Historical News on Motion Picture Releases for the Year 1923 Including Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim

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James Shelley Hamilton, for the last two years editor of the Exceptional Photoplay Bulletin. issued by the National Board of Review. has been added to the editorial department of the Paramount Long Island Studio. He has written serials for Paths and reviewed hundreds of pictures in connection with the Bulletin. He also was formerly dramatic critic of Everybody's Magazine and fiction editor of Adventure.

Dorothy Dalton has finished work In “Fog Bound." and is taking a short vacation before beginning next week a picture, which Ralph Ince will direct, from J. Clarkson Miller's adaptation of a play by C. M. McLellan. Robert Wagner Is preparing for his first effort as a Paramount director. Walter Hiers Is to be the-star. The story was written by Walter Woods, and Thomas J. Geraghty is making the adaptation. Hiers has been given a typical role —that of a young fellow In a small town who is clerk, porter and bell hop of the “hotel."

Benny Alexander, the popular youngster who has been appearing on the screen since Griffith’s ‘‘Hearts of the World,” has been selected to play the role of Penrod in First National’s production of “Penrod and San,” which is to be made at the Hollywood studio. Frankie Lee. one of the best known child actors in motion pictures, is playing a prominent role In Frank Borzage's “Terwilllger.” Constance Talmadge has courage. The famous star, who Is soon to begin the filming of “Dulcy,” pronounces American modistes superior to Europeans. Constance wants It understood that her wardrobe is strictly American made, whether the fact Is good press agent material or not.

More than eleven hundred poor children celebrated the 111th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens by attending a special showing of Jackie Coogan in “Oliver Twist” at the Empire Theater, London, February 7. The lady mayoress of London and Lady Marie Dickens, wife of the novelist’s son, were in the audience. Russell Simpson, veteran character actor, was thrown from his horse and slightly Injured, according to word just received from Sonora, Calif. The accident occurred while Simpson was attempting to cross the swollen Tuo- loumne river for a scene in "The Girl of the Golden West.” The camera caught the whole Incident, which resulted in a trip to the hospital for the actor.

George Melford has started a new production, “Salomy Jane.” Paul Armstrong’s play adapted from the Bret Harte story. Waldemar Young wrote the film version. Jacqueline Logan will be seen In the title role. Robert J. Flaherty, F. R. G. S.. producer of "Ninook of the North,” who will leave April 12 for the Samoan Islands to film for Paramount a South Sea picture similar In treatment to the Eskimo production, will be the gueet of honor at a testimonial dinner to be given at the Waldorf Hotel, New York, April 10, by the publisher and editor of Asia Magazine. Lloyd Orlscom, former United State ambassador to Japan, will bo toastmaster, and the guests will Include people prominent In motion pictures, art. literature, science, journalism and public affairs.

Richard Dlx has been Chosen to play opposite Betty Compson In Her- bert Brecon's production "The Woman With Four Faces,” which was started at the Lasky studio last week. The story was adapted by George Hopkins from a play by Bayard Vleller. Julia Crawford Ivors is production editor. Constance Talmadge la to appear In three productions this year, according to announcement by Joseph M. Schenck.

“Dulcy.” a brilliant comedy with a sensational New York run, directed by Sidney Franklin, will be the first William Paversham. veteran stage star, and Allen Holubar, young cinema producer, met on common ground last week at the United studios In Hollywood, where the two were brought together by Ine* Seabury, who looks upon Favershatn as her “daddy of the footlights,” and Holubar as her “godfather of the Cooper-Hewltts.” Miss Seabury played many kiddle roles on the stage with William Faversham, and later en- tered the film world, where one of her first big parts was with Dorothy Phillips In "Slander the Woman,” which Holubar produced for Associated First National. Violet Mead, one of the collabora- tors on James Young’s continuity for "Wandering Daughters,” has a really unique hobby. She possesses fifty pairs of shoes and under the heel of each Is written a favorite quotation. She calls It an eccentricity.

Thomas and Mrs. Melghan have gone to White Sulphur Springs, Va., for a short vacation before he starts work In his next picture, which will he a sea story, the title of which has not been announced. While at White Sulphur Springs Mr. Melghan will confer with George Ade on a new story which he is writing for him. Leatrlce Joy and Owen Moore will appear in a special Paramount pro- duction, a screen version by Sada Cowan of Maximilian Foster's story, “The Silent Partner.” The story ran as a serial In a widely popular weekly magazine. Work was started last week by William de Mllle on “Only #B,” Lois Wilson has one of the featured roles. Clara Beranger adapted the A. E. Thomas play, which was suggested by a story by Walter Pritchard Eaton Miss Wilson will appear as a rather stooped and slightly gray-haired woman of the story.

“The Covered Wagon,” the James Cruze production for Paramount, was shown in the Criterion Theater. New York, March 16. The Criterion has only 608 seats, but with this limited capacity the picture drew $10.873.60 the first week—an astonishing record' according to Paramount, as only two performances per day were given and the program lasted more than two hours. While Pennsylvania motion picture fans are still vigorously protesting the action of the state board In bannlng Charlie Chaplin’s latest First National screen classic from that state, word comes that ten Columbus Protestant ministers have rendered the final verdict which permits the presentation of “The Pilgrim” It. Ohio. The case was given to the ’’Jury” of clergymen by Education Director Vernon M. Riegel, chief of the film censorship division, following receipt of letters of protest, origi nating chiefly in small towns. Bradley King, continuity writer, has taken a daring departure from the views of career, matrimony ar4 the home held by many successful twentieth century women In "What .y ¦ a Wife Learned.” her latest screen original. In her story Miss King offers a solution as novel as it is : Interesting for the much discussed question. “Are marriage and career incompatible Thomas H. Ince declares “What a Wife Learned” to be one of the biggest pictures he has ever produced. Esther Ralston, who appeared with William Desmond in “The Phantom Fortune." has been cast In support, of Hoot Gibson in ’’Pure Grit." which is the title under which Universal will release Gene Markey’s magazine story, ’’Bllnky.” Miss Ralston was the Mary Jane of “Huckleberry Finn.” One of Strongheart's own puppies has been selected to portray White V Fang in the early episodes of Jack London's famous story, which is nowbeing made into a motion picture at Banff and Lake Louise. Canada, as the next Trlmble-Murfln production starring Strongheart. Gladys Brockwell has been cast to portray the role of Mrs. Schofield In a screen version of Booth larkington’s “Penrod and Sam,” now being filmed at the Hollywood studios Miss Brockwell will be remembered for notable screen delineation as Nancy Sykes in "Oliver Twist." Ever noticed that in every picture

Jackie Coogan makes he has an animal pet? In one picture he has a dog; in another a rabbit; still another shows him with a cow. and in “Daddy” the starlet has a baby pig.' Mildred Is this pet’s name. Herman and Verman, colored youngsters, who brought many a laugh In Marshall Nellan’s “Penrod," are appearing in the cast of "Penrod and Sam." The Washington artistes whowill be heard in the thematic prologue of; “Mighty Lak’ a Rose” at Crandall’s Metropolitan Theater this week are Miss Ruth Peter, soprano, and Miss Helen Ware, violinist. The prologue will utilize both of the proscenium side stages and will be enhanced in beauty by novel lighting effects originated by John J. Payette, as eistant general manager of the Crandall theaters.

When Charlie Chaplin comes to the screen of Crandall’s Metropolitan Theater In "The Pilgrim" In the near future, the companion attraction will' be the Williamson Brothers’ marvelous submarine picture, “Wonders of the Sea.” In which Lulu McGrath Washington beauty, is cast In the role of a Mermaid Venus. A. N. Waters, manager of Crandall’s Theater, last week was appointed to the managership also of Crandall’s Central Theater, in the same block on 9th street, vice William V. Boyles, resigned. The steel structure of Crandall’s new Ambassador Theater, at 18ih street and Columbia road northwest, was completed last week. The steel skeleton of the building, as may be readily observed by the passer-by, is entirely Independent of walls or masonry. The upright columns arv raised from cement footings Imbedded in the earth and the weight of the roof structure thus is carried straight down to the ground. The roof slab will be of gypsum Instead of cement. The work on the Ambassador Is being carried forward under the supervision of Thomas B. Lamb, foremost theater architect and engineer in the United States.

The Crandall Base Ball League opened its season with a bang last Wednesday. Harry M. Crandall and his executive staff led a procession of players and rooters from the Avenue Grand Theater to the Union Station Plaza diamond, where they circled the field and finally stopped at the home plate, where Mr. Crandall was presented with a huge basket of flowers. The Boy Scouts’ Band furnished the music and Mr. Crandall threw out the first ball. The Avenue Grand team beat the Apollo nine from northeast, 11 to 4.

Oscar Morgan, field manager for J Cosmopolitan Productions, renewed acquaintance with many of Washington's film colony In this city during the past week. Mr. Morgan, previous to going to New York to assume an. important position in the general of offices of the Famous Players Lasky Corporation, was manager of the local branch of the same corporation. Mr. Morgan was the guest sf Toth Moore during his stay.

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