Max Linder Finishes
Work on New Comedy
French Comedian Completes
Max Linder this week took the final scenes for his first independently produced American made comedy. The production has been five months in the making, and was produced at the Maurice Tourneur studios at Universal City.
"Seven Years Bad Luck" is the working title. The story was written by Max Linder himself, and he also directed the production. It is in five reels.
At Work Sixteen Weeks
Sixteen weeks were actually spent in "shooting scenes" for the comic feature. The French comedian had as his assistants Charles Dorian, loaned to him by Maurice Tourneur, and Al Davis, formerly with Universal. The trick photography which is one of the features of the Franco-American comedy was accomplished by Charles Van Enger. The production is notable for its expensive sets and the constant changing locale. The action is said to be lightning like, jumping back and forth at times to four different settings and situations with flashes as short as six feet in length.
Percy and Allen in Cast
Thelma Percy and Alta Allen have the leading feminine roles, while Harry Mann and Ward Chance are seen in the principal masculine parts. The production will be cut and edited by the comedian himself, with a corps of the best known west coast title writers collaborating on the sub-titles.
Mr. Linder plans to give a big preview of "Seven Years Bad Luck" before the film is taken to New York for general distribution. So far the comedian has refused to discuss releasing arrangements preferring to take the completed negative east before making financial deals. (Exhibitors Herald, Aug, 7, 1920)