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Gary Cooper in Wings 1927 The silent war film Wings (1927) was the first movie to win the best picture Oscar. Gary Cooper had a small part, playing an air cadet named White who briefly interacts with the film's two males leads (Richard Arlen and Buddy Rogers) before crashing his plane.
Tags: Wings  Gary  Cooper 
Added: 24th December 2007
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Posted By: Lava1964
Mickey Rooneys Silent Film Days Mickey Rooney, whose real name was Joseph Yule, began performing at the age of fifteen months as part of his parents' vaudeville routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo. His parents separated in 1924. A year later, Mrs Yule moved with Joseph to Hollywood, where she managed a tourist home. Fontaine Fox had placed a newspaper ad for a dark haired child to play the role of "Mickey McGuire" in a series of short silent films, and, lacking the money to have her son's hair dyed, she took him to the audition after applying burnt cork to his scalp. Joseph got the role and became "Mickey" for 78 of the comedies, running from 1927 to 1936, starting with Mickey's Circus, released September 4, 1927. During an interruption in the series in 1932, Mrs. Yule made plans to take her son on a ten week vaudeville tour as "Mickey McGuire", but Fox sued successfully to stop him from using the name. Mrs. Yule suggested the stage name of "Mickey Looney" for her comedian son, which he altered slightly to a less frivolous version. Rooney did other films, including a few more of the McGuire films in his adolescence, and signed with MGM in 1934, where they cast him as the teenage son of a judge in 1937's "A Family Affair", setting Rooney on the way to another successful film series, and the rest is show business history.
Tags: joseph  yule  mickey  rooney  mcquire  silent  films 
Added: 28th December 2007
Views: 2326
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Posted By: Guido
Greta Garbo and John Gilbert Greta Garbo and John Gilbert, the queen and king of silent romantic movies, in "Flesh and Devil," 1927. She reigned in the talkies as well, but he became one of the casualties of sound, not so much because his voice was thin, but because talking-picture audiences no longer wanted romantic heroes, preferring tough guys. . .
Tags: vintage  glamour  photo  Greta  Garbo  John  Gilbert 
Added: 29th December 2007
Views: 1996
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Posted By: Teresa
1927 Our Gang silent movie The Our Gang/Little Rascals films began in 1922 during the silent-movie era. Here is the first six minutes of a rare 1927 film called Ten Years Old. No chance these will ever air again. What kid today would watch a silent black-and-white movie?
Tags: Our  Gang  Little  Rascals 
Added: 8th January 2008
Views: 4011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Al Jolson sings about his Mammy I know it's old as the hills, but this has always been a favorite of mine, besides being a big fan of Al Jolson, it always brings a tear to hear him sing this song from 1927's 'The Jazz Singer'... sniffffff...
Tags: al  jolson  mammy  minstrel  shows  The  Jazz  Singer 
Added: 10th May 2008
Views: 1516
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Posted By: Naomi
Lava Quiz 1927 It's back...by popular demand...the next Lava Quiz! This one deals with the year 1927. Turn back the clock 81 years and give it a try. 1. Who was president of the United States? 2. Who was on the British throne? 3. Gene Tunney defended his world heavyweight title against Jack Dempsey. Who won the fight and why is it so famous? 4. This infamous resident of Fall River, Massachusetts died. Her gravestone simply says 'Lizbeth.' Who was she? 5. The Academy Awards were created. What film won the Oscar for best picture? 6. These two anarchists were executed for a 1921 crime that many people believed they did not commit. Name them. 7. Babe Ruth broke his own record of 59 home runs for a season by swatting 60. Who was the pitcher who surrendered Ruth's historic 60th home run? 8. Charles Lindbergh made history by flying solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris. He did so to win a prize. What was the name of the prize and how much money did Lindbergh win? 9. Gutzon Borglum began work on this project on October 4, 1927. What was the project? 10. She was arrested for violating morals laws by appearing in a show called 'Sex' and making suggestive comments. Name her.
Tags: Lava  Quiz  1927 
Added: 14th February 2008
Views: 1841
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Posted By: Lava1964
Calvin Coolidge Honors Charles Lindbergh This is something you've probably never heard before: It's a 1927 speech by president Calvin Coolidge honoring aviation hero Charles Lindbergh. (Lindy, of course, had successfully flown solo from New York to Paris in May 1927.) Coolidge's quirky New England accent makes its appearance a couple of times.
Tags: Calvin  Coolidge  Charles  Lindbergh 
Added: 22nd April 2008
Views: 1436
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Posted By: Lava1964
Walter Johnson One of my all-time favorite baseball players: Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators. The scouting report on Johnson's blazing fastball noted, 'You can't hit what you can't see.' Once Johnson pitched three complete-game shutouts in a single weekend. For years his lifetime total of 3,508 strikeouts seemed insurmountable. Johnson retired in 1927. It took nearly 50 years for another pitcher to reach 3,000 strikeouts. Johnson became a beloved baseball figure--largely because he had the misfortune to spend his entire career with the lowly Senators. In 1924, when Johnson finally got to pitch in a World Series at age 36, the public rejoiced when he won the seventh and decisive game to give Washington its only World Series triumph.
Tags: Walter  Johnson  baseball 
Added: 17th July 2008
Views: 1451
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Posted By: Lava1964
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig The scariest sight ever to face a big league pitcher: Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, pictured here in a photo I'd date around 1931. In 1927 Babe Ruth hit a record 60 homers to lead the American League. Gehrig was second with 47. In third place was another Yankee, Tony Lazzeri, with a mere 18.
Tags: Babe  Ruth  Lou  Gehrig 
Added: 5th August 2008
Views: 1282
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Posted By: Lava1964
Bath School Disaster 1927 It might surprise you to learn that the worst act of school violence in American history happened way back on Wednesday, May 18, 1927 at the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township, Michigan. The perpetrator was a school board official named Andrew Kehoe who was angered by a new tax levy. Kehoe planned his revenge for months, secretly hiding hundreds of pounds of explosives beneath the school. On the morning of May 18, 1927, Kehoe killed his wife and fire-bombed his farmhouse. As fire officials raced to the Kehoe farm, Kehoe drove to the school and ignited the hidden explosives. As rescuers and concerned parents arrived at the school, Kehoe then blew up his car, killing himself plus several others who had survived the initial explosion. Kehoe's grim total for the day: 45 people killed and 68 others wounded. Most of the fatalities were students between the ages of eight and 12.
Tags: Bath  school  explosion 
Added: 11th March 2009
Views: 2757
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Posted By: Lava1964

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