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14 SUNDAY" HORNING. APRIL 7, 1921 rPAP.T ni.t BATTLE ARRAY GROWS COMPLEX Orzznlzations, Stars and All Lining Up for the Talkie Fray; Fresh Troops from the Stage; NeiO Medium Now Has Queen : BY EDWIN SCHALLERT MERGERS and more mergers., The air Is surcharged with rumors of consolidations and big deals. Probably, the next month wxu see uie cuuBununauoa oj anomer one or two. I i V v. Ib Is the forces getting to- g other for. battle. The balance of power cannot go seemingly to one organization without inspiring others to enter the lists In rr.s ;s formation. It is a day of ententes and alliances. They ammunition will be money, and It T wEf be spent for the spectacular -fireworks of production- la greater sums than ever. PeN hans not in the massive amount Immediately because It is still a -period of maneuvering, but next season certainly when the" conflict gets going In earnest. This spring and summer will be . spent In lining up. The months that follow will see strategy ' f relegated to a secondary place, and the red-hot attack and rounter-attack in full progress.. Who will win? Well, it prob- , ably wont be the combatant i who lokos the most likely at the ' beginning. There are too many J purely circumstantial factors . i entering into the present eit- untlon of upheaval mechanical , Innovation, unexpected develop-- merits to talentother things. I rIQ picture organizations i.K wont be the only entrants I in the struggle. It's going I? -luvolve' every individual In ' nidom. Making good in the -i ies has become the high ? i.j,) nf npariv nvprvanea ftmbi- t .. r w - 'J - num. . - leadership is the nest thing . 'to be thought of. WhoTl get - it,?. Will it be the old-line fa- j-V'ites, or a new group. I : Judging by the warmth of "Snproval that has attended the ' lowing of ''Coquette," Mary " ',. :cktord would appear to point tx way for the established star. . f "Coquette" is the most per- onal enterprise yet seen in the r-pev. medium, outside of the Al J';JolRon films. Prior to Mary's it 'appearance, Jolson indeed ruled as the- dominant and supreme J - personality of the talkies. He is !:,' still the king In the field, but--h . a queen has now also ascended the throne. The crown is no " r.ovelty for her. since she pos- - sessed it for many years in the silnts. J.; still, the crown in the sound . "realm is some several gems '-.'brighter, than any that might be worn as a result of succpss . "An the older form. That's be-p ' cauce it is more difficult to cap-V ture. I think, though, that Mary i has - rather securely possessed u herself of it :: . TW entrant. triTI civft KOirit to contest for first honors. X number stage people. They are - coming to Hollywood in ever- J growing cumbers, " ' One reads of Marilyn Miller's ,'dvent. - We viewed her in a rl' Fox news reel some months ago, 1; singing to a group of soldiers. ?;She has the voice, and doubt-1. - less, too, the personality. And i;even if she hasn't the perfect ? xramera personality, to accord 15 " with past traditions, it won't --- matter so exceedingly. Because t" the camera can be compromised .-'with nowadays. This is not to say that Miss Miller will not be 100 per cent. earner perfect. She may be. THI3 question of diction on the screen is ft much vexed . ...1 4L A Um rnt - one. iiiu ii. iu ucvum ocu- t!ed intelligently, and without, my fancy Anglicised accent Or Bostonese either. 2 1 personally don't favor the : pure Hollywoodlan necessarily. .- Even though there are some much worse dialects. Reading of lines will have to become fine art. The me- ? rhenical limitations of the ' sound medium are sufficiently severe to make the task arduous, but clarity and under- , atandabillty should certainly be , ;-;" tie supreme requirements in "' thse early days. I think that unquestionably -'I V Pickford has imbued her , , - ;rds with a finer inflection '.fun anybody who ha yet es-. 1 ' r red to speak from the screen. '.ut, to my mind, in looking : ..ick on "Coquette" is still the . - itnest feature of her psrform-i'v 'ance. I think she missed at 'times on the southern accent, ' !-k but the dramatic portions of ; ' her performance revealed a , h rarely intelligent empnasis placed on the word and lt meaning. . ' . . talkie version of "The- Bishop's TJaadlesticks" has been made to which the technique of thought-expression, evolved modernly by O'Neill is used in adapted form. The manner of its use is this The characters move their bps only when they are engaging to conversation with some other character. When the actor is " supposed to speak the thoughts of the character he portrays as a soliloquy or an aside, ha keeps his lips closed. The voice is doubled to on the film. In other words, he is apparently silent as far as the screen action is concerned; but ' this thoughts are spoken for the enlightenment of the audience. The result, provided it does not involve confusion, should be more realistic than the stage method. M I 0 Coquette" and "Desert Song" vie for Sound Honors Ml H (f S' -i. f K - J . r - r CURVES, DIGNITY WIN ROLE BeU Bennett Called Ideal Queen Mother; Now in Educational Film When Douglas Fairbanks im ported Lelolr. the celebrated French artist and authority on the history and customs of the seventeenth century, to Hollywood m technical adviser for the Fairbanks' produc tion. The Iroa Mask," tow cur rent at the Carthay Circle Theater . . the Httlfl Frenchman was up against a problem that was a prob lem 1 From the actresses of Holly wood he must find one to portray the Queen Mother of history , , . Arme of Austria, Now Anne was not of the proportions popular to Hollywood at the present writing. Lelolr was eon-fronted by boyish silhouettes and Ert beauties. The curves so dear to the fair ladies of the court of Louis XIV proved to be as scarce (Continoed on Page 28, Colama S) "MARY DUGAN" BRILLIANT HIT Norma Sparer Entries ct Compelling Actress - Raymond llachett Others Prahed for Work 'Christina Charming Lacking Story But I- TEE "Strange Interlude" influence has already invaded pictures. A short t 1 MA :ii f ;.. .nh . .a ... . 4..." " w a 1 A w . -w rvv XK" W iflW - M ' ' ' LOLA LANE BOOSTED TO STARDOM Work in 'Speakeasy Gives New York Actrkss Chance on Fox Lot There's another new star in the Fox movietone firmament, Lola Lane, because of her work Ln "Speakeasy,", current attraction at the Criterion Theater, has been as signed an important role in "Fox's Movietone Follies" now unacr pro ductlon at Fox Hills. And a starring vehicle is now being prepared lor Miss Lane. Most successful actresses are wont to declare that their childhood an tlclpatlona never embraced a stage career, but Lola Lane is an excep tion. She ana Der sister were intended for the stage almost from birth bv their mother. One eventful night the two gins appeared on a benefit concert bill in Des Moines. Iowa, and Gus Ed wards, who had contributed his act to the entertainment, saw ana heard them. A wees laier inese iwo untnowu clrls were members of the "Green Rich Villaee Follies" at the Bhu- bert Theater, New York. Before the end of a month Lola was sink ing the primi donna role in the show, while her sister was playing the femirtoe lead. After a successful road tour, the girls r'.curned to New York; Lola, to accent a contract as a vaudeville headliner, and Leota to continue her- voice studies. Lola subsequent' lv tDDeared to a Broadway mu sical Dlav and was again "dlscov. ered, this time for the screen, by Benjamin.- ' I EAST MAY BE SURPRISED Xfeimc March Believes America Will Need "Universal Language" for Talking Picture rf. i . - ' BY PHILIP K. SCHECEB ' i - ' ."And then there is the matter .of enunciation," said Frederic March. !-Sefare we get around to an Esperanto, a universal language for the r --world, we shall need one for America." Clara Bow's leading man to The '.'Wild Party," current at the Paramount Theater, though new to the 'screen is old to the stage, and his views on this question therefore are ! authoritative. envious reputation here last sea- . i'i.n,n. j.-,t,,,. 4- v.- wrr'non at th Belasco Theater, where , vu-ww.-w C I. , . J .,4U ; and no little humor the "John Bar- jolfcd," he continued, I was fMrym0r8'. of tne nouse of Cavendh. , " : In Los Angeles and Hollywood r.n tMi-fx . mraMarr, vmfti .Tnhnnw Murk Brown, heir lover, and Louise Beavers as a darky mammy are at the unitea Artists i neater; wiuic vwiuiw " fvRr "" k'vom-w Red Shadow and Johnny K. Arthur and Louise Fezenda are two coc ctacters to OSg Romberg operetta, the sound film version of which will have a premiere at Warned Brothers Iteater tomorrow nigh ' - -: SIGNBOARD GIVES THRILL Billing, "Coquette"' al United A rthts, Symbolizes Success for Johnny Mack Brown Not often does anything so commonplace as street signboard fpe3 inspiration and achievement Yet, to Johnny Mack Brown one Uga-board symbolizes everything he wans to the world right now. "Mary Pickford in 'Coquette,' United Artists Theater," it reads. Gee, Just to have been in thatfson he wm tivtn .WFfr . hTMOiMl Johnnv hyn- of supporting Miss Pickford I to her STIRRING RIFF SONGS RING FROM SCREEN Opening of Sound Film of "Desert Song" Comes Tomorrow; Carlolla King in Vivid Role of Margot, Sweetheart of Red Shadow BY MARQUIS BUSBY Oarlotta King was packing her trunks to return to New York when thi call cams from Warner Brothers to make a test for the role of Margot in The Desert Song." "I had never been on the screen before." she said, "but strangely enough I never felt surer of myself than the day I made the test. When I got the role I kept myself in marvelous condition all through re hearsals, and then the first day of filming I contracted a dreadful cow. mere was one cay mas i comau Toledo, and attended scnoois auAna, or course, a granu pian. ' rttcrences when geography is in- . r: ?e asionisncu w. jo i-.io.iu , a nl, rn;,rsa. was "The Roval dui btcft west-epers, before the micro-jjg -' hawkeyed scouts- of hap ;,rcns. mt tnej i ieru.it. jthe Kollvwood cinema did not wait! siid never pause long enougn 10 trcrvlcn their a's. Kew ork ana 2 ths Easf, will" be, I Imagine, more Ctt4 a little taken aback at hear- . tr? and Errand will need en for March to reach Los Angeles be fore they spotted him. In San Francisco, where the piece sojourned before moving southward, he was already a marked man, and when iKr?rpretercf Jtem Arrlcanese. t e 8rrIved here he was promptly the Paramo'jnt , -kuui unaiterHjii. h . mu Upirited away to the P:e.rtpretnts the antl thesis of the Kfudio ta Hollywood. 5 sterner, out i unoersiano sne -Take o3 your coat, you're going ,-.trrn enormous;y successiul every- to work fai3 Pa-amouct. and r vhere. to it may be that we arsi j!arca 6rinigee!i and wert is to "The lon the-ray " l-SR- a' iiiummv:' an aU-talklng comedy. cf vowels end coraenrnts, at l'ia' " " CKE OF CAVEXBISEES 3rrh, who Is, one notes in pa? it'? the husiand o Jl-Trence Ei--iri ;'J, popular actxess, acaisved an he Wild Party" followed. Meanwhile a hppy married life, commenoed about two years before, was rapidly fceing broken u? into (Coniinnftd on Page tl. Column 6) sing at all. These talking pictures are pretty exacting for a singer. There was a whole month that I didn't even have time to practice a simple little 'mi-ml-mi.' Z was at the studio at 7:30 to the morning,' and got home at about the same hour to the evening, too tired to do anything but tumble to bed. It isn't so very easy to sing early in the morning. FIRM FATALIST "I'm a firm fatalist. ' I never dreamed that I would have Margot's role. The things that I long for and plan for seldom come about. the mo?t unexpected tnings yen to me." The opening night of The Insert Song," at Warner Brothers' Thea ter tomorrow night, she considers to be the most important first night cf her life. Bhe is scared to death. and says laughingly that she may wear an old ait&t end smoked glasses. Cerlotta gave up a role In a Dil- lirssiiara enow in New York to re turn to Los AdcpIfs J r t year. Her lovely home in Laughlia Park, leased to a prominent fiitn director, was rot receiving very good care, to put It mildly. She thought the affair needfd a little personal attention. Aithcuga Culctta za fccra In over the country, she was graduated from Hollywood High School, she attended Neely Dickson's school of the theater here, and has ap-npared locally to "Loyalties," "AH for You." production of "Julius Caesar" in the Hollywood Bowl, and in the Shakespearean Festivals with Frederics wares. ir.en mere have been numerous concert engagements. MUSIC HER LIFE Music has 'always played an im portant part la her life. Her mother was a concert pianiste, and her father also a musician. As a child sha went to sleep to music, and was awakened by music. Before she was j 4 years of age she sang before 4C00 people. When she was 13 her voice was nearly gone from singing s much. There were several years that she did not sing. She took up the study of the theater, not because she expwted to go on the stase, b':t became she loved to study, fihe had determined to en ter the concert Arid. She is marrl?d to Sydney Russell, tail and gooa-locking, a composer of music, and a poet with teveraJ vclr.rr'j of verse vhlch have ta published. Their heme Is unlike the ususl Hollywood home. There is a comfortable big living room, wsHs Heed viU esoiiisi axchissi naturally more than a mere effec tive piece of furniture in tws es tablishment. A BLOND NOW Because John Boles, the Red Shadow of The Desert Song." is so dark. Carlotta sacrificed her own dark hair end became a blond. In acnearance she is not unlike Betty Compson, particularly since Betty, too, has become a oioxia. There are several offers pending now. 6he dees not want to give no the stase. and she does not care to appear to film roles for which she is not suited. She is not inter ested to the usual program picture. ha likes to sir,Z, At times she has been amusea cy the studios. Recently she was en eased for specialty songs to a film of backstage life. In addition to that she was asked to double to slnsina voice for a well-known fern toine star who was supposed to give the theme song. No. she didn't do it. HONOa FOR MRS S LAID EN Honoring Mrs. William Waller Ctevceo, president of the Los Angeles District California Federation cf Women's Ciu. Mrs. Lcibnd Athertcti Irish m-1 be hastens for Lns Angeles cli.b women at a theater party at . El Capitan Theater in Hollywood d'zrjfcg CXiSi fll Amri was enough," breathed Johnny hyp notized into a dead stop, The opening was then twenty-four eternal hours off, with Johnny already so excited he could hardly talk. "But It's bound to be success," he waxed enthusiastic. "It opened a few days ego to Detroit and the notices were wonderful. -They'd have to be because Mary la so wonderful. You know, it required a lot of courage, for hex to change her screen personality eo completely, almost like starting on a new career. She is entirely different, her bobbed hair even makes her look taller and her voice is Just beautiful." To believe Johnny's modest statements one would gather be is aim- nlv a cart of the baefczrouna, in stead of Miss Pickford' leading man. He plays the boy rrora uie mountains with whom Mary, daugh ter of southern aristocracy, falls tragically to love. "I guess im a diamond to the rough," his southern accent explained. "If the biggest thing rve ever naa my ursi kukjb and the chance to work with Miss Pickford." According to Johnny, the screen version of "Coquette" follows pretty rirlv ths crisrinal staee success, ui course, the scope has been enlarged t.n uit nicture nurooses. but with the exception ci a cnange in uw pndlne. the nlot remelns practically the same. Notwithstanding this change, the ending is still an un happy one, for jonnny nas w on killed to furnish the drama. The second time that has happened re rpntKv in a "Woman of Affairs' with Greta Garoo. Mr.. J. Mack Brown again disappeared Epectaeu larlv to the middle of the plot. Ha doesnt eeera to mind these un timely demises, however. "At first a lot of people thought an unnappy end would not prove popular. But It couldn't be changed without spoil. tog the strength of tne story. More than not minding his sud. dm deaths for art's sake, It is sus pected he really enjoys them. Such an aranice mism ne dscwt unorr- strwid from the admission that he hss a verv serious nature and pre. fers a good tragedy to a ccmeay nr,v time. This from a star of the aH-Amer Iran football team of 3 is some what amazing. Still his overnight change from gay collegiate to prom inent movie hero would furnish rea Moueh. "It was sort of i shfvit trt eo from kiefcina a foot ball er-nr.d to wielding a powder ni:fT. Bat new I dotit know ar.y 'busiress more iaterefing than nrsv.rs rietiires. I sure have a lt to 5?arn about them, though. M'.yb you th:-k I didn't have to work en Caj'.iette.' I didn't know r:ih:n; about hew to tiy Uses or u&e ra voice till Sam Taylor, our director. ho ed me." Johnnv voice and accent are one cf his chief charms and a good rea- big adventure. But this voice wouia much rather be used on the merits of the Barrymore brothers, tne uax hrt .Tsrir oilbert. Mary, anyone ex- cent Mr. John Mack Brown, who after ail tne neaa ciau wmu interview. Cowan Writes Song About Ga-GaBird Have You., Heard About the Ga-Ga Bird?" Anyone too hasnt la scheduled to hear about it soon. for It is the Hue 01 a new ecus written by Lynn Cowan, master of ceremonies et the Fox Boulevard Theater, and Paul Titeworth, pian ist In the Boulevard orchestra. Tim "Ga-Ga Eira is cuite me newest thing in "pets," and many of Los Angeles' most famous actors nd mm stars are aacpung mo fnMernistie creature as mascots. Jeanne Mitchell createa tne new bird, which is a long-leggeo: erea- t.nT nf aonhistlcated manner, wears snappy patent-leather shoes, and ta hpf eckea in eoionui piumasa v felt. BY KOUBKRT VCZS. VZ77 YC-n. April i-Cl tl V. new pictures that have recently cs- ; reeled before Crst-r.l5hta.TS. Tl-fl Trial of Mary Dugan" U essiiy tVe most exciting and seems dest'ned t- remain on Broadway long. Tt.is Is. j ail the mors sursrisxg in v:ev 01 t its lengthy run on the stare and tie consequent familiarity of almost f everyone witn it. bus can l? s attributed to the Inherent stardiness ! end shrewdness of the melodranra ; as well as the brilliant acting now - i on view at the Embassy Theater. 1 For Norma Shearer the picture is a vindication and a triumph, the former because it - validates her t claim to stardom in the minds of p some of us for the first time, and ! the latter because in her first talk- I tag picture she skillfully combine f the technique of both stage sd 1 screen and emerges as a definitely compelling actress of greater individuality than she ever revealed to silent pictures. - s Miss Shearer's voice is an e- tremely natural rather than an elo- cutionarv one, yet it is as expre?- j- sive a if it had been cultivated to the last degree. From now- on she must be recognized as a leader cn the audible screen, whose pictures wiU be awaited with keenest Inter est. Likewise Raymond Hacsett na j scored in a performance that is t identical with its stage original ana he is considered the only recruit from Broadway who la qualified to remain to talking pictures as a ju- venile leading man of distinct p tenUalities. .: f ALL IN FLYING COLORS ' It eoes without saying, cf course, i that such veterans as H. B. Wam?r end Lewis Stone have also com ; through with with, Eying coicra, each contributing a notable performance such as they , alone could give. Lilyan Tashman, heard tor the first time, maca an odvious cic s on the first night to a role that is, I of course, actor-proof, - In spite of tills, however, it . denvnstrau s e? pronounced value in other roles because her voice and the use slii makes of ft is ta perfect accord j with her personality as we 5 come toicnow it to silent films. Cf 1 the others Adrtenne d'Ambricourt hi s received the strongest individual mention to the reviews, though thit must not be tefcen to mean thHt tus unmentloned players are lest than extremely effective. Each ow . csn point to ."Mary Dugan" es a . fall-page advertisement 01 ms wors. s "Wild Orchids," at the - Capitol ; has been received with serious .t- 1 tentlpn by the reviewers, though the majority do cot give it the bifih j indorsement accorded It by the pub-lio, whose reception undoubtaT will cause the picture to be he'd ; over. It is criticised on the eco2 of slowness, excessive length and 1 lack of development of Its climax. To one reviewer, at least, none Tf I these faults apparent. , r NEVES MORS GLAMOEOUS I If the ara cresent wholif cr hi pari they are overwhelmed by . toe magnificently exotic backgroasdi 1 and the supero actmg 01 ureia w-r- , bo. 1 Never have her subtlety -end w.nfim cf oastomlme been more f cleariy evidenced, never has she tn seen in a more credible and eymr.a- thetio role, nor has she ever -n-peared more glamorous. The pw- p ture a a uiumpn tor fris ji which one feels the public wilt ratify. At the same time it can- p not but vastly increase the stand- t tog of Nils Asther, wnose popui- 1 ity grows with that class 01 piciure- goers prone to wouze its neroca, ; Lewis stone again demonstrates his f extreme skill. .-- ' - ' The promise CI r.?snr.g k, , Bow speak packed the RialtoThea- s ter for the first showing cf The t Wild Party" last Saturday menu:! at 9:45 and the theater has new j been less crowded since except afwr j the midnight enow wnen ins gj',- s 1 have been locked. In view of pub'.: a I interest it is unfortunate that Mij , Bow's debut in the new nec.ui 1 could not have been acccmpll-.?l , fa a more intelligent and creC- picture. No fault is found with ter abiUty to speak lines, if not expert- ' then at least auaic-iy ana v.i o ; semblance cf eauclness. But the lines given her are iauorea eona to achieve a smart crack at all cosu, and the picture itself is much too slow for the dynamic Clara to rt. to her best work. However, it considered good box-office and tha after all, is the sine jua non cln attraction cf this kind. GIRLS SELF-CONSCIOtS 1 Ftederio March is thourhi is have ecqultted himself cceireq:.', (Continued en Fage 28, Colama ") WILLIAM IS SO FORGETFUL This Haines Lad Cannot Even Remember Ncme'cf Leading Lady in "The Duke Steps Out BY ALMA WKITAKXR ' Twenty-nine years cf age. 6 feet t inch talL husky and good-lo-," s. if vou like the type, William Hatoe appears as tha eoUegift P-- fighter in The Duke Steps Out" at Loew's State Una week. Quito a Uoa ln his way, vniUam.y. t iraanlw .It $&a . Ar,,Tr I ford. So Joan is suoJier We visited his new den a drowsy little old cottage Just acquired outside the gate at M.-G.-M. William is understood to be a reluctant host on such occasions. I really dislike publicity. An actor' work should be his best advertisement." he sighed. We comforted him as best we could with the . Information that both he and the interviewer were pawns in the game, and that the ensuing publicity was strictiv for the benefit cf the theater and the studio. But thjs, cf course. Gene Tuncey is said to feel that way about it acd The Duke Steps Out" was sort nf inspired by Tun- Rey.-so ,t ..--m was 'Keeping us : chsracter. V.-!.o." we asked chattily, "is your leading lady?" net havir.g seen the picture at that time. Fr, let me see. Who ws she now? I haven't seen it rjv'.t yet." Whcrfunon he pondered Ieeoly, then tiWC-ed - up . . "Oli. a pawn. , ALL LST-AlEai William has been la r f -en years now ... "I c r. : . the smart-a'..'Ci rc'-s tt cn 1 he told us, "nut I s?rr;-9 -more now. Mv f-t real To.e "3 straight cne to 'M.rcry Lane a- no one paid any atfVJrn t? r 2. The picture beti.re 'The Dvfl v j another stra.cht, rcle. in wr c-I considered I F"e ry bes- r :lx..' ance ... 'A Mi l.'r.t ... . but I cr.flerftand it i"i t t'x Brown cf I'ma-d' w:i r.v b-ig Sucre?.- 'f-'-1 nrn ef t.- r - -f-3tball; wn- i -hem'it ' t " Hew I play (.-.tire i v-" '' 5zv'."i ard j - tloi; . . . "rry r-' - - Our W:! ginia fasn sisiers . er Jtist bt C J 5 11 J

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