of Twelve' was the best three-reel
picture I ever showed in my house.
Give us pictures like that and we
shall have all the features we want."
Both of .the above plots were
frankly melodramatic. Miss McCoy,
for all her youth, has a lot of good
ordinary common sense and believes
in writing what the intelligent public
wants rather than exploiting any par
ticular notions of her own. There is
a lesson here for scenario writers in
general. Moreover her plots are
models of workmanship. "They are
among the very few scenarios that
the Edison studio has been able to
produce, even to the sub-titles, al
most exactly as written.
Miss McCoy believes in quality
rather than quantity Her spare hours
are not many, but these she spends in
going over and over her situations
until she feels sure they are right
She has just completed a third plot
of an unusual nature, announcement
of which will shortly be made from
the Edison studio. Those who have
heard of it say it isL certain success.
In the two sterling successes men
tioned Miss McCoy's triumph was
doubled, for she played the role of
the heroine. Miss McCoy's interpre
tations convince with emphasis be
cause they are always fired with the
intensity of her own nature and her
characters shaded by a keen and in
tiutive sense of emotional motives.
Perhaps one of the best indications
of her ability to sink herself in the
character being delineated is that she
possesses an ability, without the use
of character "make-up," to appear on
the screen at different times so dif
ferent that many who have known
her well did not for some time recog
nize her as the Miss McCoy who
played a different role at the last
Miss McCoy is a Southern girl, first
having seen the light in Oxford, Ten
nessee, where she first and very
early showed interest in an aptitude
for the stage in amateur theatricals.
Before her advent into Edison Motion
Pictures some five years ago she had
already had considerable stage ex
perience and success. She has ap
peared exclusively in Edison films.
Miss McCoy's favorite diversion is
motoring and she drives her car with
the same nerve and skill with which
she undertakes daring film exploits.
Some.of her recent Edison films are:
"Greater than Art," "In Spite of All,"
the prize play, "The Phantom Thief"
and "A Tragedy of the Rails."
El Paso, Tex. Gen. Rodelfo Fierro,
slayer of the Englishman, William Sv
Benton, at Jaurez last year, was
wounded in leg during fighting be
tween Villa and Obregon troops.
Washington. Ruth Purcell, ste
nographer in American Federation of
Labor office, awarded trip to Panama
exposition in local newspaper beauty
Phoenx, Ariz. Gov. Geo. P. Hunt
has invited protests to board of par
dons from all over nation against
"orgy of death," May 28, when 5 men,
are to be hanged.
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