Daily News from New York, New York on November 23, 1933 · 208
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11 DAILY NEWS, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1933 BROADWAY THE MALE SEC Ur'NtSE'S THAT GOOD-LOOKING SECRETARY OF VOUSS? HE'S A BRUNETTE My WIFE 1 W1 WHO'S DOING MY WIFE HIKED f n flUED HER 1 m YOUR tiQ3X. THEN? w A NEW ONE' RS" DID SHE GET A a & m v.m . ' V. VV -ags BLONDE OR A BRUNETTE f 7 -s J PATTI HASTINGS an! WILLIAM GAXTON backstage at "LET 'EM EAT CAKE" 1 lis - f A r finy Kibbee if'. MM.IU a tA sf ory , By SIDNEY SKOLSKY. - Hollywood, Nov. 22. GUY KICCEE can't sing a note, dance a step or hum a tjne. Vet he has played in all the musicals Warners have made. Ha is now working in the latest, "Wonder Bar." All tunes sound alike to him. Hi has been trouping since he was 15. It was not until 1330 that he n given an opportunity to make good on Broadway. Arthur H lkins gave him the chance in "Torch Song." He had quit the stage once. Hi was getting ready to desert it again. He was going to play bit in a dramatic sketch on the radio. He decided to take another chance. HoDkins saw him at the audition. Afterward he summoned him to his cubby hole office in the Plymouth Theatre, "tver been in a Broadway show before?" Hopkins asked. Kibbee won't lie. "No," he answered. "Then there's a chance for you," replied Hopkins. "I'm tired of those Broadway actors." There waa a chance for him. He was a hit that opening night as Cass Wheeler, th traveling salesman. The dramatic critics discovered him, which of course led to the movies discovering him. Only a month before that, he had left Hollywood after one solid year of trying -- - . A. X Il -V t crash the studios. They wouldn't even give nim a screen iei. r left Hollywood in a cheap auto with his wife at his side. And ten buck in his pocket. . , . He carried a camping outfit in the auto. He pitched his caro, n roadsides en route to New York. He borrowed money from friends in d.iferent cities to buy food. That's why he's saving the nice salary they'r paying him now. H wa born in El Paso. Tex, on March 6, 1886 His full name t Guy Bridges Kibbee. He'll like you better if you forget about the Bridges. His earliest childhood ambition was to walk. H, u 5 feet l! inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. The color of bit jyw U gray. The color of his hair well, he hasn't any. Tne short fri.iiti that circle his bald head is gray. He has more hair on the top of his nose than he has on the top of his head. When a youngster he was a plump kid, with plenty of freckles on hi faee. He had a large crop of flaming red hair. He started losing kU hair when he was l'.. Hta father was a newspaper man, working for the t.1 Paso Herald. Guy start! t learn how to set type when he was 7. He worked on several newspapers durinsr his eventful career. He could sit down at m tinotyrw and set a good notice for himself. Hts' ambition during his school days was to go fishing. W hen Aed what his current ambition is he'll answer, "To go fishing. Success hasn't changed him. Whenever he get! a vacation between pictures he gets his camoing outfit ready and goes fishing. He takes th'mars leisurely in the flicker industry. When given a new role, he takes home the script and read3 it. He wants to get an ilea o what it is all about which isn't a bad idea. He doesn't memorise his part until the nisrht before the scene is to be taken. He momt-rise only that part which he believes they'll shoot the next day. On the form questionnaire handed out by the studio this question is listed: "It" y.m left stage or screen work what would you prefer to do?" His answer is "tishing." Another question on this sheet asks: "Who are your favorite screen actors and actresses?" His answer is, "Ruth Chatterton and William Pjwelt while I'm working for Warners." It was in L21 after trouping in vaudeville sketches for a number of vr that he decided to ciuit the stage and settle down. He hai never received more than $175 a week in vaudeville. He managed to sav !.),! during his career. He bought a printing business in Frisco. Four years later he went broke and returned to theatricals. H is married to Brownie Reed and never goes m a trip without taking the wife with him. He is the father of a baby girl, Shirley Ann. who is twenty-eight months old- He believes that proves he's really not as old as he looks. When asked what keeps him fit he replies fishing. His favorite dish is fish. When he goes on a diet he eats only fijh. If he couldn't get fish heJ prefer chili eon came but he'd rather have fish. Hs steeps in a double bed and since he's been married he never aleeps alone. He wears a slip-on nightgown which hang3 about his ankles. H sleeps with his mouth open and snores. H doesn't care for the movies and never goes of his own accord. II goes sometimes just to be obliging. He hasn't 3ec-n himself in half the- pictures he has been in. He seldom reads a book. If he has any spare tima he utilizes it by going fishing. When he does stay home to read ha reads a copy of "Field and Stream." (LVpjrutht: lM: bj ea&naiate Co- Inc.) Madden Romance Hinted as Board Okays Spa Trip By ABE CfREEXBERG. Owney Madden, beer baron and mobster, who was recently paroled from Sing Sing, basks today in the warm sunshine of Hot Springs, Ark., to recuperate his shattered health, all through the kind offices of the New York Parole Board. A report from Hot Springs that the racketeer king, who has been a guest at the home of Postmaster James R. Demby at Hot Springs, is planning to marry Demby's daughter Agnes, could not be con firmed here yesterday. Parole Chief Scoffs. Joseph P.- Falkoff, Parole Board official who was instrumental in getting permission for Madden to leave the State, was inclined to scoff at the idea. "Madden came to us on Oct. 10, requesting that he be permitted to go to Hot Springs for his health," Falkoff stated. "His plea was substantiated by Dr. Charles C. Sweet of Sing Sing, who said Madden's health had been undermined by confinement. He was permitted to leave, giving the home of Demby as his address. One of the conditions, however, was that he must file a weekly report with us on his personal conduct and plans. So far he hasn't indicated in any manner that he plans to divorce Mrs. Dorothy Madden, his present wife, and marry any other woman." The report that Madden had sought health and had found romance in the Southern spa was partly substantiated when Demby declared that the report of an engagement "i3 their business." "Hes a Sick Man." "Madden is a sick man and came here for his health," Demby was quoted in press dispatches. "If an engagement exists between my daughter and Madden, they will not be married until he gets a divorce anci until his two years' probation expires." Madden who was married in 1312, is estranged from his wife, Dorothy. I IT HAS Be EM tRUW If vWRiTTEM fi I ii&Ue XSXi lac-pi r AKl HOMesT MAM AMO THEM OU MM BE SURE THAT RASCAU LESS IN THS NOftU - in i mi WTiit9fTfJ By ED SULLIVAN. Behind the Tinsel BROADWAY is a street of Flash and Glitter, and Front . . . Th only serious crime on the Stem is to let 'em know you're broke . . . It is a street where performers spend their last dime on clothes, wher a full dress suit is hired with money that might better have been spent on food ... And because it is that sort ot a street, too often yott fail to penetrate the' tinsel that covers the real Broadway from view. Are the ptoplt of Broadway a unreal at they teem to be? Or are they juit the tame, way deep down in their heart, at the people of the country' Main Street? ... The other night, at the Al Delmonico opening, I decided to find out for myself . . . atked ten typical Broadwayite to tell me their ambition. The answers were so plain that they will stagger you ... Abe Lyman: "I suppose this will sound silly to a columnist," he said, "but my real ambition is to settle down on the Coast, in a few years, get married to a nice girl and raise a family. If we had children, perhaps a son, I'd try to be as fine a parent as my dad was to me. I'd encourage the boy to do whatever he wanted to do, and I'd back him up 100 per cent. That's what my father did for me." . . . Mrs. Jack Denny (wife of the bandleader): "Well, when Jack retires, we'll have enough money to mean security, and then we're going to indulge in a vacation we've often planned. We're going to take a trip around the world, not just for the scenery or the traveling, but because I want to have Jack all to myself for a long time. Now, I have to share him with his public and he's at their beck and call. Any wife will understand what I mean." Jack Little: "I'd be completely happy, if in a few years, I had enough money to settle down in a small town and live a normal life. I don't want much money, just enough to take care of those dependent upon me, and a little over to pay the greens fees at the country club." ... Alice Faye: "I've often thought of that same question. I think I'd be completely happy if I were married to some nice fellow, and he doesn't have to have a lot of money. Every girl wants love, respect, security. I'd give up my singing career in a minute if the right fellow came along. The swellest career I can picture is that of a wife and mother." O O BY THIS TIME, they'd opened my eyes . . . Gone was the Flash and Glitter and Fraud of Broadway . . . Here were the people of Broadway speaking out, and the ambitions they voiced were the ambitions of Main Street ... I investigated further: Mickey Alpert: "I'm going to be a producer of musical shows," he said seriously . . . "My brother, George, a former Boston District Attorney, has confidence enough in me to supply the financial backing when I say the word. I'm 27 now, I'll be 23 in April, and I'm learning. I'm getting practical experience all the time, and I won't say th word until I'm sure that my brother's money won't be jeopardized." . . . Ella Logan (gal singer with Lyman's band): "Well. I'll tell y-ou. Just now I'm paying off money I had to borrow white I was in the hospital on the Coast. Just as soon as I pay that rl?bt off. I'll start saving so that I can get $1,000. That is just how much it will take for me to bring my mother and my brother and sister here from Scotland to live with me. With them here, I'd be completely happy. Then, some day, I'll get married again, and have a husband and baby t fuss over." O Sid Gary: "I'm pretty happy right now. Today, the Cunard radio program signed me for a full year. But my real ambition is to become a great singer. If I could sing like Lawrence Tibbett. then I wouldn't care about money or anything else. Give me the power to thrill people with my voice, that's all I want." . . . Mack Gordon: "I want to write beautiful songs. I really envy another writer when he turns out a great tune. I listen to it -and say to myself: 'Why couldn't I have thought of that one.' I get a deen thrill from music, and when Harry Revel and myself write a hit. I'm walking on air, honestly. As between a lot of money and a lot of swell 'sonprs. I'll take the songs." . . . Heloise Lenetska (wife of the agent): "What would make me happy? Enough money for security and the chance to see my baby grow up. I guess every mother wants that." . . , George Piantadosi (music publisher): "Just enough money to buy little farm in Connecticut or Westchester and settle down." INTENSELY HUMAN, all of those ambitions, are they not? ... They are the type of ambitions that you would not associate with Broadway. Strip away the pretente and affectation of the Dawn Patrol, and you will find that the highly-paid performer of the ttage, tcreen and radio have at about the tame hope and fear at you and i have ... They think of their wive, their children, their job ... And mott of them, having emerged from poor familie, fear poverty, for they have experienced it. It is a strange and distorted boulevard, Broadway, and because of the nervous tension that holds all of us in its grip, sometimes we lose all sense of proportion . . , Here I have presented the street and its people in plainer mood ... Next week, I'll take you Behind the Tinsel again!! (Copyrieht: 1933: by News. Svn.lionte Co Ine.

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