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Chicago and Bungalow Movies

Silent film titles suggest Hollywood took note of the bungalow explosion in America

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An Auto-Bungalow Fracas (1913)⁣⁣

The bungalow — a low house, with a wide front porch, having either no upper floor or upper rooms set in the roof — exploded in America around the turn of the 20th century. And Hollywood took note. Look at the titles of these silent films—two of which were made by Chicago’s American Picture Company:⁣⁣

  • The Bungalow Craze (1911)⁣⁣

  • Bounding Bertie’s Bungalow (1913)⁣⁣

  • An Auto-Bungalow Fracas (1913)⁣⁣

  • Ambrose’s Bungled Bungalow (1920)⁣⁣

  • Bungalow Troubles (1920)⁣⁣

  • Bungalow Love (1920)⁣⁣

  • Bungalow Boobs (1924)⁣⁣

  • For Sale, a Bungalow (1927)⁣⁣

⁣⁣Like 75% of films made in the original silent era, most of these works have been lost to history. But as you can learn below, the bungalow is still very much alive in Chicago and its surrounding suburbs!


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