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Shearer's first talking picture. They needed
him for that play only, they thought, but he
turned out to be so good that he seems to be
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Questions and Answers


S. N. M., Herkimer, N. Y. — Am I such a
character that it requires so much courage to
write to me? George K. Arthur and Jean
Arthur are not related to each other. George
uses his own name in pictures while Jean's
original monicker was Gladys Greene. George's
most recent pictures are "All at Sea" and
"China Bound."

Fred Beach, Garwood, N. J. — The cute
young lady who played the part of the cap-
tain's daughter in "Scarlet Seas" was Loretta
Young. She is nineteen years old, fi\e feet,
three and a half inches tall, weighs 100 pounds
and has Hght brown hair and hails from Salt
Lake City, Utah. Her next picture will be
"The Girl in the Glass Cage."

L. Garcia, Tampa, Fla. — Florence Vidor
was bom in Houston, Te.xas, about thirty-
four years ago. She is married to Jascha
Heifetz, the well known concert vioUnist.
Lupe Velez was born on July 18th, 1909, and
hails from Me.\ico.

Mrs. E. James, San Antonio, Tex. — At
last your letter has reached my attention. June
Mathis, scenario writer, died on July 26th,
1927. She was attending a theater in New
York and during the performance she was
stricken with a heart attack, passing away
before help could be given her.

Dot B., Gadsden, Ala. — Fer gosh sakes,
don't carry out your threat to scalp me. I'll
settle the question right now. William Haines
played the title role in "Brown of Harvard."
Clara Bow has made one talkie, "The Wild
Party," to date. Did you see it?

J. H. P., Philadelphia, Pa. — Eleanor
Boardman and Conrad Nagel played in "Mem-
ory Lane."

J. P., Montreal, Canada. — Lane Chandler
was born in Culbertson, Montana, about
twenty-eight years ago. His original monicker
was Oakes. Yes, he played the part of
Ilolabird in "The Legion of the Condemned."
You will have to write direct to Lane for the

J. R., Miami, Fla. — Edmund Lowe is thirty-
five years old and claims San Jose, Calif., as his
birthplace. Before going into the movies he
appeared on the stage. He is married to
Lilyan Tashman. His next picture will be
" The Cock-eyed World."

R. E. S., Pulaski, N. Y.— Gilda Gray is
thirty-one years old, five feet, four inches tall
and weighs 120 pounds. Her latest picture is
"Piccadilly," made in London, England.

W. E. D., Jr., Savannah, Ga. — Dolores Del
Rio was divorced from Jaime Del Rio who
died Dec. 7, 1928. John Mack Brown is
married to a non-professional. Charles
FarreU's first picture was "Sandy."

J. P. D., New York, N. Y.— Sorry, but we
can't give information about obtaining em-
ployment in motion pictures.

G. P., Brooklyn, N. Y. — Kenneth Harlan
has been married three times. His first wife
was Salome Jane Harlan; his second, Flo Hart;
and his third is Marie Prevost. James Hall is
divorced; that is to say, he is waiting for his
final decree. So you see, he is married and yet
he isn't. They do say James likes Merna
Kennedy. But, of course, I leave all the gossip
to Cal York.

H. N., Indianapolis, Ind. — Don Alvaradois
married. But "Buddy" Rogers is still a
bachelor. And that's the lad's real name.

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A Bunch of Syracuse U. Girls. — You get
your answer. The bunch of you certainly
write a persuasive letter. Write me any time
and you'll get a response. Richard Arlcn's
first wife was a non-professional. The pro-
duction of "Dirigible" has been postponed.

Z. M. M., Cleveland, O.— In answering
your letter I am answering about five hundred
others just like it. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.,
is eighteen years old and Joan Crawford is
twenty-three. Friends claim that Joan and
Doug are married, but they themselves deny
it. All I can say is that I hope these two stars
will come to my aid soon and definitely answer
the question themselves.

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and the Little Clown


Then that thing about the young clubman
from Denver — was his name Courtland Dines?

A crazy kid chauffeur who idolized Mabel,
as does everyone who ever worked for her, shot
Dines. In his stupid fashion, he tlfought he
was protecting Mabel. Instead, he involved
her in another mess. But Mabel understood
the motive back of his silly interference and
she stood by him at some cost to herself.

The worst indictment against Mabel is that
she has been foolish, that she wasted and
allowed others to waste her great spirit. But
on the other side are those things of which Paul
speaks in the greatest passage in the Bible —
the 13th chapter in his Epistle to the Corin-
thians. That should be Mabel's "swan song."

Do you remember it — "Faith, hope and love.
And the greatest of these is love. Love suffer-
eth long and is kind. Seeketh not her own, is
not easily provoked, thinketh no evil."

Mabel came to us a young, uneducated
girl. She became a great personality, a star
and an unusually brilliant woman. Then she
faded into obhvion andwe lostherbright image.

Scandal and tragedy haunt those years,
but not a single accusation of unkindness, ill
temper, meanness, selfishness, envy or be-
trayal. The craft and the malice and the
trickery of life. They were too much for the
Uttle clown who never understood nore.xpected

THEY won't let anyone see Mabel now, in
her Beverly Hills home where she lies so ill
and wasted.

Do you know why?

Because she is so touched and grateful that
anyone remembers her, that the wasting fever
chmbs up and up to a danger point. Even
flowers bring tears of joy and appreciation to
the laughter-loving eyes — and Mabel has no
tears left e.xcept those that come from her
very heart and her poor heart has aU it can do
these days to keep pace with life.

It is cowardly, but I am glad that I cannot
see her. Because it hurts so to think of Mabel
in that pitiful state, with all the great things
that her life should have meant, undone. I
know how brave her eyes would be, and how
the ghost of laughter would rise in them, and
how that haunting little voice would re-
member to speak only of her joy in my happi-

Perhaps Lew in his struggle to win back
enough health to leave his desert, feels
something hke that. Understanding life as he
does, he understands Mabel. I think he mar-
ried her to protect her — in one of those
gallant gestures of his. But he wasn't strong

So the romance of the butterfly man and
the beautiful clown has come to its unhappy
ending. The screen lacks, and will lack for
some time, perhaps forever, two people who
gave much happiness and who, so far as their
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What Next for Gloria.?


Thus Gloria Swanson — four years ago the
most sought-after star in America, who is now
working her way back to the top from a pre-
carious position on the screen.

Thus Gloria Swanson — who came from
nothing to a position at the very top. And who
is now awaiting the effect of her newest picture,
"Queen Kelly," upon the genus-public to see if
she is still popular. That is, if "Queen Kelly"
is ever released.

A X amazing woman, who has had every-
-**-thing and lost it and had it again. Over and
over. A cynical woman in the early days. A
cynical woman still. One of the unhappicst
actresses on the screen, who is still envied by
thousands of girls.

Envied — and she doesn't know when she
may have to leave her luxurious home in
Be\'erly Hills to move into a small apartment.

Envied — and she cannot bear to be alone for
a moment. She is afraid of her thoughts.
Introspection is impossible for her.

Envied — and her whole future (for there is
still a Swanson future as there always has been)
rests upon the public's reception of "Queen
Kelly." She has not been seen on the screen

Her past is one of the Amazing Stories of an
Amazing Town.

npHERE have been many people in her Ufe
-'- who affected her deeply, who left an indel-
ible mark upon her future. Elinor Glyn was one
of these. Madame Glyn, I firmly believe, taught
her how to clothe herself. For the woman who
was to become the synonjon for chic the world
over knew less about her dressing than the
Thanksgiving turkey. She had been swathed in
DeMille atrocities. She had never worn clothes.

Luckily for her, her first starring picture
away from De MiUe was Madame Glyn's
"The Great Moment."

The writer of novels of purple passion is
noted for her frankness. Upon meeting a
world famous male star she said, even before
the conventional gestures had been made, "You
must change your barber. Your hair cut is

Nor was she any the less tactful mth Gloria.
She attempted to make a lady, and a well
dressed lady at that, of the Keystone comedy
girl. And she succeeded. For this white
flame that is Swanson is pliable when
she is properly approached. Otherwise,

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in nearly two years. There is no reason to
envy the unhappy, melancholy Gloria.

But something may happen, as it always has
happened to Gloria. Years ago it was the
financial failure of a studio that saved her from
ruin. Shortly after she was given her Triangle
contract the company went into bankruptcy.
But Cecil B. De Mille had seen her in her first
dramatic role (the picture was released, if it
was released, under the title of "Smoke") and
liked her so much that he gave her a contract that
more than doubled her salary. The creditors
were quiet for awhile.

T\ THAT has happened to her lavish apart-
''* ment on top of a Manhattan building
where a cohort of carpenters and painters
worked for weeks so that it would be ready for
her? What has happened to her \\'estchester
property, where she and Henrj-, her husband,
and the children were going to Uve for the rest
of their lives?

.\nd what will happen to her Beverly Hills
palace that she bought from Gillette, the
safety razor king? Once she gave it up to move
into a small apartment. Rumor began. One
of the Gillette officials was questioned about
it. He refused to admit that the place had
been taken from Swanson. He also refused to
deny it. And this significant fact constituted
a newspaperman's confirmation.

She is living back at the old home. But how
long will she continue there? It all depends
on you and "Queen Kelly." We, who know
her, hope it will be the beginning of a happier
era. And yet Gloria remains a personality. She
is still a significant and startling figure in the
intricate design of Hollywood.

she is as forceful as a night nurse. Paramount
found that out when they attempted to keep

V\ THEN Gloria was a star she wanted to
''* leave the home studio. She had done as
she pleased there for all her quarrel with Pola
Negri, when the two ruUng geniuses of the lot
vied with each other for best dressing room,
best pictures, best e.xploitation and best money.

Paramount was prone to favor Gloria in
these squabbles.

Shortly after her return from Paris, follow-
ing her marriage, Maurice Cleary persuaded
her to hold out for a fabulous sum from Para-
mount. They wanted to keep her. But not
that badly. Their final offer was $20,000 a
week for two years. She left and, after a year's
absence from the screen, signed a contract with
United Artists to produce her own pictures.

"To produce her own pictures" — that has
hurt more than one star. Gloria had the final
word on story, direction, photography, clothes,
casting. It isn't practical. Neither is Gloria.

What has happened to Gloria as a person
during those fitful, restless years, those years
of misery and ecstasy, of bottom to top and
back again? Has she changed?

Her marriage to Henry brought her some-
thing, for he is a sweet, gentle soul of unusual
kindhness; too gentle, I'm afraid, too sweet for
Gloria. He is now in Paris as a foreign contact
man for Pathe. And the word is out that they
are separated.

Men cannot fill Gloria's life. They can only
be a side issue, for she is too full of energy and
vitality and activity to give herself completely
to a husband.

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She is envied and adored, but is little
changed from the Keystone kid who contracted
to pay S165 on a S150 salary.

She wears the clothes of a lady. She has
slid into the new role gracefully, but at heart
she wiU always be a triile bitter and very hard.

She is a glorious fighter when her back is
against the wall. And she has a straight,
serious gaze and a brisk, firm hand clasp.

WITH all her many failures, with all her
financial worries, with all her personal
troubles, one success stands out sharply — her
adopted son, Joseph.

A sickly, weak baby when she took him, he
stood before his mother not long ago and held
in his hand a httle square of cardboard. It was
his school report. He, a chubby, healthy
boy of six, had received one hundred in every

Gloria looked at him, her eyes brilliant with
unwept tears.

Joseph had succeeded. While she?

Has she failed?

Can Gloria Swanson fail?

Her new future lies ahead of her!

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Kansas City, JIo.

About seven months ago I met a boy who
was ideal in every way but one. He was tall,
with clean-cut features and appealing eyes and
had a good character, but he just looked like
a hick. He had a good position with a good
salary, but was just naturally sloppy, the kind
of young man that is so wrapt up in his work
and unselfish that he doesn't know what color
his hair is and that he is terribly good looking.
The only thing that stood between us was his
appearance and I could not go through Ufe
with him looking like a rag-picker's offspring.

One night we went to see Adolphe Menjou in
the movies and for the following \\'eek I raved
about .\dolphe's smart clothes and wonderful
appearance. Then the miracle happened.
From a slouching, ill-clothed and dusty-shoed
boy he turned into a shining, well-groomed,
well-tailored young man. He is just as unsel-
fish as ever and not a bit conceited since he
found his real self. Success!

H. E.

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Glendale, Calif.

As I am planning to be a dress-maker and
it is very hard indeed to get all of the difierent
styles, because I cannot afford to visit some
of the style making cities, such as Paris, I am
truly thankful to the movies in furnishing to my
mind the different styles, different hem designs,
different collars and cuffs.

I believe the movies are largely responsible
for the simplicity of our American clothes.

A bouquet should also be handed to those
who plan the settings.

Dolores L. Hlt)son.

Do We Get Too Much Romance?

San Diego, Calif.
A generation ago, it was the bright lights
of the city which our parents feared. Now it
is the glitter and glamour of the movies. The
movies make love-making the summiim bonuin
of life, and accentuate too strongly its im-
portance. They cheapen love by making it
too common. Romance has its place in life,
but it is not the only important or the all-
important thing. The movies sugar-coat life
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prepared and shocked when they marry and
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