90 years ago, Hollywood starlet Louise Lovely was in Vancouver to perform at the Allen Theatre. She teamed up with the Vancouver Sun to find fourteen local girls to be her cast in “A Day at the Studio,” a vaudeville adaptation of a scene from one of her films. Lovely directed and filmed the “photoplay,” which was shown on the Allen’s screen later in the week.
Lovely also wrote an article for the paper outlining her proposal to establish colonies for drug users in each state and province in North America:
These colonies would be under the jurisdiction of the courts, but instead of imprisoning the addicts, they would be given every chance of making good and in helping to build up the community which would be peopled with former addicts exclusively. Every assistance would be given them in this way and there would be no temptation to return to the old life.
Lovely claimed to have spent a year studying the drug problem in the Pacific Northwest and said she would pitch her scheme to an anti-drug convention in Washington later that year. She also said that despite its reputation, Hollywood did not have a worse drug problem than anywhere else.
Sources: Photo: William Farnum and Louise Lovely in The Lone Star Ranger (1919), via DrMacro.com; Vancouver Sun, 4 May 1922