OAKLAND TRIBUNE, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 1937 i 1 .... i 'She Ha Consistently Made -.The Best of Her Parts,' "Says This Observer of Film ,.. Players, 'By Studying and f Investing Them Sincerely' . By WOOD SOANKS - SK Mary Carlisle to what' she ascribes her success in pic- ., '- .... . 1 u 1 tures ana she will reply that life lor her has Been .opuieiu in lucky breaks. ' ,. .' Inquire into the matter a litte more carefully and it will be found that- these '"breaks" are chiefly of her own fashioning, Still further exploration into' the Carlisle case will disclose that the thing about Miss Carlisle that has paid the- best dividends is that she is a sound workman. ., She is one of those rare individuals who is .able to make herself noticed inany and all circumstances hot by her pretty face or by her trim ngure or ner iasmonaDie wuwca,. for Hollywood is full of girls with pretty faces and trim figures and fashionable clothes who never get Within hailing distance of a movie camera but by her refusal to be submerged by a , bad picture or a weak role." i" She has consistently made the best of her parts, one by one, giving them study, knowing and understanding, them,' and then investing, her characterizations with a sincerity oipur- pose that is at once obvious. That Is how she makes herself" . , noticed although, curiously enough," she .hasn't the faintest-notion that she is being noticed. c V ' , - ; A Wmt- A mr 1 'jd ' .u I , V ! Mary Carlisle Said to Attribute Her Success to - .... - Lucky Breaks, But Others Assert It Is Because She's Well Grounded 1 In Art and Can Make Her Presence Felt MARY CARLISLE, blue-eyed bIond,5feet, 1 1nch, -r-WMiam Walling photo 100 pounds m r l'.; r I u... - jm . x II . i. I I v.. , -'Wii-t - v. 'w-xw:N:rS- "1- - ,v '' f ' . liiilllll t " ' I trJ? r , ii.-.!.:' "f .- ' 1 - fc.-'Sfv; ,i S :iS!ifi ..;,;,,.: i . : . ' ' -:;. .'y '::.::-. ;:;::::y':-:::::V::y.; J: : ' fe-xv: .rS:.,;:- u.:-. :.ks& :0mt SI , . ' -. : : ' ; '::';-S; 'if i ' -: ttSA -frw&sW---: . -: :. 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" who has been out of the limelight,' but as the chat progressed the explanation was available. "How are you?". was her greeting.. "I haven't. seen you for ages not since I took a rest from pictures and went in for ' globe trotting on a big scale." ' ' ' ' . , I told her, trying to make it soun'd very convincing and not merely polite, that the screen had been poorer for her absence. Miss Carlisle was amused; -; , , - "The truth," she insisted, "is that I mean so little, comparatively, my reappearance on the screen after months will occa- sion almost no comment.,. You'll see. I will not haveibeen . missed at all. Perhaps that Is why this business of dropping out of sight for a time holds no terrors f or me whatever." Her prolonged absence, she , explained, started Innocently . enough. "It's a year ago last Christmas," she went on, 'that I decided tcf spend a holiday vacation In Honolulu. It was one of those , spur of the moment things and took no more than an hour to . decide, arrange and embark. I had a grand time and returned home prepared' to go to work. ...... -L -v" "But the day I arrived there was an offer from England to 'do a picture there. Negotiations were conducted by cable and the deal was let. Almost within hours I was on my way to New York and London. It wasn't so much tip trip that enticed the this lime as the idea of a new experience. "After I finished I returned to Hollywood again, the wanderlust bug attacked me and I accepted an invitation to make a trip through the South. In the middle of it I received a postdated contract from Paramount, delivered In June of last year but not effective until December. "There's nothing like the assurance of work at a certain time to put you in a vacation spirit. I'd had a taite of Europe in my trip to England, so I decided to take a good look at it. Before I was through I had traveled .all over, the ..British Isles, Ger-,. many, Italy, Switzerland everywhere that sounded inter-; ."ting." . . -L , TT was a long trip and a merry one, but she was not to unpack lher trunks as yet. The day she arrived at the studio she ' found It buzzing with 5 plans for the celebration of Adolph Zukofs Silver Jubilee. Players were wanted for personal appearance trips ffom coast to coast Miss Carlisle. volun- teered and took the Minneapolis and St; Paul territory. lasfMMffif'Bhe said. "I leaWeH h many thing ! neverkneW before things that rrtay help me,, from now on, in my screen work. In HollJ wood, engrossed fri making pictures, we are likely to forgei that they rnust be Hold; that f we would only take the trouble to. visit various part"of the country, study what people think about; pictures and profit from their reactions and opinions we certainly should be able to do our - part more intelligently." " ' - Well, she may have been learning"things-she probably was, J but at the same time she was being noticed." The proof of that particular pudding was in the pile 6f mail asking autographs. , It came not only from Minneapolis and St. Paul, but from all parts of the country where she has been visiting for the last year h so. Mary Carlisle makes friends without effort, and th player who makes menas nisomaKes prugieas. So it will not be at all surprising to the studio if the pub- - licity returns on "Turn Off the Moon," in which she take3 the -leading feminine role in support of Charles Buggies,' will be sufficiently important to offset the period she has been off the screen. r . " . t SHE'S a Boston girl, this Mary Carlisle, with sad eyes and an ability to laugh at life'As a matter of fact life has given her some pretty severe bumps one way or another. Her par-, ents moved' from Massachusetts to California when she was . slsrmonths-old; By the time she reached her third birthday Her father was &ead. T .' ' ' Like most of Hollywood's infants, she was given dancing lessons. Theodore Kosloff was one of. her teachers, 'and in later years this work "was to count. Her first rol6j.n films,.-, however, was arranged by an uncle who got her a small part in one of Jackie Coogan's pictures, "If I Were King," and then nothing happened focsome little time. '"A ""A When she was fifteen the took a test for the "Collegian"" ' series then being made; and was accepted as the perfect type for the pretty freshman. She appeared in a number of small , parts, but finally interest wan ed in the affaips of the perennial frosh and the studio writers turned to mOre serious drama. , A year passed without a Job. , , ' - - She was visiting at M"-G-M one day when the studio decided . to enroll a chorus. Some 4Q0 girls had been summoned, and for want of something better to do, Miss Carlisle got in. line. ' At the end of the day twowere chosen Mary Carlisle and Ann Dvorak. She stayed in the chorus, line for a month and was pulled out for a small part in "Montana Moon."., A-'' A A? It "y MWAAlMWAAAii. X yyf' ,y; ' ' .J- y MmmmiAmmis 'aJ mmi$immmm$mmk:i aa lftyivyittiil;J AAA . V'f'.; ' ; . .. 111!? A'A fiplilllii X TAX A: ' I-!.' a. !..;.'.! !i WlSSS ' Wise men agree this Wampas Baby Star of four years ago.-' "must have sofnerhing" William Walling photo HERE, once more, her knack of being noticed served her ''well.., When "Montana Moon;', was, finished, the studio . tore up her dancing contract and gave her an acting ticket, and Jn the next seventeen months she appeared in various, capacities itPseventeeri features, some of whichwere made at the home studio and many on loan. ; . "I don't mind going from one picture" to another," she said. "In fact I rather like it. I hope some day to become a great comedienne. I'd certainly. prefer to make people happy than sad there's sadness enough in the world as it is, although I .seem-tf have been singularly successful' in having it pass me . by, to'dat aianyrate;.'.;- ' . . , , Ur ; -...-And there you have Mary Carlisle, 5 feetjlnch, 100 pounds,1. , a blue-eyed blond whose favorite pastimes are going to picture . 'shows and buying transportation tickets, who clays a good game' of tennis and isn't the last in a swimmingNntest; and who can turn in as good an example of straight end fancy knit-., ting as the next one. - -A -" :AA ; -Furthermore, she's additional proof that all of the Wampas ' Baby Stars dont slip immediately into oblivion. It is four : years now sinceMiss Carlisle won the.Wampas nod, and the wise men along Hollywood Boulevard are still saying "She "must have something." s- y ' . - ,' v From where I sit, it looks'as if that "something" consisted of an ability to make her presence felt in a crowd without resorting either to handsprings or making goo-goo eyes at someor s husband, . ." 1 .
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