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Sunday, November 29, 1931
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THE SUNDAY MISSOULIAN, SUNDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 29, 1931. 5 Ciaireiit DevelopeieBto in World of tage9 Screen MODERN DEVICES HELPING "HAMLET" TO BECOME A SUCCESS ON BROADWAY BY GILBERT SWAN. New York. Norman Bel Geddes, maestro of modernistic stagecraft, has taken our old favorite, Prince Hamlet, by the hand and whispered in his ear: "Now, poor melancholy Dane, we're going to take you to the newest sound laboratories. We're going to introduce you to the last word in constructionist design and bathe you in such stage lights aj even you never before have known. I think it will do you some good." And it has! Never has Hamlet looked quite as well as in the current production. No other character of the drama has been dragged about more stages I. more actors and more producers than Prince Hamlet. He has even been garbed in pinchback golf coats by Horace Liveright, now of Hollywood. He has been acted, overacted, and under-acted. But Kich-ard Massey, the young English actor who has been popularly identified with the cinema performance of Sherlock Holmes, makes Hamlet more human than the Dane ever lias been before. Bel Geddes has gone to electrical laboratories, to the films, the radio and the mechanical age in general to get effects which put a thrilling pace into the old show. Much has been said of the stage affecting the films and of the sound films affecting the stage, and Bel Geddes provides some examples of what may be expected in the future. Certain sound records have been made eerie noises, the swishing of trees, spectral off-stage music. These, by trick amplification, now give particularly weird accompaniment to the graveyard scenes, the appearance of the father's ghost, the coming of the vagabond actors. Hamlet is not even upon the stage when the dirge-like "to be or not to be" first is heard. The words float out upon a darkened stage, reaching the audience as if from some distant corridor, to grow more audible as Hamlet makes his way through the extraordinary skyscraper-like trappings with which the stage has been adorned. There is no need for many changes of scene. Lights merely flit from one section to another of the stage, different settings thus being revealed. There is one new point that will have lhe Shakespearean scholars talking to themselves before the year Is out. Bel Geddes raises the question as to whether the ghost of Hamlet's father actually addressed the tortured youth, or whether Hamlet imagined the words. Heretofore, the ghost's spectral voice always has uttered the famous lines: "1 am thy father's ghost . . . . doomed to walk the earth . . . ." In the current version, Hamlet recites the ghost's lines as though he alone were hearing them and repeating them. But for the arrival of Hamlet in I ' 7 y r : ID r"" W'j v n j i I?.; V'V-.- "VV, ---X-x ki . r: . y ...f. :"v It . is v-v- 1 f " f t - v, " - r " "I i ' ' - ' f J" -, V - ' . - V .i i The British invasion, which has been under way on Broadway since the new theatrical season started, has included Miss Adrienne Allen, hailed as an important "find" when she appeared for the first time in "Cynara," a London importation. ultra-modern setting, "Cynara" would have merited the week's spotlight. This is a little tragedy brought by the Shuberts from London, where it has been a great success. It is, incidentally, one of the few London hits that seem to be made for American customers as welL And it serves to introduce a charming London maid, Adrienne Allen, who has been accepted as an important "find." Her role is that of a London shop girl whose fate-line crosses that of a middle-aged barrister, with heart-breaking consequences. The barrister's wife has gone away for a month, and he is taken to a little Soho eating place by a suave and epigrammatic associate. There he meets the little shop girl, who comes to love him beyond all reason and who kills herself after his wife returns. The final scene Is in a coroner's court, but meanwhile there has been a poignant and Idyllic in terlude . wherein Miss Allen proves herself to be one of the very best of the younger actresses. SILENT Pictures Are Being Made Foreign Lands. For nected with pictures about 40 per cent of the revenue on each film was a simple matter in those days to release films in foreign countries as title could be written in any language. There never has been a really satisfactory solution to the foreign problem since the talkies started. Consequently that revenue, particularly needed at this time, is being lost. An attempt was made to dub in foreign dialogue after a picture was finished but that didn't work because the words didn't synchronize with the players' lip movements. Also it was found that there are many different dialects to every language. Some studios tried to meet their foreign releases by remaking pictures in several different languages, using foreigners in the casts. But our American movie stars still are the favorites in practically all other countries and the people of those countries refused to accept substitutes. The latest step, taken in this direction has been a return to productions without dialogue. A silent version of each film is made simultaneously with the talking version, the dialogue being replaced with written titles, just as it was prior to the talking era. Sound effects and a synchronized musical score Is then added. Producers are hoping against hope that such a film will satisfy their foreign customers and if it doesn't they haven't the faintest idea which way to turn. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer took this step just in time to prevent the organization of a company which would produce foreign versions for all studios. The Idea was to make all foreign versions under one roof, using as nearly as possible the same casts in all pictures. Thus, one actress might play Norma Shearer's role in one film, Ann Harding in another, Greta Garbo's in another and so on. However, the whole proposition fell through when M-G-M refused to go in on it since that studio has been the leader in foreign production so far. HOME TEAM I BEATEN STORY S IN THIS FILM " ' RICHARD ARLEN, J. FARRELL McDONALD AND JACK OAK1E AS THEY APPEAR IN "TOUCHDOWN." Hollywood. One of the greatest problems faced by motion picture executives since the introduction of talkies has been foreign versions of films, says Dan Thomas. Just before voices became con- IIERE'S HONESTY. Memphis, Tenn. This may sound a bit far-fetched, but it Is nevertheless true that a woman has sent a hotel manager here five cents to pay for the hotel stationery she used while staying here. She is Mrs. M. Engle, of Harrisburg, Pa., and she explained in a letter to the manager that she used one envelope and a sheet of paper to write a letter at the hotel. She also took another sheet and envelope with her when she left. She sent the money to pay ror the latter. COLORED BAND ON WILMA STAGE TODAY "TOUCHDOWN" IS NEW SORT OF A PICTURE n. Peggy Regis Toomey, Shannon in a scene "Touchdown." George from Bartler, Richard Arle Paramount's gridiron romance, To enjoy a football game as no stadium-sitter, even the mast foot ball-wise stadium-sitter, could enjoy it is the privilege offered to audiences by the Fox-Wllma theater in the presentation there today of "Touchdown!" For this picture, devised and played by the most impressive assemblage of gridiron and film authorities ever to be called in to a "huddle" on a pigskin-screen production, takes the beholder right into the hearts of those excited heroes and near-heroes who prepare and serve up the great American Saturday-afternoon thrill-dish. No Rover Boy Finale. "Touchdown!" is a football story which (at last) does NOT attain its effects through a last-minute, heroic dash across the opponents' grimly-defended goal - posts. The glory and exaltation rather, is wholly moral; and unattended by the customary winning of the crucial game. In fact, in "Touchdown!" the home team actually LOSES the final game. By employ jig the talents of men who know their football and who know their human-nature, Paramount here presents, in effectively touching realism, the inside goings-on. the fears and joys, the pain and glory of an heroic national pastime. Arlen and SUrretl Heroes. Richard Arlen, himself a college footballer before joining the aviation forces in the World War, is the central figure in the story a coach who builds up a great team, and loses his final game because of a moral precept. Charles Starrett. who played var-j-ity football at Dar'mcuth. is the leading player-intereit la the tale as the brother of Peggy Shannon, daughter of George Barbicr, wealthy football fan who has built the big stadium for his alma mater. Midwest. As the coach at Midwest, Arlen falls in love with Peggy, and almost loses her when he loses the final game by refusing to let Star-rett play because of an Injury. But because of his tenacity to this high principle, Arlen in effect saves Starrett from being a permanent crippte and the denouement with Peggy is a happy one when she realizes the full import of the situation. Francis Wallace, who was Knute Rockne's press representative for several of his most successful years as the world's greatest football coach, wrote the story. He is an eminent authority on football, and has written two novels, "Huddle" and "Stadium," about the grid game. All-Americans In Cast. Regis Toomey, Jack Oakie and J. Farrell MacDonald are featured members of the cast. In addition there are many football notables in the lineup. Among them are Howard Jones, U. S. C. football coach; four U. S. C. ail-American gridders -Morley Drury, Russ Saunders, Jesse Hibbs and Nate Barrager; Dale Van Syckle. all-American end for Florida in 1929; Herman Brlx, Washington tackle, in 1927; Roy Riegels. California varsity captain in 1929; Tom Lieb. chief assistant to Knute Rockne in 1929; Jim Thorpe, Carlisle Indian, Olympics champion, and rated as the greatest athlete of modern times and many others.' Norman McLeod, director of "Monkey Business" and many oth- i ers himself a football player In his urdTjradu;:.-) days at the University of Washington, directed "Touchdown." i f J I ..r j ! ! I . V 1 ., L xu p j iHu r t' h I I H B k I ' ! 1 : The Royal Knights, nine-piece dance and stage band, will appear once this afternoon and twice tonight on the stage of the Fox-Wil-ma in the same presentation they have offered in some of the finest theaters of the Pacific coast during the past year. As they feature all types of syncopated music and put their numbers over in a strictly big time manner, a musical treat seldom offered on any stage should be the reward of all who attend. The band is made up of the finest colored musicians to be found on the coast and the nine members double Into over twice that number of musical instruments. As Is typical of the colored race they play "blues" as few white orchestras do and they also have singing voices In the organization that are used In solo and harmony songs. The orchestra management promises a carefully selected program, the numbers varying so as to meet the likes of most listeners. "Syncopation As It Should Be Played" Is a motto that these colored boys take pride in living up to. ','HIS WOMAN" SHOWN AT FOX-RIALTQ TODAY -5 vwvmiimmmfjW'mmumRm.:,mm-J!'.w.v.ii) S&'S Baby Richard Spiro, Claudette Colbert, Gary Cooper in scene from the Paramount picture, "His Woman." One of the very newest and a very good one, too, of starring teams In the movies, is being introduced at the Fox-Rlalto theater today where the Paramount dramatization of Dale Collins' novel, 'The Senti mentalist," is being offered as "His Woman." The team Is that of Gary Cooper, lank hero of many heroic Westerns and fisticuffs, and that fascinating lady who knocks 'em for a loop with her heavenly expressions te orbr;, Claudette Colbert. And this attractive Win is not the only feature that will s'.op your heart in its cardiac tra'.ks; fcr there's a serious little fe'.low of ionse dimpled nine months, one Richard Spiro, who docs some solo captivating all on his own. Direction Is by Edward Sloman, who has given proper consideration to the developing of the plot with scenes in which spectacle Is permitted to harmonize with moods, rather than overpower them with sheer mechanical weight. The story is that cf an abandoned girl from a tropical port, strangely attracted end attached to a handsome and aggressive young man who Efes In her only a chance to mother his foundling. The manner In which real love and mutual understanding ultimately dissolves both their pasts, and leads them to a happy goal arm-ln-a'm, but only after the most dramatic kind of adventures, Is surefire as a screen formula. BY DAN THOMAS, N. E. A. Service Writer. Hollywood At last we have seen a football picture in which the "home" team did not win the big game and havent yet recovered from the shock. "Touchdown" offers that surprise, as well as other features which make it one of the outstanding football pictures of all time. Paramount has done with this film what Universal should have done with "The Spirit of Notre Dame" but didn't. The story presents football more from the coach's view than tl player's. Richard Arlen plays the leading role of the All-American player who turns coach and will go to any extent to win a game until he hits the big game of the year. Then he turns "white." His team loses the game because he will not send In a player who could have won it because he alone knows that an injury to this player might prove fatal. The picture also "exposes the method used by some colleges of luring good football players to their institutions. Arlen has the toughest role of his career. It is an unsympathetic one right up to the last five minutes when he vindicates himself. Until then, even though you understand why he does certain things, you dislike him intensely for doing them. He gives a grand performance, however, thereby proving that he can be more than Just the "nice leading man." Jack Oakie also does his best screen work in many months. If he can keep it up, it won't be long before he again will be elevated to stardom. Peggy Shannon, who has been doing well in everything recently, is convincing as the girl. And she has far more to do than the girl usually does in a football film. Charles Starrett, former Dartmouth grid star, is Just as good on the screen as he was with the pigskin. And J. Farrell McDonald really Is "the grand old man." If we are to give credit where credit Is due, Frank Capra deserves plenty of prnise for his direction of "Platinum Blonde." The general theme Is that of a poor boy who marries a wealthy society girl, refuses to become simply her husband and finally walks out on her when things get too bad. The one different thing about the story Is that a newspaper reporter has been chosen as the poor boy, and there are same good newspaper scenes for a background. Robert Williams, former stage player, who has taken Hollywood by storm during the last few months, has the role of the reporter and makes the most of It. This lad is plenty good and will bear considerable watching In that he has a knack for both drama and comedy. Jean Harlow, as you might suspect, is the society girl from whom the picture gets its title. And, for a change, sho docs some real acting. Loretta Young has the other principal role, that of the newspaper "sob sister." She hasn't much to do, but she is far more convincing than most girl reporters we have seen on the screen. Entertainment For the Week FOX-RIALTO. Today to Tuesday Garry Cooper and Claudette Colbert in "His Woman," Paramount feature. Clark and McCullough in "Scratch-As-Scratch-Can," comedy. Paramount News. "Polar Pals," Cartoon. "Carry On," football novelty. Wednesday to Friday Clive Brook and Kay Francis in "Twenty-Four Hours," Paramount picture. Metro-tone News. "Easy to Get," comedy. "One Hundred Per Cent Service," novelty. "Paris Nights," Movietone Travelogue. Saturday "East of Borneo," wild-animal feature. Paramount News. "One Day to Live," comedy. "Cheaper to Rent," Paramount novelty. FOX-WILMA. Today and Monday Richard Arlen in "Touchdown," Paramount super feature. Fox Movietone News. Billy House In "Bullmania," comedy. Special today only; Royal Knights Orchestra in a stage pre sentation. Tuesday and Wednesday Irene Dunne in "Consolation Marriage." Fox Movietone News. "When Summons Calls," comedy. Screen Sou venirs. Thursday and Friday Georee Ar- llss In "Alexander Hamilton." Mls-soullan-Sentincl News. . "Torchy," comedy. Paramount Pictorial. "Puff Your Blues Away," screen song. Saturday Annual Hl-Jlnx Uni versity show. Performances at 7 and 8 p. m. ROTOR WIND TO CUT LANDING SPEED Los Angeles A rotor attachment for airplane wings to lower the landing speed and increase the lifting power per pound of sn air plane, Is the invention of Ray Thompson. ' The rotor wing is a cylinder which fits inside the conventional wing. It revolves, according to the inventor, In such a manner that the upper side of the cylinder will travel in the direction of the slip stream and the lower side against the direction of travel of the plane. This action, Thompson explains, will increase the vacuum above the wing and thereby cut down the landing speed by increasing the upward pressure beneath the wing. The inventor believes such a device installed on transport planes will reduce landing speed to 25 miles an hour. Sixty languages and spoken In Manila, dialects are These are sure signs that spark plugs are worn our ml ,1 'W1. dio tumnu I'li.i". i.4ti"ii" m MM u(m. .,i.j4. Hmr Wnwl tout r CKUMim imrwiuf mm tmnl pan Mr Choose your f - " Ml - artists do ORVIS MUSIC MOUSE J Our Dividends Are StiUJJp Missoula Building and Loan Association RICHARD H. SMITH BUILDING FACE RED? Edgewater, N. J. Police Recorder William P. Leary Issued a special order to traffic officers to enforce strictly the ordinance against parking cars at night without lights. That night his car was the first one tagged! TWELVE YEARS AGO. London. British commercial aviation celebrated its twelfth anniver sary during August of this year. It was August 25, 1919, that Captain E. H. Lawford ascended from Hounslow to pilot the first small three-passenger plane en route for Paris. From this route of 225 miles, British airways have grown to more than 9,000 miles. Five million acres of lumber wereburned by forest fires In the United States during 1930, the Forest Service reports. NOW! FOS-WILMA' $ & jf f .. .. V jr.'-" . k-i-VW1-" A picture that reveals for the first time the problems, hopes, heartaches and glorious triumphs that actually make a 0 n paramount Qicture With RICHARD ARLEN PEGGY SHANNON JACK OAKIE REGIS TOOMEY CHARLES STARRETT X, At lost a story where the hero dm nn score the winning points and where the hero's team loses the game. A story big in every way ... A story that will hold you during Its telling as few stories have. In 1 r,i Appearing In the picture are Coach Howard Jones of V. S. C, Morley Drury, KusnfII Saunders, Jeff Cravath, Tom Licb, Jim Thorpe, Herman Itrix, Jcsn Hibbs and many others. Iliily House in "Bullmania" FOX MOVIETONE NEWS "It Speaks for Itself" EXTRA! SPECIAL! A BIG HIT! ROYAL KNIGHTS COLORED ORCHESTRA "9 Monarch of Syncopation" In a Splendid Program of Numbr That Will be the Musical Joy of the Year. Continuous 1:30 to 11 Itrgular Prices Royal Knights Orrhestra flaying Matinee and Night Shows Tediay! Foii-EIalS Shows at 1:30, 3:15, 7, & p. in. i'4 Two Mighty Start in One Great Picture I V' ii II i ' LA CLARK and McCfl.LOL'CK "Scratch-as-Scratch-Can" "Polar Tals" Cartoon "Carry On" Football Sense Paramount World News It's Our Treat 10c and 35c

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