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THE SUNDAY OREGOXIAN. PORTLAND, NOVEMBER 7, 1915.
f "NEVER AGAIN!" WAILS A
l SCENARIO CONTEST JUDGE
NE of the three judges In a recent
eat chanced to cross my path
uood morning, judge." I said. tt
.wheeled about and eyed me euspicious-
'Not again! Not again!" he gloomed
1 1 me.
-Not again what?" I asked. He an
wercd with slow and painful pre
dion: "Not again a judge ii
est so help me Mike!'
Then I wanted to know why. Natur
lly. When anybody tells you in the
iame of Mike that he is through you
mnt to Know why, for the love of the
kame esteemed gentleman. -
"Aside from the fact that the duty could even admit them for considera
te readme several thousand scnnai-in tir,
f ,. . , 5 .,
tvas an. arduous one. what oblectinn
fivould you have to performing the
feame office again?"
Said he: "Not one objection, dear
ady. Every objection in the world.
ut you don't want to hear them. No!
Vou are an exponent of the cause
n ally of the victim of, what do you
all It scenarloitls ' Well, so am I.
ut in a different way, I fear. I feel
hat for the good of everybody con-
erned there should be a eeason of, er
-pruning drastic er elimination.
"Speak!" said I. "Fear not. As long
ks you are not an enemy nor agin us.
itvlat have you to suggest for the bet-
erment of scenario writers?"
Seeing that I feared not him, neither
Ivas afraid of what was about to be
landed out to me, he led me to a near-
y seat ana proceeded to conversa-
f onne. (I'm trying to use French and
ue una oacause ne is mgn-Drow-y
find I want him to eee that I, too, am
-er versatile. Ahem!)
"The first thing that impressed me,"
le said seriously and with a sigh, "as
read the manuscripts, was the total
Wfeellngness the writers displayed to
rn ard those who were to read them.
V V' ' ;
Ttfani grabbed the paper off the, porh.
I " thopt."
, ,' - '
ny kind of paper handy was used
rapping paper any kind. But that
Id not mean nearly so much as the
act that the paper was written all
fver. Both sides were covered and
he margins or edges thickly scrib-
Med over. Not in all cases, of course,
. v., . uuuimy out me ones
opolnted to the duty and conscien-
.ously trying to fulfill it. or reading
(Very word of every contribution, could
Predate the added work this meant.
I Seoondly in many, many cases the
pelllng was atrocious. And the fact
Vas that it was due to carelessness.
inly 500 words were required to be
rltten and every one of those BOO
.ould have been correctly BpsUedwith
is advantages we have In this day
nd age of libraries where dictionaries
sy be consulted without money and
tthout charge.. Penmanship may have
oen at fault, grammar bad, etyle to
VOTE FOR THE PICTHHB OF
VOIR FAVORITE. PLAYER.
"The Thanhouser twins" re
ceived the highest number ot
votes last week. Their pictures,
therefore, will appear In The
Frame of Public Favor Bext Sun
day. Of the other players voted
upon the following six are the
leaders: Beatrls Mlchelena, Don
ald Hall, Bobby Connelly, Theda
Bara, Mary Miles Mlnter and
requests the pleasure of see
ing the photograph of
appear In the Frame of
on week from next Sunday.
- V II It f it
be improved upon, but there 'l. no ex
cuse tor misspelling.
Thiriiw it .. .i.i.j i
ditiona .m.min. th. ,.,..,.... ......
runny experiences were desired. Notwithstanding-
this, tales of all sorts
poured in, and, on the chance that
there might be a Joke at the end. it
was necessary to wade through this
miscellaneous mass, often to discover
a broken home, a hanging-, or life Im
prisonment at the end.
"Fourth Where 500 worda were
stipulated, sometimes as many as 1000
or more were submitted, and, in order
iu cm u mm. we were rair, we were
comDellad to ,.
J - "t. "A
"In this scenario writing-. just like In
everjtning else it seems to be the Idea
ot the majority that it's worth while
".mis iu get sometmng tor nothing.
They figure that because they wear
a rabbit's footor were born on Wed
nesday or something: of the kind the,yv
may be lucky. And they're wrong
"Honest effort - is necessary when
there's asything worth while to be
won and only honest effort ever wins
anything worth while. But the minute
a lot of those people saw there was to
be a contest they said, "Hurray easy
money," went and grabbed the paper
off the pork chops and rot busy with
a pencil that . had. known i. was
pencil so long ago It had f 01 yotten
"Them's my sentiments. Miss Tinee,"
I looked at him. He was in. earnest.
He had accepted the office of judge
because he was honestly Interested and
was willing to do what he could to en
courage a new art, and. even when
confronted with the disheartening ob
stacles he had mentioned, he had kept
gamely on until the last of thousands
ot manuscripts had been read. He
spoke as he honestly felt.
Ana A Know he la in the riant From
tne mnient of the closing of the con-
letters Kept pouring in demanding
to hw when the winners would be
eclded on; wanting to know whv the
Judges didn't hurry; requesting, acidly
over the telephone, to be informed
whether the contest was "on the
square" or not.
Not one of these inquirers apparent
ly gave a thought to the mountain of
work ahead of the judges that is, -if
.uey were to nonestly read each con
tribution which they aid.
There are lots of schools that profess
to teach you how to make money writ
ing photoplays. There are apostles of
"technique." But. take It fir. i-,.
who has made a study of th ,ihirt
you have to have ideas first, and, plus
the ideas, the will and ability to- do
nonest, conscientious work.
Thus endetb the sermon for today.
Served Wooden Blsenlta.
N INVITATION to dinner at th
home of Eleanor "Woodruff, of th
Vitagraph. is regarded by her friends
with suspicion these daysand there's
Recently Miss Woodruff read some
thing In a magazine, she cocked her
iicny ucm on one side.
"Can this e true?" she asked. "Me
to find out."
Following the direction of the rtiri-
which stated that wood was a nutri
tious and digestible substance, she ob
tained twigs and branches from a
young maple tree, one of the five woods
said to contain the most nutriment,
and had them ground into flour. Then
she hied her for a cookbook. Using
one-third wood flour and two-thirds
wheat flour, she mixed, kneaded and
baked until she had half a dozen gold
en brown loaves and two pans of bis
. cults. She did not taste the biscuits
herself, but invited several of her
friends to dinner. She watched while
they tried her biscuits and was aston
ished when thev dlsnnn... hi
magic. She served the bread, and then,
Piokins courage enough to taste it!
Iouna " good. Then Miss Woodruff
lolu ner inenas.
toia ner Irlends.
The Vitagraph player doe. not
t0 08 the one to introduce wood u m.
ole matter, as it was used durine th
ere. f amine of 1816-17. but does claim
. '"uatlnS it lo noP rrierjjg
d erel- even he . to use
the theatrical phrase, "try it on the
Which accounts for her friends' sua-
Takln, No Ch.eea.
How we trust our old friends! Otl H-r.
lan, James Bradbury and Colin Rf.d of
the Selig Chloago studio, were Invited
y John Charles, the leading heavy at
the Western-avenue riant, to t-v .
little spin In his new car. All were
unaccountably delayed. Charlra tnt.4
his horn again and again -whlio wu.
Ing for them, but they failed to ap-
pear, -were waiting till we're aura
he can run it all right," remarked Har- Photoplay patrons In general, it is to
lan In sotto voice as the trio stole out ladles that these single reel dramas
of a side door of the studio and took w,n Prn' especial appeal,
a roundabout way homeward. Tne reason for this is not hard to
-,., , "nd- By special arrangement with
Clarence J.Ued for Theft. Bussek. of Fifth avenue, these famous
Clarence, the monkey pet of Quabba. modistes will eostume Miss Conrtot for
the hunchback in "The Diamond From every episode In "The Adventures of
the Sky, Is a simian of character no Marguerite." Possibly ' the ' foremost
loastsr. HU reputation is gone van. authority on fashion In the country,
Ished. His virtue slipped on a banana Russek number among their patrons
and fell from him. Hereby . the tale: some of the most primlnent mem-
cn w being taken by Director bera of the "Four Hundred."
Taylor and his company for the big Consequently, because the clothes
North American ptotoplay. and Mr. Ted- worn by the dainty little Kalem star
marsh was waiting his cue to enter, will embody the latest of dame fash
near a fruit etand. He had not no- Ion's dlotums. "The Ventures of Marg
tlced the proximity of the tempting ba- uerite." will be closely followed and
nanas, but Clarence did. however. Ho studied by every feminine photoplay
not only noticed them, but took one and "fan." from New Tork to the tiniest
ate it. That is. he ate part of it, for hamlet in the country. The resultant
the remainder was snatched away from advertising value, as every . exhibitor
him by an officer of the law, who will realise, is tremendous,
forthwith placed the astonished Clar- It must not be Imagined, however
n.C1.Un1" that the "Venture." will consist merely
That means me, too." sighed Mr. of a succession of fashion pictures.
TedmarsU. And It did. However, It This Is far from being the case. A. a
was only for a few minutes, for Direc- matter of fact. It is dec! -red by Ka
tor Taylor Immediately gave bond for lem Company that this series will con-
ERE'S an Instance of an "extra"
"""' junjmj irom tne
" " -'"' v u tuun nt t-once court baa known him, and be
morning, and the scene was resumed realizes something he wotted not be
not Quite so near to the fruit stan- fore that there is more to a policeman
But Clarence has now a past. The than his star.
TOPIC OF INTEREST TO
ELIEVING that too many picture
plays are being released in which
the smoking of cigarettes eat up
too much film footage, the Selig Poly
scope Company has issued orders to
curtail the smoking scenes in their re
leases as much as possible. In other
words, to smoke out the cigarettes,
pipes and match boxes.
Students of the screens have noticed
recently that in two out of three
photoplays released clouds of tobacco
smoke delays the action of the story.
When the gentleman villain is foiled
be lights a cigarette; when he plans
his dastardly deeds; he takes a ciga-
J, JL.t ? 1 81Wly
.v.- m . ... '.
,,-, ,., . 1
times requires 25 feet o7 film in which
to light up the old dIdb And th rt-
ventures, how would ' she struggfe
along tempting the young business
man to err, if it were not for the
dainty cigarette she ignites and smokes
Perceiving the drift of events the
Sells: ComDinv h nnt h. u - .h-.
smoke not. and whil nth.
tinue to burn up tobacco, this company
will considerably curtail the use of the
Although the fact that Marguerite
Courtot is being featured In "The Ven-
turee of Marguerite," naturally makes
'"w -a""n "ries ox interest
; v ' j!!
girl winning a plaee In the "frame."
way the votes came In. he
tain some of the strongest single-reel
dramas ever issued by it.
As heiress to a large fortune. Mar
guerite, the heroine of the series, is well
able to gratify her love for beautiful
clothes. It Is therefore In keeping with
the character that the costumes worn
by the Kalera rtar shall express the
newest and best in the realms of fash
ion. At the same time, while the
Adventures of the Silly Gallillies in -Movie LandT
VAX THAT!'. WWOSEAt Ssg?8' 1.., II
- 1 " -u J much a me kc. Horefc
. . I IN VOUR. .1 .1 IN MY pS
f jj " "
.j vce-ut.' tUsT ePnxe heic
W t ywS ir
She is Miss Peeev wenv. of h (:.'
"fashion feature" of the series Is nat
urally of Importance and will be re
garded with the utmost interest by the
ladies, every episode will be of suffi
cient strength to engross the attention
of every "mere man" who sees it.
"The Rogue's Syndicate," the second
episode of "The Ventures of Marguer
ite," will be released by Kalem shortly
and the succeeding episodes will be is
sued every Friday.
Elliott Dexter, who recently arrived
ot the Fine Arts Film Studio, has an
excellent part opposite Lilian Gish In
her new Triangle play. A. It Is a cos
tume drama, Mr. Dexter will feel par-
ticuiariy.at home in a costume, he be--ing
an excellent type for parts of this
description. Mr. Dexter is tall and
rather handsome, and hi. Inlnltio- th.
Fine Arts Films Studio marks his de
but into higher-class lilm circles. He
will start rehearsing his part very
soon. William Christy Cabanne U to
direct this Triangle play.
The battle scenes of "The Scarlet
Band" have been completed and soon
will this Fine Aru Films' sclentinc
detective drama be ready for exhibi
tion in Triangle theaters.
The New Paragon Studio, now in
course of construction at Fort Lee. N.
will shortly be completed. It will
be the largest motion-picture studio in
the eastern part of- the United States
and will have every convenience and
facility for making great spectacular
Maurice Tourneur will be vice-president
and general manager of the com
pany operating the studio, and Albert
Capellanl will be treasurer. The man
ager of the studio will be Henry Bay
ard, formerly of the Peerless Studio.
Paragon features win be released on
the World Film programme.
The man who carried around calling
cards bearing the name Theodore
Roosevelt, "because." he said, "it was
hard to get into some places," must
have been the father, or big brother, of
a' young woman who is traveling
through the West and registering at
hotels as "Blanche Sweet."
According to information the Jesse
I Lasky Feature Play Company, one
of the producers of Paramount Pictures,
nag received after investigation, she Is
a young woman of good family in New
York who went West' several weeks
ago to attend the Panama-Pacific Ex
position, equipped with a stop-over
ticket, a bundle of romantic desire and
beautiful blonde hair. Her friends told
her that she looked "exactly like
Blanche Sweet" and the young woman
intended to see if all she had been told
She first appeared in a Chicago hotel,
where she registered as "Blanche
Sweet." Reporters who sought, inter
views were evaded, although she did
pass out a few protographs. Then she
Harold Lockwood recently enter
tained Art Acord, the famous cowboy
appearing in American Film's "Buck
Parvin" pictures, on an auto trip. Later
Art's comment was, "Well, it was some
ride, but me -for the four legs of a
brono with leather between my knees.
Instead of whizzin' gas buggies. I know
they're all the go, but I can't get used
Fine Arts Films producers are hard
at work on their respective plays with
the thought in mind of attaining the
unusual 'In their production, thereby
steering clear of the stereotyped
photoplay. Director William Christy
Cabanne Is preparing for an elaborate
play of the early French costume pe
riod, in which Lillian Gish' will play the
stellar role, supported principally by
Elliot Dexter. Director Jack Conway is
about to start production on "The-Price
of Power," starring Orrin Johnson. Di
rector Edward Dillon Is picturizing
Cervantes' "Don Quixote" with De Wolf
Hopper in the title role Director Allan
Dwan is filming an untitled feature
play headed by Dorothy Gish and sup
ported by Owen Moore. Director. John
Emerson Is staging "His Picture In the
PPer." starring Douglas Fairbanks.
HE. B No, Indeed. James Cruse
and Marguerite Snow are not
separated. I wonder whatever
made you think that. Can't a poor
man take a little automobile trip with
a friend without being suspected of
leaving his wife for good? Owen
Moore Is 27 years old. Nolan Gane died
some months ago. He was with the
C. L. R. Mary Pickford has light hair
and blue eyes. I guess you win your
Weill Rekkon 8o you insist that I
am a man and let you stand all th
way to town the other morning. Mah
goodness! Also accuse me of aping
Southern dialect and falling miserably.
Well, as I'm a Westerner, I reckon lt'o
not much wonder only, you know.
Westerners say "I reckon." too. Some
time I'll catch myself before I say It
and then I won't say it. Will that make
you happyT Huffy? No, child; just
Formerly Called Pussy. Purr-r-r!
It's lovely of you to flop right down on
Sunday mornings and turn to the
movie page. Miaow! The Thanhouser
twins are 14 years old. Tea, I think
they, are dears. I can't vouch, how
ever, for their belnr "perfect dears."
Ifyou ever go back-on me fat-st-st!
Frank F. Address Edna Payne In
care of the Ideal Feature Company, lit
West Twenty-sixth street. New Tork.
WaitingFrancis Ford Is married,
but not to Grace Cunard. Address Miss
Cunard In oare of the Universal com
pany. Universal City, Cal.
H. D. H. Tee, I would be that kind
and condescending, also a dear, and
Immense enough to tell you that Victor
Moore took the part of Chlmmle In the
Lasky picture, "Chlmmle Fadden." Ray
mond Hatton was bis brother and Ca
milla Astor was the French maid. Oh,
please relent and write me another let
ter some time. It won't be a bit of
Laura M. Address Mabel Normand
in oare of the Keystone company, 1711
Allesandro street, Los Angeles. Cal.
Charles Chaplin is with the Essarvay
company, Los Angeles. Tes, George
Larkln Is married. -
May. Douglas MacLean took the
part of the young minister In "As Te
Sow," Ethel Clayton Is married.
R. C. Pearl White is with the Pathe
Freres Company, t Congress street,
Jersey City Heights, N. J. She has
greenish - yellow eyes and reddish
blonde hair. Some comblnash!
Mrs. N. Vou ask whether a 01m' can
be made from a rllra. Yes, In this way:
One U 1m Is taken. This Is the nega
tive, and from It copies are made. The
negative la kept by the company, so
that print, can be made from it when
ever It Is necessary. The process
whereby one person can taku the part
of two in the same scene Is known as
the "doubling" process. I have some
printed material which explains this in
Co-directors C. A. and S. M. Franklin
are producing "Mother of Seven," star
ring Jane Grey and featuring Tully .
Marshall. Director Francis J. Grandon
Is directing Helen Ware in "Cross Cur
rents. Lloyd Ingraham is staging "The
Missing Link," starring Robert Harron
and Norma Talmadge. and Paul Powell
Is staking the Marie Doro play. "The
Wood Nymph." These plays, when com
pleted, will be exhibited in Triangle
"I've been on the stage for over 30
years and yet I look forward to my
first appearance in motion pictures with
all the nervous-ness of a tyro." re
marked Otis Harlin, the comedian.
"James Bradburry, who supports me in
Hoyt's 'A Black Sheep,' released Oc
tober 18 as a Selig Red Seal Play, tells
me that he has the same feeling. Brad
burry has been on the stage nearly 40
years, and recently closed with a Chi
cago theatrical company to make mo
tion picture acting his future occupa
tion. "To me." continued Mr. Harlan., "the
initial appearance in Chicago of 'A
Black Sheep" will be just like the first
night of a new theatrical production.
I can feel my heart thumping right
this minute and I'll be on the anxious
seat until I can study the audience and
appreciate that my fun has "gone over.'
'Strange as it may seem, I have not
as yet seen myself in this five-act pro
duction. The experience of seeing your
own shadow acting right before your
eyes and all the time you're sitting
there In front looking at yourself, is
something new to me.
"I've had all kinds of stage experi
ence and so has Bradburry, and when
we two old stagers agree that a movie
"first night' will have artistic terrors
for us, you can put it down that there
Is as muclv 'artistic temperament' in
motion pictures as there Is behind the
A genuine "roundup" of cattle will
be shown in a forthcoming American
picture to be called "The Law of Hu
manity." For several weeks an entire
company from the "Flying A" studios,
headed by Vivian Rich, has been
camped up at the Mohker ranch, in
the Santa Ynez Mountains, one of the
last of the great cattle ranches of the
In the lead of this picture Miss Rich
has some exceptional work to do, from
Western riding to deft dramatic inter
pretation. That she is able to do both
she has proved on the screen time af
ter time. But in all her experience
as a screen star she has never, until
work on this picture started, been in
side of a real jail.
It happened that the jail was housing
about 20 "guests." and Miss Rich, in
company with the Sheriff, made a tour
of the prison. To each inmate she had
a word of cheor, and when she had fin
ished she arranged to send them all a
"It was so interesting and it made
me feel so sad." she confided to Direc
tor Eason. "I know many of the pris
oners, perhaps all. have someone some
where whose heaj-ts are yearning to
know where and how they are. It
seems hard to take one's liberty away
with all tht good air and sunshine,
but It is society's decree for Its own
protection, and it must be the only
way. But still I wish they could lind
some other plan that wouid work Just
detail. If you will send me a stamped
self-addressed envelope I will be happy
to mall It to you.
A. N. Address Pearl White, In care
of Pathes Freres Company, 1 Congress
street. Jersey City Heights. N. J. Ad
dress Mary Pickford in care of Famous
Players. 213 West Twenty-sixth street.
New York. You're welcome.
T. A. D. According to reports from
the front, Violet Mersereau Is not mar
ried. Address her In care of the Uni
versal Company, Universal City. Cal.
Yes, she looks to be quite a darling.
E. R. W. Harry Fisher took the part
of the crippled boy in "Peggy Lynn.
Mr. B. If what I write excites you
so and puts your nerves on a tension
I should advise you to take a nice hot
bath and relax.
Just Beth Both the Nestor and Jok
er companies are brands of the Uni
versal, which is, I understand, not buy
ing at present.
Helen C. I'm awfully sorry to
know that you have been ill and do -hope
that you will keep right on getting
better. You must take care of your
self and not let your ambition prove
too much for your strength. I am
quite certain Mr. Bushman will send
you his picture If you write to him
In. care of the Metro Company, Los
Angeles, Cal., Inclosing a quarter with
your request. Write to me again and
let me know how you are getting
along. Best wishes.
, Inquisitive I haven't the space in
these columns to explain the "doubling'
process to you, but If you will send
me a stamped self-addressed envelope
I will send you some printed material
on the subject which will make it
vurr' clear. When a film 1. taken the
negative Is kept by the producing
company. From this other films are
made for distribution. The length of
the life of the film depends entirely
on the wear which it Is subjected to.
You are verr" welcome.
Miss Kello Edna Purviance is
Charles Chaplin's leading woman. She
works with him at the Essanay stu
dio. Los Angeles. Cal. She was born
and reared In California and is not
married. Thank you for loving me.
M. H. Could I do-a lady a favotr?
Fortunately I could. Address Earle
Williams in care of the Vitagraph
Company. East Fifteenth street and Lo
cust avenue. Brooklyn, N. Y., and Will
iam Shay in care of the Fox Feature
Film Company, 130 West Forty-sixth
street, N. Y. If you will send a
stamped and self-addressed envelope
I will take great pleasure in mailing
you some printed material on" bow to
become a motion picture actress.
"Hid Letters." which are the epistles
from a moving picture actor -In Cali
fornia to his lawyer friend in Chicago,
will appear from time to time on this
page. In the Intervals will appear
various articles of timely interest.