When the movies were young (1925)

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CHAPTER X WARDROBE—AND A FEW PERSONALITIES / T^HE "J ones " pictures became very popular. Many per- ■*■ sons well known in the movies to-day, played "bits" in them. Jeanie Macpherson, author of "The Ten Com- mandments" was "principal guest" in "Mr. Jones at the Ball." Miss Macpherson, who for many years has been and still is chief scenario writer and assistant to Cecil B. DeMille, got her first movie job on the strength of a pale blue crepe- de-chine evening gown. How funny we were when we moved in the world of brilliant men and beautiful women only we, who represented them, knew. Dress suits of all vintages appeared. Any one with "clothes" had a wonderful open sesame. A young chap whom we dubbed "the shoe clerk"—who never played a thing but "atmosphere"—got many a pay-check on the strength of his neat, tan, covert cloth spring overcoat—the only spring overcoat that ever honored the studio. (An actor could get along in the spring with his winter suit and no overcoat!) Clothes soon became a desperate matter, so Biograph consented to spend fifty dollars for wearing apparel for the women. Harry Salter and I w r ere entrusted with the funds and told to hunt bargains. We needed negligees, dinner dresses, ball gowns, and semi-tailored effects. The clothes were to be bought in sizes to fit, as well as could be, the three principal women. 71