Undead Again

Since YouTube lifted their restrictions on the length of a clip, many full movies have found their way onto the sight. Because silent films have often fallen out of copyright, they tend to stay up longer than the latest bootleg Thor. It’s worth exploring if you have a few hours to spare.

If you’re in the Halloween mood, or nostalgic for last year’s Festival, you could start off with our long-fingered friend Nosferatu.

Friday Facts: Hollywood’s Adolescence

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Well I’m back again with another edition of Friday Facts. This week I’m going to reproduce an article that was printed in a publication called: “47 the Magazine of the Year.” The title of the article is Hollywood’s Adolescence and it was published in May 1947. The article, which was written by Richard G. Hubler, takes a look at the forming years of Hollywood and looks at life during the silent era – hope you enjoy the first part of this article, with he second part to be reproduced next week:

English: Vitagraph Studios, early Hollywood fi...

English: Vitagraph Studios, early Hollywood film studio, photo by Robert Monroe, shown in center of photograph wearing knickers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Los Angeles and its environs were crowded with new motion picture companies. The American Film Company, the Vitagraph Company, the Universal Company, Christie Comedies, and Selig found competitors springing up like weeds after rain: the demand for ‘flickers’ was enjoying its first boom.”

Hollywood Studios 1922

Hollywood Studios 1922 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The 2000 theaters that showed motion pictures charged nickels and dimes. Most of them were converted grocery stores. Musical accompaniment was supplied by a lone pianist. Dialogue was offered in subtitles or in monologues by the theater manager. Insurance was hard to come by because of the inflammable film and the rickety theaters.”

Beauty and the Bandit.

Beauty and the Bandit. (Photo credit: Beinecke Library)

“Two-reelers about the Civil and Spanish-American Wars commenced to be the fashion. To save time and wear and tear on the meager wardrobe stocks, the big battle scenes were shot all-Union one day and all-Confederate the next. The scenes were intercut with each other. In the Civil War, to preserve the market in both the South and North, the retreats nd advances of both sides were mathematically divided.”

Universal's stampede of thrills "The Ghos...

Universal’s stampede of thrills “The Ghost City” … (Photo credit: Beinecke Library)

“Censorship raised its ugly head for the first time. In Chicago, the police demanded that the guns in the hands of the villain’s henchmen on the billboards be deleted. The problem was solved by pasting flowers over the six-shooters. Instead of holding up the stage-driver, the grim masked men extended bouquets to him.”

Universal Life Insurance Company

Universal Life Insurance Company (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

“Naturalism was in demand. In one Western a live rattlesnake was used. The director picked it up to look at it; the snake sank its fangs into his bulbous nose. Nobody was sure whether the poison sacs of the reptile had been removed. So the director got roaring drunk. The next day he had a formidable hangover. The snake died.”

English: Union Brigadier General Ulysses S. Gr...

English: Union Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant photographed at Cairo, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“One large film company had only one really convincing false beard. Moreover, they had only one actor who looked genuine in it. In their war features they used him for both General Robert E. Lee and General Ulysses S. Grant.”

Motion picture actors and actresses (1916)

Motion picture actors and actresses (1916) (Photo credit: State Library and Archives of Florida)

“Motion picture making was assuming its own dignity. More reels were shot on interior stages with the new mercury arc banks of lights. No scene was shot without an orchestra playing, “to get the actors in the mood.” But space at such studios as Universal was so cramped that sets were built less than six inches apart. A director doing a tear-jerker drama might be playing Hearts and Flowers, while on one side of him Al Christie would be doing a comedy and playing ragtime, and on the other Robert Z. Leonard would be having his orchestra play a schottische for a foreign portrayal. It was bedlam confounded, but the results were effective on the screen.”


English: The intersection of Hollywood and Hig...

English: The intersection of Hollywood and Highland, 1907. This would become the location of the current Hollywood and Highland complex and a center of Hollywood tourism today. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And so that’s Friday Facts for this week. Interesting stuff, but if you hunger for more of this article, I’ll be reproducing it even further next week with the second half of Hollywood’s Adolescence. Bye for now!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

A Quote on Thursday: 1940 Cinema Part 2

Welcome back to ‘A Quote on Thursday’. This week I’ve a number of quotations taken from films that were released from 1944 to 1949. I’m sure you’ll remember several of these productions, so why not count up how many you remember!

Laura (1944)

Laura (1944) (Photo credit: twm1340)

Laura (1944):

I don’t use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom.


Cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the tr...

Cropped screenshot of Judy Garland from the trailer for the film Meet Me in St. Louis. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Meet Me In St. Louis (1944):

I can’t believe it. Right here where we live – right here in St. Louis.”


To Have and To Have NotTo Have and To Have Not (1944)

To Have and To Have Not (1944):

You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together – and blow.”

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English: Screenshot of Bing Crosby from the film The Bells of St. Mary’s. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945):

If you ever need anything, no matter what it is or wherever you happen to be – “
Yes, I know. I just dial O for O’Malley.”


English: James Cagney & Sylvia Sidney in Blood...

English: James Cagney & Sylvia Sidney in Blood on the Sun – cropped screenshot (original image : see source) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Blood on the Sun (1945):

Sure, forgive your enemies, but first get even.”


The Naughty Nineties (1945)The Naughty Nineties (1945)

The Naughty Nineties (1945):

Now on the St. Louis team, we have Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third.”
That’s what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellas on the St. Louis team.”
I’m telling ya: Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know’s on third…”


The Big Sleep (1946)The Big Sleep (1946)

The Big Sleep (1946):

So you’re a private detective. I didn’t know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors.”


Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones- ''Duel in the S...

Joseph Cotten, Jennifer Jones- ”Duel in the Sun” 1946 (Photo credit: Movie-Fan)

Duel in the Sun (1946):

You always said you could shoot. I never believed ya.”


A distraught George Bailey (James Stewart) ple...

A distraught George Bailey (James Stewart) pleads for help from Mr. Potter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946):

Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me, Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. I want to live again. Please, God, let me live again.”


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948):

Allow me to introduce myself. I am the Invisible Man.”


  Key Largo (1948)Key Largo (1948)

Key Largo (1948):

One thing I can’t stand, it’s a dame that’s drunk.”


Western ~ "Red River", 1948

Western ~ “Red River”, 1948 (Photo credit: e r j k p r u n c z y k)

Red River (1948):

Cherry was right, you’re soft. You should’ve let him kill me, ’cause I’m gonna kill you. I’ll catch up with ya! I don’t know when, but I’ll catch up. Every time you turn around, expect to see me. ‘Cause one time you’ll turn around and I’ll be there. I’ll kill ya, Matt.



adam’s_rib_(1949) (Photo credit: newhousedesign)

Adam’s Rib (1949):

Licorice, mmmm. If there’s anything I’m a sucker for, it’s licorice.”


  Champion (1949)Champion (1949)

Champion (1949):

I suppose you know you have a wonderful body. I’d like to do it in clay.


Western ~ "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon"...

Western ~ “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”, 1949 (Photo credit: e r j k p r u n c z y k)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949):

Don’t apologize – it’s a sign of weakness.”


screenshot of Virginia Mayo and James Cagney f...

screenshot of Virginia Mayo and James Cagney from the film White Heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

White Heat (1949):

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”


Travers in his most memorable role, as Clarenc...

Travers in his most memorable role, as Clarence Odbody in It’s a Wonderful Life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And sure that’s that for this week. This completes my look at quotations from films of the 1940s, but I’ll be back next week with a selection of films from the 1950s. And that’s a Wrap!!!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee


Silent Movie Time Capsule: 105 years ago, Buffalo Bill Cody appeared in a movie

Buffalo Bill Cody

Buffalo Bill Cody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have a look at this actual footage of Buffalo Bill Cody as was posted by Fritzl Kramer on Movies Silently. Just click on the link below the next image of Buffalo Bill:

Buffao Bill Cody

Buffao Bill Cody (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Silent Movie Time Capsule: 105 years ago, Buffalo Bill Cody appeared in a movie.

Chien Andalou Remixed

It’s easy to think of silent films as somehow innocuous. It is the comedies which have held our attention, while many of the darker works are out of circulation. One exception is the strange and disturbing collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, which has been horrifying and confusing audiences for almost a century.

Here are some highlights, set to a song inspired by the film. Be warned. This is disturbing stuff, and not for the young or squeamish.

A Laugh on Tuesday: A Selection of Will Ferrell Memes!

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And sure why not finish this selection of Will Ferrell memes with some footage of the bould Will Ferrell in action:

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Why North Tipperary: Golf Clubs

In the small district of North Tipperary there are several golf clubs situated in some wonderful scenery. This week I’m going to take a look at a few of them, which might wet your appetite to visit or travel around North Tipperary. There’s more to see in North Tipp than you may have guessed, as the saying of Nenagh town goes: It’s a Strangers Paradise!’.

Nenagh Golf Course SceneNenagh Golf Course Scenery

Nenagh Golf ClubNenagh Golf Club

Situated along the outskirts of Nenagh town, the local golf club, which was originally built in 1929 with its architects being Alister McKenzie, Eddie Hackett and Patrick Merrigan, however, it is a public and modern facility that is open all year round. It has a price range of €15 to €25, while it’s type is described as ‘Parkland’ ;other facilities include a bar, restaurant, practice facilities and a club-house. A very popular golf club, it even has a positive review on it’s profile on the WorldGolf website from Tiger Woods – this was a five-star review and it was posted on the morning on April 18th, 2012 at 9.40am. More information can be found at www.nenaghgolfclub.com.

Roscrea Golf ClubRoscrea Golf Club Scenery

Roscrea Golf Club LogoRoscrea Golf Club

Roscrea Golf Club is situated just outside Roscrea on the Dublin road and this very old golf club is open to the public, while it has a style that is described as ‘Parkland’. The architect of this golf club was one Arthur Spring and the golf club was built in 1892. The price range for week days and weekends is the same ranging from €20 to €45, while it’s other facilities include a club-house, practice facilities and changing rooms. More information can be sourced at www.roscreagolfclub.ie

Thurles Golf CLubThurles Golf Club Scenery

Thurles Golf ClubThurles Golf Club

Thurles Golf Club, which was originally built in 1909 and is situated on the outskirts of the town, is described by one reviewer as being a “great course in pristine condition“. Again, it’s description is ‘Parkland’ and this eighteen hole course is also opened to the public throughout the year. There are quite a number of other facilities including a restaurant, bar, sauna, gym, club-house, banquet facilities and meeting facilities. The rates at this club are from €10 to €45 weekdays and weekends. More information can be sourced at http://www.thurlesgolfclub.com.

Templemore Golf ClubTemplemore Golf Club

Templemore Golf ClubTemplemore Golf Club

The Golf Club that is situated in Templemore was built in 1970 and is open tot he public while it is described as ‘Parkland’. It is open all year round, while its rates range from €15 to €20 and its extra facilities include a Club-house, bar and practice facilities. Other information can be found at http://www.templemoregolfclub.ie.

A golf ball.

A golf ball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well that’s it for this week, but rest assured I’ll be back in a week’s time with some more good reasons to come and visit or just travel around North Tipperary. And don’t forget, there’s more to Irish scenery and tourist opportunities than Dublin and ‘The West’. This year, why not give ‘North Tipperary’ and the ‘Midwest’ a chance!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee