Grumpy old fart!!!

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

Lilie Elsie – The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935

AN EVER YOUTHFUL PAIR _ LILIE ELSIE AND JOSEPH COYNE

 

In the galaxy of talent brought together by C. B. Cochran for the mammoth cabaret and ball at Grosvenor House, given in aid of the Actors’ Benevolent Fund, there was one incident which recalled the happiest of memories. This was when (see above) Joe Coyne greeted his waltzing partner, Lilie Elsie, for on June 8th, 1907, these two created the roles of Prince Danilo and Sonia in “The Merry Widow,” and so warmly were their efforts welcomed by the playgoing public that the run continued for 778 performances.

 

The Bystander – Wednesday 17th July 1935

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Goodbye Old Man

 

Fortunino Matania’s war-time painting, ‘Goodbye, Old Man’ depicts a soldier bidding farewell to his mortally wounded horse. It was commissioned by the Blue Cross Fund, a charity established for the benefit of horses wounded in war. During the course of the Firsy World War the Blue Cross attended to some 50,000 injured horses. It is estimated that the British Army used 1.2 million horses and mules during the war of which a staggering 484,000 were killed. Reproductions of Matania’s painting were sold throughout the war to raise funds for the cause. The original still hangs in the charity’s animal hospital in London.

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The London Corset Co. – The Bystander – Wednesday 14th April 1909

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Gossard Corsets – The Bystander – Wednesday 27th September 1922

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Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert – The Bystander – Wednesday 4th May 1938

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Lily Elsie – The Bystander – Wednesday 15th November 1911

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Gaby Desley – The Bystander – Wednesday 12th October 1910

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Maid of Salem – The Bystander – Wednesday 3rd March 1937

Films of the Day 44 Maid of Salem and Made in England By George Campbell

 

IF you like Claudette Colbert – and if you don’t you’re a myopic mugwump, and no friend of mine – make a point of seeing Maid of Salem, Paramount’s excursion into a singularly bloody chapter in New England history. Salem, as you know, was the scene of the witchcraft persecution of 1692. The madness started with ten hysterical girls accusing Tituba, a negro slave employed by a local parson, of bewitching them. Before it died down, nineteen poor wretches were hanged for practising the black arts and another pressed to death. as was the law here, too, for refusing to plead.

Not, at first sight, the stuff that films are made on; but a powerful, gripping drama, relieved here and there by touches of humour. The little Puritan community, with its house-raisings, its church services with the women care fully segregated from the men lest lustful thoughts should be engendered by propinquity, its bans on dancing and whistling, and even laughing, has been re-created on the screen in all its bleak bigotry but without perceptible exaggeration; and the way the blood-lust starts and spreads is only too horribly familiar. Millions of Americans will see this picture and rejoice that the bad old days are gone. But are they? Change the clothes and the archaisms of speech (a mistake, anyway), charge a negro with rape in stead of magic, and you could find just such a case of hysteria and mass-murder in the United States to-day. Enough of sociology. Maid of Salem is picturesque, exciting entertainment, brilliantly acted by Miss Colbert and a very powerful cast. If there is any other young actress on the screen who combines Miss Colbert’s graces and talents for comedy, romantic tenderness and tearing drama – she hasn’t come this way. Fred MacMurray plays opposite her Bonita Granville, so brilliantly hateful in We Three, is the child who starts the trouble; and the others include Harvey Stephens, Gale Sondergaard (the queer-looking villainess of Anthony Adverse), Louise Dresser, Beulah Bondi, J. Farrell MacDonald, Halliwell Hobbes, Brandon Hurst, the old silent star, William Farnum, and a lady of colour with dramatic talent, by the name of Mme.Sul-te-Wan, who plays Tituba quite memorably.

 

Claudette Colbert as the Maid of Salem

 

The casting of Claudette Colbert as the Maid of Salem in the film of that name was like the casting of an apple of discord amongst the critics: some thought she was just right, some thought she wasn’t. Mr. Campbell here joins the former band (he says you’re a myopic mugwump if you don’t like her) with regard to her part in this story of the witchcraft persecution in puritan New England. She’s supported by Fred MacMurray, and Bonita Granville acts a hateful child again. Maid of Salem is at the Carlton.

 

The Bystander – Wednesday 3rd March 1937

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Who is the Prettiest Actress? – The Bystander – Wednesday 15th August 1906

It has to be Maude Fealy every time

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A Contented Cook – The Bystander – Wednesday 12th October 1910

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