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(Monroe Evening News, Nov 19, 1919 , Page 1, c6)

Students of St. Mary's Academy and Friends and Relatives of Great Warrior Witness Private Screening of "Custer's Last Fight" Which Is Most Pathetic Page In Last Chapter of Indian Warfare.

After many years of patient waiting Monroe is at last to be given the opportunity of witnessing the picturization of "Custer's Last Fight," which is the most pathetic page in the last chapter of Indian warfare.

While practically every inhabitant of Monroe has heard of General George A. Custer, Monroe's illustrious son, and the manner in which he directed his faithful Crow Indian scouts two days before the battle which stamped him forever an American hero, few have had the opportunity to witness the picturization of the great battle. However the opportunity which they have been longing for will be granted them at the Central theatre during the next four days, starting Thursday, when Monroe's greatest warrior portrayed by Francis Ford will be screened, A special screening of "Custer's Last Fight ," was given at the Central theatre late this afternoon and Manager George had as his guest students of St. Mary's Academy and a large number of prominent residents of the city. The private screening lasted nearly an hour and a half and everyone of the "guests" pronounced the picture as being the most interesting one they had ever had the privilege of witnessing. In the audience were a number of relatives and friends of the noted warrior.

Manager George made the announcement today that special performances will be given Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons for school children. The school children will be admitted free and the performances will start at 4 o'clock.

Thomas H. Ince, the great motion picture director, is responsible for making "Custer's Last Fight," a living memory and Monroe, on account of it being General Custer's home, is taking a deep interest in it.

"With all these dollars I have given you, I want you to go into the steamboat and buy some shirts and paint. We will leave her in two days". That was the beginning of the end for that great hero, General George A. Custer, as he directed his faithful Crow Indian scouts two days before the battle which stamped him forever a hero - an American hero.

In this great production, filled with action, thrilling suspense and pathos, not a single detail of the fight is neglected. Months of research work among the written documents, and the living memories of the Indians and older soldiers who remember this battle, have been combined in the production of a history-making feature. Ince scoured the country for the old Indian braves who had fought under Custer or with that cowardly yet mighty Medicine Man, Sitting Bull. The principal Indian parts are played by many of the warriors who actually fought on Custer Field.

The old Indians who fought in that battle in 1876 are now dying out - the race is vanishing. Never again will there be an opportunity to record as permanent, living record, that vanishing race and the part it played in American's early life. Never again will there be an opportunity to gain and picture so authentically a living knowledge of their old customs, their religious ceremonies, the great Messiah Craze and the Ghost Dance. All these data, are interwoven in a plot whose swiftness of action holds your interest till the last minute.

Americans today see more than a brave deed in the gallant-fields of those pioneer Western soldiers. Such sacrifices and such determination as General George A. Custer displayed on June 26, 1876, have tested the metal of the Americans of today - and the Yanks have stood the test - they ring true to every tradition, precedent and repute.

Francis Ford, who takes the part of General George A. Custer in this production, was the, as now, one of the great dramatic actors of the day, and "Custer's Last Fight" is a tribute to his ability as a great actor. J Barney Sherry, too, was a recent "find" from the speaking stage. Shorty Hamilton, now famous for his Western characterizations, made his first appearance of any noteworthy mention in "Custer's Last Fight". He had only a small part, but his sincerity of portrayal soon won fame for him. And the famous old Indian squaw, Minnie Ha, Ha too makes her initial waddle in this great picture.

"Custer's Last Fight" thrills with action, suspense and pathos. It is a production which few will forget. There is no padding, no upholstering. The portrayals are true, with an enthusiasm such as only a new era can inspire.

(Monroe Evening News, Nov 19, 1919 , Page 1, c6)

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