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THE "OMAHA' SUND AY "BEE : DECEMBER I, 1918.
REAL COMEDY WILLIAM HODGE u BOYD'S theater will have for its attraction tonight for four days with a matinee AVednes- . day, that well-liked comedian, Wil liarty Hodge, in his new comedy, "A Cure for Curables.", This driest and drollest of American comedians re turns here with his latest successful comedy, "A Cure for Curables," di rect from a three-months run in Chicago, where the play was, de cleared to be the best that Mr. Hodge has had since his memorable triumph, "The Man from Home." 1 "A Cure for Curables," is the joint production of Earl Derr Biggers - and Mr. Hodge and was suggested by a short story by Corra Harris. Mr. Hodge, who today fills a niche in the temple of histrionic fame sim ilar to that the beloved Sol Smith Russell once, occupied will be seen in the role of a young Kentucky physician, Doctor James Pender grass, who inherits a sanitarium in the Blue Ridge mountains of Vir ginia. Iiut the will of the eccentric uncle who bequeaths him the prop erty stipulates that he must affect the Qure of ten patients within a monni, or the sanitarium will pass to another heir. Young Dr. Pender grass is a strong believer in the ef ficacy of fresh air and simple diet as remedies for most human ail ments, consequently he antagonizes the wealthy patients who are guests ' at the Rest Cure, and these imagin ary invalids rebel against his course of treatment. By an ingenious ruse in making them all -work in the ' garden, so that they become fatig ued in a natural way, he convinces - them that they have nothing organi cally wrong with them. Incidental ly, he frustrates a scheming rival who tries to get the sanitarium away from him and he wins the Heart ana hand of a lovely heiress. , Mr. Hodge'i natural drollery and the sincerity of his own acting are enhanced by1 the many amusing studies of character furnished by his associates in the cast. Hi3 lead ing woman this season is Clara Moores, a young actress of chann and beauty; and the supporting company, which is numerically and artistically strong, includes Carson Davenport, Brigham Royce, Charles Erin Vener, Clarence Dellair, George Lund, Edith Shayne, Adelyn Wealey, Edward Wonn, the veteran James H. 'Lewis, Arthur Sprague, Jerry Hart and others of equal note. Vjt has become a firm belief in theaterdom that whoever plays the title role in "The Bird of Para dise", the actress is bound to make a great name for herself. Bessie Barriscale, now a high sala ried screen star, created it, when the play was originally produced in Los Angeles eight years ago. For the New York premier, Laurette Taylor was the unfortunate princess. Her success in "The Bird of Paradise", led to; her engagement in '.'Peg 0' My Heart." She is today one of America's leading actresses. .Then came Lenore Ulric, whose interpretation of the role won her fame and recognition from the At lantic to the Pacific. David Belasco obtained her services after 9eeinj her perform in the part and she is now starring in the Belasco pro duction "The Tiger Rose," one of the present big rlew York successes. Then followed Caclotta Montery, who married one of the wealthiest men in Oakland, Cal. Next came May Buckley, the well known stock actress, who returned to the- Anti podes where she is adding fresh laurels to her name in the Tully play, and other American successes. Last season Marion Hutchins played the part. Now she has a lucrative con tract with a Los Angeles Motion Picture company. At the Boyd next Thursday, Florence Rockwell, one of the tried actresses of the stage, is to essay Luana. Miss Rock well is an actress of well established reputation, and has played a vast variety of roles. Described as a vivid glimpse of the war zone, "Where Things Hap pen" is to be presented this week at the Orpheum. The action of the one-act play, carries the audience to No Man's Land, and also discloses scenes of a dressing station and be hind the lines. During her 50 years ,on the stage Mrs. Thomas Whiffen. ' another headline attraction, has , portrayed 300 roles. In vaudeville A' she is appearing in the comedy called "Foxy Grandma." Whether the "Creole Fashion Plate" is a man or a woman is a question likely to be debated. In reality this per former is an extremely clever fe male impersonator. The three O'Gorman girls, Kathryn, Billie and Margaret, present a military melange. Marguerite Farrell is a delightful exponent of character songs. From clerical vestments to vaudeville has been th unique ex perience ofjhe Rev. Frank W. 9-B AT THE THEATERS l nl . ffrjm WvM m5sKiffeZL Florence yoekwell nK WUimM&to "Cure 4$& 'N ' tyff! hibetle Withers ao.J7iicha.rd Sterling if "?Msr "' 'k I MthtSmuleii . m'A nil. A W M LtLCilk Dcrvingicii Gorman, known as" the singing par son. The Georcalis trio are expert marksmen. They offer an act of fancy shooting. One of the trio is a woman, who shoots as effectively as do the men. Once again the Weekly Allied Review will display interesting scenes tn the battle front. The film feature of the Or pheum Travel Weekly is to be "Ranch Life in the Big Horn Mountains." Cohan and Harris will present the late Harry James Smith'!? bril liant American comedy, "A Tailor-1 Made Man, at the Brandeis to night and for the first half of the week, with a matinee on Wednes day. It is- the story of a prodigious and audacious young man, whose men dacity overcomes every obstacle. In this case the hero is employed as a humble tailor's helper. He has pick ed sonfie phrases and some ideas of social philosophy from the book written by an enthusiast, which he finds in his shop. His ambition knows no end. He aspires even to do the things that Napoleon left undone. But there is no opportun ity until by chance he gets posses sion of a dress suit, belonging to a customer, who is going to wear it to a reception. The tailor wears it in his place, and his fortunes, with the aid of his mendacity, are made. He wins the captain of industry he had set out to meet; he makes friends with all he7 comes into, con tact with and when he fades from the sight of the audience as the hero of the ballroom, it is to appear nearly a year later as the associate of the great shipbuilder. He recon ciles, by his tact, the public to the great enterprise and even settles an impending strike. Jealousy of the old companion who is in love with the tailor's daughter, who. in turn, loves onlv the adventurous hero, brings real drama into the comedy. And the effect of this is to threaten the im mediate exposure of the important man of the hour. In "A Tailor-Made Man" the dialogue is sprightly and much in genuity is displayed in the develop ment of the story. Episodes con tribute to the constant amusement of1 the audience. "Hearts of the World" is to re turn to the Brandeis theater for an other brief engagement beginning Thursday. "Hearts of the World" shows the happy, peaceful life of the people of a small village before the grim horror of war reared its ugly head over the horizon. The causes that led up to the "war are shown; the meeting of the English parliament on the eventful night when the vote was cast for war; the session of the French senate voting upon the declaration of war; the session of the cabinet awaiting the fatal hour when the ultimatum to Germany would expire. These scenes come as a prelude; then the (ffP?ESSj Clara Had Her Fortune Told; Prediction is Now Coming True w HEN Clara Moores, leading lady for William Hodge in the new comedy "A Cure for Curables," was planning her debut on the stage in a stock company pro duction out in Seattle, a gypsy told her that the day would come when she would be a great theatrical star. Miss Moores and a friend were on a shopping tour one afternoon and they passed a little store which had an Oriental dr about it, but on closer inspection it proved to be the fortune telling establishment of a gypsy. After the usual "sights," which all fakirs see in their victim's hand, the gypsy startled Miss Moores by tell ing her that she was planning to go on the stage. Immediately Miss Moores became more attentive, and urged the seer to continue with her observations. "Will I ever be a star?" she asked. "You will," the gypsy replied: "but first you will have a long, hard strug gle. However, eventually you will acquire great success. Your name will be known from one end of the world (b the other." At that time Miss Moores was more interested in making good in the stock company than she was in startling the world, but she was thankful at least that the gypsy did not pour cold water on her aspira tions. After her debut on the stage in Seattle, she came east to New York, and the first time she applied for an engagement, she was success ful. Then came a short tour through New England, and a return to New York in "Bunker Bean," In which she was given an important part. And now Miss Moores is Mr. Hodge's leading lady, with a fair chance o the gypsy's prediction coming true. Miss Moores, by the way, is the daughter of Harry M. Moores, a well known railroad man, who has a wide circle of acquaintances in Omaha, as he was formerly located here. great drama begins when the Ger man hordes enter France. Richard Carle will play an engage ment of four days at the Brandeis theater, beginning December 22, in his latest musical comedy success, "Furs and Frills.' The large cast supporting Mr. Carle includes Har riet Burt, Martha Craver, Hattye Fox, Jay Elwood, George Bogues, Milt Dawson, William Wolff, Ed ward Meridith, five violin girls and the famous Carle beauty brigade. Twe headline attractions will be shown at the Empress theater for the first half of the week starting today, "The Three Harmony Maids" and Billy "Swede" Hall and com pany in the character revue,. "The Black Sheep." "The Three Har mony Maids" have each won sig-nal honors for vocal attainments, and most of tlieir songs are their own restricted numbers. Frozini, the man' who first dignified the accor dion in America, is also on this same bill. Frozini changes his program every performance. The Three Mo ri brothers, Japanese' Wonder Work ers, perform startling feats. Heading the program for the last half of the week are McWilliams, Baldwin and Stendal, with remark ably fine voices. Wanzer and "OMAHA'S FUN CENTER" (UQrvafLfTTfA Mat- s-2s-soc Sj2r5,iEvs., 25c-S0c-7Sc-$l Those Two Cheerful Idiots. Al. K. Hall'jr & Bobby Barry MAIDS OF AMERICA B- American Made Beauty Chorus of Maids. LADIES' DIME MATINEE WEEK DAY8. TODAY MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY $25,000.00 3SS" PIPE-ORGAN Now Being Installed BILL "SWEDE" HALLS CO. IN THE CHARACTER REVUE "THE BLACK SHEEP" pu-waap "'w i Willlaa Fox Present VIRGINIA PEARSON "Buchanan's Wife" . 3 MORI BROS. JAPANESE W'OSUKR WORKER FROZINI THE MUSICAL UEXIUS THREE HARMONY MAIDS HISSES DI SEKBI-RY. BALDWIN AXD COOK - HALKISG AXO SINGING Pathe News Mutt & Jeff Comedy IPRICES MGHT AXD SCKDAT, 25. 35e and 4Sc CHARLIE CHAPLIN "THE FLIRT'.' 4V 1 Falmer have a new vehicle this sea son in "She's Hard To Get Along With," Caesar Rivoli in "A Scandal in a Restaurant" and the Five Hick ory Nuts in a comedy acrobatic act complete the program for the last half of the week. A new twist has apparently been given to the presentation of bur lesque in the production that will be seen at the Gayety theater this week with daily matinee when the "Maids of America" will appear in an original two-act travesty called "A Trip to Laughland via the Mu sical Girly Route, Without Rhyme or Reason." During the action of the travesty vaudeville specialties and musical numbers that are said to have the advantage of newness and prodigality are introduced and in a way that does not disturb the thread of the narrative. The prin cipals in the cast emftrace A. K. Hall (Alcohol), Bobby Barry, George E. Snyder, Florence Rother, Mae Stanley, Jane May and others. A large chorus of good-looking, ac tive girls is announced as one of the most attractive elements of the show. Matinee daily all week. To day's matinee starts at 3. William Farnumjias offered to adopt three hoys whose parents were victims of the "flu" in New York, and the boys are overjoyed at the prospect of living at his big country place at Sag Harbor, L. I. Harry James Smith, Author, Was Biologist But Preferred to Write HARRY JAMES SMITH, au thor of "A Tailor-Made Man," the new American comedy that recently completed a year's run at the Cohan & Harris theater, New York City, declared that he had wanted to write plays ever since he was old enough to want anything. Throughout hii collegiate course and during the year or so following in which he was engaged in "teaching, and still during the years when he was free-lancing in trie newspaper game, Mr. JMnith wanted to write plays, and when his first one, "Mrs. Bumstead Leigh," was accepted by Mrs. Fiske and scored a success, he was, indeed, a happy man. During his college course, Mr. Smith specialized, curiously enough, in biology to even a greater degree than in English. After his gradua tion, he took a master's degree at Harvard, and then for a couple of years he was instructor at Williams college, and an assistant at Charlin. Then he gave up teaching and went to New York, where he was on the staff of the Atlantic Monthly,. in addition to being n "ad lib" news paper man. From New York, Mr. Smith went to Roston and associated himself with Houghton, M-ifflin & Co., doing book reviews and such like tasks. It was ihere'he wrote, in spare time, "Mrs. Bumstead Leigh." The success of this comedy induced Mr. Smith to turn all his at tention to playwriting, and he com pleted "A Tailor-Made Man," and "The Little Teacher,' before his un timely death. Mr. Smith was en gaged in voluntary war work for the United States government in the Canadian northwest, gathering a rare plant used in surgical dressings, and of which' he had an expert knowledge when he was killed in an automobile accident. The native stage, indeed, lost a brilliant author, and one of much promise, in the passing of Mr. Smith. He was a keen student of human nature and visualized char acters we meet every day in his stage works. His John Paul Bart in "A Tailor-Made Man" is typically American a type that is real and frequently met with in everyday life. Mr. Smith had a most congenial and lovable nature. He was not averse to having his plays changed here and there during rehearsals, for, as he aptly said, one must col laborate with ones audience if one expects success. BOYD Dec. 1 . Phone Doug. 494 Matinee Every 2:1S SUPERIOR VAUDEVILLE Al 8:18 :Week Starting Sun., Dec. 1 ! I "WHERE THISGS I MBS. THOMAS HAPPEN" Vi'HSFFEEl ' By Richard Madden in A Vivid Glimpse of "Over "FOXY GRANDMA" 7 There" In Six Scenes With Peggy Dale Whiffen sa Bt m 1 MARGUERITE FARRELL THREE O'GORMAN GIRLS I Kathryn "Billie" Margaret 1 The "Kelly" Girl in A Military Melange. m as 1 REV. FRANK W. GORMAN GEORGALIS TRIO ? The Singing Parson Expert Marksmen sa t'A THE CREOLE FASHION PLATE Delineator of Songs and Fashion Bobby Simonds at Piano j Official Weekly Allied War Review Orpheum Travel Weekly ''','4 1 i m n. ', M Vm. H Ml 4 NIGHTS Beginning SUNDAY. Popular Mat. Wed. Best Seats $1. Night. 50c to $2 A Sweeping Success WILLI AH IN "A CURE PGR CURABLES" Prices Matinees 10c, 25c and 50c. Boxes and Stalls 50c and 75c. ai ! Nijhts 10c, 25c, 50c, 75c and $1.00. i!li!li;ll'l'iliili!liilMI!ilMllii:iliiiil;iliiliiltiliii!llui!i:i:initili!niii;!ni!!i:i'i;i!:i'!i'!i T'Hiltil'iiiiiiiini'ilv i if y BOYD 9fe Dramatic Novelty vi ci r v- . f 9 -v Cafe Play ofa AND THE FAMOUS SINGING HAWAIIANS I it m The Rock of Gibraltar! Has had continuous run in Southern Spain; known as the world's greatest natural fortress. Commands entrance to Mediterranean ea and rises 1,400 feet above sea level. Called by ancients "Pll far of Hercules," and has been battled for by mighty armies of nations. "ATailor fVJacte Man!" Had continuous run for on. year In New York I now conquering the American continent. Known as Cohan and Harris' greatest jomedy triumph. A natural mountain of laughter and romance by Harry James Smith. Rises far above the level of ordinary stag, productions. NOTE: If you can't go to Gibraltar, you can see the modern wonder, "A Tailor-Made !V.an" at the Brandeis Theater Tonight also Mon day, Tuesday, Wednesday and Wednesday afternoon. No better evidence could be desired of the success of "A Tailor Made Man," the new American comedy by the late Harry James Smith, than the fact that it rounded out a solid year's run at the Cohan and Harris theater, New York, where it was declared to be the funnieBt play of its kind that the metropolis had seen in more than a decade. "A Tailor-Made Man" presents, in graphic form, a psychological study of the effect of environment on character. The central figure in the play, John Paul Bart, stifles in the atmosphere of the tailor shop. He desirea broader, more sensitizing surroundings, and with nothing more than a belief in destiny, he commandeers a dress suit which, in his hands, or rather on his back, proves an open sesame to his ambi tion, which is to climb to the topmost heights of social and financial ' prominence. This goal he achieves at the end of the play, the four acts of which are filled with wit, humor and sound philosophy. One of the largest casts ever assembled for a straight comedy production -will be seen in "A Tailor-Made Man," and the usual correet Cohan and Harris production will be in evidence. Price Nights, 256 to $2.00; Matinee, 25c to $1.50. HEY DSD T PASS umim Sym phony Orchestra Com plete Effects Daily Matinees-r 2:15 Evenings 8:15 25c, 50c, 75c and $1.00 25c, 50c, 75c, $1.00, $1.50 TO MIGHT Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Wed nesday Matinee. j t -agassqaajBjanagjamjMBgaaiiii T Next Thursday For a third and limited engagement. THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY Matinee Saturday-Best Seats $L00 .eat Sale Tomorow- Prices Jo-7So J1.60-51.5I (tin LWI in V ft X Olivertaco SVv aao Walton Tully jkff I 1 ERILLIANT AST f" with H?r ' ; lorence Rockwell When Rene Viviani, the French premier, an nounced in the Chamber of Deputies, that the German emperor had invaded Belgium and that the German hordes were closing in on the French border, in an at tempt to capture Paris, and again grind France into the dust under the heels of Prussianism, he spoke the words that will ring down the centuries: ''THEY SHALL NOT PASS." And, thanks to the timely aid of England, Italy, Siberia, .Russia, Roumania and the later aid -of America, t THEY DID NOT PASS It was the heroic attitude of the French people un der the terrible burden they were forced to bear that gave D. W. Griffith, the master producer, the idea of showing the world the marvelous spirit of undaunted and undefeated .France. After eighteen months in and behind the battle line in France he gave to the world his Supreme Triumph of p theu "The Sweetest Love Story Ever Told" Now that the war is happily over, and peace again looms bright on the horizon, this masterpiece of the screen becomes history and the appeal of its simple, sweet story of the great love of a Boy and a Girl, the oldest and yet the newest story in the world, becomes doubly, trebly fascinating. SSU .frtl.