On This Day
1929 – The first full-length talking motion picture filmed outdoors, In Old Arizona, is released.
In Old Arizona is a 1928 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Raoul Walsh and Irving Cummings, nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film, which was based on the character of the Cisco Kid in the 1907 story “The Caballero’s Way” by O. Henry, was a major innovation in Hollywood. It was the first major Western to use the new technology of sound and the first talkie to be filmed outdoors. It made extensive use of authentic locations, filming in Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park in Utah, and the Mission San Juan Capistrano and the Mojave Desert in California. The film premiered in Los Angeles on December 25, 1928, and went into general release on either December 28, 1928, or January 20, 1929.
In Old Arizona contributed to creating the image of the singing cowboy, as its star, Warner Baxter, does some incidental singing. Baxter went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance. Other nominations included Best Director for Irving Cummings, Best Writing for Tom Barry, Best Cinematography for Arthur Edeson, and Best Picture.
Born On This Day
1856 – Harriot Stanton Blatch, U.S. suffragist and organizer (d. 1940)
Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch (January 20, 1856 – November 20, 1940) was an American writer, suffragist, and the daughter of pioneering women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Harriot Eaton Stanton was born, the sixth of seven children, in Seneca Falls, New York, to social activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Henry Brewster Stanton. She attended Vassar College, where she graduated with a degree in mathematics in 1878. She attended the Boston School for Oratory for a year, and then spent most of 1880–81 in Germany as a tutor for young girls.
On her return voyage to the United States, she met English businessman William Henry Blatch, Jr., known as “Harry Blatch”. The two were married in 1882, and lived in Basingstoke, Hampshire, for twenty years, where Harry was Brewery Manager of Basingstoke brewery, John May & Co.
They had two daughters, the second of whom died at age four. Their first daughter, Nora Stanton Blatch Barney, continued the family tradition as a suffragist, was the first U.S. woman to earn a degree in civil engineering, and was briefly married to Lee de Forest, before entering a longer second marriage. Harry Blatch died in 1915, after being accidentally electrocuted.
Harriot Stanton Blatch
In 1881, Harriot Stanton worked with her mother, Matilda Joslyn Gage, and Susan B. Anthony on the History of Woman Suffrage. She contributed a major chapter to the second volume, in which she included the history of the American Woman Suffrage Association, a rival of Stanton and Anthony’s National Woman Suffrage Association. This action helped to reconcile the two organizations.
While in England, she performed a statistical study of rural English working women’s conditions, for which she received her M.A. from Vassar. In the 1901 census Blatch is recorded as a visitor in Haslemere, Surrey in a house which formed part of the Haslemere Peasant Arts movement, a group which promoted the teaching of handicraft to rural women and girls. She also worked with English social reform groups, including the Women’s Local Government Society, the Fabian Society, and the Women’s Franchise League. In the Women’s Franchise League, she developed organizing techniques that she would later use in America.
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