Monday, November 5, 2012

Moving Sites!

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

La Strada

One of my all time favorite films is 1954's La Strada, from Federico Fellini -- a complete genius!! 
Starring Anthony Quinn as Zampano and Guilietta Masina as Gelsomina.
Warning: Contain's spoilers for those who haven't yet seen this masterpiece!!


The film starts out with Gelsomina (Guilietta Masina), who gets sold to Zampano  (Anthony Quinn) by her mother for some money and food. Zampano is a traveling showman, doing tricks with chains to show his super strength. Gelsomina is now his partner; however Zampano doesn't treat her very well -- treats no one well for that matter. 
From the beginning of the film, you get a sense of sadness and longing for affection from Gelsomina; she's even happy to be sent away with Zampano, excited that she will learn how to entertain people the way he does and to be important to someone. 
Though, she soon learns that she'll endure physical and emotional abuse along the way.

Zampano soon teaches Gelsomina how to drum roll and introduce him to the crowd; not learning fast enough he hits her with a stick and makes her try again and again - not ever seeming to get it right.

Though I may be wrong, I also think she endured sexual abuse too. Little things throughout the film give hints towards it -- the scene after teaching Gelsomina how to drum, he walks her to his caravan opening the sheet that covers the back. She says, "No" and adds "Tomorrow", Zampano ignoring her, pushed her into the back, he soon lay'd down next to her - the camera fades to black at that moment.



One of the first few nights while on the road together, Zampano and Gelsomina go out for dinner. She tries to get to know more about Zampano, asking questions like, "Where are you from?" but only getting reply's like, "My house". 
Zampano soon picks up another woman while at the restaurant and leaves Gelsomina alone outside for the whole night. She found him passed out a few blocks away.




While visiting other performers, Zampano get's thrown in jail for attacking another performer, "The Fool" (Richard Basehart), leaving Gelsomina alone. She has the choice of leaving with the Fool and other performers or wait for Zampano to get out of jail and continue to tour with him.
She soon has a meltdown and decides she worthless and should be dead. "The Fool" tried to make her feel better, and decides that Zampano loves her. 
Gelsomina believes that she has a purpose and it is that she should stay with Zampano. She wait's for him outside of jail when he's released. 
Zampano acting nasty towards her as soon as he gets out.




Later on in the film, Zampano sees The Fool working on his car -- a tire on his car had flattened. Zampano stops his caravan and walks towards the Fool. He loses his temper and starts punching him; The Fool hit his head on his car and dies from the impact. 
Gelsomina is devastated and is no longer the same throughout the rest of the movie.




As they drive around from place to place to perform, the only thing Gelsomina says is, "The Fool is hurt." Repeating it to herself for days and days. She forces Zampano to sleep outside of the caravan; not wanting him by her. It's cold, so he makes a fire and sleeps on the dirt.
After a day or so, Gelsomina climbs out of the caravan and lays by the fire. She seems better now, but switches back to, "the Fool is hurt" mode. She falls asleep by the fire.
Zampano covers her up and leaves some money. He then drives away and leaves her there alone.



The ending of the film is perfect. Throughout the entire film Zampano has no emotion or remorse for anything he has done. He beats up his woman partner and killed a guy yet he never showed any signs of sadness.
Gelsomina dies in the End, getting a fever from being left alone. Zampano no longer had strength to perform his strong man act, realizing that it was Gelsomina who gave him strength.
The movie Ends with Zampano sitting by the beach alone at night, crying - showing emotion. It took a death of an innocent girl to have him finally realize that he is a human being -- Showing remorse for Gelsomina and sadness from realizing his own fate.



I highly recommend for everyone to watch this film! It will forever remain one of my favorite movies of all time!


















Sunday, October 28, 2012

And I Don't Want To Live This Life.


Throughout my life, I've read many, many books. None of them have stuck with me as much as And I Don't Want To Live This Life by Deborah Spungen. Each and every page is filled with frighting and emotional stories of Deborah's daughter Nancy Spungen - girlfriend of bassist for the Sex Pistol's, Sid Vicious. 
Deborah digs deep into the life of Nancy, making you live in the mind of both her and her daughter which can be very disturbing and uncomfortable for the reader. It's hard to get through page after page, but once you do - the story sticks with you.
And I Don't Want To Live This Life is and forever will be one of my favorite books of all time.




I received this book as a present from my parent's a few year's ago on Christmas. Since I was a child, I was enchanted with Nancy - not with the drug use or the infamous fame she received, I was enchanted with her as a person not her image. I could tell the difference, even at a young age. 
My happy Christmas was over when I opened this book. I held back tears as I read the Introduction, Deborah's simple yet powerful words describing Nancy's destined death was overbearing. I read only that first page before I closed the book to continue our family celebration - which was now ruined because I couldn't get Nancy out of my head.
My family and I soon went to bed at about midnight, I couldn't sleep so I decided to read some more. I read the first few chapters and fell deeper into the mind of Nancy. The way Deborah writes makes you grieve for Nancy and her family. Her mother doesn't make Nancy the victim nor the villain, she makes her a human being - which people seem to forget. 

The book starts out with Nancy's death with the reporters and all. Even a phone call from Anne Beverly - Sid's mother to Deborah, telling her that her son is also dead.
After the telephone call, Deborah is sick with it all and grab's wire and ties it into a noose. Ready to kill herself she thinks of Nancy and her 20 years of pain. 
She then decides that her pain won't go away until she give's Nancy's death a purpose, until Nancy die's with some peace and dignity. 
Deborah move's on with life and she over the years has helped many, many families in need of help with their children - she has saved other "Nancy's" out there from the path their Nancy had took.
One thing that surround's this book is death. As a child Nancy knew that she would die very young and tragic - even her family knew. As Deborah recalled, her family had nothing to do but sit and watch her die. Nancy once recalled that she would go out with headlines - which she did. She was found murdered in the Chelsea Hotel in 1978, her boyfriend Sid confessed to her murder but died of a heroin overdose before going to trial. Nancy was only 20 year's old and Sid was 21 at the time of their death's.
One thing that surprised me was that Sid wrote Deborah after Nancy's murder, the letters are published in this book. They are very personal and give's a little insight on what might have happened in Room 100 the night Nancy was murdered. Deborah never wrote back but she recalled that she felt every emotion that Sid wrote to her. He sent her a poem about Nancy, which was used as the book title:


You were my little baby girl,
And I shared all your fears.
Such joy to hold you in my arms
and kiss away your tears.
But now you’re gone, there’s only pain
and nothing I can do.
And I don’t want to live this life,
If I can’t live for you.
To my beautiful baby girl.
Our love will never die…




Nancy and Sid.



Fans of Sid and Nancy should read this book! Most fan's dislike Nancy but once you read this book you'll see why she acted the way she acted.
Since I've read this book, I've grown an attachment to Nancy and her family. Like all the other people I write about I feel like it's my job to protect them from any unkindness thrown their way. 
This book is a story of sadness and tragedy and will keep any reader trapped in the book - even if your not a fan of Nancy. Deborah's story will stick with you throughout your life.













Saturday, October 20, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

They Played in Silence Book Trailer

A new book trailer for They Played in Silence!
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Friday, October 5, 2012

My Reasoning's.

I think I should explain my love for Olive Thomas and Jack Pickford, since it is a bit of an obsession. 



I remember the day I first laid eyes on Olive. It was waayyyy back when people still used Myspace and such. I was looking at a page about some other silent star (whom I can't remember) when I glanced at their "friends" list, it was then when I saw Olive.
I immediately clicked on her page, wanting to know more about her. The brief information next to her picture stated, "Olive Thomas 1894-1920 Accidental Poisoning". I was suddenly overwhelmed with great sadness; I  felt so bad for this young woman who died so young and tragic.
It was then that I decided to research this beauty.
I decided that I would write a biography on Olive.

The first photo of Ollie that I've ever seen.


What I loved and still love about Olive, is that she seems so present. She died almost a century ago but she has a modern quality to her, something so innocent and sweet. Watching her on screen is - to me - like watching an actress from now days. It's like she's still her.
 Her photos and film footage have a haunting glow to them, making her seem almost like an orb - an angel on screen.
There are many secrets hidden behind her death; secrets that we may never know the answers to. Secrets that were buried with her. She died suddenly leaving many things behind in her life. Which is my reasoning behind her haunting at the New Amsterdam Theatre. She has unfinished business and staying at a place which she loved, makes perfect sense in my mind.




It was Olive who brought me to Jack Pickford. Obviously, I knew who he was but not too much about him. All I knew was that he was Mary Pickford's brother. Nothing else. 
Jack was Olive's second husband, at first I wasn't so fond of Jack. From what I've read (on the internet, of course) I found that he was a bad man to be with Olive. Olive who was like heaven to me, paired with a man that was a drinker and druggy. 
Reading about Olive's death with the Mercury Bichloride and Jack's Syphilis, I believed at first, but then nothing added up. Nothing made sense in my mind. Things Jack was accused of didn't fit or work into Olive's story. Diseases Jack supposedly had didn't seem correct. So I decided to do my own research. 
 What I found was that most things written about Jack Pickford today, is incorrect. Like, for example, Olive's published biography, pretty accurate on Olive's part but not on Jack's. That book made him seem like a horrible man. I'll admit, he wasn't the greatest man on earth, he had his faults, but he wasn't as bad as Olive's biographer made him. Not that the biographer tried to be mean or anything, just didn't research very well on Jack's life.

On a book that was supposed to be only about Olive, started becoming more about Jack and getting his story straight. I found myself being way more interested in Jack than Olive.
That's when my Olive bio turned into "They Played in Silence", the Death of Olive Thomas and the life Jack Pickford led after her demise. I decided to write about what I knew most about. I was to only write facts, nothing else. If I only had one statement of a true fact about a specific event on Jack and Olive, then that would be my only statement. 
No more lies. No more exaggerating. No more played up versions of Olive's death and no more lies written about Jack. They both deserve better.


They both had their problems, even though I credit Olive as being an "angel", she was not. She wasn't the devil either. They both were human beings, who had some inner demons that tormented both of them. 













Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Girl Under The Hollywoodland Sign.


The Death of Peg Entwistle.




I've known who Peg Entwistle was since I was a little girl but like most people, I knew only about her death. Since I'm very fond of Peg, I've made it my goal to learn more about her life and to uncover some documents from when she was alive. But for now, I'll tell the story of her sad death at the age of 24.




Early Sunday morning on September 18th, 1932 a woman was hiking on the Hollywood land hills when she suddenly came across a woman's personal belongings. She found one shoe and a jacket, a little way's farther she found a purse. The purse contained a suicide note that read:
"I'm afraid, I'm a coward. I'm sorry for everything. If I had done this a long time ago, it would have saved a lot of pain."
It was signed P.E

The woman looked up the hill toward the Hollywoodland sign and saw a dead body of a woman directly under the 50 foot tall H. She gave the woman's belonging's to the police.

Police were unable to identify her. They published her suicide note in hopes that someone will claim to know who she is. During the search, she was dubbed as "The Hollywood Sign Girl", a nickname that's still used today.

Police soon identified her as Peg Entwistle, a stage actress who also played a bit part in the movie "Thirteen Women" but most of her scenes were cut from the film.

Oddly enough, a day after her death she received a letter in the mail that offered her a starring role in a play. She would star as a girl driven to suicide.
















Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jack and Olive Picture

A new photo of Jack and Olive has been released!
If I'm not mistaken, this was taken while Jack was one his way to shoot Tom Sawyer; hence the clothing. This must have been circa 1916.



Wednesday, August 29, 2012

June Marlowe.

Today, I'm talking about my favorite teacher, June Marlowe aka Ms. Crabtree. (I'm on a Little Rascals obsession lately..)



June was born as Gisela Goetten in St. Could Minnesota (Whoop whoop!!) November 6th, 1903, to mother Hedwig and father John. She was the oldest of five children.



As a child, June loved the movies, she would even imitate Theda Bara. When June was in her teens the family moved to the "big city" Minneapolis. June stated once that Minneapolis was "the most beautiful city in the world". 


June got a role in a film called, "Kitty Reid", when she became June Marlowe, the lady of Hollywood.

Harry Carr recommended June to Jack Warner, of The Warner Brothers. Jack was very impressed with June, offering her a contract with his studio. It wasn't long before June started making plenty of more films.


Even though June starred in a number of films, she is mostly remembered as Ms. Crabtree from Our Gang, aka, The Little Rascals. When I was a child, I remember my mom buying a VHS tape of Our Gang, containing three different episodes, one with June in it. I would rewind the tape over and over again just to watch her, I was so fascinated with her.  I'm surprised the tape never broke on me..

What wasn't to love about June as Ms. Crabtree?? She was the nicest teacher and the prettiest girl. I also loved Jackie Coopers crush on her-SO adorable.

June was a natural brunette, but Hal Roach decided she would be better blonde, so she wore a wig everyday on set.


June passed away on March 10th, 1984, when she was eighty years old. June rests in a family plot in San Fernado Mission Cemetery.

Even though June's not a huge part of cinema history, she is kept alive by many generations who love the Rascals series, and will be kept alive for many more.
















Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mary Kornman

Today, I'm going to talk about the lovely Mary Kornman!
I've been a fan of hers since I was just a little girl, I would actually dress up and act like her!  Who didn't wan't to be a Little Rascal when they were young?



Mary was born December 27th, 1915 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Her father Gene Kornman was a photographer, he shot Shirley Temple, Marilyn Monroe, and many others!
Mary started acting when she was eight years old, she was best known for playing the darling little Mary in Hal Roaches Our Gang shorts, today commonly known as The Little Rascals. Mary and the other's in The Gang where replaced by younger children as soon as talkies came along. 
She then played a similar role in Hal Roaches, The Boyfriends, a comedy series. Her boyfriend on screen was the same guy whom she starred with in the Gang, Mickey Daniels. 



I remember watching a whole marathon of The Boyfriends a few years ago on TCM. I thought the show was very funny, I've always loved the chemistry that Mary and Mickey had. In my opinion, I think their one of the greatest comedic couple's that has ever graced the screen. Mickey was not afraid to look goofy or weird (hence, the photo above) he was very funny. Getting off topic, I loved his little cameo in The Great Ziegfeld, where he played a telegraph boy. He was and still is one of the most under-rated actors, he deserves SO much more credit! 
What worked great about this "couple" was that Mary was the natural, sweet, caring girlfriend to a goofy, awkward boy. 

I love the clip of Mary and Mickey in The Voice of Hollywood, where they are doing an interview on the radio. Mickey wants to sing but Mary wants to tap dance. They fight over who's going to perform as the camera pans over to the radio show host, and all you hear is Mickey yelling and noises of someone getting hit. It pans back to them and Mickey's on the ground with his hands up, his shirt and hair all messy, Mary's holding the microphone-like shes about to hit him. Mickey agrees to let Mary perform, Mary gladly puts the microphone away and starts dancing like nothing happened.

Mary, Mickey and other former Gang members with the new Gang. 

Mary starred in countless films, with many great actors and actresses. One of them being John Wayne, in The Desert Trail. I've seen that film a looonngg time ago, but from what I remember, I enjoyed it very much. I've always been interested in Mary as an adult, I've always thought she was beautiful and very talented, I've always wished she had done more movies. But Mary wasn't very interested in making films-she stopped making them in her mid-twenties, she even started her own salon at some point. 


Some years after Mary's first marriage, she married Ralph B. McCutcheon, who she devoted her life to, since she never had any children. Mary's sister and actress Mildred Kornman tells people that they where very much in love. Mary never went back to films, but she kept in touch with Hollywood friends and former co stars. 

After a long time illness, Mary passed away on June 1st, 1973 at age 57, with her husband and sister Mildred by her side. Her husband Ralph soon followed in 1975. Their both buried at the Lin Grove Cemetery in Greely, Weld County, Colorado. 



Even though theres only a little group of people in the world who knows Mary Kornman, she is remember by fans of The Little Rascals, and is remembered for being a sweet, caring girl. She did surprisingly well after leaving the Gang, most of the kids never made it in Hollywood, if Mary would have continued being in films, she would have gained the popularity that she deserves so much. 

Rest in Peace Mary, I've always enjoy watching all of your films!





























Saturday, August 18, 2012

Happy Birthday Jack Pickford!

Taking some time to acknowledge the fact that today marks Jack Pickford's birthday!

Lets celebrate the way Jack would, with a party and all of our friends along!





1916 Tom Sawyer. 




1926 The Bat.



Monday, July 30, 2012

Picture Frame.

When I'm not working or researching, I make things! 
I recently took my love for Jack and Olive to the next level and created this picture frame! Hopefully I'll be able to make more and sell them! 


Jack and his Women.




Jack is remembered today for being a womanizer and for having relationships that were violent on his part. But whats said about Jack and his Women are mostly rumor's nowadays. No one really knows what went on except for Jack and his wives. 
Rumor's are said about Jack being a cheater, abuser, and possibly even a murderer. 

It all started with Olive Thomas. Both Jack and Olive loved to party and occasionally drink. They had a "strange" relationship and fought a lot. When Olive mysteriously died, people automatically assumed it was a fight between Jack and Olive that led to Olive's tragic demise(To read more on Olive's death go to my Tragic Night in Paris post). Which over years and years of exaggerating stories on what happened that night, people believe that it was Jack that killed Olive. Even though it was by Olive's own hands. People rule out what actually happened, it was an accident! People always find ways to blame Jack because they don't want to believe that someone could make a mistake like that. Excuses like, Jack had syphilis and he used mercury to treat it, that's why they had the pills in the first place. Mercury was the most common way to treat syphilis back then, but it was a very common household item. It was used as a cleaning product, so having this product in a hotel bathroom doesn't seem so suspicious when you think about it. It was never proven whether or not Jack even had syphilis. People believe it, Olive Thomas' biographer said he contracted it in 1917, how she got that information, I have no idea. There is not a validated document that says he ever had it. Not a medical record, nothing. So everyone, stop jumping to conclusions about why they had Mercury, everyone had it back then, a lot of people made the deadly mistake of taking mercury pills. Olive was just one of the famous ones to actually die from taking them. It's been reported that hundreds and hundreds of people have died from ingesting Mercury in those days.
Jack and Olive before fatal trip.


It's no doubt that Jack felt responsible for Olive's death, even though she made that deadly mistake on her own. After her death, that's when Jack's bad boy reputation really began. No one really noticed it back in those days but when we look back, we can see a broken man. He didn't make many films after that night and his marriages seemed to have gotten worse.

In his second marriage to actress and Ziegfeld dancer, Marilyn Miller he was allegedly abusive towards her. Whether he hit her or not is unknown but he was not kind to her. Marilyn decided that she had enough and sought a divorce. Their divorce was finalized in 1927, on the grounds of desertion and neglect.


Jack and Marilyn Miller.


His third and final marriage to Ziegfeld dancer, Mary Mulhern, was just as bad as his second, if not worse. Within three months of marrying Jack, Mary grew afraid. Allegedly he spent days being abusive towards her and other days being off somewhere drunk. Jack was hospitalized in late 1932, with years of not taking care of himself caught up with him, and Mary sought out a divorce. Mary said in court that Jack once tried to break her door down, and chased her outside where she hid in the bushes. "He was a very nasty man," said Jack and Mary's maid. Eileen Witfield, who wrote the biography on Mary Pickford (Jack's very famous sister), The Woman Who Made Hollywood, wrote "He was a very hard man to get along with."
Their divorce was finalized in 1932.

Jack and Mary Mulhern. Note that Jack was only 33 years old here, you can see how ill he was becoming. 




In a sad and cruel twist of fate, Jack was all alone and ill in Paris, staying in the same hospital Olive was at 13 years earlier. His last wish was to see his second wife, Marilyn Miller, saying "I'd like to see Marilyn one more time, if she isn't mad at me." Marilyn agreed to see Jack but passport problems halted her journey to Paris. Marilyn never made it to his bedside.
Jack's last words where, "After all, I've lived more at thirty-six than most people have in a lifetime."

















Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tragic Night In Paris.

In my book I explain and rule out many theories on Olive Thomas's final hours before making a deadly mistake and meeting her untimely demise.
Here I will explain some things about Jack and Olive's time in Paris.
Olive's Boarding pass from August 6, 1920. 
One thing that was published was that Olive told friends that Jack didn't want her to come to Paris with him, and that when they arrived in Paris, Jack left Olive alone for many weeks. Jack originally planned the trip to Paris with his former brother in-law Owen Moore, to get fitting's for new outfits. It was later that Jack decided that Olive should come with, and when they first arrived Jack had to go to London to get fittings, it was all planned. Jack didn't leave Olive to be mean, he left to do his original plans. Jack and Olive planned it to be a second honeymoon, they had marriage troubles and rarely got to see each other, this was so they could spend some time together.
An unknown "intimate" friend of Olive's told the papers after Olive died that Olive wrote a letter to her saying that she couldn't live any longer with Jack. Stating that further marriage and living together would be impossible. That was published in the Los Angeles Examiner, September 11 1920, just one day after Olive died.

On the evening of September 5, 1920 after a night of partying, Olive and Jack went back to their room at Hotel Ritz. Jack said they arrived at 3 O' clock in the morning, although some employee's at the Ritz hotel said that they saw Olive arrive alone at 1 am and Jack arrived at 3 am. Jack told papers that he went straight to bed and that Olive fussed around for a little bit and wrote a letter to her mother. The letter read: 
"'Mamma dear:  
Well and having a nice time. Leaving here September 11. I will cable you from the boat and will tell you all the news when I arrive.

Olive.
Love to all.'"
Jack then stated that Olive went to the bathroom and then she suddenly shrieked, "My God!"  Jack jumped out of bed, and caught Olive in his arms. He read the label on the medicine bottle she just took pills from, and it read "Poison". He called for a doctor and then forced eggs and water down Olive's throat in order to make her vomit. When the doctor arrived, he pumped Olive's stomach 3 times and then brought her to the hospital. From vomiting the Mercury Bichloride tablets, it burned Olive's vocal chords and stomach. She soon lost sight and hearing. Olive suffered for four days before finally dying on September 10, 1920. 

From Jacks first instinct on making Olive vomit, it caused Olive to live longer only to die with more pain.  On his trip back to America, he planned to jump off the ship and kill himself. But everyone talked him out of it, saying he was a coward if he killed himself.

Many people blame Jack for Olive's death. But in my personal opinion, it was merely just a terrible accident. I think that swallowing mercury was more common than we think. More than five years before Olive's death, another actress swallowed this mercury solution. Actress Nellie Esling swallowed half a bottle of Mercury after a night of partying with friends. That sounds eerily similar to Olive's situation. Now, two actresses make that deadly mistake on accident? That's very suspicious. 
No one knows in today's world if Nellie lived or died, all we have is just a little newspaper clipping of her. Not even a picture of her has surfaced. All we know is that she was unconscious when people found her and when she was some what conscious, she said she swallowed half a bottle of pills on accident. What I don't get is that why would you swallow half a bottle of pills in the first place? Olive thought she took aspirin, why take so much? That would be just as deadly. 

Mercury Bichloride was an extremely common household item. People used it as a cleaning solution. Anyone could buy these pills at local drug stores, sometimes you had to get permission from a doctor. depending on the state you lived in. People either inhaled, injected, or applied it topically. What I don't get is that Olive died from it. Many other people swallowed this and they where fine. Why did she die? 
Perhaps, she died from throwing it up?


Olive and Jack on the ship, just before their trip to Paris. This is one of the last pictures of Olive.
















Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Exit Smiling


One of my all time favorite movies is the 1926 silent film, Exit Smiling starring Jack Pickford and Beatrice Lillie.

Exit Smiling was the film debut of a woman once named the funniest woman in the world, Beatrice Lillie. Lillie plays Violet, a stage actress touring with the acclaimed Flaming Woman, Violet wishes to get a bigger role in the show, but she doesn't realize that shes one of the worst actresses that has ever lived. While touring Violet meet Jimmie Marsh, played by the one and only Jack Pickford, who is an escaped convict and joins the crew of Flaming Woman.


Jack and Beatrice behind the scenes on Exit Smiling. I love the one hand holding the compact and the other hand holding a coke.

One of my favorite scenes is when Violet tells Jimmie that she's a famous actress, when really shes only in Flaming Woman so that the crew has someone to cook and clean for them. You can tell right from the start that Violet falls head over heals over Jimmie, and who wouldn't? It's Jack playing Jimmie. 
Jimmie later finds out that she plays a small part in the show, but he still makes her feel important and tells her that he's never met an actress before, he smiles at her and walks out of the room, leaving Violet there smiling at herself. 




This film shows the depth of Jack Pickford's acting abilities and Beatrice Lillie's comedic talent. Exit Smiling is one of my all time favorite movies and will remain one of my favorite comedies. I would recommend this to any silent film fan and it's a must see for Jack Pickford fans. He would have gone far if he had not had personal drug and alcohol issues. This was his second to last film before dying in 1933.












Jack and Olive.

Jack Pickford and Olive Thomas were the wild, young silent movie stars of the 1910's. They both loved life and loved acting. But behind closed doors they were two kids playing marriage. They were separated months at a time and were in passionate fights when together. In an act to save there marriage, they went on a second honeymoon together in Paris. 


But what happened on one fatal night in Paris, separated them for life.