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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 10, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Dec. 10, 1921

FIRST NATIONAL FILMS SECURED FOR LOCAL HOUSES

George A. Hunt of the Hunt & Antle Theatres Co., recently returned from a ten-day business trip to Seattle and Portland where he attended an Oregon convention of Associated FIrst National Pictures, Inc.

Mrs. Hunt accompanied him.

Mrs. Hunt, who has charge of the advertising for the Medford theatres, returns with a number of new ideas along this line. The ads prepared by Mrs. Hunt are recognized by the movie magazines as well as the people generally, as being among the most artistic and best in the state.

Mr. Hunt says Associated First National Pictures is an organization of theatre owners covering all of the United States and Canada whose one thought is bigger and better pictures, this concern has grown from nothing in three short years to the greatest organization in moving picture production and distribution.

They control the output of such stars and producers as Chaplin, Norma and Constance Talmadge, Anita Stewart, Chas. Ray, Katerine McDonald, Richard Barthelmess, Marguerite Clark, Dorothy Phillips, Lionel Barrymore, John Barrymore, Pola Negri, Marshall Neilan, Thos. Ince, Mack Sennett, Sidney Franklin, Whitman Bennett, J. Parker Reid, H. O. Davis, and other.

Mr. Hunt says that before First National entered the field that one producing distributing company absolutely dominated the field and sold its product on all or nothing basis, or in other words the exhibitor was forced to play the poor ones to get the good ones.

Mr. Hunt reports the purchasing of quite a few exceptional pictures which will be played here very shortly such as, “Doubling for Romeo,” “Way Down East,” “The Girl From God’s Country,” “The Four Horsemen,” “The Oath,” “Bits of Life,” “Three Musketeers,” “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” “The Child Thou Gavest Me,” and “The Conquering Power.”

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

A meeting to organize a Jackson County branch of the Oregon Humane Society will be held Monday evening (next) at eight o’clock in the public library. All humanitarians urged to attend.

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An outstanding feature of this morning’s public market was the beginning of the sale of 1,300 sacks of Jackson County grown fine potatoes at $2.50 a 100 pounds, and excellent quality home grown chili beans.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com