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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 16, 1918

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

Aug. 16, 1918

‘THE UNBELIEVER’ IS SOUL-STIRRING PATRIOTIC PICTURE

The United States marine corps cooperated in the production of the greatest war film since “The Birth of a Nation” —”The Unbeliever,” adapted by Edison from the startling story by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews, “The Three Things.” The essence, the heart, the very soul of the story is thrown into the picture with dash and crash and smash, just like the marines went over the top at Chateau Thierry.

Margurite Courtot and Raymond McKee are the feature players; and their respective roles, the Belgian refugee and the youthful marine. Miss Courtot achieves a distinctive triumph thru her forceful interpretation of the brave little Belgian martyr, a part that represents the noble spirit of Belgium surviving the devastation wrought in the wage of the Hun. The portrayal of this spirit, sketched with fine appreciation of its significance, inspired Miss Courtot to a broad understanding a delicate treatment.

Raymond McKee carries the pep and punch of the U.S.A. into France and Belgium, where ruthless realism carves his could to its complete development. The subtle blending of a buoyant personality and an impressive sincerity marks Mr. McKee’s marine with unique success. The cast includes Darwin Karr, Eric von Stroheim, Earl Schenck, Kate Lester, Blancire Davenport, Gertrude Norman, Frank deVernon, Mortimer Martini and Harold Hallacher.

Several officers of the marine corps are cast in important “bits” and their representation of discipline in the trained maneuvers of the marine battalion give the appearance of the soldiery in “The Unbeliever” a convincing military aspect.

This super-feature will soon be shown at the Rialto theater in this city. Watch for the date — for no true American can afford to miss it.

LOCAL AND PERSONAL

Yesterday was the first day of the deer hunting season and many sportsmen from Medford and vicinity were in the hills. Reports began coming in today of what luck some of them had. Chas. Reames of Portland, who is visiting here, got one in the Butte Creek territory, Carl Bowman bagged two and Michael McGurik one.

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