The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah on February 25, 1940 · Page 11
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The Ogden Standard-Examiner from Ogden, Utah · Page 11

Ogden, Utah
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Sunday, February 25, 1940
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SUNDAY MORNING. FEBRUARY 25, 1940. MECHANICS OF FILM-MAKING THRILL NOVICE By PAUL HARRISON XEA Service Staff HOLLYWOOD-- On a first visit to a studio, nearly everyone quick ly becomes more interested in the actual shooting of movie scenes than in staring at the stars. I enjoy taking out - of - town guests ound the sets occasionally; their actions remind me that fans are forever curious about details which I'm inclined to take for granted. Entering a sound stage, a stranger always is bewildered in the half gloom by a maze of braced walls which are the backs of sets. He steps gingerly over the braces and snakey tangles of electric cables on the floor. When his eyes are accustomed to the dim light he looks around and realizes that "sound stage" is a term for a big, hollow building perhaps 200 by 120 feet, and 60 or more feet from floor to rafters. A sound stage usually is cluttered with six or eight sets representing rooms, offices and such, and netimes exteriors. You may Ik through a drawing room -- ail .. "iod f u r n i t u r e , oriental rugs and silken w-alls -- and find a dirty jail cell or a Bowery saloon adjoining it. Harmonious Colors On close inspection, visitors always exclaim about how meticulously everything is done, even to richness of materials and carefully chosen color schemes which you'd think wouldn't register on black-and-white film. The tourists are guided around, tip - toeing and whispering, until they reach the set actually in use. (Only one company can work in a building because there must be absolute silence while the camera is turning.) Near the working set are parked the portable dressing rooms for the prominent players, « e sound booth (a glassed-in uck), and large hand t r u c k s ilding supplies for the property man, electricians and carpenters. Behind the camera is a disorderly semi-circle of chairs, also wooden platforms and metal stands holding various kinds of lights. When Vivien Leigh or Joan Crawford or any woman star is pointed out, visitors usually say, "How little she is! I had no idea -- " Sometimes they ask with concern whether Loretta Young or Bette Davis has been ill-- "she's so thin!" Most of the actresses are slimmer and smaller than fans imagine them. Identifying- Players Visitors often can identify every even small-time character e, on a set. They seldom ask name of the director of a picture. Usually they mistake the assistant director or the head cameraman for the director because the former makes most of the noise, and the photographer does all the bossing of the camera setup flights and exact positions of the players. The head cameraman never operates his machine; that is the job of his first assistant. Watching the filming of a shot for the first time usually is a disappointment. Most of them last only a few seconds and contain a few lines of meaningless dialogue. When this is done several times, perhaps with a conference or two in between, there's a longer wait while lights are readjusted and the camera moved in for an angle shot or a closeup of the same bit of action. THE OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER 11-A invariably comment on delays and marvel that pictures ever are completed. I always explain that a director is satisfied if he can average three minutes of finished film during a hard day's work. Famous Drama of Old South, Adventure Pictures, Sea Epic, Romance, Excitement Featured SHOW MENU . . . Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard, (left) in "Gone With the Wind," at the Orpheum theatre; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Margaret Lockwoocl, (left center) in "Rulers of the Sea," at the Paramount; Freddie Bartholomew, (right center) in "Swiss Family Robinson," at the Egyptian theatre; Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, (upper- right) in "Love Finds Andy Hardy," at the Colonial theatre; Charles Luughton, (lower right) in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," at the Ogden theatre. FOLLIES HERE THURSDAY Egyptian to Present Roxy Beauties From N.Y. On Stage Things are buzzing at a fast mpo these days around the Egyp- n theatre, where Manager William Fowers has his capable staff getting everything in readiness for the stage engagement here one day only. Thursday, February 29 of the "World's Fair Follies." "The World's Fair Follies" is n o ^ i an ordinary stage show in any ' sense of the word-- being larger ; than the average, having a bevy of '. b e a u t i f u l girls from the World of ; Tomorrow and the Treasure ! Chests of Treasure Island," he says 1 "They feature a score or more of I sensational dance productions, in- j troducing the greatest array of outstanding dancers-- girls who made Exposition history present- ^ng these particular numbers for ·kae first time outside of the two ~/orld's fairs. Manager Fowers, admits this i great revue "puts him on the ! spot!" "The World's Fair Follies" was | originally produced in New York for a t o u r of Europe, but when the war broke out, it was brought directly to San Francisco, a coast to coast route was quickly set up and the west gets to see this outstanding show first. As all the girls are under contract and will have to open at the world's fairs when they both re-open in May. this tour is i necessarily limited. "The World's Fair Follies" has been enjoying topnotch business in every city it has played. "Every report from every city indicates this is a fine show," concludes Mr. Fowers. "It puts me on the spot because I want to do just as big business with it as other cities have been doing." Super - entertaining programs are offered show fans at Ogdon's five show houses Sunday. The screen e n t e r t a i n m e n t at the various theatres follows: "Gone With Wind" Shown At Orpheum The Orpheum theatre Sunday features the long - awaited show "Gone With the Wind", screen version of Margaret Mitchell's f a m - ous book which has t h r i l l e d thousands. To transplant a novel consisting of 1057 pages to the motion picture screen and k n o w i n g that millions had already read this, the most discussed novel that was ever writen. is no easy task. However, David O. Selzniclc said it could be done. The proof of his success has been demonstrated by the millions of fans t h r o u g h o u t the United States, who acclaim it as the motion picture of all time. It is d i f f i c u l t to imagine any one completing a c a r e f u l digest of the book in less than twenty-four hours of a c t u a l reading time. As it is presented on the screen in Technicolor the story is told in three hours and forty-five minutes, and will be shown at the O r p h e u m theatre starting with a matinee Saturday February 24, at two p. m. in its entirety, exactly as it was shown in the great Atlanta Premiere, New York City and the engagement just concluded in Salt Lake City. Egyptian Has "Swiss Family Robinson" | The Egyptian theatre Sunday | pesents the thrilling adventure j movie, "Swiss Family Robinson", I starring Freddie Bartholomew, Thomas Mitchell, Edna Best, Tim Holt, and a second feature, "The Lone Wolf Strikes", starring William Warren, a n d the l a t e s t "March of Time" film, f e a t u r i n g "The Story of Finland and Her People". In the "Swiss Family" epic some of the thrill-packed sequences include: (1) a t e r r i f i c shipwreck d u r i n g a t e r r i f y i n g storm; (2) the exciting flight of the Robinson family from the sinking brig to the safety of an unknown tropical island; (3) their spine- tingling a d v e n t u r e s in the f o r b i d ding recesses of a mysterious tamarind forest; (4) a fierce electrical storm on the island which shatters their half-completed escape - boat; (5) the nearly fatal experience of one of the Robinson boys with a .poisonous spider in a d a n k cave, and (6) the accident to the baby of the family when it is snared in a wild animal trap. On Thursday only, on the stage, will be "The World's Fair Follies" with 25 girls from the "World of Tomorrow". On the screen will be "Charlie Chan In Panama", with four complete shows daily. Starting Friday, will be John Steinbeck's, "The Grapes of Wrath", with Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell, Paramount Features "Rulers of the Sea" A gusty, salty, romantic tale of the first t r i u m p h of steam over sail thunders to the screen in Frank Lloyd's new production, "Rulers of the Sea", which opens its current engagement 'today at the Paramount theatre. Boasting a distinguished cast, headed by Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Margaret Lockwood, and the noted Scottish actor, Will Fyffe, "Rulers of the Sea" f i n d s a courageous inventor u n d e r t a k i n g to prove the steam engine which he has perfected can drive a ship across the Atlantic. He is helped to 'the ultimate realization of his dream by a y o u n g seaman who has had enough of the b r u t a l treatment meted out by the skippers of sailing packets, and by a brave daughter--a girl in love with the young mariner -- who wisely guides her father and the man she loves to success. Distinguished by magnificent shots of great ships being b u f f e t e d by the Atlantic, by f i n e performances on the part of the stars and a large s u p p o r t i n g cast, the picture looms as the greatest triumph of the production and directorial genius of Frank Lloyd. The companion feature, "Henry Goes Arizona", is a hilarious comedy of the old west which stars Frank Morgan as "Henry" and features such top-notch players as Virginia Weidler, Guy Kibbee, Slim Summerville, Douglas Fowley, and Owen Davis, Jr. As the whimsical Henry, a Broadway dude who goes to Arizona to save the family ranch from a band of outlaws, Morgan is a one-man circus. From the m i n u t e he discovers that a derby hat and spats are not worn in the wild west until he turns into a cowboy with guns and chaps, Morgan contributes a new high in hilarity. The short subjects include a Fitzpatrick Travel- talk, "Night Descends On Treasure Island", and latest Paramount News Flashes. Ogden Show Offers "Hunchback" Picture The Ogden theatre features "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", starring Charles Laughton, and a second feature, "Charlie Chan In the City of Darkness", with Laughton scoring the characterization triumph of his career as the pitiable and admirable Quasimodo, the cathedral bell-ringer, the film also presents his new protegee, Maureen O'Hara, as the . gypsy dancer-heroine of this memorable offering. Laid in the Paris of 1482, ·'The Hunchback of Notre Dame" takes place in and around the famous Notre Dame cathedra!, Sainte Chapelle and other landmarks which are reproduced in enormous settings peopled with a record cast of 3,500 . players. Wednesday and Thursday the Ogden will present Warner Baxter and Alice Faye in "Barricade", and "R i s k y Business", with George Murphy. Friday and Saturday will show Jack Holt in "My Son Is Guilty", and "Yukon Flight", with James Newill, also chapter two, "The Green Hornet". Colonial Has "Love "Finds Andy Hardy" Judge Hardy's Family embarks on another amusing adventure in "Love Finds Andy Hardy", which opened yesterday at the colonial theatre. The entire family participates in the f o u r t h of a series of pictures which has rapidly won a place in the hearts of film audi ences. Lewis Stone is seen as Judge Hardy. Mickey Rooney is his son, Andy. Cecilia Parker is the daughter, Fay Holden the mother and Betty Ross Clarke the aunt. In addition, Judy Garland makes her debut in the series in this picture, singing three songs and playing a grown-up role. for one night. Lana Turner makes her appearance as one of Mickey's three girl friends. Ann Rutherford is back again as his "steady" girl. The companion hit is "Stagecoach" with John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Andy Devine, Thomas Mitchell, George Bancroft, John Carradine and Tim Holt. The thrilling story of seven men and two girls together on a stagecoach trip. Then strange things begin to happen. . . Danger threatens them all in "Stagecoach". Hollywood Film Shop IS HAPPY NOW HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 24--(AP) -Clara Lou Sheridan, who changed her name to Ann and became the "oomph girl", has exerc-ised a woman's privilege. She's changed her mind. For months, you may recall, she's . bemoaned the "oomph" tag given her by some young-men- about-town and. later most of the populace. "But I'm sorry now," she says, contritely. "I know if it hadn't By ALEXANDER KAHN HOLLYWOOD (UP) -- He has been, in turn, a Spanish prince, an American senator, a millionaire and numerous, kinds of heroes and villains. And yet he . . prefers to push a plow in sun-baked fields. He is Claude Rains whose greatest pleasure is not in reading, his voluminous fan mail but in harvesting a field of corn. He has thrilled to the applause of the world and gets a bigger kick from a good patch of potatoes. Distinguished figure though he 'is o fbhe screen and "stage, Rains ambition is to be a real, farmer and now it is more than wishful thinking. He owns a farm near Cheyney, Pa., and spends every vacation from Hollywood on his land. Rains worked his way up in the acting profession from the bottom. At His Majesty's theatre in 'London he was ca!l boy, carpenter, mechanic, electrician, property man, treasurer and company manager before he ever undertook an acting role. His first appearance as an actor was in "The Gods of the Mountain." It was well received and he then toured Australia with Maet- erlinck's "The 'Blue Bird" which he followed with a hit appearance in "You Never Can Tell." Returning to England, Rains appeared in "Golden Doom" and "Typhoon" before making .his American debut in ' "Androcles and the Lion" at Hartford, Conn. When the World War came Rains .returned to England again where he enlisted in the famed London Scottish regiment. He was gassed at Vimy Ridge and at. the end of the conflict was. mustered out with the rank of captain. Rains continued his stage career following the war and was a leading player for many years. Because of his striking resemblance to Napoleon, he was cast in "A Man of Destiny"' and scored so decisively that American producers vied for his appearance. Hollj'wood eventually got him, but Rains' starred in his first film without having his face visible. It was in "The Invisible Man." MORGUE SHOCK FATAL MONTREAL (UP) --Mrs. Louis Poirir, 60, was called to view a body at the city morgue for possible identification. She identified the body as that of a brother,'then dropped dead from a heart' attack. been for 'oomph' I'd probably still be in the chours, I'm awfully grateful for what it's done for me. "But will somebody please tell me what It means?" SCRIPT RUNNING IS BIG BUSINESS By HAMILTON W. FARON WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 -- (AP) Miners who pay for their cakes and coffee with money based on a "coal standard" have built up a retail business totalling, about $650,000,000 annually. Their "money" is the script of the coal fields -- printed coupons or stamped discs of metal that take the place of currency and coins. Each bit of the coal field money, whether in coupon or metal style, is backed by an individual coal company -- the company's resources are its coal. Originally conceived as a means of extending credit to miners between paydays, the script system has grown steadily with more and more attention paid to the operation of the company stores. About 2,600 Stores Now, on the records of the National Industrial Stores association, approximately 2,600 such stores are operating and each is doing an average annual business of .$250,000. At some company stores a profit sheet turns up at the end of the .year showing better returns than came trom the mine. The system is simplicity itself. A miner needing money goes to the company office, signs a slip authorizing deductions from, his wages when payday comes and is handed "company money". Theoretically, it is good only in the company store. But some coal fields merchants, recognizing their competition, now have "We Cash Script" signs in their windows. They accept the script at a discount, 'then use it in replenishing supplies by purchasing standard priced articles at the company stores. As with all money systems, there's an "exchange rate" for script, "Buyers" cruise through the fields,' and purchase the script f9r actual cash from miners who need funds on trips away from home. Regular "exchange" rates are available. Depending on demand -- for cash -- the exchange ranges from 70 to 90 cents on the dollar. Reaches Other Industries The script system reaches, too, into textile and lumber industries, where company stores sometimes supply the needs of employees. Combining their business with that of the coal company merchants, the National Industrial Store association says the annual business of its 4,200 members exceeds $1,000,000,000. "Most of the business is in script," said Hull Broson, executive secretary of the association, 'but we're going after regular trade, competing with private merchants, and doing it successfully." Columbia will aid Its farmers to make their land more productive. Week Day MATINEES Starting Will be continuous performances with no reserved seats. You may come any time from 10 a. m, up to 2:15 p. m. and see a complete show. Night Shows 8 p. m. All seats reserved .$1.12 Inc. Tax tr Sun. Mat 2 p. m. AH seats reserved $1.12 Inc. Tax Weekday Matinees Continuous 10 a. in. to 2:15 p. m Unreserved 75c Incl. Tax Box Office Open Tomorrow at 8:30 a. m. he fame of "GONE WITH THE WIND" has spread throughout the nation. You will see it here exactly as shown in its famed Atlanta Premiere. Then you will understand why it is the most exciting topic of the day, why it took three years to produce, an unprecedented fortune to make. All that you ever hoped for it has come true, all the beauty is revealed in full color, the heart-stabbing drama, the powerful love story are here for you to live over' again on the screen. While this engagement is limited this production will not be shown anywhere except at advanced prices » , , at least until 1941, DAVID O. SELZNICK'S production of MARGARET MITCHELL'S Story of the Old South GONE WITH THE WIND in TECHNICOLOR starring CLARK GABLE as Rhett Butler LESLIE HOWARD · OLIVIA De HAVILLAND and presenting* VIVIEN LEIGH as Scarlett O'Hara A SELZNICK INTERNATIONAL PICTURE · Directed by VICTOR FLEMING Sernn Play by SIDNEY HOWARD · Music by Man Sitincr A Metro-Goldwyn-M«yer Release Now Playing ORPHEUM THEATRE Matinee Today (2 p. m.), Tonight (8 p. m.) All Seats Reserved $1.12 Incl. Tax. Matinees 15c Evenings 20c .Children lOc TARTS TQDAYI 2 -- BIO SMAS HITS! -- 2 CONQUERORS " ^* * - . OCEAN? *,, " ' - - £ * N, * They drove the first ocean-going steamer through the ragiag fury of the broad A t l a n t i c . . . beat die tail-masted sailing ships at tbeir own game: of speed u. diey conquered the mighty ocean itself ... these brave sailor men and the women who loved them! THRILL to the mightiest storm ever recorded on film! Plus The Comedy Riot of the Season! VOU'il HOUR! UUIGH5? Your favorite screen comedian, Frank him "BUCK") M O R G A N , b e comes a rootin', tootin' hombra out to tame the West! Let Frank tell you . . . it's a panic ! VIRGINIA WEIDLER GUY KlfBEE SLIII SUMNERVIUE DOUGLAS FOWLEY -- Extra Added -Color Cartoon "Hare-um Scare-um" Also Fitzpatrick's "Night Descends On Treasure Island"

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