The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 21, 1937 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, April 21, 1937
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PAGE SIX 15LYTHEVILLE (ARK,? COtTRIER NEWS WEDNESDAY, APRIL '21, 1937 A SCREEN v^^Jy ^~*s lflJ^\UJ__y [lL_y N -> ^-~_^ Maybe, after reading this account of the mental and physical beatings that are the price of cinema glory, you won't go into the movies after at! ' PHE rocker platforms on which Ihe ship sets -*• were buill were about 20 feel above Ihe Robert Taylor was so nervous, when he had to carry Gretn Garbo to her couch in "Camille." that ha dropped her. She laughed. By Paul Harrison HOLLYWOOD L ON' I quote me," said a vcVy prominent he-aclor. "But it's a lacl |hal screen players aren't fully appreciated. "Not in Ihe way we'd like to be, anyway. And I don'l mean lo be ungrateful or ungracious. What I mean is llns—and lor sakrs. don't quole me: " I he critics may say some rery nice things nhou; our acting ability. The columnists chatter about our private lives—and lavorably enough, loo. mosl ol them. The magazine writers (aiily bust themselves making us mlo interesting personalities — and some ol us are dull enough, really. "We gel glamour and charm and sex appeal and wealth attributed lo us. We're envied, hut I wondci how much we're respected. People, especially people oulsidc Hollywood, Ihink we lead ihe lile ol Reilly. Nobody seems lo realize that piclure-making is a job or hard wotk—hard physically and including ihe mental tortures ol the damned. "Nobody could pay me a nicer compliment than lo say, 'He is a good reliable workman, and earns his dough.' "But remembei, don'l quote me. I've gol to keep-my glamour I" TN Hollywood the screen players have a lot -*- lessglamoui bul aie accorded a greal deal ol tespect.' Nobody grins skeptically when a pro- lessional lough-guy coi'hdcs he has got lo gel away to the deserl for a week ol rest. Nobody thinks, "Lucky giril" when in a dim cornei ol a sound stage be comes upon a redheaded star sobbing hei heart oul horn nervous exhaustion. Nobody is surprised when an actress, who lor 16 mouths without a vacation has been playing roles ol sweetness and light, tells a director to take his old picluie and make whalevei disposition ot it immediately occurs to him. It's hard. I ake Sonja Henie. There's a girl who is used lo physical hardship, il you call practicing skating lor eight hours a day a hardship. Bul this dimpled winnei ol thrct Olympic championships says Ihe mosl grueltm? ordeal ol hei lile was hei fusl skating sequence in "One in a Million." Il look days instead ol minutes; she had to learn lo stop 01 whirl in exaclly the same spots for every shot so that ths laku could be matched perleclly,! Powell had a sure-enough nervous breakdown while she was appearing on ihe «lage in N«w .York, When finishing a picluie rviiuireen 0 Sullivan, above, took her life in her hands when she became the Man: Brothers' leading lady in "A Day at the Races." The pranksters : are tough with their women. icy Toullc River, with the ticklish task of swimming through some rapids while logs hurtled down behind him. Stunts of that sort do not often endanger the lives of stars, hut accidents sometimes happen on carefully planned tricks lo which doubles haven't been assigned. Harold Lloyd lost three fingers from Im right hand when, in an early comedy, he nonchalantly lit a ctgarcl from the sputtering lu;c ol a bomb. ' Clark Gable, in "The Painled Desert," had a narrow escape when too much dynamite was used to l>l.i;i ihe s id c of a did. One ol his fellow player. was killed; 12 people went to the hospital, and cameras and cars 500 yards away were wrecked by flying rocks and hard- packed clay. Jean Harlow has had a lot of physical hardships in her career, but the loughcil picluie was "China Seas." Almost the entire film was made on sets which were built upon hydraulic rockers. For 10 weeks the cast was tossed about in man-made storms, and for several ol those weeks was alr.wii constantly drenched by waves and snray. "Born lo Dance." Lily Pons waslcs away to a frazzle while working in a film. "MAID OF SALEM" was completed by a star with a Iraclured skull. A very mild fracture, lo be sure, bul it caused intense pain during ihe 10 days lhai Clciudcllc Colberl had lo work following ,in automobile accident. When the lasl scene had been shot she (ound ' lime lo be genuinely ill. Pedro de Cordoba: "My toughest assignment was m 'Anlliony Adverse,' when 1 had Ihc role ol ihe priest. Every day lo. a week ! spent hours tying on my Iwck in a muddy jungle while cold ram poured on me in a flood. It didn't take long on the screen, bul I'll never forec! the experience as long as I live." Lumberjack stunts were difficult and risky for Geor_ge Brent in "God's Country and the Woman, and he dared a triple hazard, when dynamite was detonated under n log jam, and also under Mr, Brent, blowing him into the floor of ( the sound stage. In one scene Gable, carrying Miss Harlow, was supposed lo open s door and be met by a terrifying wave. The wave was 350 gallons of water poured into) a chute and aimed at the door. It was a hit too much o! a wave, and it swept the stars across the set and very nearly washed them over the edge of the platform. "Seems like we always have to do water scenes in January." grinned Miss Harlow. "It's a miserable routine. You get soaked, and come off and are wrapped in blankets and given hoi coffee and arc rubbed with alcohol. Get good and warm, and then go back into llie icy water. 1 believe mosl people have an idea that actors don'l lake any risks. I'd rather break a neck than catch pneumonia." lyrone Power and Madeleine Carroll had a sopping lime ol it during their supposed stormy channel-crossing in "Lloyds ol London." I-or days, tons of water were dumped over them, and wind machines contributed o chilling 60-mile gale. Freddie Bartholomew also Iras gone aquatic lately. In ."Captains Courageous" he takes several falls between boals. To prepare him for these scenes, they poured water over him fust so the shock wouldn't he loo great. In "Lloyds of London" he spenl mosl of a day in the water and seemed to enjoy il, although huskies on the labor crew were allowed lo work in the walcr only in t5-minule shifts. After completing one ol the most strenuous schedules on recoid for "Tarzan Escapes," Maureen O'Siillivan look her life in her hands when she signed up as the Marx Brothers' leading lady m "A Day at the Races." Esther Muir, in the same picture, required 10 evening gowns for one scene; the comedians ripped them lo pieces. Margaret Dumont, who has been a foil for the Marxian pranks for years, wears a specially conslruclcd corset for proleclron. Because of it. Groucho calls her "Old Ironsides." TDLAYERS agree that movie-making pro•"- vides more menial hardships that physical ones. For instance, il's hard lo say whelher Josephine Hutchinson or Robert Barral suffered more in filming "Mountain Justice." For seven days he beat her with his fists and w - ith a bull-whip. She took it, and was black and blue from blows and (alls. Barral, unscathed, was on the ragged edge ol a nervous breakdown. There were I wo fights, and llie meticulous Direcloi Michael Curliz rehearsed and shot the many scenes scores of times. Barral's hardest job was wielding ihe heavy whip: it had lo be done realistically, yet there was the danger that the lash might cul lo ihe bone. The melodramatic tradition of "ihe show must go on" probably is applied daily, without heroics, by a lew ol the many Hollywood players. Throughout the filming ol "Sing, Baby. Sing," Adolphe Mcnjou's wife, Vcrr'e Teasdale, was very dangerously ill. Between comedy scenes, he lelcphoned the hospital; evenings, Ke went dirccllv to ihe hospital and spent each For seven days.^obert Barrat beat Josephine Hutcliinson with his fists and a bull-whip, in "Mountain Justice." She took it, arid was black' and blue. Barrat, unscathed, was on the edge of :t nervous breakdown.. night in a room near his wife's. Doctors wen concerned about Menjou himself, until In; will began lo recover and ihe picture finally ,wai finished. Claire Trevor's most trying experience wai emoting lor the longest close-up'ever recordec for films—hei courtroom defense plea for Isabe Jewell in "Career Woman." ,. *-°. -. : .. Myrna Loy and Clark Cable rehearsed foi three days on ihe final palhos-s'equence in "Harnell," with Ihe relentless John Stahl silting l>5 nncl prodding them to an emotional pilch thai was near hysteria. •. . ' • ' June Lang had a grand case ol hysteria nfler a day spent clmmmily with a 'roaring lion in "While Hunter." There wasn't any danger; il was the noise. DOBERT TAYLOR was nervous when lit -*•* had lo carry Greta Garbo lo iiei couch ill Canulle." And his aplomb wasn't improved a bit when he dropped ihe fragile slai flat on the floor. She laujhed. It was ihe beginning of a nice friendship. Bruce Cabol had an even more embarrassing experience when he was required to carry Margaret Lindsay lo a sofa in "Sinner Take AH!" He slipped. H^r head struck an end ol lh« sola, and her jaw was dislocated. A docloi replaced it,-but twice afterward during the production her jaw slipped oul of place. Don Arncche fell prelly silly, and sore, while making a comedy sequence in "One in a Million." Sonja Henie is supposed lo be teaching him to skate, and intentionally drops him. She dropped him 55' times by actual count beloie the dircclor was satisfied. Recently llie. movies seem lo have swung back to ihe formula thai a good right hook id the chin is worth 100 dirty looks. People ore getting socked all ovei the lol. and the ladies aren'l exempt either. Reminds you ol the vigorous days ol Priscilla Dean, Clara Bow and Lupc Velez. The memorable bailie belween Geraldme Farrar and Jeame Macpherson in "Carmen," some 20 years ago, had nothing on the icrap bclween Barbara Stanwyck and Katharine L)e Mille in "Banjo on My Knee.". The two arc close friends, which made it hard. Alter several hall-hearted conflicts ihe director got and said they'd have ID really fight il ih?y spent a month on the scene. So the gals really [el themselves go. Clawed and punched and yanked each other') hair out by the roots. Then they both went into seclusion and had a good cry. TTTILLIAM POWELL socked Myrna Lor •T in "The Thin Man," knocking her out oi range ol a villain's gun. George Rail un- limhered -ne ol his experl haymakers on Rosalind Kcilh in "The Glass Key." Gary Coopei pasted Madeleine Carroll when she led him into a trap in "The General Died at Dawn." And in "Peach Edition," Rochrllc Hud-oo stuck hei chin out an inch loo far in tier icrap with Michael Whalen. The encountei had gone very well in rehearsal, hut this time Whalen connected. Miss Hudson was oul lor the count of six. She also was out ol the piclure for a few days, and for a week Ihercaller th»y photographed only her right profile. I < '} II,

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