1921– “SNOW IN NAIROBI?”
“Oh the lions outside are frightful
But the theatre is so delightful
I want to go see the show
Let’s see Snow, let’s see Snow, let’s see Snow”
Okay, I sort of apologize for that parody of “Let It Snow” but it suited the general atmosphere of the season and Midwest winter weather as well as today’s blog topic: The motion pictures of Mr. Snow.
Several weeks ago (November 22), I blogged about H. A. Snow, film maker and big game hunter who was in Kenya Colony shooting wildlife in both the camera and rifle sense of the word. And at the close, I promised to tell about his movies in the next blog. I didn’t, getting distracted instead by other issues. Well, it’s time to get back to Mr. Snow.
The May 7, 1921 issue of The Leader of British East Africa reported “From time to time Nairobi has been regaled with pictures of Kenya’s unparalleled fauna disporting in their wild and natural surroundings. . . it is doubtful if any of these forerunners were quite as good as those exhibited this week at the Theatre Royal by the kind permission of Mr. Snow of the Oakland Museum’s expedition.” Snow apparently managed to show wildlife up close and still and stampeding in the distance and all points in between. Zebra, hartebeeste, “Tommies” and other hoofed animals appeared in his picture along with a lion hunt where Mr. Snow himself was shown stalking, shooting, and warily approaching the fallen animal.
“Almost equal in interest are the veldt scenes of trundling a motorcar down a stony bank, crossing a stream, and up the other side.” Snow also captured a tribal dance on film (the tribe not named). As the Leader described it: “We have some fine and numerous pictures of native ngomas (dances) with the savages in full paint and feathers and the bibis” [ladies] “resplendent in their savage finery.” [Apparently, knowing the tribe was not important as long as they were identified as savage.]
The Leader article concludes with the hope that Mr. Snow can be persuaded to show a matinee to the children of Nairobi. After that, it’s a showing of Zane Gray’s masterpiece: Desert Gold. And don't forget, Jade del Cameron's sweetheart, Sam Featherstone is a filmmaker, too. Read about their adventures in the latest: The Crocodile's Last Embrace.
Headline and quotes taken from The Leader of British East Africa, May 7, 1921.
Theatre Royal ad taken from The East African Standard, May 3, 1921
By the way, The Crocodile’s Last Embrace received a starred review by Publishers’ Weekly who called it “rip-roaring.” Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and called it “Enormously fun” and Library Journal’s starred review stated “Do not miss this one.”
And Mark of the Lion is now available in the U.K. via Piatkus Books. Stalking Ivory and The Serpent’s Daughter will soon follow.
Next week: More Nairobi news:
SPEAKING OF NEWS!
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NOTE: These blogs are meant to give some insight into the life and times of my fictional character, Jade del Cameron. Jade’s mystery adventures take place in post WWI Africa. To date they are: Mark of the Lion, Stalking Ivory, and The Serpent’s Daughter, and The Leopard’s Prey, Treasure of the Golden Cheetah and THE CROCODILE’S LAST EMBRACE. An excerpt and information on ordering signed copies is available at the website: www.suzannearruda.com. Follow short updates on http://twitter.com/SuzanneArruda and on facebook to http://www.facebook.com/pages/Suzanne-Arruda-Mystery-Writer/165784103431688?ref=ts