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REAL ESTATE. AMUSEMENT SOCIETY WASHINGTON, D. (X, SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1919 OF SUMMER PLA> PorctAyoTs^ //1 A/qHon\C'* i-aem f^rnny V/*rc/ //? Profiteers W#/M-ro / Narm<3n Trevor l/p f~r&rr>n Nowhere ' Bclskzco <-?rc / r<T/<?o 'nLoaJt Who's Here?> l /vat/an a/ /f&d/e A/om&nc/ irt "Upstairs " cj?A*OAt-i.i W*/s ? , 1 \ C/t/ion. Cr&?r ford /jYor/n¬ Ann Andrews at- b.f frcrrMS /n M/cAey* "l/pProm Now/ier PoLtS BflAJCo -asmgm: Chester Spencer Ser?2y7t?t //? ^ "PuUmcfit over * ?*s/ "?*<y' OcoSMOi lccv/J Co'um?>t& Tarkington and Wilson Join to Give the Stage a Comedy Norman Trevor Cast in a Well-fitting Role in "Up From Nowhere," the New Effort's Title?Cecil Lean and Cleo Mayfield Ap pear in Musical Comedy at the National. Julia Dean and Garrick Players Continue "Kvervwoman" for Another Week. By EARLE DORSY. The first flush of exuberant enthusiasm that arose to our whisker-' ed jowl at the announcement of a joint dramatic opus by Booth Tar kington and Harry Leon Wilson, was immediately displaced by a pro found gloom at the statement that Mr. Norman Trevor had been as-! signed the chief role in the same production, which has a presentation at the Belasco tomorrow night. Mr. Trevor is an actor who managed, during the Washington pre sentation of "Toby's Bow," the John Taintor Foote comedy of last season at the Garrick, to impress this pinnacle of prognosis most un favorably. In that production, he had been frightfully miscast in a romantic role and against the soft, demure, ingenuous background of Miss Alberta Burton's opposite characterization, his love making was distincly of the lumber-yard variety. It was this unfortunate recollection, then, which arose first to mind at the simple announcement that he had been selected as the star of a vehicle by Tarkington and Wilson. The effect was similar to addling a dish of sliced peaches with a half pint of sour cream. The im pression, however, was erroneous. Mr. Trevor has a leading part in "Up From Nowhere," the Tarkington-Wilson effort, but fortunately it is not a romantic role, if one properly reads aright the bulletins of the Belasco publicity department. Whatever romance the comedy con tains, it seems, has been placed in more capable hands while Mr. Tre vor, apparently, will be left unhampered to interpret a role with which he should properly do something notable and worth while. Norman Trevor is actually a capable performer. He has as fair a grasp of the principles of acting as the most of our present-day stars, but he is not a romantic actor in any sense of the word and romantic parts can only tarnish the fair fame that he might so easily gather in roles of a dif ferent type. With this difficulty removed, the outlook for a fascinating evening at the Belasco grows more roseate. Booth Tarkington, of course, figures up his reading public by the census reports of literates in the United States and its island possessions, not to mention those who have become addicted to his works in foreign languages including the Scandinavian. Harry Leon Wilson, whose "Bunker Bean" was so fine a tale and so fine a play later, wrote a splendid subsequent yarn in "Ruggles of Red Gap," but its dramatization by Lee Wilson Dodd was rot a success. Here's how to Mr. Wilson's newest effort. The effervescent end of the drama will be stoutly upheld during the coming week by Cecil Lean and Cleo Mayfield, in the Mandel Paulton-Hein musical comedy, "Look Who's Here," which opens at the National tonight. The title, obviously, is not new, since it served as a title for the Hoyt comedy set to music that Nora Bayes later christened "Ladies, First," but which appeared here under the "Look ' Who's Here" monicker last season. However, what's in a name when the name jpn't working? Julia Dean will continue her triumphantengagementatthe m m b b Jnlia Dean will continue her triumphant engagement at the Gar rick in "Everywoman" during the coming week. Miss Dean and her as sociates at the Garrick during the past week have endowed the Walter Brbwne morality play with a brilliance of performance which has lift ed it, in the opinion of numerous critics, far above the standard of the original production. In Earle Foxe, Eileen Wilson and Doris Sheerin, Miss Dean has a supporting trio who have contributed notably to the success of the production?which seems fully jutified in extending its run for another week. The first step toward internationalism in the movies took place in New York the other day?the biggest step taken by the moying picture industry, by the way, since it shed its swaddling clothes. Its sponsor was Gen. Guiseppi Garabaldi, the valiant Italian warrior, and means that an entirely new, rich and fertile field has been opened dot only for the producer, but for the director, actor and the great moving picture public?a field hitherto unharvested. The astute student of the picture industry knows that the photo play "Cabaria," produced in Italy at a cost of $ioo,ooo, has earned oomsxtuB am "" Two Gayety Players Ban "Slapstick" Fun In Burlesque Shows Two star comedians featured in Barney Gerard's show. "Girls De Looks," at the Gayety Theater this week are preparing to launch war fare against "slapstick' comedy. They are Joseph K. Watson and Will H. Cohan, who today claim to be the first comedians in burlesque to do away with "slapstick" and "smart" comedy, a fact which their manager. Mr. Gerard, assigns as be ing partly responsible for their pop ularity along the Columbia Bur- I lesque Circuit last season. Watson and Cohan, affectionately known as the "Siamese Twins" of ? burlesque, are united again thsea son. Previous to last season they had been separated for three years during which time each comedian was on the vaudeville stage making several appearances in Washington. The first thing they agreed upon their reunion, and which they have f been maintaining, was the abolition of "slapstick" comedy and a cam- , paign among burlesque entertainers \ to make it a minus quantity here- ! after. It took a lot of hard work, tho I convdians agree, to produce what ; they claim is the funniest book they i have ever written in their stage * career?. It is the vehicle winch? serves to exploit the ability of a large cast that Mr. Gerard "has given ! his show this season. Wearing no "clown" make-up. the two com edians are able in this sketch to j put ever a brand of comedy that , promises to make a greater hit witn j Gayety patrons this year than last i year. Watson and Cohan have been on the stage twelve years. They made their debut together in amateur theatricals in Boston. A COMEDIAN ALWAYS. Chester Conklin, the comedian of the Sunshine Comedies, Is a com edian in everyday life just as much j as when he is working in scenes for I the screen screamers. He Is the life : of the studio in the leisure moments; j fun seems to bubble within him. . Incidentally, Conklin has bren in i about as many comedies as any mo tion picture cornedi.in in existence? I he is a pioneer. . For a long time he I was Charley Chaplin's right-hand j funmaker, and as the "Walrus" con I vulsed millions of picture fans. His drooping mustache, whence I comes the nickname of "Walrus." Is j a marvel in hirsute architecture. i STARS FOR LEHRMAN. Henry Lehrman, who is about to' I begin production at his new Culver! I City (Cal.) studios on the first of i his screen comedies for the First \ National Exhibitors* Circuit, this j week announced the signing of con-! tracts with a number of well known people who will be prominently identified with future Lehrman comedies. One of his important acquisitions Is Lloyd V. Hamilton, creator of the character of "Ham" in the Ham and Bud pictures. Billie Ritchie is an other famous comedian who will in future be seen in Lehrman Comedies. Jack White and Henrv Symonds have been engaged to direct Leb , man Comedies, under the personal | supervision of Mr. Lehrman him LmIX. WHAT PLAYHOUSES OFFER NATIONAL^?Cccil Lean and Clco MayficM in "Look Who's Here," a new musical comedy by Frank Mandel and Edward Paulton, with yiusic by Silvo Hcin. BELASCO?"Up From Nowhere," a new play by Booth Tarkington and Harry Leon Wilson, produced by John D. Williams, with Norman Trevor in the leading role. POLI'S?"Mickey," Mack Sennctt's $500,000 film comedy. GAR RICK.?Second week ol Julia Dean and the Garrick Players in Walter Browne's allegorical epic, "Everywoman." B. F. KEITH'S?Vaudeville; Clifford Crawford, Carlos Se bastian, Tom Bryan and Lillian Broderick, and other arts. COSMOS?Vaudeville. GAYETY?Burlesque; "Girls De Looks." PALACE?Dorothy Gish in "Nobody Home." RIALTO?Fannie Ward in "The Profiteers.'' M ET RO PC) LIT A N?"Checkers." COLUMBIA?Bert Lytell in "Easy to Make Money." KNICKERBOCKER?"Checkers." CRANDALL'S?William S. Hart in "Wagon Tracks." ? Mabel's Head-First Dicing. Unexpected situations not called for in the scenario often arise during i the filming of a picture, which, by I their spontaneity often bring many a brilliant flash into the picture. Such an instance occurred during the pic turizing of "Mickey," featuring Ma bel Normajid, which is appearing this week at Poll's. One day Mabel was called upon to ?lust a picture in one of the scenes i of "Mickey." The chair she mounted j was tottery, and Mabel took a dive | that would have done credit to a | professional water nymph, and ! brought up against one of those old fashioned, nine-foot-high grand father's clocks. She barely had time to throw her j Mr. Crandall Usually it has been found sufficient j to embody Just one overpowering cli max in a single film feature to pro vide that essential element inelegant ly described as "punch." Not so with ??Checkers," the mammoth picturiza tion of the famous Henry Blossom racing play which William Fox will present as the spectacular piece de resistance of the photoplay bill at Crandall s Metropolitan Theater dur ing the current week and at Cran dall's Knickerbocker today and to morrow only. | In "Checkers" so many amazing ep i isodes punctuate the progress of the ' appealing romance of the tracks that ! the senses are fairly staggered by i the tremendous events reflected upon j j the screen. ! Among the more novel incidents in j the development of the story may be j mentioned such exciting scenes as I the one in which n freight train in j ! flames plunges through an open draw | bridge into the river many feet be I low; the complete running of a mile j and a quarter race by genuine thor oughbreds at one of the most famous courses in the country on a gala day [at the height of.the season; a deuth i delying race participated iu by aa band", over her head when the clock | toppled over on her. She struggled several seconds before Bill Colven, who plays the butler in the picture, j rushed to her aid. The camera man. however, realizing the possibilities of ' the accident as a bit of comedy, never I stopped turning the crank, and the j incident screened so well that it was incorporated in the picture. Sometimes the reverse happens, and ! the "expected" does not happen. Kor j instance, in one place the directions j called for "Mickey" to fall through j the roof and land on her feet, but! after about 'steen attempts in which I she landed every time on her head, | she sighed feelingly: "Oh, for one of those captured Ger man helmets!** 5 New Plan. express train, a high-powered motor car and a giant, late-model hydro- ! plane; an amazing revelation of the j Oriental mysteries of underground Chinatown, and an unique elopement. The expense of producing a super feature embodying so many extrava gances can be imagined, but "Check ers" only marks the beginning of a season of superior offerings at the Metropolitan, so exceptional In con ception and in execution that it ha^ been found necessary to abandon the fixed policy of presenting two bills a week. "Checkers,** the first of the new season's bookings, inaugurates a week-run policy at the F street Cran dall house, which will be adhered to in order that the greatest possible number may be privileged to view the splendid array of special productions that has been secured. | In immediate prospect are Olive ! Thomas in her latest and greatest ! vehicle, "The Spite Bride"; Eugene O'Brien In his first individual stellar , play. "The Perfect Lover"; Nazimova | in "The Brat." the most impressive | subject in which she ever has been filmed, and innumerable others of I equal interest &ad importance. Attractions Listed At Local Theaters For Week of Aug. 31 BELASCO?A now mus'oal comedy, featuring Herbert Corthell, enti tlod "Fifty-Fifty. Ltd." POM'S?Rachael Crothers' "A Little [ Journey." by the author of "39 East" and "He and She." NATIONAL Klaw and Erlanger and George C. Tvler ofT?*r Cath- ; erine Chisholm Cushing's play, "Pollyanna." (iARRICK? "Here Come? th* Rrid#?." fare*1 in three act?, by Max Mar cin, author of "Cheating Cheat ers," "Eyes of Youth." and other successes: featured in the cast will be Earle Foxe. Lurleen Gar rison and the other popular Gar rickera B. F. KEITH'S?Vaudevillee; Lew Dockstader. Florrie Millership and Al. Gerard. Craig Campbell, Doo ley and Sales. "$5.0no." the Asahi Troupe, the kinograras and other fun features. GAYKTY?"The Burlesque Wonder,"! Joe Hurtig's splendid combination of melody. laughter. feminine beauty, elaborate settings and gorgeous costumes. George T. Murphy heads the cast. LOEW?S PALACE?All next week, beginning next Sunday. Wallace Reid in a masterly adaptation of | Peter B. Kyne's famous story. "The Valley of the Giants." with a brilliant supporting cast. I CRAN'D ALL'S METROPOLITAN' ? j Entire week. The Spite Bride," j latest starring vehicle for Olive | Thomas. CR AND ALL'S K MCKERBOCKER? Sunday and Monday. Olive Thomas in "The Spite Bride:" Tuesday and Wednesday, Bert Lytell in "Easy to Make Money;" Thursday and Friday, Bessie Barriscale in "The Woman Michael Married;" Satur day. Madlaine Traverse in "Rose of the West." ("RANDALL'S?Sunday. Monday and Tuesday. Bessie Barriscale in "The Woman Michael Married;" Wed nesday and Thursday. Tom Moore in "Heartsease:" Friday and Sat urday, Norma Talmadge in 'The Way of a Woman." Universal Builds A Private Theater For Cinema Scenes A modern theater seating almost 1.200 people, is soon to be constructed at Universal City, Cal., according to j announcement from the New York j officea The building will cost about j $30,000 and is to be arranged so that ( its interior and exterior can be con ; verted on a day's notice to suit any type of architecture required. It will I be used whenever theater scenes are desired. . George H. Williams, who was tech inical director of the New York Hip 'podrome far eleven years, aad who W The Palace Ci Changes of the utmost importance to the theater-goinc public will be effected In the entertainment policy of Lo^w's Palace Th?at*-r. begin ning next Sunday. August 31. On and after that time Loew'e Palace Theater will present no photoplay attraction for less than seven days, and in order to obtain the hi:,-! "?t quality of film productions tc et this change of policy, the ?* w theater forces will select c best pictures mad*- in Amer. Th?- change in policy at \ ace is largely due to the r? ? tionary change effected in t. photoplay producing world ? ?? change which generally goes into effect on September 1. Prior to this time the program system of picture selection ha* b**en adhered to generally throughout the film world, and its evils have long been recognized. Under the old system it was almost necessary for a thea ter of the type of Loew's Palace to run productions it might otherwise reject simply because that theater was bound to present the full line of attractions of a certain produc ing concern if the theater was to reap the advantage of the better pictures made by that same con cern. The program system, however, is dead, and in its place, moviedom has chosen the selective booking Bringing F What's the use of going to Paris ^ when you can have Paris brought over here? It may not be within the power j of Cleo Mayfleld. who is being seen j this season in "Look Who's Here" ' with Cecil Lean, to bring Paris over here but she is certainly doing all j that she can to gladden the hearts of those who haven't the price or' the time to cross the great pond. Just to show her good intentions she appeared the other day in the latest Parisian style, attracting no amount of attention and letting Lit tle Old New York know how much it is missing by not universally adopting the style of dress in vogu< in Gay Paree. This garb, to use a popular ex pression. is '"very nifty.** The dress is notable for its brevity. Miss May Tom Moore j Word comes from the offices of the Ralto Theater that Tom Moore, ac J companied by Mrs. Moore, has been !out of the city for the past month, the [greater period which t.me he has | spent in and around New York, the j film center of the East, keeping in I close touch with the producer? and | looking over the theatrical market for j the coming season in order to secure 'the pick of productions for his Rialto, I Strand. Garden and I^eader theaters, 'also for his new Parkway, which will I be completed during the coming sea son. It is well known by Washington pic ,ture patrons that Mr. Moore i.? one of the most particular exhibitors throuuh . out the country as to the class and I quality of productions presented in his various theaters, and cost counts but . little, contending that the best .s none !too good for his clientele. This state jment is further borne out by the fact ; that he has spent the greater portion J of what might have been his vacation ] period in screening all of the b.g I now head of Universal technical's de I partment, is in charge of the con i struction. The entire structure will be ' put up so that actual plays may be , given. It is understood that a num ' ber of the Universal players are al J ready contemplating organizing a , stock company, to put on weekly per formances of some of the new play*. I The stage alone, fully equipped, will cost $7,500. A decidedly new feature j is to be worked out in the proscenium j ar?h. This will be so constructed i that it can be made smaller or larger ! as the occasion demands. The wi Iterior will be beautifully finished, but j put op m soch a way as to permit hanges Policy. plan, which means Just what its name implies: the selection of pic tures from whatever source desired, without obligation to run other works of th? same production com pany. Lww's Palace Theater, rec ogntxing that, under the competi tion created by this new condition, only the best pictures can hope 10 succeed, has already combed the entire producing field for its future ? ract ions. v? mi Instance of the quality of ? ?res that will be seen at th** ??' d urine the month of Sep each one of which will be nted for a full week, in accor u- .-e with the new policy of th* Palrfce. It is only necessary to mention that the Palace's first pic ture under this new policy will be The Valley of the Giants." a splen did and powerful adaptation of a ??lory by Peter B. Kyne. one of the most famous writers of fiction In America, with Wallace Reid in the stellar role. For the ?econd week in September, the Palace announces I>ougla* Fairbanks in bis supreme cinema achievement. "His Majesty, the American." This is the first picture to be released by Fairbanks under his new affiliation with D. W <?riffUh. Charlie Chaplin, and Mary Pickford. Another forthcoming triumph to run a week at the Pal ace will be Elsie Ferguson, in "The Witness for the Defense," }aris Home. field's skirt not being able to g+t far away froui the knees. This style made all Paris talk and when Paris talks there is usually some thing worth talking about Thou sands saw Miss Mavfield and ad mired her natty appearance but of course, there were thousands mho did not see her. A good many heard about it, however, and it is said that the unusual crowd that has been haunting Fifth Avenue since the day she made her debut there have come forth with the hope that Miss May field may again be inspired to go walking and that she may select Fifth Avenue once more a> her scene of operation. They say the patient waiter is al wavs rewarded. In this case he we say "he" advisedly?may be re I warded by a vision of what he miss ed before. He may be; who know?* 's Vacation. special production? in which world noted stars appear, and investigating numerous spectacular film subjects now in course of preparation. He embraced the summer season as offering h.m an opportunity to devote his personal time and attention to matters of this character. Recent ad vices from Mr Moore state that he has been successful in his efforts, and has negotiated for the presentation. In his various houses of many of the most notable of the big production arid well-known stars. | The bookings Just contracted for In j New York are in addition to his First J National releases and these alon? with his other important new deal> place him in a position to offer pic ture patrons the very beet produc tions in the amusement field at his various theaters during the comini; season. An announcement to the pub j lie telling exactly what he has ac complished and the nature of his ' plans for the season will be made im mediately upon Mr. Moore * return to ' this city. the changing of the style of architec ture from one period to another. Th? ! exterior is to be In keeping with the I rest of the buildings at 1'niversal City. I but It too will be so arranged as to I be changed quickly according to the I needs of the picture. Heretofore, whenever it has been I necessary to stage motion picture j scenes in or outside of a large the 1 ater the motion picture companies in I Southern California have had to lease In l?s Angeles playhouse, move hue* batteries of lights downtown, an ? I hire st much expense the house crew I to assist their own property tu*u, aifcc i Lnciao? and ata?e haixia.