Tuesday, September 30, 2008

January 16, 1932


Las Vegas, Nev. – Jan 16
Rex Bell, cowboy film actor and husband of Clara Bow, surrendered $800 to two armed bandits early today as he left a gambling hall.
Bell had won the money at the gaming tables and was followed to the street by the two men. He was told to “come along” by one of the pair who stuck a gun in his ribs.
“I thought they were kidding,” Bell told the police, “but they pushed on the rod too hard, so I went along.”
After taking his money, the pair gave him back a few personal trinkets, but missed a $3000 diamond ring. The setting had been turned to the palm, and the pair thought it was a wedding ring, Bell said.
Bell had gone to the exclusive Boulder Club in company with Miss Bow and his ranch foreman.
Clara was winning heavily with dice, witnesses said, holding them for twenty minutes straight at one time. Bell and his foreman were betting on Clara.
Within an hour they won more than a thousand dollars, witnesses reported, but lost a bit before the evening was over.
Shortly after midnight, Bell left the club by himself and was carrying Clara’s money as well as his own, he said.

Europe’s latest contribution to America’s cinema world now in New York under contract to Paramount plans to leave for Hollywood within a few days to continue her motion picture triumphs.
Her name is Sari Maritza, her ancestry is English and Hungarian, her gowns are Parisian, her smile is infectious, her English is close to perfection and her birthday is on St. Patrick’s day, which means, she says, that she travels under a lucky star.

Seven special talking picture productions will be released by Paramount during January and February. The facilities of the studios in Hollywood have been concentrated for several months in bringing these pictures to completion for release early in 1932.
These productions will be “Ladies of the Big House,” featuring Sylvia Sidney and Gene Raymond; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” directed by Rouben Mamoulian with Fredric March, <Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart; “The Man I Killed” an Ernst Lubitsch production with Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Carroll and Phillips Holmes; “Shanghai Express,” directed by Josef von Sternberg, with a notable cast headed by Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong and Warner Oland; Ruth Chatterton’s starring picture “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” with Paul Lucas; “Two Kinds of Women” with Miriam Hopkins, Phillips Holmes and Irving Pichel under the direction of William C. De Mille, and Maurice Chevalier’s “One Hour With You” in which the continental idol is supported by Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Charlie Ruggles and Roland Young, under the direction of George Cukor.

Five flops – not a single success. That is Frank Fay’s record on the silver screen today. Yet Frank believes he can make good in pictures - believes it to such an extent that he and his wife, Barbara Stanwyck, have risked everything they have on this gamble.
It’s a strange story that surrounds the lives of this couple. When they married, Frank was a star on Broadway, Barbara was a chorus girl. Then along came the talkies, bringing with them a continual procession of new arrivals from Manhattan. The Fays were among those arrivals. Almost immediately, Frank was given a starring contract, Barbara went to work in minor roles.
Frank didn’t click. Barbara did.
The climax to this situation came a few months ago when Fay’s contract expired and he couldn’t get a job. He knew he still could go back to Broadway and be a star on the stage – Barbara was perfectly willing to give up everything in the way of screen fame and go with him. In fact she even went so far as to break her contract.
That wasn’t what Frank wanted. It didn’t seem right to him that his wife should give up a brilliant career simply because of him.
He knew that he was unsuited for the parts he had been playing, so he persuaded Barbara to resume her contract and he wrote his own story for the kind of pictures he wanted to make.
Frank and Barbara pooled their assets and started to produce the picture with Frank in the starring role. Consequently, you will soon be seeing Frank Fay in “A Fool’s Advice,” - that is unless you are already fed up on Fay.

Guy Kibbee has been added to the cast that will support Barbara Stanwyck in “So Big,” the picturization of Edna Ferber’s novel, which will soon start production at Warner Brothers. Others already assigned to the cast are George Brent and Dickie Moore, the five-year-old actor who is one of the outstanding characters of “Manhattan Parade,” just released.

Los Angeles, Jan. 16
Natalie Moorhead, blonde motion picture actress, is having legal trouble again – with a florist this time.
The Flower Garden, a florist’s shop, is suing her for non-payment of a $63 bill for flowers. The actress admits incurring the bill, but asserts she’ll not pay until the florist makes good for four valuable vases she alleges he smashed while delivering the flowers.
Three months ago Miss Moorhead and her husband, Alan Crosland, movie director, were defendants in a suit over a $350 grocery bill.
Another film luminary involved in the courts at present is Mary Astor, who is charged with refusing to pay Ruth Collier, booking agent, $2433 in commissions allegedly due on a $2000 a week studio contract Miss Collier obtained for the actress a year ago.

Hollywood, Jan. 16
The beauty of Judith Wood, motion picture actress injured recently in an automobile accident, was declared safe today. He face was cut and it was feared she’d be disfigured, but she returned to work today without a trace of the mishap.

Sealyham terriers are the main hobby of Adolphe Menjou. He has been raising this breed for several years. In the kennels at his Beverly Hills home, Menjou has a number of blue ribbon winners.

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