Monday, April 28, 2008

The Studio Strike of 1941 Part 3

Some more images from the strike at Disney Studios in 1941. Based upon some of the fliers and also the signs, this must have been one of the most colorful strikes in history.
(Based upon the comments received from the readers, I have corrected and updated the posting. Thanks everyone!)
The first image is of Herb Sorrel who was the leader of the strike. He was a studio painter who was influenced by Australian-American labor organizer Harry Bridges. Herb would later lead the bloodiest strike in Hollywood history with Combined Screen Unions in 1945 and the infamous Black Friday on October 5, 1945 when strikers and Warner Brothers Studio clashed.

The next image is actor and screen writer John Gleason. Best known for his New York characters, being nominated for an Academy Award for playing boxing manager Max "Pop" Corkle in the film Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

I love this image and should have placed it next to the effigy of Gunther Lessing in the guillotine. This is the procession marching the guillotine to its location. I love the dramatic look and feel of this procession.

And to add a little background, a handout from the strikers describing the reason for the strike.

I would like to once again Bob Cowan (rcowan@mywdo.com) for sharing the images with me and my readers. To see more of his collection, head to Didier Ghez's Disney History blog.

12 comments:

Major Pepperidge said...

More AMAZING stuff, wow what a collection.

I have to say, that second photo does not look like John Garfield the actor... maybe it's another guy with the same name? Your first post of strike images does show a photo of the actor though...

I still work just up the street from the Disney studio, it's interesting to see those familiar hills behind the strikers.

Davelandweb said...

Patrick - #2 is definitely not John Garfield. These are amazing images though - thanks for posting.

Dave said...

That first photo looks like the spittin' image of character actor James Gleason, who played the milk truck driver in the Judy Garland-Robert Walker flick "The Clock", among a bazillion other roles in the 40's and 50's.

Thanks again for posting this great stuff!

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I agree with Dave that is James Gleason in the second picture. Great stuff Matterhorn.

Davelandweb said...

I thought the same thing about the first photo being James Gleason; I looked up photos of Harry Bridges, and #1 doesn't look like him at all. Are these photos labeled in the scrapbook? I'm wondering if there were two separate union events in there.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

I'm sorry, made a mistake...that is James Gleason in the first picture. Here is a great link to the Warner Brothers strike story. Picture of Herb Sorrell at the bottom.

Viewliner Ltd. said...

OK old age alert, Here is the link;

http://www.iatse728.org/home/strike.htm

SUSAN said...

This is not directly related but I'm wondering if you have any information about where I could find the names of the original 17 people who owned the 160 acres that Disney bought in Anaheim n 1953. I'm not having much luck. Thanks for any suggestions.

Major Pepperidge said...

If you follow Viewliner's link, there is a picture of Herb Sorrel... it sure looks like your guy in the second photo!

Matterhorn1959 said...

Susan- try contacting Chris at the Orange County History blog.

Kevin Kidney said...

This is truly incredible imagery and information. Thanks for sharing. Wow!

Robert Cowan said...

The comments about Garfild are right on! The writing on the back of the photo says Garfield, but when I did an image search on James Gleason it is obvious that he's the one in the photo. I really appreciate the comments and I'll make the corrections in my database. Thanks, again!
--Bob Cowan