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PORTLAND, OREGON, SUNDAY MORNING, SEPTEMBER 10, 1922.
WEEK'S SHOWS 2V
NEW YORK HAVE
LITTLE OF MERIT
Peglerays It Is a Case of Taking a Smash First at One and
A BLUE STREAK OF VAUDEVILLE IS WHAT SHE IS
ROMPING through ragtime and ever-changing moods! of rcomedy, Rae Samuels has won the plaudits of the; multitude
which has 'seen her and laughed, and the hearts of the fewer who know her off the stage as a bright and entertaining
woman. Miss Samuels is in Portland with an array of new exclusive songs written for her by Bert Tracey and Halsey Mohr.
She brings back with her,, however, all of the same old personality that she has had on all the visits which she has made to
Portlaadin the past !
"Maurice Barrymore" Smith, T reasurer of Cordras, Grand anji'
urpheum, Kept Mementos in tne bnape ot urograms,
Passes and Items Concerning Many Then Famous.
Then Another Alt Up and Down the Liner With "Molly
Darling" as a Conspicuous Exception. ;
Mitt t w w Y i . r .. i .-. .... - v.-.-a- - ..... ..... . . v. -. - :- .. ...
NOW and then the past yields up out
of Its half forgotten recesses some
jnlghty interesting- reminiscences and
lately one of these, the scrap book of
"Maurice Barrymore" Smith who up
to a few years ago when he "died was
successively treasvjPrer . of Cordray.
Sullivan & Considine's "Grand and the
Orpheu'm theatre came to light.
; Smith waa himself a character. He
was probably known to more Portland
people even than b"f Fangle and he
had a good word every person who
carrie by either jie box office window
or the door of the theatre. That he
was the kind of man who would keep
souvenirs, is a surprise. Yet he lefi
behind a bookful. which from the time
' that he came to Portland in the late
'80s until his death is a curious record
of Portland's theatrical and entertain
One of the "first things that greets
the eyes is a yellow pass Issued by
Frank W. Bacon. The date was Febru
ary 22, but the year is not stated. Nei
ther is the name of the play. When-
Need of Movies
V needs is co-operation and not
regulation, -s says Norma Talmadge.
famous First National star.
"ItJmay be true, as Kipling tells us
in his 'Gunga Din' that 'when it comes
time to slaughter you wiU "do your
work on the water.' but it is no less
true that when it comes to living you
will live your life bn emotion.
"This thought came to me one day
while I was looking over letters from
people who felt impelled to write and
say how much this or that picture
meant to them. Mothers, fathers, sons
and daughters, have felt this urge to
tell the motion picture star how her
or his work in pictures has changed
their lives and affairs.
"just one touch of nature makes
the whole world kin, we have been
told. Who can measure the energy of
"The enemies of the motion picture
Industry never give this phase of the
subject a single thought. This star or
that director has been accused of
such arid eo, therefore, let us condemn
the screen, seems to be their philoso
phy. 'There is one scene in a certain pic
ture that does not appeal to my rooted
ideas on the subject and that proves
the movies are a bad Influence' t!fey
"Were It possible." Miss Talmadge
continued." to harness every heart
with a meter aniV count the heart
beats that mark the flashing of some
pictures- on the screen, and extract
from those beats the inspirations, cour
age, regrets and the thousand and one
shades of emotion that go to make up
our inner lives, what a wonderful
story would be tmfolded.
"1-et us not throw a wet blanket on
genuine feeling even if we have to
disappoint maligners of the motion
Turning to the salacious picture.
Miss Talmadge said : "The producers
do not Uke salacious pictures. The stars
do not like them. True; occasionally
some one produces a picture in which
sentimentality supplants sentiment
and things that are artificial are put
Into the place of real art. But that
picture is not typical of the industry.
The star knows it's wrong. The pro
ducer knows it's wrong, arid the public
will not be long in finding out it is not
the picture it" wants.
"Again I say. what the industry
needs is co-operation and not regula
Buster Keaton Goes
Hunting for Ducks;
Kills Them Asleep
Buster Keaton and members -of his
company have returned from' San
Francisco, where they spent several
days filming scenes for his latest First
National comedy, .-'Day Dreams.'
While in the northern California
city Buster was invited to go duck
hunting. He was escorted to an ex
clusive gun club oy a prominent San
Arising early the first morning he
secured a boat and was on his way.
On the pond were many ducks, sleep
ing, as he later explained. He was
complimenting himself on his luck and
at the same time was giving the game
both barrels as quickly as he could
fire and reload. Running out of am
munition, hejdecidid to wait until dawn
before collecting the, game.
Visions of a duck dinner for his en
tire company were before him.. When,
dawn came he started for the scene of
his conquest and peached the first
What a shock he discovered that he
had been shooting decoys?
ORPHEUM Bnndwij at Taylor. Vaudeville, wiU Ka Samufli headlining.
8 p. m daiij.
PANTAaiS Broadway at Aider. Hifh-claas noderU and photoplay features. Afteraoon
and OTtnicc. Procram chance Monday afternoon.
HIPPODROME Broadway at Yamhill. Vaoderille and Tom Mix ia "The Fufhtiaj
Straak." and picture. Continuous. Ha.rn. toHp. m.
RIVOll Waahinctnn at Park. Rex Inrram's "PrUoner of Zends."
BLUE BJOUSF Elemth at WaahiactoD.
to 11 p. m.
HEILIS Broadway at Taylor. Becinirina Wednesday, 11 a. Florence Tidor, in "Daak
COLUMBIA Sixth at Stark. Wallace, Reid aodBeb Daaiata 'in People." 11
a. m to 11 p. b.
LIBERTY Broadway at Stark. Betty Compaon. la "The Bonded Woman." 11 a. m.
tOllP.K . ,
MAJIITtO Waahiactoa at Park. Alma Babes and Lew Cody. In The Valley of Silent
Men."- 11 a. m. te 11 p. nv
CIRCLE Fourth near Weatunctoo. "Nanook of the North." 9 a. a until 4 o'clock the
nest mornmc i . V- --
ever it was, it was long years before
Bacon made the spectacular successes
that he -did with his "Lightnin' ". Inci
dentally Joe Mullers name Is also
on the card as "representative" of the
F. W. Bacon company. Muller Is now
the manager of the Palace-Hip at
There are lots of Portland people
who remember Cordray's Musee and
Theatre which held forth first on
First street next door to where the
Portland Railway Light & Power Co.'s
depot is and later on the corner now
occupied by Powers furniture store.
One of the mementos is a souvenir pro
gram of "My Gerald ine" for Sunday,
September 15, 1889, just a third of a
century ago. It was in honor of the
farewell appearance of Miss Bssi
Tittell. Also In the cast "was her sister
Minnie. Both of these girls won con
siderable fame in after years.
Near the Tittell program are several
articles relating to the death of James
H. Lrickson, the manager of the Or
pheum theatre in Portland, thirteen
years ago next November. The death
of Mabel Hite, noted vaudeville per
former, a decade ago Is also chronicled.
Jake Kilrain who fought John L.
Sullivan the champion's hardest bat-
tie was in Portland in 1899 and h:
issued Maurice liarrymore a pass
signed "Always Yours Truly." Under
the rather odd heading "Exchange of
(."curtesies there is a pass Issued by
Milton ?oles who with his wife Dolly
Nobles was annually an appreciated
visitor to Portland's stage.
"John Robinson & Franklin Broth'
ers' Enormous shows combined" bring
back memories or a once famous cir
cus in the shape of a special pass good
wnen signed by Clay Lambert.
Richards and Pringle's famous Geor
gia Minstrels, which were in a class
by themselves in their day. are repre
sented in the shape of a pass and so
are Lineoin J. Carter's "Fast Mail,
The Tornado," and "Heart of Chi
cago. In his day Carter presented
melodrama of the most blood curdling
There is a memento of Steve Brodie
"the bridge jumper" who appeared at
the, Marquam Grand Opera House Oct.
18. 1896, and a door check to one oi
Roland Reed's shows.
The items mentioned in this article
are only a few highlights of the scrap
book -which, besides theatrical matters,
records a fund of events that took place
In the part of Smith's life that he lived
Just one other clipping that slipped
nnpasted as the book was closed a
picture of members of the Cordray.
stock company George Allison, Elsie
Esmond. Frank Sheridan, Guy Stand
ing, Mlna Crolius Gleason, and Wil
liam (Billie) Bernard, who for years
were with this house and with the
Baker Stock company.
U. S. Movies
LOS ANGELES. Sept. 9 (TJ. P.)
"American pictures are popular
and are growing more so all over Eu
rope," declares Jesse L. Lasky, promi
nent film producer, who has Just re
turned from a tour of Europe in the in
terests of his company.
The tastes of European produc
ers." he said, "lean to heaviness and
sombreness or to huge historical
spectacles, which fait to attract the
public in Europe as American pictures
Lasky 'said that his company, how
ever. wa planning to bring to this
country an increased number of Eu
ropean types to give an international
quality to productions, and that bu
reaus for contracting for the works of
famous European writers have been
established in London, Paris, Madrid,
Budapest and BerHn.
"Many works unknown to American
audiences will be produced in the near
future," he said.
Ben Turpin Comedy
Will Be Bracer for
Tired Business Men
Tired Business men, take heed, for
once more you are to come Into your
About a year ago Mack Sennett an
nounced to the world that no longer
would his comedy pictures be crammed
with dashing, beautiful and winsome
maidens clad only in the briefest of
But with the absence of musical
comedies during the past 13 months,
due to thin box office receipts and
heivy travelling expense, the comedy
king now announces that with the re
lease of the next Ben Turpin comedy,
"The Sheik of Araoy." he will endeavor
to once more establish himself as the
supreme judge of feminine pulchritude
11 am. to 11
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Team of Portland
Go on Keith Circuit
Van Horn and Inez, popular skating
team, known to C Portland friends as
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Van Horn, former
residents and high school students here,
left Portland Tuesday morning for New
York city, where they will open at the
The vaudeville players have been
resting in Portland for 10 weeks, visit
ing relatives and friends.
They have contracted to appear In
Keith houses in and just out of New
York for the entire winter season.
They will be remembered by many
for the originality of their skating
act presented at the Orpheum theatre
last summer. v r
Mrs. Van Horn was formerly Inex
Sibley, student . In Washington . high
school. " " . . " '
The title of Marshall Nellan's forth
coming release has been changed from
"Her Man" to "Minnie." "Minnie" was
suggested by a. story from the pen of
George Pattulo, . called "Her Man."
The beautiful flapperiah Fairs "Bln
ney will portray a reel flapper . In
Pyramid's all-star prod action, "flap
per Love," adapted from Eugene Wal
ler's "The! Flapper."' Miss Blrmey will
undoubtedly be- acclaimed as America's
Happiest Capper. ; - '
'Boston Blackie' a Real Man
s t st " s, r. ' a i s- r.
Author Tells of Disicovery
Few readers of Jack Boyle's "Bos
ton Blackie" stories, which "have be
come equally popular on thei screen
through their picturiration by Cosmo
politan, realize that the protagonist
in these tales of adventure is not a
creature of fiction, but a
breathing human being'
Dawson" is not the name by which he
is known to the police as the cleverest
cracksmen in this country.. He is a
professional bank robber, and one of
the few who can open any safe, not
time locked, by his delicate sense of
touch. . .
"It- was four days after tJie San
Francisco earthquake of .April 118, .193s.
The fierce fires which followed the
quake had driven 130.000 people from
their homes, with only what they
could carry In their arms.
"I was a reporter on the Examiner,
and I went out to the park with my
camera to photograph some of : the odd
and characteristic scenes. Before a
flimsy shelter which be had rigged up
with l piece of tarpaulin and -some
blankets, I . obaerreel a man: sitting
cross-legged and very busily occupied
ia .making a rag doll for a ltttle girl
about 3 years old who stood by his
side. , 2iexby a little boy of about
5 was playing with a wooden soldier,
which had been whittled out of a
piece of pine, evidently by the same
"The man glanced up at me with a
smile as I stood watching: 'Some Job
for a man," said he ; but the , little
girl thought It was great. I asked
permission to take a picture of his j
cruiCLren. xxiey aren i mine, euaia ne.
'I Just found them wandering around,
all alone and crying, so I fixed up this
camp here and am taking care of them
until their parents come along and
claim ithem. 'And what if nobody
comes to claim them?' I asked. 'Well,
then I guess we'll stick together eh,
little pais?' " '
" That- appeal brought two trusting
little children to his knee, and I have
since learned that their trust was not
misplaced. For these two orphans of the
great earthquake owe their upbring
ing and education to "Boston Blackie,'
the bank burglar.
"It was months later when William
Pinkerton was showing me the pho
tographs of some suspects In a big
smelter, robbery that I recognised the
picture of "Boston Blackie.' and ldenti-
fled him as the maker of ras dolls.
Gilbert Because of
Bad Guitar Playing
In the year 1914, among the pro
grammed play!rs of the Baker Stock
company of Portland, Or., was John
Gilbert, then a youngster. He had
the role of the youthful guitar player
in the then popular -play "Broadway
Jones," but Knew little about playing
such an instrument. Mr. Gilbert, who
has the stellar role In the William
Fox special production, "Monte Crista,"
which is being held over at the Blue
Mouse theatre, relates with smiles his
experiences In learning how to thrum
the .Instrument In order to enact-his
His first boarding house landlady
ejected him on the eve of his Initial
occupancy of one of her rooms. Had
she - known he was a poor musician,
she-told him, he never would - have
- : fl in Jr Place- Undaunted, he
sought another rooming house. Ilia
first night in the new place , was un
eventful, as was his second night. But
the third day he moved again, the
boarders had gone In a body' to the
landlady and asked that the guitar-
thrumming person be asked, to leave.
Luckily for Mr. Gilbert, by this time
h . became sufficiently familiar with
the instrument to take his rola,
Br Westterook ; Pegler
mi tod News SUff Corresponaent
KV YORK. Sept, 9. in batue
roTal a boy ahouldn't try to box.
The thing to do is to smash away.
Reviewing this weeK s tneairicai
events .is a battle royal. You smasn
away the nearest production a.nd
then swing- at the next one. This is
not the 'week to fight "em clever.
"The Endless Chain." . This is about
a stupid and. pretty young wife who
applied herself . to the vamping oi a
wealthy Westerner in a New York
hotel to the end that her husband
might prosper. In this play., by James
Forbes. A. I Erlanger la presenting
Mtss Margaret Lawrence as a iew and
fully qualified star Of the nightly more
numerous firmament. She plays the
part of Amy Reeves, the culpably bone
headed young thing. f
If such "there breathes in real life
the authorities should mark her well
to spare her the distressing complexi
ties which make the latter part of
"The Endless Chain" so unhappy for
"So This Is London" is a production
of last week not covered in these
hreathiess tf ' by no means deathless
letters. It.is3 George M. Cohan, again
in his later and now characteristic
mood of satire, which has largely suc
ceeded the flag waving ebullition of
v.i vnntVi althoueh lie reserved the
rieht to eo off in one of those bois
terous musical tantrums any moment
any season and probably will from
time to time. t .
Arthur Goodrich wrote "So This Is
teflon." but the Cohan -touch is mere.
They have an extremely American and
an unremittingly English family which
naturally despises all things American
and still things of this country in terms
nf nickerm' first impressions. The
American has a son and the English
man baa a daughter, and what more
Brock Pemberton, wbo comes irom
Kansas, went: to Italy for the manu
,.rir, of "The Plot Thickens," a com
edy by Lulgi Barslni and Arnaldo
Fraccoli, whicn was aaapieu
aT.i-nainted with American slang
hu Thomas Beer.
Another recent procueuon wmcii. re
mniiv Y,ast rllcarded the novitiate's cap
r hnmiiitv for the laurel crown of
aoorobation is a comedy called "Th
Tan-h ivarersr by George1 Kelly.
vaudevtlllan. In'-ibis gay amusement,
a loaded harpoon is tossed "4nto the
titVa - .-mrf fiBlve amateur theatrical
body to explode in the living flesh and
tear 1t apart, without, however, caus
ing the victim any pain for the barb
U lathered with anesthetic subtlety.
Which is to say that the audience fully
appreciates and shares the autnor s ae-
rision of the soui-searcners wu
Actors How to
Act Crazy Role
BERLIN. Sept. 9. How to act the
part of a lunatic on the stage was
the unusual topic of a lecture held by
Professor Alfred Strohmayr. one of
Oermany's leading psychiatrists, .be
fore an audience of actors. He ana
lyzed from a psychologic point of view
the characters of Ophelia and King
Lear According to the professor.
Ophelia shows a typical case of lunacy.
She walks about in a hysterical, semi
conscious state until, unintentionally
and unconsciously, she becomes a vic
tim of the waves. King Lear s is a
cae of senile imbecility Which leads te
The professor concluded with the as
sertion that the object of the play
wright ought not to be to- give a mi
nute and medically true picture of a
lunatic, but he is entitled to make use
of the principle of "poetic license" and
form his characters from an artistic
end not from a medical angle.
rr Strohmayr referred to Ibsen's
characterization of Oswald Alving, the
hero of "Ghosts." and pointed out that
the author's artistic taste saw to it
that the hero should behave auite nor
mally and reasonably - throughout the
play and that his lunacy should break
out only at the very end of the trag
edy. Toin Mix Starred in
Tom Mix. In his most recent picture
is seen at the Hippodrome theatre this
week. This picture "The Fighting
Streak." combines a rare old art with a
goodly number of thrills. The art is
hlacksmithing, .and one of the big
thrills Is the rescue of a pretty girl
from a careening buckboard in a runa
way. Theatre patrons already know
Mix can furnish sensational effects,
and In this picture be will show his
audiences, how he does these things.
s ft ft?, ft? .
Reid Tells of
By Wallace Betd ,
1 BELIEVE the toughest job of "all
my professional career was as as
sistant editor, of., Motor ' Magazine,
which position I held 'for some time
before getting deep into' motion picture
work. - " -
il had one year with Sellg as an ac
tor when I took ' this dive into liter
ary work. I spent a good many hours
out of the dally twenty-four - at the
desk and was swamped , with routine
work. We made our' own half-tones
out of line drawings and did our own
airbrush work and; turned the cuts
out by the hundreds. " .
become an excrescence upon the worthy
little theatre movement while the seri
ous thinkers- themselves won i Know
they have been hit. . , .
And smash, bang, sock! ' -"MoUv
Iarllne is a lively musical
comedy, a pretty production with good
songs and better dancer. -
"Sally, Irene and Mary" is a musical
comedy - whose authors have trankty
abducted the heroines from those three
wetl known and successful plays and
worked - them together Into another
piece wherein three pretty characters
come up together from tenement pov
erty to affluence, adulation and the
atrical eminence and eventually marry
the respective 'TLjoy friends of their
earlier obscurity, s.
"Hunky -ory, a comedy or tne
Scottish lowlands wltli a Scottish
cast, came here after a successful
run in London and was received with
cordiality. :. ,
Dancer to Go On
African Hunt to
By C. J. BerJeUl
rnireral Serriro 8taff Correspondent
Venice, Sept. 9. In an effort to for
get- the heartless rebuff administered
by Gabriel TAnnunzlo . recently. Ida
Rubenstein, the famous snd wealthy
dancer, is now in Venice en route tor
Brindisl, whence she will sail to hunt
lions in Darkest ' Africa. - ..:
Mile. Rubenstein, called the "only
woman who ever Jilted d'Annunxlo."
was denied admittance to the former .
Flume dictator's villa at Garda,
whither she had gone to nurse the
poet, following his accident. Ever sines
she rejected Italy's great romantic fig
ure, the beautiful . dancer has suf
fered remorse and has mads several
attempts to win back -her former loverJS"
Since her arrival In Venice, Ida has
ransacked the stores to buy ample
equipment for " the expedition, which .
will contain not only customary boots
and breeches for the -hunter, but also
several- evening gowns of latest Paris
.Must, because It is the heart of
Africa that' Is ' no reason hy I .
(shouldn't dress: for dinner," Mile.
Rubenstein explained to friends who
commented on the unusual outfit. ;
Included In the entourage will be a
French chef and a Swiss waiter, who
will serve the culinary masterpieces in ,
Ida's Jungle. '
Pending the departure of the expedi- '
tion.XMUe. . Rubenstein ; Is one of the
most prominent glrls figures on Lido's
beach near , Venice, which has now,
since the Deauvllle season Is over, be
come society's most fashionable resort.
She is contesting honors with the
best- swimmers In Italy and together
with Frances Alda. wife of Gattt Ca
sazza, whose famous figure is en
veloped in magnificent coiorea Darning
suits, attracts crowds .every morning
on the beach. .
The leaders of FariVand Rome so
ciety are indulging In a perfect orgy ;
of entertainment among the most i
prominent hosts being -Duke d'AbruszL ,
former suitor of Katharine Elklns.
who recently gave a reception to the
Duke and Duchess of Alba, ths, latter
pair having achieved the distinction of
being married In the shortest royal
wedding on record. ' "
Mrs." William Corey, formerly Mabel
Oilman, arrived at St. Moritx, wnereN
she spent July sand August climbing
the Engardine peaks with a party In
cluding Marie Jonesco, daughter of the
Rumanian premier. Artnur vemxeios,
son of the former premier of Greece,
and Leo Tecktonius, well known Amer
ican pianist. !. '
Mrs. Corey was the only Woman this
year to attain -the summit of the fam
ous Bernlna, mountain, the sec ond
highest in Switzerland. Other Ameri
cans, arriving at Lido from St. Morit
are staying at the Excelsior hotel. -
J. S. McGroarty to
Head Governors of
Pioneer Day Fiesta
Los Angeles, Sept 9 U. P.) John
Steven McGroarty, author of the Mis
sion play, will head the board of gov
ernors which- will manage the Pioneer
Days fiesta to be held In Los Angeles
for 10 days, beginning. September 25,
it was announced today, v
The fiesta will be held under the
auspices of ' Victory post, American
Legion, for the benefit of the crippled
children of the Orthopedic hospital
school. .. -
Other , members of the board, which
is not -yet completed. . are ; Mr. and
Mrs. -William Gibbs McAdoo. Douglas
Fairbanks. Mayor George W. Cryer
and Marco H. Ilellman. . ' -
Is Hard Work
It was while I was holding down
that Job that my father,-Hal Reid,
started writing Ths .. Confession." I
would go home, every lunch hour 'and
when 1 finished at night and collabo
rate with him in writing the play. At
last it was finished and I bid adieu to
the strenuous 'work of being' an as
sistant editor and Joined my father In
producing the play. ' We produced it
and then took it to Montreal where it
made a. tremendous hit with every
body After that we brought it back
to New York and ran it at the old