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Augustus Phillips – photos and quotes

Augustus Phillips

“As probably every picture actor tells you, the very worst part of this business is the waiting about, hour after hour, between scenes. Many times I have been dressed and made-up the entire day and have never heard the camera’s click.”Augustus Phillips

Source: 1914

 

Augustus Phillips

“My eyes. If it had not been for them I should probably never have given up acting behind the footlights. You see, I had a steady grind of stock work for over eleven years and, without knowing it, the study and hard work played havoc with my constitution, with the result that my eyes failed me completely. And as I had to have some occupation, I took up picture work.”Augustus Phillips

Source: 1914

 

Augustus Phillips“The stage isn’t what it used to be, ten and twelve years ago, nor will it ever be like that again, I believe. In those days a fellow’s season lasted from forty to forty-five weeks, while nowadays he’s lucky if he works twenty-eight or thirty. Compare that with this profession, wherein I have a permanent home, congenial employment, a car of my own, and all the time in the world to enjoy baseball and the theatres, with a salary every single blessed one of the fifty-two weeks in the year. And I should like you to say that I am particularly happy with the Edison Company, the only picture firm for which I have ever worked.”Augustus Phillips 

Source: 1914

 

“After a trying period with my eyes, I joined the Edison forces on January 1, 1911 – they gave me the salary I asked for, too, so I have no kick coming – and there isn’t any one in picturedom more satisfied than I.”Augustus Phillips

Source: 1914

 

Augustus Phillips

“Yes, I think I am perfectly safe in saying that I am in the picture game to stay. Nearly all the actors are coming to it now; you would be amazed at some of the people who are trying to break into the game, here at the Edison place. But the field is pretty thoroughly overcrowded now, though there will always be plenty of room at the top for the really talented.”Augustus Phillips

Source: 1914

Photo: Charlie’s Reform (1912). With Bessie Learn

 

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