Betty Compson (1897-1974) began as a low income stock player for comedy producer Al Christie in the mid-1910s. She eventually left Christie to work in cheaply made movie chapter serials. As a young ingénue, Compson was very pretty and ambitious. When not working, she networked by appearing at all of the right places in downtown Los Angeles. At a […]
“I’m all right when I’m acting. It’s the stills that worry me. My cameraman said, ‘Miss Ulric, you’re fine when you’re moving. But the minute I try to take a still of you, you get that set look.’ He’s right. I smile naturally for a second, and then it’s forced. In the sad scenes I […]
“The businessman, the banker, the artist, or whoever he is who puts up the money wants to be assured, and therefore, we all argue about what ‘they’ want….The public does not stand at the box-office and say: ‘We want a drama after this pattern….’ Quite frankly, I do not believe the public knows what it […]
A candid from the 1929 film, The Seven Footprints to Satan. While this film was released as a talkie, it was also released as a silent, making it possibly the last horror film of the silent era. The film stars Thelma Todd.