A little Break – Update

Health Update March 31 2018

Once again I am on the slippery slope heading south to visit the ghosts of Shackleton, Scott and Mrs. Chippy, which means more Chemo.

Blood cells about 50% below the lower end of normal so feeling tired and lethargic.  It looks like I will require approximately 5 months of treatment 7 days per month and then a three-week rest in between doses . I am now firmly wedded to the hospital, its staff, nightmare corridors and the meandering ghosts of the dead. As a result of all this for the month of April posts will be reduced to one per day after that maybe 2/3 posts per week.

My life expectancy is now 5/6 more years and my friends say that is to bloody long to put up with you



March 2nd 2018

For the next week or so I will be taking a short break from Movies From the Silent Era. I will check in occasionally just to see that things are OK. I have scheduled movies for the days I am unlikely to be available so hope all goes well.

The reason I am making the above request is that I need more treatment for my MDS(Myelodysplastic Syndrome) and that means I will be in the land of nod  most of the time.

I am going to pin this note to the top of the page and once I am back on song I will take it down


As It Is In Life 1910

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A grief stricken widowed man, devotes his life to caring and providing for his very young daughter. He quickly secures a job at a nearby pigeon farm. One day he runs into an old sweetheart, but he soon realizes he cannot support a wife and his child too, so he sacrifices his own happiness for his daughter. Years later his daughter returns from school a young woman. She promises her father that she will never leave him. Then one day a young man turns her fancy, and they are both smitten with each other. As they meet secretly, her father finds out and angrily confronts the young man. His daughter explains she is in love and they are going to get married. Heartbroken, the father leaves, not wanting to see them again. A year later, the daughter has a baby of her own. With her husband always busy, she becomes very lonely. Missing her father, she visits him and places the baby in his arms. Upon seeing his daughter and grandchild he is immediately restored with joy and happiness.

—Pamela Short

Director: D. W. Griffith
Cinematography: Billy Bitzer
Screenplay: Stanner E.V. Taylor
Production company: Biograph Company

Stars: George Nichols, Gladys Egan, Mary Pickford

Little Church Around the Corner 1923

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A wealthy minister in a mining town is something of an advocate for the miners’ safety, but he doesn’t really get involved in the issue. He is soon snapped out of that attitude, however, when his daughter is trapped underground in a mine explosion, along with the mine’s owner.


Director: William A. Seiter
Screenplay: Olga Printzlau
Production company: Warner Bros.
Cinematography: Homer Scott

Stars: Claire Windsor, Kenneth Harlan, Hobart Bosworth


The Modern Prodigal 1910


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In the opening of this subject we find the callow youth as he points towards the city’s spires, exclaiming to his dear old mother, “Mother, there in the big city is my sphere. There will I turn the world over.” Off he goes cityward, ambitious and presumptuous, and perhaps we may add reckless. Alas, the city’s whirl is quite a change from the simple quiet life in the country and the youth falls a victim to the snares that beset the unsophisticated. After a bitter experience he returns, and in symbolism we show him in the raiment of sin, a convict’s suit. Approaching his old home, he sees there in front of the door the old chair in which sat his mother on the day of his depart. What a difference! On that day there shone the sunshine of hope; today, the clouds of despair. As he regards himself in his prison garb, he utters that penitential cry of the ancient prodigal, “I am no more worthy to be called thy son.” Turning away, he staggers exhausted to the pigsty, where he eats ravenously … Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

Director: D.W. Griffith
Writers: Dell Henderson, Bess Meredyth (novel)
Stars: Guy Hedlund, George Nichols, Kate Bruce

Monte Cristo 1922

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A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d’If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of…

Director: Emmett J. Flynn
Screenplay: Bernard McConville
Producer: William Fox
Production companies: Fox Film, 20th Century Fox

Stars: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Robert McKim


From London To Paris By Air circa 1923


Jeff Quitney
Published on 7 Jun 2016

Early airline travel between London and Paris. The airline is Handley Page Transport Ltd.; the aircraft are Handley Page Type O (converted World War I bombers). The fare was 300 francs, equal to about $25 then (or $350 in 2016).

“The daily trip of one of the huge passenger planes in the English Channel Service. Arrived at the flying field we watch the plane being brought from its hangar and see its folding wings spread and secured in position for flight. Ten passengers enter and take seats in the roomy cabin. Each is allowed fifty pounds of baggage.”

The Handley Page Type O was an early biplane bomber used by Britain during the First World War. At the time, it was the largest aircraft that had been built in the UK and one of the largest in the world. It was built in two major versions, the Handley Page O/100 (H.P.11) and Handley Page O/400 (H.P.12).

The impression made by the Type O was such that for many years after the war, any large aircraft came to be called a “Handley Page” in Britain and entered the dictionary as such…

After the war, O/400s remained in squadron service until replaced by the Vickers Vimy toward the end of 1919. War-surplus aircraft were converted for civilian use in the UK and nine were used by Handley Page’s pioneering airline, Handley Page Transport. Eight O/400s were fitted with passenger accommodation and operated by the 86th (Communication) wing, formed at Hendon to provide quick transport between London and Paris for officials engaged in the negotiation of the Treaty of Versailles. Two were finished in silver dope and named Great Britain and Silver Star and fitted as VIP transports, while the others, seating eight, retained their dark green finish…


Handley Page Transport Ltd was an airline company founded in 1919 by Frederick Handley Page in the new era of civil flying after the First World War.

The first planes were a small number of Handley Page Type O/400 bombers modified for passenger use. These flew London-Paris. At a request from the Air Ministry the Handley Page Type W8 was later used for both Paris and Brussels.

On 31 March 1924 the assets and operations of Handley Page Transport were merged with three other British airlines to found Imperial Airways. The company itself remained dormant until reconstituted to take over Miles Aircraft in 1947 as Handley Page (Reading) Ltd…

Cricklewood Aerodrome

Cricklewood Aerodrome was adjacent to the Handley Page factory in Cricklewood, which had been established in 1912. The airfield was used by the factory and the transport company. Initially though, Handley Page Transport used Hounslow Heath Aerodrome to embark or disembark passengers for customs clearance, as customs facilities were not provided at Cricklewood until 17 February 1920. The company inaugurated a London-Paris air service from Cricklewood Aerodrome in 1920.

The aerodrome closed in 1929 as it was being surrounded by suburban development, and the Golders Green Estate was built on the site. A new aerodrome was built at Radlett, where most aircraft were now to be constructed. However the construction of aircraft at Cricklewood continued until 1964 when the premises were sold to become the Cricklewood trading estate.

Accidents and incidents

On 14 December 1920 a Handley Page O/400 used by the airline crashed on take-off from Cricklewood Aerodrome, hitting a tree and killing both of the crew and two of the six passengers.

On 14 January 1922, the Handley Page Transport Handley Page O/10 G-EATN, operating on a scheduled passenger flight from Croydon Airport in London to Paris–Le Bourget Airport outside Paris, crashed while on approach to Paris–Le Bourget, killing all five people on board…

NOTE: Although online sources seem to agree that Handley Page Transport operated HP O/400 aircraft (HP .12), the British Civil Aircraft register http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G… shows that G-EASY and G-EASN, seen in this film, are both HP O/11 aircraft (apparently meaning HP .11, that is O/100 airplanes).


Public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.

The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Independence and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins.

The Woman in the suitcase 1920

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Mary Moreland discovers the photograph of a woman not her mother in her father’s suitcase and sets out to find her in hopes of returning her father to his rightful place in the family.

Director: Fred Niblo
Screenplay: C. Gardner Sullivan
Producer: Thomas H. Ince
Cinematography: George Barnes

Stars: Enid Bennett, William Conklin, Dorcas Matthews

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