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charities, the target Michele Morgan, Paul Henreid Latest Hollywood Romantic Team a this Manos. Co-starring private are Motion picture producers very seldom take two comparatively unknowns and cast them in the romantic leads of an important major production. But David Hempstead, who has a reputation for flouting movie traditions, did just that and proved that successful pictures do lot have to be shackled by hide- jound rules. Producer of the smash hit, "Kitty Foyle" which won for its, star, Ginger Rogers, the Academy Award despite the warnings of many Hollywood wisenheimers that the Christopher Morley best-seller did not lend itself to the screen, Hempstead's latest production offering is "Joan of Paris," powerful drama laid in the German-occupied France of today, currently showing at the the romantic leads are lovely Michele Morgan and Paul thes- Henreid, brilliant dramatic pians but until now very little known in America. Miss Morgan, one of France' foremost screen stars, has a notabl record of succeses behind her in he native land, where she appearei with such male stars 'as Charle Boyer and Jean Gabin among many "Port of Shadows," in which sh was paired with Gabin is her onl; ilm released in this country. Paul Henreid, veteran of the European stage and screen, scored a- decided hit not so long ago in Broadway play, "Flight to the t." Recently he won salvos of public and critical acclaim, in Amerca for his sterling performance he Gestapo head in the British- made film, "Night Train." When Hempstead was casting 'Joan of Paris," he felt no in choosing Miss Morgan and Henreid for the difficult leading roles. He wanted players with proven drain a t i c ability, and personalities whom the public could not identify with previous screen characterizations. He wanted audiences to of Michele Morgan as Joan, the little Parisian barmaid who meets falls in love with Paul Lavallier (Henreid), a Free French flyer down near Paris and hunted relentlessly by the dread Gestapo. That Hempstead knew what was doing is attested by. the that RKO Radio studio, enthuiastic over the brilliant performances of Michele Morgan and Paul Henreid in "Joan of Paris," has awarded both players long term contracts, currently is searching for two vehicles in which they may be teamed romantically.