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MACK MOVES PLAYERS JUST
By Gertrude M. Price.
Mack Sennett is. the director, scen
ario plotter and frequently leading
actor of the Keystone Company, with
headquarters at Edendale, California.
He defines comedy as the 10, ?0, 30
type of melodrama "burlesqued a
He handles his players like the
checkers on a board.
He builds his plots around current
happenings and works them out in
The Comedy "Movie" Man.
the street car or a& he walks down
He never writes a line,, for when
the picture is once in his 'head he
Such a man is Mack, whom every
moving picture comedy-lover knows
and likes well.
Contrary to all supposition, the
director of the Keystone comedies
lives at the Van Nuys Hotel, one of
the most dignified, stately places in,
the city. On the job, Mack is rough
and ready, brusque, business-like -and
everlasting at it.
After hours he is the liesurely gen
tleman, attired in immaculate apparel
and apparently with nothing on his
"There's just a hair's breadth be
tween melodrama and comedy," he
told me. "You can make the latter
out of the former by exaggerating it
a bit. i
"It's much more difficult to make
people laugh than to make them cry,
"I work my actors as a man moves
checkers on the board. I know the
plot. The chances are they don't.
Maybe they don't know what they
are expected to do mextr even. Of
course, it's up to me to keep all the
strings untangled and to pull them,
each at the right time."
Mack Sennett is producing sev
eral comedies a month and it's work.
If you don't believe it, try to get his
attention for three minutes when
he's "on the job."
TEACHER'S MINIMUM WAGE BILL
PASSES ILLINOIS SENATE
Springfield, III., May 14. The Sen
ate passed Senator Magill's minimum
wage for teachers' bill. It provides
that no school district shall pay its
teacher less than $300 for any school
Magill claimed that over 3,000
teachers in the public schools of the
state are getting Jess than $300.
Senator Juul, a member of the
Senate white slave investigating
committee, wanted the bill sent back
for an amendment that w.ould raise
the pay of all women workers.
Senator Hurburgh's bill, prohibit
ing the publication in newspapers of
advertisements of quack doctors, was
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