Wednesday, 2 October 2013

A Feast of Posters

Ruth Stonehouse was an actress and film director who was active during the silent film era.
She worked for Triangle Film's and Universal Pictures during a career spanning from 1911 until 1928. Her androgynous appearance was most apparent in the role of Nancy Glenn and in the 1917 motion picture, The Edge of the Law. She performed in comedies and dramas such as the patriotic film Doing Her Bit  in 1917.. Ruth died in May 1941 of a cerebral haemorrhage she was just 48.

Harry Houdini was born Eril Weisz in Budapest on March 24, 1874. He was a Hungarian-American illusionist and stunt performer famed for his sensational escape acts. He first attracted notice as "Harry Handcuff Houdini" on a tour of Europe, where he challenged different police forces to try to keep him locked up. This revealed a talent for gimmickry and for audience involvement that characterized all his work. Soon he extended his repertoire to include chains, ropes slung from skyscrapers, straitjackets under water, and having to hold his breath inside a sealed milk can. Harry did not die, as some have suggested while performing a stunt. Houdini died of peritonitis from a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m. in Room 401 on October 31, aged 52 having agreed to let a man beat about his abdomen.. In his final days, he optimistically held to a strong belief that he would recover, but his last words before dying were reportedly, "I'm tired of fighting." After taking witness statements Houdini's insurance company concluded that the death was due to the dressing-room incident and paid double indemnity.  Harry was 52



Wastedpapiers said...

I used to love those Saturday Morning matinees and the serials they showed each week with the big picture and a cartoon- maybe a Three Stooges short etc. My favourite was Captain Video made in the early 50's I think - all cardboard ray guns and papier mache caves etc. Not heard of this one though!

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

I always enjoy learning about times past. My father bought several silent films on 8mm reels and we would have movie nights on Fridays.