Early Films & Movie Stars
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Prehistory of Hollywood
1910 Photo Gallery
New Book on D.W. Griffith
'The Story of Film
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Very nice site!
10:25 AM on September 29, 2009
Very nice site!
Doris A Halpin-Reyes
3:25 AM on June 20, 2009
I loved that you have an article about Mildred Hutchinson, she is (was) my grandmother. She passed away in 1972.
4:50 AM on April 30, 2009
I am absolutely thrilled that there is a website that attaches itself to this time in American Popular Culture regarding the development of early Hollywood and the movie star. Changes that occurred in our country during this time were monumental and the movies and it players captured this and set the trends in our culture for the rest of the 20th century. I think it is amazing that the movies still play so vital a role in our lives in this country and abroad. Though, so many of the films today have relied on the usage of violence to take in the box office proceeds, further decaying the social/civil conscience of our youth. We have become so jaded. What should have been an ARTFORM of significant story telling that was meant to evolve the human race, we have let our films degenerate into the lowest sensationalist past time which has denigrated our morals and demoralized our youngsters.
I hope that we can illustrate through this history of film's start how important the content of the movies were in the making of it's stars. The early pioneers of film had integrity and skills that shine through even in today's complex and chaotic world.
Mary Donovan, Lark Theater
3:38 PM on April 28, 2009
Mr. Drew - Thank you for this thorough and well-presented appreciation of a vital part of America's cultural history.
I wanted to let you know that the Lark Theater in Larkspur, Marin County, CA will be paying tribute to that seminal figure in American film, Mary Pickford, with the West Coast premiere of Nicholas Eliopoulos's wonderful documentary, Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies on Friday, May 1, 7:00pm. Mr. Eliopoulas joins us (details here:
). We'd be grateful if you'd encourage any fellow filmlovers you might know in the San Francisco Bay Area to come on down!
3:56 PM on April 22, 2009
12:47 AM on April 2, 2009
Sincere congratulations Mr. Drew on your superb contribution to motion pictures in birthing this remarkable sight. It is more than refreshing to have your intelligence as manna showered upon the word Hollywood! Your writing is brilliant and the fruit you offer of the period is delicious! Your definition of a "Star" is like the gold hidden at the foot of the rainbow and at last found...it is truly perfect. The 1910 Photo Gallery is a marvel, so cleverly done to include everyone!
Thank you for creating this treasure to celebrate and offering to share it with us all..... 100 Years of Hollywood and the Stars 1910 to 2010. Best O'luck to you William M Drew!
5:43 PM on March 24, 2009
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11:05 AM on March 2, 2009
It is beautiful, thank you.
Susann Disbro Gilbert
10:13 AM on March 2, 2009
What a wonderful idea! The site is first-rate and I couldn't resist spending the better part of an hour surfing around in it. Thank you for including the link to Alice Calhoun's site. I'll add this to my own signature in an effort to help promote the need to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hollywood Star.
9:27 AM on March 1, 2009
Time as come for Hollywood to acknowledge its early history and your site,
I hope is just the beginning; the celebration of 1910 is a terrific idea.
The whole idea that the FIRST MOVIE STAR, Florence Lawrence
does not have a star on the Walk of Fame, is more like a
Stumble of Shame, it is a historical outrage.
The teens in film are not a juvenile record that needs to be
cleared, but a time that should be looked at with pride.
So my suggestion is that IF Florence Lawrence is
on the list, please let me knew and if she is not let us
work together to get her listed.
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