The Oregon statesman. (Salem, Or.) 1916-1980, December 06, 1931, Page 20, Image 20

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    Much Talked About "Miracle Woman" Opens Elsinore
Bill Today
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David Manners, Home Made
Ventriloquists, Finds
Youthful art Help
When David Manners, popular
screen leading man, was a school
boy uP In Halifax. Nova Scotia, he
need to entertain his friends hy
presenting plays in a little minia
ture theatre he had constructed
himself. Instead of live actors.
Manners had small dolls, which
he manipulated hy Invisible wires.
He supplied the aound effect
Wniself, eventually : acquiring the
trick of saying word for his char
acters without moving his lips.
Manners was proud of his new ac
.'eompllsbment, as It enabled him
to mystify hhj analeneei; but he
didn't' realize i thos days that
he had practically mastered the
art of ventrfloquism.
Manners. had practically forgot
ten all about this phase of his
childhood, until he was cast as
John Carson, the blind aviator in
"The Miracle Woman." Colum
bia's drama of regeneration,
showing today at Warner Bros.
Capitol. In this picture, Carson
entertains Florence Fallon, por
trayed by Barbara Stanwyck, by
manipulating for her a very clever
dummy. Remembering this se
quence, Frank Capra. director of
the picture, suggested to Manners
before he began rehearsals, that
he take a few lessons in ventrilo
quism. Manners immediately de
clared that he didn't 'need any les
sons, and gave an exhibition of his
talents to prove it.
The uummy used by Manners in
the scenes of "The Miracle Wo
man," is, however, far superior to
the dolls he manipulated in his
little theatre. It is really a tri
umph of mechanical skill, being
able to move Its arms, legs, head,
eyes and the muscles of its face
in such a human way that it seems
almost uncanny. Instead of
strings .the manikin is equipped
Internally with an electric bat
tery. The wires culminate in a
series of electric buttons, which
Manners fingers very much as
though he were playing on an ac
cordion. The suDDorting cast for Bar-4-
, bara Stanwyck and Mr. Manners
in "The Miracle Woman" is one
of stellar calibre, Including such
well known screen favorites as
Sam Hardy, Beryl Mercer, Russell
Hopton, Charles Middleton, Eddie
Uoland, Thelma Hill, Aileen Car
lyle and Al Stewart. Frank Cap
ra, ace director, responsible for
many of the screen's outstanding
successes, such as "Rain or
Shine," "Ladies of Leisure" and
"Dirigible," handled this produc
tion. E
James Butler was born Feb
ruary 3 1870 at New Portland,
Me., and died December 1, 1931,
at a Salem hospital following a
brief illness. At the age of 23 he
went from Maine to California
and was married in 1895 to Miss
Dollle Estella Hogan. who died
In 1924.
Mr. Butler is survived by a
daughter, Mrs. Eva Bietx of this
neighborhood, a son, David Jos
eph Butler of Fresno, Calif ..and
four grandchildren; four sisters,
Miss Delia Butler who made her
home with him Mrs. Bina Harris,
Mrs. W. Cooley and Miss Beatrice
Butler all of Maine; and one
brother, Ralph Butler of Augusta,
' James Butler had lived in Ore
gon about 30 years and for more
than a quarter of a century had
been a member of Summit Metho
dist church here. During that
time his lite had been an exemp
lary one, bis circle of friends be
ing, as -wide as his acquaintance
. ship, and his sudden summons
found him ready. .
. His pastor. Rev. C. L. Dark,
conducted funeral services Friday
morning at the Clough-Barrlck
chapel with burial in the Odd
Fellows cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Young and
. eons, Lorils, Wiley and Arlo spent
Home of the 25c Talkies
Continuous Performance Today 2 P. M.
Tweire Mighty
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with LUPE ' VELEZ,
.: Charles Bickford - , . -v;.
r Roland Young, Paul Cavanaugh, Raymond Hatton, - Jalia-
Faye. J. AFarrell ' BIcDonald. Mitchell. .Vs Iwts,: DeWitt
i; . . Jennings, Lilian Bond '. . . '; '.
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.' AlsoAndy Clyde -in
Ina Claire and Robert Ames in "Rebound" at Warner Bros.
Elsinore Friday and Saturday.
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Louise Dressier who appears
development in the plot of the feature picture "Caught'
which will be shown at the Hollywood Friday and Sat
urday of this week.
"Local Boy Makes Good"
At Elsinore to Feature
Joe E. Brown; Well Cast
Joe E. Brown, who comes today I mother telling in detail what a
to Warner Bros. Elsinore in hia
latest First National starring ve
hicle, "Local Boy Makes Good,"
has a twelve-cylinder Cadillac, a
home in Beverly Hills, a wife,
three children, and a fine pic
ture contract. Here are a few of
the little things Joe E. had to en
dure before he graduated from
the University of Hard Knocks.
When Joe was nine years old he
joined a circus. A Mr. Ash, who
had seen him do some amateur
tumbling, begged Joe to Join him
as the star of The Tive Woader-
ful Ashtons. It was a hard thing
to decide the lure of being a cir-
cus performer was great, yet nine
is hardly the age to go bread-win-
Rut the circus lure won out,
and then Mr. Ash seemed to be
the neceat sort of employer any-
one could want to have. Joe was
eiven a railroad ticket he was
then living in Toledo, Ohio and
told to Join the troupe at Topeka,
For four years he remained
with Ash, being beaten at least
twice a week after which episodes
Iia would write letters to his
the weekend with friends ana
relatives at Sclo where the young
family lived before coming here.
Mrs. Cash Robert3 has returned
from Falls City where she was
the house guest of her sister,
Mrs. Rhoades. Mr. Roberts and John H. Bankhead; her grand
son, Charles, with Mrs. Roberts father was also a United States
spent Thanksgiving at n e
Rhoades' home and Mrs. Roberts
remained for a longer visit.
Recent visitors at the Cash
Roberts home were Mr. and Mrs.
Willis Frink of Falls .City and
Dr and Mrs. F. M. Hellwarth of
Toledo. Dr. Hellwarth came out
to make plans for the extension
of the electric line to his property
here. The proposed extension
would provide electric service to
four or five property owners on
the Gibson Canyon road.
Stars In One Picture
"The Cannon Ball" and News
in a scene from an exciting
wonderful time he was having,
and how nice he was being treat
ed, so she wouldn't worry. Then
from a friend he heard that a cir
cus In New York needed an acro
Joe went. Anything to be away
from Ash. But after a week with
the new circus, he remembers
praying that he would wake up in
the morning and be back with
Ash. He was thirteen years old at
that time.
It may be interesting to know
that Joe, as the star of the f eat-
ured act of the circus which was
one of the most important in the
country, started in at $1.50 per
week. At the end of the four
years, however, having proved
And he still laughs perhaps
that is why he can laugh he
knows now how well off he is at
the present time
Miss Bankhead
Southern Girl
Tallulah Bankhead is aa Ameri
can girl and proud of it. She is
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m tiunisviue. 'way aown m Ala-
Dama. She was named after Tal-
lulah Falls in Georgia. Her father
is congressman William B. Bank-
head; her uncle Senator-elect
genator from Alabam. Sh wa.
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ing schools in the South; moved
to Washington, and upset family
traditions by entering and win
ning a beauty contest.
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Sam Hardy and Barbara Stanwyck In a scene from "The
Miracle Woman" the feature
ner Bros. Capitol.
Five-year-old actors don't know
much about salaries and care less.
Such matters are for their
"grown-ups" to worry about.
But a gift of a real cowboy out
fit'with tiny chaps, sombrero, cap
gun and lariat that Is something
else again.
Dickie Moore, who plays the
role of Little Hal in Cecil B. De
MlUe'a latest production, "The
Squaw Man," which will be shown
at the Hollywood today, will
never quarrel with the director
about the money paid him for the
part. In Dickey's mind DeMUle Is
the most generous man that ever
For at the conclusion of "shoot
ing," DeMille presented Dickie
with thft full costume even to a
big. blue bandana which the childf1 arnef B"- Elsinore. he said
actor wears in tne western se
quence of the picture.
Playgoers will recall the role of
Little Hal as one of the fattest
child parts in the entire history of
the drama. Dickie was chosen for
it because of extraordinary work
he has done as a child player since
he was only ten months old.
Bebe Daniels in
Wy Pasf to be
Here Wednesday
A daring love story of modern
life. "My Past," the Warner Bros,
and Vitaphone production which
features Bebe Daniels, is an
nounced as the attraction at the
Grand theater, Wednesday.
"My Past" is based on the sen
sational novel of the same name
with the screen play and dialogue
written by Charles Kenyon.
Bebe Daniels portrays a great
star of the legitimate stage In the
nicture. The story deals with her
private life instead of her profes-
sional footlight career.
Lewis Stone and Ben Lyon en
act close friends and business
partners, but are rival for the af
fections of the actress.
Roy Del Ruth directed My
Will Rogers in
Latest Success
At Grand Today
Fifi Dorsay is the one girl in
all the world who can even ap
proach Will Rogers at his own
game, wisecracking.
Their first day together on the
set during the filming of "Young
As You Feel," Rogers' latest Fox
success which opens at the Grand
today was filled with a const' nt
exchange of cracks until they h.-td
reestablished their old friendship
Home-Owned Thoat
- Monday
picture now showing at War
started during their work in
"They Had To See Paris," the pic
ture in which they both scored
their first talking screen tri
umphs. "I can keep" up with her as long
as she talks straight American,"
Rogers explained to the amused
cast, "but when she starts slipping
in them French phrases on me I
sometimes have to stop a minute
to figure out just what she means.
No sir, I got to take my French
like I take a wild cayuse, slow and
When John Barrymore first
read the script of "The Mad
Genius, his latest Warner Btos.
picture, which opens Wednesday
Is offered the kind of role that
comes but once in a lifetime.
Tgarakov, the mad genius is in
deed such a part artist voluptu
ary, master mind and driving
force, he dominates man and wo
men by sheer force of will bends
fate, to meet his needs and con-
quers all but the unconquerable
human equation which eventual
ly proves his undoing.
The story of "The Mad Genius"
moves relentlessly to a tremend
ous climax built about the power
ful personality of the one man,
Tsarakov. Few moments In pic
tures have been so awe-inspiring
as the last few hundred feet of
film of "The Mad Genius."
Baskets at Social
Sell for $17; Fund
. Goes to P-T Group
MOUNTAIN 1EW, Dec. 5. -
a oasrec supper auction and a
candy sale contributed to the in
terest of the P. T .A. meeting Fri
day nightThe sale of baskets net-
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n ta!, ... for ... Traded . Sort for Q VfcLJjv. Bashful f
L n Incomrxiroble Actress n 1 ;jA double laugh ,
; "TVi"v In Hr Greotoftt Role . ''t sensation He's
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Fifi Dorsay, Will Rogers and Lucien Littlefield as they ap
pear in a rare moment in the feature play, "Young as You
Feel" at the Grand Sunday.
The Call
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Warner Btos. Capitol
Today Barbara Stanwyck
in "The Miracle Woman".
Wednesday Ta 1 1 u 1 a h
Bankhead in "My Sin".
Friday-George O'Brien In
"Riders of the Purple Sage".
Warner Bros. Elsinore
Today Joe E. Brown in
"Local Boy Makes Good".
Wednesday John Barry-
more in "The Mad Genius".
Friday Ina Claire in "Re
bound". The Grand
Today Will Rogers
"Young As You Feel".
Wednesday Ben Lyon in
"My Past".
Friday Buck Jones In
"Border Law".
The Hollywood
Today Warner Baxter in
"The Squaw Man".
Wednesday Ciive Brook In
Friday Richard Arlen in
"Caught". .
ted $17.85 which goes Into the
Parent-Teacher treasury for run
ning xpenses. The school children
gathered in $2.10 from the sale of
candy, with which wil 1 be pur
chased materials for school work.
Program numbers Included a
group of readings by Miss Brown
of Salem, an amusing pantomime
by upper grade pupils in which a
young lady entertains numerous
admirers under difficulties; songs
by the primary grades; musical
numbers by the Orchard Heights
County Farm Agent J. R. Buck
gave an Interesting talk on 4-H
club work, as a result of which a
boys club will be organised some
time during the coming week with
Glenn Southwick as leader.
Days of the old West, when
cappers stood outside the gamb-
I ling and nance halls and urged
the passersby to "take a chance at
ia square game." are revived In
Paramount's western story.
Progress and civic pride have
eliminated the Faro dealer, the
roulette game, rake-off poker and
blackjack outfits.
Modern persons who would woo
Lady Luck, must do so in a more
conventional manner.
Turning back the clock of des-
ftiny to the old, wild days, when
every western town recognized
gambling as a time honored pas
time, ' Caught" at the Hollywood
Friday pictures this life in the
Bird Cage," dance-hall and
gambling place.
Richard Arlen, as an officer of
the cavalry, is sent at the head of
his company to clean up the gang
of cattle rustlers who work under
the leadership of a Western Wo
man, known as Calamity Jane. As
the owner of the "Bird Cage," Ca
lamity plays all ends against the'
middle in every brand of lawless
ness that the bordler offers.
Calamity, played by Louise
Dresser, can shoot with the best
of them and has the same iron
nerve, and with these character
istics becomes the storm center of
a gripping drama.
The picture was directed by Ed
ward Sloman, who made "Gun
Agnes Brady Leahy and Keene
Thompson, veteran Hollywood
scenarists wrote the story out of
the rich fund of incidents relat
ing to the life and adventures of
Calamity Jane.
Library circulation in Youngs-
town, O.. jumped 40 per cent
his year.
Washington Bicentennial to
Be 'Aided; looted Stars
tySSrWln Cast
Selected after careful study as
America's " outstanding director.
D. W. Grlfmit.wHl supervise the
mammoth four-day pageant based
upon the life of George Washing
ton which. will: be the keynote of
the Washington bicentennial cele
bration to be held In the national
capital from February 22 to No
vember, 24. ,
The pageant, which will " be
given at the foot of the Washing?
ton monument on the evenings o
Jnne 22 and 25, Inclusive Is. ex- '
peeted to be the greatest event of
Its kind ever conceived for the
United States.
Plans call for the participation
of scores of the leading artists 3t
the stage and screen, assisted by
more than, 5.000 amateur actors
and a choras of 2,000 trained
voices; for the massed bands if
the' army, navy and marine corps
of more than 500 Instruments; for
the collaboration of Arthur Had
ley and Deems Taylor on the mu
sic and of Paul Kester and Charl
ton Andrews on the book, and for
the leadership of Dr. Walter Dam
rosch and John Phillips Sousa for
the chorus and bands, respec
tively. While the pageant play will be
the highlight of the Washington
celebration, it will be no means
overshadow innumerable other
events scheduled for the centen
nial. Each state in the union will
have its own celebration from
Washington's birthday to Thanks
giving, bat the capital exercises
will be the Irub of the wheel, so
to spak. Each state will have a
day la the national capital; the
army, navy and marine corps will
have three days each; Memori
Flagg, Arbor, Independence, Bun
ker Hill and other patriotic days
will be highspots. Mother's Day
will be one of the big ones; one
week will be set aside for music:
the Masons will have a week:
there'll be an air show, an aquatic
show, an Indian Day, a lawyer's
day, a French Veterans day, a
Knights of Columbus day. and
there will be all sorts of conven
tions, balls, social functions and
celebrations of every description
right through the Thanksgiving
'Border Law9 at
Grand on Friday
Buck Jones is riding them high
and wide for thrills In "Border
Law," the Columbia western
showing today at the Grand. He
turns thief to catch thieve and
almost gets caught In his own
trap. It Is said that thrills fol
lows thrill and surprise situations
develop In such rapid succession
that ono Is kept on the merry-f,
round of whirlwind action.
A shark caught on the coast of
Hawaii weighed 9t0 pounds.