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THE SUJTDAY OREGONIAX, PORTLAND, MAT 14. 1922
short story for the skeleton of his 1
"Motion picture producers," said
Mr. Neilan. "are gradually getting;
? way from screen "adaptations of
novels and stories, due largely to the j
secured, but the poor ladies weren't
permitted to get much beauty sleep,
as their husbands routed them out
to play golf at S o'clock In the morn
ing, and started home at 2 In the
But the men had reckoned without
their hostesses. Mrs. Nagel asked in
nocently if she might drive. Arrived
in Los Angeles, she continued driving.
"Why, Rutta what's the matter?"
demanded Conral. when she failed to
stop at home. Sid Franklin alao
turned a little pale.
"Oh. we aren't going home: we're
going to Tijuana!" explained Mrs.
Nagel. And Tijuana It wa!
And now it is at your peril that you
mention ruts in the Nagel or Frank
SENSIBLE CLOTHES PREVAIL
TFffiSEDAYS, SAYSOOLA DANA
Star Declares That Women's Dress Today Conforms to Sanity as Well
as to Beauty.
STARS OF FAMOUS "PASSING
SHOW" NEW YORK PRODUCTS
"WHITE SHOULDERS" BEGUN
BY AMERICAN SCREEN STAR
Katherine MacDonald Immediately Starts Filming of What Is Reputed
Her Greatest Story.
fact that after they pay fabulous
' sums for such motion picture mate
rial they are compelled to make so
many changes In the picturization
Willie and Eugene Howard Rise to Premier Heights From Humble
Beginnings in Vaudeville and Museum.
! that little of the original plot re
j mains. This is due to various rea
I sons, which have been dealt with at!
'length in the past and need no repe-
j tition here.
"What the average producer for the J
i . .
T." ILXIE and Eugene Howard,
A stars of the "Passing Show of
1921." which begins a four
Bights' engagement at the Heilig
theater May 24, are entirely the prod
ucts of New York's amusement field.
They, with one other brother, Sam,
and three sisters were the children
of Leopold Levkowitz, a rabbi of
New "York city. All the children
were musically inclined and sang in
the father's synagogue. Eugene was
thr first to make his way to the
stage, becoming a chorus man in "The
Belle of New York." His name was
Isadore and the stage manager of the
attraction rechrlstened him Eugene
Howard. Eugene advanced steadily
until he became a singing comedian
in musical comedy.
At the age of 15 "Willie, the young
est of the brothers, was still In school
when he answered an advertisement
of Harry Von Tllzer calling for boy
sopranos. He was engaged to sing1
the refrains of songs from the audi
ence and received $3 a week. Willie
continued at this sort of singing for
several years in the vaudeville the
aters of New York, generally appear
ing as a water boy In uniform
Finally, when his salary had reached
$5 a week Anna Held gave him a
place In her chorus. That was with
the "Little Duchess" at the Casino.
Willie went on the road with the
now. In Washington he found that
his voice had changed almost over
night. He was sent back to New
York, and not at all discouraged,
went to Huber s museum, in Four
teenth street, where he imitated vari
out stars. A little later Eugene and
hie third brother, Sam, who had aban
doned the fur business for the stage,
formed a vaudeville team known as
"Harry Lee, assisted by the Lee
Brothers," the Harry Lee being Eu
The Lees appeared In restaurants
PORTLAND'S STUDIO READY
"TO SHOOT" ON BIGGER SCALE
Fred H. Kiser Has Plant Unusually Well Equipped for Production of
Pictures of Interesting Character.
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'I.OSK-l P" OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED AND PINELy
mil II'J'EO STUDIOS OF FRED H. KISER IN THIS CITY.
PRODUCTION plans are nearly
completed at the Kiser studio.
Pronounced activity will soon
prevail at what is now virtually a
new studio plant. Aside from the re
markably fine electrical equipment
that has boon put In, including a
complete generating plant, really as
large as the plants used In the big
studios in Hollywood, a fine layout
of exceptionally attractive dressing
rooms and lounging rooms have been
Installed. Tastefully decorated execu
tive offices and quarters for the di
rectors, writers and cameramen have
feetn provided. No requisite of a
thoroughly modern studio has been
Kiser's plans for the coming season
are very comprehensive. Already Di
rector O'Karrell. recently engaged, is
very active. Two short roel subjects
.re nearly finished. Immediately after
these work on a vastly more extensive
cale will begin. Mr. Kiscr is sur
rounding himself with specialists in
the movie field. In addition to cap
able directors, he has signed contracts
not only with scenario writers, but
with expert continuity writers, title
writers and cutters.
Future plans include the production
of two-reel romances, using the beau
tiful Oregon scenery as a background.
These stories will be the original
work of the specially engaged
scenario writers. Then, following the
approval plan of the big studios, the
scripts prepared by those authors will
be turned over to the continuity
writers, who will put them in com
plete "shooting form."
The continuity writers will not have
and museums and occasionally in
those vaudeville houses which give
six shows a day. Sam left the team
and went Into burlesque, where he Is
now a well-known comedian. His
place wag taken by an actor named
Dunn. The team made a big-time
vaudeville reputation and soon was
booked in the houses as "The Mes
senger Boys Trio." As such they
were popular In the Keith and Or
pheum theaters for four seasons.
They had discarded the name of Lee
and were sub-billed as "Howard,
Dunn and Howard.' When Dunn left
thfm the brothers did not replace him
but became Eugene and Willie How
ard in "The Messenger Boy and the
Thespian." After six or seven years
in vaudeville as Eugene and Willie
Howard they had reached the head
In 1911, soon after the New York
winter garden had been opened by
the Shuberts, they were featured
there In a" Sunday night concert. The
vaudeville interests regarded the
winter garden as opposition and in
formed the brothers that their book
ings were canceled. The Shuberts at
once made places for them in "The
Whirl of Society," then current at the
garden. Willie's only appearance was
In a minstrel scene, where he suc
ceeded Barney Bernard, who was an
end man; the other end man was Al
The following year the Shuberts
presented the first of the "Passing
Shows," that of 1912, and Willie and
Eugene made their debut as actors,
turning their back to vaudeville.
They have been in "Passing Shows"
since then. The Howards have ap
peared in all except two, and when
those two had their winter garden
premieres the brothers were touring
the country in preceding "Passing
Shows." Their last appearance in
this city was in the "Passing Show
to worry about the snappy, elucidat
ing titles. Mr. Kiser. realizing like
all progressive producers, that title -writing
has become a highly special
ized art in itself, has engaged writers
to work exclusively on titles.
Although no names can be men
tioned at present. It will illustrate the
scope of Mr. Kiser's plans :n saying
that he has signed up directors and
writers formerly under the De Mille
Admittedly, the public is weary of
elaborate drawing room sets and other
artificially gorgeous interiors. Pic
tures showing beautiful natural scen
ery with a charming romance are
inevitably mak ing t he stronger ap
peal. California producers can get
outdoor stuff naturally, but it all
savors of the same tropical monotony.
Kiser has the edge on a beautiful
scenic kingdom surrounding his'etudio
in the natural beauties of Oregon,
and needless to say that when a script
calls for some attractive locations,
Kisr knows just where to put the
camera for the very f inestvresults.
Magazine Writers to Find
Big Future in Photoplays.
Producers Oetting Away From
Adaptations and Are After New
Ideas la PI ots an d SI taa tions.
THE magazine short story writer
will find a big demand among
motion picture producers for his '
product in the near future.
This is the predict'on of Marshall 1
Xeilan, one of the foremost produ- j
cers, who recently has turned to the j
' screen is after and has been looking
j tor during the past few years is new
' plot situations, novel twists In
; stories, in short, 'something differ
ent.' "Given the basis of his plot, the
producer usually likes to work out
, the story in his own way. and very
! often has a number of situations and
t ideas in his own head that he desires
j to incorporate in his picture. In the
I short story magazines the producer
! finds story materia that has passed
the stern eye of the editor, usually
this material is printed because of its
originality of plot construction, or
because of various novel situations
that are included , in the general
."As a general rule these short
stories contain a number of situa
tions that make exceptional motion
picture material. This is exactly
what the movie producer seeks. He
will therefore buy up a short story
simply in order to use these situa
tions in conjunction with his own in
the picturization of a plot.
"I personally am depending upon
the short story market to a very
large extent right now. 'Fools First,'
I a Saturday Evening Post story, rft-
cently attracted my attention be
' cause of its unusual theme. This
j story fitted In with a number of
j ideas of my own for this type of plot,
j and I purchased the motion picture
' rights. By combining what the au
thor had to offer with my own ma
terial I prepared a scenario that is
replete with dramatic situations, ar
ranged in perfect continuity."
Joseph Schenck Predicts
Already a Great Shortage of Good
Picture In Sipht for Next Sea
son., Declares Producer.
THIS Is a cheering bit of reading
for screen actors. ' It is the pre
diction of a man who is careful about
his statements, and who speaks with
Joseph M. Schenck. producer of the
Talmadge and Keaton pictures, is
conservative enough to be also a
bank director. When, therefore, Mr.
Schenck says anything relating to the
films. It commands both respect and
And this is what he says that is so
By next August we shall see
greater production of photoplays
under way than ever in the history
of the industry. He made it strong
twice as much production, he said.
According to Mr. Schenck, there is
already a great shortage of pictures
in sight for next year's theater de
mand. To meet the needs of the near
future it will be necessary to increase
greatly the volume of output. "To
illustrate the p o i n t," says Mr.
Schenck, "take the requirements of
the first-run theaters in Los Angeles.
How many are there? Say 12. Each
one will need 52 feature pictures dur
ing 1923. "Where are they to get
them? The supply has now dwindled
until there are not more than 400
all toll, good, bad and indifferent,
remaining. The logc of the suitua
tion justifies the prediction I have
"We must not expect," continued
Mr. Schenck, "that the old days of
wildcat picture promotion are going
to return. The Industry could not
escape the deflation that has been
going on any more than other lines
of business. The readjustment and
retrenchment to meet post-war con
ditions are both necessary and
salutary. From now on those who
prosper in making pictures will be
the ones who create worthwhile
photoplays. By that I mean good
subjects, worthily treated gener
ously, handsomely, intelligently. I
am putting this belief into practice.
On my Norma Talmadge picture,
"Smilin' Through," I expended over
$30-0,000 to make it worthy of a
"I haven't done this with any fool
ish idea that mere prodigality of
expenditure meant quality or popu
larity. It was done after a careful
study of existing conditions. The
public has stopped the reckless
spending it indulged In during and
right after the war. Exhibitors then,
being able to fill their houses with
mediocre pictures, didn't demand of
us the best the cinema could do."
Stage and screen are now illus
trating the maxim that the pendulum
must swing as mucrt one way as
another. The number of film
celebrities who have recently returned
to the footlights Ben Turpin, Charlie
Murray. Doris Pawn, Robert McKim,
Mrs. Sidney Drew, Mildred Harris,
Betty Roes Clarke, Mary MacLaren.
to mention only a few Is likely to be
increased as time goes on.
One of the reasons for the shift Is
the sharp drop in the salaries paid to
screen actors. In the period of par
tial idleness in the Hollywood studios
during the paat year the bidding for
actors that had previously raised their
"value" to absurd figures ceased.
Actors began to seek employment
-cven some of the most famous in
stead of being sought. The law of
supply and demand began to work In
earnest. Salaries are now down to
stay. There will never be go many
bidders as formerly because produc
tion is In fewer hands and the leaders
in the industry have combined to pre
vent ruinous pay to actors.
The result is that the stage is now
able to bid for favorites on almost
even terms with the studios. This is
bound to mean a greater shift of per
sonalities ad an influx of many new
faces to the screen in the next year
-or two. Another outcome will be that
those who "survive" in either field
will do so more on merit than for
merly Both the stage and the screen there
fore will benefit by the new state of
flux that exists, and the public ought
to see better acting than ever.
Few Chinese In America care for
motion pictures and fewer etill
care to ecome actors; but when they
do get a taste of acting the fever
seems to grip them as strongly as It
does any American flapper, who has
been told she "looks like Norma Tal
madge and could act a lot better if
she- would go in for the movie life."
Allen Holubar, producer of 'Hur
ricane's Gal." starring Dorothy Phil
lips, is always on the lookout for new
talent and while in San Francisco
recently saw a smiling Chinese youth
peddling peanuts. Desiring a Chinese
for the cast of "Hurricane's Gal," Hol
ubar offered the part to the peanut
butcher, whose name turned out to
be Fong Fat.
Fong turned the offer down flat as
a pancake and when urged to recon
sider advised the director that Chi
nese are averse to films because so
many times the members of their
race are depicted as villa! ns. bandits
and other malefactors of the law.
When promised he would not be asked
to play such a role he accompanied
Holubar to the Chinese consul, who
advised him it would be all right to
become a movie actor.
Screen talents of star (rreatly admired by former President Woodrow Wilson.
Site has won thirty beauty contests.
i-jpHE beautiful Katherine M&cDon-
aid, who has just completed "The
"Woman Conquers," for Associated
First National release, is again hard
at work. Her latest story la "White
Shoulders," from the pen of George
Kibbe Turner. This tale attracted
the attention of millions of readers
when it appeared in the Saturday
B. P. Schulberg, president of Pre
ferred Pictures, secured the film
rights to "White Shoulders" because
he recognized in this story a -wonderful
vehicle for his beautiful etar.
Initial exterior scenes have already
been taken on location, and Miss Mac
Donald and her company are back at
the Louis B. Mayer studio, where the
interiors are being filmed.
Little Richard Headrick, the curly
headed child of the screen, who was
MARY PICKFORD STARTS WORK
ON NEW VERSION OF "TESS1
Revival Will Be Marked Elaboration on Grace Miller White's Story
Requiring at Least Seven Reels.
MARY PICKFORD has started
production on her new version
of "Tess of the Storm Coun
try," the picture in which she first
won fame nine years ago. According
to W. W. Kerrigan, her studio man
ager, the revival will be a marked
elaboration on Grace Miller White's
popular story, requiring at least seven
reels. The old film was only five
reels in length. The supporting cast
Includes Lloyd Hughes, who will play
Frederick Graves, that role In which
the late Harold Lockwood scored suc
cess that took him to sere-en star
dom. The other parts were assigned
to Gloria Hope, David Torrence, For
rest Robinson, Jeon Hersholt, Danny
Hoy, Robert Russell and Madame Bo
damere. John S. Robertson is directing, hav
ing been loaned to Miss Plckford by
War Declared on Picture
Casting- Director Takes Mean Shot
at Lot of Alleged Critics.
HORACE WILLIAMS, casting di
rector at the Thomas H. Ince
studios, has declared war on profes
sional "film flaw" finders following
the announcement of the prize-wining
"film flaw" in the current issue of a
fan magazine. Here is the magazine's
announcement that has roused Will
'"Not a Leg to Stand On' in Grif
fith's 'Martyrs of the Alamo' General
Santa Ana strides about on two per
fectly good legs, though his wooden
leg has been as famous in song and
story as that of Peter Stuyvesant.
Five dollars has been awarded to Mrs.
Patterson Miller, Russellville, Tenn."
Williams, always ready to take is
sue with all film critics, says:
"Has it come to a point where pro
ducers must picture historical details
in accordance with popular fallacies
or vith historical exactness?
"General Santa Ana had two good
legs at the time of the fall of the
Alamo. He never lost a leg until two
years after the time of Mr. Griffith's
picture. Mr. Griffith was right. The
lady is wrong and should return the
five dollars to the magazine, the edi
tor of which should be penalized a
like amount for making such an
Foolish Wives? Nay, Nay.
Far Be Such From Such.
Movie Hubbies Thought They Were
Having Frolic Tables Sharply
WHEN you try to pull a bluff on
two game young gentlemen like
Conrad Nagel and Sidney Franklin,
you want to look out, that's all, take
it from no less well-informed author
ities than the Mesdames Nagel and
Franklin. But also look out for the
It all happened recently when at a
picture show, Mr. Nagel's wife in
formed him. echoed by Mrs. Franklin
to her spouse that he was getting in
an awful rut, and why didn't they
take their wives out more? Whether
it was arranged by mental telepathy
oi- whatnot, the fact remains that the
two ladies found themselves, after
the show, being whirled right past
their homes in Hollywood.
"W-where are w. going?" de-
featured In John M. Stahl's "The Child
Thou Gavest Me," also a ITirst Na
tional release, is a member of the
star's supporting cast in "White
It was In the private projection
room at the White House that Kath
erine MacDonald first won the ad
miration of the great American
statesman, Woodrow Wilson, accord
ing to the recently published memoirs
of Joseph P. Tumulty. In selecting
films wherewith to divert tne
harassed chief executive, it was found
that those In which Miss MacDonald
played leading roles seemed most en
tertaining and generally agreeable to
the president's discriminating taste.
A graduate of Blairsville college,
she quickly achieved stardom in the
films. She has won 30 beauty con
tests and is known the world over as
"the American Beauty."
Famous Players-Lasky corporation
especially for this production. B.
Lloyd Sheldon wrote the scenario.
The first scenes are being made at
Chatsworth lake near Los Angeles,
where a complete fisherman's village
has been erected under the supervi
sion of Frank D. Ormston, art di
rector, who, with a corps of assistants,
scoured all southern California for
tumble-down shacks, broken fences,
rusty, screen doors and gates that
squeak on their hinges.
These were crated carefully, every
cobweb and every blemish of age pre
served, and all were transported to
Chatsworth lake, where they were re
assembled, the final result being a
weather-beaten old village, such as is
described in the book. This 1922
elaboration of the screen triumph of
1913 will be released under the title
manded the ladies, breathlessly. "Why
don't w.e go home?"
"We're not going home!" exclaimed
the Messrs. Nagel and Franklin be
tween their clenched teeth. 'We're
going to Santa Barbara!"
Of course. Santa Barbara doesn't
sound very wild, but It seemed rather
wild to such home-keeping folk as
the Nagels and Franklins to be arriv
ing at the Samarkand hotel at 3
o'clock in the morning. Rooms were
A Chaperon Vho
TODAY and MONDAY COME!
"MISS LULU BETT"
MILTON SILLS LOIS WILSON THEODORE ROBERTS
The story of a woman who thirsted for love and whose nature had
alwaya been starved. See wiat she did to win happiness.
Added Attraction Mayo Methat la "AND WOMEN MUST WUT."
Clyde Cook In 'The Toreador." Pathe News. Matt and Jeff.
Viola Dana Is Standpatter
for Happy Ending.
Metro Star Say Chief Wealtaewi
la That of Optimism.
ffT HE last thing the world expects
'JL tnese days rrora a motion pic
ture actress i a confession, and yet
that Is what I ambout to make, I am
going to reveal au inborn and incur
able weakness in my character, and
some of the sinister secrets of my
past," declares Viola Dana,
"My chief weakness Is that of opti
mism, and I make that admission
with the full knowledge that to be
cheerful about things Is to exile one's
self forever from the possibility of
being artistic. I am violating the Im
mutable theory that depth of thought
is reflected only by depression of
"And I want to make clear another
point; that the movies have done It
to me. Theirs has been the force
that drove me to wholesomeness of
outlook the movies and their dam
aging happy endings. How could I
be otherwise I am young and an Im
pressionable girl, an actress since the
dangerous age of five! No matter
whose heroine I was, no matter how
dire the danger, I came out all right,
all 'happied' up in the final scene.
"The funny thing is I'm rather glad,
because I got Into the habit of ex
pecting escape from trouble off the
screen as well as on. And the darn
thing worked. I have the luck of a
beginner at bridge; and the happy
ending Is responsible.
"Pardon me for a mild feminine
cheer: 'Hooray for the happy end
Alice Terry Hugely Enjoys
Leading Role In "The Prisoner of
IMPERSONATING the Princess Fla
via, the leading: role In "The Pris
oner of Zenda." is to Alice Terry the
most interesting work she has ever
"While I have played a number of
interesting: types of women during
my motion picture career, none of
them has appealed to my imagination
so much as the Princess Flavia in
'The Prisoner of Zenda,' " said Alice
Terry when asked what was her
"Of course," Miss Terry continued,
"I loved the part of Marguerite Lau
rier in "The Four Horsemen.' She was
a woman with whom anyone could
sympathize, giving up happiness to
cling to her Ideals of devotion and
"Flavia in 'The Prisoner of Zenda'
is faced by the same problem and
with unselfish nobility of character
she makes the same decision and
though her little heart is breaking
she fives up her lover and remains
true to her country and the king
whom she had promised to marry.
"Having played these two unhappy
women I can appreciate the more my
own personal happiness," concluded
Miss Terry, referring to her recent
marriage to Rex Ingram, who di
rected Miss Terry In both "The Four
Horsemen" and "The Prisoner of
Six thousand miles for two scene.!
That Ifl the Journey Jack Plckford ha.
mapped out for himself in connection
with the filming of "Garrison's Fin
ish," F. B. M. Ferguson's famous race
track novel which Little Mary's young
brother will bring to the screen as his
first United Artists' release.
Jack, accompanied by his . director,
Arthur Rosson, and a camera man,
has left Los Angeles for Louisville.
They will make scenes at the Ken
tucky derby, after which they will go
on to the Belmont, track, near New
York, and make a shot of the Man
hattan handicap. These are the two
most famous horse races in America
and Jack is anxious to incorporate at
least one scene of each, featuring all
the vivid color of the track, in the
Elmer Harris, former scenario edi
tor for Realart. is supervising this
production. Mary Plckford will aid
with the editing and titling.
This picture marks Jack Pickford's
return to the screen after an absence
of several years. Since leaving ths
Goldwyn fold. Jack has been directing
his sister Mary.
Always in Attendance
Dainty Metro luminary remark
THERE is no sense any longer, ac
cording to Viala Dana, in wear
ing the sort of clothes formerly
referred to as "sensible," because
women's dress today almost invari
ably conforms to sanity as well as to
beauty. In fact, says the little Metro
star, girls' clothes are prettier than
"Some people may say that it's ef
ficiency; getting the maximum of at
tractiveness out of the minimum of
raiment," she remarked recently, at
the Metro studios in Hollywood, to
which she Just returned after a tri
umphant tour of the country during
which she appeared personally at
most of the prominent motion picture
"But reduction hasn't been the only
change in the way in which girls
dress. It's true that they don't wear
as much as they used to, but I know
that the things they have given up
are useless frills which added to the
quantity of apparel, but distracted
from the charm of the effect.
"In opposition to the frilly girl,
there used to be the girl who dressed
'sensibly.' There was truth in that
word then, for artificallty and dis
comfort were not so long ago con
comitant with style. But today girls'
things are comfortable a lot more
than men's. I don't speak from hear
say. I've worn boys' clothes in Jots
of pictures, and when I got through a
day in a stiff collar, I knew where
the word roughneck originated.
"I give most of the credit at least
if i ffilf flrn
There was such a day In
a great city the smartest
city; and the wickedest.
They danced and
such dancing. They drank
. . . and such drinking.
There was passion . . .
but there was also faith!
Bad women and
beautiful but there wre
good women . . . even
Oh! That mad day!
Matinees: Lower Floor, 50c.
Evenings: Lower Floor, 75c.
on Ihr character of fesslnlae raiment
a considerable part of It to men for
the change In women's styles. 1 can
play safe and blame It on the war.
perhaps: the rejection of superficial
ities. But. at any rate. I believe that
most girls. If not the older women,
dress to please men. At any rat.
they do please 'cm, and achievement
rarely is accidental. Granted that. It
looks as If men were tired of th.
Vlotorlan curley-cu,es in dreas as well
as the Vlotorlan falsity in deport
ment. They've seen that the senalbl.
clothes are those which make every
The manifold talents of James
Young, director, who recently fin
ished working with Ouy Bate. Post
in "The Masquerader. " and who oon
will officiate In a slmllr capaclt
with this .tar in "Omar the Tent
maker" both Richard Waiton Tully
production, for First National r
lease ar. being exemplified again
this week in his lecture, at the Uni
versity of California.
Before coming to the screen Young
was one of the leadlne Shakespearean
actor, on the American .tage. Dur
ing this part of his career and after
he had left the stag, he lectured on
the bard of Avon before numerous
student bodies all over the country.
So it will be no novelty to him to
face the eager Shakespearean stu
dent, at the university, discounting
cr. "Hamlet." Those who have heard
Young on any dramatlo aubjeot know
that the lecture, will be full of hu
Balcony, 35c. Logen, 75c.
Balcony, 50c. Logea, $1.
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