Tuesday, April 27, 2010


London Hears She Will Sail Soon to Be Wed to Wilhelm Soerensen

London, April 22 (AP)
Greta Garbo will leave Hollywood at the end of April to be married to Wilhelm Soerensen, son of a wealthy Swedish financier and a close friend of Prince Sigvard, second son of the Swedish Crown Prince, The Daily Mail’s Stockholm correspondent reported today.

Mr. Soerensen, accompanied by Prince Sigvard, recently went to Berlin to arrange for the wedding, The Mail’s story said. The correspondent said it was expected that after her marriage Miss Garbo would retire from films and settle in Sweden.

Telling on Hollywood

By Robert Grandon

April 23, 1932
Comes a letter this morning asking why in the name of common sense Mary Nolan and her husband, Wallace T. McCreary, Jr., have been given a 30-day sentence because the Mary Nolan Shop failed to sell its gowns… Well, it’s due to a quaint California law whereby one must pay one’s help or go to jail, and Mary didn’t pay… But she’s appealed, and perhaps by the time this appears, she’ll know her fate… Let’s hope it’s a favorable one, for the poor girl has been hounded from pillar to post all her life.

But other movie stars have failed in lots of ventures too… Ethel Clayton failed in her beauty parlor venture, though it paid out at first…

And Mary Pickford is $20,000 poorer but wiser as the result of her experimenting in miniature golf. It cost her that to build her course, and now steam shovels and laborers are wrecking it for other purposes…

And Noah Beery, who allows his friends to fish his streams at so-much-per-trout is suing to collect on fish caught, but not paid for.

However, that doesn’t discourage the colony, oh, dear, no… Bebe Danies and Billie Dove have gone into the cosmetic business with “Hollywood Jim.” They’re back of him to enlarge his place to the tune of $350,000, for manufacturing and distributing.

But the wise boy of the colony is Bill Haines… engagements haven’t been so plentiful for Bill recently, but he’s been taking it out another way…He owns a curio shop and furnishes props for the studios at a good price per prop.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22, 1932


Hollywood, April 22 (UP)
Paramount studios today issued an ultimatum threatening to remove Marlene Dietrich, actress, and Joseph Von Sternberg, director, from studio payroll unless they begin work Monday on “The Blonde Venus.”

Studio officials said production of the picture had been held up for more than a month because the star and director expressed dissatisfaction with the story and refused to proceed.

Von Sternberg wrote the original story, but expressed dissatisfaction after studio writers had prepared it for the screen, and said the picture would prove a disappointment if produced in its present form.

Both the director and Miss Dietrich are on yearly salary contracts.


Oakland, Cal., April 22 (UP)
Denying all charges she attempted to alienate the affections of Alfred C. Read, Jr., San Francisco broker, Claire Windsor, motion picture star, to-day filed an answer here to the $100,000 suit brought by Mrs. Marian Y. Read, Oakland society matron.

In the formal answer Miss Windsor admitted meeting Read last September 1, but denied she “attempted to alienate his affections, was with him constantly, exchanged affectionate notes with him, and accompanied him to places of amusement or on long motor trips,” as the suit charges.


Hollywood, Calif., April 22 (AP)
Jack Dempsey, former world’s heavyweight champion, and Estelle Taylor, film actress, who recently were separated by a Reno divorce, are being seen together a lot these days.

Their appearances together, the actress said, resulted from mutual business interests.


After years of absence from the West Coast, where she once reigned as one of the queens of filmland, Anita Stewart returned to testify in the suit of La Cienega Holding Company against Mrs. Ignatius Brown, mother of Herbert Brown, noted song writer. Lately Miss Stewart has been engaged in small playlets presented on easter vaudeville circuits. She is married to George Converse.


Los Angeles, April 22 (UP)
Polly Moran had the assistance of the district attorney’s office today in locating an acquaintance to whom she entrusted $500 for investment in an oil lease venture near Monterey in 1930. She has not seen the acquaintance or the oil well since, she said.


Singapore, April 22 (AP)
Charles Chaplin was making a satisfactory recovery today from an attack of dengue fever, but plans for his departure Sunday to continue his Far Eastern tour remained uncertain.


Los Angeles, April 22 (UP)
Jack Noonan, brother of the film actresses, Molly O’Day and Sally O’Neill, was held for trial yesterday on a charge of escaping from a prison camp, where he had been serving a sentence for receiving stolen goods. He was arrested in New York. Miss O’Day and Noonan’s mother appeared with him in court.

From Wood Soanes:

Will H. Hays gave an accounting of his cinema stewardship in connection with his tenth annual report on the motion picture industry and some of his findings are worth reading.

He believes that “self-regulation in the industry (as opposed to censorship from without) is improving product and winning friends,” and that “research and experiment in the field of pedagogical film… might result in savings to the American taxpayer as much as $1,000,000,000 in 10 years.”

New audiences, he feels, are being drawn by “pictures like ‘The Man Who Played God,’ ‘Broken Lullaby,’ ‘Arrowsmith,’ and ‘Emma,’ which are not the result of accident but the fruit of 10 years of developing public taste and of diversified experimentation at the studios.”

“But,” he continues, “the screen cannot disregard practicalities and survive. The box office delivers the final verdict on our product… it cannot become a forum, an academy or a soap-box and continue to command universal attendance. It steps out of character into disastrous experience when it invades controversial ground.

Evangelism and propaganda are not its appointed precincts.”

As to the future, Hays is hopeful. He believes that tremendous advance has been made since the industry was forced to reform its “mechanical, artistic, financial and administrative ranks to control the unprecedented situations created by sound.” He calls the reader’s attention to the fact that the first exhibition of a sound picture was as recent as August 4, 1926.

“The prosperity of the future in our business,” Hays concludes from his observations, “will come not through so-called cheap pictures but through good ones, pictures that will draw to the box office crowds of satisfied people. We read 70,000 stories a year in order to produce 500 feature and pictures and 2500 short subjects.”

Wallace Ford has been given a term contract at M-G-M. He is now working with Dressler and Moran in “Prosperity.”

Creighton Chaney, the son of Lon, will make his debut in “The Bird of Paradise.”

Charles Butterworth, whose movie career terminated largely because his style of humor is so distinctive that he needed a special author to provide him with material, is returning to the stage for a comedy part in the next Max Gordon revue. Before that happens, however, he’ll work with Chevalier in a picture.

Jacqueline Logan, who used to be a picture name, will be in “Coast to Coast,” the new radio satire in which Joseph Santley will star.

Paul Lukas, Erich Von Stroheim, Mae Busch, Priscilla Dean, Duncan Renaldo and Mary Adams of the film colony arrived in Oakland today as guests of Walter Varney, the airline owner, to attend the “Aviation Night” fete at the Alameda Bay airdrome. They return by special plane tomorrow morning.


On Your Mark” Will Serve Comedian as Next Vehicle

By Chester B. Bahn

Last minute Rialto news –
Jack Oakie will star in Paramount’s contribution to the Olympic games story cycle. The comedy will be entitled “On Your Mark.”

Warners have retitled “S. S. Atlantic,” in which Bill Powell and Kay Francis are reunited, as “One Way Passage.”

Stephen R. Roberts today signed a long-term contract as a Paramount picture director and was at once assigned to direct George Bancroft’s next starring picture, “The Challenger,” in which Wynne Gibson and Charles Starrett have important parts.

I hear that –

Walter Huston is practically set as the missionary in “Rain”

Signed by Paramount, Charles Laughton’s first film work nevertheless will be for Universal, which has borrowed him for “Old Dark House.”

United Artists is delaying production on “Brothers Karamazov” until the tangle of copyrights on earlier film versions is cleared… Meanwhile, Colman will star in “Way of a Lancer,” King Vidor directing.

Radio may loan Zita Johann to Warners to play opposite Edward G. Robinson in “Tiger Shark”

Columbia will give special status to Barbara Stanwyck’s “Brief Moment”

Skeets Gallagher will return to the screen in “Merrily We Go to Hell”

Universal failed to pick up option of Mickey Rooney, formerly known as Mickey McGuire

Kenneth Goldsmith will produce “Okay, New York,” radio story by Henry Johnson, who will also adapt and dialog

Universal is again considering making “Marriage Interlude” and “Leviathan” and has dropped “Boulder Dam”

Donald Cook’s hobby is collecting stray dogs and giving them a home until friends take them, so the actor has room for another. Recently moving into a new home in Beverly Hills, the actor built the wire enclosure for his five dogs and housed them safely before he moved his own belongings. The white dog is named Jean, after Jean Harlow.

Today’s questions –

Will the scheduled “blessed event” cause Sue Carol’s retirement?

Is Jeanette MacDonald ever going altarward with Robert Ritchie?

Are Al Jolson and Georgie Jessel really friends again?


What can be accomplished in six weeks of intensive training is demonstrated by James Dunn and Sally Eilers in “Dance Team,” headlining the program at the Riviera. The dancing done by the pair is the result of a month and a half’s steady practice under a well known Hollywood teacher in preparation for the part. On the same program, Ken Maynard is seen in “The Arizona Terror.”

Sidney Fox, who has the chief feminine role opposite Warren William in the Strand’s “The Mouthpiece,” is a specialist in the portrayal of Southern girls, having acquired an authentic accent in spite of her Northern origin. She is best remembered for her part in “Strictly Dishonorable.” Aline MacMahon, also an important feminine cast member, specializes in portraying cynical secretaries, having the same type of role she played in “Five Star Final” with Edward G. Robinson.

Edmund Lowe, whose love ‘em and leave ‘em methods became famous in “What Price Glory?” matches his strongarm courtship against the quite sloe-eyed, but highly inflammable wiles of Claudette Colbert in “The Misleading Lady,” at the Paramount. This is Paramount’s talking adaptation of the play, and is directed by Stuart Walker.

Nora Gregor, German stage star appearing with Robert Montgomery in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “But the Flesh Is Weak” at Lowes, was born in Gorizia, Austria. She won fame on the Vienna stage and was for five years a Max Reinhardt star. Among her successful plays was “The Sacred Flame.” She has appeared in several German films and came to America to do German film plays, such as her role in “Olympia.” This is her first picture in English.

From Luella Parsons:

Los Angeles, April 22
Those tickets that Richard Arlen bought for a trip to Europe with his wife, Jobyna Ralston, will not be used. Instead of seeing Paris, London, Italy and a few other places, Dick will migrate to the South Sea Islands but with plenty of company. He has been signed by Warner Brothers to play one of the leading roles in “Tiger Shark,” Edward Robinson’s next thriller. And since it calls for a trip to the tropical South Seas he will be there for several months with Howard Hawks and company.

Paramount has had a change of heart where Dick is concerned and is calling him back, I am told, to sign a new contract. No one need underestimate the popularity of Dick Arlen. He is quite a chap, not given to sounding his own horn, but he is plenty strong with the fans.

“The Sun Also Rises,” to star Constance Bennett, is more than just a mere rumor. The book has been purchased and Rowland Brown is now reading it and discussing treatment, for he will direct her. Some of the considerable angles will have to be removed but it is fundamentally a splendid story and should give Connie an excellent vehicle.

“The Moon and Sixpence,” the other important Radio purchase, is being put into proper shape and it has been whispered that Dolores Del Rio will play the beautiful native girl who falls in love with the artist. John Barrymore and Dolores Del Rio together should be a great combination.

It certainly looks as if Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Madge Evans are going to get together on their contract troubles today or perhaps they settled their difficulties last night. Miss Evans’ option expired two weeks ago today and her actual contract expires today. The reason I think everything will be settled is because she has been loaned by M-G-M to Columbia for “Hollywood Speaks.” That is Harry Cohn’s Hollywood picture and he says it’s serious “drammer.” Betcha’ anything a little comedy creeps in because Eddie Buzzell is directing and comedy is his middle name.

I don’t know when anything has made me as happy as the news that Betty Blythe will play in two pictures at Universal. One is “Back Streets” and the other, “Brown of Culver.” These two offers came to her on her twelfth wedding anniversary and just when she was beginning to feel that there was no place for her in Hollywood. Betty has been living on a little ranch with her husband, Paul Scardon.

I had been wondering who would get the part of “Horn” in “Rain,” the part that Rapley Holmes played on stage with such skill, the fat, lazy owner of the general store who is married to a native woman. Guy Kibbee gets that role and what a chance! Lewis Milestone who personally selected each person for the cast, told me yesterday that Kibbee had signed a contract. Speaking of contracts, Robert Montgomery stays on at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He has put his John Hancock on a new contract for a brief year.

Snapshots of Hollywood:

Jean Harlow in New York clothes, on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.

Marie Dressler, improving in health, working to finish her picture.

Jack Dempsey lunching at the Brown Derby with a group of men. Estelle Taylor at a nearby table with Evelyn Brent.

The Lionel Barrymores entertaining with a buffet supper in honor of Mrs. Lionel who leaves Saturday via the Panama Canal. Lionel and Raoul Walsh, who both went to Seton Hall as youngsters, reminiscing at the dinner table. The Walsh home, new and colonial, one of the most gorgeous and tastefully furnished houses in Beverly Hills.

Anita Page adding a gymnasium to her new beach home at Manhattan.

Ramon Novarro vacationing quietly in San Francisco.

The Jack Warners entertaining Sunday, their first dinner party since their return from New York.

Joan Crawford still incommunicado in the desert.


Old Favorite Film, Which Brought Fame to Three, Is Seen in Modern Form

Lon Chaney, Thomas Meighan, and Betty Compson became “names” overnight, and rose to fame in the silent version of “The Miracle Man.” As a talking production the film begins a week’s engagement at the Fox theater tomorrow. It is said to be even more powerful in its theme.

Headlining the cast are Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris, Irving Pichel, who is remembered for his role as district attorney in “The American Tragedy,” Hobart Bosworth, Robert Coogan, and John Wray.

From beginning to end the story is packed with intense excitement; there is a powerful climax, and the theme is one with appeal to all amusement seekers. Many contrasting elements of underworld types, fakirs, soldiers of fortune, men of God, and unfortunates mold the regeneration through love and the faith theme.

“Tarzan the Ape Man,” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s adventure thriller, will be screened for the last time tonight. Johnny Weissmuller, swimming champion, as Tarzan, has been so enthusiastically welcomed by theatergoers that the producing company have already signed him for future films.

Friday, April 16, 2010

April 21, 1932


Los Angeles, Cal., April 21 (AP)
Warrant for the arrest of Betty Bronson, former screen actress, was in the hands of officers of the referee’s court to-day. Miss Bronson, now honeymooning with Ludwig Lauerhaus of Beverly Hills and Asheville, N. C., failed to appear for examination as to why she had not paid a $706 judgment awarded a dentist for work one on the teen of her minor brother last January. The warrant was issued to assure her presence in court.


Los Angeles, Cal., (UP)
Gertrude Messinger, graduate of “Our Gang” comedies and now a featured player, eloped to near-by Santa Ana and was married today to David H. Sharpe, former circus acrobat. Sharpe has been featured in the “Boy Friend” series of motion pictures.

It seemed to be quite a surprise all around, since only three months ago the 20-year-old actress received a license here to wed James F. Gaither, movie sound technician.

Sharpe is the 22-year-old son of Harry Sharpe, St. Louis sportsman.


London, Ont., April 20 (AP)
Francis X. Bushman, the American movie actor, filed suit today for $10,000 against Albert E. Hamilton. The actor was injured in an automobile collision with Hamilton’s car last December. The defendant has filed a counter-claim for $750 damages to his machine.


Singapore, Straits Settlements, April 21 (AP)
Charlie Chaplin, who was brought here yesterday suffering from a slight attack of dengue fever, was progressing satisfactorily to-day and hoped to be able to leave the hospital in two or three days.

It was uncertain, however, whether he would be able to leave for Japan Sunday. If he is not, he planned to wait another week and make the trip with his brother, Sydney.


Hollywood, Calif., April 21 (INS)
Mary Pickford will leave New York in time to arrive here to greet her husband, Douglas Fairbanks, expected home from the South Sea islands May 7, friends declared today.

From Wood Soanes:

The celerity with which the Hollywood elevator lifts players to the top stories is matched only by the speed with which it drops them to the cellar. It is rather breath-taking, even when viewed from this safe distance.

Further evidence, if any were needed, came in a news dispatch from the cinema capital this week and while the writer chose to view his facts with a rather rosy eye, the truth is scarcely concealed by the airy persiflage.

“Temperament, or prejudice,” he wrote, “which prevented feminine leads from accepting parts in western films has practically evaporated around Hollywood. Call it the depression or what you will, here are a few examples:

Alice Day, formerly seen in drawing room parts, and Shirley Grey, Broadway actress, play opposite Tim McCoy in Columbia westerns; Claudia Dell appears in Tom Mix’ “Destry Rides Again”; Lois Wilson is listed for a Mix production; and Lina Basquette will play opposite Buck Jones in “Born to Trouble” for Columbia.

Yet it is only a matter of months since Samuel Goldwyn lifted Miss Grey out stock, sent her on a vacation with full pay, cast her for Ronald Colman’s vis-à-vis, didn’t use her but loaned her to Radio to work opposite Richard Dix. And then something happened. Now Miss Gray is in the horse opera and has plenty of company it appears.

Barbara Stanwyck who will be on the screen at the American theater tomorrow in “Forbidden” returned to Hollywood this week with her husband, Frank Fay, after a vaudeville tour. She is to do “Brief Moment” and an effort is being made to secure Scott Kolk to play opposite her.

Regis Toomey is the latest player to leave Hollywood for a vaudeville tour. Reason: Non-renewal of his Paramount contract…

B. P. Schulberg of Paramount announces that almost 90% of his studio’s contract players are stage-trained, and this applies to the extras too.

Irene Rich is cast as Will Rogers’ wife for the third time in “Down to Earth”…

Ruth Chatterton is going to have Romney Brent as her leading man for the second time in “Children of Pleasure.

Jean Harlow has returned from the east on a train with Lilyan Tashman and Mrs. Adolphe Menjou, ten pounds lighter, if that means anything to her fans.


Dolores Del Rio Starred in Original Film in 1928

By Chester B. Bayn

Last minute Rialto news –

Remember “The Red Dance” in which Dolores Del Rio starred back in 1928? Fox will remake the Russian story as a talkie; the new script is being written by Jules Furthman

Ina Claire’s return to legit next season is expected to be in “Angel,” European hit; Basil Rathbone may play opposite…

Al G. Barnes Circus is being used as a background for “Mrs. O’Shaughnessy’s Boy,” co-starring Jackie Cooper and Wally Beery

Arline Ahlberg, erstwhile “Vanities” chorine, becomes Arline Ware for Fox…

Floyd Gibbons is considering another talkie offer, made by Universal…

Mae Clarke’s recovery from her nervous breakdown is very slow…

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer has made overtures to Beatrice Lillie

The same studio will picturize Henri Bernstein’s “Felix” as well as “The Claw”…

Paramount is considering “No Bed of Her Own” for Miriam Hopkins

Variety reports that studios are rejecting all stories save those classed as “sensations”…

“High and Mighty,” story of old California, will be a Johnny Mack Brown vehicle for a Paramount release…

Gloria Swanson may make a talkie in England…

Lilyan Tashman is expected to ally with Columbia for one picture, at least…

Paramount is delaying further production on “Horse Feathers,” pending the recovery of Chico Marx

Sidney Howard will adapt “Way of the Lancer” for Ronald Colman’s use…

Warner Oland will play a European nobleman in “Burnt Offering,” starring Elissa Landi

Minna Gombel has an important part in Fox’s “Fancy Free,” supporting Adolphe Menjou and Joan Marsh

Clara Bow’s comeback talkie will be “Red-headed Savage,” which is not to be confused with Jean Harlow’s “Red-headed Woman”…

Charles Starrett, former Dartmouth three-letter man, will be seen in “Sky Bride,” Paramount-bound shortly…

Congratulations to:
Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Hughes.
Mr. and Mrs. John Miljan.
It’s a boy in both instances.

From Luella O. Parsons:

Los Angeles, April 21
Excitement and plenty of it on the Paramount lot. Marlene Dietrich, German actress, has walked out and with her goes Josef Von Sternberg. B. P. Schulberg, production chief, has issued an ultimatum, either Marlene and Von Sternberg begin work on Blonde Venus by Monday, or else –

The or else, in this case, means they will be taken off salary.

The battle royal was precipitated when, failing to agree on Blonde Venus, Schulberg suggested that Marlene have someone else direct her. Marlene refused. Blonde Venus, you see, was authorized by her and Von Sternberg. The original story was approved by Schulberg and handed to someone to put into scenario form.

The first draft was not acceptable to Schulberg. He handed it to another writer and the revision failed to please Miss Dietrich and her director, but suited Schulberg.

Long, long time since Kay Francis emoted opposite William Powell. The two of them have been heading separate units at Warners, but with Jack Warner back on the job he has different ideas. He plans to put both of them in One Way Passage. Oh, yes, you have heard of the story. It was formerly called S. S. Atlantic and Tay Garnett is directing. Warren Hymer and Frank McHugh are in the cast.

Soon as Kay Francis finishes One Way Passage she gets another five months’ vacation. Imagine five months salary without making a picture. She and her husband Kenneth McKenna have their reservations to sail for Europe in June. Kenneth must direct one picture for Fox, then away for a pleasant trip abroad.

A crowd of Lilyan Tashman’s friends awaiting her at the station, an offer to go to Columbia and an informal tea arranged by Edmund Lowe, greeted her on her arrival home yesterday. Lil has been in Europe, New York and other places since she left Hollywood last August, and she was that excited about getting home. Mrs. Lionel Barrymore, Mrs. Eric Pedley, William Haines, Alice Glazer and dozens of others made her homecoming at Pasadena a gala occasion.
Edmund Lowe said he almost missed the train, trying to decide what to do with the 5000 advance trunks that heralded her arrival. He said Lil not only bought plenty of clothes, but things for the house as well. Her contract is up with Paramount and I hear from a very reliable source that she will do a picture immediately for Columbia.

No one need laugh at Clara Bow’s ambition to write verse. Adela Rogers Hyland read some of it and she told me it was not half bad. Must be good, for Clara has written the lyrics for “Hollywood on Parade,” with Hal Grayson and Malcolm Beelby furnishing the music. All for sweet charity. “Hollywood on Parade” is being produced by Louis Lewyn, who will turn over the proceeds to the Motion Picture Relief Fund. The first numbers will be a specialty with Eddie Cantor and Maurice Chevalier together, another with Jack Oakie and Ginger Rogers, and a third featuring Mitzi Green, also a Fanchon and Marco idea of Hollywood, with the leading players doing an appearance act.

Snapshots of Hollywood:

Harold Lloyd in pale blue dressing gown, receiving members of the Japanese navy. Work was stopped while he autographed cards for all the officers.

Genevieve Tobin, her mother, and Mrs. Leon Errol, talking of the stage and the changes the movies have brought to them.

Donald Cook and Evalyn Knapp doing a few special dance numbers at the Frolics.

The Eddie Mannixes, Harry Rapf, B. P. Schulberg, Harpo Marx and a lovely lady, Madge Evans and Tom Gallery and dozens of other film celebrities at the Olympic, watching the bout between the Mexican whirlwind and Young Tommy, Honolulu’s favorite.


Lawrence Tibbett’s starring vehicle, “The Cuban Love Song,” opened Thursday at the National Theater for two days.

The hero of “The Rogue Song” is seen in modern garb as a swashbuckling, singing marine who figures in a romance of Cuba. Lupe Velez, Mexican heroine of “The Squaw Man,” has the feminine lead, and prominent roles are taken by Ernest Torrence and Jimmy Durante, the comic pair in “Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford;” Karen Morley, who played Marie Dressler’s daughter in “Politics;” Hale Hamilton, Mathilde Comont and Philip Cooper.

Paramount News and “Rhythm of the River” are also featured.


Dorothy Mackaill in “Safe in Hell,” First National starring vehicle, is the feature attraction at the Lyric Theater Thursday and Friday. This play gives her a role with a semi-tragic ending. She interprets Gilda Carson, a servant girl betrayed by her employer, turned into the streets and finally corralled on an island inhabited by refugees from justice. Don Cook plays the romantic lead, as Carl, a sea-faring man who is engaged to Gilda, and who bungles through his dealing with her until she sacrifices herself for his sake.