When the movies were young (1925)

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194 When the Movies were Young almost big enough for two companies to work at the same time. The muslin light diffusers were operated on an over- head trolley system. There was even a telephone on the stage. The studio was then indeed the last word in modern equipment. An elongated one-story building contained the office, projection room, rehearsal room, for nights and rainy days, and two large dressing-rooms for the men. In order to save wear and tear on the women's clothes, they were given the two dressing-rooms in the rear of the building which opened directly onto the stage. To tell the world how secure our position—how pros- perous financially—at the street entrance to our studio there now waited through the day one, and often two big, black seven-passenger touring cars—rented by the month, at six hundred dollars per. Now between sets in the studio we could dash out in the car and grab an exterior. In our dressing-rooms we had make-up tables, mirrors, lockers, and running water. And oil stoves to keep us warm. For in the early mornings, before the sun had reached our room, it was a shivery place. Our cold cream and grease paints would be quite as stiff as our fingers. So now, with the new studio, a larger company, and our knowledge of the surrounding country, there was noth- ing to it but that we must get right on the job and do better and bigger pictures. With the one exception already noted we had neglected the sea the year before, and as yet we had attempted nothing important that had to do with "01* davil Sea," as Eugene O'Neil calls it. The sea was trickier than the mountains, and more expensive if one needed boats and things. But