Archive for Wednesday, June 27, 2012

100 years ago: Boxing match banned from Lawrence movie theaters

June 27, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 27, 1912:

  • "Governor McDonald of New Mexico doesn't intend to stop the Johnson-Flynn match in his state on July Fourth, but Mayor Bishop of Lawrence, Kansas, doesn't intend that the pictures of the New Mexican context shall be shown in his city. Not even pictures pertaining to the fight, even though they are not the battle itself, shall be on the program of any of the motion picture houses of Lawrence.... The placards at the Majestic theater in the 600 block of Massachusetts street yesterday announced that the big picture of the year could be seen inside. A large banner in front of the house declared that it was 'the best ever.' The picture was entitled, 'May the best man win,' and the notices stated that it was a reel made at the Johnson and Flynn training camps at Las Vegas, New Mexico. Jack Johnson and Jim Flynn were featured in large life size posters in front of the house. Mayor Bishop was either attracted by the flaming posters or else word of the show was carried to him. In any case the mayor made short work of the show.... The Mayor informed Marshal Myers of the kind of a show that was in progress and ordered it stopped. Officers informed the proprietor of the place that the ban had been placed on this film and told him that he must not show it in Lawrence. The proprietor hesitated and argued that they were not pictures of a fight but merely scenes taken from the rival training quarters. However, this argument was not convincing and the mayor stoutly maintained that the pictures must not be shown, and they weren't."
  • "This afternoon as Mrs. L. Warner and her daughter Ruth were driving about a half mile west of Breezedale, the horse became frightened at an automobile and started to run away. The animal shied to the side of the road where there was a ditch and the buggy upset. The women were not hurt except for a few scratches and bruises, but the buggy and harness were broken up considerably. The coroner was called to the scene but found nothing for him to do. Mrs. Warner's home is about four and one-half miles northwest of Lone Star."


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 10 months ago

Wow in a town where Jess Willard did his training a little later of course (Lawrence). Time does change, the old highwat on west 7th street was known as the" Willard cut", high banks on both side of the road, the street is dead end today.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 10 months ago

Apparently, now that youtube links get playable on this site, this song got removed.

So, just google Jack Johnson and Legend of the Titanic, by Jamie Brockett on youtube.

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