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r PACE EIGHT SHAMOKIN NEWS-DISPATCH, SHAMOKIN, PA. THURSDAY, JULY 13, 1039 Screen ami Stage Personalities - Current Attractions at Local Theatres d Fill Killer's Warning Appear in Local Film SCREEN CHATS By PAUL HARRISON Helpful Great Names Gran i i J HOLLYWOOD, July 13. - Ti'.r rnovla-mRkcis, ino.st of tlu'iii, are! uttering a lcl.ipe of tlwt old com- pluutlon of complaints w.wh include .'."Id ftYt, water on the spine, censorpa bla, and commercial ni opM. Lacking the aid of any .suiv-iuc diagnj.-ticlans, the patients themselves have held a cjnsuitatijn and liave decided a.sain.st ant'.i.n so d'asuc a Miois of adrenalin or Injections of lunv-p.-pcr ink. Thr.v think it would be better to so ba.-k ti homeopathic djsr of hi.si.iry a::d luke-warm applications of rom.nu?. Vigorous flag-waving is rccommend-d for exercise. Saccharine tablets are being taken with a soft diet consisting mostly of well-seasoned plots. Picture business has been seriously ailing for more than two years, with everything blamed from radio competition to double bills. Anyway, there has been a general public apathy toward the modern m.ig'c lantern. Customers themselves have Indicated that they are tired of seeing stock stor ies revamped again er different titie5. and again unde tired of seein; pictures which swm so wide of current reality, and tired I of fidgeting through shows which i are not handled skillfully encinh : to provide a brief release from their j personal worries, ENTERTAINMENT VS. PROPAGANDA Newspapers, magazines, the stage and novels are full of dramatic contemporary history, but Hollywood feels that it still must remain in its dream world. "We are entertainers, not propagandists," says the producers righteously, never admitting that the two vague categories can overlap, nor that every picture they are making now is propaganda for something even if only for a state of such perfection, wealth and happiness that patrons find the stories irritating because their imaginations cannot digest them. Warner Brothers are being pointed out by rival studios as flagrant propagandists who are fostering and commercializing hatred with their Nazi-baiting. That may b true, --and It may be more reprehensible than the glorification of Jesse James or the deliberate distortion Of history. But at least "Confessions of a Nazi Spy" held conscientiously to facts, and to facts which everybody had read about in the newspapers for months. The film has done well in key cities, but other picture companies said, "I told you so," when it flopped in small towns. This experience prompted rival studios to shelve other stories of international political significance and Darryl Zanuck to announce that 20th-Fox would make no "propaganda" pictures. Metro, which had dusted off the script of "It Can't Happen Here" Sinclair Lewis' yarn of a dictatorship in the United States admitted it would not make the movie after all. Paramount has laid aside "Hell, America!" and "Invasion." But the majority of companies are wondering if they've made a mistake. "Nazi Spy" has been admitted to England and France, and is cleaning up. Meanwhile Wall Street has reported that Warners' earnings for the season's third quarter (February, April and Mayi will show a 100 per cent increase for that period. SWEETNESS AND FLIGHT Hollywood's timidity about showing things and people as they are even extends to comedy and to low-budget productions. The other j day Helen Boderick, who was a i grand mistress of high-comedy until the movies handed her a figurative cudgel and a custard pie, was telling me about an idea for a secies of domestic flickers. She wants to be teamed with Ned Sparks. They would be a sharp-tongued, acidulous, dead-panned pair who'd bicker amusingly and nag their children. But all this sour sternness would turn into fierce loyalty and unselfish devotion the instant either of them, or one of the kids, got into trouble. Miss Boderick has gone around pleading with producers at her studio for such a series. To a man, they've replied. "Sorry, Helen, but the public wouldn't go for a situation like that. They want everybody sweet and pleasant." . Majestic MacLane Picture He-Man' Actor Appears in 'Big Town Czar' Now Showing at Local Plajhoue "It never was any tun. Ea. Sid-the big shoi now. bu: it won t be long before he's laid out on a slab. TlKhe word:-, spoken by Barton MacLane to Column:.:: Ed Sullivan, bring a cimiax to "B:g Town Czar. ' which opened yesterday at the 2la-jestic Theatre. The telling method by wh:ch the fitory of "B:3 Town Czar" u unfolded through Sullivan's observations marks the picture as one ol ' the most surpriiir.; of the year. MacLane plays the title rele or.e of his mcit fcrcrlul to date He i a Nea YorlT t;:t -:::;::: bry whs r. to a top fpo: m gaiterc-jai. H-e , P. Han-boa C',::c:l ,iih Mclvyn Dj s FVSrV, lV- " v .v, Cj-st.i::c:i .'iih Mclvyn Dji s at tile Capitol theatre. Jaan Blcn.iell i.n seen as a predatoi.v vouiu w.i:::c-s who strais.Jtcns out :lic tangled lues of l.iii.ion-airc Waiter Connelly's irri i siblo family. Douglas portray.s a college professor who is bewildered by the gold-digging Miss Blondcll. method is to "turn the heat" on rival mobster a dangerous tiame but a lucrative one. until the duct is in turn double-crcsscd. Tom Brown is seen as MaiLane's younser brother, who joins the mob but proves too ambitious. Eve Ar- dpn carrics th? rc;nantic n:t:rcst. Frank Jnki apoear as "Sid." Mac- Lane' stccje. Walter Wooll King, Jack LaRue. Jerry Marlowe, Gordon Jones and others are featured. I Arthur Lubin. director, manages I to inject rapid action into the story, j an original by Sullivan .with screen-j play by Edmund L. Hartmann. Ken i Goldsmith was associate producer. atnd Elwcod Bredell the photographer. Victoria 'Second Fiddle' Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie and Rudy Vallee Appear in New Film Coming Here Irving Berlin's new songs, Sonja Heme's sunny brilliance, Tyrone Power's gay romancing, Rudy Val-lee's singing and Edna May Oliver's fun one of the greatest combinations of talent ever gathered ior one show is making Irving Berlin s "Second Fiddle" the sensation of the preview critics who have lavished on the 20th Century-Fox film a chorus of praise. It's something new in screen entertainment, this film which will open at the Victoria Theatre on Friday, and it's filled with romance, dazzling spectacle, fresh comedy, six new Berlin songs and surprises galore, including sensational tangos on ice, sncw rhumbas, ice ballets, and the new ballroom dance craze, the, "Back to Back," Bearing evidences throughout of the magic touch of Darryl p. Zanuck, 20th Century-Fox production chief, the screen play by Harry Hu-gend is a highly realistic story of filmdom's long search' for a girl to play the heroine of a best-selling novel and what happens when she is found. This is right in line with the new trend, set by Zanuck in his production of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band," of combining music with a story of real dramatic worth into perfectly blended entertainment. "Second Fiddle" introduces, also, new-star Mary Healy, lovely young actress whose first screen appearance finds her in a romantic role opposite Rudy Vallee. The producers expect great work from this newcomer and her performance is hailed as fulfilling every expectation. Included with her in the ca.-t are Lyle Talbot and Alan Dinehart. For the first time on the screen Sonja Heme lias a skatina narinnr on the ice, young Stewart Reburn The handsome Canadian athlete aD- iicared with Use ice star during i.ei triumphant p ersona l-appearance tour of the country last winter. Sonja also lianas up her si; at in" shces temporarily to join Rudy on the ballroom iloor in the "Back to There Will Be a Party at the MOOSE CLUB TONIGHT DANCE TONIGHT Thursday and Saturday THE LAST ROUNDUP 11C5 Willow St. Music by Os White and His Band B"ers, Wines and Liquon 1 BALLROOM i I SAT., JULY 15th 8 5sptm I ISHEP FIELDS r KIPPLING RHVTHM ORCH. Dancer 77f plus !' G?efy 35 StULCJf CD C C I 4it CSt ) rs DINAS SCM -riittigi f l"U f'-Piti? colf cl 3 CA ij ac: ' - - p I v AM ne b One of the greatest combinations of entertainment talent is boasted by Irving Berlin's "Second Fiddle," 20th Century-Fox production opening Friday at the Victoria theatre. Above, left to right, Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie, Edna May Oliver, Rudy Vallee and new-star Mary Healy. Irving Berlin, who wrote six new hits for the film, Is at the piano. Back," a new dance created by Harry Losee from the song written by Berlin for the film. Other tune hits are: ."I'm Sorry for Myself," "An Old Fashioned Tune Always Is New," "Seng of the Metronome,'' "When Winter Comes" and "I Poured My Heart Into a Son;.;," all by Irving Berlin. Based on a story by George Brads-haw, "Second Fiddle" was directed by Sidney Lanfield, with Gene Markey as associate producer. Capitol Lively Comedy Mclvyn Douglas and Joan Blondcll Appear in New Capitol Theatre Picture Like iced champagne, "Good Girls Go to Paris" is a bubbly sparkling concoction pleasant to the eye and to the taste. Like champagne, too, the comedy which opened yesterday at the Capitol Theatre with Mel-vyn Douglas and Jean Blcndell co-starred packs a punch of no mean quality. Its ingredients are many a basically sound and humorous story; scintillating dialcc; deft direction and thoroughly human characterizations. Douglas is ideally cast as an English professor of Greek, whose despairing difficulties with the free-and-easy life of a midwestern campus are made the more complicated by his sudden and unwilling role of confidential adviser to a pert, blend young waitress with big ideas The waitress, who is Miss Blon-dell. romps through "Good Girls Go to Paris" with a gay abandon. She wants to see the Eiffel Tower, and that takes money. College students have money and she has every intention of suing one for breach ol premise. Unfortunately for her predatory ambitions, and hilariously fortunate for Capitol Theatre audiences, the waitress also possesses a strong conscience. FRIDAY, JULY ALL RISES LISTED WILL Paradise j !Park j A. P. Rcichwein. Pixt 'j IJi-twcrn l.avelle i and Mowry I Sunday July IS, 1931 TWO SHOWS ! 4:0(1 and 7:011 1 I Ldgewood Park I MINIATURE RAILWAY SNOW WHITE COASTER ROLLLU SKATING if'RIDAV ONLY) Until 6:00 P. M I RLE PARKING KXTRA BUS SERVICE ajanMumrm..muivm. '.f .iKWJUjiijii DANCERS! L0YERS OF MUSIC! SPEND "A Night in Poland" LAKEWOOD PARK SATURDAY, JULY 15 Return Ensarnirnt! Ihp Year's Rigrst Hit: f inal Summer Appraram r'. The Krakovska Orchestra Famous Radio Band direct from Station WTIC, Haitford, Conn, f eme early, enjoy every moment a sell time certain. Trains, boes tJiiabi on fail schedule get there if jou have to alk. Vou will ner Iurjt nor regret the nisht. A great band. Her ecapades on the campus finally culminate in a scandal, and she is sent home by her pedantic adviser. Instead, the young woman journeys to New York, where she becomes involved with the family of the Englishman's fiancee. "Good Girls Go to Paris" is a streamlined comedy which proves that joyous laughter may be aroused without rescrt to slapstick and hckum due to the naturalness with which the professor and the wart-ress meet and vanquish such miscellaneous problems aroused by an isascible, hypochondriac millionaire, a gangster, a gigolo, a fluttery society matron and a debutante who is in love with her butler's son. Much of the credit for the success of "Good Girls Go to Paris" rightly gees to Alexander Hall, whose adroit handling of story, situations and players places him in the forefront of film capital comedy directors. Douglas, in a portrayal far different from anything he has hitherto attempted, and Miss Blondell, in a tailored-to-pattern characterization, give the comedy that extra polish so essential to important pictures. Walter Connolly, with a reserved and understanding characterization cf an eccentric millionaire, makes the man real. Isabel Jeans, a fluttering, scatter-brained woman; Al'an Curtis, tco-rich playboy; and Joan Perry, gorgeously gowned and extremely attractive, add sparkle to the production. Alexander D'Arcy Stanley Brown, Richard Fiske, Robert Sterling and Henry Hunter are others who help make "Good Girls Go to Paris" an even more delightful piec of screen entertainment than was the Hall-directed "There's RITZ THEATRE Trevorton TODAY! TODAY! Ritz Brothers in "GORILLA" and Gordon Harkcr In "INSPECTOR HORNLEIGH" Appearing in Person UNCLE TOM'S MOUNTAINEERS and his cast of Radio Entertainers featuring Willie and Rippling Bill Comedy Team Bill, that 20th Century Magician Acting M. C. 14 ALL DAY CHARGE Ic ADMISSION CARROUSEL DANGLER CirEMNG 8:C3 P. M. 1 r AtlVkX $ ir trfz:- II I ... Jack La Rue, F.ank Piiglia, R:y Rogers, Mary Hart and Gecrge "Gabby" Hayes in "In Old Caliente," now showing at the Capitol theatre. Always a Woman," which also co-starred Douglas and Blondcll. A rousing adventure film, with pleasant Interludes cf music, Is' Republic's "In Old Caliente," previewed yesterday at the Capitol Theatre. Roy Rogers, Mary Hart and George "Gabby" Hayes have the leading roles. The film is splendid entertainment for an entire family, moves swiftly, is resplendent with photographic beauty, full of comedy, and all in all, one of the finest pieces TODAY THE STORY OF LONELY WIVES! VIRGINIA WALTER P2Q&IQII ANN DVORAK ILKA CHASE BP I The Greatest Combination of Talent Ever Gathered for One Show! If . M V , 3 V.1 A; rr.- i o - Wi-t uritten six new song hits . . . inspiring Sonja to new skating ; marvels: mm im , Ii .r....D.)..jiE Great stars! Glorious songs! J Grand picturely ! (2 i tt IE:! of outdoor entertainment to grace the Capitol Theatre screen in a long time. RETURNS FROM WORLD TOUR William Kelghley, motion picture director, was back in Hollywood from a world tour today. He had formed a number of opinions, among them: "The white man has lost so much face and influence in China, J.tpan, Siam and Asia Minor that he is definitely on the way out." RITA JOHNSON Madly in love- Gay, lovable the way he really is I f at 8:45 j! IG FRIDAY I ond'l RUDY VALLEE EDNA MAY OLIVER MARY HEALY LYLE TALBOT ALAN DINEHART Directed by Sidney Lanfleid Associate Producer Gene Marjcey Screen Play by Horry Tugend Based on sfory by Geo.Brodihaw Au;nteniurv-rox riciure Darryl r. ianucK In Charge of Product ion iimi w 1 'KHZ. Wu y. u. J jlj-r.W.-l. V: . ' .i t' I I Barton MacLane and Eve Arden, above, appear in "Big Town Czar," now at the Majestic theatre. 4A LW STARTS TODAY 2 BIG HITS mux x ion ' 'fe wm flMLlS BLOYliM gjfifl WALTER CONNOLLY ALAN CURTIS JOAN PERRY L ii ii A SMASHING WESTERN PLUS-ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST WESTERNS Roy Rogers Mary Hart George Gabby Hayes "in uia Caliente" NEW AND MODERN MAJESTIC 1 20c I'C'jV DOUBLE FEATURES 1 ,e'b L BOB BAKER "HONOR OF TTiE WEST" 'WW it" M W V f 4 .W - AYJ COOL GO AND" A Sensational All-Color Cartoon "OLD GLORY" ADDED FRI. & SAT. Matinee Only "LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN" Serial rt ft

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