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Today at Cinecon… Thursday

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928, Buster Keaton Productions) Thursday, August 31, 2017 – Egyptian Theater, 7:15pm

This year Cinecon will be starting in style with an opening night reception followed by a screening of this classic silent film comedy, starring Buster Keaton in the last movie he made as an independent producer. Making this screening all the more special, it will feature a period score compiled and adapted by composer/conductor Scott Lasky, from original silent era orchestral film cues, and performed live by the Famous Players Orchestra under maestro Lasky’s baton.

After the film actor Norman Lloyd with be on hand to talk about his friendship with Buster and about his own long career in acting.

In case you haven’t seen Steamboat Bill, Jr.: Buster is the wimpy son of burly steamboat Captain William Canning (Ernest Torrence) whose business is threatened by J.J. King and his new paddle wheeler. When Junior meets and falls in love with the rival’s daughter, Kitty King, sparks fly. When a hurricane lands in River Junction this film features some of Buster’s famous stunts, including his most well-known stunt when the front of a house collapses around the star. Not to be missed!

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Hollywood Stars and their Telephones

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011


Hollywood stars and their telephones




By Allan R. Ellenberger


Private telephone lines refused to remain private for very long and added to the problems of Hollywood stars who attempted to keep their home life apart from their film careers.


At one time, someone, wishing to “have some fun” at the expense of actor Lew Cody, published his private telephone number. The next day the telephone company, unable to handle the calls into the Cody home, rushed an emergency crew to his Beverly Hills house to install a new system.


Nils Asther’s private telephone number was given out by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio to a caller who posed as a friend. Before long Asther was deluged with strangers calling him at all hours of the day and night. He had to change his number.


Few screen stars had their telephones listed, but when they did it was a “blind” number that led to secretarial offices, a personal telephone always was listed confidentially or under another name and address that could not be traced.


John Gilbert had a regular house telephone, but had a private phone in his study which he answered himself. Greta Garbo’s telephone was listed to her housekeeper, who was given the names of persons she expected to call.


Ramon Novarro’s home number was under his family name of Samaniego, and Norma Shearer’s home telephone was listed as an address only.


If one happened to get Lon Chaney’s number by mistake and asked whose home it was, one would be told: “This is Oxford so-and-so. Who is this, please?” Beyond that one would gain no inkling of the subscriber’s identity.


Bessie Love had two telephones, one for her household needs and a private line for herself. William Haines also had a private line, and Buster Keaton’s house had an elaborate extension system so he could pick up the phone wherever he happened to be.


All of the private lines had cutoff keys so that a star, leaving the house or retiring for the night, could disconnect the telephone, a no-answer signal informing friends that they were not available.


Despite all the privacy precautions, however, the number leak out to salesmen and canvassers and the average life of a private number in Hollywood was estimate at about four months.



Thanksgiving in Hollywood, 1931

Thursday, November 26th, 2009


How Hollywood stars celebrated Thanksgiving in 1931




Hollywood’s basis for Thanksgiving sometimes ranged from gratitude to an indulgent fate for the renewal of an option to thanks for a new divorce. But whatever the individual cause for thanks. the favored of filmdom in 1931 joined the rest of the country in celebrating the Thanksgiving season.


Marlene Dietrich observed the holiday entertaining a few guests and, for the occasion, allowed little Maria to dine with the grown-ups. Others who celebrated quietly at home were Dolores Costello and John Barrymore who entertained Lionel Barrymore and Helene Costello; Kay Francis and her husband, Kenneth McKenna; Buster and Natalie Talmadge Keaton, their two sons, and Norma and Constance Talmadge; Vivian Duncan and Nils Asther and their new daughter, Evelyn. The Robert Montgomery’s, also assisted their young daughter (five-week old Martha who died at 14 months of spinal meningitis) in her first Thanksgiving, while the Reginald Denny’s also had their young son to initiate.


Ruth Chatterton and Ralph Forbes travelled to Arrowhead for the occasion. Marie Dressler, accompanied by her house guest, Lady Ravensdale, and Claire du Brey, drove to the desert and dined at the La Quinta Hotel. Wallace Beery spent Thanksgiving in New York, as did Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


Clark Gable spent the holiday in the mountains. Jimmy Durante cooked his own turkey, decorating it with  an original dressing, but declining to reveal the recipe.


Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels celebrated the day in San Francisco with the opening of Bebe’s play, The Last of Mrs. Cheney. Janet Gaynor was Europe-bound, accompanied by her husband, Lydell Peck and mother. Maurice Chevalier  was joined by his wife, actress Yvonne Vallee,  for his first Thanksgiving. Tallulah Bankhead arrived in town for formal dinner plans. Two new sets of newlyweds — June Collyer and Stuart Erwin and Carole Lombard and William Powell — observed the day at home.


Victor MacLaglen presided over a huge dining table which was a part of the Tuder furniture imported from England for his Flintridge home.


From several places across the country, the Will Rogers clan collected in time for turkey. Will, Jr. was home from Stanford, and Jimmy arrived from Roswell, New Mexico.


Wherever you are and whatever your plans, I hope you have a fabulous Thanksgiving. 



Celebrity Recipes…Buster Keaton

Monday, September 8th, 2008


Buster Keaton


 Keaton (center with hat) serving his Chop Suey recipe to friends



Buster Keaton’s Chop Suey



Grease an iron pot with 3 tablespoons peanut oil and add 1 cup raw, lean pork, cut into cubes and allow to cook until brown.


Now put into pot mixed vegetables and allow to steam under tight-fitting lid. The mixture of vegetables consists of:


2 ½ cups water chestnuts cut in cubes,

2 ½ bamboo shoots,

2 cups Chinese greens cut in small pieces,

2 cups celery chopped into small pieces,

1 cup chopped onions,

3 cups canned mushrooms, chopped,

5 cups bean sprouts,

½ cup chopped salted almonds.


After steaming for 30 minutes, chicken stock is added to moisten. Thicken with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Thin with chicken stock if too thick.


Dice whole roast chicken, being careful to use no skin or fat parts; place in pot and cook slowly for 15 minutes.


Add soy sauce as seasoning and to give it proper dark color.


This recipe should serve 8 persons.


— Buster Keaton










Hollywood Studios

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008


Hollywood Studios in 1923


What follows is a listing of film studios that existed in Hollywood and the surrounding Los Angeles area in July of 1923. Remarkably, some are still in existence or under a different name.

 Better Pictures Service, 780 Gower Street, Hollywood (later RKO, now part of Paramount)


Berwilla Studio, 5821 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (now a warehouse).


Brentwood Studio, 4811 Fountain Avenue, Hollywood.

Buster Keaton Studio, 1025 Lillian Way, Hollywood.

Century Film Corp., 6100 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Charlie Chaplin Studio, 1416 La Brea Avenue, Hollywood (now Jim Henson Studios).

Christie Comedies, 6101 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Cosmosart, 3700 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles.

Fine Arts Studios, 4500 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Fox Studio, North Western Avenue, Hollywood.

Francis Ford Studios, 6040 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Fred Caldwell Productions, 4513 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.

Garson Studio, 1845 Glendale Blvd., Edendale.



 Goldwyn Studio, Culver City (later became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, now Sony Pictures).


Golden West Studios, 4011 Lankersham Blvd., Studio City.

Grand Studio, 1438 Gower Street, Hollywood.

Hollywood Studios, 6642 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

Horsley Studios, 6060 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.



Ince Studios, 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City (later the Selznick Studios, now The Culver Studios).


Lasky Studio, 1520 Vine Street, Hollywood.

Mayer-Schulberg Studios, 3800 Mission Road, Los Angeles.

Metro Studio, Romaine and Cahuenga Avenue, Hollywood.

Pickford-Fairbanks Studio, 7100 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood (later Samuel Goldwyn Studios, The Lot).

Principal Pictures Corp., 7250 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood.

R-C Studios, Melrose and Gower Street, Hollywood.

Sennett Studio, 1712 Glendale Blvd., Edendale.

United Studios, 5341 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood (now Paramount Studios).

Universal Studio, Universal City (still there).

Vitagraph Studios, 1708 Talmadge Avenue, Hollywood.

Waldorf Studios, 6070 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood.



Warner Brothers Studio, 5842 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood (now KTLA-TV).