If you want to get ahead in Hollywood, then think like Irish filmmaker Rex Ingram who, in 1921 made a film still talked about today. This is an extract from Variety:
The magnitude of The Four Horsemen is staggering, and it is not hard to believe the statistics relative to the production. It is said to have cost approximately $800,000; director Rex Ingram had 14 assistants, each with a cameraman; more than 12,000 persons were used, and 125,000 tons of masonry and other material employed; $375,000 insurance was carried on the art works, furniture, etc, used in the picture, which was six months in the making.
By 1847 soup kitchens were feeding nearly 3 million people daily, out of a population of around 8 million. The Quakers were one organisation who worked tirelessly to bring relief to many areas. Even native Americans sent food aid. The soup was made in huge vats or pots,called boilers.
What do Saratoga Racecourse in New York and the film Gangs of
New York have in common? John Morrissey.
John Morrissey was born in Templemore, Co. Tipperary in 1831 and
his family moved to America in 1833. By the time he was 18 he was working for
the Irish gangs and got a reputation as a fighter. As leader of the Dead
Rabbitts he came across William Poole (Bill the Butcher) and the Bowery Boys
when given the task of stopping them from rigging an election, something he
He also taught himself to read
and write. During a lifetime of adventure, he was involved in the gold rush in
California, fought for the heavyweight boxing title and became a state Congressman.
He then set up a casino in Saratoga and then founded the famous racecourse.
John Morrissey died in 1878, aged
just 47. From a small town in Ireland to becoming one of the most famous
achievers in America.