Famous European Mirth

Maker Causes Innovation in

Comedy With “Max

Comes Across,”

New Film.


   Something new in motion pictures has come at last. It is the first Essanay production presenting Max Linder, the noted European comedian. “Max Comes Across,” the famous Monsieur Linder has picturized his trip across the Atlantic to America. The vessel was the Espagne of the French line. Newspapers carried thrilling accounts of how the big liner was rammed amidships at sea on this voyage, and detailed the ludicrous, yet effective manner in which Max Linder had quelled what threatened to become a panic among the passengers by playing a lively air on the piano in the salon.

   “Max Comes Across” gives a different version of this episode, however. Perhaps Max will not be a candidate for the Nobel prize for bravery, after all. For, according to the picture, while other passengers – men, women and children – are stampeding for the lifeboats, Max finds himself locked in the salon. He is terrified. But a few moments later he hears the captain outside shouting that the danger is over. Then the inimitable Max calmly seats himself at the piano and begins rattling off a merry tune. Boat officials and passengers cheered Max; pretty girls kissed him, and even one fat woman, little dreaming that Max had been made a hero despite himself.

   The picture is crammed full of such fun-providing situations from beginning to end. There is a whole raft of pretty girls – all blondes – to aid the comedian. There is also a fat woman, who weighs 285 pounds. She tips over a lifeboat, precipitating the blondes into the ocean. Ernest Maupain, the prominent character actor, also has an important role in the comedy.

   Technically, the production is perfect. There are some thrilling scenic effects. The ramming of the liner, the great volumes of water pouring into the hold of the boat, the death struggles of the captain and sailors to stop it – these are but a few of the scenes which will make the spectator grip his seat; feel the cold chills run up and down the spine. A king's ransom has been spent in the production. “Max Comes Across” has a screen time of 30 minutes. It is being released through the Kleine-Edison-Selig-Essanay service. - Advertisement. (Ogden Standard, Mar. 17, 1917)