Stunt Birds of a Feather – Movie Pilot Frank Clarke, Harold Lloyd, and Dorothy Devore

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Stunt Birds of a Feather – Movie Pilot Frank Clarke, Harold Lloyd, and Dorothy Devore

Postby John Bengtson » Sat Apr 06, 2024 12:48 pm

Columbia Studios Screen Snapshots captured pioneer Hollywood stunt pilot/actor Frank Clarke flying an airplane from the roof of the Los Angeles Railroad Building downtown.

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Seen here under construction, before a later building would block the full view, it still stands at 1060 S Broadway at the NE corner of Broadway and 11th. Remarkably, photos of Frank’s stunt, filmed for Katherine MacDonald’s 1921 movie Stranger Than Fiction, reveal where Harold Lloyd and Dorothy Devore would film stunt climbing comedies a few years later.

I knew nothing about Frank Clark (later Clarke) before starting this post. He led quite a life, born in 1898, he was one of the original Hollywood stunt pilots, transferring between moving airplanes, landing a plane atop a moving train, and doubling for actors such as James Cagney.

Full post, including links to video of Frank soaring from the rooftop, here - https://silentlocations.com/2024/03/02/harold-lloyd-dorothy-devore-movie-pilot-frank-clarke-stunt-birds-of-a-feather/

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