Sunday, October 12, 2008

January 31, 1932

From Luella O. Parsons:
Hollywood, Jan. 30
The last of Gloria Swanson’s ex-es to show an interest in another woman is Herbert Somborn. Ever since Miss Swanson and Mr. Somborn parted he has not so much as been attracted to a pretty face. But he has been seen dining and dancing with pretty Loretta Young on more than one occasion. For a long time he has been ordering dinner at one of his restaurants for Loretta. She would join him and they would dine together. Then she would slip out, presumably alone, but those who kept a close watch noticed that within five minutes Mr. Somborn would follow her. Her divorce from Grant Withers is not yet final, but there is a rumor that Mr. Somborn’s intentions are serious. A very pretty girl is Loretta. Just as pretty as Gloria in her heyday.

The throne that Aileen Pringle has occupied for some years as Hollywood’s favorite intellectual, is in danger of tottering. Aileen has a serious rival. She is none other than Elissa Landi. All those who know Miss Landi well say that she has one of the finest minds of any screen actress and that there isn’t any subject that she cannot discuss understandingly. Everyone looked with interest last week when she was seen lunching with Stanley Baldwin, well known Socialist. They were so engrossed in conversation that neither seemed to see anyone else. It wasn’t a flirtatious interest either. Elissa was merely seeking to know more about the subject of socialism that is now upsetting the world.

Norma Shearer and Robert Montgomery join in a novel duet in ‘Private Lives,” in which they are co-starred.
In this scene Miss Shearer sings for the first time in pictures, using the song number written by Noel Coward for the original stage production of the hilarious farce. It is title “Some Day I’ll Find You,” and as the scene opens on a hotel balcony, Montgomery is whistling the song. As he whistles, Miss Shearer emerges on an opposite balcony and starts to sing accompanied by Montgomery’s accompaniment.
Two microphones were employed by director Sidney Franklin to record the unusual duet. One took care of the high frequency vibrations of the whistling, and the other was tuned in on Miss Shearer’s voice.
Included in the cast of this hilarious farce, the first co-starring vehicle for the popular favorites, are Reginald Denny, Una Merkel, Jean Hersholt, and George Davis.

Walter Huston has been announced for the stellar role of Upton Sinclair’s stirring novel, “The Wet Parade.” The film follows this actor’s completion of the lead in “The City Sentinel,” by W.R.Burnett.

Robert Montgomery’s ambition to wear cowboy regalia was realized, even though briefly, in “Courage.” In one sequence he appears as a cowpuncher on a Canadian ranch.

Edward Van Sloan in “Man Who Dared,” says he is beginning to feel like a regular M.D. He has played “doctor” roles in his last three consecutive pictures.

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