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Musical Comedies and Melodrama Vie for Public Fancy in Current Week^
"See-Saw" and "j
In Unique Competition
For Favor This Week
It Means Henry W. Savage, Veteran Musical
Comedy Producer, vs. Dodge and Pogany,
In Their Maiden Effort?"Somebody's
Sweetheart" Due for Long Popularity.
"Crimson Alibi" Returns.
Henry W. Savage is one of the veteran producers of musical
comedy in the Uaited States. Dodge and Pogany are undoubtedly
the youngest, since the world premier of their maiden effort is about
to emerge before the chaingang of critics here. It will be interesting
to watch them cross blades in Washington
The Savage piece is "See-Saw," a musical play whose salient
characteristics have been molded by the enterprising Earl Derr
Biggers, of "Seven Keys to Baldpate" fame. Louis Hirsch is re
sponsible for the score. The piece has had a considerable run at
tlx George if. Cohan Theater in New York, and comes here with a
Broadway indorsement.
The New National has been the Washington haven of Henry W.
Savage ever since the day of his earliest successes-?from the days
of "King DodO" and "The Prince of Pilsen." It is no surprise,
therefore, to find "See-Saw" coming to the Rapley playhouse.
When the producing firm name of "Dodge and Pogany" first
crossed our optical hociron, we could not tell whether it was some
new delectable, near champagne or a new symbolic drama from the
pen of Maurice Maeterlinck.
It was quite in keeping, however, to find them the mainspring
of a new music play with such an airy title as "Lassie"?a Scottish
piece done by Cathering ? CKisholm Cushing and Dr. Hugo Felix.
The press agent avers it is filled with Highland atmosphere and
Highland girls, and that, surely, is enough to make it eagerly awaited
by the connoisseurs of operetta in Washington.
"Crimson Alibi" Improved.
"The Crimson Alibi," one of the best melodramas extant, return*
to Poli's after nearly a year's absence. It has been much improved
since its premier here, and has the prestige of a brilliant New York
run. It is the initial work of a new stage manager, Mrs. Lillian
Trimble Bradley, who has earned her right to stand before any
producer of the masculine persuasion in tlfe theatrical game.
The Arthur Hammerstein musical piece, "Somebody's Sweet
heart," is returning to the Belasco, and is unquestionably going to
repeat its former success. The Hammerstein pieces have a distinct
note of their own?their flavor is unique. "Somebody's Sweetheart"
is one of the best of the series. It is due for long popularity.
Drama Holds Its Own?
Somebody has been attacking the "movies," and saying that they
mean death to legitimate drama. Of course, the movie men have
come back vigorously.
This is the way they describe it:
Morris Gest's assertion that the movies^ are ruining the legitimate
theater brought down upon his head the wrath of at least one big
picture producer, but evoked an echo of cordial confirmation from
"regular" producers. ?
His charge that Wall Street "doughboys" have invested 'Itoo,
000,000 in the movie pastime and slowly were killing the drama by
buying up its theaters, actors and "big league producers," brought
from a conspicuous New York producer the declaration that few of
the real producers have failed to form movie affiliations. Arthur
Hopkins, who has remained strictly loyal to the legitimate, expressed
the opinion that Gest's forebodings were correct in the main.
He thought a remedy, in part, would be found in the gradual
upgrowth of the repertoire theater in cities throughout the country.
The theater-going public in these cities, he said, would become dis
gusted with the offerings of New York theaters devoted primarily to
fostering picture material and would come to demand better plays in
local houses, independent of the metropolitan producers.
Laemale Defends Movies.
Carl Laemmle, president of the Universal Film Manufacturing
Company, on the other hand, asserted that the "good old alibi that
there is no art in moving pictures" was outgrown, and continued:
"Mr. Gest asserts that 'artistry and filthy money are not, and
never will be, good bedfellows." Artistry, bosh? Under the guise
of art, Mr. Gest recently presented in New York a production which
shocked even blase theatergoers, and under the instruction of city
officials was subjected to the pruning knife before they would suffer
its further presentation. Mr. Gest will have difficulty in mentioning
any moving picture of recent production that ran so close to the
edge as his production referred to."
Mr. Hopkins said the situation undoubtedly was becoming serious.
He thought nothing was in sight at present to prevent the theater
from becoming a by-product of the movies. The inducements of
picture rewards, he said, were so great that surrender in most cases
was inevitable, and today there were only a few producers who had
remained independent of moving picture affiliations.
Mr. Hopkins said he estimated that "Polyanna" would earn
$1,500,000 as a picture. Though the play was a tremendous success,
he added, its profit as a legitimate production was picayune and
absurd when compared with that sum.
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Ardelle Gives
A New Slant
On Chorus Girl
In nine cases out of sixteen di
vorce suits filed recently. women who
were vaguely described as "chorus
girls'* were named as co-respond
enti. According to Ardelle Cleaves,
a leading player with Arthur Htm*
merstein's musical comedy, "Some
body's Sweetheart." at the Shubert
Belasco theater thin week, no proof
waa offered that these co-respond
ents had employment on the stage.
And occasionally, one finds a pros
perous woman, possessor of the ex
pensive luxuries of life, who is also
referred to as a chorus girt.
Anyone willing to take th?
trouble to make, inquiry, would be
very likely to discover that this
woman of questionable character
never Was on the stage at all, but
that she had ohosen to libel a hard
working profession rather than to
proclaim herself a sister of Mr.
George Bernard Shaw's "Mrs. War
Acting as spokesman for her
chorus sisters in "Somebody's
Sweetheart" and for these girls in
general. Miss Cleaves, who is sec
retary of the new-formed Chorus
Girls Protective League, continues
that it is cause for wonder that no
one ever has taken up the defense
of the chorus girls against the
shoddy women who try to claim sis
terhood with her.
Harold B. Wright's Romance
All the good thing* if* Harold Hell
Wright's novel are concentrated in
the fllmatlsatlon of "The Khepherd o?
the Hills," which opened a week'* en
gdfcement at Moore's Rialto Theater
today Thtg la one of the few stories
that has not been spoiled in the re
telling for the pictures. It remained
for the ex-Kansas City clergyman 10
find romance in the Osarks long be
fore that country had become a na
tional vacation land as it is now.
The story of Mr. Wright's transition
from a wandering landscape painter
to a clergyman and later an author
who has since become famou* in ail
lands la as interesting as it Is roman
Mr. Wright wandered to the Ozarks
to paint landscapes, not that he was
muct? of an artist but living was
cheap In the hills and the >oung man
had just left college a year before
graduation for lack of funds. He had
nupported himself previously as a
painter and decorator. He went one
Sunday to hear a circuit rider who
was to preach in a little log school
The preacher failed to appear and
After an awkwand pause, a tall moun
taineer. ooatless. his trousers in his
boots. alapDed Wright on the shoulder
and said: "Bay. young feller, you all
seem to have some eddlcation, kaint
you give us a spell o' talk." That
was the beginning of Mr. Wright's
career as a preacher.
He came ultimately to . the Forest
Avenue Church In Kansas City. Soon,
as he said, he had .found a tnore at
tractive way of preaching?through
AT 1:20
SHI-BERT ATTRACTION* Mat*. Tkofa. * Sat.
Dlrff( from Six Montka' Ran at Btnilvni Tknlrr, New York
Gnrfi Braadhont Ptmib
HI* Own Dramatic Vmltt of
"The Crimson Alibi"
A Novel by Octanat Cohta
Cast I arlldtt
W. H. Tktafui Mia Jam
Robrrt Krlly - OwaMlu Brfkwltk
(irormr Grakaai lala Palan
Kabfrt Barratt Mary Far
Rafcart VMgki Maraarat tkarkalfard
Ray taRae W. B. Lraiatla
fiariaw Jtara Tkaaaaa Trayaar
Play MaiH ky aal Satire PrMactlai Valrr the tamrlalaa af
Brilaalat Next Saaiay Nlrkt?Ma Tfcuraday
'\ A. H. WOODS Preaeata tkc Jayoaa Farce.
No More Blondes
DIH?4 frta Ntxfa? Clltoti ThMter, Hew Terk
his novels. He resinned his ministry
and went into the Osarks where he
wrote "The Shepherd of the Hills.*'
Subsequently he emerged and is
now living on a sun-drenched ranch
in Arisona. As in the bc#k, the pic
ture opens with the advent of the
old man from the city. He has come
to. make up to the backwoods people,
the wrong his son. an artist, had
dohe In deserting a girl who had
posed for the picture which rpade
him famous.
No Shinny in Japan.
In the production of "The Willow
Tree." Cohan and Harris'* stage hit.
written by J. II. Benrimo ajid Harri
son Rhodes. Which Screen Classics.
Inc., Is making for the screen. Viola
DAM is called upon to executn sev
eral noniewhat difficult Japanese
?'The dancing in Japan," said the lit
tle star. ?o a lowbrow reporter, "i*
done mostly with the fan. The feet
keep time, but otherwise do not
figure mueh in thp movement."
"No shimmy stuff at all, eh?" sug
gested the news-hound.
?None." replied Miss Dana. "You
know the national drink *n Japan.
And you cannot make "yo* shimmy
shake on tea."
Screen Kisses
Are Hardest,
Says O'Brien
Steel blue eye? and a firmly aet
mouth, a calmness not ?{?turned and
a poise which is the result of year?
or athletic training: and vigorous out*
door life, belle the soft impeachment
that Kurene O'Brien, SclBnick'a ro
mantic star. Is merely a "perfect lov
er"?a sentimentalist?a moonlit hero
of scented notes and cloudy visions.
Naturally he has a talent for mak
ing love?he wouldn't be Irish If ha
hadn't. He does like women?he ad
mit* It?and ho does believe in love.
Hut his views on screen love-making
Hie typical of the man. and are in
t? restimr to compare with the popular
ideas concerning screen heroes by the
l'i< ture loving public.
?The technique of screen love-mak
ing." says Kugene. in a practical tone
of voice, "differ* greatly from the
stage variety. The camera calls for
gteater delicacy, a more reserved
manner, a iMtar leaps, Facial jrrim
ac< s. wild gestures, too many words,
spoil all. Moreover, the posing must
b?- infinitely more subtle. On the
stage, the audience Rets a doeen
angles?some of them are bound to be
satisfactory. On the screen, there ie
MTIOML T?K>t iitl?
Oaly Thntrr la WtakliiKfon Offering Kxrlnir* Anrrlrai alii
Kar%l|ca Man. of Klr?? Hank.
Mule ky LOriS A. HIRSCH.
Play SluH ky Jaka H?K?t. Maaleal Xankera Maaei br Jallaa AltrH
Dlmt rraai a S.ttaatka' Raa at (In. M. Cakaa'a Tkralrr. 1?. T. City.
Kraak Tartar llaratkea Markajr Ckarlea Browa
I'karlH Meaklaa Jtawltr Uorla Mabel Baayea
Hay Rabertaaa Airlr Haaaaa tiearce Barkler
Beatrice Callaaetta (karlea Kwlale J. Paal Callaa
Hamlltaa Matt Byraa MalUtead Praak Bertraa*
Maaday ? - - Kiaj Lear Thursday - - Jalias Caesar
Taaaday .... Hamlet Friday .... Macbeth
Wad. Mat, Merckaat of Venice Sat Night Julio* Caesar
Wad. Night ? . Richelieu | Sat Night ? . Richard 01
Comedy Cops Chasing
Chaplin Must Desist
If Movie Law Passes
Gore Measure Would Bar Anything Unlaw
ful in Real Life?Picture Interests Pre
paring for Battle to Save Industry-1?Where
J. Warren Kerrigan Shines at His Rest
Is a Problem.
Motion picture interests are watching Washington keenly sine*
Senator Gore, of Oklahoma, introduced a bill in the Senate ?hic* ?
provides that all films which depict criminal acU, criminals in action
or anything which is illegal shall be debarred from interstate com-#
The public never before realized just how much criminality v
being depicted on the screen, and it has beert only since the Gore
t>i|| has come under discussion that the facts have been thrown into
high lights.
It is pointed out, for instance, that it would be illegal, if the
law were passed, to ship a comedy of a policeman chasing Charlie
Chaplin down the street or to have Chaplin hit another comcd:..r
over the head with a pumpkin pie. Most of the motion picture
villains, such as William S. Hart or other Wild West masters, woulc
be under a ban, and films of most of the great dramas ot the pa l
and present would be -debarred from interstate shipment. \\ ith pro
hibition in effect, it would be fatal for a film to show drinking on
the screen, inasmuch as that would come under the head of criminality
Motion picture concerns contend that the Gore bill is Puritanism
developed to its highest point and are preparing to wage a vijtorou!
campaign against the measure. They contend that the majority o.
films now in circulation, finished, and in the course of filming, w l m
be worthless if the Gore bill is passed by Congress; that millions o
dollars will be lost as a result; that players will be without work anc^
that the great national machinery of the motion picture industry
will be almost wiped out with one stroke. The only subjects ?hick
will be safe from interference, the local offices contend, are scenicj
and news pictures. Even "Hamlet" and "Macbeth" films coult
not be shipped from one State to another.
Kerrigan Keeps 'En Tkrakinj
Romantic J. Warren Kerrigan started in motion pictures in so
ciety roles, and when he went West to producc. had a hard time tc
convince producers that he could play "Westerns" Thrn, later, i>?
had an equally hard job convincing them that he Intew how to plat
society roles, they had grown so used to his famous "Westerns*
In just the same manner the demand for a "specialty" and tl>?
reputation for excelling in one treated Frank Lann-ng, who u*ed t?
be known as Biograph's "Indian star."
* :
Next Week at Theaters
At the special feature of his reper
toire this season. Robert B.
is oarrying on tour a brand new pro
duction of "Julius Caesar." modelled
after a famous stalling of the play
at the Theatre Antolne. Paris, a few
years ago. and durinc his engagement
at the National Theatre, start in*
Monday evening. Feb. 2. two perform
ances of the Roman drama will be
frlven. the tragedian himself appear
ing as Brutus.
The order of plays for the week is
"King Lear." Monday night> * Ham
let." Tuesday night; 'The Merchant
of Venlca." Wednesday afternoon.
'Richelieu." Wednesday night;
'Julius Caesar,* Thursday night;
Macbeth." Friday night; 'Julius
Caesar." again Saturday after
noon. and "Richard III." Sat
urday night. Mr. Mantell's big sup
only on? angle, and it must be perfect.
A kiss may be very interesting, or
very stupid, because of some anple
at which the camera catches it. In
this respect much depends upon the
camera man and the director "
I?ove-making on the screen Is. then,
a mere art and nothing more?" he
was asked
"liOve-makine on the screen." cor
rected Mr. O'Brien, "simply is an ex
act science?nothing more nor nothing
leas?if it it to be done with the de
sired effect.
Mr. O'Brien, who is one of the
serpen's most popular stars, will be
featured at rYandall's Metropolitan
all this week and at the Knicker
Korked Sunday and Monday, in "The
Broken Melody."
porting company Is headed h> M a:
Genevieve Hamper and Frit* Lf-iUc
"Daddies * by John L Hobble. w*i
produced last eea?on by l?avid
iaaco. and It was so well received I'.
the theatergoing publ ?: I ?
that Mr. Bel asco decided to settd I
on tour. It has been book?-<l ?>.
presentation at the Belaai-o Th*-ai?*
in this city for a week's enta^?
ment. commencing Monday eventing
February S. with the uaual mrt'in***-*
"Daddies" is refreshing and otigint
in Its theme, dealing with a ?on?ii
tion easily understood and appeal mj
to all classes The play telis tlv
story of a club of five college ciaea
mates who are dedicated to bachelor*
hood as the road to masculine hspt*
ness and business success "Mama?
was made for women' is their motto
Jrhn D. Williams will presen:
Lionel Barrymore and s brill.an
aupporting company in 'The lxtt-i
of the Law." at the Shubert-Uar*
rick Theater for the w. rh bee ???
ning MondJtv night. February 1
This Is the play titled by Bug's*
Rrieux. "la i: b l;?? ic
Is one of the most graphic and mov
ing plays yet written b* the gr. .4.
French dramatist. niayg"<rs *'???
hare rea?* tbe play ? II br ispr
rated to kn? w that Mr. Rarrynv*
Is to play tbe ambitious and
scienceless M?uzon. the man *???
seeks to admii*?ster tbe law t?. *.? 1
vtrrformrnt fuv |t?m*e!f father tb;??
for the defense of society. It is f
WmM Premiere of tbe Operetta Mipifictil
Book and Lyric* by Catherine Chiaholm Cashing
Muaic by Hugo Felix
Scenery and Costumes Designed by Willy Pogany
MoDy Pearson
Dorothy Dickson
Gladys Lanphcre
Lome Emery
Ada Sinclair
Roland Bottomley
James Harrod
Carl Hyson
Ralph Nairn
Da rid Glassford
Perchral Virian
Entire Production Under tbe Personal Supervision of
Wendell Phillips Dodge
Staged by Peroral Knight and Leon Errol
In Eugene Brieux' Qteatest Drama
("La Robe Rouge")

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