Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on May 14, 1943 · Page 16
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 16

Detroit, Michigan
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Friday, May 14, 1943
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16 .Theafer- THE DETROIT FREE PRESS FRIDAY, MAY 14. 194S Amusements. " No, Fiorello, It Isn't You in the Movie BY FREDERICK C. OTHMAN Cnltrd Press Correspondent HOLLYWOOD, May 13 Note to hizzonor, Fiorello LaGuardia: , Oscar Homolka is not going to star in a movie comedy called "The Little Flower." Definitely not. All he'll do is play a mayor in a film yet to be titled. He can't help it, can he, if he wears a big black hat, races to all the fires behind his own private siren and spend3 the rest of his time battling the newspaper reporters" No sir, Your Honor, that's not Oscar's fault. He's just playing any old mayor of any old Amer ican city of about 7,4o4,995 popu lation. And he doesn't want any lawsuits, or threats of same. INDEPENDENT FELLOW This Homolka is the right man for such an enterprise. Not only is he a first-class actor, but he's saved his money, and if a movie is no good he can and does tell the producer thereof to go jump. He came here from England in 1937 to do "Ebb Tide" for Paramount. This was supposed to be a big-time movie, which somehow bogged down. Homolka said the producers were nice to him, and cordial and polite, but that they always seemed to be interested in golf, or horse races, when he wanted to make movies. This was discouraging; so discouraging that Honolka returned to Europe. Not until 1939 did he return to New York, where he took unto himself a bride, the daughter of Eugene Meyer, publisher of the Washington Post. He also received offers from Universal Studios to play in a shoot-'em-up opry starring Mar- lene Dietrich and titled "Seven Sinners." REGRETTED HIS ACT This was not the kind of picture for him. He was certain of it, but Universal was persuasive. And his wife never had been to California and one thing led to another and he found himself dodging bodies tossed through the air by John Wayne. He was regretful of that movie. He promised himself not to try such a one again. Soon there was Sam Goldwyn knocking at his door, asking him to play the head professor in "Ball of Fire." Barbara Stanwyck was the ball. This sounded fine. Maybe it was. "All I know was that It was the kind of picture that drove an actor batty," said Homolka. "They knew what the picture was to be about, but they didn't have any story. For eight weeks we fiddled around, while they wrote the script, piece by piece. It got so that we all came to work every morning, glaring at each other." CANT GET REST He returned to his sprawling white house in a canyon overlooking the city to take his ease, read his books and contemplate his collection of pictures by his Mexican pal, Diego Rivera. This was not to be. He was too busy reading scripts submitted by hopeful movie makers. Homolka turned down 12 pictures in a row. He finally got one War Is No Barrier . "TIT T v ,.i uwiiih .i i : V ' ' 'ftv ; :' YyTv fey vl f w t -l V S .1 The stress of warfare only strengthens the love of Pierre Aumont and Susan Peters in "Assignment in Brittany," a stirring story of espionage in occupied France that will be an early arrival. that he liked: "Mission to Moscow." In it he played Ambassador Litvinof. It wasn't such a big role, but he liked it. Then Paramount (under new managers who didn't play golf) asked him to go into a film called "Hostages." This, according to Homolka, was a whiz-bang. But by the time it was completed, there were war pictures of similar theme on view all over the land. The picture still has not been released. Homolka doesn't know when it will be. Not that he's worried. LAST 3 DAYS MASONIC AUDITORIUM TICKETS AT BOX-OFFICE 4? S. HUROK presents DETROIT'S MOST EXCITING MUSIC and BALLET EVENT DAW BALL E T by BALLET THEATRE TOM"W. MAT.: SWAX LAKE, ROMEO AND HXIET, BLUEBEARD TOM'W. EVE.: Princes Aurora, Pillar of Fire, Pa it (luatre, Helen of Troj SI N. MAT. : Billy the Kid, Petronehka, Blnrbeard SUN. EVE.: Princess Aurora, Romeo and Juliet, 3 Virrln and DtI1. Caprireio Espagnol Starring: MARKOVA. ZORINA. DOLIN, MASSINE. EGLEVSKY TONIGHT AKTUR RUBINSTEIN ALL RUSSIAN PROGRAM, WITH DETROIT ORCH. EFREM KURTZ, CONDUCTING 2,000 SEATS 83c, 1. 10, 1.65 NOW Griinitlt's IA. 1124 TEaill 2-0030 I IT'S THE PICTURE with the 'DINGLE' 3313 That new Super Vitamin that ups your rt&z& ZING content! imP IT'S THE PICTURE with the BEDlam! 8 girls to 1 man! . . 2 men and a girl! I . . . Too many boarders! PS' IT'S THE PICTURE WITH ROMANCE Tender, Poignant, Riotous! v ...Only 'Dingle aids romance! Er&y i ) OnlyDINGLEgives you the jT" y stamina to stand the whirl! QfiVU I COME AND GET YOUR SHARE OF jrJJBS Zumu 1 Directed by GEORGE STEVENS f h "' TODAY STAGE TO SCREEN Cabin in Sky' Gets Fine Film Treatment BY LEN G. SHAW Free Press Motion Picture Editor Hollywood has again demon strated how good a job it is capable of doing when it lends itself seriously to transferring a stage play to the screen. This time it is Cabin in the Sky," with Metro- Goldwyn-Mayer as its translator into screen terms. With Ethel Waters, Eddie (Roches ter ) Anderson and Lena Horne heading the long cast, you would have rea-s o n to expect something out of the ordinary in the way of acting. There need be no fear of disappoint ment on this naw score. They, and everyone else en gaged, catch the spirit of the play admirably, and bite deep into their individual duties, bringing forth characterizations that carry on consistently through the material and the spiritual phases of the picture. Just to hear Ethel Waters render "Cabin in the Sky," "Happiness Is Just a Thing Called Joe" and "Taking a fa -f . ,-.Q,l)lWlll,n4. .y. Chance On Love" will repay a visit to the United Artfc.s Theater,, where the picture opened Thursday. The superb artistry with which she is so richly en dowed is constantly in evidence, not only in her interpretation of the songs but in the emotional power she displays, as well as the gayer manifestations. SIMPLE STORY Anderson is always in character as the weak-willed Little Joe, amusing and appealing. And when Lena Horne as the light-skinned temptress turns the heat on him with a skill that makes her outstanding you can't blame him for forgetting everything else, includ ing his faithful Petunia. The story of "Cabin in the Sky is treated with a simplicity and an absence of conventionality characteristic of the people it projects, and their conception of the forces of good and evil that upon occasion become to them real figures. Little Joe, with his love of gambling and his susceptibility to the charms of a sultry siren who is an active ally of Lucifer, Jr. in the person of Rex Ingram, is i constant source of concern to his deeply religious wife, Petunia. But The General, who is played by Kenneth Spencer, is constantly at Petunia's side, and finally Little PB nBaW PrV HIP DO NOW CV LOTtn m V first hm I Vfl 3i fi rfTWi i fiY AT REGULAR Ml VWCtJlf tLLa4 PRJCESJX "f m torn too tough to die SjftfeTJfSP" FRANCES GIFFORD KlJS War Workers' Late Show at MIDNIGHT Saturday 1 ftv.V WSfew Vl-J . UnilTlJUSH GUTS A 13:49 A. M. WOODWARD I) AT 5 MI1E U4IT "RD. DlSNBfS last show at Sat. Mat. eartoona extra ALL NEW SHOW TODAY AT NOON DOWNTOWN WOODWARD AT GD, CIRCUS PK. I1 illHit-l NORWOOD woodward At GRAND BLVD.. TUMSIIA! LATEST FILMS OF, THE AXIS ROUT IN REMARKABLE SCENES OF A.E.F. FORCES JOINING BRITISH IN FINAL AFRICA TRAP! EISENHOWER TRAINS INVASION TROOPS! LATE WAR FLASHES from the ALEUTIANS! PREMIERE DOES CHURCHILL'S SURPRISE VISIT TO WASHINGTON INDICATE IMMEDIATE OFFENSIVE ACTION? "INVASION OF EUROPE" Joe, awakening from a dream that found him dead and on the road to perdition, gives evidence of redemption in answer to Petunia's petitions. Even to ordering his precious dice and a ticket on the Irish Sweepstakes-burned. ETHEL UNLIMBERS The action ranges from domestic scenes to the fervor of a religious levival and the frenzy of a dance hall, where Petunia pits her attractions against those of the beguiling Georgia Brown, and un-limbers in a dance with "Bubbles' Sublett that is just one step this side of the jungle. The dream sequences are handled effectively, even if at great length, for it is a long pictur- There are e dozen other principals to add their bit to this unusual entertainment, with. Louis Armstrong as the Trumpeteer, Duke Ellington and his orchestra, and the Hall Johnson Choir contributing musically. That frantically funny pair, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, quite outdo themselves in the accompanying feature, "Air Raid Wardens." A couple of small town characters who go into bankruptcy as regularly as they start in business, when Uncle Sam turns them down for armed service a kind, hearted editor makes them air raid wardens. The wildest fears of the townspeople are exceeded by the trouble these xanies cause in their mistaken idea of what constitutes duty and through their unflagging seal, in which there is sometimes an almost pathetic note. The climax is reached when they stumble on to a band of saboteurs intent on destroying a magnesium plant, and thereby become heroes. There are others involved in the mad melange, but after watching Laurel and Hardy nothing and nobody else matters. INHERITS MUSIC Ida Lupino has just received from England, the sheet music of her father's last hit musical "Crazy Days" which was a substantial success in London. 5 BIG STAGE SHOWS: 11:50 A.M.. 2:30 P.M., 5:15 P.M.. 8:00 P.M.. 10:30 P.M. Doors Open 9:30 M. .Starting TODAY1 Y , V HEHt ,7,!: WAR WORKERS' V T0U V AU y LATE SHOW AT MIDNIGHT Saturday! Ti " mr jMMM rm it 8D. ORCUS M.-?W wmi II UNITED DtTg' ' ' HI Romantic Drama JIIlL J in a Picture as flWBit j I Ss) . SATURDAY at MIDNIGHT!. Com Ai L At 12 Am Sm A UopHHWn S3 59c il n, Kcud. WARDENS nou DOWIITOWII'S BluGtST BAKfialS nuw: 3toTa gusher of tv SJt"- WWUn Hint iff mL$i I ) r-2.-.gE5 t i.irii.iM-n t i

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