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Section 1PAGE THE' SUN, BALTIMORE, SUNDAY MORNING, JUNE 2S, ms Timing Trouble New York Adventure -A 1 4c A 1 I aow r-- 1 I u- I fi ij vniS a. The three with wings are Robert Stack, Leif Erickson and John Loder, and the scene is from the current attraction at Keiths Theater 111) Refugee In Films otes By DONALD KIRKLEY CHARLES WINNING ER and Charley Ruggles. both stage tart who graduated to Hollywood, risited Baltimore last week on behalf of their Joint vehicle, "friendly Enemies," now ihowing at the Century Theater. What with one thing and another, the acton are extremely war-conscious; this applying, In fact, to two wars. Mx.

Winninger, whose glad, Intoxicated cry of "Happy New Year" in "Show Boat," will linger long in the memory of those who heard it, went through the making of the film version of "Friendly Enemies" in a nostalgic haze. He did it before, when the original stage play was new, first on the road, then in the New York company. Couldn't Take It His Broadway engagement lasted only three days, thanks to the prankish nature of one of the stars. Lew Fields. Fields and his partner, Sam Bernard, who had opened in the opposite role, had a way of making side remarks to each other during the performance, audible to each other, but not to the audience.

Mr. Winninger plunged into the difficult role on short notice, found himself subjected to a constant barrage of advice, gags, unwanted cues and impromptu suggestions as to his performance, while same was going on. Three days of this, and he quit. He was on the right side of the war in 1918, taking the part of the German-American Block, who detested his former countrymen and was an ardent United States-er. They switched him to the other role in the picture, that of Pjeifer, a Bergdoll type who had to be knocked about a good deal before he lost his illusions about the Vaterland.

Mr. Ruggles plays the patriotic banker. Ownership Dispute In consequence of the change, Mr. Ruggles had the edifying experience of hearing Mr. Winninger speak the wrong lines in some of the rehearsals, from force of habit.

"You silly jerk, you are reading my lines," he reminded his colleague in his most amiable manner. "Your lines ijothing," responded Mr. Winninger. "They have belonged to me for twenty-four years." Charles W. lives in the middle of war preparations when he is at home.

Sometimes lines of tanks march past his place near Los Angeles by night, on their way to some unadvertised destination. The near-by hills, bare and innocent to the eye most of the time, flare Into bright life whenever a plane goes over. Searchlights shoot up from a dozen points, holding the friendly aircraft in their beams, for practice, until it disappears in the distance. Minds Upon War Many of their friends have pone Into the services. Charles W.

wears a gold Insignia in his buttonhole, which means that he helped somewhat in the sending of the Flying Tigers to China. Charles R. is of the opinion that all actors should be taken Into the military organization and utilized for the promotion of morale by means of stage and screen, for the duration, in accordance with a well-thought-out plan. During their present tour, they are helping to sell war bonds and stamps in connection with the film theaters' drive. They ran smack into the mammoth New York parade last week, and got themselves broiled in the torrid heat from 11.30 A.M.

to 3.30 P. aboard a float which offered no shelter. They will carry home a healthy respect for Eastern sunshine. After the parade they took a busman's holiday, going to see Olsen and Olsen's Brother (Johnson Is temporarily out of the show) In "Sons O' Fun." They were so tired that their studio -escort asked the clowns to suspend their custom of ribbing visiting celebrities. They also saw "Arsenic and Old Lace" and "Blithe Spirit" between appearances at a New York theater.

He predict, a LONG for Hollvwoob. TIME, figuratively speaking, means little in the movies. But just let a picture get off-timing and Old Man Diablo is liable to put the slug on the producer. In the literal sense you walk onto a movie set. for instance, and see most of the cast and crew sitting around in easy chairs for hours while a couple of electricians adjust the lighting effects.

In fact, you re almost tempted to wonder whether you're watching the wheels of one of the biggest industries in the country at work or whether you're seeing a snail race in slow-motion pictures. Three Minute Triumph You conclude that maybe producers are right when they say they consider they've put in a good eight hours if they can deliver three minutes of finished film in a day. But time and timing are two vastly different things in the movies. Listen to how Producer William Le Baron explains it: "In a motion picture or in any other descriptive medium which makes an appeal to the imagination there is no such thing as actual timing. An event is only as long as it seems.

"To a man watching a horse race on which he has staked his house and car the finish seems to come in less than a second. To the boxer who is faring badly ia the ring it seems hours until the bell is rung and he can catch his breath. Years In A Dream "The old saying that in the moment before death, a man reviews his whole history in less than a second, is fairly close to the truth. In a dream, for example, you can live years in the space of a few minutes." But there also is a converse side to stretching the time in a film. "Kisses." explains Le Baron, "are mostly shorter on the screen, than they are in reality.

What seems to be a substantial kiss between John Payne and Betty Grable, for instance, and which seems to last at least a couple of minutes, is actually telescoped into about thirty seconds, and perhaps that is over-doing it. "If the kiss lasts too long in a film, the audience becomes self-conscious and often embarrassed 7SUiHtKN SKELTON IE0 CORCET ALIEN IERKINS IJeanette Nelson MacDONALD EDDY MARRIED AN AN GEL ifff NOW! Il'e 1 4r One Grand 1 fgn Fend! "L-i JveeiMIUve 1 pras CHARLES WINNINGER CHARLIE RUGGLES 111 JAMES CRAIG NWJELLY Jl Tilvn ntmsitn y) I JMYTMIMS LIKE IT! vX IWXZW IXVADES BIG CITY! I 14 M. S. tt Hit ita Bjif JOHNNY Yf I WEISSMULLER I Now! Malilt Mtots I I That "I Dood It" Man! I AnTiirnn I The Johnny Weissmuller-Mau-reen O'Sullivan team will come to the Century Theater screen Wednesday Reveal A Dark Secret Of Past Hollywood. Laird Cregar revealed a dark secret of his past recently.

He was playing Henry Morgan, the pirate, in "The Black Swan," which Darryl F. Zanuck is producing in technicolor, and the scene called for him to wreck the set. "You know," he told Director Henry King, "I could wreck this set in about 30 seconds. I'm a professional." He said when he was 17, he had $15 saved and he hitchhiked from his home in Philadelphia to Hollywood. He stormed the casting offices without luck and was actually hungry.

friend, Mer-ritt Hulburd, sent him to a studio construction foreman. "He took one look at me, recalled Laird. not the creative he said. "You'd break down the scaffolds if I put you to work building sets. I'll make you a set "So I wrecked movie sets for four months before I decided I'd never get into the movies that way." GEORGE MONTGOMERY MAUREEN O'HARA JOHN SUTTON TEW poirjr tm LAIRD CREGAR tin SHEFPERD a Vktar MANCEN a- I a HHnr iwimmii a -mmm ruHwa- KINGS ROW" ANN SHERIDAN ROBERT CUMMINGS RONALD REOAN itiz viri'i: ouses 'Buster Shaver and other acts.

Opens Thursday. KEITHS "Lady in a Jam." Irene Dunne and Patric Knowles in a story about gay doings in a ghost town. Follows "Eagle Squadron." MAYFAIR "True to the Army." Ann Miller, Judy Canova and Jerry Colonna in a comedy with a musical and military setting. Opens Thursday NEW "This Above Ml." Wartime romance between a WAAF girl and a soldier in England. Tyrone Power and Joan Fontaine.

Followi-'Ten Gentlemen From West Point." ROSLYN "Bombs Over Burma." A Chinese schoolma'm avenges the death of a pupil. Anna May Wong and Noel Madison. Opens Wednesday. Kober To Collaborate Arthur Kober is in Hollywood to collaborate with HarryKurnitz on the screen play, "TheyLot Me Covered," starring Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour. Frank Fenton and Lyna.Root have also been signed to write special comedy materialfor the film.

Leonard Spigelgass and Leonard Q. Ross wrote the original story. David Butler will direct. Chinese Role Lotus Long, remembered for her portrayals as the feminine lead in "Eskimo" and "Last of the Pagans," has returned to the screen for a character, role in "The Flying Tigers." Miss Long, who is of French descent, although she has played Eskimos and Chinese, will be seen as the head of a Chinese orphanage. ttTEATEr- "3 5010 PARK HEIGHTS AVE.

SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY I TOPS In drama and mofienl "KINGS ROW ANN SHERIDAN ROBERT CUMMINGS RONALD REOAN THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY WE Fop Notch Meter Of Tha Ttar "Tortilla Flat" SPENCER TRACY HEDY LAMARR JOHN GARFIELD First-Run Current CENTURY "Friendly Enemies." Film version of the old comedy by Samuel Shipman and Aaron Hoffman. With Charles Winninger, Charlie Ruggles and Nancy. Kelly. HIPPODROME "Sweetheart of the Fleet." Joan Davis, Jinx Falkenburg and Joan Woodbury in this new naval maneuver. On the stage: Billy House and his "Crazy Show." KEITHS "Eagle Squadron." Drama about the young Americans who flew for the RAF before this country entered the war.

With Robert Stack and Diana Barrymore. LITTLE "Ships With Wings." A British melodrama about the air-fieet arm, filmed aboard the late aircraft carrier H. M. S. Ark Royal.

With Leslie Banks, Basil Sydney and Ann Todd. MAYFAIR "The Remarkable Andrew." Second week for this droll story about the ghost of Andrew Jackson and a namesake In trouble with crooked politicians. William Holden, Brian Donlevy and Ellen Drew. NEW "Ten Gentlemen From West Point." When the military academy was young and its alumni were fighting Te-cumseh. ROSLYN "Klondike Fury." Edmund Lowe and Lucille Fairbanks In a drama of love amid the gold and Ice.

STANLEY "In This Our Life." Bette Davis in a gripping one-woman crime wave involving George Brent, Olivia De Havil-land and Dennis Morgan. Second week. TIMES "Men of San Quentln." Prison melodrama filmed almost entirely within prison doors. Coming HIPPODROME "They All Kissed the Bride." Romantic comedy, with Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas, Roland Young, Billie Burke and Allen Jenkins. On the stage: Benny Rubin.

RUN LITTLE TOM EN SERGEANT YORK SIN OF MADELON CLAUD ET A STAR IS UORN HERE COMES MR. JORDAN By CHARLES McMURTRY Hollywood. rHAT A HAM!" That's Max Baer's de scription of himself. The ex-playboy, ex heavyweight boxing champion, has returned to motion pictures. He reports he has, learned, after ten years, that it's much easier to make money In Hollywood than in the ring.

Much easier, and safer, and far less painful. Don't get the idea Baer has retired from the ring, although many sports writers suggest he should and his studio reports he has. Ready To Fight "Retire?" Max faked offense. "No! I jus; quit until I get a good offer. I don't care how good a guy is, or how bad, I'll fight him if he can draw through the turnstiles.

"You know what? They want me to fight Pastor. He can't draw. "If ever I go In again, I'll be against a guy who can't even knock my glasses off. I'd like to fight Conn. He can't hurt me.

That's why I want Conn. But he won't fight me." Doesn't Want Louis Baer. remarking that he's still In pretty good condition and only ten pounds overweight, nevertheless said his kidneys are mighty sore from the punches Pat O'Brien has been dishing out in filayful moments on the set of "The Navy Comes Through." That brought a laugh from "HOWDY. FOLKS" Tky toy I'm Mtnork. ebl ftllow com en down end my loUH pictur ond you II ogr Andrew Jackton.

Hi' i 2nd WEEX! FRANKLIN ALLEN Cl'RTIS "REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR" Pluc THREE MESQITITFERS "PHANTOM PLAINSMAN" being shown at the New Theater chin again. It's tough enough to remember one line of script now." Baer seems pretty enthusiastic about his chances of sticking in the movies. He just completed a short and is going into this navy inspirer billed below only O'Brien and George Murphy. "I've got a scene I love with Jane Wyatt. I hope I can play it.

It's dramatic. I die. It's got some wonderful possibilities." Max, never one to pass up a chance to be heard if a reporter was in the offing, popped off continually between camera shots. Somehow his quips didn't quite sparkle as they did a few years ago. 2nd WEEK! -6uf BETTE DAVIS OLIVIA dellAVIL GEORGE BRUIT DENNIS M0I1GAII in Elian Glasgow' groat Mory WARNER BROS Hawaii tarnation, wtrk CHARLES COM FRANK CRAVEN E1LUE BURKE DirtctH ty idhh hustct "CELEBRATE "THE HOLIDAY BYATTfNDINO ABBOTTS C0STELLO "KEEP 'EM FLYING tMM the LATEST NrVS Wrril LLOYD NOLAN OSI -BLUB WHITBPtHFECT I AM km I wTTVj I Laird Cregar stars in the photoplay everyone within hearing and a -still painful reminder of his defeat by Champion Joe Louis.

Max has no desire for a return scrap with the champ. "Any guy who meets Louis twice is a game guy," jibed O'Brien. "Yeah," Max came back fast, but not enthusiastically. "My brother is. He fought Louis twice." Then you hear again why Max wants no more of Louis.

He says Joe "hit me eighteen times on the way down, yet they say I laid down. Good Billing "One punch could put me en queer street the rest of my life. There's enough queer people In Hollywood already. "I don't want to get hit on the ucl I TAPOPPIN" I a rim r- i JT of A mm ul as the FLEET I riiKfUIUAl J0M BAVll intuit MARCH OF TINE 1 "INDIA AT WAR" Tha Year's Big Hilariously funny, Gaily Komantit Screen Hiff JOAN CRAWFORD MELVYN DOUGLAS "THBY ALL KISStD THE BRIDt" IN MRSONi tammn Stag ScrMK TODAY MONDAY TUESDAY ANN SHERIDAN ROBERT CUMMINGS BETTY FIELD in "KINGS ROW" AED. WEAVER BROS, and ELVIRY in "SHEPHERD of the OZARKS" A i Mrs.

Miniver Thm noted sports authority BILL STERN picks this widely discussed film to top his list of all' time 10 'best pictures onrr ON THE WESTERN FRONT THE BIG PARADE FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT COODBYE. MR. CHIPS a Last day UdY Gly Doors Open 2 P. M. ADULTS ONLY "MARRIAGE FORBIDDEN" MRS.

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