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King Baggot Tribute 

When: Wed., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. 2016
Price: free admission
King Baggot first gained fame in St. Louis has an amateur soccer player in the late 1800s. He was stunt-cast in a local play and discovered that he liked acting more than athletics — a decision that changed his life. After starring in local productions, he moved to Broadway and then transitioned to film in 1909. King Baggot starred in more than 40 films in the next two years (he also somehow found time to star in an additional sixteen films with Mary Pickford in 1911 alone). The public responded in an unprecedented way to Baggot's good looks and his ability to project emotion in the early silent era — the studios put his name on the marquee to capitalize on the Baggot brand, setting a trend that still continues. His 1913 film Ivanhoe, adapted from Walter Scott's novel, was a sensation. It was filmed in the United Kingdom, even though foreign shoots were unheard of at the time, and featured epic battle scenes, pageantry and a massive cast. Tom Stockman hosts a tribute to King Baggot at 7 p.m. tonight at the Missouri History Museum (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; Stockman will discuss the actor's local ties and amazing career after a screening of Ivanhoe, scored live by the Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra.
— Paul Friswold



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