Calvert and "In His Grip"

Interview, with comments by Calvert on the 'atmosphere' needed to shoot "In His Grip"

'Captain Calvert has ideas on the subject of "atmosphere" which would have greatly recommended themselves to the taste of the old time actor of a generation ago. The Gaumont Company has just bought from the manufacturers a complete public-house bar, with all accessories, of a type familiar in the West End of London, for use in a scene in "In His Grip", completely stocked with the real goods. We met a man down at the studio the other day, who during the scene had taken a liberal draught of Martell's "Three Star" under the impression that the bottle contained nothing stronger than the familiar studio ginger ale. Explaining the necessity for going to this trouble and expense, Captain Calvert says: "I have just been up to Scotland for 'atmosphere'. It would have been quite possible for me to take all the scenes that I wanted in London and England, but I can assure you that it would have been impossible to get the Scotch atmosphere down here. Before my visit to Scotland I only *thought* that this might be so, but the moment I got to Scotland I *knew* that it was so. To make the picture convincing, you must have "atmosphere" and acting, and the skill of the producer is shown in getting the "atmosphere" particularly. "Here you see", he said, pointing across the studio, "a general stores such as would have existed in the Scotch country forty or fifty years ago. It would have been possible to have made this quite a good-looking scene even if we had used properties, but to get "atmosphere" everything in this shop - and as you can see for yourself, there are hundreds of different articles -- is absolutely the real thing; the whole lot is real, and if you go near the set you will discover that as much of the "atmosphere" as you can smell is precisely that usually associated with a little general stores. Needless to say, the reproduction of the genuine "atmosphere" considerably helps the acting, because it helps the imagination of the actors".

I understand that the actors engaged in the production were thus enabled thoroughly to enter into the spirit of the scene which, in addition to the usual amount of bacon, boots, pickles and jam, had a rap bar in working order attached

But Captain Calvert is quite as thorough in every scene, and in some cases the result, while equally effective, is not so exhilarating for this concerned. One of the principal actors concerned in a death-bed scene supposed to take place in the ward of a hospital was so affected by the "atmosphere" that Captain Calvert contrived to introduce that he had difficulty in finishing the scene and was greatly relieved when it was finished.'

TitleCalvert and "In His Grip"
SourceThe Bioscope


In His Grip