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It all started when I decided to see if I could find any alternate CA Death Index entries for him. So, in addition to "Littlebi[lly] Rhodes," I found another one with the same info for a "Clarence Bliss."Thanks! It would make sense that he would come from Lynn, Massachusetts being that my family and I are all natives to the state. Also, I had absolutely no clue what his real name is. And I'll have to check where the last name "Bliss" falls into my family tree, and find out if "Little" Billy had any siblings or anything like that.
Well, from there, I discovered that Little Billy Rhodes's real name was Clarence Herbert Bliss, and that he was born February 1, 1895 in Lynn, Massachusetts (though his WWII draft registration card claims Newburyport, MA).
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-11053-188146-19?cc=1325221 (1900 U.S. Census, line 74)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-25976-21678-88?cc=1968530 (WWI Draft Registration Card)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-38054-8354-68?cc=2185145 (1923 passport application, page 1, "Clarence Bliss - professionally known as Little Billy")
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-38054-8300-86?cc=2185145 (1923 passport application, page 2)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-36723-31944-54?cc=2141044 (1923 passenger list, line 5)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1942-22274-41663-84?cc=1916078 (1923-24 passenger list, line 22)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16389-65719-44?cc=1861144 (WWII Draft Registration Card, front)
- https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-16389-65792-37?cc=1861144 (WWII Draft Registration Card, back)
- https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPNW-4HD (California Death Index, "Littlebi[lly] Rhodes")
- https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VPCJ-BB4 (California Death Index, Clarence Bliss)
- https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V3PS-5N5 (Social Security Death Index, as "Billy Rhodes")
- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24671655 (Find a Grave)
That's pretty crazy. You should do one of those ancestor researches to find out.Well, if you get any information about him in the years to come, I'd like to know. I wonder if he worked with any comedians that we talk so much about on these forums! I don't know of any famous actors in the 1910's that worked for Fox Studios, but I'm sure that somebody would know.
Supposedly, my Great Grandfather was a cameraman for Fox Studios in the teens when they were East Coast based. If true, he probably shot one reelers that are now lost. No way of confirming this other than my great grandfather, who died in 1962, claimed it and it's been passed on in my family. They didn't really credit cameraman as much in the teens, so this is a mystery I'll never know.
They're hoping to start production in 2018.
Just declare A Plumbing We Will Go the winner and let's move on.I completely agree. I'm surprised that it has already gotten out.
And we have a tie... since we had a tie, I am going to do this one in the way Metaldams would... choose your two favorites from the lot... any pair will do, and it will count as a singular vote for each of the shorts...HOI POLLOI and AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE
1 THREE LITTLE BEERS
5 THREE ARABIAN NUTS
8 HOI POLLOI
18 AN ACHE IN EVERY STAKE
Nice! I'll definitely give my two cents.As will I! I hope to be an active contributor in the Keaton discussions as well as other discussions that we may have in the future and kind of expand my knowledge of slapstick comedy to more than just comedy teams and maybe find out some cool solo acts along the way. I've seen a couple films of Keaton's, so out of the all of the silent comedians, I think I've seen more of him but I'm excited to see more of his films!
We'll be doing the ones starring Buster. Whether they'll be in order with his short subject films is TBD.Okay. Good. Because there are a couple of assorted short subjects and feature films where he's only in a tenth of the film, so it seems like it would be a bit odd if we would review those films. However, very much looking forward to the Buster Keaton discussion and I'm glad that you're starting with the Roscoe Arbuckle shorts as this is where his character really started to take shape and started to evolve into the Buster that would become famous in films like The General.
Because of circumstances (mostly that I can't watch talkie L&H shorts due to my living circumstances), we will be starting on Saturday, February 4, 2017, with the Roscoe Arbuckle/Buster Keaton film THE BUTCHER BOY.So, about the Keaton discussion: Are we doing his feature films at all? If so, would we just be doing the feature films where he is featured prominently or would we also be doing the ones where he has supporting roles?
I can hardly wait!
Long-lost 'Our Gang' film "The Old Wallop" is now on YouTube!No way! I haven't seen many of the silents but I am familiar with the cast and if I do recall there are a couple of their shorts that have been lost for quite a while and this must have been one of them. I'll probably end up checking out this short. What year is it from?