CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Thu Aug 20, 2009 5:10 am

Exhausts from Al Martin

Monte Banks denies the report that he is engaged to one of of Singer’s Midgets.

Al Alt and George Williams are going to into vaudeville for a change. Get the change, boys.

Joe Rock is learning how to play poker. He took fifteen dollars worth of lessons the other day.

Judging from the increase in the number of dramatic and comedy artists from various foreign countries now active in the studios of Los Angeles and environs, there must be a veritable debacle of stage and screen people out of especially Germany, France and England. Incidentally, the Hollywood colony is becoming so cosmopolitan that half of the time one would think he is in London and some of the time he is in Paris. Then if by chance one gets into a certain café at the right hour, he would swear he is in Berlin. (Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 12)

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Here's another reference to the "Hallroom Boys" going on a vaudeville tour. While recently looking up info on Al Alt I noticed that he lived into his mid 90s before passing away in in Santa Monica in 1992. Does anyone know if he was ever interviewed?

Singer's Midgets had come over from Europe during World war One and toured vaudeville in America for the next couple of decades before disbanding in the 1940s. They occasionally appeared in films such as BLOCKHEADS, THE TERROR OF TINY TOWN and most notably, THE WIZARD OF OZ.

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Thomas Reeder » Thu Aug 20, 2009 7:03 am

The Singer Midgets also appeared in several Fox comedies in '21: THE SINGER MIDGETS' SCANDAL and THE SINGER MIDGETS' SIDE SHOW.

Leo Singer, manager/owner of the act, was investigated by the Dept. of Investigation - now known as the FBI - back in 1918 after receiving an accusatory letter claiming that Singer "is a reserve officer of the German Army, and is very bitter towards the United States..." You can see the FBI files here: http://www.footnote.com/document/1807203/

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:56 am

Tom,

Thanks for the additional info on the Singer Midgets. I had no idea that they had appeared in those Fox silent comedies.

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Who’sWho and What’s What in Filmland This Week

Al Herman’s first Century Comedy for 1923 is finished. It is known as “A Spooky Romance” and stars Jack Cooper.

Max Asher, well known comedian, is playing the part of Stephen Hopkins in Charles Ray’s classic, “Miles Standish.”

Forrest Robinson and Edith Yorke are playing Mr. and Mrs. Steddon in Rupert Hughes’ “Souls for Sale” at the Goldwyn studios.
(Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 14)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Steve Massa » Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:56 am

Hi guys
I think the Singer Midgets were also in Fox's comedy feature SKIRTS ('21 - basically a Sunshine Comedy with a glandular condition) along with most of the comedy players in Hollywood - Clyde Cook, Chester Conklin, Polly Moran, Slim Summerville, Billy Armstrong, Alta Allen, Harry Booker, Glen Cavender, Jack Cooper, Alice Davenport, etc., etc.

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Thomas Reeder » Fri Aug 21, 2009 3:21 pm

Steve: You forgot to mention "the Famous Sunshine Widows" - whoever they were!
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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:17 am

Who’sWho and What’s What in Filmland This Week

D. Ross Lederman, who has been active in San Francisco for the past few months, has returned to Hollywood as a assistant to Director James W. Horne.

Protean Arts has loaned Cecil Holland and Raymond Cannon, star and director respectively of Protean productions, to the Fred Caldwell Productions for the comedy drama”Knighthood in Hollywood.” Violet Schram and Gale Henry compose the feminine portion of the cast. Vic Potel is also playing an important part. (Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 14)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:01 am

FRIENDSHIP FOR A BEAR BEARS GRIEF FOR AN ARTIST
They used a big grizzly bear in some of the scenes in the Vitagraph comedy, starring Jimmy Aubrey, this week, and, therein lies a story with a moral.
Helen Kesler, who is Aubrey’s leading lady, took a fancy to this particular bear and proceeded to make a pet of it from the first day. Seemingly she was making the headway towards ingratiating herself with the big brute until the final day of their “friendship,” when the latter made known its full disapproval of all amicable advances by giving the actress a mean hug and then cuffing her in the face and bowling her over for a couple of goals. The result was, Miss Kesler had to be taken to the studio emergency hospital for some mending of a few scratches and lacerations. (Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 14)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:44 am

News and Gossip About the Moving Throngs of Movieland

MARIE IS LOANED
Marie Prevost, Warner Brothers’ popular star, has been loaned to Goldwyn to appear in “The Rear Car.” Immediately upon the completion of that she will return to Warner Brothers’ lot and start her next picture for them.

TYING UP A GALAXY OF ‘EM
Warner Brothers are signing ‘em up rapidly. Lately they have tied up on long-term contracts Harry Meyers, Monte Blue, Marie Prevost and Grant Carpenter, well-known scenarist. They have also signed William Beaudine, the director responsible for the Heroes of the Street,” the last Wesley Barry picture, to direct the popular boy star in “David Copperfield,” “Little Johnny Jones” and “George Washington, Jr.”
(Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 16)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Tue Aug 25, 2009 9:47 am

News and Gossip About the Moving Throngs of Movieland

TITLING “DRIVIN’ FOOL”
“The Drivin’ Fool,” E. D. Newman’s comedy-drama of automobile thrills, has been completed after two months of camera work in scattered locations all over the western states and the picture is now being titled by Walter Anthony, who is an author of notable literary attainments and was formerly a dramatic critic in San Francisco and Seattle. Wally Van is featured in “The Drivin’ Fool.” Seen with Van are Patsy Ruth Miller, Alec Francis, Wilton Taylor, Ramsey Wallace, Jesse Aldridge, Rosa Gore and other well known players. (Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 16)

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Re: CAMERA Comedy Clippings, January 27, 1923

Postby Joe Moore » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:34 am

Pulse of the Studios

For Week Starting Monday January 29


BERWILLA STUDIO. 5281 Santa Monica Blvd. Holly 3130

Eddie Lyons Productions (Arrow release).

Director: Eddie Lyons Star: Eddie Lyons Ass’t Direct.: De Rue Scenarist: Eddie Lyons Type: Comedies Progress: Schedule

Ben Wilson Productions (Federated release).

Director: Monty Banks Star: Monty Banks Cameraman: Wm. Nobles Ass’t Direct.: McDaugh Type: Comedies Progress: Schedule

CENTURY STUDIO. 6100 Sunset Blvd. Julius Stern, Gen. Mgr. Bert Sternback, Casting. Holly 96

Century Comedies (Universal release).

Director: Harry Edwards Star: Buddy Messinger Cameraman: Victor Sherrick Ass’t Direct.: Charles Lamont Scenarist: Harry Edwards Type: “Teacher’s Pest” Progress: 3rd Week

Director: H. C. Raymaker Star: Baby Peggy Cameraman: Jerry Ash Ass’t Direct.: Dave Smith Scenarist: H. C. Raymaker Type: “Kissable Tess” Progress: Editing

Director: Jim Davis Star: Brownie Cameraman: Jerry Ash Ass’t Direct.: Zion Myers Scenarist: Jim Davis Type: “Tell-tale Tail” Progress: 3rd Week

Director: Al Herman Star: All-Star Cameraman: Billy Williams Ass’t Direct.: Mark Sandrich Scenarist: Herman-Neifield Type: “Spooky Romance” Progress: Editing

CHAPLIN STUDIO Alfred Reeves, Gem Mgr. 1416 La Brea Ave. Holly 4070

Regent Film Company (United Artists release).

Director: Charles Chaplin Star: Edna Purviance Cameraman: Rollin Totheroh Ass’t Direct.: Eddie Sutherland Scenarist: Monta Bell Type: “Destiny” Progress: 10th Week

(Camera Vol. 5 No. 42 pg. 17)


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