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would practice his singing and dancing between
scenes. Now Barbara is dead. Ramon, of all
those Metro stars, is the only one to retain his
place in after years.

Big, blond Harold Lockwood and his lovely
co-star, May Allison, worked here. Influenza
brought a quick last curtain to his career.
May .\llison married, retired from the screen
and became a successful author. Her brilliant
articles appear quite regularly in Co-nnopoUtan.

Naziinova worked behind her walled-in sets,


at the height of her career, exotic and haughty.
Alice Lake was a vivid star in those days.
She is in Hollywood now to stage a comeback.
And Bert Lytell, the most popular male star
on the Metro program. Bert occasionally
makes a picture now. He is an unqualified
success in a current Broadway drama. Alice
Terry, the then fragile heroine of "The Four
Horsemen" and "The Prisoner of Zenda,"
lives abroad with her husband. Rex Ingram.

Just inside the studio walls was a tiny
Japanese garden, with a brook and diminuti%e
arched bridge. Viola Dana used to stand on
this bridge and wave a gay greeting to Omar
Locklear, her fiance, as he soared above in his
aeroplane. He went up in his plane one day
and something went wrong. \'iola never waved
to him again.

Lionel Barrymore deserted the
grease paint to become a director.
Dut Director Robert Z. Leonard
picked up the discarded make-up
bo.\ and went back to acting.
Only temporarily, of course.
Leonard plays a doughboy bit in
"Marianne," Marion Davies' new
starring picture for M-G-M
which he also directed

.\\\ part of brilliant old IMetro. No wonder
people say that it is haunted. Over it hangs
shadows, the shadows of "The Four Horse-

Near the much grander Metro was the
friendly little place where Buster Keaton made
many of his most successful comedies. It was
informal and rowdy, overrun by gag men and
numerous \isiting friends.


In those days it was romantic, a kaleido-
scope of color and action. The Pacific and the
mountains were its boundaries.

One structure still stands today of the many
that used to clamber up the hillside. It is a
little weather-beaten church, buUt for the
wedding in "Peggy." Remember? The
star was Billie Burke, and it was a great event
when the red-headed actress, the toast of
Broadway, came way out to Inceville! Robert
Brunton was the designer of the church, long
before he built the Brunton studios. Now he
is dead, and the church is his monument.

TT was in this isolated location that Thomas
-'■Ince built his career, before he erected the
beautiful studio in Culver City, a close replica
of Washington's home at JIt. Vernon. Ince
had always dreamed of having a studio just
like it. He built it — and died.

Vou haven't forgotten Inceville if you knew
the California of ten and fifteen years ago. A
road leading from Santa Monica, choked with
dust in summer, and impassable with mud in
winter. On rainy days everyone used to ride
horseback from the Japanese fishing \illage,
where thecarhneended. John Gilbert wasone
of the riders. Ince believed that John was a
good actor, but did not think him cast of heroic

Dorothy Dalton became famous in "The
Flame of the Yukon," made here, and Louise
Glaum waved her peacock fans and lured men
on to destruction (for the cinema only). A
bashful boy named Charles Ray came to
attention in a Frank Keenan picture, "The
CowT.rd." ^\ illiam S. Hart, the two-gun man,
strode through the Western streets. Bessie
Barriscale was the big star.

Now all that is left of Inceville is the
"Peggy" church and the old film vault. The
old ranch is now a smart real estate develop-
ment, with fine Mediterranean houses replacing
thesets. Most of the stars of that studio have
disappeared. Only John Gilbert, the most
dubious possibility at that time, is a reign-
ing star.

Before Louis B. Mayer joined Metro-
Goldwyn he produced in his own studios on
the east side of Los Angeles, and adjoining the
Selig zoo. This small but impressive Norman-
Freich building is deserted now. Things were
enlivened at the Mayer Studio when the ani-
mals broke loose at the zoo.

Anita Stewart, highly paid, was the greatest
star of the lot. Norma Shearer had her first
real acting opportunities on this lot, and,
occasionally, Barbara La Marr worked as an

THE Paramount studio today is a greatly
improved version of the Brunton studios of
yesterday, then considered very swank.

Brunton was a rent studio. Mary Pickford
was making "PoUyanna" at the time Douglas
Fairbanks was producing across the street at
Clune's, now Tec-Art. Busy Melrose Avenue
was then a dusty, country road, lined with
great eucal>'ptus trees. It was there that
Benjamin Hampton, who later married the
beautiful Claire Adams, made his pictures.
The street car line ended blocks down the
street, on Western Avenue. Extras had to
trudge that long distance, rain or shine. The
only cafe in the neighborhood was a hot dog
stand. There was a bar down on Western
Avenue if stronger fortification was necessary.

Clune was a great name in those days. He
had produced the first "Ramona. " He also
owned the two most important downtown
theaters. It was at his .Xuditorium, now the
Philharmonic, that "The Birth of a Nation"
had its world's premiere.

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of the Night," "The Red LUy," and "Thy
Name Is Woman, " at this studio.

Now it is a rent studio, looking very apolo-
getic in the shadows cast by the magnificent
Paramount studio across the way.

Charles Ray's studio has been transformed
into a scenery factory. The big ship mast that
was visible to all motorists on Sunset Boule-
vard has been dismantled. For years it stood
as mute reminder of Charlie's failure. In this
studio he made "The Courtship of MUes
Standish." He placed his entire fortune in
the venture, and lost.

Old Tannhauser, buUt on the crest of a steep
hill in Boyle Heights, now as far removed from
the picture world as Hollywood from Mt.
Ararat, is also a scenic studio for the Fanchon
and Marco stage acts.

A bungalow court stands on the site of the
Lois Weber studio. Many remember the pleas-
ant house she used as a studio, with its big,
roaring fireplace in the hallway. And Claire
Windsor, for here it was that she was

Then to the old Griffith studio, the shrine of
memories. Tiffany-Stahl uses it now, but for
years it was a last stand of the quickies.

TJERE Griffith directed " The Avenging Con-
-'- ■'■science," and Henry B. Walthall, the be-
loved "Little Colonel, "evolved a new technique
of screen acting. He used his eyes rather than
the broad gestures of the time. Griffith was
delighted with the result and called in his
stock company to watch that picture again and
again. From this studio came " The Birth of a
Nation," "Intolerance," "Broken Blossoms,"
and "Hearts of the World."

It was a sedate sort of place. Everybody
was mister and miss. Kate Bruce, when she
wasn't acting, looked after the girls' manners
as well as the wardrobe.

The Griffith stock company would be a j
billion dollar aflfair in later days. There were '
LilUan and Dorothy Gish, Bobby Harron,
Mae Marsh, Blanche Sweet, George Seigmann,
Richard Barthelmess, Ralph Graves, and
many others to be famous in times to come.

Griffith used the ffist traveUng shot in
"Intolerance." A shot which took in three
city blocks, covered 3,500 people, and with
entertainment all down the Une. The shot
took in a group of dancing girls. Perhaps
you've heard of them. CoUeen Moore, Pauline
Starke, Winifred Westover and Bessie Love.
It was a scene at the feast of Belshazzar, and
a loaded banquet table was set for 3,500

'KX'ANY of the battle scenes from "Intoler-
■^ ' ■'•ance " were as dangerous as they looked on
the screen. One gay Mexican lad, perched on
a battlement, pulled the rubber nipples from
his arrows and cut and wounded men on the
wall opposite. A gentleman with considerable
ingenuity retaUated by tossing a well-aimed
smoke pot. The Mexican went out like a
Ught. At another time one of the "sturdy"
walls of the city came near collapsing when
too many men became interested in a crap
game on the central portion of the flimsy

But the famous "Intolerance" sets, Holly-
wood landmarks for years, are gone. So is
the little cafe on Vermont Avenue, The White
Kitchen, where Griffith and Frank Woods
discussed the idea of producing "The Birth
of a Nadon."

There they stand, these old studios that
remain, fast-crumbUng monuments of a day
that is gone forever — a more glamorous and
picturesque day. Most of them are deserted
and forgotten. It will not be long until all
of them will go.

Three lovely ladies of the cinema? No, only one. Marilyn Miller,
as radiant a maiden as ever drew cheers instead of sneers from a
Broadway first night audience, is shown here with her two sisters,
Mrs. John Sweeney, of Glencoe, 111., and Mrs. Robert Montgomery,
of Boston. Marilyn has just finished recreating her famous role in
"Sally" for the talking screen

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Ten Years Ago in Photoplay

THIS month, November of 1919, the
learned editor estimates and tabulates
the standings of our movie idols in the
light of their pictures of the past year. And
these are some of the results —

Charles Ray and Wally Reid are neck and
neck as chief male favorites, with Ray given
the edge because he is a pet of men, women and
children, while \\'ally's appeal is chiefly to
women — says the editor.

Dick Barthelmess is miles ahead of the other
juveniles, but Harrison Ford and Tom Forman
are very hot, too.

Tom Meighan tops all established leading
men by his work in three mighty films — "The
Miracle Man," "Male and Female," and "Peg
O' My Heart." Eugene O'Brien heads the
great lovers, Frank Keenan the character
actors. Bill Hart the Westerners, and Chaphn
is unique among comics. Bushman, Earle
Williams, Henry Walthall, Warren Kerrigan
— slipping.

■\/r,\RY PICKFORD is still queen of the
•^' •'•movies, says the ed.

Naziniova is the odd bird of peculiar plum-
age. Lillian Gish is superb and alone — re-
garded as a sort of Bernhardt by the fans.
Mary Miles Minter has a great future (if he

We all loved her in 1919. Gloria
Hope was then a brilliant screen
ingenue. Now she's the happy
wife of Lloyd Hughes and the
mother of a strapping three-
year-old son

could have only known her tragedies ahead I).
Norma Talmadge has held her rank as queen
bee of the emotional actresses.

Of the ingenues, Viola Dana is the year's big
winner, with Marguerite Clark sliding and
Alice Brady coming. Dorothy Gish, too, is
unique — considered our first comedienne and
a female Chaplin.

Dorothy Dalton (now Mrs. Arthur Ham-
merstein) is the ace vamp of the year, with
Theda Bara already history, and Louise Glaiun

Corinne Griffith is advancing. Gloria Swan-
son has a prominent and soHtary place in her
sophisticated De Mille dramas. Priscilla Dean

is a bright possibility. Betty Compson is
causing lots of favorable talk.

For the others, they hold their places, and
that's all.

Nineteen nineteen! Count up the stars of
1929 who have fought through. And think
of those who have faded and fallen from
Heaven !

^^UR big story this month is one about the
^^Farnum boys. Bill and Dustin.

A beautiful love held them all their lives.
Both stars of the stage and of the screen, there
was never a trace of jealousy or distrust. They
starred together on the stage in "The Littlest
Rebel," with little Mary Miles Minter, and
were tremendously successful.

"Duxly" died in 1929, in the fifties,
and his brother and his widow, Wini-
fred Kingston of the older films, were
his chief mourners. A grand family
of fine men, true brothers and good

A PAGE of pictures of Doug Fairbanks
•**• wrestling with a heavy gentleman called
"Bull" Montana . . . .\ swell story of pretty
Pauline Starke, before she found "IT." They
called her "Snub-Nose" in 1919 . . . Whoa!
Here's the gal I loved in 1919. Gloria Hope
was her name, and she was almost too pretty
to be true, and she appeared with Jack Pick-
ford in "Bill .-Xpperson's Boy." Now she's
Mrs. Lloyd Hughes, and a happy wife and
mamma. Heigho! That's life in the raw! . . .
.\ nice piece on Frank Keenan. Even then
they called him "The Grand Old Man," and
that was before dear Theodore Roberts got the
title . . . Elaine Hammerstein — story and
pictures. Elaine — Elaine. »-Vlmost gone from
memory now, and how popular she was ten
years ago! . . . Hedda Hopper rates a story,
too. Only last night I saw her in "The Last of
Mrs. Cheyney." . . . Pictures of Rod La-
Rocque when he was an Essanay comic . . .

WE use "The Jliracle I\Ian" in fiction form
this month, all illustrated with stills from
the history-making lilm.

The cast — Thomas Meighan, Betty Comp-
son, Lon Chaney, J. M. Dumont, W. Lawson
Butt, Elinor Faire, Lucille Hutton, and Joseph
J. Dowling. •

THIS is the month we tell of the tragic acci-
dent to Harold Lloyd — how, in his two reel
comedy days, he was lacerated and almost
blinded by the premature explosion of a trick

But we are glad to say that doctors now
relate that his eyes won't be permanently hurt,
and that he is already planning new films.

TACK PICKFORD has signed a new three-
Jyear contract mth Goldwyn . . . Elliott
De.xter is back at work after four months' ill-
ness . . . Jack Holt is going to play in "Treas-
ure Island," and so is Shirley Mason . . . Lois
Wilson has signed with Lasky . . . Eileen
Percy has just married LTlrich Busch . . . Lila
Lee is in the East on a vacation . . . Mary
Pickford is setting herself to play Pollyanna
for the films.

I wish ^lary Fuller would come back, too.
. . . You want a photo of Sessue Hayakawa?
Be patient. Harrison Ford, I believe, has been
married. Mae Murray is Mrs. Bob Leonard.
You're quite welcome!

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no intention of divorcing Tom.

T^O you remember Joe Cobb, the little fatty
-'-^of the Hal Roach, "Our Gang" comedies?

Well, Joe has said a tearful farewell to his
playmates. He's not gonna be no pitcher actor
no more. At least, not in "Our Gang" com-
edies. ' The new fatty is named Norman
Chaney, and is no relation to Lon.

Norman is nine and weighs 160 pounds. He's
never heard of lamb chops and pineapples.

TN case you haven't been able to eat your
•'■rolled oats from wondering if Lenore Ulric
and Sidney Blackmer, her former leading man
on Broadway, are married or not, you can settle
back and rest easily.

They were married at Croton-on-Hudson,
N. ¥., several months ago. Gilda Gray, the
queen of the shimmies, was matron of honor,
and Bruce Bairnsfather, British cartoonist,
was \vitness. Lenore is making a moom pitcher
at Fox, and hubby puts on the grease paint
these days at First National.

Hollywood has been on pins and needles for
weeks as to the e.xact state of their romance.
But then Hollywood just loves to be on pins
and needles.

npHE old chestnut about the stolen "jools" is
■^ with us again. It seems that Clara Bow's
watch has been having a bad time. Anyway,
it is reported among the missing. Clara wants
it back. It is just a simple, little platinum
wrist watch, set with thirty-eight diamonds
and ten sapphires.

Clara probably wants it back because it kept
better time than the family alarm clock.

STANDING by the Post Office win-
dow at Paramount, we heard Hal
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Nancy Carroll's youngest and hand-
somest juvenile lead, Hal Skelly?"

SOME of the best sound effects in the movies
are being obtained these days by accident.
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"What's that?" asked the director, sitting
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" Peanuts, your eye," countered the director,
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A few aspirin tablets and a pair of dice
were added to the peanut shells, and the whole
works was agitated by an electric fan. Thus
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technical department of "High Voltage" for
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"TTIE rage for opening restaurants in HoUy-
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Nothing like a little good old fashioned
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