Bizarre Los Angeles: The Movie Page

A spin-off of the popular Facebook Page.


Bebe Daniels and Harold Lloyd play seesaw in “Take A Chance” (1918)

Nice People (1922). A lost film.

"I’m so glad I am a star I can hardly tell you about it. I love it. I either love or hate things, you know. I love acting." — Bebe Daniels in 1921. At the time, she was being promoted as “the good little bad girl.”

"I have heard so much about Hollywood and I see nothing of it except on my way to the studio and back to my home in the evening. At night I feel tired and so I always go to bed early. It is better so." — Greta Nissen (probably through an interpreter) in 1925, the year she first arrived under contract to Paramount.

”[Lewis Wilson — the first live action Batman in 1943] spent his life trying to live that down. There are some people who are fairly obsessive and come down and want to see him. But he just wants to forget it, pretend like it never happened.” — Michael G. Wilson, Lewis’ son and the executive producer for the James Bond movie franchise.

Lewis Wilson was so reclusive that when the 1966 Batman television series first aired, there were reports that he had already died. The rumors weren’t true. He simply was in retirement, living quietly and working for General Foods.

It’s hard to fully understand Wilson’s bitterness over the caped crusader other than to assume that he must have disliked working in movie serials. It’s also possible that Columbia didn’t like him. Following the success of Batman, Wilson appeared in many low-budget crime films, spent some time at the Pasadena Playhouse and retired from acting in 1954. According to Wikipedia, he lived in North Hollywood before eventually moving to San Francisco, where he died in 2000.

Quote source:

The Rush Hour (1928)

"I suppose lots of actresses wish they could think of literary, epigrammatic things to say on the spur of the moment to writers. Some of ‘em study up the night before, but I’d be lost if I hit on a subject the interviewer wanted to discuss. Most stars feel that way about it, I know. I suppose that’s why they ask interviewers to lunch so often. One can say, ‘I like broiled frogs’ legs,’ and it’s sure to create the proper atmosphere on the instant.” — Marie Prevost

"I thought it was a publicity stunt. I didn’t think you could ever put Superman on film. They brought the people from D.C. Comics over and they said, ‘Hey, he looks just like Clark Kent.’ They said take off your shirt, so I did and flexed my muscles. Then the guy said, ‘Take off your pants’ and I said, ‘Wait a minute.’" — Kirk Alyn

Kirk Alyn's costume from the Superman serials of 1948 and 1950. Notice that the blue was very pale and the briefs and cape were brownish in color? The color schemes were used for filming in black and white, to make the colors stand apart. 

"I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist - I played by ear." — Harpo Marx 

The quote can also be found here in a nice article co-written by Harpo Marx about his family: