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THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 20, 3030 i Vv v' 3 'r -t j. ux if I' ,1 i I 3 i Vxv 3 -s- Spencer Tracy end Sir Cedric Hardwlcice peruse a map which they helped to fill out in "Stanley and Livingstons," in which they have the title roles. The film is due at the Stanley on Wednesday. 1 Katharine Eldridge seems tete-a-tete that Linda Darnell in "Hotel for Women," which mina of Fantasies Fi Orson Welles ecsrae hows Movie Unique in Hollywood Producer, Director, Writer, Actor Beat Shirley Temple at Croquet 1 v. s-" i By Whitney Bolt Camera Tricks and Technicolor in The "Wizard of Oz' Dy Mildred Martin Far.tasjT puts the movies on the spot.
What might appear to the uninitiated to be apple-pie material, made-to-order for the screen with its lack of limitations, with its camera tricks, its knack of doing the impossible, is actually tougher tn handle than a hundred super, super historical dramas, a fist full cf comedies or a crate of sizzling problem pVys. It's no wonder movie men shiver when cofironted with the of putting famous fantasies into visual form. For the most exacting audience in the world is the juvenile audience. Youngsters simply refuse to make allowances when their pet stories fail to live up to expectation. f- 'ii 1 4 ii -c i a a ii ti C( t( la ai ai ki ft tl 1 a HOLLYWOOD, Aug.
19. Things move too swiftly these days. Wirephotos and cabl grams complicate the work of trying to spring into print ahead of a rival. Therefore, with the least possible lost motion, let us draw up a dossier on Orson Welles, producer, manager, director, actor, writer, radio star, Shakespearean intepreter, the man who scared the pants off North America with a radio announcement of a qult Sunday that men from Mars had landed in New Jersey. Orson is here is to make a picture for RKO.
He will act in it, he will direct it, he will oe its producer. He arrived here with a small beard that would stir in a 40-mile wind. He has cultivated it to the point where now it will tremble in a light breeze. He has made a few friendships with motion picture players, but his closest friends and greatest admirers are those ordinarily taciturn, glamour-proof hombres: the sound technicians. Orson arrived here with a ready-made fan club.
The sound technicians, having heard all his radio programs, long ago arrived at the that he knows more about and uas enchanted. When it came round, its transcription and its valid time to make publicity pictures, 5k. el -f "fv-- ft Maaic trees, are. all things we suspect the late Mr. Baum would applaud as valuable additions to his story, We believe he would approve the way Wicked Witch Margaret Hamil-, ton bounces in in a ball of fire and Good Witch Biilie Burke arrives in a pink bubble.
Best of all, we think, he'd like Judy Garland's appealing performance as Dorothy, who is such a polite little girl she even says she didn't mean to melt Miss Hamilton right out of the picture and is ap- palled at having killed the Wicked Witch of the East "so neatly and Wizard of Cz bepn filmed imagination. It has warmth 0nd underetandin of child psychology. it has tle and a stUrdy philosophical undercurrent, In short; thanks to all concerned vrith Its rvrnrfiiH-irav it fontocv combined with common sense, snd superb movie maic, a rare and distinguished film that should capture the hearts of all ages. Studio and Palace Closed for Alterations Two central city theatres, the Studio and Palace, are closed this week for alterations. The Palace, which has had a "face-lifting," is dark for a week for improvements inside.
TVlA StnHir tX'VilV Tact Ton mM. njiittw jniiL, iiuw iui a three-week period, during: which ume it win be entirely remodeled inside, with increased seating capa cny, a new munge, new sound eauro- ment and a newly-developed system M.Kcr aii-ujumiiuniiig. Keiths Theatre, which has been Closed for the summer, reopens on Friday. rr- 1 i'c muiiii: xucdnc, jcwise tiob- f- the summer, is toreopen Aug. -61) wun "iney snail Have Music." i i i I 1 'i i 1 Seems that the style is cban faces for anqels now.
At any rate, hrankie Ihomas and Ann Sheridan are seen "The Angels Wash Their Faces." current at the Earle. Films Showing in This Week Boles singing star of the screen I heads the stage program, which also features Terry Howard, comedian BOYD "THE WIZARD OF OZ 311 color, is the L. Frank Baum r.tasy about little Dorothy and her; acg icio, wnom a cyclone transports i rne marip ann nr rs-w t- i fJudv Oarlanri nnrl -rt i -ine Scarecrow (Ray Bolgor) meet the Scarecrow (R it illlAt "111 i rit, Aoodman 'Jack Haley the uwaraiy Lion Bert Lahn and! uuin iuji, muiuamg me Sm er Midgets as the Munchkins. Frank Morgan is the Wizard, Biilie Burt the Good Witch and Margaret Hamilton the Wicked Witch. Victor' nemmg airected, STANTON -FOUR FEATHERS color, shows how John Clements saves Ralph Richardson and two other friends, members of England's army in the Sudan, after he is accused of being a coward, a Anh, Smith and June Duprez are also im-' port ant in the cast.
Zoltan Korda di- I irom a screenplay by SherrifT. based on the novel bv A W. Mason. C. E.
KARLTON "EACH DAWN I DIE" stars James Cagney a crusading reporter framed on a murder charge, and George Raft as ic.vntu.vi iiu mips to ciear 1 Cagney in return for aid in an i escape. William Keighley directed i ARCADIA "THE MIKADO." in I color, brings to the screen Gilbert fe Sullivan's most popular comic opera, adapted, produced and conducted by Geoffrey Tove. and directed by Victor Schertzinger. Krnnv Baker is Nanki-Poo, and the chorus and other principal? are members of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, including Sydney Granville as Pooh-Bah. Martyn Green as Ko-Ko, Joan' Colin as Yum-Yum.
NEWS "STREET OF CHANCE" 1 will tomorrow replace "IMITATION OF LIFE," Fannie Hurst drama with Claudette Colbert, Iouise Bcaveisj and Prodi Washington. -Street of Chance" stars William Powell a.s at big-time gambler who, to save hisl brother from becoming a gambler i cheats for the first lime. Jean' Arthur. Kay Francis and Regis Toomey are also in the cast. i TRANS-LUX -NEWBREELS are featured in the hour-Ions' program with "THE MARCH OF TIME." this month entitled "Metropolis New York City as fceen bv its pohc force.
Short subject are on mrf-board riding and a cartoon, "Thus With Dirty Mugs." W' -Jt 1 i -4 it MONDAY, Al'G. 28 NEWS "The Murder Man." return of the mystery with Spencer Tracy STANLEY-" STANLEY AND FOX "HOTEL FOR is LIVINGSTONE" will replace "LADY i Elsa Maxwell's story of N-w York OF THE TROPICS," Oriental ro-! city's girls, principally beautif ul mance wun Hedy Lamarr and working girls of van-in? ambitions Robert Taylor, on Wednesday. Stan- The Author, famous for' her dirtinc-ley and Livingstone are portrayed tive parties, appears in th film to-respectively -by Spencer Tracy and gether with Linda Darnell, 'n-w Sir Cedric HarawicKe. Stanley is the screen actress, Ann Sothern James reporter sent by James Gordon Ben-j Ellison. Jean Rogers.
Lvnn Ban nett 'Konry Hull) just. 70 years ago John Halliday and Alan' Dinehart' to find the famous missionary be- Gregory RatofT directed from a heved lost the wilos of Africa. He scenario by Kathryn Scola John i 1 1 Dorothy (Judy Garland) is surprised to find t'ne strange creature sho encounters is a Tin Man (Jack Haley). This is a scene from "The Wizard of Oz," fantasy et the Boyd. Films in the Near Future none too pleased about and James Ellison are having is on the screen at the Fox.
'said it would be fun to go across the road and pose with Shirley. Thi required delicate negotiations between RKO and 20th Century-Fox. Red tape finally was brushed astde. Shirley Wasn't Fooled Temple and Welles played croquet, and Welles inadvertently defeated her. This made them real was getting bored with beinj allowed to win.
The matter of the Mars broadcast came up and Shirley confessed having heard it. Sh heard it because she doesn't car for the singing of a Metro star: Nelson Eddy. She said so, right out. She said: 'T always hear Charlie but when it came time for Mr. Eddy's singing I switched off and turned to your program.
I came in right in the middle of it, but I could tell it was just a show. Who would believe that men from Mars actually came here and, if they did, why should your program have the exclusive, right to broadcast the news? It didn't make sense, so I didn't believe it and so I wasn't scared. But they say a lot of people were." 3. Mr. Welles gladly would support Miss Temple for Empress of America if there happened to be a throne at hand.
He likes her, the way she talks is fascinated by her knowledge of camera-ways. For example: thirty pictures were taken. She chose her own poses each time. In fifteen of them she is centre of notice. Welles is looking on.
In fifteen of them Welles is the centre-piece. Temple is looking on. Equal division. right on the button. He is ine nr.
non-Fox star who has been in a pie ture or publicity stunt with Shirley. it amares both of tnrm. like it. Swims in Birthday Suit 4. Welles cannot drive a car safcljv Gets into a speed panic.
He ehegea a car and driver. The car is gigantic. open. He looked a little stransecas" with beard flowing in the keen His staff advised him to hire a iCE" conspicuous jalopy. He has.
5. He and staff go swimming the pool everv morning. In the IlUe'- You need not wince. The poo1 15 com" pletely hidden from Miss Temples gaze, and she wouldn't be interestea anvhow. And neighbors on Welles side of the road get ample warning.
He stands in the doorwav and ha wis: "We're gOin swimming!" Neighbors and nelf" bors' maids bang shutters and ClK Venetian blinds closed for muea around. 6. He is astonished at Hollywooa and its ways. The Pickford-Rogers honeymoon cote astonishes him most of all He wanders through iU vast, acres of rooms muttering "I'm that's me. I'm just plain rich." worries him.
He confides that every time he pays the rent and looks the azure pool he thinks six months ahead to Broadway and possible play failures with resulting economio distress. That sobers him. Plenty, 7. He hopes everything is going: be all right. It undoubtedly will one another.
and Virginia Bruce. All right. WEDNESDAY, Al'G. 30 1- The leading woman in his pro- ALDINE "They shall Have Music." -iected Production of "Heart of Dark-musical, with Jascha Heifet. Joseph Conrad story of area Leeds, Joel McCrea, Walter Belgian Congo, will not be a Brennan name widely known to you or Hol- Thev don't ask.
they demand that the an author has written into his yarns become real magic on the screen. And if it doesn't, so much the wdrse for the hapless and harassed producer who fails to give it to 'Alice' Is Antiquated A few years ago Paramount undertook, as you'll recall, to make a movie of "Alice in Wonderland." The fate of that film, which hid its players behind masks and sent them breathlessly through brittle antics that-caught little of the Lewis Carroll flavor, ts something that s.ul haunts the'dreams of its producers and pl ers It isnt peasant to remember that a golden apple dropped in your lap and that you were foolish enough to hioe its glow under a rigid coat of pns.er. "The New Gulliver." from the Soviet studios, was infinitely more successful, a charming novelty using a single human figure in a cast of tiny rubber puppets. Approximately this same idea was planned by Wait Disney back in the now dark ages for his proposed, but unfortunately balked, version of "Alice" in which Mary Pickford was to have gone; down the rabbit hole to meet the Carroll characters in cartoon form. However, Disney did plan, and did produce "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," which only very, very sophisticated children and captious grown-ups failed to find a distillation of all that was best and most lovable in the Grimm fairy tale.
Captivating in Color New after more than a year de voted to untangling hard technical krots. setbacks occasioned by illness, nH r.elrlp acean1t imrni th t.rens- i 5V Z-ZZ to stand with "Snow White." "The Wizard of Oz" has everything a fan- t-v-v should have. For that reason 1 adults snatch the slimmest excuse to buy it or other volumes in L. Frank Baum's delightful series and disappointed if the small fry for whm the books are Intended prefer to rfo their own reading. But if Junior or Little Mary won't h3 read to, there's nothing in the world thev can do to prevent your rol'artnz them and taking them to i the Bovd to see the enchanting ad- ventures of Dorothy, the Wizard, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardlv Lion fnd, of course, Too.
in the Land of Oz, The Baum picture shouldn't and couldn't have been, and wasn't made before this day of strikingly beau- tif il color photography. Color is part and parcel of the adventures, for how could the Emerald City, the yej'ow brick road ever have been ade- presented in drab Oz js a coun'ry of rainbow tin4s as th? land beyond the should be. and M-G-M has put it beet Technicolor cameras to work to capture its lush beauties as seen throu'-rh the eyes of the little girl from dusty Kansas. hagic Is Modernized Certain modernizations have beei-introduced into the original yarn, fci't then lS33's juveniles are modern crcurh not to be startled by the of the Wicked Witch of the West sH-wrfting on her broomstick or i i immbug wizard using an radio-television contraption -moress Dorothy and her quaint Tlicse novel tifs, as well the ma zing horss of another! the talking, hand-slapping 1 i 1 1 i i I i i i uses in dramatic performance than anyone els in or out of radio, pictures or the tneatre. Interviewing Technique The interviewers have been at Mr.
Welles. He follows here the technique he developed in New York; find out things about your interviewer, use them as you two talk, make the interviewer think you are vitally interested in him. Flatters the boys and girls, that does. The other day, for example, the drama critic of a Los Angeles paper interviewed Orson. Orson spent an hour telling the profoundly-pleased fellow what a pleasure it was to sit down with a man who knows about theatre and discuss it.
What's that "you say? "You're so smart, kidding other interviewers. suppose you tell us what you learned when vou talked to jywood. She will be Miss Dita Parlo, i and this fact will be announced offi- dally in about a month. The reason for the delav is that Miss Parlo is in Amsterdam. Holland, and has a j0t of arranging to do.
'Ways of Movie Agents Also, if you start a picture in September, it is well to announce the leading woman's name just a few days before, not a month before. People forget a long-distance an nouncement. Another delay is that Heart of Darkness" is complicated by an obscure but troublesome right it may be difficult to clear. 2. Mr.
Welles is occuuying the honeymoon cottage, complete with brass commemoration plaques, of Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers. The cottage has 14 rooms, six baths and a swimming pool. It is across the road from the home Shirley Temple. Miss of Miss glimpsed Mr. Welles and his beard William Towel! stars in "Street of Chance," at Newt tomorrow.
I i liicinco iwiiuuuu s-eaicn inai is suecesniui aner several months, and Dy an inman scaut (Walter Brennan). Nancy Kelly and; Richard Greene have romantic roles. I Henry Km? directed from a screen- i play by Philip Dunne and Julien TrictVt EARLE THE thftr pacfs'1 ANGELS stars the WASH "Dead! Enr Kids Billy Halon Bernard Punsley, Leo Gorcev. Huntz Hall nahriei nnii t5kv, t-j the Beale St. Termites, who clear Frankie Thomas, -framed" nn nn arson charge, following a started in order to rdiert.
uiiu ii iruuiiv aiea. l-cay Ml- rignt airected the cat Ann Sheridan.1 Roriald aiso lists Reagan. Bonita Granville, Henry O'Neill- TOMORROW NEWS "Street of Chance," revival of the melodrama with William' Powell, Jean Arthur, Kay WEDNESDAY I ANLE Stanley and Livinc-' i mstoricai a a venture drama. una opency iracy. waiter uren-nan, Nancy Kelly, Richard Greene.
FRIDAY FOX "When Tomorrow Comes," romance, i Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, Nydia Wcstnun. STANTON Stole a Million." melodrama, with George Raft. Claire Trevor, Foran. EARLE "Three Glamor Girts," melodrama, with Lew Ayres, Una Turner, Richard Carlson. Tom Brown, Anita.
Louise. Stage programs return, with "Rochester," Betty Grable, Leighton Noble and orchestra. CAPITOL "Island of Lost Men." melodrama, with J. Carroll Naish. Anm May Wone, Brorierick Crawford.
Ernest Truex. Eric Blore. First of three-hour shows. ARCADIA 'Miracles for Sale," mystery, with Robert Young, Florence Rice. Henry Hull.
PALACE "Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever," comedy-drama, with Mickey Roonev, Helen Gilbert. -i 4i 3 (S 1:1 Gcorqe Rafr is starred 'Each Dawrj I Die," at Karltcn. 'f vr tf Si I il, rT-, (- 1 rxDATnn BOYD "The Old Maid." drama, with Bctte Davis. Miriam Hopkins, George Brent. Donald Crisp.
Sunday Cinemas ARCADIA "The Mikado," 2.40. 4.30. 6 20. 3 .10. 10.
BOYD "The Wizard of Oz 2.10. 4.05, 05, 8. 10. EARLE "The Angels Wash Their Faces." 4. in, 7.05, 10.
FOX "Hotel for Women." 4.20. 6.15. 8.10, m. KARLTON Each Dawn I 2.35. 4 25, 6.15.
8 05. 10. NEWS "Imitation of 2.25.! .03, 4.0a. 6.07. 8.09, 10.11.
STANLEY "Lady of the Tropics," 2.35. 4.25, 6.15. 8 05, 10. STANTON "Four Feathers" 2 50 5.10, 7 35. 10.
VICTORIA "The Man in the Iron Mask," 2.40. 510. 7,10. 10.10. Yum-Yum in now at Arcadia.
"The lat rv si u-- B. "I il i i' 1 i iJ ti, I 1 1 i 1 1 U. '11 i iy -j ro. 3 ri June Duprez nrA John Clements are shown In a romantic pose from "Four now at the Stanton. ,4 4.
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