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TheJEvOTiog World's Connies
Theatrical News aod Gossip
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 1922
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IF crrlltiatlon Is only skin deep It may depend eomowhat upon the color of
tho akin. Judging by Taboo," the voodoo play by Mary Hoyt Wiborg
that might have farther disheartened tho author of "Birthright" If ho had
happened to bo at the Harris Theatre yesterday afternoon.
It ( rolhnr cnirloua that this wild ?
thins, pulsing, Jumping and yelping,
should bo tho work of a woman, un
less wo consider that even the gen
tlest creature to-day may at heart be
savage with Jazz, which here can bo
traced to Us lair. Bo that as It may,
"Taboo" casts a voodoo spell with Its
snakes, toads and other charms, Its
strange Incantations and Its grotcsquo
people. It Is voodoolsm turned looso
In Louisiana and harking tack to tho
African Jungle So far as story goes
there Is nothing more than tho haunt
' lng dread of a woman, tho mistress
of a plantation, for tho fato of a de
fective whlto grandchild bclloved to
bfl under the voodoo curse This child
falls In with a wandering darkey lost
In a swamp much like Kmperor Jones
nd given to weird Imaginations of
remote inspiration. At sight of him
whoa he reaches tho plantation, the
distraught woman falls dead. The
stranger Is threatened with lynching,
when speech finally comes to the child
"moon baby," as a mammy calls
him and so Jim's llfo Is saved. All
the trouble Is really caused -by a
drought, with tho superstitions It ox
cites. Dy this means Miss Wlborg,
who has evidently made a thorough
study of her subject, swings Into tho
uncanny business and mnkes It a
bar bar! 0 spectacle
Scores of Negroes, warming up to
their work until they created a dis
tinct atmosphere, were tho life and
spirit of tho frenzied affair. They
acted with the freedom and Instinct
that marked tho performances given
by a similar company at tho Garden
Theatre a number of years ago. The
drought that brought on the swamp
orgy was not of the Volstead variety,
for thero were at least two bottles of
whiskey In the party. The Negroes
might easily have got along without
any other stimulant than the natural
alcohol In their veins had It not been
necessary to saturate with whiskey
the "luck ball" given Mrs. Gaylord
by way of making her feel easier
about her grandchild.
Jim's dream was even wilder, for It
went back to the African Jungle, went
back. Indeed, with a vengeance.
Here Mrs. Gaylord was transformed
into the Queen of the tribe clamoring
for rain, and by hor order tho white
child wo s offered, as a sacrifice. This
r j ream hud the suggestion of reality
in the .survival of a suporstitloo
hinted at, to say the least. In darkest
1oulslann. Thero was still tho story
of a white child "spirited away" by
a black stranger not exactly a bed
time story, as you must agree, yot
effective in a voodoo play.
Except when they wcro occasion
ally given wordB that seemed out of
character, the Negro players wore
thoroughly convincing. This was
especially truo of Merle Stuart nud
Fannie Hello do Knight, crooning,
muttering and laughing by turn. With
r!1 their doubta and fears, they wcro
not without the saving humor of tho
race. In the groping superstition of
Jim. as played by Paul L. Robeson,
thero was something of tho dllpln
power that made "The Emperor
Jones" so gripping and so pitiful. Ho
also fairly leaped Into tho fantastic
role of tho Jungle King. Alex Rogers
was another who did good work.
Ttv way of relaxation having only
five roles In "Back to Methuselah
Margaret Wycherly played the South
. era lady
.nd tho dusky Queen. In
Wig of Mrs. Qaylord she
By DON ALLEN
TIMES DO CHANGE.
Tempus, whllo It Is fugitlng, cer
lainly works wondera, now, doesn't It?
A few years ago gum manufac
turera put mirrors on slot machines
so that women could see whether
their hats were on straight or not.
Yesterday Mao Murray was stroll
lug along Fifth Avenuo when a very
nipperlBii und flapperlBh flapper
Tardon me, Miss Murray," start
od tho flap, "but would you mind
telling tne whether my hat is on
' "yes," assured Mse, after a crit
"Thanks, wi much," gushed the
flip, "I thought it might havn
worked around straight, and that
would never do. Goo'-byl"
ANNA KELLY You win. Mary
Parr played the mother In "Over the
JUH" and Margaret Beddon played the
aickly maternal parent In "Itoomerang
MYERS If Valentino entered a
popularity contest he'd probably
finish way up front. But ho wouldn't
gut our vote.
CURIOUS No, Monty Hanks didn't
bite ono of the Hons during his latest
victure. We know this because none
i'l the HonH has died.
MICHAEL Yes, S. Goldwyn's
name was originally Goldfish.
The oldest and most interesting,
from an historical point of view, ot
tViA wmrw rf ntii H 1h In Twi InmlM I
U "scrapped" btcuoA Louts 0,
looied and acted as though eho had
stopped out of a Orck tragedy In a
forgetful moment, and as tho mighty
one of tho Junglo sho set her teeth o
hard that oho was a bit difficult to
understand for a primitive creature.
But her moments of sheer passion
struck fire, and she was always an
Augustln Duncan achieved a pic
turcsue production, though tho Imag
ination balked at Jim's hiding behind
what looked like a curtain on tho
plantation In the final scene. I may
bo wrong-, but no ono can make inc.
bcllevo that curtains grow on oven tho
most productive of plantations.
THE BIG LITTLE
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A, rJr THERES TCl AT
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yr's, a shave
Off. im (N. V. WmM) Bt Pm PiETCi.
LITTLE MARY MIXUP
1 WAS J
f Ailil A
Mayer and B. r. Schulbcrg, President
of Preferred I'lcturcs, Inc., have com
bined their producing interests.
The new combination will hence
forth woik In the bit; studio In which
Mayer has produced Fust Nntiomil
Pictures for so long.
The scrapped studio was first occu
pled by tie old Ulograph Company
and later by Thomas It. Inn, ana
under tin so two able directors tome ot
tho hlstory-imtlilng pictures wcr,
mndo there. 'Chen It wnH leased by
Prefencd l'lctures and lately has been
housing the film activities of Kalhu
rino MacDonaUl and hor company.
It In said the studio building will
probably bo torn down.
GERMANY WANTS IT.
Hy way of illustrating tho put Hil
arities of human nature, German mo
tion picture exhibitors aic now clam-
01 lng for the lights to show "The
Fuu: lltu ii ii of tho Apocaiypsi
In tho.r country T1i!h acramblln
tor uerman nguis comes almost on
top of tho great huo and cry mado
by the flerman Ambassador In Parii
over the allowing or tho nini In tin-
lixci-ption wa taken atr'ilnst (
Frncn hhoving h tho German orli.
clals because tlmy cluimevl the pic
turo would renew tho war hatred
against Qorroany. Despite this plea
the film In being shown In France
and now Germany wants IL
evidently the German exhibitors
believe the Oermaa caaaiM wlU; be
fafoMy 1 DlDJAv AND "DECIDE TO KMOCK AMD 'FEEL ALL SWELLED UP I AND TMEW RND OUT HE'S A POLICET fW 1 -VJELL THAT'S WHY
Mfa rtiMfcffcJ EVER TUE T30VS S1LLV VlTvA IT VJHEN SOME FELLOU IMSlSTS INSPECToP USING THE "PHOTO AS "".. MNO, WOrAEtJ DON'T FALL
Nil FSPOT A ON THE UPON TAKlMG A SNAP SHOT EVIDENCE AGAlMST YOU IN COURT -U Fof EERVTHlNG
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cm Tvut'll stand "The,
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Coft.jm (N. Y.t World) By Pr-e rNf. Co.
Ilevo In the message delivered by the
picture. When tho German rights
are settled, ever country tn tn-
world save Russia will have seen the
DO YOU KNOW
That Harold Lloyd wants to play
That Herbert Grlmwooil, English
screen player, escaped from a German
priHon by bribing his guard with a
piece of soap.'
That Chaplin Is suing a man who
That William Duncan, Vltagraph
player, fainted tho other duy when
taken for a professional Prohibition
ist? That Snub Pollard never snubbed
any ono In his llfo?
That Jim Corl"tt likes scicctt act
ing? Thut Jim Jeffries does not?
That Fred Stone refuses to klBs any
That tho leading ladles are Just ns
well pleased .'
That Tom Mix owns a drey.i suit?
Ho you caru much? .
That make It unnnlmou'-
Charles W. Ilcyer, who has n
his screen spurs In several recent
pictures, was travelling through tho
"weeds" recently and was dressed to
kill. The train hesitated at a small
Mtd-Weotern town long enough for
Charlie po stroll out-mnd do nrorotb
TiJW . (z VZ777T :
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CAN BUILD TH1
most Abuse. -
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J rlT NlClfet. AT 4LL.
m-rr was uifirir
inning stretch. Ho was wearing a
brand-now pair of light blond spats.
"Hoy, Mike!" yelled a freckle-faced
station lounger to another, "plpo th'
guy wearln' leggln'H inside his pnnts."
Then thu conductor yelled:
Wo knew the circus was in town,
but didn't think it uould affect as
level-headed a director as Charles
llryant, who swung tho mcgaphono
during N'nzimova's filming of "Ba
lome." Hut judging from a lino of
dialler be spilled entcrday, Ilryani
niiiNt luio read and abforlH.l som
,lreus twenty-four sheets. For he
"Slmo. Nazimova und I decided not
to accept any existing model for Su
lonio, but that it should bo developed
from tne fragmentary llibheai allu
jluns "Allcgnritnlly, the rlvlln.ttion of
tho Jud in iilil at the dnn of the
Christian era is set forth through the
medium of an nrt tugge ited at time.'
by tho !mpre.i."lonl!tii! mr- cl i nf an
Aubrey lleitrdslrj . The diameters
re trmv t La t 1 ,,i ti-.
c.i.it n; ll.rijil, Tet:..ri i ,t Judin-
' I. : 1 ..dioitb, eli .it t, i '.emlnnte;
Romans, brutal, self-confident, super
clllous; Syrians, romantic and vlsion-
uiy; strange members of the Yemen
tribes from tho south and Mack Nu-
mldluns from Africa"
What Uttrnum would hare done to
thl rruy l
1 WE'LL CUAUA. tWMLR A FENCE. CAREFUL
so's not -r'Huia ms "THitrry Collar,
hi; slams His THREe
-DOLLAR CAR OVE-fe A. -SlrFLL
AN' EXPECTS IT T'COME
A little green parrot that plays an
Important part In "Sonny," the latest
Uartholmess film, is unique. Ho put
tho "American Army" to rout during
tho Aiming. A dozen or more A. U. ,F.
vets will swear that Polly can sure
blto some. i
"Spanish flappers aro all right,"
muses Uob Leonard. "But they arc
pot allowed to flap."
Ono touch of Prohibition makes the
whole world a skin. A Metro repre
sentative writes us from Paris and
gays: "(Tho Parisian must have the
Joy of things forbidden. Abslntho be
ing tho only beverano forbidden here,
the natives Insist on carrying It on
Alice Terry, screen atar, designs all
her own costumes-. Hut that Is no ex
cuse to address her as "a designing
H.'.rbnr.i La Marr, who plays the
adventuress in "Tho Prisoner of
Zenda," liad a narrow escape from
death In an auto craBh yesterday.
Well, that Is, It was just narrow
enough to get a little mention, but
that's about all It amounted to
Tom Mix estiTday tavo his new
daughter a nlcoprescnt It is a hand
carved redwood bootjack.
Claire McDowell, who supports
Shirley Mason In her latest film,
"The Ragged Heiress," nam Deen a
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1 FOUND AY
William Fox specials on tho coast.
This is his first California appearance
In more than a year.
William Russell In "Tho Man of
Zanzibar" has for his support Ruth
Ilenlck, Claudo Peyton, Harvey
Clarke, Arthur Morrison nnd Michael
Karl Metcalfe, widely-known screen
"heavy," yesterday signed a contract
55lpp! Thero goes another Illusion.
Pat O'Malley was born In Forest City,
Pa. And with that namo too.
Cowboys and' rough riders of Wyo
ming aro planning a great rodeo
during tho tlmo tho "Lady Godlva"
film plays in that section. Thcso men
live in tho saddle and arc greatly In
terested In bareback riding. (Rut
they won't say whether it is tho back
or tho horso or that of "Lady
Godlva" thoy arc so Interested In.)
PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS
HOUSn SHOULD MOT
When ti e Scotch camo over with
James I., tho windows of thoir
houses wero broken at the Instanoo of
tho Duko of .Bucklnghum and oth'vs.
Tho Scots, in return, broko tho wln-
dowB in Buckingham's Palaco, known
as the "Gloss House." He complained
to tho King, who replied: "Those who
Ive In (flasre noose Steenle, should
in tantsX haw. VZ totm tiaBSb"
V " V - sri3 I I I f ft t i "i Mi X. II
HOUJS SHE COMlKl'oN
MAE-OF "TIN. AIN'T SWF. ?
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&AN "ROLL OV4 THIS JOB '.
All Mistrials, Either!
Look Any Further?
1S2J (N. V. E. WerH) By fnm fri. To.
Educational Stuff I
B. M. K., a man who works in
Wall Street, has sent us a thr.lt. Ho
says that If he wins tho song, "You
May Hold Me Tight If You Get Mo
Tight," he'll give it to his stenogra
went home tired Monday niyht,
In blessed sleep to find delight.
I hoped thn kids would let alone
Our phonograph of raspy tone.
We dined; then Mary, with a laugh.
Said: ".Yoto we'll play the phono
graph." A thrill then came to mc; disgusted,
JbVie found the phonograph was
A THOUGHT FOR TO-DAY.
"I used to think football a fjreat
game," said a Wellsvlllo man yes
terday, "when thoy had tho fiylnp
wedgo." He's an undertaker.
There tea a fat fellow named Olenn,
Ho portly that frequently when
Face downward he'd fall,
He'd mile, that was all,
lAai gracetuUjf. IwaM p. again.
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By BIDE DUDLEY j
OE FLYNN writes us from Rich
mond, Vii., to tell of an exciting
mix-up ho was in recently. Joe
was relieving tne aoormon ai tna
theatro thero and, when Frank Tln-
ney was ready to begin his didoes on
the stage, a big, husky countryman,
who had handed Joo a ticket, took
occasion to poke said Joo In tho noes.
A commotion followed and when they
pried them apart the countryman was
asked what was tho matter.
"Matter?" ho snorted. "I ben In
sulted. I handed this little guy a
good tlckut to tho show and be
grabbed It and ripped It right In half.
That's why I belted him."
Joo writes ho may get over It but
he'll never look tho some.
OLD KING RETURNS.
Herbert Corthell Is again King of
the Isle of Tangerine at the Casino.
When "Tangerine" was originally
produced In Washington the rotund
Herb was the King. For some rea
son or other he abdicated and Jack
Hazzard followed him on tho throne.
Then camo Hansford Wilson and his
oucccs3or was Richard Carle. Illness
haa caused King Dick to glvo up the
throno and King Herb Is again "It."
A REAL CALAMITY.
Al Sanders told us a story last night
and wo think it's good enough to re
peat hero. Al Bald a Itttlo fat Ger
man merchant boarded a train, and
when tho conductor naked for his
ticket It was not to bo found.
"I bought It, but vot become of It
I don't know," said the passenger, as
he searched his pockets.
"I'll go through the car and come
back," !ald tho conductor. Fifteen
minutes later ho returned to tho Ger
man. Tho ticket was still missing.
"You don't look like a man who
would try to beat tho railroad," said
tho conductor finally. "Let It go. It's
"All right, you say?" came from
tho German. "No, sir. Now I don't
know vero I gits off."
OUR OWN NOTABLES.
YAWNING MIKE His real name
wo Arthur Penny Schwab, but his
friends called him Nelson for short.
Ho lived In Popo, Pa., and was a snow
shoveller by trado. Each day he
would stand on tho corner of Main
Street and Pickens Avenue with his
mouth wide open. It was merely a
habit, but It gavo pcoplo tho Impres
sion that ho was yawning and every
body who saw him yawned. As a re
sult tho crowds passing that corner
became sleepy nnd, Instead of patron
izing tho stores, went homo and
rested. This, of course, caused the
merchants much uneasiness and they
finally made n protest to tho city
council. Mike win summoned before
'ho councllmen and .-sked to keep his
mouth shut. He said lie would, but It
Immediately flopped open and the
vhole city council became so drowsy
hat It forgot to pass an ordinance
giving Martin Hluch a contract for
equipping Mnln Street with trash cans
Hluch was so nngry about it that he
lind Mike sent to an Institution at
Sleepy Forks, where ho died with his
mouth open in 1P16. Ho was buried
at night so that the funeral party
wouldn't become bored.
"Partners Again" will
Stamford on April 1 1.
"Marjollne" will be played on April
19 as a benefit for the Catholic Set
tlement Association of Brooklyn,
Fifty Ice-men w'll sco "Good Morn
inc. Dearie," to-night. We'll bet they
have an lco time.
J. M. Kerrigan and Barry Macul
Vum are to 1)0 in tho oast supporting
Helen MncKellar In "Tho Shadow."
The "Shuffle Along" company will
tender Its business staff a testimonial
at tho 63d Street Music Hull Sunday
"Somo Party" will bo tne title of
tho revue presented at Jolson's Thea
tre by Do Y'olf Hopper's Funmakers.
Sport Pazumba who thumps the
tom-tom In "Tho Hindu," is a Cin
galese. Ho has thumped before
Al Jolson has written Mayor Hylan
thanking him for his letter of good
wishes. Al says Mr. Brian la first
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