Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 16, 1936 · Page 12
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · Page 12

Albany, Oregon
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Saturday, May 16, 1936
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Box Office Suffers When Stars Marry Tel mh- i! ife'' The success of this great starring triumvirate may indicate that studio lljBi ;: "7, "H11 fci'fy-l ' ' ""f r-I ' ' SsS r executives are mistaken. Myrna Loy, Clark Gable and Jean Harlow have fi p j AVl ' ;$ V JjggJjL 'SftpSyf .-yp all been married, yet each enjoys increasing screen fame. Jp! If " 'Wx Bing Crosby, his wife, Dixie Lee, and their children, Dennis Michael (left) and Phillip Lang Crosby. Far from hiding his martial state, Bing is proud to be a devoted husband and father. Marlcne Dietrich and Gary Cooper Seem to Thrive Whether Married or Single. Press Agents Are Sad At Any Publicity Of Weddings or Divorce WhichDullsGlamour By CAM RAWLENS MOVIE marriages are swell stuff for newspaper and magazine writers to yarn about but the studio bonnes, who live with an cyo on the box office ensh register, they're Just ono large pain, Tho studio gents aro the first to deny this but tho fact romalns that when n handsomo hero or a glnmorous gal leaps Into matrimony, It hurts and hurls nt tho payoff window. In this regard, thoro's tho somewhat baftllng case of Bing Crosby. Young Mr. Crosby carries plenty of weight on the payroll, but tho studio Just can't stop him from publicizing himself as a something more thnn proud pnpa of three bouncing offsprings. So far as Bing la ' concerned, tho good old romantic appeal can go climb a few trees he's not going to put any hush around his happy, married existence All this brings up ft monumental puzzlo for Paramount's press agents, who, like all good p.a.'a. delight In going into slathers over tho fact that their male stars hnve plenty of "It" with which to set female hearts a-fluttor. But what can you do when tho actor is forever getting himself In print as a devoted husband? Tho boys shako tholr heads In sadness. Joan Blondcll, Whose Ardent Fans Sighed With Relief When She Gained Her Freedom. without undue mental strain how it would feel to bo crushed In Warner's amis. Now that Clark Gable is once more an unmarried man, a few thousand or maybe it's million -feminine hearts can flutter with renewed vigor. He'll be reported engaged or "interested In" plenty of beauteous damsels, probably, but so long as the preacher hasn't actually pronounced those fateful words, femalo fans can have their hopes and their little fantasies In which they play a leading rolo with the star. That goes, too, for Bill Powell and his ex-wife, Carole Lombard. Miss Ixmibard, no mean eyeful, has a tremendous following among the lads of the world,and when she sweeps Into a movie drawing room regally done up In evening garments, calculated by astute designers to prove Just how shapely she is well, It's no wonder her fan mall is on with great discretion, however, and Janet's place In the movlo heaven wasn't materially disturbed . probably because tho fans reasoned that so charming a young lady couldn't have had any part In anything discordant! WARNER BAXTER, another Twentieth Century-Fox star, has been married for years, and his popularity Isn't materially affected. Tho Warner Baxters (sho was Winifred Rry-son and they met in tho old Morosco stock company In Los Angeles) differ In ono respect from a great many movlo marriagers. She has long since retired from the acting profession, and devotes herself to their home. This automatically puts her out of the glaring spotlight of publicity turned on Hollywood's people-- and tender young things can go right on Imagining tho largo side. Tho gals look longingly on lovely Carole, also but for a different reason. Her manner, her clothes and so forth attract women; her beauty and personality attract a male following. Just whore Jean Harlow figures In the picture is a problem. She's been In and out of matrimony a number of times now and her studio bosses rather wish she'd stay one way or the other. It's getting something more than difficult for them. THEN there's Joan Blondcll, formerly married to George Barnes, cameraman. Joan's eye appeal Is Grade A, no denying that: her ardent fans unquestionably sighed large and loud sighs of relief when she. too. split up her marriage. There was a great shaking of heads in a dubious fashion at Fox one day a couple of years back. Pat Patcrson, lovely English lassie, who had been brought from London by the then top man, Winfleld Shechan, met Charles Boyer and promptly flew to Yuma with him and they were married. At that time, Boyer hadn't the successes back of him he subsequently achieved (In this country, anyway), and everyone maintained that Pat was a chump to marry when she was Just getting started. Well, the Patcrson-Boyer marriage is still on. Both players are under contract to Walter Wanger and doing all right, thank you. The Boyer man seems to have a happy faculty for speed in his attractions, for he won a great following just about as fast as ho won a wife. However, even the romance connected with their sudden elopement isn't too greatly ballyhooed reasons being tho same as in the rest of the cases. No better examples, by the way. of keeping the spotlight on the lady and letting the gent content himself with very black shadows, can be found than Marlcne Dietrich, Anna Sten and Madeleine Carroll. La Dietrich's spouse is Rudolph Sieber. Thoy were married when he was an assistant director in the Berlin UFA studio. WHEN Marlcne was going great guns at Paramount, there was much talk of a big romance with Josef von Sternberg, her director. It isn't beyond the realm of possibility that the bright lads in the publicity department steamed this one up or at least helped it along just to keep Hcrr Sieber in the background, where he wouldn't distract fans' attention from the Dietrich gams which is Holly-wood-ese for, let's say, limbs. Lovely Madeleine Carroll is married to Captain Philip-Astley, who conveniently stays In England while the actress makes films In Southern California. This is a great break for the Walter Wanger company it's practically impossible for the news cameramen who haunt the Hollywood night spots to photograph Madeleine and hubby out for an evening's fun at the Troc-adero, when the captain is 6000 miles away. Anna Sten's husband is a German architect. Dr. Eugene Frcnke. Perhaps It was the too-well-established fact that everything was rosy at the Frenke-Sten mansion that contributed somewhat to the refusal of Americans to go overboard to a man for Anna. Anyway, she didn't click and this In spite of what probably was tho moat expensive pre-picture campaign to launch a star in screen history. But Anna Sten was In Hollywood a couple of years before that, and everyone talked and talked about the charming lady and her charming husband, so when she hit the screens, fans knew that her glamour, for them anyway was largely synthetic and that she was, primarily, a very contented housewife. Getting back to Bing Crosby again, mavbe he's right when he dares to be himself: talks like any proud papa about the latest antics of the youngsters, and generally conducts things his own way. But the boys who build romances for a living think differently even If they are lickM! Gossip From The Studios n &y.Th cimSnoopr THERE are more secret yearnings In Hollywood than in any other given geographical area. Richard Dlx, that hard-riding, two-fisted HAROLD LLOYD says women have a better sense of humor thon men. "A woman." Lloyd declares, "can laugh off an earthquake, providing It doesn't bring actual death or in- fighting man. would trade everything except his wife JUST recently tho word went out to soft pedal tho fact that there's a Mrs. Gary Cooper In the background. Sandra Shaw Mrs. Cooper, that Is was getting loo much of a play, tho studio heads figured, and when audiences were constantly reminded that the highly emotional screen moments were done by a happily married person well, It was bound to retlect Itself In tho box office. Marriage always has been something of a sore point with producers, anyway. Not so many years back, "no marriage" clauses In contracts were qulto common, and studios assiduously avoided reference to wives or husbands, as the case happened to be. Now they pass out tho Information, all right, but It's not dono with great cheer, by any means. It's simply s matter of protection, for Hollywood's host of reporters, when not continually Informed that all is sweetness and light In the homo of the glamorous Miss Gluts are apt to report Just the reverse to their panting public There was something akin to panic on the Fox lot, for Instance, when Janet Gaynor married some years ago, and more of a panic when nor romance blew up. Topping the list of box office attractions, was Janet and the public liked her because she looked sweet, naive and exactly the sort of young lady thousands of men would choose for a wife. Consequently, a divorce was apt to come as a blow to the young fellows who sat and yearned as Janet smiled wistfully on the screen. The matter was handled PAGE FOUR-B and twins for the ability to y v WHILE they aro more progressive In television and color, the English are less advanced in the actual production of motion pictures, in tho opinion of C. Aubrey Smith, an Englishman who returns to his homeland at Intervals to appear in home-made productions. England, he says, has the advantage in television because of the smallness of the country geographically. America has problems of distance to overcome, he believes. LITTLE Jane Withers was almost mobbed by autograph seekers at the Los Angeles Museum when she went to visit her doll collection, on exhibition there. ' THE combination of Informal cotton pique with formal black sequins is uniqueenough to make fashion news. It was worn recently by Joan Crawford. M-G-M star, in the form of an attractive dinner gown.Q Jury. Women can also laugh at the humorous things that happen to themselves, but men cannot." MAJOR ALBERT WARNER'S plans for the year Include a picture "Glorious" for Marlon Pavles, Charlie Ruggles and Edward Everett Horton. He will also produce "Stage Struck", a musical comedy featuring James Cagney and Ruby Keeler, which will be followed by "Lovely Lady" with Kay Francis. lames Cagney do one or Asiatrs solo dances. Astalre. of the magic feet, wants to don chaps and a 10-gallon hat. threw a leg over a bronco, ride like the wind and rescue the prairie heroine. Edna May Oliver, the old maid of the screen, longs to sing and dance, while pretty Betty Grable. of the hot -cha-cha ways, dreams of the poise and sophistication of Ann Harding. Richard Dix

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