Saturday, November 1, 2008

February 14, 1932

New York, Feb. 13 (UP)
The New York Daily News to-day quoted London friends of Gloria Swanson as saying the movie star and wife of Michael Farmer, is an expectant mother. The Daily News London correspondent reported Mrs. Farmer in seclusion “somewhere in southern Germany,” where she is awaiting the stork.

Hollywood, Calif. – Feb. 13 (UP)
There is going to be another Barrymore. With happy smiles, Mr. and Mrs. John Barrymore made the announcement today, fixing the stork’s arrival as May. This will be their second child. Mrs. Barrymore is the former Dolores Costello, famous screen star.

Buffalo, N.Y. Feb. 13 (UP)
A cold confined Margaret Livingston, wife of Paul Whiteman, to her hotel room to-day. The former actress left Cleveland against physicians orders, it was learned, in order to be with her husband during a week of concerts in Buffalo.

Hollywood, Feb. 13
The “extras” have been hit harder than at any period since the start of the first nickelodeon. A check-up at the Central Casting bureau, just completed, shows that a total of 17,541 persons are on its lists. For one week recently, only 458 were engaged. The remainder hustled for other employment. Three years ago, at the peak of production, an average of about 800 a week drew checks ranging from $5 to $15 a day.
“No one is being registered except when sent to us by a studio,” says Fred Beetson, Will Hays’ western representative. “That is, none except babies. We keep about 100 of those on call.”
Which brings to light a peculiar difficulty in the use of babies in arms. When a picture is filmed which calls for the presence of a child, one of satisfactory size, coloring and proportions is assigned. If, for some reason, production is held up or prolonged for a period of three months or more, little Octavius or little Susan, as the case may be, is likely to show up some morning with two brand new teeth where previously there had been none at all. And this would necessitate removing the teeth or removing the child. It wouldn’t do to have a baby sprout teeth while passing from one scene to another without a considerable lapse of time.
Incidentally, infants sometimes earn enormous pay. For example, when June Smith, three weeks old, was appearing in “The Little Accident,” she was paid $75 a day. A “day” for a baby, according to the state welfare commission, consists of half an hour. Therefore, say the statisticians, Baby June was being paid at a rate of $374,000 a year. At $75 a half hour, or, $150 an hour, her salary was on the scale of $1200 for an eight-hour day, $7200 for a six-day week, or $372,000 for a 52-week year.

Miriam Hopkins will appear opposite George Bancroft in his next starring picture, “On the Black Sea.” The drama is by Phillip Zeska and Ernest Spitz. John Cromwell will direct from a screen play by Oliver H.P. Garrett.

Sixteen players, one of whom is making her screen debut, have been assembled for “The Miracle Man,” which Norman MacLeod is directing. Heading the cast are Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris, Irving Pichel, John Wray, Robert Coogan, Lloyd Hughes, Boris Karloff, Ned Sparks, Robert Bosworth, and Florine McKinney, the newcomer. Other members include Jackie Searle, Effie Ellster, Virginia Bruce, Frank Darien, Lew Kelly, and Sherry Hay. Waldemar Young and Samuel Hoffenstein adapted the story for the screen.

James Cagney’s newest starring vehicle, “The Crowd Roars,” which was completed recently is now in the cutting room. Joan Blondell and Ann Dvorak have the two leading feminine parts. The picture was directed by Howard Hawks, who, in collaboration with Seton R. Miller, wrote the story and dialogue.

Caryl Lincoln, Wampas Baby Star, has been signed for “Dancer In the Dark,: in support of Miriam Hopkins, Jack Oakie, William Collier, Jr., Eugene Pallette and Lyda Roberti.

From Luella O. Parsons
Hollywood, Feb. 13
I am wondering if Ann Harding’s secretary did not talk out of turn last week. Ann had told her friends about the attempt to kidnap little Jane, and had sworn us all to secrecy. That was several months ago. We all kept our promises not to tell. Then came the second threat. The secretary, in a personal interview, gave out the second kidnapping story. Of course, it is possible Miss Harding may have instructed the girl to give out such an interview, but it seems hardly possible in view of her request that none of us publish the story. Speaking of Miss Harding, she says since her outburst at “Prestige” and her offer to buy the prints, she has become docile to do whatever the studio asks.

Hard times do not keep people out of the theaters when they want to see a certain picture or star. Greta Garbo in “Mata Hari” has filled every theater in which the picture has been shown. Graumann’s Chinese has done a bigger business than at any time in years. The people do not go into the theaters to see the story, the direction, they merely are interested in Garbo, about whome so much has been written in the newspapers. My aunt, who is visiting here from Elkhorn, Wisconsin, a small town, said that when the picture played there the theaters couldn’t begin to hold the people. Sid Graumann in Hollywood has given, perhaps, the best prologue in his long years as a showman, but even a good prologue without Garbo might not have done business.

“Born to Love,” featuring Constance Bennett, will be the feature at the Lyric Theater for Sunday and Monday. This story was written by Ernest Pascal, author of The Marriage Bed. Paul L. Stein directed with Joel McCrea in the role opposite Miss Bennett.
This is the first mother role picture that Constance has filled since “Common Clay.”

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