An artist named Otto Messmer who worked for silent cartoon animator Pat Sullivan invented Felix the Cat. Messmer developed Felix for Paramount’s Screen Magazine in 1919. Paramount producer John King gave Felix his name. The first Felix cartoon in 1919 was called Feline Follies; the second was called Musical Mews.
Universal Studios mogul Carl Laemmle was the manager of the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, branch of Continental Clothing, a clothing retailer. In 1906, after losing his job in an argument with his boss, he opened a movie theater in Chicago. He soon became a film distributor and, in 1912, founded Universal. According to one account, he got … Read more
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association sponsors the Golden Globe awards. Founded in 1940, it is an association of foreign journalists covering the Los Angeles entertainment scene. The awards were first presented in 1944, with the first Best Motion Picture award going to The Song of Bernadette (1943).
The exterior set of Fort Knox in the climax of Goldfinger (1964), built at Pinewood Studios in England, was accurate down to the driveway. The interior, however, was completely invented, since the filmmakers were not allowed to explore inside. Production designer Ken Adam dreamed up a set full of tubular chrome and gold piled forty … Read more
Gene Autry’s “Ten Commandments of a Cowboy” were: 1. A cowboy never takes unfair advantage, even of an enemy. 2. A cowboy never betrays a trust. 3. A cowboy always tells the truth. 4. A cowboy is kind to small children, to old folks, and to animals. 5. A cowboy is free from racial and … Read more
John Wayne says good-bye to Kim Darby in the last line of True Grit (1969) by saying, “Well, come see a fat old man sometime!”