Fan Magazine Fun: “The Haunted Home Of Movie Ghosts”

One of my favorite days of the year has arrived! A very HAPPY HALLOWE’EN to all, and if you haven’t watched all the silent horror movies you’ve been planning to, get crackin’, there’s still time!

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Lon’s waiting patiently for you!

While this mournful article I found doesn’t quite fit the “Fan Magazine Fun” title, it seems appropriate since it’s silent Hollywood’s idea of a truly haunted place. It comes from the August 1926 Motion Picture Classic, and is a deeeeeply sentimental look at the site of the old Famous Players-Lasky studio just after it was torn down. A taste: “Once upon a time these shadows of the past walked triumphantly thru the sets. Now they hover unseen in the background, and the world looks upon them as memories.” (Click on the images to to read the article.)


“Ghosts…ghosts that seem to tread softly in the gathering darkness, ghosts that will soon be homeless, wandering sadly thru a new maze of buildings that will spring up on this site…” Man, just from that you’d never guess this article was talking about famous names from a mere ten years (or less) prior!

To be honest, though, I truly love that magazines published such unabashedly sentimental articles back then. No holds barred, dripping with feeling and “poetic fancy.” Sometimes they can be funny, but often they’re refreshing.

Once again, happy Halloween my friends, and have a safe and spooky holiday!


6 thoughts on “Fan Magazine Fun: “The Haunted Home Of Movie Ghosts”

  1. That’s a great article. My, for the day when such poetic writing was to be found in a popular magazine…alas. I even began feeling nostalgic for the old studio myself, though I never knew it. And I love the illustration on the first page. Well, those were some good “ghosts” to read about on this day. Happy Hallowe’en!

  2. Hey Lea!
    That article was really good! Interesting that it was public knowledge that Arbuckle was directing as Goodrich- I assumed it was something like a state secret. And I liked their spelling of “Tia Juana”. Good stuff. Thanks! And thanks for all the great posts this month- I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it!
    Have you watched all your must-sees yet?
    I did get around to watching Young Frankenstein and snort-laughter abounded. 😉 Also caught The Magician for the first time this year, which was really cool! Kind of a weird one!
    Happy Halloween!! 🎃

    • I’ve checked off just about everything on my list–am just about to take in Psycho!

      Yes, that’s interesting about “William Goodrich,” isn’t it? The idea that Arbuckle’s work in the ’20s was shrouded in secrecy is apparently a myth. He made public appearances at times, too.

  3. Since you seem to appreciate Halloween so much, and I appreciate your site so much, I have given myself the freedom to tell you a true story about Halloween, a story with no connection to (silent) movies. In Sweden Halloween was never a big deal – not a deal at all – until recent decades. But for safety’s sake I watched “The Haunted House” before I started writing.

    There was a grumpy man sitting with his young daughter, about five/six years old, and the rest of his family by the dining table. The girl mentioned Halloween, and the father to whom Halloween was nothing but humbug, as Ebenezer Scrooge called all forms of human touch before he finally was reformed, told her that this pumking thing was just a new redicoulus import from The USA, just another cash cow for the buissenesmen to profit from. [The family didn’t have too much money.] “We never had that tradition before” the wise educator told her with a voice not too nice.

    The girl was upset and answered back in a voice indignant: “Yes we have”.
    The grumpy: “What do you know about that!? I’m the one who knows, I’m the one who is an adult.”
    The girl, even more upset: “Halloween has always been in Sweden as long as I’ve been at the kindergarden.”

    Curtain down, change of perspectives. The grumpy, “the adult”, had got his lesson and became silent. Halloween was to him almost unknown, but to his daughter it was a lifelong tradition. Need to be thought about. Well, she survived and is now, after two degrees, getting close to 30 years old. The grumpys career can be summed up too; he has grown up to a grumpy old man instead. But I can assure you that the father and his halloween daughter have a very good relation.

    Since I have a great respect for you, your intellect and your reasoning, I’m totally convinced that you already long ago recognized the grumpy old man as me.

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