Grumpy old fart!!!

"If you talk to God you're religious. If God talks to you, you're psychotic."

Maude Fealy – The Bioscope – Thursday 4th September 1913



Our many friends in the legitimate profession will, we know, recognise the features of the lady whose excellent photograph accompanies this all-too-brief “notice.” Miss Maude Fealy, whose work on the American stage has made her name a “household word,” has, at last, been prevailed upon to appear in the cause of the silent drama.

This talented lady has joined the Thanhouser players and makes her first appearance in “King Rene’s Daughter” for this firm of feature producers. The film is a sumptuous and enthralling production, and has already aroused considerable comment in American trade circles. Miss Fealy has, to quote an authority, “never done better work,” and is also due to appear in “Little Dorritt,” the famous Dickensian play, also in Ouida’s great work, “Moths.”

The Bioscope – Thursday 4th September 1913

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Maude Fealy – “Was She Right in Forgiving Him?” – The Bioscope – Thursday 6th August 1914

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Olive Thomas – The Bioscope – Thursday 6th May 1920

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Olive Thomas – The Little Adventuress – The Bioscope – Thursday 12th September 1918

“The Little Adventuress”

Triangle (Kay Bee) 5 reels


A STORY that brings home a moral lesson without any attempt to preach one, and besides riveting the attention is full of piquant amusement at every turn. Olive Thomas as Minnie Wils lives in one of those villages where everyone is in bed at 9.30. Ted (Joe Bennet), her rustic beau, is a lad of sound sense, and when Minnie tells him that she has decided to run away to try her luck in town Ted feels perfectly satisfied that she can take care of herself. While her mother and all the women Minnie comes in contact with are wringing their hands and weeping, her father keeps assuring them that Minnie is “all right,” and can take care of herself anywhere.

So Minnie can, but not because she is cunning or artful. She just had a good time in the old village, and she manages to do the same in New York. When Moncare Kells is attracted by her pretty face Minnie accepts his money and his presents, goes out to dine with him, and enjoys herself thoroughly just as she would with Ted, but she expects the same treatment Ted gave her, and the fact that she knows nothing about any other sort of relationship helps her to enjoy herself, and thoroughly baffles the experienced Moncare. The other girls in the smart shop hold up their hands in horror, and remembering their own past try to protect her, but Minnie is a fortress that needs no help.

By sticking fast to the wisdom of the sagacious Ted Minnie tells Moncare: “Ted says a man can’t kiss a girl until he has given her a diamond ring and asked her to marry him.” Moncare does. He regrets it, however, when Minnie embraces his mother and gets asked to the house. When he says it is a mistake and asks her to release him Minnie is quite ready to do so. Ted had said that a girl should never keep a man against his will. So by careless innocence the girl wins all along the line, and when she returns home she is as unspoilt as when she left, only where some gain only experience Minnie taught others, and priced her lessons pretty high.

A perfectly charming story acted with considerable spirit.

The Bioscope – Thursday 12th September 1918


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Juanita Hansen


Juanita C. Hansen (3rd March 1895 – 26th September 1961) was an American actress who performed in silent films. She became one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties and appeared in a variety of serials through the late 1910s. She was well known for her troubled personal life and struggle with addiction to cocaine and morphine. In 1934, she became clean and travelled lecturing on the evils of drugs. She wrote a book about addiction and started her own charity to help raise awareness about drug abuse.

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Mary Pickford – The Bioscope – Thursday 1st August 1918

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Mary Pickford – The Bioscope – Thursday 24th January 1918

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Mary Miles Minter – The Gentle Intruder – The Bioscope – Thursday 24th May 1917

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Florence Lawrence – The Bioscope – Thursday 13th July 1911


Florence Lawrence (born Florence Annie Bridgwood; 2nd January 1886 – 28th December 1938) was a Canadian-American stage performer and film actress. She is often referred to as the “first movie star,” and was the first film actor to be named publicly. At the height of her fame in the 1910s, she was known as the “Biograph Girl” for work as one of the leading ladies in silent films from the Biograph Company. She appeared in almost 300 films for various motion picture companies throughout her career.





To set oneself an ideal, and to keep up to that ideal, never slacking or letting its exact meaning fail to impress, is perhaps one of the hardest asks to accomplish; yet a man or woman without an ideal can only be likened to a ship without a rudder – helpless, completely at the mercy of the wind and tide. Those of us who can afford the time for retrospection often look back upon what been accomplished in the direction of the ideal in moving picture acting- an ideal, be it remarked, that many have set themselves but few have accomplished. And it is not carping at this failure – if failure it be – to say that by its very means the success of those who have achieved a triumph brings us ever nearer to that ideal.

Perhaps this slight digression may be pardoned when it is considered how much depends upon the art of the picture artiste. It maybe that an excellent plot, strengthened by skilful producing and almost perfect, photography, loses all its excellence by reason of the leading characters being unable to grasp the full meaning of the parts assigned to them. That is where the true art of the artiste is lacking, and it is then that one realises what is meant by the ideal in picture acting.

We have often commented on the instantaneous success achieved with those films in which Miss Florence Lawrence appears. Perhaps it is not too much to say that Miss Lawrence is the best-known of all picture actresses, and certain it is that she the most popular. One can remember the favour with which she was received when appearing in the American Biograph Company’s productions, following upon which the Imp Company claimed her services. Now, however, Miss Lawrence appears exclusively in Lubin films, and her fine work in such subjects as “Her Child’s Honour,” “The Hoyden,” to say nothing of the company’s many other successes, has deserved praise, and incidentally increased the already high reputation which Lubin films have justly earned in this country. A few personal details relative to Miss Lawrence may perhaps prove of interest to her many admirers. Her first experience in the moving picture field was gained under Mr. Griffiths, producer for the American Biograph Company, with whom Miss Lawrence stayed three years. To quote a well-known American author, it is doubtful whether there is another personality so well-known in America as that of Miss Flo Lawrence. This is indeed high praise, but it is nevertheless well-earned and merited.

It may be mentioned that Miss Lawrence is the wife of Mr. Salter, the producer for the Lubin Company.


The Bioscope – Thursday 13th July 1911

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