Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I Am Here to Make Your Patrons Laugh -- January 25, 2017

Moving Picture World, 06-January-1917
Meanwhile, back at Essanay, partner George Spoor was looking for a comedian to take Charlie Chaplin's place.  He signed international star Max Linder.  Linder had appeared in early Pathé slapstick comedies in France. He became a major star before World War One.  There is some confusion about what he did in the war, but he was wounded or became seriously ill and newspapers reported that he had died.  This was not true, but the French film industry, the most powerful in the world before the war, had mostly shut down.  Max took the offer from Essanay and came to America, signing a deal to make six short films.  The first two did poorly and the third did only a little better, so that was the end of the series.

Moving Picture World, 13-January-1917
Moving Picture World, 13-January-1917
Moving Picture World, 20-January-1917

Max Linder's first US production was "Max Comes Across."  He directed with the help of interpreters. 

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