WASHINGTON, D. (X, SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 1919
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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
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- !
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
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
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
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.
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."
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
She barely had time to throw her j
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
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
"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.
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,
(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
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
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
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."
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
. 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
The program system, however, is
dead, and in its place, moviedom
has chosen the selective booking
What's the use of going to Paris ^
when you can have Paris brought
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
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
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
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,"
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?*
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.
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