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Crawford Purser, Calderwood, Tenx. —
Dick Sutherland played the part of Suinho in
"Uncle Tom's Cabin." Quimbo's name does
not appear in the cast.

Personalities of the

IN response to numerous re-
quests The Answer Man is
printing short biographies of the
following stars:

Mary Nolan, born in Louis-
ville, Ky., Dec. 18, 1905. Five
feet, six inches tall; weighs 112
pounds; blonde hair and blue
eyes. On the stage she was known
as Imogene Wilson.

Raquel Torres, born in Her-
mosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Nov.
11, 1908. Five feet, two inches
tall; weighs 110 pounds; black
hair and dark brown eyes. Billie
Osterman is her real name.

David Rollins, born in Kansas
City, Mo., Sept. 2, 1909. Five
feet, ten and one half inches tall;
\veighs 140 pounds; black hair
and blue eyes. Appeared on the
stage before going into pictures.

Virginia Cherrill, born in
Carthage, 111., April 12, 1908.
Five feet, five inches tall; weighs
118 pounds; blonde hair and
blue eyes. Divorced from Irving
Adler. Picked by Charlie Chap-
lin for the lead in "City Lights."

Keith Vogt, Bancroft, Neb. —
Photoplay printed John Gilbert's hfe story in
the June, July, August and September, 1928,
issues. Gary Cooper's hfe story ran in the
.\pril and May, 1929, issues. Clara Bow's next
picture will be "Dangerous Curves."

Helen A., Freeport, III. — Corinne Grif-
fith was born in Texarkana, Texas, about
thirty-three years ago. She is five feet, three
inches tall. Her next picture will be "Pris-

C. G., Tampa, Fla. — The man who played
opposite Clara Bow in "The Wild Party" was
Frederic March. He is thirty-one years old,
six feet tall, weighs 170 pounds, has brown hair
and brown eyes and hails from Racine, Wis.
He was taken from the stage for the talkies
and is married to Florence Eldridge, also of the
stage. He has also played in "The Dummy"
and "The Studio Murder Mystery." Nils
Asther will be seen next in "The Single

Mrs. Segelke, St. Louis, Mo. — Your
friend is wrong in saying that we have no six
foot heroes. There's William Haines and Con-
rad Nagel, both six feet tall; Nils Asther, who
is six feet, one-half inch; Gary Cooper, six
feet, two inches; i\Ionte Blue, Rod La Rocque
and Victor McLaglen, all six feet, three inches;
and Ivan Linow, who reaches the height of six
feet, four inches. And there are others, too.

A. M. M., Danbury, Conn. — Shirley Mason
is twenty-nine years old. Her latest picture is
"Anne Against the World." Clara Bow will
celebrate her twenty-fourth birthday July
29. She has red hair and brown eyes. Her real
name is Clara Gordon Bow.

E. M. F., Swampscott, Mass. — Philippe De
Lacy was born July 25, 1917. Greta Garbo is
twenty-three years old and a native of Stock-
holm, Sweden. She is five feet, six inches
tall; weighs 125 pounds and has light golden
brown hair and blue eyes.

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She Prayed for the Part


Mr. Brenon, urf;ing him to givemeatest. His
recommendation was rather funny. He said : —
'She can speak Swedish and can play the
concertina.' Of course, 'Lummox' was aScandi-
navian and did play the concertina.

"T W.MTED, but heard nothing, so I deter-
•^ mined to act. I went to New York, regis-
tered at the Hotel Ambassador, and wrote to
Mr. Brenon, asking for an appointment. Again
I waited. I seemed in those days to have the
faculty of making other people believe what I
Ijclieved myself. Mrs. Tod Browning and
l-;r mother were at the hotel, and I talked to
them until they were as firmly convinced as I
was that the coveted role was mine.

"At last the reply came from Mr. Brenon.
He would see me on a certain day at one
o'clock. His apartment was not five minutes'
walk from the hotel, but I was dressed and
ready to go, e\'cn had my gloves on, at eleven
o'clock. I reali/.ed that I was hours too early
and I did everything I could think of to kill
the time, but when I could find nothing else to
do, it still lacked a few minutes of twelve.

"I walked up Park ,\venue to his apartment
and, to kill more time, dropped in at a book
store. How the minutes dragged! I was there
so long that I became ashamed, and I bou.ght
several books that I didn't want. Finally I
could wait no longer. I walked to the house
and told the doorman I wanted to see Mr.
Brenon. He looked me over, coldly. I am a
believer in first impressions and I had dressed
that day as I believed a woman of the class of
'Lummo.x' would dress. Anyway, the door-
man telephoned the apartment and then told
me Mr. ISrenon was not in.

" 'But I have an appointment,' I said. He
asked me for what time and I told him.

" 'It's only fifteen minutes to one now,' he
said. 'You may wait over there if you like,'
and he waved me to a bench.

"A few minutes before one Mr. Brenon came
in. We went to his apartment and I talked —
Heavens, how I talked. I must have con-
vinced him, in part, at least, because he told
me he wanted me to see Miss Hurst. I went to
her. It was ten minutes before five when I
entered her apartment and she told me she had
an engagement and must lea\e at five. We
talked until seven. She told me that Mr.
Brenon had phoned twice that day to remind
her of her engagement with me, and she
seemed somewhat surprised that he should even
have remembered it.

"She asked me innumerable questions about
'Lummox' and I answered as I saw the woman.
She probed me for my reactions to certain
phases of the character, and I replied at length
and in detail. If she had asked me such
questions about any other subject on earth
I could not have answered, but I knew 'Lum-
mox,' inside and out.

"I went back to the hotel," Miss Westover
went on, "and again I waited. Then I got a
message from Mr. Brenon. He had been
called to Xew Orleans bj^ the illness of a
relative, and asked me to call him there at a
certain time by long-distance phone. I did so,
and he asked me if I had traveled to New York
for any other reason than to see him. I told
him that was my sole reason, and he advised
me to return to Califor.iia. I took his advice,
but I went by the Southern route and stopped
at Xew Orleans. I called on him again there

and talked some more. But nothing definite
came of it, and I returned home.

"Then he returned. Theplanswerespeeding
along. Names of women suggested for the
role of 'Lummox' began to be mentioned.
Writers who declared they spoke with author-
ity named this one and that one. I laughed.
I knew the role was mine. I had not the
slightest fear of not getting it. I still figured
that weight would do no harm, and I put on
five pounds more.

"I did not pray that none of these others
who were mentioned should get the rcle. I
did not need to do that. I prayed that those
who were to be disappointed would get some-
thing just as good; if it was the money they
wanted, that they should get just as much in
some other way.

"I saw Mr. Brenon again and he made a
test of me. He had made tests of others also,
but that meant nothing to me. I wasdeslined
to win; I knew it. I read a passage in Words-
worth's works once which appealed to me. It
was: — 'One in whom persuasion and belief
had ripened into faith, and faith become a
passionate intuition.' That fitted exactly. I
knew there was no room for doubt. So now,"
she ended, happily, "I am rehearsing."

npH.AT'S how it happened. It was all so
■'■ simple. Even the most cynical would have
been convinced. It was just matter-of-fact.
She wanted something; she asked for it; she
got it.

Miss Westover was a girl in San Francisco
when she got her first chance in pictures. Her
father was president of the San Francisco


Princeton Goes Talkie


ANGE the needle!"
That's the new cry of
"the picture audiences in
Princeton, for talking pictures
have " come to college."

This venture of the Vita-
phone and Movietone into the
lair of the Princeton tiger is a
hazardous one. The boys have
been accustomed to furnishing
their own dialogue and sound
effects. In the era of the mum
movie, some leather-lunged
undergraduate provided deep
bass wise cracks for the lip
action of modest heroines; a
sophomore soprano would put
sweet words into the lips of
villains; and one student con-
sidered it a duty to bring his
alarm clock to every perform-
ance so that the ringing of a
telephone on the screen might
be made realistic.

The first talking picture was
"The Singing Fool," with Al
Jolson. AH the seats were
filled by show time. Many sat
in the aisles. Not only was
this to be the first talking pic-
ture for Princeton — it was the
first for a good iTiany Prince-


By Jay OGee

When Al Jolson and "The Singing Fool"
reached Princeton, something went wrong
with the reproducing apparatus. This re-
sulted in Al losing his voice and in little Davej'
Lee singing "Sonny Boy" to himself

Seemingly resentful that they
were no longer to provide
necessary sound effects, part of
the audience had armed them-
selves with whistles, cow-bells,
inflated paper bags, and every
noise-making device within
their resources. The lights
went out; the audience became
hushed in anticipation. A girl
appeared on the screen and be-
gan to sing. With the first
note, bedlam broke loose —
bells, w'histles, bicycle sirens,
bursting bags, and the rhyth-
mic clap-clap-clap of disap-
proval of the short subject. No
one knew what song she sang.
They had come to scoff and
were scoffing. Not a note
was heard above the confusion.

The feature followed and the
audience quieted itself in ap-
preciation of a promising story.
For the first few reels all was
well, but by the time Al Jolson
had married Josephine Dunn
the inexperience of the local
hired help contributed an
amusing situation. Al Jolson
sang an entire song without
a sound issuing forth from the


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addition to their regular meal, they requested
two orders of shrimp and two orders of rolls.

The porter was mystified. Finally, in
desperation, he said: "You two is the small-
est women I have ever seen to eat so much."

They might have enlightened him by ex-
plaining the shrimp and rolls were to feed
eleven turtles that had been given Lupe. They
were comfortably reposing in a perforated can
behind the baggage.

T UPE VELEZ loves her Gary Cooper to
-'-'death, but when it comes to doing his shop-
ping she is more ardent than exact.

She bounded into a smart haberdashery in
Hollywood a few days ago and loudly de-
manded some sports shirts, male.

"What size?" asked the clerk.

"Oh, beeg!" answered Lupe.

"How beeg?" said the clerk, a little stupefied
by the Velez antics.

"About a hundred, ninety pound'!' 'shrilled
Lupe, flinging out her arms to indicate that
Gary was about the size of a red Iowa barn.

She walked out with three blue shirts, and
from the looks of them, each would have made
a mainsail for a whaling ship. Gary and his
brother will probably wear one simultaneously.

TJEBE DANIELS was as nervous as a dish of
■'-'gelatine. Her hands shook and her teeth
chattered as she waited for the lights to go up.
It was her first talkie test at RKO. " Don't be
like that, Bebe," a friend soothed, "this is no
different from any other test."

"I know it isn't, but this is the first lest of
any sort I have ever made. ' '

V\ THOM do you suppose Loretta Young is
''^ going with these days? Why none other
than young Tom Ince, son of the late Thomas
H. My, my, it seems only yesterday that he
was just a boy in knee pants!

A LWAYS the unexpected in Hollywood!
-' '■Manuel Reachi, back from Mexico, dining
■svith his ex-wife, Agnes Ayres. One of Holly-
wood's human question marks approached him
with a hat fuU of personal queries.

"How are you, Manuel," said the inquisi-
tive one. "'You folks trying to start a httle
scandal?" To which Manuel answered, "It
just happens that Agnes is the mother and I
the father of a child."

.After which there were no further questions.
The former husband of Miss Ayres is in
America on a special mission for the Mexican

V\ TE start many styles in Hollywood. Now
^^ a new method for expressing loyalty.

Nick Stuart has a new sports car. One door
bears Nick's initials and the other carries the
initials of Sue Carol. What could be nicer?

TT is one of the pranks of fate that on some of
■'-the greatest nights of their lives big bright
film stars are just so many step-children.

Take ISIary Pickford, for instance. On the
night "Coquette" opened in Los Angeles, poor
Mary was kicked around the theater Hke a
football — it took three tries before she found
her right seats at her own debut as a talking

Laura LaPlante was as badly off on her
greatest night — the Los Angeles opening of
"Show Boat." Poor Laura and her husband,
Bill Seiter, with a party, were just nicely
seated in aisle seats at the Biltmore Theater
when an usher came and booted them out to
make way for the riglitful owners. Finally,
after a lot of palaver, Laura and her crowd
were seated — farther back and off the aisle.

And all the time old Cal, an obscure writer,
squatted undisturbed in his aisle pew and
watched "Show Boat" unroll

There's no justice!

My Boy Buddy


no stage or movie e.xperience. His was limited
to good parts — usually the lead — in grade
school and high school entertainments and

In his senior year he was given the lead in a
class play, "Clarence," the part taken by the
late Wallie Reed in the movie, "Clarence,"
and many said his work in that was almost
equal to 'VVaUie's.

No one \\-iU ever know the heartaches that
were Buddy's during the first few weeks of the
six months' term of the Paramount school. He
was a shy, quiet, country boy, whose expe-
rience was hmited to a small town, save for his
brief years at the university. As all the others
in the school, with the exception of two, were
from New York or Hollywood and had seen a
great deal of the world, they knew what it was
all about. Buddy didn't.

He was made the butt of many ill-timed
jokes and often referred to as the country kid
or "Merton of the Movies," and I believe this
had much to do \nth his appearing rather slow
to learn.

He knew it and wTote very discouraging
letters to us, saying, "I guess I'm just too
dumb to learn. I guess I'U be sent home and
I'll have to go to work for Dad." At another
time he mentioned that someone had said that
he was about as humorous as Lincoln looked.

It was heart-breaking to us kno«-ing how he
was trying so hard for our sakes to make good.
He never had failed us in a single thing, he

knew oiu- disposition and feeling toward him,
and that we believed he could do anything.
That's why he felt he simply could not fail us.

When particularly discouraging letters
would come, we would either call him up, send
a night letter of fifty words or a special dehvery
letter to cheer him.

Do you wonder what advice I gave him
when we drove to Kansas City, Missouri,
twenty-five miles from Olathe, to put him on
the train for New York to attend the training
school? It was just the same as I gave him
when he started to Europe on the mule boat —
and just exactly the same as I gave him when
he left home for the university.

You're wondering how each could have been
the same. The answer: None! Not a word of
advice, or don'ts. I was the last one to kiss
him goodbye and, mth chokirg voice, said
only, " Buddy, I want you to feel that we know
you'll always do the right thing." And never
once has he failed us.

When he went to Spain with the mules, his
grandfather Rogers, now deceased, told him,
"Buddy, I have only this to say. There's
always just two things to watch — your morals
and your health. Your morals are already fixed.
Watch your health."

How could any boy get away from such
faith and trust as this — even if he wanted to.
No doubt there are many, many boys in the
world as good as Buddy — but there are none
better. .\nd Holly^vood has not changed him

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one iota, except that it has made him more
thoughtful, more considerate.

I believe the biggest day of my life was
when the Junior Stars (the Paramount class)
came to Kansas City to appear in person in
the class picture, "Fascinating Youth," at the
Newman Theater. Buddy had the lead. The
others of the class had been traveling with the
picture, making personal appearances, but
Buddy had been sent on to Hollywood to work,
for he was the first one assigned to a picture,
after the school had closed. However, he
was sent back to Kansas City to appear with
the class.

THE whole town turned out, as this was
Buddy's first visit home. The band played,
flags were out, signs were up everywhere and
at dinner several hundred came to the hotel.
Different organizations read resolutions, com-
plimentary to Buddy. He was hoisted to the
shoulders of business men and high school
boys, carried outside and presented with a ring
which carried his initial, B.

Then he was placed in a donkey cart all
covered with banners, such as "Welcome
Home, Buddy." There was a parade around
the square.

You can well imagine how I felt. I had a

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