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

Posted: Sat Jan 02, 2021 6:29 pm
by John Bengtson
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.”


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


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

Here's the YouTube link to watch the sparkling clear film -

Be safe and well - John