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Frederick Burlingham

 

Known either as “Burlingham Adventures” or “Burlingham Travel Pictures”, Frederick Burlingham's little travelogues have been forgotten over time due to his premature death before most of the familiar travelogues we've come to love were made, particularly James FitzPatrick's “Traveltalks”. Yet his one-reelers and occasional longer productions were among the most visually impressive “scenics” of their era, especially those shot in the Swiss Alps before the war (August 1912) and after. Too bad not many are available for viewing these days.

 

His specialty was climbing where other cinematographers fear to venture. He wasn't the first to document the great heights with movie cameras (see the 1906 L'Ascension du Mont Blanc), but his footage was among the most impressive for its time. A popular book of his was published in 1914, titled How to Become an Alpinist. You can read it here, including a chapter dedicated to women who brave the slopes (including his wife): https://archive.org/details/howtobecomealpin00burliala

 

Other highlights documented for the cameras was his journey down a crater in Mt. Vesuvius in December 1914, traipsing through wild Borneo in 1920 (with the help of a hydroplane and plenty of coverage in vintage National Geographic magazines) and less exotic locales in the United States. A particularly good one, with campers enjoying a crate of moonshine in the rural east Florida coastline of 1921, can be seen here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWF1Eox9x9k

 

Apart from one Universal release, his pre-1918 films were handled mostly by British companies like British & Colonial Kinematograph. There was also a film made exclusively for the Swiss market in 1916: La Suisse inconnue: La vallée de Lötschenthal (Burlingham Films Montreux). Even though his contract with Paramount in Hollywood only lasted a year, he had little trouble selling his films to independent American firms on a states rights basis. Following a lucrative deal with Joe Sameth in January 1924, he set up a new office at 220 West 42nd Street. New York City and had big plans for his films until his unexpected passing from kidney failure on June 9th.

 

The Film Daily did an affectionate tribute to him, after his funeral in Cincinnati, Ohio, on June 15th.

 

We're going to miss Fred Burlingham, who was called home a few days ago. One of the most unusual figures of the business. With his long beard and his soft manner. Who loved to go out of the way places for shots. Burlingham was formerly a newspaper man. At one time he worked for James Gordon Bennett on the Paris Herald. That is he did... until Bennett noticed that Burlingham was going about Paris wearing sandals. That was too much for the aristocratic Bennett. He fired Burlingham on the spot. Because 'Burly' wouldn't buy regulation shoes.”

 

An alphabetic list of titles with the UK and US companies backing them in ():

 

  • Across The St. Gothard Alps (US: Truart Film) / February 1922

  • Adventures On The Roof Of The World (Alpine Adventures: A Jaunt On The Jungfrau) (UK: Wanderer Films/Motion Picture Sales Agency) / 4 reels / October 1, 1914

  • Allied War Heroes Arrive In Switzerland (US: William L. Sherry Service) / October 1918

  • An Alpine Ride Up the Stanserhorn (US: Truart Film) / 1921

  • Arctic Exploration in Switzerland (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / March 1916

  • An Arctic Hike on the Great Aletsch Glacier (US: Truart Film) / 1921

  • Around Lake Geneva (UK: Wanderer Films/Motion Picture Sales Agency) / September 1914

  • The Ascent of Mont Blanc (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / 2 reels / October 1915 (U.S. release by Truart Films in 1922)

  • Ascent Of The Matterhorn (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Jury's Imperial Pictures) / August 7, 1913 Re-edited into a Paramount short for U.S. release, Nov 21, 1919

  • Barromean Islands, Lake Maggiore, Italy (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / July 23, 1914

  • Bath, The Famous British Spa (A Famous British Spa) (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / September 13, 1915 (U.S. release by Merit Film Corporation in 1921)

  • The Bernina Railway In Winter (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / May 18, 1914

  • Bettwys-Y-Coed, North Wales (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / September 2, 1915

  • A Borneo Venice (US: Merit Film Corporation) / September 10, 1921 (Motion Picture News review) Edited from a feature WILD MEN OF BORNEO (January 1921)

  • Cataracting Around Niagara (US: Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures) / 1924

  • Chamonix in Summer (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / March 1916

  • Chamonix, France or About Mont Blanc (US: Merit Film Corporation) / May 1921

  • Chimpanzee Pete (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / August 9, 1915

  • Climbing the Jungfrau (UK: Trans-Atlantic Film Co. Ltd) / 2 reels / December 16, 1915

  • Dangerous Ascent Of The Zinal Rothorns (UK: James McEnnery Film Syndicate) / June 1918

  • Descent Into The Crater Of Vesuvius (Down The Crater Of Vesuvius) (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Jury's Imperial Pictures) / January 15, 1914 (U.S. release by Truart Films in 1921)

  • The Dizzy Land Of William Tell (US: Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures) / 1924

  • Down The Strand In London (US: Paramount) / December 14, 1919

  • Europe's Winter Playground (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Motion Picture Sales) / June 12, 1913

  • Explorations Of The Great Gletsch Glacier (US: Merit Film Corporation) / April 1921

  • Facing Death On The Blumlisalp (US: William L. Sherry Service) / September 1918

  • A Famous Swiss Pass (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / March 1916

  • French Prisoners in Leysin (UK: James McEnnery Film Syndicate) / December 1916

  • Frolicsome Bears (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / August 13, 1914

  • From Montreux To Rochers de Naye (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Motion Picture Sales) / August 7, 1913 (U.S. release by Truart Films in 1921)

  • A Funicular Ride To Murottas And Muraigl (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / June 1, 1914

  • The Gemmi Pass (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / March 1916

  • Giant Snow Ploughs (UK: New Agency Film Company) / October 29, 1914

  • The Grand St. Bernard Hospice (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Jury's Imperial Pictures) / October 13, 1913

  • In A Sea Garden (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / March 9, 1914

  • In The Face Of Death On The Blümlisalp (UK: James McEnnery Film Syndicate) / December 1917

  • In The Land Of Roses (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / March 5, 1914

  • The Island Of Surprise (US: Truart Film) / 1921

  • An Italian Paradise (Paradising On The Italian Lakes) (UK: New Agency Film Company) / January 7, 1915 (U.S. release by Merit Film Corporation in June 1921 and Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures in 1924)

  • The Jungfrau Railway (UK: Eclipse Exclusives) / March 1916 Re-edited as a Paramount short for U.S. release, December 1, 1920

  • Jungle Belles Of Borneo (US: Merit Film Corporation) -1921 Edited from a feature WILD MEN OF BORNEO (January 1921)

  • Kilawea Volcano Eruption (Kilauea) (US: Paramount) / © October 11, 1920

  • London In Wartime (UK: New Agency Film Company) / October 8, 1914

  • Lovely Lucerne (US: William L. Sherry Service) / December 1918

  • Lunch At The Zoo (UK: New Agency Film Company) / October 22, 1914

  • The Lure Of The South Seas (US: Truart Film) / 1921

  • Mediterranean Scenes of Great Interest (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / September 27, 1915 (U.S. release by Merit Film Corporation in 1921)

  • Memories Of The Alpine Republic (US: Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures) / 1924

  • Monkey Land Up The Barito River (US: Merit Film Corporation) -1921 Edited from a feature WILD MEN OF BORNEO (January 1921)

  • Ostrich Farming At Nice (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / April 27, 1914

  • Our Playground Of The Pacific (US: Paramount) / © November 19, 1919

  • Pageant At Zurich (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / July 30, 1914

  • Pelican Island (US: Truart Film) / January 1922 Assorted Florida wildlife including Sandhill cranes and turtles, in addition to a look at the logging industry.

  • Perilous Ascent Of The Zinal-Rothorn (US: Truart Film) / August 1921

  • Picturesque Berne (Quaint Berne, The Swiss Capital) (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / May 28, 1914 (reissued Aug 19, 1915 and given a U.S. release in 1924 by Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures)

  • The Pilatus Railway (US: William L. Sherry Service) / September 1918

  • A Ride Under The Alps (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / July 9, 1914 (U.S. release by Truart Films in 1921)

  • The Riviera Of Lac Leman (US: William L. Sherry Service) / November 1918

  • Rock Climbing In North Wales (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / September 20, 1915

  • Scaling The Jungfrau (US: Rex Motion Picture/Universal) / May 7, 1916

  • Scenes On Lake Como, Italy (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / July 16, 1914

  • Scrambles In The High Alps (US: William L. Sherry Service) / November 10, 1918

  • Scrambles On Snowdon (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / August 26, 1915

  • Sky Trails, Above Lake Lucerne (US: Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures) / 1924

  • Springtime In Nice (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / March 26, 1914

  • The Stanserhorn Railway (US: Merit Film Corporation) / February 1921

  • Swiss Army Sketches (UK: James McEnnery Film Syndicate) / December 1916

  • Through Switzerland In Ten Minutes (UK: R. Prieur & Co. Ltd.) / September 9, 1915 (U.S. release by Truart Films in 1921)

  • A Trip Round Sunny Marseilles (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / February 5, 1914

  • A Trip To The Gornergrat (The Gornerat Railway) (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / November 27, 1913 (U.S. release by William L. Sherry Service, December 1918)

  • A Trip Up Monte San Salvatore (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / June 19, 1914

  • Unknown Switzerland (US: William L. Sherry Service) / September 22, 1918

  • Vacation Days In Switzerland (US: Truart Film) / September 1921

  • Way Down Upon The Suwanee River (US: Truart Film) / February 1922

  • A Wedding Feast Among The Borneo Dayaks (US: Merit Film Corporation) -1921 Edited from a feature WILD MEN OF BORNEO (January 1921)

  • Wild Men Of Borneo (US: Merit Film Corporation) / June 30, 1921 (Motion Picture News mention) Edited from a feature of the same title (January 1921)

  • Wildest Wales (US: Paramount) / © December 10, 1920

  • Winter In Marseilles (UK: New Agency Film Company) / November 5, 1914

  • Winter in The Engadine (UK: New Agency Film Company) / November 12, 1914 (U.S. release by Joe Sameth/Richmond Pictures in 1924)

  • Winter Sports At St. Moritz (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Motion Picture Sales) / March 23, 1913 Re-edited by Paramount for U.S. release, Oct 17, 1919

  • Winter Sports At Suvretta (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / October 16, 1913

  • Winter Sports In Midsummer In The Jungfrau (UK: Wanderer Films/Motion Picture Sales Agency) / September 10, 1914

  • Wonder Spa Of The Alps (US: Paramount) / © November 1, 1919

  • A Wonder Zoo (UK: British & Colonial Kinematograph/Davison's Film Sales) / August 6, 1914

 

 

Further information on his early films can be found here: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01439680701363200?scroll=top&needAccess=true&journalCode=chjf20

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