MAX LINDER TO MAKE HIS BOW
Famous European Comedian Soon to
Be Seen on Screens of New Eng-
land Picture Theatres
Max Linder, the famous European comedian, is soon to make his bow to American audiences from the screens of the motion picture theatres in this country. This talented comedian has enjoyed a vogue in Europe equal to that of the most noted American film comedian in the United States. New England people, with those of the rest of the country, will soon have an opportunity to compare the work and methods of the two stars.
“Max Comes Across” is the title of the first comedy to be shown here in which Max Linder stars. It is appropriate in two ways, for it deals with the trip from Europe to America of the Continental favorite and it also shows that he can produce “the goods” for the pleasure of the American public. His work is high grade, clean cut and without any offensive features, and as a laugh producer he is superb.
The Max Linder comedies are released through the Kleine-Edison-Selig-Essanay Service, and at the Boston headquarters yesterday afternoon the first of these comedies was given a private showing and keenly delighted all who were fortunate enough to be present.
In this first of the series, “Max Comes Across,” the European comedian is said to have produced the best work of his noted screen career. It shows him in his Paris home receiving the offer to come to America; the signing of the contract; the preparations for the voyage and the sudden realization of the dangers of such a trip.
Then comes the voyage itself with the first appearance of comedy through the initial meal in the saloon. The other passengers one by one depart in varying degrees of suddeness after the first taste of the food, leaving Linder and a pretty young lady the only passengers in the dining room. Max tries hard to stay, but the rough weather forces him to give up, and this leads up to more comedy in the stateroom which he shares with an American, who is also a joker of parts.
All possible shipboard stunts are crowded into this hilarious voyage, including an alarm of “submarine” and the ensuing panic; the laughable manner in which Max and the American become the victims of their own efforts to put over a joke, concluding with Linder's new submarine-kiss.
“Max Comes Across” is but the first of a series of screen comedies arranged and directed in person, and if this first is a good criterion of those to follow, then the American “movie” fans may look forward to some most delightful comedy, and Linder to a great welcome in the United States. (Boston Daily Globe, Feb. 8, 1917)