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His Picture in the Papers (1916) + Johanna Enlists (1918): UK Premiere
His Picture in the Papers (1916) + Johanna Enlists (1918): UK Premiere

Picture in the Papers (1916): Made the year after Fairbanks left Broadway for the cinema. In his third ever film, Picture in the Papers is a perfect example of Fairbank’s early onscreen comedy persona which was also infused with breakneck action. The story is set around Fairbanks’ Pete Prindle who, if anything, needs to get his ‘Picture in the Papers’ to win the hand of his love (Loretta Blake). The first film scenario written for Douglas Fairbanks by Anita Loos (see Saturday morning’s 1917 Wild and Woolly), Picture in the Papers also includes a rare early screen appearance of later star and director Erich von Stroheim. A real chance to see this rare gem on the big screen with live musical accompaniment by Meg Morley. Joanna Enlists (1918): Directed by William Desmond Taylor and adapted by Pickford regular Frances Marion. This 1918 five-reel First World War melodrama sees Mary Pickford play Johanna Renssaller who dreams of a different life away from her father’s farm. However, all things change when a training regiment of American soldiers arrive to camp next door to the farm. With the title card “Oh, Lordy — when I prayed for a man — WHY did you send me a thousand?” trouble not only on the farm, but also in the training camp as well. The Wareham Silent Film Weekender is proud to present the UK Premiere of this beautifully shot film by cinematographer Charles Rosher (Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Annie Get Your Gun) with a special recorded score. Restorations courtesy of Film Preservation Associate France, Paris and The Mary Pickford Foundation. The Wareham Silent Film Weekender is presented by The Rex Cinema and South West Silents and supported by BFI Film Audience Network.

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