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Vol. XV, No. 21.
Vitagraph Annexes McDermott
Marc McDermott,' who is well known to movie fans the country over for his work in Edison photoplays, has severed his connections with that company and in the future will be seen in pictures bearing the trade mark of
the Vitagraph company.
Mr. McDermott was one of the first actors of the legitimate stage to enter the motion picture field, which was over seven years ago. He was born in Knights Bridge, London, England, but spent most of his early life in Australia, where he was taken at the age of four years. His father, Patrick Mc Dermott, was born in Ireland, and is a descendant of the McDermott who was King of Munster. His mother, before her marriage, was Annie Massey, granddaughter of Sir James Masse of Limerick. McDermott received his education at the Jesuit College in Sydney, Australia.
He made his first appearance on the stage at Sydney, with George Rignold, of "Henry V" fame. After remaining with Rignold's company for seven years he joined Mrs. Patrick Campbell, and was her leading man for the five years that followed, two of which were spent in the United States and three touring England. Later, while in England, he appeared with Marie Dainton at Wyndham's theater, London. Returning to the United States, he joined Richard Mansfield's company.
About this time Mr. McDermott became interested in motion pictures and at the instigation of a friend visited the Edison studio, where he was induced to sign a contract. He has appeared in practically all of that company's successes produced during the past seven years. McDermott was the featured member in "The Passer
Marc McDermott, Vitagraph.
By," the first multitple reel release produced by the big "E."
Arrangements are being made at the Vitagraph plant in Flatbush for the first McDermott picture. To date the title is not known, but we are told it will be a five-part Vitagraph Blue Ribbon feature, and that he will be supported by an all-star cast of Vitagraphers. When completed it will be released through the V. L. S. E.
Pauline Frederick in White Hair
Pauline Frederick has a splendid opportunity to display her versatility and make use of her many talents in one play in the Famous Players' adaptation of Israel Zangwill's "The Moment Before," in which she is starring. In the first part of this photoplay Miss Frederick appears as a white-haired woman of fifty-five, then afterward in a vision of her youth she enacts the part of a splendid young creature, the gypsy for whom men are found in desperate combat.
Peggy Hyland, the noted British star, will be introduced to the American public through "Saints and Sinners," the celebrated drama by Henry Arthur Jones. Miss Hyland will make her initial appearance in American photoplay theaters on the Paramount program in May.
Sidney Olcott, who has been in Bermuda for some time acquiring the local coloring and atmosphere for the forthcoming Famous Players' production, "The Innocent Lie," is very enthusiastic about the islands. Mr. Olcott says the trip is well worth taking and he found the islands extremely picturesque and enjoyable. Hamilton especially appealed to him because it is so beautifully clean and well kept, and its roofs covered with lime to purify the rain water as it falls proved an interesting innovation.
Talmadge Play Dons New Title
It has been decided to name the new Norma Talmadge play, "Going Straight," instead of "Playmates," which was a studio title, originally selected on account of the prominent parts played by the talented Fine Arts children.
"Going Straight" is a big drama, with big, psychological, human interest situations. It suggests a solution of the problem of the criminal who has his past to live down. In the handling of the theme, the author, Bernard McConville, and the co-directors, C. H. and S. A. Franklin, have closely adhered to true-to-life characterizations, and fortunately have a cast which in its entirety were capable of interpreting accurately the principal parts. Norma Talmadge, as the girl with a past, her husband, Ralph Lewis, a reformed criminal, and Eugene Ballette, a dyed-in-the-wool crook, appear to excellent advantage in "Going Straight." together with the Fine Arts "kiddies."
Gilbert M. Anderson, "Broncho Billy," bought the Longacre theater, New York, last week. He will operate it in conjunction with H. H. Frazee, the former owner of the house. It is understood that Anderson, who recently sold his Essanay stock holdings to George Spoor, will shortly embark again in the production of motion pictures.
Norma Talmadge watching co-producers, C. M. and S. A. Franklin "stage" a scene in "Going Straight," her new Fine Arts play.
Edward H. Robins, formerly leading man with Mrs. Fiske in "Erstwhile Susan," is to take over the motion picture section of the Toronto World on May first. Mr. Robins is a part owner of the Canadian Film Company and has been an editor before.