Mary Pickford's A Beast at Bay, LAX, and those abominable bumpy roads

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John Bengtson
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Mary Pickford's A Beast at Bay, LAX, and those abominable bumpy roads

Postby John Bengtson » Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:29 pm

Mary Pickford’s A Beast at Bay, directed by D.W. Griffith, portends his 1916 feature Intolerance, overlaps with later films starring Mabel Normand, Douglas Fairbanks, and Buster Keaton, and reveals the future site of LAX (!), the Los Angeles International Airport. But faint-hearted viewers in 1912 also complained its cinematic race filmed from speeding cars along bumpy roads was “an abominable practice.”

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Mary and Mabel in peril, with the future site of LAX at back

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The Wiseburn Station with Mary in 1912, Intolerance in 1916, and with Buster's The Goat in 1921.

See Doug, and more Keaton films, including One Week and The Blacksmith too, by reading https://wp.me/p11nfB-4Hh

Here's the YouTube link to watch the sparkling clear film - https://youtu.be/AAI8mlY5rxk

Be safe and well - John

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Re: Mary Pickford's A Beast at Bay, LAX, and those abominable bumpy roads

Postby DaveGlass » Thu Jan 21, 2021 5:19 am

Many thanks John.
Not only for the location comparisons but also for the Mary Pickford You Tube channel.
I'd not discovered that until now.
Gorgeous prints!
Safe happiness...
Dave


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