Posts Tagged ‘Egyptian Theater’

James Cameron Gets Star on Walk of Fame

Friday, December 18th, 2009


James Cameron honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron

( December 17, 2009 – Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images North America)


Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger poses with Director James Cameron who was honored on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame with the 2,396th star on December 18, 2009 in Hollywood, California. Cameron’s star is placed just in front of the Egyptian Theatre.



Q&A With Laura Petersen Balogh

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009


Author Laura Petersen Balogh answers questions on her new biography of Karl Dane


 Karl Dane cover



Karl Dane’s life was a Cinderella story gone horribly wrong. The immigrant from Copenhagen was rapidly transformed from a machinist to a Hollywood star after his turn as the tobacco-chewing Slim in The Big Parade in 1925. After that, Dane appeared in more than 40 films with such luminaries as Lillian Gish, John Gilbert and William Haines until development of talkies virtually ruined his career. The most famous casualty of the transition from silent to sound film, Dane reportedly lost his career because of his accent. He was broke and alone at the height of the Depression and committed suicide in 1934. 


This Sunday, October 18, at 5 p.m., author Laura Petersen Balogh will be in Hollywood at Grauman’s Egyptian Theater doing a book signing and giving a talk about Karl’s life and career. A screening of The Big Parade will follow with Robert Israel on the organ. Click here for complete information.


Laura was kind enough to answer a few questions about her new biography on Karl Dane:




Why Karl Dane? What is it about him and his story that moved you to write a biography?


I had always known who Karl Dane was, being a silent film buff my whole life, but he never really made that much of an impression on me. I had read different Hollywood scandal books which said his voice was not suited to the talkies, but pretty much thought that was the end of the story. It wasn’t until December 2005, when my husband Dan and I were watching the 1933 early sound serial The Whispering Shadow, co-starring Karl and Bela Lugosi, that I sat up and took notice–I was hearing his voice for the first time and was suddenly intrigued. It didn’t seem to me that his accent was that much of a barrier–it fit his physical persona and seemed easy enough to understand. I decided to find out more about him, but there were no biographies available. After awhile, I remained so curious and motivated that I decided to take on the project myself. I felt a sense of empathy for him, too, and wanted to find out what really happened.


How was Karl Dane the man, different from Karl Dane the actor?


Karl was always portrayed as a bit of a bumpkin, but reporters were always shocked to find him a lot more sophisticated off-camera. While always ready with an easy grin, he was actually quiet and reserved. Also, Karl rarely got the girl in his films, but comedy partner George K. Arthur said that he “had a way with women that was something incredible.” He was reported to be a bit of a romantic in real life so must have been a very charming sort.


Was he popular among his fellow actors?


There was apparently some snobbery towards him in Hollywood due to his working class background which he never tried to disguise and also his broken English. Some cast and crew members got the wrong impression of him due to misunderstandings due to language, and got to thinking he was self-important or just plain stupid, which was not the case. He also was a loner and didn’t go to Hollywood parties of the day, and this further isolated him.



Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe he was married three times and had at least three children. Were you able to contact any surviving family members or friends?


Yes, exactly. He had 3 children, but one of them died at birth. I was able to contact family members, including one of his grandsons and a grand-nephew who very generously shared all the information they had with me. However, none of his surviving family ever met Karl–they were born after Karl died. I did manage to contact Frank “Junior” Coghlan, who appeared with Karl in the film Slide Kelly Slide in 1927 and remembered Karl very fondly.


What was the most difficult part of your research?


Probably at the beginning stages, I was the most unsure, because I had very little idea of where to go for information and whom to contact. I wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to uncover enough to write a book at all. I was putting money into the research at that point without knowing for sure if it would all be worth it.


What part of your research did you enjoy the most?


Sitting down in various film archives at USC, Warner’s, the Danish Film Institute, and MOMA, digging through boxes of unpublished memoirs, scripts, photo albums, clippings, and production records. I felt like an archaeologist at times! I also loved going to the Eastman House to see all the Dane films in their catalog.


What is your favorite Karl Dane film and why?


Although he’s primarily remembered as a silent actor since Pantomime was his main forte, I really love seeing his sound films, like the wonderful Navy Blues with William Haines and Anita Page. Karl’s voice really fit his persona, and it’s nice seeing the complete performer onscreen.  


There are a lot of stories about Dane’s last days and his death. Did you find them to be mostly true?


Some aspects of the stories were true. It was true that Karl committed suicide when he was reduced to poverty, and that he did have part ownership in a “hot dog stand.” However, it was probably a myth that the stand was near the studio gates. Also, Karl didn’t lose his studio contract because his accent was bad. Sure, they reduced his roles, but would have kept him on, had he not suffered a complete nervous breakdown in 1930, brought about by overwork and loss of confidence.  



(A.J. Marik – findagrave)


Reportedly MGM paid for Dane’s funeral and sent Jean Hersholt to claim his body. Why didn’t the studio or his Hollywood friends try to help him when they could?


Jean Hersholt didn’t claim his body–it was another studio employee. Hersholt had nothing to do with arranging the funeral, according to his later interviews, although he did act as a pallbearer at the funeral. Also, some people did in fact try to help Karl. Mary Pickford planned a film called Shantytown in which Karl was supposed to have a featured role, but she abandoned it to make Secrets instead. Friend Buster Keaton also gave Karl roles in at least 2 of his films, but Keaton was having enough personal and studio troubles of his own at the time.  


What is your next project?


I have a few ideas that I’m contemplating–but I don’t want to jinx anything yet!


Click here to purchase Karl Dane: A Biography and Filmography



Cinecon 45 Wrap-up

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


Cinecon 45


 Cinecon 45 poster


Another Cinecon has passed into the California sunset


By Allan R. Ellenberger


Cinecon 45 was presented by the Society of Cinephiles this past Labor Day weekend screening nearly 50 rare silent films and early sound feature films as well as many short subjects at the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The organization is dedicated to showcasing unusual films that are rarely given public screenings.


The celebrity honorees who attended along with the showing of one of their films included: Denise Darcel, Flame of Calcutta (1953); Adrian Booth (aka Lorna Gray), The Last Bandit (1949) and Stella Stevens, The Silencers (1966) who were honored at Sundays banquet with the Cinecon Career Achievement Award along with composer, Richard M. Sherman, who created the music for the films Mary Poppins (1964), The Jungle Book (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) and many more.


Some of the films screened included: The Miracle Man (1932), Hatter’s Castle (1948), Broadway Love (1918), Nightmare (1942), Bardelys the Magnificent (1926) and The Bride Comes Home (1935).


Highlights of the weekend included the North American premiere of The Dawn of Tomorrow (1915), a Mary Pickford film thought to be lost when a tinted nitrate print with Swedish titles turned up in the Archival Film Collections of the Swedish Film Institute. Pickford’s costars were David Powell, Forrest Robinson and Robert Cain. The film was dedicated to Robert Cushman, photo archivist of the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who recently passed away.


Turn to the Right (1922), a Rex Ingram film, was recently restored by the George Eastman House. Made following two of the director’s epics, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) and The Conquering Power (1921), it starred Ingram’s wife, Alice Terry and Jack Mulhall. It was during the making of Turn to the Right that Ingram made one of his greatest discoveries when he cast Ramon Samaniego, later to be known as Ramon Novarro, in his next film, The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)


Cinecon 45 - Robert Dix

Author Robert Dix, son of actor Richard Dix, signed his autobiography, Out of Hollywood. With Dix are Sue Guldin and his wife Mary Ellen 



Author book signings included: Miriam Nelson (My Life Dancing with the Stars); Scott O’Brien (Kay Fancis – I Can’t Wait to be Forgotten and Virginia Bruce – Under My Skin); Robert S. Birchard (Early Universal City); John Gloske (Tough Kid: The Life and Films fo Frankie Darro); Paul Picerni (Steps to Stardon: My Story); Robert Dix (Out of Hollywood) and Michael Hoey (Elvis, Sherlock & Me).



Cinecon 45- Jane Withers

Former child star, Jane Withers 


Celebrity guests at Sunday’s banquet included: Sybil Jason, Lisa Mitchell, Jane Withers, Miriam Nelson, Carla Laemmle, June Foray, Ann Rutherford, Johnny Whitaker, France Nuyen, William Welman, Jr., Robert Dix, and many, many more.


The officers of Cinecon 45, who made this weekend such a success are: Robert S. Birchard, president; Marvin Paige, vice-president; Michael Schlesinger, secretary and Stan Taffel, treasuer.


Cinecon 45- Stella Grace, Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Gulden

Cinecon volunteer coordinator, Stella Grace (left) with volunteers Jonathan Chin-Davis and Sue Guldin.


And the volunteer coordinator for Cinecon and my boss for the weekend is the fantastic, one-of-a-kind Rhode Islander, Stella Grace.


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Some Cinecon moments


 Carla Laemmle and Marvin Paige

Carla Laemmle (left), niece of Universal founder Carl Laemmle and Cinecon officer, Marvin Paige. Miss Laemmle will celebrate her 100th birthday on October 20.



Cinecon 45- William Wellman Jr.

 William Wellman Jr., son of the famed director



 Cinecon 45- Sybil Jason

 Actress Sybil Jason and archivist Miles Krueger



Cinecon 45- Katherine Orrison and Lisa Mitchell

Author Katherine Orrison (Lionheart in Hollywood: The Autobiography of Henry Wilcoxon) and actress Lisa Mitchell (The Ten Commandments)



 Cinecon 45 - Ann Rutherford

 Gone with the Wind’s Ann Rutherford



 Cinecon 45- Frederick Hodges

 Accompanist Frederick Hodges



Labor Day Weekend at Cinecon

Friday, September 4th, 2009


Cinecon 45 at the Egyptian


Talmadge studio B 005


I will be spending the Labor Day weekend at Cinecon watching old films at the historic Egyptian Theater (above) and socializing with good friends. There will be no new postings over the next few days but I’ve chosen things from friends blogs and from my archives that will appear starting tomorrow. Check back on Tueday for photos and updates from this weekend at Cinecon. I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend. Have fun, drive carefully and be safe.



Cameron Diaz on the Walk of Fame

Monday, June 22nd, 2009


Cameron Diaz Receives Star On Walk Of Fame


Cameron Diaz Walk of Fame

 Cameron Diaz poses during a ceremony honoring her with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)


Cameron Diaz was honored with the 2386th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today in front of Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater.



Cinecon 44…

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Cinecon 44 In Hollywood




By Bob Birchard,
Society for Cinephiles/Cinecon


The Society for Cinephiles will present the 44th annual Cinecon classic film festival and memorabilia show in Hollywood over Labor Day weekend, August 28 through September 1, 2008. Cinecon is the oldest and the grandest of the movie related fan festivals, and Cinecon 44 promises to offer an outstanding five day program of unusual films, exciting celebrity guests and one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the nation. Special guests will be announced as confirmed. We also want to call attention to the dealers’ rooms where collectors will find one of the best movie memorabilia marts in the country.
This year’s host hotel will again be the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel located at 1755 North Highland Avenue next to the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex. As in recent years all film screenings will be held in the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the restored Grauman’s Egyptian on Hollywood Boulevard.
We also want to encourage you to take advantage of our pre-event discount rate. Individually, festival registration , required cinephiles membership, and a banquet ticket would add up to $185.00. When you pre-register and book the whole package before Cinecon– registration, membership and banquet–the rate is $150.00–a savings of $35.
The discount applies only to registrations received or postmarked on or before August 15, 2008.
If you love movies, Cinecon 44 is the place to be over Labor Day weekend. See you here!

And as always, you can also reach us by mail for further information at: Cinecon 44, 3727 W. Magnolia Blvd.#760 Burbank CA 91505. Or by email at



 For more information, please go to the CINECON website