Daily News from New York, New York on June 21, 1934 · 621
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60 DAILY NEWS. THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 1934 BROADWAY HE GETS DEMANDS TO LEAVE HERE THEY ARE If BUT THESE SHOVZ fry , r7 I CAME TO APPLY FOR HERE THEY UJ YES'M. THAT SHOWS THAT CHAUFFEUR INC HAVE YOU ANY ARE Jf BUT THESE SHOV1- HOW MUCH IN EF JOB ys.v, ,. REFERENCES? V ASrtZk YOU'VE HAD SIX JOBS DEMAND I 6" ' ; v; ,:..''' I h f . O I P VI. 'tV.pvnghtTlM.u- By Mi.w Svmhfate Co!. Inc.)' ' Q .. ' JVf 1 L GUSTAVE SCIIIRMER and FRANCES DEWEY backstage at "NEW FACES" N1 IB LVi Kicardo Cortex "This sinister Latin named Kranze. .. By SIDNEY SKOl.SKY. Hollywood, June 20. KICAUDO CORTEZ has played the villain so often that Ieo!U' have come to regard him as a sinister individual. He realized this and fought with Warners to allow him to play "A decent guy" in a picture, lie's not as bad as he has been painted, a his friends are eager to testify. It's just another example of the ihtlaeiicp of picture. I'hi.H dark, sinister, Latin Rieardo is really Jacob Kranze, born in Vienna on Sept. :K l'joo. lie came to thia country when he was a year old. 11a lived on the eat side of New York town, was graduated from public school, and attended DeWitt Clinton High School for one semester. There have been several conflicting yartu of how he got the name of Ilicardo t'ortej and how he got into pictures. One of the tales is that he was a doorman at the Kinlttf Theatre, that Jesse Lasky saw him and offered him a movie job. It reads so well that it ha been written as the truth. It's 1m bud, but it isn't. Ho came to Hollywood with a strange job in licjj. He didn't arrive as an actor but to deliver an actor. It was his job to rut NY.rman Kerry on a train in New York and deliver him to Erie von Stroheim at Universal for the leading role in "'.Merry-Go-Kouna. It was alter he had delivered his merchandise to von Stroheim and Irving Thalberg, then at Universal, that Thalberg noticed him about the studio and asked him if he wanted to work in pictures. The answer, of course, was yes. He went to work in a Hoot Gibson flicker, " I lie Gentleman from America. Ho played the role or the villain. This flicker is not listed in his career yarns. He played in it under the name of Jack Crane then his professional name. Before arriving: in Hollywood he had played small roles in several pictures made over at Fort Lee, but he thought it best to keep quiet itliouf tins. Me also appeared on the stage twice: nrst as a sanor m one of those big shows ut the Hippodrome; second as one of the soldiers in "Johnny Let Your Gun. He was then Jack 1 rane. After that tirt Hollywood picture, he couldn't get another job. Then one night at the Cocoanut Grove there was a dance contest. Jesse I.a.Ay, Charlie Chaplin and Pola Negri were the judges. He wa iirvred to enter. He danced with a Miss Keith, a local society girl, iinJ they won. Lasky nked him to see him at his office. He was sinned to a contract. The first step was to change his rnme. Ho was to play a I-atiu role and he must have a Latin name. Ther was a conference. Lasky' secretary. Miss Mowbarry, donated the Kicardo. Lasky chipped in with the Cortez. Shortly after, Jacob Kranze went to court and legally adopted the name. Hit is ti feet s inch tall, weighs VJQ pounds, has brown eyes, a cut ovef each eyebrow, and a split lip. The last mentioned marks were received in a prize tight. He was an amateur tighter for five fights. lie a!ao was a runner in Wall Street and he worked for a while on the New York World as a copy boy. It was Broadway and its citizen that really intrigued him. He liked the cabarets anil the performed. A friend one day took him. to Remick's music publishing shop. Ttu was his introduction to the street and its members and he's been shaking h:i(ils ever since. He became friendly and palled around with those performer he met. He became a big name and salaried picture actor. He is the only player who win ever billed above Greta Gar bo. This was in the picture, "The Toi ient,'and his salary was $;l,000 a week. Then followed a series of hard adventures which forced him to desert the screen. He was married to Alma Rubens for five and a half years. It was one hour and a half after he, was married that he learned what mm wrong with her. He sacrificed fortune and halted a career. Hut he stuck. The story of Alma Rubens and Ricardo Cortez is a book in itself. His fortune gone, out of pictures for two years, he managed to gam a comeback in a flicker called "Her Man" the story of Frankie and Johnnie. He grabbed it. His salary was $730. This may sound big and it was big u Cortez at the time, but it was a comedown from the $:$,0(M checks. He likes books written by Ben Hecht and Gene Fowler. He likes to go for auto rides and to ride horseback, he likes all dishes and any nm-nc. He resents exhibitionists, he resents people who pick their teeth, and people who talk loudly. He is now married to Christine Cniff, a non-professional. He doesn't want to come home from a tudio and hear what happened at another studio, hear the tribulations of another performer. "We've both been married before." says Cortez "We've been through the mill and we know what we don't want." He also knows what he wants. He wants people to quit believing he' a villain and for recommendations he'll refer you to Christine. i rr Edwin Franko Goldman GOLDMAN'S BAND OFFICIALLY OPENS THE HOT SEASON By D ANTON WALKER Regardless of the weather man, to a large part of New York' populace Summer just isn't Summer until that starlit nicht Jf' ' when Edwin Franko Goldman shakes out his white locks and brings down his baton on the first crashing chords of "The Star Spangled Banner" out on Central Park's green Mall. Last night Summer's sev enteenth official season began thanks to the generosity of the Guggenheim family despite the fact that the Herr Professor has had a haircut, and the band provided the usual pleasant diversion for outdoor lovers of music. The Park's ice cream cone department has plentifully supplied aforesaid lovers with something sweet for the other hand, but there were enough free mitts last night to make the welkin ring in greeting for the Professor and his white-clad music makers in a program which ranged all the way from something new by Goldman to something .old, and pretty swell, by Wagner the "Valkyrie," done without benefit of strings. There wa3 a Bach Fugue for the highbrows, and some gittykadinks (per Ed Wynn) on Del Staigers' famous cornet for thems as likes 'em. The high peak of the evening was the oft-heard "Einlandia," that stirring and inflammatory bit of musical patriotism by Finland's favorite son Sibelius. The Professor raised his voice in praise of Art, Nature and Hizzoner the Mayor, whose early departure without speech-making was caused by the necessity of sounding his A at another party, added some words of praise for the Park De partment. B Wije Bay Now f TO BEAR ADVERSITY BUT TO 8 TEMPERATE (M POSPEiTV IS TUE V MEItrMT OP WISDOM- mm nMnmiuuMUMijm Tomanem tk4&,7! If fli mm By ED SULLIVAN. Rialto Rumors The Prince of Wales has switched from Lady Furness to Mrs. La wson-Johnston, another American!! . . . Sandra Rambeau and Arnold Ostertaag almost wrecked that Parisian club, the row starting over a costly ruby and diamond necklace which Ostertaag loaned her, hoping that the Maharajah of Nepal would buy it . . . Lyle Talbot's ex, Elaine Melchoir, and Michael Spector, Morris Plan att'y, are getting serious! . . .First deal under the Capitol-Paramount pooling arrangement sets Max Baer at the Paramount for five G's, starting June 28 (Baer turned down Ralph Ilitz' offer of $7,000 for one week at Atlantic City, which sounds daffy ! !) ... The Atlantic City dog track opens June 28th. Mrt. Morgan Belmont hat two white mice for petti . . . Marion Sahi, th kid who understudied Louise Croody in "Hit the Deck," wat banged up" in an auto accident . . . Newest CBS involves Bill Hug pint and Connie Catet ... The Roxy deal for the old Roxy chilled . . . Eddie Coalding and Marjorie Mott will be Back Together Again on the Coast . . . What did Deak Aylesworth ; and Ethel Barrymore discuss in that heavy confab? . . . Ben Mar den will add Dorothy Fitzgibbons and her brother, plat Neila Coodelle to the Riviera show . . . Fred Proctor, whose split with the former Dorothy Stoket was front-paged, will parade to the altar with an English girl . . . Howard Hughes' current distraction it Josephine Adams. Estelle Tavlor Lou Holtz and Borrah Minevitch aren't talking, as the result of that big feuderoo at the Friars' . . . That's a grim coincidence: Harry Rose's mother died on Mother's Day, and his wife's dad died on Father's Day ( Mrs. Rose rushed to St. Louis for the funeral)... Papers were signed at 2 A. M. in that Saratoga Brook deal, with Max Kalick taking it over on an eight-year basis (Al Howard will run the restaurant) .. .Bert Haley, in the George Hall crew, weds Vivian Mulholland this week. ..The Georgie Price baby is due next week . . . Alan Schnapps Wilson bobs up with a theme song for Peggy Joyce: "This Little Peggy Went to Market." Lila Lee is Broadway bound to see about plavs and things . . . Claudia Dell and Eddie Silton, reported as Hollywood romancers in this column many times, were secretly wed a year ae:o at Yuma. Ariz. . . . The Reginald Denny heir, or heiress, wfll arrive in December ... Unless Isabelle Jewell changes her mind, she and Lee Tracy w ill abrogate it in Mexico next month . . . Raul Roulien and Conchita Montenegro are entranced . . . The Madge Evans-Tom Gallery heart attack is subsiding, with Madge spending plenty of time with an important studio exec . . . Eleven Hollywood writers are expecting babies, nixing the idea that it is purely a divorce town . . . Bill Holm an, Columbia exec, and his former wife, Bess Flowers, may do the Marry-Oca again . . . Jack Warner and Ann Alvarado, who arrived at the Fifty-Fifty Club together, attracted the most attention. Ben Chapman, Yankee star, and Vivian Janis, the thrush, aren't asking for waivers! . , . Josephine Hughes and Morris Legendre are making the hot spots together . . . The M.-G.-M. golf tourney on the Coast developed into some'goin's on (a recording of Tarzan's yell greeted each chump as he teed off, and even Weissmuller, not expecting it, fubbed his first shot) .. .Harold Lloyd may take to the CBS network at $7,500 a crack. . . . Tip to feature editors: Tom Mallard, the Missouri boy who is high in the councils of the Chinese gov't, is in town en route to Geneva (the Mallard plan of war, to be adopted against Japan in case of hostilities, is in the secret archives at Washington, D. C.) Lew Brown has signed the band for his show and may take Estelle Taylor ... Ruby Wright, in the Charlie Davis band, and Jack McCarel, wealthy Indiana kid, are blazing! . . . The Mark Hanna-Yralerie Ziegler blaze persists ... Bee Saxon of the warbling sisters, birthdayed yest'y . . . Sophie Tucker, Lady Oxford, Charlie Farrell and Y'irginia Y'aUi. at the Derby, were amazed at a British bloke with a SQUARE monocle!! (Sophie has bought a motorboat to go chugging on the Thames and she's named it YekcaL which is Lackey spelled backward) ... Victor Saville, British screen director, who gave Jessie Matthews screen 1and to Jessie) in Ganmont's "Evensong". . .Kidnaping, a subject taboo in England, will be the subject ot Edna Best s next London nicKer, with Leslie Banks playing opposite. (Copyrirht 1934 by Kews Syndicate Co Inc.) ? ill a ..' ...f--.vi'. I f ? , 7 Prince of Wales

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