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II Music Talk by Walter Noteworthy BY ISABEL MORSE JOXEfi Bruno Walter gave the last of Beery Stars in Wyoming' Film Today "Wyoming," outdoor film stai ring Wallace Beery, opens today JIIIKim F I D L E R IN HOLLYWOOD PAGE 10 WEDNESDAY, Brian Donlevy Likely to Star inDance Hall' rr j K, X I I By Edwin Schallert It's in the air that Brian Donlevy will be appearing in the picture "Dance Hall" at 20th Century Fox. He's always wanted to undertake it since he was under contract to Fox a few years ago, because the character is rugged and two-fisted. Studio and he couldn't get together at that time, but now it's said the organization is very warm indeed for the idea. It looks, therefor, as if Donlevy will do the picture following "The American Vagabond," which is the life of 0. Henry. In this Donlevy is to portray Al Jennings. "Dance Hall" was once designed for Spencer Tracy, it seems, but "The Great McGinty" helped to put Donlevy in line for the engagement. Luhitsch Picks Olive Blakeney for New Film Olive Blakeney, who used to be a vaudeville partner of William Gaxton, but who has spent most of her recent years in England on the stage, will be the unusual feminine personality chosen for the second lead in "That Uncertain Feeling," Ernst Lubitsch production, under the Sol Lesser aegis. She was born in Kentucky, helped introduce "Broadway," the footlight production, to the British showgoers. Her work is compared with that of Helen Broderick. She's married to Bernard Nedell, the actor and producer. Miss Blakeney. appeared in "On Your Toes" and "The Gay Divorce," with Fred Astaire, among other music show presentations, She'll be in the cast of the Lubitsch film which starts Nov. 4 with Merle Oberon, Melvyn Douglas and Burgess Meredith. Stellar Cast Set for 'Bad Men of Missouri' Riproaring melodrama is assured In "Bad Men of Missouri," which is to reveal, wholesale fashion, killers and bandits. A he-man cast of the first water is being assembled at Warners. iWith Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield chosen, there are further additions, including George Brent and Alan Hale, Avhile Brenda Marshall, "The Sea Hawk" heroine, wilkfiegdiug woman. ,j, The whole enterprise promises excitement, particularly as Raout Walsh, who was responsible for "High Sierra" and previously the Republic film "The Dark Command," will direct. He was chosen because of "High Sierra." The . picture will start shooting mid-December. Allen Rivkin is screen, adapting the original by Robert Buckner. 'Life of Chauncey Olcott' May Be Filmed Talked up right now is "The Life of Chauncey Olcott," which has' long been a dream of the singing actor Phil Regan, who during the past year has been making personal appearances and doing radio work in the East. R.K.O. is reported negotiating for the subject, written by Mrs. Olcott, with the rights owned by Regan. Streamlined Impressions of News Charlotte Greenwood and Milton Berle, who'll radiate a new presence because of plastic surgery, will be teamed in "Tall, Dark and Handsome" at 20th Century-Fox. Berle has signed a term contract at the studio. Fred Kohlmar is producing the film. James Ellison has been picked for the leading part in "How to Meet a Man" by Gene Towne and Graham Baker. The picture will have to wait until he finishes assignments in "Play Girl" with Kay Francis and "They Met in Argentina." "The Bucharest Ballerina Murder," thriller novel written by F. Van Wyck Mason, to be published' Nov. 1, has been purchased by 20th Century-Fox. "Stars on the Seas" was his last book. The same studio has also secured "Swamp Water" by Dereen Bell, which will issue forth soon in a national magazine. Pickup Shots Along Cinema Way Natalie Conlon, daughter of Paul Hubert (Scoop) Conlon, the publicist, has joined the Col. W. De Basil original Ballet Russe. Company left last night for Minneapolis and Chicago engagements and will start a three-month season in New York Nov. 6. Miss Conlon, who studied the dance in Europe, ap-' peared here with the Nijinska production at the Hollywood Bowl. Ralph Spehce has joined the Fox writing staff for a one-picture assignment, wdrking with Producer Milton Sperling; which means he'll probablj- be interested in the musical, "Coast to Coast," starring Jane Withers. Victor McLaglen is national president of the "Friends of Britain" organization, elected at Seattle. Aim is to aid in construction of warplanes for the English. Charles Quigley will have a leading part in "Saint in Palm Springs" His option was taken up by R.K.O. Julius Evans, talent scout and test director at the same studio, has tendered his resignation effective next Saturday, and will shortly announce his connection with another major studio. He was formerly executive assistant to Harry Cohn at Columbia.: DARING ROMANCE irl who lovtd it nil loo many man! turn p:!t'iy till I'lll) OONAlToUCK CONALD'.S I VACATION UPROARIOUS COMPANION HIT lUPEVELEZlEONERROL- 'MEXTCAS SPITFIRE OUT WEST rr L IIJJ J i thxsssi OCTOBER 23. 1940 PART II Olive Blakeney in Lead Warners Assign He-men : Regan May Play Olcott Greenwood Berle to Duo Ellison Slate Crowded Sill IE! UHati StKitH mm Boaif MKtTtM IAM0UR PRESTON FOSTER Dn Nntafi Pnrameunt Picture raarf nam w.. i Kin M . m - I B 1 B I . iViiIiii TiTil ill i if?!! , ( i 4" OPERA STAR Suzanne Sten will make her Los Angeles grand opera debut in "The Masked Ball," at Shrine Auditorium the night of Nov. 4. She also will appear in "Rosenkavalier" Nov. 9. Frank Morgan Creates xHullabaloo' on Screen HuiMbaioo." MMro-Goidwrn-MTir.) land, sensational colored tenor, Previewed at Alexander Theater. Glen-' ... . ,, , ... dale. Cast: Frank Morgan. Virginia Grey. Dan Dailey Jr., Blllie Burke, Nydia West - man, Ann Morrixa. Donald Meek, Kee-Inald Owen. Charles Holland. Leni Lynn. Virginia O'Brien. Curt Bois. Sara Haden. Haaen. Larry Nunn. Barnett Parker. George Barnett Parker Lessey. Cy Kendall and Connie Gilchrist, j Producer: Louia K Sidney. Director:! Edwin L. Marin. Writer; Nat ferrin Frank Morgan, who has been un a inau mcy itiaue unit uwc rinivinntrt i mtiira T hnrnilfTn IV It's "Hullabaloo," in which the genial Mr. Morgan effervesces like a triple dose of that well known and much advertised al kaline with the tongue-twisting! ingredients Morgan plays an ex-vaudevil-lian with an imaginative mind, who has a great radio idea to play all the parts in an air drama. He crashes the ether medium lady, who later turns out to be nis ciaugnter oy ms nrst wife (ne has had three,) and his produc tion throws the city's populace j into a panic. Shades of that Or son Welles broadcast! KX-W1VKS ARRIVE After Perkins' Pills, his sponsor, kicks him out, his woes are further increased by the appear ance of his three ex-wives whoi demand back alimony of 14, 10 and 5 years, respectively. They each have an oftispring in tow. Papa Morgan is in a pickle, but through the machinations of his oldest daughter, her boy friend, and various other parties, he becomes a hit on the radio and troubles vanish. The way he does it is to pretend that Clark Gable, Spencer Tracy, Mickey Rooney, lledy Lamarr and Claudette Colbert are going to appear on his broadcast, then imitates their voices himself. Through artful dubbing of the stars voices (thevre all M.-u.-M. co-workers, you know,) the il lusion is perfect. He even does a complete scene from "Boom Town." STRONG SUPPORT Some artful entertainers sup port Morgan, including Virginia O'Brien, who originated the "dead-pan" type of singing in "Meet the People;" Charles Hoi ...all the fire and furv of the Bit? Town m i m . a i; 1 in a n a ffcail ifi 'tu'mtritijoiis stow!' Hi . i mm, i j H.STILLL.A.'.'V SHOW ri. VALUE! Hut hiw comrAMiom hatuii Loretta YOUNG Melvyn DOUGLAS HE STAYED BREAKFAST ami ft I 'NOBODY'S SWEETHEAHrf I 7W rmiri comstmc Boone 1. , ii in f i ) ) W . WHO IS wen Kliuwn un me An, jr T ynn warhliner VOUnffSter. and such tried and true troupers i i-:ii; r,,..i. vr..,i; w,nm Millie dui ic, .. uia c.v.iiian, Dona(i Meek, Reginald Owen, J, . Tr i j r f'nrt Tlnic Sam TfnHon anH Rarn.: ,,, tn 4, T A t , . t x?., I ' "Hullabaloo" is definitely Morgan's picture, however. It is not a big-budget affair but should P pleasing to the general iences. Edwin L. Mar in directed. JOHN' L. SCOTT. TECHNICIANS J ft j J OLLv U FILM RIDDLES Hollywood technicians jre viewing Alexander KordaV J Technicolor production, "The; r ' Thief of Bagdad," at the Carthayl ltAVKIj Bt:sT Circle Theater in an effort to1. The Chopin group of the famil- , .u ,. - , . 'ar Nocturne, Op. 27, Valse, Op. solve the miracle scenes shown j64 and Ballade, Op. 23, was well on the screen in the Arabian ; started, sagged because of inade-Nights adventure, an audience! QUate technical clarity in the sec-survey disclosed yesterday. jond number and was redeemed The cinema "wonders" "which Dv a better rendition of the Bal-bring magic to the screen are la(Je at the end. Chopin is not the creations of Vincent KordaJ Haraszthy's true field. He played who designed the film in color. ,he Ravel "Ondine" much better. "Never have we had such a The mood of Ravel is natural to flow of studio technicians to a!nim- IIe na tnf temperament picture at one time," theater at- tacnes saia. Koraa s innovations, on the screen for the first time, are attracting experts whose profession embodies the creation of special effects for movieland." The aerial devices which result in such fantasies from the adventure . story as the flying carpet, the winged horse and the giant genie are new to the motion-picture industry. ACTION ROARS FROM THE SCREEN! vfls ' jk- f ? y "Quel JM r"'wr b1 Htso LEW AYRES LIONEL BARRYMORE i;a Dr. KIIDARE GOf S HOhW :,,,re LARAINE DAY HINDS LOCKHART PERDLETOtf DUNN 0OVtn' W Dit.bj HAROLDS BUCOUrr.SciPl.TbrHnTllki..WllluGJWtk fr.r r':.. a series or inree enormousiv vai- uable lectures on music at S.C. last night. A large group of intent listeners gathered around his piano in Bowen Hall. A few blocks away the Allan Hancock Auditorium was filled for the piano recital of Jan Haraszthy. Preceding the anaiysis of Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony, Bruno Walter answered questions sent in by an earnest young man who wants to be a conductor. He was answered out of the rich life experience of this revered philosopher-musician. MUCH DISCUSSION There was the discussion of memorizing scores or not, of using a baton or dispensing with it and of the essential requirements for being a conductor. Bruno Walter evidently believes with the great Russian stage director, Stanislavsky, that any expression must be two-thirds inner light and one-third outer, or, as he terms it, the material action is a small part of the resulting music. He uses a baton because only with the delicate and sensitive point of the stick does he arrive at that exact precision of beat that is all-desirable. Having been blessed with a good memory and short sight, he does not often use a score but he declares interpretation is not influenced one way or the other. No conductor can possibly conduct a score well until he knows it so thoroughly that he is identified with it and has become one with the intention of the composer. Whether he uses the score for performance or not is a matter of little importance. OTHER TOPICS As the essentials of conducting, he spoke of absolute pitch, a joy in making music that trancends all others and colors and en- I livens one's existence so that I life without it is insupportable Well Presented Young Jan Haraszthy played notable Liszt and Schumann 'for the first half of this concert list and three Chopin numbers well contrasted with a finale of Ravel's "Ondine," Scriabine's "Two Preludes" and Debussy's "Fireworks." He has tone that is enjoyable, sensitive musical feeling and a gift for painting in pastels. The Liszt Variations on a Theme by Bach and Schumann "Carnival" preceded the intermission and sent his appreciative audience i w prumeiiaue in uie comion ?hI? lobby. of !his chainS new hull riraiwincr Virvi Ior tne fagrant henabine also There is an affinity between the pianist and these two that I do not feel exists now in his playing of Debussy. T O D AY ! vk i MJ liHLLnuL mith A fl DDI I I A ANN LEE JOSEPH LEO UAIllll LLU RUTHERFORD BOWMAN CAE.LEIA WATSON PAUL KELLY MARJORIE MAIN Scrtin Hi ky Jack Jm nd Nif liitl.r . Dlrtctad by RICHARD THORPE Produced ky MILTON IREN A MITRO-OOLDWTN.MAYIR PICTUDI ' Bill Powell, far from being a "thin man," is trying to reduce ior nis next film . . . Today s the day Helen Mack and Radio Producer Tom McAvity say their j "I do's" at Santa Barbara. They'll: honeymoon at Del Monte. Joan (Mrs. Brian Aherne) Fontaine is saying she's quit pictures for good because she could never top her "Rebecca" performance . . . Rene de Marco, the dance star, is slated for the "best dressed woman on the American stage" title . . . Ha! Elsa Maxwell, who made such beautiful Hollywood speeches for one Presidential candidate, is now campaigning back east for the other. Is there lack of harmony in the John Garfield menage? . . . The old rumor is reborn that ex-Postmaster Jim Farley is inked for a big movie post . . . Clifford Odets has snared Fay Wray's finger and promise with a star-sapphire sooo big . . . Liberty, the mag, has invited Marlene Dietrich to author an article on legs . . . Milton Berle has suggested to Joyce Matthews, the stage eyeful, that she become Mrs. B. Why did Jeffrey Lynn knock Kay Stewart's bridal bouquet from Fiancee Dana Dale's hands as she was about to catch it? According to superstition, the catcher would be next wed but did Jeffrey's act mean he isn't serious about marrying the gal? . . . That sable coat, worth 520,000, that Kay Francis wears in "Play Girl" is a $100-a-day rental . . . Martha Rave and Dorothy Lamour, who poison-talked each other in Hollywood, buried the hatchet in New York last week. LAUGH OF THE WEEK: Stu Erwin tells the silly about the race-track fan who got odds of 1,000.000 to one on a bangtail which had finished last, miles back, in 50 consecutive races. But on this particular day, the horse leading the race stumbled, fell, and piled up all the other nags in the race all, that is, except the terrific longshot which plodded home a winner. "Just my luck," moaned the gambler as he collected his $2,000,000 winnings, "the first time the old crowbait ever won, and me with only two bucks on him!" Preview Nights Pic of the week: Paramount's "Arise My Love," which is zesty comedy-drama if censors don't chew it up. Ray Milland "arises" to top other performances . . . "The Great Dictator" is causing more pro and con arguments than the Presidential election, with this reviewer frankly con. Charlie should stick to laughs and leave crusading to them as know how . . . Monogram's "The Ape," tailored to suit chiller fans, makes a monkey out of logic but has high enough shudder content to please . . . Warning to producers: You're overstepping the line in reebnt bids! for Legion of Decency slaps. Quotes and Comment Local gossip writer: "What an AWFUL experience for poor Sheila Barrett! On tour a few weeks ago, her pianist dropped dead five minutes before curtain time!" Hmmm. Sorta tough on Ml SMWIK hot Ml III t. ltc. M hM 11 mi tv w. mi kw SI M m J nnr 1 i ram T - .1 the pianist, too . . . Brenda Marshall: "A eirl should develon something individual about her - self." Something like Lana Tur ner's sweaters, maybe? . . . From a fan magazine: "The biggest movie house in Japan is named The Gary Cooper Theater." Showing "silent" pictures, no! Goes Home." Other players in doubt ... Hedy Lamarr: "Some-i elude Laraine Dav, Samuel S. thing sweet that does not cost JHindSf Gene Lockhart, Nat Pen- aujwiuig is ct lime iiuie itu lot you in the morning if your hus band leaves the house before you are awake." Something sweeter is the habit of waking up before your husband has to leave. Rudy (Vagabond Lover) Val-lee and John (Ditto) Barrymore are plotting a joint act and will shop for local nite spot bookings . . . Since that S.E.P. biog of Will Rogers hit newsstands, Bob Burns has nixed two offers from producers who want to screen it . . . Rosemary De Camp, Jean Hersholt's leading lady on the air for three years, screen debuts in "Cheers for Miss Bishop" . . . Dick and Joan Blondell Powell are shopping for a ranch. Clark Gable received the following letter from a New Jersey girl fan the other day: "Dear Clark: You are my favorite actor. I dream about you all day and dream some more when I go to sleep at night. But I wish you would shave off your mustache, because when I see you on the screen and you are kissing a girl, I always close my eyes and pretend you're kissing me and YOUR MUSTACHE TICKLES!" Distributed by the McNaught Syndicate. Inc. 'Quiet Please Matinee Today There will be a matinee today at tne mitmore i neater wnere,fashi0ns in dancing, Al Lyons "Quiet, Please!" is setting up a ;and his music, and others. Screen record for laughs. J lrill includes "The Golden Fleec- This comedy of Hollywood byinf featuring Lew Avres and F. Hugh Herbert and Hans Kra - ly is me nrst piay anout me movie capital that- shows an accurate picture of what actually occurs on a Hollywood sound stage, it is declared. Principals are Jane Wyatt, Donald Woods, Fred Niblo. Ann Mason, Gordon Jones, Bruce MacFarland and Anthony Kem-ble Cooper. Ex-Quizmaster Margaret Tallichet, feminine lead in "Stranger on the Third Floor," was once a quizmaster in the English department at Southwestern University. SCVCEtt t q'Nj, 1 SCREEN j h "HI .r.c,t I "THE - mHlA rttfAA feil"? 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NEW SM1CHCS! tTr a inf Bnciviv Of nauvo HiirirBn uin pvmrr in A, i T I 1 '" The WPA Southera California Muiie Prnln I altllffhl Ftrat of a 8rln of SYMPM0NV CONCERTS 1 111111.11 1 an All-Amtritan prooram by the SOUTHERN CAI SiVlS O WPA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Jamei Samala. Tht 8oeiety ef Nallva rmvneeu auaifaamn m renvar na wiiprp it re m Now; "NUMERO 4, CALLE CLARINA" A Comtdy In Engliih TIMES CLASSIFIED ADS FOR RESULTS iat Loews Mate and waumana Chinese theaters. Sharing the program is the newest of the Lew Ayres-Lionel Barrymore series, "Dr. Kildara dleton and Emma Dunn. Filmed in the locale of Jackson Hole, "Wyoming" has Beery once again in the rugged type of characterization for which he is famous. In the cast are Leo Car-rillo, Ann Rutherford, Lee Bowman, Paul Kelly, Joseph Calleia Marjorie Main and Bobs Watson. The film deals with the experiences of an Indian scout, played by Beery, who is instrumental in. breaking up a gang of cattle and. property thieves. Richard Thorpe directed. AMATEURS TO TAKE PART IN VARIETY SHOW "Sing a Song With Mike" will again occupy a prominent position in the show starting today; at the Orpheum Theater. The audience-participation feature is open to everyone who" wishes to sing, dance, play a musical instrument or any other form of popular entertainment and, besides the professional engagement for the winners, provides unusual entertainment fop the rest of the theater audience. Billed on today's variety presentation are the Five Juggling Jewels, a quintet of girl jugglers; Kirk and Clavton with their jRila Johnson, and "Dr. Christian Meets the Women." RECORD CROWDS- 3 adult to ach child acclaim it rh most joyous fun carnival vr prtntdl 'ff.fl4 fl.$V. ! U'-lf JtFFfRSON i HANS MUIY IANE WYATT-DONALD WOODS MATS. FRED NI8L0 ANN MASON SAT. daCaUSO aim tax. Ban. Mat Wtd. A Sat. 55o ta SI.8S OF ENTERTAINMENT KB 2 1171 ACTS MlaMU T CllaUl i-,""iip'ii r'WSICEQU inn m m (ui ii i.jcp t ' U. It.. tl U tlUi RtW S0NCS! NEW DANCES! ? 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