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I -Weekly Film Notes.


I Weekly Film Notes. There is no end to the lure of the screen for the interpretative artiste of every kind. The latest recruit to the silent art is Theodore Kosloff, the famous Russian dancer, who has recently signed a contract with the Famous Players-Lasky Corporation. Mr. Kosloff is to work under the direc- tion of Cecil B. DeMille, the Director- General of this company, which ia re- sponsible for the well-known Paramount and Artcraft pictures. The Miracle Man, the most recent work of the celebrated producer, George Loane Tucker, has, on its exhi- bition in America, created a sensation unequalled even in the annals of big things on the other side. The American Press, blase and unimpressed as it is by comparatively great things ia the film world, is rubbing its eyes with wonder. They admit that the un- believer in motion pictures has been swept off his feet, that the picture makes him see, feel and think in a new way. One journal even goes so far as to say: It opens a new window on life. The Miracle Man is the high- light of a new era in motion pictures." The picture is taken from the play by George M. Cohan, which was in its turn based on the novel -by Frank L. Packard. Houdini, the well-known Hand- cuff King of the Music Halls, has, after one or two essays, now definitely identified himself with motion pictures by signing a contract for a long term with the Famous Players-Lasky Com- pany. Some little while ago he made a picture for this Company called The Grim Game," and previously he had appeared in a serial film. Quite apart from his accomplishments in the art of self-liberation, the histrionic ability revealed in The Grim Game has brought the realisation that Houdini is an excel lent actor, and it is from that angle that he will be seen in his future pictures. A great deal of discussion was created recently by the attempt by women to gain admission into the legal profession in this country, but on the other side of the Atlantic it is taken as a matter of course. But girls who are intended for the law do not always follow the career which their parents have marked out for them, any more than do boys. Dorothy Dalton, the famous Ince-Paramount picture star, whose latest picture, Quicksands," shows her in a new type of role, was intended by her father to study Jaw, but she was not of the same mind, and preferred the stage to the bar After some time in the theatrical world, Miss Dalton joined the Thomas H. Ince Company, and made her first film appearance in The Disciple." She is expert in outdoor sports, and specialises in motoring, horse riding and swimming. Nothing, perhaps, is better calculated to attract the more intelligent classes to the picture theatre than the appearance of represenative stage players of the highest type in conjunction with works ot the foremost authoes. Such a com- bination is effected in the case of Elsie Ferguson, who for many years refused to be connected with film acting, on the ground that it had not developed to a sufficiently high artistic plane. Her repute as an actress is international, and she felt for a long while her inability to play in pictures without loss of pres- tige. But when Maurice Tourneur decided to produce Robert Hichen' s Barbary Sheep," the way seemed dear, and since then Elsie Ferguson has become identified with screen ver- sions of the works of famous authors, and has. appeared in such Artcraft pic- tures as Ibsen's The Doll's House," Henry Arthur Jones' The Ue," and Robert W. Chambers' The Danger Mark." Her latest Artcraft picture is Under the Greenwood Tree," a film vers ion of the play by Henry V. Esmond, the well-known English actor and playwright.