Sunday, November 2, 2008

February 15, 1932

Hollywood, Calif. – Feb. 15 (UP)
Tom Mix, western screen hero and circus star, and Mabel Hubbel, circus trapeze artist, were to be married at Yuma, Ariz. to-day, it became known here after the couple left for the Arizona city.
Officials at Mix’s studio said that Mix and Miss Hubbel went as far as Palm Springs by automobile and continued the journey by airplane.
The film cowboy met his bride-to-be while he was touring with the circus. Efforts were made to keep the proposed wedding a secret, but the affair reached a rumor stage and was confirmed through the studio.

From Luella O. Parsons
Los Angeles, Feb. 15
The latest Frances Marion story has been written for Norma Shearer and Clark Gable. Frances, who like every fond mother, is always partial to her newest brain child, says the story is one of her best. She is calling it “Fidelity.”
Why not “Infidelity”? someone suggested.
“It’s the first time I ever wrote about a faithful wife who is long-suffering,” says Frances, “and I want that title to stick.”
If Norma Shearer’s role is that of a patient, home-loving wife, it will also be a departure for her. In other pictures Norma has been the seductive young woman whose mission it is to understand misunderstood husbands of other women.

Regardless of George Sherwood’s emphatic telegram, the Halperine’s are going right ahead filming “Zombie.” Their answer to Sherwood’s copyright talk is that they have owned the motion picture story for over a year. Madge Bellamy, who is staging a comeback via the independent route, plays the lead. Bela Lugosi, of Dracula fame, has been borrowed from Universal for the male lead.

Hollywood, Feb. 15 (AP)
Miss Jule Powers, widely known on the vaudeville and legitimate stage and who has appeared in motion pictures died yesterday after an illness of several weeks. She was the wife of Edwards Davis, film character actor.
Miss Powers was born in Portland, Ore. She had appeared on the New York stage in several Brady productions and had been in vaudeville several years with her husband.

Seven different characterizations are accomplished by Fredric March in “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” the dual-personality drama now on the screen.
As the handsome and honored young doctor who turns into a hideous and mal-formed man-beast, March presents four Hydes and three Jekylls in order to show the gradual disintegration of the doctor’s finer self.
Rose Hobart is given the role of the doctor’s beautiful fiancé who watches her lover transform himself into a monster, and Miriam Hopkins is the street girl who becomes the victim of the fearsome Hyde. The picture is not recommended as entertainment for children.
A Charley Chase comedy “The Tobasco Kid,” and Fox Movietone News are other units on the program.

Excerpted from the New York Times

When Ronald Colman returns to the Goldwyn studios in March he will find a new assignment waiting for him, the role of Dmitri, eldest of the Russian brothers Karamozov in Dostoievsky’s great novel. Because of restrictions limiting release of “Cynara,” the play which Mr. Goldwyn acquired for his star earlier in the season, the English story will be held over as Mr. Colman’s second picture of the season.

Although “The Tinsel Girl” entered production last week, Lee Tracy was not among those present when the hungry cameras starting turning. Since his arrival in Hollywood, Mr. Tracy has been ailing with a cold and has had to keep to his hotel. He should be up and about in two or three days. The other principals are Ann Dvorak, Richard Cromwell, Leslie Fenton, and Guy Kibbee.

Eddie Cantor entrained for Hollywood last week to begin his new season’s work in pictures with “Ballyhoo” which Mr. Goldwyn expects to place in production toward the end of next month. For the first time since he came under the Goldwyn banner, the comedian will make two pictures in one season. Two years ago he made “Whoopee,” and last season he made “Palmy Days.” After “Ballyhoo” he is likely to do “The Kid From Spain,” in which he will appear as a bull fighter from Brooklyn.

Two Boris Karloff productions went into the hands of the adapters last week at the Universal plant. Benn W. Levy is in charge of “The Old Dark House,” a novel by J.B. Priestley.
“The Old Dark House” takes on more or less a British hue. Mr. Levy is an Englishman, and so is Mr. Priestley, and so is James Whale, who will direct the film. Mr. Karloff also hails from the other side of the pond.
The second of Mr. Karloff’s productions is “The Invisible Man,” one of H.G. Wells’ stories. Garrett Fort is handling the work of adaptation. Mr. Fort, by the way, adapted “Frankenstein” and “Dracula.” Robert Florey, having completed “Murders in the Rue Morgue,” will direct.

Howard Hawks, now under contract to Warner Brothers, is sailing for Honolulu to write a screen play entitled “Tuna,” which he will also direct. It is to be the story of fishermen along the Californian and Mexican coasts, and Mr. Hawks would be the first to deny that it is to have a theme song.

Marlene Dietrich has abandoned her plans for a vacation in Europe and it looks now as though Berlin will not see her again for at least a year. She will make three pictures in a row for Paramount before turning her face in the direction of the Fatherland. The first of the three will get underway in a fortnight. Meanwhile, “Shanghai Express,” on which she has been laboring for these last four or five months will go into the Rialto on Wedsnesday.


Two new release titles for pictures now being produced in the Paramount manufactory in Hollywood have been concocted and announced as definite. “This is the Night” is the title for “He Met a French Girl, the musical-romance being directed by Frank Tuttle with Lily Damita, Charles Ruggles, Roland Young, Cary Grant, Thelma Todd and Irving Bacon in the cast.

“Sinners in the Sun” is the new title for the film version of Mildred Cram’s story, “The Beachcomber,” being directed by William C. de Mille with Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, and Adrienne Ames acting the chief roles.

The array of players and directors responsible for bringing “Cimarron” to the screen will be utilized again by R.K.O. Radio Pictures in a melodrama to be played against the background of war-torn China. Wesley Ruggles, the director, will begin shooting March 1, with Richard Dix and Irene Dunne in the leading roles. Mr. Ruggles, recuperating from an appendicitis operation in a Hollywood hospital, was to have directed “March of a Nation,” which is now indefinitely postponed.

“Final Edition,” Columbia’s newspaper feature, will be along soon. This is the production which brings Pat O’Brien and Mae Clarke together in their first joint appearance since “The Front Page.”

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Rodeo performer who became one of the leading cowboy stars and top personalities of the silent era, appearing in, directing and producing over 100 two-reelers for Selig Polyscope in the teens. Mix signed on with Fox in 1917 and gained wide popularity for his action-packed, stunt-filled features. He later toured with the Ringling Bros. Circus but returned to the screen in 1932 to make a string of sound Westerns for Universal.
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