Los Angeles Herald, Volume XLI, Number 85, 8 February 1915
L.A. FILM FAVORITES IN “THE CLANSMAN”
Practically Every Dollar Spent on Wonderful Picture Stays in This City With 70 per cent of all motion pictures shown to the world now being made in this city, Angeles is gaining new laurels In D. W. Griffith’s $500,000 filmization of “The Clansman,” the novel by Thomas Dixon, Jr., which is being shown this week at Clune’s auditorium.
The entire film was made in this city and Los Angeles residents were employed—many thousands of dollars being paid out in salaries alone, aside from the thousands spent for incidentals. Aside from the actual film itself, practically every cent of the half-million dollars the picture cost remains in this city. Los Angeles will find further interest in the picture by reason of three of its film favorites being cast in notable roles.
They are Miriam Cooper, Mae Marsh and Lillian Gish. These duchesses of the film realm will be seen, respectively, as Margaret Cameron, Florence Cameron and Elsie Stoneman. Besides these favorites will be seen Henry Walthall, Syottiswoode Aitken and Ralph Lewis, all actors with a national reputation. Many other Angelinos will be recognized on the screen by their friends, as, among the thousands of “extra” people utilized in the battle and other scenes, are men well known in public life who “acted” for the sheer fun of the thing, and not a few through sentimental reasons—their forebears having been active participants in the stirring events which made history in the south before, during and after the war.
“The Clansman” depicts more truly the history of events that led up to the civil war and the reconstruction period of the south than any half a dozen books, and much more effectively. “The Clansman” is the acme of realism, fully 25,000 soldiers taking part in the battle scenes. All of the night effects were produced in the local laboratory.