WAY BACK WHEN IN SB – Another Rough Fight

A scene from “The Diamond From the Sky.” (Reel Life, May 29, 1915)

Dateline – May 1915

It wasn’t easy being the star of an adventure serial in the silent movie years. Actors suffered damage to their wardrobe as well as their anatomy. (Many film actors and actresses had to provide their own costumes.)

“Irving Cummings . . . who is playing the lead in “The Diamond From the Sky,” has acquired a limp as the result of his encounter with a crowd of tramps in the boxcar fight. It was all for the sake of this [“Flying A”] romantic film story . . . and he doesn’t mind even if he did put a new dress suit out of business.” – Motion Picture News, April 29, 1915.

“Cummings says that he has done nothing but ruin clothes since the picture started.” – Billboard, May 8, 1915.


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