Monday, August 24, 2009


New York Times, April 3, 1932

Four new pictures, in addition to “Shopworn,” will be shown at the Paramount Theatre during the month of April. These are “Misleading Lady,” based on the stage hit of the same name and featuring Claudette Colbert, Edmund Lowe and Stuart Erwin; “This Is the Night,” with Lily Damita and Charles Ruggles; “Sky Bride,” with Richard Arlen, Jack Oakie and Virginia Bruce, and “Sinners in the Sun,” with Carole Lombard and Chester Morris.

The introductory work on Sidney Howard's film version of Dostoevsky's “The Brothers Karamazov” has begun in the West Coast studio of Samuel Goldwyn. Ronald Colman will take the part of Dmitri. Production has been tentatively scheduled to start May 15.

“Congress Dances,” which has been tentatively slated for the Rivoli Theatre, will have its premiere at the conclusion of the run of “One Hour With You” at the Rialto. The leading part in “Congress Dances” is taken by Lillian Harvey, assisted by Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Henry Garat and others. It was produced by Erich Pommer and will be released by United Artists.

In order to seek local color Eddie Cantor has gone to Mexico, it is announced by Samuel Goldwyn. Mr. Cantor will appear as the main character in “The Kid From Spain.” Among new writers and composers for the same staff are Harry Ruby, Bert Kalmar and William Anthony McGuire. Messrs. Ruby and McGuire recently finished their work on “Horse Feathers,” in collaboration with S. J. Perlman. Mr. McGuire wrote “Kid Boots” and “Whooppee.”

A much-discussed subject of late has been that of misrepresentation in pictures dealing with newspaper film plays. The United Artists Corporation is the latest group to voice its opinion in the controversy in announcing that it has given its pledge “that pictures made by member producers of this company will assiduously refrain from bringing discredit upon the Fourth Estate.”

The pledge was given in a letter sent by Al Lichtman, vice president and general manager of United Artists, to the Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers' Association.

“Reflection upon the American Press by stage and screen,” wrote Mr. Lichtman, “is regrettable, and I may say that no picture released by this company will bring discredit to your business.”

Several photoplays are to be started before April 15, according to an announcement by RKO-Radio. In one of these, to be entitled “The Roar of the Dragon,” Gwili Andre, who despite her non-Scandinavian name, is hailed as a “Norse beauty,” who will make her screen debut here. Other pictures announced by the same organization are: “Hold 'em in Jail,” a comedy based on the Sing Sing prison football team; “Hell Bent for Election,” a political satire, and “Is My Face Red?” said to deal with the worries of a New York columnist. Edna May Oliver will play the principal roles in the first two comedies.

Latest additions to the cast of “The Dark Horse,” a political drama now in production at the West Coast studios of First National Pictures, are Robert Warwick, Sam Hardy, Burton Churchill and Harry Holman. Other performers in this vehicle include Warren William and Bette Davis, Vivienne Osborne, Guy Kibbee and Frank McHugh.

Paramount Publix Corporation announces a picture tentatively entitled “Bride of the Enemy,” in which the stars will be Claudette Colbert and Clive Brook. Mr. Brook is just back in Hollywood after a six weeks' vacation in England.


Tom said...

Oohh....excellent post! Great photos!

GAH1965 said...

Thanks Tom

I was particularly interested to see the bit about Ronald Colman starring in Brothers Karamazov. I'll be particularly anxious to learn why that project fell through as the news unfolds.

Anonymous said...

I'm amused by the pledge here not to show journalists in an unfavourable light - surely one of the pleasures of 1930s films is spotting all the portrayals of newspaper reporters going to outrageous lengths to nail a story! I somehow doubt the studio managed to stick to this promise... Judy