This Day In History: 1925-02-09
The local entertainment week began with two big attractions in Paterson. The Lyceum, which featured live plays began a week’s run of “The greatest of all laugh providers” “Getting Gertie’s Garter”. The Orpheum countered with the twenty-fifth anniversary of Columbia Burlesque in Paterson. The featured comedian was Paterson’s own Gene Shuler, who left his job in one of the silk mills to pursue a career in burlesque. The local movies had a variety of offerings. The Lafayette in Suffern was featuring Bebe Daniels and Ricardo Cortes in Argentine Love. The US Theatre in Paterson was screening one of the most famous of silent classics “Greed”. This Samuel Goldman epic, directed by Erich von Stroheim starred Gibson Gowland and featured such later well known actors as Zazu Pitts and Gene Herself. The legendary art directors Richard Day and Cedric Gibbons collaborated on the film which according to some lasted ten hours in the original version. Goldman took the picture away from von Stroheim and cut it to 110 minutes. It was based on Frank Norris’ popular novel McTeague.