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GABIN - 5 - Highest Salary Goes to French Screen Who as Yet...
Highest Salary Goes to French Screen Who as Yet Can't Speak English By JIMMIE KIDLER HOLLYWOOD — Havinp been flayed by certain producers for my remarks about the prodigal costs of picture-making, I can't resist quoting, in part, a paragraph paragraph from a recent Hollywood newspaper. It reads: "Darryl F. Zanuck advised 20th Century - Fox national sales convention delegates that Jean Gabin, the French actor. Is the highest-paid player ever 1o be on the Fox lot. The star Isn't quite ready for an American American film. Inasmuch as his English is far from perfection." perfection." Either the reason .invariably given to justify enormous star salaries—that established favorites favorites have enough fans to draw *xtra patronage lo the theaters — is hooey, or I've been in a trance. Who is this Jean Gabin lhat he should rote top money? How did he get, in America, such fan following that he deserves higher salary than Tyrone Power's, Don Ame-che's, Will Kogers' or Warner Baxter's? And how did he do it without even learning to speek English? Zanuck says the industry needs new faces. No doubt it does— but are there no new American faces? Must • the industry, if plums nr? to be passed out. hand the biggcs'. one to a French refugee refugee who scorned American offers offers until he was chased out of Europe by the collapse of the French film industry, and who Is such «n unknown quantity here that 999 Americans out of thousand can't even pronounce his name? Pending an answer to the «bove questions, I want to humbly humbly apologize to American stars whom I have criticized in the past because they struck for bigger pay. fnr Cinderella." . . . Save a t b-okay for Brian Aherne, who contributed his entire wage for that Philadelphia plea to British war relief. . . . Keep an eye on Jane Frazee and Director Eddie Buzzell—their on-again-off-again romance is on again. . . .'Note title change on Paramount's soon-to-be-filmed "Private Yoo- Hoo;" U. S. army biggies •objected. •objected. . . . Warn George (Bob's brother) Hope that his turndown turndown of Paramount's acting offer offer in "No Hand? on the Clock" is a cinch lo start unfair rumors rumors that Bob doesn't want more than one Hope in the.spotlight. . . . Check reports that only legal legal department intervention prevented prevented M G M from blasting California state athletic commissioners commissioners (currently feuding with racehorse-owner Louis B. Mayer) His Technique-Is New "Red" Sk.clion, engaging young comedian -whose original antics and •wisecracking . have intrigued early reviewers of the mystery- comedy,

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 20 Aug 1941, Wed,
  3. Page 15

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