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triangle, but nicely acted by Jacqueline Logan and
William Collier, Jr. Part Talkie. {Sept.)

but rambling mystery melodrama well acted by War-
uer Baxter and Lois Moran. All Talkie. {Sept.)

BELOW THE DEADLINE — Chesterfield. —
Quickie crook stuff — and something awful. Silent.

boy Mix in a fast and ttirilling one. Silent. {July.)

BIG NEWS— Pathe.— Another, and obvious,
story of an unhappy young reporter, with pleasing
work by Bob Armstrong and Carol Lombard. All
Talkie. {Sept.)

BIG REVUE, THE— All-star.— All-singing and
toddling juvenile extravaganza featuring the so-called
Ethel Meglin Wonder kids. If you like to iiear
ten-year-olds singing about moonlight madness you'll
like this. All Talkie. {Nov.)

• BIG TIME— Fox.— This is closer than a
brother to "Burlesque," but it's darned good.
Dialogue is bright and Lee Tracy and Mae Clarke
make the story convincing. All Talkie. {Ncyv.)

BLACK MAGIC— Fox.— Another priceless title
. gone wrong. South Sea life — and very dull. too.
Sound. {Oct.)

BLACK WATCH, THE — Fox. — Extravagant
melodrama of India, which just misses being one of
the best. All Talkie. {Aug.)

BLACK WATERS — World Wide.— Thrilling,
chilling melodrama with mediocre dialogue. Silent.
{J line.)

BLUE SKIES — Fox. — An orphanage romance,
beautifully acted and charmingly directed. Sound.

BONDMAN, THE— World Wide.— Foreign ver-
sion of Hall Caine's novel, messed up by poor
photography. Silent. {June.)

• BROADWAY— Universal. — The original and
best night club melodrama. In spite of its
grandiose settings, the stor>' will get you. And some
good acting. All Talkie. {Aug.)

BROADWAY BABIES— First National.— Alice
White as a chorus cutie at her best to date. Fred
Kohler steals it as a big beer and booze man from
Detrcit. All Talkie. {Sept.)

United Artists. — Great melodrama, intelli-
gently produced and with a fine performance by
Ronald Colman. Don't miss it. All Talkie. {July.)

BYE-BYE BUDDY— Supreme.— Did you know
that night club hostesses have hearts of gold? This
one is an unintentionally funny sob story. Silent.

CAMPUS KNIGHTS— Chesterfield.— Life in a
fashionable boarding-school — as it isn't. Don't waste
your money. Silent. {Aug.)

CAREERS — First National. — More intrigue and
scandal in a white colony in Asia. Pretty good. All
Talkie. {Aug.)

CHARMING SINNERS — Paramount.- Well

acted and intelligent drama. All Talkie. {Aug.)


Stuart and Nick Carol (our error!) seeing Europe with
lipstick and camera. Sound. {Oct.)

CHINA BOUND — M-G-M.— Messieurs Dane
and Arthur in a Chinese revolution. Fairly funny.
Sound. {June.)

• CHRISTINA—Fox.— Slender and improbable
story made beautiful and worth seeing by the
inspired acting of Janet Gaynor. Part Talkie. {June.)

CLEAN-UP, THE— Excellent.— A noble news-
paper fellow cleans up the bootleggers. Not bad.
Silent. (Aug.)

CLIMAX, THE— Universal.- Jean Hersholt good
as an old maestro in a picture of music, love and music
lovers. All Talkie. (Sept,)

ther disagreements of Sergeants Eddie Lowe
Quirt and Vic McLaglcn Flagg. with Lily Damita the
chief trouble-maker. Highly seasoned. All Talkie.

COCOANUTS, THE— Paramount.— Filmed ver-
sion of the Marx Brothers' musical show. Some
hilarious moments. All Talkie. (Aug.)

Pictu res You
Should Not Miss

"The Cock Eyed World"


"Hollywood Revue of 1929"

"The Dance of Life"

"Bulldog Drummond"

"The Broadway Melody"


As a service to its readers, Photo-
play Magazine presents brief critical
comments on all photoplays of the
preceding six months. By consulting
this valuable guide, you can deter-
mine at a glance whether or not your
promised evening's entertainment is
worth while. Photoplay's reviews
have always been the most author-
itative published. And its tabloid
reviews show you accurately and con-
cisely how to save your motion picture
time and money. The month at the
end of each review indicates the issue
of Photoplay in which the original
review appeared.


Anotlier picture of college life as it ain't. There
ought to be a law. All Talkie. {Nov.)

COLLEGE LOVE— Universal.— "The Collegians"
elaborated and improved. Lots of fun. All Talkie.

COME ACROSS — Universal. — Just a round-up of
discarded movie plots. Part Talkie. {July.)

CONSTANT NYMPH, THE— Gainsborough.—
English production of a fine novel, told uith taste and
intelligence but badly photographed. Silent. (.4«g.)

• COQUETTE — United Artists.— Denatured
version of the stage play with a fine perform-
ance by Mary Pickford. And Mary's voice is one of
the best in the talkies. Of course you'll want to see —
and liear — her. All Talkie. Uune.)

• DANCE OF LIFE, THE— Paramount.- Hal
Skelly and Nancy Carroll in an all-talkie made
from the famous backstage play, " Burlesque."
Grand. (.Sept.)

• DANGEROUS CURVES— Paramount— Clara
Bow in tights in a love story of a small circus.
Richard .Arlen does well. All Talkie. {Sept.)

Reviewed under title of "The Woman Who Needed
Killing." Tropical and torrid drama of the South
Seas. Not for children. AW Talkie. (.June.)

DARK SKIES— Biltmore.— Old time yarn of
" East Lj'nnc " vintage. Terrible. .All Talkie. {Nov.)

done Chinese picture, with Lady Tsen Mai, promi-
nent in "The Letter," in lead. Silent, {.^epl.)

DESERT SONG, THE— Warners.— All-singing
and talking operetta that is a bit old-fashioned and
stagy. Some good singing by Jolin Boles. Part
Talkie, {Junt.)

DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN, THE— Rayart.— Adven-
tures of royalty in -America. Fairly entertaining.
Silent. {July.)

DONOVAN AFFAIR, THE— Columbia.— Mys-
tery play with too little suspense and too much
forced comedy. Nevertheless, it has a good cast.
All Talkie. {June.)

• DRAG — First National. — Dick Barthclmess
shines in a quiet domestic story, with Lila Lee
a sensation in the film. .All 'Talkie. {Sept.)

DRAKE CASE, THE— Universal. — Tense murder
melodrama. Noteworthy chiefly for the late Gladys
Brockwell's line performance in the leading r61c.
.All Talkie. (A'oi>.)

weight but amusing story of the romance of a cul-
tured prize-lighter. Part Talkie. Uuly.)

• DYNAMITE- M-G-M.— Stark drama, full of
suspense, bringing to tlie screen two splendid
plaj'ers. Charles Bickford and Kay Johnson. All
Talkie. (Oct.)

Reginald Denny in a farce that manages to amuse in
spiteof its hoary plot. All Talkie. {Sept.)

Frenzied society melodrama with a rubber plot that
bounces all over the map. Silent. {June.)

• EVANGELINE- United Artists.— Beautiful
and touching film version of one of America's
best-loved poems. \Vorth your while. Sound. (,4«g.)

EXALTED FLAPPER, THE— Fox.— A princess
turns flapper and upsets royal traditions. Frothy but
funny. Sound. {July.)


Old-fasliioned movie thriller. Silent. {July.)

FALL OF EVE, THE— Columbia.— Rowdy farce
of the buyer who comes to the big town to make
whoopee. Ford Sterling, Patsy Ruth Miller. All
Talkie. {Sept.)

FAR CALL, THE— Fox.— Piracy in the Bering
Sea. Plentyof action for your money. Sound. {Aug.)

• FASHIONS IN LOVE— Paramount.— Adolplie
Mcnjou w-ith a French accent. Amorous and
amusing farce. All Talkie. {Aug.)


Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929



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$25, $10 and $5
Monthly {or the Best Letters

How You Feel About Things

GETTING hard to please, you fans! You
know what you want and you ask for it
in no uncertain tones. But who has a
better right?

Looks as if the standard of taste has been
raised by the talkies. In the main, fans are
demanding meatier and more original stories.
There has been a note of rebellion this month
against the flood of backstage, gangster, court-
room and "Pagliacci" themes. Fans are crying
out against the deluge of cheap imitations
which follows every big success.

They're still interested in the action of the
phonoplay (talkie) on the deaf and blind.

Mothers are acclaiming the talkies a boon.
Subtitles no longer have to be read aloud. And
the talkies, especially the newsreels, aid in

Many still bewail the rout of Jannings and
other foreign actors by the demon microphone.

There is much wailing over the Broadway
invasion of Hollywood. Yet some of the new-
comers from the stage are rivaling the old
silent favorites in popularity.

Garbo and Boles still occupy the throne —
although Ruth Chatterton has received al-
most as many huzzas as the Glorious One her-
self. Bill Philo Vance Powell is running second
to Boles. Fans were all worried about the
recent illness of Lon Chaney and his micro-
phone shyness.

Upward and Onward Via the

The $25.00 Letter

Newark, N. J.

I'm just an ordinary personage, like the
thousands more of .American citizens about
me, whose homes are commonplace and ordi-
nary, where everybody's radio seems to blare
louder than the other after the evening meal.

We toil and push, getting nowhere, and to
the greater number of us the motion picture
talkies are an outlet — a dream world, and a
real educational help. The talkies reach more


This is your department. Come right in, hang up
your hat and pat or spat the players. Just plain
spiteful letters won't be printed, and don't spank too
hard, because we want to be helpful when we can.
Limit your letters to 200 words, and if you are not
willing to have your name and address attached,
don't write. All anonymous letters go straight into
the wicker. We reserve the right to cut letters to
suit our space limitations. Come in — you're always
welcome !

of the population than any other educational
institution; they uplift us to broader thinking,
better speaking. Help us to keep correct
.American pronunciations and correct wording;
we need it so! Gosh, we hear enough slang
and high-hatting in our everyday existence.
We don't want to be just "ordinary" always;
we want to break aWay, to get ahead. Our
American slang way of speaking often keeps
us from better positions, but we do not wish
the English way of speaking either. No, no,
never — We want good true .American speech —
no frills, but correct.


A Movie-Made Man
The SIO.OO Letter

Washington, D. C.

.\11 my life I was lonesome for companion-
ship. W'hen I reached twenty-one, I felt the
lack of it more keenly than ever. Then, one
day I picked up an issue of Photoplay. As
I read through its pages, I became conscious
of the idea that if others could have friends
and joyous times, I could, too. Shortly after-
ward I began attending a number of movies.

I studied the ways and manners of the young
men on the screen before me, and tried to
embody their most likable and attractive
qualities. Soon after that people began to
notice me, and frequently I overheard someone
say that I was "likable," or "well-dressed."
The change was uncanny. But when the girls
took notice of me, I realized that I was not

Today I am happy. I have friends where I
used to have acquaintances, favorable atten-
tion where there was indifference.

John Laxders Poole.

Wilder Women, Please!
The $5.00 Letter

Baton Rouge, La.

Well, for once in my life I'm glad to say
I've seen a picture where the heroine in it,
namely Jeanne Eagels, in "The Letter," was
allowed to be true to life to the end.

The usual expensive layout and the sweet
heroine picture is all right for a pastime, but
for a real enjoyable evening I'm all for the show
that gives us some real acting and a little more

interesting plot, even if the heroine isn't so

Personally, I do not approve of shady
women or even murderesses — ho hum! — but
when one can dramatize the part like Miss
Eagels did — well, let's have 'em bad.

W. M. C.

So There!

Gloucester, Mass.

I read with interest the letter by Mrs. M.
Bates on Talking Pictures. I was surprised
at her attitude.

A real musician would, in my mind, always
wish to continue in the field of music. It was
due to the number of musicians who, like Mrs.
Bates, "sawed through thousands of per-
formances" and "watched with impersonal
interest" both the picture and audience, that
musical scores in Vitaphone and Movietone
became possible.

The successful theater musician, who is
still working at his profession, never "sawed"
through a picture with "impersonal" interest
in either the picture or the audience. Instead,
he tried to become invol\-ed in feeling with the
s or}' being unfolded on the screen and en-
deavored to interpret the emotional acting
and dramatic points musically. He also had a
very personal interest in his audience, trj-ing
to heighten the enjoyTnent of the photoplay
by providing a proper, well-fitting musical

I confess that I like the talkies, particularly
so if they have succeeded in removing those
musicians from work who had no personal
interest in their art and in the art of entertain-
ing the public, their audience.

Harry J. Jenkins, Organist.

Censors, Take Note

Denver, Colo.

Much is being said of the harmful effects of
movies on children, but I believe that the good
effects overbalance. It's up to the parents to
help the child select the good from the bad as
in everything else.

Our young son might read and re-read
descriptions of big ocean liners, the ocean itself,
airplanes, different animals, etc., but let him
see them in pictures and they become fixed in
his mind as they really are.

He saw and heard Edison give his speech to
the forty-nine boys — saw the Graf Zeppelin,
and although he had heard descriptions over
the radio, the pictures gave him a more exact
idea. At the same time he saw "Big News"
and ^^^s so disgusted ^^•ith the "drunk" that he
said, "I'll never drink if that's the \va.y it
makes you act."

E\'A M. Denst.

The Voice of a Trouper

Richmond, Va.
Why is there so much hard feeling between
the real original "HoUywooders" and those
just in from Broadway?

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The basic things of life seldom change:
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It is regularly prescribed by the bright,
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— who mixed friendship and wisdom with
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For the Festive


Some plain and fancy recipes
to deli gilt the holiday hostess

TOWED away in the
I icebox, a Baked Ham
is a life-saver for the
hostess who has unexpected
guests for meals and little
time for preparation. This
is Olive Borden's recipe:

She first scrubs the ham
carefully, and then soaks
it in water forty-eight hours,
changing the water five or
six times. The ham is
then boiled, allowing twenty
minutes to the pound.
When thoroughly cooked,
she skins and sprinkles it
generously with brown
sugar, adds a dash of black
pepper, and sticks it with
cloves. It is then baked in

cooking sherry and is basted constantly until it becomes a

rich golden-brown color.

M.WBE Harry Langdon did cook this grand Plum Pudding,
but the chances are he just couldn't resist the opportunity
to do some clowning. There's nothing funny, however, about
the recipe he sent us. The results are genuinely soul-satisfying.
The ingredients are:

Harry Langdon, all dressed

up like a hausfrau, may

not know a skillet from a


CL.\R.\ BOW'S Chicken Char-
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Unlike many party recipes, it has
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stronger sex as for us girls.

Mix well 1 cup of cooked chicken,
minced fine, with 1 teaspoon
chopped parsley, }2 teaspoon onion
juice, 1<4 teaspoon salt, 2 table-
spoons tomato juice and 1 beaten
egg. .^dd a dash of pepper.

Grease a charlotte russe or
pudding mold, lining it one inch
thick with boiled rice. Fill the
center with the chicken mixture,
and cover the top with rice so that
the chicken is entirely covered and
the mold is full and even.

Cover and cook in steamer for
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J^ cup butter

1 cup sugar

3 cups soft bread crumbs

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

\i teaspoon nutmeg

J^ teaspoon cinnamon

yi teaspoon mace

34 teaspoon cloves

Yl cup nuts, cut in pieces

Yi cup grape juice

Cream the butter and
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It will then be ready to
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3 eggs

J^ cup scalded milk

2 tablespoons chopped orange peel

2 tablespoons chopped lemon peel

lJ-2 cups raisins

]/i cup currants

M cup chopped figs

1 chicken

1 tablespoon flour

2 dozen oysters
l'-2 quarts water
Salt and pepper

1 large onion

2 dozen boiled shrimps
4 small pieces of ham
Chopped parsley


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