Wednesday, January 7, 2009

March 9, 1932


Hollywood, Mar. 8 (UP)
Clark Gable, screen star, to-day denied the recent departure of Mrs. Gable for New York was caused by marital difficulties. The actors statements answered rumors current since Mrs. Gable, nee Ria Langham, left Hollywood with her two children by a former marriage. “Mrs. Gable merely took the children to school in New York and I expect to join her as soon as I finish my present picture,” the actor said.


Hollywood, March 9 (UP)
Accompanied by a private detective, little Mitzi Green, child film star, was travelling east today to fulfill an eight weeks’ vaudeville engagement. The guard was employed by Mitzi’s parents because of recent child kidnappings, particularly that of the Lindbergh baby.


Dolores Del Rio, Eleanor Boardman Land at S. F. After Work at Shanghai

San Francisco, March 9
Hollywood movie stars who have been filming parts of a new sound picture, “Bird of Paradise,” with Dolores Del Rio and Eleanor Boardman in leads, and men and women from the area of the Sino-Japanese troubles in Shanghai, were among passengers who reached here yesterday aboard the Dollar liner President Grant from the Orient.
John M. Ford, Hollywood motion picture director, saw much of the fighting at Woosung while waiting to board the liner at Shanghai, as did Miss Sally L. Dickinson of North Carolina, whose tour of the Orient ended amid the dropping of Japanese bombs and the firing of heavy artillery.
The motion picture company headed by Dolores Del Rio is to complete “Bird of Paradise” in southern California, owing to unfavorable weather conditions in Hawaii, officials said.


Los Angeles, March 9 (AP)
Johnny Weissmuller and Bobbe Arnst have decided to mix marriage and careers, and the famous swimmer who became a movie actor recently announced today that his bride of a year ago, who left the Follies and night clubs for a home, soon will appear at a night club here.
When they were married in Miami, Miss Arnst said, her husband insisted that she give up a career and become a housewife. “So I gave up my work,” she said, “turned down all contracts, left New York and my friends, and came to Hollywood with Johnny. I did everything to help Johnny with his picture work and he’s marvelous, too.”
“Then a night club offered me a contract beginning next week ---“
“She was just starting to say the usual ‘no’,” Weissmuller interposed, “when I said, ‘Go ahead and take it Bobbe. I want you to.’ I understand now after my experience in pictures.”


Los Angeles, March 9 (UP)
Mary Nolan, screen star and former stage favorite, played him “for a sucker,” Salvatore de Santaella, noted musician, said today when he testified against the actress when she was called to trial for failure to pay wage claims.
De Santaello testified that “in less than a week Miss Nolan got $1200 from me.”
The musician said that his first contribution in this brief but expensive acquaintance came when the actress hailed him from the taxi cab in which she was riding on Hollywood boulevard.
“I paid her $6 taxi bill,” De Santaella said.


Tenafly, N.J., Mar. 9 (AP)
Rose Wood, noted actress of two decades ago, and grandmother of Constance, Joan and Barbara Bennett, screen stars, is dead. She succumbed Monday at her home in her 82nd year.
She was a great-granddaughter of the William Wood who managed the Drury Lane theater in London, and was the leading woman of Chester Wallack’s stock company more than forty years ago.
She made her debut in “The Enchantress” at Boston, in 1862. In the eighties she played with Joseph Jefferson in “Rip Van Winkle.”


Los Angeles, March 7 (AP)
Duncan Renaldo, screen actor, pleaded not guilty in Federal court today on three counts alleging he made fraudulent statements in obtaining passports to South America, when he went abroad in 1929 to make the film “Trader Horn.” The government alleged Renaldo failed to give his true name and charged he gave Camden, N. J., as his birthplace, although he was born in Rumania. The case was set over to May 2.


Hollywood, Calif., March 9 (US)
Dorothy Manners, magazine writer and former screen actress, was married today to Walter Ramsey, Hollywood representative of a motion picture magazine.

From Luella O. Parsons:

Los Angeles, Mar. 9
I met Raoul Walsh on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot last week. He was then headed for a conference with Irving Thalberg, having just said a pleasant adieu to the Fox Company, after six years with them. Yesterday, the papers were signed with make Raoul a member of M-G-M’s big league of directors. “The Cock-Eyed World,” “Sadie Thompson,” “What Price Glory?” are on the Walsh credit side, also many other successes.
Raoul’s first for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer will be “The Bugle Sound,” starring Wallace Beery. The Bugle Sound ought to be right up the Walsh alley – it’s the kind of thing he does best. In all likelihood Walsh will also direct “Rain,” either for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or by special arrangement for United Artists.

This banking story, featuring A. P. Giannini as the hero, is Harry Cohn’s own personal and private idea. That’s why dozens and dozens of names were submitted before Walter Huston was chosen as head man. Cohn figures it’s time someone said a good word for the much misunderstood bankers. So he decided on “Faith” as a Columbia production. Huston was borrowed from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer to portray Giannini. I thought at first it was Dr. Giannini, well known in the motion picture industry for his many loans and his faith in the industry. But it’s the older brother who is the subject of this most unusual screen play. Allan Dwan is the director.

What about Genevieve Tobin and Universal? A host of reports followed her withdrawal from the “Back Streets” cast. Among them the current gossip that her option has not been taken up. That really isn’t true. Negotiations are now on between Universal and Miss Tobin and the only thing that stands in the way is money.
If an agreement can be reached, she remains at Universal City and it looks more than likely that when Carl Laemmle reaches here all difficulties will be ironed out. Carl Laemmle, Jr., who has had a troublesome nasal affliction for some time, remains in the East to take a cure. He will return in a week or 10 days. Meanwhile, Carl Sr., will run the studio alone, the first time in many a day.

The Fox stars who weren’t hit by the change in studio policy are getting special attention. Warner Baxter is on that list. His “Man About Town,” by way of example, is being cast with microscopic care. Conway Tearle has been added to the cast. Sensible too, for he is a good actor, much better than some of these newcomers. Lila Lee is having a test made and here is hoping that she will put her name on a contract for this picture. One thing about both Richard Rowland and Al Rockett, they are loyal to film people, and ready to see that experienced players get the first break. John Francis Dillon, a former Rowland director, has been assigned to direct.

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