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Sound Offered to Pa&rom of Ail
The four people-wbo carry the theme of "The Four Feathers",
beginning Tuesday at the JFox Elsinore, From left is Theodore
Von Kltz, William .PoweD, Richard Arlen, and CliTe Brook.
Music and Circus Life
Make Interesting Themes
Today the Grand presents one
of the season's finest all talking
pictures in "Street Girl," featur
ing Betty Compson and Jack Oak
ie, with a cast of screen faror
ires, among whom are Ned
Sparks, John Harron, and Gas
Arnheim's famous band and .The
Radio Beauty Chorus Just for
good measure. "Street Girl" is
filled with dramatic situations
and plenty of comedy situations,
not to mention several song hits
that have become popular favor
ites including "Lovable and
Sweet," "My Dream Memory" and
' Broken Up Tune." Bliss Comp
son is heard in several violin
numbers and her playing will be
a revelation to her many admirers
though she was a violinist of note
In vaudeville before entering mo
HOLLYWOOD Thirty miles
from Hollywood on a barren slope
U a line of trenches. "Prop" trees
barren of leaves, are planted. Dy
namite is buried. There are
scores of tiny dressing rooms to
one side. Lunch wagons have
moved in. Costumes have been
unpacked. Rifles have been stack
ed. Holly wod is staging another
war. This particular war is for
"Hell's Angels." But it might be
for any "war picture," because
all movie war scenes look alike.
They have close-ups of charging
soldiers; soldiers in muddy
trenches; soldiers charging
through smoke and mud; and,
since the talkies came, the roar
of cannons and bombs, the stac
' cato fire of machine guns and the
crack of rifles.
The day for the" big scene ar
rives. Extras are uniformed,
1,000 as American Infantrymen;
TOO as German soldiers. The Am
ericans had been drilled previ
ously, but the Germans hadnU
been. They need only cfouch in
their trenches, fire blank's, and
"Walter Scott or Scott Kolk? .
waiter Scott Kolk tried both
and chose the latter as being
more Individual ... A clause in
Ernest Lubitsch's contract pre
vents anyone (except censors)
irom aeieung scenes or in any
way changing films he- directs. ,
Louis Wolheim really looks
like that. . . Paul "Whiteman has
pi ven away 30,000 good luck
finger rings. . . They are made
of hard rubber and bear, besides
good luck tokens, two caricatures
of Paul. ...
Harry RIchman will get S 8.000
a week for an eight-week vaude
ville tour. . . . Stuart Edwards,
Jackson, Tenn.. boy who "flivver-
ed'Jtore, got an important bit in
Gary Cooper's picture because of
his southern accent. . . . The
nome or James Cruze and Betty
uetty compson will be seen in
"See You In Church" . . . Cruze
is filming much of it there.
Jean -Arthur was to have been
the girl in another of the Philo
Vance mystery series, but since
she died in "The Green Murder
Case," she w stay dead as far
as the series is concerned. Fay
Wray wiU be the girl in "The
ixnson Murder Case," starring
Johnny Weismuller, swimming
champion, is Taeatlonlag with
Clmries Farrell In the latter
yacht tome place la the Pacific.
Edwin Carewe, who Is virtual
ly responsible tor the success ot
Dejarefl Del Hlo, has given up the
14ea of going to England to es
tablish a film company with Eng
lish capital anl will stay here.
.:: Carewe devoted all his efforts
to Del Rio pictures for several
years, but recently he sold the
contract he held with her to
United Artlstt. ; , 7
, Now Carewe has aligned 'him
self with Pathe, and his first
talking picture will be Rex
Beach's "The Spoilers." The story
was first filmed many years ago,
and again in 1923.
- "Sound picture dentistry may
soon be a special branch of this
particular science, as the result
of discoveries made through: re
cording voices for " the talking
pictures.; Douglas Shearer, sound
engineer, hat handled the record
lng work of "The Broadway Mel
ody, The .Hollywood Revue1
and many other pictures, . says
that la many cases Tolce defects
Another circus act for Buddy
Rogers. Not so long ago this-J
active young star was doing trap
eze stunts in "Half "Way to Hea
ven" and now in "Illusion" with
Nancy Carroll he may be seen at
the Grand, beginning Monday, as
a rircus ballyhoo man and in lore
with Nancy only "he doesn't
The story "Illusion" was for
merly a serial In The Ladies'
Home Journal and was written by
Artlyir Train. E. Lloyd Sheldon
adapted it to the screen and Bud
dy and charming Nancy make the
story live in action and sound.
' The story evolves around
Nancy, June Collyer, and Buddy.
Buddy 13 first in love with one
and then the other and finally
finds himself and happiness for
"Fox West Coast theaters Is a
separate and distinct unit, sep
arated and financed within its
own territory, and has no con
nection with the Fox Film or Fox
theaters, other than the Fox
Film's investment In Fox West
Harold B. Franklin, president
of the Fox West Coast theaters,
issued this statement from Los
Angeles Friday, to clarify the
public viewpoint on this organis
ation, because of the importance
that has been attached to the fl-i
nancial affairs of the Fox Film
and Fox theaters of New York,
and the confusion of opinion as to
their relation to the affairs of the
West Coast organization.
"Fox West Coast theatres,
include all Its 500 theatres as far
east as Illinois, as far north as
Seattle and as far south at San
Styles in microphones are
changing almost as rapidly these
days as .motion picture cameras
did in the pioneering days of the
From the stationary and per-
ot actors are directly traceable
to their teeth.
"We had trouble with a woman
whose recording always sounded
a T in the microphone," he said,
and discovered that her upper
plate was loose and she involun
tarily shoved it up with her
tongue after every word. Hence
the 'T' sounds, not discernible to
the ear, occurred and were ampll
fled by the delicate microphone.
Another player had a bridge that
did not occlude properly, and we
?ot a hiss In his voice. In both
cases a dentist was called in and
fixed the trouble.
"A dentist making' a study of
sound recording could help many
No wonder this
"TVyTY Etile son. Richard, was
: xv J. troubled lot with conwtt
Pation," says Mrs. A. G. Dunham,
123 Clay Street, Topeka. "He got
very weak, run-down and under
weight. I gave him California Fig
Syrup; and in just a little while be
was eatinr heartily and gaining..
Now I'm proud as can be; he's so
robust, bright and active.' t , '
.' Temporary relief should Toe tar
from the first consideration what
child shows by bad breath, coated
condition, that he's constipated. Of
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cf human speech.
One of the first requests made
by Fred Karno following his ar
rival from London, was for an in
terpreter. The scripts that Issue
from gag departments stump him.
He says he can t make any head
way in the movies until he learns
Karno made a list of the phras
es in a new Charley Chase scen
ario that puzzled him and begged
an interpretation to this strange
language. Here is Karno s list:
He horns in on them.
They take it big.
He does a brodie.
He is wise to it.
He pulls a gat.
They go into a huddle.
He takes one on the chin.
They frisk him.
He takes a fanny fall.
A shady looking character.
He is burnt up.
He laughs it off.
nlexine recording device with
which talking films nrsi were
made by hiding the Instrument
in bouquets of flowers, in lamps
and under the tables and chairs,
there was developed a microphone
suspended upon a movable arm
which gave a greater latitude in
Then there was developed a di
rectional microphone, enabling
sound technicians to "follow"
players and action with uniform
Now sound experts are com
pleting experiments with a re
cording device which eliminated
the old microphone entirely.
large conical instrument which is
set up behind the camera, "focus
ing" upon the sound or voices as
desired. Just as the camera "pans
from one group or player to an
WALLA WALLA, Wash. Jan
11. (AP) An effective pro
gram designed to prevent the
marketing of immature fruits and
vegetables in the Pacific north
west will he drafted at a meeting
of tho Pacific Northwest Advis
ory Board committee January 13
The meeting of the committee has
been called by R. D. Monahan of
EUGENE, Ore., Jan. 11. (AP)
As an Introduction to Lane
county's annual farmers' week
which opens January 20 in Eu
gene, a parental conference has
been arranged for January 17 and
18, according to Misa Gertrude
Skow, county home demonstra
coarse, the child's system needs a .
prompt cleansing. But the young'
tor's bowels also seed toning ana '
That's where CorniaFfc Syrup
does its best work. It helps strength-
en the bowel muscles; gives tone to a ;
weak stomach. That's why faulty
digestion improves with its use;
bowel movements become regular j
and remain so.
Every chM loves its flavor; Its ;
cleansing action is prompt but gentle.
' A pure vegetable product;hodanger
of causm the laxative habit. Itlat ;
f uu medical endorsement.
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First Talking Picture of Hero
Did you ever wonder what Ken
Maynard's voice would be like
when he talked? And did you ev
er think how much more exciting
it would be if he could give a real
western "whoop" as he rides
aenjas desert wastes or dives
frooubucking horses? Well, you
may hear him at last for his first
talking picture is now showing at
the Hollywood and he not only
talks but he sings and sings ex
cellently so they say.
'The Wagon Master" is the
story of an effort to break the
freighting monopoly that is star
ving out the mining camps of the
region. At the same time May-
nard wages war to win the girl
of his heaTt. The girl is played
by pretty Edith Roberts. May-
nard accomplishes this feat with
a band of fearless, fighting riders
amidst plenty ot excitement.
Laura La Plant as Salesgirl
"Home James" with Laura La
Plante will be the production
starting Wednesday at the Holly
wood. It Is said to be pure com
edy without wisecracks, its mirth
depending on the situations and
the clever . acting of Miss La
The story has to do with the
rise and success of a department
store girl who came to the big
city to be an artist and completes
her plans by falling in love with
a chauffeur who develops Into a
very different person that a poor
chauffeur, and who is Interpreted
by Charles Delaney.
La Plant and Delaney Interesting
Both Miss La Plante and Mr.
Delaney have an interesting life
history. Miss La Plante was born
in the old French quarter of St.
Louis. Her people are the opera
tors of one of the oldest Chan-
tiny lace factories in France and
thus her background of genu-
iness is established.
She worked in a department
store to support herself and
mother and from that went to
many other occupations before
finally becoming a person of the
screen. Her department store
work stood her in good stead in
Charles Delaney was a stunt
flyer before the far. In the ser
vice he was a crack Canadian fly
er and only after his return from
war did his friends persuade him
to give up flying and take up the
Friday, Hollywood audiences
will have an opportunity to see
Jack Mulhall playing a double
Home of 25c Talkie
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Bbowtar In Bales
Sunday X tell P. H. .
Tha Overland Trail"
A picture, of , the . Overland
Train of a nun who brayed
the nerQa of tha wilderness
and of a girl who loved him.
Colorful, dramatic, exciting,
thrOllng. EES LTt ,
MKQ.TO HOKN3 BACK. OF SCBJtEM
By OLIVE M. DOAK
Today "Street Girl" with
Monday "Illusion." '
Thursday "Side Street."
Sooth High between SUte and Terry
Today "Untamed" with
Tuesday "The Four
Korth Capitol St. in North SaTem
Today "The Wagon Mas
ter" with Ken Maynard.
Wednesday 4'H 0 m e
James" Manhatten players
Thursday "Home James"
Manhatten players in "Tom
mv." Friday "Dark Streets"
with Jack Mulhall.
It is possible for Fanchon
and Marco to improve on their
soloist for they have done it. Ri
ta Lane. Is the soloist in the
"Let's Pretend" idea which is the
feature at Fox Elsinore this week
end, and she really does sing and
her audience can enjoy it.
Another thing different about
this show is that L. Carlos
Meier's boys and girl have turned
into a "pumpkin seed" orches
tra, that must be what they re
present for they sit jazzing away
in most effective fashion in the
center of a big pumpkin would
you call them?
The Fanchon and Marco pro
duction this week is more color
ful and full of clever chorus than
it is of wise-cracks and It is my
opinion that you will like it.
Here is another tip which will
bear investigation. Betty Comp
son in "Street Girl" is a really en
joyable show pretty, has plot,
and there is plenty of music.
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police and gangsters and love.
Turn to the classified advertis
ing page of The Statesman for
Portland radio programs.
LAST TIMES TODAY
Jack Oakie, Ned Sparks
. and Arnheim's Band
the same spark-
.ling fair that made
in another and
r bigger razz review
. Short Subject of Interest
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Two Shows at Fox Elsinore
Develop UnusuaUy, Fine ,
There is In civilization today
much of the savage which forms
the background of the modern
1930 human It only comes to
light now and again generally,
under strain of emotion less
often through circumstances. But
when it does appear the well
trained 1930 model of humanity
sits in admiration and then again
in terror of the purity of feeling.
Savage unrestraint is one of the
powerful elements of the play
"Untamed" to be seen at the Fox
Elsinore today. Joan Crawford
has never done anything like this
before and the wonder is, where
did this Joan come from? And the
answer is that with the more in
telligently sympathetic and pow
erful emotional natures the "Sav
age" laws of life are not so far
below the surface and can be in
terpreted with a truth that makes
one gasp. Joan Crawford cer
tainly does this.
Ernest Torrence, as a Scotch
man, is a jewel. His accent is a
joy and it stays true to the end
of the picture. He doesn't forget
it in moments of excitement.
While the whole cast is excep
tionally well fitted to the play,
there are several others who are
outstanding in the work that they
do Robert Montgomery, altho
Just a youth and having only Just
come from Broadway, Indicates
that another star is about to ap
pear in the screen heaven. Holmes
Herbert and Lloyd Ingram are
two others you won't forget.
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Ken Iamard trvinz to tar
horse. Ken not only rides horses in this picture, "The Wagon
Master," now showing at the Hollywood, but he will also be heard
in song and talking for the first time. ,
Mystery of "Talkies"
Sounds Simple on Paper
WHAT makes the movies talk?
That is the question hundreds of fans are asking and
it seems almost as much of a
pictures first came into vogue
A man whose courage slips and
whose honor, love, home and
friends are stripped from him
thereby Is the story which Is told
on the screen at the Fox Elsinore
beginning Tuesday. How he wins
back his place in life !is the theme
which carries the observer on and
on Into all manner Of wanderings
and adventure. The play Is called
"The Four Feathers" and when
you have seen it you will admit
the name is well chosen.
William Powell Is the. coward
and the hero. With him are Rich
ard Arlen, Fay Wray. Clive Brook
and Noah Berry. Hardly seems
possible for any play to "flop"
with these folk in It.
One small thing of Interest is
that Noah Berry gets killed In
this play. Noah generally comes
PICTURE IS TALKIE
Having just been an observer of
Greta Garbo in a silent talkie,
"The Kiss," it will be of interest
to know what she will do in
1 speaking. It will be highly inter
esting to know what sort of voice
goes with the inscrutable race 01
this Scandinavian. Here is a bit
about her first talking picture.
Greta Garbo is establishing new
long-distance talkie records
In her very first talking scene
for her new picture, "Anna Chris
tie," Garbo made one of the long
est dialogue scenes ever screened,
lasting nine minutes and using up
more than 840 feet of film.
As the picture progressed, It de
veloped that few scenes ran under
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DIRECTION FOX WEST COAST THEATRES
Continuous Daily 2 to 11 p. m.
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nacle c5 talking cerccn cttoro.
Wo Moot Earnestly
Recommend This Gupe?
ON THE STAGE
Hlfyou and Rogers
ED CHENEY, RITA LANS
on Tarsan. Ills farorite trick
mystery as it was when talking
three years ago.
Here is a clearcut explanation
of the process by which talking
pictures are recorded and repro-
There are two methods of re
cording and reproducing, gener
ally referred to as the film and
tne disc mej-"oa.
With the film method the
sound record consists of a band
about one-eighth of an inch wide,
called the sound track, which runs
down one side of the film and
consists of microscopic lines. The
density of these lines depends
upon the loudness ef the Bound,
so that the greater the contrast
between light and dark lines, the
louder will be the sound. In
other respects, the film resembles
the ordinary kind of film.
The disc method employs disc
records that are similar to the
best types of phonograph records
except that they are much larger
and run at about half the speed of
a phonograph record. In this way
it is able to play through a whole
reel. The film used with the disc
method resembles an ordinary
film except that it has special
markings at the beginning of a
reel to give the starting point for
the disc synchronization.
400 feet and that several required
the entire 1,000 feet of film and
sound track, the limit of the load
ing magazines. These scene will
run full ten minutes on the
Clarence Brown is directing
Garbo's talkie debut from Frances
Marion's adaptation of the famous
Eugene O'Neill stage play in which.
Pauline Lord created the role the
Swedish star now portrays.
Charles BIckford plays opposite
Garbo in the new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
feature and the supporting
cast includes Marie Dressier and