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THEATRICAL
SECTION
THE WASHINGTON HERALD
THEATRICAL
SECTION
WASHINGTON, D. C. THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 1919.
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WHAT AND WUEPE TME PLAYEPS PLAY
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The Theatrical Outlook.
There is reason to believe that the stage may be given two or
three melodies of the "Oh, Boy" and "Oh, Lady, Lady" type in the
new Dillingham-Kern-Caldwell comedy which lias so quietly stolen
upon the capital for its premiere performance next Sunday evening.
The mere fact that Charles Dillingham stands sponsor for the
production is a first-rate endorsement, but added to that, we have
assurances that Jerome Kern has written some very tuneful music
that bids fair to attain national popularity. The cast?or at least
such portions of it as are familiar?seems to indicate judgment and
care in the selection of that department of the entertainment.
However, Mr. Dillingham's show is not the only extra added
attraction of the theatrical week. The Shuberts offer, at their Garrick
Theater, a week of classic drama, mostly Shakespearian, by Robert
Mantell, who is scheduled for no less than nine performances during
the week, beginning next Sunday night. The Garrick Theater, which ?
is embarrassing to producers of full-sized dramas because of its I
band-box size, seems eminently fitted for classic drama of the type !
Mr. Mantell expects to portray and advance reports indicate that
capacity business will be the rule at the Garrick all next week.
Richard Walton Tully's hardy perennial, "The Bird of Paradise,'
i> scheduled for presentation at the Belasco next week, beginning
with the Monday night performance. Florence Rockwell will be seen
in the leading role on this occasion.
Al Jolson has scored so phenomenal a success in his engage
ment at Poll's this week that the Shubert interests cancelled his
bookings elsewhere in order to give Washington a second week of
the "Sinbad" spectacle. It is a good move?to hold Jolson over for
another week, in view of the fact that hundreds of people were caught
on the wrong side of the ticket market when the seat-sale closed.
However, the second week oi the engagement is expected to care
for this overflow.
Keith's offers Belle Baker as the headliner oi a good bill, while
the Cosmos announces a similarly strong line-up. The burlequc
houses offer Jean Bcdini and his "Puss Puss" show at the Gayety
and Mitty Devere in "The Innocent Maids" at the Lyceum.
One of the big downtown film theaters has not yet completed
bookings. Loew's Palace will offer John Barrymore, the famous
star of "Redemption" in a story* by E. Phillips Oppenheim, "The
Test of Honor." The Metropolitan announces Alice Brady in a
brand-new picture, "Marie, Ltd.," while the Rialto has not announced,
at this time, the title oi its next week's offering.
A Good Combination?
Alice Brady and Hats
One of the most prominent sets In
Alice Brady*? latest ?elect picture.
"Marie, Ltd.," which can be ?eon
next week at the Metropolitan The
ater, Is a reproduction of one of New
York's nneet and most exclusive hat
shops. It is an exact replica of this
fashionable establishment and was
put up in the studio at great expense.
For five successive day? this hat
shop supplied the studio twenty hats
each day, making- a total of 100 dir-1
ferent hats, each an exclusive model
from the best hat ?hop in New Tork.
All of these hats can plainly be seen
in "Marie, Ltd.." one of the beat
pictures Alice Brady has yet done.
Miss Brady's natural youth and buoy
ancy make her excellently fitted for
the role she portrays in this picture.
? splendid ?tory of metropolitan life,
charcninK Alice Bradv and many
beautiful hats are three of the out
standing* feature? of "Marie. Ltd."
COHAN'S BAD PROPHESY.
Speaking* of Mr. Cohan, it is fit
ting to record one instance in
which hi? Judgment went wide of
the mark. Back in the summer he
i? ?aid to have remarked to An
thony Paul Kelly, author of "Three
T*aces East:'* "Your play won't last
a week after peace i? declared."
ind yet? _
Mr. Mantell's Place
In Classic Tragedy
That Robert Mantell. who come? to
the Shubert-Garrick Theater for the
week commencing next Sunday, In a
repertoire of Shakespeare, Is worthy
to rank with tragedians such as Bur
bage, Garrick. Kean, Kemble, Forrest,
the Booths and Irving. Is admitted by
nearly every critic of prominence.
The late William Winter who was
Mantell's senior by about twenty
years, and who was a sort of artistic
godfather to him. told Mr. Mantell a
short time before Winter's death that
audiences of today would laugh at the
rant and roar of Forrest and his con
temporaries. Just as the gallery gods
got to laughing at blood and thunder
melodrama, finally driving it from the
stage.
Prof. H. H Hay, of Girard College.
Philadelphia, coworker with the late
Horace Howard Furness on the Varlo
rlum Shakespeare, expressed the opin
ion not long ago that Mantell Is su
perior In every respect to Forrest, and
a much mor? versatile actor than
Booth, completely eclipsing Booth In
such great parts a? Lear and Othello,
though falling short of Booth's Ham-1
let perhap? the finest ever seen on the I
stage.
Robinson Locke, the veteran Toledo
critic, whose memory also extends
back into the "?rolden ace" of Booth
and Forrest, consider? Mr. Mantell'?
?'Shylock' the finest he ever saw.
The New Bad Man
Some years have passed since Will
iam S. ("Bill") Hart came out of the
West with a mission. The mission
waa to unmask the sweetly-attired-in
chaps, bandanna-and-sombrero gen
tlemen who had been portraying th^ir
ideas of Western bad men, on tho!
screen.
Hart started out to show the mil-1
lions of screen patrons that bad men
didn't act that way. Hi? own method
was the goods,he declared, and Hart's
popularity shows how well he edu
cated the folks away from their old
ideas of a retallar bandit.
Now comes a new Lochinvar out of
the West with a brand new mission
and he says lhat they're all wrong.
The new Ix>chlnvar is Al Jennings and
he ought to know. He's beon a train
robber, member of a Southwest band
of desperadoes, he's Ik en in prison for
hie rough MtutT and he later reform-pd
and became a friend of Hilly Sunday
and the Saturday Evening Post.
Jennlngg is going to introduce his
own idea of the bad man of the plains.
Al Jennings is already famous. His
serial. "Beating Bark." appeared in
the Saturday Evening Poet, and it
was nothing moro nor less than a
true account of his own deviltries and
hig later reformation.
Jennings declares the bad man of
the West didn't go in for outside pistol {
displays. He carried his hardware, ?
asserts ?1, in a little holster under1
hie left arm-pit, where he could get
at it quickly, and where it didn't
Jolson Holds Fast
To "Gus" Sobriquet
The fact that Al Jolfon has always ;
impersonated the character of "Gua" ?
in all winter garden extravaganzas
in which he has appeared Is not, aa
might be supposed, anything new in
the drama. The famous German dia
lect comedian, J. K. Emmett, appear
ed so often as Fritz that he finally
won the soubriquet of Fritz Emmett.
Weber and Fields have carried out
a like policy during their career on
the stage?since Joe Weber is always
Mike and Lew Fields always Meyer.
It has even been said by a wag that
John Drew has employed a like policy.
Insomuch as John Drew is always
John Drew.
Al Jolson got the name of Gus by
accident. When he joined the Winter
Garden in 1911. to appear in "La Belle
Paree." rfc discovered that the char
acter provided him by the author was
Gus, and It has been Gus ever since,
that is in "The Honeymoon Express.'*
"Dancing Around," "Robinson Crusoe,
jr." and "Sinbad." In the latter play.
Uus is smothered out after the second
scene, the first time in which Jolson
appears in the play. In this scene, a
golf shelter in modern times, he le
Gus. the chauffeur, but in the next
scene, in old Bagdad, he becomes
Inbad the Porter. As Inbad the Porter
he remains until the second act, when
he again becomes Gus.
show. Furthermore, the real bad man
1 didn't wear a mask, he declares, there
I was little bloodshed and almost no
? fighting, except in flight on horse
j back.
? Al Jenninga pictures, it seems, are
; soon to appear on the market, and if
j Jennings can convince the fan? that
| his bad man is the goods, we can
? expect to see a new 'two-gun" hero
of the plains within a short time on
our silver-sheets.
In discussing his reformation and
his career as an evangelist, Jen
nings tells how ho w-as held up on
his way to a meeting and robbed
of his watch and money. Later, he
saw the thief in thp audience.
"There is a man in this audience,"
said Jennings, from the pi/pit, "who
is a thiof, but there is not enough
money in Californie to make nie re
voal him to the police. I want to
tell that man, though, that he's on
tbo wrong road. I've t raveled thai
mad and I know its misery and its
sheme."
Later Jennings received this note
together with his stolen belongings:
"Dear Al: Profeshlonal courtesy
demands that I return :-*?r things.
You win. I go strate from now on.
But my God al you sure picked on
me in your sermon. It was worse
than ten years in Sing Sing."
The Missing Lillian
Lillian had the "flu!"
That's the perfectly plain answer to
the nonappearance of Lillian Glsh In
D. W. Griffith's newest production,
"The Girl Who Stayed at Home," at
Loew's Palace this week. It also ex
plains the rise to prominence of a new
film star, Clarine Seymour, who was
given her great chance through that
same attack of influenza.
Ever since Mae Marsh left the Grif
fith standard-Miss Gish has been cast
in the role opposite 7-tobert Harron.
Harron and Miss Marsh made a splen
did dramatic team, but when Miss
Marsh left. Miss Gish was cast in the
Marsh role.
"Heart of the World" was the flrst
big Griffith production which brought
Harron and Miss Gish together as
teammates and the success they joint
ly ?cored vindicated Griffith's judg
men. Then followed several Griffith
Artcraft pictures in which they were
jointly starred and by the time "The
Girl Who Stayed at Home" was ready
for release, tbe public had come to ex
pect the Harron-Glsh combination, aa
a matter of course.
The first showings of this film at the
Palace last Sunday, however, raised
a storm of questions:
"What had happened to Lillian
Gish?" "Had she and Griffith nuar
lfeUedr "Had Harron declined to.
work with her?" "What was the mat
ter?"
The GrlfTlth Interests, In announcing
"The Girl Who Stayed at Home" had
neglected to explain the absence of
Miss Glsh from her usual combination
with Harron. In some quarters It
was firmly believed that Miss Gish's
next apeparance would not be under
the Griffith banner. However, the
matter was all cleared up early In the
week by a personal representative of
Mr. Griffith, who assured the public
that Mia?* Seymour's rise does not
men ? the eclipse of Lillian Gish. The
Griffith, production forces rate the dis
covery of Miss Seymour, who plays
opposite Harron in the newest Grif
fith output, simply aa a fortunate
"find," and while It is probable that
Miss Seymour will have prominent
parts in forthcoming Griffith pictures,
enthusiastic admirers of Miss Glsh are
reassured that sh"5 is a D. W. G. star
in full title.
Incidentally, the week's showing or
"The Girl Who Stayed at Home" at
the Palace is emphasizing the real
luck of the Griffith studio in discover
ing the Seymour girl. Prior to her
appearance with Griffith, she had ap
peared in slap-stick comedy where
beauty as well as comic ability Is a
prime neset. "The Girl Who Stayed
at Home" marks her flrst big chance
at a ?lm career. ?
Mr. Drinkwater's Lincoln
England has seen John Drinkwater's
"Abraham Lincoln," acted in advance
of America. The poet, who is also
something of a theatrical producer,
presented his olay at the Lyric Opera
House in Hammersmith, in West Lon
don, on February 19, and himself
played a small role. The account in
; tho London Times of the following
day is In part as follows:
"From the nature of the subject it
larks many things which are supposed
to be necessary to drama; humor, for
instance, of which Mr. l>nnkwat***r
I has been perhaps oversparing ; love
i interest of the usual kind, although
! the pretty glimpse which he gives us
| of Lincoln's relations with his wife
ought to he enough to flavor tbe play;
, and emotional appeal in general,
? which theater audiencea are not ac
customed to find offered through ques
: tions of politics and philanthropy. It
I is all. in fact, a little 'high-brow.'
and none the less welcome for that in
these days when the drama Is mostly
as |ow-brow as are some ladles' hats.
"Lincoln was, first and foremost, a
picturesque figure. He might have
done all he did and more and yet
? have b^en less admired than he is on
this side of the Atlantic, if he had
not carried with him so much of the
log cabin Into the White House, mK
Drinkwatcr is careful to give the
actor of the part. William J Rea,
plenty of opportunities for what we
might call the Barnard statue side of
the man: and In the huce hands stick
ing out from shirt sleeves, the sloven
ly clothe?3, the shocking hat. which so
worried poor Mrs. Lincoln, and the
general behavior. Mr. Rae Is far!
more Barnard than Saint-Gaudens.
"But Mr. Drtnkwater and Mr. Rea
do n-H stop short at that. In each
of the six scenes, which take us
from what was practically the offer
of the Presidency in 1^60 to the
assassination in the theater in !8fS,
we find this or that point of Lin
coln's character and passion brought
"ut. We s-?. Lincoln reading Art
mus Ward aloud to calm the nerves
of his Cabinet; bidding hie sadly
harried secretary read to him about
the cloud-rapped towers, because
be feels tired; pardoning a soldier
who had fallen asleep on his post:
chatting with a negro; promising to
buy a new hat?souse day; and
rounding magnificently on a treach
erous member of his Cabinet, on?
Burnett Hoole, who was acted by a
Mr. 'John Darnley,' not unrecog
nizable, under his makeup, as tho
author of the play.
"Deeper still, we see the agony
and the determination with which
Lincoln brought his country into
the war and maintained It in war
until the cause was won; his woe at
the loss of life; his unconquerable
faith in victory; his gradual reali
zation that not only the Union but
abolition was necessary to the
health of his country; his insis
tence on clemency to the vanquish
ed. All this and more of Lincoln's ?
great character and lofty phllan- '
throplc passion Mr. Drtnkwater of- :
fers In musical and shapely prose,
and Mr. Rea. whose performance
was remarkably penetrating and
well-sustained, brought it all out
in the acting. His Irish brogue
was no drawback in a production
which did not profess to be Ameri
can in external trifles.
"The w*eakeet part of the whole
thing is the choruses, spoken by
two female 'chroniclers* In non
committal robes. These poems read
well; but they are unnecessary in
so direct and broadly planned
play as this, and they became, be
fore the close, more than a little
disturbing."
HAD TO CHANGE TITLE.
Whilie "Saturday to Monday" is un
quest.onably a fetching tltlp. and ??
also identified with the stape play of
that name try William J. Hnrlbut,
from which the photoplay was made,
objection? to the use of thi? title were
raised by prominent exhibitors, and it
was in order to meet these objection?
that. Select rictures ? orporation de
cided to chatfipe (he mme of the
March production in which Constance
Talmadie b. presented to /Experi
mental Marnai'.."
"0-h, S-i-d-n-e-y'1
? Domestic Comedv
Everything Wa? All Ready
The Court-room Wat in Order?
That is. the Judare?Who with a
Little Change Of Make-up. Would
have Made A Good Iriih Comedian
?Reached Over And Tickled the
City Clerk With a Feather Du?ter.
and The Gentlemen of the Jury.
Such Stern Grave Men usually.
Were Jesting with the Bailiffs. Who
in their Turn Were Nervou?ly Dodg
ing Shifting Scenery; The Court Re
porter Sat There. Her Note-book
Upen. And her Mother Came T*p to
her And Talked Awhile?It wa? All
So Informal?When over the Room
Rani.- a Feminine Cry of Distress
"Oh Sidney*'? Where Was Sidn.y*1
Mr?. Sidney Drew Wanted to Know.
She Stood There Beside the Camera.
From which Vantage-point Shed
Bossed the Staging Of the Court
room Set. It was. you See. Out at
the Essanay studio? in Chicago,
where. Between Performance? of
"K< up her Smiling.*' The Drew?
Made Pictures For Paramount.
And Everything was Ready?
But Sidney "What does he Mean.
Keeping us WaltlngT' More In
sistent this Time?"Oh?Sidney :*?
"Here'm. my dear." And Sidney
Shuffled In. Very Drew-Barrymore.
and Taking hi? Time. "Everythin?;
Look All Right"'* snapped Mr?.
Drew. directreaa. "'Everything's
Fine." said Sidney?Castine
Casual Glance Around. He was The
Attorney For the Defense; The
Prison Was On Trial For Some
thing "r Other?He had Too Much
Make-G? On. But then the Ohariri?
May have Been Murder. Sidney
Mounted the?the Rostrum. And
Faced the Jun*. "Sidney?Say Any
thing. You?try To Look Inter
eeteat If ou Can: Keep on Writins:
Court-reporter?'* (I Know the
Names Of All the Extra
Inceville Enlarges
Its Scenario Plant
Thomas 11. Ince, whose photoplay
activities are to be doubled during
the coming year, has enlarged hi?
scenario department by the addition
of several writer? and readers, and
the department, under the direction
of C. Gardner Sullivan, now num
bers ten people.
Mr. Ince propose? to secure for
his stars the beet stories available.
They will be written by hi? ?t?ff
and purchased from the outside
when available material can be
found. The new member? of the
scenario staff are: Eugene ? Lewis, ?
formerly editor of the Unlver??l
scenario department: George C.
Hull. F. Ely Paget. Adele BufBngton
and Ethel Gilette Thorpe.
Mi?? Buffllngton is a discovery,
until recently ?he wa? a ticket
seller at the Calitomia Theater. She
wrote a ?tory that appealed to Mr.
Ince: he purchased this for |S*0 and
gave her a position In his organiza
tion. The older member? of the
writing staff are: C. Gardner Sul
livan. John Lynch. R. Cecil Smith.
Julian Josephson and Verne Hardin
Porter.
STRAUSS TO MAKE FILMS.
Malcolm Strauas. who Is producing
a ?erics of photoplay? featuring Lelia
Hope, ha? extended hi? actlrltle? In
the moving picture Ueld to include a
group of single reel comedies. In
stead of following the serious bent
that has identified the work ef Mr.
Straus? as an an artist and ?n illus
trator, thi? new serie? ?? to he con
structed for no other purpose than to
proviu? laughable material.
It ? -Vou.) Oh Sidney" called
Mr.?. Dn-w?(He was Joking with
the Judge) ?w. ???. Fading Ir.'*"
"Friends. Roa-aans. and Motion Pic
ture Actors." B? -bit Sidn? y. (Dont
Think Extras haven't Any s? r, '
Humor?He Kept -it Smiling. All
Right, as soon A- Mr?, Drew called
"Fade-out." ?nd even she Had to
Laugh.) He Won hi? case. And Em
braced hi? Chmt?And the Court
Reporter*? Fond Stalfkinned Mother
Watched Lov.i.gly from the Side
line? While they made a Re-take.
And her Extra Daughter Sat with
a Blissful Back To the Camera,
Jotting down Interminable Hiero
glyphics?Dad W.uld Hear alt
about this At the Dinner-table Mrs.
Drew Was such a Ladylike Direct
ress: Wond'-r How it Felt F>r ?ome
or the Actors Not to be Sworn ACT
The Only One She could '!el Real
Provoked At Was Sidney. "Oh,
Sidney?How do you Expect us Tn
Tak?* a Close- up When you Turai
your Back**" Fir?t Tim.- ?
Heard Of an Actor Dom?.- That
At the Finish Mr.- Drew'? Una
Eyes Twinkled Just as Persistent
ly. And her Blaek Hair was ? in*
ruffled A? if she? laeeni Spendina
the Day at Home Hello t:
she ?aid?"Oh, I'm not Awtully
Tired?Used to this, you know.
Surely, I Dir? ? * Sidney Hold? Vm
the Acting Und Don't To-a, Sid
ney?* ' "Of , ourse, m'orai '* Mrs.
Sidney: Tou ahoulttn't Have Talked
t- .oud tn thai Scene. Dear: To?
Really Mu.*-t save your Voice."' Sid
ney Rambl'-o or???pica?.?- Sar
That Sidney*? Habit ' >f R'ibbtnir
l?n t Vulgar st all Oh Sido* '
Turning to M< ?"Wa'vi Jual Tim?
Enouc.i To ?let to the Theatit 1"
we Hurry ? *" And a?* 1 L?ft I
Heard her Calling him?-OH
NEYT"?Photoplay Magazine.
"Empty-Bottle" Souse
Makes Its Appearance
The Anil-Saloon lyeas,.? fl
possible to become intoxicated by took?
Ing at empty bottles, and tried U
prove tills to Richard Stanton a da*
or two ago. Stanton. who la d'rt-o
Ing "Checktrs" for William Fox. wafl
Interrupted by a man who introduced
himself as James Haslet t. a membri
of the Anti-Saloon League.
H.islett ?broke in on Stanton whll. h?
was directing a big restaurant scene,
and the table? were ltttered with ' -
ty wine and whisky botile. - ?
here.** said Haslett. **you know ppoh
hlhltlon goes into effect on July 1 "
And Haslett started to read *-omfl
dry matter about the dry bill to Ihfl
director.
"Well, what about It?*? asked ftaax
ton
"Only thia" replied the prohibit!???
ist. "We are goin?.* to amend thi
?mendtTTTnt ?o that the display ?ji
wine, whisky or beer bottles will ba]
included, and we are going after yod.
picture producers."
FILMING THE FAMILY.
The "Wivea and Sweetheart" fiiefl
projected by the Los Angele.** Exan*?
iner before peace wa? declared, was,
taken In l<os Angeles Sunday, Decanti
her ?. aa the Southern California boffl
are to be tn France many month? jratJ
and this greeting of faces from hoas*
will reach them long bet?re they akm?
on their homeward Journey This ttte,
took on largely the air of a ? ong-mfri
laUor to the boys, many of th? baa
nere displayed by those paasind IM
fore the camera carrying meaeaaf^
such aa "We Knew Yoj'd Do li
??We're Proud of What tht ".malti
Boy? ???." "Take Care of Toar??,
Jim 1 Love You Moie Than aSl
Now." and ?mular wauipuona.

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