Colonial Theatre and Airdome - June, 1916



Vol. 1    No. 4     Week of June 15, 1916

Lee's Movie Magazine

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Vol. 1  No. 4.  Week of JUNE 5, 1916


Blanche Sweet was born in Chicago and there began her education.  As a child she was always a graceful dancer and loved to play "theatre".  After her graduation from a Chicago high school she went to New York and secured an engagement as principal dancer for Gertrude Hoffman, who was at the time appearing in vaudeville in "The Spring Song."  Miss Sweet appeared with Miss Hoffman for two seasons.

The first picture in which Miss Sweet played the lead was "A Man With Three Wives" and scored a pronounced success.  After a few months of the movies Miss Sweet became tired and went, with her grandmother to California where she entered Berkeley College.  The lure of the camera was so strong, however, that she soon left school and went with the Biograph again under Mr. David Griffith's direction.  When Mr. Griffith came west to produce pictures Miss Sweet was selected as the leading lady of his company.  Her most notable work under this director was "Judith of Bethulia" and "The Escape."  Miss Sweet was now credited with being one of the most popular motion picture actresses in the country and it was at this time that Jesse L. Lasky and David Belasco in search of a type to play the feminine lead in "The Warrens of Virginia" selected her and signed her under a long contract as star of the Lasky company.


Norma Talmadge was born in Niagara, N.Y.  If all the "Janes" in town are like Norma no wonder "Niagara Falls."

G. M. ANDERSON has once more made a business connection with Essanay and will appear in pictures under a new partnership arrangement with that concern.

BILLY QUIRK, late director with the Vitagraph Co. is about to engage in poultry raising.  He will start with two "Blue Birds" and a "Pathe Rooster".

ALMA HANLON has returned to Fox and will work in the next Suratt picture.

SEENA OWEN writes that she is having a "high time" on her vacation.  Sure, sh's in Colorado.

MIRIAN COOPER, having quit Griffith, is now with Fox, and is doing her first picture here.


Vitagraph's Getting Them All.

MISS GYPSY O'BRIEN, who created an enviable reputation for herself in "Devil's Garden," a recent metropolitan production at the Harris theater at West Forty-second street, New York, has joined the Vitagraph Company under the direction of Wally Van.  The acquisition of Miss Gypsy O'Brien makes another step forward in the Vitagraph policy of continually perfecting and improving its productions.


Reports circulated throughout the country to the effect that EDNA PURVIANCE, Charles Chaplin's leading woman, had left or was about to leave the Chaplin-Mutual Company, are denied both by the Lone Star Corporation, which holds Chaplin's $670,000 contract for his service for the next year, and by the Mutual Film Corporation.  Miss Purviance is now at work with Chaplin and the other members of the Chaplin-Mutual Company at the Los Angeles studios, on the second of the Chaplin features, which will be released by Mutual June 12 under the title of "The Fireman."

A new contract has been signed by the Universal Company and EDDIE LYONS and LEE MORAN, which ties these two comedians up for two more years under the Nestor banner.

Director WALLACE BEERY has completed the first episode of "TImothy Dobbs," in which the leading role is played by Carter de Haven, and is now working on the filming of the second episode.  Viola Smith plays opposite De Haven, while others in the cast are Helen Leslie, Jessie Arnold and Bertram Grassby.

Thank Him "Billy."

Through the courtesy of MACK SENNETT, director of the Keystone Studios, LOUELLA MAXAM, leading woman with the Keystone forces, has been given an indefinite leave of abscence in order to accompany her husband, William Brunton, on his trip to the Orient with the Signal-Mutual company, where numerous of the big exterior scenes will be made.

Don't Get Mad Now.

Marguerite Clark has had so many animals in her supporting case in her recent Famous Players productions, such as "Out of the Drifts" and "Molly Make-Believe," that she almost wept when informed that the nearest thing to an animal in her next big photo-play, "Silks and Satin," would be the villian.  "I have had so many dogs, sheep, pigs, horses and other quadrupeds in my pictures that I will almost feel lost without some sort of animal to play with," declared Miss Clark, when informed that she would have to be contented with playing the harp.

Well He's Still "Putting 'Em Over"

JOHN H. COLLINS, the director, who is producing "The Flower of No Man's Land," with Viola Dana in the stellar role, began his career as a baseball pitcher.  He played with many semi-professional teams in the east and turned down several flattering offers to play professional ball.

The remarkable agility of PAULINE FREDERICK, displayed as the dancer in several scenes in "The World's Great Snare," need not surprise anyone.  For the Famous Players' star first began her triumphant stage career in musical comedy and has never lost her clever pedal control.

Brooklyn, NY Colonial Theatre and Airdome program
Broadway, Rockaway Ave. and Chauncey St.
Continuous from 2 until 11 P.M.

Telephone 3607 East N.Y.

Music by the COLONIAL ORCHESTRA -- Direction of Chas. (Charles) Seddon

Each of the feature productions given below is presented in addition to a selected program of comedies, dramas, and news pictorials.


Monday, June 5th -- DOUBLE FEATURE DAY

Bluebird Photoplays present the most beautiful actress on the screen


in a thrilling five-act drama, entitled


which tells of the temptations arising from the lure of wealth.  Leonita, the wife of a humble Indian, is coveted by a millionaire world-cruising yachtsman and is kidnapped by him. And then is most vividly portrayed love, jealousy, hatred and vengeance.


This picture is declared to be the funniest ever posed for by Mr. Chaplin, and he says so himself, so it muct be so.

Tuesday, June 6th

Jesse L. Lasky presents alluring and clever
(the girl on the cover)
In a gripping drama depicting industrial and social wrongs, entitled

The theme of this production has it origin in the grouble between operators and miners in Colorado about two years ago, which resulted in serious conflicts.  The deep human note lies in the fight of labor for the right to work.  An absorbing story from the start.

Wednesday, June 7th -- VICTOR MOORE AND ANITA KING

In the Great Automobile Photo Comedy


Founded on many incidents which took place when Anita King crossed the continent by automobile alone, being the first person to accomplish this feat.  "The Race" is full of daring incidents, hair raising episodes and thrilling moments.

Thursday, June 8th

William Fox presents that Matinee Idol


in a wonderful story founded on the great stage success, "Hoodman Blind."  An absorbing and tense drama of multiple acts, entitled


Believing that his sweetheart has publicly disgraced him, Jack Howlitt leaves the country without asking for an explanation.  After years of sorrow, in the act of rescuing a girl from committing suicide, he finds that it was not his sweetheart, but the very girl he had saved that committed the act which caused him so many years of anguish and --

Friday, June 9th


In a picturization of the celebrated romance


The many thousands who have read the story "Molly-Make-Believe" will recognize at once that Miss Clark is ideally suited to play the role of delightful little Molly, one of the most lovable characters in all fiction.

Saturday, June 10th


In the Impelling Photo Drama


A five-act photo play, replete with startling sensations, beautiful in photography and playing.  A strong forceful and inspiring narrative.  A story depicting the foibles of high society and intrigues.  Pointing a great moral.

Sunday, June 11th -- "THE ORDEAL OF ELIZABETH"



A five-act drama which centers about a young woman who marries unknown to her people.  She afterwards falls in love with another man who learning of her marriage goes hurriedly abroad.  In the meantime her husband is found dead in the studio, and she is accused of murdering him.  This is all we will tell you.

A FRANK DANIELS COMEDY, The Escapades of Mr. Jack.


Monday, June 12 -- "Elusive Isabel" with Florence Lawrence.

Tuesday, June 13 -- "THE NE'ER DO WELL" in 10 acts with Kathlyn Williams.

Wednesday, June 14 -- "The Love Mask" with Wallace Reid and Cleo Ridgley

Thursday, June 15 -- "Blazing Love" with Virginia Pearson

Friday, June 16 -- ETERNAL GRIND" with MARY PICKFORD

Saturday, June 17 -- "The Scarlet Woman" with Olga Petrova.

Sunday, June 18 -- "The Suspect" with Anita Stewart.

Program Subject to Change at the Discretion of Management


Mail your Question to "Lee" The Answer Man.

Lee's Movie Magazine Co, 1328 Broadway, New York City  Room 840.

In asking about plays or players, if possible, give name of company and title of film.

A. C. P. -- Robert Warwick is not married.  he is a recruit from the legitimate stage, having played in very, very many successful New York productions.

J. S. & S. S -- I agree with you on that question regarding Bertha Kalich.  Yes, she was on the American stage, also on the Jewish speaking stage, where she received her first fame.  You can address her, care of Fox, 126 West 36th Street, City.  Theda Bara's latest picture is the "Eternal Sapho." She is posing at present as "Cigarette" in the forth coming production "Under Two Flags."

Martha R. - Lillian Lorraine is not in pictures at present.  Your question as to the whereabouts of Alice Joyce can be best answered by reading the article under her photograph on the opposite page.  Pearl White is not married.

Neva -- Mack Sennett is not married neither is Jackie Sunders, Earle Williams, Edna Purviance, Charlie Chaplin, Mae Marsh, Robert Leonard, J. Warren kerrigan, Flo LaBadie, David Wark Griffith, Mary Fuller, May Allison and Beverly Bayne.  Whew!  Well!  here are one that you mention that are married -- C. (sic) M. Anderson, Roscoe Arbuckle, Edwin Arden, King Baggott, Leah Baird, Bessie Barriscale, harry Benham, Bryant Washburn, Helen Holmes, Earle Metcalfe, Charles Murray, Marie Doro, Henry B. Walthall,  Francis X. Bushman, Carlyle Blackwell and Gerda Holmes.  Gee, that ought to satisfy you for a while.

Lillie -- William S. Hart is not married.  Whaddayu mean "Does Charlie Chaplin eat garlic." Just because he is strong is no criterion.  So you want to know whether you have a chance to become a movie actress and you admit that you are "young, beautiful and clever" and you want me to tell the truth.  Gee, I am never lucky, here I was just thanking my lucky stars, feeling just as happy as a two year old, because two weeks have passed and not a sould has asked me "How can I become a movie actress."  Gee, if it was raining chorus girls, I would be waling with my mother-in-law. Listen, little one, what do you want from my young life.  A movie actress, look right away, because she is young, beautiful and clever" she wants to be a movie actress.  No wonder Mary Pickford can't sleep nights.  Let me tell you something, why don't you pick out a good business, you're clever, get married, you admit you are yound and beautiful, those are advantages but of course, not so great as the cleverness, but all kidding aside, you want me to tell you the truth, as to whether you can become a movie picture actress or not.  You got about as much chance, as Henry Ford has of becoming our next president, and that's some chance.

Rovet -- Myrtle Stedman is married to Marshall Stedman, one-time actor and now a motion picture director.

M. F. F. -- Yes, Carlyle Blackwell is married.

L. U. L. -- Richard Tucker in "When Love is King."



Announcement is made by the Vitagraph Company of American that the famous screen star, Alice Joyce, has signed with the company.  Since Miss Joyce's statement of a few weeks ago, announcing her intention of returning to the screen, after a year of private life, much interest has surrounded her, and thos who have watched her excellent work on the screen for years will welcome her return.

The Vitagraph Company says that this famous player will be starred in the leading female roleof their new film masterpiece, "The Battle Cry of War," which is a sequel to the world-renowned "The Battle Cry of Peace."

Extensive preparations are under way for the filming of this production, and it promises to rival "The Battle Cry of Peace," in every phase of excellence.  Miss Joyce began work at the Vitagraph studios on Monday, May 29.

Such is Fame.

J. WARREN KERRIGAN has been made defendant in asuit filed in the superior court by his former manager, J. Van Cartmell.  According to the complaint, the star owes his rise in the profession solely to the one-time manager's efforts.  Before Van Cartmell condescended to take Kerrigan under his guidance, the latter was receiving an alleged mere pittance, $100 a week, it is charged.  He is now getting a salary approximately $500 a week, according to the complaint, due to Van Cartmell's business acument.  The latter asks $2,706.23 alleged due for services.  Van Cartmell atates that the acted as the star's business manager from July, 1912 unteil January, 1916.

Atta Booy "Larry."

HUGHEY MACK, Vitagraph's heavyweight comedian, is now appearing in "The Battler," a one-part comedy by Lawrence Semon and C. Graham Baker.  Hughey, as a boxer, introduces something entirely new in the "squared circle," when he uses gas bombs in his line of defense.  LAWRENCE SEMON, besides being co-author, also directed the action of the story. (Note: Lawrence Semon is better know as Larry Semon. -- Bruce)

S'Matter Zuris?

The Mirror Film Corporation has quit taking pictures.  Thus far they have filmed three features with NAT GOODWIN as star, two directed byLawrence Marsden and one by Walter MacNamara, none of which have been released.  Marsden has resigned, though he had a year's contract.  Goodwin has an eight months' contract, but is at present laying off.

E. K. LINCOLN, recently seen in "The Littles Rebel," has joined The World Film staff of stars and will be seen soonin "The Almighty Dollar."  France Nelson and June Elvidge will play opposite him.

And Still the Squirrels Go Hungry.

Our weekly puzzle: Movie fade outs.

It's a fact, girls, that many a movie idol eats pie with a knife!

And this; Why are picture-plays always presented in gripping reels?

Weather hing: An early fall is predicted in movie rough house comedy.

If it wasn't for the mortgage many of movie play would sag in the middle.

We have our moments of supreme pessimism when we feel sadly sure that ther will be no photoplays without wedding scenes.

Why do newspaper reporters in motion pictures always prance around wearing flannel-cake hats, windsor ties, and carrying writing pads?

Our own "Mother Goose":

Hickory, dickory, dock.
We all looked at the clock.
'Twas time to go
To the picture show,
Hickory, dickory, dock!

Elysium fields far, far away
Where everthing is bright--
There we could live day after day, 
But we'd miss the screen at night.

Our own Movie alphabet:

C stands for Censor, who uses the shears,
And cuts out the laughter thus bringing the tears!

Movie Etiquette: Always sit in an end seat and place your hat and cloak on the adjoining chair.  If yhour second cousin in Los angeles has seen Shomas Santschi in the flesh, divulge that news in loud, clear tones so that your neighbors can hear perfectly.  In reading film subtitles aloud to the children speak pleasantly and distinctly.

Some Affair!

Friday night last week Shakespeare's great drama, "Julius Caesar," was produced at Beechwood Canyon in Hollywood, with the most noted cast that has appeared in one of Shakespeare's works.

The cast included such artists as TYRONE POWER in the role of Brutus, FRANK KEENAN as Casius, THEODORE ROBERTS as Julius Caesar, DE WOLF HOPPER as Casca, WILLIAM FARNUM as Marc Antony, and DOUGLAS GFAIRBANKS as Young Cato.  CONSTANCE CRAWLEY will appear as Calpurnia, SARAH TRUAX as Portia and CAPITOLA HOLMES as Lucius.  CHARLES GUNN will play Octavius Caesar; H.B. CARPENTER, Decius Brutus, and TULLY MARSHALL Lucilius.

About five thousand people took part in the drama and the pageantry that went with it, and the famous battle on the plaons of Philippi was the most realistic thing of its kind that has ever been shown.  It started on the ridge of the hills behind the central stage and approximately half a mile away, with the armies silhouetted against the moonlit sky and gradually worked its way to the finale on the central stags. (sic)


Unknown but to a few of her intimate friends, MISS LOUISE DANIEL WIRTH, niece of Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy, and prominently connected with social and diplomatic life of Washington, has become a motion picture player.  Miss Wirth, who was engages by the Thanhouser studio several months ago, will make her first appearance in "For Uncle Sam's Navy," a two-part drama to be released by the Mutual Film Corporation the latter part of this month.

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