This is the first camera that William Fox bought for
"Fox Studios". This is the camera that started it all. Fox
studios, Fox Theaters, 20th Century Fox, Fox Newsreels, (the silent
news reels), Fox Movie Tone News, (the sound newsreels), Fox News
and Business Channel and Fox TV. This camera is the genesis piece of
equipment for all of Fox.
I don't imagine there is anything left of the earliest Fox items
except this camera. Tagged the genesis of them all, few cameras
posses a place in the history of movie making that this one does.
Historically, this is the camera that spawned the one of the largest
continuing cash flows in the history of the entertainment industry.
This is the camera bought by Fox Studios to shoot the movies of
their huge Vampire star Theda Bara. "Vamp" became the term for cute,
sexily trashy, fun loving, man eating, stylish women. "Vamp" came
from "A Fool There Was" (1915), Theda Bara's rocket to stardom. Her
line, "Kiss me, my fool" became the first movie line to become
quoted through out the public and worked it's way into the common
language. It was as famous as the Dirty Harry "Go ahead, make my
day" line and the "I'll Be Back" line of The Terminator. This set
the tone for a World wide fad of young women
becoming "Vamps" and uttering Theda's line, "Kiss me, my fool".
This Twentieth Century Picture's camera and the Bell & Howell Fox camera,
seen to the left on this page,
belong together and should ideally be owned by Fox or an executive
at Fox. For 20th Century Fox, any two cameras together don't get more
historically important than this. Today, 20th Century Fox is a special company as
over the last century they
have expanded to all the new technologies as each became available.
They have had what is probably the highest continuing dollar flow of
any entertainment company in history.