From Luella O. Parsons:
I don’t know how the anonymous “Washington Merry Go Round,” with all its political barbs and its innuendos about Washington social life can be filmed. But the fact remains that it is now being discussed by Harry Cohn and Walter Wanger as the first picture to be made by the newly organized Columbia company.
You cannot say that “Washington Merry Go Round” is partisan as regards politics. It deals with both the Republicans and the Democrats. However, it is the present administration against whom most of the diatribe is aimed.
And since Will H. Hays, head of the Motion Pictures Producers association is a Republican in good standing, well, there is apt to be some fireworks if Mr. Cohn and Mr. Wanger persist in their original plan to bring this widely discussed book to the screen.
If Irving Thalberg wants my honest opinion about the “Red Headed Woman,” and he said he did, I can tell him that Clara Bow, up to now, leads in the number of votes. He asked me to invite the fans, in my column, to come with suggestions for the lead in Katherine Bush’s story, and Clara is the favorite.
She will not make the picture for Sam Rork. Tired of waiting for Harry Cohn to make up his mind about a story, Rork has decided to go ahead with other plans. He has purchased The Mud Lark, a magazine serial by Arthur Stranger, and will produce it immediately. He is aiming high. He hopes to get Barbara Stanwyck for the lead.
Mary Pickford has announced her intention of attempting to “bring the children back” through her next story, which has not yet been selected.
If she wants to do that, she will have to get a play like “Dracula” or “Frankenstein,” or impersonate Joe E. Brown. Mark Keller, of the Golden State theater chain, told me that the youngsters “go” for bizarre pictures and Brown and little else.
Clark Gable will be opposite Norma Shearer in “Strange Interlude,” it developed yesterday when work on the O’Neill story started in the M-G-M studios. Ralph Morgan, of the original cast, will again play Charlie. Alexander Kirkland is Sam, the husband; and Henry B. Walthall will be the father.
Robert Z. Leonard, the director, is employing a two-way sound system to distinguish between the dialogue and audible thoughts. Thus it will be possible to preserve the “asides” that distinguished the play.
CHIC SALE IS REPORTED BETTER
Hollywood, Feb. 10 (AP)
Charles “Chic” Sale, stage and screen comedian, who became ill of influenza while trying to get to Hollywood in a hurry to make a picture, was reported out of danger by his physician today.
CHARLIE CHAN IN NEW FILM AT PARAMOUNT
Warner Oland Again Stars As Sleuth of Earl Derr Biggers Story
A startling crime in one of New York’s sophisticated “pent-houses” starts off the adventures in “Charlie Chan’s Chance,” the new mystery-thriller opening today. Warner Oland again has the charming role of Chan, and the other featured players include Linda Watkins, H.B. Warner, Marion Nixon, James Kirkwood and Alexander Kirkland.
A splendid program of short screen subjects rounds out the new program. Among these is a hilarious two-reel comedy, “On the Loose,” starring Zasu Pitts and Thelma Todd; a Mickey Mouse cartoon, a new “Fishing Adventure,” and the Paramount News.