Camp Sherman News - Notes from Stage and Film

Camp Sherman News: Notes from Film & Stageland

On April 6, 1917 the United States formally declared war on Germany and entered World War I. Less than two months later, the nation was in a race to prepare the infrastructure and people to fight the war. In June of 1917, Chillicothe, Ohio, in south-central Ohio, underwent a transformation that was becoming a familiar scene around the country. The Army decided to build one of the large training cantonments it required to train and mobilize men for the war effort on the northern edge of Chillicothe. In a matter of only a few months during the summer of 1917, the bucolic serenity of the Chillicothe area was dramatically transformed when over two thousand buildings were erected on land that was coveted for farming and where prehistoric Indians constructed large ceremonial earthen mounds.

This sprawling military complex that quadrupled the population of Chillicothe would become known as Camp Sherman.

Source: Camp Sherman, Ohio’s WWI Soldier Factory

Camp Sherman News in our America and World War I:  American Military Camp Newspapers collection offers a closer look at the camp’s activities and the interests of those training there.

This piece of entertainment news ran in the camp newspaper on March 13, 1919.


Gertrude Hoffman played Cleveland last week and, from the reports, we hope she heads in this direction soon. Read this:

Miss Hoffman works along simpler lines this season than in the past, but her act is, perhaps, more pleasing than it was a few seasons ago when she appeared with a wealth of scenery and a supporting company. A Spanish dance, against a background of orange and black, opens her turn; and her “Dance of the Allies” is a number which introduces the filmy draperies and uncovered limbs of yore. Then comes her imitations of Ann Pennington, Addie Foy, Fanny Brice and Bessie McCoy; and, finally, her “Trip to Coney Island rounds out her divertissement. It is all well done, especially the changes made in an open dressing room, with two feminine valets garbed a la Ziegfeld.

“Todd of the Times,” starring Frank Keenan, who plays the role of the city editor of a large newspaper, breaking up a political combine and obtaining the managing editor’s job. Character development, in the screwing of the courage to the sticking point, is well worked out by Mr. Keenan.

While on the subject of Broadway beauties it may not be amiss to record the fact that Kay, Laurel, who has decorated many an edition of Mister Ziegfeld’s Follies, has joined the filmers. She is making her debut in a leading role in the next Rex Beach picture, to be turned out by Goldwyn in the newly acquired Culver City studio relinquished by Triangle.

Miss Ethel Barrymore’s success in “The Off Chance” has been such that her sponsors have arranged for her the longest tour of her career. She will play all the way across the continent this spring, visiting the Pacific Coast for the first time since 1911, when she was seen there in “Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire.”

Our collection, America and World War I: American Military Camp Newspapers, addresses a topic and period that continues to be of the widest interest and importance to scholars, students, and the general public – America in the World War I Era. Camp newspapers make important original source material—much of it written by soldiers for soldiers—readily available for research.

Harry Hilliard, prominent in support of Theda Bara and others, has just completed the leading masculine role in “The Litttle White Savage,” Carmel Myers’ latest Universal starring vehicle. He plays the part of a young minister who is unfrocked by his congregation when they discover the wild girl of a circus sideshow hiding in his home.

“Smiling” Billy Mason of Christie comedy fame, has just finished playing opposite Edith Roberts in her new Universal production, “A Taste of Life,” made under Jack Dillon’s direction.

Enid Bennett, Thomas H. Ince star, gets the big assignment of the week from the managing editor of her newspaper, involving the solution of a mystery that had baffled detectives and police alike, but she does it all in her latest production, written by C. Gardner Sullivan. The film is unchristened as yet.

Wally Van, long an absentee from current motion pictures, is planning to produce a number of feature comedy dramas. Releases are to be made through the Independent Sales Corporation.

Camp Sherman News: Notes from Film & Stageland

Camp Sherman News: Notes from Film & Stageland

Dustin Farnum’s new picture is entitled “Square Shootin’ Dan,” the name indicating that Mr. Farnum is to stick to “man-in-the-open” stuff for the next few months. The story is by G. L. Haynes, and it is said to be the author’s first screen effort.

Ruth Roland has proved so popular in serial work that Pathe has signed her for another, to be called “The Tiger Face.” Miss Roland, it is claimed, has starred in more serials than any other girl, save alone Pearl White. It is not expected the new serial will be completed before June.

It is reported that Bushman and Bayne, whose engagement with Vitagraph followed their failure to renew a contract with Metro a few months ago, are again without a perceptible motion picture connection. It is not known just what the next move will be.

Famous Players have purchased the film rights to the Gertrude Atherton novel. “The Avalanche,” which is to be used as a starring vehicle for Elsie Ferguson.

Lew Cody is playing the lead in a new Maurice Tourneur picture.

Clarine Seymour is said to have instituted suit against the Rolla Film Company for $8750, which she claims is due her on a breach of contract.

Three more of the Thomas Dixon novels are to see the light of the screen. They are “Comrades,” “The Root of Evil” and “The Sins of Fathers.”

Word comes that Texas Guinan is to use Lack London’s “Sea Wolf” as her next starring venture.”

Thurston Hall, former leading man in Paramount pictures, has signed his name to a long-time contract with Universal. He has been playing opposite Carmel Myers and Priscilla Dean.

“Lieutenant Earle Metcalf, former screen leading man and more recently in Uncle Sam’s service in France, has been engaged to direct the Flagg comedies. Metcalf is one of the better known juveniles of the stage and screen. He has recently completed a role opposite Alice Brady in one of her pictures.

Peggy O’Neil, the Hibernian beauty, actress and bizarre clothes displayer, opened last week in “Humble In,” a new musical play which appears to have won a substantial success.

De Wolf Hopper is playing Old Bill in “The Better Ole” in Chicago with success. “Chu Chin Chow,” a splendid spectacle, is drawing the biggest business in Chicago.

James J. Corbett, former heavyweight pugilistic champion of the world and until recently a star of the Winter Garden musical shows in New York, has started work at Universal on an 18-part serial. Corbett celebrated the new year by signing a long-term contract with Universal in New York. The serial will, in part, depict the interesting life of Corbett.

The quintiple alliance recently formed in Hollywood is not to be so exclusive as was generally believed. The Mirror has learned. It is reported that a number of other stars will be added to the combine. Clara Kimball Young, Blanche Sweet. Jack Pickford and Lottie Pickford are mentioned. From the present list the Pickfords could swing things when occasion demanded.

The Camp Sherman News

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