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It is difficult to visit Dawson, a once large thriving city, now only marked by empty fields and a few hundred grave markers, without wondering about the people who lived, laughed, and enjoyed life in this place. The now gone Opera House was one of the places these people enjoyed. It had a theater which showed movies. You will find a list of the movies for 1923, as described in the weekly issues of the Dawson News in 1923. Since the town was destroyed as well as its records, information is rare and difficult to attain.

To see photos and find out more about the Movie House in the Opera House which exhibited these movies, click here.

To visit the Dawson, Colfax County, New Mexico, main page, click here.

To visit the 1923 Movie Schedule, July through December, click here.


Contents

Introduction


The movies listed below were obtained from the advertisements found in all the weekly issues of the Dawson News for 1923. It was Dawson’s only newspaper published by a subsidiary of Phelps Dodge Corporation, the owner of this company town.

With the ending of WWI and the final burial of the unknown soldier in 1922, Americans looked towards celebrating life and paying off the war debt. The decade brought: the discovery of penicillin and insulin, the vote to women, the Supreme Court eliminated the minimum wage law, Howard Carter and George Herbert discovered King Tut’s tomb, Atlantic City hosted the first Miss America contest, Emily Post wrote the best selling Book of Manners, and, in 1922, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich became famous and very popular. 1923 was a political year of transition. President Harding died, replaced by Calvin Coolidge. President Wilson died. Coolidge was reelected in 1924. New Mexico had obtained Statehood for a decade. Colfax County attracted Big Business into New Mexico, through its numerous mining camps and railroads. Dawson was the crown jewel of the county.

It was the decade of entertainment. Movies brought comedy shows, news, live events, sports, jazz, variety shows, drama, opera, everything the theatre did and more. Movies became a big business, slick, commercial and very profitable. It was an era of the greatest output in the US movie market. In 1923, silent movies saw the introduction of synchronized sound, and “natural color“ by Victor. The length of the movie was determined by the number of reels it had, each reel ran about 15 minutes. Many of the movie ads advertised its number of reels.

There was an aura of magic and mystery, of laughter and tears that clung to films. To the sounds of a tinkling piano, Pearl White faced her perils, Francis X. Bushman caused fluttering hearts, Theda Bara wrecked homes, Charlie Chaplin, Fatty Arbuckle and Mack Sennett set zany standards. Gradually the whole world came to treasure its heroes and heroines and clowns, and to copy them. Movie stars had extraordinary large salaries, the fashions and activities of the Hollywood greats echoed around the world to the extent that 100,000 people gathered in London and in Moscow to greet Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks. Her film “Rosita” in 1923 grossed $1,000,000.00. (13 million in 2010 dollars).

Although developments in color and sound were still in the experimental stage a strong demand for movies, and a potential for profit, encouraged the production of "talkies" for commercial release. The great demand was unexpected, and caused other studios to begin to produce sound films to capitalize on what at the time they saw as a fad. Other film technologies in competition to “Vitophone” were: “Movietone" by Western Electric, and "Photophone" by RCA. By 1927, 85% of US new industries grew in conjunction with the film business including: zoos, animal supply companies, costume suppliers, casting agencies, and a great many professions besides actors.

An average of 800 films were produced annually. There were 478 movies exhibited in the Opera House Movie Hall in 1923. The average number of movies per month was about 40, except February due to the disastrous Mine explosion in that month. Most movies played one day only. Serial movies played at the Saturday matinee and again at the Sunday evening show. The Saturday matinee included a movie serial and a comedy. On Tuesdays, from January to July 10, they usually showed Spanish language films, or films with Spanish sub titles. After July 10, there were no listings for Spanish language films. Each week, had at least one “No Show” or blackout day.

The great majority of the miners did not speak English, 2/3 were recent immigrants, mostly Italian, Greek, or Slav. The rest were Spanish speaking citizens. All the Dawson newspaper issues for 1923 did not reveal the showing of any foreign film except for the few Spanish speaking films from March to June. The Dawson Movie House showed “La Banda de Automovil”, a 1919 classic Mexican silent film, shown in 4 episodes. An unnamed English movie with Spanish sub titles; an unknown French movie “Delitos y Pasiones” with English and Spanish sub titles was shown in 7 episodes, and the 4 remaining “Spanish speaking films”, were advertised without title but just “ an excellent film from Mexico”. The Italian movie industry was as vigorous as the American. No Italian or other foreign films were shown in Dawson, even though a few foreign films made the top 50. All of the town support staff were English speaking.

The serial movies shown in Dawson in 1923 were: Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (released in 1922 - 18 episodes), In the Days of Buffalo Bill (released in 1922 - 18 episodes), The Oregon Trail (released in 1923 - 18 episodes), and The Steel Trail (released in 1923 - 15 episodes).

In 1923: Rin-Tin-Tin, a starving German Shepherd dog during the Great War, became most famous dog ever to star in the movies. Metro Goldwyn Mayer film making studio was founded. A new Pooh Bear story by A.A. Milne was a big hit for little children. Mickey Mouse became everyone's favorite cartoon character in Steamboat Willie.

The greatest movies of 1923 were: The Covered Wagon, Bella Donna, Down to the Sea in Ships, Stephen Steps Out, Siegfried, Hexan, Our Hospitality, The Shock, Three Ages, Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Ten Commandments, Why Worry, A Woman of Paris, The Pilgrim, Coeur Fidele, Zaza, The Extra Girl, and Safety Last. The only one that was shown in Dawson in 1923 was Safety Last.

The best actors in 1923 were: Lon Chaney in The Shock, Norman Kerry in The Merry Go Around, Harold Lloyd in Why Worry, Ivan Mosshukhin in Le Brasier Ardent, Marion Davies in Little Old New York, Mary Pickford in Rosita, Edna Purviance in A Woman of Paris, Norma Talmadge in Within the Law. The Merry Go Around was the only one shown in Dawson in 1923.

Admission was normally 25 cents including 3 cents war tax.($.25 in 1923 =$3.20 in 2010 dollars) Saturday matinees were 15 cents which included 2 cents war tax.($.15 in 1923 = $1.92 in 2010) However as the year progressed some of the films had a higher admission of 30, 40, 50 to 60 cents. ($.60 in 1923 = $7.67 in 2010). At first the higher price would be about twice a month, towards the end of the year it would be 2 or 3 times a week.

It was relatively easy for a miner to obtain credit, it would be converted into tokens. The miner would then pay his family’s admission into the movies with tokens. The sum of the tokens would be subtracted from his next paycheck. At this time the average miner was paid about $45.00 a month ($575 in 2010). The US Supreme Court abolished the minimum wage law in 1918, so miners were then paid by the weight (tons) of the coal they mined.

Of the top 50 best films of 1922 only 7 were shown in Dawson in 1923: Smilin Through, Blood and Sand, Beyond the Rocks, Grandma’s Boy, Back Pay, The Cradle, Toll of the Sea (1st Technicolor film), None were shown in 1922. So it appears, on the surface, that the people of Dawson were paying top dollar for second rate or old movies.

The movies listed below were obtained from the advertisements found in all the weekly issues of the Dawson News for 1923. It was Dawson’s only newspaper published by a subsidiary of Phelps Dodge Corporation, the owner of this company town.



January

  • Monday, 01 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 02 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Wednesday, 03 January 1923 - “The Lane That Had No Turning”, Adolph Zukor presents a Paramount Picture. Victor Fleming,  Director. Featuring, Agnes Ayres. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, - “Pardon My French”, A Kendall Production. Goldwyn Film. Featuring Vivian Martin.
  • Monday, Tuesday, 08-09 January 1923 - “Too Much Business” adaptation of Saturday Evening Post story by Earl Derr Biggers. Cast:Edward Horton, Ethel Grey Terry, Tully Marshall, John Steppling.
  • Thursday, 11 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 12 January 1923 - “A Western Adventurer” Featuring William Fairbanks. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday Matinee, 13 January 1923, 3 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” , Starring Harry Myers. Episode 12. Also, a good 2 Reel Comedy; Admission: 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 13 January 1923 - “The Wall Flower” A Goldwyn Photoplay in 6 parts, 65 minutes. Author and Director, Rupert Hughes. Cameraman, John Mescall. Cast: Colleen Moore, Richard Dix, Gertrude Astor, Laura Leplante, Tom Gallery, Rush Hughes, Dana Todd, Fanny Stockbridge, Emily Rait. Also, A Good 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 14 January 1923 - “Forsaking All OthersEmile Chautard, Director. Story by Mary Lerner. Charles Stumar, Photography. Cast: Colleen Moore, Cullen Landis, May Wallace, Sam Degrasse, June Elvidge, David Torrence, Melbourne McDowell, Elinor Hancock, Lucille Rickson. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, Tuesday, 15-16 January 1923 - “My Wild Irish Rose” Cast: Pat O’Malley, Mickey Daniels, Pauline Starke. Admission: 31 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 17 January 1923 - “Three Live Ghosts” Adolph Zukor presents A Paramount Picture. George Fitzmaurice, Producer. From a Play by Frederic S. Isham. Ouida Bergere, Scenario. Featuring: Cyril Chadwick, Anna Q. Nilsson, Norman Kerry. Admission: 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 18 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 19 January 1923 - “Moonshine Valley” Featuring William Parnum. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday Matinee, 20 January 1923 , 3 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” , Episode 13. Also, a good 2 Reel Comedy; Admission: 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 20 January 1923 - “His Back Against The Wall”, Released by Goldwyn. Cast: Raymond Hatton, Virginia Valli, Will Walling, Gordon Russell, W.H. Bainbridge, Virginia Madison, Fred Koehler, Jack Curtis, Dudley Hendricks, Shannon Day, Raymond Cannon, Louis Morrison. Also, “Off His Beat”, A Good 2 Reel Comedy, Admission: 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 21 January 1923 - “One Wonderful Night” A Universal Production. Featuring Herbert Rawlinson. Also, Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”, Episode 13. Admission: 22 cents +3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, Tuesday, 22-23 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Wednesday, 24 January 1923 - “The Last Payment“, A Paramount Photoplay in 6 parts, 70 minutes. Authors, John Brennert and George Jacoby. Director, George Jacoby. Cast: Pola Negri, Leopold Von Ledebour, Albert Patry, Henry Liedtke, Reinhold Schunzel. Admission: 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, Friday, 25-26 January 1923 - “Smilin’ Through” 8 reel Photoplay. Sidney A. Franklin, Director. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Wyndham Standing, Harrison Ford, Alec B. Francis, Glenn Hunter, Grace Griswold, Miriam Battista, Eugene Lockhart. Admission 31cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday Matinee, 20 January 1923 , 3 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” , Episode 14. Also, a good 2 Reel Comedy; Admission: 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 27 January 1923 - “The Man From Lost River”  Frank Lloyd, Director. Also, “Three Weeks” A rattling Good Comedy. Admission, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 28 January 1923 - “A Dangerous Game” Carl Laemmle presents a Universal Pricture. Story by Louis Dodge. King Baggott, Director. Featuring Gladys Walton. Also, “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” , Episode 14. Admission, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, Tuesday, 29-30 January 1923 - No Show.
  • Wednesday, 31 January 1923 - “Under the Lash” Jesse L. Lasky presents a Paramont Picture. Cast: Gloria Swanson, Mahlon Hamilton, Russell Simpson, Lillian Leighton, Lincoln Steadman. Admission, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.

February

  • Thursday, 01 February 1923 - “Reported Missing”, A Selznick Picture. comedy melodrama: Owen Moore, Tom Wilson, Pauline Garon. Charity proceeds to A-O-Ki-Ya Camp Fire Girls.
  • Friday, 02 February 1923 - “Honor First”, John Gilbert.; and, a Good 2-reel comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday Matinee, 03 February 1923, 2:30 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” +Also, a good comedy; 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 03 February 1923 - “The Man With Two Mothers”, Mary Alden; and a 2 reel comedy, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 04 February 1923 - “The Flaming Hour” Drama from Carl Laemmle with Frank Mayo. And “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Vaudeville Show.
  • Thursday, 08 February 1923 - “Get Rich Quick Wallingford” Stars: Sam Hardy; Norman Kerry; Doris Kenyon; Diana Allen; Edgar Nelson; Billie Dove; Mac M Barnes; William T Hayes; Horace James; John Woodford; Mrs. Charles Willard. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 08 February 1923 - 2:30 PM EXPLOSION IN DAWSON NO. 1 MINE - 122 DEAD
  • Friday, 09 February 1923 - “The New Teacher”, Shirley Mason. Plus a Fox 2 reel comedy “The Eskimo”, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday Matinee, 10 February 1923, 3 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” Also, “Some Class“ a 2-reel Comedy; 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 10 February 1923 - “Always the Woman” Goldwyn Photoplay in 5 parts: Ernest Palmer, photographer; Cast: Betty Compson; Emory Jonson; Doris Pawn; Gerald Pring; Richard Rosson; Arthur Delmore; Macey Harlan. Plus, a Universal 2 Reel Comedy, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 11 February 1923 - “The Ghost Patrol”, cast: Ralph Graves; Bessie Love; George Nicholas; George B Williams; Max Davidson; Wade Betsler; Melbourne MacDowell. Also, “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday and Tuesday, 12-13 February 1923 - No Show.
  • Wednesday, 14 February 1923 - “One Glorious Day”, Will Rogers. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.

March

  • Thursday, 01 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 02 March 1923 - “Mixed Faces”, Fox movie, William Russell, Rene Adoroe, DeWitt Jennings, Elizabeth Garrison, Charles French, Eileen Manning, Harvey Clarke. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 03 March 1923 - “Mr. Barnes of New York” Goldwyn movie in 5 parts. Archibald Clavering Gunter, Author; Scenario by Gerald Duffy. Director, Victor Schertzinger. Actors: Tom Moore, Anna Lehr, Naomi Childers, Lewis Willoughby, Ramon Samaniego, Otto Hoffman, Sidney Ainsworth. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 04 March 1923 - “The First Degree”, Universal photoplay in 5 parts, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday , 05 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday , 06 March 1923 - “La Banda del Automovil” Pelicula Mexicana en episodios, American and Spanish Titles, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday , 07 March 1923 - “Find the Woman” Lasky Corp, Paramount Pictures. Alma Rubens. Author:Arthur Somers Rocho. Scenario: Dorothy Hart. Directed by Tom Terris. 22 cents +3 cents War tax,
  • Thursday, 08 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 09 March 1923 - “The New Teacher”, Fox release. Cast: Shirley Mason, Alan Forest, Earl Metcalf, Otto Hoffman, Ola Norman, Pat Moore. And, a good 2-reel Comedy; 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 10 March 1923, Matinee, 3 PM - “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” Also, a 2-reel Comedy; 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 10 March 1923 - “The Dust Flower”, Goldwyn, photoplay. Author: Basil King. Adapted by: Charles Kenyon. Director: Rowland V. Lee. Art Director: Cedric Gibbons. Cameraman: Max Fabian. Actors: Helen Chadwick, James Rennie, Mona Kingsley, Edward Pell, George Periolat. Also: “Sic Em Brownie” and a 2-reel Comedy; 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday , 11 March 1923 - “The Power of a Lie” Universal photoplay in 5 parts. Cast: David Torrance, Maude George, Mabel Julianne Scott, Ruby Lafayette, Earle Metcalfe, June Elvidge, Phillips Smalley, Stanton Heck, Winston Miller. And, “Adventures of Robinson Crusoe” . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday , 12 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday , 13 March 1923 - “La Banda del Automovil” Pelicula Mexicana en episodios, American and Spanish Titles, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday , 14 March 1923 - “Peter Ibbetson or Forever” , George Fitzmaurice production. Cast: Wallace Reid, Elsie Ferguson, Montegu Love, Delores Cassiselli, Paul McAllister, Elliott Dexter, Barbara Dean, Nell Roy Busk, Charles Eaton, Jerome Patrick. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday , 15 March 1923 - “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court” comedy. Featuring Harry Myers and Pauline Starke. Admission, 36 cents + 4 cents War tax
  • Friday , 16 March 1923 - “West of Chicago” Fox studios. Story: George Scarborough. Cast: Charles Jones, Rene Adoree, Philo McCullough, Sid Dalbrook, Charles French, Kathleen Key. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 17 March 1923, Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” Also a 2-reel Comedy; 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 17 March 1923 - “Head Over Heels” Goldwyn photoplay in 5 parts. Mabel Normand, Comedienne, swimming athlete star. Other cast: Hugh Thompson, Russ Powell, Raymond Hatton, Adolpho Jean Menjou, Lilyan Tashman, Lionel Belmore. Also a good 2-reel Comedy; 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday , 18 March 1923 - “The Love Letter” Cast: Gladys Walton, Fontaine LaRue, George Cooper, Edward Hearne, Walter Whitman, Albert Lee, Lucy Donahue. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday , 19 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday , 20 March 1923 - “La Banda del Automovil” Pelicula Mexicana en episodios, American and Spanish Titles, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 21 March 1923 - “One Glorious Day” Paramount comedy. All Lasky musicians. James Cruze, Director. Original play by Walter Wodo and Barry Baringer. Cast: Will Rogers, Lila Lee. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday and Friday , 22-23 March 1923 - “Polly of the Follies” Written by: John Emerson and Anita Loos. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Kenneth Harlan, George Fawcett. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 24 March 1923, Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 2nd episode. Also, a Good Two Reel Comedy. 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 24 March 1923 - “Golden Dreams” Cast: Claire Adams and Carl Gantvoort. And, “Short Weight” a Two reel Comedy, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 25 March 1923 - “The Gentleman from America”, Universal film. Edward “Hoot” Gibson. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 2nd episode. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday , 26 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday , 27 March 1923 - “La Banda del Automovil” Pelicula Mexicana en episodios, American and Spanish Titles, Fifth Episode. Also, a Two reel Comedy, 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 28 March 1923 - “Bought and Paid For”, released by Paramount. William de Mille Production. Play by George Broadhurst. Cast: Walter Hiers, Agnes Ayres, Leah Wyant, Jack Holt, George Kuwa, Bernice Frank, Ethel Wales. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 29 March 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 30 March 1923 - “Calvert’s Valley” released by Fox. Story by Margaret Prescott. Cast: Jack Gilbert, Sylvia Breamer, Philo McCullough, Herschell Myall, Lulu Warreston. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 31 March 1923, Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 3rd episode. Also, a Two Reel Comedy. 15 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 31 March 1923 - “Watch Your Step” released by Goldwyn. William Baudine, Director. Julien Josephson, Writer. Cast: Cullen Landis and Patsy Ruth Miller. Also, a Two reel Comedy, 27 cts + 3 cents War tax.

April

  • Sunday, 01 April 1923 - “The Prisoner” A Universal photoplay in 5 parts. Cast: Herbert Rawlinson, Eileen Percy, George Cowle, June Elvidge, Lincoln Stedman, Gertrude Short, Bertram Grussby, Mario Carillo, Hayford Hobbs, Lillian Longdon, FJ Langdon, Esther Ralston, Boris Karlof, Bert Sprotte. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 02 April 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 03 April 1923 - Good Drama in 3 reels. And, Good Comedy in 2 reels. English and Spanish Titles. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 04 April 1923 - “Beyond the Rocks” Jesse Lasky film. Released by Paramount. Written by Elinor Glyn. Cast: Gloria Swanson and Rudolph Valentino. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax
  • Thursday, 05 April 1923 - No Show
  • Friday, 06 April 1923 - “Moonshine Valley” Released by Fox. Also, a Good 2 Reel Comedy . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax
  • Saturday , 07 April 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 4th episode. Also, “Horse Tears” A rattling Good Comedy. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax
  • Saturday, 07 April 1923 - “Come on Over” Goldwyn photoplay in 6 parts. By Rupert Hughes. Directed by Alfred E Greene. Cast: Colleen Moore, Ralph Graves, J.F. McDonald, Kate Price, James Marcus, Kathleen O’Connor, Florence Drew, Harold Holland, Mary Warren, Elinor Hancock, Monti Collins, C.E. Mason, C.B. Leasure. Also, a 2 Reel Century Comedy . 22 cents + 3 cents War tax
  • Sunday, 08 April 1923 - “The Bolted Door” Released by Universal. Cast: Frank Mayo, Charles A Stevenson, Phyllis Haver, Rene Delano, Nigel Barry, Kathleen Kirkman, Frank Whitson, Anderson Smith, Calvert Carter. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 4th episode. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax
  • Monday, 09 April 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 10 April 1923 - “Delitos Y Pasiones” A French made picture in 7 parts. English and Spanish sub-titles. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 11 April 1923 - “Ladies Must Live” Mayflower Photoplay Corp Released by Paramount. Produced by George Loane Tucker. From novel by Alice Duer Miller. Cast: Betty Compson, Marcia Manon, Mahlon Hamilton, Robert Ellis, Cleo Madison, Leatrice Joy. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 12 April 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 13 April 1923, Afternoon and evening - Free Show - “How Automobiles Are Made” A 6 reel motion picture, presented by Garage Owner and Automobile Dealer A.M. Van Dyke and the Studebaker Corporation.
  • Friday, 13 April 1923 - “The Love Gambler” Released by Fox. Story by Lillian Bennet Thompson and George Hubbard. Cast: John Gilbert, Carmel Myers, Bruce Gordon; William Lawrence, Cap Anderson, James Gordon, Mrs. Cohen, Barbara Tennant, Edward Cecil, Doreen Turner.22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 14 April 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 5th episode. Also “Live Wires” an Excellent Two Reel Comedy. 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 14 April 1923 - “Always the Woman” Betty Compson, Producer. Jack Little, Technical Director. Egyptian desert re-created in Oxnard, California, for love drama. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 15 April 1923 - “Gossip” Universal photoplay in 5 parts. Cast: Gladys Walton, Ramsey Wallace, Albert Prisco, Carol Halloway, Freeman Wood. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 5th episode. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 16 April 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 17 April 1923 - Special Attraction. An excellent program, especially prepared for the Spanish -speaking people. Reading matter in the Spanish language. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 18 April 1923 - “The Crimson Challenge” Adolph Luxor presents a Paramount picture from Vingle Roe novel. Paul Powell, director. Used copper shod horses to avoid fires on the range. Actors: Dorothy Dalton. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, Friday 19-20 April 1923 - “A Fool There Was”. Fox photoplay in 6 parts. Adapted from Porter Emerson Browne play. Emmitt J. Flynn, Director. 75 minutes. Cast: Estelle Taylor, Lewis Stone, Irene Rich, Muriel Dane, Marjorie Daw, Mahlon Hamilton, Wallace MacDonald, William V. Mong. Harry Lonsdale. 31 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 21 April 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 6th episode. Also “Speed “Em Up” a Two Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 21 April 1923 - “A Poor Relation” Goldwyn photoplay in 5 parts. Cast: Will Rogers, Sylvia Breamer, Wallace MacDonald, Sydney Ainsworth, George Williams, Molly Malone, Robert DeVilbliss, Jeannette Trebaul, Walter Parry. Also, a Two Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 22 April 1923 - “The Midnight Guest”. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 6th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 23 April 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 17 April 1923 - An excellent production, Extravagantly staged . Strong sex appeal. English and Spanish subtitles. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 25 April 1923 - “Back Pay” Paramount Picture by Cosmopolitan Productions and Lasky Corp. Frank Borzage, Director. Written by Fannie Hurst. Scenario by Frances Marion. Cast: Seena Owen wears $22,000 Chinchilla wrap; Matt Moore, J. Barney Sherry, Ethel Duray, Charles Craig, .
  • Thursday, Friday 26-27 April 1923 - “The Eternal Flame” First National photoplay in 8 parts. Cast: Norma Talmadge, Adolphe Jean Menjou, Wedgewood Newell, Conway Tearle, Rosemary Theby, Kate Lester, Thomas Richette, Irving Cummings, Otis Harlan. Admission 31 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday , 28 April 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 7th episode. Also a Two Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 28 April 1923 - “The Christian” Goldwyn release. Maurice Tourneur, Director. Adapted from Sir Hall Caine’s novel. Cast: John Storm, Richard Dix, Mae Busch. Adults 50 cents; children 25 cents.
  • Sunday, 29 April 1923 - “Single Handed” Released by Universal. Cast: Hoot Gibson, Elinor Field, Percy Challenger, William Steel, Phillip Sleeman, Dick LaReno, Mack V. Wright, Tom McGuire, Gordon McGregor, W.T. McCulley, C.B. Murphy, Bob McKenzie. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 7th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 30 April 1923 through Friday, 04 May 1923 - Chautauqua

May

  • Saturday, 05 May 1923, Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 8th episode. Also, “Bath Day” a Good Two Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 05 May 1923 - “Youth to Youth” Metro Production. 70 minutes. Story by Hulbert Footner. Scenario by Edith Kennedy. Director, Emile Chautard. Cameraman, Arthur Martinelli. Cast:,Billie Dove, Edythe Chapman, Hardee Kirkland, Sylvia Ashton, Jack Gardner, Cullen Landis, Mabel VanBuren, Thomas O’Brien, Nash Beery. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 06 May 1923 - “Nobody’s Bride” Released by Universal. Story by Evelyn Campbell. Scenario by Albert Kenyon. Cameraman, Virgil Miller. Herbert Blanche, Director. Cast: Herbert Rawlinson, Edna Murphy, Alice Lake, Harry VanMeter, Frank Brownlee, Sidney Bracey, Phillips Smalley, Robert Dudley, Lillian Langdon. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 8th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 07 May 1923 - “Hawaiian Dreams in the Island”, The Hawaiian Quartette, Singing, Hula Dancing
  • Tuesday, 08 May 1923 - A Big 7 Reel Spanish Picture. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 09 May 1923 - “Beauty’s Worth” Cosmopolitan Paramount Photoplay. Robert G Vignola, Director. Settings by Joseph Urban. Written by Sophie Kerr. Adapted by Luther Reed. Cast: Marion Davies, Forest Stanley, June Elvidge, Truly Shattuck, Hallam Cooley, Antrim Short, Thomas Jefferson, John and Gordon Dooley. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 10 May 1923 - No Show
  • Friday, 11 May 1923 - “Youth Must Have Love” Released by Fox. Cast: Shirley Mason, Wallace McDonald, Landis Stevens, Wilson Humel. Also, “The City Chap” Also, Good 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 12 May 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 9th episode. “Heckville Romeo” . Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 12 May 1923 - “Brothers Under the Skin” Goldwyn photoplay. Adapted from Peter B. Kyne’s story. E. Mason Hopper, Director. Cast: Helene Chadwick, Pat O’Malley, Claire Windsor, Norman Kerry, Mae Busch. Also, Good 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 13 May 1923 - “Trimmed in Scarlet” Released by Universal. Cast: Kathryn Williams, Roy Stewart, Lucille Pickgen, Robert Agnew, David Torranow, Eve Southern, Burt Sprout, Grace Carlyle, Gerrard Grassby, Raymond Hatlon, Phillo McCullough. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 9th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Tuesday, 15 May 1923 - An Excellent Mexican Picture in 6 Reels. All Spanish Titles and Spanish Actors.
  • Wednesday, 15 May 1923 - “Across the Continent” Paramount picture. Presented by Jesse Lasky. Story by Byron Morgan. Directed by Philips E Rosen. Cast: Wallace Reid, Theodore Roberts and Mary McLaren. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 17 May 1923 - No Show
  • Friday, 18 May 1923 - “Monte Cristo” William Fox Special Production from Alexandre Dumas book. Emmett J. Flynn, Director. Scenario by Bernard McConville. Cast: John Gilbert. Admission 36 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 19 May 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 10th episode. Also, “Cured”. A 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 19 May 1923 - “Love in the Dark” Metro photoplay in 6 parts. Cast: Viola Dana; Cullen Landis, Arline Pretty, Bruce Guerin, Edward Connelly, Margaret Mann, John Harron, Charles West. Also, A Good 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 20 May 1923 - “The Town of Scandal” Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 10th episode. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 20 May 1923 - “The Kid” Charles Chaplin, Director, writer and Star. This picture will be run under the auspices of the Camp Fire Girls. Admission 50 cents.
  • Wednesday, 23 May 1923 - “The Man Unconquerable” Paramount picture. Joe Henabery, Director. Cast: Jack Holt, Sylvia Breamer, Clarence Burton. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, Friday 24-25 May 1923 - “East is West” Released by First National. Joseph M Schenck production in 8 reels. Cast: Constance Talmadge, Edward Burns, E.A. Warren, Warner Oland, Frank Lanning, Nick de Ruiz, Nigel Barrie, Winter Hall, Lillian Lawrence, Jim Wang. Admission 36 cents, + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 26 May 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 11th episode. Also, “Foolish Lives”. A Big 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 26 May 1923 - “Remembrance” A Goldwyn Picture By Rupert Hughes and featuring Rupert Hughes. Admission 27 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 27 May 1923 - “Dead Game” Released by Universal. Cast: Edward (Hoot) Gibson, Laura La Plante, Robert McKiss, Harry Carter, William Steele. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 11th episode. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 28 May 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 29 May 1923 - A Big Six Reel Picture from Mexico. Spanish Titles and Actors. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 30 May 1923 - “The Woman Who Walked Alone” Jesse L. Lasky presents a Paramount Picture and a George Melford Production. Cast: Dorothy Dalton, Milton Sills, Wanda Hawley. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 31 May 1923 - No Show.[

June

  • Friday, 01 June 1923 - “The Crusader” A Fox 5 Reel film. Cast: William Russell, Gertrude Clair, Helen Ferguson, Fritzi Brunette, George Webb, Carl Grantvoort. Admission 22 cents, + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 02 June 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 12th episode. Also, “The Radio Hound”. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 02 June 1923 - “Hearts Aflame” Reginald Barker production. Great achievements in showing a forest fire, setting greatest thrills in screen history, using 20 cameras, largest number ever used., employed equipment valued more than $85,000.00, including 5 generators, 3 of the largest transformers ever, 4 miles of cable. Produced for Louis B. Mayer. Based on the novel by Harold Titus, adapted by J.G. Hawks and L.G. Rigby. Cast: Frank Keenan, Anna Q. Nilsson. Admission 36 cents, + 4 cents War tax
  • Sunday, 03 June 1923 - “What Wives Want” Carl Laemmle presentation of a Universal film. Jack Conway, Director. Cast: Ethel Grey Terry, Niles Welch. Also, 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 04 June 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 05 June 1923 - An excellent Program of Pictures in Spanish Titles Tonight. Comedy, Drama and Educational. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 06 June 1923 - “Our Leading Citizen”. Adolph Zukor presents a Paramount Production. Alfred Green, Director. George Ade Story. Scenario by Waldemar Young. Cast: Thomas Meighan, Lois Wilson, Theodore Roberts, William P. Carleton, James Neill, Laurence Wheat, Lucien Littlefield. Sylvia Ashton, Thomas Kennedy, Ethel Wales. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, Friday, 07-08 June 1923 - “Silver Wings” William Fox presents film Directed by Edwin Carawe and Jack Ford. Scenario, Paul H Sloane. Cast: Mary Carr, Percy Helton, Joseph Striker, Jane Thomas, Roy Gordon, Florence Haas, Claude Brook, Roger Lytton, Ernest Hilliard, Lynn Hammond, Knox Kincaid, Joseph Monahan, Mary Beth Carr, Claude Brook, Robert Hazelton, Florence Short, May Kaiser. Admission 27 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 09 June 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 13th episode. Also, “The Kickin Fool” A 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 09 June 1923 - “Sherlock Holmes” Cast: John Barrymore, Roland Young, Percival Knight, Hedda Hopper, Carol Dempster, Reginald Denny, Robert Schable, Louis Wolhei, Anders Randolf, Von Seyfertitz, William H. Powell. Admission 27 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 10 June 1923 - “Fools and Riches” Cast: Herbert Rawlinson, Katherine Perry, Tully Marshall, Doris Pawn, Arthur S. Hall, Nickolai de Ruiz. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 13th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, Tuesday, 11-12 June 1923 - “Under Two Flags” with Priscilla Dean. 25 cents , or 50 cents.
  • Wednesday, 13 June 1923 - “The Cradle” Paramount Picture. Cast: Ethel Clayton, Baby mary Jane Irving, Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 14 June 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 15 June 1923 - “The Yosemite Trail” Fox Photoplay in 5 parts. Cast: Dustin Farnum, Irene Rich, Walter McGrail, Frank Campeau, W.J. Ferguson, Charles French. Also, “The Haunted House”, a 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 16 June 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 14th episode. Also, “The Fresh Kid” A 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax
  • Saturday, 16 June 1923 - “The Hands of Nara” Metro photoplay in 6 parts. Cast: Clara Kimball Young, Count Orloff, Elliott Dexter, Edwin Stevens, Vernon Steel, John Milterne, Margaret Loomis, Martha Maddax, Dulcie Cooper, Ashley Cooper, Myrtle Steadman, Eugenie Beasemer. Also, a 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 31 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 17 June 1923 - “Crossed Wires” Carl Laemmle presents a Universal Picture. King Baggot, Director and Writer. Cast: George Stewart, Tom Guise, Lillian Langdon, Kate Price. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 14th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 18 June 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 19 June 1923 - “Quien Es El Numero Uno?” A Spanish Chapter Play. First two chapters tonight. And, a 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 20 June 1923 - “Is Matrimony a Failure?” Jesse Lasky presents a Paramount Picture. Play by Oscar Blumenthal and Gustav Kadelburg, adapted by Leo Ditrichstein. James Cruze, Director. Walter Woods, Scenario. Cast: T.Roy Barnes, Lila Lee, Lois Wilson, Walter Hiers. 22 cents + 3 cents War tax. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, 21 June 1923 - No Show.
  • Friday, 22 June 1923 - “Bells of San Juan” A Fox Release. Cast: Charles "Buck" Jones, Fritzi Brunette, Claude Peyton, Harry Todd, Hardy Kirkland, Katherine Key, William Steele, Otto Matieson, Sid Jordan. Also, Cupid Elephant” , a 2 Reel Comedy, Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 23 June 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 15th episode. Also, A 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax
  • Saturday, 23 June 1923 - “Hungry Hearts” Also, a 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Sunday, 24 June 1923 - “Double Dealing” A Carl Laemmle presentation. Also, “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 16th episode. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Monday, 25 June 1923 - No Show.
  • Tuesday, 26 June 1923 - “Quien Es El Numero Uno?” A Spanish Chapter Play. Episodes 3 and 4. And, a 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Wednesday, 27 June 1923 - “The Beauty Shop” Famous Players Lasky Corp. presents a Paramount Picture. Edward Dillon, Director. Adapted from the musical comedy by Channing Pollock and Rennold Wolf. Doty Hobart, Scenario. Cast: Montagu Love, Raymond Hitchcock, Conway Tearle, Billy B. Van, James J. Corbett, Louise Fazenda, the Fairbanks twins, Diana Allen, Laurence Wheat. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.
  • Thursday, Friday, 28-29 June 1923 - “The Fast Mail” Cast: Charles "Buck" Jones, Eileen Percy, James Mason, Adolph Menjou, Harry Dunkinson. Admission 36 cents + 4 cents War tax.
  • Saturday, 30 June 1923 , Matinee 3 PM - “In The Days of Buffalo Bill” 16th episode. Also, A 2 Reel Comedy. Admission 13 cents + 2 cents War tax
  • Saturday, 30 June 1923 - “Broadway Rose” A Robert Z Leonard Presentation. Star: Mae Murray, Also, “The Cabby” A Good Comedy. Admission 22 cents + 3 cents War tax.

Sources about the Movies:

  1. The Internet Movie Database.
  2. http://www.filmsite.org/1923.html
  3. http://www.filmsite.org/20sintro.html
  4. http://www.awardsdailyforums.com/showthread.php?t=26240
  5. http://top-best-movies.com/movie-list/best-movies-1923.html
  6. http://www.masterliness.com/a/1923.in.film.htm
  7. http://www.1920-30.com/movies/
  8. http://www.kyrene.org/schools/brisas/sunda/decade/1920.htm
  9. http://www.films101.com/y1922r.htm
  10. http://www.filmsite.org/serialfilms.html
  11. http://movies.msn.com/movies/movie/the-steel-trail/
  12. http://www.silentserials.com/releases/index.htm
  13. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://cinemexicano.mty.itesm.mx/pelicula2.html&ei=M6GSTagFk7ywA9LwmdMF&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CCoQ7gEwAg&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522la%2Bbanda%2Bdel%2Bautomovil%2522%2B1923%26hl%3Den%26rlz%3D1T4ACEW_enUS389US389%26prmd%3Divnsb

 

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