Adrian Rossii cast as Bear Sherker in the ‘Shining Prince’ . Adrian was a charming actor who was later ruined by sound which revealed a voice that did not match his romantic blond face. He ended up a bit player and then a truck driver and finally killed himself.
Bear Sherker at the time of the actual events of the ‘Shining Prince’ which was actually about his older brother Black Theri Anthrope. By the 1920s Bear Sherker was Prince Bear Sherker after inheriting the title and financial empire of his father Prince Puski which made Bear Sherker one of the richest men in the world. He only agreed to the filing of the ‘Shining Prince ‘because Daffy was involved and it would be done at Titan instead of Gigantic because the ‘Bear’ hated Sneed. Daffy and ‘The Bear’ were close friends through Adrian Reid.
Bear Sherker in 1880 when he was working at the Thiess Guards. ‘The Bear’ assumed he would never inherit because of his prickly relationship with his father Prince Puski and therefore made a career in the Thiess Guards which police the paranormal and supernatural as well as the Were. ‘The Bear’ was a Werewolf. His father Puski was a bisexual, bio polar bio Were (Werewolf and Were Bear). Bear Sherker inherited a billion gilda fortune in 1900 at the tragic death of his father who never wrote a will out of fear of dying so ‘The Bear’ got the title and fortune by default.
Prince Bear Sherker in 1924 when Fairawayland was booming. ‘The Bear’ never invested in movies however. By 1929 he sniffed the economic winds and moved everything into bonds and blue chip ‘cache storks and ravens’ just before the world crash. Then he bought up a fortune in world stocks and bonds.
Bear Sherker when he became the Eald of Zenroseda after the death of his older brother Black Theri Anthrope. ‘The Shining Prince’ required ‘The Bear’s blessing to be made. ‘The Bear’ only agreed if Daffy played his doomed older brother and the film showed his brother in a good light. Daffy added action and romance and played down the darker political crisis behind the scenes accordingly.
A young teenaged Bear Sherker posing for college artists as ‘Horsham of Arcadia’. ‘The Bear’ caused a scandal by also posing nude, figuring that as the younger son of an alienated and distant father it would not matter. The statue haunted Bear Sherker for the rest of his life.
Bear Sherker posing in the nude for the infamous bronze statue.
Bear Sherker posing as ‘Streng’ in college.
Bear Sherker in college poising for artists which in hindsight was not such a good idea.
Bear Sherker in a sports kilt exercising. ‘The Bear’ was close to seven foot tall and magnificent in his youth but he inherited his father’s manic depression as well as his looks and wealth later in life though he handled it better than his father. By the 1920s psychoanalysis was popular to such a degree that it was deemed ‘chic’ that Bear Sherker was manic depressive which was deemed a ‘sexy’ neurosis.
Bear Sherker at a fancy dress carnival ball. ‘The Bear’ liked to dress up but was not impressed with Fairawayland or movies. After ‘Queen Maeve’ butchered his mother’s image he never permitted a film to be made about his famous family or himself.
Josephine Baker in ‘The Killers’ dressed for the ‘Anything Goes’ number in the nightclub where she performs a striptease with Daffy as the gangster. As the risque song was sang the gangster and the moll of a rival gangster double dare each other to strip until both were all but naked. The scene is climaxed by a police raid. The rival gangster pays the police to shoot his moll who flees dressed in a fur coat and diamonds and nothing else. The scene ends in a traffic shoot out with her bloody body sprawled on the road, accented by the lights of automobiles, with blood artfully concealing her implied nude body with her dead hands still clutching the bloody diamonds.
Josephine Baker was famous for her near nude scenes in theater and in film which is why Daffy hired her. Their love scene (which triggers the fatal nightclub scene) is considered one of the few genuinely risque erotic love scenes in any Daffy film because Baker got Daffy to laugh and giggle so he would not freak out and panic during the nearly nude love scene. Both were, off camera, comic chameleons.
Daffy resurrected an old police scandal for an action film so Titan PR dug up the now discredited and aging ex-police ‘hero’ of the incident. Titan paid the forgotten ex-hero to promote the action film but the PR stunt backfired when the real murderers surfaced to expose the lies behind the phony ‘boy scout policeman’.
the newspaper cartoon of the ‘hero’ of the shoot out : Dubeii
Dubeii and his ambitious theater actress wife when Daffy was writing the screenplay of the shootout.
the newspaper cartoon of Cark whose death ignited the shootout. But Daffy’s research for his screenplay revealed another side to Cark.
How was the infamous Faience Gang involved? And why was this link covered up along with balistics reports?
the original cartoon of the least exciting junior sheriff in the shootout. Why did Daffy suddenly decide to play Sims?
the original cartoon of Amerceable the notorious shooter. His release nearly 30 years later on humanitarian grounds prompted Titan to buy the rights to the film but Daffy discovered the files were as notoriously incomplete as the so-called shooter was notorious. Was Amerceable really the shooter?
The ‘happy Grandfather and Granddaughter’ in a PR photo by Titan to promote an action film about an old old police scandal. In fact the so called ‘boy scout policeman hero’ was a sham to conceal real crooks and crooked politicians who were still alive and who did not want the can of worms reopened. Genuine bodies rolled during the filming of the final shoot out when real ammo was found to be loaded in prop guns.
Max Remii the courtier in charge of the defense of the murderer whose appeals triggered the reopening of the case. So who killed him and why?
Tiger Davies played dumb blonds on the screen but behind the camera was a producer with her lover Buster ‘Pops’ Randal . They produced the ‘Punch and Judy Show’ Ltd . Tiger was Daffy’s favorite film producer. For recreation Tiger invested in real estate which made her a millionaire. She also collected antiques with ‘Pops’ who was her senior by 30 years. They were lovers for nearly 30 years until ‘Pops’ died of cancer.
‘Pops’ Randal was of course married — to another woman so Tiger was the notorious ‘family wrecker’ despite the fact Tiger was the love of the life of Buster ‘Pops’ Randal.
An unfortunate photo that stressed the age difference between Buster ‘Pops’ Randal and Tiger Davies. In fact it was love at first sight for Randal and Tiger. Randal looked like a blood hound after a long night hunting ‘coons’ but he was something no pretty boy could be, a smart man who treated Tiger like a smart girl instead of a bimbo. They set up the ‘Punch and Judy Show’ Ltd to create films and ran it as co-producers. They also shared a love for history and antiques. They would descend on a town and all but tear it apart in some antique hunting expedition, often competing against rival antique collectors.
Buster ‘Pops’ Randal and Tiger Davies playing croquet with balls painted with faces of famous and infamous Fairawayland actors, actresses, directors, and producers. Sneed was not amused. Tiger had a wicked sense of humor and swore like a sailor but came from a middle class background. Her father’s bankruptcy stopped her hopes for a career as an engineer at the Wheel of Durham and ‘reduced’ her to a chorus line on the stage where Randal met her.
‘Beards out on the town’ with Charlie Hays and Tiger Davies. Hays we openly gay but the studio hid it out of fear of censorship in other countries while Tiger needed a front to try to conceal her nearly 30 year affair with ‘Pops’ so Hays and Davies used each other to play ‘beards’ or sexual fronts for studio PR. They were real life friends.
Tiger Davies in a ‘risque’ mannish outfit which off screen she preferred to ‘girly girl’ clothes.
Davies in a pensive mood before the camera. Davies was rumored to be a binge drinker like Daffy but hid her demons much better. She usually vented her demons in wicked wit and risque humor.
A very young Tiger Davies in a studio photo. Everyone assumed she was virginal and dumb. The book was actually engineering. For amusement she read history and Victorian classics. On her first ‘date’ with ‘Pops’ he dismantled a radio and she reassembled it in 20 minutes.
Tiger Davies playing the dumb blond for a photo in 1939 as WWII reached Zendula. She nursed Buster ‘Pops’ Randal in his final days as cancer ate him up. Then she fought Buster Randal’s greedy family who tried to steal the profits of the ‘Punch & Judy Show’. Tiger Davies died in Tokyo during a failed spying mission for Zendulan Secret Service. To this day few details are known about the failed mission. Japan attacked Zendula which is located in the part of the Pearls of the Pacific which Japan coveted. Davies’ body was never found. It is not even known if Davies was tortured before she was shot.
A rare drawing of Dean Tanner Cunningham who was murdered in his home on the “Heights’ overlooking Fairawayland. Cunningham was a mysterious Britisher who concealed his past and rarely allowed photos of his face. It was believed he was actually a WWI deserter on the run from the British. His murder was officially never solved but Tiger Davies was implicated along with a who’s who of Fairawayland.
The old Fairawayland sign on the aging Havens Aqueduct. Fairawayland was built on the Heights or high hills above The Havens Zendula when it was cheap land. As real estate became expensive in the 1950s the studios moved out of the city and the old lots were blown up and the land was carved into real estate. Most of the old studio went bankrupt including Gigantic Films LTD which ended it’s life as a back lot rummage sale of once priceless relics of olden day film glory.
Fetchit Maere a bit part player scored a coup with a role in ‘The Shining Prince’ but the role turned into a nightmare for everyone else. Fetchit Maere proved to be the face for another far more notorious rogue……
Queen Flavia in 1900. Queen Flavia and King Arthur Dagmar Astel ruled Zendula as joint rulers during the heyday of Fairawayland. King ADA was only interested in technology but Queen Flavia enjoyed the friendship of a few of the more ‘respectable’ actors including Daffy and Adrian Reid. Rumors swirled for years that Daffy was Queen Flavia’s lover but that was just PR. Historians today say Adrian Reid was probably more ‘closely’ linked to Queen Flavia but Daffy did apparently have some evidence on the Royals which Adrian Reid gave to Daffy as ‘insurance’ just in case Adrian Reid died under mysterious circumstances.
Queen Flavia came to Daffy’s rescue during a bad time during the filming of ‘Anna Karenina’ when Sneed was breathing down hard and Daffy was bleeding from ulcers. The Royals made a surprise appearance on the set. It was the only time they ever did so. Rumors spread afterwards that Daffy surrendered a key widget necklace that contained mysterious film of King ADA in a quid pro quo.
A geisha. The Havens enjoyed a brisk business in geisha courtesy of it’s closeness to Japan. Fairawayland used geisha in films and as escorts and courtesans for the elite of film society. Daffy had an affair with a geisha which ended badly. But he later co-stared with a geisha in an exotic film version of ‘Madame Butterfly’ set in modern day Fairawayland (1929). Geisha were caught in the middle of WWII when Japan attacked Zendula and they were arrested and held in camps until 1946. They did not find favor again until the wounds of WWII faded.
A fashionable geisha during the 1920s when actors routinely flaunted them on their arms.
The Japanese geisha and singer Ichimaru who appeared with Daffy in a modern day version of ‘Madame’ Butterfly set in Fairawayland with Ichimaru as a geisha and Daffy as an ambitious actor. They fall in love but the arrival of sound threaten both of their careers for different reasons. Daffy’s actor is ruined by a greedy producer. Ichimaru’s geisha visits the ruthless producer to beg him to not ruin her lover. When the producer laughs at her while demanding sexual favors to save her lover the geisha stabs him to death. She is arrested for murder and her ruined lover Daffy sells everything to get bail. In the ruins of his home, stripped bare, the lovers commit suicide.
Ichimaru in ‘Butterfly’ weeping that her code as a geisha prevents her from telling her lover ‘Jimmy’ (played by Daffy) that she loves him.
Ichimaru started out as a geisha before turning to radio and movies in Japan. She helped Daffy adopt ‘Madame Butterfly’ plus two key scenes from ‘Tosca’ to update the opera to modern day Fairawayland. The film was a ‘hybrid’ with recorded music and songs but no spoken dialogue. They updated the plot and lyrics to the modern show business setting. It was Ichimaru’s idea to add two scenes and music from ‘Tosca’ which paralleled the plot of an opera prima donna, her lover, and a cruel tyrant out to ruined their lives to fit the new plot about an actor being ruined by a cruel producer who is then murdered by the geisha prima donna in a scene that echos Tosca’s murder scene.
‘Butterfly’ was the only two strip technicolor Daffy did other than a short scene in ‘The Killers’. It is debated if Daffy could have adopted to color. He photographed best in black and white. Fairawayland used a super silver nitrate celluloid that Daffy seemed born to inhabit. But the film stock was expensive and required kelig lights set at burning intensity so in the 1930s the studios shifted to a cheaper film stock. Urban myths say Daffy left pieces of his soul in each film he made so he continues to haunt his films. Many have noted a strange quality in Daffy films that is disconcerting.
Lady G—- a geisha that Daffy was involved with. She was implicated in a murder that almost ruined Daffy’s young career.
Lady G —– a geisha who was on the brink of fame when she became entangled with murder that almost got Daffy murdered.
Lady G—- as she was about to graduate from a maiko to geisha and into an ambitious career as an singer with the help of Daffy who was her patron when murder interrupted the performance of a lifetime.
Lady G — performing at Court. Fame was in her grasp when she fought with Daffy who was her patron. The result was murder.
Gigantic stage curtain. The 1920s saw gigantic movie palaces built to awe and delight the film goers. There were live orchestras, huge organs, plus singers, dancers, ballets, and special promotional shows to showcase the roadshows. Perfumes or scents were even pumped through the crude air conditioning vents to highlight scenes.
Guy Gilmore was the lover of Charlie Hays. Both men were suspects in the Dean Tanner Cunningham murder which Daffy investigated. The murder shocked all of Fairawayland and drew so much negative attention to movie stars the studios were terrified. Everyone wanted the murder solved — except the murderer.
Little Daffy Keens was another suspect in the infamous Dean Tanner Cunningham murder. Daffy was on loan to Gigantic during the murder of Gigantic’s greatest director.
Sidney Laugton was a young scientist in 1930 when Gigantic paid him to come and built a special incinerator that recycled silver by burning films. Sneed wanted every single film Daffy ever made burned ………
Mabal Sunnii on her last desperate loan out to Gigantic. ‘Sunny’ was dying of consumption and she was implicated in the infamous Dean Tanner Cunningham murder.
Eric Von Haught was a brilliant but erratic German (actually Austrian Jewish) director reduced to Fairawayland when he was hired to direct ‘The Shining Prince’ . Tiger Davies found him impossible to work with but also impossible not to like. ‘Vonnie’ could be infuriating but also charming and funny and delightful.
Eric Von Haught invaded movies by playing the ‘Beastly Hun’ in WWI despite being a Jewish Austrian reject from the army who never fought a battle in his entire life. But he was also self destructive. Fairawayland offered him one last chance to save his career — if he behaved …..
Eric Von Haught started out well but ……
But Eric Von Haught went insane during the filing of ‘The Shining Prince’ and raved that monsters were genuinely taking over the film….. including one particularly infamous monster called Lir…. a mimic octopus monster that could mimic anyone……
Eric Von Haught toward the end of the filming of the ‘Shining Prince’ as he was unraveling.
Eric Von Haught became obsessed by the ‘Shining Prince’ that shimmered on the screen during rushes — obsessed with hatred. His breakdown and vanishing was mysterious and his death was not confirmed so murder warrants are still outstanding against Haught for some of the deaths that occurred during the filming.
The only known image of Lord Lir before he became first immortal and then a mimic octopus monster……
Maralinga was a frosty import by Gigantic but her icy appeal failed to translate — until a love affair with Daffy was manufactured. Her ‘affair’ with Daffy pulled her right up to the top of the greasy pole of Fairawayland.
Maralinga in a photo of the premiere of her first film with Daffy. The camera loved her …. and she loved the camera…… but her real feelings for Daffy have never been authenticated. The closest she ever came to speaking of her feelings for Daffy was when she replied to a newspaper reporter shout announcing Daffy’s death. Maralinga replied ‘What is that to me?” She later denied saying it but the reporter insisted she did and furthermore added that she loved Daffy for ‘exactly two weeks’ .
The famous ’empty star’ of Maralinga in the ‘Honor of the Regiment’ which the public could read anything into —– and did.
The last known photo of Maralinga reflected in a mirror in her home in 1938 — a revealingly narcissistic photo. Her contract was broken, her fabulous career was over, her last film was a bomb she could not survive, and she was a self imposed prisoner of her home, terrified of leaving it er she meet Daffy — who was dead — or not ——
Maralinga emoting as Queen Maeve in the biggest Gigantic film of all time. It all but bankrupted Gigantic Films Ltd and ruined almost everyone involved. A near fatal accident during the filming of the last scene almost killed Maralinga and did kill several people involved with the doomed film. Only Daffy walked away bloody but praised for the otherwise doomed disaster that is today a sort of cult classic of it’s kind…..
Maralinga as Queen Maeve — in a film where everything that could go wrong did go wrong…… for diverse reasons ——
Maralinga after the near fatal accident during the last scene of the filing of ‘Queen Maeve’ as she left the hospital. She refused to remove her sunglasses and never appeared in another film….. ending what was suppose to be an amazing career.
What happened to Maralinga? She later gave interviews — over the phone — to reporters where she blamed Daffy for destroying her life and career. Today her few films are considered cult classics but most film critics consider ‘Anna Karenina’ to be the only film where she actually acted —- or reacted — under the bullying of Daffy who tormented her to perform in character as Anna the mentally unstable woman embroiled in a love affair that destroyed her.
Marlii was another import from Germany and stayed in Fairawayland only one year. She was Daffy’s last known lover — at least flesh and blood lover —- and was part of a conspiracy to save Daffy’s films from being burned down to the silver by Sneed who wanted to erase Daffy off the face of the planet by destroying every single film Daffy ever made. Later in her life she said Daffy was a special lover in her collection of lovers. Though she did indeed collect lovers by the baker’s dozen she was also remarkably loyal to her lovers — a trait Maralinga lacked.
Marlii in a studio cartoon. She was sold as an exotic hot house orchid but she was actually a bawdy, good humored, and loyal person graced with profound common sense most actresses of that era lacked.
Studio cartoon of Marlii. She was one of the few people Sneed could never destroy. She simply left Fairawayland with a shrug.
Max Sprat in a studio cartoon. He always told casting directors he was German but he was actually Austrian. He was hired for ‘The Shining Prince’ because of his swordmanship. Tiger Davies wanted the fencing scenes to be fantastic. Sprat worked anyplace except Germany or Austria because he was Jewish.
Max Sprat and Zelda. They were lovers during the time of the filming. Zelda was a stuntwoman signed on to fence with Sprat. She was later discovered to be an undercover policeman from the Thiess Guards — paranormal police of the supernatural.
Danny Jack Montebanks was being packaged as the new talkie star of Gigantic during the preparations for ‘Only The Lonely’ . Sneed told him to mime the pre-recorded songs and dialogue (so silent cameras could be used instead of the badly limiting sound cameras). This would in effect allow a young kid to steal the film from Daffy and profit from Daffy’s script and music and songs. Montebanks died of lung cancer after a week of rehearsals in miming for the pre-recorded songs and dialogue for the film — but he was not a smoker. His grim death has never been explained.
A Gigantic PR photo of Peter Normii at the fantastic sound recording terminal. It was actually a prop. Normii was an expert in ‘cutting the wax’ or records and live radio but told everyone he knew absolutely nothing about sound films. No one did.
Some films tried to use live recording. Some films tried to use pre-recorded sound and dialogue that could be mimed. Some used sound film stock. Some used sound discs that looked like huge records. Everything sounded dreadful and froze the camera which had to be locked in a padded box that looked way too much like a padded cell. Camera men fainted. Movies, which were suppose to move — froze as the camera froze. Microphones were hidden in flower pots or were shoved down woman’s corsets. Actors could not dare move er they drop dialogue. The old title cards suddenly sounded silly. Dialogue sounded silly. Kissing sounded like two people dying. Bad recording could castrate an actor’s voice and made him sound tinny or else turn a girl into a man’s voice in drag. Talkies were an utter disaster.
And Talkies occurred right before the World Crash when banks and financing credit lines dried up or went bust. Studios hocked all their monies on an unproven technology right before losing their shirts in the Crash. In hindsight it could be asked why? Silents were beautiful and beloved. Why change to an unproven gimmick? Many movie stars were ruined simply because the technology was so bad, so tinny, and no one knew what they were doing. Voices did not match faces or images. And most of all, badly recorded voices uttering silly dialogue ruined the magic of silents and made silver nitrate celluloid demigods into fools before their once adoring public.
The ruin was beyond the pale of the imagination. Demigods were destroyed overnight. Some crawled away. Some were reduced to bit parts. Some went mad. 90% of all silent stars were destroyed. The few who survived were the exception to the rule. People simply could not forgive their one time demigods for being —-well —- human.
Rock Granite the cowboy star of Gigantic — once Sneed destroyed the genuine cowboy star Surrey.
But Rock Granite had a secret — besides his real name of course — a deadly secret that Daffy found out the hard way…..
Rock Granite became embroiled in the Dean Tanner Cunningham murder in the worse possible way……
Paladine dressing his life size doll Maralinga for ‘Anna Karenina. Paladine was a quiet gay who adored Maralinga but enemies ‘camped up’ his designs for ‘Queen Maeve’ without his knowledge and all but ruined his career. He suffered a nervous breakdown as real as Gabon’s breakdown was not. The final cruel irony is Charlie Hays, also a Gay, was rumored to be behind the ‘camping’ of the designs to help Daffy ruin Maralinga’s big talkie film…… but it was never proved …..because Hays was never one to be caught red handed……
Pendragon waiting in rehearsals for ‘Anna Karenina’ for Maralinga to arrive — or not. The highly professional actor called her a ‘bitch’ for refusing to rehearse which he considered totally unprofessional. Pendragon was raised in the theater and entered movies late in life but carried over a lifetime of success and hard work and discipline as Zendula’s greatest actor. He was frosty but highly professional workaholic as well as a chain smoker. Daffy was one of the few people Pendragon openly liked. He treated Daffy as the son he never had. Daffy considered Pendragon the father he never had. Daffy cast Pendragon as Karenin and he played the usually loathsome part as that of a handsome, distinguished, hard working, but sympathetic man saddled with a young wife who was openly bored with him and his workaholic life. Pendragon dominated ‘Anna Karenina’ to such an extent Maralinga begged Sneed to cut his scenes down to the quick.
Pendragon was such a masterful actor he turned Karenin into an utterly mesmerizing man. he underacted to the camera as Maralinga dangerously overacted with increasing hysteria so film historians claim that Daffy and Pendragon ganged up on poor Maralinga to goad her into unraveling before the camera as the increasingly hysterical Anna while they underplayed their parts. The scene were Pendragon sees Anna secretly using morphine (which is in the book) was a body double but it further destroyed Maralinga’s role as the ‘victim’ while explaining Karenina’s protective concern for letting Anna keep their boy who is Karenin’s only heir. Karenin’s scene where he mimes the ‘bargain’ Anna made to marry him for his riches to sire his heir further undercuts ‘Anna’ in the eyes of the audience. Pendragon’s masterful underacting in the ‘No’ scene is the key scene in the whole film.
Pendragon in a late role on the stage before moving into movies which shocked everyone. He never explained or complained which was typical of this most private man.
Pendragon rehearsing as Karenin. Pendragon expected everyone to rehearse one week prior to filming just like in the theater but Maralinga was born into film and never trod the stage in her life. She claimed to be too shy and wanted Daffy to rehearse her privately which Daffy suddenly refused to do. He was in hospital with bleeding ulcers so Pendragon was ruling and Pendragon loathed Maralinga and Pendragon demanded that Maralinga report to rehearsals. So when filming finally started Maralinga was totally unprepared. In her prior films Daffy helped her every step of the way. Now Daffy was not so sympathetic.
Maralinga had always relied on her homosexual German director who discovered and manufactured her and then Daffy who helped her in every scene when she arrived in Fairawayland. Today it is debated how brilliant Maralinga was — or was not — because of her need for two men to reassure her, stroke her ego, paper over her ‘shyness’ and insecurities, and ‘walk her through her scenes’ before shooting on closed sets to ‘protect’ her.
Though Maralinga’s ‘Anna’ is brilliant it is also quite possibly not acting so much as ‘reacting’ as Daffy and Pendragon bullied her into playing the role for real. Daffy frequently manipulated untalented co-stars by yanking their strings to made them ‘react’ rather than ‘act’ so he was notorious for this behavior. So Maralinga could have been ‘set up’ and ‘ambushed’ by two masterful manipulators plus an unsympathetic director. Or else Daffy might have simply been too sick to support Maralinga which left her entirely at the mercy of Pendragon.
Pendragon in a showy role in a Gigantic movie. Pendragon was famous for his introduction on stage and then in the movies of ‘realism’. He expected a set that boasted a fireplace to have real fire. He used real guns (minus bullets) instead of fakes. He expected costumes to be real clothing. He told his actors to stop hamming like ‘second rate matinee hacks’ and act the way their character would do in real life. He expected each actor to rehearse to form a dimensional persona with ’emotional logic’ and psychological reality. He studied Freud and Jung and attended criminal trials to study deviant behavior. And he perfected the use of costumes, makeup, and acting details to convey a totally convincing personality.
Pendragon was a heavy smoker and was dying of lung cancer during the filming of ‘Only The Lonely’ when he and his beloved wife vanished forever….
Pendragon was a frosty, reserved man and he rarely led down his guard. He only displayed a softer side with Daffy and Wisteria Rosemont. He treated Maralinga with open contempt.
Louie B Sneed of Gigantic Films Ltd. Sneed came from a shockingly sordid background in the slums. His mother performed abortions. He pimped his sister to raise money for his junk business which he later plowed into Fairawayland movies. He bought a wife who later went insane from his abuse. He bought a titled son in law who latter fled. His daughter ended up insane after Sneed’s grandson died during the notorious Adrian Reid Law Suit.
Today Sneed is considered a classic psychopath and a key element of any psychopath is the ability to present a veneer to the public at large. Sneed could be nauseatingly sentimental. In the end he was fired by Gigantic after the treasury that financed the movie studio demanded Sneed be fired over the grotesque mishandling of the Weregild lawsuit involving the tragic ruin of Adrian Reid. Many insist to this day that Sneed got away with murder of Daffy.
‘So what are you going to do to him?” from the Solar One set of ‘Moonlight’ as the villains plot to murder Daffy’s character. Daffy rewrote the script and director King shot on location at a genuine state of the art but also very remote solar power plant where real life deaths were taking place —– before and behind the camera. Daffy was attacked during the filming but later downplayed the reputed assault.
The fashionable CEO and his family who ruled Solar One — putting on airs in the film —- as bodies stack up both before the camera and behind the camera. Daffy kept rewriting the script as the real life crisis at the remote location spiraled out of control. The bit players later said it was the worse film they ever suffered through.
‘I hate this place’ the lead female player tells Daffy’s character. As filing proceeded the cast and crew discovered a real life murder — or murders —–
The real life ruins of an ancient fortress in the desolate desert where the solar power plant was built.
Some of the color photos taken for posters and advertising of the remote and spooky desert location
Another color photo taken from the airship that took the cast and crew to the remote location to film ‘Moonlight’. The film was shot in black and white but special hand tints were added in post production to give the film an eerie look.
A scene of the film that shows the pale colors that were added in post production to highlight the black and white film. Silents in the 1920s were not silent and were rarely black and white. Stenciling and other tricks were employed to create color.
A shot of the power station featuring the eerie color effects. Daffy dubbed spooky electric music to further unnerve the audience.
‘Moonlight’ used the sterile machines of the huge power station to contrast the escalating horror of the murders. The workers were all dressed in drab work clothes and were shot to appear very small like ants trapped in a gigantic machine that was crushing them.
The direction King exploited the impersonal machinery to great effect to heighten the growing terror.
The post production stenciling of color allowed King to add color to the machines while keeping the human workers a drab grey.
The surreal mirrors that reflect light toward the ‘lighthouse’ where the mithril powered prism melts the liquified salt to power the turbines.
The surreal location in the brutally hot desert that traps everyone at the dangerously remote power plant.
The gigantic mirror reflectors that turn men into ants.
An aerial shot of Solar One.
The producer in charge of most of the actual films made at Gigantic in a studio cartoon.
Irving G Spreckles was the face Daffy trusted when he agreed to come to Gigantic. Daffy quickly realized Sneed was in real control and Spreckles could not protect him from Sneed’s insanity.
Titan’s logo. Daffy filmed over two third of all of his films at Titan and regretted his Gigantic contract. But the contract had a clause to allow Daffy to film one Titan film a year.
Felix Tubs the producer of Titan. Like many of the first generation of Fairawayland producers he was self made and fairly ruthless but he had a soft spot for ‘The Kid’ as he called Daffy.
Panoptic Films filmed the ‘Shining Prince’ which was one of Daffy’s biggest hits.
Buddy Zapt was the CEO of Panoptic Films. He was an ex-fighter but like a lot of early producers of early films, his rough life fueled as passion for making movies that trumped simple greed. Zapt, Wolf, and Toshio along with Tubs loved movies and would sink their last gilda into a film. Of Fairawaylands’ biggest producers, only Sneed of Gigantic actually hated films and actors. Today film studios are tiny widgets of gigantic consortiums who have little genuine passion for making movies. That was not the case when films started.
Tullii when Gigantic was selling him as the new’ He Man Action Hero’. Tullii wrote a shocking expose that Gigantic PR spread around the fan mags which tore Daffy to shreds with libels. The fan mags assumed it had to be true or why would Gigantic libel it’s own top star? Tullii laughed when confronted with the lies. ‘It was fun’ he replied. So everyone was shocked when Daffy agreed to hire Tullii to be the ‘action second lead’ in ‘Moonlight’. Tullii came back from the location filming a shadow of his old bullying self however. He ended in an insane asylum raving that ‘Daffys’ were climbing through the window to get him — bared windows on the fifth floor of the asylum.
Modern illustrations of Daffy and Maralinga exploring a vampire theme: Approaching the Vampire…..
The kiss of the vampire lures the lover ….
The Vampire Kiss…..
The Vampire rests…..
W S Surrey in ‘Badlands’ with Daffy. Surrey was a grand old cowboy — who started out on the stage and never actually visited the West before he fell in love with cowboy movies. But Surrey reinvented cowboy movies as a realistic and gritty form of tragedy. He imported genuine Cowboys and Indians and even bought and paid for an entire ghost town from the American West to be imported to Fairawayland to perform in. The movie public got tired of his gritty version of the West and he went bankrupt. Sneed seized control of Surrey’s films and film lot and hired Rock Granite to play glossy action cowboy hero types that public wanted.
Surrey like to play anti hero cowboys and dubious players of the grimy West. In ‘Badlands’ he is an aging outlaw just released from jail when he hears his son and daughter in law are murdered. He comes to the grimy town to confront his only grandson who has been raised to loath him. ‘I was raised to believe the meek inherit the earth Grandfather. But I look around me and it is a damn lie! The strong and corrupt inherit and the meek are shot in the back.’ Surrey replies ‘Sometimes the only thing you can do is kill…..”
Surrey in a famous closeup. He underacted when a lot of Fairawayland performers hammed it up. Today his films have aged well accordingly.
Surrey in a studio cartoon. Sneed all but destroyed Surrey. Sneed enjoyed destroying actors which might seem to be counterproductive to the running of a good studio. But Sneed had a love/hatred with ‘stars’. Sneed needed ‘stars’ but hated ‘stars’ and sooner or later destroyed every ‘star’ he could.
Surrey as the Grand Duke in a studio cartoon. Surrey thought Maralinga unprofessional but was too polite a gentleman to say so.
The Zephyrus neon sign where the climax fight of ‘The Killer’s was filmed in crude two strip technicolor. Today the famous sign is gone along with most of Fairawayland but the few movies that escaped wanton destruction are being rediscovered by new fans of Fairawayland. Check out Fairawayland Web Site or the new release of the books as E Books coming in 2013.