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Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(October 30, 1909)

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


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'SIF FILMS
r g    aINE Palhe, Drama, 2,120 ft.
Thisisahigh class film representing
Emile Zola's "Drink," and is presented
byagreup of noted Parisian players.
It may be a little above the heads of
r the average audience, but the story is
told swiftl  and  with  every  point
brought out in strong relief. It is in
t      Wparts, and is usually presented with
avaudeville act between  the  halves,
s   whichdetractsalittlefromitseffective-
'a   ness. The film  story follows closely
the play which was enacted in this
 ountry many times by Charles Warner.
The opening scene shows Lanter weary
of the jealous outburst of Gervaise, and
c ne he announces his determination to leave
r 1 her. There follows the scene in the
o   laundry, where Gervalse and Virginie,
the rivals for the love of Lantier, meet
O"  and engage in a fierce struggle. Then
r   follows the courtship of Coupeau, who
toO  wins Gervaise and the wedding follows.
Iac The next scene shows the happy couple
'us 5  five years later. Virginie, who has never
a i  forgotten or forgiven the beating she re-
t pi a ceived in the laundry at the hands of
S   Gervaise, spying on the happy pair, de-
ait termines to bring about the downfall of
both, and she attempts to kill Coupeau
by removing some planks in the scaffold-
am  ing where he is at work as a tinsmith.
Coupea is precipitated from the scaf-
folding, but is not killed.  Later Vir-
ginie, stillaplotting, gets him to return
ist drink, and with the assistance of
Lantier they trap him and he is soon
w sholl in the power of intoxicants. On
a   er, he drinks eight brandies at one
iting, and is taken away to a hospital
a e  sraving and ragingmaniac. He is re-
leasedfrom the hospital with the warn-
ing that e must not use liquor in any
form, and is told that the smallest glass
will cause instant death. He may, how-
ever, partake of a very little red wine.
n   'irinie visits the Coupeau home, learns
o of the warning given Coupeau by the
Sphysicians, and determines on a diabolic
revenge, She substitutes a bottle of
brandy for the red wine tn the room.
Coupeau takes this by mistake, and
0k finally dies after a frightful attack of
deleriam tremens. The story is well
ailed byplayers who are adopts at pan-
 temiot and itholds the attention ofan
audience in avise-like grasp. Even in
the extravagant scene in which the
drunken Coupeau copes     with  unseen
dvlnot a bitter or brainless guffaw
c   was heard at the first run of the film
e   last 1riday  afternoon.
do'
AUNT LENA'S VISIT, Lubin, Comedy,
350 ft.
att   This is a comedy, with nothing un-
st   usual in the way of story or action.
Ol  Aunt Lena, with her awkward young
"   daughter, visits her brother, who has
is   two boys, Max and Moritz, who appear
ito be on the order of the famous Katzen-
ejmmer Rids. These boys play some
sl very rough jokes onthe girl ,which are
ao   not in the best of taste, and they finally
I   come to grief, and receive their just
deserts in the way of sound spankings.
BIC  The film causes but mild laughter.
THE COWBOY MILLIONAIRE, Selig,
Comedy.
ot: This is awestern subject full of life
and action and tells the story of Bud
his, the foreman of Circle    ranch,
near Circle City, Idaho.   The opening
scenes show the Pastimes of the cow-
To  owho rope steers, ride bucking
tnches and shoot up  a   Chinaman.
S    Laer the  ero falls heir to a for-
l" neand goes to Chicago, where he and
o    hisnew wifeare in society.  Bud tires
S     ftheinanities of social life and wires
V    fr all hisfriends to come to the city.
t    Thecowboysaregiven a taste of high
I life. They aretaken onayachting trip,
at   wherethey are withsmany seasickness,
a    ardtheyfinallygo to a theater where
,ot  thei se "Berths the Sewing Machine
SGirl,"andbreakup the show when the
heroinei tooseverely persecuted by the
tilloin. Finally the boys are all sent
hne, and on the way back west they
ahave ahigh old time in the buffet car,
and daring the melee they throw  the
agreporter out of he wis       he
wiyry is full of action of  the  rough
,rder and is rovocative of much laugh-
terand excitement. The large audience
irs   lwhich aw iteuponIts releaseThursday
O    reeived i with many evidences of In-
: coesrt and Pleasure.
'~TEE EXPIATION, Blograph, Drama,
992 ft.
S    beThis film tells the story of disaster
tat dogged the footsteps of a dipso-
oManiac. The Young husband is addicted
toldrink. His friend brings him  home
in anintoxicatedcondition maytimes,
and, from pityig the Young wife, grad-
Sially growoto love her. He is honor-
able, however, and determines to go
away, He has alast interview with the
wife, and this being witnessed by the
hobn~smisconstrued, and the dip-
eV   iimana shoots himself, leaving anote
m ItelinofIsdetermination to eliminate
II I hisel  ThewIfe, feeling that she has
no ~teause othesuicide, renounces
lov'Oe of the friend, and the story
ho coestoanendiththe wife kneeling
Iefoe crucifix The costumes are ele-
gfatandthe story Is well and swiftly
t) tild. Ithas the merit Of commanding
the Iti  attenation of an audience-
MIGNON, Lubin, Drama, 575 ft.
Aromanceofthecircusisdepictedon
this reel. Mignon, a bareback rider, is
loved by the clown. Bonita, a Spanish
girl, also in the circus, loves the clown
and attempts to win him away. Mignon
retires to her dressing room and lies
down to rest, and in her dream she ac-
cepts one of her many suitors, only to
find that he tires of ner and turns his
attention to another woman. In the
vision she sees herself return broken
hearted to the show. She is awakened
from her dream by a scream and finds
her rival standing over her with a drawn
dagger and her lover grasping the hand
that holds the deadly weapon.    The
Spanish girl slinks out and the lovers
fall into each others' arms. The story
is not clearly told in all points and the
distinction between the vision and re-
ality is not sufficiently marked. There
are many picturesque features, however,
and the audience appeared    attentive
thirotughout thacrun or thefli.
A GREAT GAME, Edison, Comedy,
590 ft.
This story is of a home team and a
visiting team, playing a ball game, with
many exciting features. The scenes are
shifted from the diamond to the grand-
stand from time to time, and the fun
is caused by the encounters between
the two factions looking on at the game.
The facial expressions of the auditors
are good, and the comedy is well ac-
centuated. Being a baseball story, the
fans in the house were much interested.
It is an interesting film.
A BROTHER'S WRONG, Kalem, Drama,
955 ft.
Here we have the story of two broth-
ersho lovethe same girl. One brother,
a wveakling, decides to use strategy in
gaining the and of the girl, and he
puts money and valuable papers in his
brother's pocket and then accuses him
of theft. The good brother is disgraced
and goaaway to sea. The wicked man
remains at home, and is stricken with
tuberculosis, and finally in his death
throes confesses to his perfidy. The
good brother returns and is received
with open arms, just after the wicked
one expires. The pictures are clear, and
the costumes are in the best of taste.
The story is told clearly, and the film
has the merit of claiming close attention
throughout.
COSETTE, Vitagraph, Art, 987 ft.
A section from Victor Hugo's master-
piece "Les Miserables" is here depicted
clumsily and in rather bad taste. Not
only are the figures out of all propor-
tion, but the makeup Is bad and the
costuming  slovenly.  Many   liberties
have been taken with the original story
also. The scene is supposed to show
the rescue by Jean Vajean, the convict
of Cosette, from the clutches of the vile
Thenardiers, The scenes show the es-
cape of Valjean from the galley ship, his
appearance at the Thenardeir Inn, his
flight through thestreets ofPar with
the child in his arms, his dilenma in
the cul do sac at the convent of the
Petit Picus, and his escape over the
wall. The convict is also seen in an
apocryphal burial in the enclosure of
the convent, and his final resuscitation.
The player impersonating Valjean is too
puny, and there are other faults, but the
audiences seem to like the film fairly
well.
IN THE WATCHES OF THE NIGHT,
Biograph, Drama, 996 ft.
Clear and vivid exposition of an in-
teresting subject. Opening scene dis-
closes home of a workman, with himself,
wife and sick child. The man is out of
work and the family destitute. The
workman goes to home of arich man to
ask for employment, but is told there
is none for him. Later he goes to the
rich homeat night and purloinsjewels.
His wife recalls him to his better self
and he retraces his steps to restore
the jewels and Is caught.   His own
friend, the policeman on the corner, ar-
rests him. He is allowed to return to
his home to bid his wife adieu and there
determines to end everything in death.
The wife covers the eyes of the child,
and they all kneel to await the report
of the revolver that will end the misery
of the cowardly man, when in rushes
the rich man, who has, in some myster-
ious manner, learned the truth, and the
film ends with a big laugh when the
wife turns and throws her arms about
the neck of the surprised policeman, who
has slipped money into the hands of the
sick child. The story is well told and
is well balanced between tragedy and
comedy. The audience received with un-
usually keen attention upon its release
Monday afternoon.
BRITON    AND   BOER, Selig, Drama,
1,000 ft.
Tale of the Boer war, intermingled
with a love story. Boer girl Is in love
with young Englishman, superintendent
of the De Beers mines. War breaks out
and the girl flees with her English lover.
Then follows numerous scenes full of
strenuous action, in which the
Britons are seen in mortal c
the battle field. Cronje and ot
Boer leaders are introduced. T
who escapes the carnage, see
daughter, determined to kill h
treachery to the Boer cause,
tercepted by the young husban
ly the father is received into
of his daughter, and the s
happily with the grandfather
his grandson on his knee. Th
not well presented at all t
thread of the plot being lost
times in the rush of the ac
audience that viewed it upon
Monday did not seem to be so
pressed as puzzled over the sto
THE TWO MR. WHITES,
comedy, 543 feet.
This is a comedy subject,
sented in clear pictures and
good taste and without the r
foonery tthat often mars m
tures. John White, a jolly fe
hearty and full of life, is
visit a certain friend at a co
lage. Jonathan White, a se
perance advocate, is invited
a temperance meeting in the s
When the two arrive in the to
of mistaken identity throws
perance man in with the convi
and the jolly fellow in with
and sedate temperance work
temperance man is taken to
of the convivial man and is
troduced to a drinking party,
shocks him that toe final
througo a sindow to escape
of all the intoxicants and th
The other man is escorted
street by a silk-hatted coam
temperance workers, who are
shocked when he invites the:
a saloon to have a drink. T
cations are finally straghteno
audience, viewing it upon its
sentationTuesday, foundsit a
saluted the film  with sever
1auighos.
THE LIE, Edison, dramatic,
A story of the Franco-Pru
with two men in love with
girl. One of them goes aw
knowing that he is loved in t
his comrade learns at the la
that the other man is his
rival. Away at war, the one
vored is shot and seriously
and he entrusts a letter to
heart to his comrade, who I
to deliver it, but at the last
brings in a false report that
rade is dead. The girl lose
son,andthe visions of hero
asportrayed areeffectively p
adequatelyportrayed. Finally
woman throsvs herself eve:
thinking tlot she sees her leo
her. Her brother, who has
real note from thewounded
lows, and is in time to say
mented girl from death, and
of the lover brings the story
close. The photography oft
good and the story is well tol
it is rather extravagantly p
times. The audience, viewin
day afternoon, gave it close
HE FELL IN LOVE WITH I
Vitagraph, comedy, 435 fee
Here we have a subject t
entirely new, but is prese
graphic and interesting man
honeymoon is over, and the
band is inclined to be neglec
young wife pouts at first an
cides to bring the husband to
She connives with three of
friends, and they consent to
lent love to her, with the s
the husband comes to his s
hurry and discovers that he
of a wife. The story Is ne
unusual, butitcauses some I
ter, and is fairly entertaining
THE GAMBLER, Pathe, dra
feet.
The infatuation for gambli
shown with the poverty an
the gambler's wife and
wife pawns her jewelry in
keep from starvation, and th
returning after losses at tI
table, takes the pittance sh
ceived from the pawnbroker
back to the gambling house
pair, the wife turns on the
with her child in her arms aw
Successful at last, the man
find the wife and child uncons
believing them dead, he h
tragic moments, and when t
revive, he swears he will ne
again, and tears a pack of
his teeth in a true French
story is well and forcefully
photographic features are
good, and the story present
some moral. It is a good su
handled.
THE LOST HANDBAG, Ed
edy, 400 feet.
Comedy of a broad but ef
ture is displayed in this filn
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Licensed Subjects
BY WILL REED DUNROY
THE SHOW WORLD
RELEASED
dle-aged couple buy seats for the thea-
ter, and the tickets are put in the
woman's handbag. In looking through
the bag for something the tickets are
accidentally dropped on the floor, and
are left laying there as they start for
the theater. The handbag is dropped
from an elevated station, and falls onto
a moving van. The man gives chase,
and after numerous adventures he final-
Boers and   ly gets it back and brings it home, only
onflict on  to discover that the tickets are not in
her of the  it after all. When the man finally
her        finds them  on the floor he collapses.
es out his  The film   was   received  with  much
er for her  laughter by a large audience Wednes-
but is in-  day afternoon of this week.
ed. Final-  MAUD   MULLER, Essanay, dramatic,
the home     985 feet.
tory ends     Whittier's poem forms the basis of
dandling   this subject. Although some liberties
e story is  have been taken with the original story,
imes, the   they are of such a nature that they
numerous    make it more interesting and more ef-
tion. The   fective as a silent drama.  The poem
its release  is familiar to every one, and the film
much im-   follows the lines fairly well until near
ry.         the end, where a scene in a saloon,
where Maud's husband is seen in a
Vitagrap,  drunken brawl where he kills a man
and a scene in court, where the judge
well pre-   sits in the trial of Maud's husband are
in fairly  shown, andsthese add to the story if not
oaugh buf-  to the artistic quality. The scenes of
otion pic-  thepiece arewell selected, and the cos-
hlow, hale,  tu ming more than ordinarily  pictur-
invited to  esque. The story holds the attention,
untry vil-  and the film is of a rather high class.
vere tem-   GROTESQUE MIX-UP, Pathe, comedy,
to address    220 feet
sinetown.     Ti
wna case      This isone of those extravagant sub-
th tcae  jects wherein the camera is called upon
the tom-   to play all sorts of tricks with human
vial crowd  beings. Two clowns appear and slice
the prim   each other with axes and knives, and
ers.  The   do all sorts of unusual antics, with the
the home    result that much laughter is provoked.
there in-  While not being a novelty, this short
which so   film is an effective filer in  program.
ly  jumps                           na program.
the sight
eir effects.  PRIZE FIGHT PICTURES
motn the                CAUSE MUCH COMMENT.
frightfully  Pilm  of Johnson-Ketchel Bout Offered
in all into
ho compli-     In Burlesque Houses Where They
d out. The      Attract Considerable Attention.
first pre-
anusing and
al hearty Pronounced by niany fight critics and
Y sporting men to be the best fight pic-
tures yet shown by the motion picture
1,000 feet.  machine, the film showing each of the
ssian war,  twelve rounds of the battle between
the same   Jack  Johnson, negro champion, and
ay to war    Stanley Ketchel, a white pugilist, as-
urn, while  piring to be the world's ring idol, at
st moment    Coffroth's arena at Colma, hear San
successful  Francisco, Oct. 16 of this year was seen
who is fa-  for the first time this week in Chicago
wounded,   at two Chicago burlesque houses.
his sweet-    The pictures are unusually clear and
m supposed   every action of the men in battle is
'noment he   excell ently depicted by the camera. At
his com-   times the expression of the fighters'
u her rea-  faces is very distinct and not once
lued mind   during the running of the film is a
ictureodand  single movement of the ring gladiators
the young   lost by the machine.
rva Cliff.     Prior to the call of time, Announcer
ver before  B3illy Jordan is seen in the ring in
found the   several characteristic attitudes and he
oldier,fol-    introduces several proninent men In
e the de-   the  sporting world.  The likeness of
the return  Willas Brtt, with a big cigar in his
to ahappy    nmouth,  is  easily  recognized.  Jack
his film is  Welch, the referee, is shown in con-
d, although  versatiori with the fighters, the announc-
ictarod at  or and tiae seconds.   Ketchel is the
g it Tues-  first fighter to be seen on the screen
attention,  and in his corner are George Cole, Jim-
[IS WIFE, mis Reagan, Terry K~ellar and Phil
t.           Frease. The prominent figures to be
hat is not   seen in the negro's corner are George
nted in  a   Little and Ynk Kenny. Both fighters
n. The pose before the camera, after being in-
youngha-     troducd to the huge Mrowd near the
,tful. The   ringside,
I then do-     The pictures will prove both an at-
hissenses-  traction and a money maker and they
her male    will go a long way towards convincing
make vie- the followers of the ring that Johnson
mesl ha is a better fighter than they had im-
sus itha  agined. Takingthe fight as thecamera
has a gem    has caught them round by round, John-
ot new  or   son is a clevef boxer, a crafty ring gen-
ittle laugh-  oral and is able to stand a lot ofpun-
ishoment, as Ketchel landed some nard
blows on the head and body.
mnatic, 699   Ketchiel seemed a pygmy    compared
ng Is here  with Johnson's heighth and build and
t of   during  various  clinches, the  black
d want Th    swings Ketchel clear off the    floor.
hrder To     Ketchll makes some awful wild swings,
husbando  bus in various clashes with Johnson
oe gusang  brings the crowd toIts feet by his fight-
has re-     ing. The twelfth round is decidedly in-
and goes   teresting, not because it is the last, but
In des-   as it looks as though the white had
gas, and   practically clinched the mill, when John-
aits death,  son, recuperating after being knocked
returns to  down, comes back quickly and scores a
cious, and,  knockout. The finish is vividly shown
as a few     in the pictures.  The closing scenes
hey finally  after the battle were also shown.
ver gamble     Among the prominent sporting men
cards with   seen in the pictures are Charlie Cleav-
style. The  er, Frank Barbee and John Clarke; of
told, the  the theatrical agents there are, Archie
clear and   Levy, Sid Grauman, Bob Burns and
s a whole-   Zeke Abrams and other conspicuous fig-
bject, well  ures are Dave Schwartz and Ernest
Morton. In fact many of the sporting
[son, com- fraternity arid fight reviewers are easily
discerned in the pictures.
[ective na- The film is 3,200 feet long and is in
. A mid-    three reels.-M. M. V.
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