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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)

Combined synopsis and criticism of films recently released,   pp. 8-9

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Dramatic, Lux:
Toiestoix <I t b oatman's wife who
tempilted io,, cc%,- husband and sonc.
the oily  onigiue of a stranger.  Tie
husband follows tier, and, catching her
with her new found love, a fist fight
ensues in which the boatman is victori-
ous. The wife and husband are recon-
ciled through the efforts of their young
The scenes are laid in and aboutNice,
France, during the celebration known as
The Battle of the Flowers. The back-
grounds have been carefully chosen for
their picturesqueness. Many   of the
scenes are beautifully tinted and the
photography is almost faultless through-
out. The film should be popular and
destined to long use.
Between the times that Ambrosio is
producing masterpieces, the studio force
is permitted to perpetrate such utter
absurdities as "The Musical Waiter,"
which relates that awaiter who is fond
of music insists on dancing and sing-
ing with the 46afe orchestra while si-
multaneously attempting to wait upon
the guests. He ruins the ladies' dresses
and he smashes up the china, and is
finally kicked out of the place, after his
nonsense has continued through five or
six numbers. In any well ordered cafe
he would have been mobbed in two sec-
FATHER'S HOLIDAY, Comic, Claren-
A mcnildly amusing story, which re-
lates that father has determined to take
a holiday by himself. He packs a small
tent and other camping paraphernalia,
and, kissing wife and daughter good-
bye, toe starts off. His first camp is in-
terrpted by a farm and, who dumps
a quantity of fertilizer behoind the tent.
The second camp is interrupted by the
onslaught of a herd of cows and father
gathers together his kit and makes a
stumbling exit from the scene, meeting
with several accidents before he finally
arrives home to be bandaged up and
placed in an easy chair, where he is
last seen reading a book called "Rest-
foc Holidays."
HENRY 11I, Drama, Itala:
The dissolute Henry III of France
was assassinated by a monk, a fact
which has formed the basis of this
filmic intrigue. Aside from this fact,
however, the story is not historical. The
action moves swiftly from beginning to
end; the actors are the pick of theItala
studio, while both interior and exterior
scenes are presented with a striking
fidelity to the details of the period. The
king becomes fascinated with the wife
of one of his courtiers. He writes her
a note and sends it by the court fool,
planning a rendezvous. They meet. The
fool is caught spying upon them. The
king reprimands him and he threatens
revenge. The woman drops her scarf at
the meeting place. The fool finds it
and takes it to tier husband as proof
of the truth of his story. A stormy
scene between husband and wife fol-
lows. The housband disguises himself
as a monk, obtains admission to the
Ring's presence, stabs him and in turn
as rntn ticrougho by an attendant, being
gathered up is thrown from a wind ow
of the castle to the stone pavement
below. The final scenes show the re-
morse of the jester.  "A great film!"
was the verdict of a cnumber of exhib-
I rs who witnessed it upon this occa-
Dramatic, Lux.
A story of thet middle ages, told in
a series of exquisite photographs. A
wandering street singer being refused
alms. is in a starving condition. He
enters the church of the Notre Dame
and appeals to a statue of the Virgin
for help. She comes to life and gives
him  a valuable necklace which    she
wears. As Soe leaves the church he is
followed by two villagers. He goes to
a jew and sells the necklace. Mean-
while the villagers have informed the
police and the minstrel is arrested.
taken before the tribunal, charged with
sacrilege and condemned to the block.
Just as the axe of the headsman is
about to fall. the Virgin appears in a
vision, presents the necklace to the
condemned minstrel, strikes off his
bonds and bids him escape. His would-
be executioners, fall upon their knees
in adoration.
Interest never lags throughout this
story and it will prove a welcome ad-
dition to any exhibition room.
TINE, Educational, Comerio:
A 111m4c which is deserving of general
adoptic  by   schools   and colleges
throughout the country as well as a
prolonged popularity among professional
exhibitors. It shows how oranges are
grown, picked, sorted, packed    and
shipped. The photography is of the
highest standard, a fact which greatly
enhances hlic intrinsic merit of this
s.ries  of  views.
ER, Comic, Eclair:
An anmtusing film conceit showing the
difficctly which a cinematographer en-
countered while endeavoring to take a
picture on the public highway. Three
men. disguised as ruffians, bold up a
vomoan and hier ciiil. The party then
mooe to another point to take another
self with which he practices upon every-
thing in sight-smashing china and do-
ing much other damage. He escapes
from  his pursuers, and, like the boy
who fights and runs away, he lives to
smash some other day. The relation
is mildly anusing. The photography is
high class.
Drama, Great Northern:
The title is somewhat misleading. At
the finish, no one knows what the des-
tiny of Paul Wang will be. The audi-
ence is given a series of episodes in
the life of a young man, son of rich
parents, who is entqto the city to earn
a livelihood, well equipped with funds.
He gets into bad company, falls in love
with a prostitute and is finally reduced
to rags. The woman casts him off when
she has wrung his purse dry and he re-
turns home, where he receives the par-
ental forgiveness. Some of the scenes
ari so suggestive that exhibitors will
do well to think twice before presenting
til, filmi to their audiences.
Unbiased Criticisms of Recent Film Releases Condensed for
Quick Reference.
VERIA, Lux:-A      pictucrvstque
stoW of a huirnman's wife who
is liced, I oo  b , cy a stranger
cical is finally reconeiled.  Re-
markahle for senic effects and
~odI phcotographcy.
brosio:-A   comedy.   by    no
mans up to the high standard
\N ich Ambrosio has established
for draiatic productions.
--A  very mild comedy which
will please a relatively few pat-
rocs of picturedom.
HENRY III, Itala:-Another mas-
,epi-ce from the Itala studios.
Te nction is swift, the pio-
toraphy  excellent  and  the
sc'nic effects are of a high or-
tnr of merit.
LACE, Lux:-Superstition forms
ihl, isis of the plot of this
soI ,taged story and it corm-
iii,,   cciec'-sn  firont  be-
PALESTINE     Con erio:-Shov
1low  .'  cc'  c, ccown.  Icar-
i,             Ila( ho a.5  .I ndt
i:. wortiy of a pacee on
GRAPHER, Eclair:-Fact bos
ccccc I-en ciorotce-id very fuar to
form  thie bcasi of this clever
coiconceit.   It will afford
g-enuic  miusemnent to   both
1 aity  ;1n1(  inin3 ln.
iccw'ao  s' ,  '  w l   a  tame
hcar is cus-, for a finle effect.
they have had a terrific fight with
Bruin. He helps them to their homes,
but as they arrive, the wife of one of
them and a little girl arrive with the
bear at the end of a rope and the
child feeds it with candy. The use of
a genuine bear adds great interest. The
episode is cleverly told and will prove
popular for some time to come.
Whilc lacking in an impelling love
interest, the presentation of this Am-
brosio film is so typically masterful of
that studio that it will compel the un-
divided attention and sincere applause
of any audience. Briefly, the plot re-
lates that a number of pirates have cap-
tured a prize and are returning to the
cave of their chief with their booty.
The chief, apparently dissatisfied with
their spoils, refuses to divide up with
them. They conspire to rob their chief,
but meanwhile he has been informed
of the conspiracy and endeavors to
make his escape in a small boat. The
pirates arrive in time to catch him
within rifle range and end his life, thus
regaining their spoils. The scenic back-
grounds are well chosen and a romantic
atmosphere pervades the picture. The
photographcy is invariabl- excellent.
Comic, Pineschi.
An unbridled enthusiasm-which to
the various victims would undoubtedly
be classed as malicious mischief-forms
the basis of this film story. A young
man, watching a game of handball be-
comes so enraptured that he visits a
dealer and buys a spiked mitt for him-
It will sirprisc a' w.ll as dl-
light  h, .cerag, audienc.o
Ambrosio:-Despite a lick of
lovxe acl, "'heart" interest. This
ficin  ii old a  <tntiun through
r iccecct Of proorcctiocc.
PLAYER, Pineschi:-More suit-
(.1 ln Icurol-u n than Aninn, 1mt a good filmc of
11   '.cc'. m chchn s-u '  variety.
Great Northern:-Alacny of the
s, ccs are revolting.   A rich
yxing ma goes to the city and
aills in with a prostitute, but
tinally returns home. Probablly
intentl,d as a moral lesson, hol
mooissed  its  point.
FORCE OF LOVE, Fineschi:-\n
chsorbing storx of rival lover.
nt lvays of -ood photography-
Et Iooaricoiaixv interesting.
DESTINY, IM:E:-An originalbct
corbid epi c , by no means up
e,, cie siantcrl of the first no
[Al' reles.T Contains severa l
il-iclienin situation.
Colnmbia-o frs  icolir-
rnt'.   oine thiaish  of trahi
wc    hadi.  Tic, iic idea
ir  A   doctor Icis   u ocn- '.1
vincioli  lcanges  vol ic.-
black and vice veisci. caccd cci-
totioaciolls r-esult.
\\X1Iil throw'c fromo ci tic-oct ccci-
ca-ct mchtine- tii,  pt~iograll 0
ANc is hadl.  The  stacge is c.o
siccctl. Tic, storyv is mcccii'
\ illIne
FORCE OF LOVE, Drama, Pinesch:
The age of the basic plot of this film
is somewhat redeemed by the youth of
the incidents of its presentation. A
rich old dealer in gold and silver would
force his daughter to marry a man of
his choosing. She refuses and elopes
with a poor workman, who is later dis-
charged by the less favored rival This
leaves the man, wife and their little
girl, destitute. The wife sends a neigh-
bor out to sell a necklace which her
father had given her. A wandering jew
buys it and in turn sells it to the
father. It recalls his lost daughter to
him and in a vision e sees her pitiable
condition. He takes a bag of gold to
her and leaves it on the doorsill with
a note. The thanks of the family are
inscribed on the baby's photograph and
sent to him, but his heart does not
melt until the little child herself takes
a big bouquet to him on the occasion
of his birthday and all are then re-
conciled. The interest is well sustained
THE TROUBLE KISS, Comedy, Phoenix;
About the best things in this film
are the stage properties. No one will
accept the story seriously.  No one
with good judgment could    commend
the severe black and white of the photo-
graphy. It is acted on a very small
stage, which, in the first scenes is made
still smaller and more troublesome to
the players by the presence of a large
post in the center. A man and a woman
guests at a house party, announce their
engagement to their host, and, in the
fashion of the hour (?), he kisses the
Iouig liy. Ilis wife sees him  and
scene in the story, but meanwhile a
small boy has seen the hold up and
believing it to be real, calls the neigh-
bors and they in turn arouse the po-
lice.  The three "highwaymen" are
sauntering along slowly, some distance
behind the other members of the party
and are suddenly pounced upon by the
bluecoats and landed in jail, despite
their protestations. They are finally
released by the stage manager, who
traces them to the station house and
all indulge in a good laugh, except the
policemen, who are severely reprimand-
ed. A film that will interest any audi-
THE BEARSKIN, Comedy, Lux:
A dealer in hides offers two villagers
a high price for the skin of a bear
which they claim to have seen in the
forest. He arms them with clubs and
knives and they start off. Suddenly the
1ear comes upon them and they fall
upon their knees before it and beg for
mercy. Then they escape; tie up their
heads and report to the dealer that
Independent Subjects
N ovemb11er   1',Jj
U nin,  iiately  br ac;ks  11,1
hi deouncinL4 himt-in      oseprt
to :nil   ."   -:edengae    anisedot
tained at his    home   by somne entere
friends who indulge in an orgy lode
husband follows h is wifle to  heTh
and after call ing upon thle engaghe'
and  the finace            im o ota
dilemma, the lodge friends are suamn.
ed tThee are immediately sober. They
as highwaymen, tie th       hone, disguise
NNrith ro;pes and the wifeerelentol fail
as she believes her husband'st tofsave
For a first effort, this film is nlot halfa
bad.   The pictures are clear and the er
idea is clever. A certain Physician ad. e
vertises to change one's color. A nie.
gress goes to hir and is made white, but
is warned that she must continue th
medicine   at  regular   intervals. She
toas caitl Twhie  chilma dining, sefor
gets to take her medicine and is sud-
denly changed to her original color
much    to  the  consternation Of the
guests. The little girl of the household
in which the colored maid works, gets
hold of the medicine and is turned
black, as are her father and mother
So the incidents continue until the negro
iover of the maid, being turned white,
runs out of medicine and is turned
black again, then he and the maid visit i
the physician and force him to take his
own medicine.
DESTINY, Dramatic, Imp:
The purpose of this, the third release
of the IMP     films, is not altogether
clear.  The episode-and it is nothing
more than an episode-may be intended
to impress thefact thatvice entailsIts
own punishment, otherwise ass most-
wonder why the film was produced. The
phootography   is   of  a  fair quality
throughout and the ideas are eriginal.
The opening scene shows a thief with
a small bag of stolen nuggets,ewhich
lie hides in the sand. The scene shifts
to the cabin ofan old propector. The
old man is out of his mind. He goeesI
forth  and  by  some feat of innuition
finds the bag of nuggets-and dies. -1.
friendly Indian carrieshimtohisca  ,
and, returning, is about to pick up the
hag of nuggets when the thief arrives.
There is a quarrel but the two agrees
to divide the spoils. While the divisiont
is taking place, the thief strikes the
Indian on the head and escapes, making
a dangerous passage across a morass
of quicksands, which finally begins to
envelope him. The Indian comes to h!
senses, traces the thief who offers the
bag of nuggets to save him from the
sands.   The Indian lets himself down
and begins to sink. Three days elapse j
The thief dies. A tree falls from the
bank and the Indian rescues himselfl
and takes    the bag of nuggets to a
woman who befriended him-and dies
ather feet. Thesceniceffectsaregood,
but the episode is morbid.
If this film wilt pass the hoard 0'
cenlsorship itwil probablybestmated
bv~ exhibitors asthe bestthat the Bison
studio has produced. It contains ain-
naping and the murders ofaeverall-
dians, and is of the usual dims novel
order which the Bison people seem de-
termined to make their own. Young
Deer is an Indian brave. He quarrels
over a game of cards in the Indian
camp and stabs another Indian. The
chief strips Young Deerof hisfeathers,
has him tied to the back of     orseand
sent out over the prairie. H oi soee
by a young woman in the amp of so-
cowboys and she is the moanseof te
cuing him.   He is very grateful1toher
and proves his gratitudelater when she
is kidnaped b the Indians, for he kills
the leading Indian of the kidnaping
tribe and donning his clothes, enters
the Indian campand rescues the maiden.
They have arunning fight with the In-
Thane  but the cowboys come to the
rescue and the final scene would in*
iscate that the Indian brave and the
young COgirl were promised in mar-
yage. Thephotography is fine through-
ria     t ti, scenes are thrilling.
Order of Film Releases
Monday-Lubin, Pathe, Biograph,
Wednesday-Esoanay, PathsUr,
ban. Idelies, Gaumorit.
Thursday-Selig, Biograph, Lubin.
Friday-Pathe galem, Edison.
Saturday-Pahe, Vitagrapt, Gau-
Sunday-Pathe (occasionally).
Monday-Imp, I. p P.Co., Phoe-
Saturday-Great Northern.

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