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old Madera of Clark the Mrs. minutes two Tol- Gill where examining so notified Hollywood Film Village Is Built In Madera Cotton MADERA (Madera Co.), Oct. 2.-rHoll-ywood .wizardry has tra»s- 'ormed a part of a Madera County cotton field into a replica of Sunny South-and 125 members of a United Artists cast and crew are'living in a southern village on the banks of the San ^iver. 13 miles from here, while George Sessions Perry's Hold ln Your Hand is being filmed. In the village of 12 cottages and 21 tents in the« center of the field are housed the stars, Zachary Scott and Betty Fields, and the support- ng -cast which includes Estelle Taylor, J. Carrol Naish, Beulah Sondi, Charles Kemper, Percy Kil- aride, Norman Lloyd, Jay Giipin, Jean Vander Wilt. Director Jean Renoir and a bevy of technicians and minor part players. With transportation what it is ihese days, the company is more or less marooned. The nearest telephone is miles away, but there are electric lights, showers, hot and cold water and heat and daily maid service. Movies are shown nightly out of doors. There is even a set of free dishes given to the lucky ticket holder. ·For exercise, the company relies OR baseball and swimming in the San Joaquin. · Workmen dredged the river to make a pool which has a raft in the center on which the film beauties do a bit of sun bathing. bathing. It's an early to bed and early to rise for the crew. Up at 6 A. M., breakfast a half hour later, on the set at 7, shoot until 5 P. M., dinner at 6. movies' and lights generally out by 10 P. M. Dress Is Informal Informality in dress rules, from Miss Field, 'Scott, Renoir down to the technician engaged at the most minor task. When someone appears appears at dinner wearing a tie, coat or a chic dress, yells of surprise and scorn fill the air. For three and a half weeks the company will be at work by the river. Then ..back to the studio again for interiors. Miss Field, anxious to get to dera one morning, did the unex-ithe pected o f a Hollywood star thumbing a ride. She rode into town in a jalopy piloted by a who told her all he knew about cotton planting. Looked Like Schoolgirl Wearing a simple gingham dress, her hair in pigtails and completely without' makeup, the actress sat next to a Madera woman at a fountain. The housewife inquired of the surprised Miss Field what grade she was in at school. Miss Field did not explain she is the wife of Elmer Rice, a well known playwright, and the mother of children. __ *·.-. , i · t ' ·« t · ! teuui,v Percy Kilbnde rode a bus Fresno and tried to find landmarks connected with his past. Thirty eight years ago he began his as a juvenile with the Fresno Empire Stock. The company is accepting the i.... ,.,,...t--.... .. _ -- ^ ~ , , -- e, r0 ivn location as avacation. And it Is a v n p H t i n n w i t h nav Whn a vacation with pay. Who could ask for anything more?

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  1. The Fresno Bee The Republican,
  2. 02 Oct 1944, Mon,
  3. Page 22

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