Thursday, January 19
Fun with the Internet Movie Database
I have found an "actor" entry for Bishop Fulton J. Sheen ("sometimes credited as Monsignor Fulton J. Sheen") and details on the surprisingly extensive film career of Pope Leo XIII, who apparently holds the distinction of being the first pope on film as the subject of such silent mini-documentaries as Pope Leo XIII Being Carried in Chair Through Upper Loggia, Pope Leo XIII Leaving Carriage and Being Ushered Into Garden, and Pope Leo XIII Walking at Twilight. Not to mention film credits for Pius XII (presumably mostly stock footage) and the Sistine Choir (!).
Perhaps even more astonishing is the discovery of a 1914 film which not only included George Bernard Shaw, but G.K. Chesterton. One wonders if one's leg is being pulled here, but given the script was written by J.M. Barrie (presumably a mutual friend), and given G.K. got involved in plenty of hijinks in his younger days (including a surreal day playing at being cowboys" also with G. B. Shaw and also captured on film--if you don't believe me, read his autobiography), well, I suppose anything is possible...