I saw this movie when it first came out over fifty years ago while I was stationed at Ft. Chaffee.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Posted by Buckles at 4/30/2014 01:37:00 PM
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Chris Berry #1 Seils-Sterling Daub (1935)
Ole Whitey and others have discussed a time in the late 1950s when Central Show Print of Mason City Iowa sold original 1920s lithos from the Christy Bros Circus to collectors for just a few dollars. These were authentic lithographs originally printed by Riverside in Milwaukee and far superior to the artwork that Central Show Print was known for producing. Over the years collectors have discussed how Central might have obtained this cache of posters, and this photo may be a provide some answers, though it certainly raises additional questions..
Most of the posters used by Seils-Sterling during the 1930s were offset, printed by Central Show Print and without the rich artwork and lithography associated with many circus posters of the early 20th Century (see #4 below).. But that wasn't true in every case, and this daub promoting an appearance in Madison, Wisconsin in the spring of 1935 is an example of Seils-Sterling posting some very nice wall work, lithographs most likely shipped to the bill car from Central Show Print along with the less-than-stellar one-sheets which were posted in windows..
If you look at this daub for a date in early 1935 you will see that while the name of the circus on this nine-sheet menagerie bill is Seils-Sterling, the artwork is identical that used by Christy some ten years earlier (see #2 below). The four-sheet of the lion on the horse is also the same as the Christy/Riverside artwork seen below (#3), only the title sheet is missing.
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 06:08:00 AM
From Chris Berry #2 Christy.Bros MENAGERIE One-sheet (c.1925)
This is the Christy Bros Menagerie one-sheet which was sold to collectors by Central Show Print of Mason City, Iowa decades after it was originally printed by the Riverside Printing Company of Milwaukee Wisconsin. Note that it is identical to the Seils Sterling nine sheet seen above. When Riverside closed its doors at the start of the Great Depression, was the remaining stock purchased by Central Show Print? Was those one-sheets shipped to Mason City Iowa with much larger posters - some of which were reworked and used by Seils-Sterling?
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 06:03:00 AM
From Chris Berry #3 Christy Bros LION AND HORSE Four-Sheet (c.1925)
While the Christy title has been cut from what was once a four-sheet litho on the Madison daub seen above, it is clearly the same artwork that was originally produced by Riverside for Christy Bros. some ten years before.
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 06:01:00 AM
Seils-Sterling HODGINI FAMILY One-Sheet (c.1938)
This one sheet was printed for Seils-Sterling about the same time that the rehashed Christy wall work was posted in Madison Wisconsin in the spring of 1937. This poster is more indicative of the quality (or lack thereof) of the artwork which came from Central Show Print during that period. We may never know for certain, but it appears that the leftover stock from Riverside, especially the Christy paper, was moved from Milwaukee to Mason City, Iowa at some point with some of the old stock being reworked and used by Seils-Sterling, and the remainder sold to circus fans and collectors years 20 years later. Many of those posters remain in collections today, a great example of fine poster lithography for a title that is now only remembered by those of us who read circus history, and of course Buckles' Blog!
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 05:58:00 AM
Taken in Peru in the 1930's, Mr. Stiles third from right.
Letter from Bill Woodcock to Col. Sturtevant 1/8/41
"I was with the S-F elephants for three seasons and of course closely associated with the boss animal man Emery Stiles who started in show business in the 1870's but Emery was not much of a talker and I was never very successful in drawing him out.
On the contrary when I worked for Bert Noyes on the H-W Show, I found that he liked nothing better than to get an audience of punks, such as I was at the time, and relate many heroic and thrilling experiences incurred with Wallace & Anderson, Gollmar Bros. wagon show, etc.
Incidentally good old Bert never failed to give himself the best of it in these tales."
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 05:31:00 AM
Attached is a scan of a slide that I’ve had for almost 43 years. (When I used to do slide shows as part of my Navy duties, this would come in handy if there was an equipment malfunction or some other SNAFU.) I recently found it while sorting through some of my old Navy slides and thought that you might like to have a copy on hand too, for those VERY RARE occasions when your computer and/or Google acts up, impacting the Blog’s daily appearance.
Posted by Buckles at 4/29/2014 05:02:00 AM
Monday, April 28, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
. . . and Charlie plunges to a hero’s death in the big cage. (It is doubtful if Bob and Kay ever suspected that he was the one responsible for the rope breaking.) One addition scene shows Bob and Kay leaving on their honeymoon, which ends the film on a happy note.
Posted by Buckles at 4/27/2014 04:44:00 AM
Saturday, April 26, 2014
There is evidence to suggest that the character of “the Great Sebastian” in DeMille’s TGSOE was partially inspired by a character that appeared in CIRCUS GIRL, a rather obscure B-movie released by Republic Pictures in 1937. (DeMille’s writers allegedly screened every circus film they could find while preparing the script for TGSOE. If that was the case, then CIRCUS GIRL was probably one of the films they looked at.)
Posted by Buckles at 4/26/2014 05:32:00 AM
The star of the Roebling Circus (a railroad show) is Charlie Jerome (Donald Cook) a daring trapeze artist who works without a net and who has a reputation for being a ladies man. Charlie’s current love interest is a young aerialist named Kay Rogers (June Travis).
Posted by Buckles at 4/26/2014 05:30:00 AM
While working aloft, Charlie catches and holds Kay and then proposes marriage to her, refusing to release her until she agrees. (This scene might very well have inspired the scene in TGSOE where Sebastian catches and holds Holly until she agrees to kiss him.)
Posted by Buckles at 4/26/2014 05:29:00 AM
Just before the flying act is to go on, Charlie is confronted by his catcher Bob McAvoy (cowboy star Robert Livingston.) Bob, who is also in love with Kay, has just learned that she and Charlie have been secretly married. Aware of Charlie’s involvement with Carlotta, Bob warns him not to be “stepping out” on Kay. Charlie responds by knocking Bob down, giving him a bad gash just below his eye.
Posted by Buckles at 4/26/2014 05:24:00 AM