Monday, August 8, 2011

Old Jane of the Gaiety - 1915

Country: USA
Language: English
Release Date: 18 July 1915 (USA)
Stars: Ethyle Cooke, Grace DeCarlton and Jay Yorke
A chorus girl in a theatrical show is being pursued by a "Stage Door Johnny" while her somewhat prudish boyfriend tries to "rescue" her from a life in the theater. Old Jane, the show's wardrobe mistress, takes the girl under her wing and gives her advice on how to handle her situation.
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Old Jane of the Gaiety: One reel of approximately 1,000 feet, July 18, 1915.
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.
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 Barnes (choreographer), George Barnes.
Original music composed and performed by Ben Model (
By July 1915 the studio was again benefitting from the management of Edwin 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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