Back in December, we saw that cowboy star William S Hart had married actress Winifred Westover:

By August, 1922, they had been separated for some time and she was preparing to file for divorce. Some sources said that Will Hays tried to get them to reconcile. Hays said that he did not. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

DW Griffith -- Pictures and Porches -- August 5, 2022

Moving Picture World, 12-August-1922

"The Summer Front Porch Habit Hits the Box-Office." Many theaters had to close during the summer. This ad says exhibitors will need a big show, like Griffith's Orphans of the Storm to break the front porch habit. I have always wanted a house with a front porch. 

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Marion Davies -- The Young Diana -- August 4, 2022



Moving Picture World, 19-August-1922

Beautiful and talented actresses Marion Davies was the inamorata of media tsar William Randolph Hearst. He directed and sometimes misdirected her career, and paid for plenty of expensive advertisements, like these elaborate sets for The Young Diana. The movie is believed to be lost. I hate typing those words.



Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Vin Scully, RIP -- August 3, 2022


I was sad to learn that Vin Scully has died. Scully was a fan of the New York Giants.  Mel Ott was his favorite player.  In 1950, he began announcing Brooklyn Dodgers games.  After 67 seasons, he retired as announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016.  Ironically, the last game of the Dodgers' season was against the San Francisco Giants, at Pac Bell Park. The Giants won. 

I have always hated the Dodgers, but admired Vin Scully.  When I was young, I discovered that I could tune in Los Angeles AM stations at night, including KFI, which carried the Dodgers.  He also did the Game of the Week and sometimes the World Series. I liked his voice.  It was soothing. 

The Superlative Star Harold Lloyd -- August 3, 2022

Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

"Harold Lloyd is the only star in the world who has played in one picture in one theater for thirteen consecutive weeks, with the run still unfinished. At this writing he is on his thirteenth week at the Symphony, Los Angeles." His first full-length feature, Grandmas's Boy, was setting box office records. Pathé advertised that Lloyd had signed a contract to make six features in the next year. He didn't make quite that many.

Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

"'Grandma's Boy' Is Smashing Records."

Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

"325,000 Saw It Up to August 10th."

Moving Picture World, 19-August-1922

Lyrics to a Grandmas's Boy song were co-written by Jean Havez, Harold's frequent collaborator.


Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

Harold Lloyd's second full-length feature was Doctor Jack.. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Melie's Latest Triumph -- August 2, 2022

New York Clipper, 07-March-1903

The American Mutoscope and Biograph Company released "Robinson Crusoe," Star Film's production number 430–443. This was one of French producer, director, writer, set designer and actor, Georges Méliès. I do not know if Biograph held rights to the movie, or they were engaging in piracy.

Monday, August 1, 2022

Larry Semon in Golf -- August 1, 2022

Moving Picture World, 26-August-1922

Vitagraph's comedian Larry Semon starred in "Golf." Golf comedies have always been popular. See Chaplin in "The Idle Class," Billy Bevan in "The Golf Nut," Buster Keaton in "Convict 13," Laurel and Hardy in "Should Married Men Go Home?," WC Fields in "The Golf Specialist" and "The Dentist," Charley Chase in "All Teed Up," the Three Stooges in "Three Little Beers," Jerry Lewis in The Caddy and Bill Murray in Caddyshack.