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- THE" SUNDAY OREGOXTAX, PORTLAND, JTJXE SI, 1914.
SHUBERTS ENTER MOVING PICTURE FIELD WITH
TWO MILLION DOLLAR CONCERN AND MANY PLAYS
Amalgamation Is Made With World Pilm Corporation, With Fifty-five Distributing Branches Banking Interests Underwrite All Stock Lina Cava
- lieri Makes Her First Appearance Before the "Movie" Camera in "Marion Lescaut' Joseph Kilgour Engaged for "A Pair of Sixes."
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BY. LLOYD F. LONERGAN.
AiEW YORK -June i'O. (Special.)
111 The Shuberts are trying- to catch
' up with the other theatrical en
terprises that have taken a hand in
moving pictures, and with that object
in view have united forces with the
World Film Corporation, of 130 West
Forty-sixth street, which has 55 dis
tributing branches throughout the
United States and Canada. The new
corporation will be known as the Shu
bert Feature Film Corporation, and has
been capitalized at J2,000,000.
It has been brought into existence
for the purpose of manufacturing into
motion pictures practically all the
plays of the Shubert Theatrical Com
pany and others to be acquired by the
firm from various sources in this coun
try and Europe.
The Shubert Feature Film Company
is to make all the picturizations and
the World Film Corporation is to ex
ploit them throughout its various
branches. A number of important bank
ing interests are associated in the new
venture, all of the stock of the new
corporation havincr been underwritten
by the banking firms of Edward B.
fmlth & Co., of New York and Phila
delphia; Huhn. Edey & Co.. of New
York, and George A. Huhn & Sons, of
Among the directors of the new
Shubert Feature Film Corporation Are
l.ee Shubert. George B: Cox. Frederick
Kdey: Herbert H. Dean, of E. B. Smith
Co.; George A. Huhn. of Philadel
phia: Joseph L. Rhinock: Van Horn
F.ly, of the National Properties Co., of
Pittsburg, and "VV. A. Pratt, of E. B.
Smith & Co. .
Director to lnterchangce.
"Under the terms of the contract the
World Film Corporation acquires a
large interest in the newly formed
Shubert Feature Film Corporation,
which, in turn, receives a generous
share of the capital stock of the World
Film Corporation. The election of of
ficers of the new corporation will take
place in a few days. There will be an
Interchange of directors in the two cor
porations. A partial list of the theatrical pro
ductions affected by the alliance in
cludes plays controlled by the Shu
berts, William A. Brady, Charles A.
Blaney and Owen Davis. Some of the
plays that will be put into motion-pic- (
ture fijrm by the new corporation in
clude the Xew York Hippodrome spec
tacle, "America"; the Drury Lane and
Manhattan Opera-Houae success, "The
Whip"; "The Midnight Sons." "The
Lure," "Girls," "Marcelle," "The Blue
Mouse," "The Summer Widowers," "The
Girl Behind the .Counter," "The Blue
Moon," "A Chinese Honeymoon," "The
Earl and the Girl." "Way Down East,
"Little Miss Brown," "Bought and
Paid For." "Baby Mine,'" "Mother,
"Little Women," "The Balkan Prin
cess." "A Gentleman From Mississippi,"
"The Little Church Around the Corner,"
"Across the Pacilic,." "The Boy Detec
tive" and others.
Mrs. Philip M. Lydig hasvlio inten
tion of going on the stage. When i
printed report that she was preparing
for a dramatic career, by studying un
der Mme. Sarah Bernhardt, was shown
to Captain Lydlg. at his office, 15 Broad
street, 'he laughed.
"This is the first time It has got
ten into print," he said, "but the rumor
Is now quite old. Mrs. Lydig, who is
in Paris, way told about it and has
characterised it as entirely ridiculous.
"It is true that my wife has been
studying with Mme. Bernhardt, .but she
has been doing so only for recreation,
with the idea of adding, to her own
pleasure and that of her friends. Mrs.
Lydig has not been in good health for
two years, and. if there was no other
reason, her health would prevent the
posibility of a stage career."
Cavallerl In Movies.
Lina Cavalieri and'Lucien Muratore
were seen for the first time in motion
pictures at the Republic Theater, at a
matinee presentation of "Manon Les
caut," by the Playgoers' Film Com
pany. The picturized version of Abbe
Prevosts novel is in six acts and 300
scenes. The principal members of the
supporting cast are . L. Abingdon,
Charles Hammond, Frank H. Wester
ton, Henry Weaver, Dorothy, Arthur
and Frank Hardy.
H, H. Fraiee has engaged Joseph Kil
gour for the Chicago company of "A
Pair of Sixes." which will open on Au
gust 9. Mr. Kilgour will appear in the
role of Vanderholt, the lawyer, which
is being- played In the Longacre The
ater cast by Frits Williams.
In U, H, Fra-zee's Longacre Theater
Same 1 1
gin in September at a theater to be
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Sconr a7 sfS Stx&rcer- of
this week "A Pair of Sixes" reached
its one hundredth performance in
New York, with the same cast of play
ers who have been identified with its
success since the first performance
here. In addition to the company.
hich will remain in the Longacre
Theater indefinitely, Air. iraiee Das
arranged for special companies, with
well-known players, to present "A Pair
of Sixes" in Chicago, beginning August
9, to the Pacific Coast beginning Labor
day, and in Boston early in October.
The London season ol the farce will be-
ANCIENT VASE IS FOUND
Cyprus Excavations Kcvcal Frag
ments of Early Art.
BERLIN". June 18. (Special.) Dr.
Ohnefalbach-Richter, the famous anti
quarian, has written an illustrated ar
ticle on the ancient civilization of Cy
prus, in the course of which he de
scribes the chance discovery or a vase
of the fourth century B. C, which ranks
as one of the finest examples of ancient
art ever found.
"It first escaped the eyes of my work
men altogether," he writes, "when I
accidentally found a single fragment in
the earth dug out of a tomb. After a
good baksheesh had been promised for
each of delivered fragment, I succeed
ed in finding the whole vase with the
exception of one small bit, and in glu
ing together with my own hands the
68 pieces, and thus obtained the mas
terpiece of art."
CUSTOMER KILLS THREE
Landlord Asks for Money and Falls
Before Aim of Visitor.
BORDEAUX, June 18. (Special.)
When asked to pay his bill In a res
taurant yesterday a customer named
Emile Lafort produced a revolver and
killed the 'andlord. . -
He then fired at the landlord s wife
and her sister, both of whom are fatally
wounded. Afterwards he surrendered
to the police, . .' . .
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IMPRESARIO ABORN GOES ABROAD
f IN SEARCH OF AMERICAN SINGERS
Opportunities to Obtain Training and Experience at Home Given as Reason, but Growing Tendency Is Noted
to Eefuse to Sign Artists Until They Have Been "Handy" on the Other Side.
BY EMIL.IE FRANCES BAUER.
NE.W iwiA, june zu iopeciai.j
The Imperator that sailed this
week took Milton Aborn. im
presario, of the Century Opera Com
pany, aboard, where he goes In search
of singers. Mr. Aborn said something
that Is regrettable, insofar as Ameri
can singers are concerned, in the fol
'You would naturally think that
when you wish to engage American
grand opera singers you should look
for them In America, but, strange as It
may seem, you must search almost
anywhere except their own country for
them. - We have heard many splen
did voices in this country, and there
are enough of them here to make up
the casts of many fine opera com
panies if they were retained and ex
perienced In the grand opera repertory.
Their opportunities for this in Amer
ica are very small, as there are few
lesser operatic organizations from
which they can graduate to the larger
ones. Europe is lull or grano. opera
companies, re-nglng from the smallest
to the greatest artistic standard, and
it is in these institutions that young
American artists acquire a large
repertory and develop their talents.
Part of this is . true, out there is
growing tendency among impre
sarios to refuse to sign with singers
this country, and there are cases
where singers have been told that if
thev will eo abroad and be "Bandy-
on the other side the contracts will
be signed, and this with experienced,
excellent artists who have made rep
utations in Europe and America. The
singer is "on the rack," eo to speak,
either way. Because being on the
other side only means if some one
else is not more available, or perhaps
cheaper, she may get the contract, and
Instead of being tree to siuoy ana
to rest up for the new season, most
singers are kept uneasy, restless and
forced to cross and recross the ocean
Just becaune the managers now prefer
to sign their contracts on tne otner
Mr Aborn announced further that
there will be some performances of
opera in the original language at tne
Century next season, although opera
English will predominate. i-a
Boheme," Travlata," "Lucia." "Pagli-
accl" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" will
have six performances in English and
two In Italian. "inengrin ana
Tannhauser" will each be given the
same number of presentations in tns-
lish and two In German, ana an tne
balance of the repertory will be given
Ontti-Casazza is ts be seen at the
opera everywhere that something of
imnortance is to oe seen or neara. in
speaking of conditions in this country,
the impresario of the Metropolitan
said that New York had the cheapest
opera In the world, inasmuch as there
is no limit to the number of "star"
singers that are offered In the same
nroductlon. together with the care of
detail in orcnesira ana enwus, iu .ay
naught of the staging, tie inaicates
that whenever there are extra good
ingers to be heard prices are put up to
10 and $15 and called festspiele"
schedules. He also indicated that
Buenos Ayres. and not New York, t
responsible for the high prices demand
ed by the artists, as the prices that
ity is willing to pay is peyona an d-
llef or conception.
Caruso, for instance, was orrerea
(7000 a performance and Toscanlni
114.C00 a monta. tne tenor was of
fered 20 or 30 performances at this
gure. but the reason it does not in
terfere more than it does with the Met
ropolitan is because It, being a very
short season, does not make it worm
while to go such a distance under any
Caruso continues to be satisfied at
$2500 a performance at the Metropoli
tan and when he sings In Germany or
London he gets the same figure.
There Is no doubt, however, that New
York sends up the value of an artist
materially even with an artist who was
as well known as Mme. Hempel. Since
her return to Oermany she has become
a perfect crare there, and the offers
that have-been made to her fop Covent
Garden prove what her New York suc
cess accomplished In thnt direction.
She was received with great acclama
tion upon her return to Herlln, where
she sang "Miml" to the Rodolfo of Her
man Jadlowker, who is another ex
ample of what a New York engagement
can do in the way of widening the Eu
ropean favor. Mme. Hempel Is due In
London shortly, where she will sing
some of her well-known roles at
There wss great excitement in Purls
when the Boston Opera Company gave
the first German production of Parsi
fal" under Felix Welngartner. with
Mme. Matzenauer as Kundry, a role she
has sung in New York during the era-
son that Mme. Frenuitad was 111. .lo
seph Urban, the stage manager of this
company, came In for his share of
praise and there was special comment
made concerning the boy choir from the
Holy Trinity, where Alexandre Gull
mant was organist for 30 years.
The company Is meeting with bitter
opposition from the Grand Opera In
Paris, for which blame Is attached to
Andre Meesager. It Is said that he
was to come to America to condui t
French repertory for Mr. Russell, but
inasmuch as he required the engage
ment of one of the young sopranos of
the Paris Opera, the deal was not con
summated. Palowa, who lias never Interested
herself In modern society dancing. Is
to lead a'movement to standardise the
ballroom dance. In order to enllxV the
aid of American composers, she will of
fer a prize for the three beat composi
tions submitted for her use. the con
testants to be limited to composers of
the United States and Canada.
Her manager. Max Rsblnoffs. ssld
that these compositions, clearly writ
ten, must he In his hands not later
than August 1. Each competitor must
send only -one plecs of music, which
may be in two-four, three-four or four
four time. The prizes will be 1500 for
each of three pieces selected and the
winners will be announced before Mmo.
Pavlowa opens her sesson In Novem
It Is absolutely denied that there
Is any idea of Alfred Herts leaving
the Metronolitan. where he Is regarded
by the public, by the organization and
by the press of this country as one of
the strongent assets of that house. But I
It will not be denied that the great
German conductor stole quietly to Ber-
In and was married recently to Lilly
Dorn, a highly attractive Vienna con
cert 'singer, well known in Amertra.
where she has appeared professionally
for several seasons. The young couple
are spending their honeymoon near
Potsdam, where tney nope to escape
the social attentions of their many
friends In Europe. They will return
early to this country, where both have
large circles of friends.
Marcella Craft, who has been sing
ing In opera In Germany for a num
ber of years, will return to this country
next season where she will sing the
songs of Mrs. H. H. A. Beach, on tour
with that well-known composer.
The death of William Hummersteln,
son ' of the well-known niprearl".
came us a surprise to the theutrlfwl
world. .Mr. Ilammersleln. who f'r
some years hail been the rnnlrnlltna:
spirit ami general nmner of the Vic
tor Theater end roof ardn. whs one
of the most rrnoectcd men In the pro
fession, lie was 40 yeurs old.
The Phubcrts are the l-itrt to .nler
the mo-ie world, the announcement
having been made thitt a new orssnl
satlon will be formed to be known in
the Shubert Feature Film 'nrpnrstlon.
It is capitalized at fi.oun.ono, end wilt
exploit many of Ms own plays, us
well as those of William A. HranV.
Among the production will be tla
1 1 Ippoilmme eneclai'le, "America." "Tbe
Whip." "Iliiuiihl snil Paid For." 'The
Blue Mouse. and hundreds of other
well-known pluys, old and new. A
number of theaters here and In the
West h;ive been sccureil.
Pavld Helnsco hits srransed to pro
duce all his nT"" s at Ihe H ,
instead of taking them to several New
York houses. His first prodm-llnn if
the new season will be an aduptetlon ef
a play from the German it still be
called 'The Varnishing Hrlde," end It
htis been done over by Hyilncy Hoeen
feld. It will open out of town In Au
gust and come to the Helssco In Sep
"Manon Lescmit" is announced f"r
Its first film production with Lina Cav
alieri and Muralors In the principal
roles. The ply on the film Involves
six sets and ion scenes.
Another Important film production f
will be "The Great IMvlile." the former
success of Maraaret Anahn and llrnrv
Miller, and a novelty In the wy of
adaptation will be the pictures of the
old song "After the Ball." In whli N
the principal figures will be Herbert
Kelcey anil Kffle Hhannon.
It will be attempted to redur all
reels to ftou feet the Id btng tht
It Is not possible to uphold sn artistf
standard on reels 10 feet long iv
this step the makers believe that they
can obviate a great amount of unnec
essary material and make It more con
cise. All agree that film production
Is still In Its Infamy.
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