Wednesday, January 5, 2022

"Love's Comet"?

In the lexicon of Sheik aspirants, I had never heard of Reggie Morley. Thank you to a contributor for sending this along to share. I guess Morley is here convinced he "feels the urge of Sheiking"... but it does not seem he made such the splash. He was a major defense witness in the Fatty Arbuckle trial in 1921 and in the news coverage then Morley is referred to as a "former actor". So I guess his "urge to sheik" was a come back. He could not have had much of a role in "The Love Comet", a Mack Sennett film made in 1916 because I can not find him in the credits. 
From, "Camera - The Digest of the Motion Picture Industry - 1923".



8 comments:

  1. I wonder how much Reggie paid a publicity agent for this squib! The desperation practically wafts off the page. Perhaps this "dusky hero" should have maintained an air of mystery in his futile quest to be the next Sheik. Publishing a phone number sort of ruins suspension of disbelief.

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    1. Why were those straw hats ever so popular?

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    2. Straw hats, known as Boaters, were popular from the early part of the 20th century up to the 1930s. I always heard that the Boater kept the head cool in the spring and summer.

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    3. Men took pride in their appearance back in those days.

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  2. I have two books on Fatty Arbuckle and the trials, but Morley doesn't show up in the index.

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    1. I searched him on a newspaper archive and the mention he got with his testimony is really his only mention at all. I can find an article.

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    2. I think he was testifying on some side litigation. I posted the piece of said article.

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    3. Interesting! Thanks! That trial has always intrigued me.

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