Wednesday, October 1, 2008

January 17, 1932

Hollywood, Ca. – Jan. 16
An automobile accident last Christmas eve, in which Estelle Taylor, film actress and former wife of Jack Dempsey, heavyweight boxer, was jarred and bruised apparently was more serious than her physicians realized at first. After “recovering” from the bruises, Miss Taylor began to suffer severe pains in the back, and as the result of another examination she was placed in a cast today because of a vertebra in her neck which was found injured.


While Edward G. Robinson is completing his continental fling, the Warner assistants are beginning to gather the various strings together for his new picture, “Two Seconds.” Last week Preston Foster, who appeared in the stage play, was drafted to play the same part in support of Mr. Robinson.

William Haines will have the leading role when "Are You Listening" goes into production under the direction of Harry Beaumont. Others already selected for the cast include Madge Evans, Anita Page, Joan Marsh, Wallace Ford, Karen Morley, Maude Eburne and Louise Carter.

Natalie Moorhead and Bette Davis have been assigned roles in “The Feathered Serpent” which is the first of two Edgar Wallace productions. R. William Neill is the director. H.B. Warner and Walter Byron have already been assigned for this feature.

Shirley Grey, as the feminine lead, and Murdock McQuarrie, in the role of “Grim” have been added to the cast of Buck Jones’ special entitled, “Justice Rides Again.”

The newest movie colony triple matrimony play is Hollywood to Yuma to Reno. Yuma is a new entrant in the game where, it is as easy to put on a matrimonial harness as it is in Reno to doff it. Yuma has taken its place in the matrimonial big league only recently. In California it is a five day job to be married; in Yuma it is only five minutes or less.
If you don’t elope to Yuma, you might as well not elope at all, Harry Carr writes in the Los Angeles Times.
Loretta Young and Grant Withers. Lewis Stone and Hazel Wolf.
Richard Dix and his bride.
Dorothy Mackaill and Neill Miller. Gloria Swanson and her Michael Farmer.
Marjorie Rambeau and Francis Gudger.
June MacCloy and Schuyler Charles Schenk.
That’s more than enough fame and drama to startle any quiet little desert town in a year’s time. It’s such a convenient place to elope, you can tell Jules to put on the lamb chops at Palm Springs, sprint a mere 100 miles down to Yuma and get back before he has burned the meat.

The Jetta Goudal salary fight, going on in the courts for years, has reached the Supreme Court and that body must decide whether an actress is justified in walking out because her interpretation of a scene doesn’t coincide with that of her director. Regardless of the decision, stars and directors will go on disagreeing about scenes. The verdict is usually in favor of the higher-salaried arguer.

Discontent over the terms of a talkie contract has come from an unexpected quarter. It is from the hilltop home of Ann Harding. Miss Harding believed that a recently signed agreement permitted her to refuse stories she didn’t like. There is a possibility, she indicated to a friend, that she will give up films entirely in a year or two.

Marie Dressler must be happy, having still been on this earth when 1932 arrived. An astrologer early last year predicted her death during 1931.

John Barrymore is one star who doesn’t like to be driven by a chauffeur. He always drives his own car.

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