||Madam Blanch, Beauty Doctor
(One reel of approx.1,000 feet, released July
Directed by Arthur Ellery. Scenario by Lloyd F.
Lonergan. A Falstaff comedy.
Print source: British Film Institute, 13
minutes, 35 seconds.
Cast: Harry Benham (Bob, the college boy; Madame
Blanche), Riley Chamberlin (Simon Southwick, his guardian, a rheumatic old man), Mrs. S.
Stevens (Mrs. Southwick), Mignon Anderson (Betty,
the stenographer), Ray Johnston (clerk), Edward N. Hoyt (clerk), Morgan Jones, Ethel
Original music composed and performed by
Raymond A. Brubacher.
comedy with satirical social observation, features Riley Chamberlin
and Harry Benham (Falstaff release).
A good example of the clever light comedy Thanhouser produced for
Falstaff label, while other studios cranked out broad slapstick comedies.
Harry Benham and
Mignon Anderson were versatile and popular Thanhouser stars, here showing considerable
skill in light comedy, a genre that invites plenty of satirical social observation such as
the burgeoning beauty-salon industry here. Cinema technique shows much more intricate
editing and freer use of close-ups than just a year or two earlier.
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