Patrick, Warren A. (ed.) / Show world
(November 13, 1909)
Combined synopsis and criticism of films recently released, pp. 8-9
sovellr1 3 1I0 br b Sa 1FFILMS *, .>T TE SHADOW, Drama, Vita- Vpi ed story of a child who nipiensberries and is brought nearte it. eThe fight for lib teageny of the parents during the iee physicians are working over the child, hields thet interest closely. Not such of a plot but the incident is ,wec loadled. Veryeffective picture in 1neighborhood theater. A STICKY PROPOSITION, Comedy, vitagrapb: Vistretory of two urchins who daub . .weet stuff on their grandfather's face and draw the attention of flies to him, nd whe also spread sticky fly paper about roomwhere he gets all tangled upjil. There are several good hearty aughs in the story, which is well pre- snted. A PEACE AGITATOR, Comedy, Gau- Mnt: SThechief figure in this film is a man who preaches peace with such strenu- osity that he gets into all manner of fights. He is finally driven to armor as his only means of protection. He ad- dresses a street crowd on peace and is mobbed, and has several other exciting experiences. Rather laughable, but a little farfetched. THE ROBBER DUKE, Historical, Ur- ban-Eclipse: This is a drama of the days of the "good king" Henry IV of France. This film is said to be based on an actual incident in the reign of this monarch, and is pictured in what purports to be the costumes of the period. It is rather exciting, and contains some little in- terest. The story has to do with a certain Duke of lerigny, who oppresses the peasants and who defies the mes- sengers sent by the king to remonstrate with him. The king finally rides by and he attends to the case in person, with the result that the peasants get their rights and the bad duke is made to slink away. The scenes are sometimes a little awkwardly arranged, and the story is rather lengthily drawn out. A HEAVY GALE AT BIARRITZ, Scen- ic, Urban-Eclipse: This is a close view, taken of the coast of the southwest of France during rough weather. It is an effective filler. The photography is excellent. THE RRYMSTER'S RUSE, Comedy, Gaumont: This story is built upon the super- stition that thirteen at the table is bad luck. A hostess finds that owing to the absence of one of her guests that she has the fatal thirteen at table. She sends upstairs, and the poor poet is invited. Then the other guest arrives and the poet is put out. Another guest shows up, and the old uncle is sent out* There are then twelve at the table and the poet plans with the uncle to re- turn and thus make fourteen at the table. He succeeds, and the story ends happily. There is plenty of action In that story and it is well enacted. It is highly amusing, HARLEQUIN'S NIGHTMARE, Comedy, Gaumiont: In this we have a clown who dreams a dream in which he sees himself in all sorts of predicaments. He loves a lass, but there is another lover, a rich old man. As the rich lover is making love, the clown falls asleep and dreams that lie kills and robs his rival, and is haled into court. The story Is a pretty one, and it is presented in col- ors, and with some little novelty. Rath- er amusing. EAT YOUR SOUP, Comedy, Pathe: This amusing film shows the efforts of a doting father and a fond mother to get their petted and pampered child to eat soup. The child refuses, and many odd incidents are introduced. It is a fairly funny film, with bad photog- raphy at times to mar it. It Is a far- fetched affair. but then it is farcical, so these faults may be condoned. THE GENERAL'S BIRTHDAY, Comedy, Pathe: Comedy arising from the exchange of two bundles. A bust Is supposed to be delivered to the general on his birth- day, but drunken messengers meet and a watermelon Is finally delivered to the isoldier. The story has been done bet- Iter in America by another firm. The I photography is bad and the story Is lumsily put at times. THE PRODIGAL SON, Biblical, Pathe: This is a new treatment of a back- neyed subject. It is colored, but the tinting has not been done carefully and It has a botched appearance. The bib- lical story of the prodigal son has been followed pretty closely, although the Opening scenes are Imaginary upon the Part of whoever wrote the scenario. It Is a popular subject, but Is not remark- ably newor novel. It is a studio pic- tare withonlyone open air scene. MALICIOS RIVAL, Drama, Paths: A dramatic story, fairly well told, but Improbable in some features. An ar- tf stops in a village and amuses him- e fbymaking love to a village maid. aned villagelover looks on and is madly dlInsanelyjealous. After being worst- edna fight he plans vengeance. He catches the artist out In the woods, to s himtoatree and allows the snow tp cover him, trusting that he may freeze to death. Some schoolboys let alose from their tasks go by, and snow- ball the supposed snowman and dis- THE SHOW WORLD 9 RECENTLY RELEASED graphy is not always clear, but the in- cidents in the story are well brought out, and tihe views are interesting to an averageaudien. It is not thead tains much interest for those who love ani mals. THE THREE HISSES, Comedy, Edi- son:- BY WILL REED DUNROY Caolyn Wells, the humorist wrote the story for the silent drama, and it ought cover a real man underneath. The man A DUEL IN MIDAIR, Drama, Edison: to be funny, but it is not. It is a is rescued and then hides until the vil- Modern story faked in part from a hallowefe story with very little point lager comes to gloat, and then they studio. It is melodramatic in style, and and little or no fun. The hero of the fight, and the villager is tossed over were the thrilling scenes not so palpa- story steals a kiss from apretty little a precipice. The story is well told, but bly of the studio it would be much more girl, afterhe has assisted her chauffeur the way the snow piles up around the effective. It is the story of rival lovers in putting to rights her automobile. man tied to the tree is not at all true who struggle for the hand of a young This is not funny. Later the two are to nature or life. The scenes in the woman in the working world. The men guests in the same house,and there,dis- woods during a snowstorm are especially are steel workers, and the hero is seen guised as a maid the girl meets the beautiful, however, and more than make working on a beam on a skyscraper. young man, and he kisses her again. up for any discrepancies in other par- Thetvillaintstealsout onthe beam, and When she takes a mirror and goes out ticulars. a struggle takes place while the actors in the moonlight and walks backward COPS ON A STRIKE, Comedy, Pathse: are supposed to be suspended in mid- to find the man she is to marry, the This is a French subject, of the :x- air. The hero sticks to the beam, but young man bobs up again, and gets the travagant order. The police of Paris the villain falls to the ground below and third kiss which is the charm, and he or some French city, go on a strike is fatally injured. He tells the police wins the girl's heart. The story is and the superintendent of police goe, that the hero pushed him off, and the enlivened with Hallowe'en scenes, where to the prison andasks the prisoners to hero is put in prison. Just before he children bob for apples and all that. go outa o and policeduty. They arrest expires the villain tells the truth, and If it is a comedy, it is a little too the regulars and there is a big scrim- the hero clasps the girl in the case in high over the heads of the people who mage. There is much fun in the film his arms, and the story ends happily witnessed it last Friday. although the photography is poor: for all but the villain, who dies. Good THE GIRL SCOUT, Drama, Kalem:- Causes some little laughter, film for working sections of any city. This is another story of the Boer war. Biooltea:rBILL, THE BILLPOSTER, Comedy, Ed- The film teems with a large number of THE RESTORATION, Drama, Biograph: ison: actors, is full of action, and is stirring This is another clear, well enacted A billposter of bibulous habits has in its appeal. The photography is not and effective film from the Biograph stu- a dream in which the posters come to at all times of the best, but the story dio. It is fairly well divided between life. Rather amusing and fairly well is fairly well told. It is a well-known interior and exterior views, and the peo- pictured. fact that women and girls donned male ple who take part in it are well dressed THE CATTLE THIEVES, Dramatic, attire and went to war in the great and do some very good pantomime work. Kalem: struggle between the Boers and the Briefly, the story has to do with a young This story introduces the famous British. It is also well known that the couple who quarrel, and a young wife Northwest Mounted Police. The story Canadian army helped in the struggle, who tries to patch up the quarrel. The is badly told, and the cattle stealing and this picture has to do with the husband, seeing the wife with the young episode is funny. Pierre, a half-breed, Canadian contingent of the army. Cam- man, suspects that all is not well, and insults one of the girls in the camp and eron, is the hero, and he is captured and finally, when the real sweetheart, with is repulsed and punished. He steals taken to the Boer laager, where he his wife's lace shawl over her head, is some cattle, and the mounted police take meets Neltze, the little Boer scout, who found in a darkened room with the after him and his gang. There is a in male attire has been doing good serv- young lover, and an encounter takes battle and some little excitement. It ive. The laager is attacked while he place in which the husband floors the is too clearly a frame-up and lacks nat- is in camp, and he spikes the cannon, lover, and goes out thinking he has ural sequence. There is plenty of ac- just in time to allow his men to capture killed him, the husband's mind be- tion in the story, but it is not always the camp. Of course Neltze loves him comes affected, and he wanders about in well placed. and she is saved. Later on the girl is a demented state; and not until the scene LET BYGONES BE BYGONES, Drama, made a captive of love, and the story of the encounter is re-enacted is the Lubin: ends happily. There are numerous good man's mind restored to its normal con- This is another one of those ex-con- and effective scenes in the piece, with dition. The story is well told. vict stories. It is a palpable steal from horses and men in a wild jumble of ac- THE STAGE DRIVER, Drama, Selig: the famous scene between Jean Vaijean tion. It commanded the close attention A western subject, well presented, well and the bishop in Victor Hugo's "Les of a large audience upon its release photographed and full of action, with Miserables," with modern and Ameri- Friday. several thrills. The story tells of a can settings. A convict released goes THE GAME, Drama, Essanay: youth who gambles away his money, to a saloon and gambles away the money In this story of modern business life, and then takes to stage robbing as a the state has given him. He meets the an attempt has been made to introduce means of recruiting his lost fortunes. pastor of a little church, as he is in a love interest with little success. The He plans with others to attack his own desperate circumstances, and is taken film is a costly one, with numerous ac- father's stage and rob it of a valuable into the pastor's home and is befriend- tors, but the story is not always clearly express package. The stage robbers are ed. He steals the golden chalice and is told. The photography is good. It ap- foiled and the meeting between the caught by some of the villagers, who pears that a certain brokerage firm, with father and son is an exciting one. The recognize the goblet. He is taken be- two partners is divided over the ques- final scene shows the court room, with fore the pastor, who forgives him, and tion of going in on a big deal. One the father allowed to act as judge of he resolves to lead a better life. He partner thinks he can clean up a cool what punishment should be meted to settles down and is seen five years aft- million, and the other one feels that his son, and the obdurate father allows erward, working at an honest trade, and it will mean ruin. The timid one goes him to go away to prison. There are with a wife and child. One of the farm- by night and removes the securities numerous very effective scenes in this ers who knew his past follows him and from the office safe, in order that he film, and It is a good, attractive sub- tells his employers in each place the may balk the deal. His son discovers ject with a fine scenic background. history of his past life, and he is thus the loss of the securities, and traces FROM CABIN BOY TO KING, Melo- discharged several times. Finally the them to his father. He pleads to be drama, Vitagraph: pastor comes to his rescue and the man allowed to play the game once more, This is a melodramatic film that came is given a life position with a good and is finally permitted and he wins very near getting before the public. Ac- firm. The pictures are good and the in an exciting scene in the Chicago cording to the description sent out, it story is graphically told. It is a film wheat pit. The elder members of the depicts the adventures of a newsboy that will appeal strongly to audiences firm then decide to retire, and turn the who is kidnaped on board a sailing ves- in sections of cities where there are business over to the young man, and the sel, and is put through all sorts of many workmen. story ends with the young man and his brutal training, and Is even branded on SEALED INSTRUCTIONS, Drama, Se- sweetheart in the foreground. A fairly his flesh with hot Irons. For some rea- lig: interesting story of Chicago life. son or other it was allowed to get as This is a bunglingly told story of an far as the moving picture houses along important state document which goes MANAGER IS FINED FOR Madison street and was heavily billed wrong. The scenes are laid about the SHOWING SACRED FILMS. there, but that is as far as it got. One White House, and in Washington. Im- manager, who had it as a headliner for portant papers are intrusted by the MANKATO, Minnesota, Nov. 8.-R. H. the day, ran it through once, and then president to a man, who Is followed by Billingsley, manager of Wonderland discovered that he had no permit to run a villain, who gets them away from him. 10c moving picture theater, was found it. He said it was a brutal picture, This villain is the former lover of the guilty of violating the Sunday law and anyway, and one that was not fit to be hero's wife, and he uses old love letters fined $5 and costs by Judge Comstock shown In public. Just how it was al- in making her a party to securing the in the municipal court this afternoon. lowed to get as far as it did is not pat- documents. The story Is not well told, A stay of 30 days was granted and It ent. The censors must have nodded. and it mystifies an audience quite a is probable that an appeal will be Even the descriptions sent out by the little to follow it. The photography Is taken. Vitagraph company should have been fair. Two performances were given atWon- enough to condemn it before it was put THE PIGMY WORLD, Comedy, Gan- derland on Sunday evening, two weeks on at all. mont: ago, the program consisting of biblical TELLTALE REFLECTIONS, Comedy, This subject Is well worked out with films such as "Saul and David," "The Gaumont: trick photography. It is a picturing Holy City" and others and sacred songs Here we have a comedy that is un- forth of a dream of a man who has were sung. Manager Billingsley was usual in many particulars. It employs evidently been eating Welsh rarebits. arrested the following day. He retain- trick photography with good results. He attempts to enter a cab and it ed Attorney S. B. Wilson. County At- We see what is called a hypnotic mir- shrinks in size until It does not reach torney W. A. Plymat conducted the pro- ror, which Is supposed to reveal the above his shoetops. A railway train secution. The state introduced the tes- innermost thoughts of those near It, shrinks in the same manner, and sev- timony of a local newspaper reporter and the result is something ludicrous. eral other incidents of this order nearly and Chief of Police Pond, showing that It is used in a court room to reveal set him wild, when he finally is seen the theater had given a performance the actual criminal in a certain case tumbling out of his bed. Several good as alleged, and rested. Attorney Wil- being tried, and brings about the con- laughs in it. son moved for a dismissal upon the viction of a murderer; used in a school A BRIDE AND GROOM'S VISIT TO ground that the evidence failed to show room it shows the culprit who engi- THE NEW YORK ZOOLOGICAL that an offense had been committed. neered a certain prank, and In the home GARDENS, Topical, Edison: The court took the motion under ad- it shows a wife where her husband has This film, a long one, introduces the visement and handed down an order this been, with the result that the husband notable scenes in the New York zoo- afternoon denying the motion. The de- is shown up in a very bad light. The logical gardens, in a rather Interesting fense noted an exception and rested. picturing Is good and the film Is a very form. A bride and groom take the Judge Comstock remarked that after a good comedy filler, trip, and the onlooker Is allowed to thorough study of the Minnesota "Sun- VILLAINESS STILL PURSUED HIM, witness the couple as they travel from day law" he was convinced that It was Comedy, Selig: cage to cage, and look at the different very severe in Its restrictions. It is Trick photography Is here used with animals. A little touch of human na- similar to the old Blue Laws except good results. A man Is pursued by an ture is Introduced, when the bride and where modified by recent legislation. He undesirable woman, who confronts him groom are separated, and another man then imposed a fine of $5 and costs on every turn. He tries to shake hands shows the bride around a bit and offers upon Billingsley. with a man, and he turns Into the ob- her a treat In the way of a little Ice Rev. E. H. Willisford, pastor of the jectionable woman. His cabman also cream. The groom arrives just as the First Baptist church, who has been pro- changes to the woman, and even the bride Is engaged In partaking of the minent in the prosecution, was present horse In the cab fades Into the female refreshments, and there Is a little scene, at the proceedings today. The case Is form. There Is much fun In the film, which ends with the other man stand- creating much Interest in this section. and It Is a very good laugh producer. ing alone much disgusted. The photo- -RICHTER.