Shamokin News-Dispatch from Shamokin, Pennsylvania on January 19, 1937 · Page 9
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PAGE NINE i Screen and Stage Personalities -:- Current Attractions at Local Theatres SHAMOKIN NEWS-DISPATCH, SHAMOKIN, PA., TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 1937 Screen Chats By PAUL HARRISON Harrieoa HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 19. -If -you remember the late war, you probably recall some of the bitter mirth which attended the as signing of re-iruits to branches of the service for which they were markedly unfitted. Clerks became mule- skinners and men who had been 1 m u 1 e - s kinners 1 were detailed as clerks. Chauf- j eurs found! themselves toting; rifles, and moun- j Saineers were set to driving trucks.. - ' It's probably too fantastic for I credence, yet I suspect that most of ' the officers who conducted such miscalliances came to Hollywood! when they returned to civil life, and that they now are casting directors and producers. Here you find all sorts of players whose talented voices are stilled, or their educated feet tied, by the mysteries of Hollywood casting. Take Preston Foster, who can sing. His larynx is of operatic caliber. Indeed, he toured with one of the Fortune Gallo companies, and was brought to Hollywood because of his voice. But he hasn't used it since, for singing. And Esther Dale, who has been attracting more and more attention lately as an actress. For several years she was an outstanding concert singer. She has appeared with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony, and has warbled at the Hollywood Bowl. But in the course of 16 pictures, she hasn't sung a note. Comedian to Coroner On the stage, Noel Madison played Shakespeare and other substantial dramatic roles. But not on the screen. Olin Howland was a famous danc-(Qilng comedian before he came to the . Oold Coast, and In three consecutive films he played the role of a dour coroner. A genuine old-timer is George McKay, who in 1908-09 twice won the national buck-and-wing championship. After that he hoofed in dozens of shows, including three Ziegfeld Follies. Hollywood often needs an elderly dancer for comedy sequences, but McKay hasn't been asked to clog a single measure. Voice Ijrnored Frank Forrest is such an able singer that he was a member of Italian opera companies, and was billed as Franco Forresto. Appeared in this country, too, and was nabbed by Hollywood scouts as a singer. So he is being made into an actor. In "Champagne Waltz," a semi-musical, Signor Forresto is not even able to demonstrate that he can carry a tune. The studio reveals, though, that it has great musical things in mind for him. Warren Hull was a singer, too, but he hasn't had any singing to do in the flickers. And Erik Rhodes , ..-,as had hardly any. They let him a .ui one cnorus in criminal sawyer, , picture which was by no means a musical. Yet Rhodes once won a singing scholarship, and sang in Broadway shows and on the radio. In Hollywood he has been in several musicals, but tunelessly. Two years have completely switched the careers of Ralph and Frank Morgan. Ralph played comedy on the stage, and Frank was a serious fellow. Now Frank's a screen comedian, and Ralph draws only dramatic roles. Alice Brady was another stage player who did some heavy dramatic work on the stage, but out here they're keeping her in flibberty- gibbet parts. There's some talk, I though, of letting her be Sarah Bernhardt in a future flicker. She's Puzzled From the time she was 6, Olympe Bradna never did anything but dance. She did acrobatic dancing all over Europe, and at the Chicago fair, and at the French Casino in Manhattan. But in Hollywood, where many an actress is being ! taught to dance, Mile. Bradna is i learning to be an actress. She finds it all very confusing. Warner Oland trained for concert work, and got Chinese detective roles for his pains. I Porter Hall was a comedian all his life in the theatre, but is yet to i be funny on the screen. I Smith Ballew was a band leader ! and radio singer in real life, but his 1 studio puts him into straight acting parts. 1 Cary Grant was a song-and-dance 'man when Paramount signed him j five years ago. He hasn't sung or ' danced since. Most of these people would like a 1 chance to show their special talents. There are two former singers, though, i who insist they'll be actors and noth-I ing else. These are John Boles and ' Walter Pidgeon. Each had a non- singing clause written into his con tract. For Posterity Amazingly enough, almost no attention has been paid by Hollywood to the preservation of actual films. You can't Just toss film into a vault and expect it to keep indefinitely. It won't. The only determined move for the perpetuation of early flickers has been made by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Thanks to the foresight of some of the Rockefellers, Warburgs and Whit-neys, future generations will be able to see "The Great Train Robbery," Sarah Bernhardt in "Queen Elizabeth," "Intolerance," "Steam boat Willie," the first Disney, and other such significant efforts. The exhibit at the Los Angeles Museum will assume importance, too. Just now it is pretty much of a hodge-podge good for a snicker here, a reminiscent sigh there, and sometimes a whoop of delight. For example, there's quite a collection of slides used- during the "Just a Minute to Change Reels" days. Remember the "Good Night" one, with a picture of a dog howling at the moon? And the "Ladies Please Remove Their Hats?" and the one so often used "Just a Minute for Repairs," which showed a woman sewing a rip in a youngster's pants? There's a fine collection of early posters, one a Pathe Newsreel of 1911, which showed President Taft unveiling a statue of Columbus. A Vitagraph epic of 1907 was titled "The Mill Girl" and had Hector Dion and Florence Turner as stars. "Love's Stratagem" was an IMP smash hit of 1910. Another poster carries a likeness of Paul Panzer, advertising him as the hero of "The Perils of Pauline." Charlie Chan Thriller at the Victoria MADMAN PERILS CHINESE SLEUTH IN MURDER FILM Victoria to Offer "Charlie Chan at the Opera" Tomorrow. His back to the wall, a knife at his throat, the world's slvest sleut.h. Charlie Chan, battles for his life in the most thrilling and exciting adventures of the wily Chinese detective, "Charlie Chan at the Opera," owning- Wednesday at the Victoria theatre. Warner Oland, of course, portrays the arch-enemy of crime, with Boris Karloff co-starred as the king of terror, in what is promised as the most chilling and thrilling mystery Chan has jver encountered. With Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry, Thomas Beck and Margaret Irving PENNY BINGO TONIGHT and Every Thursday Night STAN'S CAFE 254 S. Shamokin St. Buck Geasey, Caller HOT LUNCH 5c BEERS PIG ROAST at Z. Dombroski's Cafe 1306 Chemung St. WEDNESDAY NIGHT Everybody Welcome NELSON CAFE 4th & Mulberry Sts. Penny Bingo Tuesday and Thursday Nights Phillips and Bogetti, Callers 5c F&S BEER 5c Heigh, Ho, Everybody! Penny Bingo Tonight and every Tuesday and Thursday Nights at the PAXINOS CAFE Howard H. Yost, Prop. DANCE TONIGHT Edgewood Pastime Club Formerly SILVER DOLLAR Music by TOMMY WITT'S ORCHESTRA 5c FAS BEER 5c Bingo Tonight at the Warsaw Tavern 819 Chestnut St., Kulpmont J. W. ZALEWSKI, Prop. Bingo Tonight at Sweitzer's Cafe 1666 Pulaski Avenue Held by INTKRNATIONAI. WORKERS' ORDER CHOICE WINES AND LIQUORS PENNY BINGO TONIGHT Cameron House 48-50 North First Street 5c FAS BEER 5c Progressive Penny Bingo Tonight HOT LUNCH LEFTY'S CAFE Cor. Franklin & Commerce Sts. J CARD PARTY TONIGHT F. O. E. Luncheon Served DANCE TONIGHT Fairview Gun Club Shicora's Hot-Cha Band Modern and Square Dancing Witt Gilchrist, Caller Scene From "Captain Calamity' Your hair will rise to an all time high when Warner Oland, as Charlie Chan, comes face to face with Boris Karloff in the new Twentieth Century-Fox picture, "Charlie Chan at the Opera," showing Wednesday and Thursday at the Victoria theatre. featured, the film starts off in a roar of high tension excitement that readies a spine-tingling climax in a crescendo of thrilling events. Karloff, a hopeless maniac, is an inmate of an insane asylum, spending his time singing forgotten arias from the days when he was a famous opera star. The world believes that Karloff perished in a theatre fire. His memory restored by the shock of seeing his wife's picture in a newspaper, but his mind still warped, Karloff, in a madman's fury, overpowers his guard and escapes. The guard dies from the attack and Chan is called into the case. The photograph in the newspaper provides a clue that leads Chan to the opera, with his son Keye Luke, accompanying him. In an amazing series of terrifying adventures, Chan unmasks Karloff, who has usurped the baritone's role of Mephistopheles, but not before two more atrocious murders are committed. Faced with the task of capturing the criminal, Chan does so but not before encountering the most dangerous and exciting adventures of his career. H. Bruce Humberstone directed the film from the screen play by Scott Darling and Charles S. Belden, from a story by Bess Meredyth based on the character, Charlie Chan, created by Earl Derr Biggers. The lure of private gold in a South Seas setting provides the theme In "Captain Calamity," all-color adventure film, at the Oapitol theatre, with George Houston who has the title role, and the lovely Marian Nixon in the stellar parts. The story depicts the struggle between a gang of island cutthroats to get possession of a treasure hoard, which they think has been found by the hard hitting and hard-boiled, but chivalrous skipper, whose boisterous ad ventures have dubbed him "Captain Calamity." The closing scene shows a battle between two trading ships that will thrill anyone, the action in this and in other gripping scenes being enhanced by the natural color photography, Hirllcolor. A strong cast, which includes Vince Barnett, Juan Torena, Crane Wilbur, Movita, Margaret Irving, Roy D'Arcy, George Lewis, Barry Norton, Louis Natheaux, Lloyd In-graham and others, ably supports the stars. Joan Perry, who is featured in the new comedy-drama, "Counterfeit Ludy," can thank her voice for clinching a screen contract for her. Born in Pensacola, Fla., of a family that has Loen prominent in the political and cultural development of the South oince Colonial days, Miss Perry's parents had no career planned for her. She was educated in the schools of her home city and then sent to a smart Florida finishing school. During these early school years, Joan found herself attracted by theatricals. She studied dramatics conscientiously and presently announced to her family her intention to become a professional actress, They consented to let her go to New York, take up dramatic training and try to get stage work. Her first real accomplishment was the acquisition of a job in a fashionable Fifth Avenue gown shop as a model. For six months she donned beautiful gowns and displayed thenv. Then she became a model for professional photographers, and soon was one of the best known and highest VICTORIA LAST DAY Warner Baxter June Lang "White Hunter" TONIGHT at 9:00 Bank Night $200 Award WEDNESDAY THURSDAY co cos msaxmf L - -w) SflH MIMIER OLAND sC' BORIS KARLOFF NOW THRU WED, ANOTHER DOUBLE FEATURE THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL ENJOY 9 GIRL AFTER HIS OUR HERRT -WITH R GUR! Plenty of txclu-ment whan o private tUuth trails a diamond and a dame but find only one phoney I KEYE LUKE CHARLOTTE HENRY THOMAS BECK MARQARET IRVIN? fSt Ih&Sii ohZ'hl mhiJ , fl ft H H RALPH BELLAMY JOAN PERRY Douglass DUMBRILLE FEATURE NO. 2 CARTOON NEWS HE HUNTED FOR PIRATE GOLD FOUND A SWEETHEART TREASURE I A saga of the South Seas . . . with thrilling action, torrid romance and song hits galorel AND ( S )f II, salaried models in New York City. With the money she earned as the lovely young lady who publicized sucli things as fashions, motor cars, soft drinks or cigarcts, Joan took dramatic lessons from the best possible Instructors. VIRGIN FORESTS BACKGROUND OF ACTIONDRAMA "God's Country and the Woman" to Show at the Majestic. J1 ST-PR With virgin forests of the Northwest as its background and a feud between rival lumber companies as its theme, "God's County and the Woman," Warner Brothers' pictur-ization in natural colors of the James Oliver Curwood novel of tbt same name comes to the MAjeetto Theatre tomorrow, for four dyi, with George Brent and Beverly Brent U at hit vigorous best M Steve Russet rich idler who acmeves power in the Dig wooflf through conflict with hla ruthleai ; brother and the influence of a courageous girl of the forest, Jo Barton, a role played by Beverly Roberts. Brent and Miss Robf v are aup-ported by Barton MacL&.-e, Robert Barrat, Alan Hale, El Brendel, BlUy Bevan and Joseph King. Several real lumberjacks take part In the picturesque sequences. The thrilling drama and romance of the film Is said to be tempered by robust comedy In the mood of the story. The story revolves about the fact that Brent has a brother, Robert Barrat, who heads a lumber company and whose hatred Is aimed against Beverly Roberts who OWM a rival company. He is engineering a crooked deal which will make the girl pay unreasonable royalties ftr transporting supplies acroas nil territory when the younger brother arrives on the scene and plays hob with his plans. Brent upsets the deal, denounce his brother, and starts back to the city. Barrat has him shanghaied and brought back to the woods with the idea of forcing him to become a lumberman. Then begins the terrific conflict between the brothers and the strange romance with the beautiful girl of the tlmberlands. "God's Country and the Woman" is declared to be not only the most difficult color picture ever filmed but the mo6t beautiful. LAST TIMES TONIGHT! HE SENT MANY A MAN TO THE CHAIR and then was caught himself - - in the death-grip of circumstantial evidence! PAUL KEL1Y MARSHA HUNT jRob't Cumminqt ALSO A FINE SELECTION OF SHORTS t m m,n m n mm m WITH WIOVITA f "MUTINY n the OUNT HOUSTON MARIAN NIXON "WED. NIGHT 9:00 BANK NIGHT AWARD THIS WEEK 1st $200 2nd $50 Come Early for Seats ALL IN GORGEOUS COLOR Yf ff I.UUUEJU1UU!J Mill? ciiUn3 (lit? cjiH i ! V Firit National S J&l Pict n www mini MICKEY MOUSE It's a Gift! By WALT DISNEY 4pk O'VOURS, V ONE COULD 4QHS BECAUSE . RULE THE v?llvS make r A.J.) J Corf th 9UT, POCTOR I DON'T WANT IT FOR THAT! I KATE WAR AS MUCH AS YOU do ! I POT SO? K 0 v : Yes, sr! an if my COUNTRY HAP IT, IT'D STOP WARS ON ACCOUNT OF ANyBCD AEP START ONE! V ELSE UD BE SC "f MY BOX ,F I COULD BELIEVE POT I WCULP SF? yO'J MINE INVENTION 1 W ' ' W fc-' W A w 9 3 I w A T-T1 V dom't! , 1

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