A History of Screenwriting 55 – The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson – Written by Edmund Goulding – 1929

A History of Screenwriting 55 – The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson – Written by Edmund Goulding – 1929

A History of Screenwriting 55 - The Trespasser starring Gloria Swanson - Written by Edmund Goulding - 1929

The Trespasser is a 1929 American pre-Code film directed and written by Edmund Goulding, starring Gloria Swanson, Robert Ames, Purnell Pratt, Henry B. Walthall, and Wally Albright. The film was released by United Artists in both silent and talkie versions.

A humble woman (Swanson) marries a wealthy man (Ames). Their marriage is annulled by the man’s father (Holden), who considers her a fortune-hunter, and she is left alone to raise her child. She later becomes a “kept woman” for an older, married man. When the man dies, leaving Swanson a $500,000 inheritance, the press is quick to cast doubts upon the paternity of Swanson’s child. Her ex-husband has since remarried, and now comes back into Swanson’s life. For the sake of her child, she sends the boy to live with her ex and his wife. The wife dies and the film ends happily (if improbably) with Swanson reunited with her ex-husband.

The Trespasser was produced as both a silent and sound version for a total negative cost of $725,000.[1] The film earned an Academy Award nomination for (Gloria Swanson) in her talkie debut. It was written and directed by Edmund Goulding and was first filmed as a silent film. A talkie version was quickly made and was a smash hit for its star, Gloria Swanson. Goulding remade the film as That Certain Woman (1937) with Bette Davis and Henry Fonda. .- Wikipedia


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Encyclopedia of Women in American History named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List by Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

More great news for our ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia on Women in American History — Rosanne

Encyclopedia of Women in American History named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List by Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association

Encyclopedia of Women in American History, edited by Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Peg Lamphier, has been named to the 2018 Outstanding References Sources List, an annual list selected by experts of the Collection Development and Evaluation Section (CODES) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of the American Library Association.

The Outstanding Reference Sources Committee was established in 1958 to recommend the most outstanding reference publications published the previous year for small and medium-sized public and academic libraries. The selected titles are valuable reference resources and are highly recommended for inclusion in any library’s reference collections.

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A History of Screenwriting 54 – Ninotchka Starring Greta Garbo – Written by Melchior Lengyel, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch – 1939

A History of Screenwriting 54 – Ninotchka Starring Greta Garbo – Written by Melchior Lengyel, Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Walter Reisch – 1939

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Ninotchka is a 1939 American film made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by producer and director Ernst Lubitsch and starring Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas.[1] It is written by Billy Wilder, Charles Brackett, and Walter Reisch,[1] based on a screen story by Melchior Lengyel. Ninotchka is Greta Garbo’s first full comedy, and her penultimate film. It is one of the first American movies which, under the cover of a satirical, light romance, depicted the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin as being rigid and gray, in this instance comparing it with the free and sunny Parisian society of pre-war years.- Wikipedia


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Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier perform in The Vagina Monologues at Cal Poly Pomona

For our 3rd year participating in the Cal Poly Pomona Women’s Center’s production of The Vagina Monologues, Peg and I were given My Angry Vagina – and we milked it for all the laughs we could. What is it about college students who laugh every time a professor uses colorful language?

Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier perform in The Vagina Monologues at Cal Poly Pomona

Rosanne Welch and Peg Lamphier perform in The Vagina Monologues at Cal Poly Pomona

My 3rd Year Performing in The Vagina Monologues at Cal Poly Pomona, Friday, February 2, 2018, 7pm

For the 3rd year running I’ll be performing in the Cal Poly Pomona Women’s Resource Center’s Production of The Vagina Monologues

This performance is open to the public and takes place at:

Cal Poly Pomona Theater
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 W Temple Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

February 2, 2018
7pm

You can buy your tickets via Venmo (@sammiechaffino) or at the door.

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A History of Screenwriting 53 – Torrent Starring Greta Garbo – Scenario by Dorothy Farnum – 1926

A History of Screenwriting 53 – Torrent Starring Greta Garbo – Scenario by Dorothy Farnum – 1926

A History of Screenwriting 53 - Torrent Starring Greta Garbo - Scenario by Dorothy Farnum - 1926

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Torrent (1926) is an American silent romantic drama film directed by an uncredited Monta Bell, based on a novel by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez, and released on February 21, 1926.[1][3][4][5]

Torrent was the first American film starring Swedish actress Greta Garbo.[6] The film also starred Ricardo Cortez as the son of a domineering mother, played by Martha Mattox.

The title refers to a flood that occurs in the small town where most of the action takes place, which draws the two romantic leading characters closer together. — Wikipedia


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A History of Screenwriting 52 – It starring Clara Bow – Written by Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton and George Marion Jr. – 1927

A History of Screenwriting 52 – It starring Clara Bow – Written by Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton and George Marion Jr. – 1927

A History of Screenwriting 52 - It starring Clara Bow - Written by Hope Loring, Louis D. Lighton and George Marion Jr. - 1927

“It” is a 1927 silent romantic comedy film that tells the story of a shop girl who sets her sights on the handsome, wealthy boss of the department store where she works. It is based on a novella by Elinor Glyn that was originally serialized in Cosmopolitan magazine.

This film turned actress Clara Bow into a major star, and led people to label her the It girl.

The film had its world premiere in Los Angeles on January 14, 1927, followed by a New York showing on February 5, 1927. “It” was released to the general public on February 19, 1927.

The picture was considered lost for many years, but a Nitrate-copy was found in Prague in the 1960s.[1] In 2001, “It” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. — Wikipedia


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A History of Screenwriting 51 – Wings starring Clara Bow by Julian Johnson – 1927

A History of Screenwriting 51 – Wings starring Clara Bow by Julian Johnson – 1927

A History of Screenwriting 50 - Wings starring Clara Bow by Julian Johnson - 1927 

Wings is a 1927 American silent war film set during the First World War produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and released by Paramount Pictures. It stars Clara BowCharles “Buddy” Rogers, and Richard ArlenGary Cooper appears in a small role which helped launch his career in Hollywood.

The film, a romantic action-war picture, was rewritten by scriptwriters Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton from a story by John Monk Saunders to accommodate Bow, Paramount’s biggest star at the time. Wellman was hired as he was the only director in Hollywood at the time who had World War I combat pilot experience, although Richard Arlen and John Monk Saunders had also served in the war as military aviators. The film was shot on location on a budget of $2 million at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas between September 7, 1926 and April 7, 1927. Hundreds of extras and some 300 pilots were involved in the filming, including pilots and planes of the United States Army Air Corps which were brought in for the filming and to provide assistance and supervision. Wellman extensively rehearsed the scenes for the Battle of Saint-Mihiel over ten days with some 3500 infantrymen on a battlefield made for the production on location. Although the cast and crew had much spare time during the filming because of weather delays, shooting conditions were intense, and Wellman frequently conflicted with the military officers brought in to supervise the picture.

Acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured, mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences. It went on to win the first Academy Award for Best Picture at the first annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences award ceremony in 1929,[5] the only fully silent film to do so.[b] It also won the Academy Award for Best Engineering Effects (Roy Pomeroy). Wings was one of the first to show two men kissing, and also one of the first widely released films to show nudity. In 1997, Wings was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”, and the film was re-released to Cinemark theaters to coincide with the 85th Anniversary for a limited run in May 2012. The film was rereleased again for it’s 90th anniversary in 2017. The Academy Film Archive preserved Wings in 2002.[6] — Wikipedia 


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A History of Screenwriting 50 – How To Write Photoplays by John Emerson and Anita Loos – 1920

A History of Screenwriting 50 – How To Write Photoplays by John Emerson and Anita Loos – 1920

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Maybe the first book written about screenwriting, How To Write Photoplays is co-written by one of the most important screenwriters of the silent era, Anita Loos. She wrote the novel “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and much much more.

You can read the entire book online or as a downloadable PDF.


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A History of Screenwriting 49 – Mabel’s Married Life – Mabel Normand – 1914

A History of Screenwriting 49 – Mabel’s Married Life – Mabel Normand – 1914

A History of Screenwriting 48 - Mabel's Married Life - Mabel Normand - 1914

Mabel’s Married Life (1914) is an American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring and co-written by Charles Chaplin and Mabel Normand, and directed by Chaplin. As was so often the case during his first year in film, Chaplin’s character is soon staggering drunk. —Wikipedia


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