Shamokin News-Dispatch from Shamokin, Pennsylvania on August 24, 1939 · Page 8
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Shamokin News-Dispatch from Shamokin, Pennsylvania · Page 8

Shamokin, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, August 24, 1939
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PACK EIGHT SHAM0K1N NEWS-DISPATCH, SHAMOKIN, PA., THURSDAY, AUGUST 24, I MO Screen and Stage Personalities - Current Attractions at Local Theatres Elaborate The Wizard of 0 Scene Killer Faces Killer prison yards. The climatic action tnkcs place in the course of a prison riot which is the most luridly exciting episode ol the sort ever filmed and Is so au thentic in detail that It actual!." SCREEN CHATS By PAUL HARRISON gives ine spectator a sense of watch lni such newsrecl shois as no news-reel cameraman has ever been able to obtain. i iiiiiih HOLLYWOOD - tflioit takes: Nearly 50 cxmiMvcs of thr studies have projection and sound rquipniosu - m I h e i r own homes and hry are ron.-i,int:y borrow mp oath other's new filing f o r exhibition. During the week-ci'.d p.irtio.s tiu offer double bihs and riouble-Miir-tinis, and t.e oilier day Mrrn LrRoy provided Korno and a e; ol dishes. The industry deplores the sue- away inducements ol theatres throughout the country, but the bras hats of the movie business them-clves are being; attracted to the two principal night spot by exact. y the - same tactics. On Monday evening the Troeadcro holds drawings tor r prizes of champagne, various liq- ueurs, jewelry, perfume, desk gad- Rets and the like. And Wednesday is Balloon Night at the Victor Hugo. '. with, millionaires and screen queens . scrambling for lucky-numbered bai-1 loons which are tickets for 25 P. HbitIhmi Bert La nr. as tnr rowaraly lion. Judy Garund, Ray B.U(-r as t!:e eaiwrow and Ja:k Haley as the tin m.i:i. are pictured above as they appear in "The Wizard of O." openins tomorrow at the Victoria. hK4; 1 r& Killer vs. kiuer! James uagney and Oeorge Raft clash in "Each Dawn I Die," now at the Capitol. George Bancroft referees. Trigger Finger , awards. . j "t Polynesian style note: Miss Dor- othy Lamour is wearing a girdle un- - der her sarong. John Steinbeck has set aside $50.- 000 of the money paid him by 20th-1 - Fox to sue the studio, in casp it - fails to live up to the contract for a j sympathetic filming of "Grapes of Wrath." . . . Author Gene Fowler is I "j writing friends here that he is fed ! T up with Hollywood and never wlI return. This is Fowler's eighth iden- - Ucal decision. t . Broderick Crawford, who played v Lennie in "Of Mice and Men" on Broadway, applied for the role in the ; film version and was told that he ' wasn't the t)e. . . . When you hear that Marlene Dietrich is going to be a dance-hail hostess in a western, it isn't as much of a come- down as j'ou might suppose. "Des- tiny Rides Again" will be a Josep.; ' Pasternak production, and the lead-: J tag man is Jimmy Stewart. away the strongest dramii of this type ever to reach the screen. Not only has each con:rib:;ied j character portrayal that' co:r."T more than favorably with an; 1 1 1 : 1 1 . along the same line that he ha.-, eei done before, but jointly they pi" rni a rarely achieved v.elclin;; o; ;;mit talents. Both are tcirh. l:.;-ih are hard, and yet both are dtstin; i:"e. And that is just, as it should be, ;.-r I the story of the picture demands that they bo entirely different types I of persons. I In the fine screen play based by Norma n Roilly Rainc and Warren Di'.ff on Jerome Odium's novel of the same name,, Caftney at the outset, is anything but the almost ani-ui: iistic convict that- he becomes l.'ter en, whereas Raft is from the lii'M a criminal, a cruel and callous killer and yet a man of principle, unsocial though his ideas may have been. Sent to jail as the result of a frame-up, Cagney is naturally re bellious. His attitude is met with brutality by the prison authorities and that results in a degeneration which makes of him, on the surface at least, as tough and vicious a man as any convict in the place. After he saves Raft's life, the latter pives him a loyalty which eventually results in Raft himself laying down his life to prove his friend's Innocence. And thus Raft vindicates the only principle to which he has adhered in his whole life. This is but a sketchy narration of the story, for it is also filled with a succession of stirring incidents of life and death in the great prison where the two men are incarcerated. Most of the action takes place in the twine mill where the convicts work, which In Itself Is rather unusual In prison pictures, for they generally stress merely bars and walls and IUTZ THEATRE TREVORTON TODAY! Walter Pldseon In "STRONGKR THAN DESIRE" and .Toe Louis-Tony Galento Fight HERE COiViES THE GREAT Victoria The Wizard of Oz' Fantastic Color Picture Opens v, Three-Day Showing: Tomorrow at Local Theatre above, plavs the lead- in "The Phantom Stage," tomorrow to the Majestic theatre. Bob Bak ing rol coming i A f i ' r ; vf kiiH i$rA ItH'M I ml br f? Eli r- - &i&2T$lr Iff S I A city of great green bubbles which serve as houses, a forest of flexible trees which reach out with Jj their branches as though they were human arms, and fantastic fields with giant flowers which move like r humans, are among the fantastic -.'scenes which taxed 'die ingenuity of skilled Hollywood technicians and are among the settings in "The Wizard of Oz," filmization of the L. j-Frank Baum fantasy, which comes 'to the Victoria Theatre tomorrow for three days. :l One of the most elaborate sets represents the Emerald City, home of the fabled wizard in the picture. ;-It represents great hollow emeralds "-amid tall emerald spires. A glass-"like compound was worked out by 'green, and under the play of lightning effects presented dazzling and 'iridescent surfaces for the technicolor in which the picture was made. The almost-human trees which igrasp at Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, fJack Haley and Bert Lahr are mar-t;vels of ingenuity. Constructed of '.rubber, each of 50 trees in the cen-,tral group was governed by 12 separate wire controls operated by tech-'nicians offstage. One of the baffling mechanical ".problems was that of the "flying -monkeys," large enough to pick up principals and fly with them. Men ' in fantastically colored monkey suits . played the monkeys. The giant flow--ers appear in the Land of the .""Munchkins, played by midgets in "colorful make-up. The midgets emerge from the flowers in opening Taequences. To take full advantage oi ' color photography, all costumes were tin brilliant and contrasting hues in I fantastic design. The settings are :, also fantastic in their tints, iy The famous story of little Dor-"othy, the farm girl who is blown ".away by a cyclone and finds fan-Ctastic adventure in the Land ol Oz. i remains intact in the screen ver-1 sion, produced by Mervyn LeRoy . and directed by Victor Fleming. A brilliant musical score with six lil:-.lng songs by E. Y. Harburg and Har-told Arlen accompanies he action of .'the picture, with colorful dance en-Caembles and chorus numbers. Majestic New Double Bill son and the banker's weakling son and another girl form the romantic elements. However, the banker's wife is the girl Elis himself was in love with when he was a young man, although he married another girl later. The interweaving of these three 'romances; the collapse of the local bank; Ellis' stand against the mob that holds him responsible for its failure; his adjustment of domestic relations with his own wife whils smoothing his son's tangled affairs; and his efforts to reestablish the bank as a going concern all make for an absorbing, realistic, human photo drama. Adding mjitery to graphic outdoor adventure, Bob Baker's latest musical Universal thriller, "The Phantom Stage," comes tomorrow to the Majestic Theatre with a notable cast including Marjorie Reynolds, Forrest Taylor, George Cleveland, Glenn Strange and others. Baker's new production is said to detour sensationally from the beaten track by introducing a new type ol wild-west menace, a cold-olooded road agent who depends more upon ins wits man on guns to carry out a series of major stage coach robberies. Joseph West, who authored the previous Bob Baker action stories, has unquestionably contrived a surefire plot for the popular riding, singing star. Suspense has been calculated to run high with Bob in the role of a volunteer, lone-wolf sleuth who risks his neck to unravel the mystery in the face of dangerous obstacles. Romance and music are announced as being deftly incorporated in the swift movement of Uie unusual screenplay. Exciting sequences, saic to be among the most difficult ever photographed, show galloping gun-fights between Baker, on the rolling overland staj-e, and a desperate gang of wiid-ndin:; outlaws. Capitol Sensational Story James t'asnry and Oorge Raft Clash in Prison 1'itturc Now at Local Plavhou v'"v"'" J Mill i ' k31&iJtf U$lmnET dreom come UJJJJ A arnUSing rote v :.' if".- .i,A.W,''W'. -Hf'A' .'i 'W,"J' .... Now t T,,R,JSAT0Rm I t?.Vrai meets CoJd-Blooded fv U f-r ?ffi j y i ' ' dJ JANE BRYAN GEORGE BANCROFT . PLUS h WALT DISNEY'S LATEST CARTOON j "THE HOCKEY CHAMP" C LARRY CLINTON AND HIS ORCHESTRA . t i I I flfl MAJESTIC T.'- J 1 &a Showings J MAT 10r-30r EVE lOc-JOr Itjr 'j 'it Tne teantn; of James Cagney and George Raft m -'Each Dawn I Die," which opened yesterday at the Capitol Theatre, brings together the screen's two topmost portrayers of authentic modern hard guys, and the result is a prison picture which achieves a brilliant reality far and ."Career' and 'The Phantom Stage' to Furnish Twin Entertainment '- Tomorrow BALLROOM? J SAT., AUG. 26th 83sptm $ :-And His ROYAL CANADIANS? "I Ddfxerj $1.00 Gtllery 50 Pint Ti ! ; A significant drama of small town life In an average American village. .. M . . : . n.i 1 varcer, comes 10 me aiajCAUC ine- . A I I m atre tomoiTOw with a notable fea-; ') u A L L r R t E O ! 'tured cast including Anne Shirlc , "miltirni HPniCTlcC" " Edward Ellis, and the "Gaav to .VPR,ET,ES IHollj-wood." finalists, Alice Eden and ! S . bai.DoHELIj ."John Archer. . SUN., ALG. 27 Afternoon & Eve "Career" deals with the complex!". 3 to 4 - 8 to 9 P.M..D. S.T. 920(1 LIVING ACTORS IN THE GREATEST SHOW-WORLD MIRACLE SINCE FAMED "SNOW WHITE"! Magic Mus i uy Famed Song Writer! Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg: "Qicr the Rahibou", "If I Only a Bruin", ''We're Off to See the Wizard", "The Merry Old Land of Oz", "D:-s D'-"s"p "Ifi Were King of the lorest". with JUDY GARLAND FRANK MORGAN RAY BOLGER . BERT LAHR . JACK HALEY BILLIE BURKE the Coed VI itch), MARGARET HAMILTON (fJi Boc Witch), CHARLEY GRAFcVV'N (Uncle Henry) end the Munchkins. Screen Play by Noe! langley, Florence Ryerson and Edgar Allan Woelf. From the book by L. Frank Baum. A VICTOR FLEMING Production. Produced by MERVYN LE ROY. Directed by VICTOR FLEMING. An M-G-M Picture TIIC KlllUHC WllMM that whisked Dorothy to an exciting, Incredible land! tnairs or a small Iowa town in 1931. Ellis is a kindly or storekeeper and leading merchant of the community, is concerned about ti tate of the nat.on and the co::c:-Uon of the town bank. i Th banker daughter and Oddities in Music BRNJC15TS I ACCORDIONISTS . rniLH. uuriRTI-TTE $ i -w IS 1 . mi . "" n fJ"'-'i A J;i WK ' 1 "t- ---- in ! i ii i - i in tti'hi mmmiM'mt-mtmmkkAm C O M M F.NCINfi FRIDAY T O D A Y MUNCHKINLAND fantastic city of amazing little men end women! WINGED MONKEYS that protect the Wicked Witch ! Most astounding camera effects since "San Francisco"! That throw their fruit at you I 120 ORCHESTRA Chorus of 300 rousing voices ! Including hundreds of midgets! The EMERALD CITY Unforgettable sights to tee! RAY MILLAMi ISA MIRANDA in "HOTEL IMPERIAL" TONIGHT AT 8.45 THE BIG GAME i The All-Star Show of the Year! 1 jT doIglaS TOMORROW and SATURDAY 2 - SWELL FEATURES - 2 A CREST "DOWN-HOME" HEART DRAMA MADE FROM A POPULAR BEST SELLER! featuring the boy and girl who got their screen chance through Jesse L. Lasky s big radio talent quest! Lft R ANNE SHIRLEY fkJ WW)! EDWARD ELLIS and mm SAWtl S. HSNDS A ALSO HE FEARED NEITHER GHOSTS HCS HEN! 'm "ALL FREO:: ' s iViimiVTIib BIT

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