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RENOIR-9 - Help From Ranks Of'Extras'— Director Beams...
Help From Ranks Of'Extras'— Director Beams HOLLYWOOD—Several times Director Jean Renoir rehearsed his 200 movie extras dressed as nazi soldiers, still couldn't get them to goose-step to please him. Meanwhile, filming of a scene for R K O Radio's "This Land Is Mine," showing Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara on watch as the troops enter a town in conquered Europe, was held up. Suddenly, a little extra, weather-beaten, past 50, stepped out of the ranks, began barking orders in a voice like a file. Magically the ranks straightened up. Renoir beamed. Who was the extra? "Vance Divenney," said the latter. "Drill sergeant with the U. S. regulars back in 1917. And I hope you're not sore. I don't like the uniform any better than the rest, sir, but I hate sloppy soldiers worse." "I, too," said Renoir, happily. "Now we shoot the scene. But this time, you give the orders."

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  1. The Salt Lake Tribune,
  2. 05 Dec 1942, Sat,
  3. Page 23

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