Tuesday, April 14, 2009

March 21, 1932


New York, March 21
Counting only the bride’s luggage, Irving Netcher, wealthy Chicago business merchant and Roszika Dolly, of the “Dolly Sisters” have 12 trunks to worry about on their honeymoon.

The trunks contain 40 hats, 50 pairs of shoes, 15 evening gowns, 13 pocketbooks and 20 dresses.

“So my husband will have no chance to complain that his bride is poorly dressed” Roszika laughingly explained after the wedding ceremony, performed here March 16 by Mayor Jimmy Walker.

Roszika and Netcher made a special trip from Paris to New York for the wedding, thus avoiding the 300-day wait imposed in France on divorced persons.

Roszika was divorced in Mineola, N. Y., last November from Mortimer Davis, Jr., son of the late Sir Mortimer, Canadian tobacco magnate, whom she married in 1927. Her divorce decree from Davis became final last month. Her first husband was John Schwartz, actor. Netcher has been married once before. He is a brother of Townsend Netcher, husband of Constance Talmadge, former motion picture star.


Gilroy, Calif., Mar. 21 (AP)
For the second time in three days Will Rogers, Jr., son of the humorist, encountered the restrictions of traffic regulations when he was arrested here Saturday charged with speeding.

Reports from Redwood City stated he was arrested there Thursday on a similar charge. He was cited to appear here next Friday. He is a freshman at Stanford University.

From Wood Soanes:

Those who have seen “Ladies of the Jury” playing at the RKO Orpheum theater, have acclaimed it one of the funniest films to be shown here during the current season.

Starring Edna May Oliver, Ken Murray and Roscoe Ates, the picture depicts the trials and tribulations of a jury deliberating the fate of a young widow, Jill Esmond.

RKO vaudeville this week is also good for many laughs. As an added attraction, the Orpheum offers a sensational picture of the ring, “Can Jack Dempsey Come Back?” that will provide many thrills.


Ralph Forbes and Melvyn Douglas have shaved their mustaches for their roles in “Thunder Below” and “The Broken Wing” and Paul Lukas grew a beard for the former film.

The Four Marx Brothers used to be “The Three Nightingales,” “The Six Mascots,” and “Funsters in Hi Skule.”

Chester Morris wears a yellow stiff-bosomed shirt, a pink wing collar and a blue bow tie before the cameras… all of which photograph white.

Wynne Gibson wants to be a costume designer when she quits the screen.

Three dealers from an underground gambling house are acting as technical advisors on certain scenes in Paramount’s “Sinners in the Sun.”

Irving Pichel is the screen’s leading two-timer. While he is making love to Ann Harding in “Westward Passage” he is thinking of a heavy date he has with Helen Twelvetrees in “State’s Attorney,” both pictures are being filmed simultaneously.

Nobody can wear pajamas like Joan Crawford… the reason is only too obvious.

Marion Davies always rolls her handkerchiefs into fluffy balls... and forgets them.

Karen Morley's ankle is all healed up again.

Leila Hyams opened the beaching season at Malibu with a soiree.

Nils Asther likes spaghetti with anchovies.

Luis Alberni and Adrienne D’Ambicourt, two of the screen’s able portrayers of foreign roles, are prominently cast in the current Palace attraction, “Men in Her Life,” with Lois Moran, Charles Bickford and Donald Dilloway.

Roland West, United Artists producer, never bothers with screen tests in signing players for his pictures. For “Corsair,” the Chester Morris vehicle at the Riviera, he signed his entire company on hunches. On the same program is “Good Sport" with John Boles, Linda Watkins and Greta Nissen.

James Dunn and Sally Eilers, stars of “Bad Girl” and “Over the Hill,” are making their third screen appearance together in “Dance Team,” at the Regent. Edwin Burke, who wrote the lines for their first picture, adapted “Dance Team” from the popular novel by Sarah Addington. Another “Bad Girl” veteran who plays in the new film, which Sidney Lanfield directed, is Minna Gombel.


“Two Hearts in Waltz Time” announced for one week only at the Roxie theater, began its second week Saturday as a result of popular demand.

This is the first of the foreign films to be shown at the Roxie under the new policy. It is ranked as the outstanding German musical picture of the talkies, but while the dialogue is in German, the story is understandable to non-German audiences.

Titles in English explain the action of the piece and the skill of the comedians coupled with the music of the score combine in making “Two Hearts" attractive to theatergoers of all nationalities.

The picture will remain for the balance of this week and be followed on next Saturday by “The Five Year Plan,” a Russian film.

From Luella O. Parsons:

Los Angeles, Mar. 21 –
Evelyn Brent is returning to Columbia. I thought as much when I heard she was in conference with the Columbia bosses. Columbia is sort of her alma mater for she made a number of good pictures for them. She makes one “drammer” and then I understand there will be others to follow. The first is “Criminal Court,” starring Edmund Lowe.

I have wondered why Betty Brent didn’t do more on the screen. She is one of the most finished actresses we have, yet so far as I know she hasn’t had a job in months.

Why is it these producers look right over the heads of good talent and bring in strangers?

The new club in New York which opened at Pierre’s and which was organized in opposition to the Mayfair is getting an interesting play from film people. I am told that Ricardo Cortez walked in there the other night and was at once the center of attraction. He is due back here in a few days to begin work on “Is My Face Red?” Jill Esmond has been put into the cast opposite him.

I happened to be in Mrs. Brock Pemberton’s office the other day when Jill came in to talk costumes. When she went out some one remarked: “That is the nicest girl on the lot; nothing temperamental about her. All she wants is to make a good picture.” Robert Armstrong is also in the cast and Lowell Sherman directs.

Snapshots of Hollywood: Vivienne Osborne in snappy red outfit at the Brown Derby for luncheon. Tallulah Bankhead and Joseph Schenck talking over “Rain.” Ken Maynard is moving into a swank new home in Hancock Park. Eileen Percy is off to the desert for a few days to recuperate. William Haines off for the north on a holiday. Elissa Landi at Caliente Sunday.

By Robert Grandon

Over at Club De Soto the other night, the conversation at our table veered to legs… flesh, not mahogany… with Marlene Dietrich, Joan Crawford and Jean Harlow receiving the controlling votes… until someone mentioned Loretta Young… Then there was a landslide.

A wonderful example of what physical training will do is the possessor of this pair of American glorifieds. Just past nineteen, though divorced from Grant Withers, she came to Hollywood a scrawny, sickly schoolgirl. Childhood illness had weakened her until she was obliged to wear leg braces… and she was only excess baggage when her mother tried to launch her two sisters, Polly Ann Young and Sally Blane.

Loretta’s first opportunity came when Lon Chaney picked her as his leading lady in “Laugh, Clown, Laugh.” As the girl of the circus she had to wear flounced skirts, with a generous display of bust and legs… but poor Loretta possessed neither worth mentioning.

Chaney remedied that. With his skill at makeup he built contour and limbs with plaster-of-paris preparation, and Loretta scored her first hit.

Now she’s the member of the family in demand and sisters Polly and Sally are satisfied with quickies or any other old film to do.


Classic Maiden said...

Great post. Love the bit about Wynne Gibson :)

best wishes,

GAH1965 said...

I liked the bit about Nils Asther and the anchovies. Now there's an important new item!