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Way Down East, a “b’gosh” Drama – By Peter Milne (Picture Play Magazine – 1920)

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Way Down East, a “b’gosh” Drama – By Peter Milne (Picture Play Magazine – 1920)Picture Play Magazine – Volume XIII December 1920 No.4The Screen in ReviewBy Peter MilneDEEP-ROOTED in the traditions of the American stage is the “b’gosh” drama. This type of rural play, headed by such classics as “Way Down East,” and “The Old Homestead.” and runningdown the line to cruder copies of these, was prominently in vogue a decade or two ago. The term “b’gosh” was fastened on these plays rather condescendingly. It implied more than the mere expression of the amazed squire who exploded “b’gosh” at various moments throughout the play; it implied the squire’s false whiskers, the villain in riding boots, the simpleton hero, the barnyard scene with its painted backdrop, and the becurled ingenue whose manicured finger nails reflected the footlights. It never was great art, but it had a deep and abiding appeal. It has remained for the motion picture to eliminate some of the “b’gosh” element from the rura…

Dick Barthelmess was married … for real, not just in Way Down East (Picture Play Magazine 1920)

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Dick Barthelmess was married … for real, not just in Way Down East (Picture Play Magazine 1920)“Way Down East” – Lillian Gish and the eccentric auntPicture Play Magazine Volume XIII September 1920 No.1Over the TeacupsFanny the Fan retails gossip on the way to a bullfight, and forgets about tea.By The BystanderFANNY and I were off for Tia Juana—with Fanny driving. Now, that means more than it looks as if it did. In the first place, Fanny’s the sort of driver who lets not her right hand know what her left hand doeth ; she shifts gears in the most nonchalant fashion, and then says in sweet surprise, “Oh, that is reverse, isn’t it ? I always forget and think it’s high.” That’s so consoling when you find yourself gently settling back into a ditch ! She maintains, as far as possible, the speed Wallie Reid does in his racing pictures when he’s trying to outdistance the Limited and win the girl. And she talks all the time. That’s one reason why she wanted me to desert the rest of the crowd an…