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H. F., Newark, N. J. — John Mack Brown is
married. That's his real name. George
O'Brien was born in San Francisco, Calif.,
twenty-nine years ago.

\. W. W., San Diego, Calif. — Now that
the new sun-tan comple.xion is in vogue, I had
to give up using buttermUk. Renee Adoree is
twenty-seven years old. Betty Compson is
married to James Cruze. Her latest picture
is "Street Girl."

E. H. U., Philadelphia, Penna. — Great
wave of curiosity in the City of Brotherly Love
this month! Mary Pickford was born in 1893
and Charles Farrell in 1902. Gertrude Ederle
was born in 1904 — September Sth, to be exact.

An Inquisiti\'e Sophie, Mishawaka, Ind.
— The picture you are thinking of was "The
Midnight Rose." Am I right? Eddie Hearn,
Connie Keefe and Rose Dion played in " Hook
and Ladder No. 9," and Johnny Harron was
the hero of " Rose of the Tenement." Adolphe
Menjou's father was a Frenchman; his mother



blue eyes. Married to the Marquis James
Henri de Falaise de la Coudray.

Miss Pauline B., Noethwood, N. D. —
Photoplay received scores of requests for that
picture of Barbara La Mart and Sonny Boy,
published in the September issue. Unfor-
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obtained. However, it is fine to know that
Barbara and her many good deeds are not for-
gotten.

Cuban Fan, Havana. — So you thought
Greta Garbo was born in Canada? As a matter
of fact, she is Swedish by birth. Cecil De Mille
hails from Massachusetts — .-Xsheville, to be
e.xact. Walter Pidgeon was born at St. John,
Canada; and Barbara Bedford is a native of
Prairie du Chien, Wis. Okay?

Sally Jo, Washington, D. C. — Here's a
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agree? .Anita is eighteen years old, weighs 118
pounds and is five feet, two inches taU.
William Haines is not married.



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is Irish. But Adolphe himself was born in
Pittsburgh, Penna. So that makes him an
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Mrs. F. Wilson, New York, N. Y.— Why
does Tom Mix always wear gloves? I suppose
because he rides horseback so much and it's
the thing to wear heavy gloves when you have
to handle a spirited steed.

Ruth, Los Angeles, Calif. — Write to
Carolyn Van Wyck about your reducing prob-
lems. This poor old fellow knows the poundage
of the stars, but he doesn't know how they get
that weigh. Hey, Hey! Light blue and pale
yellow photograph white. White itself is a
harder photographic subject; it is apt to catch
the light and cause halation. Red photographs
black, as do most of the other darker shades.
Green photographs grey.

G. C, Springfield, Mass. — Donald Keith
was born in your State — Boston, to be exact.
He is six feet tall and weighs 150 pounds.
Brown hair and blue eyes. Born September 5,
1905.

F. H., Spiceland, Ind. — Here is the "all"
about the lady who fascinates you. Gloria
Swanson was born in Chicago, March 29,
1898. She is five feet, five one-half inches tall
and weighs 112 pounds. Brown hair and



B. T., Oklahoma City, Okla. — Gilbert
Roland's real name is Luis Antonion Damaso
de -Alonso. Try it on your piano. Twenty-
two years old and unmarried. Don Alvarado
was born plain Joe Paige. He is three years
older than Gilbert and married.

M. H. S., Jr., Lancaster, Penna. — You're
right; "Ramona" was filmed in 1916 by the
Clune Productions. Adda Gleason played the
stellar role.

L. H. L., Greensboro, N. C. — Josephine
Dunn was di\'orced from WilUam P. Cameron
in 1928. Phyllis Ha\er was married to William
Seeman in April, 1929; Buster Keaton was
married to Natalie Talmadge in May, 1921;
Fannie Brice was married to Billy Rose in
February, 1929, and Harold Lloyd was married
to Mildred Davis in 1923. William Haines is
still single.

B. N., Manitowoc, Wis. — Josephine Dunn
was the young lady you refer to in "The Sing-
ing Fool." She is twenty-two years old, born
in New York City, weighs 112 pounds, is five
feet, three and one-half inches tall and has
blonde hair and blue eyes.

Dorothy Schaiiffenberger, Dayton, O.
— Paul Page was born May 13, 1903. He is
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Exposing the Hollywood Orgy



I CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 I



bromides, the spirits of ammonia, the strait-
jacket and the extra clips of ammunition, and
we were set.

Promptly at nine the Caesarian chariot
rolled up, and at nine-fifteen we were set down
on top of one of Hollywood's fifty-seven hills,
among the mumbling yuccas.

I must admit we were a little taken aback
to find many guests assembled, because in the
tame and decadent East, revellers don't get
up till eight-thirty in the evening.

But I let it go, and began making friendly
passes at the girls, in my exuberant, boyish
way.

"Pst," hissed Caesar, "that's out."

There, in a corner, lurked the superb Estelle
Taylor, dressed in white spangles and red
shoes.

CARMEL MYERS arrived with the new
spouse. Marjorie Daw and Myron Selz-
nick, newlyweds and very serious about it,
came early. So did Director Bill Howard and
hiswife,and Junior Laemmle, twenty-one-year-
old boss of the Universal range. Mr. and Mrs.
Jimmy Gleason, dragging their si.x-foot young-
ster, Russell, arrived in a cloud of nifties. In
a corner (Estelle's) crouched Louis Ferdinand,
second son of the former crown prince of
Germany.

The old HohenzoUern motif! And in came
Frank Fay and Hal Skelly, two of New York's
favorite sons, to lend that raffish Broadway
touch.

It was perfect.

"Hall," I said to myself, clutching the old
derringer firmly. "This is it — the real dew-
berries. Hey, and also Hey! Get purple!
Let's see that old stuff. When does the un-
veiling begin? Leave us have a look at the
hoochee-koochee ! "

Then, with a crash like a spider falling on a
flannel cake, the orgy began!



At this point I must confess that things get
a little confused in my mind.

I seem to remember that, off in their corner,
the unhorsed princeling was telling La Belle
Taylor a long, rambling story of his life, in
what was either rotten English or passable
Hoch Deutsch.

It seems to me that Mother and Mr. Selznick
had a long and inconclusive argument on the
relative merits of "iAlibi" and "The Broad-
way Melody," as if they could be compared
or anyone cared a hoot — even a Hoot Gib-
son.

It seems to me that Caesar went around
baying, and that Wise Cracker Fay said noth-
ing all evening, and that Miss Myers and the
boy friend held hands with all the eloquence
of a Harpo Marx, and that Dora Caesar
passed vittles. And I am certain that, after
inspecting Mr. Gleason's whoopee sox, I en-
gaged him in a long and unimportant dis-
cussion of the motion picture industry, its
cause and cure.

The other guests simply rolled up their
sleeves, 'pit on their paddies, chose sides and
talked about talkies.

My brain was reeling with the unrestrained
lavender passion of it all. Momentarily I
expected some snappy charades, or a lascivious
session at parchesi.

After years and years of words, if there had
been a clock, it would ha\e struck twelve and
knocked it down for a count of twenty.

The guests, as if by pre-arrangement,
yawned.

Then they arose, at masse, and stretched, in
regular seventh-inning style.

"Well, I have a couple of sequences to write
in the morning," said Mr. Gleason, and,
whistling his little flock to heel, reeled into
the night. The other guests, like wraiths,
followed.

"Arthur," I said, my brain afire, "it's been



nice to meet all these lovely people. Now
when does the sin start?"

"Sin?" said Caesar. "What sin? This is
all there is. Now, if you'll excuse me, I punch
the time clock at nine tomorrow. See you in
church! Good night!"

T SLEPT all the way home in the car.
-*■ "Well, Mother," I said at the door of the
inn, "I think you talked a good safe draw with
Selznick. Do you suppose there's a good
debate on tonight, or a New Thought lecture,
or perhaps a snappy lying-in-state?"

You may think I'm clowning about all this,
but I'm not — much, with all due regard to a
\'ery lovely party at the Caesars', whom I
adore, especially Dora.

Hollywood works too hard to monkey
around all night over a bottle. The boys and
girls are on the set bright and early, especially
bright, or else!

All the party talk is of pictures and picture
people.

One good wise crack is a marvelous batting
average for an evening of Hollywood de-
bauchery, and it's a wise gag that knows its
own father out there.

Then, too, it's hard to sin with verve. All
the liquor tastes alike, though it has different
labels. Namely, it tastes terrible. If you are
asked which you prefer — Scotch, rye or gin — ■
say brandy. It will taste just like all the rest,
anyway.

So, young people, be reconciled to yourold-
fashioned Eastern sin, with its fights, argu-
ments, brawls and games of post-office and
spin-the-pan. Mother, keep the kiddies away
from Hollywood.

First, they may be talked to death. Second,
they'll get to bed so early they won't be able
to sleep past noon.

And this is fierce training for a career of
passionate purple sin!



Filmland's Royal Family



1 CONTINUED FROM VXG'E. 37 ]



is a virile strain in the Fairbanks men that they
should make two women adore them so and
that they should so completely change the
lives of their women.

Doug, Sr., laid the gifts of the world at
Mary's little feet. He brought kings and
queens and ambassadors to her door, while
his son brought rarer gifts to the Winter
Garden shoAv girl, Lucille Le Seur. He gave
to her an artist's appreciation.

Mind you, Joan liad latent \\'ithin her the
desire for and appreciation of his gifts. And
she has given him her sublime loyalt> .

They have stopped going to all the openings.

"We got tired of thinking up clever things to
say over the radio," says Doug.

But it was more than that.

They prefer to see a picture after the fanfare
is over, when they can wear sweatersand can
arrive ™thout being stopped by autograph
seekers.

Joan has given less time to undignified pub-
lirity. As Garbo did when she found herself a
star, as Norma Shearer has done. As all the
rest.

"npHE Fairbanks name has been a handicap
-'-to us in many ways," says Joan. "I
adore Dodo's father and Mary. We used to go
to Pickfair almost every Sunda3' afternoon be-
fore we were married. But we go there less

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now than many other of their friends, because
we WON'T be hangers-on.

"Oh, we've seen too much of the people who
are thrilled to imbecility at an invitation to
Pickfair.

"We've seen too much of the chiselers who
simply exploit Uncle Douglas and Mary for
their own purposes.

" So we go to the parties to which we arc in-
vited for ourselves alone. "

"You see," says Doug, " Dad and Mary have
built up their own dynasty. They weren't
born that way, you know. They have made
their own fame.

""X TERY well, we, Joan and Doug, have

* seceded from that union. We will build
our own.

"We will begin the Crawford-Fairbanks tra-
dition, rather than trade on the Pickfoid-
Fairbanlis one.

"We've got a lot to live up to. But it con-
cerns ourselves. We've got our own way to
make.

. "The main thing is to keep our marriage a
perfect thing.

"That ambition is much keener with us than
any hope of mere professional success.

"We're not going to let the talk bother us.
So much of it has been untrue, anyhow. They
said that my entire family objected to Joan.



Dad was always crazy about her. They used
to romp around this house long before we were
married. And mother — well, she did object for
awhile but even that's been straightened out.
She and her husband. Jack W'hiting, are spend-
ing their honeymoon here with us!"

The folks at Pickfair are immensely proud of
the restrained, conservative lives their children
lead, but they have never in any way inter-
fered with the running of their lives.

The youngsters have upheld the tradition
unknowingly.

Or, perhaps, as they wish, they have built
up their own tradition.

Certainly the most demanding of families
could discover no signs of a dissolute chorus
giri life at "El Jodo."

JOAN'S friends are not the roistering bunch
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clothes, her manners and her speech become
the Fairbanks name. But — it's not because
she is the «-ife of a Fairbanks. It's because
she's Joan Crawford, whose early, haphazard
days were only a training school for the woman
Joan.

Had she married Mike Cudahy her life
would have been different. Emotional, artistic
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Ghostly Studios of Yesterday



elephants in their native Indian haunts were
matched onto the film, and everj-body in the
industry wonderedhowin thunder Colonel Selig
had done it. Even in those days sets were
built in perspective, giving the effect of dis-
tance. The town was agog two years ago when
Murnau built in perspective. The idea came
into use long before the time of the German
director. RajTnond Cannon, now a Fox direc-
tor, played twenty different parts in "The Ad-
ventures of Kath'lyn." Frank Grandon, who
directed, died ver>' recently.

yV THILE shooting was still in progress on
W the later episodes of "Kathlyn," Colonel
Selig began production on "The Spoilers," a
feature which was to make a great fortune.
The high point of "The Spoilers," of course,
was the famous fight between Thomas Santschi
and William Farnum. Before, screen fights
had been faked, but there was no fake about
this one. Before the battle was over Santschi
and Farnum were both so fighting mad that
they forgot the camera. Bessie Eyton, then
gloriously beautiful, with her vivid red hair,
was the heroine.

Ri\-alry developed between Bessie Eyton
and KatWyn \\illiams. They strove for the
best assignments. Strange it was, for Bessie
was then the wife of Charles Eyton. Xow
Kathlyn A\illiams is his wife. Kathlyn Wi-
liaras made a brief comeback in "Our Dancing
Daughters."

When Garson took over the studio he was
trying heroically to keep Clara Kimball Young
on the ladder of fame. She was putting on
weight at an alarming pace, and Garson used
to watch her diet with an.xious eyes.

This same studio brought financial disaster
to Marshall Neilan. He purchased it for
$300,000. Blanche Sweet, his wife, invested
$50,000. Today it couldn't be sold for a third
of that. He made three pictures there, none
too successful. "Diplomacy" was the last
picture Blanche Sweet ever made in .\merica.

The old Metro studio stands on its narrow,
quiet street — the graveyard of dreams. One
day a beehive of activity — the next deserted,
never to be used again.

There are some people who say that it is
haunted. Certainly a trail of disaster followed
those who worked there, and most certainly it
looks as if it might well be haunted. Windows
boarded up, doors barred, cracked paint, and
hovering o\'er it all the damp, all-pervading
smell of must.

Vet, once, Metro was most imposing and
romantic. There was a day when the colonial
pillars were glistening white. Through the
studio gates, barred by a rusted iron rope, rode
the most glamorous stars ever seen.

TT was here that Rex Ingram made "The
-•■I'our Horsemen," and in it appeared the
greatest lover the screen has ever known or ever
will know, Rudolph Valentino, a happy boy
with sparkling, darkeyes. JuneMathis.one of
the greatest of scenarists, had her offices in a
front wing. A crumbling ruin of "The Four
Horsemen" set still stands.

In the same studio was made "The Prisoner
of Zenda." Two new people were seen in that,
too. Barbara La JMarr and Ramon Xovarro.
Ramon kept a piano in his dressing room and



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