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E 3 THE BROOKLYN DATTA EAGLE, NEW YOFiK. SI'XD.VY. .1X1 X 1, 1028. FORECAST AND REFLECTIONS OF THE SILENT , , i - I i . f; . , 1 Don's Kenyan, v ho may he teen with Milton Sills in "The Hwk't Neit at the Brooklyn Strand, mi ; 1 h ' ' ' ' lfimfrMzmw . Richard Dix, star of "Easy Come, Easy Go," the new film at Loew'i Metropolitan Theater, 1 1 f'i.--.!..i . ' ' i n.1 ' r u m ti-M-ii'ii-.x ii V'v'. ; l , n f ft ' F ' ' V; f'.'jT? The Playbill of Motion Slow zBj MARTIN New Richard Dix Comedy at the Metropolitan Fields-Conklin Farce) and Adolphe Menjou in "Night of Mystery" on Other Screens. RICHARD DLX In "Easy Come, Easy Go," adapted from the stage play by Owen Davis, will be the screen feature at Loew's Metropolitan Theater beginning tomorrow. The play enjoyed a long run on Broad way and was acclalmcd,a popular success. With Mr. Dix in the leading role will be seen Nancy Carroll. The picture is described as a thoroughly entef talning farce-comedy. Janet, foremost French musical comedy star, will present her comedy skit, "La Comedle Francalse," as the headline stage attraction. The vaude vllle program will also include Swartz and Clifford, O'Donnell and Blair, Nick and Gladys Verga, Rubinl and ? George Bernard Shaw and the Movietone True Confessions of Mr. Lasky Other Drowsy Meditations on the Cinema. IT IS not surprising to leam that the Globe Theater is being patronized these days by fairly representative crowds of local gentlefolk who cannot for a moment be counted among the regular. followers of the cinema. As a matter of fact, each afternoon and evening finds the Globe peopled with an audience strangely dissimilar to the assemblies at the Tegular movie parlors. One is likely to find at the Globe, indeed, a perceptible percentage of gentlemen and scholars who, ordinarily, would as lief be recognized in one of Coney Island's more rowdy nautch houses as In 'perish the thought) a motion picture theater. The reason? What else but that George Bernard Shaw, having seen fit to become a movie actor, is appearing twice daily at the Globe in a Movietone subject in which he is at once star, supporting cast and atmosphere combined? For what other reason, indeed, but that the famous sage of Surrey, long contemptuous of the idea of visiting these shores, is now DICKSTEIN: are pleased to call "a personal appear MacLean. Why, it may even be that making what the Impresarios of Fox One of the more attractive on Hollywood's roster of heroines, Greta Sissen, who is currently appearing ivith Gaiety Theater. ance on Broadway"? And so the longbeards of the local literati are flocking to the Globe these days, you may be sure, and as far as can be determined by the naked eye a pleasant time Is being had by all. And what effect will this epochal event have upon the local Serious Thinkers who have awaited the Shavian message with something akin to hysterical excitement? I am inclined to believe that the effect will be nothing more pulsating than that of a pleasant ten minutes of movie entertainment. For the gray Peter Pan of our time emerges as nothing If not a pleasing type of movie actor who can indulge himself in pantomime with all the expertness of a Lon Chaney and smile a genial smile no less SUMMER ACTIVITIES IN. HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS Infectious than that of a Douglas DRAMA i i Loew Theaters line honors on the vaudeville prae gram. Loew's Premier W. C. Fields and Chester Conklia . will be seen in "Fools for Luck" at Loew's Premier Theater Monday to Wednesday. On the stage Lancaster and Leeming will be the headllners. Adolphe Menjou in "A Night of Mystery" will be shown beginning Thursday. Harry Girard's Ensemble will be the headliner on the vaudeville bill, which will also Include "Bits," Wolfe and Ward, Marcille La Source, and Baggott and Sheldon. Loew's Hilllide "Fools for Luck," a farce-comedy, co-featuring W. C. Fields and Chester Conklin, will be the feature film presentation at Loew's Hillside Theater tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednes day. N. T. G., famous radio announc er of station W H N, will present 1J beautiful girls in a novel offering as the headline vaudeville attraction for this half of the week. Four other acts will also be presented. "A Night of Mystery," with Adolphs Menjou. will be the film feature Thursday to Sunday. Loew's Bay Ridge W. C. Fields and Chester Conklin will be seen in their latest comedy hit, "Fools for Luck," at Loews Bay Ridge Theater Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The Jeanne Fuller dancers will be the stage feature. "A Night of Mystery," starring Adolphe Menjou, wJl be shown from Thursday to Sunday. Mary and Ann Clark, in their comedy skit, "The Immigrant," will be the vaudeville feature. Coney Island Corinne Griffith may be seen at Loew s Coney Island Theater in "The Garden of Eden," with Lowell Sherman, Louise Dresser and Charles Ray heading the supporting cast, today and tomorrow. "The Escape," adapted from Paul Armstrong's great stage hit, with Virginia Valli and William Russell, will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday. W. C. Fields and Chester Conklin will be seen in "Fools for Luck" Thursday and Friday, and Adolphe Menjou in "A Night of Mystery" will be the feature Saturday. "The Hawk's Nest" Featured On the Brooklyn Strand Bill The sinister corners of Chinatown furnish the background of "Tha Hawks Nest," starring Milton Sills, which is the current film feature at the Brooklyn Strand Theater. In ad dition there are a new and entertaining revue and other attractions. It is declared that "The Hawk's Nest" marks a distinct departure for Sills, who appears in the early part of the story as a disfigured war veteran, with a makeup said to be as good as anything Lon Chaney has achieved in recent years. The story revolves about two underworld resorts operated largely to thrill tourists. Trick camera effects are said to form important sequences in the story and the air of Chinatown is symbolized as much by camera work as it is by actual Chinese architecture. Managing Director Edward L. Hy-man presents on the stage one of his own productions, "The Garden Party," which is described as a refreshing revue filled with scintillating summer surprises. Ray Teal presides over the Mark Strand Stage Band and introduces such entertainers as the Marie McQuarrie Harp Ensemble, Lauretta Lee, soprano; Alfl Grimes, danseusc; Arthur Ball, tenor; Irmanette, terp-sichorcan violinist, and Dolores and Eddy. Harold Lloyd May Make A Synchronized Movie Although no announcements have emanated from quarters close to Harold Lloyd regarding the use of "sound" in his forthcoming productions, the bespectacled comedian has been quietly investigating all angles of the latest developments In this field of entertainment. For several months Lloyd has been working on a new idea for the production which will follow "Speedy." While in the East recently he conferred with several of the foremost technicians in the "sound" field, and was introduced to two new developments along this line which as yet are still studio secrets. These have been placed at the bespectacled comedian's disposal, and If it Is found practicable to synchronize the type of comedy produced by Lloyd, his new picture most certainly will contain the latest developments in ttys field. G. B. 8. has missed his natural calling he would have been a thumping success as a character actor in Hollywood I The New Photoplays PARAMOUNT "The Big Killing," a Paramount picture co-starring Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton. ROXY "The Michigan Kid," a film version of Rex Beach's novel, produced by Universal and featuring Renee Adoree and Conrad Nagel. STRAND (Manhattan) "The Wheel of Chance," a First National production based on a story by Fannie Hurst; starring Richard Bar-thelmess. Other Attractions CAPITOL "The Cossacks" remains for a second week. BROOKLYN STRAND Milton Sills and Doris Kenyon in "The Hawk's Nest." E. F. ALBEE "We Americans," with George Sidney and Patsy Ruth Miller, LOEWS METROPOLITAN Richard Dix In "Easy Come, Easy Go." ST, GEORGE PLAYHOUSE "Children of No Importance" and Ramon Novarro in "Across to Singapore," today and tomorrow. CRITERION "Wings," with Clara Bow, Richard Arlen and Charles Rogers. GAIETY "Fazil," with Charles Farrell and Greta Nissen. GLOBE "The Red Dance," with Dolores Del Rio, and, a Movietone of George Bernard Shaw. , TIMES SQUARE "Dawn," the life and death of Edith Cavell. WARNER'S "The Lion and the Mouse.'l with Lionel Barrymore and Vitaphone. Rosa and the Five Maxellos. Loew'i Molba Featuring Les Stevens and his band as the stage attraction for the entire week, Loew's Melba Theater will have as the feature screen attraction the first half of the week "Fools for Luck," a farce comedy, co-starring W. C. Fields and Chester Conklln. Thursday to Friday Blllle Dove in "The Yellow Lily," a drama of Hungarian court life in the days of Emperor Charles, will be the feature. The story goes behind the scenes of royal life and Is said to mingle intimate romance with its exotic color and intrigues. Ciive Brooke will be seen opposite the star. Loew's Palace "Fools for Luck," co-featuring W. C. Fields and Chester Conklin, will be the screen feature at Loew's Palace Theater tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. Fields is seen in the role of a bogus oil well promoter and Conklin is cast as a small town sap. Jack Luden and Sally Blane supply the love interest in this comedy. Parker and Babb and their Philippine orchestra will be seen in the headline spot on the vaudeville program. Other acts will be Ross and Costello, C. R. Four, McRae and Mott and Oscar and Joe Martin. Adolphe Menjou in "A Night of Mystery" will be shown beginning Thursday. Evelyn Brent and William Collier Jr. will be seen in support of the star. "Melody Mansion," a novelty musical act, will be the headline vaudeville attraction on this program. Loew's Will.rd W. C. Fields and Chester Conklin will be seen in the starring roles ol "Fools for Luck" at Loew's Wlllard Theater tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. "Melody Mansion," miniature dance revue, will be the headline act on the vaudeville program, which will also include Creighton and Lynn, Sharon Stephens and company, Vincent O'Donnell and Joe Cody and brother. Thursday to Sunday "A Night of Mystery," with Adolphe Menjou and Evelyn Brent, will be the feature film attraction. The Joe Herbert Revue and Sally Fields will share the head New Pictures Scheduled At St. George Playhouse An unusually attractive program of photoplays has been prepared at the St. George Playhouse for today and tomorrow. The bill includes the first Brooklyn showing of "Children of No Importance," that controversial screen drama which has created as much discussion as the debatable book, "The President's Daughter." The picture, in fact, is noticeably comparable to Nan Britton's sensational composition hi that it, too, concerns a child of questionable parentage. On the same program with "Children of No Importance" is a plcturization of Ben Ames Williams' sea story, "All the Brothers Were Valiant." On the screen the story is called "Across to Singapore." Ramon Novarro, Ernets Torrence and Joan Crawford are the featured players. Tuesday and Wednesday, the St. George Playhouse will present another double-feature program. On these days the major attractions will be a film version of the late Donn Byrne's novel, "Hangman's House," starring Victor McLaglen, and a revival of one of Gloria Swanson's most successful productions, "Manhandled." Clara Bow In "Red Hair," disclosing that star in a typical role, and "The Copperhead," with Lionel Barrymore. will be the St. George offerings on Thursday and Friday. Saturday's program will Include "The Lost World" and "Why Sailors Go Wrong." "Sally of the Scandals" At the Hippodrome The New York premiere of "Sally of the Scandals," an F. B. O. production, takes place tomorrow at tho Hippodrome. Backstage in a Broadway revue supplies the colorful locale forr this romance of coryphees, crooks and cops. Bessie Love is starred. The diminutive Miss Love is seen in the congenial role of a chorus girl with ambitions whose road to success is all cluttered up with heartarhes. Allan Forrest Is the leading man. role of Magnolia in Universal's forthcoming film production of "Show Boat." It is expected that the blond Miss La Plante will portray the principal character of the Edna Ferber story with the aid of a dark wig, recent tests at Universal City having revealed an altogether unsuspected side to this star's natural beauty. Reginald Denny's latest picture, "The Night Bird," has been completed and Is now in the process of editing and titling. The cast of the photoplay includes Betsy Lee, Sam Hardy, Michael VisarofT. Harvey Clark, Corliss Palmer and Jocelyn jects will be installed in the Hollywood studio of the company. MONTE BLUE has been recalled from his vacation in Europe by the Warner Brothers, who are eager to begin production at once on the Vitaphone picture, "Conquest." In this film Mr. Blue will be seen with H. B. Warner and Lois Wilson. Incidentally, it will be. the first time that H. B. Warner has appeared under the banner of his illustrious namesakes. Comes news that Laura La Plante has finally been selected to play the Cha.r'.cs Farrell in "Frazil" at the Ruth Chatterton Signs With Paramount Other News and Gossip of Picture-plays and Players. Lee. It is expected that "The Night Bird" will be ready for exhibition early In the fall. "White Shadows in the South Seas," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's screen version of Frederick O'Brien's popular book, will begin an engagement at the Astor Theater on completion of the run of "The Trail of '98." It io iinrWernnH that. t.hf Dicture haS been equipped with a complete movie tone accompaniment, scenes lor me production were obtained on the island of Tahiti in the South Seas. Monte Blue and Raquel Torres, the latter a young Mexican girl making her screen debut, will be seen in the leading roles. According to cable advices received K A ,nh Calwvn "nQUTi " thf British production depicting the life and aeatn oi xvurse taun ovcu, a shown at Buckingham Palace recently at the Invitation of King George. The film continues its engagement at the Times Square Theater. Headed by Jean Hersholt and Sally O'Neil, the company filming "The Girl on the Barge" arrived in New York during the week to complete scenes for the plcturization of this Rupert Hughes story. After shooting exteriors along the Champlaln Ship Canal at Glens Falls, additional sequences will now be obtained at Hpll Outs and at the Paramount Long Island studio. W w m Howard Bretherton will direct Dolores Costello in her next Vitaphone feature for Warner Brothers. "The Redeeming Sin" has been selected as the title for the picture, which is an adaptation of a story by L. V. Livingston. Conrad Naptel, who appeared opposite Miss Costello in "Tenderloin" and "Glorious Betsy," will again have the principal masculine role. Ruth Chatterton, well-known legitimate actress, has been signed by Paramount to appear opposite Emil Jannings in his next production, "The Sins of the Fathers.' For the past two seasons Miss Chatterton has been playing in stage productions on the West Coast. A revival of Barrle's "The Little Minister" was her last New York appearance. Among her outstanding successes have been "Daddy Long Legs," "Come Out of the Kitchen." and Barrie's "Mary Rose." For several seasons she as leading woman for Henry Miller :n Broadway productions. Production has started on "A Single Man," the new Metro-Goldwyn-M:iy-cr co-starring vehicle for Lew Cody and Alleen Pringle. This Is an adaptation of the popular stage comedy of the same name and is being directed by Harry Beaumont. The supporting cast includes Sue Carol, Xathryn Williams, Eileen Manning and Edward Nugent. Following the completion of "The Divine Lady," Corinne Griffith will rart "Outcast'' for' First National. Anes Christine Johnston Is preparing the adaptation and continuity "The Divine Lady," incidentally, is entering Its final stages with the :creening of several spectacular rea battles based on the career of Lrrd Nelson. Frank Lloyd is directing. "Hard Rock" Is the new title for Milton Sills' next starring vehicle, previously called "The Wrecking Boss." Thelma Todd will be seen In the fading feminine role. Talking Picture Occupy Important Place on All Producers' Schedules Universal, Pathe in Line. PLANS lor the further employment of sound effects in motion pictures continue apace. With not a single exception, the larger film-producing corporations have declared themselves In favor of "talking movies" and most of these are already making ample room on their schedules for an extensive production of synchronized features. Fox, Warner Brothers, Paramount, Metro-Gold-wyn-Mayer, First National and United Artists are among those who are now preparing a number of pictures In which audible effects will be generously employed and daily other less-prominent producers are announcing similar plans. Now comes a statement from the Universal Pictures Corporation, one of the last of major companies to fall in line, that at least 18 of that organization's feature productions for next season will reach the screen as synchronized pictures. Ten of these have already been selected, the first two now being synchronized by the Movietone method. Various Universal short subjects, will also be synchronized. Of primary Interest Is the announcement by this company that the film version of "Uncle Tom's Cabin," when It is released for general distribution, will be accompanied by sound effects and a synchronized musical score. Not far behind the Universal company's announcement comes that of Pathe Exchange, Inc., which declares that no less than 10 of its big specials on the 1928-1929 program, including "The King of Kings" and "The Godless Girl," will have the new RCA photophone process. Among the ten productions scheduled for synchronization by Pathe are "Show Folks," "The Spieler" and "Annapolis," an original story based upon life at the United States Naval Academy. Finally, the Tiffany-Stahl Company will also dedicate a measure of its efforts next season to talking pictures, chief among which will be "The Ghetto," starring George Jessel, and Reginald Barker's production, "The Tollers." From all accounts it begins to look as though the literally "silent" drama will soon be a thing of the past. The Warner Brothers evidently Intend to take advantage of the "Jump" they have attained on the talking-picture situation. Vitaphone is to be an active factor on Broadway and throughout the country this summer. Next Saturday at the Strand Theater in Manhattan the first all-talking picture, "Lights of New York," will begin an extended run, while "The Lion and the Mouse," generously equipped with audible effects, continues at the Warner Theater. Returning to Hollywood from his recent tour of the Kelth-Albee-Orpheum Circuit, Tom Mix has taken up his quarters at the FBO studios, where preparations are being made for the filming of his first "Western" for that company. Three stories are now under consideration, one ol which will be selected in a few days No director has yet been assigned to the Mix unit. Speaking of talking pictures, the Christie Film Corporation is the latest producer to sign contracts for the use of the Western Electric system of sound pictures. The contracts were executed with the Electrical Research Products, Inc., a subsidiary of the Western Electric. Equipment for the recording of sound In conjunction with Christie comedies and short sub- HPHE ITINERANT JESSE LASKY, hauptmann of the Paramount forces, returned from a European trip during the past week. Accustomed to traveling alone, the sagacious film chief this time was accompanied by one Paul Guertzman, a lS-year old Russian refugee whom Mr. Lasky had discovered in Paris. Young Guertzman, who, for reasons which will be explained shortly, has been nicknamed "Shadow," will be sent to Hollywood to play in Paramount pictures. The incident is set down here as a shining example of Opportunity and how it sometimes knocks upon and is permitted to enter through strange hotel doors. It Is told how Mr. Lasky one day returned to his hotel room in Paris and found a strange, earnest, silent, poorly dressed boy standing beside the door. He passed by, saying nothing, and when he came out again he noticed the boy still there. The next day there was the same boy, waiting as before. All this, you may be sure, aroused the film producer's Interest and he inquired of an attendant whom the boy might be. He was waiting, said the informant, to be given a place In motion pictures. "Tell him to go away; I can do nothing for him," said Mr. Lasky. But the boy cheerfully remained. Likewise the next day. He was becoming a nuisance. , Mr. Lasky called In Al Kaufman, In charge of Paramount theaters in Europe, and asked him to Interpret a full and emphatic message to the boy declining his services. Tell him many thanks and goodby," the steel-hearted Lasky had ordered. "Tell him it Is impossible to employ him. Tell him that Hollywood is already overrun with movie-struck boys and girls." Tell Mr. Lasky," replied the boy, "that I shall be happy to wait until hi Is In a better humor. Then I will talk to h!m." The reply, so the story goes, gave the film producer a laugh. He was In a good humor at once and he was Interested. "If you go to Hollywood what will you do?" he asked the lad. "And do you know" (and here Mr. Lasky could have knocked us over with a 16-ounce glove) "that boy Immediately began putting on an act-In the most amazingly graphic and original pantomime which made me open my eyes." So, If you are still willing to believe the story, young Paul Guertzman (nicknamed "Shadow") was provided with a new outfit of clothes and taken under the wing of the world's greatest producer of moving pictures and escorted on the first leg of the Journey to Hollywood! The story is recounted here as It was originally related to your credulous correspondent. He prints it here for any one of three reasons: To find out if fairy tales are still being read by the kiddles, to prove that there is a Santa Claus or to remind Mr. Lasky that he is, after all these years in the public eye, a picturesque liar. ITEMS: Robert Benchley, who scored a triumph recently in his recitation of "The Treasurer's Report" over the Movietone, will try again with The Sex Life of the Polyp." The Paramount Long Island studio (Astoria) will resume activities before the end of July, this time mainly In the interests of talking pictures. Ruth Elder has sailed from France, Hollywood bound, to appear opposite Richard Dix in "Moran of the Marines." Dame Rumor has it that Pola Negri, now in Paris, is negotiating with a French film company which is Interested in starring her in a series of pictures. The same garrulous lady is also whispering it about that Adolphe Menjou, following the completion of his contract with Paramount, will move over to the First National lot. The Fox Company has purchased the screen rights to Earl Derr Blggers' best seller, "Behind That Curtain." "She Goes to War," the novel by Rupert Hughes, will be made Into a motion picture by the Inspiration Company under the direction of Henry King. David W. Griffith, and not Sam Taylor, will direct "The Love Song" (formerly "La Paiva"), in which William Boyd and Lupe Velez will have the principal roles. Director Edward Sedgwick was taken suddenly ill while making "Cameraman" with Buster Keaton the other day. Warner Brothers' first full-length talking picture, "Lights of New York," will have its world premiere at the Strand Theater, Manhattan, at a midnight performance next Friday. Beginning wl.h "Excess Baggage," William Haines, whose forte has been portraying wise-cracking characters on the screen, will give his attention to a more serious form of heroics. Alexander Korda has completed directing "His Wife's Affairs" for First National. And, reasonably enough, all the cooling systems In our town's best inovle parlors are now working full "The Michigan Kid" Roue .'.' ,, v", n: rU rpprar currently in the film version of Rex iVct.'.'j novel at the Roxy Theater,

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