Linder Expected Here in April or May
MAX LINDER, the French comedian, whose Essanay contract in this country was terminated by illness, and whose recovery since his withdrawal from the States has been announced, is expected to return to the United States in April or May, it was announced this week by T. E. Letendre.
The announcement carries the news that the comedian intends to make a new series of pictures, for which he will engage the support of a capable company. In all probability, the stories will be prepared by Tom Bret, the scenario and title writer.
At the time M. Linder was signed by George K. Spoor of Essanay, to make a series of twelve comedies for that company, much publicity was given his coming here. His first production was "Max Comes Across." This picture was made in Chicago.
Satisfied that he has now so fully recovered his health and strength as to permit him to resume active studio work, M. Linder has retained the services of Thaddee E. Lentendre, Times building, New York, as his American representative, and has signified his intention of returning here in a month or two. It is not yet decided whether he will appear under the auspices of a producing organization or make his own productions for distribution through a large releasing syndicate. (Motion Picture News, Mar. 23, 1918)