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Everything posted by scsu1975

  1. From February 27 – March 5, 1921, the Poli ran The Kid, starring Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, and Edna Purviance. The film was released in February of 1921, and is available on YouTube, running around 68 minutes. Brief Plot: A single mother (Purviance) places her infant son in a car, with a note hoping someone will care for him. The car is stolen, and when the thieves discover the baby, they leave him in an alley. Along comes a tramp (Chaplin) who discovers the child and tries to hand him off, to no avail. He then takes him in, and five years later, the kid (Coogan) and the tramp have
  2. From February 24-26, 1921, the Poli ran The Blooming Angel, starring Madge Kennedy as Floss Brannon and Pat O’Malley as Chester Framm. The film was released in February of 1920, at five reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Floss Brannon has been expelled from college for mischievous behavior. Her aunt wants her to marry a lawyer. But Floss marries Chester Framm, a struggling student who wants to be a public speaker. To earn money, Floss creates a complexion cream called “Angel Bloom” and goes into business. Framm is not impressed. She rents an eleph
  3. I found a little info for you. The first is her obituary, pasted below: I couldn't find anything on Ruby Colby, but I did find this notice about Ruth Colby from a 1936 newspaper. I suppose it could be your aunt:
  4. Hold down the "alt" key and then type 0169 on your number pad (the numbers on the rightof your keyboard)
  5. This may well be John Agar's worst movie (which is saying quite a bit), but, in fairness, I still haven't seen Zontar, The Thing from Venus, so I must reserve judgment. But no matter how you look at this film (and I don't recommend you look at it), it stinks. Agar plays a scientist who comes up with a half-a**ed idea to mix a hypnotic drug with a paralyzing nerve gas. What could possibly go wrong here? He informs another scientist, played by Roy Gordon. Gordon is in a wheelchair, because he performed an experiment using a live polio virus. Guess how that turned out? Gordon, coincidentally,
  6. From February 20-23, 1921, the Poli ran Bunty Pulls the Strings, starring Leatrice Joy as Bunty Biggar, Russell Simpson as Tammas Biggar, and Raymond Hatton as Weelum. The film was released in January of 1921, at seven reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: In a Scottish village, Bunty Biggar keeps house for her father Tammas ever since his wife died. One of Bunty’s brothers is in the city, while the other is still at home. Susie Simpson, a widow, has designs on Tammas. She places some money in his care to win his favor. Susie’s nephew Weelum is in love with Bunty, but he hasn’t enough money
  7. Yes, she was given ten days. She was convicted of driving around 56 mph. She appealed to the LA Superior Court, but lost. In a statement, Daniels said "I am not going to do any more speeding. I yearn for the big outdoors, unconfined by four walls and black bars."
  8. From February 17-19, 1921, the feature at the Poli was She Couldn’t Help It, starring Bebe Daniels as Nance Olden. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was five reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Nance Olden, an orphan, is trained in the art of theft by Tom Dorgan, an experienced crook. During one heist at a railroad station, Nance pretends to faint in front of a man who has just shown her a diamond necklace. While the man assist her, Dorgan takes the necklace from the man’s pocket. Ramsey, the victim of the theft, discovers the necklace is missing and connects the robbery with th
  9. From February 13-16, 1921, the Poli ran Godless Men, featuring Russell Simpson as Captain “Black” Pawl, James Mason as “Red” Pawl, Helene Chadwick as Ruth Lytton, and John Bowers as Dan Darrin. The film was released in November of 1920, and is available on YouTube, running around 72 minutes. Brief Plot: Captain “Black” Pawl and his son “Red” run a schooner. Pawl is a bitter, angry man, who has brought up his son to hate everyone. The two are constantly at each other throats. When the schooner arrives at a tropical island, Pawl agrees to give passage to a missionary and a young woman, Rut
  10. From February 10-12, 1921, the Poli ran The Village Sleuth, starring Charles Ray as William Wells. The film was released in September of 1920 at five reels. Copies are held in the Library of Congress and several other archives. Plot: William Wells is a country boy who graduates from a correspondence school as a detective. He gets his start by solving the mystery of disappearing watermelons from his father’s patch. Then he applies for a job as house detective at a sanitarium, but instead ends up as the janitor. When a man is reported murdered, Wells suspects the man’s wife. So he
  11. From February 6-9, 1921, the Poli ran The Life of the Party, starring Fatty Arbuckle as Algernon Leary. The film was released on December 12, 1920, at five reels. Copies are held in the Library of Congress and a few other archives. There is a short clip on YouTube. Plot: Algernon Leary is a young lawyer whose business is non-existent. His safe contains an assortment of “beverages.” When his stenographer interrupts him taking a nip, he holds the bottle behind him, with his back to the window. A window cleaner on the scaffold outside then relieves Leary of the bottle. Milly Hollister, a me
  12. From February 3-5, 1921, the Poli featured What’s Your Hurry? Starring Wallace Reid as Dusty Rhoades and Lois Wilson as Virginia MacMurran. The release date is uncertain, but it was five reels. A complete copy is held in the Gosfilmofond in Moscow. Plot: Dusty Rhodes is a hero on the speedway. Dusty is in love with Virginia MacMurran. But the romance is frowned upon by her father, Patrick MacMurran, the president of the Packro Motor Company. Before giving his permission for their marriage, MacMurran insists that Dusty find a different line of work. So Dusty accepts a position as
  13. From January 30-February 2, 1921, the Poli ran Black Beauty¸ starring Jean Paige as Jessie Gordon and James Morrison as Harry Blomefield. The film was released in January of 1921 at seven reels. An incomplete copy exists in the Library of Congress. Plot: “The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow,” states Black Beauty in the opening title card. Squire Gordon is giving a house party, and his young daughter Jessie, along with her friend Harry Blomefield, are playing games with the little children. Squire Gordon has given Lord Wynwaring eight hu
  14. From January 27-29, 1921, the feature at the Poli was Something Different, starring Constance Binney as Alice Lea and Ward Crane as Don Mariano Calderon. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was five reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Alice Lea is a spoiled heiress who is running out of funds. Rather than being forced into a marriage for money, she decides to find adventure in Central America. She visits her old friend Rosa, who has married a wealthy plantation owner named Don Luis Vargas. She learns that Vargas is the head of a group of revolutionaries seeking to overth
  15. From January 23-26, 1921, the Poli ran While New York Sleeps, a trilogy starring Estelle Taylor in three unnamed roles. The film was released on August 23, 1920, at eight reels. The Museum of Modern Art and the UCLA Film and Television Archive hold complete copies. Plot: The first story is entitled “Out of the Night.” The opening title reads “A story of the suburbs, where love builds its dream-dust future without reckoning on the ashes of the past; where birds come to rest and vultures to seek prey.” A happily married woman lives with her husband and child. One night while
  16. From January 20-22, 1921, the Poli ran Broadway and Home, featuring Eugene O’Brien as Michael Strange, Frank Losee as Paul Grayson, Elinor Fair as Mary Bruce, and Ellen Cassidy as Laura Greer. The film was released on December 10, 1920, at six reels, and is preumed lost. Plot: Michael Strange lives in the town of Rest Haven, Maine. His grandfather hoped that Strange would study for the ministry with his friend, John Stephens. But Strange becomes bored with life in the fishing village. Although he is in love with Mary Bruce, he yearns to go out into the world. One day, a letter
  17. From January 16-19, 1921, the Poli featured The Fighting Shepherdess, starring Anita Stewart as Kate Prentice, Wallace MacDonald as Hughie Disston, Noah Beery as Mormon Joe, and Walter Long as Pete Mullendore. The film’s release date is uncertain. It was six reels, and is presumed lost. I found several stills which included lines of dialogue. Plot: Kate Price goes through life with her mother Jezebel, who runs an unruly roadhouse. Her mother hits the bottle, and Kate pleads “no more to drink tonight.” Pete Mullendore, a half-breed customer, intercedes on behalf of Jeze
  18. From January 13-15, 1921, the Poli ran 45 Minutes from Broadway, starring Charles Ray as Kid Burns and Dorothy Devore as Mary Jane Jenkins. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was six reels and is presumed lost. Plot: Ex-boxer Kid Burns is secretary and friend to Tom Bennett. Bennett has inherited millions because his uncle left no known will. Burns falls for Mary Jane Jenkins, the housemaid. He succeeds in thwarting the plans of fortune hunters who want the inheritance. Eventually, it is revealed that Mary Jane is the r
  19. I saw the film several years ago on TCM, but don't recall too much of it, except that it was a bit creepy. I haven't read the novel, but apparently it contains a plethora of four-letter words. The New York Society for the Suppression of Vice (yes, there was such a thing) actually brought obscenity charges against the publisher, Vanguard Press. But the charges were dismissed.
  20. Oops ... I think you meant J. Edward Bromberg, not Akim Tamiroff ... unless you are confusing Tamiroff with Linda Darnell.
  21. From January 9-12, 1921, the feature at the Poli was The Forbidden Thing, starring James Kirkwood as Abel Blake, Helen Jerome Eddy as Joan, Marcia Manon as Glory Prada, and King Baggot as Dave. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was six reels, and is presumed lost. However, I did find a plethora of stills which I’ve tried to place in context as best I could. Plot: Abel Blake is a big, brawny Cape Cod resident, with a spirited mother. Blake is engaged to Joan. But he leaves her for a saloon girl named Glory Prada, much to the disapproval of his mother.
  22. From January 6-8, 1921, the Poli ran Oh, Lady, Lady, starring Bebe Daniels as Mary Barber, Harrison Ford as Hale Underwood, and Walter Hiers as Willoughby Finch. The film was released in November of 1920 at five reels, and is presumed lost. Plot: Willoughby Finch says goodbye to his country sweetheart, Mary Barber, promising her that he’s a “one woman man.” But as time goes by, Finch becomes engaged to society girl Molly Farringdon. Mary, who has become a famous actress and uses the stage name of Rilla Rooke, returns from a trip abroad, and while on a train, meets Hale Underwood. Underwoo
  23. From January 2-5, 1921, the Poli ran The Branded Woman, starring Norma Talmadge as Ruth Sawyer and Percy Marmont as Douglas Courtenay. The film’s release date is uncertain, but it was five reels. The Library of Congress holds a complete copy. Plot: Ruth grows up not knowing her mother Dot Belmar runs a gambling house. Ruth’s grandfather, Judge Whitlock, disowns his son and makes Dot swear never to claim her daughter. He adopts Ruth under the name of Sawyer. When Ruth attends a boarding school, her mother decides to get even with the Judge. So she visits Ruth at the school, causing Ruth t
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