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SILVERSHEET IN MAY AND FTS LATEST EXAMPLES OF PHOTOPLAY DRAMA
Brilliant Array of Films
t On Week's Program
Famous Stars of the Screen Seen in Five
Notable Productions to Be Shown in
THE photoplay screen celebrate* the arrival of May with a new
galaxy of first-run pictures this week. Among the outstanding
offerings of the week are "Bought and Paid For," at the Co
lumbia; "The Green Temptation," at the Rialto, and Charles
Ray and Buster Kcaton in a double bill at the Metropolitan. ai
Palace will present Viola Dana in her latest hit. Glass Houses, while
N?rma Talmadge comes to Crandall's today in "The Moth."
"Bought and i'oid for."
?Bought and Paid Far." William
LXfrlille's brilliant and engrossing
Paramount screen picturlsation of
th* famous stage success of the
saifie name by George Broadhurst.
in which Jack Holt and Agnes
Ayr** have the roles of chief im
portance. will begin an extraordi
nrf> week s engagement at Loew's
Cdjbmbia Theater this afternoon as
th? feature of a notable program
that includes the latent Christie
eSedy, "Spooks." the Loew news
eifents and a remarkable and beau
lifll symphonic overture by the Co
hnbia Symphony Orchestra, under
thX direction of Leon Brusiiof.
Xhe DeMille picturlsation of
-Bought and Paid For" brings to
thf screen one of the great stage
epics of recent years. It achieved
a Sweeping and remarkable success
wfcen first presented and its scen
arixation by Clara Beranger pre
serves the full beauty and force of
the original manuscript, augument
ed by the greater scope and ran^e
of the action possible through the
use of the camera. Mr. DeMille has
brought to the support of Mr. Holt
an? Miss Ayres in the chief role*
a east that Includes Walter Hler*.
Le*h Wyant. George Knwa. Ber
nide Frank. Ethel Wales. and
The story concerns the infatua
tion of a millionaire for a telephone
girl and h!s eventual success in In
ducing her to marry him without
beta? in love with him. For a time
tht marriage appears to be a suc
cess and the girl is growing to love
hi*, but the man persists in in
dulging a taste for drink that not
only makes him repugnant but
eventually climaxes in his state
ment that he has bought her and
paid for her and will do with her
as he pleased. The full develop
ment of the story Is reached in
which the girl, about to leave her
huaband. is brought to a reconcilia
tion* with him and a belief in his
promise to mend his ways.
5iharles Ray and Busier Kcaton.
J^nother exceptional bill will be
accorded premiere Washington pre
sentations at Crandall's Metropoli
tan, he Grinning this afternoon at 3.
Two First National attractions oc
cupy the positions of co-stellar im
portance on the program?the first
Charles Ray's new production of
?"tile Barnstomer;" the second Bus
ter Keaton's funniest two-reel
cuipnedy. "Cops." The subsidiary
camera offerings will embrace new
issues of the Fathe News. "Topics
of the Pay" and Pathe Review,
with selections from Irving Ber
lin's "Music Box Revue" as the spe
cif concert number to be played
by the Metropolitan Symphony of
thirty under the conductorship of
"The Barnstormer" is, a six-reel
coBiedy drama which affords
r?prles Ray an unparalleled op
portunity to appear in a variety of
disguises as a member of a one
night-stand repertoire company.
H# is first the familiar country boy
obaessed with the. desire to become
an actor. Ray is supported by an
admirable cast led by Wilfred
Lucas. Lionel Belmore and Char
lotte Pierce. The star, in addition
to- enacting the title role, also as
sumes the responsibility of direc
tor. The production is one that
reflects all of the quaint pic
turesqueness of small-time theatri
In "Cops." Buster Keaton out
Muae* all of his earlier fine per
formances in First National com
edies. The story concerns a young
,JQ4n desperately in love who is re
filled by the object of his affection
because he has no money. So he
stfrrts out to get some.
The auxiliary features of the
program have been selected With
a viaw to augmenting the bill's
popular appeal and the major fea
ture*. as usual, will be accorded
superb orchestral accompaniment
by" the Metropolitan Symphony, di
rected by N. Mirskey. who has ar
ranged an especially tuneful inter
-The Green Temptnimn.' With Hetty
Betty rorajHion will appear all
week, beginning today, at Moore's
Rialto in her latest Paramount
siarrin; vehicle. "The rireen Temp
tation." Tt is an adaptation of the
Story. "The Noose," by Constance
Lindsay Skinner, who ranks among
the best Action writers of today.
The atory starts in Paris in the in
timate haunts of the notorious
Apaches, thence to the Parisian
? taue. then to the battlefields of
the world war and finally to the
gorgeous homes and ballrooms of
New York society. Miss Compeon.
dicing the course of the showing
depicting three transitions of char
acter and being seen in five differ
Ifagniflcent scenic effects and
gnfgeous costumes are the rule
fram opening to closing scene, al
though in obtaining the spectacu
lai; William Desmond Taylor, who
diftcted. never lost sight of the
outstanding feature of the picture
^tlry*1 'S Br,I>plng' Powerful
frhe director also assembled a
ia$t that scintillates with the fame
of I the players included. Mahlon
Hamilton, playing the leading male
roa. is a screen favorite. Theodore
K<*ioff playg a vivid and colorful
? Kgracter role as Gaspard. the
Harlequin, and as the Apache
hepvy. he will captivate by his
powers of emotional portrayal.
Other character parts are played
by. Mary Thurman. beautiful lead
ing woman; Neely Edwards. Ed
ward Burns, I-ynore Dunton, Betty
Brlce, Arthur Hull and M. Von
A program of selected subsidiary
attractions includes a laughable
multiple reel comedy and an exclu
sina showing of the latest Fox
Xrvs. Director R. Bond Gotta's
interpretative orchestration In
cli|J?a as the overture Suppe's
"R>et and Peasant.- and as an en
core selection a special arrange
ment by Mr. Gotta of Molloy's
"Love's OQ Sweet Song."
Next Week's Shows.
GARIIICK?Garrick Players In
the new Fred Jackson mystery
play. "The Hole in the Wall."
< OLVMBIA?"Beauty's Worth."
starring.Marlon Davles; ,tory by
Sophie Kerr; cast Includes For
rest Stanfey. June Elvidge, Truly
Shattuck. I.ydia Teaman, Titus.
Hallam Cooley, Antrim Short and
PAI.AC1B?First four days,
Dorothy Dalton In "The Crimson
Challenge," from the story,
"haron of I.ost Valley," by
Vingie E. Roe. with Jack Mower,
Tank Campeau. Irene Hunt and
others. Final three days, Alice
Lake In "The Golden Gift."
Maxwell Karger's Metro Produc
tion of June Mathis* story with
John Bowers. Harriet Hammond
1. F. KKITH*?Belie Baker,
the Quixlc Four. Levan and
Flint. "Thank You. Doctor,"
Willie Hale and brother, and
cosmos?McAllister and Shan,
non. "The Lingerie Shop;" -The
Honevmooners," featuring Mr.
and Mrs. Norman Phillips: Roy
and Arthur, jugglers; Laurie
Ordway: Doris and "the Lyons
Sisters: Tuck and Clare: Eugene
O'Brien in '"The Prophet's Para
STRAND ? Phil Adams and
Girls in "Broadway Belles;" the
I,a Beige Duo, gymnasts; Mack
and Redding in "He's In Again,"
Roy Gordon and Nell Healy in
"Wedded Bliss;" the Criterion
Four: "The Cup of Life." feature
ing Hobart Bosworth, Madge
Bellamy. Tullv Marshall. Niles
Welch and others.
madge In "Smllin* Through."
from Jane Cowl's stage success.
CRANDALL'S ? First three
days. "Moran of The I>ady Letty,"
with Dorothy Dalton and Ru
dolph Valentino; Wednesday and
Thursday. Constance Binney In
"Midnight;" Friday and Satur
day. Richard Dix In "A Glorious
RIA I. TO?Gloria Swanson. sup
ported by Rudolph Valentino, in
"Beyond The Rocks," by Elinor
Glyn, with Edythe Chapman.
Alec B. Francis. Gertrude- Astor.
Mabel Van fturen. Helen Dun
bar and June EMdffe.
Viola Dana in "Glass Houses."
Two photoplay productions or
importance will be presented for
the first time in Washington at
Loews Palace Theater during the
current week. The first, which will
begin a four-dav engagement this
afternoon at 3 o'clock, is "Glass
Houses," the latest starring produc
tion for Miss Viola Dana, the dainty
Metro star, who recently made a
personal appearance at Loew's
Palace. The second production
which will be seen at the Palace for
the final three days of the current
week, beginning Thursday morning,
is William S. Hart, the noteo
Western star. In his latest produo
tien, "Traveling On."
"Glass Houses," the new Viola
Dana starring production, is Harry
S. Beaumont's Metro picturizatlon
of the story of the same name by
Clara G. Kennedy, which has been
scenarised by Edith Kennedy and
which brings to the support of the
star a noted cast of screen players
which includes Gaston Glass. Mavme
Kelso, Helen Lynch, Claire DuBrey.
Ellsworth Gage and John Steppling.
The story is a purely hilarious tri
umph for Miss Dana, in which she
is called upon to effect the reform
of a man whom she adores just as
he is. Mr. Glass is the leading man.
In "Traveling On*' Mr. Hart gives
the screen' another of those brilli
ant character delineations of the
old West which have made his name
synonymous with virile and force
ful photoplay production. The story
is from Mr. llart'a own pen and it
has been given a superb production
by Isambert Hlllyer. who has
brought to Mr. Hart's support a
truly notable cast that includes
such screen players as James Far
ley. Ethel Grey Terry, Brlnsley
Shaw. Mary Jane Irving. Robert
Kortman and Willis Marks.
Norma Talmadp* <? "Tfce Moth."
Norma Talmadge will be the pic
tured star at Crandall's Theater
the first three days of the current j
week, beginning this afternoon at |
3. In her splendid Selsnick revival
of 'The Moth," a magnificent film
version of the novel of the same
name by William Dana Occutt.
The story concerns the experiences
of a young heiress Inured to all of
the luxuries and social extrava- !
gances of a gay social set, who is
reecued from financial ruin by the
quick wit and quicker action of a
handsome youth who perceives the
Intentions of a group of parasites
hovering about the fringes of so
ciety. In the role opposite the star
Eugene O'Brien does the best work
of his screen career. Hassard
Short is also a conspicuous member
of a strong cast of favorites. As
an added attraction will be shown
the unique comedy hit. "Birthday
Guests and Jungle Pests." The
early-week bill will be completed
by a variety of abbreviated cafrnera
subjects and pipe organ accom
On Wednesday and Thursday
Ethel Clayton will be pictured as
chief luminary of the mid-week
program in her latest Paramount
release, "The Cradle," a smashing
drama of marriage and three kinds
of love, adapted from the play of
the same name by Eugene Brleux,
author of "Damaged Goods" and
other world famous works. An un
usually well selected cast appears
In this subject in Miss Clayton's
J. Stuart Blackton
Plans to Abandon
All But Color Film
J. Stuart Blackston'* "The
Glorious Adventure," will open
next week in the Gaumont Hip
podrome in Paris, it is reported.
Mr. Blackston ia so well satisfied
with the prizma colors of the
photoplay, according to another
report, that he does not oxpect
to produce any hlack-an 1-white
Alms in the future.
Incidentally, as is fairly w??'l
known in this country and much
more widely Known in England,
Lady Diana Manners has the
leading role in "Th#. Glorious Ad
venture." The fact seems to
have impressed most of the L'ng
lish newspapers and other pe
riodicals. which have printed
numerous pictures of the neroine
and many friendly articles about
her. an?J now even Punch has
noticed it with the following:
line in a recent Issue
"There is a persistent rumor
that Lady Diana Manners has
taken up film acting."
HAVE APPEARED IN
"BIRD OF PARADISE"
Now that "The Bird of Paradise"
| is about to make its final stage ap
pearance and become a picture, it
is interesting to know that through
| a period of ten years it has been
one of the most consistent per-,
j formers on record.
"The Bird of Paradise" first set
tled In Washington in the winter
of 1912. It usually made its local
stopping place at the Belasco. So
far it has given seventy-two per
formances in Washington, and dur
ing its nine visits to Washington
it has done a gross business of ap
The first actress to play the part
of Luana here was Bessie Barrls
cale, recently seen at Keith's. Miss
Barriscale created the role in the
stock production. Her success in
the role led to her fame as a movie
star, which has occupied her time
for the past ten years. Next was
Lenore Ulrlc, who at the time
played minor roles in musical
comedy. Her two seasons in the
title role brought her to the atten-*
tion of David Belasco. Carlotta
Monterey, who succeeded Miss UV
rlc, won the name of one of the
wealthiest men on the Pacific Coast.
When the piece next played here
Marlon Hutchlns was Luana. For
the past three seasons Florence
Rockwell essayed the character. For
the engagement this week Mr.
Tully announces Ann Reader, a
youthful actress he discovered in
Mrs. Fiske's company a few sea
On Saturday night. May 13. the
final stage performance of the play
will be given. Mr. Tylly, who Re
cently established film headquar
ters. in Hollywood, intends to
spepd his time on the Pacific Coast
as a producer of motion picture
productions, and in order to alve
his entire time to his new field of
endeavor decided to terminate the
road tour of his wonderfully suc
cessful play thU season.
support. Including, among others.
Charles Meredith. Walter McGraii
and Adele Farrlngton. "Kiss and
Make Up" will be the comedy aux
For the last two days of th?;
week Richard Barthelmess will oc- i
cupy the place of distinction on the
bill In his latest First National hit,
"The. Seventh Day." a drama of
conflict between the social usages
of the gayest of New York's .idlers
and the simple concepts of life ad
hered to by the rugged Inhabi
tants of Ne.w England's picturesque
little fishing villages. The star is
supported by a brilliant cast. led
by Louise Huff. Teddie Gerard.
George Stewart and others.
3,500 Cinema Exhibitors
To Meet Here Next Week
Motion Picture Theater Owners of America
Will Assemble in Washington for
The national convention of the
Motion Picture Theater Owners of
America, which will be held In
Washington the week of May 8.
promises to be the most important
conclave of motion picture men ever
held in America.
It is expected that the organisa
tion's membership win be repre
sented by approximately 8.500 dele
Kates from every State In the Union
and that these delegates wRl be ac
companied by upward of 1.000 of
the feminine members of their
families. The large attendance of
motion picture exhibitors will not
comprise the total representation
of -the motion picture Industry at
the convention, however.
Because fbc conclave Is to be held
In the National C#pttai for the first
time in the history of pictures In
this country, it has been the aim of
Sydney S. Cohen, president of the
M. P. T. O. A., and the members of
the national executive council of
the organization, to enlist the In
terest and the co-operation of both
producers and distributors of pic
tures In this convention. To that
end an accessories exhibit has been
arranged, to be held in the Coliseum.
Ninth street and Market place, con
temporaneously with the holding of
the executive sessions of the con
vention in the main ballroom of ths
| City Club.
This coalition of forces and the
; abandonment, at least for the time
I being, of the petty rivalries that
I have frequently worked a distinct
hardship on the industry as a whole.
I is the aspect of the conclave that
; holds the promise of greatest good
! to the motion picture as an agency
of amusement, education and uplift.
For the first time since pictures
became a potent influence in the
daily lives of a majority of the
population of the United States, the
motion picture industry and the ex-1
ecutlve and legislative branches of
the Federal government will find
a point of Intimate contact in the
Washington convention. This op
portunity for better acquaintance
ship and more complete understand
ing each 0f the other probably will
not be ignored either by Congress
and the President or by the repre
sentatives of the organization that
embraces In its membership the
ownership of more than 12.000
of the foremost motion, pictures
theaters In the United States.
There are myriad questions of
national policy with which the in
dividual picture exhibitor is net
familiar and there are, too, myriad
trying complexities in the conduct
of the motion picture Industry with
which the officials of the govern
ment and the members of the Con
gress are equally unacquainted. It
will not in any sense be the pur
pose of the convention to subor
dinate the concerns of the national
organization of the M. P. T. O. A.
to a purely academic consideration
of the economic problems of the
government or the idealistic theor
I izlng as to the most efficacious man
ner of making the picture industry
a model of altruistic endeavor, but
there is held out possibly the one
big chance that both sides will have
to learn something authentic, tangi
ble and conclusive of the aims, the
potentialities and the actual accom
' plishments each of the other.
Ye Old-Time 'Ham' Actor
Portrayed in Ray Picture
Star Follows Out the Theory That Photoplay's
Mission Is to Show Real Life
"The mission of the photoplay Is
to portray real life as it Is lived."
That is the principle, which domi
nates Charles Hay in selecting a
story for picturization. in choosing
the members of his casts, and In
judging any piece of "business" or
acting. This rule, from which Mr.
Hay never deviates, is carried out
In all of his productions, conspicu
ously In his latest picture, "The
Barnstormer," a First National re
lease. which is coming to Cran
dall's Metropolitan Theater this
afternoon for premiere Washington
" 'The Barnstormer' is a radical
departure from my customary kind
of production," said Mr. Ray. "and
to the critical eye it will be ap
parent that my principle has been
carried out?despite what may ap
FEW COMFORTS TO
That the lives of motion picture
stars are not entirely made up of
the reported ease and luxury was
evidenced when Alma Tell and
Betty Carpenter, who play impor
tant parts in the Rex Beach picture.
"The Iron Trail," which will be the
featured photodramatlc attraction
of the vaudeville and pioture pro
gram at the Strand Theater all
week, beginning today, arrived in
the deserted village used as the lo
cale for the Alaskan town of Omar.
The village that was used to
make these scenes had been desert
ed since 1912 and when the motion
picture stars arrived there they
found nothing of the other comforts
of civilization. Cave-ins of under
ground mine tunnels had cut off
the water supply and wst-^r for
drinking and cooking had to be
carried to the village, and for bath
ing purposes the players had to
carry themselves to the water two
While the season was- spring, the
water was icy cold and each morn
ing Miss Tell and Miss Carpenter,
wrapped in blankets, traveled over
the two miles of rough mountain
road, carrying tooth brushes, paste
and soap, to a little lake, where In
"Nature's Big Wash Bowl," as they
called It, they took their morning
They had not expected to do any
bathing at that season of tlie year,
and especially in an Alftskan scene,
and had not brought their bathing I
suits, so the morning plunges were,
indulged in "a la September Morn,"
wjiich made the cold plunge seem
all the colder. Miss Tell said that
she liked running water with which
to clean her teeth, but that
didn't care for so large a stream 9
it nor In having it. so frigid. It
reminded her. She said, of her com
fortable bath room at home because
It was "so different."
pear to be exaggeration of some
"In the first place, the time of
the action is laid in a period which
will not be remembexed by the
younger generation?before the
motion pictures put out of busi
ness the small troupes of actors
who played only a night in the
smaller towns of the country.
"The, actors comprising these
troupes were as unlike the actors
of today as day is unlike night.
In the first place, they required
little, if any, histrionic ability, for
the managers of such companies
had a supreme contejnpt fop the
audiences to which they played In
the 'tank towns.' Therefore, hav
ing no ability, they attempted to
convince the natives of these
towns that they had by the expe
dient of swaggering up and down
the streets, assuming a pose that
approached the ridiculous.
"And the natives always were
impressed. Many a girl's heart has
beaten faster upon seeing one of
these actors strutting down Main
street, glancing about him super
ciliously and endeavoring to create
the impression of wealth; whereas
he very likely had not a cent in his
pockets. They we,re ridiculous; but
they were a part of the times.
"In 'The Barnstormer* you will
see this type of ham actor carica
tured, as it were. My acting will
appear to some to be far-fetched?
In fact, to be overdone to a con
siderable degree. But. I was a
barnstormer myself once upon a
time, and I know the habits and
vices of the bre.ed."
Two Gish Sisters
Quit Studios to
Appear in Public
Lillian and Dorothy Gish have
seen more of public life this
spring than in the remainder of
their career put together. Here
tofore both of them, especially
Lillian, have been "studio re
cluses." but the interest arouse,!
by their joint appearance in D.
W. Griffith's "Orphans of the
Storm" has resulted in lrresist
able demands upon them.
The sisters have appeared in
one after another of large cities
where the people clamored for a
sight of the "two orphans." The
adventures of the real life Hen
riette and Louise have been
pleasanter than those In the big
period spectacle. The girls were
received at the White House, for
instance, instead of at the guil
7JOOO Words; Now
He Can't Forget 'Em
| Albert Bruning is an unhappy
| man. After stupefying: audiences
? (but not himself) by his declaim
ing of 7.0(H? words in the fourth
j part of 'Hack to Methuselah." as
I the K'derly Gentleman whose trar
: edy is depicted therein, he has
| had hip lines cut to 5.000 word?.
After Bernard Shaw, the au
thor. had steadfastly refused to
have a word dropped from his
met a biological pentateuch. per
I sonal representations by an
emissary of the Theater Quild in
London have resulted in the
guild receiving a cablegram an
j nouncing: "Shaw consents to
I cuts according to discretion
within limits." Audiences of the
j second part of the "Methuselah"
i cycle will rejoice at this news.
Hut not Mr. Bruning. For a
[ week he has been rehearsing his
j "cut" part. and. would you be
lieve it. he cannot remember
j where the cuts come. In fact
he is in a state of very serious
SHOWED ITS TEETH
AT LUNCH TIME!
This is the story of Sapho; not
the Sapho of the play but Sapho. a
tame leopard, which plays an im
portant part in "The Green Temp
tation," Betty Compson's new Para
mount picture. which opens a
week's engagement at Moore's
Kialto Theater, beginning today.
Huge Macedonian warriors?240
pounds avoirdupois?trembled when
she came upon the scene; elec
tricians searched eagerly for a
quick exit: property men kept on
their toes; and the cameramen al
most forgot to grind the camera.
But Sapho was serene. She was
queen of all she surveyed with her
shiny green eyes. She rubbed her
nose against the hairy leg of a
monster extra man dolled up in
armor to represent a fierce Mace
donian. The man stood transfixed.
"Don't mind her, she's tame." said
the director reassuringly. "She may
be tame, but I get a funny sensa
tion just the same." said the man.
The lights were switched on and
Miss Compson came on the scene
for the dance of the "Death of an
Amazon Warrior," which is one of
the big features in the picture.
Sapho took an immediate liking
to the pretty Paramount star and
the scene was shot without trouble.
Miss Compson petted the leopard on
the head and established a friendly
Lunch time came and the ubiq
uitous press agent conceived the
idea of some pictures of Miss
Compson and the leopard. Fine!
Sapho was coaxed into a position
and the stijl camera man posed the
group. But the P. A. had not reck
oned with Sapho's appetite. Sapho
suddenly, like most extras in motion
pictures, wondered "when do we
eat." Sbe became restless. Miss
Compson tried to?- pet her and the
animal showed her long teeth.
When one picture was snapped it
was decided not to try any more.
As Miss Compson walked off the set
some one said to her:
"My, but you are a brave girl."
"I may have looked brave, but
I'll tell you I was scared," replied
the Paramount star.
Harry M. Crandall, owner of the
Crandall theaters in Washington
and vicinity, returned to the Cap
ital last Wednesday from a ten
ciay outing at French Lick Springs.
West Baden, Ind-. where he attend
ed the convention of franchise
holders of Associated First Nation
Viola Dana's Appearance
Starts a Hazing Party
Her Freshman Guide at University of UbAi
Was a Little Too Fresh to Pl?
Invited to address the student*of
the University of Utah at Salt Lake
City on the making of motion pic
tures. Viola Dana. the Metro star,
whose new picture. "Glass Houses."
begins a four-day engagement at
Loew's Palace today, was the un
witting cause of * student hazing
party there recently. When Miss
Dana arrived at the campus she
found most of- the student body
lined up in front of the John R
A young man stepped from the
crowd and attended the visitors ae
an escort to a position of honor at
the top of the steps overlooking the
others. Miss Dana thought that the
young man had been delegated by
the students to act as her guide.
But he was only a volunteer?a
freshman at that.
The upper clansmen regarded his
self-appointed gallantry as pre
sumptuous. Moreover, the freshman
had violated a university rule. The
steps of the Park building are for
bidden to freshmen.
As Miss Dana left for the assem
bly hall to speak, her volunteer es
cort was seised by upper classmen.
His coat and shirt w?*re stripped
from him. The weather was freez
ing cold, so it was an easy matter
to obtain a tub of ice water. The
freshman was ducked for ten min
utes. then lustily paddled, then
taken to the college Infirmary.
The much-mooted question as to
the value of stage experience to a
screen player was logically an
swered by Leah Wyant. well-known
character leading woman, during
the filming of "Bought and Paid
For," William DeMillf's production
for Paramount, which begins a
week's run at Loew's Columbia to
Miss Wyant. who plays the role
of Fanny Blaine in this picture, de
clared that stage experience can be
of tremendous value In acting be
fore the camera?provided one has
the rlcht kind of director.
"Before I entered motion pic
tures." she observed. "I had read
j and heard that stage experience
'was of little value in acting before
j the camera?that the technique of
the screen differed radically from
that of the stage. I found this to
be true with some screen directors,
but not so of William DeMIIle.
Perhaps because of his long stage
experience, he never issues direc
tions while a scene is being taken.
"If anyone stood In the wings of
a theater and shouted directions at
me while I was before the foot
lights. I would be helpless. Yet
some motion picture directors do
this. That's why it's a genuine
pleasure to work with Mr. DeMille.
because he treats a screen scene
just as he would an act of a stage
play?a complete unit that must not
be interrupted for Instructions."
China Is to be thoroughly movle
! ized if the plans of James B Leong.
head of th% Chung Wah Motion Pic
ture Company of Los Angeles suc
ceed. Mr. Leong has
company, aays th?
porduce "picture-plays of. by ead'fof
the Chinese." and "to reclaim China
from opium, gambling, superstition,
ignorance and foreign prejudice by
spreadinf the motion picture broad
cast throughout that mysterious and
turbulent land." An addition*] pur
pose of the organisation is to ehow
the world "the noble and beautiful
side of Chinese character "
But the reform of China and the
enlightenment of the world will he at
tempted gradually. It seems, for Mr
Leong, who has already made one pi' ?
ture entitled. "The Lotus Blossom,
plans to make only four photoplays s
year at first His hope, however. Is
to Increase production rapidly, anc
ultimately to keep studios In both
America and China busy. The pic
tures will include Chlneee and Amen,
The new Eddie Cantor revue.
"Make It Snappy." probably will
enter the Winter Garden when
the vaudeville season is finished at
that house. It will happen in abou;
Since word went out that Uni
versal had begun to make a film
serial of "Robinson Crusoe" reports
have come In from public libraries
all over the country of a greatly
stimulated demand for the classic
so popular with youth. The pro
ducers are making a swashbuckling
role of Crusoe and the peppery
Harry Myers is in his element.
Skinner may have a new dre*?
suit. That is to say. Bryant Wash
burn is considering a reproduction
of the popular magazine slorv that
raised him to stardom a few years
ago and started the vogue of li^ht
comedy dramas on the screen.
There is a new heiress to thr
considerable estate of Thomas M \
She arrived the other day snd ha*
already NM named TlMMsi
| The child's mother Is Victoria
Forde. who retired from the srr- ?
when she married the star of West
I era pictures.
Jack Mulhall. the handsome her.
of many romantic pictures, has
: serted the films, at least for a sea
son. Mulhall is at his old home *
i New Jersey, close to New York
where he Is considering offers *
| reappear on the stage.
A musical version of Paul Aim.
, strong's "Going Some." long
! planned, is now more actively
the way. Louis Hlrsch and Oit
j Harbach are doing the work, an*
' Sam H. 'Harris will be the pi"
Max Marcln and L- Lawrence
Weber, comes the report, will :?
hands for the production of "Su
perstition.** by Jssper Ewing Brad*
It is a play that has been owned 1?>
divers managers at various times
Lasky Predicts a Return
To Normalcy in Filmland
Paramount Executive Points Out Increased
Production at Studios As a Sign of
Better Screen Conditions.
Back from Hollywood, where he
spent the last three months com
pleting smbitious production plan?
for pictures. Jesse L. Lasky de
clares thst increased production
presages the approach of better
times in the motion picture busi
ness. May will be a red-letter
month in the I*sky studio, he said,
with no fewer thsn thirteen com
panies working continuously on a
series of big pictures.
"After a careful survey of con
ditions I am confident that this in
crease in production forecasts a re
turn to. conditions nearer to normal
in the next few months. Just as
more than a year a go. curtailment
of production indicated that we
were trimming our sails for a
period of depression, so now our
biggest studio program shows we
expect a sharp and definite revival
in business In the fall. Production
Is the barometer of this business
and the barometer 6hows better
times ahead. Never before have
we hsd such s large number of
companies concentrating on bijf
"A glance at the pictures which
cither will be. In production or will
go into production during May will
show the extent of our confidence.
"May 1 will see Cecil B. DeMUle
begin production on his greatest
picture to date. 'Manslaughter.*
which Jeanls Macpherson has writ
ten from Alice Dusr Miller's story.
Thomas Melghsn will play the role
of the district attorney, Leatrlce
Joy will play the feminine lead and
Lois Wilson will be seen in the
part of the maid.
"William de Mtlle*s picture of
?Nice People.* which Clara Beranger
adapted from Rachel Crothers*
play, will be. in production during
May, with a cast including Wal
lace Reld. Bebe Daniels. Conrad
Nagel. Walter Hlers and Eve
"Penrhyn Stanlaws will begin his
production of 'Pink Gods' during
May. This will be a big. special
production from Cynthia Stockley's
story with Bebe Daniels. James
Kirkwood. Anna Q Nllssoa and
Adolph Menjou In the cast.
"George Fltzmaurice's production
of Mary Johnston's famous novel.
To Have and To Hold.' will be un
der way In May. with Betty Comp
son. Theodore Kosloff. Bert Lytell.
Theodore. Roberts and George Faw
cett In the principal parts.
"George Melford will begin 'Burn
ing Sands.' his companion picturs
to The Sheik.' next month with
Milton Sills and Wanda Hawley In
the leading rolee. and a cast In
eluding Winter Hall. Robert Cain.
Louise Dresser and Jacquelinc
"Rudolph Valentino's first star
ring picture will still be in pro
duction during May. This is
'Blood and Sand,' whloh June
Mathis has adapted from Ibancz's
play and novel. *nd which Fred
Niblo. who directed The Three
Musketeers.' is now producing, with
] Llla Lee and Nita Naldi in impot -
| tant roles.
"We have long been besie~'-d
I with requests to etar Theodore
I Roberts in a picture. The admirer
1 of the grand old man of picture -
will see him In the greatest .
of his career In The Old Home
stead.' which James Cruze v 1 pr<
duce from the famous D? nman
Thompson play. In the cast will
be. besides Roberts. T. Roy Barctr
Charles Ogle and Fritzi Hldgew:^
"The Cowboy and Um Ka4>
with a cast headed by Mary Mile*
Minter and other well-known plac
ers. will go into production under
I the direction of John S. Roberson
who directed 'Footlights.'
"Irvln Willat will begin produ
j tion of a special picture, Ti
Siren Call.* with Dorothy Dalt .
! and Jack Holt in the leading rol? -
j " The Ghost Breaker,' from ti .
P'sy by Charles Goddar?i and Pa
Dickey, mill be started in V
with Wallace Reid as the star a
Lila I^e heading a strong . *+
The picture will be directed by \
fred K. Green, whose picture *T?
Bachelor l>sddy.' starring Them.
Meighea. has just been finished
"Jack Holt will begin production
of The Man Unconquerableund.
the direction of Joseph Henaber*
"Agnes Ayres will soon stair
work in 'Borderland,* a plcturc
which will be as different from tli-?
usual run of pictures as 'One Gl
rlous Day* was. This is sn origi
nal story by Beulah Marie Di\
whose famous play. The Road t..
Yesterday. is something in t(
same atmosphere. The picture wi
be directed by Paul Powell
"Before the end of Ma% Gloria
Swan son will have returned fro;
her holiday in Europe and ^
have begun work on the blgge*
Picture of her career. The Impos
sible Mrs. Bellew.' under the dire,
tion of Ssm Wood, who has j .st
finished two other G'cria Swan
Pictures. 'Beyond the Rocks* ar-1
Her Gilded Cage.' "
A national premier of a f n
probably without parallel t?
place the other day at the An*. ?
wtate prison when the first Rho.
lng w as made of "Peterman " T
author of the story is Louis Vlct??*
Lytlng. a life-termer In the pns>-i
who has served more than fourteen
years of his sentence He Is doubt
less the best-known convict in
America because of hla proven t;?
ents. The picture was first show n
at the prison in compliment to him
William Faversham Is alreadv re
hearsing with "Out to Win." an 'Eng
lish melodrama with which Mr D.I
Ingham hopes to repeat the success of
"Bulldog Drummond " The play has
two English authors, and Guy Bo'ton
has done the rest.
Going back to "Broken Brandi
es.** Raymond Hackett writes that
he was not in the cast on the open
ing night, although the review