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The Star Press from Muncie, Indiana · Page 14

Muncie, Indiana
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Sunday, April 15, 1934
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THE MUNCIE SUNDAY STAR, APRIL 15, 1934. TWO FEATURES AT THEJJBERTY Claudette Colbert and Lillian Gish Head Casts. SULLAVAN CAST AT THE UPTOWN BENNETT LEADS RIVOLTPICTURE Plays Her First Dual Role in 'Moulin Rouge.' Muncie Theaters Offer Entertaining Programs MOVIE MEMORIES .1 John Boles Co -Star 'Only Yesterday . X..! in ( Another bull's eye In entertainment Is scored by Cecil B. DeMille In his latest Paramount picture, "Four Frightened People, which comes to the Liberty Theater today for a three days' run and features Claudette Colbert, Herbert Marshall, Mary Boland and William Gargan. It Is one of the most eye-filling pictures that has come to the screen in a long time, containing every Ingredient of first class entertainment. DeMille still upholds his reputation for breath-taking settings, but this time he u-ent to Nature for them. The various Jungle backgrounds used In the picture are more startling than anything that Hollywood has even built. Story of Adventure. Through these settings, five characters weave a story of adventure that never lets up in Intense Interest for one moment. The story deals with four highly-cultured people who are forced to abandon a Dutch steamer. One Is a young, prudish school teacher, another a woman's club lecturer, another a blatant newspaper correspondent, and the fourth a rubber chemist. When they discover bubonic plague on board, they manage to escape ashore into a wild section of the Malay Peninsula. In order to reach the nearest seaport, they hire a half caste guide. Instead of a three day journey through the jungle which they had expected, they become lost for months. As they are forced more and more to primitive modes of living, the veneer of civilization slips from them and they revert to prehistoric ancestry. The school teacher, heretofore considered merely a nuisance by the men, blossoms into a glorious jungle creature whose word is law, and her beauty causes the men to fight over her, thereby providing substance for developments which make this story one of great audience appeal. Boland Is Comedienne. Claudette Colbert In the role of the school teacher demonstrates the wisdom of DeMille's choosing her as a star to be reckoned with. Her performance Is one of the outstanding events of the screen year. The comedy provided by Mary Boland makes her part outstanding beyond the limits of the original purpose of the script. This superb actress is destined to win a large audience as a result of her work in this picture. Herbert Marshall and William Gargan are the two men who vie for Miss Colbert's favors, and the contrast of their roles adds still further color to the intense situations of the story. A novel characterization is provided by Leo Carrillo in the role of the guide. The deft manner in which he plays it stamps him as an actor of great versatility. Plenty of Comedy. The second feature on the program is a genial and charming motion picture, which combines the artistry of Lillian Gish and Roland Young, the inspired directing of Arthur Hopkins, and the adroit and often beautiful writing of the late Arnold Bennett. It is "His Double Life." released by Paramount. The film is replete with mirth-provoking situations. While it tells an interesting and unusual story, it is never obvious or dull in its efforts. Originally purchased by - Arthur Hopkins for a Broadway production which was to star John Barrymore, the story was selected as Mr. Hopkins first for the cinema. It is an adaptation of Arnold Bennett's novel "Buried Alive, which, in the play form was one of the most popular offerings in the history of the London stage. The hero Is a shy, artistic genius played by Eoland Young. His valet has been buried under his master's name, and rather than correct the error. Young decides to assume the valets personality. He marries the valet's fiancee, Lillian Gish, and finds a new hanDi-ness in her peaceful rural home. He me the mistake, however, of re-iurvsx his painting, and embarrass-ir-; -.'.-.plications ensue which make i !-: -saiy for him to resume his .rs,.ie.- He fights the change bit-tr'--, ?r.d the efforts of other people t rr -r- him reveal his true identity, furnishes a good deal of hilarious comedy. HART STILL IDOL OF MOVIE FANS Hollywood, April 14 (JPh-Although he has not been in a picture since 1925, William S. Hart still receives as much fan mall as some present-day favorites. A week never goes by that he doesn't receive a hundred letters from . staunch admirers and some weeks the number goes as high as 400. All of the letters, are promptly answered, most of them by a secretary, although Hart attends to many of them himself. Some people have been writing Hart at regular Intervals for years, due perhaps to the fact that from the time of his picture beginnings in 1914 he never has failed to reply to letter-writers. In those early days, before he could afford a secretary, Bill wrote bis own replies In longhand. Ninety-five per cent of the writers, says a friend, urge Hart to return to the screen. ADMITS HE'S AN ACTOR BUT NOT BALL PLAYER Hollywood, April 14 UP) Someone asked Paul Lucas for his opinion of Katharine Hepburn. "She's a marvelous, scintillating actress," he said, "and. furthermore, she quits work every afternoon at five o'clock." As a matter of fact, Hepburn's contract permits her to leave the set at five, but she never does unless the day's work Is completed by that hour. Lukas dislikes working long hours or overtime. At Universal they tell this story on him: He had worked twelve wearisome hours and several scenes were yet to be filmed. An executive pleaded with him to work a few hours longer, suggesting that Paul "play ball with MS." "Sorry," said Paul "I am an actor, not a ball player. -Whereupon he went home. ' J Joel McRea and Barbara Stanwyck at the Strand. I , . - I ' j - i if v - , rJ, A h ' I k 5:.:. : ::::-: : " . . r v . .---siS i 1 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., at the Wysor Grand. LAST CARD HERE FOR 'HONEY GAL' Vaudeville Acts Added to New Star Program. Today starts the last and final week's engagement at the New Star theater for Phelps and Cobb "Show of Shows" before going on tour. For the first four days of the week, starting today, they have selected "Cafe DeCozy," said to be a merry musical comedy satire that contains an unusual amount of fun intermingled with catchy songs, snappy dances and a host of pretty girls. Ray Andrews, theater owner, has augmented the Buzz and Honey Gal show for their final week's engagement here with two outstanding big time vaudeville attractions coming to Muncie direct from one of the largest vaudeville theaters in Chicago. Acrobatic Dancer. Little Lester, one of the cleverest singing and dancing colored girls in vaudeville, heads this portion of the added attractions. She has been featured in vaudeville for many years. wuh her snappy routines of tap and acrobatic dances and her unusual ability as a blues singer. Marker and Schenck, a red hot rube comedy duo who are said to be in a class by themselves in their particular type of act, are harmony singers of unusual ability, and will round out the stage show. The screen attraction offers Boots Mallory in "Carnival Lady," which is said to be an absorbing tale laid be hind the scenes of carnival life. "Cafe DeCozy," will enable the many favorites of the, "Show of Shows to further display their ability to entertain. Buzz and Honey Gal, again appear in their familiar blackface comedy roles, which has enabled them to renew many old acquaint ances and gain many new friends. Mae Mack with her pleasing personality and sweet voice has won herself into the hearts of many local theater goers. Mort Silvers, the little man with the big voice, will appear in new vaudeville specialities, in addition to Dora Cullenbine, Jimmy Ellison. Hazel Pleat Turn t Fife Nine, Section Two. Laiy Of The Curls Mary Astor. There are a couple of things wrong with this picture, but it isn't difficult to point them out, if you know Mary Astor. For one thing, Mary doesnt have long curls, and again, she does not have blonde hair, but auburn. It is just a wig she wears in her new movie, "Upper World." At jo Constance Cummings and Paul Kelly at the Vaudelle. it l - y - . VOH L. 5. , its. Sfo.: " & -t .j. j. : 9 l Oj 1 Claudette Colbert and Herbert Marshall at the Liberty. - - U ' i . a,. ys i . $; Margaret Sullavan and John Boles at the Uptown. , i -J L , , . WALTER WINCHELL FILM AT VAUDELLE Story Is a Musicale With Star Cast. Walter Winchell, Broadway columnist, is author of the story of "Broadway Through a Keyhole, the United Artists release produced by 20th Century and featuring Constance Cummings, Russ Columbo, Paul Kelly, Blossom Seeley, Abe Lyman and his band, Gregory Ratoff, Texas Guinan, Eddie Toy, Jr., and Frances Williams at the Vaudelle Theater through Tuesday. "Broadway Through a Keyhole" has a background of night clubs and shows how a sweet and innocent young girl rose to fame, was befriended by a handsome young racketeer and finally became the wife of a famous radio crooner. Because of the night club background of the yam, the picture was filmed as a musical with a large dancing chorus and such musical comedy and vaudeville stars as Frances Williams, Eddie Foy, Jr., and Barto and Mann doing their dancing and singing stuff. Other famous Broadway personalities are Blossom Seeley, Texas Guinan and Abe Lyman and his band. Constance Cummings, Russ Columbo and Paul Kelly play the three leading roles. Others In the cast are Gregory RatoflV Hugh O'Connell, Ho-bart Cavanaugh, C. Henry Gordon and Helen Jerome Eddy. Lowell Sherman directed the script by Gene Towne and Graham Baker. Jack Haskell directed the dance numbers and Mack Gordon and Harry Revel wrote the music. It is presented by Joseph M. Schenck and Darryl T. Zanuck. ROSEMARY AMES STAR IN MAKING Hollywood, April 14 A star In the making has been Introduced to the cinema public in the person of Rosemary Ames, a blonde with a deep, pleasant voice, who is Fox's latest find and who, if she gets good vehicles, should go far. "I Believe in You," may seem to many a little too unreal but Miss Ames is being acclaimed by preview auditors as a better-than-average discovery. Although her experience amounted to less than five years en the English stage (she was born in Evanston, 111., and educated in the United States), Miss Ames gives the impres sion of having spent a life-time in the theater. And considerable time before the cameras. Miss Ames has that intangible thing called a "screen personality." Carriage, voice, beauty are the prime physical attributes of such a personality, but in addition there must be something within which the player can project to the audi ence. ' Constance Bennett and Franchot Tone at the Rivoli. Mort Silvers on Stage at New Star. DIFFERENT ROLE FOR STANWYCK Supported by Two Leading Men at the Strand. Barbara Stanwyck has been given an entirely different role from any which she has previously portrayed in the new Warner Brothers production of "Gambling Lady," which opens a three-day engagement at the Strand today. This time her role is said to be both a glamorous and a sympathetic one. In the majority of pictures Miss Stanwyck has portrayed hard and somewhat loose women, such as she did in "Baby Face" and "Illicit." In these she worked for her success through her sheer power of characterization rather than by winning sympathy for the part. On th LeveL In "Gambling Lady" she is a gambler, but - the squarest, straightest-shooting poker player that ever shuffled the pasteboards. Not only is she on the level in cards, but in the game of love and life. She can take it on the chin and does, by sacrificing her love for her husband in order to save him from the charge of murder when he gets into a mess with another woman. As the gambling lady she plays only in the fashionable night clubs frequented by millionaire men-about-town, and in the brilliant Casino of Monte CJrlo. Later, wedded to a wealthy society man, she is seen in the palaces of the upper world, although she is never adverse to taking a fling at the ponies er putting some society beauty over the hurdles for her jewels, or what have you. Miss Stanwyck is supported by two leading men, Joel McCrea in the role of a society man, and Pat O'Brien as a race horse gambler, both of whom are in love with her. Claire Dodd is the other woman, a home-wrecker who makes a play for Barbara's husband. Woman Is Protected. The picture is based on the story by Doris Malloy, said to be herself the daughter of a prominent gambler, and comes to a climax in a murder for which McCrea is arrested and which he can not explain Without bringing dishonor on a woman. The story also reveals the grip on city life of the gambling syndicates, and the methods they employ to take cash from the suckers. Others in the cast include C. Aubrey Smith, Philip Reed, Robert Elliott, Philip Faversham. Robert Bar-rat, Willard Robertson, Arthur Vinton and Ferdinand Gottschalk. Hal Le Roy, well-known tap dancer from the New York stage, whose unusual work at the Brooklyn Vitaphone studio, won him the title role in the forthcoming feature production, "Harold Teen," a n d a dancing spot in blackface in the famous "Goin to Heaven on a Mule" number in the recently shown "Wonder Bar," will be featured in "Picture Palace," a musical-dancing-singing "featurette." Le Roy and Dawn O'Day, also from the New York stage, together with the Vitaphone chorus, are said to be seen to advantage in some fast-stepping and faster comedy, while Jack Fulton, popular radio tenor, with Paul White-man's orchestar is assigned a couple of tuneful numbers. "Pettin in the Park," a Vitaphone song cartoon featuring the song of that name from Warner Brothers "Gold Diggers of 1933," will also be shown. The short depicts a day in the park, with the cartoon characters and animals, and the comedy antics there, all syncopated and vocalized with the song hit. James A. Fitzpat-rick's travel talk, "Italy." land of inspiration, together with Metrotone News will complete the subjects shown. Barrymore Film Corr.'ng. Lionel Barrymore together with Fay Bamter, Mae Clarice. Tom Brown, Una Merkel. Mary Carlisle, Onslow Stevens, Eddie Nugent, C. Henry Gordon and Dickie Moore, are all prominently Fiesta Tarn to Fat Nine, Section Two. Every year Universal makes one big picture designed for women. It has one this year. It is called "Only Yesterday," and is now playing at the Uptown Theater. There are a lot of things about "Only Yesterday" which are interesting and worthy of note. In the first place, it is the third in a cycle of women's pictures produced for Universal by John M. Stahl. In the second place, John Boles was in all of these pictures. In the third place, out of "Only Yesterday" is certain to emerge a star who may be as unique and unorthodoxly popular as Kathryn Hepburn and Mae West. Has Brilliant Prospects. John Boles playes opposite Margaret Sullavan and it is Margaret Sullavan-who comes out of this picture with brilliant prospects. She Is an intensely individual person.- She wants to remain Margaret Sullavan. She wants to keep her private life a private life and not a public auditorium. She doesn't want to have fictions built up about her. She doesn't want to be "beautified:" she doesn't want to be glorified. She thinks it is perfectly possible to be a success as an actress and still be the kind of person off-stage that she would like to know and couldj admire as a woman and a human being. She is determined not to go Hollywood. Nearly a year ago, John M. Stahl came to New York to see if the inspiration of the great city could not discover a woman's story bigger and better than "Back Street." While he was here, he heard someone singing the song, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" It set his mind to working on a thesis which three pairs of authors failed to work out to his satisfaction. -; Finally Arthur Richman and George O'Neil developed a theme which pleased him immensely, from the background of Frederick Lewis Allen's best seller. The efforts of all three of them developed a romance of vital importance in an American cavalcade background. The story had taken three months. By the time it was finished. Stahl had a cast of ninety-three principals and an army of 4.500 extras who had marched through the years covered by "Only Yesterday," from the opening of the World War until the day of the stock market crash. Added subjects Include a Thelma Todd comedy, a Pooch the Pup cartoon, a Pete Smith novelty entitled. "Happy Warriors," a Pathe News and a twenty minute Clark and McCol-lough comedy. rvic A v r. ' . 4 I " , -I-;, - s " wj ! v v r ss - - s f V i -: y ' - Seventeen years ago: Mary Pickford, rapidly climbing to screen fame, Is shown in a scene from "A Poor Little Rich Girl." LIBERATED CONVICTS MAKE TROOP SHOES Rome, April 14 () An Institute which Is expected 'to start liberated convicts along the straight and narrow with something more than the proverbial suit of clothes and $5 has been opened here. ; The new Institute Is sponsored by the state and was started with military ceremonies by Premier Mussolini. It has sleeping quarters for men who have no place to go when they finish their jail terms, but its outstanding feature is a set of shops for all the manual and mechanical arts. Here ex-convicts can make shirts 8nd shoes for the army or other marketable things ranging from cabinets to electrical appliances while waiting for regular jobs. ilLfc !U IU 'Hi O TODAY MONDAY TUES. Q They shed civilization as they shed their clothes! Generations made them ladies and gentlemen... a few hours in the jungle made them male and female! Primitive! Savage! Battling nature for life... each other ... for love ! if. A 7---- r' -'7 CE CILf B. De MILLE S "1 0 U B MGITI1EB (DPI P I with Claudette Colbert Mary Boland Herbert Marshall William Gargari Outstanding Features bod" , 1 - 3 D A Y s 3. It is interesting to know Just what it is that makes one actress mors popular than another or just what it is that makes an actress hold her popularity over a period of years while others, perhaps better actresses at that, rise to a meteoric career and then fall. A few ideas on the subject are given by Joseph M. Schenck, who directed "Moulin Rouge," which opens at the Rivoli Theater today. The picture co-stars Constance Bennett and Franchot Tone. A Great Actress. The following are a few of his ideas: "An actress is as great as the. number of young women who try to talk, walk and dress like her. A great, popular actress is one who powerfully influences millions of lives." - He regards Constance Bennett as -a great actress according to this criterion. "'I walked out on the "Moulin Rouge' set the other day," he said, "and what struck me immediately was the great number of 'little Constance Bennetts' standing about. "It was a back stage scene, and I counted eleven blondes who wore their hair, arched their eyebrows, smoked a cigaret or leaned against a piano in the most approved Constance Bennett manner. "An actress may have great talent, yet not have that quality which rinsf Turn to Next Pae. KB PLACE TO 0n Attend the Matinees Let's Go! 1 Muncie's Home of Diversified Entertainment! Now Opened Under Original Ownership and Management 1 m 5 ak neatre Home Owned C. RAY ANDREWS Heme Operated FOUR DAYS STARTING TODAY State Show tM :45 fJ-.lS Q:3Q Stupendous Final Week Show (Verne) Phelps & Cobb'a (Gene) IV. ,!, s.',"!-.-S-,' ' S -Ss r A f .V( he l s- N ..DO' . Art"" SRiUWl Replete With Mirth Provoking Situations! ri I n lii " rvmr WJLl I J II .-L iWS Lface Camics Buzz and Honey Girl In a Musical Comedy Farce CAFE DeCOZY" Intrrmlnrled With SnsppT With the Blackface Camics Bin V.ith All the FavoritM Mae Mack Mort Silvers Dora Cnllrnbine Jimmv Ellison Haiel OXcary - Att Candler ani the ten DANCING DOLLS f Gal This is positively the last and final week's engagement this season of the Buzz and Honey Gal Show, before going on tour, come to the Star twice this week, give your favorites a big send off, and see their final bills, which have been augmented with many additional attractions. EXTRA ADDED STAGE ATTRACTIONS 2-BIG TIME VAUDEVILE HEADLINERS LITTLE ESTHER The Peer of All Colored Sinfers and Dancers Formerly With Cab Calloway MARKER SCHENCK A Hilarious Rub Comedv Art, With Sonr. That Will Make Ton Scream From Start t Fintuh. On Oar Screen Today at 1:00 3:30 5:45 8:15 10:15 AU the Thrills and Sensations of Carnival Life Behind the Scenes of the Girl Shows IXW aT Tfc. f la 1 Sparklint Comedy, Brilliant Dramatio Fortrayals and Orippinr Sna- nenae Aiain the Olamaroos Backfronnd at CamlTal Life EXTRA Oswald Carlson I'nireraal Newa "Mew O' SaU A Watch For Announcement of Next Big- Attraction Opening Net Sunday, April 22 GET THE' STAB HABIT E

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