Fred Niblo: Ben Hur
Today is the birthday of Star of Vaudeville #280: Fred Niblo (for more on him and his vaudeville background, go here). This one goes out to the Crountess, who only yesterday was drawing pictures of Roman Novarro in his Ben Hur get-up. Directed by Niblo in 1925 (this trailer is weird, actual footage from the movie doesn’t turn up until about 1:30:)
To find out more about the variety arts past and present, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold. And don’t miss Chain of Fools: Silent Comedy and Its Legacies from Nickelodeons to Youtube, to be released by Bear Manor Media in 2013.