Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)
Film men convene in an important session, p. 7
7 THE SHOW WORLD November 6, 1909. [e50 Ut C - in ter 500 and 1 Shrodhes i olt '1aer Cart popH T O l e Chh arlain Ioofolk Mal Bndway,` mkto. nd nsil tnan! a Wvr the :p;ar: ve, Itlitthe -)E7mi . ad. wh. .,wil 7!! remnain ist 0 t is te Leon, Mir IthI ed ti... oo h _4 -notaa it"w110 "oll .1 % 't Ap001i t r'tt ;4a_ Bl FILM MEN COVENE IN AN IMPORTANT SESSION Executive Committee of N. I. M. P. A. Meets in Chicago to Transact Vital Business-Numerous Topics DiscussedJ THE EXHIBITORS' GUIDE By Will Reed Dunroy. Unbiased Criticisms of Recent Film Releases Condensed for Quick Reference. LICENSED. ROMANCE OF THE ANDES, Pathe:-Vigorous story of an Indian's treachery, with at- tempted murder and other in- cidents. Tinted. THE BOGUS HEIR, Pathe:-m- t probable story of a worthless p h fellow claiming another man's te: inheritance. Amusing but not I provectivof much laughter. BTHEESENOITA, Selig-Story of an American villitit who tries towi1n aMexican girl, although I he is married. He almost elopes with her, but is caught by the Mexicans, and allowed to slink away. Good story fairly well presented. THE GIRL SCOUT, Kalem:- Story of the Boor wvar with a girlappearin gas ascout. Plenty of action and well presented. There is a love story also, of mild interest. BUFFALO RACING IN MA- DOEBA, Pathe:-Shows natives of Asia Minor racing half wild 1 ' tiffaloes in swampy land. Ex- citing. This film is tinted. E LIFE BEHIND THE SCENES, Pathe:-Exposition of how ac- tors appear rich on the stage and are impecunious off. True to life, but not hilariously funny. LINES OF WHITE ON A SUL- e J LEN SEA, Biograph:-This is a pretty story of unrequited love, pictured with a wide sweep of sea, and many picturesque fea- tures. It has dramatic incidents and is interesting. MOREiPRECIOUS THAN GOLD, Labin:-Melodramatic picture showing a miser's attempt to gain the hand of a pretty young girl. Ends happily with the re- turn of the young lover. Draws forth applause. NO MAN'S LAND, Selig:-Beau- tifully pictured love story on a desolate island in the South Ii Sea. Exciting, and has melo- dramatic features. Good story, well presented. THE GIBSON GODDESS, Bio- graph:-Story of a girl at the seaside who is pestered with many admirers, and her clever ruse in curing them of their admiration. Well pictured and fairly amusing. WHAT'S YOUR HURRY, Bio- graph:-Story of a father with a shot gun and a lover with a guilty conscience. Causes much laughter and merriment. Good comedy, well presented. MISS ANNETTE KELLERMAN, Vitagraph:-Film showing 1\iss Annette Kellerman in physical culture exhibitionsand in swim- ming feats. A film that men like. ADELE'S WASHDAY Vitagraph: -Shows a little girl in mis- chief on washday. Rather funny and very prettily pictured. Good for a neighborhood thea- ter where women attend. THE WITCH'S CAVERN, Selig:- Melodrama of a wild man who drags away a pretty girl, who is later rescued. Splendid scenic background. Contains several real thrills. THE TALE OF A FIDDLE, Ur- ban-Eclipse:-This is the pic- turing forth of an old legend, concerning a girl's bargain with the devil. Something like the story of "Faust" only more un- usual. Vert effective. THE WARRIOR'S SACRIFICE, Gaumont:-Well Pictured story of love and adventure. Ends in a troaelv. Fine scenically. DON QUIXOTE, Gaumnt:-Story made from Cervante's novel of the same name. Quaint story nicly presented Interesting to lovers of literature. MYSTIC MELODIES, Gaumont:- Pretty story in which music rauses some beautiful day dream, which later fade. Pa- thetic subict Colored. URSULA, WORLD'S FAST MO- TOR BOAT, Urban-Eclipse: Exhibition of famous motor b0oat l'u1ll of action and life Interesting topical filn, well Photnerapheld. a e ABACHELOR'S LOVE AFFAIR, Essanay:-Lopve story of a bach- t gives up forayounger man. H-as ftinny moments and B patheticsos BR VE WOMEN OF '76, Lnbin: Stt o f Rev1olution with modern buildings for back- ground. Plenty of action, but A hler fr-fatched. LESSON IN PALMISTRYLu- bn.:-pretty little love story in which the lover-impersonates a palmist with much success. Dainty comedy. - . - The Executive Committee of the Na- tional Independent Moving Picture Alli- ance convened in Chicago, Saturday, October 30. The entire board was pres- ent, consisting of J. J. Murdock, Win. H. Swanson. J. W. Morgan, I. C. Oes and A. Kessel. Arrangements had been made to have those persons who might be called upon hold themselves ready for instant call, including attorneys and sub-committees, and tis foresight in arranging details rendered it possi- ble to transact a surprising amount of business. Steady Income Insured. The financial committee reportedthat arrangements had been made with all manufacturers providing forasteadyin- come tothe Alliance ft'om thatdirection. Temporary Treasurer M. Fleckles re- ported that with but three exceptions all members had fully paid their initia- tion fees The matter of a comprehen- sive system of keeping records and re- ports was discussed, and F. W. Tracy, of the Exclusove Film company, was called in. Mr. Tracy is an experienced accountant, and has had considerable experience in devising working systems. He submitted an outline and volun- teered his services to the Alliance, and the committee tendered him a vote of thanks and requested that he proceed to work out a system for the Alliance. Luke H. Mithen, one of the attorneys for the Alliance, was present, and passed upon the legality of the various forms. Universal Contxacts. The subject of a universal contract was brought tp owing to the fact that film exchanges have had considerable trouble with sub-renters and dishonest persons, and it was shown that the Alli- ance was in better position to assist the film exchange if it had a contract in existence. It was thereupon decided to adopt a universal contract. The Ex- clusive Film company and the Chicago Film exchange were shown to hold mem- berships as importers and film ex- changes, and the secretary 'was in- structed to advise them to change one of their names, in conformity with the by-laws. A. Kessel presented his bond as treasurer, but owing to the surety com- pany not having filled out same prop- erly, it was necessary to have a new one made out. In the mean time, M. Fleckles will continue to act as tem- porary treasurer, as Mr. Kessel did not care to take over the large fund until tis bond had been accepted. Evils Are Discussed. Sub-renting and kindred evils were discussed, and the secretary was in- structed to notify all members that all rules of the Alliance would be strictly enforced. The handling of th e outputof teAlliancehmanufacturerswas thesub- tect of much attention, and a manufac- terrs' meeting is to be called by the secretary to take up this question and tirematter of release days. Newapplications were then acted up- on, as follows: G. W. Brandenburgh, Philadelphia, importer; rejected. Theo. Brinkmier, Wheeling, W. Va., manufac- turer; accepted. Mr. Brinkmier sub- mitted a reel of his film. Carson Com- pany, New York city, manufacturer; accepted. Pantograph Corporation, New York city; Travergraph Company, Brooklyn: United States Film company, Cincinnati, 0.; Thanhouser Company, New York city; Horsley Manufacturing company, Bayonne, N. J., were all accepted as manufacturers, subject to the approval of their film by the Executive Committee. Also Actophone Company, New York city. August Schultze, Turin, Italy; rejected. The Philadelphia Film exchange, Philadelphia; Pacific Film exchange, 'eattle, Wash.; Wichita Film & Supply company, Wichita, Kas.: Gus Sun, Springfield, 0.; Great Eastern Film company, New York City, were ac- cepted as film renters. The Eagle Film Service of Portland, Ore., was ac- cepted on condition that it change its name so as not to conflict with the Enale of Philadelphia. The secretary was thereupon instruct- ed to notify all members who had not complied with the by-laws and who had not paid their initiation fees that they were dropped from membership. Harstn & Co., of New York; the Golden Gate Film exchange, of San Francisco: Acme Film exchange. Pittsburg, and Central Film & Supply company, Saginaw, Mich., were dropped from membership. Foreign Manufacturers Present. A resolution was passed requesting the manfacturers to furnish the secre- tary with a list of exchanges buying film, in order to guide him in issuing certificates tothem and forthepurpose of incorporating this Information in ad- vertisements in the trade papers. While the Executive Committee was in ses- sion. it was visited by a delegation of foreign manufacturers, among whom were Ambrosio. Eclair. Lux, Itala and Ciamengo. They expressed tbemsetves as much pleased with the efforts being made to further indopendot interests in America, and promised their full co- operation and support in every way. MURDOCK APPROACHED, BUT WILL NOT SELL. Head of International Company Consid- ers Offer for His Stock a Huge Joke. It has been recently stated, in an amusement weekly, that J. J. Murdock had offered his stock in the International Projecting and Producing Company for sale. Mr. Murdock made the following denial of tie report: "That is such an absurd joke that it is not even worthy of consideration. However, in that you have put the question to me, I will state that if I wanted to sell out that I don't know that it would be anyone's business, and if I had any such intention, I would have no reason to deny it. I do not know of any law that would prevent me from selling my interest in the In- ternational, but I will say to you, as I have said to others, any interests I have I will sell for my price, and if you have the price you can buy it or anyone else can, but not with stage money or with any hot-air proposition. "A certain party did come to me to negotiate for the purchase of my stock and I told them that I had no intention of selling out, but 'would sell anything for the price.' They asked me my price and I said that I had never given it any consideration and had hadno time to figure it up, but that they couldmake me a proposition if they wanted to. Now comes the real joke. The gentleman offered to buy this three hundred thou- sand dollar corporation by paying five thousand dollars per month for it, and we were to turn all the stock over to them and they in turn would give us a lien on the stock after borrowing seventy-five thousand dollars from some bank, which would have the first lien; or we could lend him the seventy-five thousand dollars and have the first lien on the stock ourselves, which we now own. Put Up to Stockholders. "I told the party after he had made this proposition that I would put it up to some of the stockholders and if they would entertain it I would so notify him. The gentleman up to this date has not been notified and your readers can judge for themselves whether or not he will be, and in all of your ex- perience have you ever heard of any bigger joke? Suffice it to say that as innocent as I appeared in talking to the man, it gave me the information I was after to size up the calibre of the individuals as to the amount of backing they had." "A rumor has reached us that you were offered one hundred and twenty- five thousand dollars for your share in the International Company, and no doubt by the parties you refer to," was asked. "Well, if the parties I have in mind could raise twenty-five thousand dollars, to say nothing of one hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, why they would consider themselves mil- lionaires, but you can take it from me that the statement that I have made you is a moving picture of my selling out, and I reiterate what I have before stated, that there are no strings tied to my commercial interests and I feel at liberty at any and all times to sell what I own at any price that I may be pleased to place, and I don't see that it is anybody's business." FREMSTAD WILL SING AT THE AUDITORIUM. The second concert of the Chicago Auditorium series, which opened so suc- cessfully last Sunday, will be given next Sunday and will be responsible for the appearance of Mine. Olive Fremstadand M. Alexander Zukowsky. Mine. Frem- stad is the distinguished principal so- prano of the Metropolitan Opera Com- pany. Hundreds of her countrymenare preparing an ovation for her and the entire program is one calculated to In- spire her to her greatest efforts. Aside from the interest that centers In the appearance of this "Northland Queen of Song," unusual Interest at- taches to this program because of the fact it will embrace the American do- btot of A~T. Alexander Zukowsky. a Rus- sian violin virtuoso, who Is described as a veritable wizard as a tone painter. Zukowsly. who is the protege of the most di-eti n goisbed maestros of Euro pe, has defied all tradition by making his American debut in Chicago. This be- cause his American tour is under the management of Max Rabinoff of Chi- cago. Zukowsky goes from Chicago to Milwaukee, St. Paul. St. Louis, New York and the principal cities of the country on a tour that promises to be one series of triumphs. THE EXHIBITORS' GUIDE 3y Walt Makee. Unbiased Criticisms of Recent Film Releases Condensed for Quick Reference. INDEPENDENT. LOVE'S STRATEGEM, Imp:-A sweet, wholesome love story, told in a light comedy vein, affording a sympathetic smile rather than laughter. HOW FOOLSHEAD PAID NIS DEBTS, Itala:-Another Fools- head winner, as funny if not funnier than its predecessors. Fine photography throughout. LIFE FOR LIFE, Itala:-An ex- pensive mob scene subject; very exciting, but practically plot- less. A CABMAN'S GOOD FAIRY, Rep- worth:-Tells how a starving cabman and his three mother- less ch il dren are rescued by a woman passenger. A convinc- ing and pathetic story. THE INVADERS, Clarendon:- Weak in plot, but contains some realistic battle scenes, calcu- lated to appeal. LIFE IN THE SOUDAN, Rep- worth:-A pictorial lecture upon the life and habits of the Soudanese, of much educational value and told in excellent pho- tography. A SUBSTITUTE, Raleigh and Robert:-A live pig is substi- tuted for a baby while the nurse talks to a policeman; a comedy of one funny incident. A ROMANCE OF LIFE, Duskes:- A story of compelling interest, excellent plot and containing some situations which will wring teats. NOW KEEP SMILING, Duskes:- Warranted to win a laugh is 'this comedy story of two poor artists who hit upon an original scheme to obtain money. MEXICAN'S CRIME, Bison:-A dime novel told in pictures,but typical of the pioneer days of American history. Action good and photography splendid. & HUNGARIAN VILLAGE TRAG- EDY, Duskes:-An appealing drama of Hungarian life, end- ing in a tragedy. Photography of a high grade. A GAMIN'S GRATITUDE, Hep- worth:-A poor boy returns a stolen purse and is rewarded by a position. Will be liked by the average audience. THE ELECTRIFIED BUNCH- BACK, Lux:-A hunchback puts on a magnetized vest to reduce his hump and everybody is shocked. A good laugh getter. HIGH TREASON, Roma:-Very melodramatic story of some stolen military documents with virtue triumphant in the end. Good fortjiose who like "thrill- ers." THE MISCHIEF OF A BIG DRUM, Lux-Abassdrum runs away and affords a laughable chase film of considerable nov- elty. A BALLOON TRIP OVER TURIN, Ambrosio:-Motion pic- tures taken from a rising bal- loon. Deserves special mention for fine photographic quality as well as originality. THE BRACELET, Great Northern: -A story concerning the im- moral lives of a poor artist and his model, who finally marries him. Not altogether suited to America. THE LOVE HUNTER, Phoenix:- A fanciful story of two lovers and cupid, exquisitely told and well photographed. DOPE-HEAD CLANCY, Phoenix:- The story of a fool who gets into all kinds of trouble; a weak imitation of Itala's Fools- head. Vaudeville Fails. SOUTH BEND, Ind., Nov. 1.-Four weeks of vaudeville at the Elks' Temple, under the management of Barry Scan- lon, who formerly had charge of the In- diana, has proved the venture a failure and the theater will be closed. Stock companies at the Auditorium and Oliver are doing fairly well. Big attractions like Henry Dixey, Maclyn Arbuckle, James K. Hackett and Frank McIntyre, all here in the past two weeks, have done fine. Ward and Vokes played to capacity on the 28th. Vaudeville and pictures at the Majestic are doing good business.-DUNKLE. Takes Poison for Remedy. NEVADA, Mo., Oct. 30.-Wright De Havan, known on the stage as Ben Fa- gan, died suddenly here after taking medicine from the wrong bottle In the dark. He picked up a bottle of medi- cine prepared for external purposes for a horse. Mr. Fagan was formerly a partner of Charles Moreland of the Show World.