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13 . THE EDMONTON JOUENAL V SATURDAY, AUGUST 12, 1916. . J; j - - . . - - . . . ; MODERN ROMANCE WRITERS ARE DUE FOR A SURPRISE -Bobbie of The Ballet" New Feature Picture at the Dreamland The writers of modern romance about how girls, who own automobiles and riinn at hieh priced restaurant in the big cities with only a salary of $18 aignnal side of the matter, this evil has nf in tv.ii- avatpma. eiven tho Induatrv of the oitv an allo- WeeK lO BUMlom ... . will get a hard Jolt when nonoie ol the Ballet- Is displayed In Bluebird Photoplays at the Dreamland theatre Monday and Tuesday, with Louise Lovely in the title role, as etar of the production. Jn the pictured narrative lovely Louise la only a ballet girl but a girl with a good head for finances and frugality. She supped after theatre wun a ran voung chap who seemed bent on spend- ing all the money ho couiu. uoomv nuu different Ideas of the way money should be treated and made as a condition of their platonlc friendship continuing, that he wag to give her the amount he usually spento n a dinner for his rir,.H nnmnanlrins allow Bobbie to do the ordering and let Hobble bank the surplus -drawing a chorus girl's salary for eating the food and manipulating the finances. The novelty of the proposition appealed trong!y to the gilded youth and bo did tlobble. And it was because of this element of novelty and personal appeal that a story of Intense interest was devised for film pvirposes and screened as a lilueblrd. The Interlocking counter-plot of a Jealous leading lady who suddenly lost her "good thins;," the activllicf) of a society woman wll.li "settlement work" as her fad; the humane conduct of a crook who climbed porches Htid he-slowed Ills generosity upon two little orphans who, otherwise, might have slurvcd; the vllliany of a nialo of debusing purpose who had designs upon the chorus girl multiply' the Interest and round out ft photoplay of uncommon appeal. Louise Lovely, now established firmly in popularity as a Bluebird ntur. has the best role she has ever essayed In (he forthcoming feature, and supporting company, led by Lori Olianey and Oretchen Ledeier,' have all been selected with an eye single to their adaptability to the various roles they wore railed upon to Interpret, thus assuring nn ovenly effective presentation ot a gripping photoplay. Do Wolf Hopper, who In pliiyltif,' the (Hie role In tho new "Don Quixote t,.rl,iell,,n t.nrt n rlmiicfl to emiiliilnl mediation, hud n ( luincn to emulate i "Casey at tho Hut" in a recent game of nll-sttir players from Iho Fine Arts Film studio nud the Los Angeles City rotim-ll team. In response to overwhelming ciiIIb from the funs, Hopper obliged by reciting the poem a bunt Casey which he him niiido famous, lie was chcteil to llie echo rind tunde good during tho gntne. Ho nmtlo eighteen flrsl-liuse put-uuls, which la fcome playing. THE BEST PHOTO PLAYS LAST TIME TODAY EDNA HALL -IN- "The Winning of Mis ' Construe" MONDAY AND TUESDAY llluelilrd 1 lava LOUISE LOVELY In a Thrilling lrnu "Bobbie of the Ballet" A seiiKiitlonal story of the at niggles ami tciiiptntloiis of a chorus girl. WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY MKTItu PAYS Mary Miles Minter "Lovely Mary" Fl-pit Metro TVonrterplay produced In the picturesque everglades of Floildn, CALL 4414 BIG 4 Transfer & Storage Co. Buccora to City Transfar Campany A. K POTTER. Manaatr C. L. DcVALL Gnrl Contractor land rraimo Kneavatlon. Wstvrmsin Convteurttesj twtrag Sy,ns. um 'nil Jit sirai, l mtim lint Ml WtMt. Pkm ji WICKED LOS ANGELES IS NO PLACE FOR ASPIRANTS TO FAME IN MOTION PICTURES Authorities Warn Young; Girls Against Seeking Fortunes in Film Studios Many . Heartache3 Await The Foolish Two Recent Cases LOS ANGELES, August 1!. Despite the efforts of the city officials and the spreading broadcast of the warning tJ young; girls not to come to l.os Angeles with a view of becoming moving picture stars, the ambitious voung women con tinue to come and continue to get them selves Into trouble. Outside of the per- rtl,r i.nH.rvd r.,...,.r Inn. During the past week two extremely sensational cases have come up which have attracted widespread attention. The first was that of Priscilla Kim-mis and Mildred Clare, two sixteon-yenr-old girls who came from Phoenix, Aria., tired with the strange ambition ' become vn.mi.ire actresses. Thev hi been told the best way to (jet a start f the pictures was to purchase an expens ive wardrobe and pore ss society girls. as this type was in particular demand. f()Unj )t necessary to remove some jewel in order to carry out their plan tney ry from their homes to defray expenses. Arriving In Los Angeles, they Immediately went to the most expensive hotel In the very aristocratic suburb of Pasadena. Ono registered with the title Mr?, arid the other posed as her sister. They were attracting much attention, particularly among the men, because tti their wonderful wardrobe sno somewhat unusual amount of good looks. However, after they had paid the room rent they had no money left, and feeling the pnni; of hunger coming upon them and also bitter realisation that even society j:irl and moving picture stars must eat, they attempted to pawn some more Jewelry. Land In Jail This was their downfall. They were reported, recognised, and soon transferred from their luxurious quarters at the Hotel Maryland to the city Jail. From there they were returned to Phoenix, in one of the girls, who has a record for Incorrigibility, was sent to the reform school. She is known as the "Will o' th" Wisp" girl, (in being a.kcd why sl.f didn't stay at home, she gave the eternal and oft-he.urd answer, "Home Is too kIow. I want, to see the world. 1 wariC to he a movlnrr picture actress." Tim otlu r case which Is proving even more sensational and may result seriously for one of the nioHt prominent figures in the film colony, has as its bnsla the snme desire on the pint of Elizabeth I'feflerninii, a waitress In a Sun Francisco bakery, Homo young man, with a ncye to nn extra iilhiwnncc of butter, hud told her she would be a wonder in Hie pictures. Ho she Immediately lelt behind the realm of coffee and sinkers and came to Los Angeles, with vision; of front-page pictures nr.il a Helm equaling that of ten United States ien-stors. Una got the front prme pictures and tho salary of one Albert H.-iclHo, who has protested so hard Hint I0llz;iletli now finds herself In a Jfill cell in the same city in which she was wont to serve a hungry piiblle.t One Day Out of Thirty ' I'tion srrlvlng In I .on Angeles she did actually obtain work In the, pictures a. an extra. .She work-a about once a month for $I.MI a day, and not belli'.- nn heiress or a society girl, nail to tur elsewhere for the wherewithal to pay fli nt and cafeteria bills. Klie met 1mm- elclo, who fell In love with Iter. They beeuuie engaged. Now, this young man ( wm.M (m. (Hh tnl9l ',. ()1VIJ week for fifteen years, never had holiday, never wntched the clock, never smoked, drank or chewed, and never saw a moving picture in his life; but he knew what he liked, so hn took the S.I.Sim) he had psveil and turned it over to his fliiliiee. F.lUabeth Pfefformnn, the extra girl, that she might furnish a home. Sim did. Hut Albert was not to enjoy DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS' FIRST WESTERN PLAY BRINGS THE TEARS Three Western Cowboys Very Strongly Approve Hand Out Compliment They were running "The Good Hud Man" In the Fine Arts projection loom, This is Douglas Fairbanks' tlrst "western," ami It is filled from header to tuller with hard rldln' and (thick Hhoollu' titut love and villainy. Hut, toward the Inst, It bears down heavily on tho stop marked "sentiment." In fuct, for that very reason It Ik Full-banks' favorite picture. In tho little studio audience watching the picture were three veteran cow-punchers, old members of the studio ntuff, toughened and roughened from neck to vocabulary by years on the range und more years In pictures. They nil had taken part In the wild rides of tho piny ; but this was their first view of It on the screen. As It iienred tho finish there was n suspicious epidemic of snuffles In tl diiikcned room; nnd when the llglus went on three much-subdued cowboys pulled htoHil-brommed huts far ilovn over their eyes, and sauntered tm-willliiKly out Into the sunlight. Then they begun kidding one im-otber. "tiot you. did It, Hill'."' "I'lctiitcs always strain my jvi." "Jim, was that you what nobbed?" But It wag Jim who tcippd end held up his hand. "Let me tell you. boys," he began solemnly, nnd then paused. "Any blanket? blanket? blank blank; what seen Hint there picture nnd won'dn't cry- I wouldn't trust him fur'n I enn shoot." Which, on the whoUs, nnme compliment. SENA OWENS' WARDROBE Wenri $1,600 Worth of Gown, in Triangle-Fin Art Film Many and many a dehut.xntn would like to have the eviulslte wardrobtt whtoh rWna i"wen will wear In th new Trlnl(.-I1ne Artn production, "Martha'n Vindication." It consists of four negligees, three evening gowns, flvo afternoon drenoe. two outing nulls nnd on tnllor-mad suit. It figures up to thn pretty total of 1.50O, or about 1109 to th gown. Minn Owen stars In this pujr with Norm Tlmdg. Tha lattnr will n'no wr soma cetly drs. but Vr port (toes not rnqulr the elnbornte realtime r,inlr.H hv I Vis f'ii. Thin I an Interrntlng plav which shorn the frietuhlp between two V'.eg gtrls. Dually tei mtiia'.tng grrst sacrlflm on Oi pnrt of one of them. !! you .moWtd "Noblemen" Cigar la(!y ? the comforts of the home his hard-earned money had bought. On the contrary a handsome, attractive gentleman, a Writer of beautiful Mtn:ririK. Kn Kt.il" the heart of the fi.shman's fiancee thi ', she opened wido the doors of the bungalow and gave him all tfiat was left of Albert Bacclcio's money. Kveti a fisherman has a heart, and Albert became so enratred and protested so vigorouHly to the police that it looks' jusi now as ir tne girl, who was so nappy till the camera lured her away, will spend some time In a place where brushes instead of moving pictures are made. She hns named as the handsome man who stole her heart away Frederick Palmer, for a loni; time scenario editor of the Keystone J- ilm trompany, now oc- cupying a similar position with the Vogue Film company. Palmer denies taking the money but admits his relationship with the girl merely as a "friend." However a warrant has been sworn out for his arrest and he will be taken to San Francisco to answer the charge. Owing to the prominence of Palmer, the case has attracted much attention and coupled with te Pasadena affair, has caused the authoi'ties to double their efforts to keep young girls moving pictoriaily ambitious away irom lu Angeles. ARE ADDED TO THE L. V. Jefferson, Kathleen Kirk-ham and Lucille Ward Now on Roster MEMBERS M0R0SC0 COMPANY I oners. A great love develops between Closely following its enlargement in the two, and many dramatic scenes fol- stmllo i illicit v Hie Oliver Morosco1"' bPl'"r" f"al revelation of the stuillo .apailty. tne unver morose o .e identv of tnu.BirI How thia ,8 f'hoto-X'lay company announces an in-'diloacd and she is reunited to the fa-crease in Its roHter In the persons Ot flier who had never expected to look L. V. Jefferson, who has been made u',on ,nfT. aa'n ,la delicately and exquis-.r,,.,i ,n,, ,1 u-uiM,..,, Hy indicated in tins gripping produc- 1-;..1.K... . , .. .. .1 T ....lilt TV,....! K,.fh IX II IWIil ill 1.IIU !,, JJWHl photo-play atisls of prominence. Mr. JclVersim ha.H had remarkable success In writing for the silent drama. In fifteen mouths lie has written and produced over 142 ' pluyn, ranging In size from one-reclers to big live and six reelf-rs for such producers as Famous Flayers, Laky, Thomas luce, Uuvld Ilorpley, Uaumont, Neslor, Reliance-Majestic and many others. He "'ln "M"K" " " ' "a f the last year lias resulted in sixty seven has figured out that his writing during miles of motion pictures. k-iihlnm n-lrkhiim h.i n ohm red both 111 the spoken and the silent drama with, considerable success. Miss Klrk-hnm bus been In the profession since childhood nnd has appeared In almost every branch of the theatrical 'stage. Hh formerly-played , under Mr. Mor-osco's management nt his Hurhank Theatre In Los Angeles. On the screen she appeared under various brands. Her greatest work In motion pictures was evidenced in lcr charactcrlzut ion ! from the shop at the rear of the big In "Htrnthmorc," '' "jsttige'at tins Famous J'laers studio, Lucille Ward entered the field of mo-1 crossed to the far corner, of the stage, Hon pictures about three years ago, following a career of twelve years on the speaking singe, where he appeared in vaudeville. niunlcal comedy and stock. Her best work has been evidenced In comedy roles and , on tho screen she rendered Importunt por-ifew trayuls In such photo-plays as "South-; ern Skies," "Tho Stronger Sex," "The1 Man of tho Hour" udd "Merely Mary Ann." "Body or Soul," tho second Morosco siihlecl, slurring Kdna (loodilch, has Just been finished by Mr. Jefferson. lloth Miss Kirkham und Miss Ward I will mnke their debut before l'ara- inmint piUrous In this subject. CONTRACT WITH PALLAS Vivinn Mnrtin Will Appenr on Paramount Program Miss Vivian Martin, as announced by the Morosco-l'ullnn cmnpunles, has Just closed a long term contract to make pictures exclusively for this organization. In announcing this, one of the officers of the companies wrote to the New York office saying, "We feel perfectly snfa In making this contract because Miss Martin hits proven her worth conclusively." In fact those who have seen Miss Martin In "The Stronger Love," about to be released by I'bIIms Flctnren, nay there In no more beautiful or vivacious, captivating or attrsctlvn girl on the screen today than Miss Martin. Some have compared her work very favorably with that of Mis Marguerite Clark, whom she greatly resemblea on the screen. Comparisons, however, are very odious, but It ran be aatd that Minn Martin has such a distinct and delightful personality that It is a fair assumption she will be most popular with Paramount patrons. .'. . " . i TODAY TODAY Mutual Prewnt CHARLIE CHAPLIN tn "The Vagabond" T Kvc Komtsy LstnM New Wxsly nn Othte COMING Nt XT WtlK CHARLIE CHAPLIN in "One A.M." am Huitt in "TMI THAFC COP" Mt4rleur D Cwn Kltn GEM LOUISE HUFF IS FEATURED PLAYER IN "DESTINY'S TOY" Wilard Mack Provides Another Gripping- Drama for Motion Pictures Two universal favorites with photo play fans will be seen on the screen at the Monarch theatre next wee't. Louise Huff, a newcomer so far as Edmonton is concerned, will appear in "Destiny's Toy" which relates a story of such hu man and tender qualities as to appeal to the sympathies of all. A child saved in the wreck that has cost her mother's life, and mourned as dead by her father, leads a varyhi r and thrilling life until she falls in: with a band of thieves, v.ho compel her to adopt their practices. In the course of FANNY WARD her studies, she breaks into the house of a young clergyman, who, touched by the girl's evident bettor nature, ns-Hiimes t lie responsibility of her existence, to the NcnndaliZHtiim of his parirh- I.'. annie ward, the distinguished dra matic star who scored such a pronounced success tin n photodramatic artist In "The Cheat" will be seen at the Mon-nreh the lust three duis of the week In the Jerso t.. La sky production of "A hitter Mngdalene," token from Willard Muck's story and prepared for , the screen "by the late Clinton II. Stagg. This story has to do with the adventures of a young girl who falls' into the toils of nn unscrupulous crook and bow kIic leaves him and Joins the Salvation Army and while there falls in love with a man she helped ruin. M imll Misa Ward Is surrounde.d By a cast of sual exee ence. consisting of such distinguished netors as Jack Dean, Billy Klvrer. James Nelll, Oertrude Kellar and , kohert Bradbury. NotaFuneral Two carpenters issued solemnly forth and began making mysterious chalk marks on the floor. When', they -had covered nearly a quarter ..of the.floor space with theft' hieroglyphics 'they as solemnly departed through 'the doorway from which they bnd come. In a moments there, emerged from the same door four property men, laden with huge rolls of black cloth, which they silently spread upon .the floor, punctuating their silence only by the occasional rap of a hammer as they fastened the cloth to the lloor. When tho whole area was covVred, the car- penlcra once more made their appear- nice and erected a high partition along the entire Klde of the "field of the cloth of black." This done, the property men proceeded to drape the black cloth over the partition until all was inky blackness. - - " An extra, attracted by the remark able proceeding, strolled over to th edge of the ominous looking spot as the stuge bunds began to line the whole area with lights. ' , , "What's the idea," queried the extra "Slate funeral'.'," ' i ' Hut a regular union stagehand does not consider an extra his soclnl equal, ao the question went unanswered until a sudden stir on the stairs leading to the dressing rooms attracted the ex tra's attention and he beheld, a start ling assortment of huge papier-mache heads descending to the main floor, followed by Marguerite Clnrk' attired as a little lrtah girl. , . Then U developed that thVmrstert nun preparations were being mad for that portion of Minn Clark'a next pie tur. In which the "LltH Idy Eileen' sees the fairies and hobgoblins.- Inaa much as nobody else In the' ntory see the spirits. It 1 necessary to employ double exposure In photographing the nrenea In which they appear. The dead bluek background Is used In nu-perlmposlng the eerie onen upon the actual acen which has already been photographed out of doom. This la don by running the film through the camera a second time and having th hobgoblin - prance before th black curtain, which doe not photograph, nnd leav them apparently cavorting In th green field which nerved a th background of th original Been. A YOUTHFUL GENIUS Thomas Carnahan. Jr., who ppear : younf t'Ami In th 'William Tex i production of "Hr Hidden Past," will b rmmprd s Tount Grumpy In Cyril Maud' production cf "Onimpy" jat Wallack.' thentr. Nw York. Hi ;work how. In "Her Hidden rnst," a , thoroughness and smoothness thnt I ;n.t alwa found In much older per-former. Indeed, a young L'Amle he ,1s called upon to portray a character thnt requires a keen sense of dramatic lvalue, and hi work reflects oredlt lupon Mr, tVivt juifaraat In casting hua for ta ftrU !li "dl Why Your Stories Do Not Sell By MARIN SAIS, of the Kalem Motion Picture Company. Frankly, friend reader, the picture cerning the writing of photoplays that But so many or tne fans wno write to are unable to sell the ones they send to may ne paraonea lor taKing up tne subject. I know that other players also receive many requests' of this kind, and, try as we will, it is not always possible to keep up with the task of answering these, letters as one would like. And scenario editors are so disappointingly curt and brief in their treatment of take up my pen ana write nerc at greater extent than is possible when answering hundreds of letters in spare time. . as you might nave expected, my first bit of advice is: Do not send your stories to the players or directors. hTere are many reasons for this, one of the mosi important Deing mat players and directors,. with very, very few exceptions, have little or no voice in the selection of their storie3. " - , Another important reason might be labelled "Red ape." but I assurTe vou it is most important tape. Thousands of scenarios are received at each film company office every week. Each firm has elaborate systems and records- to insure return of stories when not used and to record every step in a story's career while it is in the company's possession. When you -send your story-to a player. you are upsetting this system. The players with a world of care and worries ot their own feel the responsibility of taking care of your story. I know pf many players who therefore make It a rule never to read a single word of the stories they receive, but to return them' at once. ' i " g i - . The player's mind is then clear. Otherwise, H he were to lay the stories he received on his dressing room table until he secured an opportunity ,to read them he must worry-over the possibility of losing one of the manuscripts or losing the address, or . perhaps, if , he found a story to have possibilities, it would be weeks and weeks before he would have the opportunity to discuss it with the scenario editor. ' The shortest cut to receive consideration for your story is to address it to the "Scenario Department." It then goes through the different hands in the regular course of business. Tour property is safeguarded, and your story is given Just 'as careful consideration himself. I know for I could tell you of who have tried and tried to write scenarios only to have them rejected one after the other by the scenario editor. Working facilities of the CMiver Moros-co Photoplay company and Pallas Pictures are again being increased through enlargement of. the plant. . The outdoor stage across the street from the main building containing the glass-canopied stage, is being enlarged so that it will occupy double the original space. This stage is also being re-equipped with a new system of light diffusing and is being rapidly utilized for additonal sets that have overflowed from the other stages. ( The latest acquisition to the Morosco roster is Harold Holland, whoso most recent work on the screen has been' evidenced in Chaplin comedies, including "The Bank," "Shanghaied," etc. Mr. Holland is one of the pioneers of the silent drama, having entered the Held stmie eight years ago following a theatrical career of twelve, years on the road, i,i ut-t. onrf vaudeville, which fitted hhn well for the demands of the camera. His greatest characterization on the screen was presented in "The Son of the Immortals." while on the stage his best known work was offered in "The Lion and the Mouse," ss Fltzroy Bugley. Mr. Holland will appear in an important character in support of Kdna Goodrich in her latest Morosco vehicle, "Body or Soul." ' NEW YORK, Aug. 12. The wide spread epidemic of infantile paralysis , continues to cause distress among tne niwriinri of motion pictures in New York, particularly in the districts where the infection is at its worst. Lfforts to have the age limit for children debarred from places of amusement lowered from 16 to 12 years have met with no success, the New York license commissioner and the health department declaring that present regulation is absolutely necessary. On the other hand the plea ot the ex hibitors 'that the film exchanges hear some of the burden nas neen answercu bv a general reduction of film rental rates. The exchange men. after a decisive meeting, decided thnt a universal lowering of rates could not be granted. However, it was agreed to take up the case of each exhibitor personally, grant ing a reduction to meet tne innivmuai re quirement. At present, reductions rang ing from tu to u per rem. uum.... Tithe New York branch of the Exhibitors league It was declared that the conees- iiil Ill h m in 1 ' "The Passed by the Censor 1 1 1 .. H ' TUB BEAUTIFUL Mvrtle Stedman In "The American player has no right to talk to vou con is the scenario department's business. me enclose scenarios or ask me why they the scenario department, that I believe I aspiring writers. I am therefore going to as .would be one written by the player many players, and some of them stars, ; .... sions of the exchanges were on the whole satisfactory, and that tne stress bad been materially lightened. Marie Poro. the. Laskv star. . will shortly begin work on W. A. Hurlburt's story, "The Big Sister," under the direction of William O. De Mille. Miss Doro win De supported by an all-star cast. While on his vacation Cecil B. te Mille dropped oft at iew Orleans, and in nos ing around the antique shops got on the trail or an oia isormandy spinning wheel, an heirloom of one of the old New Orleans French families. The wheel was over 300 years old, and the Lasky director-general felt that he must have it. i-io nnauy induced the family to part with it and he personally supervised the packing and shipping and the spinning wheel is now occupying a place of hqnor among the curios in his office. George Milford will shortly begin work on a new Fanny Ward picture, written especially for her by Edmund Mitchell and adapted to the screen by Charles Sarver. James Young, the Lasky director, at the completion of the Blanche Sweet production of "The Storm" will direct Miss Sweet in "The Unconquered," a storv written esneetallv fnr th, -,,. K.. Mrs. H. C. De Mille and prepared for the screen by Leighton Osnum. Anita King, the Lasky star, who has been confined to a -sanitarium suffering from a nervous breakdown, has now practically recovered and was able to preside over the dance given by the City Mother's bureau Saturday night. Under the doctor's instructions Miss King has been Obliged to refuse all requests for her appearance to epeak before schools and women's clubs for the next month. It is a distinct contrast In the daily routine of Louise Huff when she was playing the role of Nan in the Famous Players Film company's production "Destiny's Toy," to spend her days with four famous prize fighters who had been especially engaged to play "thug" parts In that picture, and then to depart at night for. the quiet and peaceful life of a simple little home. But the task of a motion picture player is Just one contrast after another. m nun h m m m m ip 17 ,1 THEATRE LAST TIMES TODAY MARGUERITE -CLARK Si MONDAY, TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY FAMOUS PLAYERS PRESENT LOUISE HUFF THE BRILLIANT SCREEN ACTRESS IN "DESTINY'S TOY" A STIRRIXO PHOTOFLAY IN WHICH A POOR LITTLE HUMAN BEING IS THE PLAYTHING OF FATE NEXT WEEK Thursday, Friday and Saturday JESSE L. LASKY PRESENTS FANNIE WARD 1 . IN HEIt LATEST SUCCESS Gutter Magdalene" COMING SOON Request Return Engagement Mary Pickford IN Beauty" 'The Foundling DIG REALISTIC STAGE SETTING ! STARTS SOU ETHING Scene in "Acquitted" Reminds Players of Good Old Barn-storming Days A 5ft representing the lobby of a little country hotel had just been completed on one of the big Fine Arts stages for "Acquitted." It .was exceedingly natural looking and various players began "dropping in." Soon there was a perfect imitation .. of an old-time country group. A woman player, looking In. was re- ' minded of old troupins days and began an impromptu comedy, and she addressed one of the stove-nurses: wnat kind of a theatrical manager nave you tne nerve to call yourself?" she demanded furiously. "When I signed up as leading lady , of this here aggregation of broken-down tie-walkers I was promised first class hotels, with heat do you hear me? heat and here " "The Barnstormers" . ' The "manager" addressed promptly took his cue and returned the compliments in kind. The "hotel man" chimed in from the desk; others slipped automatically into speaking parts and in a flash a merry satire that might fitly have been entitled "The barnstormers" was in progress, every line of it impromptu and every line a laugh for the crowd of old-time players who gathered. , f The play ran on for half an hour. The leading lady was fired several times and refused to stay fired.' The entire company was ordered from the hotel and refused to budge; Ihe proprietor was humbled under a. flood of low comedy invective every angle of the picturesque old road existence was exploited to the life. "If . only stuff like that "would screen!" sighed one of the professional audience. "My boy," said his neighbor, solemnly, "they'll be screening stranger things than that before long. This picture game is only." "Stop!" commanded, a woman's voice "if you say it's only in it's Infancy I'll scream. That's the worst bromide in filmdom." "You are safe," rumbled the solemn actor. "I was Only about to remark- that this picture game is onlv in its in." - ' , "Careful!" ' ', "its initial stage of development." IS KEPT AT "MINISTRY" William Desmond Cannot Get Away From Church Robes " Once more William Desmond is Dlav- ing the role of a minister in a Trian-gle-Ince play. Upon his association with the Thomas H. Ince forces, little less than a year ago, he was cast to wear the frock in "Waifs," In which Jane Grey was presented. Then he was cast to appear as the "meenister" in support of Billie Burke in "Peggy." And now he is enacting the role of a young missionary worker in the desert- island story by Monte Katterjohn and Lanier Bartlett, in which he is ap pearing as co-star with Dorothy Dal- ton, under Walter Edwards' direction. 99 cirijj y ran u i

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