Saturday, May 31, 2014
PAY UP; Boston Mayor, Martin J Walsh seen pressing the button raising the Big Apple Circus tent on City Hall Plaza in March, says the city will now adopt more stringent accounting practices to make sure City Hall Plaza rental fees are paid on time.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 03:13:00 PM
Of the many films dealing with the life and career of Annie Oakley, one of the best is Annie Oakley, starring Barbara Stanwyck and released by RKO in 1935. Like most Hollywood bio-pics, it blends fact with fiction in order to tell a good story.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 05:45:00 AM
The story gets underway with an actual historical event: the shooting match between 15-year-old Annie and professional sharpshooter Frank Butler (Preston Foster) who, for some reason, was renamed Toby Walker for this film.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 05:41:00 AM
In the film, a talent scout (Melvyn Douglas) who witnessed the match between Annie and Toby Walker/Frank Butler hires her for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. (In reality, Annie didn’t join Buffalo Bill’s show until 1885 when she was 25.) Here, Buffalo Bill (Moroni Olson) meets Annie for the first time.
[Barbara Stanwyck’s portrayal of Annie was very much in keeping with the real Annie, who was modest and retiring and not at all like the raucous character portrayed by Ethel Merman on stage and Betty Hutton on screen. She was very respectful of other people and endeared herself to Buffalo Bill and many of the performers in his show.]
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 05:40:00 AM
In 1935, there were still plenty of people around who had seen performances of the original Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Perhaps this explains why the filmmakers went to considerable lengths to recreate an authentic performance on screen. While other films have included the Wild West Show in their plots, none of them gives such an extended look at what it must have been like.
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 05:27:00 AM
This extra attention also extends to the music played by Buffalo Bill’s Cowboy Band during the performance. Authentic show music was used including Saddleback Galop and Whip and Spur Galop (both by Thomas S. Allen) and The Red Man (by Sousa.)
(To Be Continued)
Posted by Buckles at 5/31/2014 05:14:00 AM
Friday, May 30, 2014
Here are a set of photos of the Circus Carl Bush which is called since this year « Deutscher Nationalcircus » or German National Circus in English. I saw the show in Darmstadt, Germany a few weeks ago. I caught the last performance in that city so a large part of the show's equipment was already on the road to the next lot.
Posted by Buckles at 5/30/2014 06:26:00 AM