RENOIR-11

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RENOIR-11 - a HOLLYWOOD SIGHTS AND SOUNDS By BOBBIN COONS...
a HOLLYWOOD SIGHTS AND SOUNDS By BOBBIN COONS Hollywood, July'17—Ifs funny the thing the movies can find when they're put to it. China, for instance, instance, and right on the back lot. It's up a hill, 'way back somewhere somewhere in those 265 acres at Universal—parts Universal—parts of which; so the legend goes, have never been explored by white men before. This particular hilltop now is a tous'y. community, for three reasons, or four if you count the main one, to wit: Deanna Durbin's new picture, picture, "Forever Yours," is set in China before it moves on to San Francisco. That meant (1) Producer Bruce Manning s and Director Jean Renoir needed a plot of China's good earth, (2) they preferred it close at hand—to save tires and transportation, transportation, (3) they had to decorate it with that $5,000 set budget (for new materials) in mind. An early day movie-maker, faced with the prospect of a distant location, location, once gained immortality — though I can't remember his name and it isn't Goldwyn—by decreeing: "A rock's a rook and a tree's a tree— we'll shoot it in Griffith Park." The movies haven't come to that yet. "Forever Yours" has the benefit benefit of Madame Rosalydne Chang's technical advice. Madame Chang, wife of the Chinese diplomat, looked over the back lot and said this was it—as good a duplication of southern China's Yunnan province as a camera camera could ask. Movie artisans went to work and now, reached by the U's own tortuous tortuous Burma road, there stands a walled Chinese mission of seven buildings. Constructed, they say, bf 90 per cent fragments from old sets and 10 per cent new stuff. Six days a week Deanna, surrounded surrounded by a colony of Los Angeles' most authentic Chinese, works up there. She's the girl pn the hill, arid she likes it. Very restful, she says. But when you come up from civilization, right off she wants to know the latest latest war news. -She talks about planes and battleships and carriers as easOy^as: she../,takes a high-C. With husband Vaughn'Paul in the Navy, and thr.ee cousins in the U. S., Canadian, or English forces, she has a real interest in this man-and-woman's man-and-woman's war. • She says they're Working on the script of her next one, "Three Smart Girls Join Up," but she still doesn't know much about the script of "Forever "Forever Yours." until it hits She knows the story San Francisco — that's after the Japs have bombed her peaceful mission and she's met Fly- Ing Tiger Edmond O'Brien .and escaped escaped to the U. S. with • a whole passel of refugee children she passes off as her own. "After we get to San Francisco," she says, "anything can happen." . But she isn't*worried. She's made too many hit pictures with Bruce Manning to fret about a little thing like what happens next. She knows that Manning always has made it happen right, and she likes Renoir as a director. Purchnses of U. S. Government bonds by the 300 American life insurance insurance companies since January 1 have been greater than the net increase increase in total assets of these companies, companies, representing not only all new funds available, but part of old funds being reinvested. .

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  1. The Record-Argus,
  2. 17 Jul 1942, Fri,
  3. Page 7

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