Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 9, 1936 · Page 12
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 12

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, May 9, 1936
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Comedian Harold Lloyd Finds "Born Actors" Are Happiest n One of Lloyd's three magnificent estates is shown above, with the comedian himself in the foreground. This is the entrance walk with a great pool in the center, to Lloyd's Benedict Canyon estate near Los Angeles. seven years old, the most fun was that known as the "plate remover," which cost him 15 cents. ES5.&1. ' . A happy family this. Papa Harold H J - - - V t'f'T, Lloyd's screen efforts please millions' " f I OA- A I f. - - i and his reward is in being able to ' m A happy family this. Papa Harold Lloyd's screen efforts please millions and his reward is in being able to HE device consisted of a thin rubber tube his children with provide everything. Harold is the is with a squeeze bulb at one end, and a smaller, - TlBrfW " AYi X ! Pcccy, then Gloria. . '1 , ' Jr. on left; next Peggy, then Gloria. " ?i 15 n yy-i !.'.; Smiling, genial Harold Lloyd is shown above in a characteristic offstage moment. Out of character, he might be taken for an insurance agent or salesman anything, in fact, but an actor! XT'- heft deflated bulb at the other end. To prove to himself that he had mastered the trick young Lloyd invited his friend Albert for dinner. Albert arrived with his face washed and ears cleaned with tho admonition of his mother to say, "Please pass" when he wished anything at the Lloyd table. Steak was on the menu that night and when young Albert got his knife and fork securely into the meat, young Lloyd squeezed the bulb. The plate, to Albert's embarrassment, leaped up. V With each buck the young guest's embarrassment grow until tears filled his eyes. His youthful host kept a poker face. The family was puzzled also, as the Lloyds were unaware of their son's black magic. When Albert's plate was taken out, young Lloyd, by careful manipulation, slipped tho bulb under his coffee cup. When this, too, began to jump and shimmy, it dawned upon Albert that something was wrong. He shook his fists menacingly at Lloyd and thereafter was allowed to cat his dinner in peace. IT WAS not long after the plate moving trick that a hypnotist came to Lloyd's town. Those were the days when the "Professor" did his own exploitation work. His stunt was to put a woman or a man to sleep in the front window of a downtown furniture store and the natives lost sleep in trying to catch the sleeping subject taking food. Such show troupes carried their own "plants," but they also hired groups of town boys to add to the comedy. Lloyd was among the lot. Ho was paid a dollar by the "Professor" and told not to spoil the show. Once on the stage, the "Professor" began the monkey business. "Boys you are in a strawberry patch," he said with a wink to the audience. . "Now you are eating strawberries. You are Just gulping them down. Now, boys, you have eaten so many you have the stomachache." As he talked the boys went through tho pantomime of picking and eating the berries. Then at the proper time they doubled up in distress. The audience went into convulsions of laughter. "Now, boys, you are monkeys monkeys with fleas. Now you are roosters, waking everybody up with your crowing, etc. ..." This brought down the house. "Looking back on that experience," remarked Lloyd, "it seemed to me then the crowning achievement of my life. It was my first appearance before a real, live audience and how I loved it" Lovely Mildred Davis was Lloyd's leading lady in a number of his earlier comedies, but she abandoned her screen career to become his wife. And they're one of the most devoted couples in m. Even Life's Dull Moments Provide Drama For Players With 'Ham' Streak HAROLD LLOYD, hatless, In sweater shirt and white trousers, arrived for a business conference- nt bis studio from tho desert ho had been superintending tho building of n ranch homo. Following tho sesHlon ho stopped long enough to engage in a genernl conversation going on In tho next room. Tho subject was motion picture actors. "Actors." offered Lloyd when asked for his opinion, "mny bo divided Into two classes born and made. Tho born actors aro a brood In themselves. They aro tho sentimentalists, the troupers, tho ones to whom, In reality, nil tho world's a stage and lifo i.s a constant succession of second acts. "They are the ones with tho Indeliblo stamp, that Is often mistakenly enllcd 'a streak of tho hnm.' But for all the hammlshness, both In their professional and prlvnto lives, tho born actors aro usually bettor thcspluns than those that aro mado. "Do you follow mo? Tho mado actors must put across their work by tho technic they hnvo acquired by experience. Tho born nctor depends upon his ability to feel tho emotion tho role requires. Tho born actor gets tho samo satis- iiiSUma uiiiin i -vim rniX S Great Danes are Lloyd's hobby. His kennel of 65 Harlequin Great Danes is one of the finest in the world. He i.s shown above relaxing at his country estate with one of his prize winners. To this woman,. life was a piny and this was tho third act curtain and she played It liko a Bernhardt. "Rut tho other typo, tho made actor," he wont on, "lives in a world of realism, or at least in a world which ho believes to be very prosaic at best. He hasn't tho optimistic and romantic appreciation for It that the other fellow has. But the fact remains that he is some- faction out of acting as some men get out of reading poetry or drinking wlno. "It's an emotional effect. Ill ONCE was present," ho continued, "at tho death bed of an actress of this typo. Even though sho was dying, she gavo the grcntest performance of her career. Sho actually emoted at her own demise. "That will glvo you an Idea of what I mean. Many Stars Insist On Choosing Their Own Cameraman i wouldn't mnko any difference." Crosby continued with his man. Charlie Chnplln sees that Rolllo Totheroh is on hnnd whenever he hns the urge to mnko a picture, while Greta Garbo becomes voluble when threatened with the loss of her favorite cinemntogrnpher, William Dnnlels. Daniels knows the "length of tho shots" Garbo must thinks none of his pictures would be complete without this partlculnr lensmnn. THE revolt of George Rnft was spread on the front pages. Scheduled to piny opposite Carole Lombard, Raft walked out because ho feared tho cameraman would favor the actress In the shooting. The cameraman remained and Carole got a new leading man. n portanco of tho mnn behind tho camera, now ask, whon assigned to a new picture, not, "Who Is tho director?" but "Who is tho cameraman?" Many a pnmporcd lady will not oven don makeup unless her fnvorlto lensmnn, who is thoroughly familiar with her wishes concerning photographic angles, lighting and camera technic. Is on tho set to soo that sho gets "photographic justice." Studios resound with disagreements that hnvo arisen between high-salnrlod stars regarding times a better actor because he is less liable to overplay his part." "In real life, Harold, which type Is the happier?" the comedian was asked. "The realist whose world is comparatively prosaic or those born with their romantic, make-believe outlook?" "As a rule," returned Lloyd seriously, "I should say the romantics are the happier. "Because," he added, "they can dramatize even their misfortunes. And when they suffer they suffer like artists!" : . SEEING Lloyd off the screen minus his specs he seems no different from an insurance man, a golf pro or a traveling salesman. It is obvious he is not the romantic, dreaming type. He is lean and wiry, with black hair brushed straight ba'ck. Ho talks with great earnestness when serious, grins frequently and has one of the most contagious laughs in Hollywood. To all appearances he seems wholly untouched by the egocentric dangers that go with fame and fortune in the cinema capital. Ho has never forgotten that ho onco started as an extra. He has one standing rule in his press department. His boys must not permit him to appear In print as boasting or bragging. Burn In Burehard. Ncbr. (in 1803), In the days when a young orator by the name of William Jennings Bryan was representing his district in Congress and the Chicago World's Fair was consuming the front space of American newspapers. Lloyd says he can't remember the time when he was not stage crazy. "I can't recall ever wanting to be a fireman, a policeman or an engineer like the other boys in my neighborhood." recalled the comedian. "As far, back as I can remember I was stage crazy." His desire to follow dramatics began early with parlor tricks. In fact. Lloyd's friends say. he has not outgrown them to this day. On the set it is not uncommon to see the star comedian pull an egg out of a cameraman's mouth or bring forth a rabbit from behind theQnnk ears of the leading lady. The trick that gave young Lloyd, then about have and, therefore, tho stnr realizes his value to her picture. Marlene Dietrich is equally lnsistant upon Charles I-nng. and Richard Dix. who wns probably the discoverer of the Importance of sticking to one cameraman, has Insistod throughout the years that Edward Cronjager photograph him., OLIVER HARDY, who co-stars In Hal Roach comedies with Stan Laurel, comes by his weight, 265 Is Fox studio and Shirley Temple running- a race with. Father Time? That question is being asked over and over again by those who have watched the mad rush to shoot a Templo picture. Shirley has made 14 feature length pictures In 36 months, and her last picture waa shot in the record time of 28 days. The achievement Is all the more remarkable If not questionable when It Is considered that Shirley has been required by her bosses BUT a span of years have brought many changes since those days in the life of Harold Lloyd. In the interim, he has advanced from an extra at $3 a day to the producer of his own pictures, has married his leading lady, Mildred Davis, and Is the head of a family consisting of three children. When not working, Lloyd can be found at either of his three homes, the one at Beverly Hills, or the one on the Santa Monica beach, or the new one now under construction on the Mojave desert. He is a lover of good music, both classical and popular, but he dislikes opera. He is widely read, but when wishing to relax he reads detective stories. He considers a meal good if It consists of steak, well done, and apple pie. He plays golf frequently with Bing Crosby and always beats him. He finds Richard Arlen and Director Leo McCarey In his own class, shooting about the same as he. He donates the Lloyd cup for the Pacific Coast Golfing champion each year. His pet hate is making speeches He likes being a comedian and is the only living funny man, perhaps, who does not want to play Hamlet! their "rights" to this or that photographer. Sometimes tho disagreements are settled amicably and at other times real feuds spring forth. The "squawk" which aroso between Mae West and Blng Crosby was not publicized and yet Karl Struss, cameraman, was caught In the cross-fire. Struss had already been assigned, and was working on the Crosby picture when Mae started work. Hut Mae wanted Struss Just tho same. So did Crosby. A conference waa called. resulted In Mne contenting herself with George Clemens, Richard Dix pounds, naturally. His mother and father. Mr. and Mrs to team irom six 10 seven cl- i t , songs In some of her pic- ; 1 tures. to learn and rehearse Intricate dnnce routines, besides memorize countless words of dialogue. Those who haw seen Shirley recently believe the strenuous exercise undergone In dancing hns caused her to "shoot up" more rapidly than she would have otherwise. They say the "j-angllng age" I not far In the distance. Arthur Jefferson of London. England, tip the scales, respectively, 220 and 251 pounds. His four brothers and sisters each weigh 200 pounds or better, and his four aunts and uncles have a combined poundage of 920 pounds. For years Cecil B. DeMille has hfir Victor Mtlner assigned to all his productionsr Milner has already one Academy award and DeMllla Hing Crosby first .Assistant to Struss whom Mae waa told was lung familiar with Struss' modus operandi and therefor "It PAGE FOUR-B O O o o

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