Crazy Irish people embarrass Pasadena society
Once upon a time, Hollywood just stopped on a pile of manzanetta bushes on steep semi-arid hills. At the same time, around 1912, the film industry was located in Pasadena, California and New Jersey. This was before the fame of Charlie Chaplin and Fat Abuck and the explosive public awareness of the film industry in the early 1920s. Before the Fairbanks and Clara Bow became famous, the film industry was a group of entrepreneurs (mainly of Irish descent, before Russian Jews came here). You can call them that today—bring a camera and draft every night The script is the foundation and equestrian actor who wakes up in Pasadena every morning, walks through Arroyo Seco (today’s rose bowl) and shoots a movie in the high desert that will become the “beautiful downtown Burbank”. When they weren’t shooting westerns and location in the open air, they used Pasadena as the background for costume dramas. (See the picture below for the actor DW Griffith in costume during that time.)
My grandfather Ulmont Healy was one of those empathetic cowboys. He is from Wisconsin and has a longing for theater. He later toured the country with the theater company, but this was his first job outside of Wisconsin. He is not married yet. As a member of the American Expeditionary Force, he has not gone to France to be a face. In 1918, he cared for horses on a caisson in northern France.
At this time, he was still an adventurous teenager. He applied the feeling of horses to the work of these filmmakers, and his hopes came true. He eventually received a new classification of “actors”, making this new “high-tech” business called movies. His love of theater and his practical horsemanship merge into the luckiest job a young man can get (for him). Because of his love for horses, Urmont became a real working actor. Because of this, he walked up and down the elegant streets and stairs of Pasadena in period costumes and made historical movies.
George Patton’s family looked down on these “noisy young people.”
These events and the fascinating story of a white horse named “Midnight” will be commemorated in a Reader’s Digest article in the 1950s, which was written by my Ulmont, but there is more to the story, which is described in this article.
Initially, the Pasadena Association allowed these filmmakers to enter their communities. The Pasadena family was originally established mainly by Southern gentlemen after the Civil War and other wealthy families from the East and Midwest (such as the Wrigley family). Eventually, they were tired of this drama army and did not really appreciate the fact that this group of people lived in Their pleasant palace residences and quiet avenues. Pasadena is a large estate and a beautiful house, next to the servants who work for these families. George S. Patton’s family has a ranch in the Pasadena area. These filmmakers are just people who are trying to invent a new industry. It turns out that they helped invent a new art form that became what it is today, but at the time, they were just seen as rough, noisy, and wandering young people. People drink and party at all times, and have all these strange new machines. They are making the movie shown in the picture below. They ended up being called embarrassment. The best film used to draw this picture is probably “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. If you have seen it, you will remember how the Denver Association reacted to Molly and her husband. In any case, people like DW Griffith and others make the “blue blood man” uneasy. Talk about it later.
“I shot myself as an Indian in the morning, and then shot myself as a cowboy in the afternoon.”
Ulmont will tell the family what their shooting days will be. The crew will head to the desert west of Pasadena (Road 134 passes there, where the “Tonight Show” was filmed at the NBC Studios). When he told us how the filming will proceed, he was really excited: “Remember, these are silent movies, so we will paint our horses as Indian horses and put on our Indian costumes. We will charge in one direction. Archery and rifles. Then we have lunch. Then in the afternoon, we will take care of the horses and change their appearance to cavalry horses, then put on our cavalry and cowboy costumes and shoot at the imaginary group”
“Midnight is a white horse, but he is the blood red of a cactus needle wound.”
On the day of filming, while taking care of the horses, I found that the “big white wild horse” was missing. Ulmont went to him. After several draws, he saw a white horse in a cactus. He was extremely bloody, and his movements just gave him more spikes. After a while, the horse was terrified and couldn’t move. Ulmeng walked towards him. His personality is a quiet, slender, tall and handsome cowboy type. He slowly mounted his horse to calm him down. He could see the fear in his eyes and the countless cactus wounds all over his body. The cowboys with him suggested that they shoot him with a pistol. He seemed to be unable to live anymore. Besides, who would sit there and pull out every spine of his flesh and blood?
It turns out that Ulmont will. He insisted that they would not shoot him. The subtext here is that this horse is so wild that his caretakers didn’t really appreciate him. He was so unruly and aggressive that he was considered not worth the effort. “You saved him, you still have that worthless wild horse!”
Urmen raised his hand in a silent protest. He said: “Go back and tell them that I am taking care of’Midnight.’ It’s like naming a tall man’Dwarf’. Ulmen named his white horse as a dark horse. For a few hours, Ulmen stood there. This desert draw will become Burbank’s area, carefully pulling the thorns of each cactus out of the midnight skin. He carefully continued to try to avoid pain as much as possible. The animal stood quietly, trying to keep one He didn’t move. He trembled in pain, and the flies fell on the open sores. When the sun was roasting the pair, Ulmont knew he would have to save the horse’s life. Either he would succeed, in the scorching sun of Southern California Down, either the horse will struggle, be free and cause more bleeding, then he will run into the desert, get lost and bleed within a few days, or he will be “put down” by the crew.
The beginning of a great relationship-
As Ulmeng said, this is an important moment in his life. The horse episode made his filmmaking and ranch work more memorable. This is one of those moments that have a lot of meaning. He took the horse back to the corral and served him all night. The next day, Urmont and other crew members had coffee before the filming of the day. They talked and laughed. Urmon leaned against the corral. This day is about to become more memorable.
The crew was silent. They all smiled at something on Ulmont’s shoulder. Ulmeng felt the breath of a horse on his back. Horses that used to be wild and crazy are now sweet, obedient, and “grateful” animals. He came to be with the man who saved his life. Ulmeng smiled and patted his nose. Then they became good friends, and the horse stayed with Ulmont every day. This is the beginning of a great relationship. This is also the beginning of Ulmont’s decision to pursue a career in acting.
As the pressure on filmmakers grew, they realized that local police and law enforcement officers would prevent them from continuing to do business in Pasadena. In the beginning, people thought it was a good thing to take pictures of their elegant houses and become part of the new movie world. However, over time, they realized that Pasadena would not be the future of the film industry. In any case, through zoning or harassment, these people have to go elsewhere. If you want something to happen, Pasadena has the will. View the history of the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl. On the contrary, if they don’t want something to happen, they also have the will and way to stop and stop.
“Long live Pasadena”-
So, as time goes by, the filmmakers eventually go with them. History will happen elsewhere. They transferred their efforts to the mountains northwest of Los Angeles. Still open and undeveloped, residential development in the place called “Hollywood” has not yet taken place. It’s on the mountain in the Burbank Desert area, so it makes sense. Stop and think about it, it feels like it’s all destined. After all, if the lyrics were: “Long live Pasadena!” It just won’t bounce back like that carefree happiness.
WC Fields will settle in Pasadena, and Einstein likes this place. Pasadena has retained its identity and still has its own public image, which has been maintained for many years. I ended up in a school in Pasadena, where we sell snacks and drinks on the Rose Bowl every year to make money. Pasadena never regretted moving these people out of town. You can understand why.
Technically speaking, movies don’t have to have a place where they can be made, but as the next 15 years unfold, Hollywood does make sense. The sunshine and weather in Southern California make it an ideal place for filming and gatherings. It exploded with the development of technology in the 1920s. In the 1920s, people got refrigerators, telephones, cars, indoor wiring and indoor plumbing. This is a period of extraordinary change. Movies and movie theaters have sprung up all over the United States, and then the sound in movies was invented when the Great Depression gave people more reasons to watch movies. As people say: “Maybe the life outside is miserable, but we can go in and watch a movie.”
Ulmont returned to Wisconsin to take care of his dying mother, and then traveled to Europe to participate in World War I. He eventually injured his back in France. You guessed it. He is looking at the horse. The U.S. military was not fully mechanized in World War I. Caissons, vehicles with cannons, are towed by horses and require soldiers to take care of them. For soldiers like them, it feels more like a civil war.
When he returned, he married and had three daughters. He never returned to Southern California, but he did tour the country with a theater company and inspired one of his daughters to become a theater actor. After graduating from the University of Iowa, where she met the young playwright Tennessee Williams, Ulmont helped her find her first job in a professional theater. She lived a full life on stage and worked until she was 85 years old. She eventually starred in Disney movies, and together with Joseph Montegna and Fei Donnavy in the film “Waiting for Spring, Bandini” shot in Boulder, Colorado.
Ulmont’s love of written and spoken language continues to this day. In the 1950s, when he was in his 60s, Ulmont wrote an article for Reader’s Digest, setting the story in the desert as a timely snapshot. He always regarded those events as a unique moment in history.
When Pasadena was “Hollywood”, Umont was there-as an Indian, a cowboy, and an actor who made a movie, saving the life of a suffering animal and proposing a unique one for his future Vision. This story is a small part of life and provides a picture of the American era, which has passed but is still precious. The following is a photo description of one of DW Griffith’s 1912 movies.
In 1912, DW Griffith filmed the following film on the grounds of the Fenyes Estate (now Pasadena History Museum) at 470 West Walnut. This movie is listed as “Queen’s Necklace” in Finyers’ Diary. However, Griffith’s biography does not list such movies. It is very likely that the movie will be renamed as soon as it is released. The Pasadena Museum of History is conducting research to determine the actual name of the film.