Tom Wilson (actor)
Tom Wilson was an American film actor. Wilson was born in Helena, Montana, in 1880. Appearing in 254 films between 1915 and 1963, Wilson had notable supporting roles in the silent film era, like "The Kindly Officer" in D. W. Griffith's epic Intolerance, the angry policeman in Charlie Chaplin's The Kid, a boxing coach in Buster Keaton's comedy Battling Butler. After the rise of sound film, he was reduced to small roles for the rest of his long film career. Wilson died in 1965 in California. Tom Wilson on IMDb Tom Wilson at Find a Grave
Cruel, Cruel Love
Cruel, Cruel Love is a 1914 American comedy silent film made at the Keystone Studios and starring Charlie Chaplin. Chaplin plays a character quite different from the Little Tramp. In this short Keystone film, Chaplin is instead a rich, upper-class gentleman whose romance is endangered when his girlfriend sees him being embraced by her maid and jumps to the wrong conclusion, she angrily sends Lord Helpus away. Distraught, when Lord Helpus arrives home he is determined to end his life, he swallows what he envisions himself being tortured in Hell. Not long afterward, the girlfriend's gardener and maid explain to Minta that Lord Helpus was not flirting at all. Minta sends a note of apology to Lord Helpus. Upon reading it, Lord Helpus flies into a panic and summons an ambulance to help him before he dies from the fatal dose of poison. There is no danger of Lord Helpus expiring: His butler had stealthily switched the liquid in the glass to harmless water. Chaplin's romantic interest in this film, Minta Durfee, was the wife of fellow Keystone actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle.
Charles Chaplin - Lord Helpus/Mr. Dovey Chester Conklin - Lord Helpus' Butler Minta Durfee - The Lady Eva Nelson - Maid Cruel, Cruel Love was presumed to be a lost film for more than 50 years until a complete nitrate film copy in reasonable condition was discovered in South America. Restoration copies were made by David Shepard of Film Preservation Associates, by Lobster Films of Paris, its original two-reel format is available for sale. A reviewer from Motion Picture World wrote, "Slight in texture, but it makes a pleasing, laughable picture." List of rediscovered films Charlie Chaplin filmography The short film Cruel, Cruel Love is available for free download at the Internet Archive Cruel, Cruel Love on IMDb Cruel, Cruel Love at SilentEra Cruel, Cruel Love on YouTube Cruel, Cruel Love at Rotten Tomatoes
His Favourite Pastime
His Favourite Pastime is a 1914 American comedy film starring Charlie Chaplin. Charlie gets drunk in the bar, he steps outside, meets a pretty woman, tries to flirt with her, only to retreat after the woman's father returns. Returning to the bar, Charlie engages in rogue behaviors with others, he leaves the bar, sees the woman leaving, follows the woman home, proceeds to make a nuisance of himself getting kicked out of the house. Although Chaplin had only been making comedies for Mack Sennett's Keystone Studio for less than two months when this film was released in March 1914, a reviewer from Moving Picture World recognized Chaplin's merry-making talents, he wrote, "The comedian, is clever. In fact, the best one Mack Sennett has sprung on the public, he is a new one and deserves mention." Motion Picture news was full of praise for His Favorite Pastime. Its reviewer wrote, "If there is an audience any where that does not roar when they see this comedy, they cannot be in full possession of their wits.
It is the funniest thing the Keystone Company has put out, this is not written by a press agent. Mr. Chaplin has introduced a number of funny actions that are original to the American stage." Charles Chaplin - Drunken masher Roscoe'Fatty' Arbuckle - Shabby drunk Peggy Pearce - Beautiful lady List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography Fatty Arbuckle filmography The short film His Favourite Pastime is available for free download at the Internet Archive His Favourite Pastime on IMDb His Favourite Pastime on YouTube
Sydney John Chaplin was an English actor. Chaplin was the elder half-brother of Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin and served as his business manager, he was a half-uncle of the actor Sydney Chaplin, named after him. Chaplin was born to 19-year-old Hannah Hill in London. Hannah claimed Sydney's father was a man named Sydney Hawkes, but his father's identity was never verified; the Chaplin surname was adopted following his mother's marriage to Charles Chaplin, Sr. a year after his birth. While Syd and brother Charlie were in the Cuckoo Schools in Hanwell following his mother's mental collapse, Syd was placed in the programme designed to train young boys to become seamen, on the Exmouth training ship docked at Grays, Essex, he followed this training period with several years working on ships, receiving high marks from all of his employers. But his ambition was to get into the entertainment business and he left his final voyage with that in mind. In 1905 Charlie and Sydney worked together in one of their first stage appearances, Sherlock Holmes.
Syd was cast as a villain in that play. In 1906 however, he landed a contract with Fred Karno, of Karno's London Comedians and was to fight hard to bring Charlie into the company two years later. Charlie never achieved the sort of fame Syd did as a principal comedian for that company, but, to be the only time that Syd was able to outdo his brother—at least in front of an audience. After Charlie achieved worldwide fame in the 1910s, the brothers discovered they had another half-brother through their mother, Wheeler Dryden, removed from his mother's care as an infant and brought up abroad by his father. Wheeler was an actor, the brothers reunited in Hollywood in 1918 working together at Chaplin's studio through to the 1950s; as Charlie was negotiating his Keystone contract, he suggested Sydney be asked to join the company, Syd and his wife Minnie Chaplin arrived in California in October 1914. Syd made a few comedies there, including the "Gussle" comedies, the comedy short A Submarine Pirate in 1915, second to Tillie's Punctured Romance, was the most financially successful comedy Keystone made.
Following this success, Sydney decided to leave the screen to negotiate Charlie a better contract. After getting him a $500,000 contract with Mutual on 27 February 1916, he got him his first million dollar contract on 17 June 1917 with First National. Soon he was handling the majority of Charlie's business affairs, including a failed sheet music business and a successful merchandising one, in addition to further contract negotiation, he appeared in a few films during the First National era, such as Pay Day and The Pilgrim. Sydney achieved his own million-dollar contract from Famous Players-Lasky in 1919, but a series of problems resulted in only one, film, Queen, he disappeared from the screen once again. Films include The Perfect Flapper with Colleen Moore, A Christie Comedy, Charley's Aunt and five features for Warner Bros. Pictures, including The Man on the Box, Oh, What a Nurse!, The Missing Link, The Fortune Hunter, The Better'Ole. The last is his best-known film today because of his characterisation of cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather's famous World War I character, Old Bill, the fact that it was the second Warner Bros. film to have a Vitaphone soundtrack.
It is believed by many to have the first spoken word of dialogue, "coffee", although there are those who disagree. Sydney's first film for British International Pictures, A Little Bit of Fluff, proved to be his final film. In 1929, just as he was to begin work on a second film for the studio, Mumming Birds, he was accused of biting off the nipple of actress Molly Wright in a sexual assault. BIP settled out of court. Following the scandal, he left England. By 1930 he was declared bankrupt. In addition to his importance in launching and promoting brother Charlie's career over the years Chaplin's most important contribution to history is in the field of aviation. In May 1919, he, along with pilot Emery Rogers, formulated the first owned domestic American airline, the Syd Chaplin Airline Company, based in Santa Monica, California. Though the corporation lasted only a year, in that time it accumulated many "firsts." Syd and partners had the first aeroplane showroom for their Curtiss aeroplanes. Emery Rogers conducted the first roundtrip Los Angeles to San Francisco flight in one 24-hour period.
Charlie Chaplin took his first-ever aeroplane flight in one of Syd's planes, as did many other notable personages of the period. Chaplin got out of the aviation business right after legislation began to pass regarding pilot licensing and the taxation of planes and flights. Chaplin had no children, his first wife, died in France in September 1936 following surgery for breast cancer. After World War II, Sydney lived most of his final years in Europe, his second wife, Henriette survived him. After a long illness, he died one month on 16 April 1965, in Nice, France. Chaplin is buried beside his wife Gypsy near Vevey. Sydney was portrayed both as a teenager by actor Nicholas Gatt and as an adult by actor Paul Rhys in Richard Attenborough's Chaplin, depicting his personal and professional relationship with Charlie, his Prehistoric Past as Policeman A Dog's Life The Bond Shoulder Arms King, Joker Pay Day The Pilgrim The Rendezvous Her Temporary Husband The Galloping
The Fatal Mallet
The Fatal Mallet is a 1914 American-made motion picture starring Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand. The film was written and directed by Mack Sennett, who portrays one of Chaplin's rivals for Normand's attention; the Fatal Mallet is one of more than a dozen early films that writer/director/comedian Mabel Normand made with Charles Chaplin. Three men will fight for the love of a charming girl. Charlie and one other suitor teams up against the third, play dirty, throwing bricks and using a mallet. However, Charlie double-crosses his partner, thus losing the girl in the end. A reviewer for Moving Picture World said of The Fatal Mallet, "This one-reeler proves that hitting people over the head with bricks and mallets can sometimes be made amusing." A reviewer for Bioscope positively wrote, "Though rivals in love for the beautiful Mabel Normand, Charles Chaplin and Mack Sennett combine to rid themselves of a third poacher on their preserves, the employment of a deadly mallet gives these indescribable comedians the opportunity for another genuinely funny farce."
Charles Chaplin - Suitor Mabel Normand - Mabel Mack Sennett - Rival suitor Mack Swain - Another rival List of American films of 1914 Charlie Chaplin filmography The Fatal Mallet on IMDb The Fatal Mallet is available for free download at the Internet Archive The Fatal Mallet on YouTube
Bud Jamison was an American film actor. He appeared in 450 films between 1915 and 1944. Born in Vallejo, Jamison joined the ranks of stage and vaudeville performers making movies in California. Jamison's husky build and willingness to participate in messy slapstick and rowdy action guaranteed him work in silent comedies. In 1915 he was a member of Charlie Chaplin's stock company at the Essanay studio. From there he moved to the Hal Roach studio, playing hot-tempered comic foils for Harold Lloyd, Snub Pollard, Stan Laurel. In the 1920s he joined Universal Pictures' short-comedy contingent, worked in Mack Sennett comedies. In his earliest films Jamison looked too young to be convincing in heavy makeup as a veteran policeman, detective, or authority figure; as the years progressed, he grew into these roles, by the time sound films arrived he was well established as a reliable character comedian. Jamison had a superb tenor singing voice, loved to sing when not filming. Sound movies gave producers a chance to exploit his singing, for the rest of his career he would be called upon to vocalize in films.
A brief series of color travelogues filmed in 1930, featured Jamison and comic Jimmie Adams as "The Rolling Stones", two singing vagabonds seeing the country. Jamison would be hired just for his singing, as in Pot o' Gold where he plays a vagrant who harmonizes in jail, he sings "You'll Never Know Just What Tears Are" in The Three Stooges 1939 film A Ducking They Did Go. Jamison continued to play cops, bosses and various professional men who clash with comedy stars, he appeared opposite Bing Crosby, W. C. Fields, Andy Clyde in Sennett's talkies. Like other members of the two-reel-comedy community, he found work at various studios: Hal Roach, Educational Pictures, RKO Radio Pictures, Columbia Pictures. Jamison is best known for his Columbia Stooge shorts. Including their debut, Woman Haters. Moe Howard of the Stooges fondly recalled singing barbershop harmony with Charley Chase, actor Vernon Dent, Jamison many times on movie sets. Jamison was a Type 2 diabetic in his years. A devout Christian Scientist, he died on September 30, 1944 at age 50 after refusing treatment for kidney cancer.
He is buried in Inglewood Park Cemetery in California. Bud Jamison on IMDb Bud Jamison at Find a Grave Bud Jamison at threestooges.net
Philip Dunne (writer)
Philip Ives Dunne was a Hollywood screenwriter, film director and producer, who worked prolifically from 1932 until 1965. He spent the majority of his career at 20th Century Fox crafting well regarded romantic and historical dramas adapted from another medium. Dunne was a leading Screen Writers Guild organizer and was politically active during the "Hollywood Blacklist" episode of the 1940s-1950s, he is best known for the films How Green Was My Valley, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, The Robe and The Agony and the Ecstasy. Dunne received two Academy Award nominations for screenwriting: How Green Was My Valley and David and Bathsheba, he received a Golden Globe nomination for his 1965 screen adaptation of Irving Stone's novel The Agony and the Ecstasy, as well as several peer awards from the Writers Guild of America, including the Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement. Many notable directors worked with Dunne's screenplays, including Carol Reed, John Ford, Jacques Tourneur, Elia Kazan, Otto Preminger, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Michael Curtiz, among others.
Dunne was born in New York City, the son of Chicago syndicated columnist and humorist Finley Peter Dunne and Margaret Ives Dunne, a champion golfer and the daughter of the Chicago Tribune's book reviewer and novelist, Mary Ives Abbott. Although a Roman Catholic, he attended Harvard University. After graduation, he boarded a train for Hollywood for his health and to seek work. Dunne was not interested in working in the film industry but, the first place he got a job. Via a recommendation from a friend of his brother's he obtained work at Fox as a reader at $35 a week. Among readers at the time was Leonard Spigelglass. Dunne recalled: We got nothing but the worst stuff. We got the pathetic originals written by out-of-work screenwriters. I kept seeing ways. I’d write a synopsis, I’d make it better. I couldn’t help it, it would be an obvious thing. And when you learn to synopsize a story, you learn to construct it. At the same time, I was moonlighting writing short stories, so all these things came together.”
In 1931, Dunne was fired from Fox after less than a year at the studio in a cost-cutting move. He was under contract at MGM, writing a comedy for them, but was unhappy with his work and resigned after hanging in his first draft; this script was subsequently filmed as Student Tour. Dunne aso worked uncredited on My Gal; the first important screenplay of Dunne's career was The Count of Monte Cristo, produced by Edward Small. Dunne was brought on to the project after the novel had been distilled to a treatment by director Rowland V. Lee and Dan Totheroh, Dunne helped finesse the script into scenes and did the dialogue. Dunne credited Lee as an important mentor for him. Small kept Dunne on to work on the script for The Melody Lingers On, he was credited for Helldorado, the latter at Fox for Jesse Lasky, another early mentor. He did some minor uncredited work on Under Magnificent Obsession. Dunne received a lot of acclaim for his adaptation of The Last of the Mohicans for Small which he wrote with John L. Balderstone.
Dunne claimed the script was hurt by rewrites from another writer, but the script, rather than the original novel, formed the basis of the 1992 film version. For Universal he wrote Breezing Home which he said was the first of what he considered only four original screenplays he would write in his career. After working for various studios, he moved to 20th Century Fox in 1937, where he would remain for 25 years, scripting 36 films in total and directing 10, he produced several of his films. His first assignment at Fox was Lancer Spy, with George Sanders, he did three films in collaboration with Julien Josephson which established him as one of the leading writers at the studio: Suez and Livingstone, The Rains Came. Alone Dunne wrote Swanee River, Johnny Apollo, he wrote How Green Was My Valley developed with William Wyler taken over by John Ford. He wrote Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake. From 1942 to 1945, Dunne was the Chief of Production for the Motion Picture Bureau, U. S. Office of War Information, Overseas Branch.
He wrote films such as Salute to France. Notably, he produced the non-fiction short The Town, directed by Josef von Sternberg, which has received some critical acclaim. Dunne returned to Fox after the war and re-established himself as one of the studio's leading writers with credits including The Late George Apley, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, he wrote Forever Amber in collaboration with Ring Lardner Jr and wrote Escape and The Luck of the Irish. He revised Dudley Nichols' script for Pinky. In 1949 he and Otto Preminger were working on a film The Far East Story, never made. Dunne moved into spectacles with David and Bathsheba, based on the story in the Bible but which Dunne considered his second "original", it was a huge hit. Zanuck put Dunne on Queen of Sheba but it was never made, he wrote Anne of the Indies and Lydia Bailey. Dunne turned producer with Way of a Gaucho which he wrote; as a writer only he worked on the first movie in CinemaScope and a huge success. Dunne had enjoyed writing David and Bathsheba but said w