Saturday, February 21, 2009

March 17, 1932


(Fenton/Dvorak photo appears
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Hollywood, Cal. Mar. 17 (AP)
Friends of Ann Dvorak, who recently was signed for leading roles by Warner Brothers film studios, and Leslie Fenton, also of the screen, said today the couple planned to go by airplane to Yuma, Ariz., where they would be married this afternoon.

Miss Dvorak recently was selected to lead in “Central Park,” which is to be filmed in New York City. Fenton is well known as one of the younger actors in Hollywood, his performance in “What Price Glory?” having been generally acclaimed.

From Luella O. Parsons

Los Angeles, March 17
Hollywood is soon to gain Claudette Colbert as a regular resident. She moves here shortly and in the future her studio address will be the Paramount Studios on Melrose avenue.

This will be her second visit to our town. She came here last Fall to visit her husband, Norman Foster, and since that time he has commuted twice via airplane to see her.

The first Hollywood-made drama of Miss Colbert is “The Bride of the Enemy,” now being put in scenario form by Oliver Garrett. Little is said about the origin of the story but much is said about Miss Colbert’s role and about the part for Clive Brook.

The dignified, aloof Brook plays the male lead. We are for him 100 per cent if he will be a little less stiff and a little more human.

One of the nicest Hollywood weddings of this year or any other was that, yesterday, of Joan Bennett and Gene Markey. There was no grand air of seclusion, it was all so simple, so natural and so lacking in theatricals.

After the ceremony, Joan suggested that she throw her bouquet out the window to the hundreds of girls and boys who had been waiting since early morning to see her. “Everyone here is married,” she told Gene, “and it means so much to those people outside.” I regret to say when finally a girl in the crowd caught the orchids and Lilies-of-the-Valley only a few bare leaves remained.

But they saw Joan in her wedding dress, prettier than any screen bride when she stood on the balcony with her new husband at her side.

Constance Bennett took her flowers and threw them as she walked to her car, giving the crowd a big thrill.

If you happen to know an actress who looks like Greta Garbo send her address to Harry Rapf. He wants just such a leading lady to play opposite Clark Gable in “China Seas.”

“Flesh,” Edmund Goulding’s prize fight story for Wallace Beery, will be the next Beery vehicle. Jack Conway is to direct.

A surprising bit of news is that Florence Vidor Heifetz has been living in Beverly Hills with her two children for almost a week. Mrs. Heifetz is awaiting an interesting event and she came to California to have her baby born.

Meanwhile, her husband, one of the best known violinists in the world, is fulfilling a concert engagement in South America.

Before her marriage to Heifetz, Florence Vidor was one of the best known screen actresses. She retired at the time of her marriage and she has been one of the few who has steadfastly turned her back on pictures. She has two daughters, one by Heifetz and one by King Vidor, to whom she was formerly married.

Heard and overheard: Norma Talmadge has been suffering with a badly infected tooth in New York. She has had a trained nurse in attendance. There is a chance that Norma, whose legal residence is Los Angeles, may come here to file her divorce suit against Joseph Schenck. Several of the Reno divorces have been questioned and it seems both parties must take up a residence.


Los Angeles, March 17 (AP)

A jury of seven men and five women began deliberation today on charges of drunk driving against Kenneth Harlan, former film actor, arrested last January 2 following a collision between his automobile and a milk truck.

The case was given the jury following brief arguments by counsel. Harlan, who denied he was drunk, claiming that if he appeared unsteady it was because of a loss of blood from a deep cut he had received in the accident, waited in court for the verdict. With him were his mother, Mrs. Martha Harlan, and Miss Patty Dobbs, actress, riding with him at the time of the collision. She testified Harlan had not been drinking.


Los Angeles, March 16 (AP)

A non-suit has ended the legal differences of the McLaglen brothers, Victor, the motion picture actor, and Leopold, author, traveler and proponent of the Jiu-Jitsu system of wrestling. Leopold had sued Victor for $90,000 damages claiming his brother had maligned him.

The judge granted a non-suit shortly after the actor spoke in his own defense yesterday.


Santa Barbara, Calif. March 16 (AP)
Betty Bronson, motion picture actress, and Ludwig Lauerhaus of Asheville, N.C. were married here today by Superior Judge A. B. Bigler.

The couple left immediately by motor for the north, refusing to disclose their honeymoon itinerary.

When they applied for a marriage license, Miss Bronson gave her age as 22 and Lauerhaus his as 27.

She played the original role of “Peter Pan” in the movies several years ago.


Ethel Clayton, film actress, appeared in court in quest of a divorce from Ian Keith, her actor husband. Miss Clayton alleges that Keith acted in an “ungentlemantly” and “unhusbandly” manner by breaking up their furniture. In a statement issued after their third separation, Keith admitted that his conduct had “fretted Ethel.”


What every brunette should have in her spring wardrobe was revealed in an interview, by Kay Francis, whose raven tresses and gray eyes are well known to film audiences.

“It looks like a brunette season to me,” declares Miss Francis. “Bright colored scarfs, suits with blouses that drape in gay colors about the neckline, and frocks capes of contrasting shades in lighter hues are among the offerings of spring fashion that enhance dusky complexions.

Miss Francis has taken advantage of the brunette turn of the mode for her current role with Fredric March in Paramount’s picture “Intimate.” As a chic New Yorker she wears, in the production, an array of costumes that offer a safe guide to the fashions of the spring and summer seasons.

“Every spring wardrobe should include one of the new high-waisted suits that is accented with a crushed collar and bow of fur or silk, a trim one-piece frock of lightweight wool, and a dashing coat that can be worn with both suit and frock,” states Miss Francis.

“Such colors and materials are blonde corduroy, tweeds in sapphire blue and velveteen in brown are the popular hues of early spring and are all particularly adaptable for brunettes.”

“Strong contrasts, which are never good for women with olive complexions and dark hair, are not used this spring. Gloves and accessories will blend in color with the outfits they accompany, and when scarfs or capes are in contrasting shades, the effects will soften instead of startling.”

According to Miss Francis, evening clothes for the spring will bring to the fore such new colors as orchid, sunset rose, corn yellow, flame, and pale water green.


Los Angeles, March 17 (INS)
Lucille Mendez, actress, to-day had on file a suit to divorce Ralph Ince, film director and actor. They were married July 7, 1926. Miss Mendez charged that Ince objected to her continuing her profession as an actress after their marriage. She did not ask for alimony.


Mrs. Grace Mackey Tibbett, former wife of the famous baritone Lawrence Tibbett, who obtained her divorce several months ago, is now appearing in radio broadcasts in San Francisco. Her sketches consist principally of Hollywood life and Hollywood people. Following a brief stay in San Francisco and Hollywood, she will go to New York to be one of the regular B.B.C. contributors.


‘Ladies of the Jury’ to Be Screen Feature,
With Vaudeville, Music Program

Constance Bennett in “Lady With a Past;” Gene Dennis, psychic; and the RKO vaudeville show, headlining Eddie Nelson, close at the Orpheum theater tomorrow night.

A special Gene Dennis matinee, for ladies only, will be held Thursday morning at 10 a.m. Those attending may stay for the regular show which follows immediately.

Starting next Friday, the Orpheum will present a comedy-drama that is different, “Ladies of the Jury,” starring this group of fun makers: Edna May Oliver, Ken Murray, Roscoe Ates, Kate Price, Robert McWade and Kitty Kelly.

Also on the program will be a picture with fifteen outstanding boxers of the country as the stars in “Can Jack Dempsey Come Back?” This feature boasts such names as Gene Tunney, Tom Heeney, Luis Firpo, Max Schmelling, Harry Willis, Benny Leonard and Jack Dempsey.

RKO vaudeville will be headed by Charlie Melson with Miss Irmanette in “The Screen Test.” Owen Sweeten’s band will do their stuff on the stage again next week in a presentation called “Joyous Days.”
A newsy Pathe Newsreel completes the program.


“High Pressure,” William Powell’s second picture for Warner Brothers, will come to the Strand theater Friday for a run of two days.

For the last few appearances, Powell has played the part of a “ladies man” or gigolo. Before that he specialized in playing Philo Vance, the famous detective, or other characters mixed up in underworld doings.

At all times he has been suave, debonair and polished. In “High Pressure,” however, he is reported to be a man of action, a fast-talking, fast-working, super-salesman, a sort of combination Get-Rich-Wallingford and Raffles. He switches from Wall Street boardrooms to Park Avenue boudoirs without ever changing his pace.

Supporting Powell are Evelyn Brent, who played opposite him in “Interference,” one of the first talkies; George Sidney, a comedian who is returning to the screen after a long absence; Guy Kibbee, Evalyn Knapp, Maurice Black, Bobby Watson, Frank McHuch, Polly Walters, Ben Alexander, John Wray and several others.

The Vernons will appear specialty at a matinee Friday for women only in connection with the full program and will answer any questions pertaining to domestic or business affairs, the management announced.

Opening Sunday, Buster Keaton, Polly Moran and Schnozzle Durante will present “The Passionate Plumber.”

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