And it was remarkably crowded. Who knew the Norma Talmadge fan club was so big!?
But first a couple of shorts:
WHEN A COUNT COUNTED (1912): Very early Thanhouser comedy. Mignon Anderson stars (she's forgotten now, but was one of Thanhouser's biggest stars in her day) as a young stenographer. Her boss sends her on vacation, but when a former client identifies her as a (gasp!) working girl, all the snooty muckety-mucks at the resort shun her so badly she wants to cut her vacation short and leave. That is, until her law clerk boyfriend shows up masquerading as a count to sweep her off her feet and show everyone what real class looks like.
CURSES (aka THE LAST SERIAL) (1925): A hilarious sendup of serial adventures starring Al St. John as the evil leader of a gang of thieves who steals valuable papers from an old guy, while threatening his daughter and her boyfriend.
And then the intermission, and the feature.
THE SOCIAL SECRETARY (1916): Norma Talmadge, who was normally a dramatic actress, stars as Mayme, a stenographer who is always chased by her employers. Meanwhile, a wealthy family has lost yet another social secretary to marriage, so they advertise specifically for an unattractive replacement. So Mayme uglies up--puts on glasses and plain clothes--and gets the job. But danger abounds, as a former boss might recognize her, or he might steal from the family. A nosy reporter (Erich Von Stroheim) causes trouble. And worst of all, she falls for the handsome son of the family.
Total Runing Time (estimated): 80 minutes
My Total Minutes: 168,607