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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day features more than one cinema icon!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

Okay, this photo can be counted as “behind the scenes” because there’s a film camera in it, but the real reason I chose it was for the grouping of icons around that camera (in what is obviously a posed publicity shot).

Of course that’s Charlie Chaplin in the middle and sharp cinephiles will figure out the man on the left is Douglas Fairbanks (hamming it up) and the woman on the right is Mary Pickford. But who is that white-haired gent?

Well that’s the father of one of those featured in the pic. Can you guess who?

It’s a bit of a trick question. That man is the father of the motion picture camera, none other than Mr. Thomas Edison. Or the man who stole everything from Nikola Tesla depending on whose side you fall on, but still it’s a badass shot of the kings (and queen) of the silent era meeting the man who made it all possible (legitimately or illegitimately).

Click for the bigger version! Hope you guys enjoy!




Tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes Pic is incredibly politically incorrect. See ya’ then!

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  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Thomas Edison

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    director of the original frankenstein

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:06 p.m. CST

    or producer

    by seabiscuits

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Wow! Great pic.!

    by VanGoghX

    Great pic. to share. Thx!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:30 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    my first fifth!!

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Is that someone on a cell phone on the background?!?

    by KonkBob

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    sixth. still a first

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST

    United Artist

    by Munro Kelly

    The three actors in the picture and director D.W. Griffith, formed United Artist in 1919.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 9:34 p.m. CST


    by maxjohnson1971

    From what I have read, he "stole" a bunch of his inventions from people that worked for him. Sad when you read about that sort of thing. Bummer.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Best picture yet.

    by WickedChicken37

    So much history here...

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:31 p.m. CST

    That ain't Edison...

    by JethroBodine

    not sure exactly who it is, but that ain't Edison.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:38 p.m. CST

    ha. knokbob. time travel

    by stu_pickles

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:45 p.m. CST

    that IS edison (link)

    by Dan

    That is for sure edison. People are just used to seeing pics of him when he was really old. Check out the thick white hair and giant earlobes. It's him:

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST


    by canucklehead

    This series is gold, man.

  • could be just the age of the photo and stuff, but this looks almost as doctored as that Hitchcock photo. sorry for being negative. also like the Hitchcock pic this is great regardless of the authenticity of it

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:47 p.m. CST

    That does not look like Thomas Edison to me

    by dukeroberts

    Where did this picture come from?

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    never mind, i'm an idiot

    by stu_pickles

    i looked at the larger version and it all makes sense now.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 10:51 p.m. CST

    Edison didn't invent the motion picture camera

    by tdeiker

    Louis Lumiere did. There were even a few designs before his, but Lumiere's - the cinematographe - was the first that was portable, mass-produced, and used a standard film gauge - the first that can really be considered a "movie camera" as we think of them today. Edison's Kinetoscope, while developed simultaneously to the cinematographe, was enormous, fixed in place, and its product could only be viewed by one person. It's a stretch to call it the first movie camera.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:16 p.m. CST

    The father of the motion picture camera as we know it was W. K. L. Dickson

    by Speed Fricassee

    That's a fact. Dickson worked for Edison, but Edison only financed the work. Edison literally thought that moving pictures were a waste of time. You people should read more.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:36 p.m. CST

    I love this

    by thecheesegrommit

    This is one the best BTS pic. It's a great shot even though it's staged. Thanks Quint.

  • Feb. 17, 2011, 11:50 p.m. CST

    A Young Adolf Hitler And Thomas Edison?

    by otakuoverlord

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    What does Hitler have to do with movies?

    by rahtard

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  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:21 a.m. CST

    Fairbanks looks like Paul Lynde in that photo.

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    3, 2, 1, liftoff...

    by frank cotton

    it's midnight again, at the station, at the end of the universe, and, that means, that, it's time for frank cotton's LOST HIGHWAY, on, your favorite station, KALI, 6.6.6 radio! really folks, it's just one never-ending show, broken up by periods of work, play, and sleep, much like your real, actual, lives. you have heard, and/or will be hearing, 1000 STARS, by BIG COUNTRY, off THE CROSSING, AUDIENCE OF ONE (that would be, me, if, you think, about it...all the world's a stage, we, are all players, and GOD, himself, is, the audience. get it? well, DO you? i, thought not) by RISE AGAINST, off APPEAL TO REASON (get THAT?), DEAD HORSE (which it seems i'm beating), GUNS N' ROSES, off USE YOUR ILLUSION I, I ALONE, by LIVE, off THROWING COPPER, and THE WRETCHED, NINE INCH NAILS, THE FRAGILE. and that should hold us, for a while. a minor correction, QUOTE of the DAY, was, SUPPOSED to be, THOUGHT of the DAY. had to, fire, that idiot, frank, over that one, so, from here, on out, it's just me, runnin' the show, as should be. but we'll be skippin' that, and, ALL, the other, usual, bs TONIGHT, as we need to START getting down to brass tacks, here. and now. all the vitriol i've been spewing of late should have run the BOYS off by now, so, it's just us, here, again, ladies. back, to self-defense. it is important, not only for you, but for your loved ones, and, the world as a whole. who ELSE is going to defend you? NO ONE, really. sadly. and, if, you want something done right, right? i don't want to insult your husbands/boyfriends/lovers, but, let's face it girls, just how many of them could, put up a good fight, if neccesary? i'm not talking about cops, soldiers, mercenaries, or UFC fighters here, i mean the average guys. are they fit? good. are they trained? oh. have they even been in a fight, since they were kids? are they serious, and, detached enough, to stomp the shit out of one, or more, perpetrators, if need be? if not, can YOU motivate them to shape up? possibly. but why, depend on anyone else, who, might not even be available, in a crisis. what if, there's no one to take care of you, but you? please, my dears, prepare yourselves, for what may (hopefully not), come in the future. if not for yourselves, at least, for your friend's, and families' sakes. they wouldn't want to see you, hurt, or worse, any more than you, or i, would. do it, on your own, but, also band together with your sisters. learn to GROWL, be fierce, and scary. learn TAI CHI, for discipline, then some, other, MARTIAL ART, for practical application. and ARM YOURSELVES! why would any, pretty, young thing, leave the house, at all, without, at the very least, some pepper spray? useless as it is, you might be able to, say, throw it at someone, and run away. some suggestions: stainless steel picture wire. use your imaginations, please. all women should have, a primary weapon, a back-up, and, some other, small items, that can be used for cutting ropes, or, assholes, who should know better. think, about bamboo knitting needles, maybe, a PDA stylus, and/or eyeglass repair screwdrivers. a quick aside here; when things get rolling, watch out for, traitors, among you. sadly, there will, be those, who prefer things as they are, and will, casually, sell the rest of you out, just to curry men's favors, and, secure their, personal futures, and, see themselves as heroines. a pitiful, and, likely scenario. the guys are,, gonna be pissed at me, one day, and the price, on my head, could be pretty high. tempting. HANDCUFF KEYS. i believe, i mentioned handcuffs before, right? get some, and NOT the cheap ones they sell for, screwing around, in bed with, but, the ones that can't be gotten out of, without a key. you may never need them, but, what if you did? and, they CAN be used on your significant other, too, should the mood, strike you. not, a must-have, but, what is, is, a HANDCUFF KEY. you should, carry one with you everywhere, and, at all times. they are, small enough, to be taped just below your belt line, around back, where your hands would be. I'M NOT KIDDING HERE, GIRLS! this one, little thing, might, one day, save your pretty little ass from destruction, if, you get me. and, you should have razor blades hidden, somewhere, too, like, in your shoe, or, the hem of your pants. for cutting rope, if, you're tied up. because, IT COULD HAPPEN... i see it in the papers, every, single, day, and it makes me sick, because, i, can't, be everywhere, all the time, and,believe me, i would be, if, i only could. frank, here, is just an avatar; he DOESN'T have superpowers (yet), tho he really, REALLY, wants them. it's a little early, for that. right now, his only power is, his VOICE. time to hit the can, but, i WILL, be back. you, can, count on it.

  • And please dont compare Edison with Tesla.the former was a cunning businessman,the latter a genius scientist.but i guess you americans desperately need your own myths in your short history of your country.(yeah i am being a dick here)

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:50 a.m. CST

    It ain't Edison DAMNIT!

    by JethroBodine

    I said it once already, and evidently I wasn't very convincing in my argument. So, I did a little research and found out who the white haired guy in the photo was, and guess what, IT AIN'T EDISON! The guy in the pic is Oscar Price. In fact, I found another pic of what appears to be the exact same group on the exact same day... or here is all tinyfied 1919 United Artist Studio - (Left to Right ) - Douglas Fairbanks, Oscar Price, Mark Pickford, D.W. Griffith, and Charlie Chaplin So who is Oscar Price? You can find out more here... or tinyfied

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:59 a.m. CST

    Hey choppo...

    by JethroBodine

    Plz check out my post. :-)

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 5:51 a.m. CST

    Not Edison

    by Cureguy

    Edison looked really old and haggard at this time. The early 1900's...I don't think it is him. He was a complete bastard for his smear campaign against Nikola Tesla and the superior AC system.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:05 a.m. CST

    Great pic

    by Shubniggorath

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  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:31 a.m. CST

    It's time for a Tesla biopic

    by old toby

    As in Nicola Tesla, not the headbanger band.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    This is what's it all about folks!

    by MainMan2001

    It's not about 10000000000 trillion dollar budgets or obviously CG action sequences but about one dude or lady behind a camera and something magical.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:33 a.m. CST

    OLD TOBY's got it right.

    by frank cotton

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 7:34 a.m. CST

    better late than never

    by frank cotton

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  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST

    tesla isnt in the pic cuz he was busy.

    by vulturess

    making teleport clone machines.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Dickson beat Lumiere

    by Speed Fricassee

    Not by much, but he did. Frame rate, film strip, etc. Dickson invented the motion picture camera. It was just too heavy to be portable on almost any level. Lumiere's was heavy, too, but could be taken on location to get all kinds of shots, whereas Dickson's was trapped inside the Black Maria. Seriously. Gordon Hendricks. Read his books, any film lover owes it to themselves. Hendricks also has a wicked sense of humor, so it's not even slightly boring. And when you are done reading his books, you can talk about the history of film with confidence (and with accuracy).

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I'm in the camp of

    by thepoohguy

    That is not Thomas Edison. After searching and searching, I have yet to come across one picture of Edison where he: 1. Had a full head of white hear that wasn't in the form of a comb over. 2. Had on a regular necktie. Every picture of him has him wearing a bow tie. That is not Edison.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Gah! Look at all that exposed film!!!

    by Tigger Tales

    Enough to make an analog photographer cringe!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:29 a.m. CST

    I want to run my fingers through CHAPLIN's luscious locks.

    by Tigger Tales

    And my tongue through his stache.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:30 a.m. CST

    I have three or four pictures of Desi Arnaz yawning in My Documents.

    by Tigger Tales

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Someone crammed lots of COTTON into the end of Edison's ciggie.

    by Tigger Tales

    I bet it was one of his servants.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Team Tesla

    by slave to the one

    Edison was a cunt!

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Where's Atomic Robo when you need him?

    by Michael Tyree

    We need him to kick Edison's plagaristic ass (that's right...dig the bastige up and kick his moldy corpses ass!) and restore Tesla to his rightful place as "The Great American Genius!" So what if he was actually Serbian? Cool pic at any rate and wasn't that Mary Pickford hot?

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:46 p.m. CST

    Is frank cotton a bot?

    by YME

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Tesla was serbian not american

    by KilliK

    the same goes with Einstein who was jewish/german.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST


    by Cureguy

    Tesla became an American citizen in the early 1900's. His accomplishments included-AC electric motor ,wireless power transmission,remote control,1943 Supreme Court Decision as the inventor of radio,first to conceptualize and experiment with X-Ray and radar technology,and robots. He is pretty much the mind behind the 20th century and most all that has come since.

  • Feb. 18, 2011, 8:17 p.m. CST

    Edison invented the motion picture camera

    by Snookeroo

    much like Stan Lee invented Spider-man. Ouch.

  • Feb. 19, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Edison was the Steve Jobs of his day.

    by v3d