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Sunday, February 22, 1931
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PART POUR STARS OF OPERA, STAQE, SCREEN APPEAR IN NEW PICTURES THE- DETROIT- FREE- p R E S S S U W D A Y, FEBRUARY , 9 3 1 METROPOLIS SENDS STARS Majority of Picture Luminaries Hail From New York City. Hollywood, Feb. 21. (U. P.) California may be the home of the movies, but the state of New Tork Is the birthplace of most of the stars of the screen, a check today showed. There are 104 play ers of establish- 1 ed popularity j x t r a workers ire not Included j who were born In New York. California Is the nearest competitor with 5 9. while Illinois Is third with and P en n syl-vanla fourth with 36. Missouri con tributed 28 play-iri for fifth place. Ohio Is sixth with 23; Texas seventh with 19; Massa-wlth 17; Kansas Jack MulhiUI. chusetts eighth ninth with 16; Virginia tenth with 12, and New Jersey and Indiana are tied, with 11 each for eleventh place. Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, Vermont, South Dakota and South Carolina are way down at the bottom. Here are some of the contributions and the names of some of the towns are worth a chuckle. NEW YORK Marion Pavles, New York City; Anita Page, Brooklyn: Clara Bow, Brooklyn; Robert Montgomery, Beacon; Jack Mulhall, Wappinger's Falls. CALIFORNIA William Bake-well, Hollywood; Carmel Myers, San Francisco; Lawrence Tibhett, Bakersfleld; Ailcen Prlngle, San Francisco. ILLINOIS Agnes Ayre.i, Carbon-dale; Rod La Rocque, Chicago; Gloria Swanson, Chicago; Sue Carol, Chicago. MISSOURI Wallace Been-, Kansas City; Patsy Ruth Mllier, St Louis: Laura La Plante, St. Louis. OHIO-Warner Baxter, Columbus; Lillian Gish, Springfield; Elliott Nugent. Dover. PENNSYLVANIA EleanorBoard-man, Philadelphia; George Bancroft, Philadelphia; Adolphe Men-Jou. Pittsburgh. TEXAS Joan Crawford, San Antonio; Bebe Daniels, Dallas; John Boles. Greenville. KANSAS Buster Keaton, Pick-way; Clare Windsor, Coffee City; Zasu Pitts, Pickway; Buddy Rogers, Olathe. MASSACHUSETTS Benny Rubin, Boston; Lewis Stone, Boston. VIRGINIA William Haines, Stauton; Richard Arlen, Charlottesville: Francis X. Bushman, Norfolk. ALABAMA John Mack Brown, Cothan. ARIZONA Lloyd Hughes, Bis-bee. OREGON Russell Gleason, Portland. ARKANSAS Corinne Griffith, Texarkana. FLORIDA Evelyn Brent. Tampa. IDAHO Jeanette Loff. Oroflno. KENTUCKY Catherine Dale Owen. Louisville. MAINE Esther Ralston, Bar Harbor. MICHIGAN Colleen Moore, Port Huron. MINNESOTA Richard Dlx, St. Pa ill. WISCONSIN Marion Nixon, Su perior. The list could go on and on but), those are a few of the celebrities and states. NEWCOMER GETS COVETED PART Hollywood Famous Refused Lead Which Was Given Stage Player. Hollywood. Feb. 21. (A P.) Not In a long time has there been so much competition for a screen role as there was for that of Hlldy Johnson, main character in "The Front Page," that rl- bald story o f newspaperdom. It is a choice part, an acting part if there ever was one. The characterization also is 0 u t s t andingly different from the usual run of hero types. Nearly a score of actors, stars and ambitious 1 m m M John Gilbert, w e r e tested.' Chester Morris. Norman Foster, Fredrlc March were among them. Edmund Lowe sent his agent to put In a bid for him. Even John Gilbert let it be known, through his business manager: that he would like to be Hildy Johnson and might even work without salary. The unexpected happened, as It does so often in Hollywood. A man new to pictures was selected. He is Pat O'Brien. Until a year ago O'Brien never had any good luck, he says. Then a hit show, "The Up and Up." came his way and virtually made him overnight. Clewtf Sht Govt Men Lout... To Claim Thtir Livu A tftnmderlnc dtm of ih Grat Wu beanth ilx ! uheSEAI BENEATH GEORGE OBRIEN 0 Staff mm "Moonllrhl lirk sutman SI - J RhT Rhythm . "-"us i 3i I These Players' Talents Given Wide Scope in Current Films J" " "NSfv "" X ."kW i j ! GEORGE O'BRIEN. ,,:sitA"-" , y 1 ! CLAUD A LUSTER. Following several years of stage training, Including three years in the Orient with a traveling repertoire company, Lester Vail played his second picture role with Joan Crawford In "Dance; Fools, Dance" at the State. His first camera effort was In "Beau Ideal." Native of Denver. Vail was educated at. Stanford university and was brought up largely in California, yet it never occurred to him to enter pictures until after his stage success brought him the offer of a screen test and subsequent engagement by Herbert Brenon, director of "Beau Ideal." Claud Allister, who became well known on the stages of both England and America for his English character roles, has been equally Says Movies Help Courts By Debunking Gangster New York Judge Commends Films For Revealing Criminal in True Light, Showing That Crime Does Not Pay. New York, Feb. 21. (Special to The Free Press.) Motion pictures which hold the gangster up to ridicule and which reveal the modern Jesse James as a "mere vain-glori- ous seeker after an empty fame wnicn can lead only to civil death and social ostracism, serve a useful and important service to the courts and the police forces of the country, according to Judge Cornelius F. Collins, of the court of general sessions of New York slnte. "Reliable motion picture concerns have in mind the dangers inherent in any medium of expression which reaches all the people, and they have wisely taken steps to avoid showing the criminal that a life of crime pays," Judge Collins declares. "If there is one transcendent lesson to be derived from the average motion picture it is that good triumphs and evil is punished. "As a matter of fact crime does not pay. In the end the crook loses. He may get by once. He may get by twice; but sooner or later he loses. If the police don't get him, his gang does. It Is as inevitable as the sun's rising and setting. "I find that the motion pictures pretty definitely point this moral. Most of the crime pictures that have come to my attention either WEST FORT ST. NEAR JUNCTION CON. TODAY: 12:30 TO 11:J0 P. M. naflABIU III TODAY I CHILDREN ADULTS IRtoul.r BARGAIN MAT.SI 10c25cR Gangland Dared Hollywood to BIG PEPPY Make This Picture w. ' I itti ip sxS STAGE LITTLE ( m show Edward Rol.inson MeJer Noted Chiracl.r Actor, nd JfiCA, BOB CLARKE DouL'Ias Fuirliankft, Jr. & atthtOrtan 43P 1 I VMii -iiiii Ti-iif-l W tr (mil I R E D F OR D.' R?l, I ROTAL i OAK I'M. Line JL Siefcef ALHAMBRAS TUXEDO Z'Z7. 1 i .... Rllth)HTlKKTO l II Ml Nil IIIUK "V RAMOHA:: ,;Th.Ri8h,t.Lo- .pV;M tiJ wiV." t ht'S BIRMINGHAM CENTURY qT? I 1 TfiniY ifi i ix rviT FARRELL 3nd 6AYN0R m alter histn ' f. I IUU"' "TAI.H how "Mn Who Cm." "Th, Criminl Cod" BUSTER KEATON. popular on the screen for a number of years. He has played with many famous folk of stage and screen and has an amusing leading role with Douglas Fairbanks In "Reaching for the Moon" at United Artists. Another of the stage children who played in vaudeville with his parents in his early years, Buster Keaton turned his attention to the world of pictures long ago and soon became noted for his perpetually serious expression and his funny antics. He married Natalie, the youngest of the Talmadge sisters. His latest comedy is "Parlor, Bedroom and Bath," now at the Fisher. Although he studied chemistry, mechanics and medicine the movies soon claimed George O'Brien for their own. He has appeared in Many western and other pictures and will long be remembered for his excellent work In "Sunrise" and other dims. He is now at the Fox In "The Seas Beneath." show the criminal under arrest and being punished, being killed by his own gang, or making guch satisfactory restitution as to entitle him to return to a place in society on a newer and better basis. You can't get away with it on the screen." This truth is made doubly valuable in motion pictures. Judge Collins emphasizes, because In the course of an hour and a half of the play, the crime is committed and the punishment is meted. Cause is followed by effect and the lesson is plainly drawn. Judge Collins, who has had more than 20 years' experience on the New York bench, first in the children's court, then in the court of special sessions, and now in the court of general sessions, has dealt with thousands of criminals of all ages, perpetrators of all types of crime. MAE MURRAY RETURNS. j Mae Murray is back in the movies, j She's to play the lead in "Bachelor Apartment." She hasn't been doing ; badly in vaudeville. Her salary is j said to have been huge. Remember , her in "The Merry Widow"? Mae ; made her first professional appearance in 1915 when she was featured in Zlegfeld's "Follies" as a specialty dancer. y CONRAD TP CINE V Vlr Naoel Iobin jm VtAM of "lady funneNDW ft, CHAR Lit- CHM& COMEDY A Great of Hollywood Have Friends Among the Lowly Lesser Folk of Filmland Often Play Minor Roles in Pictures oi Influential Stars Who Are Kind to Them. Hollywood, Feb. 21.-fA P.) One of Hollywood' quaintest characters is Tiny Jones, a diminutive Welsh woman past middle age, whose his tory previous to 1924 remains to be told. Miss Jones may have another first name, but neither she nor anyone else ever uses any but Tiny. She is sprightly and talkative, with a rare sense of humor. Her accent indicates she has not lived in this country ? very many years, l The first time nhe ever was be- Betty Comnson. fore a movie camera, so far as is known, was in "Greed," a picture Eric von Strohelm directed. He was in San Francisco cm business when he saw Tiny gingerly crossing a busy intersection. Since then Tiny has been in many pictures, in small parts, often as only an extra. She has become a close friend of John Barrymore and his wife, Dolores Costello. Tiny is in Barrymore's pictures whenever there is a part for her, and Lionel, John's brother, frequently gives her work when he is directing. There are many friendships like the Jones-Barrymore relationship in Hollywood. A close friend of Betty Compson's is Gertrude Robinson, once famous when she played opposite Marshall Neilan back in 1915. Miss Robinson "stands in" for Betty while cameras are focused, and frequently plays extra roles in her pictures. James Cruze, Miss Compson's former husband, has never forgotten the man who gave him hH start on the stage. Even when Ciuze hasn't a part for Luke Cosgrave. he pays him. Their SAYS MOVIES BLOCK CRIME Criminologist Says Gangster Pictures Deter Evildoers. New York, Feb. 21. (Special to The Free Press.) The idea that moving pictures sometimes cause crime has had another knock on the head. This time it comes from Dr. Carlton E. Simon, well known New York physician and criminologist, former psychiatrist for the New York police department and a widely respected alienist. "After investigation of numerous leads, no record is obtainable in a single instance where the cinema was the actual cause of a criminal career," Dr. Simon announces. "On the other hand Innumerable Instances have been found where it has been the incentive and directing influence that led to criminal reformation." Dr. Simon's statement Is in refutation of a charge recently made In the Manchester Guardian, an English newspaper, apropos of another gangster killing in United States. "We are told," the British editorial writer declared, "that gangsters are recruited largely Irom precocious youth fed on poor cinema fare." "The reference to 'fed upon poor cinema fare' as a cause for the prevalence of such gang life has no foundation in fact," Dr. Simon savs. E&rtll.millk'.'IM TERRIFIC AS The flaming red-head . . . "MILLIE whose love exploits have thrilled the entire world of women .... WOODWARD T SIX-ViLE ROAD 33! Every day In Free Press Want Ads tou'U find score of ouuor- 'X CDinAV w ; 1 1 1 tn.i 1 nr ", friendship began 25 years ago In a small town in Utah. A good many years ago Micky Moran, a vaudeville actor, befriended the then struggling Bert Wheeler. Wheeler Is repaying Moran's kindness: He is in all of Wheeler's pictures. Ivan Simpson is Gearga Arllss' "shadow." With one exception, Simpson, a character actor, has been In every Arllss play and picture since 1920. In Neighborhood Theaters HOLLYWOOD, L'PTOWN --One of the most popular of underworld stories is "Little Caesar," now at the Hollywood and Uptown. Edward G. Robinson, Broadway actor, who In the short space of ten months has forged his way to a top position among the por-trayers of gang roles on the screen, plays the title role. With him arc Douglas F a 1 rbanks, Jr., Glenda Farrell, William Collier, Jr., Lucille La Verne, Sidney Jackson, Kalph Ince and others. "Little Caesar" Ldwiird O. recounts the me- Robinson, teoric rise of a little man to the leadership of the unruly element, his accoclations with rivals and finally his rapid fall to ignominy and death at the hands of other gangsters. The romance between Fairbanks and Hiss Farrell is an excellent balance for the more rugged portions of the story. On the stage at the Hollywood "The Antics of 1931" lead the program. Eddie Loughton and his Hollywood Merrymakers and Bob Clark at the organ supply the music. Short films and npwsreels make up the remainder of the programs at both houses. RIVIF.RA One of the outstanding pictures of the season, "Free Love," is at the Rivera. This is a human story of the happiness and heartaches of modern marriage, -... with Genevieve Tobin and Conrad Nagcl in the leading roles. "Free Love" relates the story of a young couple, financially com fort-able,' who drift p e rilously close to the reef of the divorce court through the wife's lack of ; o n s i d eratlon for her husband and her nagging petulance. Mix Tnhtn Genevieve Tobin pay3 the wife, interested in psycho-analysis, fine clothes, parties, in fact almost everything but her husband, her home and her two children. As the long-suffering and devoted husband, Nagel gives one of the beat performances of his career. Monroe Owsley, who leaped to fame through his work in the picture, "Holiday," has the role of the old pal who has a weakness for pretty women. The cast of supporting stars includes Zasu Pitts and Slim Summcrville. Novelty films and a newsreel con clude the program. Positively LAST h DAYS ALL CREATION EDNA FERBER'S COLOSSAL V' AO-"' .tS .0 ;.tfr- 4- Filmland's Best Today PI inUIU t'ttmna t Open FRFK ULAU niPl Htrwrk 1 FAKklNO JIPW CRVHt'OKD in TAW" PUNCH &, JUDY Ktrrtmal at FUhrr Rd. Cmitiniinti 3 p.m. to II p.m. JTST IMM.INK," M Brrnrlrl, Mnareem f It'Snlliviin, Hnfcart Boaworth 1 i. 1 W ' '-:' IS : : c a i i "Trader Horn" 1IARKY CAREY. EDWINA As a director of motion pictures in out-of-the-way places, W. S. Van Dyke is accustomed to facing unusual dangers, hardships and obstacles but when he undertook to film "Trader Horn," which opens an engagement Sunday evening at the Shubert-Detroit, in the interior of Africa he got more than he bargained for In handicaps. Just how hazardous the undertaking proved to be Is shown in the picture which was made among natives who never before had seen white men. Only three white players appear in the picture Harry Carey, as Trader Horn; Edwina Booth as the white girl-queen of the cannibals, and Duncan Renaldo as the trader's HUNTED MAN FINDS PLACE IN PICTURES Hollywood, Feb. 21. (A. P.) Owen Martin, middle-aged, obviously the army type, is safely earning a living of sorts as an extra in Hollywood. As Major Owen (Black) Martin, formerly of his British majesty's forces, there is a price on his head in a certain part of East Africa. There he led an expedition in 1917 against a revolting tribe, subduing it and putting to death its leaders. Present chiefs of the tribe, so Martin hears, will pay a reward of 500 camels for him. Publix Theatres Welcome Educators of America! No visit to Detroit is complete without attending some of Detroit's Publix Theatres theatres, which in beauty and entertainment are recognized as among the finest in the world. We Invite You To Attend F.arly Bargain Matinees! PUBLIX1 MICHIGAN SO 10:45 lo 8 p. m. Gay, PltaMtira-Mad Youth? RichltMl Palm Biach Nightll NANCY URR0LL PHILLIPS HOLMES Romantic young" 'Devil Hnluifiy Stolen Heaven 20,000 stolon dollars to 8pnd on Rtlded living! Soul stirrmer triumph of lov FRED LIGHTNER IN tVrnmVt Madcap Brother Ha't Leading tht Gay Mad Gang CHARLIE CRAFTS "Knick Knacks" Ml, MAN 1WMN lronality HHirt I If tor & rN I'lpvrr I"IT4 Br K HKK Marvel TumhWft Mrrrirl Abbott MK'IIICAVSYMPnOW F.flnartt Unifr.dlrprtlnir "lllril of Feather" hilly .Symphony l nanift He S I Come Efirlrl SOc 10:45 to I ER COME BACK! KSJEli LAWRENCE TIBBETT Audacious lover of "Rogue Song"! mm GRACE MOORE Delightful heroine of "A Ladv's Morals"! ADOLPHE MENJ0U Polished star of "Morocco"! NEW MOON" Mtro'a mighty triumph from tha famous stags play hit! 13 LAUREL & HARDY PARAMOUNT: mm Leading Players . BOOTH. DUNCAN RENALDO. young companion, who falls In love with and rescues the queen from the natives who had stolen her in infancy from a white missionary's home. Director Van Dyke made "The Pagan" for Ramon Novarro, and "White Shadows in the South Seas" for Monte Blue, both pictures winning much praise for their beautiful photography and fine direction. WHEKLER-WOOLSEY. Such a storm of protest from thousands of picture fans throughout the country was evoked when Radio Pictures announced the breaking of the great comedy team of Wheeler and Woolsey, that the studio has virtually been forced to withdraw the order. Really, the idea of the studio executives was a good one because so many comedy teams have gone stale in the past. However, there will be no danger of this catastrophe as Wheeler and Woolsey have decided to alternate their starring careers. First, they will make individual comedies and-Jhen return to co-starring. Wheeler will make a debut on his own in Frank Craven's stage comedy, "Too Many Cooks," under the direction of Wesley Ruggles, who has to his credit the biggest and best picture of 1931 to date, "Cimarron." This Wheeler comedy will be a Douglas MacLean production, as Doug is proving to be a highly successful comedy producer under the Radio banner. v ' s FISHER iW7 TODAY vr r DETROIT IS SHAKING WITH LAUGHTER AT Buster Charlotte LM8 v-i Reginald Denny Cliff Edwards utari of in ON over luxury. BOB NOLAN In joyous PERSON with Koca "LAFFIN" IT OFF" With tint srrnt Publix ct Thrca Rolling Stonei SlDfrinc, dAnnnK, clowning JACK NORTH Danio comio THE ANDRESSONS "Atrial ArllFtB" 30 Military Maid 30 & Kl BVATTB Hmar th Guttt Organi$t DON MILLER L rnrts, ungini 2ND WKKK! KlllAY !Us ill 45 to 2:00 P.M. Thrills Detroit in a Modern Whirlwind Action Role! Douglas FAIRBANKS REACHING FOKTHEMOON' Wtih thig BplrMnJjri t-ant of UnitM Artipm Star BEBE DANIELS jXn rUi Doiur In modprn drf a dsrinr. dathinjr adventurer riAkinr all for ths girl he had ivcn but oucel UNITED ARTISTS uaciev at champ crrtcus park, 0 PRODUCER HAS STRANGE HOBBY Goldwyn Likes to Hire Higl Priced Authors. Then Dis-charge Them. Hollywood, Feb. 21. fRnecii ( The Free Press) Sam Goldwyn lis, a. weuKnesa jur nignorow authors. tie Has nired more of them, quarreled with more of them and fired more probably than many a produc-e r shooting a schedule ten times the size of Sam's. It is said that Sam has a complex that way; he likes to jverawe the highbrow lads, likes to buy and sea mem as lie .Miusv would otheri Vv'v .fl commodities. t fesfcAiuSWA.. Maybe it makes Sam Goldwvu him feel superior. If it does, nn one can object, because Sam puyi through his nose for his hobby, judt as otner ncn men pay lor the fun of owning fast horses. Sam has just hired Charlie Mao-Arthur and Ben Hecht to do a movie for him, an original screm play intended for the use of Ronald Colman, He will pay those boy plenty. He doesn't care, because tm operates on the theory thst the way to turn out successful moviis is to be satisfied with nothing but the best. That's why he has Frei!-erick Lonsdale, British playwrich!, on his .payroll so much of the time. Last year he had Louis Bronificid and Sidney Howard working for him for six months. Sidney gnt $1,500 a week and Louis got $l,0r1 and a simple sum of multiplication indicates that he paid the two of them around $65,000 for their half year's labors. They turned out "One Heavenly Night" for Goldwyn for Evelyn Laye's use and it proved a doleful disappointment. Sam is not discouraged. You'll see him next year outbidding everyone for the highest priced authors on the market. LORETTA S SMART. Loretta Young, star of "Dig Business Girl," wrote one scene hersflf that is, she explained what slit wanted, to the adapter. You May Come ai Late as 9:30 P. M. lor Complete Shows. to - I i SHOW 3Jlf GRAND I 0W0. AT I SECOND ; I 50o 13:30 to 2:00 P. M Keaton Greenwood ( i 1 PARL0R,BEDR00M BATHJ Buotr provn tht Yin it th rpfcn'a irrrat Romeo in this famous BtojtO play farce 1 STACE HEAR! ou dtaffe hit KAREL THE GENIUS OF HARMONY! WIZARD OF THE VIOLIN! Let Him Thrill You With Hit Magic Melodiet! vuAyT7 mm i Direct From Record Michigan Week! i t unities to save nionej.

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