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Laurel and Hardy Hide a Goat The last silent movie made by Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy was Angora Love (1929). A goat follows Stan and Ollie home from a pet shop, so they decide to keep it and hide it from their ill-tempered landlord (Edgar Kennedy). In this clip, the boys realize the goat has an unpleasant odor, so they decide to give it a bath.
Tags: Angora  Love  Laurel  and  HArdy  goat 
Added: 24th April 2015
Views: 555
Posted By: Lava1964
Harold Lloyd Bomb Mishap - 1919 On August 24, 1919, ascending silent movie comedian Harold Lloyd arrived at Pathe Studios to begin a publicity campaign to celebrate his new contract. He was posing for some publicity stills--unaware that such a seemingly benign activity was about to dramatically change his life. In one posed shot Lloyd was supposed to light a prop bomb with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. (The image supposedly played up Lloyd's typical devil-may-care attitude in his films.) Unbeknownst to anyone in the studio, some actual bombs from another film--which had been rejected for being too dangerous--had been placed in a box among some dummy bombs. The photographer innocently handed Lloyd one of the live bombs. When the fuse was lit, Lloyd sensed something was mildly wrong because it produced excessive smoke that would surely ruin any photographs. Just as Lloyd discarded the bomb on a nearby table, it exploded. Miraculously Lloyd was not killed as the blast ripped open a a 16-foot swath in the room. Nevertheless, Lloyd suffered numerous facial injuries and temporarily lost his eyesight. Only when extreme pain set in did Lloyd become aware that his right thumb and forefinger had been severed. He spent six weeks in a hospital recovering. He was overwhelmed by the number of fan letters which he said helped him overcome his depression about the accident. In all his subsequent films Lloyd wore a special prosthetic device concealed within a white glove to make it look like his right hand was absolutely normal. Lloyd did not want to dwell on his injury as he did not want moviegoers to watch his films due to pity. Lloyd continued to engage in very active physical comedy routines despite the handicap. His famous building-climbing scene in Safety Last occurred after the bomb accident--making it all the more incredible. Some years ago I posted Lloyd's 1953 mystery guest appearance on What's My Line. His deformed hand can clearly be seen when he shakes hands with the WML panelists as he departs.
Tags: Harold  Lloyd  bomb  injury  hand 
Added: 20th April 2015
Views: 1600
Posted By: Lava1964
Harold Lloyd - Human Tackling Dummy From the hugely underappreciated silent film genius Harold Lloyd, here is a scene from his brilliant 1925 comedy The Freshman. In this flick Lloyd plays Harold Lamb. Lamb tries to become the most popular man on the Tate University campus by, among other things, trying out for the school's football team. He spectacularly fails. But after the team's tackling dummy falls apart, Tate's coach puts Harold to use as a human version. As in all his films, Lloyd performed his own stunts, so he is taking all the blows in this clips. Some of the football players abusing Harold are members of the Southern Cal pigskin squad.
Tags: The  Freshman  Harold  Lloyd 
Added: 20th April 2015
Views: 381
Posted By: Lava1964
Marion Parker Murder - 1927 Fair warning: This story is unsettling. One of the most brutal crimes in American history was the kidnapping and murder of 12-year-old schoolgirl Marion Parker. On Thursday, December 15, 1927 a young man appeared at Mount Vernon Junior High School in Los Angeles claiming to be an associate of Perry Parker, a prominent local banker. The man coolly told the school's registrar that the banker had been seriously injured in a car accident and had requested to speak to his daughter. There were actually twin Parker sisters enrolled in the school--Marion and Marjorie. By chance the registrar fetched Marion who rode off with the man. He was later identified as 19-year-old William Edward Hickman. The Parker family became alarmed when Marion did not return from school. Shortly thereafter they received a ransom note and phone calls from the kidnapper asking for $1500 in gold certificates in exchange for Marion's safe return. One attempt by Marion's father to pay the ransom was thwarted when Hickman spotted police detectives lurking nearby. Another meeting time was secretly arranged by Hickman and Marion's father on December 17 where the money was given to a man in a parked car. Perry Parker saw his daughter wrapped in a blanket slumped in the back seat with her eyes open. At gunpoint the ransom was paid and the driver pushed the girl onto the street and drove away. Marion's father was horrified to find that his daughter was dead. Her eyelids had been sewn open to give the illusion that she was alive. Worse, her head had been severed, her arms and legs had been cut off and she had been disemboweled. (The missing limbs were found the next day in a city park.) The ghastly crime spawned the largest manhunt in southern California's history, one that included 20,000 volunteers. A reward of $100,000 was offered for the capture of the culprit. Several clues, including the discovery of the stolen car used on the night of the money exchange, led to Hickman being named as the key suspect. He was eventually arrested in Echo, OR after spending some of the gold certificates there. Hickman had been a former employee at Parker's bank and had been fired for embezzlement in a forged check scam. He served prison time for the crime. The fingerprint records from the embezzlement charge were used to match those found on the stolen car from the kidnapping. Hickman willingly told police in graphic detail that he had decided to kill Marion because she had discovered his name. She had only been dead about 12 hours before the money exchange. Hickman said he had choked her with a towel to make her unconscious and then began his dismemberment while she was still alive. Hickman--who said he intended to use the $1500 to pay his tuition to attend a bible college!--hoped to avoid the gallows by claiming insanity. He was one of the first defendants in California to try that ploy after it had become an acceptable legal defense. It failed when a fellow prisoner claimed Hickman had asked his advice on how to appear crazy. A jury rejected Hickman's insanity defense in February 1928. Hickman was executed at San Quentin Prison eight months later on October 19. His hand-written confession is on display at the Los Angeles Police Museum. Marion Parker's ghost is said to occupy her former house.
Tags: Marion  Parker  murder  kidnapping  1927 
Added: 13th April 2015
Views: 878
Posted By: Lava1964
Curious Book Title - Fellow Fags Proving that words often dramatically change meaning over time, here's another curiously titled book: Fellow Fags. This 1933 British youth novel--aimed to reinforce Christian principles!--is about underclassmen in a school who were required to perform menial tasks for older students as part of a hazing ritual. (That's what fag meant at the time in Great Britain. Really!)
Tags: Fellow  Fags  British  youth  novel 
Added: 10th April 2015
Views: 737
Posted By: Lava1964
Boys Novel - Scouts in Bondage I'm going to assume when this novel was published in 1930 that the very literal meaning of 'bondage' (being under the supervision or control of another person) was intended here.
Tags: Scouts  in  Bondage  novel  title 
Added: 6th April 2015
Views: 393
Posted By: Lava1964
Punt Gun This imposing firearm, known as a punt gun, was used for duck hunting in the 19th century. It could kill 50 birds with one shot.
Tags: punt  gun  hunting 
Added: 5th April 2015
Views: 449
Posted By: Lava1964
Confederate Veterans Give the Rebel Yell This newsreel clip, probably from the early 1930s, shows a handful of aged veterans of the Confederate Army giving the famous 'rebel yell.' As you can see, there was no single type of rebel yell. Many varieties existed.
Tags: Confederate  soldiers  rebel  yell 
Added: 30th March 2015
Views: 704
Posted By: Lava1964
Anti-Evolution Book Bonanza This photo was taken during the famous Scopes trial in Dayton, TN in 1925. It looks like the proprietor is doing a brisk business selling anti-evolutionist tomes.
Tags: Scopes  trial  anti-evolutionist  books 
Added: 26th March 2015
Views: 434
Posted By: Lava1964
Anniversary for Breakfast Club Detention On Saturday, March 24, 1984, five students report at 7:00 a.m. for all-day detention at Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois
Tags: Breakfast  Club  Detention  Anniversary  Shermer  High  School  Shermer  IL  Emilio  Estevez  Paul  Gleason  Anthony  Michael  Hall  John  Kapelos  Judd  Nelson  Molly  Ringwald  Ally  Sheedy 
Added: 24th March 2015
Views: 357
Posted By: Cathy

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