Parting Looks — Jack Moore

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This sketchpad looks very old, but has no date in or on it. It’s thin, well preserved, and its pages are heavy, stiff stock. The pencil drawings are literal, and presumably by Jack Moore. He appears to have been a bit part actor in early movies, perhaps starting in the teens. He lists in some detail movies he had a role in, starring actors, sundry details, and production companies. I haven’t researched the movies he mentions. His signature appears only once, at the end. I don’t know how this journal came into my dad’s possession. My guess would be through Buck Schiwetz. Buck may have known Jack Moore. Just a surmise, though. (JMN)

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This image shocked me. I grew up with a large framed, black-and-white print of the scene, professionally rendered (can’t remember the artist) always hanging in our house. It was labeled “The Ruse That Failed on the Left-Handed Ranger.” My dad told the tale. The two men on the left conspired to kill the Texas Ranger. In greeting, one would shake his presumed gun hand while the other shot him. The left-handed Ranger drew his concealed weapon and fired first. The story must come from some lore that I didn’t know existed, quite possibly a true story, that Jack Moore also knew of. Maybe it’s even in a movie! (JMN)

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[Transcription] The Civil War battle scenes made in the oak forest on the Anita Baldwin ranch were made for stock use in any Civil War battle sequence for M.G.M. In the eighteen days of battle scenes on the “set” more than half of the scenes were made for “Gone With the Wind.

All of the mounted police and all the Hollywood cowboys were put in Civil War uniforms and used as Union cavalry and Southern cavalry.

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[Transcription] “Singer of Seville” played Spanish civilian with Ramon Novarro. M.G.M Production

“Morgan’s Last Raid” cavalry officer with Colonel Tim McCoy. M.G.M Production

“Of Human Hearts” (working title, “Benefits Forget: Brigadier General, Southern Army – Walter Huston, James Stewart, Beulah Bondi. M.G.M. Production

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[Transcription] “Dangerous Curves” played Ring Master in the circus sequence with Clara Bow.. Lasky Production

“Heart of Maryland” played Confederate general with Helen Wainright and Chas. Richman. Wm. Fox Production

(a) “Three Musketeers” sequence, (b) “The Iron Mask.” Played a Cavalier in first and brigand in the sequel. With Douglas Fairbanks. United Artists Production.

“Song of the West” played Captain of U.S. Dragoons with John Boles and Joe E. Brown (N.B. Joe E. Brown’s first picture) M.G.M Production

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[Transcription] “Tumble-Weed” has racing with Wm. R. Hark in the “Jeherakee Strip” opening of 1889. Starring Wm. R. Hark and Barbara Bedford. United Artists Production
(Joseph Schenek)

“The Flaming Frontier” (showing the Custer massacre) played Buffalo Bill (Col. Cody). With Hoot Gibson. Universal Pictures Corporation

“The West Parade” worked mob scene in the second election of Woodrow Wilson. Starring Walter Huston.
Metro Goldyn Mayer (“M.G.M.”) Production

“For the Southern Cause” played General Stonewall Jackson with Helen Wainright and Charles Richman. Wm. Fox Production

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[Transcription] My home is on Chevy Chase Drive, in Glendale, Calif. Eight miles from Hollywood and I have had work in the following motion pictures — “Riding With Death” = (Ranger Picture) played the part of Ranger Captain with Buck Jones — Wm. Fox Production — “Under Orders” (Ranger Picture) played the part of Ranger Captain with Leo Maloney — Louis B. Mayer Production.

“Behind the Mask” (Western) played the part of a wounded cowboy with Dorothy Davenport. (Mrs. Wallace Reid) Louis B. Mayer Production.

“Resurrection” by Count Tolstoy. Colonel of Cossack regiment with Delores Del Rio, also Czar Nicholas the Second. Edwin Carew Production

“Valley of Vanishing Men” (Western) Was Warden of Santa Fe prison. Hark Production

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[Transcription] “In Old Arizona” was Express Messenger on the stagecoach. Fox Production with Warner Baxter, Dorothy Burgess, and Edmund Lowe.

“The Glorious Trail” was “Buffalo Bill” (Colonel Cody) with Ken Maynard. (First National Production)

“The Pony Express” doubled in the “horseback stuff” for Ricardo Cortez — who was a co-star with Betty Compson and Wallace Beery. (Famous Players-Laskey Corporation)

“Great Meadows” (Daniel Boone period) was buckskin prisoner with Grant Withers, Johnny Mack Brown.
Metro Goldwyn Mayer (“M.G.M.”)

Jack Moore

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(c) 2019 JMN

About JMN

I live in Texas and devote much of my time to easel painting on an amateur basis. I stream a lot of music, mostly jazz, throughout the day, and watch Netflix and Prime Video for entertainment. I like to read and memorize poetry.
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