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part II 30 - n SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1941 Donat Deadlock May...
n SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1941 Donat Deadlock May at Last Be Broken By Edwin Schctllert May it all prove true that Robert Donat will be inveigled into coming to America to star in George Bernard Shaw's "Captain Brassbound's Conversion." For from the standpoint of the moviegoer he is not fulfilling his cinema destiny by sojourning sojourning in England. There are, of course, a set of complications to prevent his transference to this country, and I have an idea that if he does make the trip it will only be for the picture, and that he will thereafter return to his native land. When I once talked with him here he felt that his health did not thrive (what a blow to the Chamber of Commerce) because of an asthmatic condition. However, the next visit might tell a different story regarding this particular situation. Anyway Gabriel Pascal, adventurous and persuasive producer, on his jaunt to New York, will attempt to settle once and for all the issue of whether Donat may sign for a picture to be made in Hollywood. Time that has elapsed since he was here previously is now nearly eight years. Furthermore there are strange hiatuses even in Donat's screen appearances, as for instance the present one. For he has done nothing of which the fans in this country have been cognizant since "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." He seems to defeat the rule that a star cannot remain popular who does not annually have at least two or three film engagements. In "Count of Monte Cristo" and "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," he triumphed, especially in the latter, and fully six years separated these. Naturally, the pictures in their content counted for a great deal. Communiques From Film Front Larry Darmour, producer, and James Hogan, director, will have to find a new male star for the "Ellery Queen" series of pictures, pictures, because Ralph Bellamy's contract has run out. J. C. Nugent, who, came out here to view "The Male Animal," has been signed for a featured character part in the "Queen" sequence, and lie and his' son, Elliott Nugent, are working on a new play for the fall. Barbara Jo Allen has signed a one-picture one-picture one-picture deal with Paramount Paramount studio. She was last in "Buy Me That Town," gangster comedy-melodrama. comedy-melodrama. comedy-melodrama. Because the short picture, "Minstrel Days," in which many old-time old-time old-time black-face black-face black-face artists were impersonated, was a hit, J. L. Warner instructed Gordon Hollingshead, producer, producer, to prepare another film called "Vaudeville Days," which will be a cavalcade of America's variety entertainment. Jean Negulesco will direct the film, and George Beatty has been working on the script. Evelyn Keyes Chosen for 'Martin Eden' Next up for Evelyn Keyes, young Columbia star, is "Martin Eden," with Glenn Ford and Claire Trevor, and this should be one of her more colorful opportunities. Miss Keyes has done interesting interesting work in several pictures, though I still think her outstanding outstanding performance was as the slightly daft ingenue in "The Lady in Question." It's a pity for her sake that the picture itself itself did not rate a larger audience. But that at all events helped to establish her definitely. All right, too, was her portrayal in "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," and that film means a real build-up build-up build-up because it has scored such a success. 'Probably this "Martin Eden," from the famous Jack London story, will, therefore, come along just at the right time. Miss Keyes' competition will be the promising Glenn Ford and clever Claire Trevor. Among the younger actresses, she evidences quite marked acting talent. Hither and Yon With Stars Monty Woolley, of "Man Who Came to Dinner" fame, is stopping stopping off to visit with his brother at Cheyenne, Wyo. He left here by Streamliner. Phil Silvers, who rates as a very clever screen comedian, lias been borrowed by 20th Century from Warners for one of the main roles, that of a newspaperman, in "Roxie Hart," new version of "Chicago." . Ray Mala, who Avas top-notch top-notch top-notch in "Eskimo" a few years ago, will play a part in "Son of Fury." "Nobody Lives Forever" is being readied by Scripter Dale Van Every for Ann Sheridan and Humphrey Bogart. Robert Kent, Virginia Vale and Vince Barnett will be seen in "Blonde Comet," written by Martin Mooney, and to be directed by William Beaudine for Monogram release. Reel Notes Reeled Off Briefly Edward J. McNamara, champ player of policemen on Broad-, Broad-, Broad-, way, returns from the East Coast to do a part in "Arsenic and Old Lace." Jack Hively has signed a directorial contract with Paramount. Evelyn Ankers, Patric Knowles, Warren William and Ralph Bellamy will be seen in "Destiny," horror feature, in which Claude Rains, Dick Foran and Maria will New Film Sleuth Sought Barbara Jo Allen Signs Evelyn Keyes Role Set 20th Borrows Silvers Ray Mala Will Return for years Mall, Alvin is with tional is as a By the have The (ex-producer) (ex-producer) now huge few fine but to on W. blues," his of is Pier spot Bells ducer de Hollywood from they arrange follow the Sam's fighter had kayo. NO-BELLS cafe had dog Hit Belong and fare less Two My the job with sic" tunes give "I'll too will bled a A Turner: When to think "After her loves Garbo fantastic! see or son. one said: nun;

Clipped from The Los Angeles Times25 Oct 1941, SatPage 30

The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California)25 Oct 1941, SatPage 30
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