The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on February 11, 1945 · 23
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T:snrT7r!ft7Try . s4w. "prrfTPi vstfh.vv- rrrs t,m II u k log Angeles; Cimes P4RT m. FEBRUARY , J.945 - mm 8 i . V 1 ' V 1 1! 1 VJV w. :, , A Sweefhearfs of fhe Films Take seven Hollywood lovelies, frame them in pink satin hearts, trim with crinkly paper and tie up with ribbons and you get something like this multiple Valentine. And even if the great day won't arrive until Wednesday, have you ever seen a prettier bunch of gals from the films than these? 0 .N 1-S- k ' v On mmif Again No 'Oscar' for Irene Dunne Star Who Has Four Times Been in Running Laughs OH Reverses BY EDWIN" SCHALLKRT, Times Drama Editor Missing "Oscars" in the Academy of Motion 'Picture Arts and Sciences' big annual handicap is veritably a habit with Irene Dunne. I Four times she has been Jnbeen a reigning favorite, rarely the running as a nominee, be-'named among the topmost cause of "Theodora Goes Wild," , money-makers of the movies, but -The Awful Truth," the much j always substantial in hitting earlier "Cimarron," and "Love ; public fancy. Affair." This year everybody was pretty certain that she would again he nominated for "White Cliffs of Dover," but. though that was undoubtedly close to the honor list, it didn't show up officially. One thing certain Irene has demonstrated herself to be a good loser. Her pictures have been good pictures, and her performances solid, though perhaps not of that spectacular order which seems to gain the ballots during the big annual tournament of filmland. OH Even Keel It's somewhat like her whole career, for the tenor of that has been to hit an even keel at all costs. Notwithstanding she has played soma of tlte flightiest characters ever conceived on the screen, she has always kept her feet on the ground. Because she is one of the most practical stars, her career has lasted. For 14 years she has " ' ' ' She Xames Direclor "I have never worried particularly concerning which studio I worked at or what the picture was like in all details in which I appeared." said Irene. "I have only had one stipulation in my contracts, namely, the right to okay the director of my films. If I am satisfied from that angle I feel that everything else will generally be right. It doesn't always work out, I'll grant you, but in the majority of cases the idea has proved itself effective. "It is a curious thing that only lately did I have any continuous arrangement for pictures with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. "I haven't yet worked at 20th Century-Fox, though I have a commitment with Ernst Lu-bitsch, who produced films for that company. Charles Boyer and myself are supposed to appear in 'The Lady in Ermine' whenever that is made, and Lu-Turn to Page 2, Column 7 Here's Why LOS ANGELES GAINS Most Musi&pA111 CEN RJWK Films Limp ! Onlv had Ballet BY ISABEL. MORSE JONES, Times Music Editor a short decade ago we "Swan Lake," perfect example Song and Scenario Writers Meet Too Late, Says Arlen Russe once a vear. ! OI lne classic oauet. ne proo- Now we are a ballet center. Thejal),v appear again that night BV PHILIP K. SCHEl'ER The trouble with musical films is that song writers are not called in soon enough to write songs, according to Harold Arlen, the song writer. "If we could get scenario writers and song writers who think alike together in one room and start from scratch we'd really have something," Arlen declares. "As it is now, a producer finally sends for us and says, 'This is where we'll spot such-and-such a tune' and as a result nothing comes out in one piece. "What we get may still be entertaining, of course, but it's not the kind of musical I'd like to see on the screen. It's as though K you wrote a book and the pub- fS- Usher told you, 'I don t like that chapter.' You can rewrite it but something happens to your book in the process." Hits on Parade Harold Arlen has risen, slowly but surely and strictly on merit, to join that select corn-Turn to Page 2, Column 5 current ballet season of Ifi performances bosrins Tuesday nisht with Ballet Theatre in the Philharmonic Auditorium, with Anthony Tudor as ballet master, an augmented orchestra in charge of Antal Dorati and Mois Quixote." Thp second nisht she will dance "The Black Swan," a title which clings to her. Started as American Ballet Theatre started as an American company, liberally Zlatkin. and with Toumanova as supported with American money guest ballerina. Other ballerinas who have been identified with this company longer are the Americans, Nora Kaye, Nana Gollner, Lucia Chase. Rosella Hightower and Janet Reed, and the Cuban. Alicia Alonso. They are ballerinas because they dance leads in certain ballets. Toumanova, the original baby ballerina (she studied with Preobrajenska at 7, a year before the Imperial Ballet School would have admitted her,) will open the season's first night with IX ! Soon it became definitely Rus sian, and now it is changing back to American and English influences. Tudor is a product of the famous Ballet Club of London maintained by Marie Lambert. That school was something beyond a physical training ground. It was a cultural center where the dancers studied all the arts. Ballet is becoming a habit in American life. There is danger in its sudden popularity. If au-Turn to Page 3, Column 4 Lensman Does Great War Work Action on 32,000 Miles of Fronf Put Into Dmitri Pictures TOP BEST SELLERS Irene Dunne IN THE NATION Fiction leaders: "The Green Years" by A. J. Cronin. "Immortal Wife" by Irving Stone. "Earth and High Heaven" by Gwethalyn Graham. "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor. Xonfictlon leaders: "Brave Men" by Ernie Pyle. "The World of Washington Irving" by Van Wyck Brooks. "The Time For Decision" by Sumner Welles. "Yankee From Olympus" br Catherine Bowen. IN LOS ANGELES Fiction leaders: "The Green Years" by A. J. Cronin. "Forever Amber" by Kathleen Winsor. "The Robe" by Lloyd C. Douglas. "The Fountainhead" by Ayn Rand. Xonfiction leaders: "Brave Men" bv Ernte Pyle. "Your Kids and Mine" by Joe E. Brown. "I Never Left Home" by Bob Hope. "Dear Sir" by Juliet Lowell. 6f ft ! - j! tT-rJ ? Jd" FLIGHT TO EVERYWHERE. By Ivan Dmitri. Whittlesey House: $H. Dmitri is a Satevepost pho-tog who flew 32,000 miles with the least ballyhooed of our military branches, the Air Transport Command. He saw action and the vital drudgery behind action, over wide expanses of land and sea: and his photos are by no means all tak en from the air. Uf the 4.u and more shots, 150 are in full color. Aside from Margaret Bourke-White and she did no one book on such a grand scale Dmitri has contributed more to our visual knowledge of the war than any other camera wielder. Its Beauty Terrific He has produced a beautiful book, sometimes terribly beautiful, as a glance at the color shot of Palermo will show j'ou. But there are also lighter moments, including those graced by pin-up girls in the flesh, and dogfaces caught at rare moments of relaxation. The end-paper map traces Dmitri's great semicircling of the globe. From the East Coast the planes sweep to Jatal in to Arabia, India, China. On the Turn to Page 4, Column 4 Can 't Keep This Irishman Down Irrepressible James Dunn Bobs Up Again With Name in Neons BY BOB WHITE Mr. James Dunn, the irrepressible Irish song-and-dance man whose million-dollar personality got out of his own hands some nine years ago, is currently back on the theater billboards with top star .billing. For Mr. Dunn, who will al ways be able to laugh about anything, this is a very fine thing: He is the first Hollywood star to ever gain a second chance at stardom. sweet touch: The Women's Chris-tian Temperance Union might well present Mr. .lames Dunn with an honorary life member- ship and a large size Grade AA white ribbon to wear in his lapel. "It makes you feel swell to be i for in "A Tree Grows in Rrook- ivn tnis nne actor nas portrayed the most powerful argument for prohibition and abstinence ever seen on the screen. The nine lean vears which able to do it twice," he says. Millions Hail Hot urn For the millions of people who have missed his whimsical Irish pan on the screen this past decade, his triumphant return to the screen as the unforgettable Johnny Nolan in the superbly Jimmy terms "the long hiatus" began with his last picture for the old Fox studios which someone pointedlv and somewhat tender film, "A Tree Grows in j appropriately entitled "Bad Brooklyn." is a happy turn of i Boy." After that they just called events: They will all feel that! Jimmy in and paid him off not he should never have been left ! because he was ever a poor out of pictures in the first place. For 20th Century-Fox (who tested everyone else in Hollywood for the role of Johnny Nolan before they gave it to Jimmy Dunn) there is a sweet irony in picking up-a star that the old, original Fox outfit kicked off the lot. The irony will be sweet because "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is a mortal cinch to be profitable. And there is still another Thespian; not because the public didn't pay to see his pictures, and not because he didn't love' his mother. It was just because his personal viewpoint and conduct was, once too often, overwhelmingly aggravating. 'Always My Fault "It's like this," Jimmy reports: "I'd go out at noon with a crony or two and take on a few drinks. Turn to Page-1, Column t Civilian Artists Lay Stress on Cruelty, Waste of War IN NEW BALLET Fernando and Alicia Alonso will dance in "Waltz Academy," new Ballet Theatre offering. BY ARTHUR MILLIER Times Art Editor Civilian artists' attitudes toward the war are expressed in current exhibitions by three men and one woman. Unlike combat artists, to whom war is firsthand human experience, these civil-: lans stress war's cruelty, injustice and waste. Most powerful of these shows is by Hungarian-born Francis de Erdely. . His superb drawings and paintings, praised here when shown fast year, are on view at Pasadena Art Institute. De Er dely eschews pathos in his pic-1 tures of what happens to peasants and their villages in Nazi-conquered lands, presenting war's brutalities in somber, biting lines and colors. Beauty Lacking; Richard Haines, 39, mural painter, shows at American Contemporary Gallery 22 drawings of American soldiers fighting Japs or enduring their cruelties as emaciated captives. For one who never experienced these things in the flesh. Haines has done a remarkable job. An accomplished master of Turn to Pag 4, Column 3. 'Iff 'fj Jomes Dunn

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