By Grace Kingsley.



    It's a long lane that has no turning, and it looks as though that brilliant and famous comedian, Max Linder, has reached one of the sun shiniest turnings of his life. It became known yesterday that negotiations are practically concluded for Linder to release his comedies through the Goldwyn organisation.

    A contract will probably be signed within a day or two for the releasing of the Linder comedies, but while it is understood it is to be a long-term agreement, no details as to its terms are forthcoming. However, the Goldwyn organisation has already contracted to release the five-reeler, "Be My Wife," the comedy which Linder took to New York, and which his manager, Clark Irvine, staged to a preview before Samuel Goldwyn and others. Mr Goldwyn liked the comedy so much and laughed so heartily at it, so did also all the others who saw it, that he decided it would be a good bet for his program. Hence the agreement to release. It is to be shown, among other theatres, at the Capitol in New York.

    The comedian is to start production of comedies within a few weeks, probably at the Goldwyn, where he will likely lease space though this detail is not yet finally decided on. He is even now working on a new story, which he will of course direct as usual.

    Max Linder made the first comedy ever filmed. That was seventeen years ago, and was made for the Pathe company in Paris. It consisted principally of comic chases; so you can see that we are indebted to Linder for all the thousands of comic screen chases that have chased across the screen ever since. Linder and Charlie Chaplin are France's favourite comedians. Linder likewise owns a picture theatre in Paris known as the Cinema Linder.

    Long before Chaplin became famous Linder made the French folk laugh. No one had ever made them laugh so much before. He was at the height of his fame when the World War broke out, and he enlisted as a private. He served eighteen months, and was so badly gassed that it was thought he would never recover. In fact, he suffered ill health many months but is now entirely recovered. He came to this country immediately after the war, but ill health claimed him, and he went back to spend many months with his parents, who live in Bordeaux. About a year ago he returned, and has since made two comedies, "Seven Years' Bad Luck," which did fine business wherever shown, and "Be My Wife," at first called, "Who Pays My Wife's Bills?" and which likewise promises to land Linder as great a favourite among Americans as he has always been with the French.

    The comedian has taken a house in Beverly Hills, and is working day and night on his story. (The Los Angeles Times, Aug. 9th 1921)