The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, February 02, 1930, Page 6, Image 6

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    ?anet Gaynor and Charles Farrefl in the comedy "Sannyside Up" now showing at Bligh's jjj JJ jfjUllU
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lever Stage Play is Rollick
ing Screen Development
; At Hollywood
T'Wo authors whose experiences
emlface many years in the theatri
cal world, prepared the brilliant
adaptation of George M. 'Cohan's
celebrated stage play, "The Home
Towners." to be Been now at the
Hollywood and which Bryan Foy
re$tly directed with an all-star
.cast at -Warner Bros.' studio.
Tfte are Murray Roth and Ad
dison Burkhart. Roth at one time
was one of Broadway's leading
song writers, and his lyrics at
tracted the attention of an import
ant Hollywood producer. -He made
his feow in the .film world with
Foi studio where he remained for
over-five years as a comedy con
atrnctlofilst and writer.
'Addison Burkhart first rose
to fame as the author of the book
for the Shuberts' big musical
comedy prodnctlon, "The Run
aways." "The Home Townere which la
Murray Roth's and Addison Bark
hart's adaptation, has in the stel
lar cast such well known stage
and screen actors as Richard Ben
nett, Doris Kenyan, Robert Me
Wade, Gladys Brockwell, Robert
Edeson, Vera Lewis, Stanley Tay
lor. James T. Mack, Patricia Ca
ron and many others. ' -
"The Home Towners" was a
t perfect comedy for the stage and
the genius of these two clerer
young men, Burkhart and Roth,
has transferred to the totally dif-
- . (erent medium of the screen with
all the gaiety and gusto that
aroused audiences when it had its
Broadway run.
The home towners are Just peo
ple, the sort we all know.
The main characters are two
men, now middle-aged, who hare
been chums from boyhood days.
v P. H. Bancroft has preferred to
tnarxjy and settle down in the old
tome town. Vic Arnold has gone
to the Big Town and - become a
millionaire, and is now, at a rath
er late date engaged to a beautiful
irl Beth Calhoun, whose father
fcasTeatyd a bottle washer and
lti : It raome semblance of a for
tune.! His son, Wally, has a good
Job in 2Vall Street, and .there Is
. - no Immediate need of augmenting
the family In come, and then the
story starts.
Screen stars learn other film
trades' besides their own. Most
of th Teigntag f&Yorltei of the
Xilmi, if they suddenly f found
Shey' couldn't act any more-, comld
' make successful - Urings , right n
; the Industry, la callings they're
, followed as 1 nobbles around the
studios white acting. - -
.For Instance," Lbn Chaney,
would be able to make good mon
ey as a cameraman. As a hobby
he's been filming "movies" for
years with his own camera; wild
animals, celebrities, and even a
play he produced tnd directed
from his own story.
Buster Keaton, frozen-faced
comedian with a mechanical turn
of mind, is as good a projectionist
as any In a theatre. He has us
own projection machine at home,
; has experimented with it tor
years, can, take ft apart and re-
.assemble! it blindfolded, and ha
rua muttons ox zeet or mm wun
John Gilbert was a director be
fore he became a star, and could
go right back to directing if he
' wanted to And make a success of
It. judging purely by the films he
directed in the past. Cliff Ed
wards, makes records as a hobby.
. and ;t very expert at It;' enough
O'to aoia aown t jod w u
sound department, with the best
of the workers there.'
MONMOUTH, Feb. 1 Mrs.
Velma Smith and son, Donald, re-
tured Friday from Portland where
they went to Consult a 'specialist
for Donald, who recently - under
went a nasal epemtlon. His con
dition was proaooncd highly sat
Ijfaetory, ; : - ;- . - -
While to tno tty they were
guests ml Mrs, (Smith's aisters,
Iflsses Florence and. Josephine
UUj, teachers there.
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)l rftfo0 Here is a sronp of "The Home Towneni" in actkm, now to '
i!!;: be seen at the Hollywood. SSpr' A
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'ox Elsinore "Big Four
Is Interesting Array
Of Film Celebrities
Tho "Big Four" of the Fox El
slnore ia surely imposing sound
ing. These offerings will start
Saturday with "Love Comes
With "Rio Rita" still a fresh
memory It Is a pleasure to find
Bebe Daniels again on the list of
pictures for this week. This time
she will again appear in an exotic
sort of picture, with a far-away
island for the locale and a high
ly imaginative story for the plot.
Those who heard Bebe sing In
"Rio Rita" and realized the great
strides she is making in her pro
fession will be pleased to again
see and hear her. The character
work is done by Montague Love,
comedy is taken care of by Ned
Sparks, who made a name for
himself n "Street Girl" and
Lloyd. Hughes' appears opposite
Bebe. This is the first time
Hughes has. been heard in sound
The story Is one of love and
romance just the thing for
Bebe it would seem. Many na
tionalities and many occupations
also make a bit different infusion
into the life of the picture. ,
Tes, here are the Duncan sla
ters and they, have to have room
and freedom of expression and It
would seem that they have both
and plenty of It in "It's a Great
Life", commencing at the Fox El
sinore Tuesday.
These two girls started on their
fame tour a long time ago at
Tait's in San Francisco. They
were entertainers and soon need
ed more "room" than the sophis
ticated and fashionable house of
Tait could offer. They started out
for themselves and ' their wise
cracking tame has just about
spread around the world.
It is to be hoped that "It's a
Great Life" is their best Tor In
that case it will be something no
one will want to miss. The theme
of play is one of stage life and
therefore a bit uninviting for the
simple fact that there have been
so many just such themes. But
for that matter it is difficult to
find themes that have not been
used a great deal even life is
a repeater the ones, who make
It worth while are the ones who
have something the others have
not. It is said that the Duncan
sisters have that Certainly they
dance and wisecrack and act in
such manner as to make manv
thousand folk enthusiastic.
The cast of players for "It's a
Great Life" has only fire people
in it.
Here Is handsome Ramon No-
varro and he is again all dressed
up In gorgeous uniforms, and he
wields a sword and wins the heart
of a lovely maiden In the true
Novarro style In "Devil liar
Care the third of the Fox Elsl-
nore's "Big Four."
There la this to be added &Tknt
Newarro with . the advent " nf
sound one ot the finest things
about his work developed over
nignE. aa it were, it stave Mm a
cnance to sing nod an ODDortarT-
tty to make use of his charming
peMinr voice.
Be was heard for the first time
In "The Paean" and his popular
ity with that measured in dollars
and cents made the song writers
"Devil May Care," is a story ot
intrigue and lore during the time
or wapoieonf How Novarro t
eaped a firing- squad by a high-
jump, round refuge, fell in love.
Sunday - Monday - Tuesday :
In " '
Sensational Mystery Drama of Newspaper Life
"BIG SEWS" is the-ttljr
And a Great Program' of Short Subjects
Pathe Bound "News
A Beautiful Colored Sound Novelty
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AH Talking Comedy Biot
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Without knowing a thing of It
nntil after it had happened.
George Bancroft played a stellar
role in a German motion picture
while he was in Berlin during his
recent trip .through Europe.
The big chested Paramount
star was taking a morning stroll
down Unter den Linden, famed
Berlin thoroughfare, when six
uniformed policemen, greeting
volubly, fell in step with him.
three on either side. They linked
arms with him to form a line
across the sidewalk and Bancroft,
believing it was just another one
of those things that picture stars
are supposed to put up with in
public, smiled his broadest and
stepped along..
Suddenly, Bancroft became
aware that his sextette of official
companions had turned serldns
and seemed to he acting the parts
of stern enforcers of the law.
Then Bancroft heard a familiar
and unmistakable clicking sound
somewhere in advance of him and
the reasons for It all were made
A motion picture camera had
been hidden in some boxes on a
large handcart, and this cart,
with Its turning camera, had been
drawn down the street Just in
front of the group of which Ban
croft was the central figure. Un
consciously he had been playing a
part of some still unidentified
German film producer.
George Arliss
Soon to Be Seen
In Local House
One of the chief topics of con
versation among folk Interested
In the theatre has been the re
markable picture, "Disraeli" with
George Arliss in the character of
the great statesman Disraeli.
This picture Is something more
than a gripping story. George Ar
liss makes it life, real and vital,
as it was lived by one of the great
est men England has erer known.
JThe story has to do with the de
termination of a man who polls
himself from the restrictions im
posed upon the Jews Into the most
honored place in the English gov
ernment outside ot the - King s
seat. - '
All through the slay Is Intrigue;
masterful display ot wits, humor.
sometimes grim but Very real.
and there is romance.
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and won -honor Is a fast moving
and exciting plot an 'woven Into
a musical romance thai should
afford much pleasure.
It is interesting to note that
there are only seven characters in
this cast, too.
Tho fourth of the "Big Four"
is Maurice Chevalier in ".The
Love Parade," starting Febru
ary 11.
Scoop of an Thrill Dva
Little Known English Cast
Will Present Jrish Drama
This Week .
This week at the Grand there
are- to be presented three pictures
which stand up under Investiga
tion. They offer variety of sub
ject matter and the cast of play
ers present many new faces which
will add attraction to the pic
tures "Big News" will open Sunday's
program and continue on through
Tuesday. Robert Armstrong is the
suspected reporter in this picture
of newspaper life which includes
the plot of the editor being kill
ed and one of the reporters, Arm
strong, appearing to be the mur
derer. Carol Ldmbard interprets
the part of the wife of Lombard
In this picture. The solution of
the murder and the human inter
est and amusing sides to newspa
per life that run through the pic
ture are said to be quite differ
ent. The awful truth Is out has
been for some time but this is
Just a reminder John Gilbert is
married and to no less than In a
Claire and she Is to be at the
Grand in "The Awful Truth" be
ginning Wednesday.
It is hard to tell about the
play just how unusual It will
be, hut you may be sure that It
will be genuine entertainment
done with grace and finish, for
Ina Claire made a brilliant suc
cess on the stage with this play:
she Is said to be the "best dress
ed woman on the American
stage;" she Is said to be wearing
120,000 worth of clothes in this
play and therefore should offer
much of Interest to women; and
another big appeal ot the picture
is that Marshall Nellan directed
"The Awful Truth" is a mar
tial mixup. The story opens with
a divorce court action between
two people who are still In love
but who through jealousy are un
able to get on together. The ulti
mate reunion of these two peo
ple, Ina Claire and Henry Daniel,
make the plot of the story.
Beginning with Friday the
Grand will Bhow "Lucky In Love"
and with it Is an unusual cast
most of the folk are English hav
ing been born in or near London
and many of them have spent
most of their lives In England.
Then there are some Americans,
one German, and one girl from
Peoria, Illinois. People In Chica
go would can her a foreigner.
The- story Is one of Ireland and
therefore the cast should get ev
erything out of it in terms of
reality. The plot is one of lore
between a stable boy and a girl
of nobility, daughter of tho boy's
Continuous 1 to 11
, i Tomorrow with
First of tho mg:4
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The Call
North Hifli between Court and'SUte
Today "Big News."
' Wednesday "The Awful
truth,; wltn Iha CIafre 'Col
lins and Singer in "Too Good
to Live."
Thursday "The Awful
Truth," with Ina Claire. Col
lines and Singer in "Too
Good to Live."
Friday "Lucky in Love."
Today "Sunnyside Vvf
Janet Gaynor and Charles
Thursday "Hot for
Sunday "Disraeli," with
George Arliss.
South High between 8tt anil Ferry
Today Bebe Daniels in
"Love Comes Along." Fan-
chon and Marco in "Hot
Monday Bebe Daniels In
"Love Comes Along."
Tuesday Duncan Sisters
In "It's A Great Life."
Saturday Ramon Navar-
ro in "Devil May Care,"nd
Fanchon and Marco.
Xorta Capitol ia North Salem
Today "The Home Town-
There is one thing about the
shows this week which appeals
many of the casts are small and
that means It will be necessary
for good work on the part of a
few instead ot the "mass produc
tion" with responsibility so divid
ed that it is hard to tell which is
good and which Is bad.
Fanchon and Marco have a pe
culiar show about which to speak
this week-end. It is interesting
anjl amusing in spots, and ' to say
the least it Is unusual.
The illuminated puppet show
against a black background is
something to remember. It is
well done and It is spectacular.
The children In the audience Sat
urday afternoon were breathless,
and as a little miss who accom
panied me to the show remarked,
"That was a good show, wasn't
employer. The third angle of the
triangle Is a captain in the Eng
lish army and a rascal.
Being Irish the play has many
laughs and much quaint and ap
pealing conversation as well as
swift-moving -drama.. Kenneth
Webb is the director of the pic
ture and with the successful work
which he has done in the past it
seems reasonable to expect
"Lucky in Love" to be a well
done piece ot Work.
LoVe Comes Along" ' V
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Montague Love, Lloyd Hughes
Ekinore. .
Sound Theory
Action, Voice Correlated
When Registering Emotion
! "Theoretically possliiHu
practical." :V
but not
This Is Hollywood's opinion of
the statement, voiced at the Tor
onto convention of motion picture
engineers, that "A speaking actor
can remain silent during the film
ing of his film, then retire to an
acoustically perfected room to
speak his words to be lafef copied
Into the. picture."
Actors, technicians and direct-
ors alike are protesting the idea.
The general opinion is that while
it seems possible, when figured
on paper, It is absolutely imposs
ible in actual practice. The human
equation is given as the reason.
"It is not the roud speaker be
hind the screen, that m&es the
picture, but the illusion that is
carried. It is, and always has
been, possible to film a scene
and put in sound afterward, but
it is quaily true that there is
never a genuineness to such "dub
bed' sound."
"When an actor expresses an
emotion for the talking screen,
he does So Iwh visibly and aud
ibly. His expressions, his gestures,
the Inflections of his voice, all
blend to tell a' certain story. And
the physical . expression and
gestures; physical ; motion helps
generate the' emotion . echoed in
the voice. So that, when one takes
first the' movement, "then the
voice, one cannot get perfect co
ordination of the two and thede
Is no illusion."
"Talking picturee," aald Harry
Beaumont, director of "Broad
way Melody," "may be divided
Into three classes. First, there Is
the vaudeville act type, whero the
actor Is definitely talking to an
audience. He sings his songs and
The voices were good In the
singing numbers and the black
face comedian with an unusual
song got a big hand. As usual the
costumes of the Sunkist beauties
are something to tell about when
you get home.
Personally I thought the show
moved too slowly and needed
some more pep. For you I no
doubt will be wrong.
As for the feature with Bebe
Daniels In "Love Comes Along."
if you don't remember a few of
the wise remarks la that show,
and remember them for a long
time there will be something
queer about It. Ned Sparks is
a riot and Bebe again does some
excellent singing.
S.tAmV av mm &
Hear the Song Hits
fTm-A Dreamer, Aren't - We
AUTLVIM Had A Talking, Pic
ture of Ton." 'Turn On the
Heat." "Sunny Side Up." -Tow
Find tho ThM, I'U Find ta
Place." . t
Thursday lMnss
v It srCt tire yow rsuany
Opens N
Today p N$J Playing
4 Big Day. L nC iMflfWlU J Do.t IDs.
corned wjmymph
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and Bebe Daniels in "Love
taddNstaes his remarki I directly to
tnespopie .raune seexfS makes
no bones about it. In saeh a case
the illusion is only in the sound
and motion. It goes no further.
"If all talking pictures were of
this kind, perhaps the engineers
theory would hold good. . s
"Second, there Is the filmed
stage play, where the actors go
through action before the audi
ence. There is a definite audience
consciousness in this type vf talk
ing picture, which also limits the
"The third and" most import
ant type is where the players go
through action with no regard to
an audience, as though the -audience
was eavesdropping, as If the
bspectafor was looking through a
wall at them. There is an intim
acy to this type of picture no de
.clalming by the player; true
drama in every sense and the ul
timate in Illusion. And this is
where the dialogue picture gets In
its greatest work.
"To carry this illusion coordin
ation of physical action . and
speech must be very exact; in fact
perfect, and this can only ie ac
complished by speech, and action
simultaneously accomplished. To
first, film the actlbX'arlihe
speechi would split two phases of
a:single action, and it would be
impossible, to achieve absolute
nature. That is why, no matter
what engineers may accomplish
theoretically. It isn't practical In
point of fact and never will be."
Try 'Dance Meter
New Party Idea
A new. idea in picture- making
the "dance meter" measures
the distance one travels when
one dances, down to a fraction of
an inch.
The new invention wasn't de
signed for gauging the efforts of
marathon dancers, however, but
Is sn adjunct ot talking picture
The apparatus gauges distances
traveled to inform the cameraman
as to his footage and his camera
angles. It consists of a round
hooplike apparatus set on a rod at
a certain distance from 'the cam
era, and Its graduations measure
the distances traveled in the
dance. Peverill Marley, camera
man, who Incidentally is the hus
band of Linn Ba8auette. the
dancer, perfected the device.
1mm law-bJs treat
Comes Along" now at the Foi
Popular Song Hits and
Laughs Make This
Show Popular !
Most of you have heard about
"Sunnyside Up" and not a few
of you can-hum, sing and whistle
many of the songs from it, there
fore It should be good news that
you may be able to see. said show
at Bligh'a Capitol theatre begin
ning today and continuing on
through Wednesday.
Janet Gaynor ad Charles Far
rell talk, sing and make love
through this show and much of
the time have a background of
100 chorus girls. Some of the
songs already popular which will
be heard sung by these folk are
"If I Had a Talking Picture of
You," "I'm a Dreamer," and of
course the theme song "Sunny
side Up."
This plrture Is a musical com
edy and In it Janet Gaynor and
Charles Farrell are far from the
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell
which appeared in "7th Heaven."
The locale of the play in New
York City, many blocks of the
dear old city coming in for pho
tographic display. And the theme
is funny. The show makes no pre
tense to be anything but funny.
"Hot for Paris" which will bo
the feature beginning at .the Cap
itol Thursday is a twin to "The
Cock Eyed World." Not tho same
material of course, but Victor
McLaglen, El Brendel, and the
far famed director, Raoul Walsh
are all In "Hot for Paris."
The theme of the story Is the
escapades of two adventure
seekers- of shore leave the ad
venturers being McLaglen and
The story revolves around Mc
Laglen, first mate of a windjam
mer, who buys a ticket which
wins the big prise In the Grand
Prix In Paris. He does not know
he has won a million and the
sweepstakes office where he pur
chased the ticket persistently
htlnts to find him. Believing that
they are officers on his trial he
eludes them and in running
away encounters Fifi Dorsey, a
singer and dancer in a cafe at
Havre, falls In love with her and
has many hilarious adventures
leading to an amazing conclusion.
Home ot 25c Talkies
.Coaiingr Sunday for
3 Days
Continuous Performance
Sunday 2 toll P. M.
The runniest play ever eon-erfed-Ifs
sua AU-American
AH langhlng rictaro
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