Friday, August 12, 2011

Madam Blanche Beauty Doctor -1915

Mme. Blanche, Beauty Doctor: One reel of approx.1,000 feet, released July 9, 1915.
Gender bender comedy with satirical social observation, features Riley Chamberlin and Harry Benham (Falstaff release).
Directed by Arthur Ellery. Scenario by Lloyd F. Lonergan.
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 Jewett.
Original music composed and performed by Ray Brubacher​people/​Rayb.htm.
A good example of the clever light comedy Thanhouser produced for its 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 closeups than just a year or two earlier.

For futher information on films by Thanhouser, visit the site above. Let’s keep memories of this great studio alive.

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