Saturday, November 22, 2008

February 24, 1932


Wife’s Suit for Divorce Says He Menaced and Nagged Her in Inhuman Manner

Los Angeles, Feb. 24 (UP)
Mary Mulhern, former Ziegfeld Follies beauty, once was forced to flea from her home in the dead of night to escape from the threats of her husband, Jack Pickford, screen actor and brother of Mary Pickford, Miss Mulhern charged today in a suit for divorce.
Throughout their married life, Miss Mulhern contended in a complaint filed by Attorney Patrick J. Cooney, Pickford found fault, nagged, and harassed her in a cruel and inhuman manner.
She contended that Pickford once threw a book at her, narrowly missing her head; that while he said at the time of marriage that she could continue her career as an actress, that he later prevented her from doing so; that he annoyed her with telephone calls every time she went to the theater or the hair dresser’s or to visit friends, and that she was forced to leave their home on occasions to avoid nervous breakdowns.
The complaint charged that shortly after Easter, 1931, Pickford demanded one night that Miss Mulhern come to him immediately. She was unable to do so, she said, and he rushed to her, threatening her. The complaint said she ran from the house, seeking safety, but later returned and locked herself in her room.
Then, Miss Mulhern alleged, Pickford began breaking down the door of the room, and she once again was compelled to flee “without any money, and was forced to hide behind trees and hedges to avoid the defendant," and was compelled to borrow money from a stranger in order to call friends to give her shelter for the remainder of the night.

Los Angeles, Feb. 24 (UP)

The federal grand jury today indicted Duncan Renaldo, film star, on a charge he made false affidavits in obtaining a passport March 14, 1929.
Renaldo needed the passport to go to Africa for a role he took in the film “Trader Horn.”
The indictment charged that Renaldo said he was a citizen of the United States when, as a matter of fact, he was not.
The indictment said his real name is Lasile Dumitree Cuchianas and that he was born in Rumania.

Los Angeles, Feb. 24 (UP)

Jack Hoxie, western film actor, was ordered by Superior Judge Valentine to pay $125 a month alimony to his wife Marie Hoxie, former actress, pending trial of her suit for divorce in which she charges non-support and desertion.

Los Angeles, Feb.23 (UP)

Will Rogers, famous humorist, had completed a tour of the world today, and found upon his arrival here by airplane that Democrats of California have begun a movement to nominate him for president of the United States.
Fred W. French, member of the Democratic State Central Committee, was in Sacramento to-day, according to the Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News, to notify Secretary of State Jordan that a petition will be filed to place Rogers’ name on the ballot.
Rogers refused to comment upon politics when he stepped from the plane at Grand Central Air Terminal. He only remarked:
“All these candidates for president better stop worrying about what’s going to happen in November and start thinking about eating breakfast under a Japanese mandate.”

London, Feb. 24 (UP)

“I am going to have another baby,” Gloria Swanson told interviewers at the palatial London Hotel to-day where she is staying with her new husband, Michael Farmer.
“Isn’t it wonderful!” she said. She added she expected the baby to provide a playmate for her child by a former husband and another child which she adopted.

Tahoe City, Cal. Feb. 24 (Special)

Dr. R.S. Elmer, former president of the National Ski Association, arrived here yesterday, accompanied by Ottar and Magnus Satre, brother ski champions from the Salisbury Outing Club, Salisbury, Conn. Ottar is noted for winning jumps at various tournaments in the East, while Magnus holds the amateur championship for cross-country skiing.
Dr. Elmer will officiate at the national tournament here as judge at class A and B ski jumping events. Governor Rolph, who will arrive here Saturday morning, will be starter at the jumps.
Anita Page, motion picture star of Hollywood, will also arrive here Saturday. A delegation of women was appointed Tuesday by the president of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club, to welcome the star on her arrival here and escort her to the Tavern where she will be crowned “Queen of the Winter.” The coronation will be presented by the governor, and a very elaborate costume is awaiting the coming of the snow queen. The appointed committee who will wait upon Miss Page at her arrival includes the wives of the Lake Tahoe Ski Club officials.

From Luella O. Parsons:


Los Angeles, Feb. 23
Didn’t I say get ready for pictures dealing with the Chinese-Japanese war? Well, Paramount is hurrying to complete arrangements on “Come On, Marines,” a thrilling tale of the devil dogs, written J.K. McGinness and Thomas Boyd. Martin Flavin will adapt it.
Hurry is what I mean, too. All else will be dropped to give Marion Gering a chance to study the Oriental war situation so he can direct with all the proper understanding.
Chester Morris and Richard Arlen will be co-featured as leads.
The girl – oh, well – this is a man’s picture so any girl will be just so much decoration. A pretty girl will be necessary, and probably a Chinese beauty or two. We nominate Anna May Wong as one of the loveliest Chinese women in Hollywood, and certainly the best actress.

Since Hollywood has gone mad on the subject of white drawing rooms with furniture, draperies and bric-a-brac, Mrs. Somerset Maugham ought to do a flourishing business. Yes, she is the wife of the famous British novelist, and she is here with her daughter. She tells me she is going to have an exhibition of all white things, both modern and antique, and they are all moderately priced. Known as Cyrie, she has quite a vogue in London. Mrs. Richard Barthelmess and Mary Pickford were among the first to have white drawing rooms in Hollywood, although many of the other films stars are using all white flowers in decorating their homes for parties. Mrs. Maugham’s daughter is quite ill with influenza, so that the date of her exhibition will be announced later.

Dorothy Burgess and Clarence Brown, still “thata way” about each other, are back home from Palm Springs.

Jimmy Durante, at the Springs, was giving everybody a good laugh over his w.k. nonsense. Eddie Buzzell, Harry Cohn and Eddie Cantor were also swapping a few jokes.

Buddy Rogers, in a telegram, denies that he and Bert Lahr ever had any unpleasantness.

Lila Lee, who was entertained by Mrs. Gouveneur Morris in Tahiti, was lunching with her at the Beverly Hills Brown Derby.

Jetta Goudal is planning a welcome party for Colleen Moore and her bridegroom, Al Stewart.

James Gleason, Marie Prevost, Buster Collier and Mr. and Mrs. Kalmus are home from the races at Agua Caliente. No information on whether any of them picked winners or not.

Spencer Tracy’s mother is in town, visiting with her son.


A picture within a picture forms a part of Ex-Bad Boy, the comedy now showing at the National Theater.
A number of the scenes take place in a motion picture theater, and on the screen is unfolded a drama featuring Letta Larbo, famous film star.
Members of the audience are Chester and his sweetheart (played by Robert Armstrong and Jean Arthur,) and Chester, it so happens, has boosted his stock with his girl friend by boasting of a previous love affair with the star. A few days later Letta Larbo, whom he has never seen, comes to town to make a personal appearance!

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