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What is scarlett o'hara's birthday?
April 23, 1841 Nope this can't be. Because she was only 16 when the war Started in 1861, so that would have to have her being born in the year 1845. Also April 23 has got to be wrong, as well, because The barbeque at the Wilks' Plantation took place the day before Ft Sumter was fired upon, and that was on April 12, 1861...So that would have made Scarlett just shy of 16, but Ms Mitchell says she was already 16. Note: The Barbeque at the Wilkes' Plantation did not take place the day before Ft. Sumter was fired on. In the meeting the men have, they specifically mention the firing on Ft. Sumter and Charles Hamilton mentions to Scarlett that Lincoln has called to arms the Union which occurred on April 15, 1861, three days after the firing on Ft. Sumter. Also, the news of Lincoln's call to arms would have taken days if not weeks to reach Georgia let alone the Wilkes plantation. Georgia succeeded on January 19, 1861.
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Where was the quiet man made?
Ashford Castle, County Mayo, Ireland. Ballyglunin, Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. Clifden, Galway City, County Galway, Ireland. Cong, County Mayo, Ireland. Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Lettergesh Beach, Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. Maam, Galway City, County Galway, Ireland. Oughterard, County Galway, Ireland. Thoor Ballylee, County Galway, Ireland.
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What is info on Essanay Studios?
According to Irv Kupcinet, in his book, Kup's Chicago, (publish date 1962 [out of print]), Louella Parsons wrote scenarios for Essanay. She wrote the first movie column ever, for the old Chicago Record-Herald in 1914. Also, Ben Turpin was an office boy at Essanay before he became a famous movie star. Other actors at the old Essanay lot on Argyle Street: Gloria Swanson (from Lake View), Wallace Beery, W.C. Fields, Francis X. Bushman and Charlie Chapman. Answer I lived down the block from the Studios on Argyle St. Having spent the greater part of my life on Argyle St. from the 20's thru the 80's, I am quite knowledgeable about the street thru this period. I remember seeing Francis X. Bushman strolling down the street with his Great Dane. I was also in business on the street for about 50 years. Answer For those of you who may be interested in old photographs of actors and actresses taken in Chicago from 1910 to 1919; who were associated with, or perhaps may have been associated with the Essanay Studio, see the following: Photographs from the Chicago Daily News 1902 - 1933 enter the search words: "actors"or "actresses" Answer In the "CHicago History" magazine, published by the Chicago Historical Society, the Fall 2000 issue, there is a great article about Essanay, along with several pictures, and a whole article about the neighborhood, etc. It is available from the publication archives at the Oak Park Public Library, and I would imagine it is available at almost any "Chicago Area" Library. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~opindex/ Answer I've been working on a history fair project on Chicago's film industry...Essanay included. William G. Anderson "Bronco Billy" joins then soon leaves Selig Polyscope Co. in about 1906. In 1907, Anderson joins George K. Spoor to form Peerless Film Mfg. Co., shortly after renamed "Essanay" (after their initials "S and A"). In 1908 they open their 1st California studio. They went through a lot of actors and made a lot of films. In 1917 Essanay closes its Chicago studio, but remains in California. Bye! Answer For the curious. It's very easy to see what remains of Essanay Studios for yourself. The Address is mentioned by one of the above respondants. Just take Argyle Street up from Broadway, (not far from the Green Mill) and there it is on the south side of the street. The name and the signature Indian head are still prominant over one of the doorways. The building is now Augustine College. We live around it up here and pass it regularly with little sense of it's fascinating history. Answer In answer to the question about cinematographers at Essanay the only one I know of was George Spoor's (the "S" in Essanay) brother Major Spoor. He was also responsible for the "Natural Vision" camera that Essanay put so much money into developing. The Chicago Historical Society has some negatives from the camera. The CHS also has a photo album from Major's wife, Olive, that contains many pictures of Essanay. Be careful, though as many of the "ready prints" from the collection are mislabeled. The Indian head corporate logo and the terra cotta work around the entrance to the Argyle St. studio were created by George Spoor's sister Mary Louise Spoor, a noted book illustrator.The name Essanay and the logo were later taken by a film production company. Their version of the logo is very poorly reproduced. Pls respondHow do you know the prints are mislabled? Which ones specifically? Thank you.Ellen Louise Restis (Olive's great niece) Answer http://www.nilesfilmmuseum.org/ Contact the new Silent Film Museum in Niles, Fremont, California for the best resources on Essanay Studio history, it also sells the recent book by David Kiehn "Bronco Billy and the Essanay Film Company" Answer There are also buildings remaining from the Selig Polyscope studios at the intersection of Byron and Claremont. The Selig trademark "Diamond S" is still over the doorway of the loft conversion on the N.W. corner. The structures now part of the used car dealer at Byron and Western were also studio buildings. A series of underground tunnels still connect them. There is a decaying tower atop one of the buildings, probably used for elevated shots of the outdoor movie sets. W.N. Selig was my great-great uncle and I'm always willing to provide information to interested parties.
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How do remakes like 'The Ladykillers' appeal to their modern day audience?
Two words, "special effects!" All appeals are subjective. If you have seen the old movie and enjoy it, you may seek out the new movie as a sense of familiarity. An example of this is Karate Kid. If a parent were to relate the movie to a familiar one, the odds of them seeing it is likely increased. henceforth, the children may also see the movie, increasing it's gross. If you are from a later generation and have not seen the older version of a movie, a remake appears as an original to you, and holds the original appeal. It is like reading a book, then seeing its corresponding movie as a result. often the movie leaves out a lot of the parts you read in the book, but you still like to see the story captured in video. Whether or not the value of a remake is worth the production process; remakes help tie old stories into modern culture, as exemplified by the remake of The Ladykillers. A common opinion of many film-watchers of today is that when a movie is made well the first time, there is no need to try it again- Once made right, it cannot be improved upon. Many movies, like Clash of the Titans, were not "done right the first time", and yet the argument persists. (they still failed to get it right). It is oft' true that movies are remade, in essence, to "milk the series" (Make profit with no regard to production value). Examples of this are Jaws2 and Jaws 3, Rocky 5 and even Titanic 2. (*spoiler alert* the boat sinks) -- The new version Ladykillers didn't fair so well (IMDb rating 6.2/10) compared to the original (IMDb rating 7.9/10). For those who enjoy dialogue, it was very funny and clever However, trends in the modern audience seek simpler entertainment. Overall, remakes that do not use CG to re-vamp action quality do poorly in today's cinema.
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What is the name of the black and white movie where the final scene is of a lady walking out the door and seeing a color Chevrolet?
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Where can you find information regarding an Essanay Studio film 'Kitty's First Romance' -a silent film pre-1920?
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What does Dorothy say to toto when she lands in oz?
In the movie Wizard of Oz what is the name of the theorem that the scarecrow stated when he got a brain?
The Scarecrow states an incorrect version of the Pythagorean theorem. He states: "The sum of the square root of two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the third side." There are two errors. The Pythagorean theorem applies to right triangles, not isosceles. Also the theorem is that the squares of two legs equals the square of the hypotenuse. Properly stated, "The sum of the squares of the two legs of a right triangle is equal to the square of the hypotenuse." He said... "The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an Isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side. Oh joy, rapture, I've got a brain. How can I ever thank you enough?"