Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 29, 1918
The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.
Aug. 29, 1918
‘THE WARRIOR’ AT THE PAGE TODAY
A career which would make excellent reading in fictional form or as the subject for a discourse on the “Road to Success” has been the lot of the giant film actor and Italian Alpion Maciste. Born in Genoa, Italy, on April 27, 1887, of parents in humble circumstances, his rise to fame has been more meteoric than that of any other famous figure in screenland. Receiving the usual education of a child of his status in Italy, Maciste, whose proper name is Ernesto Pagani, early displayed symptoms of the remarkable physical attributes which in later years earned for him the title of “The strongest man in Italy.” At the age of 21 he had attained the enormous stature of seven feet, weighed close to 300 pounds and could perform the physical labors of four ordinary men. With it all, he possessed and unfailing good humor, an infectious smile, and a handsome face, all of which made the herculean Italian a popular idol among the middle classes.
While employed as a dock laborer by one of the steamship companies, Maciste attracted the attention of the famous poet and author, Gabriele D’Annunzio. Because of his beautiful physical proportions and super-human strength, he was cast for the part of the Sumidian slave in D’Annunzio’s master cinema feature “Cabiria.” An instantaneous personal hit for Maciste was the result and when “Cabiria” played to American audiences, Pagani was acclaimed by public and press as the screen find of the year. His fame and fortune assured, Maciste became a leading member of the Itala Film company, producers of “Cariria.” At the outbreak of hostilities he immediately volunteered for active service. Securing a leave of absence through the intervention of D’Annunzio, the giant actor soldier was starred in the film version of “The Warrior,” the latest war spectacle in which he is now delighting American audiences.
PAGE THEATER MANAGER BOOKS BIG ATTRACTIONS
Mr. and Mrs. O. T. Bergner are home from a two weeks business and pleasure trip to Portland and Seattle, having made the trip in their car and enjoyed the outing very much.
Mr. Bergner says they have booked a number of top-notch movies as well as the best to be had in “legitimate.” Two of the leaders in the movie line for the near future are “Pershing’s Crusaders,” a film with the government O.K. and from which it receives a portion of the proceeds and “The Warrior.” They also have all the late Doug Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and Mack Sennet pictures.
Mr. and Mrs. Bergner are to be complimented on the splendid attractions they have been putting on at the Page and have booked for the coming season.
For more stories like this, check out “The Archive,” a weekly podcast series at mailtribune.com/podcasts