Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
MELODRAMA, IS WHAT PEOPLE
WANT LEONARD SAYS
Bob Leonard is the star with Otis
Turner, the veteran director of the
Western studios of the Universal Film
Co. at Hollywood, Cab
Leonard is a great big chap, six feet
tall, real red hair and a freckly kind
One of his big parts recently was
that which he took so wejl in the
production of "Shbn, the-Piper," a
Before he went on the screen he
was on the speaking stage with Fer
ris Hartman, playing comedy. He has
also played in companies with Mrs.
Fiske and Trixi Friganza.
Big Bob frankly avows that melo
drama is the best kind of stuff to
write if you- are a scenarioist and the
best kind to act if you are a movie
player. His reason is that "melo
drama is what the people, want!"
Half long skirted coats with a tre
mendous flare at the heais are the
SHE'S ALL RIGHT . n
A young woman, a swift and ac
curate stenographer, earning her
own living, writes to a weekly maga
zine to voice an objection to the
frivolous manner in which stenog-
rnnVmrc n ro trpn fori in mnrlorn nnnn -
lar literature. She resents references y
to mem as gum-cnewing, siang-iam-ing,
gaudily dressed, bleached blonds
whose spelling is as bad as their
The girl is justified in making this
kick against fiction writers now,
when hundreds of thousands of
young women, self-educated, self
respecting and self-supporting, if in--deed,
not supporting a family, are
contributing their share, and more,
to the daily business life of this "Coun- ',
But those stenographers, or wo
men engaged in other work, who
know that they are not gum-chewers,
slang-talkers or bad spellers, need
not. accept such descriptions as re
flections on their occupation. Fic
tion writers are not all deep stu
dents of life or conditions, nor are
they all accurate in their descrip
tions of places and people or the
things that go to make up real life.
They have fallen away from the old
style of faithful writing and into a
lighter vein of fiction that will last
for but. a day, comparatively, and
which is written with little thought
of whose feelings may be hurt just
as long as someone -may laugh at a
line In a story, like the following for
instance: "Have you done anything
for spelling reform?" "Yes, I fired
my blonde stenographer."
o o '
Not for him
"See here, waiter,-" exclaimed the
indignant customer, "here's a piece of '
wood in my sausage!"
"Yes, sir," replied the waiter, con-;
solingly, "but I'm sure er "
"Sure nothing! I don't mind eating
the dog; but I'm blo'wed if I'm going '
to eat the -kennel, too!"