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HAVE YOU NOTICED "ALKALI-IKE" OR "BRONCHO
BILL" IN THE MOVIES? HERE THEY ARE
-By Gertrude M. Price, The Day
Book Moving Picture Expert.
"Ah, goody! there's 'Alkali
Ike' again !' " A fluffy little lady
with a high-piled psyche clapped
her hands like a child as she slid
into a seat near the front at the
north side "movies."
"Say, mister, ain't y'u goin' t'
have no 'Broncho Billy' film to
night?" a small kiddy with a
good deal of eartli's rouge on his
expectant face called out as he
deposited his ticket at the 5-cent-theater
door and made a dive for
a front seat.
"Come on, girls, let's go tothe
nickle show this afternoon. They
are going to have a picture with
my dear old sheriff man in it
you know the one who always
comes in just in time to save
'everybody from being killed by
Who said personality didn't
count in a moving picture show?
There probably isnt any com
pany which has fastened charac
ter names to its players as much
as the Essanay manufacturers.
Here are three of the players who
have made their character names
household words and a little "in
side information" abpuit each.
Surprised? Never saw him
look like that? Where's his som
brero and his cowboy costume?
He has em still sure !
But once in a great while Gil-lstpck'company at les4 Cal
bert M. Anderson, on6 of the or
ganizers of the Essanay Film
Manufacturing, Company a man
of large means likesio throw off
his popular cognomen with his
chaps and colored handkerchief
just tobe himself.
"Broncho Billy," as every one
knows him now, -didn't' always
have a bank acco'unt, sa'they say,
and fortune and fame looked
abouVas near, the finding as ai
Now if T stories be true he
has moneyjto.buni and there can
be no question of his popularity in s
Amfef son writes man.y of his
own'-scenarios arid plays practic
ally all the .leads in the western
pictures put. on by the .bssanajf