Betty Bronson born Elizabeth Ada Bronson (November 17, 1906 Trenton, New Jersey - October 19, 1971 Pasadena, California) was an actress in silent and sound films.
Bronson's film career began at age of sixteen with a bit part in the film Anna Ascends. At seventeen, author J. M. Barrie personally chose her to play the lead in a film of his work Peter Pan which would be released in 1924. This film role had been sought by both Gloria Swanson and Mary Pickford.
Betty Bronson became an instant success in the year following the release of Peter Pan. She had moderate success for the rest of her career. Bronson's first sound film was in The Singing Fool with Al Jolson.
She continued film roles until 1933 when she married Ludwig Lauerhass. Bronson did not appear in films again until 1937 in Jungle Menace. She resumed acting in the 1960s and her last film role was uncredited in the 1971 film biography Evel Knievel. She did some television appearing in Dr Kildare and her last television appearance...
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The Singing Fool in a musical drama Part-Talkie motion picture which was released in 1928 by Warner Brothers. The film starred Al Jolson and was a follow-up to his previous film, The Jazz Singer.
Like The Jazz Singer, The Singing Fool was a melodrama with musical interludes, and as such was one of the film industry's first musical films. Produced during the transition period between silent film and talkies, this movie (like its predecessor) was released in both sound and silent versions. And the film was once again a major hit and is credited with helping to cement the popularity of both sound and the musical genre.
After years of hopeful stuggle, Al Stone (Jolson) is on his way. "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World", he sings to an appreciative speakeasy crowd. But, as Al discovers, getting there is one thing. Staying there is another. Singing waitor Stone gets his huge break on a magical night when his song wows a big-time producer and a gold-digging showgirl he fancies. Broadway...,
Ben Hur was a 1925 silent film directed by Fred Niblo. It was a blockbuster hit for newly merged Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This was the second film based on the novel Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace.Judah Ben-Hur is a wealthy Jew and boyhood friend of the powerful Roman, Messala. When an accident leads to Ben-Hur's arrest, Messala makes sure he and his family are jailed and separated.Ben-Hur is sent to work in the galley of a Roman warship. Along the way he unknowingly encounters Christ, the carpenter's son who offers him water. Once aboard ship, his attitude of defiance and strength impresses a Roman Admiral, Quintus Arrius, who allows him to remain unchained. This actually works to the Admiral's favor because when his ship is attacked and sunk by pirates, Ben-Hur saves him from drowning.Arrius then treats Ben-Hur as a son and over the years, the young man grows strong and becomes a victorious chariot racer. This eventually leads to a climactic showdown with Messala in a chariot race. Costing...,
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