Wednesday, October 27, 2021

These Comedies Feature Foremost Fun Makers -- October 27, 2021

Moving Picture World, 29-October-1921

In Century Comedies, Brownie, "The Most Wonderful Dog in the World," was ably supported by Harry Sweet, Charles Doherty and Baby Peggy. Note that Brownie is ironing, feeding Baby Peggy, pitching hay, working a cash register, climbing a ladder, driving a car and riding a horse.

Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

"Century is specializing on dog comedies."

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

"A Hundred Laughs -- That's a Century."

Moving Picture World, 01-October-1921

"Baby Peggy, Two Years Old, Has Been Made Star."

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

"Any actor or actress who proves to me that he or she can act, advances, and as to age -- Baby Peggy my newest star, is but 2 years and 2 months old."

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Baby Peggy's movie "A Muddy Bride" opened in New York City 100 years ago this month. 

Exhibitors Herald, 15-October-1921

Alf Goulding, who had directed many Harold Lloyd shorts, took a company to Tijuana to film a bullfight.

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Harry Sweet received a two-year contract extension. 

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

Charles Doherty starred in "The Merry Dentist." 

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

Besides appearing in Century Comedies, Louise Lorraine played Jane in the serial The Adventures of Tarzan, with Elmo Lincoln as Tarzan.

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

"52 Comedies Released by Arrow, One Each Week, Furnish a Convulsing Program for the Next 12 Months." Convulsing?

Exhibitors Herald, 15-October-1921

"These comedies feature foremost fun makers."


Arrow signed Lee Moran, formerly of Lyons and Moran, to be one of their "foremost fun makers."

Exhibitors Herald, 15-October-1921

Al St John, Roscoe Arbuckle's nephew, appeared in comedies for Fox.

Exhibitors Herald, 01-October-1921

Clyde Cook also appeared in Fox comedies.

Exhibitors Herald, 15-October-1921

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.

Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

Harry Cohn, his brother Jack and Joe Brandt provided the initials for C.B.C. Film Sales Corp. The Hallroom Boys Comedies were a long running series of short comedies, based on a comic strip by Harold MacGill. At this point, Sid Smith played Percy and Harry McCoy played Ferdy.
Exhibitors Herald, 29-October-1921

This ad refers to the two Boys as "The Two Musketeers," inspired by Douglas Fairbanks' current hit.

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Mario Bianchi was born in Cesena in Italy's Emilia-Romagna region. He emigrated to the US in 1914. He adopted the name Monty Banks and appeared in many short comedies. He later appeared in features known for daring stunt work.
Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

"The motto of clean, wholesome, entertaining comedies will always prevail..."

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Johnny Hines was a funny-looking guy who starred in many light comedies during the 1920s.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Halyna Hutchins, RIP -- October 25, 2021


Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, who was born in Ukraine, died after being shot by a prop gun held by actor Alec Baldwin during a rehearsal for a movie called Rust. It has not yet been determined who was responsible for handing him a gun with a live round. 

Chaplin's Double Role Doubles the Laughs -- October 26, 2021

Arizona Republican, 09-October-1921

Chaplin's dual role in "The Idle Class" drew a lot of attention in the press.

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

First National featured the dual role in its advertising. 

Moving Picture World, 08-October-1921

"It is clean, ingenious, bland and irresistable." Interesting use of "bland."

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

Selig-Rork managed to work "The Idle Class" into its own ad.

Moving Picture World, 15-October-1921

A cop prepares to interrupt Charlie's dream.

Exhibitors Herald, 22-October-1921

Charlie Chaplin visited director Wallace Worsley and actor Elliot Dexter on the set of the movie Grand Larceny.

Great Falls Tribune, 11-February-1922

The Rollo Sales Corporation purchased Lone Star, the company that had produced Chaplin's Mutual comedies. Lone Star hired famous editor and writer Ralph Spence to create new movies from the miles of outtakes. Chaplin sued and obtained an injunction.

New York Herald, 02-October-1921

The judge was prepared to see two movies, one edited by Chaplin and one by Spence to help him decide the merits of the case. 

Monday, October 25, 2021

"Breezy Eason" Killed by Auto -- October 25, 2021

Seattle Star, 02-November-1921

100 years ago today, six-year-old child actor B Reeves (Breezy) Eason, Jr was riding his bicycle when he was struck and killed by an auto. Breezy Eason was the son of director B Reeves Eason Sr.

Motion Picture Magazine, July, 1921


Sunday, October 24, 2021

WC Fields -- The Flivvertons and Their Family Ford -- October 24, 2021

Washington Evening Star, 02-October-1921

After a long career in vaudeville, WC Fields made his film debut in 1915, but then returned to the vaudeville stage and the Ziegfeld Follies. He did not appear in another movie until 1924. He developed and performed "The Flivvertons and Their Family Ford" as a sketch in the Ziegfeld Follies. Jim Harkins took the role of the father, which Fields had played in the Follies.

Washington Evening Star, 02-October-1921

"W. G. Fields Presents..." 

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Buster Keaton -- Don't Let Anyone Make a Monkey Out of You! -- October 23, 2021

Moving Picture World, 01-October-1921

First National was fond of this image of Buster Keaton in makeup for "The Playhouse." We saw it last month and here it twice this month. "Don't Let Anyone Make a Monkey Out of You!"

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

"There's a Lot of Monkey Business!"

Moving Picture World, 22-October-1921

"It's a Great Life and a Gay One!" The meanings of some words change over time.

Exhibitors Herald, 08-October-1921

Buster played other roles besides the monkey in "The Playhouse."


Meanwhile, Buster had finished the third film in the second series, and it was one of his best, "The Boat."

Bemidji Daily Pioneer, 07-October-1921

"The Scarecrow" was part of the first series of Buster Keaton Comedies. 

Friday, October 22, 2021