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TODAY'S FILM FEATURES.
Liberty Dorothy Phillips,
"Man Woman Marriage."
Columbia L) i Weber's "What's
Rivoli George Arliss, "The .
Majestic Otis Skinner, 'Kis
met." People's Eugene CBrlen, "The
Star Tom Mix, PrairieTTalls."
Circle Thomas Meighan, "The
Hippodrome Mary Pickford,
"The Love Light."
Globe Mali Ion Hamilton, "Half
a Chance." ,
TODAY'S MCSIC FEATURES.
Rivoli Orchestra concert, un
der direction of Salvatore
Santaella at 12:34 o'clock.
Liberty Organ concert by Hen
ri Keates, nnder auspices of
the Portland Press club, at
Majestic Organ concert by Ce
cil Teague at 1:30 o'clock.
BY DON SKENE.
ONE of the most unique and
interesting personalities in the
moving picture world is visiting
here in the person of Signor Luigi
Montagna, known to film fans aa
'Bull" Montana, the toughest look
ing star in screendom.
Just four years ago this week an
unexpected twist of fate sent Bull
into the movies against his wishes.
He bad a job as chauffeur to a pair
or truck horses and in the evenings
worked as a "bouncer" In a nickel
odeon in the New York Bowery that
catered to a patronage so hard-boiled
that the seats were chained down and
the girl at the ticket booth carried
a Colt automatic Bull's duties of
ousting unruly movie fans required
nis strict attention to the audience.
and he bad no chance to watch the
screen and make the acquaintance of
the film players who were later to
be his friends and co-workers.
Bull's remarkable strength had an
other outlet. He became a boxer and
wrestler and in the latter role soon
gained a reputation amongsport fol
lowers in the east. He was training
in an uptown gymnasium when
Douglas Fairbanks came to New York
to start work on a new picture. Fair-
tanks Instantly recognized in Bull
an extraordinary screen type.
A messenger from Fairbanks' head
quarters suggested to Montana the
possibilities of a creer In the movies.
where his unusual appearance, a com
bination of the work of nature and
the ravages of punishirrent from op
ponents in the ring and on the mat,
would bring fame and fortune.
"Whose thees keed, Doog Fair
bank'?" asked the Bull, who knew
nothing of the movie world and its
He was told that Fairbanks was a
fellow who drew $5000 or so a week
to play before the camera. This
satisfied the wrestler, for he now
saw that the whole thing was a huge
joke. He was finally persuaded to
take the matter seriously, and was
engaged by Doug to play the crook
part in "In Again. Out Again." Bull
surprised everyone at the studio by
' proving an apt pupil in the art of
' acting, and took to the new game
like a. Norwegian to ice skating.
After completing the picture, Doug
kept Bull on his staff as a compan
ion and trainer, and they went to
California, where the fierce-looking,
big-hearted Italian won a host of
friends and plenty of attractive of
fers from other film companies.
Bull Montana belies his murderous
looks by being off the screen an un
assuming, kind-hearted big boy, with
a smile and a handshake for every
one he meets and a wealth of good
nature. He kids himself about his
Appearance, and admits that his
homely visage i his most valuable,
asset. He draws a weekly- salary of
$500, and the ante will probably be
raised to $1000 a week in his next
production. He possesses a remark
able pair of cauliflower ears, which
he 'declares have a cash value to
him of more than $10,000. When Mary
Pickford cuts her curls, Doug Fair
tanks quits smiling, and Charlie
Chaplin throws away his monstrous
shoe, then Bull Montana will see about
b.wing bis gnarled ears fixed up.
Bull Is different from many actors
in other ways than looks, for he is
rrodeBt to the extreme. And he real
izes the type of work he does best and
will stick in it. Slapstick comedies
may rave about playing "Hamlet,
but nothing will make the gorilla of
filmdom try to compete with Wallie
Read and Tom Meighan in their spe
The knight of the twisted lobes has
two particular hobbies. He loves
organ music, his particular prefer
ences being grand opera selections
and sentimental ballads, which is
r.aturaj taste for a son of Italy. Bull
loves children, .and the little tots
reciprocate by showing intuitively a
fondness for this cinema caveman
who under the surface is a fun-loving
playmate. Bull isn't married yet. al
though there is much talk around
Los Angeles tea tables about wist
ful maidens in southern California
und far-away Italy who are watch
Stripped of the soft Italian accent
which marks the speech of the
"Brother Sylves" of the movies,
here's a little gossip about picture
making activities of Signor Luigi:
"My best work, I believe, was in
my first picture with Fairbanks. I
was working hard to make a living in
those days, and I was really tough.
I'm too happy now, and it's hard
sometimes to look fierce when you
really want to laugh.
"In the film version of Joseph Con
rad s Victory,' they made me go
without a shave for eight weeks, an
in Three Sevens,' in which I worked
with Tony Moreno, they shaved my
head with a razor to get a convict
"When I played the ape characte
In 'Go and Get It,' it took' two men
five hours to put. on my make-up.
They painted my face and head with
glue, and put hair over it. I suf
fered most when they pulled the
make-up off. It took ten weeks to
make the picture, but I did all the
work in my part in about five days.
My last picture Is Crazy to
Marry,' with Fatty . Arbuckle.
start out as a convict, and Fatty, as
a surgeon, performs an operation
which gives me a new brain. I then
become a regular 'sissy' with lace
collars, knitting needles and a peach
complexion. I think it's the funniest
thing I ever did."
I California, Bull has his particular
croSvd of cronies, which he calls the
Black Handera club. Bull claims that
three of the gang, "Spike" Robin
son, "Steve" Dalton and "Crooked
Nose" Murphy, are uglier than he is.
Ora Markham, well-known Portland
VISITING FILM STAR GIVES PHOTOGRAPHER A THRILL.
Photo by Markham.
"BEAUTIFUL. BULL" MOTAA.
photographer who snapped Bull the
other day, la probably willing to back
Montana against all comers in . a
"beauty" contest, however. Bull has
never forgiven the bunch for the time
when they sent him to a masquerade
party wearing a mask over his eyes
but destroying all mystery by not
covering his ears.
Bull got his sobriquet because of
his neck, which he encircles with
size 22 collar.
After meeting Mike Yokel In
wrestling bout to be staged by Joe
Keig Tuesday night at the armory,
Mr. Montana will leave for filmland,
where arrangements are pending to
star him in a series of pictures.
"Behold the . Man," a remarkable
motion picture based on the life
Christ, was shown at the Helllg the
ater Friday afternoon before a rep
resentatlve audience invited by Billy
Panffle. and received unofficial but
enthusiastic indorsement from churc
and school workers, business men and
women, and members of the press.
-Arrangements have been made to
Dhow the picture at the municipal
auditorium starting - April 24 under
the management of Mr. Pangle an
Fred Normand, local branch manager
of the Pathe company, which pro
duced the picture.
The story is Impressive and Is
based on the narration of the life of
the Savior by a mother to her chil
dren. The film is. made in natural
colors by a newly Invented formula,
and has been called by critics in other
cities, "The Passion Play of. the
The production has a distinct dra
matic appeal beside the strong re
llgious message, and the great scenes
of Bible history are vividly presented.
If the Bhowlng of the picture at the
auditorium Is successful, plans may be
made to stage a series of screen en
tertainments at this civic center.
The Liberty theater music contest
for a prize of $500- will start today
with the Portland Press club sponsor
Ing the programme to be played by
Henri Keates, popular organist, at
12:30 o clock. ;
According to the rules of the com
petition, a record of attendance at the
theater from In o clock until 1 o clock
will be kept. The first plan was to
count attendance between 11 o'clock
and 12:30 o'clock, but the hour was
changed by Mr. Jensen In co-operat
Ing with Portland ministers, who sug
gested a change because of the con
flict with the usual hour of Sunday
The programme submitted by the
Press club for the opening day con
lists of a medley .of Sousa's marches,
ncluding "Stars and Stripes For
ever"; selections from "The Chocolate
Soldier,"- featuring the hero song; the
overture of "Zampa," and a medley of
old-time favorites Including "Annie
Laurie," "Annie Rooney, " "Sweet
Alice Ben Bolt," and "When You and
I Were Young, Maggie."
The scribes wlil be aided in their
efforts for the prize because of. the
feature picture today. "Man-Woman--
Marriage, a spectacular production
which should draw well...
The city council hearing on the
proposed amendments to -the motion
picture ordinance, scheduled for last
Friday morning, was postponed a
week because of the community chest
drive, which has required the atten
tion of city officials and leading fig
ures in the ordinance discussion.
The hearing has now been post
poned three times for various reasons,
but the temporary censorship board is
functioning capably during the wait
for a permanent settlement of the
What may be a solution to the prob
lem of what to do with used safety
razor- blades has been discovered by
W. Teufel, manager of the Peoples
theater and inventor of the "Teufel
Mr. Teufel has fashioned a handy
evice for cutting materials, using a
light aluminum handle and an old
azor blade. Only one corner of the
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blade is used, and when it becomes
too dull for service it may be de
tached and one of the other three
corners used. The device is being
employed by film men to cut out card
board lobby designs and photographs,
but it would be useful to men cutting
rubber patches or other materials.
There may be a fortune in the "Teufel
Cutter." Remember that everyone
laughed at the idea of a telephone and
Ralph Pielow replaced I. C. Chand
ler last week as manager of the local
Hodkinson film exchange. The new
manager is well-known in the west
ern territory, having worked for
Robertson-Cole in Seattle and the
Pathe office in San Francisco.
"Exploitation is the most Import
ant thing in the management of mov
ing picture theaters now, and we will
make every effort to co-operate with
exhibitors in putting forward the ex
hibition value of a production in the
most efficient way, saia jvir. fieiow
in discussing his plans.
The firm of vogel and Meehan re
cently took over distribution of Hod
kinson features for 17 western and
PORTLAND GIRL HERB Off
VACATION FJIOM FILM
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Photo by Markham.
Mlaa Nell Franaen.
An interesting visitor in Port-.,
land is Miss Nell Franzen, who
is taking a vacation after six
years' steady work in pictures
in Los Angeles. Miss Fransen
is a Portland girl and formerly
appeared w'tu the Baker stock.
She is visiting her father, N. J.
Franzen, ani is a guest in the
home of Mr. and Mrs. William
Kavanaugh, 321 East 10th street
north. Durkijr the war Miss
Franzen appeared with Mrs.
Tyrone Power in entertain
ments for the soldiers and vis
ited nearly ail the camps. She
will return in a fortnight to
Coronado, where her mother
and sister live. The trip down
will be made by automobile, in
company with Neva Gerber, -who
Is playing lead with the
Berivllla company. Miss Gerber
is driving to Portland and the
two girls win return together
in Miss .Gerber's car.
southern states. 'The Man of the
Forest," by Zane Grey. "A Certain
Rich Man," by Stewart Edward White,
and "East Lynne" are the big pictures
which Mr. Pielow will bo&k in Oregon.
A telegram from Paul JJoble, man
ager of the Liberty, was received
Thursday morning by Ralph Winsor.
The message was sent from Bakers-
field, Cal., and states that the r.ot!e
party had arrived at that point in
their automobile dash to Los Angeles
after 34 hours, S minutes. Of actual
driving time, showing that the speed
king of Portland's film tqw Is keep
ing up his record as a road burner.
The Motion Picture league of Ore
gon at the regular meeting Thursday
noon voted to join the Oregon btate
Chamber of Commerce. The film men
will also donate to the fund being
raised to send Frank Branch Riley
cast to carry the message of the
beauty of nature In the Pacific northwest.
Members of the league agreed not
to buy or contract for any film that
had not been viewed and passed by
the local board of censorship. This
action will make it necessary for
film exchange men to handle the mat
ter of censorship entirely.
Gladys Walton, ex-LIneoln high
school student and now a famous
movie star, may visit Portland this
summer, according to an -announcement
by Manager Ely of the Hippo
drome theater. Miss Walton's friends
have been urging her to come here
for the Rose Festival, and say she has
promised to do so if she can get away.
As the result of a canvass made by
Geonge Loane Tucker, famous direc
tor, it is learned that more than 6000
American and Canadian churches are
now equipped .with projection ma
chines and are showing moving pic
tures to their congregations.
Scenario writers of Columbia uni
versity in New York call themselves
cinema composers. This is along
the line of ushers being called "re
ception secretaries" and press agents
styling themselves "directors of ex
Julius Sax and Sons, owners of the
New Grand and Princess theaters,
have purchased a site on the corner of
Third and Ankeny streets and will
erect an 800-seat picture theater
there. The firm has also purchased a
location in Vancouver, Wash.
Cecil Teague, manager of the Ma-
je tic theater organ, will play the
following programme at his usual
Sunday concert today: "Standard
Bearer" (Farbach), "Narcissus" (Ne
vin), "Metropolitan Echoes," arranged
by C T.; up-to-the-minute hits:
Home Again Blues." "My Mammy,
"Honolulu Eyes," "Wyoming," "Becky
from Babylon," "Kentucky Blues."
A clarinet solo "Serenade," by M.
Moszkowski and played by W. Skin
ner, member of the Rivoli orchestra,
will be a feature of the noon concert
today at the Rivoli. Salvatore San
taella, the conductor, has prepared a
programme of varied interest, which
is as follows: Fantasia Maritana
V. Wallace), scenes plttoresques
"No. IV FeHe Boheme" (J. Massenet),
Belection from "Going Up" (Louis A.
Hirsch), waits "Jolly Fellows" (R.
Vollstedt), request: overture, "Ital
ians in Algeria" (G. Rossini). The
concert number during this week,
played afternoons and evenings, will
be a selection from "Going Up" (Louis
Salvatore Santaella. the pianist and
conductor at the Rivoli theater, will
hold the stage alone tomorrow eve
ning in a special piano recital which
will start at 9 o'clock. He has writ
ten a transcription In classic for the
popular piece "I'm Always Chasing
Rainbows," which Is on the pro
gramme. Another of his composi
tions. "Apassionato," also will be
played. The balance of the programme
rollo-.vs: "Concerto for Piano in D
Fiat" by F. Liszt. "Air De Ballet"
and "Scarf Dance" by C. Chaminade
and "Etude do Concert" by Edward
AlacDowell. Mr. Santaella has played
hi transcription for "I'm Always
Chasing Rainbows" for records on
tho Amplco piano which has had wide
sale throughout the United States.
COLOIBIA GETS NEW STAR
Claire Windsor, In "What's Worth
While," Is Today's Attraction.
Lois Webster's latest production,
"What's Worth While?" is tho feature
at the Columbia.
The Plot centers on Phoebe Jav
Morrison, a blue-blooded aristocratic
southern girl who has been taught
never In WAri heneath her snr-fnl Rta.
tion. She falls In love with "Squire"
Elton, a commoner who is Interested
with hep father In rlrh nil well In the
She ha1, fnllen In Inva -AL-ltt. hiu
photograph and she wil! not rest un-
til she sees the original of the picture.
She persuades her father to take
her west on a business trip, and on
meeting Elton her love Increases by
li-aps and bounds. He Is a practical,
honest man's man, who tells her that
he loves her too much to impose him
self upon her as her hunband. He
goes abroad and returns in two years
a polished, educated guntleman. Then
Phoebe finds herself in a quanilary
nnd unexpected problems, with which
most women are familiar, face her.
How she overcomes them and Amis
happiness makes an interesting finish.
Claire Windsor plays tho lesillng
feminine role 'n "Whnt's Worth
While?" Miss Windsor Is a "recent
discovery" of Louis Webor. who se
lected her to play tho leading wom
an's role In her first Independent pro.
duction, "To Please One Woman."
Miss Windsor's success In this pro
duction was such that Miss Weber
selected her to play the feminine lead
In "What's Worth While?"
The Columbia picture players fur
nish the feature with an intelligent
GlvOKGE ARLISS Is AT IMVOLI
Actor Makes Screen Debut in "The
Devil," Tilting; Part of Villain.
Geora-e Arliss, marking his screen
debut in "The Uevll," showing at the
Rivoli theater, takes Into his hand
the destinies of an artist, a model, a
banker and his wife. He has marked
these people for his own kingdom of
misery. Out of their truth and good
ness he would create evil. But, that
truth can, and does, overcome evil Is
one of the points of interest in this
Men and women were merely pup-
(Cuno: tl-d on Patt .V
"Half a Chance"
Open from 9 o'clock
in the morning: until
4 o'clock the follow
WITH THOMAS MEIGHAN, LILA LEE AND
A "Bohemian" romance
of a sculptor's love. With
fascinating studio scenes
and lovely artists' models.
MUTT AND JEFF AND PATHE NEWS
A Chaperon Usher
Always in Attendance.