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Dearborn independent. [volume] (Dearborn, Mich.) 1901-1927, February 07, 1920, Image 15

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Fighting Disloyalty With Motion Pictures
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spread of all di
lovil. ultra-radical
tendencies, m this
country, the motion
picture producers have
joined forces and
started campaign that
will be nation-wide in
itl ICOOC and produc
tive ot better retulti
than COUld be achieved
by any other means.
This fad has been
recognized by official
Washington.
Not lotUJj ajo there
wras a conference be
tween Secretary of the
Interior Lane and rep-
resentativei of the mo
tion picture industry
which resu ted in the hearty co-operation of the makers
pf ni'i: pictures. Chairman Hess of the HoUSC
Cbflttttitl .uned the following resolution:
"Be it resolved: That it is the sense of a Joint
Commit: n Education of the Senate and House that
the Uo Picture Industry of the United States be
requested I do all that is
within its power to up
build and strengthen t In
spirit 1 1 i Americanism
within 0U1 people."
At the Washington
conference Lewis J. Selz
nick was appointed Chair
man of the ( onunittee of
Distribution. He prompt
ly tired the first shot in
this Nation.il Americanism
campaign by means of a
sirring picture entitled
"The Land of Opportun
ity." Ralph hue, the
famous Selznick director,
wh one starred in a
nrde of ! incoln pictures,
directed and starred in
this one Mis character
ization oi Lincoln is re
markable and this, to
gether ith the film story,
presages a campaign of
Americanism propaganda
that is expected to work
lasting u I The power
oi notion pictures has
again been r c igntaed.
Vice President Marshall,
in his addi i ss at this con
ference oi motion picture
repre nta res and .Secre
tary Lav.' . declared :
d-rstand. Mi t.rs, "laovtf (inn" of the campaign,
ine Land of Opportunity," was written by Lewis Mien
Browne Who IS writing exclusively for the Selnick
people. I his tirst Americanism feature i a story within
a Mory. it has to do with a young American oi means
who. having nothing Letter to do to occupy his time
takes up Parlor Bolshevism" as a fad. just as one
might take up stamp collecting or Egyptology or spirit
ism, quite unaware a; the outset that he is doing any
thing disloyal or un-American. He is shown at the
I me Club, reading a volume oi the Bolshevik propa
ganda trash entitled "Classes Against Masses." It Is
lust such insidious, poisonous literature as this thai
helps spread Bolshevism This young chap has a
heated argument with some of the older club members,
he declares that capital is wrong, that the money should
be equally divided and that there are no opportunities
m America, whereupon the older members who have
all made successes oi themselves tell him how they
Started with absolutely nothing. They leave him in
disgust and he turns to the very aged waiter and
remarks :
"They are all fools, aren't they. William?"
"I cannot agree with you. .sir. This jj the greatest
country in the world for Opportunities.1
"How can you say that, and you but a humble
servant at the age of 87? If there had been oppor-
"There
agency ii
for the
American
ciplcs t!
medium
is no greater
American life
. s semination of
ideas and prin
through the
t file 1 1 1 m and no
single md try in Amer
ica has d s,, much or
can do - ich to arouse
the zeal fervor and
ftepatl of the coun-
Vmerkan Mo
Industry." y corner oi the country these pictures will
will not be preachments pure and simple,
rest stories stories that every man, wo
i. whether lettered or illiterate, will un-
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Ralph luce as Lincoln in the first Americanism propaganda picture.
tunities you would be a member here, not a servant."
"Then some other fortunate man would be serving
me, sir. May I tell you a story?"
Over the mantle is a jrreat picture of Lincoln which
the aged waiter look at i oi.stantly. He begins his
story and the picture BJOCS into a scene back in 1858
Ahen Lincoln, at 49, was having his famous debates
with Douglas. Lincoln has addressed a throng and is
t ko on to Salem. 111., to meet Douglas next day in
debate. As he sits in the hotel waiting for a carriage
to take him. he overhears talk of a boy to be tried
for murder in a town fifteen miles away. The boy
has only his widowed mother, no one will defend him.
Lincoln sits by the stove and begins to think.
From this the picture goes back to Lincoln at 23,
a rail-splitter looking for work. He calls at the humble
log shanty of a woman who is too poor to give him
work but she feeds and warms the hungry boy. He
plays with the baby in the cradle as she prepares the
tood. He is discouraged and tells her there is no op
portunity for a boy but she encourages him and he
starts out. fed and warmed, and within the hour finds
a position. It is history that within the year he was a
captain in the Black Hawk war, and then postmaster
and soon after a member of the legislature.
Lincoln comes out of his retrospection, he refuses
to go on to Salem to meet Don-las but walks back
through the storm that night and gets to the court in
tune to defend and acquit the boy.
The widowed mother tells him she cannot pay him
except in prayer, Lincoln tells her that she paid long
tgo and recalls the incident
t the food and warmth
and encouragement, for
this boy he defended and
acquitted was the infant
he lifted from the cradle
when he, Lincoln, was a
hoy of 23,
And then the picture
goes into the club scene,
the aged waiter is finish
ing his story and looking
at the picture of Lincoln.
"Why do you tell me
this. William"'"
"Because, sir. I was the
boy Lincoln defended. I
have raised a family of
children who are all pros
perous and honored. I own
a nice home. I have- plenty
of money in the bank, al
though when 1 was a man
grown I was penniless
and charged with murder.
hy, sir. America means
opportunity1
The "Parlor Bolshevist"
understands, be stares at
the picture of Lincoln, he
tears into bits his book on
Bolshevism and tosses it
into the tire and shakes in
gratitude the hand of the
tottering old waiter.
The picture campaign,
which the leading pro
ducers will wage to help
our government combat
the Bolshevik evil that
threatens, will be along
these lines. Every picture
will tell a powerful, human-interest
story with a
punch that will inspire re
spect for and gratitude
and loyalty to our country.
In this first of the
series (all of these will be two-reel features) Mr.
nee plays a double role, that of the unthinking chap
who becomes a "Parlor Bolshevist1 and also that of
Lincoln both at 1$ and at 49.
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