Julian Wylie prepares for his next show "The Apache" - auditions, rehearsals, choreography etc.
No title. Julian Wylie (a famous stage show producer) speaks into a stick telephone with clouds of smoke emitting from his cigar - C/U. M/S of Julian and two other men looking at a model of a stage set. C/U of the model. They talk about the set and Julian points to bits of it with his cigar. Two of the men take notes. "there's a big jump from the miniature to the real canvas." M/S of set painters working on the backdrop. C/U of two of the artists at work. One wears a beret and smokes a pipe. Another artist paints away. "Most important items are the dresses - (Every lady knows this!)" Julian looks at frock designs with "Idare" the fashion designer. She takes notes as he comments upon her designs. C/U of one of the drawings, signed by the artist. Dissolve into a girl modelling the same dress. "Thousands of Eves would enjoy this job!" states an intertitle as two more models come into the room to show Mr Wylie their outfits. The girls twirl in their lovely spangly dresses. "then off to the Theatre to select "The Apache" chorus. L/S of a long line of "hopefuls" in coats and hats. they all turn and look behind them as Mr Wylie walks down the line. He stops by two women and points at them with his cigar. They laugh at something he says. He carries on walking and chatting. The line of girls run off and another line steps forward for selection. The second line are asked to take their hats off which they do, primping their hair. The next stage is voice trials. A woman plays the piano whilst the auditioning women sing their party pieces. One woman is seen in C/U opening her mouth very wide as she sings: "Trials, did I say?" said Mr Wylie - "Sometimes they are trials." C/U of him looking pained. He sends the girl off. "then rehearsals of Principals." These include Dorothy Ward, Shaun Glenville, Adrienne Brune and Carl Brisson. A scene is acted out and we see one of the actresses in C/U. Two of the other principals are seen in C/U. L/S of the chorus practising a routine as the choreographer demonstrates how it is done.
Note: the show was "The Apache" and the choreographer was probably Edward Dolly - brother of the more famous Dolly Sisters.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 299.