When the movies were young (1925)

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72 When the Movies were Young In that day, on Sixth Avenue in the Twenties, were numbers of shops dealing in second-hand clothing, and Mr. Salter and I wandered among them and finally at a little place called "Simone," we closed a deal. We got a good batch of stuff for the fifty—at least a dozen pieces—bizarre effects for the sophisticated lady, dignified accoutrements for the conventional matron, and simple softness for young innocence. How those garments worked! I have forgotten many, but one—a brown silk and velvet affair—I never can for- get. It was the first to be grabbed off the hook—it was forever doing duty. For it was unfailing in its effect. Arrayed in the brown silk and velvet, there could be no doubt as to one's moral status—the maiden lady it made obviously pure; the wife, faithful; the mother, self-sac- rificing. Deciding, impromptu, to elaborate on a social affair, Mr. Griffith would call out: "I can use you in this scene, Miss Bierman, if you can find a dress to fit you." The tall, lean actresses, and the short ones found that difficult, and thus, unfortunately, often lost a day's work. Spotting a new piece of millinery in the studio, our director would thus approach the wearer: "I have no part for you, Miss Hart, but I can use your hat. Ill give you five dollars if you will let Miss Pickford wear your hat for this picture." Two days of work would pay for your hat, so you were glad to sit around while the leading lady sported your new head- piece. You received more on a loan of your clothes, some- times, than you did on a loan of yourself. Clothes got five dollars always, but laughter and merry-making upstage went for three. Jeanie Macpherson had recently returned from Europe