Magazine article Screen International

Historic Toilet Flushes, a Lucky 7 Budget, Dracula's Cape and Other Trivia

Magazine article Screen International

Historic Toilet Flushes, a Lucky 7 Budget, Dracula's Cape and Other Trivia

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To mark the official centenary of Universal Pictures (Apr 30), the venerable studio has published a list of 100 "fun facts" for film buffs to enjoy.

Ever ready to promote trivia, we at Screen have reproduced a few of these entertaining nuggets below:

Universal Film Manufacturing Company was officially incorporated in New York on April 30, 1912. Company legend says Carl Laemmle was inspired to name his company Universal after seeing "Universal Pipe Fittings" written on a passing delivery wagon.

The first feature filmed at Universal City was Damon and Pythias in 1914.

The working title for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was A Boy's Life / ET: The Extra Terrestrial is Universal Pictures' all-time highest grossing film.

In the movie All Quiet on the Western Front, the Greek writing on the blackboard in the schoolroom is the beginning of Homer's Odyssey: "Tell me, oh Muse, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide."

American Graffiti's budget was exactly $777,777. …

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