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12 SO a ' THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER. SUNDAY MORNING. APRIL 1. 1934 v-v 7 - " V - ' ' "T ! Lf Fim ad Footlight Folk in Offerings of th Hour1 l'i 111 r tfs Honeymoon Spent Wooing Another Woman But It Was Only Acting and Joel's New Bride Supervised His Work Whether it's fun for a bride to have a chance to publicly criticize her husband's love-making, or an- novins to have her groom rush from hur arms to make passionate love to another woman are questions or Domestic relations that could be answered by Mrs. Joel McCrea, should ever to decide to talk. Mrs. McCrea, If you are not up on your Hollywood marriages. Is the former Frances Dee. McCrea. who has one of the lead lng roles In the current Stanley film. "Gambling Lady," was recently married to Miss Dee, but Immediately after the ceremony rushed back to the studio, bride on arm, and spent his honeymoon wooing and winning Barbara Stanwyck, star of "Gambling Lady." McCrea is a famous screen lover, but his wife Is not a bit Jealous. In fact, she constantly watched his work and criticized his technique, much to the amusement of the entire cast. McCrc, however. Insisted It was good for him to have his love-mnktng supervised by his wife, because it made him nervous, and a bridegroom should always be nervous. Not even to his closest friends would he admit that It cramped his style. After the picture was finished, the couple departed on their delayed honeymoon, the happy groom having the unique privilege of being able to tell his wne, snoum occasion ever arise, "Well, you taught me." McCrea was born In Pasadena but. despite some success In high school and college theatricals, had no thought of adopting the screen as profession until Director Sam Wood saw the young man In a college play. Wood talked to the big six-foot two college senior. The result was a screen test and a chance to play a small part In "The Jans Age." Other parts followed in rapid succession, and now he Is one of the busiest leading men In Hollywood. McCrea's favorite sport is swimming, and he spends much of his .spare time at the Santa Monica Beach Club. He owns a thousand-acre ranch near Hollywood on which he raises cattle for the market, and breeds fine horses. Toby Wing Cause and Heroine of a Near-tragedy Toby Wing, the chorus beauty who learned to swim to obtain a featured role, recently cashed In on the knowledge as the heroine of a near tragedy. She dived for and swam to shore wtth a girl she had accidentally knocked unconscious during the filming of scenes for "Come On Murines," now playing at the Stanton Theatre. Miss Wing, with Ida Lupino, and eight other girls, were frolicking In a JuiiRle lake, and the action called for her to swing across the water on a long rope of vines. Mary Tom Blackwood, who had Just dived from a tree, came up and was hit on the nose by Mins Wing's feet. Miss Blarkwood, her nose broken. sank in ten feet of water. Richard Arlcn. who at one time served as a life guard In St. Paul, was ashore on the far side or tne lake ana leaped In fully clothed and began a sprint to the spot where the girl sank. But Miss Wing stayed on her rope until the oackswing Drougni her over the spot where she had struck Miss Blackwood. Then she dived and brought the unconscious girl to the surface and swam with her to shore. Arlen helped her the last ten feet. Miss Blnckwood was rushed fifty miles to Hollywood after emergency treatment, and X-rays showed her only Injury to be the fractured nose. Arlen, filling the leading role in the picture, was wearing the regulation Marine equipment and pack at the time he began his rescue efforts. Durante Family Boasts Not One But Three 'Schnozzles1 Feminine Beauty Is Hard on a Man 'There are three sehnorales In the sehnozzle family. The belief that there could be enly one Schnowle Durante was dispelled by the 84-year-oll father . . , .. Af rinnran ni Hie 1HI ttHiiiumii ui w.wn White's "Scandals," Pox film now at Uie Locust Street Theatre. The first schnozzle to reach fame was Jimmy's. Now, along came a. Durante, the father, leaving the bounds of New York for the second time since his arrival In the b!g city as an Italian Immigrant at the age of 24, 60 years ago. It was the first time he had fcft the physical bounds of the city In 56 years. Number three wearing the badge or the schnowle la Albert. Jimmy's older brother, a detective on the New York polio force. Hollywood hasn't seen Albert, but when Jimmy took his father to the "Scandals" s;t to watch him work In a scene with Rudy Vallce and Cliff Edwards, lather Durante showed the cast a small picture of Albert which he carries in his old-fashioned watch. The nasal similarity between Jimmy and his father is not their only resemblance. Except for his older appearance, a mustache is virtually the only dissimilarity between the two. Slightly shorter In his advanced years, B. Durante still Is qui to straight in his carriage and peculiarly like his actor son in mannerisms. J. Ell wood Dougherty. Mask and Wig's leading lady In "Easy Pick-ins", now at the Garrick Theatre, has his troubles these days In portraying a collegiate Interpretation of Mae West, referred to In the show as June East. First of all. he had to shave his moustache to make possible the striking resemblance the make-up man achieves In spite of the material upon which he has to work. Now he finds that cold cream makes his whiskers grow faster than usual and he has to shave twice a day. Masculine legs accustomed to trousers feel awfully nude In silk stockings and the heavy costume which the movie star af-focts are unusually hot this spring. Hljfh heeled shoes and various other details make life uncomfortable for Jed. but as they say In the theatres, "the show must go on". In addition to being the stellar feminine character In "Easy Pick-Ins", Dougherty has been doing some excellent dancing. He has danced previously with the DenLshawn troupe and the boys and girls In the chorus are doing his Interpre tation of a ballet of the cows, which Is a portrayal of how cows imported from the milky way would act on the moon. Other leading characters are the two Pick Ins Brothers of stratospheric fame, portrayed by Samuel W. Gregg. Jr., and August, and John Righter Wood, Jr., as September, both old timers in Mask and Wig productions. Gregg will be remembered as Louie, master barnstormer In "Out of the Blues", and Wood as Gladys, a buxom beauty In the same production. 3rd Film Program for Art Alliance iinnirH Refeer. chairman of the Drama Committee K tin Art Alliance, has announced the presentation of a third propram of outstanding films at the Locust Street Theatre next Sunday evening. These five pictures are an Indication of the recent tendencies among American producers and the pro-pram will Conclude the aeries of : .nioi m At inn ntcturt per- ; formnce7 given this" season ipder ' Art Alliance auspices. .....,,.. ; The films to be exhibited are: . V'lot in Sodom." a production deal-inV With the Biblical theme by the ' nwkers of "Fall of the House of nsher;" The Spy," a one-reeler by Charles Vldor, which has been built am a theme from Ambrose Blerces "Strange Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge?" -Dawn to Dawn," a rural theme produced by Cameron Mc-Pharson who also has written a noteworthy musical score; "The ' iutoidew." a remarkable study of plant life, and an early Walt Disney Silly Symphony. it 1 ' au m J Desires Tabor lias a principal role in "My Maryland", to be revived at the Forrest April "Sweethearts" Will Be Revived in May Victor Herbert's "Sweethearts" will be revived by the Little Opera Company at the Garrick Theatre on Friday pvenlng, May ana Saturday afternoon and night. May 8. The producing organization has been recently formed for the purpose ot reviving the most popular master pieces of operetta on a scaie com mensurate with their merits. The Initial Offering this season is part of a Dlan to bring forward from time to time favorite light operas with melodious and mustcianiy scores linked with librettos of com-edic or romantic charm. Notwithstanding its appeal and Its original success, "Sweethearts' has not bfn presented In a Philadelphia theatre since the work was hailed as an admirable specimen of Its composer's delightful art, 21 years ago. "Sweethearts" was first staged here at the original Forrest Tneatre, Broad and Sansom sts., in ivi3. cnrisuc Macdonald starred In the piece at that time. The libretto proved to be one of the happiest efforts of the prolific Harry B. Smith, so often teamed with Herbert In light opera, which the composer en- ncnea me wont with some or his most attractive melodies. "Sweethearts" will be produced under the personal direction of Al- lyn Saurer, formerly associated with wintnrop Ames in his memorable Gilbert and Sullivan presentations. The carefully selected cast and chorus give the stage organization a personnel of 68. The operetta will be conducted by W. Leon Arkless, musical director of the 8hubert Theatre from its opening until the present season. Sallle weiborn is president of the Little Opera Company and Virginia Cramp is secretary and treasurer. A popular scale of prices will prevail for the pro- auction. 9 crrw j ma L Ba WORE STRAcy HUSftN fRL 1 63 L1f?Ac PlCKFORP beeR am. I,M Licyp More" big stars eoKNlNrWiLTriANlN ANV OThlER MOMTW W T ft (3i m . ' - f R 3l - fn iff?" i mm 10W i Liin '.i 1 'A 1 GAVE Uf?2523.rt WEEK"- PiX OlLy 100. P WEEK. While siMging aiunIe roR)ERz HOT IrVQ C8C5l3y WAt PLAYFULLy NlPPEP IN THE" JAW BV TME WHO YJftb INTHE 5CEME x;iTH HIAI.ONLV ONE BtTR Vvtt5 u&epiNThe Picture 6urrwo mpro o r- Lln-?r-f Ad.'Oi3M.iiiic"i)... f- . l-r vie nmcfv nc? uuwixic. wuuuis rvui VEKfOm UNLESS eLCKl &, & My n fcjirtG FROM St Louis To C.HcfiiQO. Men MaWARO h ReceinePASustkoneano rf LAP2P INTO UNGDMCOUS' I NE53 fOR 21 3ECOMD5, I OURIIVG KMCH TlAlE H1S5HIP 1051 OWSOOTt IN ALTiTUPE A SKELETorSLAPPEAfeP IM A&OUT 500 PiCTMEb W EARNED MEAilLV $10,000 waholwcod, Inc. Cmi Bhti 1 " ti X 7 . .T.irwi x "t i , - j 1 s r ..-Mi w ,1 s n ttgfiti fcvrTcJ,;. JIL THE5E, EACH &UILTTO Trie aM?L, : (J5EP INl sw inn FOLLIES OF 19341 WEEK ATJHEDGEROW The sole performances of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" and Shaw's "Androclcs and the Lion" for April are being given this week at the Hedgerow Theatre In Rose Valley. The week opens on Thursday with Shaw's play, the legendary story of the Oreek tailor and the long-remembering lion against the setting of ancient Rome. Its comic buffoonery is played by Herbert Walton, Frank Beckwlth. Alfred Row and a large company of Hedgrovians. -rnunaer on tne Left," tne Jean Black dramatization of the Christopher Morley novel, Is being presented on Friday. Heading the cast are David Metcalf, Catherine Rleser, Louise Beggs and Ferd Nofer. On Saturday Shakespeare's (rollicking farce of mistaken Identity, ''Twelfth Night," will take the atsge. - In an incut version, Jasper Deeter, Hedgerow's director, has ven "Twelfth Night" a production cal- fnlotprl to emnhnsiEi! thn full , edy and poetic values. Frances! Torcniana, Miriam rnniips and Harry Shcppard appear. Lennox Robinson's comedy, "Is Life Worth Living?" is in preparation for production on April 31, Hedgerow's 11th birthday anniversary. Leon Janney Sandwiches His Study in With His Acting Starting at scratch in the race for fame, Leon Janney, motion picture luminary, now featured In support of Queenie Smith In Doty Hobart's new comedy, "Every Thursday," at the Erlanger Theatre, won the trophy of all hearts. His mother and business manager Is a seasoned trouper, having danced, under the name of Bernice Ramon, through many a musical comedy; but none of his other ancestors were of the stage, all having been In other professions physicians, lawyers, bankers. His great-grandfather was the Inventor of the Janney coupler, Leon's early ambition was that of all boys: to wear a fireman's uniform. But at the age of two and a half he made his first appearance as an actor in one of the vaudeville theatres in Ogdon, Utah, his birthplace. A few years later he was the popular "boy monologtst" and "youngest radio announcer." When at about the age of 7 Leon To Lead Orchestra JOE NF.IBERT We iilf direct his popular night club orchestra at the first , annual daace of the Frankord ' Cornell Athletic Club, to be jriu-en.ln St. John's Auditorium, Almond and Orthodox sis., on Friday evening. and his mother moved to Los Angeles, his name was changed to Laon Ramon and numerous attempts were made to place him in pictures. For five years he swam against the tide. Small stage parts and minor screen roles were occasionally assigned to him. Lean years, hungry moments were the lot of both mother and son. "We had plenty of heartaches In Hollywood," Leon says today. In due time the cherub quality of his face, the color and curl or his hair, his personality attracted the directors of Hollywood and he played in short subjects and Our Gang comedies. When he was 8 years old screen tests were made of 50 different children with dark hair to play the part of Little Abie in "Abie's Irish Rose." None satisfied but Leon, who was golden-haired. The color mattered little, for a touch of mascara darkened it, and he played the role in the childhood scenes. When the talking sequences were being made for the picture the New York director sought a child to speak little Abie's lines. He had never met Leon and thought he had no stage experience, therefore did hot want the child of the picture. The young lad appeared as a monologtst at a benefit performance at wtucli the director happened to be present. After he heard Leon he said: "That's the boy I'm seeking." After his acceptance In pictures, Leon was registered at the Professional Children's School In Los Angeles and was considered one of its brilliant students. Later he attended the Pacific Military Academy and was graduated at tne age of IS from the Professional High School. His entrance exams for college have already been passed. Law is his favorite profession, and he will take up Its study when freedom from the stage and screen permits. In the meantime he will continue his acting activities as long as the public 1 continues to manifest Its quite evident Interest In his work. "Every Thursday" will mark his first appearance on Broadway in a legitimate production. Wednesday Matinees at Erlanger Now that the Lenten season Is over, Mr. Samuel F, N. Nirdllnger has returned the Wednesday matinee .instead of the Thursday matinees at the Erlanger, where Queenie Smith continues In "Every Thursday," although Wednesday Is the matinee day for "Every Thursday." A Verbal Bouquet for Norma From Mrs. Pat Campbell Norma Shearer has mastered the art of the screen as Sarah Bern' hardt and contemporary actresses were skilled in the technique of the theatre. This is the compliment paid Norma by no less a personage than Mrs. Patrick Campbell, distinguished British actress whose triumphs In the past decade have made her a traditional figure on the stage. Mrs. Campbell, .10 makes her screen debut with Miss Shearer In "Riptide," now playing a ',he Boyd Theatre, Is best remembei .d for her successes In "The Second Mrs. Tan-guaray" and Shavian dramas. "To my way of thinking," says Mrs. Campbell, "Miss Shearer Is as great a mistress of the screen art as the others were or the theatre. And make no mistake about It the screen is a difficult taskmaster." Had she so chosen. Mrs. Campbell believes, Norma might have made as great a mark on the stage as she has In Alms. "Of course," she says, and with authority, "the two mediums -are vastly different. It is a pity to me tMt Mts Shearer chose to s'.vc herself solely to the screen. I am sure that she would have quickly mastered stage technique. With her rapier Intelligence, capacity for assimilation of new Ideas, and with her great natural gift, she would have won unlimited acclaim in the theatre. "Beside her vibrant talent, she has a breathless beauty and unaffected charm that rings true. Her personality has a perfume that would carry across the footlights and delight an audience, giving her a warm sympathy, without which no actress In the theatre can succeed." Miss Shearer's knowledge of the technical phases of picture-making, In Mrs. Campbell's opinion, Is of vast assistance in the achievement of outstanding performance. "A modulated, smooth performance la very difficult to accomplish on the screen," she adds. "Great dependability Is placed In the mechanical processes, the eventual cutting of the film Into proper sequential order for the finished product. "Miss Shearer Is absolute In this technical art. She has mastered It lust as Bernhardt, Duse and Terry knew all the little secrets of stagecraft." No Polo for Tracy While Production Is in Progress As Joe Graham, hard-boiled telephone linesman In "Looking For Trouble," which comes to the Aldlne Theatre on Wednesday, Spencer Tracy has a role which fits him like the proverbial glove. Tracy first went to Hollywood as the result of his success as Killer Mears In "The Last Mile," and in the two years that he has been there he has made eleven pictures. He was born In Milwaukee, and When he was sixteen his family moved to Kansas City just before the outbreak of the World War. During the war he was only 18 when he enlisted he served In the Navy, and upon his discharge ho undertook the business of completing his education. But soon Tracy's thoughts turned stageward, and he entered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His first stage Job was that of a super in "R. U. R., a Theatre J, Blanche Sweet Who heads the cast of "The Party's Over" coming to the Erlanger on April 9. Guild production. That netted him $13 a week and brought him a part In the road show at $40. several Broadway engagements and . considerable stock work In Pittsburgh prepared him for his first good part, which was in a George M. Cohon production. He did so well In this assignment that Cohan had a part written in for him In "Baby Cyclone." This was followed by several engagements In Chicago, and when Tracy returned to New York It was to take the leading role In the play which placed him definitely among the first-rank actors of today. He is essentially a man's man breezy, human, humorous, athletic and typically American. But he also has an engaging personality which has an unusual attraction for the feminine quota of a movie audience. His eyes are blue, his hair brown and windblown, his hands freckled, and his face so bronred by the sun and wind that the freckles do not show. He has a winning boyish smile, cares little hbout personal attire, likes horses and has a stable of his own. Much of his spare time Is spent playing polo. Rnd he Is so fond of this sport that Darryl F. Zanuck and Joseph M. Schenck have inserted a clause in his contract which prevents him from indulging In any polo game during the making of a picture. This precaution is taken to protect him from any possible Injury that would hold up production and cause unnecessary expense while waiting for their star's recovery. Phil Spitalny Gives the Girls 1 hia Musical Break Six month metn Phil flnlflr. ... peared at the Fox Theatre direct-lng an aggregation of 3J versatile musicians and vocalists. Now Phil 8pttalny again brings his band with hint to this house, but this time there isn't k man In lt nut.iH. Mr. Spitalny, of course. wire ime m a magattne article he read some six months ago was resoonsrble for a driutic pVian. - the musical careers of Phil Spitalny women inrougnout America. The line, Incorporated In- to an article bv a nrnminont nm.. educator, read: "Woman has at. tamed a position as man's equal in many forms Of endeavor, but. In . music she Is aadly behind." It took PhU Spitalny five months to prepare a suitable answer to that line. First, he severed all connections With ht maJn nri)iitr. ... - u, mi securing jobs for them with other niuaicu aggregations. Then he set about on a five months' tour of the Nation, combiner urv tHtifni t- ... J f "-wis. VIVJ with one thought In mind get the u" wumun instrumentalists there are! The result you will discover In Phil SDltalnv'a ti ., i yun c4 Queens." The 32 musicians were selected from more than 1000 whom Spltalnv heard. Mrs. Phil Hnlhalntr ,L 1 mu6lclan of note herself,' aided In tire selection. Most of the sirls. beside hain. expert on one Innt.mmpnf double on one or two others. Each of Spitalny s seven violinists was a soloist. It took weeks nf rehiarKi With the Violin neetlnn alnn. bring out the proper co-ordination. Another difficulty encountered was securing a girl tuba player. The Wind and llD ftctinn nncr. playing this gigantic Instrument is so rigorous, that women seldom as-say the tuba. However, one was finally located in Rf Paul x, This young lady was the onlv feminine Instrumentalist to be used by the late John' Philin Rni,. his nationally known band. Another surprising discovery was a girl barl- opuainy neara in California. The girl had no previous professional ability Her vrwnol rr.. however, was lower than that of most men. Tne nucleus of the vocal Section is A trin knnn.n - n . u. DcMsrco Sisters who hsil from Bos- ion ana originally were featured with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra as the "Rhythm Girls." It Is senernllv minrwtori ih.i group of women musicians are dif- ncuii, to wor wnn. spitainv ex plodes this theory, stating that the Women in his unit are far mnra conscientious and less tempera mental than inf mule atrfrreaatlnn he has ever handled. THE STEEL PIER The special Easter holiday pro gram of amusements on the Steel Pier at Atlantic City is an elaborate one. "Bottoms Up." starring Spencer Tracy, Pat Paterson and John Boles, and "Cross Streets," with Claire Windsor, will be the feature photoplays. Sally Rand, famed for her fan dance, will bt the headline attraction in the Easter vaudeville bill. Surroundlnt the dancer are acts from the best Broadway shows, including John Shevlin, romantic tenor of the air, In "A Boquet of Songs;" Twelve Little Show Oirls, and several other star vaudeville acts. During this week, too, there is a wonderful Auto Show, displaying latest improvements In all models. All manufacturers are represented. The models ere the latest In utility and beauty of line, wtth many Interest ing new features. For the Easter week-end aanc Alex Bartha and his Victor Recording Orchestra p'.ny in the chummy Hollywood ballroom on the pier. New baby wild animals Jut arrived, exhibits, game rooms where billiards and other entertaining ganns may be enjoyed, afternoon instruction in contract, in dancing the tango, the fun of being Inside the broadcasting studio during program hours and Innumerable other at tractions are for the free amuse ment of Steel Pier patrons. JUNIOR CINEMA GUILD As a result of Insistent demand the Junior Cinema Ouild and the Junior League of Philadelphia will present on Saturday at the Penn Athletic Club the last Mickey Mouse Dav of the current season. Walt Disney's "Lullaby Land" will be the featured attraction. Others In the Disney scries include, "Mail Pilot," "Pioneer Days," "Chsin Oang," "Mickey's Review," 'Gorilla Mystery" and many others. As an extra added attraction there will be one of the recently re-Issued Charlie Chaplin comedies. Appropriate Easter gifts will be distributed to Mickey Mouse's hosts of young friends. The performance Is continuous from 10 A. M. to 4 30 P. M., the last show starting at I O'clock. Frankford Cornell A. C. Dance Novelty of entertainment will ff ture the first annual dance to be given by the Frankford Cornell Athlctio Club next Friday evening In St. John's Auditorium. Almond snd Orthodox sts. Two popular dance orchestras will provide the music, with Joe Nclbert conducting his Night Club Orchestra, and Don Charles directing his popular dance orchestra, while there will be other features to enliven the occasion. SHAKESPEAREAN REVIVAL The 20th annlverry of the first iMran.LHuiuii ui m yiay ill vno uie- j aire 01 tne Drama Department 01 the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburgh, will be celebrated on Shakespeare's birthday, April 23, with a performance of Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part 1." In 1914, on April 23, the first audience assembled for the production of "The Two Oentlemen of Verona." under direction of Donnld Robertson, with settings by Woodman Thompson, then an instructor In the school. The department had opened but two months before, yet within that short period the work was organised under Thomas Wood Stevens and the annual Shakespearean revival Initiated. 1 Zxy4 I .as- "j s ; Btlla Motel tn Myi Whh, FlowerZArcJ S$

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