Thursday, November 6, 2008

February 18, 1932

Hollywood, Feb. 18 (UP)

Jack Pickford, film actor, and his wife, the former Mary Mulherne, New York beauty, have separated and contemplate divorce, it was revealed to-day.
“It is true Jack and I have parted,” Mrs. Pickford said, but referred other questions to her attorney. She is staying at a Hollywood hotel, where she registered under the name Dorothy Kelly a week ago on her return from a visit to New York.
Pickford, a brother of Mary Pickford, left his Beverly Hills home and is living in a Hollywood apartment.
They were married at Del Monte, August, 1930. Pickford had been married twice before. Olive Thomas, who died taking a dose of medicine from a wrong bottle by mistake, was his first wife, and Marilyn Miller, who divorced him, his second.

New York, Feb 18. (AP)

A jury in supreme court today granted a divorce to Mrs. Louis Dyer Dinhart, wife of the actor and sometime producer, Alan Dineheart.
The jury found that Dinehart was guilty of misconduct with a woman known as Betty Allen in his apartment in East Fifty-seventh street during January, 1931.
Defense council attacked the creditability of Mrs. Dinehart’s witnesses, but introduced no defense testimony.
A motion to punish the actor for contempt of court because he is in arrears to the extent of $900 in his temporary alimony of $150 a week is pending.
Mrs. Dinehart lives in Floral Park on Long Island. Dinehart is native to Missoula, Mont. He is forty-three years old. Though he was educated for the church, he began a stage career in vaudeville. He attracted attention as a legitimate actor with his portrayal of Michael in “The Gypsy Trail” in 1928. Since then he has appeared in many plays.

Hollywood, Feb. 18 (UP)

Janet Gaynor was back in Hollywood today after her first vacation trip to Europe, during which she became seriously ill.
She arrived with her mother and husband, Lydell Peck, from San Francisco, where they visited with Peck’s family en route home.
In Naples, Italy, the actress contracted influenza and was ill for more than a week.

Los Angeles, Feb. 18 (UP)
Municipal Judge Joseph L. Call was to rule today whether or not Sue Stevens, film actress, must face trial in superior court on a felony charge of drunk driving. The case continued after testimony yesterday.

Atlanta, Feb. 18

Thirteen theater managers yesterday were fined $50 each and costs in city court for operation of their moving picture houses in defiance of an ordinance prohibiting shows on Sunday.
The managers, who had donated all profits from Sunday shows to the mayor’s emergency relief committee, said their theaters would be open again next Sunday and attorneys prepared to appeal the convictions to the state courts.

A bit of unofficial news arrives in the announcement that John Barrymore has been placed on a term contract by M-G-M. Lionel Barrymore was already secured on such a basis, but John has been free-lancing since Warner Brothers decided to dispense with his services. Just what effect this new move will have on his plans to do pictures for Radio and Paramount is problematical.

Nils Asther is also back in the running, so M-G-M advises. He has been assigned an important role in “The Truth Game,” Robert Montgomery’s next picture. Asther in the silent days was rated as an important Swedish actor. He came to America for “Sorrel and Son.”

A current rumor has Robert Montgomery and Reginald Denny mentioned for two roles in a coast production of the New York hit, “Springtime for Henry”; and a certainty is Ruth Chatterton’s production of a play for her husband.

Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante Seen in Bright Comedy at Paramount

A wild-eyed screen romp called “The Passionate Plumber” and a diversified stage presentation combined to make the new bill at the Paramount lively entertainment yesterday.
“The Passionate Plumber” is the old Jeanne Eagels farce from the French, “Her Cardboard Lover,” remodeled to fit the comic proportions of Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante, with Irene Purcell and Gilbert Roland attending to the romantic roles that originally were the chief ones.

Hard Boiled Romance and Aerial Adventure Themes of Film

A glorification of human courage is accomplished in “Hell Divers” the M-G-M picture which opens today with Wallace Beery and Clark Gable in the leading roles.
Though the production primarily concerns itself with aerial adventure, there is a liberal allotment of the Beery type of comedy and the Gable brand of romance.
Marjorie Rambeau, one of the featured players in “Min and Bill,” is seen as Beery’s hard-boiled sweetheart; Dorothy Jordan plays the charmer to Gable and Marie Prevost, Conrad Nagel, Cliff Edwards, and John Miljan appear in smaller roles.
The story is built on the friendship between Gable and Beery and the inevitable quarrels that come of their rivalry. The picture was filmed at Panama aboard the aircraft carrier Saratoga, and also at North Island. George Hill, of “Big House” fame, directed.


Owing to a last minute change in booking arrangements, the manager of the State theater has announced that picture-goers will be given a world premier of “The Expert” tomorrow, with Charles ‘Chic’ Sale and Dickie Moore, supported by Lois Wilson, Ralfe Harold, May Boley, Charles Evans and Walter Catlett.
Edna Ferber, author of “So Big?” and “Cimarron” wrote the stage play from which “The Expert” was taken.
In honor of George Washington’s birthday, Warner Bros. have prepared a special patriotic two-reel educational picture, “Washington, the Man and the Country” which will be added to the regular program.
Today marks the final performance of Jimmie Cagney in “Taxi!”

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