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NO one ever remembers the good girls, but
the ladies with no futures, but, oh! what
pasts, go on fore\'er.

The naughty DuBarry is going to make
things tough for the King of France all o\er
again. This time Norma Talmadge will be the
fascinating courtesan of the royal court.

Pola Negri and Theda Bara have both
essayed the role in the old silent days. Du-
Barry will spiel this time, of course.

JUST another of those little real
life stories that wrack your frame
with great dry sobs.

Mike Boylan, Fox dialogue writer,
had a special, all-white automobile,
the pride and joy of his life. It was
the only specimen of the kind in town.

Along came Stepin Fetchit with an
exact ditto! Now Mike is driving an
all-blue car, and grimibling about it.

INTELLIGENTZIA please note. Aileen
Prinple is returning to the screen. Mary
Prevost was to have played the leading role
in "Ringside" with Hugh Trevor.

She acquired an abscess in her ear (maybe
from listening to too many "yes-men"). So
Aileen's playing the part and the fact that
young Trevor is the gentleman in the case
reminds us that Pringle is still going around
places with him.

TT must have been an awful blow to Philn
^Vance William Powell, but a few hours
after he visited the Los Angeles United
Artists Theater thieves broke in and appro-
priated $15,000 from the safe. The theater
thinks maybe Sherlock Holmes should be called
in if that's the best Pltilo Vance can do.

REMEMBER the dignified Harry
T. Morey who used to beau
around with Anita Stewart and
other gals in the old days of Vita-

Well, Morey is now playing his
first talking role as the arch-crimi-
nal in Paramount's "The Return of
Sherlock Holmes."

■TNOUG FAIRBANKS, Jr., and the "little
■'-^ woman," Joan Craw-ford, are entertaining
another pair of newlyweds, Beth Sully Whit-
ing, and Mister Whiting.

Hollywood's most engaged girl
finally steps off. Patsy Ruth Mil-
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Tay Garnett, photographed as
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ain't afraid. Show him you ain't afraid."
It spoiled the best "take."

In case this doesn't mean all that it should
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recently married to a New York musical
comedy leading man.

Both sets of honeymooners were married 'XyfARILYN MILLER is an exceptionally

•'■ '■'■popular girl at the moment.

Whether or not she will be popular among

in New York in June.

-'- -'-contender for the heavyweight champion-
ship, had just one wish when he arrived in
Los Angeles.

He didn't want to see the City Hall, and he
didn't want to see the Pacific Fleet in the
harbor. He wanted to see Clara Bow work.
Clara not only obliged him, but boxed a round
with him as well. There was a cameraman
handy, of course.

Incidentally, Herr Schmeling looks a great
deal like Jack Dempsey, which gives the Ger-
man fighter no end of satisfaction

other stars in Hollywood remains to be seen,
because she has established, this week, a
precedent that may be e.vpensive if others try
to follow in her steps.

On the completion of "Sally" she presented
her director, John Francis Dillon, with a solid
gold cigarette case; Val Paul, the assistant
director, with a solid gold Dunhill lighter;
Irva Ross, the script girl, a gold pen and pencil
set, and the property man and hairdresser each
received a fifty dollar gold piece.

TT was all a mistake about Jeanette Loff
-'■losing out at Pathe. Truth to tell, she has
surprised the studio so by her work in "The
Racketeers" that she has been signed on a new
and better contract.

It seems that Jeanette has a clear, sweet
soprano voice and it looks now as if she will
play the lead in "Treasure Girl," the George
Gershwin musical comedy, which will be

HOLLYWOOD gets 'em all sooner or later, made on a very big scale,
flanrinlp '^ittpr'; tVip mnn whn wrntp thp

MARY DORAN wins the PuUt-
zer Prize for something or

During the past two months her
hair has changed colorrs stood in front of a Holly-
wood boulevard delicatessen foundry
the other day and all were roaring
with laughter.

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Old Cal, who likes his guffaws as
well as the next, pushed through the
crowd to see what all the howling was

It was just a sign in the window,
and it read —

"Only the best Eastern hams

I'm going to steal it and stick it on
the door of a movie casting office.

"ALL you girls go to lunch!" barked
-'^■Director Chuck Reisner on the "Road
Show" set.

Polly Moran, Marie Dressier and a crowd of
little chorus girls made a bolt for the com-

"Whoa!" yelled Reisner. "I said GIRLS!"
And Polly and Marie came meekly back to
the treadmill.

"LJOT or cold, schedule or no schedule, the
■*- -*-\vork stops on the "Disraeli" set at
Warners' every day at four p. m.

The cast is all-English, and if it doesn't have
its tea right on the dot it goes sulky and balky
and drops its aitches.

The oolong is brought on the set by George
Arliss' High Church valet. An hour later, rain
or shine, Mr. and Mrs. Arliss call it a day,
knock off and go home.

What elegant English atmosphere. The
spat buttons are agleam, and the broad a's are
so thick they get in your hair.

V\ THEN Jimmy Gleason, famous author-
''^ actor now a hit in pictures, was on the
New York stage, his only e.xercise was walking
from manager to manager.

Now, the owner of the largest outdoor pool
in Hollywood and a regular go-to-thunder
sportsman, Jim is so brown that he looks like
a particularly fine piece of old mahogany.

In fact, he says that when he goes back to
New York for a visit he will have to wear a sign
reading "James Gleason, Caucasian."

"DENNY RUBIN, the two-handed, two-reel
■■-^star of Universal, is making a collection of
Letters from a Jewish Merchant to his Son,
and here is the first:

"Ikie, how meny times hef I tol' you not to
play vit matches in the street! Ef you mnsl
play vit matches, come in the store."

Sir Gilbert Parker. The distin-
guished novelist, who is a dead
ringer for King Edvifard, has made
a secret affiliation with one of the
Hollywood studios. This in-
trigue, no doubt, is intended to
give weight to the kingly re-





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"Not even a little kiss?" he asked, surprised.
He could count on tlie fingers of one hand all
the hard-to-kiss babies he had ever encoun-
tered. "Why I thought you were a live Uttle

" Yeah? Well you can just check that funny
idea, big boy. I may look hot — but buUieve
me I keep plenty cool."

But inside the cheaply furnished single,
\\'hich she shared with anolier girl, she did not
feel so cool. She was a\iare of a peculiar sensa-
tion somewhere around her diaphragm, as
though the cheese sandwich might have parked
itself there. She stepped out of the one-piece
dress, kicked off her pumps and peeled oS her

'"T^HE fresh thing," she was thinking.

-*■ "Thought I was easy, did he? Well, I'll
show him whether I am or not." But later,
while she was smearing her face with cnld
cream: "Gee, he had a sweet looking mouth — "

When she came out of the stage door the fol-
lowing night he was waiting for her. She held
her chin very high and tried to look straight
past him, but his comedy imitation of her ritzy
manner forced a smile from her.

"You're not mad, are you?" Heslipped his
arm confidently through hers.

"Who — me?" as though she had no idea
what he was talking about.

Before she quite realized how it happened
they had walked down the Boulevard and were
turning in at Henry's.

"I wTote that letter to Bernstein," she said
when they had found a table for two, opposite
the show case of roast chickens and Danish

"Gee, you're a peach to do that." He took
the pale blue envelope on the corner of which
was written in a little girl scrawi: "Introducing
Mr. Dclancey."

She hoped he wouldn't think she was crazy
about him just because she had sort of talked
him up to Bernstein. It was all business with
her, she assured herself.

"When they make a star out of you, you can
send me an autographed picture," she kidded.

"Say, I'll do better than that. I'll give you
one right now." With a few swift strokes he
drew a caricature of himself on the back of the
menu and signed with a flourish: Love and
kisses from Jack Dclancey. "How's that?" he
asked as he presented it to her with a grand


^^y Thursday night Billie closed at the A\-
^— ^geria. She was booked o\er West Coast
time, and her ne.xt jump was Frisco. Jack took
lier to the train. .\s the porter shouted ".\l\
.\board," a sudden silence fell between them.

"Well — goodbye." She held out her hand
and lifted her mouth expectantly.

"So long, heart-throb. I sure appreciate
that letter — " He lifted her onto the step and
the porter swung her suitcase aboard.

It was not until she was waving to him from
the window that she was aware that her heart
was behaving very queerly.

"Well, imagine me falUng for /;!)», "washer
thought as the train craw led out of the station.
Girl-like, she felt cheated because he had not
kissed her goodbye.

Life, she decided philosophically, was cer-
tainly funny. You called yourself hard-
boiled and turned a deaf ear to the fifty-seven
varieties of hot apple sauce that people tried
to hand you; then along came a fresh kid like
this Delancey person and suddenly you knew
you weren't hard-boiled at all.

"Why he's just a ham," an inner voice said.

"Suppose he is," she answered back. "He
has to start some place."

Bilhe played Frisco, Portland, Seattle, then

looped down to Salt Lake. Here she received
a much forwarded post card on which was

Bernstein's a smart egg. Gave me
a job to play with Dayne. It won't
be long now.

Jack Delancey.

She was thrilled as though it had been a
Follies contract for herself. She wired con-
gratulations, but received no answer. The
company must be on location, she decided.
But the following weeks failed to bring the
letter she had expected. Oh, well, the thing
to do was to forget him. W'hy clutter up her
mind with schoolgirl memories? She had her
own career to think about. She didn't have
time to bother about his. Still, she read all the
movie magazines religiously, hoping to find
some news of him.

She played Kansas City, Des Moines,
Chicago. Chicago Uked her and kept her four
weeks. On the strength of this she had an
offer from Publix, which took her to New York.

It was more than just her first appearance on
Broadway. It was the reaUzation of a dream
that had begun when she had gone on a small-
time theater in .A.lhambra, Cahfornia, amateur
night. On her way to rehearsal she stopped in
the lobby to look at the billing. The name of
Odette Dayne was plastered all over the place.
Billie paused before the framed four sheets
where photographed scenes from the feature
picture were on display. Then suddenly her
heart skyrocketed toward her throat and she
forgot all about looking for her own picture.
There, before her, holding in his arms the
beautiful Odette Dayne, was the former sheik
of the .Algeria.

"V\ 7ELL, can you tie that?" she said to the

** little adagio dancer who was with her.


"W'hy — that boy there with Dayne. He
was just a ham. I got him his first chance — "

" Honestly? Well you sure picked something
W'hen you picked him. I caught the picture
last night. Believe me, that boy's got IT —
and how.' Gee, it was cute the way he made

Billie caught the picture that afternoon.
When the name of Jack Delancey flashed
across the screen, her heart beat faster. W ith
each reel its tempo increased. By the time
the fadeout was reached and the blonde Odette
cuddled contentedly in the hero's arms, it was
beating a mad tattoo against her ribs. A sud-
den, indescribable longing which she had never
before admitted swept over her as the camera
of memory hurdled back to that moonlight
night w-hen he had said, "Not even a liltlc kiss?"
Funny how you never knew what you wanted
until it was too late to get it.

When she went on for the next show there
was a new note in the low, throaty voice which
sobbed across the footlights:
I had a lovin' man
He was such a lovin' man
And when he went away
The sun stopped shinin'
If only he'll come back to me —

The sentimental words of the song seemed to
echo the disturbing ache which had crept into
her heart. When she finished, the house went
wild. They couldn't get enough of her. She
had to sing the chorus over and over again.
For the first time in her life, the little Blue
Streak Blues singer had stopped the show.

"\ gentleman to see you," the doorman
called to her as she hurried to her dressing
room. "Name's Bernstein."

"Bernie!" she exclaimed excitedly. "I
thought you w^ere in Hollywood."

"Five days ago I was. Say, Billie, I just
caught your act." He got down to business
immediately. " You sure tied up the show."

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"Weren't they marvelous to me?"

"You had it coming to you. I'm here to
sign up some new talent. How'd you like to do
a talkie for us?"

"Oh, gee, Bernie. Do you think this pan of
mine would screen?"

".Sure. Why not? Fannie Brice got away
with it."

" But think of all the years I've struggled to
get on Broadway. Now that I've arrived it
seems kinda foolish to give it up for pictures."

"Don't be a sap. We can double the sala-
ry you're getting here." Bernstein leaned
against the makeup shelf. "Remember that
kid you sent me — Jack Delancey?"

Rcmcmhcr? All these minutes she had been
wondering how soon she could ask about him
\\^thout Bernstein suspecting her personal

"Yes — what about him?" She managed to
ask casually. "You signed him up, didn't

"■LJE'S a great bet. Only done two pictures
■tT-but he's getting a flock of fan mail
already. If he keeps on like he's started we'll
make a star out of him in less than a year."


"His next picture's a talkie. He's to play a
hoofer on a small time vaudeville circuit. Now,
in the story he falls in love with a dame who's
a tight rope walker. For the talking sequences
that's not so good. While I was watching you
out there I got the idea that if we made the
girl a blues singer instead of a rope walker — "

Billie was miles ahead of him. Already she
visualized the names of Jack Delancey and
Billie O'Xeil flickering in electric lights. Before
he had finished the sentence her mind was made
up. The next day she signed her contract.
Two weeks later she had parked her makeup
box in a dressing room at the Paradox Studio
in Holly«'ood.

She had not let Jack know she was coming
and she had asked Bernstein not to tell him.
Womanlike, she wanted to surprise him. She
did. He was so surprised that when he tried
to introduce her to Odette Dayne, who was
with him, he couldn't even think of her name.

"It's great to see you again," he stalled.

But Billie was so thrilled at seeing him that
she did not notice that puzzled, where-have-I-
seen-this-dame-before look in his eyes.

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"Gee, you're looking swell, Jack," she en-
thused. "A lot of cameras seem to have
cUcked since the old Algeria days." She had
imagined him answering; "That sure was a
great hunch of yours, sending me to Bern-
stein. If it hadn't been for you, I guess I'd still
be hoofing across that roof. ' '

"VX TH.-KT he actually said was: "Miss Dayne's
''* been perfectly wonderful to me." The
dazzling blonde smiled up at him and linked
her arm through his possessively. "I owe
everything to her — "

Billie felt a sudden hollow feeling in the area
of her stomach. She had e.^ected him to be
changed, but not like this. She managed to put
on something which resembled a smile while he
told her just how wonderful Sliss Dayne had
been — how she had helped him with his make-
up and had taken time to rehearse little in-
timate scenes with him over and over so he
Would get them just right.

".\nd I'll bet they were love scenes," was
BiUie's thought. "She's just the type who
would spot j'ou for a new thrill."

"We must hurry, dear," Miss Dayne was

"Yes, dear," he echoed. Then to BiUie:
"Well, it's nice to have seen you again." Not
a word about "what are you doing now?'' or
"when can we get together?" There was that
same flashing smile as he said goodbye, but
that was all.- The ccfcksure manner, that in-
definable something which she had thought
might carry him to stardom, was gone.

.\s Billie watched them cross the lot to
where Miss Dayne's car was waiting, she was
thinking: "It's just like getting a closeup of
Samson, after DeUlah gave him his new hair
cut. I know her type. Can't he see that she — ?"

But what man e\er sees what any woman
can see at a glance?

Before the end of the week Billie had seen
enough of Odette Dayne to be certain that she
would ruin his career if he continued to be her
"yes" man.

Jack had been considerably surprised when
he learned that Billie was the blues singer who
was to play opposite him.

"Well, for cryin' out loud, why didn't you
tell me?" he demanded.

" I didn't hear you asking. "

HE colored at this. But then !Miss Dayne
was with him and she had apparently
noticed that the blues singer was cute and trim
and dark, for her manner had become very
ritzy. After that she managed to be on the set a
great deal of the time, for she was between
pictures. When she wasn't there, Jack spent
the time between scenes teUing Billie how
wonderful Odette was.

"Say, are you that dame's press agent?"
Billie asked one day. "I thought you were
just her ex-leading man."

He looked at her with hurt surprise. "Don't
be like that, Billie," he complained. "Odette's
been marvelous to me — "

"It seems to me I've heard you mention that

"But she really has. I've never known a
girl like her — "

.\s a matter of fact, Odette Dayne was in a
class by herself. Paradox called her their
"wonder girl." Everybody catered to her,

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