The Miami News from Miami, Florida on April 2, 1939 · 27
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The Miami News from Miami, Florida · 27

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Sunday, April 2, 1939
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AIMUSEMENT SECTION MUSIC RADIO MIAMI DAILY yoi XLiv., NO. 112. .First 1 - "WUTHERINS ' HEIGHTS" Starts Thursday at the Lincoln with a cast headed by Merle Oberon. f Aladdin's Lamp," Starring Popeye, To Play Sheridan Fleischer Cartoon Booked With Burn's "I'm From Missouri" The world premiere of the first "Made in Miami" motion picture, a two-reel all - Technicolor "Popeye" cartoon entitled "Alladin's Lamp" will show at the Sheridan theater Tuesday in conjunction with the opening of "I'm From Missouri," starring Bob Burns. "Alladin'a Lamp" is really a homemade product, as from its conception In the story department of the Fleischer studios at N. W. 17th st and 30th ave., until it was completed and ready for Technicolor (a patented process) every bit of the picture was made right here in Miami. More than 250 artists were employed In the production of this super "Pop-eye," 78 of them Miamians who have been employed by the studio since its removal here from New York last May. Production on "Al-ladin" began Aug. 27 and the last reel of the film was completed only a few days ago, March 24. Taking six months and more than 60,000 individual drawings, the cartoon will run twice as long as the regular "Popeye" cartoons. Pinto Colvig, voice of the villain in "Alladin'a Lamp," will make a lyersontu appearance at u eat , Jjpon's world premiere, coivig came Vyrom the Walt Disney studios in California lor nis pare in tnis new cartoon. Ho is one of the pioneer "sound effects" men in the cartoon field well known for his "voice" of Grumpy in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and other Disney productions. An interesting feature in the production of "Alladin's Lamp" is that "Olive Oyl," after years of wooing by her sailor-man sweetheart, the spinach - eating "Popeye," finally consents to become engaged to him, thus bringing to a climax a screen romance of many years' standing, The long arm of coincidence, however, outdid itself a few weeks ago when, the reel-life romance of "Olive Oyl" and "Popeye" was overshadowed with the real-life romance of their screen "voices" for it was during the completion of "Alladin's Lamp" that Margie Hines, the "voice" of "Olive Oyl" and Jack Mercer, the ' Voice" of "Popeye,1 eloped to Fort Lauderdale and be came Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mercer. Mercer first met his bride on a studio sound stage in the New York Fleischer studios some four years ago and it also was on a sound stage that the young bride and groom celebrated their honeymoon, for cartoon studios, like other branches of the theater, have the old tradi tion that "the show must go on' and. wedding or no, "Alladin" had to be completed in time for the world premiere date. The making of an animated cartoon does not differ greatly in gen eral principle from the making of kregular motion pictures. Each be Tjjns with the story department, -7here the story is written or chosen and then adapted to the screen. A Madfe M planning department next takes the script and plans out the action and locale for such action, and then in cartoons a roughly drawn sequence of pictures are prepared which tells the- story and incorporates the 'gags" or laugh situations. From these rough drawings the animation department draws the "extreme" drawings which are to be used. Ex treme drawings are main action drawings. Since all cartoons are drawn to music, the "extreme" drawings are those occuring on the mainly - accentuated beats of the music For the sake of smoothness in projection, these drawings are then moved to the next department where the "in-between" or missing drawings are filled in, giving smoothness of animation. The pen cilled drawings are then traced in ink on .celluloid and these celluloids are painted. Celluloids are used so as to allow super-imposement of a character or even the hand of an individual character, that may re quire movement and yet save draw ing in the whole scene each time, Detail precision and infinite patience blended with artistic skill are the main requirements in the mak ing of a cartoon. After the individual ' drawings are prepared and painted they are then photographed one at a time with a regular motion picture camera, the film developed and then the music and voices are "dubbed" in. The synchronization of sound is accomplished on the old ' bouncing ball" song movie princi pal we used to see, the bouncing ball giving the artists the tempo. The sound is recorded on both film and a record. The record is then played ove and when the director is satis fied, the film of that particular "take" is developed. In making "Alladin" more than three weeks' work was necessary in synchronizing the sound to the ani mated drawings. "Gulliver's Travels," in production at the Fleischer studios, will be a feature-length cartoon and will have taken a year and a half to produce before it is ready for its world premiere at Miami Beach next Christmas. The newest Paramount-Burns ef fort deals with the latter's efforts to keep the lowly mule from losing face in the mechanical age. Laid first in Missouri, the picture takes Burns to England and lands him in a palatial apartment in a search for a government buyer of Missouri livestock. Gladys George is his well-meaning, but socially-ambitious mate. It is her connivance to land her sister, Judith Barrett, a high-born English husband, which provides the dual motivating thread and most of the complications. Others in the cast besides those mentioned above include: Gene Lockhart, William Henry, George P. Huntley, Patricia Morrison, Tom Dugan, E. E. Clive, Doris Lloyd, Lawrence Grossmith, Melville Cooper, Dennis Moore, Ethel Griffies, James Burke, Spencer Charters, Raymond Hatton, Eddy Waller, William Collier, sr, Charles Halton, Richard Denning. Mi2m "BLACKWELUS ISLAND" Now showing at the Colony theater with John Garfield playing the featured role. Film Director Of "Ecstasy" Tries America European Discoverer Of Hedy Lamarr Makes "Within The Law" The man who directed Hedy La marr in her sensational European picture, "Ecstasy," is turning his talents to American technique, which is as far removed as his native Prague. Gustav Machaty, son of a banker. came out of the University of Prague with a degree as doctor of philosophy. The parchment itself still may be lying in some forgotten litter in war-torn Europe, but Machaty took his philosophy to Hollywood, where he figured a stranger would need it most. It is significant that Machatv's first important assignment was the modernization of the celebrated American drama, "Within the Law," by Bayard Veiller. Philoso phy of a twisted sort is the keynote the philosophy of a woman who determines to succeed not by vio lating the law but by evading it cleverly. This is the picture which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer turned over to Machaty, with Ruth Hussey in the role created by Jane Cowl on Broadway in 1912, and Tom NeaL a North western university tyro, in the lead ing roles. Both of them have had valuable theater experience, and considerable before the cameras The picture, which opens Thursday at the Cinema Casino theater, reveals Machaty's technique and is being hailed as the vehicle which (CONTINUED ON NHEXT PAGE) MIAMI, FLA., SUNDAY, APRIL 2, 1939 Has Woirldl Premiere Tuesday 81 ,w 4? Six-Gun Nerve Was Only Law In Dodge City Film Glorifying Western Town Stars Errol Flynn In Sheriff Bole Dodge City, the southwestern Kansas town glorified fcy the War ner Bros, studio in its technicolor production, "Dodge City," which opens Friday at the Sheridan, came into existence because its site lay just five miles from Fort Dodge and was just at the edge of the military reservation, so liquor could be sold legally there. Within two years Dodge City, originally named Buffalo because it was the center of buffalo hunting activities on the western plains, had mushroomed into the wildest and woolliest town on a steadily advancing western frontier. Hardly a day passed without its gun battle, and between 1872 and 1878 90-odd men and two women who came out second best in six- gun encounters on the dusty streets and in saloons and gambling halls were buried in Boot Hill cemetery. on the outskirts of the thriving little cattle town. Up to the turn of the century, Dodge City owed its prosperity to two things:- It was the shipping point of millions of buffalo hides and then for more millions of long' horn cattle driven north over the Chisolm trail from Texas. Then someone discovered that the soil of Kansas produced the finest wheat in the world and Dodge City be came the center of a vast agricul tural area. It is the picturesque period of Dodge City's colorful history before the turn of the century that Warners glorified in their big technicolor production. Errol Flynn, the reckless buffalo hunter and cattle train driver who w I if) it , in I flu; A v! i K n f - ........ i "ARIZONA WILDCAT" Opens Friday at the Capitol theater with Jane Withers. becomes sheriff of Dodge City, might have been any one of half a dozen peace officers who survived solely because of their nerve, speed and accuracy with the Colt six-shooter, the universal dide-arm of the western frontier. There were many of them in the old days when justice was carried in a leather sheath on either the right or the left or both hips. Wyatt Earp, who died not long ago in Los Angeles, was one. Bat Mas-terson, famous of the three Master-son brothers, was another. Fred CCOJrTESTXD ON WIXI FACE) mm yam "DODGE CITY" Coming Friday to the Sheridan the-ter with Olivia de Havilland, Errol Flynn and Ann Sheridan. Many Studies insure Future Of Young Star Jane Withers' Mother Spends $10,000 For Daughter's Training Jane Withers' mother has In vested $10,000 in "career insurance" for her talented daughter during the last four years. What is more, she expects to in vest at least another $10,000 during the next four years. Mrs. Withers thinks it s a good investment. "Jane wants to make motion pic tures her life work," explained the mother of the young star, who comes to the screen of the Capital theater Friday in 20th Century- Fox's "The Arizona-Wildcat" "When Jane is grown up she will want to be equipped to do a grown-up's work some place in the motion picture world. Like all children of the screen, Jane enjoys picture making, and I am sure that by increasing her versatility she is widening the range of roles she can play." The $10,000 has gone into ice skating lessons, voice training, horsemanship, dancing, French, Spanish and swimming lessons. Jane skates several times a week and studies Spanish and French every day. She is considerably ahead of other youngsters so far as her academic studies are concerned, so she has been permitted to substitute languages for some of these. 4 striking example of what Mrs. Withers means by "career insur ance was evidencea auring tne shooting of "The Arizona Wildcat." The film, which casts Jane as a fearless youngster who helps her adopted daddy, Leo Carrillo, bring a very special brand of law and order to the West, required that Jane do some wild and highly dangerous riding. Now, if Jane hadn't attained her present degree of riding skill, she would not have been eligible to star in this production. Thus, the innumerable lessons in horsemanship taken under the tutelage of Jack Trent, former Texas ranger, proved a splendid investment. Jane has accented the comedy side of most of her achievements. "lis Movies Remain Main Bridge To Balinese Life "Wajan," At Cameo To day, Brings New Glimpse Of Island After a thousand years of obliv ion under a tropic sun, the Isle of Bali, in the South Pacific, was suddenly exposed, less than 10 years ago, to the added sun of worldwide publicity. A motion picture was the public's introduction to this pagan Utopia. With the opening of "Wajan, or the Son of a Witch," at the Cameo theater today, it is evident that the film is still the main bridge to the mysteries of Bali. 'When one considers that world cruises devote only a day to Bali and that the Baliness won't leave the island for fear they'll die far from home, where they can't be cremated to join their ancestors, one begins to understand his dependence on the motion picture for knowledge of this mysterious land and its still more mysterious culture. No matter how satisfying "Wajan" may be as entertainment, therefore, and no matter how expert its cinematograph may be, it is chiefly significant in that it gives new and living glimpses of the life of Bali. "Wajan" is the first sound film from the isle. Other Balinese films have had sound superimposed. "Wajan" has superimposed sound too in the form of a score based, on native themes by Wolfgang Zel-ler, but whenever the action of "Wajan,' with its weird story of witchery, calls for actual reproduction of the incantations and chants of the rituals, the microphone is there to record them authentically. Native speech, too, orchestrates the action. In the purely physical realm "Wajan" is notable for the glimpses jit gives of fantastic temples never before shown on the screen one of them is a pyramidal structure up which celebrants mount as if to heaven. But it is in the psycho-logical realm that "Wajan" adds (CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE SECTION D 1 j!j "I'M FROM MISSOURI" Opens Tuesday at the Sheridan theater starring Bob Burns. Top Executive Sees Upheavals On Movie Lots Brief Interviews Reveal Candid Opinions Of Hollywoodites (Copyright, 1939, hj. the North Americaa Newspaper Alliance, Inc.) HOLLYWOOD, Cal, April L One-minute interviews with folks who make pictures: A top executive (name withheld by request) "Within the next 12, months the motion picture business will undergo more changes, from the top down, than any like period has ever seen. Big heads are going to fall Men drawing enormous salaries, carrying heavy studio responsibilities, have been neglecting their trusts. There have . been startling stories recently of waste and extravagance. Some have come to light, but most of the losses piled up through sheer stupidity and blundering have been withheld from public consumption. The airing is coming soon and a lot of people are trembling. Hollywood needs new blood. It is too late for transfusion. Amputation is the next step." Leo Gorcey (Dead-Ender) "Movies? Phooey! They're no good for a steady racket Now, the plumbing business that's a real racket Trouble with acting, you got nothing to show for your work. Plumbing is different After you finish a job, you've left some thing substantial. You go into a building where you worked and you see a radiator you put in and you tell yourself you did a swell job. I'm sorry I quit plumbing to act I figured It would be swell to see my name In lights, but now I know it doesn't mean a thing. It's too easy. Keeps me sitting around too much. Tm used to doing my eight hours a day." . Richard Thorpe (Director) "It's a shame every high school in the country doesn't provide girls with the proper means of enhancing their feminity. The curriculum of every school ' should include a course in charm. We realize this more than anyone else because, in interviewing candidates for screen roles, the contrast between girls professionaly trained and their unskilled sisters is pathetic The high school 'charm' class should include voice culture, poise, assur ance, proper use of cosmetics, wear ing of clothes and plain good manners. West Point and Annapolis have complete courses in conventional behavior, so that their graduates may behave in a maner becoming officers and gentlemen. If good manners are valuable to our fighting men, how much more so to a girl graduate faced with the necessity of making her way in the world!" Robert Taylor "I can see where it's getting tougher and tougher to break into the movies. Nine-tenths of the youngsters now under contract probably haven't the ghost of a chance to reach featured billing, and 50 per cent of those will be lucky if they can make a living by acting five years hence. As for myself, I owe what success I've had to plain luck. Td say the film Industry, considering just the acting side of it offers less opportunity to the young man or woman seeking a job than almost any other business on the face of the earth. Because, once you get a job with another type of industrial corporation, chances are you'll eventually work up. But in this game, you may go along swimmingly for a year and then suddenly nose-dive, if only for such, a simple reason as that they can't find suitable stories for you."

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