Tuesday, September 30, 2008

January 16, 1932


Las Vegas, Nev. – Jan 16
Rex Bell, cowboy film actor and husband of Clara Bow, surrendered $800 to two armed bandits early today as he left a gambling hall.
Bell had won the money at the gaming tables and was followed to the street by the two men. He was told to “come along” by one of the pair who stuck a gun in his ribs.
“I thought they were kidding,” Bell told the police, “but they pushed on the rod too hard, so I went along.”
After taking his money, the pair gave him back a few personal trinkets, but missed a $3000 diamond ring. The setting had been turned to the palm, and the pair thought it was a wedding ring, Bell said.
Bell had gone to the exclusive Boulder Club in company with Miss Bow and his ranch foreman.
Clara was winning heavily with dice, witnesses said, holding them for twenty minutes straight at one time. Bell and his foreman were betting on Clara.
Within an hour they won more than a thousand dollars, witnesses reported, but lost a bit before the evening was over.
Shortly after midnight, Bell left the club by himself and was carrying Clara’s money as well as his own, he said.

Europe’s latest contribution to America’s cinema world now in New York under contract to Paramount plans to leave for Hollywood within a few days to continue her motion picture triumphs.
Her name is Sari Maritza, her ancestry is English and Hungarian, her gowns are Parisian, her smile is infectious, her English is close to perfection and her birthday is on St. Patrick’s day, which means, she says, that she travels under a lucky star.

Seven special talking picture productions will be released by Paramount during January and February. The facilities of the studios in Hollywood have been concentrated for several months in bringing these pictures to completion for release early in 1932.
These productions will be “Ladies of the Big House,” featuring Sylvia Sidney and Gene Raymond; “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” directed by Rouben Mamoulian with Fredric March, <Miriam Hopkins and Rose Hobart; “The Man I Killed” an Ernst Lubitsch production with Lionel Barrymore, Nancy Carroll and Phillips Holmes; “Shanghai Express,” directed by Josef von Sternberg, with a notable cast headed by Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong and Warner Oland; Ruth Chatterton’s starring picture “Tomorrow and Tomorrow,” with Paul Lucas; “Two Kinds of Women” with Miriam Hopkins, Phillips Holmes and Irving Pichel under the direction of William C. De Mille, and Maurice Chevalier’s “One Hour With You” in which the continental idol is supported by Jeanette MacDonald, Genevieve Tobin, Charlie Ruggles and Roland Young, under the direction of George Cukor.

Five flops – not a single success. That is Frank Fay’s record on the silver screen today. Yet Frank believes he can make good in pictures - believes it to such an extent that he and his wife, Barbara Stanwyck, have risked everything they have on this gamble.
It’s a strange story that surrounds the lives of this couple. When they married, Frank was a star on Broadway, Barbara was a chorus girl. Then along came the talkies, bringing with them a continual procession of new arrivals from Manhattan. The Fays were among those arrivals. Almost immediately, Frank was given a starring contract, Barbara went to work in minor roles.
Frank didn’t click. Barbara did.
The climax to this situation came a few months ago when Fay’s contract expired and he couldn’t get a job. He knew he still could go back to Broadway and be a star on the stage – Barbara was perfectly willing to give up everything in the way of screen fame and go with him. In fact she even went so far as to break her contract.
That wasn’t what Frank wanted. It didn’t seem right to him that his wife should give up a brilliant career simply because of him.
He knew that he was unsuited for the parts he had been playing, so he persuaded Barbara to resume her contract and he wrote his own story for the kind of pictures he wanted to make.
Frank and Barbara pooled their assets and started to produce the picture with Frank in the starring role. Consequently, you will soon be seeing Frank Fay in “A Fool’s Advice,” - that is unless you are already fed up on Fay.

Guy Kibbee has been added to the cast that will support Barbara Stanwyck in “So Big,” the picturization of Edna Ferber’s novel, which will soon start production at Warner Brothers. Others already assigned to the cast are George Brent and Dickie Moore, the five-year-old actor who is one of the outstanding characters of “Manhattan Parade,” just released.

Los Angeles, Jan. 16
Natalie Moorhead, blonde motion picture actress, is having legal trouble again – with a florist this time.
The Flower Garden, a florist’s shop, is suing her for non-payment of a $63 bill for flowers. The actress admits incurring the bill, but asserts she’ll not pay until the florist makes good for four valuable vases she alleges he smashed while delivering the flowers.
Three months ago Miss Moorhead and her husband, Alan Crosland, movie director, were defendants in a suit over a $350 grocery bill.
Another film luminary involved in the courts at present is Mary Astor, who is charged with refusing to pay Ruth Collier, booking agent, $2433 in commissions allegedly due on a $2000 a week studio contract Miss Collier obtained for the actress a year ago.

Hollywood, Jan. 16
The beauty of Judith Wood, motion picture actress injured recently in an automobile accident, was declared safe today. He face was cut and it was feared she’d be disfigured, but she returned to work today without a trace of the mishap.

Sealyham terriers are the main hobby of Adolphe Menjou. He has been raising this breed for several years. In the kennels at his Beverly Hills home, Menjou has a number of blue ribbon winners.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

January 15, 1932

Los Angeles, Jan. 14
Suit for divorce, charging desertion, was filed today by ZaSu Pitts, screen comedienne, against Thomas S. Gallery, former manager of the Hollywood American Legion Boxing Stadium and associated with sports in New York.
Miss Pitts revealed they had lived apart since November 23, 1926. They were married in July 1920 when Mr. Gallery was a film player.
The actress asked custody of their child, 9, and an adopted child, Sonny Mike, also 9, son of the late Barbara La Marr. The children are with Miss Pitts.

Rumors were current today that Sharon Lynn, film actress, and Benjamin Gazer, motion picture executive, were to be married today in Yuma, Ariz.
A large airplane was chartered to take a party of seven to the Arizona city, although airport officials refused to reveal who had made the arrangements.
Also, a wedding party was scheduled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cedric Gibbons tomorrow night. Mrs. Gibbons is Dolores Del Rio of the screen.

By Louella Parsons
One by one Gary Cooper’s pictures are being handed to someone else. In each letter Gary postpones his return to Hollywood.
He is enjoying his hunting expedition in the African jungles and he feels it is foolish for him to try to get back before he is entirely well. Chester Morris, who has an arrangement with Paramount whereby he make a certain number of pictures a year, will draw The Glass Key, an original by Dashiell Hammett.

There will be no sigh of regret on the part of Richard Barthelmess because he cannot go as far as the Orient this Spring. Dick is very happy to go only to Tahiti and to be back in Hollywood in the middle of March for the simple reason that he makes The Cabin in the Cotton his next picture.

Love Is a Racket, a novel by Rian James has been purchased by Warner Brothers as the next vehicle for Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. who has just completed Union Depot.

Movie tag lines:

and a new wistful charmer spin a web of romance while a mighty Mississippi River overflows its banks in a spectacular climax that has no equal!
with Anita Louise

Each Year Hollywood Produces One Comedy Masterpiece
1928 – Gold Diggers of Broadway!
1929 – Hold Everything!
1930 – Life of the Party!
And now 1931 –
Manhattan Parade
Hollywood’s Answer to ‘Once In A Lifetime’

January 14, 1932

Los Angeles, Jan 14 - by: Louella Parsons
The little old last year’s contract that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had with Clark Gable is due to be chucked in the fire. A new contract with a weekly raise in salary will be handed Mr. Gable by Louis B. Mayer. The old one was signed when the amazingly popular Clark was yet to be discovered by the adoring fans and still had several years to run. But Clark asked for an increase and got it.

So much has been said about Paramount’s failure to recognize the value of Carole Lombard’s beauty and ability that apparently the little matter is going to be attended to pronto. Carole is now away on a trip with her husband, William Powell. When she returns she will be co-featured with Phillips Holmes in The Beachcombers. Carole Lombard bears a resemblance to Constance Bennett, only she is less gold than la Bennett.
And come what may, Bennett at this moment is second to no star in popularity.

Einstein Winks at Pola Negri In Comments on Hitler Photos
Palm Springs, Jan. 13
Pola Negri, the Polish film actress, who is recovering here after her recent operation, and Dr. and Mrs. Einstein, on a brief vacation, met today and talked in German for more than forty minutes.
“Have you ever met Hitler, the German fascist leader?” Miss Negri disclosed she had asked.
“No, but I have seen his photographs,” the German physicist replied, with a wink, “and they are sufficient.”

Loretta Young Is Starred At Lyric
Too Young To Marry, a comedy featuring Loretta Young and Grant Withers is the Lyric Theater’s current attraction.
Miss Young plays the part of a willful daughter who gets married to her boyfriend while her mother is at the movies and her henpecked father is a bit under the influence of hard cider.

Ramon Novarro’s current vacation in New York will be cut short soon to start “Huddle,” a famous football story. When he started work on “Mata Hari” opposite Greta Garbo, it was announced that his ambition to be a director would be achieved through a new contract. Apparently they have decided not to make Novarro a director and don’t care much what happens to him as a star. He is certainly the least likely of football candidates.

Joan Crawford’s next will be “Letty Lynton” from the novel by Marie Belloc Loundes with Clarence Brown directing. Before that, however, she must play a part in “Grand Hotel.”

Jackie Cooper is to do “Limpy” from the book by William Johnston.

Jean Harlow, screen actress, will make a personal appearance in the vaudeville bill opening Saturday at Loew’s State Theater (New York).

Saturday, September 27, 2008

January 13, 1932

Anna May Wong Starring
Fu Man Chu, Oriental mystery man, has a daughter. She is being revealed to theater audiences with the unreeling today of “Daughter of the Dragon.”
Ann May Wong is in the title role of this melodrama, which has Scotland Yard and Limehouse as the setting. Warner Oland is again Fu Man Chu while Sesue Hayakawa has an important role.

Philip Barry’s “The Animal Kingdom,” which has been postponed several times, was scheduled to start last night in New York under the banners of Gilbert Miller. Leslie Howard is the star.

Excerpted from Luella Parsons:

Marx Brothers To Start Work On New Picture
Los Angeles – Jan 12
Rumors of dissension in the Marx Brothers camp were hit squarely in the eye by B.P. Schulberg. The boys get here with wives, aunts, uncles, dogs, cats, etcetera later in the month to start work on “Horse Feathers,” their next picture. Now the Hollywood bridge and backgammon can go on. Harpo, Groucho, Chico and Zeppo, the champions of these games, will be here to defend their titles.

Hollywood is speculating on what will happen when Betty Compson leaves for a year’s vaudeville tour. Will she marry Irving Weinberg or say goodbye to him.

The John Barrymore’s baby is due in February.
Mary Pickford, remodeling Pickfair, is choosing white for the drawing room. Douglas Fairbanks, six pounds heavier, is trying to remove his added poundage by strenuous exercise.

Friday, September 26, 2008

January 12, 1932

According to latest advices from Hollywood, Marilyn Miller’s next picture is now scheduled to enter production on February 15, The title and authorship of the next Miller vehicle have not yet been announced. This film will be her fourth for First National, the others having been “Sally,” “Sunny,” and “Her Majesty, Love.” The last-named picture has recently been released.

Loretta young hopes to make that trip to New York which has been twice postponed, and in the meantime she is snatching a two weeks’ vacation in San Francisco before beginning her next picture for Warner Bros. “Eight to Five” in which she will be co-featured with Winnie Lightner.

Tuxedo Clerk Reveals License Issued To Star’s Ex-Mate, Divorced On Coast.
Mabel Victoria Hannaford, former wife of Tom Mix, and Manuel A De Olazabal were married her today. They obtained a marriage license from the City Clerk James Cronin of Tuxedo January 9, Cronin told the Associated Press today.

Marian Marsh now at the State theater in her first starring vehicle, “Under Eighteen” was taken less than a year ago to the Warner studios for a test by her older sister, Jeanne Fenwick, an actress of stage and screen. Miss Fenwick was on location at the time of the world premiere of “Under Eighteen,” but sent a telegram congratulating the youngest of the family on her swift flight to stardom. Miss Marsh’s brothers, Edward and George Morgan, are also in the talkies.

Palm Springs, Jan.12
Pola Negri, film actress, suffered a slight relapse yesterday in her recuperation from a recent operation, but her condition was said not to be serious. Dr. and Mrs. Albert Einstein were forced to postpone a luncheon engagement with Miss Negri.

Greta Garbo’s “Mata Hari” has been released in New York and while it is not being hailed as her major effort, the critics seem agreed that it will satisfy her clientele. Ramon Novarro is the hero but Lionel Barrymore and Lewis Stone have fat roles.

Film Daily carries a story that feature production for this season is at the fifteen-year low ebb. The major companies plan 375 productions and the independents 175, a total of 550 as against an average of 747. Last year 687 were produced.
It’s not as bad as it sounds, however, for fewer pictures mean better pictures and that was the howling need in 1931.

January 11, 1932

Constance Bennett, film actress and wife of the Marquis de la Falais, will adopt a 3 year old baby, a distant relative, whose parents were killed in an automobile crash, it became known today.
Miss Bennett has on file in Los Angeles courts a petition for the adoption of Dennis Arthur Armstrong. The petition is sealed but Superior Judge Samuel Blake admitted the adoption would probably take place within ninety days.

London, Jan 11
The board of film censors is preparing to put asbestos wraps on all love films. Within the next few days, it was declared here today, the board will command film producers and exhibitors to make their torrid close ups fewer, briefer and more discreet.
Bedroom scenes of “undue length” will be tabooed as unnecessary, swimming pool scenes will be rigorously censured, and remarks of “double meaning” will be ordered out.

Los Angeles, Jan 11
Norma Shearer, motion picture actress, who recently was admitted to citizenship, was to receive her final papers formally today in United States District Court. She was born at Montreal, Canada.

Tom Mix, western movie star, celebrated his birthday January 6 with his nine-year-old daughter, Thomasina, and his beloved horse. On his birthday Mix was on his feet for the first time since recent operation which threatened his life, and visited film studio and stable of horses before enjoying party prepared by his young daughter.

Movie tag line:
Honor and Name Swept Away In One Mad Moment of Love!
Chatterton in a magnificent new woman’s role that will do things to your heart

Thursday, September 25, 2008

January 10, 1932

Sunday will bring Laurel and Hardy in their first full-laugh comedy, "Pardon Us," to the National Theater. It is a Hal Roach production.
The comedians are cast as convicts. The engagement is for two days only and will be followed by "Up For Murder" starring Lew Ayres

Mother Love Theme of Latest Film of Star
One of those events looked forward to and cherished by movie millions, a new Ruth Chatterton picture, is coming Tuesday. The newest opus for the "first lady" of films is titled "Once a Lady" and is a melange of the surefire dramatic clay which this emotional sculptress so effectively handled in "Madame X," "Sarah and Son," and "Anybody's Woman."

Splendid Cast Seen in Film at Granada Wednesday
John Barrymore will be seen at the Granada theater Wednesday in "The Mad Genius," a Warner Brothers production - and the most superb of all his starring vehicles.
Barrymore again chooses radiant Marian Marsh as his leading lady as he did in his previous picture, "Svengali."

The first fruit of Samuel Goldwyn’s New York visit is the not inconsiderable announcement that “Cynara” will be his first production for the approaching 1932-33 season. Ronald Colman will have the leading role. Mr. Goldwyn hopes to place the picture in production in early March.

George Brent, recently of Broadway, has taken the camera trail which leads, in his case, to the Warner studios. Mr. Brent will play the chief male role opposite Ruth Chatterton when that actress shortly begins work on “The Rich Are Always With Us,” her first picture since she went over to Warner’s from Paramount. As if that were not enough for a beginner in films, Mr. Brent is also offered opposite Barbara Stanwyck in “So Big!” which has just gone into production. Bette Davis, a less recent acquisition from the stage, also has roles in both pictures.

Wynne Gibson’s star is on the upward swing. Within a year she has risen from minor to featured roles and her first job in 1932 will be the title role in the Paramount version of “Clara Deane,” a play by Max Arthur.

Dorothy Burgess has replaced Joyce Compton in the cast of the new Warner feature which has just entered production with Loretta Young and Winnie Lightner in the leading roles. Its title, “Eight to Five” has been changed to “Love on a Budget.”

Carole Lombard, heroine of Paramount's "No One Man" is an enthusiastic devotee of contract bridge. She is of the Culbertson school.

Josephine Dunn, Sheila Mannors and Barbara Leonard have joined Jeanette MacDonald and Genevieve Tobin supporting Maurice Chevalier in "One Hour With You," Paramount announces.

Many heads turned in the direction of Sidney Fox at the opening of Edward Everett Horton's play, "The Scamp," Her steady boyfriend Jean Negulesco was with her.


(excerpted from the article by Alice L. Tildesley - Jan 10. 1932)

“Among My Souvenirs” craze makes Hollywood what El Brendel calls “A city of collectin’ fools” --

Dolores Del Rio gathers up perfumes and Charley Chase, canes—But don’t send Clara Bow any dogs!

Jean Hersholt's collection of first editions of rare books is recognized among book authorites as being one of the most complete in the country.

Dolores Del Rio makes a hobby of collecting perfumes, and she has more than 150 kinds, all the most precious makes.

The friend who presented Clive Brook with two old crystal goblets as a wedding gift started the actor on his extensive collection of antique glass, which now includes pieces more than 200 years old.

“I’ve always adored lace” declared Genevieve Tobin. “I started my collection when I was a schoolgirl in Paris. My mother encouraged the idea, but insisted that I make a study of the history of lace.

Oliver Hardy saves the golf balls with which he won cups in tournaments. Stan Laurel, the other half of Laurel & Hardy gathers recipes for favorite dinner dishes. He is partial to old English dishes.

Clara Bow used to collect dogs until her fans discovered the fact. Hardly a week passed but that the express wagon backed up to the redhead’s doorstep and deposited a canine, duly crated. In two years she had more than 150 dogs. They became terribly expensive, even though they rarely halted at the Beverly Hills bungalow more than a night or two. Neighbors complained about the howling and barking, and Clara couldn’t find homes for the tribe. She no longer collects dogs – please!

Lew Ayers collects souvenirs from each picture in which he plays.

Blonde Thelma Todd has blown glass novelties made especially for her, her chief treasure being a butterfly made life size with minute detail of wing design.

The younger girls of filmdom seem to go in for dolls. Rochelle Hudson, who isn’t yet 16, specializes in big ones. Sally O’Neill likes unique specimens dressed in fashions of historical periods. Dorothy Lee has more than 400 stuffed dogs, many of them presented to her by fans.

Ralph Bellamy owns 14 old music boxes he has picked up in his travels.

Victor McLaglen saves old boxing gloves. He has the pair he wore in his fight with Jack Johnson.

Charles “Buddy” Rogers possesses a unique assortment of musical instruments.

Anna May Wong thrills over ancient ceremonial robes worn by Chinese mandarins.

Bebe Daniels, who looks so feminine, has a masculine passion for swords and possesses several from the Valentino collection.

Loretta Young goes in for anything connected with Napolean and Josephine.

Louise Fazenda's art treasures are famous. Sometime exhibitors borrow her old-time stage coach, and museums have often benefitted by valuable letters and papers collected on her California rambles. Spanish relics of copper and brass, iron and pewterware adorn her house. Lola Montez, famous Spanish dancer, is well represented in Louise's collection, among her things being a piece of gold brocade given Lola by a European king.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

January 9, 1932

From Luella Parsons:
Hollywood guesses and speculations have made the role of the baron in Grand Hotel one of the most important roles of the year. Cast aside all the names you have read and get ready for a surprise - Jack Barrymore whose Arsene Lupin is credited with being a sensation will play the part of the engaging baron.

The Rex Bells are back in Beverly Hills home from their Nevada ranch. Mrs. Bell is perhaps better known to you as Clara Bow. The Columbia picture arranged for Miss Bow is now a dead issue due largely to Clara’s desire to retire from movies.

One of the most consistent romances in Hollywood is that of pretty Frances Dee and Joseph Mankiewicz, brother of Herman. Frances may occasionally cast her smiles elsewhere, but she and Joe have been in love with each other for a year. Miss Dee is one of the Wampas baby stars and to my thinking, one of the prettiest girls in Hollywood. She plays the feminine lead in Sky Bride opposite Jack Oakie and Richard Arlen

A new suite of rooms with a swanky dressing room is Sally Eilers’ New Year gift from the Fox company.

Mexico City, Jan 9
Antonio Moreno, former motion picture star, has realized his ambition to become a director. His first picture, Santa, adapted from the work of the Mexican author Federico Gamboa, produced in Spanish in a studio here, has been completed and soon will have its first showing.

Pola Negri is back on the screen again after an absence of five years. The announcements that the Polish star would recover from her recent operation and a preview of her first talking picture, “A Woman Commands,” came almost simultaneously.
Still fascinating and not looking a day older than she did at the height of her career, Pola has a decided tendency to overact. This was alright in silent films, but it seems to rob her performance of sincerity today.

Film sequences have just been shot on “Alias the Doctor,” starring Richard Barthelmess, at the west coast studio of First National. This film, directed by Michael Curtiz, will be released nationally on February 20. In the supporting cast are Marian Marsh, Norman Foster, Adrienne Dore, Joan St. Polis, Lucille LaVerne, Oscar Apfel, and others.

Columbia’s next Buck Jones special which carried the working title “Justice Rides Again,” has been permanently named “One Man Law.” In the cast is Shirley Gray who plays opposite Jones.

Monte Blue definitely is coming back into pictures. Production will be started within the next two weeks on “The Stoker,” a Peter B. Kyne novel, with Blue in the title role. This will be Monte’s first appearance on the screen in more than two years.

Once again MGM officials are talking of filming Eugene O’Neill’s “Strange Interlude.” This was planned for Norma Shearer last summer, but for some reason was called off. Now it has popped up again.

Movie tag lines:

Thrills, mystery, suspense!
A dramatic episode of Broadway after dark!
Barbara KENT

Marking the Screen Return of America’s Popular Star
In a Sensational Expose of the Famous Divorce Mill

January 8, 1932

While MGM works on its all star cast production of "Grand Hotel," a quickie is being made by Tiffany called "Hotel Continental" with Peggy Shannon, Theodore von Eltz, Alan Mowbray, Rockliffe Fellows, Joyce Compton, J. Farrell Macdonald, and Henry B. Walthal among the great and near-great hired.

Paramount has borrowed two of Samuel Goldwyn's contract players - Melvyn Douglas, who made "Tonight or Never" with Gloria Swanson, and "Prestige" with Ann Harding, will be opposite Claudette Colbert in "The Wiser Sex" and "The Misleading Lady;" Lily Damita will be opposite Maurice Chevalier in "One Hour With You."

Film Star and Wife End Yosemite Visit
Merced, Jan. 8 - William Powell, motion picture actor, and his actress wife Carole Lombard, were en route to Hollywood today after a visit to Yosemite valley. They stopped here for a short time before continuing south.
Both expressed delight with the winter beauty of the park, and said they would probably return before the end of the snow season.
They were in the valley for ten days and celebrated Christmas and New Years there.

Los Angeles, Jan 7
Nance O'Neal, famous stage and screen actress and 69 other members of the cast of "Lysistrata," sophisticated Greek comedy playing at the Carthay Circle theater, were arrested late tonight on charges of giving an indecent performance.
Nearly a dozen police officers sat through the first part of the performance and in the middle of it, notified the participants they were being arrested.
Every available patrol wagon in the western part of the city was drafted into service to take the actors and actresses to jail.
Miss O'Neal became hysterical when locked in her cell, but regained her composure when she was released shortly afterward, and was accompanied to her home by J.C. Robinson, producer of the show.

Chevalier Departs On Concert Tour
Hollywood, Jan 7
Maurice Chevalier, motion picture star, left here today on a two months' concert tour which will carry him across the country.
His first appearance will be at the annual automobile show in San Francisco.
Returning here after the tour, he will start on his next picture, "Love Me Tonight."

Actress Gives Cause For Avoiding Great City
Chicago, Jan 6
Greta Garbo of the alabaster skin, the mysterious smile, and the propensity to snub New Yorkers, explained today why she gave would-be interviewers in the east the run-around.
"I doan leek mos' people," smiled she upon changing trains here for Hollywood to resume her movie work. "I am mos' happy to be far, far away from New Yark. They are so impoleet in New Yark. They geev me no peace. Now I feel happier far away."
La Garbo, the former Stockholm barber shop lather girl, high-hatted New York columnists by registering in a hotel as "Gussie Berger," and wearing smoked glasses to deceive them when she went in and out during her Christmas vacation. They made such a hullabaloo that she apparently changed her mind about talking to people. She answered all questions amiably during her hour in Chicago, even those concerning love:
"No, I eem not in luf. No, I eem not evah to marry. No, I eem not to stop playing in the movies. I eem not weary of them. They are my life."

Movie tag line:

Every Woman Owes It To Herself To See Under 18!
A Subject As Old As The Ages But As New As 1932

January 7, 1932

Alyce McCormick, Actress Succumbs
Hollywood, Jan. 7
The promising stage and motion picture career of Alyce McCormick was interrupted today by death. The actress, who was in the chorus of the Ziegfeld Follies in New York, and who had appeared in numerous pictures, died yesterday of pneumonia.

Marriage May Stop Alimony
Esther Muir, screen actress whose engagement to Rex Lease, film cowboy, has just been announced may lose the $100 per month alimony which her former husband, Busby Berkley, director, is under orders to pay her.
She had Berkley cited to appear in court to show cause why he should not pay her alimony she alleges he owes her under the divorce decree she won last summer
Berkley appeared and told the court he had lost his automobile, was about to lose his home, and could not meet the demands for the payment.
The court suggested that they seek to reach a compromise, and it was indicated today that the alimony order might be modified.
Miss Muir and Lease plan to be married in April after his second divorce becomes final, they said.

From Wood Soanes' column "Curtain Calls":

On the screen 1931 brought several score new names, a majority of them owned by youngsters with previous training on the stage but it is generally conceded, in Hollywood in particular, that the greatest triumphs were made by two seasoned veterans, Marie Dressler and Lionel Barrymore.

The year's most rapid rise to prominence was made by Clark Gable. Others who achieved importance in a short time are Sally Eilers and James Dunn, introduced in "Bad Girl"; Marian Marsh who starred in "Svengali"; Irene Dunne who made her mark in "Cimarron"; and Miriam Hopkins who began her climb with the release of "The Smiling Lieutenant."

Barbara Stanwyck, after several film flops, attracted attention in "Night Nurse"; Marlene Dietrich proved after two pictures "Morocco" and "Dishonored" that she is not another Garbo, and Walter Huston managed to hold his lead despite the fact that he was put out by various studios in a variety of roles ranging from "Abraham Lincoln" to "The Criminal Code." "Abraham Lincoln," by the way, was one of the season's major box office disappointments.

The cases of Tallulah Bankhead and Elissa Landi proved much alike. Both have received glowing criticisms but both have had a succession of bad pictures that they are virtually in eclipse. On the other hand, "Little Caesar," a good gangster picture, put Edward G. Robinson back into favor.

Other outstanding personalities of 1931 are Joan Blondell, Madge Evans, Rose Hobart, Genevieve Tobin, Peggy Shannon, Sylvia Sidney, Minna Gombell, James Cagney, William Warren, who made a late season start but is on the high road; Phillips Holmes, Chester Morris, Charles "Chic" Sale.
As for pictures, there were few considering the vast number produced, that remain in memory. The consensus of opinion seems to mark as most meritorious of the 1931 output "Trader Horn," Chaplin's "City Lights," "Bad Girl," "A Free Soul," "Min and Bill," "Skippy," "The Public Enemy," "Frankenstein," "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," "Cimarron" and "The Millionaire," and "Around the World in 80 Minutes."

Reginald Denny has a new contract with MGM calling for directing with a requirement for acting only when a role suits him. He is to start with "What Happened to Jones" starring William Haines, Charlotte Greenwood, and Jimmy Schnozzle Durante, and then will do "That's My Daddy" one of his own stage successes.

And Sidney Franklin, who directed "Private Lives" has been assigned to the next Norma Shearer picture. At Present MGM is not decided whether it will do "Strange Interlude" with Miss Shearer or not.

Work will start next week on the Ann Harding picture "Westward Passage" which is being adopted from the current fiction hit by Margare Ayer Barnes.

The success of Helen Hayes in "The Sin of Madelon Claudet" has definitely set her in Hollywood. She is under contract to Paramount to make one picture and MGM has exercised its option on her services. The MGM contract permits her to continue with stage work.

Bebe Daniels, fearful of her stage debut, did so well that Sam Harris has offered her a role in a musical comedy by Moss Hart and Morris Ryskind with tunes by Irving Berlin.

Hobart Bosworth has been signed by Paramount to take the title role in "The Miracle Man" vacated when Tyrone Power died suddenly last week. Lloyd Hughes has also been added to the cast which inlcudes Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris, Irving Pichel, John Wray and Robert Coogan.

Jackie Cooper Co-Starred in Father-Son Drama;
Laurel-Hardy Comedy Too
"The Champ" with Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper will have its first local showing today at the Fox theater. In five days more than 50,000 persons witnessed this film at the Paramount theater in San Francisco. All previous attendence marks were smashed.

January 6, 1932

Una Merkel Home From Honeymoon
Una Merkel, featured motion picture actress, and Ronald L. Burla, aeronautical engineer, returned today from a brief Honeymoon trip following their marriage January 1 at Tia Juana, Mex. They expected to take another trip when Miss Merkel completes work on a picture now in production.

Estelle Taylor May Have Operation
Physicians of Estelle Taylor, motion picture actress, subjected her to a thorough examination in belief her spine might have been injured in a recent automobile accident. The actress is suffering considerable pain in her neck and shoulders, they said, adding an operation might be necessary.

Joan Bennett Again Back at Fox Studio
Joan Bennett, who fractured her hip in a fall from a horse five months ago, appeared for the first time since her accident. It was rumored in the Fox studio that when Miss Bennett completes her present picture, she and Gene Markey, writer, will set the date for their wedding. Their engagement was announced recently.

The four Marx brothers can continue their film "Monkey Business" as long as they wish, notwithstanding the protests of Olsen and Johnson, vaudeville team.
The vaudeville team claimed the title had been used by them in a stage act for several years, but Judge Gates held the claim insufficient.

"Grand Hotel" is certainly not going to want for names when it is made into a picture by MGM. Greta Garbo will be the dancer and other stellar names in the lineup include Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Beery and John Miljan.


Tom Mix expects to make a "million or two" dollars before he contemplates another marriage.
In fact, matrimony is about the last thing on the cowboy actor's mind, he revealed as he was reunited with his famous horse, Tony, for the first time since he underwent an appendix operation.
He displayed much more interest in being able to ride again "in a couple of weeks" than in the final decree obtained Monday by his wife, Victoria Ford Mix.

"Secret Service" Introduces Popular Actor in Role of Government Operative

Eddie Cantor's New Picture Due at Grand-Lake
"Palmy Days" Comedy Scene Laid in Bakery, Miss Greenwood Is in Cast

Warner Baxter, Leila Hyams Are Co-Starred in Drama

"Corsair" Next Picture Due at Roxie Theater
"Corsair", starring Chester Morris and featuring Allison Loyd, formerly known to cinema fans as Thelma Todd, starts Friday at the Roxie Theater. The picture is taken from the magazine story of that name.

Movie taglines:

A Great Star Rides On Wings Of Great Romance
Richard Dix
"Secret Service"

Shirley Grey
Nance O'Neil

A new... fascinating starring combination in a romance abounding in thrills and adventure!


A panic of mirth from start to finish!
"Palmy Days"
Charlotte Greenwood

She Wasn't Really Bad - Just
The Story of a Girl who was NOT old enough to know better
With the First Star of 1932

Warren William
Anita Page
Regis Toomey
Norman Foster

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

January 5, 1932

Prince, Ex-Husband Files Counter Suit Charging Actress Owes Him $131,000

Los Angeles, Jan. 5
It will be up to the courts to decide who is the debtor and who is the creditor, in the financial affairs of Pola Negri, Polish film actress, and her former husband Prince Serge M'dvani.
Answering Miss Negri's complaint that he owes her 2,000,000 francs, or approximately $80,0000, the prince yesterday filed a counter claim charging she owes him $131,000.
The answer alleges Miss Negri promised to pay him 10 per cent of her earnings as a motion picture actress, no part of which amount has been paid.
"His counter suit is too utterly ridiculous for words" was Miss Negri's comment when informed of the prince's action.

Once the screen's most sinuous siren, Theda Bara is now one of Hollywood's most "ideal" wives, in the opinion of her husband, Charles Brabin. The couple were photographed at one of the many film colony parties they attend. Both say their happiness is complete.

Noted Actor Plays First Characterization of Father in Fallen Idol Story

Charles "Buddy" Rogers, who refused to accept an adjustment of his salary at Paramount and left Hollywood for New York, has been signed by Florenz Ziegfeld for a leading role in a forthcoming musical comedy in which Bert Lahr will be the principal comedian.

For the first time since she appeared with Charles Rogers in "Follow Thru", Nancy Carroll will sing in her next picture "Wayward", being made at Paramount.

Frank Darien is to have the role played by Frank Bacon on the stage when "The Miracle Man" is filmed. Arthur Pierson, another stock actor is in the cast, which includes Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris, Irving Pichel and John Wray.

Los Angeles, Jan. 4
Tom Mix and his wife, Victoria, reached the final parting of their marital relationship today when Mrs. Mix obtained her final decree of divorce.
In obtaining her interlocutory decree a year ago, Mrs. Mix charged that the western actor was cruel, drank to excess and frequently embarrassed her by swaggering about their Beverly Hills home, brandishing his "six gun".
She was given custody of their daughter, Thomasina, and a property settlement made at the time of the interlocutory decree, gave Mrs. Mix approximately $500,000.
The actor was divorced from his first wife, Olive Stokes Mix, in 1917.

January 4, 1932

Pola Negri to Rest at Desert Resort
Pola Negri, prominent film star, was resting at the Ambassador hotel tonight preparatory to going to Palm Springs, desert resort, to recuperate from the effects of an operation. She left the Santa Monica hospital yesterday, less than three weeks after she had undergone an opeation for an intestinal obstruction and the removal of her appendix.

Kenneth Harlan in L.A. Courts
Kenneth Harlan, motion picture actor and former husband of Marie Prevost, will be called to municipal court Thursday to answer to a charge of driving while intoxicated. His car collided with a milk wagon yesterday, after a New Year's party. He denied he had been drinking.

January 3, 1932

Pola Negri Is Able To Leave Hospital
Pola Negri, noted film star, was released from Santa Monica Hospital today, where shd had been since she was stricken with an abdominal disorder on Dec. 16.

James Dunn Has Male Lead Opposite New Fox Star

"Sob Sister," Fox drama of an ambitious girl who was too busy trading on the romances of others to recognize her own love affair until it had practically passed her by, is hailed as being one of the year's most important pictures, and for several reasons.
First, it marks the second screen appearance of James Dunn, who bounded into the film spotlight overnight in his history making screen debut in "Bad Girl."
Second, it introduces to movie-goers a new leading lady, 21 years old, gorgeously blonde, a favorite of the Broadway stage, Linda Watkins.

"Charley's Aunt" Is Feature at Reno Saturday
Charlie Ruggles, favorite comedian, has an unique assignment in his next picture, produced by Christie.
Charlie Ruggles has been singled out for an unusual honor. He is to play the first female impersonator in talking films. He is given the opportunity to pioneer. He is the first female impersonator to try a falsetto on the screen with the exception of the brief interval that Lon Chaney appeared as an old lady in "The Unholy Three." Charlie wears a skirt, a curly wig, a shiny black silk dress with lace and a perky bonnet. You'd never suspect who was hiding behind those skirts if you weren't told so beforehand.

Maurice Learns Typing
Maurice Chevalier, star of Paramount's "One Hour With You," gets his between scenes amusement from practicing the touch system on the typewriter with such finger twisters as "Now is the time for all good," etc.

Dorothy Sebastian In Lead Opposite Husband

"The Big Gamble" tells a thrilling modern story with fast, absorbing action and a strong, meaty dialogue. The play has a striking plot and a perfect cast. It is directed by Fred Niblo.

January 2, 1932

Tibbett Weds S.F. Heiress
Singer and Talkie Star Quietly Marry
N.Y. Jan 1.
Lawrence Tibbett, operatic baritone and talkie star, was married tonight to Mrs. Jennie Marston Adams Burgard, San Francisco heiress.
Judge Norman Dike officiated at the simple ceremony attended only by a few intimate friends in the home of Hunter S. Marston, financier and brother of the bride. The couple departed immediately on their honeymoon. Their destination was not made public. They plan to make their home in Hollywood.
Tibbett was divorced in Reno, Sept. 15. Mrs. Burgard has been married previously and divorced.

Marilyn Miller Plays Part of Barmaid at Cabaret in "Her Majesty Love"

"Sidewalks of New York," Paramount comedy opens tomorrow with Buster Keaton as a young millionaire who falls in love with a beauty of the tenements, and, to win her, attempts the reformation of her mischievous young brother. Keaton is assisted by Cliff Edwards in the role of Poggie, his valet; Anita Page and Norman Phillips Jr., child star of vaudeville.

"Young As You Feel," the Will Rogers comedy drama, in which the comedian is seen for the first time as a model of what the well dressed man should wear, opened today for a three-day engagement.

Wheeler and Woolsey Are In Orpheum Film
Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey poke the merry finger of satire at Reno and the divorce industry in their newest starring comedy "Peach O' Reno" screening this week.
The comedy at the disposal of the pair is said to be copius, as they are cast as divorce lawyers in this mecca of liberated womanhood. As usual the pair are pursued by a number of difficulties, some in the shape of women, others are ex-husbands.
Dorothy Lee heads the list of supporting featured players which also include Joseph Cawthorne, Zelma O'Neal, Cora Witherspoon and Sam Hardy.

Movie tag lines:

Here's a Barrel of Good Clean Fun for the Entire Family



January 1, 1932

The studios promise to be busy in 1932. Warner Brothers have 32 features scheduled including George Arliss in "The Man Who Played God", "The Mouthpiece" with Warren William; and Edward G. Robinson in "Two Seconds", the New York hit of this season... Radio has 21 pictures in process of filming including "The Bird of Paradise" with Dolores Del Rio; "Westward Passage" with Ann Harding; and "The March of a Nation" with Richard Dix.

Jack Dempsy Divorce Settlement Also Gives Her $30,000
Los Angeles, Dec 31
Details of the property settlement between Estelle Taylor, film actress, and her former husband, Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight boxing champion, were revealed today in a document filed with the county recorder.
It disclosed Dempsey gave Miss Taylor the Los Angeles residence, $30,000, and $10,000 as a fee for her attorney.

Greta Garbo is to do the dancer in MGM's Production of "Grand Hotel"

If only to be different from Theodore Dreiser, Sinclair Lewis has formally expressed himself as delighted at United Artists' production of "Arrowsmith," Sidney Howard made the adaptation and the stars are Ronald Colman and Helen Hayes.

Franchot Tone
who made a hit with the Junior Guild in "The House of Connelly" has been signed by Paramount for "The Wiser Sex" in which Claudette Colbert and Lilyan Tashman match wits.

Norma Shearer will turn from the levity of "Private Lives" to the somber reality of O'Neill's "Strange Interlude." She was to have made "Smilin' Through" but a schedule change was made.

A survey of the field of shorts discloses that the miniature and serial travelogues have outstripped all of the others in popularity, even the many football series and cartoons.

After years on end as a dramatic stock actress, Vance Calvert has successfully passed a screen test and is in line for a Hollywood movie job.

The eighteenth birthday of Paramount is being celebrated in Hollywood this week. On December 30, 1913 the company, then the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play corporation, began work on "The Squaw Man" with Cecil B. DeMille directing. The studio was an old barn at Vine and Selma streets.

Jackie Cooper Keeps Tears Flowing Freely, but Story Also Brings Its Chuckles

Movie taglines:


Jackie Coogan - Mitzi Green - Extra Features


Charles Ruggles
Vivienne Osborne
Juliette Compton
Harry Bannister

Clive Brook:

Your New Year's Day Will Be Happier After Seeing This Truly Beautiful Romance

A Fox Picture with George Gershwin's Beautiful Music