BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE, NEW YORK, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1933 'Roberta'. New Musical Comedy, Has Broadway Premiere More Films Arrive The Theaters By ARTHUR 'Roberta,' n Musical Comedy Harhach. Opens Modestly A novel by Alice Duer Miller has been converted Into a musical :medy by Otto Harbach. The novel was "Gowns by Roberta" and the musical comedy is "Roberta," which arrived on Saturday evening at the New Amsterdam Theater. What the novel was before Mr. Harbach made musical comedy Jokes of it I don't know, but the Jokes Mr. Harbach has made of it are flat. Jerome Kern did the music, however. Delicate, warm music fling rather the New Amsterdam. The gowns, though, are striking, the sett pretty, the general air one of placid good taste. "Roberta" som( cannot help being colorless. Tamara, the black-haired Russian plays the heroine, is charming in a night club, where charm is so se! found, but. her voice is of the kind best suited for caressing songs, serviceable for filling a large theater. A do7.cn times more believable than most heroines of musical comedy who are spoken of by the other characters as enchanting, she nevertheless seems a little faint and spiritless. She plays a princess working in a gown shop (the sappy hero comes right out and tells her he loves her when he learns that the is a princess). I don't know anything about princesses, but I am sure that if an actress wants to look like one she should stand up straight. And it's better for the lungs. Tamara lets herself look like a sad step-sister. man." is the American fullback who meets Tamara in his aunt's gown shop in Paris she is the Roberta of the title add falls clumsily in love. That is at the beginning and nothing happens after that that hasn't happened in several hundred musical comedies previously. There understanding. Tamara thinks ; he loves the toueh liciwhu ueuu- I tante. who Dursues him negligently. nd the boy thinks Tamara is in love with Roberta's Russian doorman. Tamara and he have fights. The debutante and he have fights. All seems lost. And then at the last moment at a night club everything suddenly comes out all right. The aunt is Pay Templeton, still a charming woman with a charm-ins voice, twice as plump as once .she was but delightful. She dies in the first act without signing her win. which was to leave her shop to Tamara. The nephew knew she meant it for Tamara. who won't accept it from him. So he and the girl become partners. Meanwhile George Murphy, one of his pals, dances occasionally, and Bob Hope, another pal, orchestra leader and radio crooner, makes all the Jokes. Otto Harbacb's Jokes. Hollywood By I RIAN JAMES r'E Navy has more fun! Every 15 minutes or maybe it only seems like every 15 minutes they go out and play themselves another game of war. The sailors get themselves all worked up; naval aviators and amply striped officers get their names in the paper, and the Navy Department hardly spends more money than it wotflri cost to support a couple of millions of the unemployed for a couple of years. As one who never really did know what the Navy hoped to find out by going around playing games with itself, the news that it will play hide-and-seek with the Jacon, in order to learn whether the Macon was worth the many millions of dollars it cost, is interesting. As an old dissenter we beg to be allowed to offer an idea, though. Maybe it would have been a good idea to figure out of what use the Macon was really going to be, BEFORE it was built. We realize we're a little late with this, but it's a thought. Oh, yes, and we don't know whether anybody else noticed this or not, but it occurred to us when Warner Brothers recently tossed that luncheon for the visiting Naval Committee. An entire sound stage was elaborately made over; spread with tables, and the tables, forthwith, spread with celebrities. The idea behind the luncheon was to give the visiting committee such a good time that they wouldn't want to move their old naval base from San Pedro to some place else. Well, there were vaudeville acts, speeches from members of the committee that were even funnier, and, finally, wholesale introduction of the committee. And, believe it or not, of all the Senators, Congressmen, and so on. who are on the committer, only TWO come from States that are anywhere NEAR the water. The rest of 'em were from the Carol inas, Kansas and the arid Inlands. Nobody told us why, though! I HPHE diminutive Sidney Pox is in 1 town, along with hubby Charlie Beahan. She isn't here to work, though, to hear her tell it. Just looking around. While East, she spent several months attending a dramatic school the same dramatic school that turned out Helen Hayes and Katharine Hepburn, if you must know. She learned a lot. too. She'll stay around Hollywood for a month or so, and then, unless be gets a very, very tempting offer, will go back East and appear In Husband Charlie's newest play "Dearly Beloved." Crosby Gaige Is tolng to produce it; says it's the btst thing he's era had. I Fmfly Man J Wally Ford, one of the really swell actors out here, Is more or leas of an old softy, when it comes to family and fireside. One by one, Wally has been I": sprung various members of hie wile's JamlJy from tbe i POLLOCK by Jerome Kern and Ott at the Netc Amsterdam faintly for so large THB C. John KenT." .Rain Sophie Tealc Mr. Hope is an elaborately graceful comedian with great faith in the elegance and eloquence of gestures with bent wrists. Lyda Roberti, as t0mer of the gown shop, is relied upon to proviae ine todusi quality the others lack. She dashes about and shakes her hips and sings strong nasal notes and is animation itself. Some day when she has a nice role written for her and isn't asked to be the complete life of the party, she ought to make an enormous hit. Today she works A redhead named Nayan Pearce, also energetic, gets now and then better results with fewer wriggles. Sydney Greenstreet. a good comedian when in the right place, has little to do. Kiviette has designed fetching costumes, Clark Robinson handsome settings. "Roberta" goes in. 1 suppose, for charm. And that is dangerous. If you miss it. you haven't missed anything. In this case there is only Jerome Kern's sweet music. And that needs singing. And one by one. Wally has found out that sisters-in-law are something else again. But it hasn't bothered him. H keeps 'em around the fireside for Just so long, and then, when they begin to get in his hair, he cheerfully sends them forth to seek apartments of their own. HE pays the rent, too! That way. everybody's happy! Briefs Joe Schenk and Miriam Hopkins are in your 'mongst . . . The Countess Landi, Elissa's Ma, is East, hunting for a play for Elissa, who, incidentally, will shortly announce her engagement to Abrams Chasen, the Music man ... a Pairbanks-Pickford reconciliation is definitely on the way, regardless! . . . Paramount has Just paid plenty for "Big Bad Wolf" and "The Last Round Up," which songs will be so played out by the time they appeas in a forthcoming Para flicker that they won't be worth a nickel . . . and Radio, which company engaged Francis Lederer, the Matinee Idol, because he is handsome and brimming with S. A., made him up as an Eskimo in his very first pic, so that you can't tell he is either! Helmann Gives Second Recital; Stueckgold Sings Aleksandr Helmann, the Russian pianist who made his American debut a fortnight ago, gave his second recital of the season last night in the Town Hall before a large audience. He confirmed the impression he made on his first appearance as a sincere and accomplished musician, though the all-Chopin program last night did not reveal the full scope of his talents. Mr. Helmann is by no means deficient in poetic feeling or the ability to communicate it to his hearers, but there were many pages in the major works of Chopin on his program last night wherein he substituted superficial bravura for an eloquent proclamation of the message of the composer. The Fantaisie in F minor. Op. 66, lacked the imagination and fire wnlch are inherent in the music, and the Funeral March of the Sonata in B flat minor was conceived rather in the mood of a sentimental nocturne than in the profound and impassioned spirit which should permeate this exalted movement. But the artist's clean technic, delicacy of tone color and impeccable taste gave manifest pleasure to a large audience which demonstrated its approval of the pianist. In addition to the works cited, he played the Nocturne in D flat major, the Fantatsio-lmpromptii in C sharp minor and a final group of 12 Etudes. Grete Stueckgold. the accomplished soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Company, gave a song recital yesterday afternoon in the Town Hall before an enthusiastic audience which applauded the singer in a program of classic airs and German Lleder. These Included an aria from Mozart's "II Re Faetore," Haydn's "With Verdure Clad." and .songs by 8chubert, Brahms, Hugo Wolff, 1 Mahler and Richard Strauss. Mme. StueckgoM has (riven evidence in i he w. of her fine artistry, both on the opera and concert stages. Music ENLIVEN MUSICAL SATIRE 1 ! William Carton and Victor Maura in " The By MARTIN The Invisible Man,' Newest of the Horror Films, Furnishes Thrills at the Roxy 'Rroadvoay Thru a Keyhole at the Met Something new in horror pictures is offered in "The Invisible Man" at the original Roxy Theater this week. For sheer thrills, this picturi-zation of H. G. Wells' yarn puts such boo-stories as "Frankenstein" and "Dracula" in the shade. Imagine, if you can, a man who can make himself disappear completely from view by the simple process of taking off his clothes! And imagine the unlimited possibilities of such an amazing trick should the "invisible man" take it into his head to rob a bank or commit a couple of murders. This man who can make himself evaporate before your very eyes, we learn at the Roxy, is a young scientist who has hit upon a formula to produce invisibility. The magic po- tion soon gets out of his control, and while he strives frantically to find the counter-drug which will return mm to a normal state oi opaqueness, he keeps his face swathed in surgical bandages to eonceal the nothingness that lies behind them. And when he goes violently mad, as he eventually does, and commits a series of heinous crimes, all he had to do in order to evade the police Is to strip himself of his bandages and garments and disappear into thin air. All this is, of course, as fantastic as it is gruesome. Yet it must be confessed that it serves its purpose as an eerie and horrifying melodrama. What technical procedure was employed in causing the balmy scientist to disappear from view a limb at a time, we are unable to say, but It can be reported that James Whale has directed the production Ingeniously, and that it that was possible under thi Claude Rains Is the invisible ter- ror, William Harrigan is one of his scientific associates who eventually! meets a horrible death at the hands of the maniac, and Gloria Stuart ! adds the customary romantic toueh the unfortunate scientists heart broken fiancee. Phil Regan. Luisita Leers. Smith Rogers and Eddie, the Six Danwllls and Dave Schooler and his band are featured on the Roxy's new stage program. An added scret-n attraction Is Lillian Roth in "Million Dollar Melody." At Loew's Met The Dance Martha Graham in Dance Recital at Guild Theater Martha Graham and her group gave their first performance of the current season at the Guild Theater last night. Her devotees attended In large number and unfailingly they applauded her with tumultuous enthusiasm. Hers Is an esoteric aflt and those who are of the initiate accept, it seems without reservation, all she has to offer. Miss Graham offered a new dance rycle which she calls "Frenetic Rhythms," the music for which was composed by Walllngford Riegger. This is a series of three dances of possession in different tempers. Although Miss Graham possesses an extensive dance vocabulary, her technique of movement and design always project, at least to this spec- I and her singing yesterday again revealed her as a singer of vocal and interpretative gifts of a high order. The outstanding charm of a singularly appealing personality gave ',. Z. B. ,et 'Em Eat Cake," which it to the Imperial Screen DICKSTEIN 'Invisible Man' THE CAST is the screen attraction of the week at Loew's Metropolitan. The story suggested by Walter Winchell, Is about a gentleman racketeer who falls in love with a pretty night club entertainer, only to lose her in the end to a crooner. It Is not an unfamiliar movie theme, but since it is accompanied by a number ol smartly staged musical incidents which provide an eye-filling background for the narrative, one is in- cllned to overlook the absence of originality in the plot, "Broadway Thru a Keyhole" moves " White Way to "ie Palm-studded shores of Miami r "alK A" , rrequent visits to night clubs, where the cameras and microphones pick up the floor-show entertainment which furnishes the production with its musical interludes. Constance Cummings. as the cabaret entertainer; Paul Kelly, as the polished racketeer, and Russ Columbo, in the role of the crooner, head a large cast which includes also Blossom Seeley, Gregory Ratoff and the late Texas Gulnan. The Metropolitan's vaudeville bill this week Is headed by Eddie Garr, former star of "Strike Me Pink." Jack Sidney's "Samples," Chase and LaTour, the Hustrel Family and John pogarty, the radio tenor, also are featured on the program. tator, an Impression of Dominating all Is her tortured, fractured style which removes her conceptions from anything within one's experience. "Frenetic Rhythms" are so removed, with design freer and broader than some of her primitive compositions but still within the same general outline. Another new number, "Dance Prelude," music by Lopatnikoff, which opened the program, was In Miss Graham's lighter manner, and varied little from the Dance Prelude of last season. "Ditliyramblc," although still obscure, remains her highest achievement In movement, design and dynamics. The separate patterns, now familiar, stand out with greater clarity, but as yet wt have not been able to find the connecting links. The "Ekstasls," two lyric fragments, are Indeed compositions of definite lyrical quality. They possess delicacy of movement and line, and subtly project the feeling of exalta- Other numbers were "Lamentation," "Primitive Canticles," "Primitive Mysteries" and "Tragic Pat terns," in the last two of which the group participated. S. A. The tonnage of commercial feeds bought by Ohio farmers in 1932 was 50 percent less than in 1929 and 17 percent less than In 1931. A Harvard Janitor, whose bust has i If jusi oat mor lUng to dunt. ( Reverting By ART TYPO DINNER, AHOY! Walter Winchell himself will be , present. Arthur Lippman will try ' at the Tvpo Dinner tomorrow night! ! to Jln vlolet "eyn Storey, our I The far-famed columnist is back 111 gg judge' at the head town feeling much better after sev- j It be one of the st din- i eral weeks in Miami and unless 1 ners in Typo history. the doctor orders him not to, he ZZI j will positively Join, the Typos at 1 1 'One Returns' ) I their annual dinner at the Towers. And SQ tnls roymg reporter falta , Which is grand news, indeed! ! tQ revlewing nis rambles ... To Walter arrived late last night and tne Astor TtuK on XueBday nlgnt I will rest for a week before resuming f0r the opening of "Eskimo" and j his daily column and Sunday night notice Joan Crawford and Pranchot broadcasts. We sauntered around Tone sitting a few feet away and together in the early a.m. while looking very romantic ... the ' Walter cast a fond eye over his be- "Eskimo" movie turns out to be one 1 loved Broadway. of those rare pictures that really "As much as I needed a rest. I deserve the stock adjectives such as I still get a kick out of being back "terrific, colossal, dynamic.'' The on Broadway," he remarked. photography is grand, the story The Winchell is getting a lot of ; gripping, the performances fine and fun out of hearing the wild rumors everything about the production Broadway about his condition and whereabouts. One newspaper refused to believe he was in Miami and was about to break a "scoop'' story saying that he had been kidnaped. Winchell came back just at the wrong time. "The stories are so amusing." Walter remarked. "One theatrical publication even ran a report that I was going to stop reviewing shows. Now I'll have to go to shows just to prove how wrong they are." Winchell was tickled to hear about the plans for the Typo Din- "111 d on Tuesday night," he said, got to rest for another week or but if it is at all possible, I' there." Orchids to you, Walter. 'I'll Be There' The phone jingles as I write this. It is Helen (inimitable) Morgan. "I won't be broadcasting Tuesday night," she reports, "and will try to get over to the Typo Dinner after my first show at the Simplon Club. You can expect me about 10 p.m. Will that be all right?" The answer, of course, was "That'll be just grand." And here's a Western Union boy with a message from Lulu McCon-nell, radio's leading woman comedian. "You can expect me Tuesday night. Regards," she states. Another wire tumbles in from Ted Husing, saying, "Will be delighted to attend on Tuesday if I'm not rushed out of town." It Should Be So it goes. The great of the, stage and screen and radio will Join the Typos, their friends and their guests at the annual dinner tomorrow night at the Towers. What a lineup! The list of those who have promised to drop in includes Walter Winchell's Gal Friday, Ruth Cambridge (she's popping in from Philadelphia). Milton Berle, Cab Calloway, Georgie Price, Gertrude Nie-sen, Phil Regan, Dan Healy, Jack White,, Jerry Bergen, Jules Tan-nen, Mickey Alpert, Mitzi Mayfair, Anita Page and so many others. John Erskine will be at the head table. Guy Hickok, The Eagle s ex-European correspondent, will be AMUSEMENTS MANHATTAN THE THEATER CHILD presr .dJ AH, L WILDERNESS! GUILD TIIEA u St W Cr?HAN Mats, thi itsinv ,,,,1 svti Hii.w. ':'; usnTX MILLER curroN WEBB helen BRODERICK S THOUSANDS CHEER WATERS M;.l I III IIIMl .,',,,1 ('itll v'.' " ill EXTRA MAT. FRIDAY, DEC. 1 BAKIll.I I a llllv-l N ,,,, Birthright ut0 $"h MDNT'ACiU FIELD 491h ST. TIIEA MOVES , TONIGHT WOOD FORD MEADER Champagne, sec DOUBLE DOOR "EXCITING MELUD "W 300M"VEinST ' BALCONI FARL CARROLL'S " VANITIES MAJESTIC TIIEA.. 44 St. W. ET 'EM EAT CAKE A SEOUEL TO "OE THEE I WILLIAM Ellis VICTOR ;XTO MOHAN MOORE Hill HIM Illl MTU, IV. I i St. lis. H . I'en' in'white"'1 TlF's Thankxlvlnc Matlnrr finti on Sal MallnM SLrl. I r M Kir to 1. HlliiMiIll i;m ill 14 St. W. of B'wa COI RIMY III Kit Present! QAIL0R, BEWARE! The Cproarlom Naval ComedT ESKIMO ASTOR gWj3 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL f Kathatine Hepburn M "lITTir W0MI itlnn Eagle When Shoppin to Type ARTHUR that gave me the chills sound of sleigh runners crunching the frozen snow. It almost froze my ears. The Eskimo dialogue and quaint English sub-title translations fascinated me. too. It seems that the Eskimos have no words like "you," "me" or "I" (the lack of an "I" would make it tough for columnists In the Frozen North.) Instead of saying, "You have made me happy," the Eskimo says, "Somebody has surely made a man happy." Instead of "I return your harpoon," it is "One returns your It is like a big rabbi closes somebody's throat. One swallows sleep." If I seem to be raving, "Eskimo" merits it. See it. Celebs on Parade To the Hotel Lexington to attend Little Jack Little's opening . . . Mack Gordon and Harry Revel, song fashioners, applaud vigorously when Little sings one of their tunes, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking" . . . Phil Regan and Milton Berle both step over to talk about the Typo Dinner and assure me they will be present . . . Ethel Shutta says, "Hello, haven't we met somewhere before?" . . . Rublnoff borrows a cello, mounts a piano and teeters while the camermen Are away . . . Mickey Alpert introduces comedian Patsy Flick and we discover that we live in the same hotel . . . Belle Baker and Sid Gary join us . . . somebody presents Little Jack Little with a floral piano and It provides the climax to a grand debut . . . strolling out I hear the cigarette girl tell a fresh lad, "No, I dont' need love. 1 have one romance that will last me a lifetime; I'm in love with myself." i Sheds atear I To Dave's Blue Room for a bite and find Gary Cooper and his manager sitting in a booth devouring steaks and calling it a "four-star" dinner ... To the Paramount Grill and am delighted by Master of Ceremonies Henry Fink, who sings a song he wrote years ago, "The Curse of an Aching Heart" ... he introduces a lovely youngster named Alice Dawn, who warbles entrancingly . . . Then while the applause thunders he AMUSEMENTS MANHATTAN OPENS TONIGHT AT 8:30 HE LOVES ME. NOT L BARRYMORE Tkca., THE CURTAIN RISES 48th stTtSatSHS OPENS SATURDAY EVENING THE DARK T0WERS The PURSUIT of HAPPINESS Tmomere's''i'm! "'"with Jhe SCHOOL for HUSBANDS THREE AND ONE !(, a pa, TOU' m, B,rM-l THUNDER ON THE LEFT "An nQimlle f.nlaij." Hahrlel. Am I M WISE I I Hill I'S t WEDNESDAY A MARX BROS. Mart lroIMr7s! a" IndAre'o jjBurM IVrK'M Jl KlKrlfMrllVffiWflP KENMORE Chureh'-ruYbush FAY WRAY ft. 1 With lack Holt in "Master of ; Men," opening next Thursday at the Rialto sheds a tear and says, "I'll let you in on a secret. This is my daughter." ... To the opening of the hockey season at Madison Square Garden and lose a bet to George Butterly because I chose Detroit to beat the Rangers isuch disloyalty!) . . . Another night and a visit to to the Bossertto greet Eddie Lane . . . Stan Meyers, of the Brooklyn Paramount, reveals that he and Eddie played in a band together years ago . . . then hp borows a clarinet and scorches my ears with "Tiger Rag" ... To the office early this dawning and And letters from people asking If it is too late to make Typo Dinner reservations . the a r is, "Of c never too late" ... so home and run into Ralph Foster, wno tells me that he has just managed to avoid a "football friend" . . . "What's a football friend?" I ask . . . and he replies, "Oh, I call him a 'football friend' because he is always making touches" . . . AMUSEMENTS BROOKLYN ' ON ESTAG Ab'mNCRA' J8'X RZYA0U' LT"'a' TODAY WITH LOEW'S ' LOEW'S PITKIN. Pitkin and i in ivs hi III oi'il)'. B.dlordl n us Itm miiiim. i OEW'SCENTl in Nn'.i i .i i Hi S3MEMSBBE3BBb " FnVtliVht Parade'' FEATURE FILMS HALL AND Bj2DuEtelSaiS?5:' i f "B'WAY THRU 7 Mftfi A KEYHOLE" 1 lack y h Ruia Columbo ) Sample ( i i T"'C w JHg Brooklyn i BRIGHTON BEACH SECTION BIISHWICK SECTION CROWN HEIGHTS SECTION wood. 1475 Flatbnsh Irk Stranger- Av Shanibal AVENOB TJ PARK SLOPE AT CENTURY CIRCUIT THEATRES TOftfVT MAE WEST. "I'M IQ AgggL" I, Bl'SHWICK . Prwiv-Howari i ll! em'.. is i SMM..nh'n A. . ORPHELM . .Jullynit Rockwell ITIXYOD OPP. Sleeolerhai. Theater News Tonight's openings: "She Loves Me Not," a comedy in 19 scenes, at the 46th St. Theater. The play Is a dramatization by Howard Lindsay of a novel by Edward Hope. The cast Is headed by John Beal, Polly Walters, Florence Rice, Jane Buchanan, Burgess Meredith and Charles D. Brown. Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1933," at the Brooklyn Majestic Theater. This is a two-act production boasting of 23 scenes. The book is by Nat N. Dorfman, Mann Holiner and Lew Leslie. Ara Gerald has been engaged for a role in "The Gods We Make." the George Henry McCall and S. Bouvet de Lozier comedy . . . The Acad-emv of the Brooklyn Jewish Center i"has bought the entire house at to- mgni s penormance oi ine r-ui-suit of Happiness" at the Avon Theater. Victor Killian will play an important role in "Peace on Earth," which will open Nov. 29 at the Civic Repertory Theater . . . Annette Mar-gulies will play the feminine role in "Scorpian," which is due on Broadway Nov. 27. Dr. Ko Plans Return To Native Java Dr. William Mosan Ko, after completion of another year as interne at the Flushing Hospital, intends to return to his native land, Java, Dutch East Indies. There he will carry on the practice which, his father, the late Dr. B. H. Ko, conducted for 30 years. Dr. Ko came to the Flushing Hospital a year ago after receiving his medical degree at Northwestern University in Chicago. His purposes in returning to Java Is to give medical service to :,is native people, whom he left when he was 12 years old to come to ths country a.id study medicine. The first public telegraph message was sent over the line between Baltimore and Washington, May 24, 1844, "What hath God wrought." AMU SEMENTS BROOKLYN IPl jjBROADWAYTHRI) AEYHOLEjJI " VAUDEVILLE TODAY E TRACY, BLONDE I TALKING SCREENS TODAY MAJESTIC o. GEORGIE PRICE mi cart cf 5 1 gw. ., I r.M."r,c i t. 5 P.M.I lL "aYYBTEROAr A I DCC Ko'yJSZ AH. So. Bklm HAROLD . Mm PhaaaTRviooeJ STERN On. MM All ! F -am. maw spencer tructp i i WLWMm. SAMMY COHEM LXi WaT BABl" MILLER iDJUJ SHOWING TODAY at Thlnr. What DOWNTOWN SECT Return and" Vtrlm'n n't" "n Pi Madneis and Important Wltn 8ECTION SECTION -Mi HMIMIl THEATERS MAE WEST in "I'M NO ANGEL "
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