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"middle likely running cent: wealth TURNS SAVAGE SAVAGE ROLE IN FILMS; Bites the Hand That's Tickling. Her--She's . No Monkey By -Frederick C. Othmait - (United Press Staff) HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 1--(UP) -Dignity- of the Metropolitan opera, serenity of .royal, courts and the ·respectful plaudits of the. White House became -fleeting memories for Lily Pons today when Hollywood got ; its clutches on her again. Poor' Lil'y!- PAINTTNG THE LILY The movies took off her beautiful -clothes and replaced them with a brassiere of white feathers and a brief skirt of the same. They painted the rest of her a tasty brown. They dunked her for hours in an imitation river of real water. They stuffed her in an animal cage and spent the rest of the day hoisting her up and down on a block-and- Paris Frank to NBC-Blue forced her during these proceedings to -sing high C, like a bird. They made her bite the hand of Edward Everett Horton, the esteemed' comedian., while Jack Oakie, the esteemed ditto, suggested that a taxidermist be called in to stuff her. . "She'd look mighty, mighty fine, stuffed," Mr. Oakie said. These mad-house goings-on left the petite Miss Pons without a single shred of the dignity :which has "made her an international operatic favorite. They left her weak in the knees, tired, and with trembling lips, from fright, when the pulley slipped and nearly dropped her to the hardwood Hollywood floor of the African set. IT CAN'T BE TRUE' "Never did 'I know that Hollywood could be like this," she sighed when at last the day was done. "Never did I believe i'd .have to do the things I'm doing. I still don't believe it. I'm doing it, but it can't be true." It may be a dream to Lily, but it isn't to R-K-O, which is manufacturing a comedy called "It Never Happened Before," with Miss Pons and the Messrs. Horton and Oakie as the stars. Lily lives in a tree in wildest Africa a n d ' all she can .say is "tweet, tweet, tweet." Horton and Oakie, hunting big game with elephant rifles, capture her while she is taking her bath, and. take her to their yacht. They call her the "bird girl." TWELVE DUCKLINGS The jungle scene has real palms and tropical flowers and a, river with water from the .Hollywood mains. Eleven times Miss Pons descends into this stream and i tries to sing to a bird perched or. her finger. Eleven times the bird gets scared (no insult to Miss Pons' voice) and flies away. On the 12th time the bird sticks it out and the bedraggled star of- the opera climbs to dry land. The costumer? and the makeup men give her a new suit of feathers and a second coat of brown paint and the scene shifts to the Horton-Oakie yacht, anchored on the LILY PONS . . . "Tweet, Tweet, Tweet" floor nearby. The huntsmen stuff their captive in a cage,, such as explorers use to transport monkeys, try to hoist her to .their yacht. . " At\ last the' cage lands with a on the deck ' of the · yacht that is when Oakie suggests the taxidermist. Horton shushes him, chants "pretty, pretty, pretty," to Miss Pons, and tries to tickle her, through the 'bars. . '-' . 1 WILL GO BACK' \ It is then that the star of operas and ' abroad bites Horton's hand, not once, but half a dozen times. When finally the 'day's shooting is over, she rubs the paint her legs,' her back, and: her She puts-on clothes again she says she. intends to -take vacation in Connecticut as soon the .picture is finished. "Then I will go back in December to New York and the opera," she concludes, in · a voice which makes it seem doubtful whether Hollywood ever will get 'to do such again to Lily Pons, diva. A sturgeon reported to · be 11 two inches long and weighing 319 pounds has been caught by two of Mortagne, France. 4-f A for rent ad will find a good for you. Wednesday Favored Over Premiere Showing of LOVED HER IS DUE

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  1. The Ogden Standard-Examiner,
  2. 01 Sep 1937, Wed,
  3. Page 10

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