New Pictures: Jan. 25, 1926

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That Royle Girl. Carol Dempster is just about on the verge of becoming a movie actress of consider, able consequence. It was D. W Griffith who discovered her, and the same D. W, Griffith directs her in this film. Perhaps it is not one of Mr. Griffith's best. He is directing for Famous Players and apparently has to get out so many pictures a year. It is, however, one of Miss Dempster's best and that is of immense importance. She plays a newsgirl who grows up to be a model and subsequently an actress. Also included are the hilarious W. C. Fields and a cyclone.

Mannequin. Some time ago $50,000 was posted by Famous Players for a prize scenario, the same to be serialized in Liberty, and Fannie Hurst came first. This is the picture. It does not seem to be a desperately original invention, dealing as it does with a girl (Dolores Costello) stolen in babyhood and brought up as a model in a dress shop. She kills someone, and the matter of the death penalty for women is discussed in detail. The picture is exceedingly well directed by James Cruze, and played so well by Alice Joyce (the mother) as to eliminate any doubts as to its popularity.

Mike. A lot of cute animal life, a brood of children and a bunch of hardened males are tumbled together in a story which has bad patches of dullness. It is about a girl who lived in a caboose and cooked for her drunken but hard-working father.

The Splendid Road. Back in '49 there were a good many people going out to the gold fields by the water route around the Horn. Herein you follow the travels of one of them, impersonated by Anna Q. Nilsson. In California she encounters Lionel Barrymore, playing a gambler. Later there is a flood.