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Handbill for the Douglass Theatre advertising films, probably 1929 Dec. 1

author: Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
extent: [1] p.
date: December 1, [1929]
summary: Handbill for the Douglass Theatre, dated December 1, 1929, advertising the films The St. Louis Blues, The Unholy Night, A Texan's Honor, and Thundering Thru. The handbill promises a midnight double feature for Sunday, featuring legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in Paramount's The St. Louis Blues, billed as "all-talking," along with The Unholy Night, described as "some talkie." The handbill further emphasizes that The St. Louis Blues has an "all-star colored cast." A story about a blues singer who catches her gambler lover with another, The St. Louis Blues is Bessie Smith's only filmed performance. The handbill describes the MGM film The Unholy Night as a weird, fantastic drama of ghosts and murder, to be shown through Tuesday, its last day. Directed by Lionel Barrymore, The Unholy Night is a murder mystery starring Roland Young and features Boris Karloff in his second talkie role. Wednesday, the "first all-talking Western" premieres at the Douglass Theatre, A Texan's Honor, a film concerning ranchers' water rights, starring Yakima Canutt, a rodeo cowboy and stuntman who later choreographs and directs the chariot race action in William Wyler's Ben-Hur (1959). The Pathé Exchange distributed comedy Big News, featuring sound, is scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Based on the play For Two Cents, written by George S. Brookes, Big News concerns a reporter with a drinking problem, falsely accused of murder, and stars Robert Armstrong and Carole Lombard. Finally, the handbill promises the Action Films silent Western Thundering Thru [sic] on Saturday. Concerning land rights and the railroad, the film Thundering Through (1925), distributed by Weiss Brothers Artclass Pictures, stars Buddy Roosevelt and Jean Arthur.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 22
folder: 219
item: 12

Macon (Ga.)
Bibb County (Ga.)
Douglass Theatre (Macon, Ga.)
Smith, Bessie, 1894-1937
Canutt, Yakima, 1895-
Women blues musicians--United States
Blues musicians--United States
Blues (Music)--Georgia
Blues (Music)--To 1931
African Americans--Music
Western films--Georgia--Macon
Race films--United States
Motion picture theaters--Georgia--Macon
Entertainment events--Georgia--Macon
Advertising fliers--Georgia--Macon
African Americans in the motion picture industry
African Americans in motion pictures
Ben-Hur (Motion picture : 1925)
Big news (Motion picture : 1929)
Brooks, George Sprague, b. 1895- . For two cents
Texan's honor (Motion picture : 1929)
St. Louis blues (Motion picture : 1929)
Unholy night (Motion picture : 1928)
Thundering through (Motion picture : 1925)

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[Note: The schedule for Sunday midnight is framed by a border of alternating light and dark diamond shapes]

Sunday Midnight Ramble Dec. [December] 1.
12:01 A. M.
See and Hear Bessie Smith
In Her 100 Per Cent [Percent]. All-Talking Screen Sensation:
"The St. Louis Blues."
Chock Full of Singing and Dancing! All-Star Colored Cast!
Also Showing Metro's Weird, Fantastic, Mysterious, Gripping Drama of
Ghosts and Unseen Murder. A Study in Shivers. See It and Creep!
"The Unholy Night."]
Last Call! "The Unholy Night." Some Talkie.
Our First All-Talking Western:
Yakima Canutt in "A Texan's Honor."
"BIG NEWS." You Must Hear This!