Daily News from New York, New York on February 6, 1936 · 209
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Daily News from New York, New York · 209

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Thursday, February 6, 1936
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44 DAILY NEWS, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 1936 Hail Charlie Chaplin In New Film at Rivoli r- . WwU l J rV i Y ' . i -t-i& l:;".?? fV VJ1" ( harlr Chaplin and I'aulette Goddard are shown in a scene from ''.Modern Time," which had its premiere at the Rivoli Theatre last night. By KATE CAMERON'. ""Modern Times." written, produced and directed by Charles Chaplin a ij presented at the Rivoli Theatre. the rwrr 4 A t'f- t'rtnirvlnr Htr? IVrenKill 11 ton Mn (V4r.ta .imtfutti t ,-nm A M l nt t"S.nl-T Th- Bttrl ,ri Hjrtk Mum 1'harlie Chaplin has a secret talent which he has been hiding under bushel of silent films all these years. Not only Li he the first pantominiist of the screen he still puts over his comedy without speaking a word in his latest star-Tins; picture. "Modern Times" but Charlie can sing! That's the surprise he's been saving- up to spring on a breathless world. His secret has been well kept, as there has been a great deal of Euevsiriif as t. just what Charlie would spr:n in the new film that he hadn't dune before, and no one has let it out that Charlie Li a sonbir-l. Riotous Opening. The opening of "Modern Times" la-it night at the Rivoli Theatre was a riotous one. The riot was outside the theatre, with police trying to keep in order the swarms of people who'd come to watch the atae and moving picture celebrities enter the theatre, just as they diil five years atro today when Chaplin's last previous film. "City Lights," had a fcala premiere at the George M. Cohan Theatre. There is nothing new about "Modern Times'' except the title. All the old pazs are brought out and dusted o:f for use. But they are. such good old standby that they still earn laughs. Chaplin has stuck to his traditional way of making comedies by working strictly in pantomime himself and by having r..ost of his cast follow suit. But, as in "City Lights." he tnakes effective and sometimes hilarious use of sound devices, although he has found nothing to top the whistle gag that brought down the house in his last film. The musical score, which he composed himself, or helped to compose, and old-fashioned subtitles, take the place of dialogue. Xo Message. It had been hinted that Chaplin had gone serious on us and that he had a message of serious social import to deliver to the world in "Modern Times." No such thing has happened, thank goodness. Part of the action takes place in a factory, where Charlie has a lot of fun with the machinery and some of those time-saving gadgets which are adding more and more to the complications of living. But, while he has borrowed a few symbolic touches from the Russian picture makers, there is nothing of real significance in Chaplin s work except his earnest desire, and his really great ability, to entertain. When he loses his job in the factory, Chaplin changes the new and unfamiliar overalls for the old clothes of the beloved vagabond which are well known to all of us. In his wanderinfr up and down the streets, betwc -tful periods in a nice comfortable jail, Charlie meets the little gamin who brings romance and " -n into the picture. tlette Appealing Gamin. Paulette Goddard, as the gamin, makes a strange debut as the leading lady of the films. She is as silent as Chaplin, or more sj, since she doesn't si She is an appeal ing little thing, whose charm grows on one as the film unwinds. Some of Chaplin s old helpers in other pictures are represented in the cast. Chester Conklin, with his crooked glasses and walrus mustache, has one funny sequence, and Henry Bergman and Hank Mann, who have appeared in other Chaplin films, give the star ade quate support. As for Charlies singing a is good enough to put over a comic song in the French music hall fashion. He uses the roller-skat ing stunt, which was one of his early vaudeville acts, in a funny sequence that had the audience breathless with suspense. If and when Charlie makes an other film, I hope he will give us a few more songs and that he will break down the long silence of the years and speak to us as other great comedians do. MEIGHAN'S BROTHER IS KILLED IN FALL Pittsburgh, Feb. 5 (P). A four-story fall to the marble floor of an apartment house foyer today killed King Meighan, 40, brother of Tom Meighan, matinee idol of the silent screen. Tom couldn't be told of King's death. He is seriously ill in his home at Beverly Hills, Cal. CHAPLIN FILM, OPENING RIOT, TIES UP BW (Continued from page 3) cided the younger element was too rough, and went home. Every couple that stepped out of an auto at the theatre marquee was promptly surrounded. Autograph-seekers pushed books, pads and papers at them. Women fingered the texture of the dresses worn by those who attempted to run the gauntlet. The eight police on duty were caught so tightly they couldn't move their arms. A riot call was then sent in. Emergency Squads Nos. 3 and 4, as well as reserve partolmen from the Garden and from five stations came charging in. The crowd was pushed back on its heels and finally driven off both sides of Broadway. (Other pictures on pages 1 and 26) SIGN MARION TALLEY FOR LEAD IN MOVIE Hollywood, Cal., Feb. 5 Marion Talley, Kansas City opera star, has been signed by Republic Studios for the lead in "My Old Kentucky Home," officials of the studio said today. The TOWN KEEPS on SINGING Record crowds, despite the worst weather in years, are applauding the singing sweet hearts as they sing Rudolf Friml's enchant ing love lyrics!... Take a tip from Regina Crewe of the American: "Be certain to see 'Rose Marie'" WE HAVE TO HOLD IT A SECOKD WEEK! ' GISI GC3V in 00iSL m a.M.0r ii m m . . fJ'f ; Jfi k'V I I'M J:MnS HIS ffsk? J I'M -V NIC CABLE NwHARLOW wftft ALLAN JONES REGINALD OWEN , An MG-M Pidwr RADIO CITY SHOWFIACE OF tHI MUSIC HALL .. Iwte. NATION I .Zi' wlf I lOCITEfEltCa . if Ks.M-r "w CENTER At rare intervals there reaches the screen a picture so unusual in plot ... so different in emotional appeal that- it leaves a deep and lasting impression. Such a picture is "The Petrified Forest" . . . superbly acted by Leslie Howard and Bette Davis, whom you remember in "Of Human Bondage", it rises to even greater heights than the successful stage play. LESLIE HOWARD BETTE DAVIS "ftEne IPeflirSffnedl Wires!!' with HUMPHREY BOCART GENEVIEVE TOBIN DICK FORAN From the play bY Robert E. Sherwood. Directed by Archie Mayo A Warner Brothers Picture A New Walt Disney Mickey Mouse: "Mickey's Polo Team" first Mttttnln Sts Reserved Phon COlumbus 5-6535 "MARCH OF LIGHT", a brilliant footlight parade in three scenes, rrrrliirfH hv T.Annidnff. settings by Albert Johnson, featuring Grace Panvini, Boy Foy, Fox and Lui. Ian Peerce, ON THE GREAT STAGE: lohn Bennes, with The Glee Club, Corps de Ballet and The Rockettes. Symphony Orchestra under the .direction of Erno Rapee playing the famous "Firebird" by Stravinsky. Doon Opa 11 50 A. M. Rockefeller Centef' Parklnq Space,1 Entrances on 4&D. and 43th Streets. Picture M I 00, 3, 3:13, 7:46, 10 W Stage how al I U, 4 OS, e 54. t o.

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