L L Y W O fl ft D TOD FLASH PREVIEW "A Yank at Eton" Supporting Mickey Rooney.in MCM's new production are Freddie Bartholomew, Ian Hunter and Juanita Quigley. Arriving, in England, Mickey Is welcomed by his American mother and sister, also meets his stepfather and step-b/otber. Enrolled at Eton College; Mickey promptly gets Into trouble while trying to protect Freddie, whom he believes to be guilty. His troubles are soon Increased when Juanita Quigley, his mischievous sister, slips into his room disguised as an Eton student. Mickey's well intended but misunderstood activities eventually reach a climax when he leads his schoolmates in punishing a bully. But it nil works out nicely in the end—including his romance with rod-haired Tina Thayer, for whom he falls hard. ON THE SETS With Reed Johnston If you can believe anything-so utterly fantastic, Miss Paulette yoddard is having to resort to trickery to land herself a husband 'nParannnint.'s new comedy, "The Crystal Ball." It's all played welly for laughs, however, the trick being that Miss Goddard, disguised as a fortune teller, informs Ray Milland that when in the near future he meets his wife-to-be she will be wearing a red dress. And then proceeds to meet him at the predicted place — wearing, of course, a fetching creation of red. So they had previously met in the sequence described below, and Mr. Milland already showed signs of being hard hit. He was escorling her down the hall lo her pretencfcd apartment in a rich' looking hotel with every appearance of wanting to continue the conversation inside, but Miss Goddard turned firmly lo say goodbye at llie door. "I'm afraid I can't ask you in," she said, nervously. "Have you got your key?" he asked, not rising to the hint. haven't! I'll have lo go back downstairs and 8»«d Johmion. '' n ° ~~ no> Betit hy don't you just press the buzzer?" "Mv a cm 'Wn't do that," said Paulette, with some' saltation. aunt i ls n P os 'ti v e phobia about doorbells." Then, sine* this ladv's • SU|1|H)Sed to be PUi'e'v a figment of the scheming young *nvnsia^" lnation ' she added > " 1>d b ctter telephone her from •bcii»L aml l louri ced quickly on this one. "Wouldn't the telephone - 'S° y hoi< ' too? " 1'ou <Z' d°'" said Paulette, working fast. "My aunt always says •com., , h ?, n e up if trouble comes on the phone, but if trouble Pleasprt f ° door ' wh y therc il is! " She looked momentarily " thls impromptu escape from a tight situation, but Mil- her without relent. 10 (Ioor ' s unlocked," he suggested, stepping forward t; the knob. But th°' '] o! M y aunt never loaves . . ." 'wiBhii, i oor 0 P c ned smoothly and Miss Goddard, looking Ihor- I havo", ppy ' stepped Inside and closed it in his face. the anm °" B ° 0(i authority that she finds herself thereafter in ^unie,,, of two startled and indignant strangers, a married This h are having a bit of a battle on their own home groundii. N UR ' "°wever, j s strictly from hearsay, because Director Elliot "Mn ti,n • for lunch at tha t P° int - lenv i n S the situation right But i '"' ns far as these lines are concerned. %s -mi" 1 lc " y° u that Miss Gndcltird is positively blooming these Uolllcl have to resort lo no trickery to htrike up an cc with this observer. Fashion News As a special new service lo all feminine readers of "Hollywood Today" yen are Invited to address any questions concerning Hollywood fashions to Miss McKay and she will be happy to answer them. Fashion Scene By Margaret McKay ' An August bride was Ruth Husscy when she married Bob Longcneckcr, one of Hollywood's most popular young men In the business end of motion pictures. Being an August bride meant that Ruth had to buy clothes for her trous- scau that were still cool enough for the remaining warm weather and yet had a fall look to them so that they can be worn now but slip u .•«. w .over'Into win- Margaret McKay ter with ease . So many young Army and Navy . bride-elects who . are marrying their sweethearts now before they leave for service (Ruth's husband' goes into the Army right away), wdnder what to buy for their trousseaus. It's too late in the season to purchase more summer clothes and too hot : for fall materials, but a compromise can be made in buying light materials in colors and styles that are autumn news. A plum colored moire dressmaker suit with peg top skirt and flounced pcplum jacket was one of Ruth's selections, and she chose one of the new towering postilion hats in plum colored hatters' plush to go with it. A tawny copper crepe dress, harem draped skirt with startling jade green tie-sash and metallic green embroidery around the V neckline was another trousseau frock that is cool now but will look smart under a fur coat when the chilly days set in. With this dress she wears a bonnet cloche of green with copper veiling looped under her chin. Of course Ruth added a new black short dinner dress that every wardrobe seems to require these days and in this case it was of black chiffon with yoke and cap sleeves of black lace over pale pink chiffon. A black malines covered pompadour bonnet with one huge pink rose in front completed the ensemble. * * • BEST DRESSED GIRL OF THE WEEK: Joan Crawford in one of the gowns whipped up for her role in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "Reunion," by Designer Irene. It is a white beaded evening gown with pencil slim skirt and a peplum knee-length in front and dipping down- to floor- length in back. The gown has short sleeves and a high neckline with the white beading interlaced by sprays of gold leaves. • * * AROUND TOWN: Rita Hayworth wearing ruby red velveteen gloves with a matching ruby red velveteen bag and her ruby and diamond pin worn in the new way on the side of her bag . . . Mrs. Lloyd Bacon, wife of the director, in one of the- new tall visor-shaped hats in quilted "iced coffee" brown taffeta . . . Claudette Colbert in the new Mandarin style evening wrap of tangerine with gold metallic thread scroll embroidery . . . Sonja Henie in one of the new fedora hats 4 . . Not only are there Nylon fleece coats but Martha O'Driscoll has Nylon fleece gloves to match her pale coffee colored topcoat. The palms are in pig-skin and the top part in the Nylon fleece. nt work In 30th Century. Fox's "Girl Troiiblo" Joan Bennett models a "date dross" with an embroidered Jewel dcslRii In seed pearl* running diagonally from the waist lo the neckline. Mary Martin sings and dances with all her accustomed charm in the Paramount musical, "Happy Co Lucky." WRITE FOR AUTOGRAPHED PHOTOGRAPHS We are offering to nil readers of Hollywood Today an entire new list of nhotoiraphi o( the aUrs, who have scored treat successes In recent pictures. Gfeer, Garaoa and Walter Pldceon, James Comer and Joan Leslie, John Payne and Betty Gtable. Henry Fonda and Glncer Borers. Gary Cooper and Teresa Wrlfht. It i< eaiy for you to secure any one or all of these pictures—for all you have to do is write to "Hollywood Today", Cross Roads of the World, Hollywood, California and enclose 5 cents In coin or stamps for each picture desired, to cover malllni cost. YOU MUST MENTION THIS NEWSPAPER JOE FISHER'S Reviews o/ Previews What with tire and gas rationing and all the restrictions .in effect on traveling and gadding .about, the one-night stands that big name-bands formerJyj covered are becoming scarcer, and scarcer, and the boys are virtually limited, to big town engagements. Hollywood producers have been quick to jump at the opportunity offered them and have signed up a large percentage of the best known bands as permanent studio contractees. Against a musical background, Ann Rutherford and George Montgomery furnish the romance in "Orchestra Wives." Up among the best in the business of jivo and torrid syncopation are Glenn Miller and his boys, now on the 20th Century- Fox roster, and up at the top too is Fox's "ORCHESTRA WIVES," starring George Montgomery. Ann Rutherford, and Cesar Romero, with Glen Miller and his band. •-Boasting the best tie-up in story form of any band film yet made, the picture centers around the band itself and deals with what may well be one of the major problems that present themselves in the daily life of not only the boys themselves, but of their wives and sweethearts. Miller heads a jive band in which George Montgomery is the star trumpeter, Cesar Romero an ultra-romantic piano player and Lynn Barl the soloist. On tour Montgomery is literally pursued by a star-eyed enthusiast, Ann Rutherford, and when their romance goes completely to their heads, they marry with never a second thought. But the bride's visions of a life of gaiety and nightly dancing arc sadly shattered when she finds herself just another member of a bored and too-much-tinic-on- their-hands aggregation of "Orchestra Wives," whose catty wagging tongues almost destroy her happiness with their tales of the former romance of her husband, more particularly centering around the very personable Miss Bari. How she turns the tables on them and works everything out makes for a highly pleasing finale and tops a peach of a story. Miller not only leads his band, but proves an astonishingly good actor as well. George Montgomery, in his best acting to date, handles his philandering trumpeter role in competent style, while Miss Rutherford for once out of a juvenillc part, proves that she has not only plenty of charm, but dramatic talent galore, Mr. Romero, in Hollywood parlance, is a personable "wolf," whose efforts aro tireless. Miss Bari, Carole I.umtis, Virginia Gilmore and Mary Beth Hughes, the later three 11n- catty wives, outdo eai'li other, and a special nod ROPS to newcomer Tninura Gc\ f a, the sweet wife of the collection. Not to be overlooked is the music which Muck Gordon anrl Harry Warren provided arid which Glenn Miller effectively presents. A couple of hit tunes arc a certainty, and the Nicholas Brothers, seen in many Fox pictures, all but knock themselves out in some of the most vigorous dance routines your reviewer lias ever seen. All of which adds up to the fact that "ORCHESTRA WIVES" is stellar entertainment from first to last, and should please movie-goers younc and old. * • • THUMBNAIL RBVIKW: Made in Britain with the sound of shattering bombs and the clack of ack-ack fire, Anna Neuglc'* new starring picture, "WINGS AND THE WOMAN," is a stirring biographical story of the life of Amy Johnson, the English girl who made history a decade ago with her flight from England to Australia, and then proceeded to set up record after record that took years of flying by members of the sterner sex oven to match. Produced and directed by Herbert Wilcov, the opus will rate raves wherever shown and be an inspiration to the women of the democracies whose efforts in the present war the film so potently presents. Definitely an A picture by every standard. / . » » . , It is not amiss at this lime to mention two films, reviewed sometime past, but now currently being released throughout the country: "YANKEE DOODLE DANDY," stm-ring James CaRiicy in the life story of George M. Cohun, and "THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES." tin- t'.'nry Cooper internrolulion of the life of Lou Gehrig. Vic Bo«««n Meet the Stars With Vic Boesen When Jane Randolph, to be seen next in RKO's "Cat People," was a small girl back in Kokomo, Indiana, which wasn't so many years ago, it dawned on her young mind that one ought to do many 5 things in this life of smorgasbord vari- j ety and, above all, do them . well. So it was that when she set out to play golf, she quickly developed a I n e a r profes- 1 lional game. As an aviatrix, a t thirteen, she had to settle for something less because, With her mother objecting, she had to confine herself to flights on the sly with her father. But the day will yet come, for Jane today looks forward to owning an airplane as other girls covet a roadster. SHE STUDIED dancing and piano and, entering DePauvv University, where she became a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, took up dramatics and public speaking. She had no thought of becoming a Robert Ingersoll on the platform, but giving out in front of an audience was said to be a good antidote for self- consciousness, Jane looks at you with great pensive eyes as she claims to have been the most painfully bashful girl in the world. With the ambition to be an actress, it was no good being bashful; and so, though she died in anticipation of each class in speaking, she went resolutely through with it. That's discipline. Sometime in her teens she made a student tour of Europe, seeing most of the countries now devastated by war, and she is thankful that this opportunity came before things were irretrievably changed there. Three years ago, Jane landed in Hollywood. It wasn't mere chance that she came. She wanted to break into the movies. There are several ways you can go about that. One is to prepare to make the most of the opportunity when it comes. Jane enrolled in Max Reinhardt's school, which gave her both academic and practical experience, for the students here give plays in the school theater. IT HAPPENS that this particular theater for amateurs is habitually infested with movie talent scouts, and one night when Jane was playing in "Merchant of Yonkcrs," a scout from Warners did the unexpected but delightfully right thing. She made many pictures at Warners and then was called to RKO for a test with a view to a possible contract. They had her do a scene, without benefit of study, from "Highways By Night" . . . not that anyone had a thought of putting her into this picture; that was for Dorothy Comingore. But it happened that Miss Comingore withdrew, leaving the part open. Who could take her place? A vexing question. Idly they ran through the little scene Jane had made. "Too bad this girl isn't better known," someone observed sadly, "She does a better job than any of them." Then somebody else said, "Why not use her anyway?" Well, why not? So, by such fateful vagaries, Jane Randolph, who took her name from Randolph flying field, was started toward the top after less than a year. QUIZ BOX Q. From Paula Godley, Long Beach, California: What is Dana Andrews' latest picture? A. Dana Andrews has just completed "The Ox-Bo\v Incident" for 20th Century-Fox, with Mary Beth Hughes and Henry Fonda. Q. From Mary Louise Torian, Shawnce, Oklahoma: What arc Don Ameche's and Ann Sheridan's next pictures? A. We have no Information nbout Mr. Amcche, but Miss Nlicrldun will appear next with Jack Benny In "George Washington Slept Here." Q. From Elsa Lawlon, Alton, Illinois: Could you tell me something about Joan Crawford's new husband, Phillip Terry? A. Phillip Terry was born In San Francisco, the son or a research chemist in the. oil Industry. Ho picked up Ins preliminary education at various parts of (ho country from New York City to San Francisco and, after graduating from Stanford University, went to London to cnlor thp Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. After Humorous stage np- praranccs In England lie returned to America, vvhero he ivan signed for radio roles In a scries of Shakespeare plnys. Later he was tested for pictures ut Columbia Studios, but digued his first contract at MGM, where ho appeared In minor roles. Ills first Blurring part was In Hurry Sherman's "The Parson of I'aim- inlnt" at Paramount, in which he had the title role. Since then ho 1ms appeared with Richard Arlen and Jean I'arker In "Torpedo Boat" at the name studio, and Is currently n-porti-d to be illscuhsiiiK another role \\ltli Harry Sherman in "llticknkln Empire-.' Etikin* Johnson ERSKINE JOHNSON'S Hollywood EXCLUSIVELY YOURS: Eddie Albert, man of many hobbies, topped anything ever heard before in Hollywood over the weekend. Albert, working in RKO's "The Cat People," in which many animals arc being used, was discussing the film with producer Val Lewton. He asked if they needed some lions for the film. Lewton said they could use one. "Well," said Albert, "I'll rent you mine." The actor then explained ho owned a half interest in a San Fernando Valley lion farm. Albert's lion got the job . . . Lynn Starr is up for a top role in Columbia's "Powers Girls" . . . Katharine Hepburn's doctor, worried about her health, has the actress on a strenuous weight building campaign . . . MGM is about to lose Robert Taylor to Uncle Sam. The actor, an expert pilot, will play his next big role as a flyer in the army ferry command. Official announcement will be made in a few days. Marlene Dietrich's daughter, Maria, reopens soon in "The Shining Hour" at the Max Reinhardt Workshop. . . . Wallace Reid Jr. and Nanette-Fabray of the "Let's Face It" cast have discovered each other. . . . Several weeks ago Phil Terry was tested for the romantic lead in a new Paramount film. After looking at the test, studio executives decided he couldn't play the role because they said he wasn't the romantic type. Two days later Terry,• the actor who wasn't the romantic type, married one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars — Joan Crawford. . . . The Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s have a date with the stork. George Stevens Is planning to reunite Gary Grant and Jean Arthur in "Come One, Come AH" . . . Put It down In your little black book that Alfred JLunt will return to the. screen In Arthur Hornblow Jr's modernized version of "Quo Vadls" . . . It's George Glass' story about the two button manufacturers who were hard hit by priorities. Said one to the other: "What are we going to use for buttons—money?''... Lee Tracy Is scheduled for a film comeback In a new Fox film . . . Agent Lou Schurr is Bonnie Manvillc's new ro-man-tlc. They were a twosome at the Mocambo . . , Ida Luplno Is writing a biography ol her late father, Stanley Luplno. titled "A Letter From Britain" . . . Songwriter Eddie Cherkose Is writing love lyrics to Alma Carroll, the Columbia studio cutle. A certain star was monopolizing the conversation with talk of film achievements at a party the other night when someone asked Barbara Stanwyck, who isn't keen for shop talk, how she enjoyed her studio work. "It's nice work," she said, "if you can FORGET it" . . . Man about town Eddie Hillman has won an army captain's commission. His estranged wife, the former Lady June Inverclyde, gave him a farewell dinner party at Arrowhead Springs hotel over the weekend . . . Not in the script: "Hollywood proved my most bewildering experience wh'en I first arrived in this country. I thought the oil wells were trees"—Hedy Lamarr. Sight of the week: Frank Fay's murderous impersonation of John Charles Thomas at Charley Foy's supper club. Paramount is getting even with Stirling Hoyden, who walked out on a big film contract. For a scene in "Henry Aid-rich Gets Glamour," Fred Henry, who looks like Stirling Hayden, plays a bored, muscle bound film actor in a set a la "Bahama Passage." . . . MGM is quietly launching a Shirley Temple buildup for n new juvenile find, 5-j/ear-old Maxine O'Brien. . . . Jane Withers turns song plugger for her first role at Republic in "Johnny Doughboy." She'll warble nine songs. . . . Penny Lee, soloist with Joe Reichman's band at the Biltmore bowl, will be screen tested this week by producers Pine and Thomas. . . . Brrol Flynn's latest is Shirley Cowan, an Arthur Murray dancer. » * # Geneva Sawyer, 20th Century-Fox studio dance director, and Freddie Fox, brother of Mrs. Darryl Zanuck, are secretly engaged. He's a first lieutenant in the signal corps . . . Mrs. Jimmy Rltz, wife of the comedian, Is slated to file suit for divorce some time soon . . . Betty Button and Sid Loft, the Douglas test pilot, are still up In the clouds . . . And it's Lester Cutler's story about the Rent who wrote a letter to his girl friend. It read: "Darling—You're my all. I love you. I cannot live without you. I'd climb the highest mountain for you. I'd swim the deepest ocean for you. I'd cross the biirninp sands for you. I love you. P. S.—I'll see you Saturday night If It isn't raining." fi 1 f f ,1 H If after this enticing sample you want to see Dolores M..v.-,n i.^din you'll fine! her in "Yankee Dcodle Dandy" and other forthcoming Warner Brothers productions.
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