Girl Shy is a 1924 romantic comedy silent film starring Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston. The movie was written by Sam Taylor, Tim Whelan and Ted Wilde and was directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and Taylor. Harold Meadows is a tailor's apprentice for his uncle in California, he is so shy around women that he can speak to them. Despite this, Harold writes a "how to" book for young men entitled The Secret of Making Love, detailing how to woo different types of young women, such as "the vampire" and "the flapper", takes a train to see a publisher in Los Angeles; the same day, rich young Mary Buckingham boards the same train after her automobile breaks down in Little Bend. No dogs are allowed aboard, so she hides her Pomeranian under her shawl, but her pet jumps off as the train pulls away. Harold helps Mary hide it from the conductor, she sees his manuscript, so he starts telling her about his book, overcoming his stuttering in his enthusiasm. They become so absorbed in each other that neither realizes that the train has reached its final destination and everyone else has departed.
Upon returning home, Mary rejects the latest in a string of marriage proposals from persistent suitor Ronald DeVore, "the kind of a man that men forget". After her car is repaired, Mary intentionally detours through Little Bend hoping to see Harold again. On one such trip, Ronald is along for the ride, his unwanted attentions cause Mary to swerve and get her car stuck near the outskirts of Little Bend. While Ronald walks back to town for a tow, Mary happens to reunite with Harold. After telling Mary about the remainder of his book, Harold informs her that he is going to see the publisher, Roger Thornby, in a few days to deliver a new chapter that will be about her, they agree to meet again afterward. Meanwhile, Ronald runs into a woman who asks if he is going to introduce her to his family, but he stalls rides away in the tow-vehicle. Mr. Thornby's professional readers find Harold's book hilariously absurd, so he rejects it. Without any royalty money, Harold figures. So he pretends. Heartbroken, Mary impulsively agrees to marry Ronald.
Afterward, one of Mr. Thornby's senior employees convinces him that, if the staff liked the book so much, there must be a market for it, so Thornby decides to publish it as "The Boob's Diary". A few days a depressed Harold gets a letter from the publisher, but just rips it up without opening it, assuming that it is a rejection notice, his uncle notices that one of the scraps is part of an advance royalty check for $3,000. At first, Harold is outraged, but he realizes that he can propose to Mary after all. However, when he sees a newspaper headline announcing Mary and Ronald's wedding that same day at her family's estate, he gives up. By chance, the same woman whom Ronald had met a few days earlier walks in and, seeing the newspaper story, tearfully exclaims that she is Ronald's wife; as proof, she shows Harold a locket with the couple's wedding portrait and the engraved words "to my wife" that Ronald had given her two years earlier. Harold embarks on a frenzied headlong dash, involving bootleggers, car chases and multiple changes of vehicle, through the countryside and along the crowded streets of Culver City and Los Angeles.
He bursts in just in time, but he cannot stop stuttering long enough to expose Ronald's intended bigamy. So Harold carries Mary off; when they are alone, he shows her the locket. Mary gets Harold to propose, she accepts. Harold Lloyd as Harold Meadows, The Poor Boy Jobyna Ralston as Mary Buckingham, The Rich Girl Richard Daniels as Jerry Meadows, The Poor Man Carlton Griffin as Ronald DeVore, The Rich Man Nola Dolberg as Vamp Girl Judy King as Flapper Girl as Publisher Roger Thornsby William Orlamond as Thornsby's Assistant Gus Leonard as Bearded Train Passenger Earl Mohan as Sleeping Trolley Rider Joe Cobb as Boy in Tailor Shop Jackie Condon as Boy in Tailor Shop Having Pants Sewn Mickey Daniels as Newsboy This was Lloyd's first independent production after his split with Hal Roach, it is what Lloyd called a "character story", is notable for containing fewer of the stunts which characterize Lloyd's other films throughout most of its length, instead focusing more on the relationship between Lloyd and Ralston.
However, the lengthy finale of the film is one of the most exhilarating, non-stop action sequences of Lloyd's career. It was the second of six consecutive movies pairing Harold Lloyd and Jobyna Ralston, who left Hal Roach Studios as well to continue working with Lloyd. Unlike the normal style for filmed romances prior to Girl Shy, both Ralston and Lloyd were featured in comedic scenes. Harold Lloyd filmography List of United States comedy films Girl Shy on IMDb Girl Shy at the TCM Movie Database Girl Shy at AllMovie Girl Shy at the American Film Institute Catalog
George Gard "Buddy" DeSylva was an American songwriter, film producer and record executive. He wrote or co-wrote many popular songs and along with Johnny Mercer and Glenn Wallichs, he founded Capitol Records. DeSylva was born in New York City, but grew up in California and attended the University of Southern California, where he joined the Theta Xi Fraternity, his father, Aloysius J. De Sylva, was better known to American audiences as the Portuguese-born actor, Hal De Forrest, his mother, Georgetta Miles Gard, was the daughter of Los Angeles police chief George E. Gard. DeSylva's first successful songs were those used by Al Jolson on Broadway in the 1918 Sinbad production, which included "I'll Say She Does". Soon thereafter he met Jolson and in 1918 the pair went to New York and DeSylva began working as a songwriter in Tin Pan Alley. In the early 1920s, DeSylva worked with composer George Gershwin. Together they created the experimental one-act jazz opera Blue Monday set in Harlem, regarded as a forerunner to Porgy and Bess ten years later.
In April 1924, DeSylva married a Ziegfeld Follies dancer. In 1925, DeSylva became one third of the songwriting team with lyricist Lew Brown and composer Ray Henderson, one of the top Tin Pan Alley songwriters of the era; the team was responsible for the song Magnolia, popularized by Lou Gold's orchestra. The writing and publishing partnership continued until 1930, producing a string of hits and the perennial Broadway favorite Good News; the popularity of this team was so great that Gershwin's mother chided her sons for not being able to write the sort of hits turned out by the trio. DeSylva joined ASCAP in 1920 and served on the ASCAP board of directors between 1922 and 1930, he became a producer of screen musicals. DeSylva went under contract to Fox Studios. During this tenure, he produced movies such as The Little Colonel, The Littlest Rebel, Captain January, Poor Little Rich Girl and Stowaway. In 1941, he became the Executive Producer at Paramount Pictures, a position he would hold until 1944.
At Paramount, he was an uncredited executive producer for Double Indemnity, For Whom the Bell Tolls, The Story of Dr. Wassell and The Glass Key. Betty Hutton always credited DeSylva for launching her film career; the Paramount all-star extravaganza Star Spangled Rhythm, which takes place at the Paramount film studio in Hollywood, features a fictional movie executive named "B. G. DeSoto", a parody of DeSylva. In 1942, Johnny Mercer, Glenn Wallichs and DeSylva together founded Capitol Records, he founded the Cowboy label. He is sometimes credited as: Buddy De Sylva, Buddy DeSylva, Bud De Sylva, Buddy G. DeSylva and B. G. DeSylva. Buddy DeSylva died in Hollywood, aged 55, is buried at Glendale's Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Desylva, Buddy, B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson. Good News: vocal selection.: Chappell, n.d. OCLC 495863850 Henderson, Ray, B. G. De Sylva, Bud Green. Alabamy Bound. New York: Shapiro, Bernstein & Co, 1925. OCLC 645628000 De Sylva, B. G. Lew Brown, Ray Henderson. Magnolia.
1927. OCLC 918927178 Sonny Boy 1919 - La La Lucille 1922 - George White's Scandals of 1922 1922 - Orange Blossoms 1922 - The Yankee Princess 1923 - George White's Scandals of 1923 1924 - Sweet Little Devil 1924 - George White's Scandals of 1924 music by George Gershwin 1925 - Big Boy 1925 - Tell Me More! 1925 - George White's Scandals of 1925 1925 - Captain Jinks 1926 - George White's Scandals of 1926 1926 - Queen High 1927 - Good News 1927 - Manhattan Mary 1928 - George White's Scandals of 1928 1928 - Hold Everything! 1929 - Follow Thru 1930 - Flying High 1932 - Take a Chance Stepping Sisters My Weakness The Stork Club The 1956 Hollywood film The Best Things in Life Are Free, starring Gordon MacRae, Dan Dailey, Ernest Borgnine, depicted the De Sylva and Henderson collaboration. Ewen, David. Great Men of American Popular Song ASIN: B000OKLHXU Green, Stanley; the World Of Musical Comedy. Publisher: Da Capo Press. ISBN 0-306-80207-4 Buddy DeSylva at the Internet Broadway Database Buddy G. DeSylva on IMDb Buddy DeSylva and the 1909 Copyright Act Buddy DeSylva at the Internet Archive
The Quarterback (1926 film)
The Quarterback is a 1926 American comedy silent film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and written by William Slavens McNutt, W. O. McGeehan and Ray Harris; the film stars Richard Dix, Esther Ralston, Harry Beresford, David Butler, Robert W. Craig and Mona Palma; the film was released on October 1926, by Paramount Pictures. Elmer Stone, quarterback of the 1899 Colton College football team vows to remain a student until Colton beats its biggest rival, State University. Twenty-seven years Elmer is still in school and is a classmate of his son, Jack. Other than driving a milk wagon in his spare time, Jack is the quarterback of the football team. A matter of his eligibility comes up but he is cleared and goes out to do-or-die for Colton against State University. Maybe they will win The Big Game, Jack's father can get a life...and a job. Richard Dix as Jack Stone Esther Ralston as Louise Mason Harry Beresford as Elmer Stone David Butler as'Lumpy' Goggins Robert W. Craig as Denny Walters Mona Palma as Nellie Webster The film is preserved in the Library of Congress collection.
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Now or Never (1921 film)
Now or Never is a 1921 American short comedy film starring Harold Lloyd and directed by Hal Roach and Fred C. Newmeyer. A young woman, employed as a nanny to a lonesome child named Dolly, is preparing to take a vacation which will include a long-awaited reunion with her childhood sweetheart, her employers are a busy couple who have no time for their small daughter, so the nanny decides—without seeking their permission—to take Dolly with her on her vacation. Meanwhile, the young man she is to meet with races through the countryside by automobile on his way to his appointment, he crashes into a barn, loses his money to a tramp, must complete his journey riding as a stowaway on the undercarriage of a train. After the couple meet and the child board a train; the woman has tickets for herself and Dolly. The young woman discovers to her horror, she does not want him to see her with Dolly, so she leaves the little girl with the young man and joins her employer in a separate coach. The young man is not an experienced babysitter, caring for the child poses many challenges for him as he must evade the conductor.
The story ends happily: not only does Dolly's father approve of the young woman taking the little girl with her on her vacation, the young woman discovers that her sweetheart is the man her employer was traveling to meet, as he has hired him for an important position. Harold Lloyd as The Boy Mildred Davis as The Girl Anna Mae Bilson as The Lonesome Little Child William Gillespie as The Child's Father Noah Young as Angry farmer Roy Brooks as Chubby passenger Sammy Brooks as Short passenger Wallace Howe as Sheriff of Teetersburg Mark Jones as Passenger who throws shoe Gaylord Lloyd Earl Mohan as Drunk Charles Stevenson as Conductor Prints of Now or Never exist in the collections of the UCLA Film and Television Archive and George Eastman House. Harold's car is a 1919 Mercer series 5 Raceabout. Harold Lloyd filmography Now or Never on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie
Sailor's Holiday is a 1929 American pre-Code sound comedy film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and produced and distributed by Pathé Exchange; the film was released in a silent version. The film is preserved at the Library of Congress. Alan Hale as Adam Pike Sally Eilers as Molly Jones George Cooper as Shorty Paul Hurst as Jimmylegs Mary Carr as Mrs. Pike Charles Clary as Captain Jack Richardson as Captain Natalie Joyce as The Fast Worker Phil Sleeman as Her Secretary Ray Cooke as Sailor in Cafe Russ Powell as Midway Customer Randolph Scott as Undetermined Role Rolfe Sedan as Ferris Wheel Barker Slim Summerville as Midway Photographer Grady Sutton as Sailor Extra in Cafe Sailor's Holiday on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie Sailor's Holiday is available for free download at the Internet Archive
Ginger Rogers was an American actress and singer. She is known for her starring role in Kitty Foyle, but is best remembered for performing in RKO's musical films on stage and television, throughout much of the 20th century. Born in Independence and raised in Kansas City and her family moved to Fort Worth, when she was nine years old. After winning a 1925 Charleston dance contest that launched a successful vaudeville career, she gained recognition as a Broadway actress for her debut stage role in Girl Crazy; this success led to a contract with Paramount Pictures. Rogers had her first successful film role as a supporting actress in 42nd Street. Throughout the 1930s, Rogers made nine films with Astaire, among which were some of her biggest successes, such as Swing Time and Top Hat. After two commercial failures with Astaire, Rogers began to branch out into dramatic films and comedies, her acting was well received by critics and audiences, she became one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1940s.
Her performance in Kitty Foyle won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Rogers remained successful throughout the 1940s and at one point was Hollywood's highest-paid actress, but her popularity had peaked by the end of the decade, she reunited with Astaire in 1949 in the commercially successful The Barkleys of Broadway. After an unsuccessful period through the 1950s, Rogers made a successful return to Broadway in 1965, playing the lead role in Hello, Dolly!. More lead roles on Broadway followed, along with her stage directorial debut in 1985 on an off-Broadway production of Babes in Arms. Rogers made television acting appearances until 1987. In 1992, Rogers was recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors, she died of a heart attack in 1995, at the age of 83. Rogers is associated with the phrase "backwards and in high heels", the title of her memoir, attributed to Bob Thaves' Frank and Ernest 1982 cartoon with the caption "Sure he was great, but don't forget that Ginger Rogers did everything he did...backwards and in high heels".
This phrase is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Ann Richards, who used it in her keynote address to the 1988 Democratic National Convention. A Republican and a devout Christian Scientist, Rogers was married five times, with all of her marriages ending in divorce. During her long career, Rogers made 73 films, her musical films with Fred Astaire are credited with revolutionizing the genre. Rogers was a major movie star during the Golden Age of Hollywood, is considered an American icon, she ranks number 14 on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars list of female stars of classic American cinema. Virginia Katherine McMath was born on July 16, 1911, in Independence, the only child of Lela Emogene, a newspaper reporter and movie producer, William Eddins McMath, an electrical engineer, she was of Scottish and English ancestry. Her mother did not want her to be born in a hospital, her parents separated shortly after she was born, but her grandparents, Wilma Saphrona and Walter Winfield Owens, lived nearby in Kansas City.
After unsuccessfully trying to become a family again, McMath kidnapped his daughter twice. Rogers said, her mother divorced her father soon thereafter. In 1915, Rogers moved in with her grandparents while her mother made a trip to Hollywood in an effort to get an essay she had written made into a film. Lela continued to write scripts for Fox Studios. Rogers was to remain close to her grandfather and much when she was a star in 1939, she bought him a home at 5115 Greenbush Avenue in Sherman Oaks, California, so he could be close to her while she was filming at the studios. One of Rogers' young cousins, had a hard time pronouncing "Virginia", shortening it to "Badinda"; when Rogers was nine years old, her mother remarried, to John Logan Rogers. Ginger took the surname Rogers, although she was never adopted, they lived in Fort Worth. Her mother became a theater critic for the Fort Worth Record, she did not graduate from, Fort Worth's Central High School. As a teenager, Rogers thought of becoming a school teacher, but with her mother's interest in Hollywood and the theater, her early exposure to the theater increased.
Waiting for her mother in the wings of the Majestic Theatre, she began to sing and dance along with the performers on stage. Rogers' entertainment career was born one night when the traveling vaudeville act of Eddie Foy came to Fort Worth and needed a quick stand-in, she entered and won a Charleston dance contest which allowed her to tour for six months, at one point in 1926 performing at an 18-month-old theater called The Craterian in Medford, Oregon. This theater honored her many years by changing its name to the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater. At 17, Rogers married Jack Culpepper, a singer/dancer/comedian/recording artist of the day who worked under the name Jack Pepper, they formed a short-lived vaudeville double act known as "Ginger and Pepper". The marriage was over within months, she went back to touring with her mother; when the tour got to New York City, she stayed, getting radio singing jobs and her Broadway debut in the musical Top Speed, which opened on Christmas Day, 1929. Within two weeks of opening in Top Speed, Rogers was chosen to star on Broadway in Girl Crazy by Geor
Warming Up (1928 film)
Warming Up is a 1928 American baseball film starring Richard Dix and Jean Arthur, directed by Fred C. Newmeyer, released by Paramount Pictures in the Movietone sound system as Paramount's first sound film; the film was released in a sound version. The sound version had synchronized sound effects without dialogue; the film featured several major league baseball players as themselves. Richard Dix as Bert Tulliver Jean Arthur as Mary Post Claude King as Mr. Post Philo McCullough as McRae Billy Kent Schaefer as Edsel Roscoe Karns as Hippo James Dugan as Brill Mike Donlin as Veteran Baseball Player / Himself Mike Ready as Himself Chet Thomas as Himself Joe Pirrone as Himself Wally Hood as Himself Bob Murray as Himself Truck Hannah as Himself Wade Boteler as Bit Part Bert Tulliver, a pitcher for a baseball team in a small town, is given the opportunity to try out for a team in the big leagues, he incurs the enmity of McRae, the league's leading home-run hitter. In addition, Bert falls for the team owner's daughter Mary.
This film is now considered a lost film. List of lost films Movietone sound system Warming Up on IMDb Synopsis at AllMovie Still at silenthollywood.com