Sunday, August 13, 2017

Silence is Platinum Podcast: Episode 1

Well! Hello there! Been awhile hasn't it?!

Many apologies for my extended and somewhat mysterious absence, but I am back AND so is what I have been promising for a year now...the first episode of the Silence is Platinum podcast!! Super excited about this and have a lot of great things in store for this new platform for the blog. 

I hope you enjoy the first episode. You can listen to it here or you can download it from the iTunes app or Stitcher once it becomes available. It is currently under review. The blog will be used as a 'companion' to the podcast, offering pictures and source material for the podcast. It is nice to have stories read to you, but if you are like me, you also like seeing pictures of who exactly is being discussed. And, if you are a fan of the blog already, you know I love those black and white photos. 

Thank you all for being so patient waiting for this to come to fruition. It has been a labor of love and am so happy this day has come. 

I hope you enjoy! 



R.A. Craven, Gale Henry and Lillian Peacock

Lillian Peacock and Harry Carey

Bobby Vernon, Heinie Conklin, Billy Franey, Gale Henry and Lillian Peacock

Billy Franey, Max Asher, Gale Henry and Lillian Peacock





Breezy acting alongside his parents in Two Kinds of Love (1920)



Charlie Chaplin and Max Eastman



Frank Farrington and Florence La Badie

Doris Farrington, youngest daughter of Frank and Marguerite 'Daisy' Farrington

Irene/Rene/Reenie Farrington, oldest daughter of Frank and Marguerite 'Daisy' Farrington, and Justus Barnes in Gold (1914)



Dorothy Gulliver, Ethlyne Clair, Dorothy Kitchen, Jean Stuart, Barbara Kent and Ena Gregory

Small paragraph that appeared in a 1927 Photoplay magazine...with multiple errors (Phyllis? Jane?)



Charles Emmett Mack and Carol Dempster in Dream Street (1921)



Claude Gillingwater, Einar Hanson and Pola Negri in Barbed Wire (1927)

Einar Hanson and Clara Bow in Children of Divorce (1927)

Greta Garbo and Einar Hanson



Arnold Kent and Clara Bow in Hula



I am very fortunate to have such wonderful friends who have helped me figure out the ins and outs of creating something as big as a podcast, and I wanted to make sure I helped pimp their projects as well because they deserve praise for the awesome work they do as well.

Thank you (AGAIN!) to Arthur Dark for his help and expertise with editing our first episode. Arthur and I are both taphophiles, or simply put 'grave hunters.' He has an AMAZING series on YouTube called "Hollywood Graveyards" where he takes viewers on a guided tour of famous Los Angeles cemeteries that have become the final resting places of such big names as Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, and Elizabeth Taylor. Take a stroll with him HERE!

Thank you to Erin Gambrill for her advice on how the heck to even begin starting a podcast. Erin is my kindred Librarian spirit and she even has a podcast with two other lovely ladies called, appropriately, Ladies Who Library. Have a listen HERE, but please keep your voice down!

Thank you to the amazing Jennifer Redmond who has helped me "do my homework" by giving me access to some very useful sites to really dig up the dirt. Jennifer also writes a blog dedicated to silent film, and her article on 'Breezy' Reeves Eason, Jr. was used as source material for this first episode. You can find her blog HERE! Jennifer is also the author of a spectacular book called Reels & Rivals: Sisters in Silent Films. I definitely recommending putting that one on your Amazon Wish List!

Thank you to Kayla Sturm for helping me maneuver through the cogs and gears of recording a podcast and then getting it published and validated and approved and...yeah, all of that! Kayla is one half of These Glamour Girls, a podcast dedicated to preserving the legacy of the immortal actresses of Classic Hollywood. If you are a fan of Joan, be it Bennett, Crawford, or Fontaine, then you need to check out the These Glamour Girls podcast HERE! 



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Tom Moore

I'm back!

Thank you all for being so patient with me and above all, kind! I was stuck in a job that I hated and it really was sucking the life out of me. I didn't want to write or research or anything and it was just a dark few months. A new job and a new year has given me a much lighter spirit and I have the writing spirit back! So happy for that. I can finally post these entries I have been working on and also get the podcast all situated and figured out. A lovely and talented friend of mine even created a logo for the podcast and it looks amazing and I am super excited! I will give you more updates on that as things unfold.

Also, I was contacted about possibly starting a fundraising campaign to get Joseph Keaton, the father of Buster Keaton, a headstone. More info soon I hope! 

Anyway, on to the Moore brothers!

Tom Moore was born Thomas J. Moore on May 1, 1883 in Fordstown Crossroads, County Meath, Ireland. He was the oldest child born to John and Rose Anna Moore. He was soon joined by brothers Owen, Matt, and Joe and a younger sister, Mary. All the Moore children would appear in films, but the three older brothers had the most prominent careers.

The Moores would eventually emigrate to the United States on the S.S. Anchoria and land on Ellis Island in the Spring of 1896. They were inspected, given the OK and eventually settled near Toledo, Ohio (near my hometown, woohoo!)

Tom made his screen debut in the 1908 short,  The Christmas Burglars, starring Florence Lawrence. 

Tom had quite the hefty film resume, 205 films from 1908 to 1954. Most of his beginning career was working in shorts, but, still, impressive! During his almost fifty years in Hollywood his frequent leading ladies were Alice Joyce, Anna Q. Nilsson, and Marguerite Courtot. He would also appear a few times each with his brothers and sister.

Now, 205 films is a lot to go through, so I just didn't have the energy to go through every single one to find little tidbits and whatnot. HOWEVER, there were a few that stuck out to me that I wanted to share merely because of the character Tom played.

Silent film character names always tickled me. I have done two entries about flapper names alone! The first film that caught my eye was a 1913 short called The Bachelor and the Hunchback in which Tom played a character named Johnny 'Humpty' Johnson/The Fiend. I don't know about you, but I immediately get that "Humpty Dance" stuck in my head. Then there is the 1915 short, The Girl and the Bachelor in which Tom played George Blandon - Confirmed Bachelor. I always find that term amusing, especially since during the early days of Hollywood it usually was a term used to refer to an actor who was gay. William Haines. Ramon Novarro. "Confirmed bachelors." Anyway, those amused me.

Tom and Mabel Normand

Tom not only acted but he also directed! He directed about 17 shorts from 1914-1915. It should be noted that he starred in most of them. 

Tom's finally film was 1951's The Redhead and the Cowboy, starring Glenn Ford. He did continue to appear in various television shows until finally retiring in 1954.

Tom Moore passed away on February 12, 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He was cremated and reportedly his ashes are still at the Chapel of the Pines Crematory in Los Angeles.

It is worth noting that although Tom was the oldest of the Moore siblings only his brother Matt outlived him, dying just five years later in 1960. Owen Moore would die in 1939 from a heart attack, brother Joe died in 1926 also from a heart attack, and sister Mary died in 1919 from influenza while working as a nurse in France.

Tom and Ford Sterling

Tom was married three times. His first marriage was to actress Alice Joyce. Tom had been Alice's leading man in a number of films and the two would marry in 1914. They had a daughter, Alice Mary in 1916 and she too would appear in a few films as a child. 

The marriage appeared to be troubled before they officially divorced around 1920. In a 1917 magazine article about Alice Joyce and motherhood, Tom wasn't even mentioned. Ouch. 

In 1921 Tom married French actress, Renee Adoree. The two had been having a whirlwind affair for two months before tying the knot. The bliss didn't last however and the two would divorce in 1926.

His third and final marriage was to yet another actress, Eleanor Merry. The pair married in 1931 and I believe remained married until his death. They also reportedly had a child together, but I can't find any supporting information. 

Naomi Childers and Tom

"Exhibitors everywhere have found that Tom Moore just goes over big. They know that their patrons all admire Tom Moore. They know that they always do business when it's a Tom Moore picture. No wonder he's popular when they say such things about him."   -- Moving Picture World, March 1919