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NEWS SNAPSHOTS OF SOME PHOTOPLAY STARS RIGHT IN THEIR ELEMENT
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There wns nn otd-tlme "movlo" manager
In the office tlio other day. (Ho now la
touring tho States In a big bluo Packard
car with n chnufCeur, footman and thrco
pretty lllle grandchildren, that wero all
the direct or the Indirect rcaulta ot his
pioneer experiences In tho "silent drama"
business.) After talking on tho huge deals
that aggregate millions ot dollars every
week In combines, trusts, amalgamations
ml options on producing companies, ho
drawled out, "Well, boys, In tho old days,
we never knew such sums were- even In
the dictionary. Why, do you know that
when I started In the business, I had a
projection machine that looked more llko
tn old-fashioned lawn mower than It did
oho of these flno jilcctrlc-drlvon, self-adust-Ins
carbon affairs that nearly ovcry the
' aire Is equipped with now? Tho operator
gold tickets aftor advertising tho towns wo
made, and then ns soon ns wo thought wo
had all tho cash that was to como In ho'd
walk" 10 feet to tho rear ot tho orchestra
teats and throw on tho light. That Is, It
tho machine worked right nnd tho light
. "Most times It didn't. Often wo found
that tho power plant In tho town was out
of order. Then was tho Job to tap tho
heavily charged trolley road wire outside
the building and let tho Jutco run through
a hogshead of salt water that wo always
placed during tho afternoon In a secluded,
location back of the stngo entrance. You
geo wo were schooled to antlclpato 'Juice'
"Then tho carbons would light up nnd It
,the film happened to bo Inserted upside
down, It didn't matter much to tho au
dience. Some of tho youngsters would try
to stand on their heads td sco the picture.
Then followed a short announcement that
'owing to tho long railroad jump our film
rot slightly mixed up.' A piano solo by
Professor So-and-So would bo added to tho
program without extra charge while the
film was being adjusted.
"Then came tho show. A railroad on
glno steaming down tho track. Tho pianist
would blow a tin whlstlo and tho audience
would 'Oh' and 'Ah' and nftcr two or three
minutes of this thero would bo another
five-minute Intermission to thread tho ma
chine with tho much-heralded feature called
'A bootblack shining Bhoes.' Four minutes
of this and tho show was over. And tho
worst thing about It was, wo never had a
' "Money rolled Into us In thoso days.
Quick returns were always tho rule. But
now what a change. Limousines roll up
to a theatre costing upward of a half
million dollars, and an orchestra of picked
soloists replaces tho old-time pianist, with
a whlstlo for effects. Tho world's greatest
legitimate stars nro presented and weekly
expense runs Into the thousands to operate
your house. It's all duo to tho . boys
(We'd blush to admit Just what educational
medium had 'made' tho movies), for they'vo
made' tho "pictures Intd classics. They'vo
forced tho Industry into a staple thing and
educated tho public, hundreds of millions
of 'em Into attending tho picture theatre
as faithfully as they do tholr bathtub or
their dinner table."
With these words, the old-timer passed
'around Carolina Carollnas to tho Interested
listeners nnd soon after rolled down tho
busy street toward . tho ferryhcuso, en
routs for tho Jersoy shoro.
Another Frohman Story
TVERY now and then you run
J-' across a new and amusing story
about Charles Frohman, for there
are more now in circulation than
when he was here. The Frohman
legend is already in the making.
There i3 this one: Frohman was
in London, when there came in his
morning's mail to the Savoy a com
munication from one who had been
an actress in his companies and who
had since married and become a
great lady. He opened the envelope
and found therein a formal card an
nouncing that his erstwhile star
would be "at homo" on such and such
an afternoon. Frohman wroto on
the other side just this:
"So will I. C. F." New York
Danciiyf at Xeith's next weelc
AT U CITY
Viola Smith, Universal actress, and Mabel Condon, western representa
tive of tho Dramatic Mirror, on the running board of Miss Smith's car.
Complete Theater Programs for tho
Week Appear Every Monday in
tho Evening Ledger Chart
Programs of tho motlon-plcturo theaters
In tho city for next week rovcal the peculiar
fact that two feature films will bo shown
In nearly all of tho first-class neighborhood
houses. Tho Trlangla relcaso picturing
Charles Hay In "Tho Deserter." a story ot
army life, nnd "The River of Romance," In
which tho Metro featuro Harold Lockwood
and May Allison, aro tho plays that carry
oft tho prlro for tho week's popularity In
booking, at least.
Two now Paramount releases featuro
next week's bill at tho Stanley. Wnllaco
Reld and Cleo Rtdgely will appear In "Tho
Houso of tho Golden Windows" tho first
thrco days, while tho picture for the end
of the week shows Mnrlo Doro In "Common
Ground." Both aro strong dramas. Tho
Arcadia will show tho new Trlnnglo pic
ture "Honor Thy Name," In which Frank
Keenan and Charles Ray appear ns co
stars on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
May Marsh and Robert Harron hend the
week-end bill In "Tho Marrlago of Molly
O." The Palaco announces a big trlplo
bill for the first threo days. Tho main at
traction will bo Wallace Reld and Cleo
Rldgely, In "Tho Selfish Woman"; Charllo
Chnplln, In "Ono A. M" and tho twelfth
oplsodo of "Gloria's Romance," complete
tho triad. Hazel Dawn and Owen Moore, In.
"Under Cover," aro tho stars for tho last"
Wednesday will be n big day at the Lib
erty with a twin featuro bill exploiting Wil
liam Farnum In "Battle of Hearts," nnd
Francis X. Bushman with Doverly Rayne
In "A Brother's Loyalty." Charles Ray
appears In "The Deserter" Monday and Alice
Brady In "Miss Petticoats" Tuesday.
Paulino Frederick nnd Edith Storey are
tho stars at the Leader for the oarly part
of next week. "Tho World's Great Snare"
Is the picture for Monday nnd Tuesday and
"Tho Tarantula" for Wednesday.
Relph Kollard. who played Mr. Alladln
In "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," will bo
tho star In "The Precious Packet" nt the
Cedar Wednesday. Monday's feature Is
Holbrook Bllnn In "Tho Weakness of Men."
Charlie Chaplin will vie for favor with
Harold Lockwood and May Allison at tho
Locust Monday nnd Tuesday. "Feet" will
wll be In his latest comedy, "One A. M.,"
whllo tho others will appear In tho Metro
featuro, "Tho River of Romance." Alice
Brady, In "Miss Petticoats," and Lionel
Barrymore, In "The Quitter," are the head
liners announced for tho remainder of tho
Miss Doro will be tho nursemaid heroine
In "The Heart of Nora Flynn." the feature
announced for Monday and Tuesday nt the
RIalto Theater. "Tho Deserter." on Wcdnes
day. Jncklo Saunders on Thursday nnd
Friday, and Paulino Frederick on Satur
day are the other features of the week.
Willie Collier, Jr., son of his more famous
father, will star In "The Bugle Call," which
opens next week's bill of pictures at tho
Alhambra. Donald Brian Is featured In
"Tho Smugglers," Tuesday's headllner, and
Dorothy Kelly, In "Tho Law Decides,"
Marguerite Clark, Louis Huff and
Mary. PIckford will appear In favorite
pictures for two days each, tn the order
named, at the Belmont Theater, next week.
Theda Bara, Pauline Frederick and Flor
ence Rockwell will be seen on the screen at
the Ruby Theatre during the first part of
Tho Regent Theatre closes Its doors to
Evening Ledger Photoplay
Cast Contest , .
Kntrlei now open.
Votlnr bean Jul 17.
Votlnr end Auxuit 31.
t Decldon BtpUmber 3.
HOW TO VOTE
Cut nut the hcadlns "ETe'nln IUr'
and date line aputarln at tio top ot tn
Drat pare. H'rlto your candidate', name In
the w&It man In above and Bail to the
Ettnlnr ledger1 FbotouUr Caat Cgateat. F.
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Uelour la a peclnien Tote In mlulalurei
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beadlnc except. thai on the Ox pare will
be accepted and none that la more loan 10
day old. Only oue name war be. written en
Pleaee enter In the Evcoln Leditr rbsto
play Cant Content!
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Nomlnatlnc enaolxatloua. nuur concentrate
tbelr rgtee on one candidate or .ma semniat
and work lor twet U ., one lady, one en-
U'ft1 nomination blanlr, when protwrlr
Oiled out "and forwarded. wUI cntlC tbe
BomUceta 1000 toU.
Candidates are revuekted U , lre tUelr
heme addreaa la each and eterr Jaetaace, w
thai the KJIter will be able to rouunualceU
wttn tbim (rem time to time. All addrcca
will be strictly coafldeatlal.
pnlr one Kombuitloa Blank will b credited
Mall to Krentne ldr. Photoplay Cast
CpoUt. 0. Box W tkUadetekLT;
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night for n short vacatlon.durlng which time
tho auditorium will bo Improved to tho ex
tent of $16,000, according to the atcx
Clara Kimball Young will be tho fea
turo attraction nt tho Olympla next Wed
nesday. "The Rights of Man" nnd 'Tho
End of tho World" aro announced for Mon
day and Tuesday.
Tho Iris announces Chnrlle Chaplin In
"Ono A. M." on Monday; Peggy Hyland, In
"Saints and Sinners," Tuesday, nnd Charles
Ray and William S. Hart, In two featuro
Four Triangle nnd two Paramount re
leases featuro next week's bill at tho Park.
Myrtle Stodman in 'Tho American
Beauty" on Monday and Tuesday; Harold
Lockwood and May Allison In "Tho River
of Romance" tho noxt two days, and
Blancho Sweet In "Tho Dupe" nt tho end
of tho week comprise, next week's program
at the Gcrmantown.
OTm PkC 1 WW
A VAMPIRE IN HER ELEMENT
Bats fly even vampire bats. So does Louiso Glaum, the talented
"vamp" of the Inco side of the Triangle. She will be seen in "Honor
Thy Name," with Frank Keenan and Charles Ray, at the Arcadia
Standing of Contestants m Pnotoplay Cast Contest
BELOW is printed for the first time the standing of the 108 contestants for the Evening Ledger's Photoplay Cast.
Tho list includes only thoso nominated before Thursday night and the number of votes cast is made up to tho same
date. If your nomination was sent before that time and your name does not appear, send it in again. If you havo
collected more votes than appear to your credit, remember that votes which were not in hand by Thursday evening
will be credited to you the next time the list is published.
This is, of course, only the first lap of tho Photoplay Cast Contest and, so far, votes have been received for 51
out of the 108 contestants. The other 57 are credited with 1000 votes each for nomination. In most cases votes havo
arrived, since the list was made up, for these 57, and they will appear shortly. So far no contestant has assumed a
commanding lead. One day's work can put any actor up among the leaders. The conditions of voting remain the
same, and are as simple as can be.. Cut tho heading on page 1 of the Evening Ledger, the title and the date, write
the name of your contestant on it and send it in, as directed in the coupon printed each day. Nominations may still bo
made, and the field is open to all.
It. U. Jlonaldes, Central Y, M. C. A
Margaret O'Neill, Cor. Iinmuculutum Alumnae
Mort Elseman, Franhford Avenue Hldg.,anU Loan Asso.
1'ortus Acheson, Int. I'hoto Engravers' Union No. 7,...
Alice Andron, Philadelphia School ot Expression
Winnie Murphy, Class '09 Glrord College
Challenger Earl Rice, Rice Booster Club
Charles Cohen, Twenty-eighth District Pollco.....
C. XV. CoUIson, Germantown Y. M. O. A
WUlIam A. B. Lapetlna, Madonna Catholic Club
Louis Kurtz, Three Point Club, v .'
Margaret Gardner, Lalcota Dramatic Association
James Curico, International Musical Union.,
Al Orainaner, Atlas Social Club.,,,,., ,
Peggy Taylor, WynnelleJd Comedy Club,,,,,., ...,,..,
Ernest E. Schearer, Artisans' Order of Mutual Protection
Royd E. Morrison, Women's Trade Union League
Joe Wenger, Ardents' Club,,,,,.,,,....,...,.,,,.,,..
Alexanderina Kelly, Watcrview Recreation Park...,,,..
Herbert Goldberg. Orieinal Crimson..........
William F. Cooney, Boosters Club.,., ,.,
Edgar Wolf, Philadelphia Exhibitors' League ,,,.
Anna M. Rebel, Feni Rock Woolen Mills , . . . .
Jesse Laventhol, Carlyle Social Club..., ,....,...
Eleanor Deeney, A. B. 8, Dramatic Association. ,.,,.,..
Alia Berthelson, Athletic Recreation Park.,.,,,,,,,,..,
Joseph E. McGettlgan, St. Patrick's Dramatic Club,,,.,,
Mrs. M. Po vey ,., v ,....,.,. ,,,...
Charles Tliutn, Twenty-eighth District Police,.., '
Henry L. Fox, Stage Society of Philadelphia ,,,...
Peter Glllou, A. B. S. Dramatic Club..,.. ...,,,.,.
Frank Stamuto, Stamato Club... , ,,,.
William M. Hart ,,
Frederick W. Hchhnpf, Eutre. Nous Musical Comedy Club
Eddie Kroll. Crimson Club,....
Philip Buckley, S. S. White Company .
Samuel Joseph, Delphi Club ,
George P. Lacey, Fifth District Police,..,,.,....,,. ..
Frederick Fueller, Rainbow Club..... ..,.
Beatrice Clinch, Rainbow Club ,
John J. Fltzpatrlck. Electrical Bureau Dramatic Asso.. ,
II. F. Laws, Star Outing Club , ...,
Sue Piatt. S. P, II. Social
Jack Spoiausky, Baldwin Locomotive Works
Jay Emanuel, the Reel Fellows.
Margaret McKeown, Rainbow Club
Danfel O'Neill, Sixth District Police.
Cortrlght W. Smith, M&ked Marvel Players.
Julius Lamb, Y. L C. A. Phlla ,
Maurice Zauiortn, Postal Telegraph Cable
J. Wilson, Y. Q. Well-known .Society
John II. Adams, Port Richmond V. M. Q. A
LouUAngctoty.V. R.R. Y. M. 0. A. T
Dora AlAsoniaiO, Rainbow Club. ,.,..,...
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Florence Alnsworth, Rainbow Club
Rosa Atkinson, Rainbow Club ,
William Beatty, Fourth District Police
Mrs. Vlolette Belz, Belz Booster-Club
Carrie Berkowltz, N. E. G. II, S. and Rainbow Club
Lillian Itovcll, Rainbow Club
Francis Boyle, Rainbow Club,,..
James Brown, Thirty-fourth District Police
Jack Burgess ,.,,., , . .
George A. Burk, United Security Life Insurance Company
Eugenia Byrnes, Edwin Forrest Association , , ,
Lewis Clayton, Rainbow Club ,,.,..
James J. Connick,,., ,,,, ,
Grace Vror, S. S. White Company .,,,.,
Robert A. Denny, Edwin Forrest Association..,,.,,,,,.
Antonio Dlsanti, Rainbow Club ,
Grace Dobson, the Vienna UulTet....... ,,
Winner Farver, Twenly-elghlh District Police,
Eva Felten, Lenox Shoe Company ,..,., ,
Howard S. Firing, Lenox Shoe Company. . ,
Owen Fitzgerald, P, It. R. Y. M. C. A, , ,
Belle Fluck, the Reel Fellows,,,.,., ,...,...
Robert Gibson, the Get It Social... ,,,,,,,,.
Simon Goldberg, the Larchwood Club.,, ,...,
Mary Gould, Kanton Club,..,,,,...., ,.,,..,..,
Daniel J. Green, Thirty-sixth Ward Republican Club,,.,
Mrs. Dorcas Haas ,..,,,,.,.,,,.,.,,,,,,,,,,..
Marjorie Hlrsh, Kanton Club....,..'..,.,,,.,,.,,,,,,,,,
George Hummel, Engine Company No. 28, , ,
Reuben Isdaner, A, H. Captain & Co.,,,, ,,.,...
Wiluam Kachoorln, Rainbow Club..,.,,.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
John Kenuey, Thirty-fourth District Police ,,,....
Howard Kerwlck, Thirty-ninth District Police..
Louis Kramer, Rainbow Club..... ..,....,
John G. Lambert, Engine Company No. 3.,...,,..,,,,.
lainao T atil.'lno l?nlnlinn sPlitl
Joseph Lodge. S. S.
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Mrs. M. A, McGettlgan. St. Patrick's Dramatic Club,
Martin Manlon, First. District Police
Thomas Murray, Thirty-fourth District Police
Gust O. Pace. Immaculate Club
Ethel Povllck, Port Richmond Y. M. .0. A
Dave. Sablocky, Philadelphia Exhibitors' Club
John T. Slgenfuse, Y. M. C. A. Southern Branch...
William Smith, Thirty -fourth District Pollco
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Sergeant John Stuclter, TUlrty-clshth District Police.
Miss Ebther Sutherland, the
Albert Sjlk, Rainbow CJub..
George TuiiEtnty, Rainbow Club
Frederick C Ulmer, Hess Dramatic Club
Loube Warner, . M. C. A. Southern Branch
Granville ti. Wlnqpfnore, Twenty-third District Pollco..,
POPULAR BOTH OF THEM
Cleo Ridgely, tho Lasky-Paramount
star, will by a coincidence be seen
at two downtown houses next
week. At the Stanley she will givo
us a first view of "The House of
the Golden Windows," while the
Palace brings her back in "Tho
You must bo more real before tho
camera than you would bo in spoken
drama. Irene Fcnwick.
Every time a bad play succeeds
it is a disaster. Sam Forrest.
iae uet n oomi
"DOING A KEYSTONE"
Hero wo havo Chnrles Murray, on
the right, trying to put a feather
in his cap to tho best comic ad
vantage, while Julia Fayc, Anna
Luther and Hank Mann supply
Tha opening attraction at tho Forrest
Theater will be Messrs. Klaw & Erlancer's
production of "Little Miss Springtime" an
operetta by Emmerich Kalman, the com
poser of "Sari," with tho book by Guy Bol
ton. The new operetta In Its original form.
ns presented In Vienna with remarkable
success, was known nH "Miss Rabbit Foot."
Klsn, Alden, of "Around tho Maps" and
Vienna, 3 expected to supply tho soprano
voice, and Joseph Urban, of tho same, tho
AI Jolson and' the Winter Garden show,
"Robinson Crusoe, Jr.," are tho prominent
openers of tho Lyric.
Tho Garrlck will havo 'The House of
Glass," with Mary Ryan, for an Indefinite
engagement, beginning September 25.
Will Irwin, author of the novel, "Red
Button," and Bayard Velller wilt collabo
rate on a dramatization ot that story.
Edwnrd II. Robins has been engaged
for the leading male role In "Her Market
Value," a how play by Wlllard Mack, which
A. II. Woods will produce tho coming
Charles Dillingham nnd George Broad
hurst havo combined for tho production at
the Globo Thenter, New York, In Septem
ber, of a comedy by tho latter, entitled
"Fast and Grow Fat." Tho play Is founded
on "Flvo Fridays," a novel by Frank R.
Adams. Tho company selected Includes
Frank Mclntyre, Zelda Sears and Roy At
wcll. Tho Charles Frohman Company yesterday
engaged Ferdinand Gottschalk for ono of
the principal roles hi "Please Help Emily,"
wherein Ann Murdock is to act tho role of
"Upstairs and Down," a new comedy by
the Hattons, was produced at the Morosco
Theatre In Los Angeles recently with' a cast
almost wholly recruited from New York.
Tho production was executed by Robert Mc
Quinn who did so much for "Stop! Look!!
Richard Bennett will be under John D.
Williams' management next season and will
bo seen in a comedy.
Messrs. Corey and Rlter will open their
new producing season at the Colonial The
ater, Boston, Monday night, August 21,
with tho presentation of 'The Amber Em
press," a musical play by Zoel Parenteau
and Marcus C, Connelly. The cast includes,
thus far, Hugh Allan. Mabel Wilbur, Donald
Macdonald and Vivian WessetL
Eight new plays are among the attrac
tions which Cohan and Harris will present
during the coming theatrical season, ac
cording to announcement. The list of new
plays Is as follows;
"Irene O'Dare," a comedy by James
Montgomery, which will be presented for
tho llrst time at the Stamford Theater,
Stamford, Conn., on August 7,- with this
cast: Wlllette Kershaw, Adele Holland,
Annie Mack-Berlcln. Isabella O'Madlgan,
MacIIopklns, Lily May Stafford. Edith
Speare, Harriet Ross, Adelaide Hastlngs,
Allan Dlnnehart. Oardner Crane, Clarke
Stlvernall, Cameron Matthews and Edward
"The Moral Cole," a new play by Cyril
Harcourt, author of "A Pair of Green
Stockings." the first production of which
will be made at the Broadway Theater,
I,ong Branch, N. J on August 17. The
principal parts will be assumed by Olive
Tell. Dorle Sawyer, Frank -Kemble Cooper,
T. W, Percyyal, Vernon Steele and Richie
"The Cohan Revue, 1917," another edition
of tho musical extravaganza of last season,
will begin Its New York engagement on
Christmas night. Other plays announced
are ''Speed Up." a farce by Oven Davis;
'The Road to Destiny," by Channlng- Pol
lock, suggested by O. Henry's story, "Roads
to Destiny"; Chauncey Olcott In a new
piece by George M. Cohan; "Burled Treas.
ure," a ..comedy of romance and adventure,"
by Rtda Johnson Young, and "I Love the
Ladles," by Emlle Nyltray and John Rich
ards. Those plays which wllr continue "on the
road" Include 'The Cohan Revue, 1916";
Leo Dltrichsteln In 'The Great Lover";
George M. Cohan's farce comedy, "Hlt-the-Trall
Holllday." with Fred Niblo, which
will come to the Park Square Theater on
Labpr Day; Max Marcln'a drama, 'The
House of Glass," with Mary Ryaq In her
original role, which will open at tha Garrlck
Theater, Philadelphia, for an Indefinite run
beginning September 25.
Two companies have been organized to
present "It Pays to Advertise" In the minor
cities in all sections of the country. On
Labor Day Cohan and Harris' Bronx Opera
House will open with A. H. Woods pro
duction of "Common Clay."
Mary Pickford is playing in .a seven-reel
feature. Her second this year,.
Mary Miles Mtnter ht at Santa Barbara,
CaL. working lu American Mut utile.
Maurice Tourneur. the noted director, is
startiug a nice-reel production.
-World Film way announce Norma Tl
nudge, in the near future.
By ETHEL BARRYMORE
My entering the lists In behalf of the
screen perhaps comes as n surprise to
thoso who have always associated me
solely with tho speaking stage, nnd toho
remember my traditions and early training.
But when a new comet blazes across the
sky, no one can be blamed for turning
to look and ndmlre.
At first 1 had no Idea that I wan realty
going to tike motion pictures. But they
represented a new development of which I
felt I had no right to remain In Ignorance.
I prde myself on keepng free from preju
dice, and I camo Into the screen world with
ah open mind. I found It a delightful
region where new Interests were unfolded
at every step.
The stago and thq screen are Bister arts.
Each has a charm of Its own, but I some
Lunrn JYnl that Ab lt cVAUtUa qt tia
younger sister are unappreciated by 3ses
of her very youth.
To me, tho most valuable asset of tho
motion plcturo Is the feeling of good fel
lowship It engenders. It unifies the spec
tator with ItsoJf. It takes him Into Its con
fidence; It has no secrets from him. Tltcre
Is no middleman between the picture and
Thero nro some who think that the
screen's greatest advantngo over the stage
Is Its realism. I hope I Bhall topple no
ono's Idols over when I say that I consider
this Item negligible. Art should be a stimu
lus to tho Imagination. Tho exact repro
duction of reality la nothing but another
reality. Something should always remain
unsaid in order to pique the interest to
Induce a man to say the final word himself.
Indeed, It Is my contention that the screen,
for tho reason that It does not intrude in
dividuals too much upon the spectator, is
a greater stimulus to the Imagination than
Tho player Is there yet he Is not there.
The situation contains something of the
magical. To this anomaly of a favorite's
being a visible presence, yet an intangible
one, plain to view, yet over aloof.. I attri
bute the almost romantic Interest of the
public in Its motion-picture stars. Imagina
tion Is tho very breath of llfo to tha motion
A motion-picture player is never seen for
such a long period as a Btago star. His best'
moments can be chosen, and a wise director
wilt not permit him to exhibit his less happy
phases. The spectators do not tire of htm.
There Is always an added fillip of Interest,
because tho appearance of a favorite never
lasts long enough to satisfy an ardent ad
mirer. Yet the audience has never been on such
Intimate relations with the actor as the
spectators are with the screen favorites,
by reason of the Illusion of proximity. r-e
"close-up" has banished the openv glass.' .
So plainly aro the most subtle expressions
of emotion recorded, the most powerful de
lineations of lovo and hate, sorrow and
rejoicing, that each motlon-plcturo house,
no matter how spacious, becomes a verita
ble Little Theatre.
Why should amusement places be limited
to a seating capacity of 99 or 200 when In
timate representations enn be shared with
an nudlence ot 30007
On tho stage, the fall of a curtain three
or four times during the progress of n
play acts ns a damper upon even the most
partisan nudlence. It Is like a slap in the
face a gratuitous affront offered to
friend. No matter how well the Interest
has been worked up, to how tteen a point
It has 1 n developed, there Is a flagging1
of interest, nn Interruption of attention,
when that' heavy curtain comes lumbering
Immediately there Is a hirni of conversa
tion on all subjects Imaginable, totally Ir
relevant to the theme of the play, and per
haps a blare of music that sets the minds of
those present to rag-time measures, nulli
fying In part, at least, the most earnest t.
forts of the actors. The fact Is, a play Is
an Idea chopped into three or four pieces.
A photoplay, on the other hand. Is a
unity. Made up of many parts welded to
gether, It Is still one. It weaves a, perfect
fabric of dreams.
The screen surpasses the stage in con
tinuity of scene. If the Btage constablo
says he Is going down to the county Jail, we
know he does no such thing. Wo see htm
walk Into the wings and perhaps enter
into an altercation with a man In shirt
sleeves behind the scenes. But the picture!
convince us, because we follow the action.
The Bcreen sUDnltes a wealth of detail at
a glance. On the stage, circumstances at
tendant upon the main Incidents have to be
told laboriously, and canot help retarding
the action. On the film, one glance suffices
to make the spectator cognizant of all the
necessary and Important adjuncts to an '
episode. He Is at once en rapport with tha
Most motion picture representations are
conducted on a scale that can be no more
than remotely sugested on the stage. Op
portunities for education are given freely
to a patron of a first-rate picture theatre.
An African Jungle, a mountain pass, tbe
intimate details ot the home of a multi
millionaire are shown with, fidelity on the
screen, broadening the experience and en
riching- the lives of many who might never
have the chance to view these things.
I suppose the value of motion pictures jo
inose wno nave not we means to (raven, or
who are prevented by other reasoifta. Is
something quite Incalculable.
THOMAS P pHANNuN
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