Back in the 1910s, there was no central body for judging a film’s suitability for audiences. As a result, state and city boards of censors took up the slack and one of the most famous was the board working in the city of Chicago.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I sometimes take detours. This time, we’re looking at America’s Sweetheart once again and her recipe for a WWII-era cookbook.
As you all know, I am a bit of a fiend for vintage celebrity recipes so I hope you don’t mind me stepping out of the silent era for the first time to try a truly strange creation.
I was flipping through old film magazines and discovered a fascinating little article in the September 1918 issue of Photoplay. Written by Homer Coy, it lists five sure secrets of then-current screen comedy… and creates a little mystery.
Why Do They Do It? was a regular feature in Photoplay Magazine that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.
These selections are from the September 1918 issue and feature complaints about the weather, stockings and day-for-night shooting. My comments follow in italics, the header text was part of the original publication. As always, I will make a note if the film in question is currently available on home video.
Welcome back! I have been cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but I sometimes take detours. In this case, I will be preparing a recipe from a 1950 recipe book that Bebe Daniels co-authored entitled 282 Ways of Making a Salad and it features recipes from both British and American stars. The star in the case was a silent veteran who was one of the first and biggest television stars at the time.
Since everyone enjoyed our last foray into Photoplay’s Why Do They Do It? series, here we are again! Why Do They Do It? was a regular feature that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.
Welcome back! I have been cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook but I sometimes take detours. In this case, I will be preparing a recipe from the 1925 collection Favorite Recipes of Famous Women and the star in question is probably more famous today for her proximity to her co-star.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invited to come along! This time, we’ll be sampling a recipe from a star who was defined by her birthplace more than her personality.
We sometimes think of ourselves as terribly modern and sophisticated but it is always appropriate to remember that silent era audiences were pretty darn sharp themselves. Photoplay had a regular feature that allowed readers to write in with complaints about tropes, mistakes and annoyances at the movies.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you’re invited to tag along. Today, we’re going to be trying a recipe that is meant to indulge cravings without added poundage.
Welcome back! I am cooking every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invited to come along. Today’s recipe is from a popular but forgotten comedian.
Greetings! I wanted to try something a little different today so I decided to share some of the over-the-top silent era books I have been reading/have read.
Welcome back! I am cooking every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and you are invented to join me. This week’s recipe is from a star who is most remembered for a sound era cameo.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take detours. Today, I am preparing the last sandwich from a collection published back in 1916. The idea was to capture a popular female star’s personality in sandwich form. Today’s star is one of the biggest of all time.
Today, we’re finishing up our tour of the DVD cover design process. It’s been a while but the DVD cover has been approved and I am finally at liberty to reveal the finished design!
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but I am taking a slight detour to prepare a sandwich recipe from 1915. This sandwich was inspired by one of the great beauties of the silent era.
I’ve been cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook but sometimes I take a little detour. This time, I’ll be preparing a dish that was designed to capture the essence of a popular western star of the 1910s.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and this time, we’re looking at a fan favorite and veteran of both comedy and drama.
Welcome back! I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and today’s recipe is a seafood entree from an actress from a very famous family.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook. This time, I am going to be preparing cookies from one of the popular child stars of the silent era, one with a modern superhero connection.
What may come as a surprise to modern readers is just how early “Where are they now?” articles cropped up in film history. Here’s a particularly interesting specimen from exactly 100 years ago when the first vampire film craze was winding down.
Welcome back! I am cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay Cookbook and we’re trying something a little different today. It’s not really a recipe so much as a meal plan from an actor who dubbed himself a “Male Vampire” at one point.
Are people with access to theatrical silent film screenings better fans than those who rely on home video? It’s an issue that has cropped up periodically over the years and since I just attended a screening of Metropolis, I thought it would be fun to chew over this topic.
I recently watched a William S. Hart movie in which his character is named Robert Evans, which is a huge departure from his usual movie monikers. He’s usually called Wolf or Blue Blazes or Buckskin or something. In light of that, I thought I would dust off the William S. Hart name generator.
Exactly one century ago, Photoplay magazine published a two page spread of movie actors they deemed particularly dishy. Let’s have some fun and examine the cuties of yesteryear.
I’m still a bit annoyed about people still spreading the myth that silent movies were full of damsels. Well, I found this spiffy 1918 Photoplay article about the ladies of silent cinema packing iron. Neener neener.
I’m cooking my way through the 1929 Photoplay cookbook and you’re invited to come along. This time, we’ll be trying a recipe with an unusual ingredient from a performer on the stage and screen.
Let me continue the tour of the process of creating a cover for a silent movie on DVD. I shared my inspirations for the cover design and then discussed color and typefaces. This time, we’re going to look at the process of distressing and generally making the thing look like a real antique.
Welcome back! I am taking a little detour from my mission to cook every recipe in the 1929 Photoplay cookbook in order to bring you this little recipe from 1915. The author, Robert Cain, is all but forgotten but I have to tell you that it’s no exaggeration to say that this recipe has taken over my life.