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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Feb. 6, 1916)
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BEN WILSON WAS
Iowa Boy Left the Stage for the
Screen in the Early Day
HE SAW THE FUTURE OF FILMS
! It was a fascination for aU things
theatrical that led Ben Wilson,
widely, known to photoplay patrons,
to leave Centerville, la., for a ca-
. reer on the etnge. lie first came
J into prominence In detective roles,
! and at the present time is directing
bis own company with the T'nlvefsal
"My interest In the photoplay dales
bsck sevcrst years, when the Industry
was struirsilns for recognition," mli
j Mr. Wilson. "As a boy In Centerville.
Ia., I was fascinated by the theater,
' Whenever a circus would come to town
, dome one of the family would Invariably
,' take me to see it, but I always counted
that ahnw a failure Into which 1 did not
crawl under the canvas. My Interest
. aeemed to be different from the other
' boys, for I was continually wanting to
find out how It was done.
S Braked lata Theater.
"Like all youngster. I vai given a
mall allowance, and when my play
', mates were spending theirs for candy
I was hoarding mine to go to the next
l ahow that came to town. When 'Hamlet'
was billed. It happened I had spent my
. fortune for a base ball glove. I had to
ses It, so I sneaked into the theater while
i It was being swept, and spent what
aeemed like eternity In a big ventilator
, shaft, where the duat kept me In con
stant fear of ,sneeilng.
. "As I grew older I studied hard, and
' finally got a place with a repertoire com
pany, and later joined a stock company
In Brooklyn. I , then became manager
of tha Park theater, but a Are wiped
i out my dreams. Then I went back to
, the stage and got soma valuable training
; In acting.
Raw Flls Fatare.
"About this time I saw the future, of
' tha films. I realised that on tha screen
i I could make friends all over the world,
f while on the stage I was confined to a
, comparatively small sphere of action,
1 When I announced my. Intention of join-
Ing In photoplay work my friends wera
horror-stricken and I received a storm
of protests. I became an Edison player,
bellevlnjr the time would coma whan
other actors would forsake the stage
' for the screen. The appearance of some
.of the greatest actors of ail time bears
: testimony to tha accuracy of my proph
esy. "I believe In the motion picture and
I am proud to have been Identified with
tha vast Industry In Its earlier days."
SARAH BERNHARDT TODAY
AT THE GAR DEM THEATER
The first and last time that Sarah
Bernhardt will appear on a screen la
Omaha will be today, when The Garden
presents her In "Jeanne Dors." Jeanne
Dora's bnaband is a gambler and event
tially loses his money. Ha threatens to
ask his uncle for assistance, but his wife
sells ber Jewels. He loses this money
also. Horror stricken, he commits sul
clde. Jeanne has a son. The uncle takes
I an Interest and buys a newspaper shop
i for them. The son grows up, becomes
' involved la an Intrigue with a married
' woman. Bhe .Meeds his pocketbook un
' mercifully, iris money gone he appeals
; to his mother and to the uncle. The
. itc refuses and In a rage he murders
the uncle. In his cell he calls for
"Louise," the married woman. She will
not come and Jeanne, lila mother, Im
personates Louise and visits him so he
! may die happy. It Is an exceptionally
HENRY WALTHALL ALMOST
QUIT PHOTOPLAY ACTING
Henry Walthall, who 'is appearing In
"The Strange Case of Mary Page," at the
Kmprese, almost quit moving pictures In
the early days of his career on ths screen.
Walthall was playing the part of an
Italian laborer. II was supposed to be
Clgting a ditch when his dsughter was to
come along with his dinner pall. A tramp
wss to appear and his daughter was to
beg him to rhare his dinner. Walthall
got down la the ditch ana) was digging
away. The daughter didn't appear. "How
lung do I keep this ispr asked Walthall
of the director. "Only until you dig to
that stone," replied the director. "We
are not making the picture now, but I
promised the contractor that If he let us
use the ditch you would extend it three
fort." WsKhall nearly threw up the job.
The third episode of the Mary Iage aeries
starts at the Kmpress today.
FARNAM THEATER PRESENTS
MORAL QUESTION PHOTOPLAY
"The City," Clyde F!toh's masterpiece.
will be pteseotiefl to patrons of the Far
t sm today. The question that arises out
of this play Is. id the city ruin this
girl? 'The City" Is a whirlpool a mighty
rurtesit-einst the tremendous fascine
tic-n of which, only the strong; can live.
The drama should appeal to everyone,
everywhere. If only as a warning against
tempting fate by venturing into the swift
irUng tide. The play Is a terrific ar
i Kifcnmeiit of society end financial life
ti s'iicli fuund it la New York.
Bright Stars of
Speaks at Banquet
On Motion Pictures
The attendance of Tiesldent Wilson at
a banquet of motion picture producers
snd exhibitors has caused consldcrsble
comment, Not that there wss anything
strange In his attendance, but it has
brought out the growing Importance of
this branch of American industry, and It
was t)ls utters nces at that great .banquet
that interested the country. In part, the
president said: '"
"The motion picture Is the drama of
the rich and tha poor alike; it Is the
drama of the unlveren. It carries Its sob
and Its laugh. Its message and its lesson,
to millions and millions of people, and
apeak it In a universal language that is
understood In every country on the face
of the globe. It plays with a myriad fin
gered hand, with Infinite harmony on
the heartstrings of all humanity.
"If tha past Is any prologue of the fu
ture, what triumphs snd glories may we
expect? I was asked the other day what
effect the motion picture had had on the
drama and my answer was that the mo
tion picture Is the drama. The stags
play will always be a power, but the
screen flay has power an hundredfold.
As to censorship, the great American pub-
llo will censor them through tthe bos
office. Remember, ladles and gentlemen,
that "Old Homestead' and 'In Old Ken
tucky have been running for twenty to
twenty-five years and are still making
money. Jt ia the public, the (0.000,000 peo
ple who go to motion picture plays every
week, who are the real censors. "
EMPRESS IS OFFERING
SOME EXCELLENT TALENT
The talent at the Empress this week Is
exoellent. Beginning today. "Tha rinkm
Case of Mary Fage" (third episode) will
be shown. K large number of people are
reading thU story as It appears in The
Bee and are then seeing; tt on the screen.
"The Rouehneck," featuring Billy An
derson, gives this popular star a chance
to ahow his talents at new angle. It
carries a pleasing romance. It Is an "un-
aerworia story wun a moral.
"The Getaway" la a humorous rtim
with a grip,
Next Thursday the main offerina- will
be "The Hlack Crook." This is a screen
proauctlon of the famous old
gansa which was never out of hot water,
so far as the publlo's censorship was
Another offerlnr will be the nrllnt
Rose Melville In "81s Hopkins."
VALESKA SURRAT MUST NOT
APPEAR IN ANOTHER FILM
The supreme court of New Tork. has
decided that when an actress has jumped
a contract under which she hss promised
to give her first services before the
camera to one company she can be re
strained from transferring her services.
In this case, the Jesse L. Leaky com
pany claimed a prior right to Miss Sur-
rst's services. Before a suitable pro
duction could be aranged for Miss tur-
rat to appear In another company In
duced ber to appear In one of their pro
ductions, called the "Soul of Broadway."
As this plsy could be released before the
Lasky company could present Miss Sur-
rst as their star, an injunction was asked
restraining ths other company from
showing their picture. The Injuaotlon
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DID THE CITYv9
Cause This Girl's Ruin
Her fight for love and honor la vividly
ponrayea in the llyde ntco Masterpiece
SSV FARNAM THEATER
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the Photo Plays Who Will Appear On
at Omaha Picture Theaters During the Week
HENRY WALTMAll in
THB STftANGE CAS OP
At the Hipp
FANNIE WARD FEATURED
IN "TENNESSEE'S PARDNER"
Tennennee ...Fannie, Ward
Jack Hunter Jack Dean
KOtlinnlne ...I Charles riarv
Kate Kent, Tennesee'a mother
Pill Kent. Tennesee's fathev -
Clewiillkrr Hay, proprietor of the Hud
den Stop hotc) Raymond Hatton
The Padre James Nellt
Lovers of the photoplay will have an
opportunity to see Fannie Ward at the
Hipp theater thla week. The story.
"Tennessee s Pardner." Is a gripping
drama dealing wltn the life of a baby
called "Tennessee" by a party of "forty
niners" on their trip across the great
plains to California.
Through the perfidy of her mother,
who runs away with Tom Roumaine,
the man who finally kills her father, the
little one la left alone. Jack Hunter
takes her to a convent In California,
where shs Is cared for. . He writes to
her frequently, only signing his letters
"Tour kind and loving father." When
she Is grown Jsck hss struck It rich
and made her an heiress. She deter
mines to see her father and starts for
the mining camp. The stare Is held up
by Roumalne, who la attracted to her
and learning she Is an heiress, decides
to marry her. She Is attracted by his
ways and just as he has auoceeded In
winning her love, Roumalne Is discov
ered and arrested. "Tennessee" escapes
with him, but Jack Hunter tells her
mother who she Is. and their hiding
place is revealed. Roumalne is strung
up and "Tenneaaee" Is told who her
mother Is. Bhe forgives everything and
goes to her mother's arms ' . .
CLARA KIMBALL YOUNG IN
"THE YELLOW PASSPORT'
Ths World Film corporation's photo
play, "The Tellow Passport" will be re
leased March t, and will be shown at
the Eimpress In Omaha on that data. A
atrong- caat has been supporting Mis
Young In making this ploture. Thl's
plsy tells ths story of the hardships of
the Jews In Russia most vividly and It
Is thought will create considerable sym
pathy wherever shown. In addition to
being an entertaining play it will also
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man or the woman the most
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HALE HAMILTON, OMAHA
BOY. COMING TO R0HLFF
Patrons of the photoplays in Omaha
will be Interested in the announcement
of the Rohlff theater, 221 Leavenworth
street, that Hale Hamilton will appear
on the aoreen next Saturday In "Her
Painted Hero." Hale Hamilton has made
a big suooess before the camera and Is
considered a star by the Triangle peo
ple, ins role In Her Painted Hero," is
said to Qt him exceptionally well. Those
who bare been asking; to see Will 8.
Hart In "The IHsclple." will have the
opportunity Wednesday. Today the of'
ferlng by the Rohlff is Ralph Kellard
In "Her Mother's Secret," a Fox drama
of unusual strength.
SCORES ARE HURT IN
A PHOTOPLAY RIOT
During the making ef the riot soenes
in "Destruction," a labor drama, two
cameramen's assistants and a score of
aotors and bystanders were injured when
three companies of state militia and a
troop of cavalry charged the crowds.
As a result, when the representatives
of law and order charged Into ths fore
ground. Instead of swinging by th bat
talion of cameras they swept straight
into them. Those most seriously Injured
were "Banty" R. Tuttle, an actor, and
J. Lud Houston and Feeley P. Royce,
cameramen's assistants. Bunnum A.
Morse, a spectator, austalned a broken
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WEEK STARTING fcl'NDAY, FFB. 6th.
HZVlZ The Get Away
Third Episode . ,A ,
A One-reel Farce.
The St ran co Case of SeUg Tribune Yteely No. 10.
MARY PAGE IAST HALF
Edna Mayo Henry B. Walthal The DfaCk CrOOk
' A Spectacular Picturixation
that will aurpaaa the Faroe of
ThC ROUflh NOCK the Memorable Stage Production,
wltn. la Five liecls.
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Gs M. ANDERSON Sell Tribune Weekly No. 11.
Phone Itouglas OOO. Reserved Seats 10c Eitra.
COMINtJ TH I'RSHAY, FKllKVARY lTll I'NDINE.
FalpJi KillarJ -Dorothy
Photoplay lawyers all look alike.
Not every photoplay ia a picture' of
What would a wild west photoplay
amount to without leather legglna?
Why not exploit Henry Ford In photo
Plays? . . .
Not only political but pnotoplsys make
We like the' long days also the long
Theda Bars now wants to prove she is
not as bad as shs is painted. Theda',
we're for you. . v
The Indians In photoplays ought to be
remodeled. . ,
China sends $30,000 worth of peanuts to
the United Statea annually and the shells
are distributed In the picture theaters. -
Fumigation of Omaha picture theaters
Is costing the exhibitors a bunch ol
money these days. But they all believe
in "safety first." , , .
The "death knell" has been rung for
photoplay "death bed" scenes. "We think
they ought to go.
Many a "movie" finger ring looks like
a clsar band.
seal XMTeaworth Street.
Sunday Ralph Kellard In "Her
Mother's Secret" HFox).
Monday Thurlow Bergen in "Ths
yi uuay---aJi juuiv in tier ureal
Wednenday Will S. Hart In "The
Thuraday Edwin Arden In "Be-
loved Vairabond" (Pathe).
Friday "Martyrs of the Alamo."
with a Fins Arts caat (Trian
fcaiurday Ob. Aster C o n k 1 1 n In
"Saved by Wireless." and Ha'e
Hamilton in "Her Painted Hero."
, FROM 10:30 P. M.
' SPECIAL NIGHTS
Monday, Friday and Saturday
So Says Man Who Wat in Business
When it Was Considered
POSSIBILITIES ARE UNLIMITED
If fourteen years in the photoplay
business qualifies a man to apeak
with authority on its development,
then a word from Harry Harvey,
the Balboa director, is not amiss.
He served his apprenticeship with
the first company that made pictures
on cards which were turned through
a machine to get the effect of mo-,
"At that time," says Mr. Harvey, "we
all thought that moving pictures were
merely a fad that would be short-lived.
But a few years later the strip photo
graphic film was introduced. This mode
tt possible to overcome many of the lim
itations of the card photography.
First Films Short.
"The first filmed pictures were of com
paratively short lengths, such as showing
a passing train, or running horse or any
thing portraying extreme action. Grad
ually little situations were enacted before
the camera, and now we have them
stretched out Into continued stories that
require a score or more of reels to tell.
, "In those esrly days the wildest im
agination never- conceived of cinemato
graphic expression as we have It today.
And In the same way I do not believe It
possible to forHce what the future has in
store for screen art.
"In a general way screen are Is most
plastic and almost unlimited as to its
possibilities, but no ono csn prophesy the
eventual outcome. Of one thing I am
sure, and that la that in the years to
efcme ths creakiness will be eliminated
from photoplays. More attention will be
given to detail, and we will ultimately
have film drama that approximates the
expressiveness of the legitimate stage."
The expressions of Mr. Harvey are re
flected in the situation In Omaha. Al
ready with a number of high-class thea
ters the word Is out that seversl exhib
itors are planning to erect new and elab
orate houses. Everything In theater com
fort will be provided so that the most
critical patron can find nothing of which
Tav the photoplay Industry means
something In Omaha. "Forty managers
formed an association last week.
rymnsP2 paraliodht photoplays
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Continuous From 11 A. M. to 11 P. M.
EQl'ITADLK FIIiM CO. Presents
in "Behind Closed Doors"
A wonderful actress In a wonderful presentation of the underside of
. city life.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
JESSE L. LASKY Presents the leading character star of the screen,
In a superb pict urination of the American classic, Mark Twain's
With the consent and sanction of The Mark Twain Co,
Thursday, Friday and Saturday
LASKY offers the plioloplny f lvorite of two continents,
FANNIE WARD -
In an elaltorate picttirization of the widely read story,
Miss Ward in this production is a girl of the plains marvelous scen
ery, faithful i-epifseiitiUions of frontier life-exciting episode.
TlilS WEEK'S TRIAiiGLE TRIUMPHS
v Sunday and Monday, February 6th and 7th
cKorniaTahsgc in The Hissing Links
Sam Barnard in the Keystone Scream
Because He Loved Her
Tues., Wed. and Thurs., February 8, 9 and 10
Henry Wccdrulf in The Beckoning Flame
- Joe Jackson in a Keystone Lacgh Maker
A Modern Enoch Arden
Friday and Saturday, February 11th and 12th
Willard Mack in Aloha Oe.
Raymond Hitchcock in The Village Scandal
THREE TRIANGLE FEATURES
AND COMEDIES AT STRAND
Another week of Triangle triumphs Is
the Strand announcement this week, the
progrsm consisting of three features and
three comedies from ths Triangle studios.
Sunday and Monday the offering swill bs
Norma Talmnge and Robert Harron In
"The Missing Links." a throbbing- play
that does not let your attention falter as
you watch with Interest the troubles of
a newly mnrrled husband, as he la wrong
fully accused of a terrible deed. While
your tendcrcst sympathies are aroused
for the brave little wife as she fights (or
the ultimate freedom of her husband,
end when victory is finally won you can
not help but rejoice with her. The com
edy portion is assigned to Sam Bernard
In a Keystone hodge-podge, "Because He
, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
Henry Woodruff and Tsuru Aokl present
"The Beckoning Flame," a . story of
Japan, while Joe Jackson, the tramp
comedian, will be seen In a Keystone
comedy, "A Modern Enoch Arden," but
so wonderfully produced Is this comedy
that a tear steals to your eye before you
really understand that It Is only high
Friday and Saturday the week Is closed
with Willard Mock in "Aloha Oe," a story
of the South Sea Islands, and Raymond
Hitchcock in "The Village Scandal,"
another Keystone comedy.
The Incomparable Tragedy
in "JEAIHiE DORE"
"VI11 he shown In her first and
last screen appearance
One Day Only-Today
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1318 Farruun St., Opposite V.
O. W. Building.
Positively First Time In Omaha.
This is your last and only
chance to see SARAH 1
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