CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

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CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Fri Sep 11, 2009 7:33 am

Okay I'm starting off the postings on a new issue of CAMERA by moving back in time approximately 13 months from the last issue I transcribed.
Here's a look at how things were going in the American film comedy world during the last week of 1921.

Enjoy

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AT UNITED STUDIOS

Constance Talmadge will complete “The Divorcee” within a week and will take a brief rest before she commences work on her next production.

Jackie Coogan’s second starring story, as yet untitled, will be completed in two weeks.

Thomas H. Ince is preparing to produce “Bell Boy 13,” starring Douglas MacLean, as an early 1922 special. (Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 4)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:54 am

Film Capital Production Notes

AT LASKY

With the first suggestion of the return of fair weather James Cruze took a portion of his company making “Is Matrimony a Failure?” to Bakersfield for the last shots. T. Roy Barnes plays the leading role with a big cast, including Lois Wilson, Lila Lee, Walter Hiers, and others.

Wallace Reid, directed by Philip Rosen, is back from the Mohave desert and nearby locations, where scenes were made for “Across the Continent,” which Byron Morgan wrote expressly for Mr. Reid.

Back from Arizona, where in spite of the rain they succeeded in getting what they went for, Thomas Meighan's company, directed by Alfred Green, making “The Proxy Daddy,” is now at work on interior scenes at the studio. (Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 9)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Sun Sep 13, 2009 10:47 am

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INCE STUDIO NOTES

Interiors for Thomas H. Ince's “The Hottentot,” have been completed under the direction of Del Andrews and James W. Horne. The production will be finished this week. Douglas MacLean, Madge Bellamy and Raymond Hatton head the cast.

LATE UNIVERSAL RELEASES

“Cupid Incog,” featuring Marie Prevost..
“Penny Ante” (one-reel comedy).
Collier Series-”The Leather Pusher's” Round One, Let's Go” (two reels).
“An Idle Roomer,” (featuring Harry Sweet (two reels)
“Captain Kidd's Finish,” featuring Mack Wright and Llilian Byron..

CALDWELL PREPARING THIRD
Director Fred Caldwell and staff, of the Commonwealth Motion Picture Producers, are engaged in writing the continuity for “The Dominating Eyes,” which will be the third of a series of twelve comedy dramas to be released through the Affiliated Picture Enterprise.
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 9)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Mon Sep 14, 2009 5:38 am

Who’s Where on Los Angeles Screens

GRAUMAN’S
Jesse L. Lasky presents
Wallace Reid in
“RENT FREE”
By Mann Page & Izola Forrester Page
Scenario by Elmer Rice
Directed by Howard Higgin
Photographed by C. E. Schoenbaum
CAST
Buell Armister, Jr……Wallace Reid
Barbara Tuller…..Lila Lee
Buell Armister, Sr……Henry Barrowes
Justine Tate…..Gertrude Short
Maria Tebbs…..Lillian Leighton
Count de Mourney…..Clarence Geidert
Countess de Mourney…..Claire McDowell
Batty Briggs……Lucien Littlefield
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 6)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Tue Sep 15, 2009 9:32 am

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LINDER ON BENEFIT PROGRAM
Max Linder recently gave a comedy fencing scene from his burlesque on “The Three Musketeers,” at the Examiner’s Christmas benefit for poor kiddies.

“Broken Nose” Murphy, who insists that he ranks above Bull Montana in Hollywood’s screen beauty classes, has been selected for a part in Viola Dana’s new Metro picture, “Daphne’s Disposition.”

Victor Potel, “Slippery Slim,” has donned the habiliments of a lean Romeo for George D. Baker's Metro production of “Don't Write Letters,” in which Gareth Hughes is starred.

Frank S. Mattison, Director General of Shiller Production, which has been producing one and two reel comedies since last April at the Mittenthal Studio in Yonkers, N. Y., has closed up the eastern studio, and is at present visiting relatives in Los Angeles. (Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 6)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Frank Flood » Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:24 am

Joe Moore wrote:CALDWELL PREPARING THIRD
Director Fred Caldwell and staff, of the Commonwealth Motion Picture Producers, are engaged in writing the continuity for “The Dominating Eyes,” which will be the third of a series of twelve comedy dramas to be released through the Affiliated Picture Enterprise.
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 9)


Is there any indication whether these are shorts or features? Twelve in a series sounds like shorts, but you never know.

Frank

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:01 am

Frank Flood wrote:
Joe Moore wrote:CALDWELL PREPARING THIRD
Director Fred Caldwell and staff, of the Commonwealth Motion Picture Producers, are engaged in writing the continuity for “The Dominating Eyes,” which will be the third of a series of twelve comedy dramas to be released through the Affiliated Picture Enterprise.
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 9)


Is there any indication whether these are shorts or features? Twelve in a series sounds like shorts, but you never know.

Frank


Frank,

I peeked ahead to "The Pulse of the Studios" column to see if that might answer your question and got this additional info - Caldwell was directing and writing the series which is listed as "All-Star" series. C. E. Peters was the cameraman and Roxye Maes the AD. The current production was entitled "No Ransom" which was cutting and editing at this time. Commonwealth's address was listed as 829 Windsor Rd. in Glendale.

While I suspect you're correct that these were a series of shorts the column doesn't make it clear one way or the other.

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:07 am

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LINDER ENTERTAINS
Max Linder was host recently to a merry Christmas party. His guests included Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson, Jack Gilbert, Leatrice Joy, Gouverneur Morris, Bessie Love, Gaston Glass, Ruth Wightman, Georges Gomier and Lila Lee. Dancing was enjoyed with music by a jazz orchestra.

VACATIONING
Bebe Daniels is now enjoying her first vacation in several months, having just completed “A Game Chicken,” an original story for her by Nina Wilcox Putnam.

After finishing a comedy part as the cardinal in Max Linder's burlesque on “The Three Musketeers,” Bull Montana has sailed for Honolulu.
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 8)

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That Christmas party of Max's sounds like one that I would have loved to have attended.

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:23 am

Pickups By The Staff

EXPLOITATION WEEKLY MAKES ITS DEBUT
A new weekly magazine published by the Universal Exchange to create exhibit or enthusiasm in the exploitation of Universal productions in the New York territory, made its debut recently.
The new publication is called “The Big U Exploitation Weekly,” and it is written and edited by Marc Lachman, Exploitation representative of the “U” Exchange.

GETTING ACQUAINTED WITH INTERESTING PEOPLE: Cecil Holland
Cecil Holland, the screen's pre-eminent make-up artist, whose series of articles upon picture make-up proved so popular when they appeared in Camera a couple of years ago, has, in the past few months had more distinctive work to his credit than is often the case in this or any other business.
Besides creating unusual and invaluable types out of his make-up case, Mr. Holland is a recognized character actor. He will soon be seen in “Penrod,” Neilan's latest production, and he interprets dual heavies in Lasky's “Moran of the Lady Letty.” Not long ago he played Roger Unthink in “The Great Impersonation,” and a part in “The Wise Fool,” both Paramount offerings.
The remarkable character make-ups in “Little Lord Fauntleroy” are the responsibility of this versatile young man as is the one affected by Claude Gillingwater in Jackie Coogan's “My Boy.”
Mr. Holland numbers among his more spectacular creations the ape-man played by Bull Montana, in Neilan's “Go and Get It,” and the blind soldier in Pickford's “The Love Light.”
A man with the ability of this one is not only an asset to any profession, he is indispensable to it.

ELIMINATE DAYTIME NOISE AT UNITED STUDIOS
Through the innovation just put into effect by M. C. Levee, president of United Studios, the carpenters and set-builders at United will work hereafter nights, thus eliminating the daytime noises that hamper production and affect the work of the directors and players.
(Camera Vol. 4 No. 38 pg. 8)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings December 31, 1921

Postby Joe Moore » Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:19 am

Some Sennett related snippets today.

Could any of you Sennett experts give me a quick run-down on the production history of Mabel Normand's SUZANNA? I see below that Mabel's health was holding up shooting of the film at this point and from the January 1923 CAMERA articles I recently posted I noted that the film still hadn't yet been released at that point. Seems to have been somewhat of a troubled production?

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NORMAND RESUMES WORK
Mabel Normand has resumed work on her next Mack Sennett feature, “Suzanne,” after having been confined to her home with a severe cold.

Ben Turpin and Phyllis Haver, under the direction of Bill Watson are hard at work on “Bright Eyes, “ Turpin’s second Mack Sennett two-reel special for First National distribution.

Plans are being prepared for another building to be erected on the Mack Sennett lot which ill be used for a gymnasium. (Camera Vol. 4 No. 37 p.8)


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