The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California on October 11, 1939 · 15
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The Los Angeles Times from Los Angeles, California · 15

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Wednesday, October 11, 1939
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Judy Garland Honored at Gala Film Premiere K WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11, 1939 PAGR 13, PT. I xBahes in Arms' Turns Spotlight on Youth BY EDWIX SCHALLERT The juvenile set go on the march musically in "Babes in Arms," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer revival of the tuneful films which have languished in recent days, and they practically succeed in restoring this type of entertainment to its once-bright place in the cinema spotlight. They are responsible for a lot of fun, lusty melody, and possibly even a heart-tug or two. And certainly they give their all with the fullest zest to the proceedings. "Babes in Arms" received its gala first showing last night at Grauman's Chinese Theater. It'sions. Evidently the necessary was quite a victory all around ' film was wanting to give the pro- t n u Auction the needed dramatic em- for the younger folk, with phasls , te,Hng Ug story of the Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, 'peon's struggle for freedom. Nar-Iune Preisser, Betty Jaynes and ; ration has to cover the deficien- others heading the procession of,cies as far as possible, premiere-goers. The event was put on with the maximum of bright-lighting and exploitation. It gave an excellent start to the new feature. LIVELY PERFORMANCES "Babes in Arms" wouldn't be io much of a film for the back stage story fundamentally is trite were it not for the ant mated work of its stars, and the incidental doings. Also one must add a varied assortment of effective musical numbers. The title song, "Babes in Arms" and "Where or When," which has a pleasing quality indeed, were written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, also responsible for the stage-play original, while Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed supplied "Good Morning" and Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, tif 1 1 t it t . i n uoas country nndi nag-wav ing patriotic climax. Judy Garland and Betty v-u"" Iua Jaynes also vie in a sort of hot,tra- and operatic competition, while Tomorrow marks the opening Judy additionally characterizes I Cried for You." MICKEY AS IMPERSONATOR Decidedly novel is Mickey Rooney's caricaturing of Clark Gable and Lionel Barry more. He registers big as an impersonator of two actors who have surpris-(ick, Akim Tamiroff and Osa Mas-ingly marked mannerisms. In sen. Edward H. Griffith direct-fact, you grow suddenly aware 'ed and Virginia Van Upp wrote of how marked they really are while watching Rooney in ac tion, especially in Gables case. Rooney also provides cause of wild hilarity during his cigar- smoking adventure, Busby B e r k e le y directed "Babes in Arms" and there Is glittering emphasis, therefore, on the ensemble, especially in the finale. Jack McGowan and Kay Van Riper wrote the screen play. At times the picture is full of bombast, gags and whoop-de-do almost to the point of embarrassment, but this fortunately shows up more in the earlier scenes than the later, and is consequently somewhat forgotten about. HOKUM PLENTIFUL The attitude of parents toward children and vice versa is on the phonv side and in fact the whole production is rather a revel of hokum. But because performing and direction manage by constant action and interest to overcome these things you are not so wholly aware of them, except on second uiouuiu. wueiciui "Babes in Arms" will go far in diverting its audiences. Mickey not only does impersonations and comedies in his usual broad style, but he also pings after a fashion and steps. . Miss Garland, naturally, is a first-rate teammate, and her singing is in the style that has won her plaudits. She gives a sincere performance. Miss Preisser is particularly good as the spoiled movie starlet. Gifts'are evident in her instance. VOICES WIN PRAISE The voices of Douglas McPhail and Miss Jaynes in solo and duet prove quite an asset to this pic-' ture. They are exceptional young singers. Charles Winninger has the main character role and plays a fine scene with Henry Hull. Grace Hayes appears, while Rand Brooks, Leni Lynn. John Sheffield and Barnett Parker, who proves his buttling efficiency, are others. Arthur Freed produced the picture, which was keenly applauded. Time in the Sun Given Preview Interesting in theme and photography, "Time in the Sun,- a curiosity of the motion picture, was previewed yesterday afternoon at the Academy Review Theater. It is based on the un-j finished film, "Viva Mexico," as photographed some years ago with S. M. Eisenstein as director and contains much hitherto- imrevealed footage from the orig- inal picture, as assembled and edited under the supervision of Marie Seton, who is named as; producer. I The picture lacks consecutive j sweep and strength, though unique in its pictorial impres The whole enterprise has been artistically and sensitively dealt with in the script and narration of Miss Seton and Paul Burn- ford, and the music as written and arranged by Ponce Espino and Carlos Tarin as well as the effects. It is a worthy effort In a number of aspects. " Preview Due Tonight at Paramount Paramount Theater will have a preview showing of "Honeymoon in Bali" tonight. The current program will be shown for the last times today. It is comprised of the picture, "What A Llfe and a stage show headed . . . . . . 0f the regular engagement of "Honeymoon in Bali," which has Fred MacMurray, Madeleine Carroll and Allan Jones sharing stellar honors. Others in the cast are Carolyn Lee, Helen Broder- the screen play. On the stage Fanchon and Mar co will present "Balinese Fol- lies." This revue features Harry Owens and his Royal Hawaiian Orchestra. A spectacular Bali nese Ballet featuring Zora, and the Fanchonettes, Emmett Old-field and Eddie Ware, comedy 'acrobats, and Herman Hyde and Company, are on the program. HER FATE BECAME A BATTLE-CRT THAT RINGS AGAIN TODAT ' "Mate U--- AMOOMI IU1UM CAU THI MOT fOUAOl ! ... In toff f)Blil JOE PENNER THE DAY THE BOOKIES WEPT (itttTiaiii 01KILB euc Mrs- r- 3- 36c m f a m i i! I im 1 iwiw i pinwiniipi i mi i fiiiwiiiui iLiiwmijiiim iijiwm nniwnr rtr-rm ' n a i o"rr-i rrnTiliimr 1 1 irrrinrmi i mn ffm ir-rnn m m a. rf . i . " w 'I " ' "i lit . V ! A " . ! 'A V " - V - -:; A ,' i ' ". 7 . I- - jT h I ' ij i::!if! :':!:;'1'-i'r:t' ' t'';'j?"'.V f j-l-i'.:.;?.:;1 1 : I; iri ' ::;:;:::;.:S;.:x- 'W '::)'""' ; 'itJ 'z.i'f- l'-'i ':-; ! . J ' , ' vw-"f , ' - ;; :.;; : . , ; 1 ' 'wtv -f , . . ; . : :: If . H - 1 JUDY'S IN HALL OF FAME Judy Garland stole the show last night at Grauman's Chinese when she placed her handprints, footprints and autograph in cement in the STAGE COMEDY BY KATHERINE VON BLON Realism with a vengeance is i purveyed by Milton Gropper in "The Gag Stays In," scenarist's dream of the zany antics by radio station habitues, now being presented with zest at the Ben Bard Playhouse. The story centers about a young radio comic, a confirmed murotic and egomaniac, who accelerates his living tempo and emotional temperament until any unusual circumstance almost inevitably culminates in an explosion. A capricious and possessive leading lady and a clever wife are constantly more or less at swords points, with the poor little radio comedian as the hapless pawn. The first scene started off at an exhilarating farce tempo, but because of overelaboration soon lost its zest. The gagmen were really very funny but managed to asphyxiate the audience and scene through their never end ing hullaballoo. Ben Bard directed the piece with finesse. John Carewe, who deserves a special memory star as well as commendation for a thoughtful and cleverly accented portrayal, is the star. He elected to play the part in a subjective manner, which after all was quite right, since it is the way of all neurotics. Marcelle Eason, a precocious babe of 4, astonished jraSffiS jSfri-''. ( I u si i s: GLORIA DICKSON-' DEHNIS MORGAN MARIE WILSON t i ddv iiftt i tiua.ourn x ddami pv Dirtoltt) HIT 3 t EndsTodVTHE ANGELS WASH A pa.. CH."ir, fc. i " . l -! TONIGHT V mm iKuke of VVinaW30 W0RID-WIDE U jl A I with troops I NEWS EVENTS! I ,ond orld I V N "ANCI V " Z. j JF Senet Gomel Jf OFFERED the audience with her winsome trouping. Dawn Owen was attractive and poised, but inclined to underplay at times, making for monotony. Margaret Craw ford was excellent as the mother-in-law with the vitriolic tongue. Earl Jason hit the bull's-eye with his hilarious comedy. Mon-ta Marshall, Michael Trent, Dick St. John, Ralph Sande, Gene Sharkey, (very good as the butler) and Richard Reardon were others. 'iPORTAM CAGNEY PRISCILLA. LANE in Warner Iroi puturltation Htllingar't f rl tfry HUMPH BIT IOOART GIADYS GIOROI JIMMY IT N N ADMISSION lf tl4it a A'Orf 'Kid S'ightmgalt' -Uit dm 6PM Hollywood only d mm- .. k mt- li i if i I ' J i ii mi I JAMES IT'S A REAL SAMUEL GOLDWYN HIT! with DAVID NIVEN ANDREA LEEDS REGINALD OWEN RODtRICK CRAWFORD K AT JOHNSON Directed by Henry Hathaway ILMIIO THIU UNIIIO tlltl Companion tytaiwi hf Triy Man x, A Wttnti Brot. Picluit THEIR FACES VKid Nightingali BITTI DAVIS - The OLD whlibm boldin mmanm 'COXJSEN EOT m theater forecourt. Mickey Rooney assisted in the ceremony. The two young people share honors in "Babes in Arms," which was premiered Nugent Triple Threat Man Myron McCormick was all ready to open in "The Male Animal" at San Diego next week when he was called by a major studio to fulfill a picture commitment. Elliot Nugent, who with James Thurber wrote "The Male Animal" and Is also directing, stepped into McCormick's role. Mary Astor is to be starred in the production. 9, Fred MacMURRAY Madeleine CARROLL Allan JONES in Paramount'i TO-NITEI BEG. 5th BIG WEEK! UNCENSORED VERSION "ECSTASY" TO THE LOS ANGELES PUBLIC: This Is potltlvtly your last opportunity Io iudqt for yautzclf whethtr Fad-aral Aulhoritiat wara (uftitud in arig-inolly banning Ihia tantationol, controversial film. MJJ N. WEtTtRN CI II EH A HILL. 261 Shows: 2:15-7:15-9.15. Sat., Sun., Hoi, Cont. frem I. L ENDS TODAY 4 ICountilSIEl 1 & OBCH. IN PERSON! 1 'SCREEN VWHAT H LIFE' 1 Jackie Cooper Betty Field v: Akim TAMIROFF J VTlr Scroon and on A L'jl f30Vh STAG C iny AjO i NtlvBIIOnet following the above event. Ttmn photo br Marshall Benedict Popular Picture Holding Over Setting its mark toward be coming one of he most popular productions ever to be shown at the Four Star Theater, "Holly wood Cavalcade' will be held over for a second week. ft m um v -sWsl X)SYr Off! WORLD'S FAIR MURDER WITH 2000 WITNESSES! Th$ Mystery of the Mad Moguaa solved by Oriental wisdom SldnSy TOLER Cescr ROMERO Pauiim MOORE Sen YUNG Defies FOWIEY Jum CAU Douglas DUMER1UE Sally SIANE Oit:ted if Htrwtn FoMer Assactate Producer Edard Ktutmin ?;-'TVn5sCr i i t ilt :i r s " i, K' x : 'y'f 4-'. BY READ Hollywood's Hall of Fame last night was augmented by a little star whose name is Judy Garland. The event was the opening of "Babes in Arms" at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Plus all the usual lights and glamour, the motion-picture studio again set up seats for about 4000 people, which number did not take into account those who stood on the sidelines. JUDY FOOTPRIXTED In front of the Chinese and the 74th star to be so honored, Miss Garland, accompanied by Mickey Rooney, inscribed her name in the wet cement to leave a lasting autograph along with her hand and foot prints. Such youngsters as June Preisser, Virginia Weidler, Gene Reynolds, Bobs Watson, Bonita Granville, Terry Kilburn, Bobby Breen and Jackie Moran were standing in the foyer to witness the event. OTHER NOTABLES Names and hand and foot prints already inscribed in the lobby include those of Mary rickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Norma Talmadge, Gloria Swan- son, William S. Hart, Harold Lloyd, Pola Negri and Charlie Chaplin. Clark Gable, with his wife, Carole Lombard, Lana Turner, rnir 1 Greg Bautzer, Jeanette MacDon-aid with Gene Raymond, Virginia Weidler, May Robson, Al Jolson, Greer Garson, Jackie Cooper, Sonja Henie, Alan Curtis, Betty Jaynes, Ray Bolger, Cary Grant, Lum and Abner, Carol Ann Beery with her father Wally and Mr. and Mrs. Sol Wurtzel were among those at the opening. Guy Kibbee, Busby Berkeley, Ned Marin, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. Hal Roach, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Wein-garten, Mr. and Mrs. David Loew, Mr. and Mrs. Ernst Lubitsch, Al- : mm m II 1 U k. i iut s mrini nr m v i! MUat.l!ltliJ)Ui1t MW-:& KENDALL fred Hitchcock, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Z. Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hyman, Mr. and Mrs. Sol Lesser, Harry Cohn, Bob Young and George Murphy wera others seen in the audience. Stage, Film Show Opens The ski-dancing stars of Son-ja Henie's Ice Revue, Lou and Jay Siler will be featured on the stage and a screen revival of Charlie Chaplin In "Tillie's Punctured Romance" will be given today at the Orpheum Theater. Other stage acts will include the comedians, Medley and Du-pree; Arnie Hartman, accordion virtuoso; Baily and Marr, comedy balancers, and Evelyn Far-ney and Al Lyons. "Tillie's Punctured Romance" will be shown in its streamlined veKion with a synchronized music: score. Marie Dressier, Mabel Nor- mand, Chester Conklin, Charlie 'Murray, Ford Sterling and scores of other screen favorite3 0f yesterday appear in the film. n ' I KoVPr dhfmn to Costar on Esquire Screen "Thunder in the East," star-ring Charles Boyer and Merle Oberon, will open Friday at the Esquire Theater. Based on "The Battle," novel by Claude Farrere, the film tells in dramatic fashion the story of the Marquis Yorisaka, a Japanese naval commander, whose intense patriotism impelled him to sacrifice his beautiful wife for the glory of his country. m - -.a M V

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