A Trip to Salt Lake City (1905) Review

The earliest films relied heavily on other entertainment mediums such as vaudeville, theater, books, and newspapers to create short narratives for audiences. Comedy especially relied on jokes that were prevalent in late 19th and early 20th-century culture. For example, one of the earliest Lumiere films The Sprinkler Sprinkled (1895) was lifted from a popular illustrated cartoon of the day.…

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Utahns in Classic Film

This post is the third historical overview in my series Celebrating 125 Years of Utah and the Movies. For other historical overviews and reviews of films shot in Utah or made by Utahns, visit the series page here.

While Utah failed to compete as an independent film production center in the first half of the 20th century, numerous Utahns moved to Los Angeles and contributed to some of the most notable and beloved films of the classic Hollywood era (which lasted roughly from the mid-1910s to the mid-1960s).…

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Riders of the Purple Sage — Book Review

This book review is part of the 2021 Summer Reading Classic Film Book Challenge hosted by Raquel Stecher’s Out of the Past blog. Click here for a list of the classic film books I am reviewing this summer and here for a list of the reviews from others written so far.

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