A Quote on Thursday: Early Cinema 1

Cover of "The Marx Brothers Silver Screen...

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Animal Crackers (1930):

One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don’t know.”

The Phantom of the OperaThe Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera (1925):
Feast your eyes! Glut your soul on my accursed ugliness!

1931 Dracula (ing) 02

1931 Dracula (ing) 02 (Photo credit: Spiff_27)

Dracula (1931):
Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”

The 1931 "Lugosi as Frankenstein's Monste...

The 1931 “Lugosi as Frankenstein’s Monster” promo poster, without the now famous flat head makeup (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Frankenstein (1931):

Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive… It’s alive, it’s moving, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, it’s alive, IT’S ALIVE!”

Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horse Feathers (1932):

I’d horsewhip you, if I had a horse.”


I'm No Angel (1933)I’m No Angel (1933):
Well, when I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.”

Cover of "She Done Him Wrong (Universal C...

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She Done Him Wrong (1933):

I wasn’t always rich…No, there was a time I didn’t know where my next husband was coming from.”


The Thin Man (1934)The Thin Man (1934):
My soul, woman, I give you three murders and you’re still not satisfied.”

A Tale of Two Cities (1935 film)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Tale of Two Cities (1935):

It’s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It’s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.”

Cover of "Top Hat"

Cover of Top Hat

Top Hat (1935):

For the woman – the kiss, for the man – the sword.”


Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

Midweek Matinee

Decaying Hollywood MansionsDecaying Hollywood Mansions

Another website recommendation today. If you want a painless and freewheeling way to explore Hollywood’s past, visit Decaying Hollywood Mansions on Facebook. The site is dedicated to stills and other ephemera of several golden ages of cinema, from the earliest experiments with motion to the frontier wildness of the early 1970s.

John WayneJohn Wayne in The Searchers

The page is a labour of love by Charles Lieurance, who is a relentless truffler in the cinematic undergrowth. Recent highlights of his “multi-media spookhouse of cinema’s past” include a vintage comic-book version of The Searchers, and this fabulous PR shot from 1928:


Kudos if you recognised the young Joan Crawford. If you also clocked the grizzled Gibson Gowland (last seen hereabouts in Stroheim’s Greed), give yourself a gold star.

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926.

Scenography for the movie Greed. 1926. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cropped screenshot of Joan Crawford from the f...

Cropped screenshot of Joan Crawford from the film Category:Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)









Posted by Kevin McGee