New from our friends at European Film Star Postcards: Jackie Coogan:
10/5/19--Today, Le Giornate del Cinema Muto starts and EFSP will follow the festival from 5 till 12 October. The Silent Film Festival in Pordenone is the main festival in its kind and this year's edition is the 38th. The first film which will be screened at the Teatro Verdi, the main festival venue for film screenings, is The Kid (Charles Chaplin, 1921).
So EFSP starts with a post on Charlie Chaplin's irascible sidekick in the film, John Leslie 'Jackie' Coogan (1914-1984). As a child actor he also played the title role in Oliver Twist (Frank Lloyd, 1922) and several other silent films. Many years later, he became known as Uncle Fester in the TV series The Addams Family (1964-1966). In the interim, he sued his mother and stepfather over his squandered film earnings ($56 to $75 million adjusted for 2019 dollars) and provoked California to enact the first known legal protection for the earnings of child performers, widely known as 'the Coogan Act'. READ AND SEE MUCH MORE AT https://filmstarpostcards.blogspot.com/2019/10/jackie-coogan.html
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