DARRIEUX APR 1938
Behind the Scenes in Hollywood By HARRISON CARROLL Copyright 1938, King Features Snydicate, Inc. HOLLYWOOD—Lights! Camera! Actions! In their antic moments, Charles MacArthur, Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler couldn't approach the -two screwy writers' being played by James Cagney and Pat O'Brien in "Boy Meets Girl." • ; ' On a Warner Brothers sound stage this week, the pair are giving the business to Dick Foran, the fading west- em star in the comedy. The set represents the writers' office at the studio. It looks as if a madman designed it. The walls are covered covered with posters, .each- one advertising "a" picture with the word love in the title. \Two imitation monkeys hang by a trapeze from the ceiling. A woman's portrait has a cigar stuck in its mouth. An oW-fashiohed phonograph has the legs of a wax model sticking out of the horn. On the wall is a photograph of Cagney and O'Brien in a Bergen-Charlie McCarthy pose. Cagney is Bergen and O'Brien is Charlie. Cagney lies on a couch, Foran stands over him pleading pleading for information about the story of his"• ne'w picture. O^Brien is the middle of the room practicing golf-shots with wadded'Up pieces of paper. "Boys," says Foran, "I've got a lot at" stake in this picture. It's the last one on my contract, and, if I don't get a good one, I'm out in the cold." "Yeah," snaps Cagney, "shivering with a million dollar dollar annuity." O'Brien picks it up from there and the boys really start tossing dialogue. . . Finally. Finally. Director Lloyd Bacon says "Cut". ' '.' " The scene is remarkable, because not once have Cagney Cagney and O'Brien ad-libbed a line. They can't do it in "Boy Meets Girl," for Sam and Bella Spewack;.authors and adapters of the comedy, have it in their contract that not one line of the script can be changed without their permission. Danielle Darrieux is doing a bedroom scene for "The Rage of Paris." She has been virtually kidnaped and carried to a mountain lodge by Douglas Fairbanks, jr., to keep her from, marrying a millionaire. • *- • . In this scene, she is undressing to go to bed. The only available night garments are a pair 'of her abductor's silk pajamas. . Director Henry Koster has worked out a neat gag for the scene. As Miss Darrieux unhooks her dress, she .notices .notices a smiling picture of Douglas Fairbanks, jr., on the dressing table. Angrily, she turns it around. But, as she starts ane'w to remove her dress, she discovers that a frowning likeness of Doug has replaced the other. There are pictures on both sides of the frame. Koster has still another topper for the gag but doesn't shoot it now. _ r . It is Interesting, the contrast between Miss Darrieux in this picture and in "Mayerling.". Hollywood experts believe that her face was photographer too oblong in the French film. So she wears a longer coiffure in "The Rage of Paris" and her hair covers her ears. You are told there also are other subtle changes in makeup. However, the French star bridles when questioned on the subject. "I wore my hair combed back in 'Mayerling' because it was an old-fashioned story," she says. "There are no other changes. I am just the same."