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used MAURICE CHEVALIER TO MAKE FUTURE PICTURES IN EAST * · « BROADWAY OFFERS BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR FINDING CO-STARS FOR FRENCH VERSIONS OF HIS TALKIES BY GEXE COHX , XEA Service Writer NEW YORK, March 00.--Maurice Chevalier, ranking favorite among Paramount's male stars, so it Is said, Is likeiy to make practically all future pictures at Astoria, L. I.-and I.-and there are going to be plenty of special tunes for him to sing \\-hen he makes them. This decision h'as been made with no particular nose thumbing at Hollywood, but rather because the newest talkie making problems are most easily solved here. For instance--all Chevalier films are now done in French as well as English versions, and Broadway has a number of folk to draw on whose French is as excellent as their acting. * * » Thus, Claudetie Colbert--Chevalier's Colbert--Chevalier's leading woman in "The Smiling t Lieutenant," now being made--is j French by birth and has a very good ' chance of remaining in leads with the French comedian. Miriam Hopkins, also in a leading role, isn't so bad at the."polly voo"' stuff herself. And there are several French dramatic companies to draw from for tbe Paris product. And Chevalier is, as everyone knows, an Idol of his homeland as well as one of the best box office attractions on the American screen. Gary Cooper is looked upon as Paramount's second best bc-t among the male actors for the coming year. Ernst Lubitsch 5s directing the new picture and, thanks to his re-' cent radio appeamaces. one of Chev-l alSer's? feature soncs has already been ! heard hereabouts. It is "Boasoir." ' Chevalier, it is said, prefers to live in New York, and here he dwells In a quiet and Frenchy hotel In the Fifties. He is not numbered among the city's night-lifers and gad-abouts NHd (Maurice Chevalier) gets around the King (George Barbicr) flattery in this scene from "The Smiling Lieutenant" but he enjoys a contact with Metropolitan Metropolitan events--a habit acquired from long residence In Paris. Speaking of tbe foreign language} versions of taJking film stories, the Pox people have just brought over an entire company of famous Spanish | actors, gathered from Barcelona,! Madrid and Seville. There are 12 al-i together and they -will make x stories i Intended for the markets of South America--one of the largest film consumers--of consumers--of Cuba, Spain and Mexico. The status of Michael Arlcn. far as the films are concerned, remains slightly vague. Arlen. after some yeara of during -which his health collapsed, forcing him into the mountains, been prowling about the Broadvray spots. obviously dickering -with the cinema. His conferences were entirely entirely -with Samuel Goldwyn, and material was to he smart stuff for the use of Ronald But, dc?r,jte fat moaey offers,

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  1. The Evening Standard,
  2. 23 Mar 1931, Mon,
  3. Page 6

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