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9 r 'Peg 0' My Heart' .' A I M : : V ' - : : J y? . - i ' " '' Of Movies and Movie-Makers in May The PleasanterT Impressions of a Constant Filmgoer, Including a Fine Ter formance by a Departed Actor and a Moonlight Desert Serenade A Director Views With Alarm By MARTIN DICKSTEIN HIGHLIGHTS OP A MOVIEGOER'S WEEK: Ernest Tor- rence's splendid performance as tha brawny Scotch smuggler In "I Cover the Waterfront"... Karl Freund'j beautiful photography In "The Kiss Before the Mirror" which made Nancy Carroll seem lovelier than ever be fore... Jack Oakie's grand comedy in "The Eagle and the Hawk," a picture you won't want to miss when It comes around to your Neighborhood theater. The coquettish angles at which Bette Davis wore her hats In "Ex-Lady"... And the cute let's-put-out-the-llghts-and-go-to-sleep Incident in the same picture... Myrna Loy maintaining her customary poise while riding a camel In "The Barbarian"... And Ramon Novar-ro'i moonlight serenade in the desert (the old heartbreaker). The closeups of George Arllss' bare tootsies In "The Working Man" at the Strand ... Frank Roosevelt's nonchalance during his nationwide broadcast, in the news-reels... Ben Lyon calling his city editor a "mental midget" and getting away with It, In "I Cover the Waterfront." Ernest Truex's curly whiskers in "The Warrior's Husband," and Ellssa Land! trying desperately to seem like a bold, brave Amazon In the same picture, and succeeding only In looking bewltchingly femi nine and very beautiful... Walter Pidgeon lighting a couple of dozen candles with a single match and missing nary a one, in that scene before his rendezvous with Gloria Stuart in "The Kiss Before the Mirror." Loretta Young looking charming In spite of pigtails and her "Or-phlnt Annie" uniform in "Zoo In Budapest," at the Albee . . . The unvarying courtesy of Roxy's uniformed staff (and please don't call them ushers) at the Music Hall. A Sacl Misconception J Just what sort of a fellow is the average moving picture director? The customary conception of him is as a rather absurdly dressed individual in checkered riding breeches, turtle-neck sweater, a cap on back wards and a megaphone. But contrary to popular opinion, a director Is no walking comic drawing. He doesn't work in breeches, nor does he bark commands through Era of Beer and Bicycles Brings Back Buxom Chorine WHERE ftre the chorus girls of yesteryear? The chorines In the numerous musicals now being turned out by the film studios are not those who sang and danced in those backstage dramas which made history when talking pictures first were introduced. Of the 50 dancers in Paramount's forthcoming "International House" only two admitted having appeared in "Broadway Melody" or other pictures of five or six years ago. When a similar checkup was made on the "College Humor" set not a single "old-timer" could be located. Perhaps the explanation for the short life of the average stage and screen dancing girl is thati popular taste has changed. This is an age of beer, bicycles and buxomness wherein the boyish figures of the flapper era have lost their appeal. This is proved by the fact that several of the bouncing beauties of the chorus of that epic of the Gay Nineties, "She Done Him Wrong," are now dancing in "College Humor," an up-to-the-minute affair. Yes, few of the chorus girls of a decade ago have carved permanent niches in the hall of screen fame. Among them are Peggy Hopkins Joyce, Marlon Davies, Nancy Carroll and Joan Crawford. But the great majority have vanished like last Winter's snow. Finding a suitable title is the second most difficult part of motion picture making, according to William Wright, who aids in the selection of some fifty "box office" titles a year for Paramount. "Naturally the most important and the most difficult part ot Ple" ture making Is the selection and preparation of a story," Mr. Wright declares. "Casting should take care of Itself. Directing is exacting but not difficult. Editing is a technical matter. But the selection of story and title is a big job. "Many an excellent picture has had but indifferent success at the box office because of a weak, misleading or unconvincing title." From where do titles come? f tudio .workers submit many. Some George Brent and Kay Francis in 'The Keyhole 18-lnch megaphones as he Is so often pictured in cartoons. 'This conception of a director is a libel against our profession," protests Wllhelm Dieterle, who super vised the production of "Adorable," New Films ALBEE "The Story of Temple Drake," with Miriam Hopkins, Jack LaRue and William Gargan. BROOKLYN STRAND "Central Airport," starring' Richard Barthelmess, with Sally Ellers and Tom Brown. CAPITOL "Peg o' My Heart," with Marion Davies, J. Farrell MacDonald and Onslow Stevens. FOX "The Keyhole," co-starring Kay Francis and George Brent. LOEW'S METROPOLITAN! "Peg o' My Heart," with Marion Davies and Onslow Stevens. PARAMOUNT (Manhattan) "The Girl In 419," with James Dunn, Gloria Stuart and Jack LaRue. R. K. O. MUSIC HALL "Adorable," co-staring Janet Gaynor and Henry Garat, with C. Aubrey Smith and Blanche Fredericl. R. K. O. ROXY "Hold Me" Tight," with James Dunn, Sally 'Ellers, Frank McHugh, June Clyde and Kenneth Thomson. ROXY (7th Ave.) "Cheating Blondes," with Thelma Todd, Mae Busch, Ralf Har-olde and Inez Courtney. STRAND (Manhattan) "Picture Snatcher," starring James Cagney, with Alice White, Patricia Ellis and Ralph Bellamy. the musical romance featuring Janet Gaynor at the Music Hall. "During my experience in filming pictures, I have known but two directors who regularly worked in riding breeches. One was Cecil B. De-Mille, who is a gentleman of good taste, and the other was a man whose name I have forgotten. "The same Is quite true of megaphones," insists Mr. Dieterle. "The times a phrase in a book, a newspaper headline, or a casual remark will suggest them. Incidentally, it has been pointed out recently that the combinations of short, pithy words requisite for good titles are running low, and that 25 years from now pictures may be numbered rather than named. How to remain heavily veiled and still view motion 'pictures Is a problem which has long bothered the women of Treblzond, who shroud their faces in public. But such have been the strides of progress that when the theater is darkened 'they now push aside their veils just enough to bare one eye. When that orb gets tired they switch to the other! A high hat is In the malls today, New England-bound, in answer to an old man's dream. With it goes assurance that motion picture stars do read their fan mail personally. A few days ago Jack Oakle received an odd request from an old gentleman in a small Massachusetts town. All his life the New Eng ender had wanted a hat a high silk hat one he could wear to lodge meetings. Many of his fellow members owned such hats. He could not afford to buy one. Would the actor help? Oakle would and did. A fine, tall opera hat in the latest fashion is on 1U way. , BROOKLYN and 'Story at the Fox only time we needed and used them In our business was when directing outdoor scenes a good distance from the camera. That need no longer exists. Today we have elaborate public address systems capable of carrying a director's whisper a mile or more. The megaphone, like the dodo bird, Is quite extinct. An American Failing "We directors are pictured as impossible creatures because it Is the American custom to exaggerate types," Dieterle explains. "For instance, a farmer is popularly presented as an uncouth bumpkin a type he certainly Is not; the legislator is always crafty-looking and rotound; a traction or public utilities magnate is always an ogre, and a gambler is portrayed as a suave, lean and menacing type. As a matter of fact, the last mentioned is more often than not a cherubic, Innocent-looking man." Actually, the screen's leading directors belie the caricatures designed to represent them as a class. David Wark Griffith always works m a severely tailored English suit and often with a derby on his head. Henry King, who directed "State Fair," looks every inch the matinee Idol. Lubltsch comes to work In a business man's suit and a fat cigar In his mouth. James Cruze wears whatever comes handiest, and constantly a cap which falls over one ear. King Vivor fancies flannel trou sers and sweaters, while John Ford persists in white or stripped slacks, tennis shoes, camel's hair coat and a big .pipe. But Mr. Dieterle entertains little hope of correcting the public conception of the man behind the camera. "What's the use," he asks in despair. "If the farmer with his great voting power, and the capitalist with his wealth, can't help themselves, what chance has the poor, maligned movie director?" Thingumajig Blng Crosby eats but one meal a day. He passes up breakfast and if he eats at noon at all it is merely a sandwich. Jack Oakle, who was a "hoofer" before he went to Hollywood, assists Dance Director Harold Hecht in the staging of tricky dance numbers in "College Humor." Gall Patrick is one of Hollywood's most ambitious" young actresses. She's now studying advanced French, Spanish and dancing. "Shock Appeal" Is the secret of the surprising success which Mae West has registered, in the opinion of George Palmer Putnam, chairman of Paramount's editorial board. Among his other accomplishments, Cary Grant Is a stilt walker, trapeze artist and contortonist. Sylvia Sidney, soon to be seen In "Jennie Gerhardt," was once Frederic March's leading woman in a Denver stock company. Now they are in the same studio. Ben Lyon, Claudett Colbert, Uobarl Cavanaugh and tho late DAILY EAGLE, NEW, of Temple Drake' P sf If ' s J Marion Davie In 'Peg o" My Ilnart at Loen't Metropolitan thl$ tcerk. On Nearby Curtains 'Central Airport,' 'Story of Temple Drake' and 'The Keyhole' Occupy Downtown Screens RICHARD BARTHELMESS In i his latest picture, "Central - Airport," is this week's lea-1 ture at the Brooklyn Warner Strand Theater. This thrilling air story is unusual in that it glorifies the commercial flyers of peace, rather than the blrdmen of war. An interesting romantic triangle Is formed in this picture by Barthelmess, who believes a flyer's place is in the sky, not in the home; his younger brother, whose viewpoint is just the opposite, and the girl (Sally Ellers), who wants Dick's love but Tom's "security." Barthelmess plays the role of a commercial pilot who cracks up with a plane filled with passengers. Discredited, he resorts to stunting with a flying circus, which provides the thrilling background for the story. After losing his sweetheart,, Dick becomes a free-lance pilot and, with a savage reckless ness, seeks danger in far off places. In the cast also are Glenda Farrell, Harold Huber, Grant Mitchell, James Murray, Claire McDowell, Wlllard Robertson, Arthur Vinton and Charles Sellon. Heading the short subject program at the Strand is a musical comedy called "The Way of All Freshman," with Hal Le Roy and Mitzl Mayfair; Ruth Ettlng in a two-act novelty, "Along Came Ruth," and Bobby Jones in "Position and Backswlng," the second of a series of golf shorts on "How to Brcftlc 90. "Moments Muslcale," a song and organ presentation with Daisy Neilan. "The Mfclody Girl," and John Hammond, Is an added attraction. William Faulkner's dramatic tale of present-day youth, "The Story of Temple Drake," Is the new screen feature at the RKO Albee Theater, Miriam Hopkins is the star of this dramatic nroductlon. while Jack La Rue. William Gargan. William Collier Jr. and Irving Plchcl head the supporting cast. Miss Hopkins is cast as a reckless young Southern girl, who, fortunately, knows the limits of her own wildness. Although she loves a young attorney, she refuses his of fer of marriage because she feels she is not good enough for him Eventually her recklessness leads her into a dreadful association with a city gangster, an experience which leads to a murder and an exciting climax. La Rue plays the role of the sinister gangster. IMPRESSIONS OF A CARICATURIST y "" " 1 ' . ' ' " " '. YORK, SUNDAY, MAY "Hot Pepper" is the stage show at the Albee this week. It is a fast-moving, tuneful entertainment featuring Horace Heidt and his Callfornians in a colorful Mexican setting. The Albee Streamline Rockets (formerly the Radio City Roxyettes) also appear in this pres entation together with the Four Flash Devils. Walter Walters, the cowboy ven triloquist, offers a new ventriloquist act in this unusual stage show. His figures are as near human as hinges and wires can make them. One rides a bicycle, another a pair of roller skates. The famous police dog, Lobo, appearing with Heidt's Callfornians, and Phil Fabello and his Albee Orchestra are other features at the Albee this week. Lanny Ross, Wesley Eddy, Kay Francis and George Brent are the featured names this week at the Fox Brooklyn Theater. Ross, singing star of radio's "Showboat Hour," is lie stage headllner. Eddy, master of ceremonies at the Fox, enters the 11th week of his record run there and the lovely Miss Francis and Mr. Brent are co-starred in "The Keyhole" on the screen. "They Keyhole," incidentally, is the first Warner picture ever to play at the Fnx. Ross is the second big star in the Fox Theater's new policy of having a "name" headllner s on the stage each week. A noted college athlete, holder of the National A. A. U. championship for 300 yards, Ross discovered he had a fine tenor voice while singing with the Yale Glee Club. Among other featured acts on the Fox stage this week are Harriet Hutchlns in a skit called "Crazy People," with Ramon Rlngo, noted tango and rhumba dancer; Georges Campo, international pantomimlst and mimic; the Bal - Accordion Five; new precision routines by the Gae Foster girls; a waltz specialty by Wesley Eddy, and a musical divertissement by the Fox Rhythm band. In "They Keyhole," Miss Francis and Brent are supported by a strong supporting cast, including Glenda Farrell, Allen Jenkins, Monroe Owsley, Helen Ware and Henry Kolker. Michael Curtlz directed the picture, which is based on the novel, "Adventuress," by Alice Duer Miller. The story concerns a private detective (Brent) who is hired by AT 'I COVER THE WATERFRONT nci( Torrence at they teem In 21,. 1933. Feature Local Screen At w v . v. ': 7 A M v VJ By Their Legs Ye Shall Know Them' All Sorts of Characteristics Can Dc Gauged hy a Girl's Feet, Says Movie Director Mervyn LeRoy, and "B1 Y THEIR legs ye shall know them." Mervyn LeRoy, who has been directing Joe E. Brown in "Elmer the Great," voices this terse rule for judging a woman's disposition. Mervyn declares that it works, that he has applied it during his years of experience as a director and that it' has never played him false. And recently he directed "Oold Diggers of 1933. the new Warner Bros, all-star musical picture in which over 200 beautiful girls appear, so he has had plenty of material for study. One day on the set, LeRoy enunciated the maxim during a conversation with Brown; and Joe, being a shrewd student of human nature, promptly challenged him to explain how it worked. The director ran his eyes swiftly over the people on the set a mixed crowd of perhaps 30 or 40, sitting and standing around, while the electricians wheeled lights into position for the next scene. Across the set was sitting a young woman, obviously ill at ease, the ball of one foot pressing nervously on the toe of her other slipper. The Nervous Nellie "Look at that girl," said LeRoy; "see what she's doing with her feet. From hero I can't tell who she is, but I'd put her down at once as a girl who is easily embarrassed. Something has fussed and upset her now, or she wouldn't be sitting like that." Joe recognized the girl in question and grinned. "You're right about her, Mervyn." he replied. "That's Miss So-and-so, and the boys around the set love to kid her and tease her, becatist they can get her goat so easily. You win this time." "All right," LeRoy went on. "Take that big blonde sitting On the other side of the camera, with her legs stretched out in front of her. There's a girl who doesn't care two pins for convention or appearances." "She's got nothing to be ashamed of as far as appearances go," put in Joe. "You mean you'd pick her for a get-her-man type?" "That, among other things," said LeRoy. "I don't mean to say that putting one's legs out in front of one Is the hall-mark of a gold-digger. It may be that or It may be just that the girl is so honest and sincere with herself and every one else that she doesn't consider It worth while to waste time on a lot of foolish conventions. "What it does show, however, is a wealthy businessman to keep a watchful eye on Brook's beautiful young wife (Miss Francis. Yes, the sleuth falls In love with her, and the resulting complications lead to a thrilling climax. Two short subjects complete the Fox's screen program. One is "Knight Duty," featuring Harry Langdon. The other is no less a cinema celebrity than "Trees and Flowers," the Walt Disney "Silly Symphony" animated cartoon which recently won the Motion Picture Academy award for the best "short" of the year. the net talkii at the Riioll. 4- A ....Jfcwiini Dirk nnrlUflmnt and Snllv Eileri in 'Central Airport, Strand that she has courage and determination. Once she makes up her mind to a course of action, she Isn't afraid of what people may think or say." "Sounds like a pretty sensible Looking Forward More good photoplays Rre in the offing for the Brooklyn Strand than ever before in that theater's history, according to Manager W. J. McLaughlin. Tills week the Strand Is showing Richard Barthelmess' latest picture, "Central Airport," with Sally Ellers as Dick's leading lady. Next Friday will bring "Ex-Lady," Bette Davis' first starring film, to the local Warner house. Gene Raymond appears opposite Miss Davis in this production. And then in rapid succession Manager McLaughlin proudly advises, will come Ruth Chatterton in "Lilly Turner," James Cagney in "Picture Snatcher," Edward G. Robinson in "The Little Giant," and, topping them all, "Gold Diners of 1933," a musical production which thn Warner Brothers believe to be even better than "Forty-second Street." piece of reasoning," admitted Joe. "Got any more of these Sherlock Holmes gags up your sleeve?" Tlie. HirinKiiig Violet "Two or three," answered the director. "For instance, a girl who habitually twines one foot abovo the ankle of the other when she Is sitting down Is usually quite demure and self-effacing in extreme cases, a shrinking violet type. ' Did you ever know one who did that, as a matter of habit, and wasn't?" "No," replied Joe. "I wouldn't pick that sort as the kind who walks up to you, slaps you on the back and chortles: 'Hello, kid; let's shake a hoof!' " "A girl who has the habit of rising on her toes Is the sort of a girl who enjoys being kissed," pursued LeRoy. Teg o' My Heart' and Oilier Films Feature Loew Screens MARION DAVIES is starring at Loew's Metropolitan Theater this week in her latest starring film, "Peg o' My Heart." Featured In the supporting cast are Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald and Juliette Compton. "Peg o' My Heart" was adapted for the screen by Frances Marlon from the play by J. Hartley Manners. It Is said to be a perfect vehicle for Miss Davies, who has become one of the screen's most successful comediennes. On the stage this week the Metropolitan headlines Will Mahoney, the dancing comedian and former star of Earl Carroll's "Vanities." Other acts on the bill are Arthur and Morton Havel, Gracclla and Theodore, Buster Shaver, with Oliver and George and the Deguchis. "42d Street" is the new screen attraction at Loew's Valencia Theater. The cast Includes Warner Baxter, Dick Powell, Ruby Kecler, Guy Kibbee, Una Merkcl, George E. Stone, Ginger Rogers and Bebe Daniels. A musical film, the plot revolves around the production of a Broadway show. On the stage this week the Valencia Is offering Yorke and King, Sid Gary, Peggy Taylor nnd Gary Leon, the three Victor Girls ancj Ray Hullng and his seal. The current screening at Loew's Gates is Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper in "Today We Live," which Is being shown in conjunction with the usual vaudeville bill. From Tuesday to Thursday "Murders In the. Zoo," with Charlie Ruggles, will be the screen feature at the Gates. Feature films showing at other Loew houses this week follow: ALPINE, 46TH STREET AND ORIENTAL Today to Monday. "Today We Live"; Tuesday to Thursday, "Murders in the Zoo" and "Oliver Twist." BAY RIDGE Today, "Secrets"; Monday and Tuesday, "Sweepings" and "From Hell to Heaven"; Wednesday and Thursday, "Fast Workers" and "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum." BEDFORD Today, "Today We n-c u Arrivals I v Disposal of Her Iops and lie Ought to Know 'Hold on a minute." exclaimed Joe. "That's a fast one. How do you know that? Ever have any personal experience that would bear out your statement?" "I know what I'm talking abotlt, smiled the megnphonkt, diplomati cally evading a direct answer. "Besides, I've kept my eyes open and I've never seen a girl like that who ever slapped a man for kissing her, if he wasn't too rouRh about it." "You're a- tough witness," murmured Joe, in a disappointed tone. "Oot any more?" LeRoy nodded. "The girl who crosses her legs unconsciously when she sits down Is a girl who is always at ease and believes in herself." "And Is pretty sure she has something to believe in." added Joe with a twinkle in his eye. "Naturally," retorted Meryyn, "But It's brains as often as beauty. There are some girls who are so dumb they don't know it, but most of them have a pretty accurate idea of their own Intelligence, and what it's worth. Dimmer Ahead 1 "A good type of girl to steer clear of," he went on, "unless you like to have a spitfire on your hands, is the girl who keeps the ball of one foot off the ground. She's given to sudden spasms of anger. If you like taming wildcats, you won't mind. But she's no playmate for a peace-loving man." "Thanks for the tip, Mervyn," said Joe. "I'll pass it on to my boys, when they get old enough to understand those things." "And finally, a good way to spot a gold-digger is to watch for the young lndy who puts the toe of one foot under the arch of the other," concluded LeRoy. "She knows her trimmings." The star and director rose to return to the set as the rameraman signaled that he was ready for the next scene. "You sure have the pretty ones spotted and catalogued," murmured Joe as they walked across the stage together. "Why don't you put all that down in a book and have it published? That's valuable information." "What's the use?" said Mervyn. "Everybody wants, to nd things out for himself. Tho men wouldn't believe me and the women would all be sore at me. It's a lot more fun making pictures." - Live"; Monday and Tuesday, 'Tast Workers"; Wednesday and Thursday, "Murders in the Zoo" and "Oliver Twist." BUEVOORT Today, "Gabriel Over the White House" and "Blondle Johnson"; Monday and Tuesday, "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" and "Pleasure Crui.se"; Wednesday and Thursday. "Parole Girl" and "Dtplomnnlacs." CONEY ISLAND Today, "Today We Live"; Monday and Tuesday, "Fast Workers" and "Scarlet River"; Wednesday and Thursday, "Murders In the Zoo" and "Exposure." HILLSIDE Todav and Monday, "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" and "Oliver Twist"; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, "Today We Live." KAMEO Today and Mondar, "Today We Live"; Tuesday to Thursday, "Murders In the Zoo and "Fast Workers." KINGS and TRIBORO "Plclt Up"; Tuesday to Thursday, "Perfect Understanding." M ELBA Today, "Today We Live"; Monday and Tuesday, "Sweepings" and "From Hell to Heaven": Wednesday and Thursday, "Murders in the Zoo." PALACE T o d a y to Tuesday, "Secrets"; Wednesday and Thursday, "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" and "Exposure." WIL LARD Todav and Monday, Today We Live"; Tuesday to Thursday, "Murders In the Zoo" and "The Constant Woman." i

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