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MONDAY MORNING. MARCH 5, 1934.-1 PART I. 7 WHEN IT'S SPRINGTIME IN THE MOVIES Evelyn Venable,"personable andvbeautiful actress, Jumps the gun Just a wee bit on the summer wardrobe, mciuaing ine oversized straw cnapeau, but, men mere s aiwaysraim opnngs wnen we weainer man aou-ble-crosses Hollywood. Miss Venable, who has leaped Into the film spotlight overnight, plays a featured role In "Death Takes a Holiday," which will open at the Paramount Theater Thursday. Around and About in Hollywood BY READ KENDALL Del Rio Will Become Star With Warner's; Sidney Blackmer Called Romantic Find MEXICAN BEAUTY'S FIRST ROLE WILL BE 'DU BARRY' In-and-Out Masculine Filmer Now Has Steady Career in Sight; Oxford Latest Locale for Movie BY EDWIN SCIIALLERT - Not only will Dolores del Rio become the star of "Du Barry," as rumored Saturday In this column, but simultaneously she will Join Warner Brothers for a term. This Is an entirely new alliance of star and company, foreordained, perhaps, when Miss Del Rio went to the studio to play In "Wonder Bar," and liked the experience very much. ' Differences of vlewnolnt cronnedirrfsslve mouth. Still the "Show- up during her association with R.-K.-0., where she is finishing a contract. Her career during that connection was static a considerable part of the time. It. is expected that she will be seen with much more regularity in pictures under the new arrangement. Miss Del Rio has one more pic-lure to make for R.-K.-O., and Indications now point to "Green Mansions." Others have been proposed like Sea Girl" and "Dance of Desire," but there is no immediate prospect of their being produced. SIDNEY BLACKMER CALLED DISCOVERY Sidney Blackmer, who has been In and out of the movies once or twice, is now heralded as a find The reason is the picture "Transient Love." Romantic characters seem to be his netler, and it is as such heroes that he is henceforth to appear most of the time. Ho is to have practically the central role in the new feature, "And Let Who Will Be Clever," with Ginger Rog ers, possibly, as the lead. Blllie Burke and Edna Mae Oliver are al ready In the production. Before this film Blackmer will enact the leading role in "Down to Their Last Yacht." Direction of "And Let Who Will Be Clever" will be In the hands of William Belter, while the story is being written by Roy Harris. OXFORD UNIVERSITY EPIC TO EMERGE Oxfordian in everything, including accent, will be a new movie expedition. It Is a projected picture called "Manners Makcth Man," which John Monk Saunders is wrlt-: ing and which will be produced by John Considlne for M.-O.-M. Both men attended England's famous educational Institution and it has been their mutual dream to visualise the life there. Robert Montgomery will probably be the star of the film, if present plans are carried out, but he will not necessarily have to speak with an Oxford accent, even though he ran probably drum one up on short notice. ARLEN HEAdFncTtO THE FAR EAST Richard Arlcn is going to set out shortly for Honolulu. Both Jobyna Ralston, his wife, and their youngster will accompany him. This is the vacation Dick has planned for some time and which was originally to have taken him to Europe. But he has decided to travel in the other direction and may visit the Orient before returning home. He will be gone seven weeks, at least. Part of Arlen's intention is to try to recuperate from the attacks of pleurisy from which he has occasionally suffered. Off" has been considerably modified for the screen version, and also for the audience of today, and a lot of credit for that. The picture does miss, some of the points made in the stage play, but as far as Tracy is concerned it is destined to amuse. Madge Evans sympathetically assists, and the other roles are very acceptably done. It is light entertainment. "BOTTOMS-t7P" CLEVER COMEDY DIVERTISEMENT ' "Bottoms-Up" comes near being one of the most ingenious films of the studio world ever filmed. The locale is Hollywood, with a group of opportunists crashing the movie gate, and getting away with it. Spencer Tracy is also in this feature, but nowhere near as dominating as in "The Show-Off." John Boles Is more than usually successful, and discloses a new interpretative ability in the role of a cinema actor who is going from bad to worse, because of drink. Also he attains the note of caricature in one of the songs tnat he docs, which is certainly a real departure. The production gives him ample opportunity to sing. The feminine principal h Pat Pat-erson, who, I feel, does her screen work very sincerely. Whether she has the glamour that will entitle her to the brighter sort of stardom is very much a question, but she Is certainly capable. The musical numbers in the film are not especially impressive In their staging. But the picture delights with its comedy. An excellent por trayal of a film producer is done by Harry Green. Herbert Mundin of fers droll humor to enliven the scene. All things considered, this ought to be a popular event. De spite that they are not sensational in spectacular embellishments a word might be said for the novelty of several musical numbers. THE PAGEANT OF THE FILM WORLD Barbara Blair has joined the cast of "The Dark Tower," and will be Edward O. Robinson's interest In the film, though Ann Dvorak Is the lead. Bob Crosby, brother of Bing, Is to do a little singing in the musical movies. He is to make-short pictures under the supervision of Anson Weeks for Paramount. Rov Cooke and Frank Marlowe are in "Now I'll Tell," the Rothstein story, so-called. Theater Books Extra Showings .Is 1 ' . ' " I t L . ... I . , ' . . ... I - IV ' ' 4 x - . - " ' - . " imrTtrnnr n i mmmmimmmmSSSm , , ; , Directors and producers who squelch pet ideas born In the minds I of actors had better look to their laurels. Leslie Howard let It be known yesterday that he intends sponsoring a little picture movement patterned along the lines of the lit tie theater movement, so that screen Thespians will be able to film and record some of the things that have received an impolite snub. As soon as he completes "Of Hu man Bondage" at R.-K.-O. he will take his camera and portable sound recording equipment to Palm Springs to shoot a little idea he has written with Ralph Bellamy and William Gargan as the cast. Otto Kruger, somewhat of an amateur sound ex pert, will be at the mixer and How lard will direct and do the photog raphy. Howard long has been camera bug and his layout is worth several thousand dollars . . . Reducing Complications For weeks Polly Moran has walked two miles every day to reduce. At the same time she waa appearing in "Going Hollywood" out at M.-G.-M. The cameraman noticed something strange in her screen appearance and complained. Miss Moran had reduced to such an extent the camera recorded the difference in her figure. Now she is wearing pads to fill herself out. This and That Rumblings heard again that Isabel Jewell and Lee Tracy are actually married. Bob Fellows, unit manager at Warner Brothers, the proud father of a daughter, Margaret, born to Mrs. Fellows at St. Vincent's Hospital. Director Tay Garnett spent the entire week-end with his head buried in the script for "China Seas" which will co-star Jean Harlow and Clark Gable. Muriel Kirkland about again after losing her tonsils. Glenda Farrell had to buy an entire new wardrobe for her son because he gained twenty-four pounds recuperating on the desert from an illness. Hobnobbing in Hollywood BY GRACE KINGSLEY SHOW-OFF" GOOD SHOW FOR TRACY "The Show-Off" (previewed) tome pretty close to being a monologue for Spencer Tracy, though it is a pretty good picture none the less. The leading actor makes It that. He does his role without the sheer egotism of the original stage character, though ag- Jordan and Henry Kolker, El Capitan Theater has scheduled two extra matinees Thursday and Friday, this week as Francis Lede- rer, Eurojican star, winds up his engagement in "Autumn Crocus." The week's schedule now includes matinees for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Saturday night the star will make his final appearance and the next day, together with his company, flies to San Francisco to fill an engagement. Sunday matinee at El Capitan Theater will mark the western premiere of "Men in White " with a cast headed by Roger Pryor, Miriam tt CAPITAL SHOW ARRIVES Happened One Night" With Gable and Colbert Great Event of Entertainment Keprtnted irotn Saturdar'i lit mlltinm Mr. Frank Capra, director, who, with Mr. Robert Riskin, scenarloist, derived considerable fame from his creation of a Cinderella tale some months ago called "Lady for a Day" is back on the field of action, mean ing that of the dancing and also visible (in the theater) celluloid. He has arrived with a modern swashbuckluing narrative of how a bold knight (really newspaperman) wins a golden princess, meaning, in this Instance an heiress. And if the public doesn't go all the way for this one, then there is not, nor should be, any Joy in Clnemaland. The dashing exploit, showing at best performance he has ever given, tne k.-k.-o. Hiiisircet, is cancel "It Happened ,One Night" but I don't suppose that makes any difference. The facts are ihat it happens in two or three of them and days also, but the time equation is of no particular moment. This picture has the pulse. With Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert Ideally cast, and various other people, especially Walter Connolly and Roscoe Karns helping things along, It is just about guarantted to cure any fit of the blues, and maybe even a headache. Of Gahln nnlv thin nppri tw said that the film - nrobablv offer the i No less excellent in Its way is the performance by Miss Colbert, which evidences a discreet refinement, coupled with effective defiance when the demand is for that. Connolly is a$ usual authorlta tive and highly diverting. Karns is exceptionally good, and even a bit done by Alan Hale is Immense while it lasts. Jameson Thomas is about the nearest thing to a villain, but is really the goat of the whole enterprise. 11 'Her Magic Flames Anew en rht road to Mandalay . strtwn with tht hearts of mtn who know htr! f nHH ficutciA Immmi RICARDO CORTEZ LYLI TALBOT WAKNIR OLA WD UTM DONNIllY WW! ram- TH MGAWMINCt rna el Romance fl.ful Qwn of Song! . . iTOj , Toothf lor F.rtt Time! fjk.1 Kamcvi lyovAnno M-DONALD CATl'FIDDLU i i run hoimi cm Miurwoini f I AM IHJKOLt IIIIEIU SEIU . m . . - r rjiraltlirdy Pot Smith's "fioofy Moms' ' BpwCmtDut i llWVTWtl i'lEEPERS EAST trim (Alton m iron fi Ona Munson, who was at one time reported engaged to Ernst Lubltsch, and who has lately come to Hollywood from New York, fresh from success in "Hold Your Horses," is once more betrothed, she admits. xnis time the happy man is a New York banker, Stewart MacDon- ald, and Ona wears on her engage ment finger a handsome sapphire-and-platinum ring, the stone being a large, square-cut one, mined more than 100 years ago in Persia, and of the most desirable "corn-flower" color. "Mr. MacDonald and I may marry soon, or we may wait several months," 6ald Miss Munson yesterday. "I'm returning to New York within a fortnight, and if you get a wire reading, 'Mr. MacDonald won't let me go to England,' you'll know I'm marrying at once." The reference to England means that Miss Munson is under contract to appear there with Laura Hope Crews and Roland Young In Clare Kummer's latest play, Just closing in New York, "Her Master's Voice." "When I marry Mr. MacDonald, I shall leave the stage forever," she said. "That Is our understanding." The pair met at a tea given by friends of Mr. and Mrs. Cosmo Hamilton. "The Hamlltons thought we would like each other," said Ona, "and arranged the tea for us. "By the way, I introduced Mr. Lubltsch and Mr, MacDonald to each other, when the former was last In New York," said Ona, "and they became great friends." Gleanings Clara Bow got rid of her cold at Palm Springs and is back in town again with husband Rex Bell. .A pet lion gave Jimmle Durante' father, Bartholomew the thrill of his life by chasing him around the set where his son was at work. It was a frame-up. Marlene Dietrich has moved Into Colleen Moore's Bel-Air mansion. Wynne Gibson is a bridge hound and with three nonprofessional friends last week played from 9 p.m. until 10 p.m. next night without a rest Minna Gombel on a clam hunt at La Jolla with her banker-husband, Joseph Sefton of San Diego. Her friends got plenty of clam juice. Mae Clarke, accompanied by Sidney Blackmer, guest phy," have purchased a house in Pf honor at Agua Caliente yester- London . , . Sidney asking Ona, If Miss Munson goes to London, to Tom Brown on a personally con- be sure and meet John Gielgud, who ducted tour of R.-K.-0. studio for plays in "Richard of Bordeaux." and "is motner, a former vaudeville art see If he is really as thrilling as he 1st. Bette Davis well again after a seems on stage and screen siege of laryngitis. Warner Brothers are glad that the natural curl is back in Jimmle Cagney's hair. He had his hair shorn for a part and it took a. long time growing back. LeRoy Prlnz directing dance' scenes at Paramount on a crutch. He fell from a high platform ten days ago and water on the knee de veloped. A free-lancer wrote a song for Mae West to sing In "It Ain't No Sin," but she was forced to re ject it with the comment it was even too hot for her. Guy Kibbee and Oliver Hardy, with their wives, planning a plane trip to Mexico City just as soon as they can get studio leave. Ann Dvorak returned to her ranch home at Van Nuys from the studio the other day to discover that her husband, Leslie Fenton, had lost his tonsils. Things of Interest Kay Francis always dreamed of being an acrobat and always want ed to turn cart wheels but never could. Judith Allen is learning to play a celesta for the role of Octavia in "Cleopatra." Although still in her 'teens Helen' Mack has had thirteen years' stage and screen experience. William Frawley has been on the stage and screen for twenty years and never played a juvenile part. Gertrude Michael was a piano protege at the age of 7 years, gave her first concert at 10 and founded and operated a radio studio at the age of 17. Bing Is Careful Carol Lombard and Bing Crosby indulge in quite a fight in "We're Not Dressing." Miss Lombard has to kick Crosby on the shins. After the first take Crosby insisted on wearing shin guards under his sailor trousers. TINY FILM PLAYER Marian Nixon is one of the tiniest girls in pictures. She weighs ex actly 100 pounds and stands five feet one and one-half inches. She is now J appearing in "Strictly Dynamite." Engagement of GuyLombardo Soon to Close Although Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians are doing big business at the Paramount Theater, bookings make it necessary for the maestro to leave after Wednesday night. Thursday the picture which has probably excited more controversy than any other in the last season. "Death Takes a Holiday," will open at the Paramount. Fredrlc March Is starred In this unusual story. "Death Takes a Holiday" is a story of strange events transpiring in a magnificent castle on an Italian mountain top. For three days, death takes a holiday; autos crash, and no one is injured; people shoot each other, but with no effect; nothing is fatal for these three days but love. March has a role which is awe-inspiring. In the featured cast are Evelyn Venable, Sir Guy Standing, Gail Patrick, Margaret Alexander and Kent Taylor. .. i I M A ill 'SWA'lAGLiit "KOMOSEWOMZN -M SA11Y B1ANI And Roberta Gale, Too! Still another engagement is in the air, that between Roberta Gale and Sam Zagon, well-known attorney of this city. While denying any formal engagement yesterday, Miss Gale said: "We don't deny we are very much in love, Mr. Zagon and I, and also that there may be an engagement later. But we don't wish to make any formal announcement at this time, especially as my mother is in Florida, and I don't think it would be fair to her to announce our plans definitely until she is here." Roberta and Zagon met first in Hollywood, at a party, and after ward in New York. At the latter place the romance grew to its pres ent happy state. Heard on the Boulevard Sidney Fox, Douglass Montgom ery and Ona Munson lunching in the roof garden of the Chateau Elysee, with, of course, Douglass's huge Irish wolf-hound, Padralc, present . . . Ona planning to visit Kay Johnson and her husband, John Cromwell, at their San Fer nando Valley ranch over the week' end . . And reporting that Laurence Olivier and Jill Esmond, playing in New York In "Biogra' V SJL t) fif i A y if i V Just a few CSAINSofBCrE But it charged their lives! AUTHENTIC Disclosures One of those completely gaga girls Insisted on telling James P. Mc-Gulnness, the writer, how funny her boy friend could be. "He can keep you in stitches all day." she said. "Yeah that's what my doctor did to me when I had my operation," McGulnncss cracked. George Chandler says that the reason the radio is so noisy is because it's in its infancy. Discussing the virtues of a fellow actor, Herbert Mundin declared, "He's the sort of guy who, if he gave you the time of day, would demand a receipt!" FACTS Los Angeles snowing o 1 Ujgfep1' Americas great NEW STAR IN SAMUEl GOLDWYN'S MAMA HOlMtS UONEl ATWH.I MA CLARK MUOIEl KISKLAW) IIICHAKD 6CNNCT7 is; tK,u" fty & AM J 1 a mm i trm- - J"7ltrM chm and t loud hurrah" I Lffttfllt O. rirarmi. ff via Imp I M I I "t TJii" i 11 1 li Slnm Bmii, Dally dm f A J t I H H'SllVl p ll li J "Ort fmt of intvtiinmtnt." pJJIUj'iyil Ediria SthiUerl, Tl m wi wotjpi 1 1 "nmju i i. it "Srifl, ialoB-crowdnl tmr." U'fiir a AiW Hirrlion Cirroll, Hnl4-ErMt L-1 Rf tCUY Pi SI I t i t ii r n s S 71.. I K.V',I 3 am g&ele 'inUPraffDOKKGHI' Frtnlt Cprt Production u Catumkm FMw . M,H., lit., 1.IJ. 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