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FILMS AND VAUDEVILLE OFFER THE SOLE NOVELTIES
Reading from either aide: Rnszika and Yancsi Dolly. i hey will return tn their old haunts at the P.?ls?e to? morrow after a successful i?son in farce. BATTLING FOR DRAMATIC UPLIFT H. EDWARD L BERNAYS PI.AYS come and plays go. A pre? agent Is often "at liberty," bn never "out of a job." A professio which baa few ethics preserves this dis tinction very clearly. Nevertheless, creature of habit that ; prer-s agent is, he never breaks himsrl of his clipping habit, and shreds hi: newspapers daily, as if they were somi breakfast food being prepared foi ? ream. And M finally a play was discoverer in the day's news -a prize play?and a Scotch play at that. Having in it all the potentialities of greatness, it .*.? v? i grew beyond them. It was like a man who is an incubator for ideas and a cemetery for actions. The play had won a prii? of ?5 offered by a Scotch r.obleman who was encouraging "let? ters" in war time. It had been produced for "on? right only" at a London music hall theatre, by a company of English actors, gathered from the Seven Seas that England is mistress of- and they called themselves a Devonshire cart. New York managers, perspicacious as they are, r-pend the time away from their clubs picking up "winning plays" in the European capitals. One of them spent the evening at this single per? formance of the Scotch prize play. "My compatriots will s??and for this," he said. "This is a prize rlay. See what the other prize p'.a.v3 have done here in America that that Harvard pro? fessor la turning out! I shall clean up gasolene money for a year aye, such a mo ar? will make my last one fade into ini.g.'.if.cance." It already had. At 10:S0, seven minutes before the I, the New York manager was negotiating with the Devonshire man? ager from the East End for the Scotch prize play. At 10:30 East End had weak? ened to the extent of holding out for a r.rst class passage to America for him? self. At 10:35 East End rang down |the curtain one minute prematurel . . . The play and company were e their way to "uplift American art." With so much precipitoooness, it wj not the New York manager's fault thf ?he play opened in New York two week ahead of its schedule. It got about .1 much Bpcce in the dailies next mornin as the ice skating act in an uptow restaurant. There was no money fo advertising, and the audiences consist ed for the most part of invited presi dents, treasurers and seer? taries o civic, social, political and industrial or gar.izations. There were at least eigh drama uplift societies reprcsc-.t' evening at the performance of th? prize play. But the box- off.ee receipt.' did not compare favorably with tht funds of the strawberry festival at the M. E. Church. It was the old story. The Scotch prize play with the Devonshire cast went to the provinces. But there was a new angle to the story, which concerned the press agent. It came back from the provinces! Sometimes plays go to tht and they never come back. Som? * I they ruminate over the Weitem tracts and return to the "subway circuit" for a short trolley tour. But this play came back with a bang, to a Broadway house, at Broadway prie? s, with a Broadway electric sign and an auto? matic carriage call system at the front. And now came a fight *or t* ? tnbution of credit for bringing the prize play back to New York. One fac? tion consisted of a lar/,"* agr?gation of women who ?'.ibhlcd and dabbled in drama, and they considered thom responsible. Another was an incorpo? rated concern wi'h a long raime and unknown resource?, which considered I itself responsible. And the third was i the man who had brought the play 1 from its one-night stand In England, and he considered himself responsible. Mary Arthur, who doe? her ?hare toward the ornamentation of Mr. Ziegfeld'? current "FoII?m" There was only one thing all thr faction concrd' , ?'. ..-? *. So thi ? one who had ting a physiological, psychologic ?.ion urcn a prurient pub'.:?' tv years bofoK, Th.?* "uplift" aggregation with tl i of tl drama (pieked via th?- t?l?phona ?I rectory) and circularized with gr<? slips. But the negative results of this can ? i box ofTice did not ha*. any undue influence upon the numb? -, luncheons, supper? tiens and BO? tin] by the member! of the society f? ?lay hack, in hoi ? th're were ?some awl young men among themi and for plaj generally, capitalized, Ltalieixed, ido ized. There were many thai week. An even Broadway Brtvit.es cirri? ?: **? lines on one of th? And, meanwhile, the New* York mar ,.rer wai eelebrat.Bg the same ? in his way. The vaulted ceilings of hi clubs r? oond id *?* Ith ing by himself at his own acumen. A? cording t?> him and bit friendo, he wa introducing B new "'?. v" int '.he American theatre. And if he ha been able to he would bST? the fortunes he had already made b the disposition of the stock and movin picture rights to his prize play, not t mention amateur performances an One week was over now, and th .- ? for the credit for bringing th I lay back had gone on gloriously in th new.*! I in the minds of thre interested factions -and still no audi enees. The remark made by an.. had entered the theatre at 8:45, "i looks ? -ra. . it it is late," would hav tifiad each night if pa.-ses an - had not been judieiously d to Eifty-sevcnth Street shop ladie and dramatic editors of trade journal." And when on this Saturday night, a 10:30 o'clock, the secretary of the cor poration which paid the salaries cam? every r.r.e ?frith eh. ??',. arid lef the theatre, suspicion turned to reali in. This was ? . '.went; minu*- ? later by the 1 the Da? and Nigh? Bank, who refused to hono; the ched-..?, he.-.-u.M- they represente! mere'.;. -atures of the entre preneurs and no available :" ? So the ] - une the aup press agent, and the papers mer. nounced that the Si-o'ch prize play ha? been forced out of the theatre I of previous i The Devonshir- t went back to the two ?.! r-rincipals, who v the Rectangle Film Corporation. The bill posters boiled heraus, had not bean paid. The theatre i swore he o gain harbor a | i .<* play. And the Uplift 8 . rtgarffy awaited 'he coming Indian literary yogi. The mana..* for the beagles in Sou?h Carolina, and the i;' bias own rooni on the eighteenth floor of the K;?7.pa*.n< ?, }'. Idlng and left I unknown. And the press agen* again "out of a Job" that is to say, he was "at lib. | IN VAl'DFAILLE PALACE ' Greatei Ifor? ?x Revue," " and Sal* Kouri?. Mullen ?,r.,| I ' - - Brothers and Sister, < ?? Brothers "The Edge of the World." RIVERSIDE I'r-ima farus and Larry ?orner, Coi !-'.!,. r. ceil?.?, Rol.!-: -, Marg . * * ? F . ll:r ehofl Gy| ROYAL I' .-., in "The. D serter," by Willard M i-k and Tl nm. P. Pail?n; "I' ibevilh ." aing LOEW8 AMERICAN rh-mnrey ||en? r..e. in "A B i lineei Propoi ? Show and I.?e. Mack nn?l Vi-lmsr first half. ? "? BRIGHTON Nora l es, Bert Kalmar sad Jassi? '?'.'?'.. G ,-?? i--! 1 Jimmy Lucas. M' ?.',. Young ar.'l Jack \Saldion, Jack Onri, Nora B.iye?, ?napped with her principal at.ifttant, Irving Fisher. They will Le icen at the New Brighton this week. MADGE 0" THE FILMS 1?> HARRIETTS UNDERHILL MAI'Ci: KENNEDY is the si ? girl in the world. This si m?nt ii made authoritatively and out rfationa. That she d< ? ? it - why it is true. She is ill I excited .about her com . the silent drama, and fear? ful that she will find that aha la a fail urr ? reen, just as though the little comedienne could go .r nrong in any direction. "I never have bt?-n at all r.crvou.-," ?aal Hiaa Kennedy, "when I was to open in a new play, but being inter u .- = me t.. death. It is just like working in front of the camera? being recorded, you know, in every? thing you do or say." Here the other ? f the family appeared in the ?afir.g and wanted to know if he could not stay and hear his wife reveal h? r life secrets. He said that he never had heard any one interviewed and ho I how it was done, but hi wan absolutely and positively refused admission. "I didn't like the pictures at all at first, for it seemed all the time as ?h it was only rehearsing r.nd never accomplishing anything. Vou know, ?he longest time they grind at .*? is about a minute, and working up to a big scene and I it all over in a minute! I find ? : ? ? ' . ' to !o is to wait until ?ay 'Ready' and then dive into veur hi-' of emotions and produce the 1 one on the spur of the moment. If urn work up to a big scene again and again only to find that it is merely a rehearsal you are completely ex 1 tod by the time they get ready to turn the camera on you, and you | ?left te give. "The best fun of all is going into rejection loom and watching them furl bita of your picture. My !ir?t wai 'Baby Mine,' and I was so happy I "c it, for it certainly is a delightful i story, and I never hnd sc?n myself en i the screen befire. At first I though!, Madge Kennedy, aren't you iv - full' an?! then ! thought, 'Oh, you .-.re I ' ? ? . thai ..-ene,' and finally, before I rame away, I was thinking I was quite splendid. I rather myself on the screen. I wonder what the pcrae will think of me, and what the critic.? will ?ay of me. I am not one of tho?e persons who be Here that all adverse criticisms are sp'tr*' '! ?? remii led Kiai K? nnedy ha n.-ver had had any ad ? m, and she said frankly, "In? deed I have, and it did me more gr.od th.^n nr.vth ng that ever h?.ppencd t . BM. I r<v?-r h?.,e forgotten it '. ' 1, 'Some consummat? an? ; behind me exclaimed "That girl will keep the show going," but I am Mies Kennedy never will keep r.g going until she learns to control that blatant accent, which must base com? straight from the shore? of Michigan.' So, then, 1 knew that ?n? the way I sound?d to other I I tried to overcome my "hi ''*' accent.' I practised 'hard' and 'purple' and 'Now York.' until now - ? ? damning left ?to ] born west of , just as 1 my ef chance to go into tl ' the Gold wyn people, and I could not resist The | offer ? ' ' and at the same ? time Bat! succu access, docs I it not? And then th-re was tha? ever recurring question; Could I do ? work If ? tried** I decided to have it i .... ? to do any? thing else it all. I ting all of my time ' work, ar.d h,.*. temp<il - the stage. I shall no' act nor cor.*'. ? ,-, long as I am in the pictures. I think is where peop!. make a mistake?try? ing to do too many things at once. I'm sure life In fion? of the enmara If arduous enough * I all of One'l time, ar.d there are . naraa m n "I think ' ha**) * not given enough thought to ti, I'.cturo , art. H Bg up ..ver night Com? panies are forn - while you wail ; ?-?'a. an! beauty : ? en about the only requisile. Briir: to tha tai? ns very UUCh, for I has al ir idea that you in a ? let that so many of th? successful on the screen baa strength? ened the belief that i * ? ibility i?. s pot tira detriment to tho^e hunt? ing the elusive laurels of ti..* films. "Hut here I am. talking as though I knew more ab. at the gam? I i who rnve made ri study of '. and ni y first picture baa not ???? been pro aiiee.i! When you ?. ? - picture I want you * ' i :" jrOU WOnld ? ' me i1 ?by ?..? not used ! cil th" wny through. Toa BOO, I babies grow so fast thai we have to abandon 'hen: a:.d gat BSW infants lor i each ?cene. The one we started with I Vivian Marlin, on th>* Strand screen in "Forbidden Pat ha." a tiny thine*, supposedly a few hours old, but we laid h.m .-.. ??ie for a coup!-- take o'her .-cene.., i end wfa n a i wen! ba< - U pich him up . perfect elephant. We ?fcad to have thre? ?' of infants for picture to keep them the same I n.-ver knew that young chil? dren grew 10 faat; but then, all babies look alike, anyway. "Being present at the theatre the ? I make my debut on the - to he much more ex r than a first i ght in New York. ' I'? rhaps if I'm very good in this they will let me do the sort of ? want next time. One of those heavy, ?? hol I'm aspiring to. You knot pent of the Ni'e,' e,r lomething like that, where I cm wear slinky gowni snd drink di [ pen ?? Until Miss Kennedy . i ?re thought ?he m< every Interviewee winds up thai The et I want to do tragedy, ; the tragediennes wish to do ?omedy.the letl a down their hair in*o ringlets, and the ingenues ? ? up. Madge Kennedy stands la quite content to b? just what ihe ;. "MONIES AS USUAL" HT ' moving" la the 1\ . || gan Whieh ha- been adopted by Carl Laemmle, president of the Uni? r?] I Film Company, and if they are ' not kept moving I t be tha fault ' of the indefatigable Mr. Laemmle. Mr. Laemmle says it, It l a line from a popular song. : "Do your bit and mak keep 'he movie? moving." t to music immedi ! lately. It has the proper rhythm. Mr. ? ontinues: "Contrary to expectations, the silent ' drama ha- n popula- I every country engaged in the great war. has always been | full of . and now again it has It did exactly the ; opp.is:?e from what the wise ones '? thought it would. Every one thought it would slump. Everybody said. 'No me will want to go to the theatre until the war is over.' But, as it turned out, i the people crave entertainment more ! than ever. I suppose that is natural? 1 the desire to have their minds diverted I from the war. And now the United - has gone into the business of i war in a thorough and a big way, and ! so, like every other warring nation, it will crave entertainment more than ' ever. "Pot that reason I feel that we are j entering the biggest summer season j this business ever has experienced in ' ! this co "We could shut down all of our j studios for a few weeks, thus avoiding ?penditure of something over a I millioi ' II have plenty of ' ? a without falling be in our schedules. But we are not' going to do it. "t'nele Sam wants us to keep things humming. He doesn't want ua to * anything, bul he ? I 'is t.-> spend ; norms ? we are going to .-pen.; I p. little mere than normally, "Ever hia bread on . the waters now is going to tind that it | vill return to him in the form of jelly j ; cake before loin*. Out of the fact I that this is prac* * ?m, which every buainesi eoneern should practise, it is mighty good I It will keep . *' people at work, and thus II an?! mu ma! spen ting of all kinds. And there is nothing bet r the nation right now than a lotion ' :' normal spending. I moving picure businesi il a e power for good. This is the * opportunity we ever have had to silence the long-haired reformers and prove to the whole nation tha? ?e are in the job to keep I ? imming. "I? would not aid In winning battles for ''"' ihout In sackcloth and a^he?; in fact, such a step would be ? hindrance to the eause upon which all good citizens are united. T?> % proper account of itself the nation ' be ?n tune, mentally, spiritually and phyaicolly, to render true account in the gre.t cv -..-,'.. A nation in the dumps will look at things with a dis >n. "All Of which preamble bring? us to 'he focal point, that innocent amuse? ment must not be blackballed at this ' ?o, s ???.-:? by the rrovernment or by public ?.pinion, m,h applies mo tieularly to the cosmopolitan movie which afford.? a delight to the millions every ?lay, which is instructive and cd ucational a? well." , Mr and Mrs. Edgar Selwyn, the latter being Margaret Mayo. In ??et? to their activities in the Selwyn company they ?re prominently concerned with Goldwyn films. SHADOWS ON THE SCREENS I d'Y* UV. WARRIOR," a n?w photo 1 spectacle, will be presented by i Harry Raver at the Criterion Theatre . for four weeks, beginning to-morrow 'night. Maei.-te, who rescued Cabiria from the god Moloch, will appear in the , new play. He was working with a company of players in Austrian territory when his j country decided to fight for democracy I on the side of the En*en*e Allies. Sud? denly his troupe "was ordered to return to Turin and Maeiste realized that war had been declared. He and his compan? ions were sent to a war detention camp, j where they might have remained were I It net for the ingenuity and daring of Maniate. Under his guidance they made ' their escape and finally reached the Italian border, where Maeiste joined I his country's colors. "The Warrior" is said to show actual i war scenes under conditions never yet exposed on the screen. .?"*>? "Jo Hayakawn, supported by Viv? ian Martin, will be seen at the Strand Theatre in a photo-drama called "For , bidden Paths." Miss Martin is Mildred Thornton, a wealthy young American git!, who becomes the ward of Sato, her father'- Japanese partner. This is said to be the most powerful play in which Hayakawa has appeared. In the cast are Tom Forman, James N'eill and Car? men Phillips. As an added attraction Manager Edel has secured the first official pictures of Uncle Sam's troops training behind the firing lines in France. This picture should have a greater interest for American audiences than any European war picture hitherto exhibited in this country. The O. Henry picture will be "Stric*: !y Business." Among the soloists are Grace Hoffman, who will sing "Hay? making," and Mischa Violin, the violin? ist. The overture will be from "Will? iam Tell," in connection with which one of Mr. Edel'.? color symphonies will be displayed. *'Th.? Sawdust Ring" will be the feat? ure picture at the Rialto this week, with Bessie Love in the leading role. This is a story of the circus, and will Surely delight any man who ever car? ried water for the elephant or any woman who ever envied the lady bare ? der. Chabrier's "Espa?a" overture will he played by the Rialto orchestra, with ona from "1*. Happened in Nerd Land" as an added number. Marion Ro Madelein? L'K.-p.noy an?! Henr Berten Will be heard in the trio from "Attilla," bv Veril. Gladys Brockwell, In "To Honor and' Obey," Will be the attraction at the Academy of Music. Jewel Carmen will play a prominent part in this picture, and, strange to say, she will be th<> I [ siren, while Mis? Brocksrell wil!***: | the role of the wp>nged wifi. P. W, Griffith'? ''into'en***-'Si 1 succeeded "The Birth of a N'itk'i the Brighton Beach M'isic HiL This will be the last we-**i*t-*> i min Chapin's "full to A rai* ni ?m '? Lincoln cycle fea'ures at til G.:> Theatre. There will he a ?cto? tive-minu*e speech? ? .-'-it ! y tj *****i ers of national protr : ene?. "The Lone W"i?,'' K<-rbutt Bree production of Lou.* Joseph Vu? novel, enters up. I -:??.*???'?'?? Broadway Thca'r.? ' -.* ;g*ht Tas? t jiajfement has been exten?"*? OOt r.itcly. The featured attrsctism it 1**?* New York the coming week will a"J Jack Devcreaux. ?n "A SuceeiiftlF* ure," on Monday; Alice Brady, J'l ?elf-Made Widi a," W Tueidiy; > othy Phillip?. ? "The Rue:?.'?? T.'ednesday; El id Bwaets, il M Mother Instinct," and "Th? VwH th? Wire." on Thursday; An;!* i'<* art, Ul "The Menage of th? H** and Jean Bothera, la "Misi Ito? tion." on Friday, and the two r?'*4' sters, K?therir.e ar.d Jane Le?, i"'-*" Little Imp-." on BatsHafa Julian Eltinge is r.ow tillinfs?" motion picture car.era for ? " time in his life at " I* ' ' Julian is positively the firit ?4S4-*31 impersonator ever kept *B cap***'"*? a Paramour.' it idio. Douglas t BUVtWUl the sportinp jrarr.e last *MMSB*M* eger of : . ?a, tie 9a** wrestler. Ho : I Ml Be??* pion against the Ma-ked -*,*,rT*** wrestled Ri *\ml -relee, i.-.c : the victor in twenty-eifbt ???'^ the most ?\a.- "^Lmi wrestling i i *' "-1 eT*r*''t! in California. Fairbanks a- I thi *M9l*T of Bull ? ?-*'*? ?"'"? ^ covered h B it I N*?*** Verk ?"""'J :?nd SBfar ' ' ' apP"1?*lBl^ of Artera I .^^t** a It*-', ?*'?'. '" ' ? ?"? '"''*? !!*t ""**! , the lealei n Ht B**-? debut as the i urg SI il "h W^ Again." - ? Si? : "Sadden I '"*?** the title i " |hortJ^ lereea bsx( ?'? tfct' ' j,** cast are Sylvia ore^tt *l . Pucharme, G?or| Dowlil | "''" Wallaee R id I ?? "??*?? "'?fg? pear spposita Gera diM ?r",rT*)*ri** forthcem Bg Artei ? ,i*5*** m-\\t played the lead to Mill F-rrir the Weman." NOW ON THE BOARDS DRAMA .,. r.,ir FORTY-EIGHTH STREET. ... ... "Th" 1 .V?.' PLAYHOUSE . ,-TW Ma? Whe Caab m COMEDY . Bssbt GAIETY.."Turn te th* ?? MUSICAL u -, *,.,? NEW AMSTERDAM."Th.- ^egf*^1^,.' COHAN ? HARRIS..'?H!J ,f Hi** WIN! ER GARDEN."The Passinc vh?* yroli?* NEW AMSTERDAM ROOF.*'h!ev*n-?''"7/|te-f!' PRINC1 sa . . 0t"