Cheers Greet Showing at the Strand of His First Film Made in United States.



    Max Linder, wounded French war veteran, is back in the movies again, and his first picture comedy to be filmed in this country was enthusiastically applauded by friends in the audience at the Strand yesterday. M. Linder is a clever actor, who before the war was as popular in France as Charles Chaplin is here. When the war came he was acting in one of those silly boudoir sketches in a revue at the Folies Marigny, where some of the American wanderers who chanced to be in Paris that Summer saw him. With the call to arms he immediately joined the colors, and until he was seriously wounded some time last year served in the aerial branch of the French Army. Before he had left the hospital the offer of his present engagement came. M. Linder is a dapper little Frenchman with unusual eyes, for which he is famed, and a penchant for smart clothes, for which he is also renowned. He has the eloquence of gesture of his race and, in addition, intelligence and a sense of comedy. It seems scarcely necessary to add that he is a valuable acquisition to the screen of this country. Some of the events of his voyage to America are recorded in his first film, which is called "Max Comes Across," and then there are apocryphal happenings. The collision of the ship which bore the comedian really did occur, while, the episode of changing berths with his stateroom companion and being carried on deck early in the morning against his will was probably imaginary. Both are funny, as are some of the moments during the ship's concert with M. Linder, as accompanist, alternately pursuing and being pursued by the piano tossed by the sea about the salon. M. Linder is welcome to our city and his claque, which may have been thrust upon him. (New York Times, 19.2.1917)