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12 PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE : WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 1936 Newt of the Stage and Screen Lons Andre been ftienrri hy Roach for a rn Beverly Roberts is to be co-starred with Koss Alexander in Warners "There's Millions in It." Laurel ami Hnrc1 "The Money BoV J..M II DUNNE'S FIRST AT PARAMOUNT TO BEMUSICAL Gable Gets Exciting Marquand Tale Of Far East. By Louella O. Parsons Motion Picture Editor. Universal Service. Copyright, 1936, by Universal Service, Inc. LOS ANGELES, March IT. Irene Dunne, all set at Paramount with a new three-picture contract, is traveling to New-York for a holiday. While there she will look at plays to see if there is anything suitable for her (tirst .Fara picture, which William Le Baron. I if I know his I regard for mu- I sic, will prob- lably see will (give Irene a chance to sing. The Dunne icon tract was j first suggested I by Ernst Lu- Ibitsch at a din- Irrne Dunne. ner but it wasn't closed until Ernst and Paramount had said adieu. Erene's deal is somewhat similar to the now famous Claudette Colbert arrangement. She makes three pictures for Columbia, one for R-K-O, and three for Paramount, which, by the way, is her debut on the Para lot. CLARK GABLE has had his heart so set on that trip to the Orient that it's going to he a real hardship if he has to forego it. But he will get a little of the atmosphere of the Far East e-en if he has to postpone, his trip, for M-G-M is preparing J. P. Marquand's thrilling story about aviation and espionage in China for Clark. The title is "No Hero" but this will probably be changed before the picture reaches the screen. I WONDER IF Hugh Herbert in playing a straight role won't forget himself and go back and do his typically eccentric stuff? Jack Warner thinks not, so he is casting him in "Love Begins at Twenty," a play by Martin Flavin which was done on the New York stage a few years ago. Hugh as a down - trodden It It -mum j She's the Top to Crosby, Romantically at Any Rate s BIXG CROSBY IDA IXPINO Although it's .Miss Ethel Merman with and to whom Mr. Crosby sings "You're the Top" in the screen version of the musical hit, ".nthing Goes," he thinks that exclusively, romantically anyway, of Miss Lupino. With Charles Buggies in the original Victor .Moore role, they come to the Stanley Friday, along with the Major Bowes amateurs on the stage. (Reprinted from, yesterday's Laic Edition.) The Lunts Turn Up Here In Another Sure-Fire Hit Robert E. Sherwood Gives the First Couple of The Stage a Brilliant Play in "Idie'' Delight' at Nixon. By Harold W. Cohen Ilueh Herbert. father has a perfectly serious role rfna x li re curious to see him. Patricia Ellis and Warren Hull furnish the young love interest and Nick Grinde, a new director of the Warner lot, flourishes the megaphone. THE VERY pretty Betty Fur-ness returned from New York recently with the weirdest assortment of hats ever seen in this part of the world. And the funny thing is that they all look well on Betty. She had so much fun selecting her chapeaux that she all but decided to go into the millinery business that is, until Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer signed her on a long term contract. Her next picture is "Soldiers of the Sea" starring Spencer Tracy, and it will be Spencer's first on his new contract. SNAPSHOTS OF HOLLYWOOD collected at random: Freddie Bartholomew back from New York all well and none the worse for his recent illness; the University of Colorado buying out half the house for the Nazi-mova opening. Alice Brady, a friend of Nazi- mova for many i years, one . i . th first tn rrroot Nazimova. her; Dick Powell week-ending at La Quinta to try and see if the desert sun will help his laryngitis. Virginia Weid-ler ordered to Palm Springs to cure " vvm miKx icitwug wiiu ner an rive little brothers and sisters who haven't colds but are good company; Joan Bennett deciding to take her children with her to Europe because she will be gone three months. That's all today. See you tomorrow! V f The good news about ''Idiot's Delight" is that the Lunts have again found steady employment. That is hardly a new experience for the stage's First Couple but it may possibly suggest the durability of the play Mr. Robert E. Sherwood has so handsomely tailored for them. Unless Mr. Lunt breaks a leer in the meantime. Broadway should still be its welcome and happy host when the snows of next winter have arrived. Next to Mr. S. N. Behrman the most literate American writing for the theater today, Mr Sherwood has compounded a captivating estimate in "Idiot's Delight." A shrewd mixture of melodrama, philosophy and fervent indictments, distributed evenly with brilliant candor, it sets down before the Lunts the best piece of Theater that has come their way since the early days of their Guild celebrity. . . Certainly "Idiot's Delight" is something more than just a lark to them, despite Mr. Lunt's researches into the vaudeville lore i of Pat Rooney and Harry Rich- man, despite the blond wig that gives Miss Fontanne a disturbing resemblance to the cinema's celebrated Miss Garbo. For the uncomfortable, uncompromising truth is that Mr. Sherwood has rnm- ofi posed in this combination of com edy, vaudeville and drama a stark, frightening picture of today's in ternational unrest, and Mr. Lunt and Miss Fontanne are fully aware histrionically of its tragic implications. "I'm off for California," shouts the hotel's social director as war breaks out along the Italian frontier. "Why," inquires Mr. Lunt, the song-and-dance man with the heart of a Galahad and the soul of a Any way you choose to take it you get The Drama Desk By Harold W. Cohen . STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY 4H TOAIK OtO . . , f UU tOO PKOOF OTTUD IN BONO UNt U. $. GOVERNMENT SUPERVISION . Plato, "to meet the Japanese on ineir way over : It is- the League of Death, the great munitions trust of the world, at which Mr. Sherwood aims his Big Berthas, but so perfectly do play and people complement each other that you cam admire Mr. Lunt's versatility, his soft-shoe dance with six peroxide beauties and his priceless "Puttin' on the Ritz" a la Mr. Richman; you can enthusiastically accept Miss Fon-tanne's thickly-accented Baroness Munchausen, and you can still lend an attentive, even eager ear to the unvarnished verity of Mr. Sherwood's thoughtful discourse. F or three breathless acts, "Idiot's Delight" is charged with excitement as an interesting, civilized group is detained at a mountain resort high in the Italian Alps awaiting the declaration of war that will send them across the border. One is a Nazi chemist who has fled Germany to perfect his cure for cancer. Another is a lw. blooded young radical spouting fire at Nazism and Fascism, convinced that his beloved Brotherhood of Peace will forever outlaw war. Among them, too, are Europe's munitions baron, who insists he is no worse than the nations that patronize his industry, and that suave gentleman's mistress of confused identity. And there also is Harry Van, the self-educated, intelligent variety artist, stranded with his half-dozen scatter-brained chorines after a tour of the Balkans. At the first breath of hostilities, their visions crumple, hate and false patriotism sear their minds and bodies and the lesson of the last great war, Mr. Sherwood insists, has dissolved into the thin air. Only Harry Van, who thinks perhaps "we should elect a new God," and the mysterious Ilene refuse to accept the inevitable and in their refusal accept death instead. It is only during the last few minutes that "Idiot's Delight" drifts off into meaningless fancy. Technically, that conclusion is a showman's paradise. Dramatically, however, it is a weak dismissal of an otherwise stirring and soundproof plea. But if Mr. Sherwood is guilty of a single lapse, the Lunts are not The emphasis here is on Mr. Lunt rath er than Miss Fontanne. vet sn ex pertly does that distinguished lady surmount the character confusions Of a HifTinillf txcirrnmnnt that- u... husband and so-star must con-1 "t stantly be on the alert to ward off f ner aangerous tnrusts. . Mr. Lunt's performance is flaw less. For years one of vaudeville's most ardent students (he even supported Lily Langtry once upon a time in a two-a-day sketch), he has fashioned a composite vaude-villian that would have warmed the hearts of the late Messrs. Keith and Albee. A perfect match for this actor's dream role, he brings to Mr. Sherwood's sparkling essay me wit ana wisdom of one of the Theater's most gifted practitioners. There must be a word of praise, too, for the helpful contributions of George Meader, Edward Ra-quello, Sydney Greenstreet, Bre-taigne Windust (who assisted Mr. Lunt in the direction), Jean Mac-Intyre, Jacqueline Paige, Richard VV'horf and Francis Compton; and still another for Lee Simonson's striking set They are all of endless assistance to the Lunts in making; ' Mr. Sherwood's "TrJint'o Delight" what you have no doubt already guessetj it is a brave and bristling hit! East and West Gilbert Miller may make a spring production of "Promise," adapted by H. M. Harwood from the French of Henri Bernstein. It's a London success at the moment. . . . Laurence Schwab has signed Sigurd Nilssen, baritone, for his summer season at the St. Louis Municipal Opera Company. . . . Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., sails for England today. . . . "The Fields Beyond," which announced last week it would reopen in New York after some revisions, won't do so. . . . Itll be 100 Broadway performances Saturday afternoon for the Helen Hayes hit, "Victoria Regina." . . . Colin Clive is out of "Libel" on account of illness. . . , "The Great Ziegfeld" will have its world premiere April 8, when it opens a two-a-day engagement at the Astor in New York. Next week the Pasadena (Cal.) Community Playhouse is to offer "Hollywood Holiday," by John Van Druten and Benn W. Levy. This isn't to be confused with the Kay Kenney play of the same name which Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels did on the road last season. . . . Lili Palmer, well-known Continental actress, has been given a year's contract by Gaumont-British. . . . Dr. S. I. Hsiung, author of "Lady Precious Stream," returns to Europe today on the Bernegaria. . . . Herman Shumlin ic t rv in in inllr .Inhn f VH urn intn dramatizing John Steinbeck's novel, "In Dubious Battle." A. H. Woods has removed the "last weeks" line from his advertisements for "The Night of January 16" and plans to keep the courtroom melodrama on Broadway indefinitely. . . . John Krimsky has' acquired for independent production the screen rights to Richard Hughes' story, "The Innocent Voyage," published abroad under the title of "High Winds in Jamaica." Broadway will have only two openings next week. One of theni is "Larger Than Life." starring Ernest Truex, and the other is the "Idiot's Delight" of the Lunts and Robert E. Sherwood that the Nixon is now housing. Incidentally, there will be a snecial matinee in New York next Friday of "Idiot's De- heht and it s Dracticallv certain that everv vaudevillian at liberty will be on hand to see Mr. Lunt's impersonation of a second-rate song and dance man. The Movie Lots Beg to Report Edgar Kennedy has been added to Mary Ellis' supporting cast in "Fatal Lady." Lois Wilde will have the lead opposite Ray Cor-rigan in the Republic serial, "The Undersea Kingdom." Dick Pow ells laryngitis has delayed the windup of the new Marion Davies picture, "Hearts Divided." Sol Lesser becomes an independent producer for Twentieth Century-Fox under the terms of a new contract Richard Carle has checked in at Paramount for role in "The Case Against Mrs. Ames." Dick Foran will desert horse operas temporarily at First National for an assignment in Joe E. Brown's "Earthworm Tractor." Roy Del Ruth will direct Loretta Young and Robert Taylor in "Private Number." Hal Roach is seeking an Oriental boy between the ages of four and eight to add to his "Our Gang" unit. Bette Davis is plotting a vacation in Honolulu. Maxine Reiner goes into "Turmoil" at Twentieth Century-Fox. Five-year-old Bobby Watson will be in "Mary of Scotland" with Kath arine Hepburn. Jamie I Hasson, member of one of Arabia's first families, has been engaged by David O. Selznick to act as technical adviser for "The Garden of Allah." M-G-M has bought Frank ("Ceiling Zero") Wead's new story, "Wings of Tomorrow." Mary Carlisle is back in New-York after making a picture in England and will return to the coast in a few days. The performance of Charlie Chaplin in "Modern Times" has been voted February's best by the Screen Actors' Guild. Local Scrappings Robert E. Sherwood came within an inch of missing the opening of "Idol's Delight" here. At the last minute, the fog over the County Airport lifted long enough to permit his plane to land. The pilot before that had planned to fly straight through from New York to Chicago. . . . Sidelights and second-thoughts on the Lunts' new hit at the Nixon: Richard Whorf, who gives such a brilliant performance as the young radical, wa-s Christopher Sly, the stooge-in-the-hox in "The Taming of the Shrew." . . . Jacqueline Paige, the leader of the chorus troupe, conducts herself like a veteran although this is her first speaking part on the stage. She played the Nixon only a few months ago in the ensemble of "Anything Goes." ... In private life, Barry Thomson, the hotel social director of the cast, is the husband of Marlon Shock-ley, the attractive actress who was the ingenue here in George M. Cohan's "Dear Old Darling." . . . George Meader's "Dumptsy, the waiter, is a perfectly-played bit of futility. . . . Alfred Lunt patterned his second-rate vaudevillian after somebody he has watched in the music halls for years, but he refuses to reveal that somebody's indentity. Incidentally, Lunt prides himself on the fact that he was a fervent admirer of the Burns and Allen act before they were "discovered." Kay Kyser's parents watching "Idiot's Delight" from a down front box. . . . The Nixon Cafe gets a new floor show Monday night. It will feature a fencing exhibition. . . . Bill Fields, until recently the press-agent for "The Old Maid," is due here in a few days ahead of "Winterset." Harry Kalmine gets back from rew lork this morninrr a ml should have a flock of new stage Young Love Blooms Again MillinrJer to Plav I maestro, am r,t At Savoy Ballroom j sZy0 ju.sl rriurnr.j f..n. - -If Lucky Millinder, the dynamic of the East M m v ' TODAY ONLY "KING OF THE DAMNED IT and FIRSTS jOM0R0w I 1 ( c cLv-'-"? WaiL ' unrvEWAi MSm J k fPATHE LlA,u-m , ! fi NEWS .M ,.J. (4. faL .lotus &tfr v I 'fr ' 50flfl iWti o j mxon MTvj,0DY' iS ' ' S Otfc.'l TONIGHT 8:20 j JJ9f ua . JU O Q iw I VrHSii' Lmti f Jt.p' 1 The. Thenfre Guild rren V Fl f fl r i (FitfU Pin at tkt American Tkutrt SMkty) f i Q n A BI DDY EBSEN JUNE LANG. The Mr. Ebsen who rose to overnight screen fame, in "The Broadway Melody" and Miss Lang, the ingenue of "The Country Doctor," provide the romantic interest in Shirley Temple's forthcoming picture, "Captain January." The Fulton gets it Easter Week. Tibbett Will Close Beegle Series Friday Lawrence Tibbett. the celebrated and j opera, concert, radio and screen luoa ! cf cii iiftll U : attractions lined up for the Stan-1 Beegle concert of the season at feyria Mosque Friday night. His program will feature operatic arias and Chants Dirge Of Lock step m 1 m M ley. . . . The Variety Huh', ri will soon give up his restaurant concession there to return to his regular spring and summer spot at the St. Clair Country Club Lee Simonson, of the Theater uuua directorate and also the designer of that striking "Idiot's Delight" set listening to the be-tween-the-acts comment in the Nixon lobby. Addenda Busby Berkeley will direct Dick Powell and Joan Blondell in "Stage Struck." . . . London is t be host in late April to the Kamerny Theater from Moscow. Its the first modern Russian company to visit the English capital and will stay there a month. ... A new theatrical organization called the Twentieth Century Theater has just bought Jerome Brookman's "The Golden Fleece" for a summer tryout. . . . The Pasadena Community Playhouse is planning a drama festival this year (June 15 to August 1) consisting of the Greco-Roman cycle of Strnke-speares plays. . . . The Australian company of "Three Men. on a Horse" opens in Sydney next Tuesday night, . . . "First Lady's" tour gets under way Labor Day or possibly a week or so later and will be routed to the coast. groups of sones bv classic and modern composers, ivi-cluding "By the Sea" by Schubert; "While Tramping" by Hugo Wolf; "In the Silent Night by Rachmaninoff, and "Death, the Commander" by Moussorgsky. Dancing Leslies Set For Union Grill Show The Dancing Leslies who receitly closed a Cleveland's engagement at Monacas, will provide the entertainment at the Union Grill tonight. The feminine member of the team was formerly with George White's Scandals and appeared 29 weeks on Broadway while Mr. Leslie was two years with Vincent Lopez as a featured vocalist. Jean Wald's music will provide the dance music. I WHERE TO GO 1 WHEN TO GO Tech Will Give Bill Of Three One-Acters "Come Bright Spirit," by Harrison Dudley; "Molly O'Shaugheney's House," by Dorothy Stewart, and "May and December," by Carroll Fitzhugh, are the three plays which will be presented by the Carnegie Tech drama department ai a studio matinee tomorrow afternoon. Mrs. Stewart and Mr. Fitzhugh are Pittsburgh playwrights. The casts include Margaret Herd, Georgie Taylor, Helen Bretzfelder, Chester Cooper, Allen Alperin, Ben Yaffee, Charmian Leigh. John Hruby. Elizabeth Moore and Ralph Nason. Amateur Night at Turf Another Wednesday amateur revue will be presented tonight at Jake Klein's Turf Club in addition to the regular entertainment. The Cassinelli Brothers Ensemble will furnish the music. MX ON Alfred Lunt and Lvnn FonUnnf in -Minrg Dehcht." Today at 2 30 and R:20. AI.VIN Dinnnr Quintuplet in "Th Country Doctor." Start at 30:45, 1:01, 3:17, 5:33, 7:19 and 10:03. ART ( IMCM A Kranz Lfhar'n "Gvpsy Lov Sonc." Starts at 11:33, 1:12. 3:19, 5:58, S:0S. 9:30 and 10:15. BARRY Constance Bennett in "Moulin Rouce." and Marsaret Sullavan and Herbert Marshall in "The Good Fairy." Complete shows at 11, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30 and 9. CASINO ' I Com.uer the Sea." with Ki.ffi Duna. and. on stace. Forty-five Minutes From Broadway." with Ann Little. Feature at 11:23, 2:14. 5:07. 7:58 and 10:49. State at 1:11, 4:01. 6:55 and 9:48. KNRHiMT "Splendor." with Miriam Hop-kins, and "Whisperins Smith Spealu," with Oeorce O'Brien. Complete shows at 12. 3, and :1.Y Fl'l.TON Conrad Veidt in "Kins of the Damned" at 11:25. 2:12. 5. 7:4R and 10:3 and Jessie Matthews in 'Girt - Girl" at 12:51. 3:39. :27 and 9:15. HARRIS FAMILY -The Leavenworth Ca.'e." with Donald Cook and Jean Rou-verol, and 'Clairvoyant." with Claude Ra.ns and Fay Wray. Complete shows at 12:02. 1:31. 4.13, :55 and 9:37. PKNN Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy in "Wife vs. Seeretarv." Starts at 11:12, 1:22, 3:32. 5:42, 7":52 and 10:04. SHKRIDAN sorARK Jeannette. MacDon-ald and Nelson Kddy in "Rose Mane." Starts at 12. 2. 4. 6. 8 and 10. STANLKY Paul Muni in "The Story of Louis Pasteur," and Xavier Cugat'a orchestra, with Georges and Jalna. Feature at 11:40. 2:0S, 4:56. 8:04 and 10:31. State at 1:32, 4:20. 7:28 and 9:56. V ARIKTY Harry Clexx and Steve Mills in "KlyinE High." Starts at 2:15 and 8:15. WRNi;Rcharlie Chaplin in "Modern Times. Starts at 11, 1:10, 3:20, 5:30. t .t AMU V .illf. Th Theatre Guild Trmrnl (FtfU Play ef the American Tkutrt &Mkty) IDIOT'S DELIGHT Nw riuv hjr Robert F. Sherumw. Author of "Reunion in ienna," with ALFRED LUNT LYNN FONTANNE And m DUtinr niched t t NEXT WEEK Mar. 23 SEATS THURS. FOR AMERICA'S PRIZE WINNING STAGE COMEDY With the Same Great Cast That Played 335 Times in Chicago Matn. Wed. A Sat. 57r. l.1t. 1.7t NlKhto: 5.r. SI. 14. I. fi.-;H A 3.8S (Trier Include. Tax) rc or rm J, STARTS miDJT Vt.JI H.:, y,..8 I 5 't ti.,, 1,61 l I SYRIA . FRIDAY EVE'C MOSQUE MARCH 20 TIBBETT "GREATER THAN EVER" iood seats at Mellnr's. titu Wood M. Seventh May BeeEle nnrrrl DIETRICH, 'a k. C00PER1; "D8SIR8 nsi i'.'m:i nr.. .. : m - PINE FOOD ' O10ICE LIQUORS L1 roc 4S Minutes oi uroaoway w ith BFTTV Boor In Tersoo 'I Conquer ftfjU ni ea - with ktfffi nrv STARTS FRinVv "RADIO CITY FOLLIES' WUINTUPLETS fir ffATitt mm THE COUNTRY Mfl( r msm . ! On S'firii "Th Story of Louis Paslcur" r t i mi m IK W cue' km I MAT IS' 2 mctmi fenr,lliiiMiiil imcw TODAY' AND THIKSDW Constance Bennett in "Moulin Rouse" Margaret sullavan Herbert Marshall in "THE GOOD FAIRY" CHARLlVcHAW MOPfM TIMES" v I'ti riiiii "M" 4k? . TJti r tenter Ate. ' ' W IF att hannre) SI. TOMTK TOM 1 1: LUCKY MILLINDER and Mills Blue Rhythm Band advanre rv At the ia. Ilrketa dOC D.n.r 68C Tax larluded 1LU Jeanftte MacDONilD. "ROSE MARIE" mMm i;kmi:;k " I Smith M!' :.,y.,i "GYPSY LOVE SONG" Also "THB LAST WILDCRN F.SS' ART CINEMA urertv a r. DONALD WOODS. In which the beleainiered young hero of "Road Gang" peers from behind the screen cage of a southland prison in a sober scene from the picture that comes to the Warner tomorrow. It'll share double-feature hilling with Anne Shirley in "Chatterbox. I Bawl TfatbM lrX I K JfL Ciet Rioters " 1 l M A w Way Here Charge rr:i! I Inhuman hinishment Jllu (i JIM11 WEN HAHCFD 1 1 1 j&Sl Si . wicwt on ln 3 IWQUISITI0W BflRREL y ReioKto Reach Crisis 7?TJ, I A Here Thursday ) f w,nr Hit Ilk - sr. . QDll 'JEUSH-i iJ I0MUI WOODS U1 iTmk I TODAY AT TOUR IEI6HB0RH00D THEATRE LIBERTY Penn Bhrnir MYRHA LOY SPENCER TRACY in "WHIP SAW Marsaret l.indsav 'TERSONAL MAIlfH SMRFT" HARRIS FAMILY FAY WRAY-CLAUDE RAINS in "CLAIRVOYANT" Donald onk "Leatenwnrth aae" CARRICK MELROSE - LILY PONS-HENRY FONDA in "I DREAM TOO MUCH" NORMAN KOMKR In THE LF.AVFNUORTM CASK" MT. OLIVER HARRIS MT. OLIVER BORIS KARLOFF-BELA LUGOSI "THE INVISIBLE RAY" Roth Cha4terton "Ijkdy ot berrets" CARNEGIE NEW CARNEGIE Rlrhard Arlrn-I barlotte Wvntera "CALLING OF lAN MATTHEWS" Edw. Everett Horton-IVusv 4 nnklla "HER MASTER'S VOX E" RTHSIDE 6AR0EN leannette Marllonald, n Nel Eddv In ROSC bWlt CJCTRAI "AUDIOSCOPICS" JrjMi regent Mr,r3 East l ll.Ttv . n K'-ir, SCHENLEY SO. HILLS Mams. 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