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Wa-leska," 'Freak Actor Handicapped Most of Specialty Stars Fade Rapidly By The United Press HOLLYWOOD, July 26 Of the many persons who have crashed to brief movie fame because they were suited for "freak" parts, only three or four have managed to achieve success for more than a picture or two. The outstanding exceptions are Johnny Weissmuller, still active in "Tarzan" roles; Ray Mala, who has forsaken Eskimo parts and Larry Crabbe, swimmer, now playing straight leading men's roles. Weissmuller has not dropped into obscurity because his studio did not let the public get tired of him by placing the swimmer in too many pictures. Eskimo 'Glossed Over' Ray Mala attracted national attention attention when talent scouts discovered discovered the Eskimo and cast him a leading role in "Eskimo." Although Mala had lived in Hollywood for five years prior to his "discoverey." he was instructed to gloss over that. Studio executives were continually embarrassed, however, when interviewers interviewers greeted the supposedly new discovery by his first name and were well acquainted with him. Mala had earned a place for himself himself in Hollywood, prior to his "discovery." "discovery." as a cameraman. He learned the craft from members of a motion picture company that visited his native Alaska. Accused of Fakery Because of this, the studio was accused of fakery, although Mala was reared in the North and had a full-blooded full-blooded full-blooded Eskimo mother. On the advice of Frank Borzage, famous director, and Francis Lederer. screen star. Mala sought roles other than Eskimo parts and was successful. He played a South Sea island native in "Last of the Pagans." and another native in "The Jungle Princess." Following those pictures he was placed in a straight role of a government agent in "Robinson Crusoe." Mala says he hopes to play straight roles most of the time, reverting to native parts not more than once a year. His decision was prompted by the skyrocketing and decline of such overnight successes as Max Baer, Reri, the Polynesian girl; Eleanor Holm Jarrett, Jack Dempsey and others who appeared in a single picture and then faded from the Hollywood scene. Dates for National the the ging free-lance felt about she to "It "that and Leslie character back route that ranch Miss firct so which fussing her grove refrigerator into the the on will Pons a on as - the team

Clipped from The Pittsburgh Press26 Jul 1937, MonPage 16

The Pittsburgh Press (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)26 Jul 1937, MonPage 16
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