The Indianapolis Star from Indianapolis, Indiana on April 4, 1935 · Page 10
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Thursday, April 4, 1935
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THE TXnTAXAPOLIS STAlt, THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 19.3.5. NELSON EDDY BIDS FAIR TO BECOME SCREEN'S FA VORITE ROMANTIC HERO 10 XX COCHIN IWTCICK. THER MALE STARS nf Hollywood are likely to so into total if temporary eclipse, before the eyes nf fans who attend "Naushty Marietta" at Lnnw's Palaeo next week, when a perfect slransrr, Nelson Kddy, appears on the screen in his first feature role. Sink us if the feminine ronlineent doesn't declare this tood-looklng barytone the most promising ladies' man the movies have had since Clark Cable came out of nowhere to make susn pti'jlc heart beat faster. He has what It taken to succeed ' in the picture theaters, where customers d e. m a n d realism in their romance. His rich, manly voice ts highly regarded in concert and opera no crooner, this one. And when ha s i n g s, you dnn'l have to close your eyes to imagine him as a hero. He's young, virile, tall and handsome. We confidently expect that "X auirhty Marietta" will do for him and for Jeanette MacDon-ald what "One Kight of Love" did for Grace Moore. He'll become a star overnight Where has he been all these years? Well, for a good part of the past two years he's been in Hollywood, learning the business from the bottom up. Ha p 1 a y d two or three bit parts just for the experience, nnd those of us who saw him do the "Carlo" num-br in "Student Tour" knew what was coming. He first went to Los Angeles, however, to Rive a concert -the audience demanded eighteen encores and talent scouts rushed him to the studio for a screen test. Bhode Islund Horn. Eddy was born in Providence, R. I., thirty-three years ago, son of an inventor who specialized in submarine devices. But his own inclinations were artistic and he went into the newspaper business in Philadelphia to express himself. Wo expect an occasion headline hunter like The Star's own Claude A. Ma-honey to tell a good story, but can you imagine a singing reporter? Kddy was just that in the five years 'he pursued the elusive item for three papers in the Quaker City. He made his first stage appearance with a benefit show in i022. As his musical ambitions grew, he quit the press, a jealous master, for less rigorous work with an advertising agency. But as his singing took up mote and more of his time, he threw everything else overboard and landed a berath with the Savoy Opera company in Philadelphia. He made his New York debut in 19".l. Today he's in a class with Lawrence Tibbett as a concert artist and bids fair to pass him far as a romantic hero of the cinema. He's a blue-eyed blond, H feet tall, with a strong, athletic frame, a serious mind and a sense of humor. His acting is easy and natural, with none of the windmill effects common in opera techoique. He intends to divide his future between screen, conceit and opera work. He and Miss .MacDonald will team again in "May-time." He is not and never has been married. Watch his smoke. W ' I ' A I A it MCLSOX KDDY. Paree" on the stage at the Lyric, yesterday afternoon persuaded Carl Nicsse, manager of the Ambassador, to let him in to see himself on the screen in "Rumba." He appears prominently in Cuban Aancing scenes of that George Raft picture. . . , Kd Resener, Reagan Carey, "(Jib" Wilson, Russ Kgert and "Jake" Morris, members of the Lyric orchestra who were with Charlie Davis in the old days, are seeing Charlie's short subject on the screen this week at every show. She's "(loin' to Town." FRIDAY, May 3, will ha "Mae Day" at the Indiana theater. ENGAGED AT CARS. I.ederer Is in and Out. FRANCIS LEDERER. the cinema Mar who came from Hollywood to talk to DePauw students on "Peace" Tuesday, left Indianapolis by plane early yesterday afternoon without giving his local admirers much of a chance to get acquainted with him. He arrived at 3 o'clock Tuesday morning and wasn't up and dressed at the Columbia Club until noon, when he was already due in Green-castle. So our one impression of him was his extreme politeness in insisting that every one precede him through the front door on the way out. He's J I'luees at 1 Time. ROBERTO GALVAN, young Mexican singer featured in "La Vie 11 f jim ' Ji J aw... S A GR TARrTOrJOIN : FILMDOAA'S IMORTMS . . Henry Moffett and his band are being presented at Thn Cars fop a limited engagement. Kolx-rt 1'ritch-ard, trombonist, Is tbu featured singer. T BROADWAY IS DIVIDED ON STATE LAW PERMITTING SUNDAY 'LEGIT' SHOWS NEW YORK, April 3.-IU.P.)-Broadway got up on its hind legs tonight and proceeded to take apart, pro and con, the legislation passed by the Assembly at Albany today striking the Sunday theater "blue laws" off the books. Even though the world's greatest theatrical district was still a couple of hurdles away from becoming a bright light sector on the Sabbath, that didn't stop the ladies and gentlemen of the ensemble from discussing the matter vehemently tonight and taking outspoken sides on the issue. Frovides Local Option. The measure, passed by a vote of 100 to 40, was sent to Governor Lehman for signature. To become law, it must be approved here at city hall, since Sunday performances under the Berg bill are a matter of local option. The same routing faced a companion bill passed today, 116 to 21, requiring producers to give actors, actresses and other employes one day of rest out of every week. ' There was still violent opposition to the legislation, however. Officials of Actors Equity Association reiterated they would carry on their fight against the bills, which they gay are sponsored by "chiseling" managers and are not favored by actors. "Ridiculous," answers William A. Brady, dean of producers and chairman of the legitimate theater code authority, a leader of the battle to open the playhouses on Sunday, Says Bank and File Favor, "Only the highly paid stars and most of them are foreigners want their week-ends to themselves," said Brady. "And even then, they are perfectly willing to go on the radio pn Sunday tor a fat fee. "They are the 'aristocrats" of the theater, who own homes on Long Island; house pets, I call them. But the rank and file of the theater want that extr day's pay. These poor devils, can't get on the radio. "It la high time Equity came to It tenses. The 'aristocrats' number about three hundred of their 1,700 membership. "The producers have striven for ten years to correct this discrimination against the legitimate theater, which permits Sunday night perform-utall it tha movie houses, night clubs, music halls, circus arenas and six-day bicycle tracks. Kquity members participated in, many of these. "All such performances are actually violating an ancient law, too, but they are overlooked, except in the case of the legitimate theater. Permitted Klsewbern. "Similar laws exist in other states, but nevertheless Equity permits legit imate theater performances in Chicago, Cleveland, St. Paul, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and San Francisco, for instance. Then why do they demand enforcement of the letter of the law only in New York?" Brady predicted the bills would become law and enough members of Kquity would approve of them to make Sunday performances possible when the theatrical season resumes this fall. Dr. H. L. Bowlhy, general secretary of the Lord's Day Alliance, wired the Governor for another hearing on the bills which he wishes vetoed. "Some day there'll be a reckoning on this violation of the Christian Sunday," said Dr. Bowlby, who would ban all Sunday movie performances in America, too, if that could be achieved. Actor Denies Romance With Princess Mdivani REN'O, Nev., April 3.(TWames Blakeley, socialite film artnr, rnded tonight a two-day visit here with his former fiancee, Trincess Barbara Huttnn Mdivani, and denied again there had been any revival of their romance, Blakeley mid ho had enme here from Hollywood Monday night "purely as a very close friend" of the $10,000,000 Woolworth heiress who discarded him two vears ago In favor of the dashing Prince Alexis of trans-Caucasian Georgia. While Reno buzzed with reports that the princess might turn again to her former admirer as soon as she obtains a Nevada divorce, Blakeley had a "No" for every question along mat line, He said he didn't plan to marry any one and that the princess's prospects were the same "as far aa I OUT OF THE SCREEN A I .-m h V l;l: ry 1 r " ' jj TME WML1D) PMIEMniEEIE F 'TOUdSffllTY MAIRIIIETTA" WAS NEW YdDRK'S BIGGEST THUD BALL . . . ID) WT TAKE ttJR WMB IFOPm HT! EEAB WMAT HUE MTI SAID: i A new movie ttar emerged from the Capitol screen when Nelson Eddy appeared opposite Jeanette MacDonald in 'Naughty Marietta ... his fine, full powered voice is admirably suited to the Herbert score ... a welcome addition to the screen, he brings to it a canny sense of comedy and plenty of savoir faire."-Kate Cameron, N. Y. Daily Nem "Superlative for 'Naughty Marietta t ItU the top, the $uper-itrato$phere of mutical motion picture entertainment! In Nelson Eddy, who debuts so auspiciously as Jeanette MacDonald' hero, the screen has found a thrilling thrush, possessed not only of rare vocal tone, but of personality and form and features cast in the heroic mold. At the film's Capitol Theatre world premiere, a madly enthusiastic audience applauded each song to an extent that made, the dialogue Immediately following inaudible.? -Regina Crewe, V. Y, American A tcreen operetta which would have delighted it$ com-poier. Encountering Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in splendid voice, W. S. Van Dyke has made a photoplay which is gayly romantic and rhapsodically tuneful. Such fortissimo singing as Mr. Eddy and Miss MacDonald provide for those rapturous love 'songs has not been heard in a motion picture theatre since 'One Night of Love'. Mr. Eddy's distinguished baritone insures him a spotlight on the screen. Miss MacDonald, of course, is an accomplished actress as well at a first-class soprano. Then, for humor, there is Frank Morgan as the hilariously baffled Governor of New Orleans," Andre Sennwald, N.Y, Times t,Jtt it ter-rific. MacDonald-Eddy are the new team sensation of the industry. Their duet of 'Sweet Mystery of Life5 is the grandest thing ever recorded!" -Ed. Sullivan, N. Y. Daily Newi "Those advance enthusiasms were Justified, Nelson Eddy is a find, and Metro-Coldwyn-Mayer has wisely put him in a part well suited to his acting ability and magnificent voice. Jeanette MacDonald is at the top ! It is a happy part for her; and Mr. Eddy seems the ideal co-star. This handsome version of his operetta should please even Victor Herbert himself. Eileen Creelman, A'. Y. Sun jig? M 'Naughty Marietta is a personal triumph, for Nelson Eddy. Already famous on the concert stage, Mr. Eddy Is established as a definite screen personality. -Rose Pelswick, N. Y. Journal "Virtually perfection of cinema light opera. The triumph of 'Naughty Marietta is registered by Nelson Eddy, who has a brilliant baritone voice. He is engaging and good-looking and seems to me a far more valuable acquisition than even the celebrated Mr. Tibbett." -Richard Watts, Jr., N.Y, Herald-Tribune "A great screen operetta sung to perfection. Possessed of a brilliant baritone voice, handsome Mr. Eddy has a way about him, which, with his singing ability should make him one of cinema's outstanding figures. Not even the great Lawrence Tibbett has ever sung before the screen microphone with more telliijg effect or beauty. MacDon aid's is a stunning performance both vocally and dramatically. .-William Boehnel, N. Y. World-Telegram "Great entertainment! An exquisite film, so rich musically, and strong in story, it makes the average musical movie seem tawdry. Handsomely produced and skillfully directed it features the splendid voices of soprano Jeanette MacDonald and baritone Nelson Eddy. The story is dramatic, its tender charm contrasted with stirring scenes of action and suspense. Bland Johaneson, N. Y, Daily Mirror I rvTD a mvi ti 1 ma . i PmImJ m r.KPV mausK in uu ui i m waiwiw ' , 1 )M) nil HH. :f,-jPim Sf-'fWWSiSA "t?fi4 ....... . ..

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