Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon on May 9, 1936 · 12
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Albany Democrat-Herald from Albany, Oregon · 12

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Saturday, May 9, 1936
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Comedian Harold Lloyd Finds "Born Actors" Are Happiest mm frtf m X!) mmA m f ; ,.,m-;m PPjr' H fc'-S r, , A . - ) iff fx-r One of Lloyd's three magnificent estates is shown above, with the comedian himself in the foreground. This is the entrance walk with a great pool in the center, to Lloyd's Benedict Canyon estate near Los Angeles. even years old, the most fun was that known as the "plate remover," which cost him 15 cents. y fl -X A happy family this. Papa Harold Lloyd's screen efforts please millions and his reward is in being able to provide his children with everything. Harold Jr. is on the left'; next ii Peggy, then Gloria. Lloyd s screen efforts please millions reggy, "icn uiona. J I ' ' r - ; K- f J f 4 I Smiling, genial Harold Lloyd is tx f .SN, ; " . ' ( i shown above in a characteristic off- " ' tKi vTl- ; . . . stage moment. Out of character, he ; Ail vl' ' '"SJ ' . I ' . '. V 1 might be taken for an insurance $ f ',V . agent or salesman anything, in f l''(-V-w f V ssJ! fact, but an actor! ?'- '' Even Life's Dull Moments Provide Drama For Players With 'Ham' Streak I AROLD LLOYD, hatlraa, In awcatcr ahlrt and white trouaera, arrived for a business 1 Lovely Mildred Davis was Lloyd's leading lady in a number of his earlier comedies, but she abandoned her screen career to become his wife. And they're one of the most devoted couples in 5'.- conference at bis studio from the dtwrt where he had been aupcrintondlng the building of a ranch home. Following the aoaalon he stopped long enough to engage in a general conversation going on In the next room. The aubject was motion picture actora. "Actora," offered Lloyd when asked for hla opinion, "may be divided into two classes- born and made. The born actors are a breed In thom-aelvea. They are the sentimentalists, the troupers, the ones to whom, In reality, all the world's a stage and life i.i a constant succession of' second acta. "They are the ones with the indelible stamp, that Is often mistakenly called 'a streak of the ham.' But for all the hammiahness, both in their professional and private Uvea, the born actors are usually better thespiana than those that are made. "Do you follow me? The made actors must ' put across their work by the technic they have acquired by experience. The born actor depends upon hla ability to feel the emotion the role requires. The born actor gets the same satis- Great Danes arc Lloyd's hohhy. His kennel of 65 Harlequin Great Danes is one of the finest in the world. He is shown above relaxing at his country estate with one of his prize winners. THE device consisted of a thin rubber tube with a squeeze bulb at one end and a smaller, deflated bulb at the other end. To prove to himself that he had mastered the trick young Lloyd invited his friend Albert for dinner. Albert arrived with his face washed and ears cleaned with the admonition of his mother to say, "Please pass" when he wished anything at the Lloyd table. Steak was on the menu that night and when youngAlbert got his knife and fork securely into the meat, young Lloyd squeezed the bulb. The plate, to Albert's embarrassment, leaped up. With each buck the young guest's embarrassment grew until tears filled his eyes. His youthful host kept a poker face. The family was puzzled also, as the Lloyds were unaware of their son's black magic. When Albert's plate was taken out, young Lloyd, by careful manipulation, slipped the bulb under his coffee cup. When this, too, began to jump and shimmy, it dawned upon Albert that something was wrong. He shook his fists menacingly at Lloyd and thereafter was allowed to eat his dinner in peace. IT WAS not long after the plate moving trick that a hypnotist came to Lloyd's town. Those were the days when the "Professor" did his own exploitation work. His stunt was to put a woman' or a man to sleep in the front window of a downtown furniture store and the natives lost sleep in trying to catch the sleeping subject taking food. Such show troupes carried their own "plants," but they also hired groups of town boys to add to the comedy. Lloyd was among the lot. He was paid a dollar by the "Professor" and told not to spoil the show. Once on the stage, the "Professor" began the . monkey business. "Boys you are in a strawberry , patch," he said with a wink to the audience. "Now you are eating strawberries. You are just gulping them down. Now, boys, you have eaten so many you have the stomachache." As he talked the boys' went through the pantomime of picking and eating the berries. Then at the proper time they doubled up In distress. The audience went into convulsions of laughter. "Now, boys, you are monkeys monkeys with fleas. Now you are roosters, waking everybody up with your crowing, etc. ..." This brought down the house. "Looking back on that experience," remarked Lloyd, "it seemed to me then the crowning achievement of my life. It was my first appearance before a real, live audience and how I loved It," BUT a span of years have brought many changea since those days in the life of Harold Lloyd. ' In the interim, he has advanced from an extra at yi a day to the producer of his own pictures, has married his leading lady, MJldred Davis, and Is the head of a family consisting of three children. When not working. Lloyd can be found at either of his three homes, the one at Beverly Hills, or the one on the Santa Monica beach, or the new one now under construction on the Mojave desert. . He is a lover of good music, both classical and popular, but he dislikes opera. He is widely read, but when wishing to relax he reads detective stories. He considers a meal good if it consists of steak, well done, and apple pie. He plays golf frequently with Bing Crosby and always beats him. He finds Richard Arlen and Director Leo McCarey in his own class, shooting about the same as he. ', ' r He donates the Lloyd cup for the Pacific Coast Golfing champion each year. His pet hate is making speeches He likes being a comedian and is the only living funny man, perhaps, who does not want to play Hamlet! To this woman, life was a play and this was the third act curtain and she played it like a Bernhardt. "But the other type, the . made actor," he went on, "lives in a world of realism, or at least in a world which he believes to be very prosaic at best. He hasn't the. optimistic and romantic appreciation for it that the other fellow has. But the fact remains that he is some- faction out of acting as some men get out of reading poetry or drinking wine. "It's an emotional effect.. ill ONCE was present," he continued, "at the I death bed of an actress of this type. Even though she was dying, she gave the greatest performance of her career. She actually emoted at her own demise "That will give you an idea of what I mean. Many Stars Insist On Choosing Their Own Cameraman wouldn't make any difference." Croaby continued with hla man. Charlie Chaplin sees that Rollie Tetheroh is on hand whenever he has the urge to make a picture, while Greta Garbo becomes voluble when threatened with the loss of her favorite clnematographer, William Daniels. Daniels knows the "length of the shots" Garbo must thinks none of his pictures would be complete without this particular lensman. THE revolt of George Raft was spread on the front pages. Scheduled to play opposite Carole Lombard, Raft walked out because he feared the cameraman would favor the actress in the shooting. The cameraman remained and Carole got a new leading man. HOLLYWOOD stars, awakened to the importance of the man behind the camera, now ask, when assigned to a new picture, not. "Who is the director T" but "Who is the cameraman T" Many a pampered lady will not even don makeup unless her favorite lenaman, who is thoroughly familiar with her wishes concerning: photographic angles, lighting and camera technic, la on the set to see that she gets "photographic Justice." Studios resound with disagreements that have arisen between high-salaried stars regarding: timea a better actor because he is less liable to overplay his part." "In real life, Harold, which type is the happier?" the comedian was asked. "The realist whose world la comparatively prosaic or those born with their romantic, make-believe outlook?" 1 "As a rule," returned Lloyd seriously, "I should say the romantics are the happier. "Because," he added, "they can dramatize even their misfortunes. And when they suffer they suffer like artists!" SEEING Lloyd off the screen minus his specs he seems no different from an Insurance man, a golf pro or a traveling salesman. It is obvious he is not the romantic, dreaming type. He is lean and wiry, with black hair brushed straight back. He talks with great earnestness when serious, grins frequently and has one of the most contagious laughs in Hollywood. To all appearances he seems wholly untouched by the egocentric dangers that go with fame and fortune in the cinema capital. He has never forgotten that he once atarted as an extra. He has one standing rule in his press department His boys must not permit him to appear in print as boasting or bragging. Born in Burchard. N'ebr. (in 1S93), In the days when a young orator by the name of William Jennings Bryan was representing his district In Congress and the Chicago .World's Fair was consuming the front space of American newspapers, Lloyd says he can't remember the time when he was not stage crazy. "I can't recall ever wanting to be a fireman, a policeman or an engineer like the other boys in my neighborhood," rersrlled the comedian "As far back as I can remember I was stage crazy." His desire to follow dramatics began early with parlor tricks. In fact. Lloyd's friends say, he has not outgrown them to this .day. On trie set it is not uncommon to. see the star comedian pull an egg out of a cameraman's mouth or bring forth a rabbit from behind the' pink ears of the leading ladv. The trick that gave young' Lloyd, then about .m: A- have and. therefore, the star realizes his value to her picture. Marlene Dietrich is equally Insistant upon Charles Lang, and Richard Dix, who was probably the discoverer of the Importance of sticking to one cameraman, has Insisted throughout the years that Edward Cronjager photograph hi in., OLIVER HARDY, who co-stars in Hal Roach comedies with Stan Laurel, comes by hla weight, S6S Is Fox studio and Shirley Temple running a race with. Father Time? That question is being asked over and over again by those who have watched the mad rush to shoot a Temple picture. Shirley has made 14 feature length pictures In 36 months, and her last picture was shot in the record time of 28 days. The achievement Is all the more remarkable if" not questionable when it is considered that Shirley has been required by her bosses to learn from six to seven songs In some of her pic V ''mm their "rights" to this or that photographer. Sometimes the disagreement are settled amicably and at other times teal feuda spring forth, The "squawk" which arose between Mae West and Blng Crosby was not publicised and yet Karl Struss, cameraman, was caught In the cross-fire. Struss had already been assigned, and was working on the Crosby picture when Mae started work. Put Mae wanted Struss just the same. Bo did Crosby. A con- pounds, naturally. His mother Richard Dix Shirley Temple and father, Mr. and Mrs ir :;, I Arthur Jefferson of London. England, tip the scales, reflectively, 20 and 2S1 pounds. Hla four brothers and sisters each weigh 200 pounds or better, and his four aunts and uncles have a romblned poundage of P20 pounds. Fur years Cecil B DeMlIle has had Victor Mllner assigned to all his productions. Milner has already one Academy award and.DeMille tures, to learn and rehearse Intricate dance routines, besides memorize countless words of dialogue. Those who haw seen Shirley recently believe the strenuous exercise undergone In dancing has caused her to "shoot up" more rapidly than she would have otherwise. They say the "gangling age" is not far In the distance. ulted In Mae contenting her- ,,in8 Crosby self with George Clemens, first assistant to B truss whom Mae was told was long familiar with Struss modus) operandi and therefore "It PAGE FOUR-B ,

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