Saturday, October 17, 2009

April 9, 1932


Los Angeles, April 9 (AP)
With the upkeep of her brother, William Koenig, as the point of controversy, Mae Murray, film actress, was at odds today with the county welfare department.

County Supervisor Frank Shaw announced he intended to proceed under the California pauper act to recover from Miss Murray money donated by the county department to keep Koenig’s family from destitution.

Miss Murray made no attempt to deny the relationship, but was indignant at Shaw’s announcement.

“I am surprised and naturally a bit indignant that any official should announce that he is going to take legal steps to collect some money from me before he asked me whether I am willing to pay it,” she said.

Records of the county welfare department show Koenig, under the name of William King, in November, 1931, his wife and their two children, had been referred to the department by the Assistance League as being in destitute circumstances. A total of $119.52 was advanced them.

Miss Murray, declaring she had not seen her brother since she was a child until 10 years ago, said she had him placed in a sanitarium and had advanced him money for several years.

“Finally, I concluded I had made a serious mistake in encouraging him to live in idleness,” she said. “I have here a letter from his wife which shows she agreed with me.”

“There should be some limit to generosity,” she added.


Hollywood, April 9 (UP)
Sally O’Neil, motion picture actress, and Arthur Lowe, vice president of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, and son of Marcus Lowe, film producer, are engaged to be married, Molly O’Day, sister of the actress, revealed today.

Declaring she had talked with her sister over telephone, Miss O’Day said, “I know they are engaged to be married, but I believe no date has been set for the wedding.”

Miss O’Neil is in New York, recently having returned from a trip to Europe. Her sister said she expected her to return to Hollywood soon to resume her motion picture work.


Los Angeles, April 8 (AP)
Down in Tom Mix’s home country an entire barn is painted for a few dollars, the film cowboy said today as he prepared to answer a $3,500 suit George Townsend Cole, artist, brought against him for alleged failure to pay for a portrait.

“There isn’t $3,500 worth of paint in any picture,” Mix said.

“Down where I come from they paint a whole barn for a few dollars and you could be paid for having a liver pill advertisement painted on the roof, too.”

Mix denied he had ever authorized Cole to paint his portrait.


Los Angeles, April 9 (AP)
Despite the denial of Mrs. Aimee Semple McPherson Hutton that she was negotiating for the sale of Angelus temple, the Los Angeles Times said today Tom Mix, screen cowboy, had been approached by Rev. Paul Rader, evangelist, and his business manager, F. C. Winters, named as prospective buyers of the temple, for a loan of $50,000 to make the down payment.

“About a week ago,” Mix is quoted as saying by the Times, “the Reverend Rader and a man whom I was introduced to as Winters came to my home and asked for a loan of $50,000. They explained they wanted that sum to make a first payment on the property owned by Mrs. Hutton.”

Mix said he took no action, because “purchase of a religious temple is a little out of my line.”

Mrs. Hutton, who holds title to the big tabernacle and its Bible School, said yesterday it was “not for sale.”


Hollywood, April 9 (UP)
Mack Sennett, pioneer producer of film comedies, in announcing today he had signed a contact whereby his productions will be released by Paramount Publix corporation, revealed his plans to lengthen comedies turned out by his studios.

Sennett said he will produce three and four reel pictures – he called them “featurettes” – in the future. He said he had found dissatisfaction among the theater-going public over the practice of neighborhood houses to show two features on the same program. His so-called featurettes will substitute for one of the full-length features. The comedies are now of two-reel length.


Special Cable to the New York Times
Tokyo, April 8
Although Charlie Chaplin is coming to Japan for a rest and holiday, the desire to entertain him royally, and incidentally to gain some self-advertisement, has aroused the Japanese film companies to a frenzy of rivalry that would make a good Hollywood plot.

Mr. Chaplin’s Japanese secretary, Toraichi Kono, now in Japan, proposed to leave the arrangements for his welcome up to Kenichiro Kamimori of the Fuji Film Company.
This was more than the other producers could bear, so yesterday they formed the Rokkakai – meaning the Six Flowers Association – to welcome Mr. Chaplin.

The Six Flowers threaten that if they are not permitted to share in the glories they will radio to Mr. Chaplin – to warn him against the welcome prepared.


Hollywood, April 9 (AP)
The condition of Snitz Edwards, veteran stage and screen comedian, showed no change today, although relatives planned to remove him to a hospital. He is critically ill from a malady believed to have resulted from drinking water while on a South American tour many years ago.

From Luella O. Parsons:

Mack Sennett, who reaped a glorious harvest with his bathing beauties and Keystone Comedies in the golden days of film making, is back again with an idea. This time he will make Featurettes – comedies that are longer than the ordinary feature. Paramount yesterday signed a contract to release these Sennett Comedies.

More pictures to fill the theaters is the crying need. Paramount realizes this, and, in signing the products of Charles and Mack Sennett, is rising to the occasion.

The Sennett galaxy includes the crooner, Bing Crosby; the singer, Donald Novis; Babe Kane, Charles Murray, Dorothy Granger, Harry Gribbon, Andy Clyde, Natalie Kingston and others who have signed for the Sennett comedies.

Wonder if you know that Charlotte Greenwood will probably play one of the comedy gals in the “Tish” series with Marie Dressler?
Surprising that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer never thought to put Charlotte in a Dressler picture before?

Did you know that Dorothy Jordan is on the Fox lot playing in Will Rogers’ picture, “Down to Earth”?

That Dorothy Lee is going to go back to the stage? Her contract is up at Radio and she is sailing through the canal April 14

Do you know that Marilyn Miller will be guest of honor at the Assistance League luncheon next Wednesday? That the league doled out $60,000 for charity last year?

That Frances Dee will cast her smiles at the men of the Advertising Club at the Biltmore when she is guest of honor there?

Just heard that King Vidor will direct Ronald Colman in “Brothers Karamazov.” King did a very worthwhile job on “Street Scene” and is at his best in serious drama. If he does the Colman picture that means it will be some time before he returns to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot. He has not yet finished “Bird of Paradise” for Radio and when he does he will move over to United Artists to discuss the story, et cetera.

With Sally O’Neil in London, and her sister, Molly O’Day quietly at home here, we haven’t heard a word about these Noonan sisters in a long time. Everything’s going to be different now. Molly has found a job for herself. She plays the feminine lead in “Gigolette,” now being produced at Tec-Art. Gigolette, we are told, is the feminine for gigolo and it is the same type of story but told in reverse English.

Snapshots of Hollywood:

Maude Adams and Otis Skinner were given a great ovation by the film people at the opening of Merchant of Venice. The Robert Montgomerys among those at the performance. Dorothy Jordan and the ever faithful Donald Dilloway, Daisy and Paul Lukas, Marilyn Miller and another attentive don, Alvarado Edward Graham were among the stage people who paid homage to Miss Adams and Skinner.

Ivan Lebedeff, one of the best monocle wearers in Hollywood, was lunching with Polan Banks. Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. entertained at the Ambassador following the premier of Doug’s picture. Paul Bern, Joan Bennett, Gene Markey, Heather Thatcher, Hollywood’s only woman monocle wearer, Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon and Clark Gable were in the party. Mrs. Gable, who is in from New York, reported as being much entertained.

Groucho Marx gave a party in honor of his father’s seventieth birthday. A revolver was put at each place in case the guests didn’t like the conversation

Monday, October 12, 2009

April 8, 1932


Hollywood, April 8 (AP)
There will be no Paris divorce in the life of Norma Talmadge, former screen actress.

When she gets ready to take legal steps for separation from Joseph M. Schenck, film producer, she will go to America’s divorce capital, Reno, Miss Talmadge said on her arrival here from Palm Beach and New York.

Miss Talmadge recently announced in New York that she planned a divorce. She and her husband have been separated for several years.

Her arrival in Hollywood was the occasion of a Talmadge family reunion. She was met by her mother, Mrs. Peg Talmadge; her two sisters, Constance Talmadge Netcher and Natalie Talmadge Keaton, wife of Buster Keaton, the comedian.

Keaton and his two sons, Joe and Robert, were also present.


Warrant Issued For Arrest Of Duncan Renaldo On Driving Charge

Atwater, Calif., April 8
Duncan Renaldo, moving picture actor who was featured in “Trader Horn” and who was arrested here some time ago for reckless driving and fined $30 by Justice of the Peace W. H. Osborn, was to have appeared here Tuesday and pay the balance of the fine of $15.

Renaldo failed to put in an appearance and a bench warrant for his arrest has been issued by the judge and placed in the hands of the traffic department. It will be forwarded to Los Angeles authorities for his arrest.

Renaldo pleaded guilty over the telephone from Los Angeles several weeks ago and asked what the fine would be. On being told it was $30, he mailed $15 and was given a month to forward the balance, which he has failed to do.


Philadelphia, April 7 (AP)
A final decree of divorce from Septimus Edward Norris, the motion picture actor, was granted to Mrs. Virginia Bell Hiller Norris today in Common Pleas Court. The grounds were not revealed. The couple, both members of socially prominent families, eloped Dec. 6, 1927, when Norris was 16 years old and his bride 18. They have one child. Norris left college to enter the movies several years ago when he was selected as a double for Charles (Buddy) Rogers in “Wings.”


Los Angeles, Apr. 8 (AP)
Lee Sage, thirty-four, cowboy film actor and writer, was taken to a hospital today suffering from six broken ribs, suffered when he was thrown from a horse while working in a picture with Harry Carey, wild west star.

Walter Huston’s next screen impersonation will be of A. P. Giannini, the banker, in “Faith,” which is to be directed by Frank Capra. Huston is being loaned by M-G-M for the job. Kay Johnson will be Walter Huston’s leading woman.

Lewis Milestone continues with his preparations to make a talkie of “Rain” despite rumblings said to emanate from the Hays office that a film production will not be sanctioned. The last news from Milestone was that he had added Beulah Bondi’s name to a tentative cast.

From Luealla O. Parsons:

I suddenly feel my age. Someone has just told me that Nat Levine, independent producer, is going to produce James Fenimore Cooper’s “Last of the Mohicans.” I won a prize at school for an essay on that classic before I ever saw a feature movie. Does this generation find as much enjoyment in this thrilling story of Uncas and Cora?

Edwina Booth and Harry Carey, of “Trader Horn” fame, to say nothing of Hobart Bosworth, Lucille Brown, Junior Coughlan, Nelson McDowell, Walter McGrail and others have put their John Hancock on the dotted line to lend their aid to the Cooper novel.

Reeves Eason, who used to put the thrill in Hoot Gibson’s westerns, will direct. And, oh yes, I almost forgot the important part of the story. “Last of the Mohicans” is the first of a series of four serials all based on W. K. novels.

Wesley Ruggles remains at Radio. Moreover he remains there on a new long-term contract and he gets himself an important picture. This might not have been any news six months ago when Ruggles was riding high, but it’s news now for since that time David O. Selznick has made so many changes in the studio. He must think well of Ruggles to keep him on and to plan to give him John Barrymore’s next picture. And that reminds me, I didn’t even know that John was due to do another picture for Radio. I thought he was due to return to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Perhaps he is to be borrowed again.

George Brent, the good looking youth who suddenly started rating headlines and columnists’ compliments, will play opposite Ruth Chatterton again in “Children of Pleasure.” He was her leading man in “The Rich Are Always With Us.” I suppose one of these days he will wake up and find Brent has become a star unless he and Darryl Zanuck have the good sense to let him go along in good parts until he becomes better established. Too many promising careers have been spoiled by stardom.

No one received the news of the death of Phar Lap, famous Australian race horse, with more regret than Harry Rapf. Tuesday morning before anyone knew the horse was in such serious a condition, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed him to make a two-reeler. Harry Rapf had negotiated the deal and was to act as supervisor of the picture. Even the story was selected. Phar Lap’s sensational run at the Cuffroth handicap made him a great favorite with the film people and today regrets were expressed on all sides. It was almost as if a friend, a human friend, had passed on.

Chatter in Hollywood:

Norma Talmadge is due in Hollywood Thursday. She left New York unexpectedly to return home. When I talked to her last she had made up her mind to go through with her divorce from Joseph Schenck but I believe she has had a change of mind since that time and now there is a doubt that she will seek her freedom. If she does, she will file suit in Los Angeles, her legal residence, rather than go to Reno or Paris as she at first planned.

There are several very lovely gifts on the way to Gloria Swanson for the baby. The young lady was not expected for another two weeks and even her name had not been chosen. One of Gloria’s close friends cables a suggestion that Patricia Farmer would sound well.

According to Dorothy Mackaill herself, her friends need not get out their knitting needles to make baby jackets. The coming of the “blessed event” as prophesied is absolutely untrue. Dorothy wires from Ohio asking that we deny Walter Winchell’s report.

The pretty redhead who has been seen with Jimmy Dunn on several occasions lately is Jessie Le Sueur, the divorced wife of Joan Crawford’s brother. Jimmy, heretofore, has favored blondes.

None of the Hollywood columnists need feel self-conscious in “The Truth About Hollywood,” The character is purely fictional, according to the Radio film company. Cameramen are being sent out with small cameras to take shots of celebrities while they are not looking. So be careful, stars, and use the right fork.

Snapshots of Hollywood:

Evelyn Knapp is entertaining her brother, Orville. He played the lead opposite Fay Bainter in “The Crooner” in New York, the same play which Paramount is making.

Frances Marion is leaving her lovely garden in Hollywood to get some ocean air. She is seventeen pounds lighter since her recent illness.

From Chester Bain:

It looks more and more as if Phillips Holmes and Florence Rice were serious.

Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Wallace Ford have new M-G-M contracts.

George Raft draws a role in “The Countess of Auburn.”

Unless she is kidding, (and of course a movie star wouldn’t do that when granting an interview!) Pola Negri’s marriage to a Chicago man with a world renowned name in finance and society is just around the corner.

Mrs. George Jessel has made a condition that may block any chance of a marriage between her husband and Norma Talmadge according to Variety. Mrs. Jessel has reputedly said that she will not consent to a divorce unless she can sue her husband and name a correspondent.

Whether the story that “Prestige” played the part in the matrimonial differences of Ann Harding and husband Harry Bannister is true or not, it is said to be a fact that Miss Harding offered $200,000 cash to RKO-Pathe for the negative before its release. The studio demanded $50,000 more.


A special midnight showing will be presented of the new Warner brothers production, “The Crowd Roars,” at the State Saturday night.

Thrills in abundance have been supplied in the picture, dealing with the nerve-wracking lives of race car drivers.

Besides James Cagney, the picture boasts Joan Blondell, Ann Dvorak, a new discovery of Howard Hughes, Eric Linden, Guy Kibbee and Frank McHugh.

Three important scenes show hurling cars crashing through track barriers, with their drivers hurtling through the air, as the awe-stricken crowds mumble with excitement. The regular engagement of “The Crowd Roars” begins April 15.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

April 7, 1932


Beverly Hills, April 6 (UP)
Three phonograph records, sent by Buster Keaton, film comedian, to his wife, the former Natalie Talmadge, brought apparent harmony to the Keaton household to-day.

Mrs. Keaton, after an absence of four days, was living again with her husband following a period of disturbed domestic relations which, the film comedian said, resulted from his desire to “show who wears the trousers around the house.”

The first overture, made in the form of a phonograph record, You’ve Got Me Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, was sent by the comedian to his wife yesterday morning.

A few hours later a second record entitled All of Me, was dispatched.

That failing to bring results, Keaton said he sent a third. It was entitled Can’t We Talk It Over?

Mrs. Keaton appeared at her home shortly after receipt of that one.

Airplane Trip Halted

The differences between Keaton and his wife came to public notice Monday when Mrs. Keaton enlisting the aid of District Attorney Buron Fitts, persuaded San Diego police to take Keaton and his two sons, Joe and Robert, from an airplane that stopped there while en route to Ensenada, Mexico.

Keaton said the domestic differences arose from his desire to take the boys on an airplane trip, and Mrs. Keaton’s refusal to permit such a thing.

“I just wanted to see who’s boss,” Keaton said. “I didn’t know I’d stir up a miniature war in doing it, though.”

Keaton was questioned by San Diego police for more than an hour and released.

While waiting for the return of his wife last night, the film actor has placed an old lamp in the front window of his palatial home.

“There, we’ve got a light burning in the window for her, boys,” he told his sons. “She’ll come home to-night.”


Actress Reveals She Plans to Begin Study of Plastic Art on Return to Hollywood

New York Times, April 7, 1932
The name of Mary Pickford, now synonymous with stardom, may be known a few years hence as that of a sculptress as well as an actress. She is about to essay the difficulties of sculpture, not with any desire to rival the fame of professionals but to achieve this form of expression for her own pleasure.

For several weeks it has been reported in art circles here that Miss Pickford planned to undertake sculpture. When asked yesterday about these reports, Miss Pickford revealed that she had definite plans which she hoped to realize on her return to Hollywood from her present New York visit.

The desire to model clay and carve stone is not new with Miss Pickford, she said yesterday, but for a long time she has been deterred by a fear that she could not excel in this form of art. Gradually, she explained, the realization has come to her that the true artist is not animated primarily by a desire to surpass his fellow-artists, but by an urge to self-expression and creation.

With this view of art, she hopes on her return to California to study under a sculptor who does not know as yet that he will be asked to teach her – Boris Lovet-Lorski, a Russian by birth but a naturalized American citizen., who exhibited last fall in the Wildenstein Galleries at 647 Fifth Avenue.

“I hope he will take me for a pupil,” Miss Pickford said.

Asked why she has selected this sculptor, Miss Pickford replied that a portrait he had made of Mrs. Jesse Lasky attained something of the spirit she had felt in classical Greek sculptures in the museum of Athens.

Portraiture rather than idealized sculptural forms appeals to Miss Pickford, she said. Even as a child she drew portrait sketches. But she made it plain that she does not intend to give up motion picture work.


London, April 7 (AP)
Gloria Swanson and her husband, Michael Farmer, wanted a boy instead of a girl, Farmer revealed to-day, and Gloria planned to call the boy Mike.

They were “just a little bit disappointed,” he said when a girl was born the night before last. Provisionally, he said they have been calling the girl Mike, but another name will have to be chosen later.


Los Angeles, April 7 (UP)
Charging that Victor McLaglen, motion picture actor, “set upon him and beat him severely,” Thomas R. Hughes asked $10,000 damages in a suit on file today. The attack occurred at the Fox studios last January 29. Hughes charged that McLaglen, who played the hard-boiled Captain Flagg in “What Price Glory?” “viciously and brutally” assaulted him, without provocation, so injuring the cartilage of Hughes’ nose that it is now flat and makes breathing difficult.


Los Angeles, April 7
Jack Nixon, who is alleged to have sold worthless stock by claiming to be a brother of Marian Nixon, screen actress, heard the relationship denied by the star in municipal court today.

Nixon, charged with grand theft, is accused of selling stock in a non-existent motion picture company to six persons. He is said to have claimed relationship to Miss Nixon and to be an intimate friend of Lew Cody, screen actor.

“I met this man a few times,” Miss Nixon testified, “and then I heard he was going around telling people he was my brother. But he’s no kin of mine.”

Cody was also scheduled to take the stand to repudiate Nixon’s claims to his close friendship.


Los Angeles, April 7 (UP)
Tom Mix, film cowboy, to-day was sued for $3,500 and charged with failure to pay that amount for an oil painting of himself, done by George Townsend Cole, artist. Cole declared that Mix engaged him to paint the portrait in 1926, and when it was completed expressed pleasure over its appearance but declined to pay for it.

The second John Barrymore picture at Radio has not yet been selected, but Dolores Del Rio has been named as leading woman. Miss Del Rio is now finishing “The Bird of Paradise,” and Barrymore is finishing “State’s Attorney.”

Cecilia Parker, who achieved a long ambition when she was named as leading woman for George O’Brien in “The Rainbow Trail,” has been assigned to the feminine lead in “The Killer,” O’Brien’s new picture from the Stewart Edward White story.

From Luella O. Parsons:

I am certainly glad Charles Laughton has made up his mind about the movies, or perhaps it was the movies that made up their mind about him. When “Payment Deferred” opened in New York and became such a sensation overnight we printed numerous rumors of his signing with this and that company. Not one of those offers jelled until just now when Paramount decided to bring him to the West Coast for pictures.

The Paramount play that brought about the Laughton contract is “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H. G. Wells.

While here, Laughton will do a little studio visiting. He will take himself and his makeup box to the United Artists lot for a part in Brothers Karamazov, starring Ronald Colman. And then perhaps he will make other pictures out here.

Official reports on “Alias, The Doctor” show that it grossed more than any picture Richard Barthelmess has made since “Dawn Patrol.” Cables to that effect were sent to Dick by Darryl Zanuck and he is coming home all ready to make his next picture, “Cabin in the Cotton.”

Una Merkel, whose southern accent is the real thing, and if you don’t believe it just listen to her talk, will play one of the leading feminine roles. Ann Dvorak, Hollywood’s newest bride, plays the other feminine lead. Miss Dvorak, according to Darryl Zanuck, will not be kept in the background because of her marriage. She is headed for eventual stardom. Michael Curtiz, who admits he never saw a plantation up to now, directs.

Guess “Tuna” will be more than a fish story. It’s got Edward G. Robinson as the star and it becomes “Tiger Shark,” so maybe the shark will get more of a break. At any rate, from a deep-sea fishing expedition with tuna fish as the chief players, it becomes an exciting drama with Eddie Robinson, Warner Brothers’ favorite heavy, as the principle character. Howard Hawks is directing and he has already left for Mazatlan, Mexico where the picture will be filmed. “The Roar of the Crowd,” Howard’s last, is going very well in New York.

Snapshots of Hollywood:

William Desmond, younger than ever, and just as good looking, is back from New York. He flew back after his wife suggested he had been away long enough.

Joan Crawford entertaining a party at the Warners’ Hollywood theater in honor of the opening of young Douglas Fairbanks’ new picture.

Frances Marion, home from the hospital, has gone away to recuperate before she tackles the demon typewriter again.

Bessie Love, in pale pink, was lunching with her husband, her first public appearance since the birth of her daughter.

Lois Wilson sent the new Farmer heiress greetings via cable.


The story of a woman who devotes her entire lifetime to furthering the ambitions of her lover, sublimating her own life to his, is told in “Forbidden,” the Frank Capra production, starring Barbara Stanwyck, at the Strand theater Friday and Saturday with Adolph Menjou and Ralph Bellamy playing leading roles.

Cast as a drab little librarian, Miss Stanwyck one bright spring morning decides to take her savings of years and invest it in a grand adventure, She buys gorgeous clothes and sets sail for Havana. On the boat she meets Bob Grover, traveling alone. They fall madly in love, but know each other only by the numbers of their staterooms – sixty-six and ninety-nine.

Back in New York comes disillusionment for the girl, for he finds he is married and a divorce would be a caddish thing to do for his wife is crippled and loves him devotedly. That is when the girl becomes a woman. She had denied herself a personal career; she had given up her child for adoption by his wife; she had even married, at least, a man she didn’t love so that there would be no point in his publicly announcing that he was a hypocrite, and then on top of that sacrifice, she learns that her husband has discovered the truth and can prove his statement. What she does is the climax of “Forbidden.”

An added short subject is the radio crooner, Bing Crosby, in a song sketch, I Surrender, Dear.

To-nite, Joe Brown in “Fireman, Save My Child” will be shown for the last time.


Jackie Cooper is seen at the National Theater screen with another noteworthy performance in “Sooky,” with a large supporting cast including Robert Coogan and Jackie Searl. This is a sequel to “Skippy.”

There will be a special showing of “Sooky” Friday afternoon at 3:45 o’clock for the benefit of school children. Saturday will bring Ken Maynard in “Range Law” and chapter three of “The Vanishing Legion,” with two children under twelve admitted on one ticket from 12:45 until 1:45 P. M. only.


Joan Crawford turns newspaper reporter in “Dance, Fools, Dance” which plays at the Lyric Theater Thursday and Friday. In assigning Joan to this role, the producers endeavored to supply a new angle to the gangster story.
Appearing in support of Miss Crawford is a large cast that includes Clark Gable, Lester Vail, Cliff Edwards, William Bakewell, William Holden, Earl Fox, Hale Hamilton, Purnell B. Pratt, Natalie Moorhead, and Joan Marsh.