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Hollywood Review By HUBBARD HEAVY HOLLYWOOD. Calif.. May 15 (fl>) —"Dead End" Is "still the story of a gangster, but the Goldwyn ver sion which went before the cameras this week will permit no sympathy for "Baby Face" Martin. They can't do that In the movies. Liiliun Hellman has done considerable rewriting of the Sidney Klngsley piece, including the de- glamorizatlon of the gangster who returns to .visit his mother in East 53rd-st. "Baby. Face" is slain as in the play, but not by the police. His boyhood chum, Dave, the architect, nee Gimpy, is responsible for Martin's sudden demise. This necessitated some changing since the heroic Joel McCrea is the orstwhile Gimpy. It would never do to have a hero a weakling or a cripple, as was Klngs'ley's architect. Movie audiences are believed to dislike characters suffering physical Impairments. Audiences are known to have a decided feeling about squealers. That's why Gimpy becomes known as Dave, a healthy stalwart and a 24-carat hero, . Otherwise, "Dead End" will come to the screen pretty much as Kingsley wrote it. It will have more action and no profanity, naturally. In addition to McCrea. its cast includes Sylvia Sidney, Wendy Barrie, Claire Trevor and Humphry Bogart, the latter as "Baby Face." Although "Broadway Melody" — this is the 1937 edition—has been in production two months, many members of the cast met for the first time the other day. This may seem unusual to those who believe all the players are always present on the set, even if John Ford. Each will produce pictures, which will ,be released through United Artists. Colman will star in some of his own productions, but he says that for the' present he wants no part of the managerial production or directorial end. He Is loaning himself to Garnett for the latter's first picture for the new company. Colman's second picture may be directed by Garnett. For it, Garnett will loan himself. Other stars, and particularly other directors, who want to be their own bosses are watching Associated Artists, as the new group calls itself. New pictures in production this week include: "General Hospital," f e a turing Maureen O'Sullivan, Virginia Bruce and Franchot Tone. "100 Men and a Girl," with Deanna Durbln, Leopold Stokowskl and Adolpha Menjou. "Reported Missing," a melodrama suggested by the recent air plane crashes. Universal has that a maniacal bandit robs the passengers, wrecks the planes and bails out, Jean Rogers and William Garrigan. "The Perfect Specimen," a frothy little comedy, with Joan Blondell in the role Miriam j-topkins refused to play. Errol Flynn is It. "Thin Ice" was officiallv ( n pre* duction, but its star, Sonja Henie, will be absent from the set until next week, due to the death of her father. "Lancer Spy," with Germaine Aussey and George Sanders in their initial Hollywood leads. Colin Clive in support. Gregory Ratoff directs, his first solo effort in this field.

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  1. The Sandusky Register,
  2. 16 May 1937, Sun,
  3. Page 2

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