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1BMML TheJEvOTiog World's Connies Theatrical News aod Gossip WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5, 1922 i m JOE'S CAR -j- -j- -j- -j- -j- Throw Him Outl I l, ; ' i . i 1 i i i ' I I THE NEW PLAYS o K "Taboo BY CHARLES iw.n.n nrw - - - . IF crrlltiatlon Is only skin deep It may depend eomowhat upon the color of tho akin. Judging by Taboo," the voodoo play by Mary Hoyt Wiborg that might have farther disheartened tho author of "Birthright" If ho had happened to bo at the Harris Theatre yesterday afternoon. It ( rolhnr cnirloua that this wild ? thins, pulsing, Jumping and yelping, should bo tho work of a woman, un less wo consider that even the gen tlest creature to-day may at heart be savage with Jazz, which here can bo traced to Us lair. Bo that as It may, "Taboo" casts a voodoo spell with Its snakes, toads and other charms, Its strange Incantations and Its grotcsquo people. It Is voodoolsm turned looso In Louisiana and harking tack to tho African Jungle So far as story goes there Is nothing more than tho haunt ' lng dread of a woman, tho mistress of a plantation, for tho fato of a de fective whlto grandchild bclloved to bfl under the voodoo curse This child falls In with a wandering darkey lost In a swamp much like Kmperor Jones nd given to weird Imaginations of remote inspiration. At sight of him whoa he reaches tho plantation, the distraught woman falls dead. The stranger Is threatened with lynching, when speech finally comes to the child "moon baby," as a mammy calls him and so Jim's llfo Is saved. All the trouble Is really caused -by a drought, with tho superstitions It ox cites. Dy this means Miss Wlborg, who has evidently made a thorough study of her subject, swings Into tho uncanny business and mnkes It a bar bar! 0 spectacle Scores of Negroes, warming up to their work until they created a dis tinct atmosphere, were tho life and spirit of tho frenzied affair. They acted with the freedom and Instinct that marked tho performances given by a similar company at tho Garden Theatre a number of years ago. The drought that brought on the swamp orgy was not of the Volstead variety, for thero were at least two bottles of whiskey In the party. The Negroes might easily have got along without any other stimulant than the natural alcohol In their veins had It not been necessary to saturate with whiskey the "luck ball" given Mrs. Gaylord by way of making her feel easier about her grandchild. Jim's dream was even wilder, for It went back to the African Jungle, went back. Indeed, with a vengeance. Here Mrs. Gaylord was transformed into the Queen of the tribe clamoring for rain, and by hor order tho white child wo s offered, as a sacrifice. This r j ream hud the suggestion of reality in the .survival of a suporstitloo hinted at, to say the least. In darkest 1oulslann. Thero was still tho story of a white child "spirited away" by a black stranger not exactly a bed time story, as you must agree, yot effective in a voodoo play. Except when they wcro occasion ally given wordB that seemed out of character, the Negro players wore thoroughly convincing. This was especially truo of Merle Stuart nud Fannie Hello do Knight, crooning, muttering and laughing by turn. With r!1 their doubta and fears, they wcro not without the saving humor of tho race. In the groping superstition of Jim. as played by Paul L. Robeson, thero was something of tho dllpln power that made "The Emperor Jones" so gripping and so pitiful. Ho also fairly leaped Into tho fantastic role of tho Jungle King. Alex Rogers was another who did good work. Ttv way of relaxation having only five roles In "Back to Methuselah Margaret Wycherly played the South . era lady the black .nd tho dusky Queen. In Wig of Mrs. Qaylord she Screenings By DON ALLEN TIMES DO CHANGE. Tempus, whllo It Is fugitlng, cer lainly works wondera, now, doesn't It? A few years ago gum manufac turera put mirrors on slot machines so that women could see whether their hats were on straight or not. Yesterday Mao Murray was stroll lug along Fifth Avenuo when a very nipperlBii und flapperlBh flapper Hailed her. Tardon me, Miss Murray," start od tho flap, "but would you mind telling tne whether my hat is on crooked." ' "yes," assured Mse, after a crit ical look. "Thanks, wi much," gushed the flip, "I thought it might havn worked around straight, and that would never do. Goo'-byl" ANSWERS. ANNA KELLY You win. Mary Parr played the mother In "Over the JUH" and Margaret Beddon played the aickly maternal parent In "Itoomerang Bill." MYERS If Valentino entered a popularity contest he'd probably finish way up front. But ho wouldn't gut our vote. CURIOUS No, Monty Hanks didn't bite ono of the Hons during his latest victure. We know this because none i'l the HonH has died. MICHAEL Yes, S. Goldwyn's name was originally Goldfish. STUDIO SCRAPPED. The oldest and most interesting, from an historical point of view, ot tViA wmrw rf ntii H 1h In Twi InmlM I U "scrapped" btcuoA Louts 0, it doo Spell DARNTON looied and acted as though eho had stopped out of a Orck tragedy In a forgetful moment, and as tho mighty one of tho Junglo sho set her teeth o hard that oho was a bit difficult to understand for a primitive creature. But her moments of sheer passion struck fire, and she was always an Imposing figure. Augustln Duncan achieved a pic turcsue production, though tho Imag ination balked at Jim's hiding behind what looked like a curtain on tho plantation In the final scene. I may bo wrong-, but no ono can make inc. bcllevo that curtains grow on oven tho most productive of plantations. THE BIG LITTLE J "CeMJ? 7J A, rJr THERES TCl AT SAD OLE I r AVAf EJAWCioMlT yr's, a shave Off. im (N. V. WmM) Bt Pm PiETCi. LITTLE MARY MIXUP Too -BAT 1 WAS J f Ailil A I'll Poe I J.OST NiCll'eLl KATINKA Mayer and B. r. Schulbcrg, President of Preferred I'lcturcs, Inc., have com bined their producing interests. The new combination will hence forth woik In the bit; studio In which Mayer has produced Fust Nntiomil Pictures for so long. The scrapped studio was first occu pled by tie old Ulograph Company and later by Thomas It. Inn, ana under tin so two able directors tome ot tho hlstory-imtlilng pictures wcr, mndo there. 'Chen It wnH leased by Prefencd l'lctures and lately has been housing the film activities of Kalhu rino MacDonaUl and hor company. It In said the studio building will probably bo torn down. GERMANY WANTS IT. Hy way of illustrating tho put Hil arities of human nature, German mo tion picture exhibitors aic now clam- 01 lng for the lights to show "The Fuu: lltu ii ii of tho Apocaiypsi In tho.r country T1i!h acramblln tor uerman nguis comes almost on top of tho great huo and cry mado by the flerman Ambassador In Parii over the allowing or tho nini In tin- French capital. lixci-ption wa taken atr'ilnst ( Frncn hhoving h tho German orli. clals because tlmy cluimevl the pic turo would renew tho war hatred against Qorroany. Despite this plea the film In being shown In France and now Germany wants IL evidently the German exhibitors believe the Oermaa caaaiM wlU; be fafoMy 1 DlDJAv AND "DECIDE TO KMOCK AMD 'FEEL ALL SWELLED UP I AND TMEW RND OUT HE'S A POLICET fW 1 -VJELL THAT'S WHY Mfa rtiMfcffcJ EVER TUE T30VS S1LLV VlTvA IT VJHEN SOME FELLOU IMSlSTS INSPECToP USING THE "PHOTO AS "".. MNO, WOrAEtJ DON'T FALL Nil FSPOT A ON THE UPON TAKlMG A SNAP SHOT EVIDENCE AGAlMST YOU IN COURT -U Fof EERVTHlNG S SPFV rt BEACH OF VOUR SHAPELY 'FORrt FOR WEARiMS AM IKlDECEMT j ' TWEV SEE in SHOP WlMDOWS v BATHMG SUIT COSTUME? SLk ,S?0RE " X 72 "SE gaa owners 'Aaim! The.y Think i sw who cm Tvut'll stand "The, ir TRBY OAKT WRECK A 1 uvtfcK THev -owls it's j 2001 Coft.jm (N. Y.t World) By Pr-e rNf. Co. FAMILY Sbu FboR LOOKlN' Peller BUM ACAiW! 4ea5. op AMVt30DY' T:lHTilrt, A rllCKeL,,7El-L blP it. VJILL YAl Ilevo In the message delivered by the picture. When tho German rights are settled, ever country tn tn- world save Russia will have seen the Mini. DO YOU KNOW That Harold Lloyd wants to play Richard HI."? That Herbert Grlmwooil, English screen player, escaped from a German priHon by bribing his guard with a piece of soap.' That Chaplin Is suing a man who imitates him? That William Duncan, Vltagraph player, fainted tho other duy when taken for a professional Prohibition ist? That Snub Pollard never snubbed any ono In his llfo? That Jim Corl"tt likes scicctt act ing? Thut Jim Jeffries does not? That Fred Stone refuses to klBs any leading ladles? That tho leading ladles are Just ns well pleased .' That Tom Mix owns a drey.i suit? Ho you caru much? . That make It unnnlmou'- THE LATEST. Charles W. Ilcyer, who has n his screen spurs In several recent pictures, was travelling through tho "weeds" recently and was dressed to kill. The train hesitated at a small Mtd-Weotern town long enough for Charlie po stroll out-mnd do nrorotb TiJW . (z VZ777T : gimme. Tfi' factories L CAN BUILD TH1 most Abuse. - hjiT , Birr 'HOU3AN CAR IN A A BEAK. HOLE RCA .-fOTTTflll OLE Hee'2 VJrlALI)A V4 WA 1 TjITi MT LQ6E J rlT NlClfet. AT 4LL. m-rr was uifirir inning stretch. Ho was wearing a brand-now pair of light blond spats. "Hoy, Mike!" yelled a freckle-faced station lounger to another, "plpo th' guy wearln' leggln'H inside his pnnts." Then thu conductor yelled: "HOARD!" SOUNDS CIRCUSSY. Wo knew the circus was in town, but didn't think it uould affect as level-headed a director as Charles llryant, who swung tho mcgaphono during N'nzimova's filming of "Ba lome." Hut judging from a lino of dialler be spilled entcrday, Ilryani niiiNt luio read and abforlH.l som ,lreus twenty-four sheets. For he said: "Slmo. Nazimova und I decided not to accept any existing model for Su lonio, but that it should bo developed from tne fragmentary llibheai allu jluns "Allcgnritnlly, the rlvlln.ttion of tho Jud in iilil at the dnn of the Christian era is set forth through the medium of an nrt tugge ited at time.' by tho !mpre.i."lonl!tii! mr- cl i nf an Aubrey lleitrdslrj . The diameters re trmv t La t 1 ,,i ti-. c.i.it n; ll.rijil, Tet:..ri i ,t Judin- ' I. : 1 ..dioitb, eli .it t, i '.emlnnte; Romans, brutal, self-confident, super clllous; Syrians, romantic and vlsion- uiy; strange members of the Yemen tribes from tho south and Mack Nu- mldluns from Africa" What Uttrnum would hare done to thl rruy l ( r 1 WE'LL CUAUA. tWMLR A FENCE. CAREFUL so's not -r'Huia ms "THitrry Collar, hi; slams His THREe -DOLLAR CAR OVE-fe A. -SlrFLL AN' EXPECTS IT T'COME DEAR ME- HAVE HfVO r L,TeA13.lM, OP -TftE .sTee'eT? CUT-BACKS. A little green parrot that plays an Important part In "Sonny," the latest Uartholmess film, is unique. Ho put tho "American Army" to rout during tho Aiming. A dozen or more A. U. ,F. vets will swear that Polly can sure blto some. i "Spanish flappers aro all right," muses Uob Leonard. "But they arc pot allowed to flap." Ono touch of Prohibition makes the whole world a skin. A Metro repre sentative writes us from Paris and gays: "(Tho Parisian must have the Joy of things forbidden. Abslntho be ing tho only beverano forbidden here, the natives Insist on carrying It on tho hip." Alice Terry, screen atar, designs all her own costumes-. Hut that Is no ex cuse to address her as "a designing woman." H.'.rbnr.i La Marr, who plays the adventuress in "Tho Prisoner of Zenda," liad a narrow escape from death In an auto craBh yesterday. Well, that Is, It was just narrow enough to get a little mention, but that's about all It amounted to Tom Mix estiTday tavo his new daughter a nlcoprescnt It is a hand carved redwood bootjack. Claire McDowell, who supports Shirley Mason In her latest film, "The Ragged Heiress," nam Deen a star herself. -vou v ( . :?. r wuv an-a lot oy i j " ' " ' ' " " II " . . ttim-AM' i ( : : : AN. Uoiu uk AAnAM: mucn WE HAKlb HtM K REAS'NABLe- BLL vuttih rr m a-1 Not Why : 1 1 .Aw HE MISTER-.rteVE-t. miMt TeAQiNfjp-me streets 1 FOUND AY Cere. William Fox specials on tho coast. This is his first California appearance In more than a year. William Russell In "Tho Man of Zanzibar" has for his support Ruth Ilenlck, Claudo Peyton, Harvey Clarke, Arthur Morrison nnd Michael Dark. Karl Metcalfe, widely-known screen "heavy," yesterday signed a contract with Goldwyn. 55lpp! Thero goes another Illusion. Pat O'Malley was born In Forest City, Pa. And with that namo too. Cowboys and' rough riders of Wyo ming aro planning a great rodeo during tho tlmo tho "Lady Godlva" film plays in that section. Thcso men live in tho saddle and arc greatly In terested In bareback riding. (Rut they won't say whether it is tho back or tho horso or that of "Lady Godlva" thoy arc so Interested In.) PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSn SHOULD MOT THROW STONES. When ti e Scotch camo over with James I., tho windows of thoir houses wero broken at the Instanoo of tho Duko of .Bucklnghum and oth'vs. Tho Scots, in return, broko tho wln- dowB in Buckingham's Palaco, known as the "Gloss House." He complained to tho King, who replied: "Those who Ive In (flasre noose Steenle, should in tantsX haw. VZ totm tiaBSb" V " V - sri3 I I I f ft t i "i Mi X. II HOUJS SHE COMlKl'oN MAE-OF "TIN. AIN'T SWF. ? - wu i-iuiui.i &AN "ROLL OV4 THIS JOB '. 7 All Mistrials, Either! Look Any Further? 1S2J (N. V. E. WerH) By fnm fri. To. Educational Stuff I RHYMED THRILLS B. M. K., a man who works in Wall Street, has sent us a thr.lt. Ho says that If he wins tho song, "You May Hold Me Tight If You Get Mo Tight," he'll give it to his stenogra pher. Look: went home tired Monday niyht, In blessed sleep to find delight. I hoped thn kids would let alone Our phonograph of raspy tone. We dined; then Mary, with a laugh. Said: ".Yoto we'll play the phono graph." A thrill then came to mc; disgusted, JbVie found the phonograph was busted. A THOUGHT FOR TO-DAY. "I used to think football a fjreat game," said a Wellsvlllo man yes terday, "when thoy had tho fiylnp wedgo." He's an undertaker. FOOLISHMENT. There tea a fat fellow named Olenn, Ho portly that frequently when Face downward he'd fall, He'd mile, that was all, lAai gracetuUjf. IwaM p. again. MIKE - I" 1 7 H About Plays and Players By BIDE DUDLEY j J OE FLYNN writes us from Rich mond, Vii., to tell of an exciting mix-up ho was in recently. Joe was relieving tne aoormon ai tna theatro thero and, when Frank Tln- ney was ready to begin his didoes on the stage, a big, husky countryman, who had handed Joo a ticket, took occasion to poke said Joo In tho noes. A commotion followed and when they pried them apart the countryman was asked what was tho matter. "Matter?" ho snorted. "I ben In sulted. I handed this little guy a good tlckut to tho show and be grabbed It and ripped It right In half. That's why I belted him." Joo writes ho may get over It but he'll never look tho some. OLD KING RETURNS. Herbert Corthell Is again King of the Isle of Tangerine at the Casino. When "Tangerine" was originally produced In Washington the rotund Herb was the King. For some rea son or other he abdicated and Jack Hazzard followed him on tho throne. Then camo Hansford Wilson and his oucccs3or was Richard Carle. Illness haa caused King Dick to glvo up the throno and King Herb Is again "It." A REAL CALAMITY. Al Sanders told us a story last night and wo think it's good enough to re peat hero. Al Bald a Itttlo fat Ger man merchant boarded a train, and when tho conductor naked for his ticket It was not to bo found. "I bought It, but vot become of It I don't know," said the passenger, as he searched his pockets. "I'll go through the car and come back," !ald tho conductor. Fifteen minutes later ho returned to tho Ger man. Tho ticket was still missing. "You don't look like a man who would try to beat tho railroad," said tho conductor finally. "Let It go. It's all right." "All right, you say?" came from tho German. "No, sir. Now I don't know vero I gits off." OUR OWN NOTABLES. YAWNING MIKE His real name wo Arthur Penny Schwab, but his friends called him Nelson for short. Ho lived In Popo, Pa., and was a snow shoveller by trado. Each day he would stand on tho corner of Main Street and Pickens Avenue with his mouth wide open. It was merely a habit, but It gavo pcoplo tho Impres sion that ho was yawning and every body who saw him yawned. As a re sult tho crowds passing that corner became sleepy nnd, Instead of patron izing tho stores, went homo and rested. This, of course, caused the merchants much uneasiness and they finally made n protest to tho city council. Mike win summoned before 'ho councllmen and .-sked to keep his mouth shut. He said lie would, but It Immediately flopped open and the vhole city council became so drowsy hat It forgot to pass an ordinance giving Martin Hluch a contract for equipping Mnln Street with trash cans Hluch was so nngry about it that he lind Mike sent to an Institution at Sleepy Forks, where ho died with his mouth open in 1P16. Ho was buried at night so that the funeral party wouldn't become bored. GOSSIP. "Partners Again" will Stamford on April 1 1. open at "Marjollne" will be played on April 19 as a benefit for the Catholic Set tlement Association of Brooklyn, Fifty Ice-men w'll sco "Good Morn inc. Dearie," to-night. We'll bet they have an lco time. J. M. Kerrigan and Barry Macul Vum are to 1)0 in tho oast supporting Helen MncKellar In "Tho Shadow." The "Shuffle Along" company will tender Its business staff a testimonial at tho 63d Street Music Hull Sunday night. "Somo Party" will bo tne title of tho revue presented at Jolson's Thea tre by Do Y'olf Hopper's Funmakers. Sport Pazumba who thumps the tom-tom In "Tho Hindu," is a Cin galese. Ho has thumped before crowned heads, Al Jolson has written Mayor Hylan thanking him for his letter of good wishes. Al says Mr. Brian la first i 111 n ii T ii mil iinmi r i tnnxMntao"'