Daily News from New York, New York on October 20, 1939 · 766
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Daily News from New York, New York · 766

New York, New York
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Friday, October 20, 1939
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Oil 5a. S Cm C H ri Mr. Stewart Goes to Town on "Mr. Smith screen in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's film version of the Kodgers and Hart operetta, "Babes in Arms." The latter has been revamped ' W t i I" 1 I ( 1 kaf X. i. miiot. -a3 man , in,,,, Claude Itains and James Stewart, the latter a vomit; politico at the Capitol, as they appear in "Mr. Smith (Joes to Washington," Music Hall feature. By KATE CAMKKOX. "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," Columbia picture, screen play by Sidney lluchman from ptory by Lewis R. foster, directed by Frank Capra and presented at the Radio City Music Hall. ST fthere, and generally revised to fitCounty's expense. THK CA SniHU Pain . S lUllit.TM Jim T.iylor,- nv, HlllMTt 11 ul - I M i, MiMir.- I h:-k M K.iiiii , M.i Snulh S'-iinlnr hull' rrrt'.-iit i& S!-III i'llllf Mrv ll.inl S'li.itur M i. S-'ii.il iv Mum N o-sey Hill (Jnllilli-. J,tiiii', Sl"wirt J'-.-in AUtmr . 1'UiU'ie K.nli Kil iril Alnnl'i 'iliv Kilitirn ni..m:m Mil.li'-I , Imu.-hi. i'all.'llc ll.ul.,li H'.n.li r H I' W.ini'-r tin- St-nal' H it ry ';tf' V Aim.l AHvvvn Kuili J)(mn.ly I'hir-im lii mi! Mi hl 1 t'o rl.-r E 1 . I ..'h.irl'fl I.-iiiH Williuiu l)i'nuii' t Alter an unprecedented preview t Constitution Hall in Washington, I). C, Tuesday nitrht, Co-lunihia's production of "Mr. Smith Uoes to Washington" had its world premiere at the Music Hall yesterday morning. Frank Capra, twice winner of the Academy award for lii-i direction of "It Happened One Niarht" and "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," directed "Mr. Smith" in the hitter's peregrinations around the Capitol of the United States in his fight for honest and decent legislation. Columbia's ace director has put into the story of the younpr man who kocs to Washington to fill out an unexpired term in the Senate nome brilliant comedy touches and masterly dramatic strokes. He has speeded up James Stewart's delivery so that the usually deliberate-moving and slow-speaking star is never permitted to hold up the action. The picture moves at a swift anil thrilling pace, is speed giving an illusion of importance to the action. Honors All Around. The production is Capra 's masterpiece, and the role of the young Senator is the finest thing that James Stewart has contributed to the screen in his short but brilliant career. Jean Arthur, who shares acting honors with Stewart, has never turned in a better performance under the master's baton, nor has Thomas Mitchell, who is outstanding in the role of a newspaper correspondent. Claude Rains, as an elderly Sen-stor, Edward Arnold, in the role of a venal newspaper owner, Harry Carey, as the Vice President of the United States, Guy Kibbee, Eu-pene Pallet te and H. 15. Warner fulfill their assignments in a superb manner while Astrid Allwyn, Leulah Uondi and Ruth Donnelly take care of the feminine support with complete assurance. Young Smith is sent to Washing ton by the organization that con trols the appointment, to act as a stooge for the big political boss of the state. But Mr. Smith takes his duties seriously, as he seats himself with reverence in the Senate chamber and makes his maiden speech under the inspiration of a patriotic fervor. It isn't long, however, before he discovers that he is a babe in the senatorial woods surrounded by political orgres who are concerned with nothing but their own gain. He is almost beaten into defeat by them but, with the help of his sympathetic secretary and the friendly assistance of a Washington correspondent, he beats the politicians at their own game. Mr. Smith's dramatic filibuster on the floor of the Senate is the highlight of the film and has been masterfully staged by Capra and as magnificently acted by Stewart. The story by Lewis R. Foster is not unlike the outline of Maxwell Anderson's play, "Both Your Houses." which entertained Broadway a few seasons ago, and I understand Columbia purchased the Anderson play, although Sidney Buchman, who did the screen adaptation for "Mr. Smith," used the Foster material, rather than the Anderson drama, for his film story. The Music Hall is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the production of Jerome Kern's first operetta by presenting a completely Kern program on the stage this week. Jan Pearce and Walter Cas-sel sing the familiar tunes from "Show Boat," "Roberta" and other Kern operettas with the assistance of the Music Hall Glee Club. "Babes in Arms," Metro-Gold-wyn-Mayer picture, screen play by Jack McGowan and Kay Van Riper, based on operetta by Richard Rod-gers and Lorenz Hart and presented at the Capitol Theatre. The irresistible team of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, who performed on the stage of the Capitol Theatre not so many weeks ago, are currently displaying their varied talents from the Capitol THE CAST: n shown ce Of !"6 NATION RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL FRANK CAPRA'S Mil. SMITH (-0CS TO UISHIYGTOM o-iorria JEAN ARTHUR JAMES STEWART with Cloud Ran Edward Arnold Guy Kibbc Thomat Mitchell Dircid by hank Copra A Columbia f-Our ' ON THE 'GREAT STAGE i "JEROME KERN CAVALCADE:? a pictorial pageant , , . saluting a greol American screenplay with-the melodies of a great American composer . . . produced by leonidoff, settings by-Bruno Maine. Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Erno Rapee. Dcmws 0n Tdjr ind 8t.. Ii:30. picturt t 10:45. 1 :4J, J7. 731, JJ, Stmt Shaw at I (13. 4:02, S::.7, 1:40 H5t KimNINt Sf ATS ifSUVtP IN ADVANCE Phone ClrcU 6.U0O Mickey Morgan I'atay Barton Joe Morsran Judge HI a, It Koaalift Kssex Florrie Morgan Don Bru-e Molly Morgan JfT Stwle TioiJy Maj-nni Bohg Ma-lox William. -Jtfi.-kry Rooney J udy Garland -Charles Winnmger Guy Kibtx-e June Piviser -Grapp Hays -Douflas McPhail Betty Jaynfs - Rand Brooks -Jjem Lynn Mm. Barton Martha Ste-le Mr. Ekk'x Bri . John Sheffield . Henry Hull Barnett Parker Ann Shoemaker 4araret Hamilton Toqeph Crehan George McKay for Metro's starlets, expanded to tell a more complete story of the second generation vaudevillians, has had a tuck taken in the production here and a seam let out the talents of a new cast. As an entertainment, it has lost some of its original sophistication and the elastic snap with which it went over on the stage. But it has gained in comic interludes and serves to introduce several new screen personalities. Some of the Rodgers and Hart hit tunes are repeated in the picture, notably, the theme song, "Babes in Arms," sung by Metro's junior Nelson Eddy, Douglas McPhail and the popular "Where and When," which Mickey and Judy put over nicely together. Mickey performs with all the youthful vigor he is capable of throwing into a screen role. As Mickey Moran, he runs the show which the vaudeville children put on in Seaport in order to keep them from being regimented into an institution of learning at the course of the show lkicwv i, his famous impersonations of Clark Gable and Lionel Barrymore and he and Judy dance. June Preisser comes from the stage to play an important part in the comedy and Douglas McPhail and Betty Jaynes, the latter recruited from the night clubs of New York, make their film debuts in creditable performances. Charles Winninger, Guy Kibbee, Henry Hull and Margaret Hamilton give the youngsters able support in helping them open their entertaining bag of tricks. 2 Firemen Injured Two firemen, Joseph McCarthy and Harry Flaack. were iniured about 9 A. M. yesterdav when a one-alarm fire drove 24 families from the six storv tenement house at 1330 Brook Ave., Bronx. ZORINA IN PERSON AT 7:30 TONITE! 3 I i .. . - - - - m S v. -Ti. . - The; dancing darling of 'I Married an Angel' is the toast of Broadway. You'll really see why when you see her on the screen in Warner Bro3. Musical Miracle! mclS n Worn. WC -if-vXJ V ' w -' Caver, feeter, glrlicvgirlier than the play 'tV? X'jr jr ' tby Rodger & Hart and Ceorge Abbotti rf: V jf jr - with t l l 3 V V 1 ' '" EDDIE ALBERT He uas a riot C " S- I I ALAN HALE . FRANK McnUCH 3 t-"" i ; I t Directed by RAY E.NRICHT kwuSl STrnji aiiir kssi '. " ' , 'M' fe&l BSS ISS9 &3 t3 f&$Sl VSSSk paaf WMl all the ; iNPERSOFJ 1 STARS OF f-,,,.,J i the "time fun rp n n j to shine" : 7 ; I ) ; . ' ; j) I RADIO f Z3 il I f ZLJ SHOW A j j i are j 7 LJ uUzUuULJ J HERE AND HIS ORCHESTRA AND THE SMOOTHIES NAN WYNN Bob, Charlie and Little Song Stylist Bob Allen & SHEA & RAYMOND Bartone The Laughs on Us' B'WAY AT 47TH 5TRSET DOORS OPEN 8:30 A.M. TOM'W NIGHT -LATE SCREEN AND IN PERSON SHOW AT 11:45 esi E3Ea Ess' tsa ssa mm tarn &

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