The Daily Review from Decatur, Illinois on July 5, 1914 · Page 15
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The Daily Review from Decatur, Illinois · Page 15

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e/ Hero FRANCIS H. BUSHMAN. Essanay. EROBS are mnch the ame, the point's agreed, "From Macedonia's m a d m k c Vo the Swede." Thus apoke our food friend Pope In his "Essay on Man." He was not referring to the hero of tht movie, for the unfortunate bard, u you perhaps have snrmiaed, KING BAGGQT. Imp Company. Plioto by xvcd.. N. T n»T«r saw a moving picture play and n«r«r knew the pleaaure of beholdinjr those who represent the drennu and aaplrations of mllllonn of fans perform their silent part*. But the venm l equally truthful If applied to thl» much admired Individuality. For the heron w« ace on tbs sor««n belong to ona large famlljr nosaiwalng the aame eharnetnrliitlcs. Th«y change aa time eon on, but ths saraa chang* that In oni mny h« IMQ in his contemporary. When th« industry waa flrnt fnlolng a footh,,ld with th« publk all that wai re- qnlrsd of a hew wai that he be good looking preferably with cnrly hair. It waa the popular supposition among thoie whn fmgaged him that aa BO one could hear what ha had to «ay for hhamilf la the iilimt drxraa, ha had no ehane* to "fiv« himself away," and th« fan would remain la blissful Ignorance ai to whether he had a brain worthy of respect or whether he were merely a cheerful tallor'a dummy togged tip In the proper clothes nnd possessed of more than the utual amount of aelf-confidence. Heroes *l Sltmtmlltr. King Baggot. "King by name and King hy nature." who stars In Imp films, spoke while sitting in the rooms of the Screen Club the other day of the change which he had noticed in the a t t i - tude of the public toward the hero of the movie. "They are becoming more intelligent and their views are becoming more advanced. At first the. style of hero that they wished was the dashing, reoklcwi sort of fellow who hr-M tho villain off with one hand while HP snatched the heroine from certain death with the other. They now want ^lie hero of mentality, and the physical hero is gradually padding away. I have often been called 'Che studio' actor because I have relied upon 'getting my personality across' with my mind instead of with my body." Five Hundred Times a Hero. There is R modest, dnrk haired young man featured by the Edison company who is Bach a good friend of King Baggot that when one is mentioned one instinctively thinks of othe other. His name is Ben F. Wilson, and there are few that have had a more rapid or complete rise to popularity than he. Like his friend ba writes, direct* and stars in motion pictures--each one an accomplishment In itself. In him might be said to be found the essence of dramatic art, for during Ik* ysars In which he played in stock lies in Brooklyn, New 5ork and other large cities lie has enacted five hundred different roles. It this appeals to any one as a pastime li«litly to be taken up let him try his hand at half that number! His decision to enter the dramatic field, as he himself puts it, "was mnde under somewhat peculiar circumstances." "I was 'up against it,' " he said, "and obtained employment in a country hotel as a substitute for the night clerk, who had unfortunately chosen the occasion of his father's death as an excuse to forget big sorrows in drink. It occurred to no one to inform me that in one of the upper rooms wns the dead man. Probably they argued that I would discover it for myself if I investigated. I did. Along about oight bells in the morning I remembered thai. I had to call one of the boarders upstairs whose mind was set on catching a train. I took a lamp. I ascended. When I was part way up it flickered and went out. But I continued and entered what I thought was the correct room. I made my way over to the bed. I bent over the prostrate i figure to shake it. Then by the dim light ! coming through the windows I realized that I was looking into the face of a dead man. I didn't stop to say my prayers. I kept on going ont and down. I never hesitated until I reached the cellar. There I lost' another year's growth, for as I reached the bottom of the stairs I bumped into one of the blackest negroes I have ever seen. He had been in there stealing coal. That settled it for me. I decided that I was not meant to be a country clerk, and I determined to enter a profession where the surprises were all mapped out for me in advance and T knew what was coming nest, even if the audience didn't." Mr. Wilson is at present appearing in a e«rlal film, "The Chronicles of Cleek." One Instalment is released each month, the series to last until the end of nest November In the first chapters of "The Vanishing Crook" the crook abandons his profession and enlists with the detectives of Scotland i"a r d. In the rest of the stories he is engaged In that most absorbing of occupatic ns, the solving of mysteries which Che police are unable to explain. He appe-irs in other films from time to time, and my one who visits the Edison studio will always find him hard at work and realize that the "favor bestowed upon him by the public is not lightly won, but is the result of continual application and study. Years of experience in the saddle gained in the days before he formed the Essanay Company with his partner, George K. Spoor, gave Gilbert M. Anderson, "Broncho Billy." the ease and natural freedom which gained thta pleasing personality such a following among the public. Like the majority of the movie heroes, "Broncho Billy" is strong and handsome. He is a thoroughly admirable hero albeit at times a forgetful one, as he is represented in "Broncho Billy's True Love." which -was recently produced. Here we see him In love with Marguerite, whom he asks to a dance. But he fails to remember the appointment upon meeting Elsa, a fascinating Easterner who pays a visit to the ranch. Blissfully forgetting Marguerite, who is heartbroken, he takes Elsa. Later his. partner finds Marguerite weeping, learns the cause of her sorrow and decides to sacrifice her own happiness for that of the little girl. So when "Billy" proposes to Elsa she shows him a ring, telling him that she is engaged to a man in the East. The film comes to a happy ending when "Billy" returns to his true love, Marguerite. Romaine Fielding, the most treasured possession of the Lobin Company in Las GUMMING Pathe Freres, Mo l'.r C Roy.l OlTMnn. M. ANDERSON (Broncho Billy). Cssanay. MAURICE COSTELLO. Vitagraph. A SEN WILSON, with Edison Co Photo bg. WUfe. Vegas, Texas, is a hero of a somewhat * a number of extravagant habits in the similar order, and there are few pictures in which he is not seen ou horseback. In fact, Romaine Fielding without his faithful "Dodger" would .be some otner person whom the public would scarcely recognize. Under the careful indulgence of his master "Dodeer" has cultivated matter of food. Mr. Fielding proudly maintains that his pet could and wos-'d prefer to live off a dairy lunch councer than eat good oats and hay. One of the most spectacular films in which Fielding has yet appeared is "The Golden God." In sir reels, which carries into the year of 1930, when battles are fought from areoplanes and the giant Labor strikes at the tyrant Gold. The twin stars of Paths Freres, Irving Cumoiiugs and Crane Wilbur, are tail and dark. It is not difficult to see why they have become what might be termed "motion picture matinee idols," worshipped by the fair sex the country over. Before becoming a motion picture actor Irving Cummings conversed with audiences from behind the footlights for twelve years. His first venture was with Edwin Arden's stock company in Washington, D. G. This waa followed by two seasons in "Pnvid Harum," two with Lillian Russell's "In Search of a Sinner 1 ' company and| an eniraireme-nt with the Sherman Brown stock company. In spite of his long career on the stage Mr. Cummings is still a young man and will he able to brighten many more thousands of feet of film before he tura* thirty. It is one of the regrets of Mr. : Cummings that he is always picked to piny the part of a hero, for. aa he gad'y remarked, be would much rather appear in character parts than be the leading m;in in a society drama. Three playi I that have made Mr. Gumming* famous throughout the country are "Ashes," "Success" and "The Man from Outside." Of the same sturdy type at which moat motion picture heroes seem to be mad* is J. Warren Kerrigan. He has just i finished one of the greatest parts in bis ; earner, that of Samson in the six re«l feature of the same name. Th'e final · scene in the jrreat spectacle waa the fall of the Temple of Dagon. The building · was erected at a tremendous expense, and at rlie time arranged Kerrigan, aa ! Samson, wrenched out the two centra] '; pillars. Hidden machinery pulled down | those remaining, and one of the largest '· "sets'* ever built for motion pictures top| pied to the ground. Ont of the multitude I employed in the scene only two "Philistines" were injured in the ruin of the | temple. One of the men caught beneath ono nf the pillars in somewhat strident tones informed his companion that to intended to get up and leave, as he basl had enough. "If yon move nnd spoil this film I'll knock your block off." replied the other, who was evidently impressed with the magnitude of the picture. One sees in films of all the companion so m a n y heroes who have built up a large following among picture fans that it is difficult to do them all justice. There are Maurice Costello, Earlc Pole and Darwin Karr, of the Vitagraph Company of America: Alexander Gaden and Edwin Angust, who star in picture* released by the Universal Fikn Producing Company, and many others. But there is one who cannot be overlooked. Hi* name IB Francis X. Bushman, and he plays in films of the Essanay Vital Manufacturing Company. Recently h* has been giving lectures o motion pictum fans. Many a time enthusiastic womem hare descended npon him after one «f hlk speeches and it wa« only with difficulty that he could escape before his face wa« worn e.t smooth ag die justly fund Bla lEWSFAPESr EWSFAPESl

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