Writers

Ernest Heminway

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"Let me tell you about writing for films. You finish your book. Now, you know where the California state line is? Well, you drive right up to that line, take your manuscript and pitch it across. No, on second thought, don't pitch it across. First let them toss the money over. Then you throw it over, pick up the money and get the hell out of there." -- Ernest Hemingway (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Let me tell you about writing for films. You finish your book. Now, you know where the California state line is? Well, you drive right up to that line, take your manuscript and pitch it across. No, on second thought, don’t pitch it across. First let them toss the money over. Then you throw it […]

Silent Film Stars

Lorna Moon

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Lorna Moon

“I am not the sort of person who knows people. I am the sort of person whom people know.” – Lorna Moon, novelist and screenwriter. Scottish-born Lorna Moon (real name Helen Nora Wilson Low) lived a brief but interesting life as a maverick script writer in the 1920s. She was also a skeleton in Cecil B. […]

Writers

Christopher Isherwood

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Christopher Isherwood

“To live sanely in Los Angeles (or, I suppose, in any other large American city) you have to cultivate the art of staying awake. You must learn to resist (firmly but not tensely) the unceasing hypnotic suggestions of the radio, the billboards, the movies and the newspapers; those demon voices which are forever whispering in […]

Celebrity Portraits

Erle Stanley Gardner

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Erle Stanley Gardner

“I want it understood that I have no natural aptitude as a writer. In fact, I don’t consider myself a very good writer. I do consider myself a good plotter. And I consider myself one hell of a good salesman as far as manufacturing merchandise that will sell is concerned.” — Erle Stanley Gardner, pulp […]

Silent Film Stars

Frances Marion – photos and quotes

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Frances Marion

“I prefer working at home because the studio is such a beehive of activity. And how can they expect a poor scenario writer to plunge into deep and silent study when Rome is burning on the lot across the street; Julian Eltinge, outside your door, is discussing the latest New York fashions with Mary Pickford; […]

Directors/Producers

C. Gardner Sullivan – photos and quotes

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C. Gardner Sullivan

“We can never break entirely away from the spoken drama, for while the fundamental difference between the two classes of dramatic construction lays in their manner of presentation, the photoplay can never be strictly pantomime, because the subtitle must substitute for the spoken word.” – C. Gardner Sullivan, writer and producer. Source: Alfred A. Cohn […]

Celebrity Portraits

Raymond Chandler

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Raymond Chandler

“A preoccupation with words for their own sake is fatal to good film making. It’s not what films are for. It’s not my cup of tea, but it could have been if I’d started it twenty years earlier. But twenty years earlier of course I could never have got there, and that is true of […]