Thanksgiving weekend box office is very large business, supplying studios and filmmakers an chance to make the most of a lengthy holiday weekend to lure moviegoers into theaters. The tradition could be tracked to 1908, once the Selig Polyscope Company wished to lure audiences to determine On Thanksgiving Day, released on Thursday, November 26. The film’s climactic scene happens throughout a Thanksgiving dinner.
Within the flyer, above, in the William Selig papers in Special Collections, “Selig Thanks All” for his wonderful success within the film business, at any given time when theatrical films remained as rivaling vaudeville.
The outline available at the finish from the synopsis from the 107-year-old film could stand it as the aim of any present-day filmmaker: “A timely picture story, interestingly told and cleverly acted by capable players.”
For Thanksgiving Day dinner in 1943, the very first Movie Unit from the Army Air Forces celebrated by serving up a conventional dinner of roast poultry and dressing supplemented with hearts of celery, ripe olives and sweet mixed pickles. The Culver City, California-based unit supported world war ii effort by producing training films and training combat camera crews.
An appreciative message to service people from Lt. Col. Paul Mantz welcomed the diners. A noted pilot, Mantz designed a career from supplying air services towards the movie industry. A couple of his companies, Paul Mantz Air Services and Tallmantz Aviation, are documented within the library’s Tallmantz Aviation records.
The Thanksgiving menu, above, in the Jay Schlein papers, includes pumpkin cake à la mode and an array of cappers towards the meal, including candies, cigarettes and gum.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Hollywood Hills!
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danielxmiller: Awe you're sweet :)
Chris IsBetterThanYou: Offt your handsome! we don't celebrate it but happy late thanksgiving haha\n\nmuch love from scotland!
danielxmiller: +Chris IsBetterThanYou thank you 🙂 Much love from the US! :D
Kristy Jennings: Happy thanksgiving! Xoxo
danielxmiller: You too! 🙂 hope it was wonderful!
Kristy Jennings: Oh it sure was haha