Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(May 1, 1909)
Murdock, J. J.
A timely talk on progress, p. 7
THE SHOW WORLD A TIMELY TALK ON PRJGRESS By J. J. MURDOCK. Rdlbrit : lei! t~1 wI / /i ;17' In st i Off, /T~ Isl m 4 I cll'e1/ rI a lkI ichl egt lieving somie of tle wild tales that are atlat, and for the belefit of ti/ost' ex- iibitors who have been mi/s-informCed regarding the status of the Inter/i- tionlal company. I wish to state that the esifiest place to cone for depend- able information is to headquartors.' A visit tco ouir shipping roomls \\oul d qickly dispel any doubts in this dt rection. To thio e ieibers of the trust who ibelievedi that w\i would not get one- third of the trade f this country, I extend' a cordial invitationl, to visit, not only ouir shipping room, but, if they are still in doult after /n inves- tigation there, they are welcome to examine our hooks. hit I will wager a liuindred dollars for any charity, that they would nlot agree-c to do as Thle op)inionl which prevails in the asJt that the Ind(epenldenit miovemenit i hich i/l it i//cepti / ill "lhe west, through the I nternatiO/al Proje ct in and Pro/l/uc- i//p coLCilpany, ,wouIld be of ,hort dur11a- I/i/o/I, a ni 1 , like Ia wii i th' X wisp 1 would pass quLickly into obl 1ivN io n , woI xu ck- IC lbe Ilis- ipelled if the Trl/st could rCa/d t i/e wgs/o th/ ti n correctly, for it ,houcli know by, /inow\ that the Ititer- /latiolal company is a vital force and oce that in complii/tely rex-lutiolizing tle /moving picture industry. Un/fortlIIaItI the Irust i/as here- tfore i/e/I i/iliied b the glo ing ri/orts of it hirelings, hwho, ill their fforts to ilia their lasterS. I/e distorted fact,, and coliredi the nhes. t1/l1s emIixcaxvoring to court the tavor c Il/ /IiIMiC'r lit tilt exil/se ()f /tl. i tilt ntertloi/er xvit a vixi/ iiagin/atioi nuist sooner or later be cis orii iy t/ very exense xhich The Value of Connections. Evey anl of affair". anld partiew - lirly those whio hai' occupied al c\ ivCI//C positioll i/I the muliselmeit bulsiness, is acquainted with the tac- tiCs Of the self appointed talie-hear/', theo, to inlgratiaLte i/il//S/if into the I av;or of the mian higher up, will in - 0Iiial bii ii ti/C kll /i of 1cWS eliiCil i/i tii/ks wiiih i/n //st ItlelS- ing to his car and 1ot the kind fronm 11iCl 1a proper c;till11ate of Condeitlon'S lil i)C g i 1el. I t/i/k I Ia say, without being eculsed of egoti.sm1. that probably no ) i l indiidli al ill tile slhho bisi/less l/sa better ipport/nity of keeping il /0//ch 1il ci/rrent CelIS il ti/c ICII0fes1011 Of C11tertaillunllelt tha n my- ,ei. Through my various coniice- Iion/s, IcOItl a1S tlhe) I/ri i// t erx ci/y lI//i tlcx/ i/l tile uit/iStaites.I Cnl, if necesary', witin a i/ge hour. icy I//ClIS of thle lo/Ci/ng iistalnce tele- ii/lo/Ie a/// tile telegraph e placed in p~ossessionl of ins.tant informfationl co\- cliig ev\eV CIallel of the Ill/S - inlent buiesin which I aml inter- e-tei. tiars of experienCe have tulglt ie the val e f reliable inforI InaZtionl. Lying henchmen have been ,,hV Cause of the downlfall of mnany a uli e in /stittition and history is re- Icicle w/ Iit geleralship outdone by a iakneiss in the ranks. T/c 1rust may not e I't hai' flIIi ninek to strenlgthen its various de- fc'nces--to tli/li rock for each foun1/dla- tiol of its structure; it may be hanidi- Cl/iC is too m/an1y al enterprise has i/ll in the past, with inctmipetent se-rrit.Inell of too little experi- "IC to k/nowe, a fim from a silken ribbIn Celrtail I aml that its scouts ii/Ie been poCrly chose/ / and that lilli ill/h-C gihenle /1/C a//dvan'~ta/ge fi/Il- 0911 cvN tieir emloyieirs. I)ici I 10 fee 111pregna3I il m pitiun I onllll cd Ills ire to show iy liaml! t'' lily Oppletnts or rather, expose i I/-elk/i's 0f tileir own. Rumors are Rampant. It is really amuising to mre to learn 'lle mI/Ilors which have been circl/- itd ohver the land, tinding their in- Cction inl the Illinds of designilg in- Hili/ias, I/ot only the underlings ,of hel trust, butt those mutch hither up1) \llo OIgllt to know better. SO long i/aS the exhibitor been a Pai for the ches plyi magnate lt it is /lot surprising if I llliber 'I/ t1e ilh lc been deceived into be- "hils/igI Ct/ttIln. I/I these~ cases xvi ftti/I/tihat"" li/Cehiiitor hod takeni sreicc tronlI so-called Independent exchanges wx'ho were either furnish- ing then with duped ogood or so/iC of the shoddy, dead film which was purchased and shipped into this couI- try dttring the interim following the colsilimation of the Trust and prior to the first release of International product. These goods were pir- chased at from one to three cents a foot, from which fact the exhibitor may know of the unreasonable profit his 1atronage has been affording s/ch exchanges. Exhibitors Enlightened. Slowly, but surely, the great army of American exhibitors is becoming enlightened. It is no longer willing to be driven like so many sheep, willy, nilly, at the beck and call of a grasping shepherd. Since the toesin of independence was sounded the rank and file has felt the throbbing of the pulse (f its owi independent blood. Imposition upon exhibitors is done for and a sympativ and co-on- eration whith their wxants and needs has lifted a great weight from their shoulders. The time when profits can be m/ade in the sale of shoddy stiff is nearing its final chapter in the an- nals of iotography. Froi the chaos of slavery the In- ternational company ias led the way to the cosmos of good service, clean conditions and a higher quality of film subjects than the country has ever kn/owni. Film Exchange LicenseCancelled. Pittsburg, Pa., April 27. The license of the American Filim Exchange of this city was cancelled today by the Motion Picture Patents Company, for alleged violation of agreements. Poor Business for Clansman. Urbana, lII., April 27. The Clansmanl company jutmped fron Kansas City, Mo., to Urbana oi Alonday and from Urbana to Ander- son, Ind., o1 Tiesday. Business has been poor for four weeks past.- BROWN. MARVINALMOSTGETS A REAL LOOP HOUSE (Continudl fron P/ge 3.) Just how this plan will work is el/ig- ilatical, but I'mn willing to nmake the experiment. I ha'e not signed aliN- body for any of the comlpanies, thius farl, and will probably no(t consider that for several weeks yet. Quite a number of my players became st/C rug favorites and nay be signed again. I Cal t Say nlowh. "It wa'lls suggested to me that I Ilight find it profitable to keep open during the siliier with a series of light comedy bills. It has been mny experience that a 'series' of any kind of hills does not pay. The repertoire people have the right idea-that is the wise ones: they hold their comedy un/Itil the closing night. There is a pe- c/liar psychological fact about com/e- dies; take the repertoire show, for example; if it plays its colliedy early in the week, the following bills will loct draw; if it holds its colmedy un- til the end of the week, the public will say: 'Why didn't you play that piece Mltday; xe coui have seen it two or three timies. The truth of the matter is that the coIliedy leaves nothing to talk al/olt; it leaves /11 probleni to be discussed; it is coin- plete in itself; it leaves the audience mentally satisfied." Regarding the Association. Air. 1iarvin xas asked hov the new Stock Managers' Association would work in a situation ,inch as presented ItI tis city. wxhere arvi1 contrIls tihree ihouises an//C i5 a/ iOlier /of tile ass0cia/tion an/d/ Sa/m P. Gersonl ills another and is also a m1eiber of the association. '*here will be no difficnlty oi that Score whatsoever," said Air. 11arvi, *While it was agreed that mllmbeirs of the associatiol should have a/ vote for each house they control, it wxould practically disrupt the combination, so far as this city is c/cer/el, if wvere to eiain ti/at right. I believe that for the good of the business, lo- calliy, a/s wveli as eisewhere, I am/1 io- 11g /10 1lore thanll my duty in waiving iny right and entering into an equita- ble arrangement with the one opposi- tion house here." New Film Device. One of the nicest improvements for te m/ving ptitere oerators is the W~onlderfuli Filmr Stea/dier. Ti/is little dieviee malkes a perfect picti/re, re- gadlessof iow old tie filli may le or iowl badly a machine is worn. The atfe or condition of either has little effect oi the working of the device a/d wii prevent it from flickering and Jt// mpilig. I/I time the feed holes in a fil/i are worn large or the sprockets o1 your machine are worn stilall, causing the picture to jumip ip and down oi the screen. It is stated fron good auth- ority that this will relieve people's eyes when looking at the screen an( be a fine asset to the industry in gen- eral. This film steadier is pu/t (on/ the market by the Chicago iil Ex clli/age. Rorick's To Open. Elmira, N. Y., April 29. Rorick's theater will open 'May 24 wxithI tile Rorick's opera co/ipa//y i/i Roin/ Hoodl, the soa/50/i c/I/intiuig ltii September 11, with a veekiy change of bill. Manager Herbert Salinger has established temporary headquarters in New York City where the strongest company in the history of Rorick's is being signed. A recordi- breaking season is anticipated- BEERS. Laid Off Two Days. The Lym/an Twins played to such ad business o the opening night of their recent engagement at the Virginia the- ater in Wheeling that the company laid off for the other two days on which it was booked to appear at that house. May1,1909. 7 N /111e for mie, and show what their IosSes are compared to our weekly gains. No Price Cutting. It is a h-cry gratif'in/g reflection to know that it ias not been necessary lor IS to do ally price cltting to get oir business to its present lCalthy condition and maintain it there. Are the Triuslt laiuifacttrerS as clear of conscience upon this point as 1 am? Since the inception of our company i'C hae iniSiSted uponl the exhibitor pyi't tlihe exc/l/gi a fair Ice for and get tle price; a fact which has \e ils/ asked tile illin exchange i/al to tote fair with the exhibitor and furni shi him with the Interiation- Al product for which ie contracted. We also askedl the exhibitor to cor- respond with //s in person, if, i/i his Il/ind, there vis a doubt that lie waS not getting our g/ods. We have found this suggestion I good ieais of locating exhibitors who were not playin/ fair, for we have had letters froll l/oving picture showenli/l giving us/ the titles of supposedly Interna- tional product which never saw oir "Aha! And the Vilain Stin Pursued Him!" WARNING No. 2 TO EXHIBITORS! /.earc onvet' ea. c- l.. In,a notee siscms tee stcveest oelamne en o n u cso e and bu th he- e , f wek thn -u -r herd v. e I vill back the exhibitor with all the resoarces I f t o topee a-d it ec hagea ore frant- at my cma,.nd and I'll win hi fight for him or bust a aecrla t the ost rd ,ac -res the. cn -mn- m myself acture Read the, e fllong letter th art a to me ftot I n the ..ec..nd. lac, oucan Iuit using lcensed fih lea / lee_;,G reen BayWs . ad the reat me comenct- any minute yo ant to. You don t have to stick to years, Ai/edc.-.. 1 rfl- Asse-toee & ,s. Chispoarn- I toa ehs twso booter- sP/e ISt -,k d- -d P- sta t o he anl t wo o theathir dplae.o u rnntht the Patents Company k k t/ dI -,n tn o .o.n twdoeeat LdI- I dtefneaec/~tee~ . I Ih,-teas h-st asdastd stislt ktck -eoot". Y-oik-nnthey ..nld i,,etheirhor to yeas Itherea st nes ttat - osese buy any mtre lcensed films wasa deth blw to them. Now listen to me Yo.-t IRA W/ JONES Y Vaategoing to hearother liesabout idependent fies. Fitstnecther Mr rJoesn r yoeu, ,or anybtdy else is Bt if anyor n r es iro your plae and tIes t, eare yeu lialetc- "ines or calamtes"ta r ihnnig my hir Its at with a y so t of bleff, hand him onet sift, speedy kik en the aburd that I h , makindg a i ke evo- ing ite, seatng capacityand I'll pay the dIamage CARL LAEMMLE, President. THE LAEMMLE FILM SERVICE Headquarters: 196-198 Lake Street, Chicago MINNEAPOLIS PORTLAND EVANSVILLE OMAHA SALT LAKE CITY WINNIPEG wUoSTLNGaeasc1anaorsens MONTREAL AND A BRAND NEW BRANCH IN DENVER, COLORADO ANOTHER LAEMMLE CARTOON.