Sunday, September 20, 2009

April 5, 1932


London, April 5 (AP)

A daughter was born to-night to Gloria Swanson, American movie actress. Miss Swanson has been in London for some time with her husband, Michael Farmer.


San Diego, Cal., April 4 (UP)

Buster Keaton, straight faced Hollywood comedian, transferred his funny antics to police headquarters for a time today when it was rumored that he was trying to kidnap his own children.

“Well, well,” Keaton said as he landed at the airport. “It looks like I don’t know where I stand matrimonially.”

“I wasn’t kidnapping anybody,” he protested. “I just wanta show her who’s the head of this family, and I’m on a little trip.”

“Natalie surprised me by stopping us,” he continued. “We – my two boys and I were on our way down to Ensenada where I have an option on a ranch. I am going to buy the ranch anyway. We are going to live down there and raise animals. I’ll commute to Hollywood. If Natalie doesn’t like it, she knows what she can do.”

He was referring to his wife, Natalie Talmadge, who had asked San Diego police to stop him and prevent his going to Ensenada, Mexico, with the two young sons, Jimmy, 9, and Bobby, 8.

“Have you had any trouble with Natalie?” reporters asked him.
“Well, we had a quarrel about airplanes,” the comedian answered.

Keaton, traveling with the children and their nurse, Connie Costello, in a plane owned by Hoot Gibson, also of the films, and piloted by Jim Granger, landed here late today en route to Ensenada. Police took him, the children and the nurse to headquarters for questioning.

While there he talked by long distance telephone with Buron Fitts, Los Angeles district attorney. Mrs. Keaton was in Fitts’ office.

“I’m just showing her a few things,” Keaton told Fitts. “I want her to know who’s the head of this family. I’m taking a little weekend trip to Ensenada with the children.”

Fitts advised him to stay at the San Diego jail for a while.

“No, I won’t stay here,” retorted Keaton. ‘You’re the last person in the world I want to see. Buron Fitts, I’m leaving here and going to Ensenada or some place.”

Then the children talked with their mother.

“We’re down here with daddy,” said Jimmy, “and we had a swell trip. Don’t worry.”

Keaton turned to the police chief.

“Well, I guess we can’t hold you said the official. There’s no charge against you. Seems like Mrs. Keaton didn’t want the children to ride in an airplane.”

The comedian slapped his hat on his head, took the children by the hands and began striding for the door.

“Ha, I guess I’m head of my own house after all,” he muttered.

Los Angeles, April 4 (UP)

Natalie Talmadge Keaton became so hysterical when she learned that her children were riding in an airplane that she had San Diego authorities stop the plane and apprehend her husband and the boys.

After a long conference with District Attorny Buron Fitts, she denied she had separated from Buster Keaton, comedian.

“We’ve argued over airplane riding,” she said, “and that’s what this is about. I don’t want the children in a plane.”


Los Angeles, April 5

Mrs. Helene Lubitsch, divorced wife of Ernst Lubitsch, motion picture director, who socked him in the jaw in defense of Hans Kraly, scenario writer, is going to be married again – but not to Kraly.

Today she announced her engagement to Albert Edward Smith, 29-year-old broker and sportsman, who is a member of a wealthy Winipeg, Canada, family and internationally known as a hockey player. No date for the wedding has been set.

The jaw-socking episode occurred at a benefit ball given by Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks a year and a half ago. Lubitsch first socked Kraly, claiming that the scenario writer and Mrs. Lubitsch were “sneering” at the way he danced. Mrs. Lubitsch promptly socked her ex-husband.


Hollywood, Calif., April 5 (AP)

Roscoe (“Fatty”) Arbuckle, former screen star, announced at a dinner here last night that he would marry Addie McPhail, screen actress, “as soon as it is legally possible.” Mrs. McPhail’s divorce from Lindsay McPhail, song writer, becomes final on June 12.


Thirty-eight fianc├ęs in three years must be an all-time record. Anyhow, that’s how often wistful Anny Ondra, European film star, is reported to have been engaged. Among those who have been rumored to be her future husband are a young Austrian archduke, a French banker, an American film producer, a London stock broker, and a heavyweight champion.


Los Angeles, April 5 (UP)

Mrs. Sidney Chaplin, wife of Charles Chaplin’s actor-brother, was in Los Angeles today from London. She reported the brothers are traveling together through the Orient, and will arrive in Hollywood late next month.

From Luella O. Parsons:

The mad dash Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon made from the train yesterday was not to avoid any process servers or such like. They were hurrying home to see Barbara Bebe before she was put to bed. After eight weeks absence the young lady has grown so that they could hardly believe she is the same baby.

Ben had to tear himself away to talk business with Fox company. He is slated to play opposite Joan Bennett in “Week-End Girl.” John Halliday has also been put into the Bennett picture. Let’s hope Ben does as well as he did for Joan’s sister Constance. Everyone is still talking about “Lady With a Past.” Connie had the good sense to insist that all Ben’s scenes be left in the picture because she said the better he was in the role, the better it was for her and the picture.

That long talked of Barrymore picture, featuring the three, Ethel, Lionel and Jack, will be made on the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot as soon as a story can be found. Everyone wondered just which company would make this picture which ought to be unique and well worth seeing.

Speaking of the Barrymores, Mrs. Lionel is out of the hospital but Lionel is laid up with the flu.

I tell you this James Dunn is getting to be the Beau Brummel of Hollywood. He and blonde Joan Marsh were together at the Cocoanut Grove and he seemed to be paying her the same devoted attention that he paid June Knight a few months ago. Well, Joan is as pretty as any of the younger generation and they look well dancing together.

Carl Laemmle, Jr. has a lot of ideas for Paul Lukas. He borrowed Mr. Lukas for the role of the opera singer in “Strictly Dishonorable” and since that day he has had great respect for the Lukas personality and talents. Paramount has lots of respect for Mr. Lukas also, but there are so many featured Paramount players and so many stars he has never seemed to have as much individual success as he deserves. To make a long story short, Junior Laemmle has taken over the Lukas contract, which has four years to run, and he will find appropriate stories for him.

It has been a long time since we have heard any word of Vincent Barnett, Hollywood’s public insulter. Nearly everybody grew to know Mr. Barnett’s jibes and sneers were all in fun, but apparently there are still many who have never met him. Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks gave a party last week and invited Mr. Barnett to do his best insulting. He came as a German producer and did his best to annoy the flower of the picture industry. Ramon Novarro, Elissa Landi, Clark Gable, Laura Hope Crews were among the guests. When Clark Gable resented some of Barnett’s loud accusations, as he rightly should, Barnett pulled the old stuff of trying to fight with him. When things got hot and heavy the host and hostess explained it was all in fun so everybody was happy once again.

From Wood Soanes:

Kay Francis is being co-starred with William Powell in the screen adaptation of “The Jewel Robbery,” done on the stage by Basil Sidney and Mary Ellis. Miss Francis replaces Bette Davis, who had the role first.

Bobby Vernon is soon to be seen in the films again. The old-time comedian will try a come-back in “Ship a Hooey” on the Christie lot, where Vernon reigned as a star for 12 years.

Another old star of the silent era, Mae Busch, is to have a chance at a come-back in First National’s production, “Doctor X,” a film version of the stage mystery. Lionel Atwill will have the chief role.

Roscoe Arbuckle, still trying to step back into the limelight, goes to Seattle for a guest starring engagement with the Moore Players, replacing Perry Askam. Arbuckle recently appeared at the Pantages in Hollywood.


‘Dancers in the Dark’ Is Picture Featuring New Personality of Hollywood

Hollywood’s recent starring personality, Miriam Hopkins, comes to the Paramount theater tomorrow in her newest triumph, “Dancers in the Dark,” in which she is seen as the enticing taxi dancer of a fashionable night club.

Jack Oakie and Eugene Pallette have the comical roles, with William Collier, Jr. as the saxophone player who believes in girls and love and marriage.

When Collier offers his love to the sophisticated Miriam there evolves a character battle in which Miss Hopkins fights to overcome her past and prove worthy of this new and trusting love.

The Paramount stage tomorrow will feature “Chicago’s World’s Fair-est” starring beauty contest winners from the Midwestern city.
Lou Kosloff and the Paramounters will offer for their overture a modern arrangement of the popular melody, “You’re My Everything” with Kosloff playing a violin solo.


A beautiful woman, the more or less innocent cause of a murder, is willing to accept the blame for the crime which is not hers, because she knows it will be difficult to secure a conviction against her.

This, briefly, is the plot of “Expensive Women,” the Warner Brothers picture which plays at the Lyric Theater to-day and Wednesday.

Dolores Costello, Warren William, Anthony Bushell, H. B. Warner, Joe Donahue, Polly Walters and others form the cast. Hobart Henley directed.

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