Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Actor's Church - The Little Church Around the Corner

Louise Brooks' first film was an uncredited bit in The Street of Forgotten Men, directed by Herbert Brenon. Production took place during May, 1925. Brooks played a moll to Bridgeport Whitey. She appears in only one scene, in a barroom where a fight breaks out, near the end of the movie.

The Street of Forgotten Men was shot at Paramount’s Astoria Studios on Long Island (located at 3412 36th Street in the Astoria neighborhood in Queens). Additional location shooting was done elsewhere on Long Island, as well as on the streets of Manhattan, including on Fifth Avenue and importantly at the landmark Little Church Around the Corner, where a key scene, a wedding between characters played by Neil Hamilton and Mary Brian, takes place.

The Little Church Around the Corner, properly known as the Church of the Transfiguration, is an Episcopal parish church located at 1 East 29th Street, between Madison and Fifth Avenues in the NoMad neighborhood of Manhattan.

From Wikipedia: "Actors were among the social outcasts whom Houghton befriended. In 1870, William T. Sabine, the rector of the nearby Church of the Atonement, which is no longer extant, refused to conduct funeral services for an actor named George Holland, suggesting, "I believe there is a little church around the corner where they do that sort of thing." Joseph Jefferson, a fellow actor who was trying to arrange Holland's burial, exclaimed, "If that be so, God bless the little church around the corner!" and the church began a longstanding association with the theater.

P. G. Wodehouse, when living in Greenwich Village as a young writer of novels and lyrics for musicals, married his wife Ethel at the Little Church in September 1914. Subsequently, Wodehouse would set most of his fictionalized weddings at the church; and the hit musical Sally that he wrote with Jerome Kern and Guy Bolton ended with the company singing, in tribute to the Bohemian congregation: "Dear little, dear little Church 'Round the Corner / Where so many lives have begun, / Where folks without money see nothing that's funny / In two living cheaper than one."

In 1923, the Episcopal Actors' Guild held its first meeting at Transfiguration. Such theatrical greats as Basil Rathbone, Tallulah Bankhead, Peggy Wood, Joan Fontaine, Rex Harrison, Barnard Hughes, and Charlton Heston have served as officers or council members of the guild. The Little Church's association with the theatre continued in the 1970s, when it hosted the Joseph Jefferson Theatre Company, which gave starts to actors such as Armand Assante, Tom Hulce, and Rhea Perlman.

As well as being a guild officer, Sir Rex Harrison was memorialized at the church upon his death in 1990. Maggie Smith, Brendan Gill, and Harrison's sons, Carey and Noel, spoke at the service."

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Louise Brooks Society is on Twitter @LB_Society

The Louise Brooks Society is on Twitter @LB_Society. In fact, the LBS is followed by more than 2,700 fans and other interested individuals. Are you one of them? Be sure and check out the LBS Twitter profile, and check out the more than 4,700 LBS tweets so far!

 

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

TCM airs two Louise Brooks films today



As part of its special "From Caligari to Hitler" series, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is set to air two Louise Brooks films later today. Pandora's Box (1929) is set for 8:00 pm, followed by Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) at 10:30 pm. Check your local listings for local times.  More information can be found HERE.


To learn more about these films, visit the Louise Brooks Society film pages devoted to either Pandora's Box or Diary of a Lost Girl.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Louise Rutkowski, Diary of a Lost Girl, album taster


Attention fans of Louise Brooks and fans of contemporary music: Here is an album taster from the Louise Rutkowski recording Diary of a Lost Girl (released February 21, 2014). The artist is an acknowledged fan of the actress.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Louise Brooks - More Visions of Beauty, from 1940

Two years after Louise Brooks retired from film (and she was largely forgotten by the American public), her name was still evoked as an example of beauty. This two page article dates from 1940.







Sunday, April 24, 2016

In the kitchen with Louise Brooks' friends - part 2

Celebrity newspaper columns devoted to recipes as well as celebrity cookbooks were commonplace during the silent film era. The Louise Brooks Society archive contains a few recipes and menus attributed to Louise Brooks. Here is part two of a two part series devoted to recipes from Louise Brooks' friends and colleagues.

First up is Chester Conklin, a bushy mustached silent era comedian who appeared i the 1926 Brooks film, A Social Celebrity. Here, he contributes his recipe for a Yorkshire Tart.



And here is another silent era comedian, the great Charlie Chaplin, with whom Brooks had an intimate friendship in the summer of 1925. Here's Chaplin's recipe for an apple roll.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

In the kitchen with Louise Brooks' friends - part 1

Celebrity newspaper columns devoted to recipes as well as celebrity cookbooks were commonplace during the silent film era. The Louise Brooks Society archive contains a few recipes and menus attributed to Louise Brooks. Here is part one of a two part series devoted to recipes from Louise Brooks' friends and colleagues.

First up is Ruth St. Denis, who along with Ted Shawn headed the Denishawn Dance Company during the two seasons the teenage Brooks toured with the famed troupe. It is known that the company ate together on occassion, once even at Brooks' parent's house in Wichita, Kansas. I wonder if Ruthie ever made Chicken Creole for her company?


And next is Blanche Ring, an American singer and actress in Broadway theatre productions, musicals, and motion pictures. She acted in the 1926 Brooks' film It's the Old Army Game, which was directed by her nephew Eddie Sutherland, who shortly after married Louise Brooks.

At one time, Blanche Ring was married to Charles Winninger, who acted in the 1931 Brooks' film, God's Gift to Women. Her sister Frances Ring was married to Thomas Meighan, the popular silent film actor who starred in 1927 Brooks' film, The City Gone Wild.


Be sure and check back tomorrow for recipes from Charlie Chaplin and Chester Conklin.
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