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lunches, and appetizing din-
ners. It gives you many new
ideas for serving — ideas fur-
nished by the foremost host-
esses of Hollywood, who are
thoroughly schooled in the
art of serving and entertain-
ing delightfully.

Carolyn Van Wyck



Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929

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FAST COMPANY— Paramount.— Baseball stuff
adapted from Ring Lardner's play " Elmer the
Great" and garnished with bright lines. Jack Oakie
takes the honors and Evelyn Brent is miscast. All
Talkie. (Nov.)

FAST LIFE— First National.— "Still Life" would
be a more accurate title for this melodrama. It
drags. Loretta Young is lovely. All Talkie. {Nov.)

FATHER AND SON— Columbia.— Doing right by
Dad. With the inevitable "sonny boy" motif. Part
Talkie. (Aug.)

FLYING FOOL, THE — Pathe. — Hit-the-sky
melodrama with Marie Prevost crooning a theme
song — and how! All Talkie. (Aug.)

FOUR DEVILS— Fox.— Talk has been added to
last part of F. W. Murnau's good circus film. You'll
hear Janet Gay nor. Part Talkie. (Sep/.)

• FOUR FEATHERS, THE— Paramount. —
The story of a coward's regeneration grafted on
a nature film shot in the Soudan. Excellent film, with
Richard Arlen fine. Sound. (Sept.)

of good tunes, swell comedy by Stepin Fetchit
and the good-looking girls that go with any revue.
All Talkie. (July.)

FROZEN JUSTICE— Fox.— Hot melodrama of
the cold North. Lenore Ulric and Louis Wolheim
excellent. All Talkie. (Nov.)

GAMBLERS. THE— Warners.— Well acted story
of high finance with a pretty theme song. All Talkie.

— A newspaper story that is a knockout. Fine
performances by an all-stage cast. Check up this
as one of the hits of the talkies. All Talkie. (June.)

From cowbov to earl in one badlj'-aimed picture.
Silent. (Sept.)


story of gentlemen who prefer diamonds whicli
don't belong to them. Clever cast. All Talkie.

tional. — The glassed-in gal. in case you wondered, is a
theater ticket seller, plaj'ed by Loretta Young.
Pretty bad. Part Talkie. (Oct.)

— In spfte of its title this is one of the best pictures
turned out by an independent producer. You'll
like it. Silent. (June.)

GIRLS GONE WILD— Fox.— Plenty hot and
plenty fast. Sound. iJidy.)

GLAD RAG DOLL, THE— Warners.— Mostly
hokum. All Talkie. (Aua.)


— Showing the gals at their pick and shovel work.
Noteworthy for its beautiful all-Technicolor treat-
ment and its catchy tunes. All Talkie. (Noi'.)

mount. — Another fine Van Dine murder mys-
tery film, with Bill Powell an elegant Pliilo \'anc€.
All Talkie. (Sepl.)

Not a dog story, but a railroad melodrama. It's
speedy, exciting and good fun. Sound. (June.)

GUN LAW— FBC- A lot of shooting, all in fun.
Silent. (July.)

HALF MARRIAGE— Radio Pictures.— Another
and duller one about companionate marriage, occa-
sionally redeemed by Olive Borden. Sound. (Oct.)

• HALLELUJAH-M-G-M.— Striking epic of
the negro, sensitively directed and spontane-
ously acted. All Talkie. (Ocl.)

HARD TO GET— First National.— Corinne
Griffith's excellent silent film "Classified" revived
as a fax -from- excel lent talkie with Dorothy Mackaill.
All Talkie. (Nov.)

• HER PRIVATE AFFAIR— Pathe —Make it
your private affair to see Ann Harding in this
exciting tale. She's glorious! All Talkie. (Nov.)

HIGH VOLTAGE— Pathe.— Stupid and morbid.
All Talkie. (Aug.)

HOLE IN THE WALL, THE— Paramount.— Con-
fusing crook story, acted by a good cast. All Talkie.

— .\ Rrcat big merry girl and music show, with
all the Metro people from Gilbert and Shearer on
down. All Talkie. (Sept.)

HONKY TONK— Warners.— Story of a night
club mamma with a heart of gold. With Sophie
Tucker and her songs. All Talkie. (July.)

Even worse than it sounds. Rex, the marvelous
horse star, has a ramshackle vehicle to pull. Silent.

HOTTENTOT. THE— Warners.— Hilarious farce
comedy. You'll like it. All Talkie. (July.)

— .\ real beauty. Tliis simple rural tale is exquisitely
directed and supf'rbly acted by an ace-high German
• ast. Sound, i A'o:.)

Photoplays Reviewed in the Shadow Stage This Issue

Save this magazine — Refer to the criticisms before you pic\ out
your evening's entertainment. 'Ma\e this your reference list.

Behind the Make-Up — Paramount. . . . 108

Blackmail — Sono Art-World Wide 54

Call of the Circus, The— Pickwick Prod.llO

Dark Streets— First National 108

Darkened Rooms — Paramount 108

Delightful Rogue, The — Radio Pictures.. 108

Disraeli — Warners 54

Doctor's Women, The— World Wide. .110

Evidence — Warners 110

Faro Nell — Paramount-Christie 54

Flight — Columbia 55

Footlights and Fools — First National. . 53
Great Gabbo, The — James Cruze Prod. 55

Handcuffed — Rayart 110

Honor — Sovkino 110

Jealousy — Paramount 108

Kiss, The— JI-G-M 55

Lady Lies, The — Paramount 53

Love Parade, The — Paramount 52

Married in Hollywood— Fo.x 108

Men Are Like That— Paramount 108

Mighty, The — Paramount 54

Mississippi Gambler, The — Uni\'ersal. . 108

Mister Antonio— Tiffany-Stahl 108

Night Parade— Radio Pictures 108

One Hysterical Night — Universal 108

Racketeer, The— Pathe HO

Red Hot Rhythm— Pathe ' 108

Rich People— Pathe 55

Saturday Night Kid, The — Paramount. 55

Sea Fury — Supreme 110

Senor Americano — Universal 1 10

Side Street— Radio Pictures 108

Song of Kentucky, A — Fox 108

Sunny Side Up — Fo.x 53

Sweetie — Paramount 108

Tanned Legs — Radio Pictures 110

They Had to See Paris — Fox 52

Three Loves — Moviegraph 110

Trespasser, The — United Artists 52

Untamed— M-G-M 54

Welcome Danger — Paramount 55

Woman to Woman — Tiffany-Stahl 110

Young Nowheres — First National 54

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Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929


IDLE RICH, THE— M-G-M.— Literal transla-
tion of the stage play. "White Collars," with good
acting. All Talkie. {Au^.)

ILLUSION — Paramount. — Buddy Rogers as a
man about town may disappoint the yirls — but
Nancy Carroll is excellent. All Talkie. {Nov.)

• INNOCENTS OF PARIS — Paramount. —
inconsequential plot made delightful by tlic
charming personality of Maurice Chevalier. AH
Talkie. (Jidy.)

IN OLD CALIFORNIA— Audible Film Corp.—
Love and hate Under a Spanish Moon (Theme song.)
Ho hum. All Talkie. {Nov.)


The German idea of a funny farce about an .American
gal running wild abroad. Silent. {Sepi.)

JOY STREET — Fox. — Oh, how the kids carry on!
Younger generation stuff and possibly you'll like it.
Lois Moran, Nick Stuart. Sound. {Sept.)

• KIBITZER — Paramount. — You may have to
buy a new vest from laughing after >'ou see
this. Harry Green's comedy is grand. All Talkie.

KITTY — Worldwide. — First foreign-made picture
to be synchronized with talking sequences and music.
Good entertainment against a beautiful English
background. Part Talkie. {Oct.)

Producer Announcemeyits

ofJslew Pictures

and Stars

While all good advertising is news,
we consider producer advertising
of particular interest to our read'
ers. With this directory you easily
can locate each announcement:

Educational Page 141

First National Page 145

Fox Film Corp Page 9

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer . . Page 149

Paramount Page 4

Pathe Page 154

Warner Bros Page 153

— Norma Sliearer as a charming and wily lady
crook who plies her trade amongst Britain's blue-
bloods. All Talkie. {Oct.)

Conrad Veidl as a magician in a much over-acted and
over-directed film. Part Talkie. (Sept.)

the Western actor, in curls and ribbons as one of these
mythical princes. Whoops! Silent. {Sept.)

LAWLESS LEGION, THE— First National.— A

cowboy story, with Ken Maynard, that is good
enough entertainment for anybody. Silent. {June.)

LIGHT FINGERS— Columbia.— Nice balance
between action and dialogm^ in tliis melodrama about
a gang of jewel thieves. All Talkie. {Nov.)

LOVE DOCTOR, THE— Paramount.— Richard
Dix"s last picture for Paramount. Dix and June
Collyer are pleasing. All Talkie. {Nov.)

LOVE TRAP, THE— Universal.— Laura LaPlante.
witli little help from Neil Hamilton, proves that
chorus girls are good girls. Part Talkie. (Sept.)

LUCKY IN LOVE— Pathe.— Morton Downey
gets back to old Erin in time to pay off the mortgage
on the ancestral halls — but who cares? The Downey
tenor helps — but not enough. AH Talkie. {Nov.)

LUCKY LARKIN— Universal.— A typical West-
ern and a movie that actually moves in the good old
style. Ken Maynard and a trick horse. Silent. (Oct.)

• LUCKY STAR— Fox.— That immortal duo.
Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. in a gentle
and charming story. Part Talkie. (Oc/.l


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If you mail the coupon we will
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Physicians everywhere are warning
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their health from diets that were too

The trouble with many diets now
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As a result constipation occurs. Its
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By adding Kellogg's ALL-BRAN to
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ALL-BRAN does not add fat to the
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Don't trifle with pills

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Please send me a free copy of your booklet on Safe Reducing



TMien you write to advertisers please mention PII0T0PL.4Y M.\GAZINK

Friendly Advice from Carolyn Van Wyck



For beauty and health, your dressing
table ranks next to your dining table.
Don't buy inferior toilet preparations,
but, remember, high cost does not al-
ways indicate merit

THE intelligent use of cosmetics
has routed many an inferiority
complex and made a timid, self-
conscious girl into a glowing, self-
confident young woman.

When a girl knows she is well-groomed,
when she has done her utmost to bring out
her best points, her less attractive ones fade
into the background in her own mind and in
the minds of others.

We have all learned that beauty is not mere
perfection of feature. That would be too
simple for the very few who can boast of
chiseled features, and too diflicult for the vast
majority who have to blaze their own trail
to lo\-elincss. But it is a journey that pays
you rich returns as you go.

On my desk is a letter from E\elyn E.
Like all other girls, she is seeking the things
that aid in developing charm and attractive

.\s the result of her experimenting she has
found several excellent beautj' preparations
that keep her skin globing and fine-textured,
her hair shining and healthy, her hands well-
groomed and supple.

In short, she seems to have discovered the
beauty aids that best suit her special require-
ments. Some of these preparations are rather
expensive to use constantly, and she asks if
there aren't some cheaper substitutes I can

HTHEN there is jSIrs. J, a young married
■*- woman, \^-ho asks me to help her make a
decision. She ^^•rites that in one of the shops
in her city she has seen a dahlia velvet evening
frock that might have been de-
signed especially for her, it so
perfectly suits her in line and

Her one evening gown, bought
last season, lacks the chic, the
new and becoming lines, of the
dahlia frock, but is still in good

jMost of her social activities
are informal, but she attends a
few formal parties during the
winter and could use a second
frock to good ad\antage, al-
though she usually manages with

Mrs. J has saved enough from
her housekeeping money to buy
this dress mthout encroaching
on her budget. But with Christ-
mas so near, she feels it would be
selfish to spend the extra money
on herself for something she
could do without. This in spite

of the fact that donations to Christmas
charities are a substantial part of her holiday

Iler husband tliinks she is generous enougli
with her Christmas giving — that she should
occasionally indulge herself to the extent of
buying sometliing she wants and doesn't
actually need.


letter my first
buy yourself a

A FTER reading jMrs. J's
■' »-thought was, "Why not
Christmas present?"

Christmas is the season for giving, when
we open our hearts and purses and remember
that living is something more than a bread-
and-butter struggle. But in remembering our
duty lo others we need not lose sight of
the fact that each of us owes something
to herself.

If Mrs. J were going to neglect those whom
she usually remembers, if she were spending
money she should use in bringing holiday
cheer to those who look to her for it, I should
certainly advise her to forego the joy of wear-
ing a new and becoming gown at the ex-pensc
of a troubled and unhappy conscience.

Because she isn't taking away one needful
thing from anyone, and because the coveted
dress will bring so much pleasure to her,
which in turn will be reflected in her husband
and in some degree in all those around her,
I strongly ad\ise her to indulge in the new

The whole tone of her letter shows me she
is not a woman who needs to be discouraged
from selfishness. She is the iype of careful
housekeeper who makes her dollars do their
utmost. She is not a spendthrift, who is


Yourself A Cliristmas

TJAVE you been wanting some toilet accessory that doesn't
*■ •'■cost a great deal but seems high-priced because you
feel you can do without it? Is there a hat that beckons to you
from a certain shop window, so that you have to cross the
street to escape temptation? This is not a brief for extravagance,
but rather a hint for the wise investing of Christmas money
in beauty and charm.

My reducing booklet and complexion leaflet are yours for
the asking. Write me about your problems, and 1 will
answer your queries with a personal letter in the order of
their receipt. Please enclose a stamped, self addressed envelope
with ei'ery request. Address me at PHOTOPLAY, 221 West
57th Street, New York City. CAROLYN VAN WYCK

easily snared by attracti\-e displays to buy
things she neither needs nor can afford. She
is plainly a carefid and conservative shopper
with a good, old-fashioned conscience about
spending monej- unwisely.

A new dress, or hat, or a bottle of
delightful perfume is not always such
an important addition in itself. It's
that intangible something it stands
for that often makes it have value in
our eyes.

Mrs. J's new dress will mean more to her
than just that. It will mean that her husband
wants her to look her best, that he is interested
in her appearance; that while he probably
appreciates her thrift he will not take ad-
vantage of her selflessness.

The consciousness of wearing a color which
she knows is flattering, of being dressed in
lines that are fashionable and becoming, will
give her increased poise and charm, and will
add pleasure to all the activities of the winter

A ND that's just the way I feel about Evelyn
■'*-E. If the beauty aids she has bought have
helped her to preserve the gifts of complexion,
of hair, and of physical charm generally with
which she has been endowed, it is money well
spent. .\nd the cosmetics that have corrected
or covered up deficiencies can ne\er be termer!
extravagant. It seems to me they are almost

If Evelyn has given time and money to ex-
perimenting and has found the preparations
that best meet her needs, I think it would
be poor economy' for her to
change. In a few cases there
may be cheaper substitutes, but
perhaps they will differ just
enough to be less effectual.

There are many cosmetics that
are comparatively inexpensive,
and yet are of high merit, and
if Evelyn has disco\ered some
of these she will do well to con-
tinue in their use, rather than
change to higher-priced prepara-
tions whose efficacy is no greater.
There are also some excellent
products which, if made to sell
at a lower price, would have
to sacrifice quality.

It is true that women collec-
tively spend what seems like an
enormous svim for cosmetics in
the course of a year. But when
that money purchases prepara-
tions that are actual aids in pro-



Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929


It's your Move and you can't lose

if you give or get an El^in for Christmas


Christmas came long before watches, but ever since
the two have been on earth together . . . they've
been together inseparably, it seems . . . For some-
how a watch is the perfect way of saying to those
you love, all the things that bubble up inside you
when the mellow Christmas season comes along.
Perhaps it's because a watch carries your present sen-
timents long into the future, saying with every beat
"may every hour I record be happy as this Christmas
day of my presentation." . . . And this is the best
Christmas in sixty years for choosing an Elgin.
More styles. More new shapes and sizes. Prices in
a closely ascending scale, from $15.00 to $650. New
combinations of metals and enamel. New settings of
precious gems. A new Elgin watch family, the larg-
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In the four squares above . . . (Upper left) Parisienne
watch designed in Paris by Callot Soeurs. Set with
two selected diamonds . . . $75.00. (Upper right)
Sterling silver cigarette lighter with 15-jewel Elgin
watch in the case . . . $65.00. (Lower left) New Elgin
clock, mounted in fountain pen set . . . $37.50.
(Lower right) The Elgin Legionnaire ... a peace
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And now in the checkerboard to your right are four
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Accurate, 17-jewel movement . . . $500.00. (Upper
right) Smart new traveling clock in blue, beige or
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left) Elgin pocket watch in ultra-modern case with
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the new Lord Elgin . . 15-jewel movement . . $50.00.


When yoil write to advertisers please mention PHOTOPLAY MAGAZIKE.


Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929

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