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called p.. m. class Filmization Of Best Selling Novel Stars Famed French Actor A dynamic new star comes to the American screen with the appearance appearance of Jean Gabin (prommccd GÂ«b-BAN) .in the film dramatization dramatization of Willard Robertson's best- selling novel "Moontide" which is scheduled for showing Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol Theatre in Brownsville. Long a star of French films, Gabin won the praise of movie critics with his expert portrayals in such French pictures as "Pepe Le Moko", Moko", "Grand Illusion" and ."Port Of Shadow". American motion picture companies offered him fabulous fabulous sums to come to Hollywood and make a picture, but they met with refusals- However, when Paris fell to the Nazi hordes. Gabin was forced into into exile, and same to the motion picture capital. 20th Century-Fox presented the best opportunity and Cabin signed R long-term contract. HÂ« was given Ule rl S ht to c hÂ° ose his own stories, , and he read through some- fifty scripts before he decided to make his debut in. "Moontide". a. best-selling novel by Willard Robertson. "Moontide" is tailor-made for Gabin. Most 06 the action takes place on the Southern California, waterfront, with a. rugged romantic romantic adventure-seeking dock worker as the central character. Much of Cabin's life had been spent on the docks in France, so the role was "natural" for him. Mark Hellinger was selected to produce Cabin's first American effort, effort, and he and his director. Archie Archie Mayo, chose Ida Lupino to play opposite the French star. One of ' ,, dramatic actresses in Hollywood, it was felt that Ida Lupi'no and Gabin would make a. perfect team and advance reports bear thrs out. Tile featured mast wast carefully selected, and Includes two of the most sought-after character actors in the movie capital, Thomas Mitchell Mitchell and Claude Rains. Jerome Sowan and Helenc Reynolds were given important supporting parts. The problem of translating the novel "Moontide" into a "shooting" script was presented to famous author John O'Hara, who did an outstanding job.