CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 1999 |
The only thing missing Monday was the triumphant booming of the Wurlitzer organ as one silent movie cliffhanger was resolved. Film curators in Westwood announced that the movie buff who purchased most of the inventory of the nation's only silent movie theater last month has decided to place them in UCLA's Film and Television Archive. The donation by David W.
July 29, 1988 |
Farm boy Harold moves to the city and becomes a high school football star and leader of the drama club. He persuades the club to make a Western movie and, as part of the plot, blows up a county dam. After the explosion, Harold runs away because he is afraid of being arrested but returns just in time to win a football game for the home team. They don't make movies like that anymore. "Harold Teen" was filmed in 1928 and has become a hard-to-find silent classic.
January 27, 1997 |
Regarding "The Man Died Doing What He Loved: Devotees mourn proprietor of Silent Movie theater, who had kept alive a bygone era of Hollywood" (main news section, Jan. 19): I first met Laurence W. Austin, the owner and manager of the Silent Movie Showcase, when he called me at the Samuel Goldwyn Co. to rent a print of the 1925 silent version of "Stella Dallas." His passion for silent movies was infectious as he excitedly described his upcoming Buster Keaton festival, encouraging me to attend.
October 16, 1995 |
The Silent Movie, 611 N. Fairfax Ave., presents Wednesday through Sunday at 8 p.m. a series of films preserved by the UCLA Film Archive with a portion of the admission going toward its preservation program. By and large all the films, two of which are talkies, have in common a sure sense of the pictorial and inspired production design, heightened by superb black-and-white cinematography.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2002 |
Howard Merrill, 85, a child actor in 58 silent movies by age 11 who went on to write for radio and TV, including such shows as "Get Smart," died of undisclosed causes April 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Introduced to acting at age 3, he made it into "Ripley's Believe It or Not" for his record number of movies, and for making 487 radio broadcasts on 38 shows by the time he was 14.
December 26, 1987
Silent screen actress Alice Terry, who co-starred with such early movie idols as Rudolph Valentino and Ramon Novarro, has died in a Burbank hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 88. Born Alice F. Taaffe in Vincennes, Ind., Miss Terry made her film debut in 1916, but did not rise to fame until she appeared in a series of movies directed by her husband, director Rex Ingram, in the 1920s. She had dark hair, but often wore a blond wig while performing on screen.