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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Olive Thomas: The Flapper (1920) Love's Prisoner (1919) & Mary Miles Minter: Nurse Marjorie (1920)


Olive Thomas
(October 20, 1894 – September 10, 1920)
was an American silent film actress and model.

Thomas began her career as an illustrators' model in 1914, and moved on to the Ziegfeld Follies the following year. During her time as a Ziegfeld girl, she also appeared in the more risqué show, The Midnight Frolic. In 1916, she began a successful career in silent films and would appear in over twenty features over the course of her four year film career. She married actor Jack Pickford, the younger brother of silent film star Mary Pickford, in 1916.

On September 10, 1920, Thomas died of acute nephritis in Paris five days after consuming mercury bichloride. Although her death was ruled accidental, news of the incident and Thomas' subsequent death were the subject of media speculation. Thomas' death has been cited has one of the first heavily publicized Hollywood scandals.



Mary Miles Minter
(April 25, 1902 – August 4, 1984)
was an American actress. She appeared in 54 silent era motion pictures from 1912 to 1923.

In 1922, Minter was involved in scandal surrounding the murder of director William Desmond Taylor, whom she professed her love for. Although gossip implicated her mother, former actress Charlotte Shelby, as the murderer, Minter's reputation as a demure young lady was tarnished. Taylor's murder remains a cold case.

Minter, whose mother was a shrewd businesswoman and invested her daughter's money wisely, gave up her movie career in 1923.

Minter commented she was content to live without her Hollywood career. She later reconciled with her mother and proclaimed her love for Taylor throughout her life. Minter's money had been invested in Los Angeles real estate and she seems to have lived in relative comfort and prosperity. She later moved to a house in Santa Monica, California. Her mother, Charlotte Shelby, died at Minter's house in Santa Monica, in 1957.

In 1981, Minter was severely beaten in a burglary at her home in which more than $300,000 worth of antiques, china and jewelry were taken. A former live-in companion and three other people were later charged with attempted murder and burglary.[9] The police described her as a frail old woman and people were often shocked to learn she had once been a famous movie star.

Mary Miles Minter died at age 82 from a stroke in Santa Monica. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea.

For her contribution to motion pictures, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1724 Vine Street in Hollywood.

While some of Minter's film appearances are lost, many still exist. A print of her 1919 movie, The Ghost of Rosy Taylor surfaced in New Zealand in the 1990s. Other known surviving movies include Youth's Endearing Charm (1916), A Dream or Two Ago (1916), Innocence of Lizette (1916), The Eyes of Julia Deep (1918), Nurse Marjorie (1920), A Cumberland Romance (1920) and The Little Clown (1921).


Mary Miles Minter is Nurse Marjorie (1920)
Stars: Mary Miles Minter, Arthur Hoyt, Vera Lewis
Director: William Desmond Taylor

Under the direction of William Desmond Taylor, Mary Miles Minter gives a charming performance as Nurse Marjorie, whose aristocratic family is unhappy with her career choice. Particularly when she is to begin working in a prestigious hospital, better she should care for the poor than the new rich. There Marjorie is charged with the care of two needy patients, the wealthy orphan Dick Allen and the popular labor leader John Danburry, who both become smitten with her.


Olive Thomas is The Flapper (1920) It was the first movie in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle which would soon become a 1920's fad.

Starring Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Myron Selznick
Written by Frances Marion
Cinematography, John W. Brown
Distributed by Selznick Pictures Corporation
Release date: May 10, 1920
Running time: 88 mins.
Original Score, Brian Pinette

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Max Fleischer Screen Songs "Ain't She Sweet" (1933) Lillian Roth
Cartoon / Live action Film short - 7min12seconds

Love's Prisoner (1919) Olive Thomas

A poor girl named Nancy (Olive Thomas) leaves to take care of her two younger sisters, Sadie (Ann Kroman) and Jane (Dolly Dare), while their father (Walter Perry), who is a former criminal, is sent to prison for a crime which he has not committed and dies there. At that time Jonathan Twist, a quaint philosopher and their somewhat mysterious neighbor, offers their help and Nancy finds with of the help of him a job as a seller of Cocoa Climax. Nancy marries with a British business man and peer Lord Cleveland, and she becomes Lady Cleveland. However, Lord Clevelend dies very soon, and Nancy hasn't enough income to keep up the estates of Lord Cleveland in England.

Starring Olive Thomas, Ann Kroman, Dolly Dare
Directed by John Francis Dillion
Written by E. Magnus Ingleton
Cinematography, Stephen S. Norton
Distributed by Triangle Distributing Corporation
Release date: June 8, 1919
Running time: 47 min

The Flapper (1920) It was the first movie in the United States to portray the "flapper" lifestyle which would soon become a 1920's fad.

Starring Olive Thomas, Warren Cook
Directed by Alan Crosland
Produced by Myron Selznick
Written by Frances Marion
Cinematography, John W. Brown
Distributed by Selznick Pictures Corporation
Release date: May 10, 1920
Running time: 88 mins.
Original Score, Brian Pinette

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