When the movies were young (1925)

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74 When the Movies were Young York, and he was very grouchy this day because the Gov- ernment had taken the duty off gloves, and he was eager to listen in on this new idea of Mr. Lasky's. By the time that lunch was finished this is what had happened: Mr. Goldfish had put up $5,000, Mr. Lasky $5,000, and Arthur Friend $5,000, and with the $15,000 Cecil DeMille was to go out to California to make movies. He begged his brother William to put up $5,000 and become a partner but William said: "No, one of us had better be conservative and keep the home fires burning." So when William later went into the movies, he went to work for his brother Cecil, and he has been doing so up to this time. Mr. Cecil DeMille became Director General of the new Jesse Lasky Pictures, and Mr. Oscar Apfel, General Man- ager. Out on Vine Street, Hollywood, Mr. DeMille took over a stable, and began to make movies. It was a crude equipment, but the company fell heir to some beer kegs from which they viewed their first picture "The Squaw Man" released sometime in 1913. The stable is still a part of the Hollywood Famous Players-Lasky modern studio, but the beer kegs have vanished. Pictures kept on radiating from the stable with quite gratifying success. In time along came Jeanie Macpherson intent on an interview with Mr. C. B. DeMille. Jeanie now knew so much about the movies and C. B. so little, he just naturally felt the Lord had sent her. Miss Mac- pherson's presentation of ideas always got over to Cecil. So Jeanie signed up with the new firm on that rather long ago day and now she gets one thousand a week, I under- stand, for writing Mr. DeMille's big pictures. We must go back now and rescue Jeanie from Mr. Jones's Ball, for in "Mrs. Jones Entertains," she has duties