December 22, 1923

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News from December 22, 1923

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A Brooklyn Theater Showcases an Array of Films

In December of 1923, the Normandy Theatre in Brooklyn, New York served up an array of diverse motion pictures for its community.

On December 23 and 24, the Normandy Theatre showcased “The Drivin’ Fool”, described as the fastest motion picture ever produced. The film combined comedy and a love story to demonstrate the potential of using excess energy in useful pursuits.

On the following days of December 25 and 26, the theatre presented an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, “David Copperfield”. Promised to the audience were vivid character portrayals including Uriah Heep with his ‘umble’ demeanor, Dora in her sweetness as David’s child-wife, the encompassing compassion of David’s nurse Peggotty, and the cold, menacing Murdstone siblings.

The Normandy Theatre also programmed a viewing of the drama, “No Tenderfoot”, starring Ed Cobb, along with a round of “Fighting Blood”.

Towards the year’s end, the theatre lined “Thundering Dawn” featuring J. Warren Kerrigan and Anna Q. Nilsson. It was set in a local resort filled with diverse characters hit by a catastrophic typhoon and ensuing tidal wave, leaving Standish and Miss Rogers as the sole survivors.

In the last attraction for the year on December 29, the intrigue of a new concept was introduced through a character, the “crime deflector,” in Goldwyn’s “Red Lights”. Instead of tracking criminals after the crime, the deflector prevents or deflects the crime.

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