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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Maureen O'Hara

So sad to hear that we've lost another star from the Golden Age.

I remember when my grandmother was inspired by Maureen's role in Cab to Canada, so she took us ( Pye, my brother & I ) to Victoria for tea. Maybe it's especially sad that she's gone because Doris Walker's belief in Santa speaks to everyone's power of imagination.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Charles Epting visits Mr. Henry's

This afternoon I was delighted to have lunch with Charles Epting. He is the editor of Silent Film quarterly, the only print magazine dedicated to silent film. This week Charles is in DC to conduct research at the Library of Congress. He is visiting the library for research on Bebe Daniels. 

With Mr. Henry's being located across the street from the library, it was only natural for Charles to join us for lunch today. In honor of his arrival, one of our regular customers donated a Henry Clive rendition of Bebe Daniels for display in the dining room.
During his visit, we asked Charles for help in identifying some of the artwork on the walls. Mr. Henry collected variety of pieces for display in the pub. 
The wall of artwork has not changed in years, yet following Henry's death, many items are left unidentified. The wall displays a variety of burlesque artwork. Many prints of silent film stars also appear on the wall.

We just recently identified this print as "The Mystery of Egypt", also by Henry Clive. The woman who appears in the print is still unknown to us.

We were seated for lunch under the photos of Julian Eltinge.

It was great to hear about the latest news with Silent Film Quarterly, and how this film community overlaps with the world of vintage dance enthusiasts

Before leaving, Charles also took time to pose for this photo as a tribute to Alicia Mayer, host of the Hollywood Time Machine with Will Mckinely.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Atlantic City's Silent Films, canceled by hurricane

 This weekend I visited Atlantic City to see the Silent Films at Boardwalk Hall. This year's showing was canceled at the last minute, due to weather.

Unfortunately, many who were going were not notified in time, and were stuck with existing hotel reservations and travel plans that could not be rescheduled.
Despite the gloomy forecast, the weather was quite nice upon our arrival. It's obvious that many travelers stayed away. I heard there were only five rooms occupied at the Claridge hotel when I checked in.

 Lyn Van Noy was also traveling up for the Silent Films this weekend, so he and I met up for breakfast at the 1920's themed resturant on the 6th floor, appropriately named "The Twenties".
It was a quiet weekend in AC with little to no entertainment options. 

Luckily we got tickets to one of the only running shows in town, Steven Scott at the Borgota.

There were several DC travelers who made the trip for the movie, including patrons of the arts: Mark Vendemia and Helen Fiori, who were generous enough to provide us tickets.

It was also fun spending the day on the Boardwalk, and touring the historic 2nd floor of the Resorts, where a few hints of the hotel's original architecture still glimmer.
My good friend, Bruce, has a long time connection to this building, as his family owned the property during its heyday, back when it operated as the Chfonte-Haddon Hall. Much of the Resorts Casino has been modernized after the 1970's but if one looks closely,
Vintage corridors can be spotted here and there.

It was fun touring Haddon Hall at the Resorts, but it was even nicer to stay at the Calridge, which is experiencing. complete retro-renovation to bring back its 1920's reputation for elegance. Rebecca Gentry and I had a swell time playing "Hollywood" at this location last year.