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Gallery of Balboa Movie Photos and Artifacts

Roscoe Arbuckle

(né Roscoe Conklin Arbuckle; aka Will B. Good and William B. Goodrich; b. Smith Cowter KS 1887; d. Hollywood CA 1933)

About Roscoe’s Life:

Jura, Jean-Jacques and Rodney Norman Bardin II. “Reel 4: Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle.” Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999, pp. 132-135.

Stahl, Jerry. I, Fatty. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2004.

Arbuckle with Luke his dog outside Balboa studioPublicity shot of Fatty and Luke, his dog

Roscoe Arbuckel with Luke, his dog, outside the Balboa Studio garages. Photo at left courtesy of Marc Wanamaker.

A Complete List of Arbuckle’s Films at Balboa:

The Bell Boy. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, Mar. 18, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

The Cook. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, Sept. 15, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

A Country Hero. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, Dec. 10, 1917, by Paramount Pictures.

Good Night, Nurse. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, July 8, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

Moonshine. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, May 13, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

Out West. Two reel comedy. Comique Film Corp. Released, Jan. 20, 1918, by Paramount Pictures.

Balboa Gives Dance for Arbuckle

Baby Marie Osborne

(née Helen Alice Myres; aka Marie Osborne-Yeats, Helen Marie Osborne; nicknames: “Little Majesty Marie,” “Baby Grand,” “Little Mary Sunshine,” “Baby Bernhardt’; child star; costumer; b. Denver CO, 05 Nov. 1911; d. San Clemente CA, 11 Nov. 2010)

About Marie’s Life:

Ankerich, Michael G. “Chapter 17: Baby Marie Osborne.” Broken Silence: Conversations with 23 Silent Film Stars. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1993, pp. 224-236.

Jura, Jean-Jacques and Rodney Norman Bardin II. “Reel 4: Baby Marie Osborne.” Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999, pp. 135-143.

Baby Marie with ocelotMarie in different moods

Photos courtesy of Don and Joan Young.

A Complete List of Osborne’s Films at Balboa:

Joy and the Dragon (entitled A Little Ray of Sunshine in U.K.). Five reel drama. Balboa Amusement Producing Co. Released Dec. 31, 1916, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.

Little Mary Sunshine. Five reel drama. Balboa Feature Film Co. Released, Mar. 3, 1916, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.; Gold Rooster Plays.

Maid of the Wild. Three reels. Balboa Amusement Producing Co. Released, Oct. 9, 1915,  by Pathé Frères.

Shadows and Sunshine (entitled Sunshine and Shadows in U.K.). Five reel comedy-drama. Pathé-Balboa. Released Nov. 12, 1916, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.; Gold Rooster Plays.

Should a Wife Forgive? Five reel drama. Equitable Motion Pictures Corp. Released Nov. 8, 1915, by World Film Corp.

Sunshine and Gold. Five-reel comedy-drama. Balboa Amusement Co. Released, Apr. 29, 1917, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.; Gold Rooster Plays.

Told at Twilight. Five-reel drama. Balboa Amusement Producing Co. Released, Mar. 25, 1917, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.; Gold Rooster Plays.

Twin Kiddies (entitledTwin Rays of Sunshine in U.K.). Five-reel drama. Balboa Amusement Producing Co. Released, Jan. 28, 1917, by Pathé Exchange, Inc.; Gold Rooster Plays.

Baby Marie Around Long Beach

Baby Marie Paper Doll

Henry King

(actor; director; b. Elliston VA, June 24, 1886; d. Teluca Lake CA, June 25, 1982)

About Henry’s Life:

Henry King. Texts by Quim Casas, Thierry Lemoine, José Andrés Dulce, Peter Von Bagh, Álvaro del Amo, Carlos Losilla, José María Latorre, Xavier Pérez, Ricardo Aldarondo, Miguel Marías and Gregory Peck. Coordinated by Quim Casas and Ana Cristina Iriarte. San Sebastian International Film Festival/Filmoteca Española: 2007.

Jura, Jean-Jacques and Rodney Norman Bardin II. “Reel 4: Henry King.” Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999, pp. 105-112.

Lemoine, Thierry. Henry King:Le Réalisateur volant. Unpublished manuscript.

Thompson, Frank, ed. Henry King, Director: From Silents to ‘Scope. Based on interviews by David Shepard and Ted Perry. Los Angeles: Directors Guild of America, with the Giornate del Cinema Muto, 1995.

Henry KingWho Pays?

Left: Henry King with Marie Osborne on his lap. Right: Henry King crowning Ruth Roland in still from “Unto Herself Alone.” Photos courtesy of Marc Wanamaker.

Henry King, the most celebrated Balboan, launched his directorial career at Balboa Studios in 1915. He later became one of the founders of both the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Directors Guild of America. After four years at Balboa, King directed films for United Artists, 20th-Century Fox, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Paramount. Today King is best remembered for his movies of the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s: The Song of Bernadette (1943), Margie (1946), Twelve O’Clock High (1949), The Gunfighter (1950), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), Love is a Many Splendored Thing (1955), Carousel (1956), The Sun Also Rises (1957), Tender is the Night (1961).

King letter on Balboa letterhead

Letter signed by King from the Ronald W. Mahan Collection

King’s Balboa Films

 

Lillian Lorraine

(née Mary Ann Brennan; actress; b. 1892; d. New York NY, May 18, 1955)

About Lillian’s Life:

Hanson, Nils. Lillian Lorraine: The Life and Times of a Ziegfeld Diva. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2011.

Lilllian on magazine covertext to magazine cover

A Complete List of Lorraine’s Films at Balboa:

Title

Alternate Title

No. of Reels

Release Date

Neal of the Navy  (14 chapters) 2 each Sept. 01–Dec. 02, 1915
Should a Wife Forgive? The Lady of Perfume 5 Nov. 08, 1915

Myrtle Reeves

(actress; future wife of Oliver Hardy of “Laurel and Hardy” fame; b. Brooklyn; d.?)

Portrait of MyrtleMyrtle in unidentified movie

Myrtle Reeves at left and as maid at door at right in unidentified Balboa film. Photos, courtesy of Marc Wanamaker.

A Complete List of Myrtle’s Films at Balboa

 

Ruth Roland

(aka Baby Ruth; child performer; actress; b. San Francisco CA, Aug. 26, 1892; d. Hollywood CA, Sept. 22, 1937)

About Ruth’s Life:

Jura, Jean-Jacques and Rodney Norman Bardin II. “Reel 4: Ruth Roland.” Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999, pp. 119-124.

portrait of Ruth RolandRoland as Spanish dancer

More Photos and a List of Roland’s Balboa Films

 

Jackie Saunders

(née Anna Jackal; actress; b. Philadelphia PA, Oct. 06, 1892; d. Palm Springs CA, July 14, 1954)

About Jackie’s Life:

Jura, Jean-Jacques and Rodney Norman Bardin II. “Reel 4: Jackie Saunders.” Balboa Films: A History and Filmography of the Silent Film Studio. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1999, pp. 112-119.

Jackie in swimsuitJackie in the rain

List of Saunders’ Balboa Films

 

Henry B. Walthall

(actor; b. Shelby City AL, March 16, 1878; d. Monrovia CA, June 17, 1936)

A Complete List of Walthall’s Films at Balboa:

Title

Alternate Title

No. of Reels

Release Date

Beulah 6 May 08, 1915
Birth of a Man, The When the Wheel Turns 5 Apr. 01, 1916

The photo below is from Beulah. See synopsis of the movie by clicking on the underlined title. Please note the “LBP” (Long Beach Police) on the policeman’s collar. Photo courtesy of Bryan Young.

Walthall in Beulah

The Birth of a Man. See photos and synopsis of this movie by clicking on the underlined title.

List of Balboa Actors: 1913-1918, Last Names A-D

List of Balboa Actors: 1913-1918, Last Names E-K

List of Balboa Actors: 1913-1918, Last Names L-P

List of Balboa Actors: 1913-1918, Last Names R-Y

(Taken from Lemoine’s Balboa Studios: A Filmography)