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THE GAZETTE, MONTREAL. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1940. 11 GONE WITH THE WIND' MAKES MOTION PICTURE HISTORY Mitchell Best-seller Glorified In Picture of Power and Beauty With Vivien Leigh as Scarlett Full-length Film at Loew's Mr. Lubitsch Again English Comedy at Princess MacMurray, Stanwyck at Capitol Orpheum Shows Wanger Film A chorus of 35 voices and an Gerard Gelinas. who In Ne York studying music after receiving a Provincial Government scholarship for that purpose.

as heard at a recital given by Pietro Yon. organist of the SL Patrick's Cathedral in New York, last Sunday. Later Mr. Gelinas plans a tour of th United States and Canada and will come to Montreal and Quebec with Mr. Yon.

The baritone, who is at present soloist at St. Patrick's Cathedral, Nw York, and is a former CBG broadcaster, will be in Montreal on February 28 for a CBC radio recital. orchestra of 20 musicians will take nart in the production of Oilbert and Sullivan's "Patience" which is to be presented by the Lync Operatic Society in Victoria Hall on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The proceeds of these per formances will be ctonatea to me Women's Auxiliary of the No. 9 Field Ambulance which is affiliated with the Montreal Soldiers Wives Lea gue.

There are 76 permanent buildings on the Warner Brothers studio, including several permanent exterior settings. VOL. CLXIX. No. 42 II I t), vi tf a WIIITTAKER Frank Morgan.



TO P.M. NOT RESERVED .75 Incl Tax. LOEW'S 1 i I II -v VESTS' tf 4 vL "SvVvot 1 i 1111111111 iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiii iiiiiiiiiiii ii miiiirniiiiiimiiiiiiii iiiiiiibiimiiiii urn wwiiim i ii 'ql8 JJ y- jf ji If MMHIUIMMIBO I' niKIIIIJDICO. HllM'd i I if: kfca'll II 1 JL ZiM MB II ll i A Top left, Margaret Sullavan receives a gift from James Stewart in "The Shop Around the Corner," at the Palace, while down below, Fred MacMurray receives homage from Barbara Stanwyck, during the course of "Remember the Night," nt the Capitol. Over to the right, at the top, David Niven and Loretta Young share an embrace from "Eternally Yours," at the Orpheum.

Centre, right, Scarlett O'Hara holds the interest of the Tarleton twins in "Gone With the Wind." at Loew's in the persons of Vivien Leigh. Fred Crane and George Reeves. Down below, Hugh Sinclair and Margaret Lock wood are seen in a moment from "A Girl Must Live," at the Princess. mm A mm ffc mm mm Today Tomorrow DEANNA nVRBIN "FIRST LOVE" 2nd Feature "TELEVISION SPY" By HERBERT To put it With the terrific. The long-hcrald-David Selznick production comes to In? creen at lait as a picture that justififs all fhe fuss, fury and pubhcity that hat accompanied its production.

It is a huge and imposing milestone along the road that tfw- motion picture has been traveling for the past fifty years. Adaptation, casting, production, design and acting as we know them the film of Uxlay have surely never been so skilfully combined on motion picture on such a Kie. There have been a few pic-tu-res which have equalled it in each of them. Tnere have been a pictures which have equalled of them. But in joining 'i-'-se few masterpieces of the screen, With the Wind" adds the of sheer magnitude that has rever been seen on the screen before.

The picture takes three and three-Charter hours to show. By the urne the intermission comes, you probably feel that you have been crezged through the Civil War back wares. But you won't want to In the first half, -Gone With the Wind" shows us a civilization of charm and culture, the Old South in all its glory. The story of the spoiled, wilful Scarlett O'Hara serves to illustrate 8 picture of the destruction of that life, gives a picture of a civilization "gone with the wind." It is in this first half that the film reaches its hishest point, preaching a jtrongly pacifist message. In the second half, the story of Scarlett O'Hara occupies the foreground.

From the larger issues our attention is turned towards the development of a well-told story, the story of as interesting and realistically treated a group of characters as has been seen on the screen. In its refusal to compromise in presenting the character of Scarlett. "Gone With the Wind" again scores heavily. Her love of the land has not become a spiritual tring to condone her actions, but is an expression of a character as unlovely as it is true to life. The whole production establishes these two points, the death of the South and the life of Scarlett, in a truly masterly fashion.

Told in film terms throughout although it stoops too often to the condescension of sub-titles) it still msnazes to follow the book with a faithfulness that will please most readers of that best-seller. But like "The Birth of a Nation." of which in subject and in it is the tfcrert descendant, the film is mightier than the book. 'MANY DESERVE CREDIT. The gret strength of Gone With the Wind'" is that it tells its story well and with great beauty. There is throughout the evidence of a rmster designer.

This is William Cameron Menzies, the "production It is to him that the film owes its artistry, in the expert framing of individual scenes and in tha. use to which its technicolor has been put. David Selznick. the producer, and Fleming, director, share the credit for the sweep and clarity of the picture with the late Sidney Howard, who is listed as the writer of a screenplay that is a model of selection, retaining all of the essential incidents and characters of the book without overloading or the main points of the story. From an acting standpoint.

"Gone With the Wind" is a woman's picture. Vivien Leigh's performance should win her vhe respect of all the South, even if she isn't one of tht of Virginia. She is mazing in the charm and consistency with which she plays this rle. Her Scarlett is selfish, avaricious, yet is so physically attractive that the she arouses in others is entirely comprehensible. Despite the color of Miss Leigh's Scarlett, the character of Melanie as played by Olivia de Havilland is also outstanding.

This actress surprises by creating a real character and playing it with understanding ar.d restraint. One would never nave suspected pretty Miss De Havilland of being capable of such a sustained job of acting. Hattie as the zealous Mammy, Butterfly McQueen as the elusive Pnssy and Ona Munson as the famboyant Belle Watling are others ho stand out in a cast as long as your arm. Clark Gable and Leslie Howard were everybody's choice for Rhett Butler and Ashley Wilkes. Thev rc exactly as everybody wanted them to be, no less and little more.

In its lucid presentation of an engrossing story, in the reconstruction and message of a period, in the care and design of its production. the sweep of the larger scenes and the realistic approach to character, and in the beauty of Miss 'Gone With the Wind" is wcii worth four hours out of anyone's life. MISS SULLA VAN RETURNS. In comparison with "Gone With The Wind." the more average motion pictures of the week dwindle significance. But the grandeur of the Civil War epic does not entirely put "The Shop Around the Comer" out of business.

This Ernst Lubitsch production, now at the Palace, follows closely vpon the success of his delightful "Nmotchka." and like it deeply bears the impress of what is now commonly known as "the Lubitsch loach." Like "Ninotchka" this film shows Lubitsch to be an expert director of feminine stars. As in "Ninotchka" he aided in bringing a new Garbo to the screen, in "The Shop Around the Corner" he does wonders with Margaret Sullavan. Sullavan is a very- talented actress, but, if so contradictory a terra may be used, one who is often a rut of ecstasy. She has applied the same note of breathless charm to too many role. But under the expert care of the director here he becomes human once more, and draws only once, and then with good comedy on her personal stock of ecstatic expression.

"The Shop Around the Corner" a very happy picture, indeed. The small cast is well chosen, with liam Traccy and Joseph Schild-kraut supplying interesting and amusing studies as background to the romnnce of the characters played by Miss Sullavan and James Stewart. A romantic version of life in a small shop, the film playi upon the relation of proprietor and employees, deciding that, on the whole, they can be one happy family. The love-affair between two people who profess to dislike each other holds the interest to the end and provides both stars with opportunity for aure comedy playing. LADIES AT WAR "A Girl Must Live." at the Princess, is an English comedy along rather American lines.

It has a story of a girl who escapes from a Swiss finishing school, goes to London, joins a cabaret chorus finally wins an earl by her charm and refinement. But this Cinderella theme is of secondary interest. "A Girl Must Live" is based on the same delightful prospect that gave "The Women a success, the spectacle cf women at war. The real idea of "A Girl Must Live" seems to be show a choru3 girl an earl and watch for fireworks. The result is such a display of feminine claws, and fists, too, as would make "The Women" seem ladylike.

Renee Houston and Lili Palmer are the two principal opponents, ana as such keep the film moving at a most commendable speed, which is only slowed down when virtue is triumphing. Lili Palmer has a particularly limpid way of meowing that is very attractive. The lines they have, and those given to other incidental characters by screenwriter Frank Launder are often very funny indeed and, as is often th case with English pictures, quite sophisticated. Margaret Lock wood and Hugh Sinclair supply the romance and the cast includes such prominent British players as George Robey. Mary Clare, Kathleen Harrison, Drusilla Wills.

Muriel Aked, Helen Haye and Martita Hunt. Mr. Robey is. however, rather lost in a small role. REMEMBERING ONE NIGHT.

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred Mac-Murray are engaged, in "Remember the Night" at the Capitol, in the story of an assistant district attorney who quixotically goes bail for a woman prisoner and takes her to his home, down Indiana way, for Christmas. Under favorable home conditions the girl reforms and love follows per schedule. Into this story director Mitchell Leisen. who directed the riotous "Midnight" last year, has worked in a series of comedy twists, on the pattern of "It Happened One Night." (This obviously the night Mr. LeLsen is remembering.) But "Remember the Night" falls short of "It Happened One Night" and "Midnight" largely because Preston Sturges' screenplay hasn't the appeal of those stories.

It is never sufficiently established that the girl Miss Stanwyck plays is a criminal type, or particularly in need of reformation. We are instead presented with two people who we know will share the final closeup whatever happens. Their resulting story lacks suspense. "Remember the Night" is at its best in the scenes of homecoming to the Indiana farmhouse. The atmosphere in these scenes is warm and comfortable, and is enhanced by the playing of Beulah Bondi and Elizabeth Patterson, two of Hollywood's better character, actresses, and the wistful Sterling Holloway.

In an early courtroom sequence, Thomas W. Ross adds to. the films good performances as a tear-jerk-mg lawyer. "ETERNALLY YOURS." "Eternally Yours." now the Orpheum, is another of Walter Wanger's lightweight comedy productions. Starring the attractive Loretta Young and David Niven as a famous stage magician and his independent wife, the film prattles along gaily, without aiming at anything really memorable in story or production.

Mr. Niven repeats his debonair characterization that has established him on the screen as a light comedian, while Miss Young is her usual lovely self. But the playwright has failed to establish sufficient reason why these two should be joined together, parted and brought together again as excuse for a film! In this "Eternally Yours" has not been aided by the deletions found necessary for provincial reasons. We are given a light-minded heroine who marries for better and gives up when things get worse. Unable to make her husband give up a contract that will carry him around the world again in his professional capacity in favor of a snug little Connecticut -farmhouse she leaves him.

and marries another. The arrival of the discarded husband on the honeymoon, and his application of his professional tricks to win her back, bring about a happv ending. "Eternally Yours" exploits the personal charms of the two stars, wastes C. Aubrey Smith, Billie Burke, Broderick Crawford and other players in meaningless roles and shows us a few scenes of sequences of stage magic. What the picture lacks is screen magic.

ONE RIOTOUS MOMENT. With "Eternally Yours" is shown a full-leneth Laurel and Hardy comedy. "A Chump at Oxford," which has its moments. It is not a parody on the Robert Taylor "Yank at Oxford." for Hollywood seems to have lost the pleasant idea of making parodies that it had in the Sennett days. But when Laurel is given a third hand without noting the abnormality it is a really riotous moment.

Of the 183 scenes in "Luck of the Irish." Thomas Mitchell appears in all but seven. For a recent film a number of old-time sulnhur matches were needed They cost four dollars to reproduce. BONDI. Barbara Stanwyck 1 1 A a BEULAH NOWSHOWING Fred MacMurray it'll turn January into June for you! SULLAVAN STEWART Guide to Theatres ON THE STAGE. MT.

ROYAL TOWN HALL Theatre Club presents "Our Town," at 8.30. ON THE SCREEN. LOEWS "Gone With The Wind." at 10.20, 2.30, 8.00; Sunday at 2.00, 8.00. PALACE "Shop Around the Corner," at 10.00, 12.23, 2.46, 5.09, 7.32. 9.55.

CAPITOL 'Remember the Night," at 10.05, 1.00. 4.00. 7.00. 10.00; "Adventure in Diamonds," at 11.40. 2.40, 5.40.

8.40. PRINCESS "A Girl Must Live," at 10.00. 1.00. 4.00. 7.00, 10.00; "Big Guy," at 11.35, 2.35, 5.35, 8.35.

ORPIIEirM "Chump at Oxford." at 10.00. 12.40, 3.20, 6.05. 8.45: "Eternally Yours," at 11.00, 1.45, 4.25, 7.05, 9.50. IMPERIAL "First Love" and "Television Spy." CINEMA DE FARIS "A Louer Meubles." at 11.40, 2.00, 4.20. 6.35, 855; "Quai des Brumes." at 1220.

2.35. 4.55. 7.10. 9.30. YORK "Rulers of the Sea" and "Everything Happens at Night." WESTMOUNT "Daytime Wile" and "Mr.

Moto on Danger Island." MONKLAND "Ninotchka" and "Inspector Hornleigh." SNOW DON "Disputed Passage" and "U-Boat 29." CA15AKLX. SAMOVAIt Hevuo twice nightly CHEZ MAURICE Kevue twice nightly. NOUMANDIE ROOF Hevut twice nightly TIC TOC Three revues nightly A village covering over two acres was built for "Strange Cargo." HUB 1 AT THE PRINCESS "A GIRL MUST LIVE." Characters Playera Leslie James Margaret Lockwood Gloria Lind Renee Houston Clytie Devine Lillt Palmer Horace Blount George Robey Earl of Pangborough Sinclair Hugo Smythe Parkinson Naunton Wayne Joe Gold David Burns Mrs. Wallis Clare Penelope Kathleen Harrison Mr. Bretherton-Hythe.

Moore Marriott Miss Polkinghorn Drusilla Wills Mr. Jolliffe Wilson Coleman Aunt Primrose Helen Haye "THE BIG GUY." Characters. Players. Warden Bill Ah itlock. Victor McLaglen Jimmy Hutchin Jackie Cooper Mary Whitlock Ona Munson Joan Lawson Peggy Moran Dippy Edward Brophy Jack Lang Jonathan Hale Lawson Russell Hicks District Attorney Wallis Clark AT THE ORPHEUM "ETERNALLY YOURS." Characters.

Players. Anita Loretta Young Tony David Niven Benton Hugh Herbert Aunt Abby Billie Burke Bishop Hubert Peabody C. Aubrey Smith Lola De Vere Virginia Field Don Barnes Broderick Crawford Mr. Bingham Raymond Walburn Mrs. Bingham Zasu Pitts Gloria Eve Arden Morrissey Ralph Graves Howard Lionel Pape Waitress Dennie Moore Dowager May Beattv Phillips Douglas Wood Captain Vickers Leyland Hodgson Herman, the Rabbit By Himself Doctor Frank Jacquet Master of Ceremonies Fred Keating Butler Paul Le Paul Waiter Ralph Norwood -A CHUMP AT OXFORD." Characters.

Players. Stan Laurel Himself Ohver HlmseLf Meredith Forrester Harvey Dean WiUiama Wilfred Lucas Banker Forbes Murray Dean Servant Frank Baker Ghost Eddie Borden (Gerald Rogers (Victor Kendall Student (Gerald Fielding (Charles Hall (Peter Cushing AT CINEMA DE PARIS "QUAI DES BRUMES." Characters. Players. iesLn, Jean Gabin Michel Simon Nelly Michele Morgan Lucien Pierre Btasseur Le Perez Genin Hotelier Legrts Panama Delmont y.1"1. Aimos Artiste LeVigan also FIGHT PICTURES of GODOY vs.

LOUIS Sunday at 12.30 BROADCAST DIRECT FROM OCR STAGE "KEN SOBLE'S AMATEURS" Monday at 8.30 "Amateur Night" yC? NOW PLAYING. DRW RtI.ERS OF THE SEA' with Doug las Fairbanks. Margaret l.orkwoort and Will Fyffe. SON.IA HEME in "F.vervthnin Happen At Night" with Ray Milland and Robert lummtngs. The March of Time Presents "CRISIS IN THE PACIFIC." NOW PLAYING.

TYRONE POWER in "DAY TIME WIFE." with Mn- da Darnell. PETER LORRE in "Mr. Moto In Danger Island" with Jean Hersholt and Amanda Duff. DNHlflND 1 "Ninotchka" with Melvyn Douglas. "INSPECTOR HORN LEIGH" with Gordon Harker and Alastair Simm.

NOW PLAYING. DOROTHY LA-MO in "Disputed Passage vtJMOWDON with Aklm Tamlrofr and John Howard. I'-BOAT 29" with Conrad Veldt and Valerie Hob.son. Shorts. f-TiinntiT TYC3 mUHHI AT LOEW'S THEATRE "GONE WITH THE WIND." Selznick International production produced by David O.

Selznik and directed by Victor Tlcming. Production designed by William Cameron Mcnzies. Screenplay by Sidney Howard, based on novel by Margaret Mitchell. Photography by Ernest Haller. Characters Player In order of appearance.) Brent Tarleton George Reeves Stuart Tarleton Fred Crane Scarlett O'Hara Vivien Leigh Mammy Hattie McDamel Big Sam Kverett Brown Elijah Zack Williams Gerald O'Hara Thomas Mitchell Pork Oscar Polk Ellen O'Hira Barbara Neil Jonas Wilkerson Victor Jory Suellen O'Hara Evelyn Keves Carreen O'Hara Ann Rutherford Pritsy Butterfly McQueen John Wilkes Howard Hickman India Wilkes Alicia Rhett Ashley Wilkes Leslie Howard Melanie Hamilton.

De Havilland Charles Hamilton Rand Brooks Frank Kennedy Carroll Nye Cathleen Calvert Marcella Martin Rhett Butler Clark Gable Aunt Hamilton Laura Hope Crews Doctor Meade Harry Davenport Mrs Meade Leona Roberts Mrs. Mernwether Jane Darwell Rene Picard Albert Morin Maybelle Merriwether. Anderson Fanny Elsing Terry Shero Old Levi William McClain Uncle Peter Eddie Anderson Phil Meade Jackie Moran Reminiscent Soldier Cliff Edwards Belle Watling Ona Munson The Sergeant Ed Chandler A Wounded Soldier. George Hackathorn A Convalescent Roscoe Ates A Dying Soldier John Arledge An Amputation Case Eric Linden A Comamnding Officer Tom Tyler A Mounted Officer. Bakewcll The Bartender Lee Phelps A Yankee Deserter Paul Hurst The Carpetbagger's Friend Ernest Whitman A Returning Veteran Slelling A Hungry Soldier.

Jean Heydt Emmy Slatt-ry Isabel Jewell The Yankee Major Robert Elliott Captains George Meeker and Wallis Clark The Corporal Irving Bacon A Carpetbagger Orator Adrian Morris Johnny Gallcgher J. M. Kerrigan A Yankee Businessman Olm Ilowland A Renegade 1 Yakima Camitt His Companion Blue Washington Tom. a Yankee Captain. Bond Bonnie Blue Butler Cammie King Beau Mickey Kuhn Bonnie's Nurse.

Kemble Cooper AT THE PALACE "SHOP AROUND THE CORNER." M.G.M. picture produced and directed by Ernst Lubitsch. Screenplay by Sampson Raphaelson. based on play by Nikolaus Laszlo. Photography by William Daniels.

Characters Plavers Klara Novak Margaret Sullavan Alfred Kralik James Stewart Hugo Matuschek Frank Morgan Ferenez Vadas Joseph Schildkraut Flora Sara Haden Pirovitch Felix Bressart Pept Katona William Tracy Jlona. Inez Courtney Woman Customer Sarah Edwards Doctor Edwin Maxwell Detective Charles Halton Rudy Smith A IN ERNST LUBITSCHS SIlDPAnOUHD Daily -X 10 a.m. to THE GRIM p.m. I Sunday 1 I 12 noon to I 2 m. 1 ZSc 7 FRANK MORGAM JOSEPH SCHILDKRAU HERE'S ON EOF THE MOST ENTERTAINING DOUBLE BILLS Tnqland Sends Us A Leadinq Candidate For The Funniest I tL Picture of 104O Utt.

OXfOtn a i a vi ttvt I Toronto Telegraph EVER OFFERED! LORETTA YOUNG NIVEN urn tea tM I all 1 is I i rJ VotW vi-1- 1 1 1 1 if in 1 HELD OVER A SECOND WEEK This picture played in New York under the title of "Port of Shadows" i i I we r-- 11 I a- n. mr AT THE CAPITOL "REMEMBER THE NIGHT." Paramount production directed by Mitchell Leisen. Screenplay by Preston Sturges. Photography by Ted Tetz-laff. Character.

Players. Lee Lander Barbara Stanwyck Jack Sargent Fred MacMurrav Mrs. Sargent Beulah Bondi Aunt Emma Elizabeth Patterson Francis X. OLeary. Thomai W.

Ross Judge (N.Y.) Willard Robertson Willie Slerllng Hollowav District Attorney Charles Waldroii Tom Paul Guilfoyle Hank Charlie Arnt Mr. Emory John Wray Ruftus "Snowflakes" "Fat Mike" Tom Kennedy A 5L. Now Showing Daily 18 a.m. to 1 p.m. 7-IT'yT' Sunday 12 to 2 p.m.

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