From Luella Parsons:
JOHN BARRYMORE TO PLAY BARON ROLE IN GRAND HOTEL
Hollywood guesses and speculations have made the role of the baron in Grand Hotel one of the most important roles of the year. Cast aside all the names you have read and get ready for a surprise - Jack Barrymore whose Arsene Lupin is credited with being a sensation will play the part of the engaging baron.
The Rex Bells are back in Beverly Hills home from their Nevada ranch. Mrs. Bell is perhaps better known to you as Clara Bow. The Columbia picture arranged for Miss Bow is now a dead issue due largely to Clara’s desire to retire from movies.
One of the most consistent romances in Hollywood is that of pretty Frances Dee and Joseph Mankiewicz, brother of Herman. Frances may occasionally cast her smiles elsewhere, but she and Joe have been in love with each other for a year. Miss Dee is one of the Wampas baby stars and to my thinking, one of the prettiest girls in Hollywood. She plays the feminine lead in Sky Bride opposite Jack Oakie and Richard Arlen
A new suite of rooms with a swanky dressing room is Sally Eilers’ New Year gift from the Fox company.
ANTONIO MORENO NOW DIRECTOR
Mexico City, Jan 9
Antonio Moreno, former motion picture star, has realized his ambition to become a director. His first picture, Santa, adapted from the work of the Mexican author Federico Gamboa, produced in Spanish in a studio here, has been completed and soon will have its first showing.
NEW NEGRI FILM DISAPPOINTING
Pola Negri is back on the screen again after an absence of five years. The announcements that the Polish star would recover from her recent operation and a preview of her first talking picture, “A Woman Commands,” came almost simultaneously.
Still fascinating and not looking a day older than she did at the height of her career, Pola has a decided tendency to overact. This was alright in silent films, but it seems to rob her performance of sincerity today.
BARTHELMESS FILM IS ABOUT FINISHED
Film sequences have just been shot on “Alias the Doctor,” starring Richard Barthelmess, at the west coast studio of First National. This film, directed by Michael Curtiz, will be released nationally on February 20. In the supporting cast are Marian Marsh, Norman Foster, Adrienne Dore, Joan St. Polis, Lucille LaVerne, Oscar Apfel, and others.
TITLE IS CHANGED
Columbia’s next Buck Jones special which carried the working title “Justice Rides Again,” has been permanently named “One Man Law.” In the cast is Shirley Gray who plays opposite Jones.
MONTE BLUE BACK IN TALKING FILM
Monte Blue definitely is coming back into pictures. Production will be started within the next two weeks on “The Stoker,” a Peter B. Kyne novel, with Blue in the title role. This will be Monte’s first appearance on the screen in more than two years.
O’NEILL DRAMA MAY BE FILMED
Once again MGM officials are talking of filming Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude.” This was planned for Norma Shearer last summer, but for some reason was called off. Now it has popped up again.
Movie tag lines:
Thrills, mystery, suspense!
A dramatic episode of Broadway after dark!
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