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Reeling Around

//// Leonard Hall

STAR— "And my
dear Mr. Blotz, you
may tell my public
that since the
coming of talking
pictures, I haven't
had a single sore
throat. Constant
exercise of the
tonsils, don't you


Dear Santa Claus —

Give the kiddies woolly lambs.

Give the ladies beans —
Bring ail hungry people hams

And bring the mean ones woes.

Give all lonely souls a ring,

And let the cruel freeze.
Me? Why, Santa dear, just bring

Me Greta Garbo, pleasel

night. He stayed for several showings. Fifty years a^o Mr.
Dale was a member of the Wisconsin legislature."

Good Mean Fun

Guy Bates Post, the veteran stage star, asked Warners
for $10,000 to make a five minute X'itaphone prologue — antl
the man can't even sing a "Mammy" song! . . . Speaking of
mammies, we at last know who Al Jolson's is. It's Louise
Dresser, who will play the mammy in "]\Iamm\'" opposite the
star, and no doubt have a little shack in Alabammy with
morning glories 'round the door. . . . They asked for a new
title for John Boles' big picture, "La Marseillaise," at Univer-
sal, and some daring soul suggested "Marseillaise in the Cold,
Cold Ground." . . . Joan Marsh, fifteen, got a Universal
contract because she resembles Dolores Costello, .■Xnita Page
and Esther Ralston. Throw in a dash of Wally Beery and
we'll fire the whole pack in Hollywood. . . . The last illusion
goes. Santa Claus is only L^ncle Joe in red flannel pants.
Now it comes out that Noah Beory sings tenor. . . . Lily
Damita's New York apartment had seven mirrors. One fit of
fierce French temper and heigho! for forty-nine years bad
luck. But think of no less than fourteen Damita legs in one
apartment! ... I wonder if it makes any difterence to Gary
Cooper that Lupe Velez real name is Guadalupe \'illabolos'-'
If it doesn't, it's love. . . . Some French-Canadians call
talkies "views that speak." .\11 1 can add is "when the machine

Welcome to Films, Neighbor

An Associated Press dispatch from Superior, Wis. —
"Peter Dale, eighty-four, of Cornucopia, near here, was a most
amazed man when he saw his first 'picture show,' a talkie, last

■ 66

Getting Personal

.\ woman with a felt hat pulled down over her eyes stood in
the long line waiting to see "The Single Standard" at Loew's
State Theater, Los .\ngeles. It was Greta Garbo. . . . Phyllis
Haver and her husband, Billy Seeman, are living in a pent-
house on a roof-top in Greenwich \"illage. New York. "Sky
Hye Farm," they call it. Remember "Miss Dupont," the
blonde mystery who played in "Foolish Wives," and other
pictures? Well, her first name is Patty, she's married to
Syl Stokes of \'irginia, and has been visiting in Hollywood.
. . . Dolores Del Rio has had a slave bracelet welded to the
wrist of Teddy Joyce, her master of ceremonies. . . . Fazenda,
Louise's last name, is Portuguese for "farmer." . . . While Jack
Gilbert was in Paris honeymooning, his Scotch terrier wandered
away from the Beverly Hills home. . . . The only stage shows
given in .Alaska the past year were two performances by the
Elks Lodge in Juneau. The talkies have swept the big towns
of the territory. ... I hereby tender my apologies to His
Majesty's dominion. New Zealand. I said it had no talkie
theater, but Jack Goadman, of Taihape, writes in to say that
there are several, and that some night he means to ankle
some 300 miles and see-hear his first phonoplay. . . . Minnie
Palmer ]\Iar.x, si.xty-five, mother of the Four Marx Brothers,
comedians, who made their first screen hit in "The Cocoanuts,"
died suddenh' in New York. She was largelj' responsible,
by her wisdom and enthusiasm, for their success in the theater.
. . . Nancy Carroll is just one of twelve children, and I
wonder if there are any more at home like her. . . . No
talkies yet in Buenas Aires, say reports. Now I'll wait for
the letter telling me the town is full of them. . . . Leatrice
Joy married Jack Gilbert on the thirteenth of the month. . . .
Man.- Eaton, the blonde musical comedy star, and one of the
famous yellow haired Eaton children, has just bought her
mother a 835,000 home in Beverly Hills. Her father has been
a proofreader on a New York newspaper for years. . . . No
matter what she eats. Colleen Moore always weighs 108 pounds.
. . . President and Mrs. Hoover were presented with gold,
lifetime passes to all Stanley theaters. . . . Bebe Daniels has
been made an honorary colonel in the U. S. Air Corps. Yes,
you guessed it. In the Pursuit Group. . . . The eleven Techni-
color cameras in Hollywood are so precious that they are
carried from lot to lot in armored cars. They never did
that for Pola Negri!

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the lovely coloring of a Velasquez portrait. Her
dusky hair is in striking contrast to her wonder-
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perfect skin.

Aristocrat in the true sense, Mrs. Gunther
comes of a fine old Boston family, the Hunne-
wells. As a young girl, she went abroad to finish
her education.

In Paris, as in America, a beautifully-kept skin
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<ILLIAN GISH, whose name is a synonym for vague and fugitive
loveliness, has been absent from the screen all too long. She
J returns to us as the princess in a talking version of Molnar's
brilliant play, "The Swan"


Photoplay Magazine for December, 1929


r/ease tell me ...'

Jean Carroll's

Paqe on Tiair beauty

'What shall I do for dry hair?"

Dear Miss Carroll: Please give me some
advice. My hair is very dry — and is
sticky after I wash it. — Mrs. G. M., Can-
ton, Ohio,

Over-dry hair isn't healthy hair,
and it doesn't look its best — it's
usually dull and brittle. So I'ni
going to tell you about a special
shampoo for dry hair that will make
your hair softer, and won't leave that
sticky feeling either.

You can go to any drug store and ask
for Packer's Olire Oil Shampoo — a lovely
golden colored liquid just a tiny bit fra-
grant. This shampoo is made of pure
olive oil and other vegetable oils. It
doesn't make your scalp sting, or leave
your hair harsh to the touch because it is
safe and gentle, and contains soothing,
softening glycerine. Use this olive oil
shampoo about every ten days or two
weeks, and you'll see how much softer
and more manageable your hair is. Then
massage your scalp and brush your hair
every day to make it shine.

(You noticed that sticky feeling prob-
ably because the soap you used didn't
rinse off your hair completely — Packer's
Olive Oil Shampoo rinses very easily.)

Oily hair — and its special care

Dear Jean Carroll; I have naturally wavy
hair and it's very soft and pretty when it is
just washed, but a few days afterwards it
becomes oily and falls in strings. 1 would
greatly appreciate it if you would let me
know if there is anything I can do — and
please let me hear from you as soon as
possible because I have a ^reat deal of
faith in yourability. — M.Y., Caldwell, N.J.

Dear M. Y. I can't help being a
little flattered when you express
your confidence right out like that.
And I love kind words, like every-
body else. It is true I do try to give the
soundest advice possible. Everything I
say has the approval of a real dermatolo-

gist (and that means a doctor who has
specially studied the skin and hair).

Your particular trouble is one I hear
about many times every day. More
women seem to be bothered by oily hair
than by any other hair problem.

For this reason the Packer Company,
with whom I am associated (they make
the famous Packer's Tar Soap) make a
shampoo especially good for oily hair —
Packer's Pine Tar Shampoo. This shampoo
is safe and pure and gentle (don't ever
use a strong shampoo to "dry out" your
hair), but it is also a little astringent.
It tends to tighten up the relaxed oil
glands. Use this Pine Tar Shampoo every
four or five days at fitst — it's easy to use
because it lathers and rinses in the quick-
est and most delightful way possible.

Don't wait for your hair to get oily
and stringy and unbecoming — shampoo
often enough to keep your hair fluffy.
And if you use the pine tar shampoo regu-
larly, and massage your scalp a little
every day, you'll probably soon be able to
lengthen the intervals between shampoos.

Don't neglect dandruff!

Dear Miss Carroll: I'd like to ask you a
few questions". I heard you talk over the
radio about a week ago. I really have nice
hair, but it is beginning to fall. I have
quite a bit of dandruff", and my hair
doesn't shine as I would like it to. What
can I do for it? — Mrs. A. N., Kent,
New York.

I have a personal feeling of
hatred for dandruff germs —
they're such trouble-making,
beauty-destroying little things. They
make hair fall, they take away the shine
and lustre, cause the scalp to flake, and
they usually go on getting worse and
worse unless something discourages them.
For years doctors have been urging
Packer's Tar Soap as a very effective way

of overcoming these invisible germs So
I'm going to suggest this for your hair:
Get a cake of Packer's Tar Soap and start
right away to give yourself a shampoo
every two or three days to begin with.
This sounds like a lot of washing, I
know, but think of it as medical treat-
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scalp — the good, rich piney lather has a
gentle antiseptic effect.

Even after the first shampoo, your
scalp will feel healthier and your hair
will look healthier. And after a month's
time you ought to notice a decided im-
provement. jj.^j^ CARROLL

Radio talks by Miss Carroll on hair
beautv, every Friday 11:45 a.m. (Eastern
Standard Time) over the Columbia Broad-
casting System's Radio Beauty School.

Send for samples

(lOc for one; 25c for all 3)

JEAN CARROLL,ThePackerMfg.Co., Inc.
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Please send mc your Packer Manual on
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I enclose .cents (enclose loc for

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seems to have been hav-
ing some home-coming
weeks. She doesn't have
to go very far to celebrate
one of these things, for Soph
seems to be equally at home
in these U. S. and London,
in musical comedy, vaude,
revue, the talkies or on
records. For without a
doubt her voice has "IT,"
which is proved when you
listen to it over the old
musical box without her
inviting grin behind it. In
other words, the voice mth
the smile of its own.

Her "Honky Tonk"
numbers, recorded by Vic-
tor, are the best signs cur-
rent for the continuation
of this column — but more
of that lower down the
page. "He's a Good Man
to Have Around" and "I'm
Doing What I'm Doing for
Love" are the more
characteristic items. In the
same series comes, "I'm
Feathering a Nest for a
Little Bluebird."

While on the subject of
Sophie, which, after all, is
quite a large one, another
release of hers might as well
be noted. When she chants,
"I Don't Want to Get Thin," we entirely
agree with her and are even willing to join
in the chorus. But don't expect too much
for your boodle here. On the back she in-
forms us, to a second rate tune, "That's
What I Call Sweet Music." Sweetish, may-
be, but not so hot.

FROM down near the bottom of the drawer
we have dug up four Columbia records
which are going to have a run before the
end of the year. There never is a real back
number, and Moran and Mack are due for
a few extra dividends on an investment made
over two years ago.

When these were first unloaded on the
market the publicity department labeled
them "the funniest series ever recorded."
With "Why Bring That Up?" doing what it
is, the "Two Black Crows" discs, eight sides
of twelve inches, are going to be brought
up again to paralyze the fans. They were
made by the new electrical method, and as
most of the stuff these two black faces pulled
in vaudeville has been crammed into their
first talkie, they are thoroughly up to date.
Which proves that you might as well keep
those bonds in the safe — you never know when
they'll come back.

ALL the recording companies have tried
kicking in on "The Dance of Life." That
is, they have recorded two of the numbers
and omitted the one which is any good at all.
"True Blue Lou" needs Hal Skelly and
the "Pagliacci" situation to mean anything
at all. Coming all by itself down the un-
romantic funnel of a machine, it matches the
title of its companion — "The Flippity Flop."
This other is a good, whole hearted ac-
companiment for a soft shoe prance, but will
get on your nerves if you have not got plenty
of others to play between repetitions. Seeing
the picture, we got the idea that the best
part of it was "Ladies of the Dance" —
musically, at least. No one, to date, has
bothered to put it on record. We should



Tells You All About the

New Movie Music

like to hear it in cold blood and see if we
were right. We probably shall.

THE more Helen Kane sticks to talkie
material, the better for business. This
time we have "He's So Unusual," from
"Sweetie," and it stands out like a work of
art — which, of course, it is in its own sweet way.
A beau has to be something out of the ordinary
to catch Helen's eye, apparently, and this
sheik was that way. .^nd behind it all is a
distinctly pleasant little too-tondlcoo-too-loo
melody which deserves to be heard a little
better. Perhaps the pick of the bundle this

Perhaps the pick, because the numbers we
have talked about so far are not strictly
Theme Songs. In fact, if there are not some
signs of bullishness in this market before long,
the bottom will fall out of it. Try this trick:-
Hypnotize yourself into thinking you had
composed some of this month's offerings your-
self and then see if you feel proud. There
must have been some blushing composers
hiding in the shadows of projection rooms

HERE are some of the incidental crop:
"How Am I To Know?" out of

"Dynamite." Put out by all the recording
houses in various forms, but though all the
orchestras do their darndest they cannot make
a silk purse out of a whateveritis. The catch

In this monthly service de-
partment Mr. Fenton will
help you fill the old family
record album by scouting
the newest phonoplay discs

Maurice Fenton

in the thing is supposed to
be, "Lyrics by Dorothy
Parker." Not the best
Dottie ever wrote by a long
stretch, but still worthy of
more trouble from the
music department.

"After the Clouds Roll
By" from "Half Marriage."
The idea seems to have
been that half a marriage
only deserves half a tune.
If so, the management have
succeeded. Saxophones
doodle-doodlc-doo-doo in no
particular direction but (it's
a ten incher) actually do
get to an end somehow-.

"Waiting at the End of
the Road" from "Hallelu-
jah." Stand by for Opus
Umpteen of Irving Berlin,
and then doubt your ears.
It was a long road that was
being waited on, and the
interval was extraordinarily
like any other — at a couple
of moments in it we thought
of other tunes we had
heard somewhere else.

"Lovable and Sweet"
from "Street Girl." This is
more like it. If you must
have a theme song, and
apparently you must, why not ha\e it molded
to match your theme? This one does to some
extent, and consequently does not disappoint.
More than that, it might actually set you
dancing. Sydney Clare and Oscar Levant,
who put this together, are our best bets in the
business, at present.

"When They Sing the Wearin' o' the
Green" from "Lucky in Love" and "Smiling
Irish Eyes" from "Smiling Irish Eyes," are
recommended as sure things. You can twist
any series of Irish musical phrases into any
conceivable shape and display the result as
a winner — or so we are told by someone who
is living on the proceeds of just such a trick.
Further, these are — if nobody is getting tired
of our theme — Theme Songs. They mean
what they say and pro-vide the required
atmosphere for the screen story.

T_TOWEV'ER, we are not giving up all hope.
■' - '-Rumors from the studios have almost got
us het up over what we are to hear during
the next few weeks. The Theme Song business
is still at its ex-perimental stage, with ever)'-
one clinging to the back of the wagon for dear
life, whether they deserve to be there or not.

SIGNING off with a complaint recently
heard from a distinguished Indian movie-
house owner, who visited these hospitable
shores in search of reels to show his dusky

He w-^as in despair about the talkies and
felt he was on his journey over the liill to the
county farm. "My audiences are Gujerati,
Hindustaru, Bengali, Urdu, Telegu and Hindi.
How can they understand .\merican voices
or listen to American music when they cannot
understand each other?" The "American —
.\merican" part was touching from a man who
is loyal to the British.

So we asked about the possibilities of his
troubles being settled by the English. "Not
for years, twenty-five, maybe. So far they
have been unable to make pictures for them-
selves. What hopes for us?"

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Are these latter women possessed of
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