Screen Opinions (1923-24)

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16 SCREEN OPINIONS TELLS THE TRUTH destruction at the hands of Jackson, one of his stanch admirers, and in the end Woodhull is shot by Jackson just as he has his g-un raised to get Banion. Scenes at the gold strike, where a portion of the pioneers go, and others at the homestead lands of Oregon, illuminate the purpose and final accomplishments of the party. The story ends with the betrothal of Banion and Molly. PROGRAM COPY — “The Covered Wagon” — Featuring J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson and Ernest Torrence There is a thrill that you cannot help but feel in the latest James Cruze production, “The Covered Wagon,” which pictures with tremendous realism the days of the “westward-ho 1” of the early pioneers over the famous Oregon trail. Scenes of white topped wagons, multitudes of horses, oxen, buffalo and courageous people, are what you will see in this picture you must not miss. J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Ernest Torrence, Tully Marshall and other well-known players are in the cast. “SUZANNA”— [Class A-c] 90% (Especially prepared for screen) Story: — Romance of Senorita Replaced in Infancy by Child of Peon VALUE CAST Photography — Masterful — Not credited. Suzanna Mabel Normand TYPE OF PICTURE — Romantic — Humorous. Ramon Walter McGrail Moral Standard — Average. Pancho Leon Bary ■■■ Don Fernando George Nichols Story — Good — Comedy-drama — Family. Don Diego Eric Mayne Star — Superior — Mabel Normand. Dolores Winifred Bryson Author — Good — Mack Sennett. Dona Isabella Evelyn Sherman Direction — Superior — F. Richard Jones. Adaptation — Superior — Mack Sennett . Technique — Superior. — ■ ■ 1 — 11 — — Spiritual Influence — Neutral. April 15 to 30, 1923. Producer — Mack Sennett Footage — 5,000 ft. Distributor — Allied Producers and Distributors Corporation Our Opinion MORAL O’THE PICTURE— None. Production Excels in Quaint Comedy, Composition, Direction and Artistic Settings — Has Realistic Bull Fight Mabel Normand’s latest production “Suzanna” is indeed one of artistic excellence, and together with a delightful vein of comedy of a more or less quaint character in which the star excels, the director has succeeded in developing human interest situations to their fullest, and has also paid attention to the composition of individual scenes. The settings, photography and illumination are exceptionally artistic, which, with other fine attributes, affords unusual results. The story is sympathetic in plot, and one of the noticeable features in the direction is the poise and accuracy with which the action moves. Mabel Normand is charming as Suzanna, appearing in a quaint trousered suit and large hat, such as worn by Southern Californian peons, and later in a dainty bridal dress. The ease and grace with which she puts across her comedy is one of the picture’s chief attractions. Everything that goes to make a good book office attraction is to be found in “Suzanna” — romance, a touch of the spectacular as, for instance in the realistic bull fight injected, excellent character development and those human qualities that the public loves. The exhibitor will find that “Suzanna” will live up to the best; he can tell his patrons about it. STORY OF THE PLAY Taken from her cradle when an infant, Suzanna is reared as the daughter c( a peon and maid of all work on the ranch of Don Fernando, while a maid of true peon birth, takes her place as daughter of the don. Ramon, son of Don Fernando, loves Suzanna, and is being forced into a marriage with Dolores by his father when the peon who exchanged the infants confesses. In the events that occur Suzanna is about to marry Pancho, a bull fighter, when Ramon, hurrying to the scene, lifts her into the saddle behind him and together they flee. The close of the story brings a readjustment of people and things, and a happy ending. PROGRAM COPY — “Suzanna” — Featuring Mabel Normand Suzanna thought she was the daughter of a peon and found herself a lady with a don for a father and a handsome Spanish youth for a lover. Mabel Normand, the daintiest and most appealing of comediennes, is the star. No Advertising Support Accepted!