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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 6, 1909)

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


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COMBINE]
THE LOVE HUNTER, Comedy, Phoe-
nix:
A pretty, fanciful story of love, iln
which the audience is permitted to seeo
how Master Cupid shoots his arrows and
ow their points affect those whomthey
tilt.
A maiden, passing along a country
road finds a quiver of arrows. As she
Picks them tap, Cupid appears and rem-
onstrates with her. At this juncture a
hunter appears and she borrows is gun
to drive Cupid off, but Cupid proves the
ma1aster of the situation and makes the
man and woman a target for many of
Ils arrows. The man escorts the maid-
en to ier home and they sit upon the
steps until the mother calls the girl in.
Cupid, however, comes to the fore again
and helps the lovers out of their diffi-
culty. Later, they marry. After mar-
riage they quarrel, but Cupid always
appears in time to prevent a serious in-
terference of their connubial ties. As
a final scene the married pair are shown
in a quarrel more serious than ever,
but Cupid arrives with a little baby for
them and all is well.
Particular mention may be made of
the clever acting of the little girl who
inlays the part of Cupid and of the high-
grade of the outdoor photography.
LOVE'S STRATEGEM, Comedy, Imp:-
Inti s, tie second release of teImp
films, the effort has evidently been not
so mac to create a comedy for mere
laugiing purposes but rathner topresent
a dainty love story of a bookish variety,
touched with incidents which must ap-
peal to the average audience. The plot
is as old as the hills. Its presenta-
tion is somewhat along new lines. A
crusty old father is determined that his
daughter shall marry a man of his
choosing. The daughter has other plans.
She secretly meets the choice of her
heart and plans to elope with him. A
spying servant sees the ladder reach-
ing up to the daughter's window and
informs the father of the plot. The
father catches the lover and berates
ilm. Meanwhile the daughter climbs
down the ladder and by devious ways,
meets her lover oarthe lawn. The lover
Iasa tbottle of poison. They bothpr-
tendto take a doseaof it and fall pros-
trate, just as the father arrives on the
scene.  A doctor is summoned.    The
lover winks at thne doctor and tine lat-
ter pretends tirat the case is most seri-
ous. The father offers him any price to
bring the lovers back to consciousness,-
even the price of his consent to their
marriage. The doctor gives them a bit-
ter antidote and they recover, to re-
ceive the parental blessing. Effective
outdoor scenery has been chosen for the
backgrounnd of the story and the photog-
raphy for the most part is good.
A BALLOON TRIP OVER TURIN,
Educational, Ambrosio:-
With the interest now being mani-
fested throughout the world in avia-
tion, balloon and airship films have be-
come rather frequent, but this is an-
cdoubtedly thne first time thnat a moving
picture camera uas ever taken views
from  a balloon.  The Pegasus is one
of the most popular balloons of the
Turin Aero Club and it is in this that
the spectator nasno difflcultyinimagin-
ing himself sitting. As tire balloon
rises the great crowds at the aviation
grounds are shown as they rapidly
dwindle into human specks. Scenes of
the magnificent city of Turin, together
with the well-laid-out suburbs and sur-
rounding farm lands are then caught
by the camera. The views are so re-
markably clear that the photographer
must have been an expert, particularly
when the fact is considered that his fo-
cus was constantly changing. The bal-
loon descends and a demonstration is
given of how the air is let out and how
the big bag is finally folded and placed
in the wicker basket it carried. Dur-
ing this pictorial explanation, the bal-
loon is caught by a gust of wind. A
man becomes tangled in the ropes, and
only by rare presence of mind does
ie escape injury. A remarkable film
well worthy of a long life.
DOPE HEAD CLANCY, Comedy, Phoe-
nix:-
Clancy first mixes up with a vendor
of bananas and narrowly escapes ar-
rest. lie next attends a ball game and
tries to break into the line of ticket
Purchasers and gets the worst of the
bargain. Then he tries to climb the
fence and the "rooters" forcibly eject
him. He then applies for a position as
a moving picture actor. He breaks tap
the motographic drama and is dis-
charged.
It is a fairly good comedy of its
class and will be well received, despite
the fact that it has evidently been in-
spired by the now famous Foolshead
series, being issued by Itala.
THE BRACELET, Dramatic, Great
Northern:-
A rather risque story of the infatua-
tion of an artist for is model. The
opening scene shows him painting her
portrait. She asks him to buy her a
bracelet. He has no money, but, after
the model departs, he calls in a dealer
in oil paintings and sells is few pos-
sessions and buys the woman an ex-
pensive bracelet. He goes to her house
to present it to her but she is not satis-
SYNOPSIS
fled with a bracelet, she must have hats
and gowns and other things. The ar-
tist, now penniless again, goes to visit
a chemist friend for the purpose of
borrowing money. While in the studio
an explosion occurs and the artist is
stricken blind. He is cast off by the
model and forced to become a beggar.
While begging he is run over by the au-
tomobile containing his former model
and her latest paramour. He is taken
into their apartments and while there,
the woman recants, declares her love
for him and decides to marry him. The
final scenes show the blind artist and
his model wife in a cheap apartment,
apparently happy.
A film made for foreign consumption
and of relatively light value to anr
American audience.
THEo MISCHIEF OF A BIG DRUM,
Comedy, Lux:-
A big bass drum, whichris being used
bya band during a celebration, decides
to take a vacation and starts off. A
very funny chrase ensues, in which the
crowd of pursuers is constantly in-
creased  by excited villagers.  After
many strange capers, the drum is finally
captured by the bass drum player and
the band plays on.    Exhibitors who
sav tile film on this occasion, laughed
heartily over it, which is a safe criter-
ion of te public's judgment.
HIGH TREASON, Dramatic, Roma:-
An army spy is employed as a clerk
in the office of the general of the op-
posing army. He learns that a certain
lieutenant is to be sent to a distant out-
post to deliver important documents.
He engages the services of a woman
spy, who visits the courier, choloforms
imimandstealsithepapers. She isway-
laid by two highwaymen and her va-
lise, containing the papers, is stolen
from her. The thieve s, finding nothning
of value in the valise, return it to mili-
tary hneadquarters just in time to gain
thepardon of the nowconvicted courier
As a concluasion tise men all kiss one
another in true Roman style. What be-
comes of the woman spy and her male
accomplice is probably reserved for the
next flm of the series. This subject
wvillholdinterest.
THE ELECTRIFIED HUNCHBACK,
Comedy, Lux:-
A rather novel comedy idea. A doc-
tor advertises that he can cure hunch-
back people. A hunchback applies for
treatment and his hump is encased in
an electric armament. On his way home,
a superstitious woman, believing that
to touch ahunchback'sh ump will bring
good luck, is immediately knocked down
by an electric shock.  Tine hunchnback
visits a cafe and shocks everybody at
the tables, when the waiter come in
contact with him. A number of stu-
dents, marching along the street, are
knocked down like ten pins, and thus
the episodes increase. The hunchback
finally returns to the physician and
jambs the electrified vest down on the
doctor's head when ie is refused his
money back. The very novelty of the
idea will hold the wrapt attention of
an audience and should produce fre-
quent laughter.
A GAMIN'S GRATITUDE, Dramatic,
Hepworth:-
A little boy isabout to be arrested for
vagrancy.  A   rich woman interferes
with the officer and obtains the boy's re-
lease. As she departs, she drops her
purse. The boy picks it up, runs after
her and as he is about to return it to
her, two thieves snatch it and run away.
The boy follows them, is captured by
them  and taken to their haunt. He
sets fire to the place as they are divid-
ing the spoils. The fire attracts their
attention; the boy grabs the purse;
makes his escape and returns it to the
woman, for which he is rewarded by
being engaged by her as a page in her
house
A good dramatic story, proving, pos-
sIbly, that virtue not only is but has
its own reward.
A HUNGARIAN VILLAGE TRAGEDY,
Dramatic, Duskes:-
Calman, a rich old farmer, holds a
mortgage on the farm of a certain
widow who is possessed of a comely
daughter, whom he demands as his
wife, in payment for the debt. The
girl's sweetheart has joined the army.
She sends him a note. He asks leave
fabsence and it being refused obe de-
serts tire army and returns hnome on
his sweetheart's wedding day, only to
be told by her that It is too late, that
she must marry Calman, who is detest-
able to her, for her mother's sake. The
night of the wedding day, she has a
quarrel with her husband, knocks iim
down, leaves the house and meets her
lover. The pair are followed and when
pressed too hard, jump into a river and
end their lives.
The scenes are crowded with realistic
AND
activity. The photography is good, and
the heart interest is genuine. One or
two of the "night" scenes are marred
by inattention to details. Chickens and
pigeons are shown running around at
midnight, which is by no means the
manner of the barnyard birds, but aside
from this, the film story is well and
convincingly told; the acting is of a
high class, and the delicate finale is so
staged, that the suicide is strongly in-
timated by irrefutable after-evidence
without a detailed accounting of tie
actual tragedy.
MEXICAN'S CRIME, Dramatic, Bison.
Ai old time mnelodrama, familiar to
readers of dime novels and the now ex-
tinct playhouses of the blood and thun-
der school, forms the subject for the
latest release of the Bison films.
Itcwillthrill theaverage audience. A
cowboy makes love to a Spanish girl,
who nas just jilted a certain Mexican
greaser.  The   greaser  shroots  and
wounds the girl through a window of
the frontier bar room and the cow boys
start in pursuit of Inim, keeping u p a
running fire. The greaser and his gang
are finally captured after many fruit-
less shots have been exchanged. He is
about to be lynched when the sheriff
interferes. He takes the Mexican be-
fore the now-recovering girl. She iden-
tifies him and he is handcuffed and pre-
sumably marched off to jail.
The chase between cowboys and Mexi-
cans is highly exciting. The scenes are
well laid amid apparently authentic sur-
roundings. A genuine accident in which
a cowboy on horse, while crossing a
stream, barely escapes being crushed
to death beneath the stumbling animal,
lends much value to the interest. The
photography is uniformly good.
NOW    KEEP     SMILING,    Comedy,
Duskes:
Two poor,, half starving artists devise
a means for makcing money, They take
their easel, form it into a low tripod,
stick a high hat on it, through the top
of which they insert a pasteboard tube,
and lo, they have what looks somewhat
like a genuine camera, particularly when
it is half covered by a black cloth.
Their first victims are a policeman and
a nurse maid who desire their pictures
taken together. The one artist collects
the money in advance, poses the victims,
and with the injunction, "Now keep
smiling,"-makes off with his accom-
plice. Several other persons are victim-
ized, but the miscreants are finally ar-
rested. The audience on this occasion
enjoyed the film hugely and interspersed
it with frequent bursts of laughter.
A   ROMANCE    OF   LIFE, Dramatic,
Duskes:
A well told, pathetic story of every-
day life, with delicate juvenile touches,
whict contain a strong appeal to the
sympathies.
A man, engaged by a rich widow to
teach her two young sons, falls in love
with their elder sister. The mother
catches the two lovers at their rendez-
vous and discharges the tutor. Tire
girl runs away with him and they are
shown, four years later, happily married
and blessed by a boy baby. The father
is run down by an automobile and killed.
The wife and son are left Denniless. A
few years later, the mother and son are
shown in a poor lodging, where tine
mother, ill and starving, is bending
over a sewing machine endeavoring to
make enough money to keep them. She
falls over the machine. The son calls
in the neighbors. A doctor is sent for
and prescribes a bottle of wine. All are
too poor to purchase. The boy takes
his teddy bear and tries to pawn it;
failing in this, he goes to a wine shop
and seeing a bottle of wine on the stand
outside, takes it and leaves the teddy
bear in its place. When he arrives
home his mother makes him explain and
then return the wine to its owner. He
goes back to the store and there, as
he tells his story, his grandmother, who
is shopping, overhears the tale and real-
izes that the child is her own grand-
son. She returns, takes daughter and
child to her own home, and in the final
scene both are shown to be happy.
A SUBSTITUTE, Comedy, Raleigh and
Robert:-
This comedy has the fault of many
film comedies; it is built around a soli-
tary incident, which, while funny in it-
self, is really marred by too long pre-
lude andsa drawn out finale,
A nurse maid takees baby out in its
coach for aniairing. Sheomeetsa police-
man and whnile they go off for a stroll,
two bad boys put a live pig in the baby
coach and hide the baby. The nurse is
scolded and is forced to hold the pig
in her lap as a punishment.
LIFE IN THE SOUDAN, Educational,
Hepworth:-
Schools and colleges of this country
have apparently not yet appreciated the
THE SHOW WORLD
Independent Subjects
BY WALT MAKEE.
November 6,
CRITICIS
lhigh educational aleOf such gal a~
fi lectures as are con t a ined ingraot"
graphic subjects of' this kind. Therto
may     be near at hand, howeriat
exhibitors s  dal ny  usr dilere
These are close ran   tudie   oh
Soudanese, told atictur a of rare pho-
tographic vividness. How he people Of
the  Soudan   build their strawmattd
houses-grind their corn, cultivt the
soil, carry their burdens, worsial
perform  their daily customs wl abt
prove interesting to any audiece,
THE INVADERS, Dramatic, Clarendon:
This is practically  a mnotorapha
tion of "An Englishman's Home,"-
drama which stirre Enln toag
fever pitch of excitement and taught
its people the vital necessity of i
mediate re-organization of its Military
home guard
. The film shows how the SPY of a fo
eign government enters England, smugl
gles in cannon, soldiers and armp ind
then  attacks a home in the suburb .
which is poorly defended by it, ir
mates because of the antiquated fire
arms   in  their possession. The
iaders are fial    rvnof ay Ithe
batt11 ncenes are quite re alistica-,
ties the incidents together.
A CABMAN'S GOOD FAIRY, Dramatic,
Hepworth:-
A poor cabman, father of three moth.
erless children, all of whom are in a
starving  condition, starts out on a
snowy night with his cab, in the hope
of making enough money to buy bread
He is "turned down" by several late
pedestrians, but finally stops before a
house in which a fancy dress ball 1
being given. A young woman, in fan
dress, engages him to drive her home,
On the way he is overcome from lachIS
of food. The woman gets out of the
cab, helps him down from his box, put
him in the cab and takes his place, dri
ing the cab to her home, where hes
taken in and fed and tells hissto.
T1he richc owner of therame sendsthi
automobile for the three childreno
the cabman and all are givena good
feast.
The subject held theclose aenltaoo
the audience and seemed parniruals'l
of interestto temiddle class.
LIFE FOR LIFE, Dramatic, Itala:-
This is very evidently one of thlem
costly films that Itala has produced f
some time but which, has beenaas
of money.     Filled with mob see
dramatic situations and expensive pa
phernalia, upon which the makers ra.
well be congratulated, it yet lacks a,
plot sufficiently sustaining to warrart
attention. A love interest is brieflyi,
timated but goes no further thanbthe
intimation. Itala, in defense, may  al
that the stirring days in whicltheT
story  is laid,-probably thoesOf ofne Irani
French Commune-were days ofa
and not of love, but thermn ertrto
the period furnish volumlasuscantr
diction.
The film  shows fighting between th
governmentand the "patriots" in which
first one tin the other is succes'u
with the final supremacy wo bythi
latter.  The nearest tiring to a pari
an episode. Tine leader of the patriots
in endeavoring to escape from his p
surers, seeks refuge in a cab which
occupied by the daughter of the gover-
nor of the province. She affords him
protection.  Later, when the patriotsi
storm her house and seek out her father,
tin patriot leader permits them both to
escape through a secret panel in th  ,t
mansion, inpayment for the daughterh
service   hi  n time of need.
The mob scenes are excellently ha
dled;the scenic investiture is up to the
high Itala standard and the acting i
practically flawless, and it may e fr
these merits alone that thefilmnwi
command a large sale and win sP
probation.
HOW FOOLSHEAD PAID [IS DEBTS
Comedy, Itala:-
To those exhibitors wInho believed that
the apex of photographic as well as
comic achievement had been reached in
"Foolshead, Hero," this succeeding ei
tion of the series will prove a mo IN
pleasant   surprise.  Aside from t   e
heer cleverness by which the Plot
handled, the film is enhancedbyna
scheme of magic.     Foolshead is be
seiged by creditors. but manages ter
cape them by simply disappeaingt
their midst and bobbing up in the
unexpected place. Thes. in the hself
he runs into a room, and hides h
in a large valise, which moves off, munc
to the surprise of its pursuers,
leads them a merry march through  y
unusual circurnstances. Foolshe nd
ally  sells the valise ~OtoOgl'
travelerIsdemonstratingto the hwe
easily h~e cani scree hisl Inte a
til.They hide themselvesirji ,    t'
as the crowd of creditors arrriv er
valise is opened and tle t eateOb
are badly handled by tine ir Ih
They go after Foolshead, but. as u   pp
they  rain  a  shower of blows ciar  S
him, ie undisturbedly smnokest blsa
ette, while In ghost fashion ehoatlo  in
pass through   his body. Tiephet   . up
raphy is exquisite, throughot.
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