The Cinema Century – April 24, 1920

One century ago this week, in the April 24, 1920 edition of “Motion Picture News,” a notice appeared announcing the forthcoming release of THE SAPHEAD. In retrospect, this film is notable as the feature film debut of silent comedy star Buster Keaton, but at the time the bigger news was that William H. Crane would …

The Cinema Century – March 23, 1918

One century ago, in its March 23, 1918 issue, “Motion Picture News” noted that the Ince Studio was operating ahead of schedule: To those familiar with the operations of the Ince Studio, this would hardly have been surprising. Whatever else one could say about the studio head, Thomas H. Ince, no one would deny that …