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though Josephine is getting two hundred and
fifty a week instead of one hundred.

speculative interest the broad ex-
panse of bald pate atop Lucien Little-
field's head.

"Lucien," she inquired, "how do
you know when to stop washing your
face and start shampooing?"

V\ 7HILE Fay Bainter was appearing in a
'^ stage production in Los Angeles, her
very small niece was christened. Fay had
never gone through the ceremony either, so it
was decided to make of it a sort of gala double

Ruth Chatterton was the infant's god-

Ralph Forbes was godfather to Fay Bainter.

"pIVE real Ziegfeld gals have been collected
^ to work in one picture, "Tanned Legs," at
Radio Pictures.

Kay English, Ann Pennington, Anna Karina,
Helen Kaiser and Pearl Eaton are among the
cast, but the leading role is being played by
June Clyde, who was never with Ziegfeld, but
who was picked for the part because of her
beautiful legs.

"p.ACH motion picture set is colored by the
-'-'personality of the picture being filmed.

Lionel Barrymore is directing Lawrence
Tibbett in "The Rogue's Song," while on an
adjoining stage Ramon Novarro is singing
"The Battle of the Ladies." The former film
is a vivid story of Cossack life, while Ramon
is a hero of the dainty Napoleonic era.

On the one stage the atmosphere is roistering
and gay, on the other it is restrained and
piquant and you feel that if a snuff box were
handy you couldn't resist a discreet pinch.

' I HE little question of avoirdupois is becom-
•*- ing embarrassing to Barry Norton.

The slender, spiritual il other's Boy in "What
Price Glory" has developed into a decidedly
buxom young man.

He isn't getting any thinner, and Fox
studio, where he is under contract, eyes him
with considerable alarm.

CLARA BOW has just put in an
order for five hundred miniatures
of herself.

The artist who does them charges
ten dollars apiece.

What Clara intends to do with them
after she has them is a deep, dark
mystery in Hollywood.

\yf AURICE KANE, a few years ago, was
•'•■•-being groomed for possible stardom at
M-G-M. He played featured roles in several
productions, and then "just one of those
things" happened to his career.

He was no longer being groomed for possible
stardom. He is now an ace cameraman at
P'irst National, and is quite happy about it all.

He says he wouldn't change his camera for
all the makeup kits on the face of the globe.

TF you want to know how a cowboy spends
-'his vacation, just lend an ear to Ken May-
nard's plans. That old gag about the postman
taking a nice, long walk on his day off is not
applicable to Ken. He isn't taking a horse.

Bay City, Mich.

After widowhood and a financial
crash, it had been my pleasure to
slip into a dark theater to enjoy a
silent picture.

In my sorrow and loneliness all
I wanted was quiet and a sweet love
story that pieced out a desolate life.
Then came the oral picture and I
thought my heart would break, for
the peace would vanish; the quiet
I longed for would be but a clamor of
discordant sounds. One night I
heard "The Doctor's Secret." Ruth

Chatterton with her deep, soft voice
lulled me into keen attention.

Now it is the spoken picture I
attend. I can never return to the
silent portrayal of life's battles; a
storm at sea ; or the whispered secret
of the heart's inner shrine, for it is
like a day without the sun; a garden
without a rose; a harp without a

There is "a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak" (Ecc. 3-7) and
this is the time to speak.

Stella CaldweU Hendrick.

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Ken and the "Mrs." will take a trip down the
Mississippi in a 225 horse-power cruiser,
spending a month exploring the bayous of the
Gulf region.

Ken hasn't seen that country since he was
a cowboy actor, appearing in a singing and
roping act on the old " Cotton Blossom " show
boat. If you will recall, this is the boat im-
mortalized in Edna Ferber's novel, "Show
Boat. "

POLLY MOR.\N is turning flapper! The
comedienne visited a beauty shop and
emerged with her hair two shades lighter.

"They aren't going to cheat me in those
Technicolor scenes," she said. "If you aren't
a blonde, you're out."

THIS young man, Ramon Romero, has just
directed a two-reel picture that promises
something of a sensation.

It is the first talking picture done entirely
with the voice and the hands and feet; no
face appears on the screen. Dixie McCoy is
the producer and she allowed for this produc-
tion one thousand dollars.

It was made complete in one day. There
are four people, two men and two women,
in the cast and there are eight sets used in the

This unusual opus is called "A Thousand
Feet of Life."

The theme songs written especially for it
are appropriately called "Weary Feet" and
"The Lonely Road."

Dixie McCoy is a well-known manager and
has produced some plays, but this is her first
venture into the film world. Romero is a
writer of some experience who feels that he has
something unusual to offer in the directorial

HERE'S the new rating for stunt
men, as decided by a Hollywood

Jumps on horseback into water
from a twenty-foot cliff are worth
one hundred dollars. Falls from a
bucking bronco are worth twenty-five
dollars. Falls from running horses,
ten dollars.

Reasonable leaps not from horses,
five dollars each. I'll take a half
dozen reasonable leaps, please.

PRODUCERS are much more generous than
they formerly were. We can recall the time
that Alice Terry rode around in a Ford coupe
before Fords became the fashion and her
studio didn't object.

But Warners are funny about their players.
It is understood that they presented Al Jolson
wth a Rolls-Royce and we do know that
they gave Alice White a brand new limousine
when she started on her new contract.

Not a bad move on the part of the producer
to put his star in a good humor.

DW. GRIFFITH will follow his old form-
♦ ula of parallel action in his story of
Abraham Lincoln, which will soon go into pro-

Much of the action of the story will center
around the life of J. Wilkes Booth, the assassin.

ONE foreign star, unhappy in the atmos-
phere of the Hollywood studios, had the
courage to give up the money, that lures 'em
all to America, and return to Sweden. He is
Lars Hansen who left M-G-M shortly after
Mayer had prepared a big pubUcity campaign
for him and selected many good roles. He
played, you remember, with Lillian Gish in
"The Scarlet Letter" and with Greta Garbo
in "Flesh and the Devil." Contentment
meant more to Lars than money.

He writes that he is happier than he has
ever been, in the Royal Dramatic Theater in

Only recently he did "Strange Interlude"
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RICHARD DIX will not work at nights
on a picture. That is one rule which lie
insists upon.

During the making of "The Love Doctor"
the director announced that the company
would report back at the studio that night.

The company reported.

A super\'isor came on the set and spoke
to Dix. The star seized the nabob's hand and
rubbed it vigorously across his face. His
makeup was ruined.

"Look," he said in despairing tones, "that
supervisor ruined my makeup. Now I can't
work tonight. Isn't it too bad?"

The company went home.

POLA NEGRI visited Agua Cali-
ente, the swanky gaming resort
below the California border, during
her recent visit to the States.

Pola Negri left next day, $700
Poor Pola !

■y^ THEN Technicolor scenes are being made,
''* the cameramen are locked in such sound-
proof booths that the prop man has to pound
on the sides of the booths with a hammer to let
them know the scene is finished.

"p.\RT of the necessary "props" in the Uni-
■l- versal production of "Three Godfathers,"
on location in the desert, are three ponies. One
of the ponies was a genuine "painted'' steed.

One night while the camp snoozed peace-
fully, some desert wanderers strolled in, and
strolled right out again with the ponies.

Universal rushed three new ponies to the
location camp, but no painted horsie could be
found. A makeup man went along with no
other duty than to paint one of the nags. And
it was a tough job. .\s soon as the synthetic
spotted pony got hot his spots trickled off.

This is just another reason why studio pro-
duction managers are considered bad risks
for life insurance.

SOME of these Broadway celebrities do not
believe in the suppression of impulses.
A famous interviewer visited a considerably-
more famous musical comedy star on her
studio set. As she left she happened to gaze
over her shoulder for a parting glimpse of the
star. Said star, thinking herself unobser\-ed,
had her thiunb to her nose with four fingers
waving a Shanghai gesture farewell.

ONE of the Western stars, pretty much
impressed with his own importance,
stormed into the publicity office with a dirty
look in his eyes.

"Why don't I see my name in print?" he
asked one of the writers.

"Can you read?" asked a mild-mannered
member of the staff.

"I'm not going to have any publicity man
talk to me like that," the cowboy ranted.
"Do you realize that I'm a star?"

"Well," replied the wTiter, "I don't have
to get a horse to support me, anyway. "

The Western gentleman doubled up his
fists and advanced on the flippant scribe.

"Say, you, I always win my fights."

"So I see by your pictures," was the un-
perturbed retort.

Then it commenced.

A LITTLE shop has opened on
Hollywood Boul' that makes a
specialty of anise candy.

And do those talkie actors keep the
proprietor's baby in shoes? The
candy takes the husk out of husky

A MERICAN manhood gallantly responded
•''■when a story called "Hollywood — K. Man-
less Town" was published in Photoplay re-

It told, if you remember, of the sad plight
of the movie queens who didn't have any boy
friends to take them places.

But over a hundred bright young fellows
answered the call, via airmail, and offered to
come to Hollywood and show the poor girls
a good time.

"pR.\NKIE DARRO, aged nine or so, met
-*- David Durand, aged seven, on the Boulevard
the other day.

"You were great in 'The Rainbow Man,'
Frankie, " said David.

"And allow me to congratulate you, old
man, for your work in 'Innocents of Paris,' "
said Frankie.

" IJOW did they happen to pick you out
-•- -'•for the part?" someone asked Donald
Ogden Stewart, who came back to Hollywood
to make his debut as a tallde actor in M-G-M's

"Well the chap I play is crazy," he said.
"I was just the type."

WANT to be a telephone operator
at one of the studios? Listen to

this one.

Came a feminine voice over the

M-G-M wire, "Give me Nils

Asther's telephone number."

Answered the switchboard girl,

"We are not allowed to give out

private numbers."

"But I'm willing to pay for it."

"But that doesn't matter."

The voice grew huffy. "But I

imderstand that if you want one of the

stars to attend a party all you have

to do is to call them up, tell them

when to arrive and send them money

for coming."

r^HARLES M.\CK, the most important of
^ - 'the "Two Black Crows," gave the old
home town a thrill by visiting his childhood
homestead in Tacoma. He had three of his
own automobiles on the trip as well as two
that he hired. Four chauffeurs, a butler, his
wife and a maid also made the long trek to

If Tacoma wasn't impressed with the way
a local boy made good. Mack will do it again
and double his entourage.

■n UTH HARRIET LOUISE, the pretty girl
■'^who makes all the portrait photographs for
M-G-M also makes quite a ritual of shooting

Ruth goes in for catching moods, if she can.
For this reason she has a small phonograph in
her roof-top studio, and Andrew, retoucher
and handy man, keeps it grinding a suitable
tune while she poses the subject and works the
soundless shutter.

She has a large collection of records — hot
jazz for the warm babies she snaps, and soulful
tunes for others.

When she snapped old Cal, Andrew played
"The Anvil Chorus."

way wise-cracker who now writes
dialogue for Warners, between
laughs, was warning Frank Fay against
falling into the various pitfalls of
Hollywood and mussing his marcelle.

Frank is a clever vaudeville come-
dian and master of ceremonies who,
while on the coast with his beautiful
wife, Barbara Stanwyck, caught on in

"Remember, Frank," said Arthur,
fixing Fay with the glittering
Caesarian eye, "this is just one of
those towns where they erect statues
to ginger ale!"

"JSJILS ASTHER went to his retreat high in
■•-^ the Hollywood hills and announced to his
house boy that he could sleep late in the morn-
ing because he wasn't working.

In the meantime the studio changed the call
and the assistant director decided that Nils
should work.

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They got the house boy on the phone. "Tell
Mr. Asther that he must be made up ready to
work at ten o'clock this morning."

"Oh, no," said the house boy, "Mr. Asther
he no work today."

" But I tell you this is the studio. He does
work today. Tell him we do the rain stuff."

The boy looked out the window. "Mr.
Asther he no work and you must be dam' fool,
for it no rain today. Goodbj'e."

AT a big annual rodeo, held at the Baker
ranch, near Saugus, Calif., more than
40,000 people were in attendance. Various
people of importance talked into the micro-
phone, but when Bill Hart was introduced, the
audience went wild.

Such an ovation has rarely been given any

This incident reminds us of an interesting
clause that Hart had in his old Paramount
contract. Every picture he made was to
revert to him, after it had run for ten years.
Now many of the pictures belong to him out-
right and are still being shown at the small
houses over the countrj'.

His income from these pictures amounts to
about S12,000 a week.

Is it any wonder that he is soon to enter
pictures again?

HOLLYWOOD'S new theme song
goes thus: "When it's theme
song time in Hollywood, I'll be back
on old Broadway." It's a ditty that
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memorizing these days.

ONE of the big treats of big picture openings
in Hollywood these days is watching Mr.
Stepin Fetchit, the distinguished ebony actor
who turned famous in "Hearts in Dixie."

Mr. Fetchit, in spite of heck and high water,
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a gentleman friend.

The distinguished Mr. Fetchit attracted al-
most as much attention at the opening of
"Show Boat" as did .\nita Page. Mr. Fetchit's
party consisted of two girls and a short, very
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\ rumor swept through the crowded house
that the boy friend was the pretender to the
throne of Liberia. At any rate, Mr. Fetchit
and his sepia party caused every neck in the
1,700 to crane, and crane hard.

T 0\DON movie fan's— 250,000 of them,
-'-'representing all classes, including the
nobility — recently voted the following women
as the most popular actresses on their screen.
In the order of their popularity they are:
Dolores Del Rio; Betty Balfour (an EngUsh
star); Clara Bow; Esther Ralston; Vilma
Banky; Florence Vidor; Mary Pickford.

The men stand as follows: Ronald Colman,
Richard Di.x; Douglas Fairbanks; Adolphe
Menjou; Syd Chaphn; Charlie Chaplin.

Lots of surprises in that list!

npHEY'RE telling a funny one on
-^ Eddie Quillan, young Pathe come-
dian. Eddie loaded his family, num-
bering ten, in the car and started for
one of the Los Angeles neighborhood
theaters where one of his pictures
was to have a preview.

Eddie breezed up to the manager
of the theater and explained that he
wanted passes for the entire family.
The manager couldn't see it that way.
The young star reloaded the family
in the car and went home. The Quil-
lans aren't Scotch for nothing.

TT'S not just the experienced people of the
■'-staKe and screen that are temperamental.
They ha\e been educated out of it, as a matter
of fact. It's only the newcomers that get
such ideas now.

While making "Hallelujah," King Vidor
hired a boy from the South called "Skimpy,"
just because he could dance and play a harp.
.\ part had to be written into the story for
him, but King paid the boy's fare to L. A., and
had paid him six weeks' salary without using
him a day. When the time came for the boy to
dance, it transpired that Skimpy had taken the
trail to .Alabama three dajs before.

"I just cain't be bothered hangin' round heah
longer," he told one of the boys.

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on for a year. Why should he care?

TF you want to know what has happened to the
-'■congenial cuss who used to lisp the subtitles
aloud in those recent nickelodeon days, we can
tell you. He's now the guy who sits behind
you at a talkie and wheezes, "What's that?
What'd he just say?"

"LJERE'S a little Caledonian one right from
■'- -*-the lips of Bill Seiter, who is also Laura

LaPlante's right bower:

It seems the pastor had made a plea for
funds for the new church and it had been
answered to the lune of $180.03.

"Ah ha!" said the pastor from the pulpit,
"S180.03 — well, three cents! There must be a
Scot in the congregation."

Whereupon there was a rustle in the back
pew, a group arose and chorused:

"There are three of us, sir!"

AT the Brown Derby Restaurant in
Hollywood, noonday haimt of
many of the picture actors, the head
waiter has a strange habit of clapping
his hands loudly to call his hired men.
The other day, during the crowded
luncheon hour, the boss gave some
loud applause, and fifteen actors
stood up and bowed.

S.\M MINTZ, of the Lasky forces, was sitting
at the round table, in the studio cafe, where
directors and writers wrestle their noonday

Bill Wellman, director of "Wings," came in
steaming because he couldn't sell Producer
SchuUberg an idea for a great picture.

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