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October 29, 1922 - Image 14

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(W. Bernard Butler) "One reason why the great French
Interviewing an interviewer, espe- journalist did not resort to notes was lIGHATNIN' "Lightnin'." Every one played his part
cially when that interviewer happens that he had an amazing memory. He ' k " 1 Right," with a very high degree of under-
to be considered the world's greatest, could listen to an address that re- Lghin,"like laintsRib ,"standing and interpreted his or her
presents several interesting angles, quired three or four hours for deliv- "Tailor Made Man," "Secret Service, t
P g a~~nd a hot of oler'lays s casi role with a perection that could e
quite different from other types of ery and then sit aon alone and is noticed even in the smallest detail.
the interview. write it out word for word. This ac- for entertainsent, temporal, but de-ntcey "Lightnin' is a commenda-
Isa acsowe ethncomplisliuent enahled him to scre Ivid of thse qualities which niae Trly, "ihon' sacomns
Isaac Marcosson, when I methincmis enenbd himtoscr iderhs u s icls ble achievement well done. It seethes
Wednsda, ha th ai ot ma ofthe most notable newspaper 'eat' ofI for eternal life. Howeer, it shouldhiacevmnwllde.tsehs
Wednesday, had the air of a man of all history when e achieved the first not be condemned on this ground. with wholesome humor, and tugs at
big business rather than that of a alhsoywe eahee h is the heartstrings, a combination that is
writer, a man of dynamic activity and exclusive publication of thes Some plays are-written with poster- the hetga obiatio that is
than of keen intellecta analysis. As Treaty of Berlin in London at the ity in view, and others are written the hoards today.
we drove from the station, he turned exact hour it was being signed in the with an eye on the box-office. "Light- To have missed "Lightnin'" is to
the conversation to the European post-l German capital. He was shown the ni'" falls withi tbe latter group. have missed one of the best enter-
war situation. lHe believes that the long preamble; read it hurriedly, and Rather, I will criticise "Lightnin'" tainents of our day.
Treaty of Versailles was the most co- hours afterwards was able to tele- for what it is. "Lightnin' is a perfect
lossal blunder in the career of Lloyd graph it without a single error. The piece of craftsmanship. There are
body of the treaty was already in his no loose threads, no false leads, no Louis Wolheim, who plays the role
hands. dealings in irrelevant detail. Every of Yank in Eugene O'Neill's "The
"One good way to remember speech- line and every- bit of business is es- Hairy Ape", in his earlier days used to
es and interviews is to fix the mal sential, and to cut any one of either be as handsome as some of the Greek
or the occasion photographically in would be to destroy a scene or a gods we are accustomed to see in
the mind. ' If you can recall how a whole act. collar and tobacco advertisements.
man looke or acted when he said It is resplendent with those qualities One day in a football game at Cor-
something it almost invariably follows and emotions which tear our breasts nell le had his nose broken and his
that his utterance will come back with every day-love, hate, admiration, theretofore handsome map was -mark-
the conjuring up of the mental pic- pity, and sympathy. Lightnin' Bill ed up like a battlefield in Flanders.
tare." Jones, so admirably played by Thomas His stage career, toward which Wot-
IS"In general," I asked, "how do you Jefferson, is a lovable, sympathetic seim had been studying, seemed doom-
approach a man to be interviewed?" character. He lies, and a cheerful liar ed. But just then a moving picture
"Every nman is a law unto himself," he is, he drinks, and is habitually company, headed by Lionel Barry-
replied Mr. Marcosson. "There are lazy. Yet we learn to like and admire more, came to Ithaca to film some
no two human beings alike in the him in spite of his faults. He is in- scenes. Requiring a particularly vil-
world . Before interviewing a man tensely human and sincere. As a lainous face the director chose young
you should learn all about him ethatmatter of fact, sincerity is the key- Wolheim for the part. He won the
you can. The more you analyze the a of the whole piece-the boo , favor of Lionel Barrymore, who, aft-
process of interviewing the more the acting, the business. Every mem- er several chats, toos a liking to Wol-
marked becomes the parallel with ber of the cast plays his role. None hei and taught him a fesv fine points
salesmanship. Men often fail in busi- of them "act." Acting is a decadent of stage deportment.
ness because they use the same argu- term applied to the antics indulged in Brrymore introduced him to Eu-
ments with everybody. They forget I by those people who think that an gene O'Neill, who was then working
that each human being is a law unto audience can be impressed only by on "The Hairy Ape", and O'Neill was
(~himself. It would have been in'pos- exaggeration. very much surprised to find that here
4555 sible to get next to Lloyd George with To single out any one member of was the man to play the stellar role
the same line of selling talk that you the cast and set him or her up on a in his new play. The hit Woiheim
employed to make Sir Douglas Haig I pedestal would be an injustice to scored is a part of recent theatrical
ISAAC MAR S break his chronic ,silence. Each of every other person who played in history.
these remarkable men--and they are
types-required an entirely different
the agonizing umrest in Europe today lide of approach, based upon a knowl-
is" that treaty od, made, by the "Big TT ThiT
edge of their work, interests, ambl- SUNDAYFUPPER
Orlando, and Wilson. The treaty, le tion and personality.
Orland, en Wisen The treathe "Ever since those early days I has e Is a treat if talen at the CHINESE GARDENS.
sad sa entimntal basis rather invariably made it a point to find oty
then an economic one.' all I possibly could about a man be-1
Arrived at the Union, he talked to fore I went to see him. Before the W ether 7ouw Bant a Chinese or American Menu,
me all the time he was unpacking. war if I knew nothing about a man's vie have expert chefs of both nationalities
"To me," he said, "the men of most particular hobby or interest I made it
importance are not the literary men, ilsy business to find out somethingT he Chinese.ardens
bust these dynamic figmires in world abeat it--whuether it was heoses, 1 he Chinese Gardens
politics such as Lloyd George, Bonar yachts, good roads, landscape garden-I "Get the Habit"
Law, Clemenceau, and Hugo Stinnes." ing, first editions, etchings or base- 106 S. MAIN PHONE 1549
That dominant interest was evident (Continued on-Page Three)
to me fron the intenge activity which
Mr. Marcosson displayed. His ruling
faculty seems to be that of cold and
impartial analysis of political and ee-i
onomic problems as they are express-
ed in these great human exponents.
Mr. Marcosson mentioned in our
conversation something about the fact
that he had traveled more than 20,-
Q00 miles to see General Smuts. He - g
spoke of his trip across Africa over
the same' route which Henry Stanley\
took, of his adventures on all the
fronts during the World War, of his
experiences in recent Chinese civil
wars. O LD friends are more precious than riches.
He then. turned to the methods of
getting interviews with the great of Don't miss a single one from your list this
the world. "The first thing to remem- ear. Choose the right cards and plenty of them
bdr is to play square," he said. "Never y
betray a man's confidence. Never take to carrywarmth from you heart to friens o .
notes while talking to a man. That is
where the English journalists make Let them know at Yuletide that you are still
their great mistake,-they are great their friend though distance may divide.
shorthand people. The man always
gets scared when you start to takeS r eletontoda
notes and the continuity of his thought
is also broken up.
"I have trained my mind to remem-
bar by association of ideas," he con-
tinued. "No matter how late Icome 17 Nickels Arcade
in at night I always write down a few
notes on the interviews I have had Otder your personal engraved
during the day." CHRISTMAS CARDS now
I was especially interested in the

story he told of, de Blowitz, the great
French reporter. "de Blowitz never -
made notes," he said. "Referring to
a colleague who constantly used a
notebook de Blowitz said: 'He took
down the.wards that were said to him
in .a notebook which he held in his
hand, a method which in France is in-
fallible for learning absolutely noth-
ing, for as 'M. Duclere said, 'This -
method;of cross-examination puts youl
immediatelyon the defensive. It shuts
yor mouth while it opens your

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