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From the Front Row
Reviews and News of Washington s Theaters.
NegTi and Carpentier at Fox;
"Painted Woman" on Screen.
Ρ OLA NEGRI and Georges Car
pentier, whose names in quite
different strata have mag
netic qualities by reason of
well earned fame, take the
lofty place on the Fox Theater pro
gram for the week. Spencer Tracy
and Peggy Shannon, In a South Sea
Island concoc
tion called "a
torrid drama."
perform val
iantly under the
cinema rays,
but the per
sonal contact
with Miss Negri
and the pugi
listic Carpentier
holds the cen
tral place.
Miss Negri
emerges in a
simple but im
pressive setting
of lights and
draperies with
a singing and
dramatic act
which serves its chief purpose in
giving her an opportunity to per
form before a local audience. Dig
nity, which blends with a natural
dramatic force and the artist's ca
pacity to hold the attention, marks
her work throughout, and her act
serves its double purpose of intro
ducing her and giving a brief
glimpse of her stage methods. For
an actress of her rank, it is a satis
fying contribution to a fairly long
theater entertainment. She has the
assistance of a male partner.
Gallic temperament is the chief
source of merit in the part that is
assigned to Georges Carpentier. In
that respect he is more the stage
celebrity than the performer in the
ring, and he shares with other Latin
figures of the theater the ability to
do worthwhile things with a smile.
He is assisted by several young
women of capacity in songs and
dances, and appears with two of his
company in tap dancing. His own
musical contribution is a piece of
which the refrain is "I Can Take It."
Others on the stage section of
the program are Joe Phillips and
Co., in a bit of outstanding non
sense; Miss Patricola, in her cus
tomary assortment of musical bits,
and Wilfred Du Bois, an unusual
juggler who exhibits control of the
various home and field implements
which he throws about with much
"The Painted Lady" Is a drama
among the unethical persons who
hang about the meeting places of
the earth, and engage In those
deceptions which appeal to their
emotions and put other persons off
the trail of their violations of the
law. Miss Shannon and Mr. Tracy
are favorites with the film patrons,
and they perform with the capacity
for displaying live personalities that
has been observed in other pictures.
Others in the cast are William Boyd,
Irving Pichel, Raoul Roulien, Mur
ray Kinnell and Laska Winter. Phil
Lampkin continues his series of pre
tentious orchestral performances.
D. C. C.
Spencer Tracy.
"ΤΉρ ΤA&t Mile"
At the Palace.
VlfHEN it was decided to make a
film version of the successful
stage play, "The Last Mile," the di
rection was turned over to Sam
Bischoff, who evidently, then and
there, decided to make all the Holly
wood "realists" resemble a group of
romanticists. Mr. Bischoff has gone
the limit with this celludoid sermon
against capital punishment. Screen
entertainment at the Palace this
week will keep you on the edge of
your seat, or make you fall into a
dead faint, according to the condi
tion of your heart.
The picture opens with some
young chap (his name and ante
cedents are immaterial) sentenced
to death through a miscarriage of
justice. The scene changes to the
penitentiary, where the death house
is spread before you, with the num
bered men awaiting death by the
electric chair. Nnumber One. known
as Berg and played by the com
petent George Stone, is the first to
travel "the last mile." The gen
eral public, while now allowed to
visit death houses and witness the
last minutes of convicted men, is
hereby permitted to view all the
details of such an event—and it's
supposed to be quite authentic, too.
There is the last meal, the last visit
of the prison chaplain, the farewells
—all the preparations for what has
been called "murder as punishment
for murder."
In this version of prison affairs,
however, there is a "break." One
condemned fellow, somewhat rough
er than his neighbors in the death
house, overpowers a guard, obtains
his gun and keys and liberates the
others who are awaiting death.
Then the shooting starts. Guards
and the prison chaplain are locked
in the cells—and when the air final
ly clears again most every one is
dead, except, of course, the hero,
who, to make the story conform
with all movie regulations, receives
a pardon and probably lives happily
ever after. However, his mother
sits at his bedside, for one never
hears anything of a sweetheart.
The picture is unusual because it
has a real story to tell; the direc
tion takes a step forward; the
photography leaves nothing to the
imagination. The principals are
Preston Foster. Howard Phillips,
George Stone and Noel Madison, all
splendid actors.
Added attractions are "Snow
Birds," a review of Aiountain-top
sports in California; "Show Busi
ness," a really funny comedy star
ring Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd,
and a newsreel. C. Ε. N.
"The Night Club Lady,"
With Menjou, at Keith's.
ALONG the border line between
·**■ mystery fiction of the screaming ,
type and idealized police methods j
which appeal to the intellect is a
prolific field for the development of
such intensely interesting studies of
crime as are represented by "The
Night Club Lady," which is offered
at R-K-O Keith's, with Adolphe
Menjou in the role of a smooth rep
resentative of the law. A new ele
ment Is introduced into the story by
utilizing the talents of a woman as
an assistant hunter of murderers.
In this unique role there is plenty
of effective work to be done by
Kuthelma Stevens, a film actress
who has had numerous important
assignments in the past.
The story is from a novel which
has a place in the book world.
Anthony Abbot has produced several
devoted to this phase of police fic
tion, and it is announced that the
present production is the first in a
series for the motion pictures that
will probably include all the An
thony Abbot mystery stories. There
is a mixture of humor with the
thrills, and the chief character is
one that fits into the screen person
ality of Mr. Menjou, whose polished
methods have Illuminated a great
number of productions.
^ The night club lady has a past, in
which she has destroyed the career
of at least one promising young
man. and having càrefully covered
up the old record she is engaged in
entertaining the public, when she
receives a series of letters warning
her that before midnight on a cer
tain day she will be killed. A police
squad is assembled in her quarters,
and as the hour of midnight ap
preaches she is entirely surrounded
by the offlcers, while others are on
I «atch at all approaches But as
i the clock is striking, she suffers a
violent death in scene mysterious
manner. The plot represents a
clever approach to the subject, with
a study of the past and an examina
tion of the records of the chief
persons involved, with the result that
Mr. Menjou, in his own unapproach
able manner, finds the solution.
The production is cne of undoubted
thrills, and is adapted and embel
lished from the cinema standpoint
in such a wav that it is one of the
most attractive of the mystery
dramas. Valuable contributions to
its success are given by a large cast,
which includes, in addition to the
principals, Mayo Methot, Skeets Gal
lagher, Blanche Frederici, Gerald
Fielding, Nat Pendleton, Albert Conti,
Greta Granstedt, Ed Brady, Lee
Phelps, George Humbert, Niles
Welch, William von Brincken and
Teru Shimada.
Among the short films at Keith's
are a Frank McHugh comedy, fea
turing hypnotism, the newsreel and
"Screen Snapshots" at Hollywood.
D. C. C.
"Doctor X." at Earle,
Is Interesting Drama.
Λ MYSTERY story which justifies
the inference of its title, "Doc
tor X," is the new screen offering
at Warner's Earle Theater, with the
able legitimate star, Lionel Atwill, in
the title role. Thrills there are
aplenty, with murders committed in
an atmosphere profusely charged
with situations sufficiently terrorizing
to produce that faint feeling, which,
paradoxically, effects some of the
finest dramatic enjoyment. Insecur
ity. even in the presence of "make
believe," is induced so effectively
that on more than one occasion a
muffled gasp became an audible
shriek, thus attesting how well the
eerie story registered with numerous
Speculation on the traditional, or
legendary, mental reaction of some
humans in the silvery glare of a full
moon provides the genesis of the
plot. Scientific study of the pre
tension that men's minds are af
fected, and that in instances they
become insane, is projected as a hy
pothesis in the solution of a series
of murders committed under re
peated singular circumstances. The
figure of violent death walks under a
sky illumined by celestial beauty as
sociated with a more happy phase
of life, and this screen interlude
throws a cold chill upnh romance.
Peculiar circumstances under which
the homicides have been committed
throw suspicion upon members of an
academy of medical research, headed
by Dr. X. The story's ramifi
cations incriminate not only the
doctor, but all members of his fac
ulty, as well as a servant of his
household. In the atmosphere pro
duced by experimentation employ
ing a maze of scientific equipment,
with the effect of labyrinth ad
mirably portrayed, the mystery is
intensified all the while, and the
climax finely approached so well, in
fact, that we wouldn't dare drop
an intimation which might spoil
your fun. Save for obvious trans
gression toward the end. upon the
precincts of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
Hyde." this is a story which merits
the designation of a genuine thriller
arid to which originality in plot
and excellence of presentation are
generously attributed.
Lionel Atwill displays to fine ad
vantage the excellent quality of his
acting in the most opportune role
given him since his transfer to the
screen, lending through dignified
restraint a convincing effect to his
Relief for taxed nerves is afforded
In the comedy of Lee Tracy, who
manages to run true to type as a
stage reporter. His assignment to
cover the murder leads him into
many escapades, through which he
succeeds in punctuating the tense
story with much welcome drollery.
Fay Wray is handsomely decorative
in feminine support, while Preston
Foster. Arthur Edmund and numer
ous others sustain a uniform high
standard of acting.
On the stage Maxine Doyle finds
her "thank you" well Justified in the
applause provoked by unusual treats
In the stage program, which finds
Everett Marshall. Metropolitan Opera
Co. singer, offering among his songs
two hits from George White's "Scan
dals," in which he appeared; most
notably "That's Why Darkies Were
Born." And then Hal Le Roy, male
dancing dazzler of Ziegfeld's "Fol
lies," in terpsichorean twists which
the eye could hardly follow. In addi
tion to these outstanding stars, the
vaudeville offers Arthur and Morton
Havel. Carr Brothers and Betty.
Also there Is another chapter of
that inimitable screen feature,
"Souvenirs," which takes us back to
the movies In infant days, and alto
gether this diversified fare makes up
a program which will almost scare
you to death or cause you to become
weak from laughter. M. A. P.
"Merton" Comes Back
At the Metropolitan.
-1· A is back again, but this time
under a new title—"Make Me a
Star"—and with Stuart Erwin in the
role made famous by Glenn Hunter
back in the days when the cinema
was known as the silent drama. The
new version of Harry Leon Wilson's
best-selling novel, which was a stage
success before Hunter presented it
in soundless celluloid, is the feature
of this week's program at the Metro
Few moviegoers miesed "Merton."
wherever it was shown, so it should
not be necessary to outline the plot
here. Surely, you must remember
how Merton, a dim-witted grocery
clerk with a diploma from a corre
spondence "academy" of acting, de
serts his job In a small-town store
to seek fame and fortune in Holly
wood. And you must recall, too, how
he is befriended by an actress, who
uses her influence to make him a
star. Not the kind of star he wants
to be, as you'll remember, but—hor
ror of horrors!—a comedian, which,
in Merton's opinion, is just about
the ultra-ultra, or something, In the
way of "degradation."
Anyway, "Make Me a Star" is the
same "Merton of the Movies," except
for an entirely new cast plus the
fact that it is anything but silent.
The picture gives Erwin the best op
portunity of his screen career, and
he makes the most of it, giving a
performance so highly artistic that
it makes Hunter's portrayal of the
same character seem somewhat
amateurish in retrospect. And that
is a compliment!
But Erwin comes a long, long way
from being the whole show—as who
wouldn't with Joan Blondell around ?
Miss Blondell, who plays the part of
the girl who breaks Merton's heart
by making him a comedian and then
■wins his love by feeling sorry for
him, gives Erwin some mighty keen
competition for the acting honors.
As the beautiful, big-hearted but
rather hard-boiled "Flips" Mon
tague, she does her job well. In fact,
there are times when one feels like
pulling her blonde hair, and that's
almost as pretty a compliment as
the remark anent the superiority of
Erwin's characterization to Hunter's.
Other members of the cast de
serving of a word cr two of praise
for their cohvincing performances
are Zasu Pitts, Ben Turpin, Charles
Sellon, Helen Jerome Eddy, George
Tompkton, Ruth Donnelly and Oscar
, Apfel. In addition, the film's list of
"extras" includes such names as
Maurice Chevalier, Silvia Sidney,
Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper.
With a number of other stars of
similar magnitude, they may be
glimpsed in the background of sev
eral of the Hollywood scenes.
The program includes an excellent
musical feature, with Arthur Tracy
as a street singer, and a Paramount
newsreeL P. H. L.
"Bachelor's Folly"
Shown at Columbia.
at Loew's Columbia, is an Eng
lish picture, English actors and the
scenes in England showing the
famous race at Ascot with their
britannic majesties present at
the thrilling moment. The race
itself stirs the emotions, though the
result is disastrous for Garry Anson,
well played by Herbert Marshall. The
part calls for varied emotions, which
he depicts in figure as well as facial
expression. The intriguing and en
tirely unscrupulous Lady Panniford
is gracefully and haughtily done by
Anne Grey, while Edna Best Is an
appealing little Jill Pannlford. who
eventually wins the charming Garry.
The best bit of character acting
Is that of the irrepressible butler
of Garry Anson, formerly a burglar.
He Is splendid in his acting and in
expression, not to mention the cock
ney dialect, which, strange to say,
is easier to understand than some
lines spoken by the more cultured
English voices of other actors. The
scenes are beautifully staged and the
story requires no mental strain.
Other features at the Columbia
are the newsreel, showing the va
rious transatlantic flyers ready to
take-off, as well as the women en
durance flyers; the newly appointed
Ambassador of Italy, Augusto Roeso,
who is no stranger in Washington,
and the Democratic candidate, Gov.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, making his
speech in Columbus, Ohio.
"Vagabonds Abroad," covering a
phase of racketeering In Japan, and
the travelogue complete the bill, the
last being of more than usual in
terest. Κ. B.
1923 Profits on «1.280,000.000
Sales Eevealed by Brooking»
By the Associated Près*.
The Brookings Institute estimates
American bankers netted $50,000,000 in
profits from the flotation here since
1923 of $1,280,000,§00 worth of German
Estimates were based on a study by
Dr. Robert P. Kuczynski, formerly of
the Research Institution's staff.
It placed the par value of German
bonde still outstanding In the United
States at $994,330,000, or "about one
half of the par value of all German
publicly offered bonds which are still
The institute said whether the profits
made were "excessive" was a matter of
In a discussion of testimony in the
Senate's foreign bond investigation last
Winter that bankers sometimes "pegged"
bond prices while marketing an issue.
Dr. Kuczynski said it "raises a serious
question of business ethics, and the
New York Stock Exchange should con
sider whether such practices are in
accordance with its principles of main
taining a free and open market."
Paris spends $27,500,000 on amuse
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Reference to "Bread for Enemies
of Regime" Brings End to
Milan Publication.
By Cable to The Star.
ROME. August 27 —Conscientious re
porting by an experienced newspaper
man of Corriere Dilla Sera, of Milan,
led to the silencing of Italy's foremost
newspaper last night.
A survey of its content* revealed that
the "experienced" reporter had an ad
ditional point of Interest In his account
of last Wednesday's Inauguration of a
new aqueduct at Perugia, intended to
supply the umbrian town with plenty
of fresh water.
Premier Benito Mussolini presided at
the ceremony, and the central square
was overflowing with people when H
Duce appeared at the balcony of the
city hall. The crowd, which had fol
lowed Mussolini during the army
maneuvers now taking place in that.
region, was excited. It cheered him
widely as he lowered a lever and water
shot out from the green spout of the
nymph-ornated town pump.
At this Juncture Mussolini addressed
the crowd. "The significance of this
ceremony is simple," the Corrlere Delia
Sera quoted him as saying, "water and
welfare for the working people and
bread for enemies of the regime."
(Copyright. 19J2>
Floridan Arraigned in Utah for
Mail Fraud 11 Years Ago.
SALT LAKE CITY. August 27 (A*).
—After 11 years, William A. Shaw of
Jacksonville, Fla., was arraigned yes
terday before a United States com
missioner on a charge of mail fraud.
He was Indicted by a Florida grand
jury in 1921. Shaw, who admitted
his idenity, was ordered returned to
Florida for trial.
William J. Stevenson, 13 years old, a
student of an Edinburgh. Scotland,
school, who has saved three lives by hi*
expertness at swimming, has been pre
sented a gift of books by his school
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