Friday Facts: Hollywood’s Adoloescence

Quotation from Woodrow Wilson's History of the...

Quotation from Woodrow Wilson’s History of the American People as reproduced in the film The Birth of a Nation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome back to Friday Facts and to the article Hollywood’s Adolescence by Richard E. Hubler. Last week I reproduced the first half of this article and we left it where the author was referring to how filming began to be brought indoors, with an orchestra playing at each shoot, while sets were built practically on top of each other. So here’s the concluding part of this wonderful article:

Cameraman“Even cameramen had temperament. Their stock excuse for quitting was: “The light is getting yellow.” Only cameramen could detect this quality in the sunlight so it always worked. Yellow light invariably spoiled negatives, but more than one director noticed that it set in just in time for his cameraman to get to the races.”

“Since a rival company had just completed a three-reel picture, Universal decided to do the stupendous thing. They issued orders to make a four-reeler, but on the safe subject of the Spanish-American War. The director shot it in eight days – a long schedule. Universal, then in  financial straits, tucked away the negative which represented its rehabilitation.”

D. W. Griffith“That night the studio was razed by a huge fire – and the negative was burned. The director summoned his cast and cameraman and shot the whole affair on a single day – from eight in the morning to five at night.”

“A not uncommon bonus for meritorious actions was a white enamel Simplex car, capable of 120 miles an hour. It was the custom to surround this monster with a solid bumper of railroad iron. A pastime acceptable to the motion picture colony, but looked upon with disfavor by the police and citizenry, was driving this creation into streetcars.”

“The motion picture writer began to come into his own – as the ‘titler’. Griffith invented his famous Came The Dawn“. Ralph Spence was possibly the most famous of these terse word artists. He was able to change the whole meaning of a picture, insert comedy or tragedy, simply by adroit one-line titles.”

The Birth of a Nation

The Birth of a Nation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“In 1915, D. W. Griffith issued his epochal The Birth of a Nation. It marked the end of motion picture puberty. It introduced the screen as an art. It demonstrated that long pictures were feasible, high box-office prices obtainable, and that the camera was a medium that owed nothing to any other source. In a word, ‘class’ had come to Hollywood. The motion picture industry was never to be the carefree jerry-producing business it had been.” -END

Well that completes another wonderful article filled with plenty of facts from the glorious early days of Hollywood. I hope you’ve enjoyed this and will join me again next week, when I’ll come up with another fact-filled article based around the great silent-era.

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee

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A Quote on Thursday: 1950s Part 1

Welcome back to “A Quote on Thursday”, our weekly look at quotes connected in some way to the world of film. After finishing the 1940s last week, this week we are going to look at films from the 1950s and again I bet its a case of fondful memories. How many of these films do you remember?

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from All Abo...

Cropped screenshot of Bette Davis from All About Eve. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)All About Eve (1950):

All About Eve (1950):
Fasten your seat-belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

 
 

Edmond O'Brien from D.O.A. (1950 movie)

Edmond O’Brien from D.O.A. (1950 movie) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

D.O.A. (1950):
Can I help you?”
“I’d like to see the man in charge.”
In here…”
“I want to report a murder.”
Sit down. Where was this murder committed?”
“San Francisco, last night.”
Who was murdered?”
“I was.”

 
 

Screenshot taken by me (Icea) from the trailer...

Screenshot taken by me (Icea) from the trailer to the movie Sunset Blvd. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sunset Boulevard (1950):
You know, this floor used to be wood, but I had it changed. Valentino said, ‘there’s nothing like tile for a tango.'”

 
 

Screenshot of Humphrey Bogart from the trailer...

Screenshot of Humphrey Bogart from the trailer for the film The African Queen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The African Queen (1951):
If there’s anything in the world I hate, it’s leeches – filthy little devils!”

 
 

An American in Paris (1951)

An American in Paris (1951) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An American in Paris (1951):
That’s, uh, quite a dress you almost have on…What holds it up?”

 
 

English: Montgomery Clift from premiere video ...

English: Montgomery Clift from premiere video of A Place in the Sun (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Place in the Sun (1951):
I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.

 
 

Portrait of Marlon Brando, "Streetcar Nam...

Portrait of Marlon Brando, “Streetcar Named Desire” 1 photographic print : gelatin silver. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951):
“Hey Stell – Lahhhhh! Hey, Stell – Lahhhh!”

 
 

Cropped screenshot of Gary Cooper from the tra...

Cropped screenshot of Gary Cooper from the trailer for the film High Noon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

High Noon (1952):
It’s no good. I’ve got to go back, Amy…They’re making me run. I’ve never run from anybody before.”

 
 

The Quiet Man (1952)The Quiet Man (1952)

The Quiet Man (1952):
No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats.

 
 

English: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donal...

English: Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor in Singin’ in the Rain trailer Français : Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds et Donald O’Connor dans le film-annonce de Chantons sous la pluie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Singin’ in the Rain (1952):
You mean it’s gonna say up on the screen that I don’t talk and sing for myself?… But they can’t do that!…They can’t make a fool outta Lina Lamont! They can’t make a laughing stock outta Lina Lamont! What do they think I am, dumb or something? Why I make more money than…than…than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!”

 
 

Cropped screenshot of Burt Lancaster and Debor...

Cropped screenshot of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr from the film From Here to Eternity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Here to Eternity (1953):
I never knew it could be like this. Nobody ever kissed me the way you do. (Nobody?) No, nobody.”

 
 

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an example of Techni...

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, an example of Technicolor filming in 1950s Hollywood. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953):
Song: “A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend.”

 
 

how to marry a millionaire - Marilyn Monroe

how to marry a millionaire – Marilyn Monroe (Photo credit: quicheisinsane)

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953):
Look at Roosevelt, look at Churchill, look at old fella what’s his name in The African Queen.”

 
 

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn and Grego...

Cropped screenshot of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck from the trailer for the film Roman Holiday. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roman Holiday (1953):
The Mouth of Truth. Legend is that if you’re given to lying, you put your hand in there, it’ll be bitten off.”

 
 

English: A photograph promoting the film The W...

English: A photograph promoting the film The Wild One depicts actor Marlon Brando. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Wild One (1953):
“Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?”
What’ve you got?”

 
 

English: Screenshot of trailer for 1954 film T...

English: Screenshot of trailer for 1954 film The Caine Mutiny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Caine Mutiny (1954):
Mr. Maryk, you may tell the crew for me there are four ways of doing things on board my ship. The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way. (If) They do things my way, we’ll get along.

 
 

On the WaterfrontScene from On the Waterfront

On the Waterfront (1954):
Charley, it was you. You remember that night in the Garden you came down to my dressing room and said kid, this ain’t your night. We’re goin’ for the price on Wilson. You remember that? This ain’t your night! My night, I could’ve taken Wilson apart. So what happens? He gets the title shot outdoors in a ballpark, and what do I get? — A one way ticket to Palookaville. You was my brother, Charley, you should’ve looked out for me a little bit. You should’ve taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn’t have to take them dives for the short end money…”
“I had some bets down for ya, you saw some money.”
“…You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let’s face it. It was you, Charley.”

 
 

White ChristmasScene from White Christmas

White Christmas (1954):
Let’s just say we’re doing it for a pal in the Army.”

 
 

 The Court Jester

The Court Jester (1955):
I’ve got it! I’ve got it! The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true! Right?”
“Right. But there’s been a change. They broke the chalice from the palace!”
They broke the chalice from the palace?”
“And replaced it with a flagon.”
A flagon…?”
“With the figure of a dragon.”
Flagon with a dragon.”
“Right.”
But did you put the pellet with the poison in the vessel with the pestle?”
“No! The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon! The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!”
The pellet with the poison’s in the flagon with the dragon; the vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true.”
“Just remember that…”

And that’s this week’s “A Quote on Thursday”. So how many of these classics have you watched? Or even more appropriately, how many times have you watched these classics. Well, you’ve a week to consider that, because I’ll be back next week with another collection of classic film quotes from the 1950s. And that’s a Wrap!


Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee