Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World (Oct-Dec 1928)

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November 3, 1928 EXHIBITORS HERALD and MOVING PICTURE WORLD 27 Warners and Shuberts in Deal For Sound-Filming Stage Plays Screen Producers Reported Getting Rights to Thirty "Legit" Productions to Be Pictured with Vitaphone — ^Would Not Interfere with Vocafihn Negotiations By PETER VISCHER NEW YORK, Oct. 30. — Negotiations are underway between the powerful Shubert organization of the legitimate theatre and the enterprising Warner Brothers for the transference of a number of Shubert plays into talking motion pictures. Announcement of an agreement that may have a considerable effect upon both stage and screen is expected any day. "We are now having certain discussions of interest with the Warners," said Lee Shubert, commenting on the plan. "I am not ready to make public any details of our negotiations, but they are reaching a head and may be announced any day." The understanding here is that the Warners will obtain the right to make a number of the Shuberts' best stage productions, perhaps as many as thirty, by Vitaphone. Albert Warner, vice-president of Warner Brothers, was loath to discuss the proposition in any way. Interested parties were all unwilling to comment upon a report that the deal might open many of the Shubert houses to talking pictures. The proposed deal between the Shuberts and the Warners will not affect the plan recently announced whereby the stage productions of eight producers — Ted by Al Woods, the Shuberts, Arthur Hammerstein and William A. Brady — would be made into talking pictures via Vocafilm. Lee Shubert and David R. Hochreich, president of Vocafilm, agreed that the propositions would t w\ • £yn n/i't not interfere with each other. Couplc UYlVCS 62 IVlllCS "The Vocafilm plan is one whereby future TT _ 'C;*i<r«»»rr Pf\nP R O / «rt a stage productions would be made into talking ■« O Olnging F OOl D KJ ±^ine pictures at the same time they appear on the (Special to the Herald-World) stage," said Hochreich. "Any deal that might DES MOINES, Oct. 30.— "The Singing Fool," after a run of two weeks at the Des Moines theatre, broke all records for runs of that length of time in the city. The first week, the picture grossed 30 per cent more than "The Jazz Singer" and shattered all records for one week runs in the city. Even "The Covered Wagon" and the personal appearance of Gilda Gray did not begin to swell the B O receipts as did Al Jolson's latest success. It was reported that "The Singing Fool" grossed more than the amount that all the theatres in town average, taken together, for the same length of time. S. L. Segelbaum, manager, discovered that an old couple who asked if they might get inside so that they could sit down for a few minutes, had driven 62 miles to see the picture. Then they had stood in line for an hour and a half. The manager found two seats, no one knows how, for one couldn't even buy standing room, and escorted the old folks there himself. be made for plays presented in the past doesn't affect us at ah. Uur plan should be brought to a successful consummation within the next few days. We have the banking we need and know that further strength is available. We have ironed out all difficulties that might arise with the Actors Equity Association concerning the use of actors in legitimate productions for talking pictures, and the plan is a sound and economical one basically, because you see we don't have to assemble casts but use them as they stand, a saving we hope to pass on to the exhibitor." This unusual activity on the part of legitimate producers indicates clearly that the motion picture field, with its new talking possibilities, has aroused far more than the curiosity and interest of those who lived by the dramatic word. Here's Cruise That Nobody Cares for ( special to the Herald-World) OTTAWA, Oct. 30.— Don Stapleton, manager of the Centre, has survived a thrilling episode that would put to shame some of the punch scenes in the Him productions of the screen of his theatre. With a companion Staple ton was taking bis "Leaping Lena," one of the fastest outboard motorboats in eastern Canada, to his summer home near Fitzroy Harbor on the Ottawa river. Mechanical trouble developed. Then came darkness and the frail craft struck a log boom, breaking off the propeller. The pair resorted to the Titles Registered at Washington Motion Picture Copyright Registrations, Week ended October 25 25739 Runaway Girls Columbia 25740 Pikers _ Bray Productions, Inc. 25741 A Wash Line Romance.— Universal 25742 The Wooden Soldier Universal 25743 Eyes of the Underworld.... Universal 25744 Melody of Love Universal 25745 The Secret Outlaw Universal 25746 Through the Breakers Lumas Film Corp. 25747 The 01' Gray Hoss..._ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 25748 Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 25749 Tarzan the Mighty (Serial) Universal 25750 Born to the Saddle -...Universal 25751 Call Again _ Paramount 25752 Come Back to Erin Thomas Leo Brawders 25753 No Sale Pathe 25754 The Campus Vamp Pathe 25755 Smith's Catalina Rowboat Race Pathe 25756 Wife Trouble Educational H.E.E. Wurlitzer Dies; Former Head Of Organ Concern (Special to the Herald-World) NEW YORK, Oct. 30.— Howard E. E. Wurlitzer of Cincinnati is dead. The former chairman of the board of the Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, manufacturer of theatre organs, died early today at the Ritz Carlton hotel, following two days of illness from influenza. He was 57 years old and is survived by his wife and two children. Will Irwin's Biography Says Job Zukor Was Born To Do Is Now Completed (Special to the Herald-World) NEW YORK, Oct. 30.— A biography of Adolph Zukor, written by Will Irwin, called "The House That Shadows Built," has just been published by Doubleday Doran. In the summing up of Zukor's life, Irwin writes: "Adolph Zukor is 54 years old and the work is done that he was born to do. Looking out from his tower on late winter afternoons, he beholds a field of glittering electric signs which proclaim the triumph of his idea. They mark the moving picture houses which, stably and exclusively, hold Times Square, as though in revenge for the days when Broadvvay snubbed the Hoydenish cousin of Union Square. They have pushed the spoken theatre into the side streets. His creation stands rounded and complete. "What with his native constitution, his moderation in eating and drinking and his systematic exercise, he may have twenty years of work still on him. With the rest will be an easy pull up a gentle slope. Struggle is over for him." Fox Theatre Deals Keep Blumenthal Office Busy (Special to the Herald-World) NEW YORK, Oct. 30.— The office of A. C. Blumenthal, Fox theatre broker, is a storm of activity these days with all the transactions for theatres underway. The deals for new theatres in and around New York city and in adjoining states are growing daily, but no definite statements are forthcoming. oars, but became lost. At any moment the light boat was in danger of being crushed by the logs. Finally they climbed upon an anchored log raft and, jumping from log to log, made their way toward shore, but found a wide stretch of open water. They scrambled back over the floating logs and hauled the light craft upon the treacherous timber. Exhausted, they lay down in the boat and fell asleep. When morning came they awoke, chilled to the bone, to find themselves in the midst of great log booms. Then they rowed ashore. Phillips T & D Manager (Special to the Herald-World) LOS ANGELES, Oct. 30.— Phil Phillips has been named manager of the T & D, Oakland, by West Coast Theatres, to succeed Robert Harvey, who was made director of publicity and advertising of the San Francisco division. Crang Drops Dead James Crang, proprietor for many years of the Oakwood theatre at Toronto, dropped dead last week at the home of his cousin, William G. Bohnsack, in Chicago.