OAKLAND TRIBUNE, MONDAY, JULY 14, 194f B CURTAIN CALLS: 'NO SIR, OUR o SUMMER MOVIE FARE HOT' No Doldrums at Esquire, Roxie, Says Miss Calleri And She Lists Bookings By WOOD SOANES On Tuesday last in my official position as Helpful Harriet to the turn exhibitors, I deplored in a loud voice chock-ablock with saltj tears that the summer doldrums were upon the boys and they deserved to be pitied more than censured for the absence of quality m their entertainments. Performing a chore of that type is quite similar to thrusting yourself in between a quarreling man and his wife and urging them to be temperate I In their recriminations. You endeavor to function as a dove of peace Hut you invariably collect a punch on the nose Anyway the mail has brought a note from Miss T. M. Calleri, who blows the bugle for the Laws-Blum-enfeld enterprises and looks with an enthusiastic eye on the affairs of the Roxie and Esquire. So far as she knows, there are no "Summer doldrums," and to hear her tell it, things are just too cinematically ducky for words "Dear Mr. Soanes: "Ha! Frantic are we? ? ? "I refer to your discussion of the 'Summer doldrums" and the paucity of 'quality pictures.' We're either awfully lucky, or smarter than most people, because we don't seem to be bothered with that little problem. And we can prove it too take a peek at our bookings for the next six weeks or so. "Tomorow at the Esquire Bette Davis and James Cagney in "The Bride Came C.O.D.; and at the Roxie on the same day Vivien Leigh and Laurence Oliver in "That Hamilton Woman!' And as a follow up Marlene Dietrich, George Raft and Edward G. Robinson in 'Man Power';, Jeffrey Lynn and Philip Dorn fn 'Underground'; Deanna Purbih and Charles La ugh ton in 'Almost an Angel'; Wayne Morros and Dennis Morgan in 'Bad Men of Missouri'; Errol Flynn and Fred MacMurray in 'Dive Bomber' the aviation epic of the year. "All this will keep our two theaters busy until the first part of September, and by that time there will be a lot more good pictures for us to play. "We don't think the pictures we have listed above are 'slim and feeble' Summer fare . . . T. M. Calleri I wonder if Miss Calleri would mind taking the stand again and telling me what she thinks of the & predecessors of "The Bride Came J C.O.D." in the recent past. I mean that series of epics that included "She Knew All the Answers," "Million Dollar Baby," "Time Out for Rhythm," and "Man Made Monster." I wonder also what she would have used in the Roxie if "In the Navy" hadn't surprised even its producers and turned out as one of. the crack low comedy hits of the season! Telenews Lobby Clearing House The outer lobby of Oakland's Telenews Theater opening next Friday will be a "clearing house" of news dispatches, presented through the combined resources of all news gathering agencies serving the press, radio stations and the chain of Telenews newsreel theaters now established in all principal metro politan centers. The lobby will include a large "Progressive War Map" which will be changed daily as the tide, of battle ebbs and flows in the present world war conflict A teletype ma chine, installed in a central spot In the lobby, will be tapping away revea.li.ng news dispatches as they are received and imprinted on a moving roll of paper. Twelve clocks, showing the current time in principal cities throughout Europe, America and Asia, will be part 01 the lobby display. An added feature of the exhibit, during the opening week will be a display of one highlight nojws scene each year from laiu, when Teddy Roosevelt returned from his tour of the African jungles, to September, 1939, the outbreak of World War Two. Still another feature of the "news clearing house lobby" will be an electric map showing the key defense plants throughout the United States and furnishing a general concept of America's strenuous campaign for National defense. The entire lobby will display a large number of photo-enlargements of key figures in the news as well as outstanding spot news -pictures such as the explosion of the Hin-' denburg dirigible, the comparatively recent crash of the Tacoma bridge, famous horse races and other famous spot news pictures. WARRIOR BOLD it . ,MI ill , .1 lit ' ill 'Bride Came C.O.D Next At Esquire Bette Davis and James Cagney Star In Comedy Picture "The Bride Came C.O.D.," with Bette Davis and James Cagney romping through their respective roles, is the new film opening tomorrow at the Esquire. Miss Davies deserts those heavy emotional roles In which she has been attaining prominence to cavort around the sound stages and on location as a dizzy heiress whose father hires Cagney to kidnap her so inat she won t marry Jack Carson, an egotistical band leader. Matters are slightly complicated when Cagney, in the role of a Hollywood pilot, falls in love with Miss Davis himself. The supporting cast includes Stuart Erwin, Eugene Pallette, George Tobias and Harry Davenport. " "Flight From Destiny" drama with Jeffrey Lynn, Geraldine Fitzgerald and Thomas Mitchell topping the cast will be the companion film. "She Knew All the Answers!' with Joan Bennett and Franchot Tone,- also aiondie in Society" are the two films having their final show ings tonight. Otherwise the only local news of any moment is the forthcoming opening of the Telenews Theater at Frankin and 15th, another in tlfe chain that Ellis Levy has built up during the last few years. Once upon a time, back in the days of Rex Midgley and the old American, Levy was a local product, sharing with young Charlie Carroll the chore of being Midgley's man of all work. Along in 1935 he got the germ of a great idea having to do with bills made up of news reels and short features only. It proved interesting in the beginning and mildly profitable but as the war got under way, it took on major proportions. While his colleagues worry about the sort of product Hollywood will turn out; Master Levy frets over the delivery of films through submarine infested waters. Anyway next Friday will see him taking bows at the preview of the Telenews. "Strawberry Blonde" Showing at Central James Cagney, Olivia de Havil-land, Rita Hayworth and Jack Cax-son form the entertainment quartet on display today and tomorrow at the Central when "Strawberry Blonde" is presented on a bill with 'Honeymoon for Three" featuring Ann Sheridan and George Brent. "Strawberry Blonde" goes back to the gay nineties for a nostalgic story of life and love in the days of patent leather shoes, barber shop chords and red-headed girls. Cagney as a tough little dentist Miss Sheridan, who turned down the role of the vamp in "Strawberry Blonde" only to have Miss Hay-worth make it a stepping stone to film success, is the star of a comedy field day in "Honeymoon for Three," the story of a novelist who loves his secretary but simply can't say "no, no" to any passing blonde. Bob Hope wh,o continues his onslaught on the blues fa "Caught in the Draft" at the Orpheum. 'Caught in Draft' Now at Orpheum "Caught in the Draft," starring Bob Hope, with Dorothy Lamour playing opposite the gag-master as the colonel's daughter, is still evoking chuckles at the Orpheum. Miss Lamour, who, until this picture has reigned as one of Hollywood's leading "undressed" stars, moves into the "well dressed" column with this film, having dis carded her sarong and only appear ing twice in abbreviated costumes, once in shorts and once in a bathing suit. She is in love with hopeless Hope, the rookie, but cannot marry him until she makes a Jiero out of him to suit her father. Co-featured is "West Point Widow," a romantic title of young love with Anne Shirley and Rich ard Carlson. Gable, Russell Meet in Bombay Clark Gable and Rc Russell, a pair of international adventurers, meet in Bombay in curiously enough "They Met In Bombay." the current attraction at the Fox Oakland until Wednesday night. They have selected this spot because of their mutual interest in the "Star of India." a fabulously rare gem. The Empire Day celebration is at its height when they arrive and it is against this colorful background that they plot to obtain the jewel. Others in the cast are Peter Lorre, Jessie Ralph, Edward Cianelli and Reginald Owen. Sharing the biU is "The Bride Wore Crutches," a murder mystery with Lynn Roberts, Lionel Stander and Robert Armstrong in the principal roles. Vivien, Leigh To Star on Roxie Bill 'That Hamilton Woman' Heads New Screen Program Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, "the most glamorous couple in the world," play the stellar roles in "That Hamilton Woman!'' opening tomorrow at the Roxie to unfold on the screen one of the most stirring and unforgettable love stories of all time, the romance of Lady Hamilton and Lord Nelson. The story of "That Hamilton Woman!" concerns the spectacular career of Lady Emma Hamilton, wife of Sir William Hamilton, who came into the world as the daugh ter of a blacksmith. Vivien Leigh is seen as the fas cinating Lady Hamilton, whos beauty was idealized on canvas forty times by the great portrait painter, Romney; Laurence Olivier is seen in the role of Lard Nelson, the hero of Trafalgar; Alan Mow bray is Lord Hamilton, and Gladys Cooper is Lady Nelson. Miss Leigh as Emma, wears forty-two costumes, most of them copied from the Romney and Gainsborough paintings of the famous beauty. "In the Navy" with Abbott and Costello and the Andrews Sisters also "Mr. Dynamite," with Lloyd Nolan are the two films having their final showings tonight 'THE SHOWOEK' GIVES LOOK AT JOE E. BROWN A chance to see the real Joe E. Brown as well as the character known to theater audiences all over the United States, is being afforded theatergoers at the Alcazar this week where "The Show Off" is in the second week of its limited engagement. At the conclusion of his performance of Aubrey Piper, the blatant, half-baked braggart of the George Kelly play, Brown steps out of character, perches himself in an easy chair and discusses life, love and the pursuit of happiness with his audience, illustrating his points with anecdotes told as only he can tell them. Brown's "at home" follows no set pattern and is as likely to take one form or another depending on his mood and that of his customers. Sea Sled Race In Miami Picture Tearing through winding, narrow, stump-filled channels at a mile a minute in high-powered "egg shells," technically called sea sleds, is a popular Florida pastime. Betty Grable, Don Ameche and Robert Cummings engaged in a hair- raising race in these little boats during a sequence in "Moon Over Miami," the Technicolor musical now playing at the Paramount Theater. Others in the cast are Charlotte Greenwood, Jack Haley, Carole Lan-dis and Cobina Wright Jr. "For Beauty's Sake," in which Ned Sparks, Marjorie Weaver, Joan Davis and Ted North bandy the di alogue around, is also on the current Paramount bill. Shoe Pitcher Because he'd never played the game, bod freston nact to learn to pitch horseshoes for his role In "New York Town;" WHEN THE PICTURES START Esquire "Blondie In Society,'' 12:05, 3:05, 6:05, 9:10 p.m.; "She Knew All the Answers," 1:25, 4:25, 7:23, 10:30 p.m. . :; Fox Oakland "They Met in Bombay," 12 noon, 2:38, 5:14. T:48, 10:28 p.m.: "The Bride Wore Crutches,' 1:38, 4:18, 6:25, 9:28 p.m Orpheum "Caught in the Draft," 1:40, 4:36, 7:32; 10:31 p.m.; "They Me In Argentina," 12:14, 3:10, 6:06, 9:05 p.m. Paramount "Moon Over Miami," 1:36, 4:35, 7:34, 10:2b p.m.; "For Beau-, tly's Sake," 12:20, 3:19, 6:18, 9:10 p.m. Roxie "In the Navy," 12 noon,, 2:31,, 5:10, 7:45, 10:20 p.m.; "Mr. Pyna mite," 1:30, 4:05, 6:40, 9:15 p.m. jj 'Almost an Angel' -5 Walter Catlett, vcl nan enmedlaq of stage and screen, has joined th in.'-t of "Almost- pn Ancl, CO starring Deanna Durtin and Charlef . Laugh ton. ( : Mary Makes Good Because she was unable to sing for them when they first requested it, Mary Martin made a special trip to the Naval- Training Station in San Diego to entertain the person nel there. "Valley of Nude" Is On at Moulin Rouge First Oakland showing of "Valley of the Nude," is now heading the screen attraction at the Moulin Rouge Theater, where the popular French Follie Revue is playing to banner crowds. "Valley of the Nude" brings to light the story of nudists and their habits. Featured in the revue are Betty Jane Douglas, Georgia Clark, Francis Hanely, Billie Deaton, Doris Walker, Eleanor King and Barbara Mayo. SEC J meg Me wart-Judy jr.an4 Hfriv l.imrr.link Tarn Mr ZIEGFELD FGIRLL ' and 1r BLONDIE GOES LATIN Newsreel Theater To Open on August 16 Definite date for the opening of the Newsreel Theater, Broadway near Twelfth, has been set for Saturday, August 16. A special invitational preview night is scheduled for the 15th. Owned by Aaron Goldberg, long a figure in California theater business, the Newsreel was negotiated through Iris Motion Picture Co. Including the new building, equipment and purchase price, the theater will cost $52,500. "Bucky" Williams will be the manager. "turn TSMW001 . COMEDY CARTOON at$Dwr. Western Union Tops New Broadway Bill "Western Union," epic story of the stretching of communication lines across the continent, told in techni color, will share honors tomorrow and Wednesday at the Broadway, with "The Long Voyage Home," a graphic story of the sea assembled from Eugene O'Neill's plays. "lonight the Broadway will conclude the run of "Ride Tenderfoot Ride," latest and most exciting of the Gene Autry melodramas and "Navy Secrets" a gripping account of fifth column activities in the United States. "Olive Oyl's Sweepstakes Ticket," a Popeye short, and Andy Clyde in "The Ring and the Bell" will round out this evenings program. "Western Union" At Broadway "Western Union", technicolor his tory of the stretching of cables from Omaha to Salt Lake City back in 1861, with Randolph Scott. Robert Young, Dean Jagger and John Car- radine in important roles will share honors on the screen of the Broadway tonight, and tomorrow with The Long Voyage Home" the spec- tacular sea story by Eugene O'Neill in which Thomas Mitchell is starred. It is in "Western Union" that Vir ginia Gilmore, newest Cinderella girl of the films, made her first Im portant appearance: and in which Slim Summerville provides one of his most amusing screen portraits. The engagement will end tomor row night. 41 UitSDiyil MOON OVER MIAMI" In Technicolor I Betty Grable-Don Ameche "Kor Ufnly' Snke" STARTS THURSDAY! HEPHEnq, aiTMi HILLS' JAMES STEWART PHILADELPHIA STORY with r-i um hi aim mim m av m - Wm. Powell-Myrn Loy LOVE CRAZY ni ANITA LOUISE ia PHANTOM SUBMARINE ' In Technicolor I ' , ; BLOOD & SAND Imu Fwr-Liada Darnell . , Also SCOTLAND YARD JOHN GARFIELD-LANE BISTERS "FOUR DAUGHTERS" Joel HeCrea-Bicnard Dlx "LOST SQUADRON" - - w , Junei earner Olivia aeHavlliand I "STRAWBERRY BLONDE" riu Ann Sheridan a Georce Brent "HONEYMOON FOB THREE"! 10! m Katharine Cry -Hepburn Grant PI RtirrrflH Irene M Meredith Herver i h ;mw A lA wnrranciieo i mmmY 1 1 I biko crosby musical I f i hot 1 1 r i i i i I J Ji, I w " M.Ma.lTFSgg I ( 1 Now Kndu Tumriar s?il I I: iiH HfMi 11 1 1 1 1 1 IB1 3 i ri irrrm" Noble's Orchestra To Be at Stale Fair SACRAMENTO. July 14. Cali fornia State Fair officials today an nounced that Ray Noble and his orchestra had been bookerffor a personal appearance at the 87th annual State Exposition, opening August 29 in bacramento. Noble, whose "Very Thought of You has caused millions of feminine hearts to flutter, is the fourth "name band" to be booked to furnish, music at the nightly dances to be given in Governor's Hall during the ten-day Fair. Already booked are Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra with Harriet Hil-liard as featured vocalist; Freddie Martin and his orchestra and Charlie Barnet and his orchestra. gTheBrldeJre Crutches' LAST DAY ABBOTT and COSTELLO 'In The Navy" of so 'Mr.DynaraiU' Rar M II.LAND "I WANTED WINGS" MnryBcthllurhn-O.MonlrcimefT i "Cowboy and the Blonde" I I itliJll Who but Vivien Leigh, Fiery If If' ' Scarlett O'Hara of 'Gone With I I -fST''' ''"Sl theWlnd,'and LaurenceOllvler, 1 I 1 Starof'RebeecacouW portray J I this greatest of all love stories I I Y J I f ' r I " - ' ' i f ' V - t , , V7'A I . f . v : ,; m Last Day She Knew Tit. A..wl jr loi Lunus pro. In Sae'ed ensel sh-up sll redicted fo Here luxu loftly contd ed-up ed box pleat it added elaborate skin ual silhouette LIFE IS NO BED OF ROSES -- WHEN BETTE STARTS SWING IN'. SHE REALLY MAKES JIMMY "SEEJWP0INTM! . ...eUTiD TO 31 I x'oday .ana ioinorrow Croibr Lamour Heae HUAU TO ZANZIBAR and olnwa Laalna Garfield SEA WOLF 1 ONLY TELENEWS SHOWS ALL THE NEWS IVewa edited In the cxrluaire Telrnrwa manner, aelrrted from all fke malar ncwareeln tncrtber with the plek of the ahort enlijecta. . One hour ahow . .Conllnnnua from II a.m. OSK HOUR SHOW Weekday mats.. 20ci ftat ftaa.'pa4 all eveniajta, 25e pitta tax, - OPENS THIS FRIDAY, 7 P.M. ears a Craving Snevrr m m - - .. . . i av -a. Mjm mm im m m m. . w am r i Li "Y.Ti t'Wrrrm v rj: tr miimx i H nill LL l I I I ' I I I ' I X l k I I I I In 1 IT T 111 1 k 4 i ii - mi a 1 1 ii ii , i 1111 1 v im I at av i "'aw I d A'7. ll r1 r,i I I I I II I . I I V. li i i in fw Mil N i amfck. al I U Si al aaaaaj s a L I II I I " '7 VrJ -I ,:Tf - V d I W l.mfW 1 n , tt& S-Av-S VLr Vm 1 WHAT A BATTLE! V " UB v jj '"3 WHAT LAUGHS! XI If Mr i I'M k. " x-- 1 A. M a BT I y - V . if,' !r -a ia ii n i a,, al - m. , w ' in 1 1 i da.,. m . . ' A ' W 1 R. f , :'n vC a grand cast l AJ ; F j ;f george tobias V-- 1 I ' V. AWem.rBro. f ture 'm 5 St . ''Pf'Ai - i rv nil mi 1 - f t'ti r mMmvt Vigerajld ir f ; TOINETTE DONNELL frf the supremely neat gii' I (rood are Joan Bennett an Ifyworth." writes Penrgi i, wife of the columnist. U stars always have a flock fussing over them when i the set. Their hair is ar- ifore every "take;" powder Sfi on, slight wrinkles put of clothes many times ieed be. So to be neat all ft another matter, and one finguishes tW twe girls Bennett always has that . sb and clean look. Her v ire. immaculate and she Kolors which look clean, too, fpale blue, for example. She jlpears on a set without hav. thened' up' by using: a light (rater on he hands and fash. Hayworth usually wears Then her work doesn t call iter type of co? tume, but she ears a pnir of slacks twice having them pressed. Herj tievrr have a wrinkle in I 'i)thnr do any of her scarfs,! f the hd' man?. Fer con. a lance, 'learned before she the big money class, and care of her clothes, ha vt J er a reputation tot being i- .T v 'Too bad you caui i 1 La , Ui , well groomed.
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