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March 13, 1921 - Image 9

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Seen On The
Stager- Screen
(By Edwin R. Meiss)
Not a few intellectual individuals
believe that there is no such thing
as a good movie, from the standpoint
of art. Excepting a few pictures, the
writer agrees with this view. Hence
they conclude that praise of a photo-
play denotes a flaw in the criticism;:
a human conclusion, perhaps, but an
unjustifiable one.
A boy of seven is not judged accord-
ing to the same standards as is a full
grown person. What in a child is
termedclever no doubt would appear
to he half-wittedness in the adult.
Yet people are attracted to the child,
because they take its age into con-
sideration. A similar case may be
found in the movies. The screen pre-
sents an entirely new phase of art
with its own peculiar problems and
difficulties. It is less than thirty
years old; the other arts. three thou
sand. Is it just, then, to hold-up to
the movies as criteria either litera-
ture or painting, and to condemn an
embryo art because it cannot reach
the heights that others have attained
only through ages of development?
Much may be said concerning the
mercenary exploitation of the moving
picture, but directors are emerging
now-who desire something more than
mere monetary satisfaction. These
producers, artists in a true sense, are
setting an example for the further
progress of the photoplay.
But at this time,.in view (of the
youthful and crude stage in which the
photoplay still finds itself, it is the
duty of the film critic to point out the
lesser of the evils, as it were, and to
land the better products of the pres-
ent day screen. Tl e art of the cinema
is not stagnant, but is steadily flow-
.ng toward the ocean of equality with
the older arts.'
* * *
The occasion for the excess supply
of fake thousand dollar bills floating
around the campus at present may
be found at the Arcde today in the
form of a most pleasing shadow ren-
dition of the stage comedy, "Brews-
ter's Millions" with Roscoe Arbuckle
scintillating. Fatty has been rather
successful since abandoning the slap-
stick and his shining personality is
set forth to advantage in the part of
a well meaning young man who is
offered five million dollars if he is
able to spend the one million which
he Olready owns within a year. The
play offers a'rich field for huorous
situations, and in general the pro-
ducer has taken adva'tage of this
Gowns may be called the trademark
of Louise Glaum, who appears at the
Majestic today in a picture beating
the thrilling title, "Love." Formerly
playing the part of the world's vamp-
lest vamp, rivalled only by Theda
Bara, she has recently relinquished
that phase of the Thespian- art and
assumed instead the role of the aver-
age virtuous, sentimental, self-sacri-
ficing screen star. Her former part
was exciting at least, and for a while
original, but now Louise Glaum has
fallen, and it is as if Theda Bara
were to play the part of. Polyanna.

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year, "Behold My Wife," a picture
which approaches true art, is offered
at the Arcade on Wednesday and'
Thursday. This film was shown in
Ann Arbor during the Christmas holi-
days but for the sake of those who
were not here at that time it is being
returned. The effectiveness of a pow-
erful plot is aided by an all-star cast
worthy of the name, including Milton
Sills and Eliott Dexter, while Mabel
Scott, a newcomer to the screen, plays
the part of an Indian girl in an ex-
cellent manner.

Enrollment Will
Continue To Growt
Officials Predict

University facilities will be taxed
to the straining point with the certain
large influx of students next fall, in
the opinion of registration officials,
and the effect of the large numbers
upon instructors and on general fa-
cilities will be, if not serious, at least,
highly unsatisfactory,
Without doubt, the freshman class

It is not likely that next year's
class will be larger than the
this year for the enrollment
latter is 200 greater than ever
in the history of the literary co
According to the recently co
figures for this semester's enro
327 new students have entere
literary college since last sen
This is in proportion to the :
enrollment and includes re-re
tions, transfers, and comeback
Ninety new students, have er
in the graduate school this sen
making the present enrollmer
a slight increase over last yea:

For the last two days of the week
the Arcade presents Ethel Clayton in:
"The ,Price of Possession," a picture
of average interest with its setting
in Australia and England. The plot
is an intricate one, dealing with the
fortunes of a young widow whose
claims to her late husband's property
are disputed by a stranger who states
that he is tbe man her husband was
supposed to beand that her husband
was not who he was. After a long
struggle of wits the widow gives in
and even marries the man her hus-
band was supposed to be, possibly in
order to retain her possessions.
Again we say, intricate.
* * *
At the Schubert-Detroit theatre Bert
Williams is disporting his gloved
hands and bassoon voice in the
"Broadway Brevities." This show
boasts a number of other stars among
whom are George McKay of "Honey
Girl" fame, and Ula Sharon, an artis-
tic dancer whose work has given rise
to much favorable criticism. There
are a number of attractive songs in
this elaborate" review.
* * *
"When We Are Young" is the title
of the play which is engaged at the
Garrick this week with Henry Hall,
Alma Tell and George Marion in the
leading roles. The first of these, it
will be remembered, appeared here
last year in "39 East." With this able
cast and a well woven story, the Gar-
rick delivers a charming light enter-

next fall will be as large as the ,class
of '24, while the annually large en- See the New R'emington P
rollment in the present freshman and Typewriter-Standard Keyboai
sophomore classes will swell the total E. Washington, 8-9 Savings
registration figures to a record figure. Building.-Adv.


Nights - 750 to 53.
Wed. and Sat. Mats. - 50C to $

The Messrs, Schubert- Present




James Kirkwood supports Miss Glaum
in this picture in his customary satis-
factory manner, and for those who
have not seen her in the early roles,
the play will top the average.
* * *
"Forbidden Fruit," a much heralded
Cecil B. DeMille production is sche-
duled at the Maj for the latter half
of the week. Three new players ap-
pear under the DeMille banner in this

picture, Agnes Ayres, Forrest Stan-
ley and Clarence Burton, all of whom
play the central parts. Besides these,
Theodore Roberts, Kathlyn Williams
and Theodore Kosloff take minor
roles in the play. The story is that
of a young woman who is married to'
a gambler and crook (one man), but
who really loves another.
* * *
One of the best photoplays of the


A Comedy in Three Acts
by Kate L. McLaurin

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Nights - 50c to 2.00
Sat.-Mat. 500 to X1.50
Wed.Mat. SOc to $1.50

Direct from N. Y. Winter Gardens


Adults - - 30c,,ANN ARBORand
Continuous Shows . SUNSHINE COMEDY
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George LeMaire's
Spectacular Sensational Success
OF 1920

leaps over housetops
to the hedrt of a g ir



Bert Williams

And a Host of Others

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Aglow with Lilting, Sensuous Music, Comedy and
Dazzlingly Gowned Young Maidens

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in which obstacle race
for the "yes " of this
maid there is a combin-
ation of crooks, trouble,
love, thriIs and mad ad-,


Barber of Seville Leonoerallo's Operas Variations for Orchestra
C.Rossin Pagliacol N. Falcone, Director


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