The Cinema Century – March 6, 1920

One century ago this week, the March 6, 1920 edition of “Exhibitors Herald” carried a notice that Famous Players-Lasky would be mounting a production of DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE featuring matinee idol John Barrymore in the title role(s). This was by no means the first time that Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story had been …

The Cinema Century – June 1, 1918

In the back pages of its June 1, 1918 edition, one century ago this week, “Moving Picture World” ran the following news item: It was a minor item tucked away at the bottom of the page, one of many such announcements of studio comings and goings. Tod Browning was, after all, a director of no …

The Cinema Century – March 16, 1918

One century ago this week a startling ad ran in the March 16, 1918 edition of the trade publication “Moving Picture World.” The bold two-page spread was run by Carl Laemmle (LEM-lee) of Universal Pictures. In large type in the header and footer of the ad, Laemmle extended to his movie industry colleagues “An invitation …