Saturday, October 4, 2008
January 23, 1932
From Luella O. Parsons:
JAMES CAGNEY BEST MONEY MAKER OF WARNER STARS
Who do you think at this moment is at the tip top of Warner money makers? None other than James Cagney who broke so many records in Taxi and Blonde Crazy. Darryl Zanuck intends to continue to build young Cagney’s popularity by getting good stories. You’ll naturally expect Jimmy’s best screen gal, Joan Blondell, to emote opposite him.
GENEVIEVE TOBIN GIVEN LEAD IN BACK STREETS
Here’s a jolly surprise for you. Genevieve Tobin, who has been, probably, the only actress in Hollywood not rumored as up for the job in Back Streets gets the leading role. Rose Hobart was named, and dozens of other prominent leading women and stars.
Then Carl Laemmle, Jr. decided that Miss Tobin, who has heretofore played the wife or good girl, was a possibility. Later they decided she was more than a possibility, she was all right.
The happiest girl in Hollywood today was Vivienne Osborne. She told her friends that she was literally walking on air. Chief reason, because Darryl Zanuck bought her contract from Paramount. Another reason, because she was immediately told that she had been chosen to play the lead opposite Edward G. Robinson in “Two Seconds.” Her work in “The Ferguson Case” impressed Mr. Zanuck so much he decided she would be a valuable addition to the Warner studios.
ERNST LUBITSCH TURNS DRAMATIC
Hollywood, Cal – Jan 23
Ernst Lubitsch has turned dramatic again – and done it thoroughly. After making several light musicals, topped by “The Love Parade” and “Smiling Lieutenant” he has switched to “The Man I Killed,” an exceedingly heavy drama.
Artistically it is worth a million. And for that reason it is a production any studio should be proud to claim regardless of whether it makes money. To be sure, producers are in this business to make money, but even in these days they can stand to make a picture of such high quality that the entire industry benefits. “The Man I Killed” is such a film.
NEW POWELL FILM TO HAVE PREMIER
The first print of “High Pressure” William Powell’s second starring picture for Warner Bros, has been shipped to New York. There it will have its world premiere at one of the leading Broadway theaters within the next fortnight. Powell’s new vehicle was directed by Mervyn Le Roy, and the supporting cast comprises Evelyn Brent, George Sidney, Frank McHugh, Guy Kibbee, Evelyn Knapp, Lucien Littlefield, Allison Skipworth, Oscar Apfel and other notables.
HOOT GIBSON STARS IN HARD HOMBRE
In his new production which opened Saturday, Hoot Gibson appears as “Peaceful Patton,” the mildest young man in the entire southwest, who bears a strong marked resemblance to “The Hard Hombre,” a notorious outlaw feared by men and women. Hoot is given support by Lina Basquette as the heroine and G. Raymond Nye as the villain.
TINY FILM STAR TALKS FASHIONS
What every tiny woman should wear is outlined in an interview with Miriam Hopkins, film player. Measuring just five feet tall, Miss Hopkins believes she has successfully solved the problem of making her height appear chic in the present modes frankly created for women of tall stature.
“Large hats, materials with large designs, and frocks with ruffled skirts should be listed as untouchable for any woman measuring under five feet, three inches, states Hopkins. “The new long hemline offers a welcome haven for those of us who desire to appear taller.”
MAGAZINE COVER GIRL ON SCREEN
Gwili Andre, famous and fascinating girl of the magazine covers, graduates to a larger canvas. Her blonde beauty will be animated by the screen as the result of a contract with RKO-Radio Pictures.