Jane of the Gaiety
(One reel of
approximately 1,000 feet, July 18, 1915)
Print source: Library of Congress, 15 minutes 49 seconds.
Cast: Ethyle Cooke (“Old Jane,” theater wardrobe woman), Grace DeCarlton
(Mary, a chorus girl), Jay Yorke (Jack, her sweetheart), Winifred Lane
(Daisy), Morgan Niblack (Gilbertson), Janet Henry (Fay), Justice D. Barnes
(choreographer), George Barnes.
Original music composed and performed by
Old Jane, the wardrobe woman, is an institution at the Gaiety Theatre. She
keeps a watchful eye on the younger girls, especially little Nina Fagnant, a
serious child with genuine ability.
July 1915 the studio was again benefitting from the management of
Thanhouser. A good example is Old Jane of the Gaiety, a well-written
and well-directed backstage drama with visual panache. The wardrobe lady,
Old Jane, counsels the new chorus girl, who is being wooed by a stage-door
Johnny while her boyfriend tries to “save” her from theater life. The
crisply-paced narrative, complete with flashbacks, has strong pictorial
interest emphasizing front/back staging and creative camera placement.
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