Motion Picture News (Sept-Oct 1916)

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October 21, 1916 MOTION PICTURE NEWS 2511 EFFECTIVE SCENE FOR JOAN SAWYER'S PICTURE An orchestra engaged last week for Joan Sawyer's forthcoming William Fox release goes children one better, for it will neither be seen nor heard. Curiously enough, not a single member of this ten-piece orchestra will be visible on the screen when the picture is shown. The men were stationed behind the camera, and their duty consisted in furnishing the strains to which the noted dancer performed her steps. In this scene the heroine performs a dance on the table over a lighted piece of glass in the center. The contrivance gives a novel photographic effect, but when Director Tefft Johnson had this part of the film run off in the projection room, he discovered the entire scene would have to be re-taken. The wire connection which supplied the current to the globe illuminating the glass, was visible, and it was necessary to change this if the effectiveness of the incident was to be retained. HUGHES SEES PICTURE MEN {Continued from page 2509) ity and the excellent arrangements made, which included escorts of motorcycle policemen from New York City to the club house. After luncheon addresses were made by Wm. A. Brady, Lee A. Ochs, Mayor Raymond of Newark, N. J., and Dr. Charles N. Hespe, newly elected president of the Hudson County Exhibitors' League. Those present included Wm. A. Brady, W. W. Irwin, R. A. Rowland, Hiram Abrams, P. A. Powers, J. A. Berst, Ben. B. Hampton, S. H. Triggen, Lee A. Ochs, L. L. Levine, Louis F. Blumenthal, I. N. Hartsall, W. L. Sherrill, Arthur James, J. k. Hallberg, Don J. Bell, W. M. Seabury, Dr. Chas. N. Hespe, R. W. MacFarland, Fred Beeroft, W. S. Bush, Fred Gunning, Fred Hawley, Charles Condon, Wm. A. Johnston, John F. Miller, F. H. Elliott, Randolph Lewis, J. A. Milligan, D. G. Watts. I IN AND OUT OF TOWN | Frank Dowler, Jr., of Chattanooga, Tenn., vice president of the Signal Amusement Company, has returned to that city after a short stay in New York. J. W. Hill, Jr., has returned to Dallas Texas. Frank Brockliss, the well known London film man, arrived Saturday from England. Charles Christie, of Los Angeles, producer of the Christie Comedies, will arrive in New York City Saturday, October 14. A. B. Helmrich will return to Australia October 17. GRACE DARLING'S BEAUTIFUL LINGERIE Grace Darling, who so cleverly portrays the title role in the photoplay series, "Beatrice Fairfax," of the International Film Service, Inc., is not only one of the most beautiful but also one of the best dressed women on the motion picture stage. Miss Darling has a penchant for beautiful lingerie. Cameraman Gets Commission to Cover Pacific Coast Eugene W. Castle of Gaumont Promoted on Account of Good Work Done for Mutual Weekly in San Francisco EUGENE W. CASTLE was such a successful cameraman, having a highly developed nose for news, that he secured for San Francisco a larger representation than it had ever before in the Mutual Weekly. After watching his work for some time, the Gaumont Company has now decided to widen the opportunities by turning him loose on the Pacific Coast for " Reel Life " and " See American First." Mr. Castle's only instructions are to send in pictures that are suitable for these single reel releases. His roving commission permits him to travel from the Canadian border to Mexico, wherever water flows into the Pacific Ocean. Mr. Castle has just left for Chicago and the far west, after having spent ten days at the Gaumont studios. Flushing, N. Y. While at the Gaumont headquarters he conferred with Pell Mitchell, his old chief, and the editors and directors of the two single reels which he will now represent. In Chicago Mr. Castle will visit the main offices of the Mutual Film Corporation. He is planning to carry a complete photographic outfit while in the field, insuring excellent still pictures for publicity purposes, something highly appreciated by exhibitors as an advertising adjunct. The San Francisco territory for the Mutual Weekly will now be covered by Bertin E. Moisant. In giving up his connection with the Mutual Weekly, which in San Francisco is known as the San Francisco Bulletin Edition, because of the weekly alliance with this newspaper, Mr. Castle said : " While it is with a great deal of regret that I give up San Francisco, I am very glad indeed to be associated with two such popular single-reel features as ' See America First ' and ' Reel Life.' The Pacific Coast is an empire in itself, and I anticipate that I shall be kept at work indefinitely. The interest in this favored section of the United States has been heightened by the fairs at San Francisco and San Diego, and hundreds of thousands of people have returned to the east to spread the news among their friends. Hence I am sure that whatever Gaumont puts on the screen from the Pacific Coast will entertain out of all proportion to what it would have done even two years ago." The Argentine Rights for " Civilization " Sold Arturo Cairo of Buenos Aires Buys Pictures for Twenty Thousand Dollars — J. Parker Read to Tour All of South America to Dispose of Rights Throughout South America •y WENTY THOUSAND DOLLARS ■•■ has been paid for the Argentine rights of " CiviHzation." Mr. Arturo Cairo, of Buenos Ayres, the purchaser states: "I consider the money safely invested as after seeing all the big film productions in the United States during the past few weeks, I have chosen " Civilization " as the greatest because I think it will create a furore in the different South American countries." Mr. Cairo represents one of the biggest film interests in South America and has exploited many great productions in his territory. " Civilization " in the remaining South American republics, will be exploited by J. Parker Read, Sr., who has an intimate knowledge of the motion picture business in the countries he will visit, viz., Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Honduras, San Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala. Mr. Read, who will devote six months to the trip, has power and authority to register copyrights in the different countries he visits, and carries with him credentials from the embassies at Washington. Monte Katterjohn Leaves Triangle for Essanay Well-Known Writer to Take Complete Charge of Essanay Scenario Department and Prepare Scenarios for Henry Walthall — Change to Take Effect at Once |V/|ONTE KATTERJOHN, who for ^'•^ more than a year has been affiliated with the Ince Triangle studio scenario department as author and adapter, departed this week for Chicago to take up a new position with the Essanay Company, where he will assume charge of the scenario department and production of all photoplays. Katterjohn is a very successful scenario writer with a number of years' experience. His first work was as a free lance writer. His good stories attracted the attention of a large producing organization, and he was induced to take charge of the scenario department. Later he was with the Vitagraph Company, and following this had an engagement with the William Fox Film Corporation, where he wrote " The Broken Law " and others. In the summer of last year he was contracted by Mr. Ince, and has specialized in writing scenarios for William S. Hart. Katterjohn's "Apostle of Vengeance" is said to be the most successful Hart picture, and exchange reports show it to be the biggest box office receipt builder the Triangle program has had. Katterjohn is also author of "The Captive God," " The Patriot," and " The Gun Fighter," all Hart subjects. He also wrote " Bobs O' the Blue Ridge," starring Bessie Barriscale, "' The Jungle Child," starring Dorothy Dalton, and has adapted " The Feminine Mind," " A Gamble In Souls," " Female of the Species," and others. The safety vaults of the Ince studio contain other original stories by Katterjohn which have been accepted for production and will be filmed shortly. His last work at the Ince studio was to prepare the first starring vehicle for Enid Bennett, who Thomas H. Ince recently signed, and who this week began work at the Ince Culver City studios on her first production.