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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Silent Fairy Tales: SNOW WHITE, Cinderella, ALICE in Wonderland, PETER Pan, BLUE BIRD ... Mary Pickford, Marguerite Clark, Betty Bronson, Esther Ralston, Anna May Wong ...

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Peter Pan (1924) 1 DVD
Peter Pan is an acclaimed Silent film released by Paramount Pictures, the first film adaptation of the play by J.M. Barrie. It was directed by Herbert Brenon and starred Betty Bronson as Peter Pan, Ernest Torrence as Captain Hook, Mary Brian as Wendy, and Virginia Browne Faire as Tinker Bell. Anna May Wong, a groundbreaking Chinese American actress, played the Indian princess Tiger Lily. FYI: Mis Lillian Gish was offered the role of Peter by J.M. Barrie, but she turned him down as she had other commitments. (102 min)

The Blue Bird (1918) 1 DVD
The Blue Bird is a film directed by Maurice Tourneur in the United States, under the auspices of producer Adolph Zukor.
The story begins with two children, Tyltyl and Mytyl, whom are sent out by the fairy Bérylune into various lands to search for the bluebird of happiness. Returning home empty-handed, the children see that the bird has been in a cage in their home the whole time. Tyltyl later gives the bird as a present to a sick neighbor. However, the bird flies away and never returns. The moral is that happiness comes more from the journey than the reward and that happiness is fleeting.

In 2004, this film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry. (75 min)

and The Blue Bird (1940) Shirley Temple

Alice in Wonderland, Mary Pickford as Cinderella, Snow White Marguerite Clark- Silent Fairy Tales 1 DVD

Alice in Wonderland (1903) British silent film directed by Cecil Hepworth and Percy Stow. It is the first movie adaptation of Lewis Carroll's children's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The film is memorable for its use of special effects, including Alice's shrinking in the Hall of Many Doors, and in her large size, stuck inside of White Rabbit's home, reaching for help through a window. When it was first released in 1903, it was a then astonishing 12 minutes long. Unfortunately, the film was not well preserved and only about 8 minutes of it remain (somewhat) intact. May Clark was Alice.

Alice in Wonderland (1915) silent film adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, directed and written by W.W. Young and starring Viola Savoy as Alice. (42min27sec)

Cinderella (1914) starring Mary Pickford & directed by James Kirkwood, Sr., produced by Daniel Frohman, and released by Famous Players Film Company, later known as Paramount Pictures. The film is based upon the famous fairy tale with the same name. (51min14sec)

Snow White (1916) Marguerite Clark
Snow White is a 1916 American silent film made by Famous Players-Lasky Corporation and produced by Adolph Zukor and Daniel Frohman. Directed by J. Searle Dawley, from the Grimm brothers story, Winthrop Ames adapted it to the screen from his play Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs that he had written under the pseudonym "Jessie Graham White" and had produced in 1912 at his Little Theatre on Broadway. (62min57sec)

Nine Disney "Alice Comedies" 1 DVD
... Alice appeared in the "Alice Comedies," a series of 56 silent cartoons made by Walt Disney between 1924 and 1927, with a live girl acting in Cartoonland. Walt first hired six-year-old Virginia Davis and then Dawn O'Day, Margie Gay, and Lois Hardwick to be the little Alice romping in a cartoon world. Enthusiastically, he sent out the first unfinished pilot film, "Alice's Wonderland," to cartoon distributors in New York. One of them, Margaret Winkler, agreed to distribute the series, with payment beginning at $1,500 per reel. The pilot film was made in Kansas City; all 56 of the remaining films in the series were made in Hollywood. Miss Winkler married Charles Mintz, and he continued to deal with Walt Disney until 1927, when Walt tired of combining live action and animation and Disney switched instead to the "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" series.

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