In 1921 Bebe Daniels was cruising in her Marmon Roadster with current beau boxer Jack Dempsey (and her mother, chaperone for proprieties sake). When they crossed the into Orange County she was pulled over for speeding - she was going 56 ½ MPH. The judge in the case was notorious for giving steep fines to anyone going above the speed limit, as well as jail time for anyone going over 50 - and Bebe was no exception. She told the motorcycle officers at the scene that she’d been speeding because her radiator had sprung a leak, she wanted to get it fixed before more trouble ensued, but they didn’t buy it.. neither did the jury.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, although some critics were unimpressed when she was gifted a full bedroom set (including a rug and a phonograph) from a local furniture store for her Santa Ana cell, claiming that it looked like a boudoir scene from a movie. They also ridiculed the fact that her mother stayed with her for the majority of the term, and weren’t impressed when she bragged about her guest book which she claimed had racked up 721 signatures from visitors while in the clink. On her first day in jail the judge who sentenced her welcomed her with a bouquet of roses. She was pretty upbeat about the whole thing though, telling the sheriff that “This is a comfy little place, anyhow. It will be sort of a quiet vacation.”
Judge Cox later fined former Secretary of the Treasury and future California Senator Williams Gibbs McAdoo and his son, William Jr, separately for speeding in his jurisdiction within a week of each other.
- Stan is 5'9" because he’s so fucking average man but he’s great I love my vegetatrien, animal rights activist.
- Kyle is like 6'5" and is clumsy as fuck, but us also the star of the basketball team.
- Kenny is 5'3" because he grew up malnourished but he’ll beat your ass if you mess with him
- Cartman is like 5'6"-ish and will probably punch you if you call him short
- Craig is definitely 6'4" and hates Kyle for being an inch taller then him because he’s a competitive asshole
- Tweek is like 6’ and is just a tall intimidating boy who wants a hug
- Clyde’s 5'10" and loves to tease Stan about being an inch taller
- Token is 6'3" and plays basketball with Kyle.
- Bebe is a 5'9" goddess who loves to wear heals that add an extra 2-3 inches to her height
- Wendy is 5'6" and uses Kenny as an arm rest constantly, but he’s cool with it
- Red’s 6'2", wears combat boots, and plays on the football team
- Nichole’s 5'8" and is an amazingly talented ballerina.
-Annie is 5'4 and always has paint stained jeans
- Heidi is 5'6" and is taking 4 AP classes on top of her taking online college courses
Wherein Summer Intern Alexandra Greenway discusses this week’s Silent Sunday Nights pick: ASK FATHER (’19)
Hello! It’s me! I’m back and ready with another silent film to put on your radar: Harold Lloyd’s ASK FATHER (’19). Much like last week’s MASTER OF THE HOUSE (’25), this one is for sure required watching – but for quite different reasons. While MASTER OF THE HOUSE was a social masterpiece, ASK FATHER is one of Lloyd’s many achievements in slapstick, the tour de force of the silent era. Like Keaton and Chaplin, Lloyd did all his own stunts, often putting himself in danger. On one occasion, Lloyd blew off two of his fingers after what was mistaken for a fake bomb exploded in his hands while he was using the wick to light a cigarette. For the rest of his career he disguised his deformity with a prosthetic glove which, although useful, was pretty noticeable.
These stories are mind-blowing when compared to today’s film production, but the thing is – they’re pretty dime a dozen. Chaplin, Keaton, and Lloyd all did their own stunts which – AGAIN – is AMAZING. But what I think is most significant to recognize is how influential the camera work of these films is. For a long time, film theorists have analyzed film by cataloging a film language. What does the light suggest about the mood? What does the editing suggest about the characters’ inner consciousness? How does the soundtrack support or contradict the context of a scene? These are the kind of questions most often posed by film analysts. But silent film can point to a new way of understanding film, Gilles Deleuze’s ‘movement-image’.
I’m not gonna get too heady here, I promise. All I’m tryna do is emphasize the importance of slapstick in silent films to how we understand (and probably why we appreciate) movies. Now, Deleuze (like many scholars) is a deep, heady, wordy guy. He’s a philosopher, so his job is talking, thinking, and writing about the kind of stuff that most of us sort of nod along to in between more pressing concerns like, “how do I register for health insurance…?”. “what’s wrong with my foot?”, “is there a squirrel stuck in my wall or am I under demonic possession?”, etc. In any case, he’s come up with this idea of a ‘movement-image’ as a way to re-think not only cinema, but our understanding of the world. To Deleuze, cinema is not just a bunch of still images played in succession, it is a new way of viewing, a way of creating that is spontaneous and not necessarily causal. The image does not build the movement, the movement defines the image. Basically: gifs. A gif (which is really just a capsuled version of video media) captures emotion that exists without context. It’s not a photograph, but it’s not a video. It’s a Deleuzian dream – so tell THAT to your professor who thought your inclusion of Mean Girls highlights in your final presentation was trite.
Why do I bring all this up? To point out that silent films are not fossils – they don’t belong in a museum/attic/basement/tomb/forgotten storage cube. They are just as relevant - if not more relevant – than ever. There’s a reason that a lot of gifs come from film – especially silent film. The images are so striking, they evoke something intangible yet extremely visceral. Silent films (perhaps like all relics) point us to the core of our film appreciation. They are basic at times, but they are the building blocks of cinema, not to mention media in general. Harold Lloyd is why we have Tarantino, Kubrick, Varda, Spielberg, et al. So – like I said last week – we should savor them.
Tune in to ASK FATHER this Sunday, June 18th, at midnight on TCM. We’ll also be showing THE FIRST AUTO (’27), another can’t-miss from the silent era. I’ll see you next week – and in the meantime, tune in to TCM for all the classic content your heart can desire.
How would it be like if Cartman and Stan still have girlfriends and Kyle no? I even imagine Kyle saying: “You know why I don’t have a girlfriend? Because all the girls that I like are EVIL at the end!” And then, if you check his record:
First kiss and boob’s crush:
Maybe this is the only exception bc she’s adorable <3 but apparently his crush was more because he has the opportunity to date a girl when he found out she liked him:
And then I wonder, why Kyle like evil girls? Maybe it’s unconscious or maybe it’s like this person who likes smart good-hearted girls:
I think it’s pretty clear what’s going on here … but ok, it’s just a theory, never mind…