Tuesday, December 30, 2008

March 6, 1932


New York, March 5 (AP)
Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne have about decided not to go to Hollywood this summer and make another picture. Instead they plan to make their second invasion of London to appear with Noel Coward in a comedy he is writing. The Lunts are still playing to standing room here with “Reunion at Vienna.”


An airplane edition of the Paramount Sound News devoted to the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr., made its appearance on the screen at the Aztec Theater yesterday, the scenes having been printed and developed while en route from New Jersey to Kansas City. These scenes will be retained as part of the new program starting today.
Included in the scenes are views of Col. Lindbergh and his wife, the estate with its police guards, an airplane view of the home and surrounding country, the window out of which the child was carried down a crude ladder, as well as scenes of Miss Betty Gow, the baby’s nurse, taking the child for a buggy ride around the Lindbergh estate two months ago.


Hollywood, Cal. March 5 (UP)
A heart attack caused the death today of Charles Sherman Ruggles, 73, father of Charlie Ruggles, film comedian, and Wesley Ruggles, screen director.

From Hubbard Keavy’s “Screen Life In Hollywood”:

Like most European stage people, Nora Gregor, who came here for German-version pictures and is staying for English talkies, is superstitious.
Before she signed her contract, she visited a numerologist to see if her name would do.
“Black cats scare me, I always pick up pins, and whistling back stage,” she says, “I can’t tolerate.”
“So I just had to see if I had the right name.”
The numerologist decided “Nora” wouldn’t do at all. So long as she stays in this country, Nora is using her given name, Eleanora.
Miss Gregor, a protégé of Berlin’s famous Max Reinhardt, is an Austrian, born in Italy. When she came to America about two years ago she knew not half a dozen words of English.
While making “His Glorious Night,” and “The Trial of Mary Dugan” in German, Miss Gregor realized Hollywood would be a rather nice place to live.
Eight months later she was prepared to compete with the best of Hollywood’s actresses, and is. She was cast the other day as the “Mistress” in Robert Montgomery’s “Mister and Mistress."


Boris Karloff, Universal’s new dramatic star, has joined Hollywood’s famous Cricket club, along with Clive Brook, Ronald Colman, Conway Tearle, C. Aubrey Smith, and others of the English colony in Hollywood. Cricket bowlers say “the monster” is a wicked batter at the wicket.


Noah Beery, Jr., has been signed by Universal to play in its serial, “Heroes of the West.”


Robert Montgomery says “an actor we all know” gave a fellow a lift as he was returning home late one night. After a few minutes, he felt in his pocket for his watch. It wasn’t there.
Taking a gun from his overcoat, he pointed it at the stranger and said “Gimme that watch.”
The fellow handed him a watch and then was ordered out of the car.
When the actor got home he found his watch on the dresser where he’d left it.


Joel McCrea worked on the beach at Waikiki with a 310 pound turtle in a scene for “The Bird of Paradise.” The turtle comes back to Hollywood with the troupe for tank shots in the RKO studios. Then, alas, soup.


Maybe he wouldn’t. Anyway, it was hot on the set where John Barrymore was playing a scene for his new picture “State’s Attorney,” and a lot of mouths watered as the star poured foaming amber liquid into a tall glass.
“Gosh,” remarked one electrician, “do you suppose that was real beer?”
“Naw,” snapped another, “didn’t you see him empty his glass into the sink when the director said “cut.”

(Home of Norma Talmadge and Joseph Schenck)

Norma Talmadge and Joseph Schenck will divide millions, ‘tis said, before they part.


The title “serial queen” has been in abeyance for some time. It used to be held by Pearl White, Grace Cunard and Ruth Roland. It now seems more likely to be about to descend upon Lucille Brown. This beautiful and adventurous actress has just completed “The Air Mail Mystery” with James Flavin, Universal’s West Point leading man, and Al Wilson, world famous stunt flier. It is her third Universal serial.


In this presidential election year of 1932, William Powell’s next starring picture for Warner Bros., and a most timely one, will be “The Dark Horse,” in which Powell will play the role of “a fighting, dynamic politician,” according to a wire from the West Coast. The picture will go into production at an early date under the direction of Mervyn LeRoy. The original story was written by an anonymous author who is said to be intimately acquainted with the details of political life as it is lived in modern America. Further details will be announced shortly.


Rest is only a word in the dictionary to Helen Twelvetrees, blonde charmer of RKO Pictures. Finishing her new production, “Young Bride,” one day, she started to work opposite John Barrymore in “State’s Attorney,” the next.


“Locations” used to be picked out by studio experts from automobiles. Now they are picked out by airplane. Al Rogell spent a day over New Mexico and Arizona mountains, mines, deserts and valleys for the proper scenic locations for Tom Mix’s picture “Desert Loot,” which goes into production at Universal City this week.


Hobart Henley has completed his picture “Night World” at Universal City. “Night World’ has the heaviest cast of any Universal pictures since “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” It included Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Revier, Hedda Hopper, Dorothy Peterson, Russell Hopton, Huntley Gordon, Arletta Duncan, Florence Lake, Bert Roach and Clarence Muse, celebrated colored actor who was added for the final week of production.


Beatrice Lillie, featured in the Fox Movietone musical farce “Are You There?” showing at the State theater Friday, has quite an international background, being London’s and New York’s favorite comedienne. Miss Lillie was born in Canada and is the wife of Sir Robert Peel.


El Brendel and Fifi Dorsay are starred in their funniest Fox comedy, “Mr. Lemon of Orange,” which will be the featured attraction at the Grand theater. Brendel has a dual role, one as an inoffensive boy salesman, and the other as a hard-boiled racketeer who is mistaken for the salesman and vice versa. Fifi has the role of a night club singer who is determined to put Brendel “on the spot.” John G. Blystone directed.


Helen Twelvetrees, star of “Millie” and “Her Man,” is featured at the State theater in “Panama Flo.”
Staged against a background of Panama and South America, it is the tale of a New York showgirl stranded by a perfidious sweetheart, who is tricked into accompanying an unscrupulous oil “wildcatter” into the jungle as his housekeeper.
When the sweetheart attempts to rob the oil man, however, she shoots her lover. The outcome of this strange triangle provides the climax.
Playing the other principal roles will be found Robert Armstrong and Charles Bickford.

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