DO You Know? | 2018-09-06 | daily-sun.com

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DO You Know?

    6 September, 2018 12:00 AM printer

•    Originally, the term “movies” did not mean films, but the people who made them. It was generally used with disdain by early Hollywood locals who disliked the “invading” Easterners.

•    The first film ever made in Hollywood was D.W. Griffith’s 1910 In Old California, a biographic melodrama about a Spanish maiden (Marion Leonard) who has an illegitimate son with a man who later becomes governor of California. It was shot in two days.

•    When Horace and Daeida Wilcox founded Hollywood in 1887, they hoped it would become a religious community. Prohibitionists, they banned liquor from the town and offered free land to anyone willing to build a church.

•    The most filmed author is William Shakespeare, including straight film versions, modern adaptations, (West Side Story [1961], The Lion King [1994], etc.) and Shakespeare parodies.

•    The shortest dialogue script since the introduction of talkies was written for Mel Brook’s Silent Movie (1976), which has only one spoken word throughout: “Non.”

•    In 1923, Mark Sennett, Harry Chandler, and the Los Angeles Times put up the “Hollywoodland” (later shortened to “Hollywood”) sign to publicize a real estate development. The sign cost $21,000.

•    The Hollywood star who played the most leading roles in feature films was John Wayne (1907-1979), who appeared in 153 movies. The star with the most screen credits is John Carradine (1906-1988), who has been in over 230 movies.

•    The first movie to gross over $100 million was Jaws (1975).

 


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