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"Say," asked the banker, "we have a man
over here with a check from you. His name's
Fry -mil or something. Is he okeh?"

\Yhich goes to show that he may be FrimI
some place, but in Hollywood, Rudolph is just
another bank depositor.

T3ARADOX: King Vidor made money by
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Vidor and his brother, C S. Vidor, borrowed
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subsequent suit. The court, after hearing the
evidence, agreed that they had been over-
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"N.TOT all of the stars spend their evenings in
■^-^ orgies, whatever one of those things are.
Xeil Hamilton is going to night school. Of
course he isn't studying Americanization or
algebra, but he goes to school nevertheless.

He is enrolled in the navigation class at the
University of Southern California. Ever since
Xeil bought his big sail boat he has wanted to
know all about it, fore and aft, port and star-
board. He's the only student in the class with
a real, honest-to-gosh yacht to practice on.

WHEN Eric Von Stroheim at-
tends a formal party he re-
moves his top coat and his hat, but he
keeps his cane flung nonchalantly
over his arm all during the festivities.

TOAX CRAWFORD has the most unique set
■'of jewelry in Hollywood. It's a three in one.
Doug gave it to her and, what 'smore, designed
it all himself — the old Cellini.

When Joan is being grand it's a diamond
necklace with a stunning pendant, but the
pendant comes off and becomes a pin and the
necklace un-snaps and becomes two bracelets
that can be worn with street and afternoon

MAYBE the fans have never heard of Fay
Marbe. Well, Hollywood hadn't either
until a few months ago, but she has taught
these film stars things they never dreamed
about publicity.

Fay is an American girl, but her triumphs
have been made for the most part in Europe.
.She is a notable figure in Paris, London and
Berlin. Now she is on the Camera Coast, and
Old Cal will give you just one guess w-hy she's

Some of her exploits are really quite fasci-
nating, and the newspapers just ate 'em alive.

Her smile is insured for fifty thousand
pounds. Each leg is insured for ten thousand
pounds. That's old stuff after all.

One of her most famous exploits was a di-
vorce party. She invited a lot of estranged
wives to one party, and their ex-husbands to
another. Then she assembled them all at a
third place. You can imagine what happened.
It was a nine-day European scandal.

She has entertained the ex-Kaiser in Doom,
and she was "insulted" by a nobleman in a
London night club. Of course, in some way or
other, these things were revealed to the press.
Most annoying, too.

DOUG FAIRBANKS was escorting people
about the United Artists lot. He greeted ;
newcomer, and there were introductions. One
of them was a good-looking, effective young
man. Doug introduced him like this —

"... and you know Commander Byrd, don't
you all? "

Gasps. Astonishment. Stupefaction. Amaze-
ment. Oh, lots of words like that!

"Commander Byrd? Commander BYRD!
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and-iced in at the South Pole. Isn't he?"
someone demanded.

" Oh, that fellow at the South Pole is really
Lon Chaney, " someone wise-cracked.

But then it was explained that the Com-
mander Byrd presented by Doug is really
Commander J. B-I-rd, formerly of the British
royal air forces, and now a noted designer of
racing airplanes. He's visiting Hollywood.

THE tragic death of ten men in the plane
crash while filming "Such Men Are Danger-
ous" has at least a kindly aftermath.

The names of the eight Fox employees killed

have been kept on the payroll for three months.

In addition, each bereaved family will get

S5,000 insurance money, and a share of the

S25,0O0 subscribed by Fox studio employees.

FATTY" ARBUCKLE is finally on the
very verge of the come-back threshold.
After what happened, Fatty has tried almost
everything — repenting, roadhouse-operating,
divorcing, lunchroom-proprieting, vaudeville,
silence, and so on.

Xow it's just about certain that James Cruze,
of "Covered Wagon" fame, will, on the strength
of his life-long friendship for Arbuckle, direct
the big boy in a series of comedies. They'll be
two-reelers, like those in the old days. And
talkie. And we will be tickled to see him!

IN the death of Lydia Yeamans Titus, Holly-
wood lost one of its most familiar and inter-
esting characters.

The genial Mrs. Titus had appeared in in-
numerable pictures, and in support of most of
the greatest stars. But her last days, interest-
ing as they were, lacked the glamour of her
earlier career when she was young and beauti-
ful. It was Lydia Yeamens Titus who made
"Sally in Our Alley" one of the most famous
songs of a long-gone decade. King Edward
VII of England heard her sing that favorite
tune, and gave her a gold bar pin showing the
first notes of the song in diamonds.

During the heyday of her prosperity Mrs.
Titus gave S5,000 to the Actors' Fund for
relief work. It was from this fund that she was
cared for during her last days, together with
the assistance of many loyal Hollywood friends.

One of her bequests was that her friend,
Margaret Livingston, should receive the cher-
ished bar pin.

THERE'S a depletion in the ranks of hand-
some, Hollywood juveniles. If it keeps up
producers may have to start another of those
"New Faces Contest" things.

The sheiks with the wavy hair and melting
eyes are deserting Filmania to become gigolos.
Gigolos are as familiar as plumbers in London
and Paris, but now they have made an official
appearance on the Pacific Coast, where men
have been men for the most part heretofore.

One of the smartest of Santa Barbara hostel-
ries, and that's pretty smart if you want to
know, has installed tie sleek boys as part of
the necessary equipment.

Young actors in Hollywood have been offered
jobs at fifty dollars a week and "expenses."
With production quiet at the studios it sounded
good to some of them. The requirements call
for good looks, agreeable manners, an impres-
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thirty dollars a week. Now the play is bring-
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and is being played all over the world. At
first, every London producer turned thumbs
down on it. Another war drama — pooh!

It is still playing in London, New York, and
at least three other American cities. The

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chic and sophisticated in a black sequin and
tulle dress, and black slippers with red heels.
She danced the first number with Johnny Mack

Also in her party were Charlie Farrell beau-
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Doug arrived late. It was a very gay party.

At another table was Lilyan Tashman es-
corted by no less than four gentlemen, and the
men didn't seem to mind at all. They were
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Roger Davis. Doris Kenyon and Milton Sills
(Milton looking fit as a camping kit) were at
the Will Hays' table.

It remained for Eric von Stroheim to pull
che best gag of the evening. In lieu of place
cards he had little novelties that bespoke the
character of each of his guests, and at his own
place was a can of film labeled, "The unfinished
masterpiece. Reel 605."

Mabel Normand Says Good-Bye


and self-sacrificing women any one has ever
known. She was a great woman and a great

MABEL'S illness wasof longstanding. When
I first knew her fifteen years ago, she was
suffering from tuberculosis; but so brave was
her spirit that she tossed off the threat with a
gay indifference.

In later years, this malady was aggravated
by grave troubles and worries. Mabel was the
Patsy who got the blame for what other people
did. She suffered humiliation and disgrace in
silence when she could have set herself right —
by " telling on" some one else.

There was the case of the chauffeur who
adored Mabel so devotedly, that he shot a man
whom Mabel knew but slightly, but whom the
half-crazed boy thought was bringing bad
company to her harem-scarem, topsy-turvey

There was the William Desmond Taylor case
of which Mabel honestly knew nothing; but
which brought down odium and club lady reso-
lutions upon her.

As usual in such cases, Mabel's bitterest
critics were often those who owed her most of
money and kindness and tolerant charity.

She realized that she had to die and met the
issue bravely and without whimpering. One
of her last messages was to me; when she asked
me to tell the public through Photoplay
Magazine of her love and appreciation. "They
have been dear to me, and sweet and kind,"
she said.

The affection between Lew Cody and Mabel
Normand that resulted in their early morning
marriage has never been understood. But to
one who knew them both intimately, it was a
sweet story.

They had been devoted friends for years.
Theirs was a comradeship of laughter — laugh-
ing at life, laughing at and with each other,
laughing off troubles.

LEW loved Mabel, and Mabel adored Lew.
No woman could have helped loving a man
who brought such happiness and sunshine into
a life over which death was even then trying to
cast a shadow.

Even at the last, she did not lose her thirst
for life.

So weak she could scarcely talk, she took
up the telephone to ask eager questions of
a war correspondent friend of mine who had
just come back from a Mexican revolution.

Mabel Normand in her early days at Keystone. At the left, Ford Sterling
is inspecting the slipper, while the Old Master, Mack Sennett, does one of
his Dutch scowls. Few pictures remain of Sennett in character in his

acting days

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What the air raids were like; tell her about the
Mexican girl who fought in the trenches; and
what became of the dog who ran up and down
on the top of a fire-swept trench?

He told her about a tramp aviator who had a
steel extension in his leg which he used to
loosen and tighten up with a screw driver he
carried for the purpose. Mabel laughed. "You
are a liar," her voice came gasping over the
'phone. Impudent to the last.

Mabel has gone from us, but like Chevalier
Bayard — without fear and without reproach,
she goes boldly forward.

Exit — Corinne


living. At thirteen the Griffin (that is her real
name) fortunes were on the wane. Just as in
the old-fashioned melodramas, a sheriff came
and foreclosed the mortgage on the "home-
stead." Her mother and she came to Cali-
fornia, and Corinne tried to sell her own paint-
ings of Santa Monica sunsets from door to door.
She got her first chance in the films by winning
a beauty contest in a beach ballroom.

And now the beauty contest winner is one of
the most dignified, most sought after hostesses
in the colony. You cannot imagine that the
shadow of hardship ever crossed her life. One
of her greatest charms is the fact that she
does not care to talk about her beauty. She
believes that education is the greatest thing a
woman can possess — to be able to talk on
many subjects.

" You have to have so much more in pictures
now. A director no longer can tell you what to
do and how to do it. It must come from within
yourself. You can't make as many pictures.
I was doing too many. I was supposed to make
four in three years. Instead I turned out three
in a little more than one year.

"I made a great deal of money, but a star
must carry the picture — that is part of the star
business. With dialogue to be written, and
lines to learn, you can't turn pictures out like
automobiles. With talkies, I don't feel that I
know what is good for me. I would never tell
a producer that I must do this or I mustn't do
that. How can I be sure that I am right?

"TT has been my ambition to portray the life
-*-of the Empress Josephine. To me she is one
of the most fascinating characters in all his-
tory. If I produce it, I will go to France and
work under the auspices of the government.
I wouldn't finance it myself. I'd never put a
nickel of my money in one of my own pictures
or in anybody else's.

"I've had other offers to make pictures in
this country since I left First National. I don't
want to consider them. I'm going to have a
good time. I no longer have to worry about
money. I don't mean that I have an immense
fortune, but it is enough to do the things I want
to do. I saw too much poverty as a child not
to save money while I was making it."

This summer Corinne and Walter Morosco,
her husband and business manager of her pro-
ductions, will live at Malibu Beach.

The big house in Beverly Hills will be sold.
It is one of the showplaces of the colony, and
it is filled with magnificent old furniture and
art objects, brought from Paris and Italian

In the future the Moroscos will live six
months in Europe and six months at the Mal-
ibu cottage. Corinne has the right chateau
selected, near enough Paris for convenience —
remote enough for atmosphere unchanged by
the centuries.

One picture is waiting for release, "Back
Pay." Then the Orchid Lady is going to col-
lect some back pay on her own — the good times
and the broad education she missed as a child.


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She Raised the Roof


At fifteen she was a feature in vaudeville —
sparkling, laughing, and forever singing.

It was a thousand to one shot that Broadway
would get her, and it wasn't long! Winnie
Lightner stepped out of a sickly show called
"Delmar's Revels," and in pranced Lil!
Weakling though the show was, and all run
down with box-office anaemia, the Roth kid
stood out like a boil on teacher's nose, and it
wasn't long till she was snapped up by the
big leagues of the show world.

Well, then it was easy.

Earl Carroll signed her for his "Vanities."
The opera opened on a sticky night in August,
and even then Lillian stuck out.

She got wonderful notices in all the papers,
and when that show struck out for the tall
and uncut, Miss Roth went up ten or twelve
flights and joined Mr. Ziegfeld's roof show,
where not even the star-spangled Chevalier
dimmed the glory of her chest tones.

And then, children, Mr. Lasky got psychic,
packed her off to Hollywood and gave her to
us in long lengths of sizzling celluloid.

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of "The Love Parade."

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