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from Sloshspot, Mark Twain Motivational Posters!

As we thank the Lord for Samuel Langhorne Clemens, we might recall that it was on this date in 1897 that Stuart Blackton and Albert E. Smith shot “The Burglar on the Roof ,” the first fiction film from the newly-formed Vitagraph motion picture company.  Based in Flatbush in Brooklyn, Vitagraph flourished in the silent film era, introducing such stars as Rudolph Valentino and Norma Talmadge, and establishing the model for the studio system, before it was sold to Warner Bros. in 1925.

Vitagraph Studios, c. 1920 (source: Editors Guild)

Written by LW

May 16, 2009 at 1:01 am

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