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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 13

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Saturday, March 28, 1936
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i, i v. . - lr I U I V. i, n Looking 'em Over . WITH ... GAIL GARDNER Five Star Motion Picture Editot FROM THE STUDIOS AND SOCIAL CENTERS OF HOLLYWOOD By Jane LJL& YOU'D be surprised what a price tag on a new suit of clothes can do to interrupt the harmony of existence. But you wouldn't be if you were Jean Hersholt, for he was the guy in the new suit bear-inir a Drice ta?. who had to be . followed all day by a bodyguard $$$sth to protect him from overzealous '"f'f: , Hollywood. DEAR FOLKS: One time "Ma" Kennedy told me the reason why What-a-man Hudson appealed so to the public was because all the world loved a lover. Apropos of nothing, I was thinking of this when 1 stopped in for a few minutes on the M-G-M set to watch Robert Montgomery play the lover in "Petticoat Fever." In this picture Bob is a lonely operator of a Labrador wireless station who finds adventure when to his isolated, snow-covered cabin come Myrna Loy and her sour-faced fiance, after a ship-wreck on the near-by coast. Bob loses his heart to Myrna at once. He holds her and her It used to be that the first contract for a film player immediately .sent him (or her) Into a frenzy of buying 16-cylinder automobiles equipped with symphonic horns and sun-rivaling spotlights, but those days have gone. Instead, the modern Thespian socks away the money. Left you see W. C. Fields, basking In his modest home all paid for. Upper center, lovely Carole Lombard, who could make a terrlfio splash, but doesn't. Upper right, Jack Oakie, a leader in the simplicity school. Below, Mrs. Jeanne Colbert with her very famous and thrifty daughter, Claudette. Flashy Actors Fade From Picture-Post-Depression Crop Favors Simplicity Gone Are The Days Ot Hot-Cha Plumbing In Movieville As Present Stars Bank Their Money, Buy Homes And Do Their Traveling In Moderately Priced Cars By Donna Risher price-tag pullers. No one, it seems, can resist pulling such a tag in the belief they are doing a favor. But in Jean's case the suit and the tag were necessary props for a sequence in a picture. FIRST, the make-up man "obligingly" yanked the tag off before Hersholt could stop him. A new one had to be sewed on before the actor went to lunch. In Jean Hersholt THE "flash" actors, who used to dominate in 1 Hollywood in the days before the depression, have bowed out. Old-timers say they can scarcely . the dining room, he barely prevented two people from tearing it off again, but a third party was a little too quick for him. The wardrobe man was called to sew the third tag back on the coat and then ordered to follow Hersholt for the rest of the day to prevent any fdrther acts of tag vandalism. THE world lost a "barking actress" when Sara Haden found her way into the movies. Sara, who is the daughter of the famed Charlotte recognize the place because it s so hard to find a black onxy bathtub or an Italian sunken garden! The fellows with the cream and green limousines, with autographed shirts and penchants for crashing royalty have sung their swan song. . The new crop, the boys and girls who have made money since the financial bottom dropped out, are taking things in their stride, saving as much money as possible and living simply with an eye out for the rainy day. If SI Donna Risher Walker, used to be a dog impersonator for her own stories on the radio. She can imitate, she admits, the yapping, barking, whining and snorting of such varied canine breeds as Chows, Pekinese, Russian Wolfhounds, Scotties, Great Danes, St. Bernards and English Shepherds. The other day out on the Fox lot, filming was disrupted when Sara and Jane Withers got into a barking contest. Jane herself ii no slouch of a barker, having Bob Montgomery and Myrna Loy in "Petticoat Fever." fiance prisoners until she consents to marry him. As I approached the stage, Myrna and Bob were sitting face to face, knees touching. Myrna was saying in that throaty voice, "I'm sure you and Sir James will hit it off. He's a man's man, too." Montgomery drew his chair closer. "I'm not a man's man," he confided. "I'm a, well, I don't get much chance to be a woman's man up here. But I know you are the most beautiful woman in the world. Why . . . I . . ." He was interrupted by the soft voice of Director George Fitzmaurice. "I think you should be a little more ardent there Bob." "Pleasure." grinned Montgomery. HE TOOK up his lines again, perfectly oblivious to the organized flurry of activity around him. Cameramen peered through "finders" and gave orders to electricians, who surried about. A prop man watched the "snow" outside the heavy windows to see that it didn't slip. An assistant director gave the okay for the lights. "Dear, I love you," Montgomery started over again as he reached for Myrna's hand, on which she wore the engagement ring of another man, "if drive a long car with all the gadgets so dear to the hearts of the stars of yP3terday. instead, he motors about in one of the most popular medium-priced cars, indistinguishable from that owned by the girl who "helps out" at the MacMurrays. W. C. Fields lives in a ranch house with the outdoors for neighbors. Fields, who knows full well the meaning of poverty, has carefully saved his money through the years until he could get a "roof over my head." "And when I am old," he declared in discussing the matter recently, "I will still have a roof over my head." JACK OAKIE, who would be suspected of being the flashy type by those outside of the movie colony, refuses to live in one of those Romanesque palaces perched on a hillside which housed the favorites a decade ago. Instead, he lives with his mother quietly or as quietly as Jackie can live in a modest home. Claudette Colbert, being French and thrifty, has acquired a reputation not only as a good business woman who counts the pennies, but as one who saves those pennies as well. CLAUDETTE parted with about $50,000 recently when she built a new home in West-wood, where she and her mother and husband. Dr. Joel Pressman, reside. But her best friends say Claudette can save more money than any other movie star, except Garbo, in the business. Bing Crosby, who makes money faster than any one man in the colony, indulges in hobbies like racing stables occasionally, but he has also used discretion in investing it. Bing's Rancho Santa Fe will always remain the permanent home of the Crosby family; therefore, he paid a pretty penny for it. His investments, Wo, in phonograph companies have paid him well, his friends say, while his luck in backing prizefighters has, to date, yielded him an income which fluctuates with the fortunes of the ring. Sara Haden There's Carole Lombard, for instance. Carole has been around Hollywood quite a few years now and she has made good money. She could "put on the dog" in no uncertain style if she wanted to. But she doesn't want to. Her's is a modest "family-style" home, intimate and comfortable. It is a house to live in, not to show off FRED MacMURRAY is doing all right, too. Fred lives simply in a two-room apartment with his mother. They've got one girl, the Mac-Murrays have, for "servants." She helps Mother MacMurray with the dishes and keeps Fred's socks separated from his shirts. Fred could afford a few servants, including a gentleman's gentleman, if he wished. He could dubbed animal voices for animated cartoons before she got her break in pictures. LESLIE HOWARD was all set to ride away into Mantua in a scene from "Romeo and Juliet," but his horse refused to remain quiet while he jumped off the wall of Juliet's garden. Every time Howard jumped the horse jumped. Without cracking a smile, Director George Cukor solemnly read the stage directions to the horse and, believe it or not, the horse remained perfectly still as the camera recorded the scene without a hitch. "That," remarked Cukor, "is driving horse sense into a horse." studios where I discovered the man who started the legend that ostriches bury their heads was talking about ant eaters. Certainly no one in little Jane Withers' company expected the ostrich to stick his head through the heavy glass door but neither did anyone expect the ostrich to do what he did. THE scene was a pet shop and everything was going smoothly until the ostrich, who had been acting quite gentlemanly, saw some white mice in M ISCELLANY: Rochelle Hudson resplendent in a sports coat of the new watermelon shade. Frank M. Thomas, recently signed from the New m an open glass pen. Scene from "Little Miss Nobody," with Jane Withers. York stage, checking in for a screen test. Walter Abel telling Frances Sage what he saw in a Los Angeles court. Blond Claire Trevor in a black wig for a new movie test, and Michael Whalen giving his sister Claire, who has been ill, devoted attention. HOPE springs eternal . . . Fifteen years ago a screen and stage player of international fame with producers in Hollywood and New York clamoring for his services; today a humble '.'bit" player. With a cry that somewhat resembled the sound "Ork," the bird went berserk in an effort to get off the set. His unexpected ferocity and speed gave everyone else the same idea. Someone rescued the camera, but the microphone "boom" was tipped over in the excitement. One kick of the bird's giant foot upset a counter in the petetore and another shatteredSjpIate glass windtft The frigntened bird's trainer finally quieted him nnrl thp rlirprtnr rlimrl fhp filminc T nrMiimp you leave me, life will end for me." Director Fitzmaurice watched intently. I didn't know until I saw ;0u that roses bloonO that starsahine overhead, that birds sing to their mates . . "Ah. that's perfect," complimented Fitzmaurice. "Sorry, but we'll end this sequence here. We've got to do the dog scene." Myrna arose and walked towards her dressing room. "Ta, ta. Bob," she threw back over her shoulder, "all the world loves a lover and are you good?" After the love scenrfTl) drifted over to Fox Claire Trevor because J)taking my cue fSnvan Arab standing p- mM IfiLXJ Mihi But Gaston Glacis hopeful of a comeback that will at least restore a measure of his former ileal uy, ijuicLijr siujc away. i i Cordially yours, GAlQ Ginger Rogers, Frank MorSn and Harriet Hilliard In a scene from "Follow the Fleet." O CO? PAGE FIVE S

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