Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

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Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostWed Oct 19, 2011 10:56 am

I finally found this LP recording of Bushman at Amazon.com, talking about his own life and career, in particular the Ben-Hur shoot and how he was offered the job of directing the film as it turned disastrous in Italy. I only wish it was on CD or available for download somewhere or something. One of the other threads asked recently who you like to have seen interviewed by Kevin Brownlow for "Hollywood:The Series". Bushman would have made a great choice, he had a lot to say.

http://www.amazon.com/hollywoods-first- ... 975&sr=8-3

In the meantime this couple have written a book on Bushman(and Beverly Bayne) and were interviewed on a news show about the Bushman and the book's release. Don't know how much of it is true as they say, Bushman is not alive to defend or account for himself(as was Joan in Mommie Dearest). But it seems interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONoWLdomxyQ

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PostWed Oct 19, 2011 11:28 am

Their Bushman book is a great read, as it was based on Bushman's own manuscript. Bushman was a colorful character, and made some foolish decisions in his life. It's no wonder that Louis B. Mayer hated him; Bushman also had a big ego. But while Mayer was vindictive, Bushman was a lot more naive.
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Re: Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostWed Oct 19, 2011 12:44 pm

Bushman certainly locked horns with LB Mayer but it doesn't always seem the case he disagreed with producers. In the album where he's interviewed, Bushman says he was leaving the Essanay Studios to go to Metro Pictures if Im not mistaken. One of the producers (I think he says Harry Aitken) was in tears as was Bushman himself and they held each other like two long lost brothers meeting for the first time and not wanting to part. This is how Bushman in his own words put one of the partings of a studio that he had a happy working environment with and he was with Essanay for a lot of years.

Bruce, in the news report do you know off hand what color movie Bushman is appearing in at 2:44 in powdered wig and costume?
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Re: Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostWed Oct 19, 2011 1:28 pm

sepiatone wrote:Bushman certainly locked horns with LB Mayer but it doesn't always seem the case he disagreed with producers. In the album where he's interviewed, Bushman says he was leaving the Essanay Studios to go to Metro Pictures if Im not mistaken. One of the producers (I think he says Harry Aitken) was in tears as was Bushman himself and they held each other like two long lost brothers meeting for the first time and not wanting to part. This is how Bushman in his own words put one of the partings of a studio that he had a happy working environment with and he was with Essanay for a lot of years.

Bruce, in the news report do you know off hand what color movie Bushman is appearing in at 2:44 in powdered wig and costume?


Perhaps The Flag?
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Re: Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostWed Oct 19, 2011 9:44 pm

It is definitely The Flag, where he plays George Washington. It has been shown at Cinecon and on TCM.
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Re: Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostSat Oct 22, 2011 6:18 pm

I wonder who were some of the other people from the silent years author Lon Davis met, as is mentioned in the news piece?
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Re: Francis X. Bushman, his life & times

PostSat Oct 22, 2011 6:23 pm

As noted in the "Dinty" thread, his short film "When Wealth Torments" from 1912 is available online now:
http://www.thoughtequity.com/video/clip/1411109149_s01.do

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