Friday Facts

Vanity Fair Frontispiece Facsimile

Vanity Fair Frontispiece Facsimile (Photo credit: Nils Geylen)

This week’s factual article was originally way back in 1921 in the publication titled Vanity Fair, no less. Written by Charles Hanson Towne, the article was called The Monstrous Movies and it looks at the growing new culture of Hollywood and film, but what it gives a modern audience is a forthright insight at what life was like way back in the silent era. This week I’ve the first of three parts of this fantastic article, with the following two parts appearing right here at Friday Facts over the coming weeks, so now, do enjoy:

 

Vanity Fair - August 2009Vanity Fair – August 2009

 

The Monstrous Movies

 

Caricature of Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936). ...

Caricature of Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936). Caption read “Mr Dooley”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“There is a delightful story to the effect that when a young woman disappeared from New York some years ago, and every corner of the earth, seemingly, had been searched for her, Finley Peter Dunne suggested: Has anyone thought of looking in the gallery of the Century Theatre?'”

 

“Certain actor friends of mine have similarly disappeared from time to time. A deep, abysmal silence has followed their strange absence from the usual haunts of the metropolis. But now, at last, the mystery is solved. I know where they all are. They are in the movies – and most of them are in California, in a spot called Hollywood. I have prepared, on my first visit to the Coast, for the giant trees, the giant flowers, the colossal foliage and fruit that cause one to think he is living in a fairy-tale; I was certain of the great, wide-open hospitality – the big hearts and the abundant beauty I should see. But I was not prepared for the giant fungus growth, the monstrous mushroom that has sprung up overnight, as it were, in California – the most amazing and startling manifestation of the age: the movies.”

 

“Nothing can be small in California. Everything is magnified ten-fold or more; but the motion-picture industry has gone Nature one better; and the overwhelming scale on which it is run is something that the imagination cannot grasp at once.”

 

 

The New El Dorado

 

English: Nestor Studios, the first film studio...

English: Nestor Studios, the first film studio in Hollywood, 1913. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“As the old Forty-niners rushed to the gold fields in search of El Dorado, so now actors, actresses and managers, cameraman and directors, writers, artists and continuity folk, flock to that same section of the country; and they have built cities overnight, just as the gold-seekers did, and camped on the Coast. But with this definite difference: they have gone there to stay. They may rear a Spanish town this afternoon and demolish it next week; but something else will take its place within another twenty-four hours. A pavilion which is an exact replica of the one in Italy, let us say, may be erected for one scene in a play, and be absolutely valueless tomorrow. Money is thrown away as chaff before the wind. Almost it would seem that it would be more sensible to send a whole company to Italy than thus to toss gold into the Pacific. But no – all the paraphernalia is here – including the light that Nature has so thoughtfully and lavishly bestowed. Instead of actors being transported to Italy, therefore, Italy is brought to America – for a week or two; and nothing is thought of the miracle. next to it, a Greek village may be in the process of construction.”

 

Hollywood Studios 1922

Hollywood Studios 1922 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“‘The world is too much with us.’ one might say of Hollywood; and indeed the whole world seems literally to be here, concentrated in one tiny corner of the Earth. So many assortments are here that it reminds one of those ingenious prisoners who, with nothing else to do, crowd the words of the Lord’s Prayer on a pin-head. Hollywood is a contracted dance floor, on which everyone in the world is dancing; and the jazz goes on incessantly. There seems no rhyme or reason here, no method, no system, no direction; it appears a madhouse – as it is, and isn’t; and a visitor finds it difficult to adjust himself at first, to fall into step on the crowded, nervous floor.”

 

“Is it any wonder? For hodge-podge is Hollywood’s first, middle and last name. Confusion is the god that in some mysterious way runs this crazy universe.”

 

A Night at the Movies (film)

A Night at the Movies (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“What shall be said of a judgement that exploits the so-called “personalities” of little girls with weak chins but big black  eyes that “film” well, in stories dashed off like penny-dreadfuls, with ungrammatical captions and incoherent “continuity?” Of actors who care only for the money that they earn, and wouldn’t give tuppence for the studios unless their pay-envelope bulged at the end of the week and they could ride back and forth in a ten-thousand-dollar car? Of the younger group of perfect cameo-like profiles who leave shops and offices to go into the films, with no knowledge of the technique of acting, and who, when they have a priceless opportunity to watch a really great artist before the camera (for there are such), sit behind clumps of scenery and smoke innumerable cigarettes?”

 

And that’s that from Friday Facts for this week; See ya next week for part two of this wonderful article, so adios amigo!

 

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Fun Size Review: The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)

I’m Baaaacccckkkk!!!! Get ready to be flooded with posts over the coming days as I try to catch up with the last two weeks, but first of all have a butchers of this post from Movies Silently of the Rex Ingram production: The Prisoner of Zenda!!! Follow Link below and Enjoy:

The Prisoner of Zenda

Fun Size Review: The Prisoner of Zenda (1922).

 

Charlie’s Sunday Quote

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

We think too much and feel too little.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

Hope you are enjoying these Sunday quotes from Charlie Chaplin and I hope you enjoy this hilarious video from Youtube of Charlie Chaplin in The Bank.

 

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Charlie’s Sunday Quote

English: Bronze, life size Charlie; co-commiss...

English: Bronze, life size Charlie; co-commissioned by the Chaplin estate and IRD Waterville Co. Kerry. It is the only official Statue shown to express his famous smile. Sculpted by Alan Ryan Hall, Valentia Island Co. Kerry (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Look up to the sky. You’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

 

 

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.”


English: Screenshot of Bing Crosby from the fi...

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)

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!!!

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Charlie’s Sunday Quote

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has full-filled its purpose.” ~ Charlie Chaplin

 

 

Thursday Quotes: 1940s Cinema – Part 1

This screenshot shows Sydney Greenstreet and H...

This screenshot shows Sydney Greenstreet and Humphrey Bogart in a discussion about whether Sam (Dooley Wilson) will come to work for Greenstreet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Welcome back to our weekly look at quotations connected to the world of cinema. In recent weeks I have looked at quotations taken from films of the 1920s and 1930s, but this week I’m going to take my first look at quotations taken from films which were released in the 1940s. So how many of these pictures do you remember, or even better, can you recall these famous cinematic quotes?

Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The ...

Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The Grapes of Wrath. John Carradine as Jim Casy, former preacher. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940):
Well, maybe it’s like Casy says. A fella ain’t got a soul of his own – just a little piece of a big soul. The one big soul that belongs to everybody…Then it don’t matter. I’ll be all around in the dark. I’ll be everywhere – wherever you can look. Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad. I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready. And when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise, and livin’ in the houses they build, I’ll be there, too.”

 

Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The ...

Trailer for the 1940 black and white film The Grapes of Wrath. John Qualen as Muley Graves, neighbor in Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940):
That’s what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up and die and their kids ain’t no good, and they die out. But we keep a-comin’. We’re the people that live. They can’t wipe us out. They can’t lick us. And we’ll go on forever, Pa… ’cause… we’re the people.”

 

Scene from His Girl Friday

Scene from His Girl Friday (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

His Girl Friday (1940):
He’s got a lot of charm.”
He comes by it naturally. His grandfather was a snake.

 

My Little Chickadee

My Little Chickadee (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My Little Chickadee (1940):
Any time you’ve got nothing to do and lots of time to do it, come up.”

 

A screenshot of Judith Anderson and Joan Fonta...

A screenshot of Judith Anderson and Joan Fontaine in Rebecca (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rebecca (1940):
You’re overwrought, madam. I’ve opened a window for you. A little air will do you good. Why don’t you go? Why don’t you leave Manderley? He doesn’t need you. He’s got his memories. He doesn’t love you, he wants to be alone again with her. You’ve nothing to stay for. You’ve nothing to live for really, have you? Look down there. It’s easy, isn’t it? Why don’t you? Why don’t you? Go on. Go on. Don’t be afraid!”

 

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

The Thief of Bagdad (1940) (Photo credit: mikemennonno)

The Thief of Bagdad:
This is the Land of Legend, where everything is possible when seen through the eyes of youth!”

 

A deep focus shot: everything, including the h...

A deep focus shot: everything, including the hat in the foreground and the boy (young Kane) in the distance, is in sharp focus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Citizen Kane (1941):
I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.”

 

Sara Allgood as Beth Morgan and Roddy McDowall...

Sara Allgood as Beth Morgan and Roddy McDowall as Huw Morgan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How Green Was My Valley (1941):
Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still – real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever.”

 

Main title frame from the 1941 public domain t...

Main title frame from the 1941 public domain trailer for the Warner Bros. film The Maltese Falcon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Maltese Falcon (1941):
You, you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fathead!”

 

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941):
I was in love with a beautiful blonde once, dear. She drove me to drink. That’s the one thing I’m indebted to her for.”

 

Screenshot of the title screen of the trailer.

Screenshot of the title screen of the trailer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casablanca (1942):
Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake…Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'”

 

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a romant...

Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in a romantic scene. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casablanca (1942):
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

 

Screenshot of Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Cl...

Screenshot of Paul Henreid, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains and Humphrey Bogart from the trailer for the film Casablanca. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Casablanca (1942):
If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it.”
No.”
– “Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.”

 

Cover of "The Major and the Minor (Univer...

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The Major and the Minor (1942):
Why don’t you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?”

 

screenshot of James Cagney from the trailer fo...

screenshot of James Cagney from the trailer for the film Yankee Doodle Dandy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942):
Ladies and gentlemen. My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.”

 

Cropped screenshot of Edward G. Robinson from ...

Cropped screenshot of Edward G. Robinson from the trailer for the film Double Indemnity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Double Indemnity (1944):
It was a hot afternoon, and I can still remember the smell of honeysuckle all along that street. How could I have known that murder can sometimes smell like honeysuckle?”

 

Cover of "Going My Way (Universal Cinema ...

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Going My Way (1944):
Y’know, at one time I had quite a decision to make: whether to write the nation’s songs or go my way.

 

The added gas chamber ending was unneeded, Wil...

The added gas chamber ending was unneeded, Wilder realized, so he shelved it (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

And so that’s it for this week’s Thursday Quotes, but if you’re enjoying reminising these quotes from some of your most favourite films, don’t despair, sure I’ll be back next week with another bunch just for you. Now after all these quotations from the world of classic film, don’t ya have that longing to throw on your favourite classics … and play them one more time!

Posted by Michael ‘Charlie’ McGee