Linder Goes to Coast
Essanay's Comedian Will Have Studio All to Himself —
Second Picture Ready.
THE Thomas H. Ince studio at Culver City, Cal., has been obtained and Max Linder will start production on his third comedy immediately upon his arrival there.
Max and his company got away from Chicago in a blaze of glory. He took with him not only his entire supporting company which appeared in "Max Comes Across" and "Max Wants a Divorce," but also complete staffs of stage mechanics, electricians and two camera men. The party occupied three private cars which were tied on to the rear of the transcontinental train.
A flock of Chicago newspaper men went down to the train to see Max off. Their chief interest centered in discovering whether Max's departure from Chicago was a knock to that city as a motion picture producing center.
Max was emphatic in his explanations to the contrary. Through two interpreters, Max addressed the gentlemen of the press from the rear platform of his train.
"I have found," said he, "that Chicago and the vicinity affords as good facilities as could be desired for photoplay productions. Climatic conditions and exterior scenics are excellent. I grieve to leave Chicago."
The real reason for Max's departure was pressure for floor space at the Chicago studio. Since Max has been at the Chicago plant one of the three big studios there has been held solely for his use. This left but two other studios available for other producing activities at Essanay, which is putting out two or three features and twelve short productions each month in addition to the Max Linder comedies.
Plans were launched a month ago for the selection of another studio exclusively for Linder's use. Max therefore will step from his Chicago studio into his California studio with the loss of but a few days to make the transcontinental trip.
Along with Max went his forty-six trunks of sartorial embellishments— with eight more containing American-tailored designs which caught the comedian's fancy. It required a private baggage car to carry Max's clothes, his wooden-legged war dog, "Wah," and motor car.
"Max Wants a Divorce" is being given trade showings at all branch offices of the Kleine-Edison-Selig-Essanay Service, and, according to reports, is as good if not a better comedy than "Max Comes Across." Advanced bookings on the Linder films have been enormous—assuring its success before it even strikes the screen. This comedy has a screen time of approximately thirty minutes. It will be released March 26. (Moving Picture World, March 24, 1917)