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leading artists, gives you
personal criticisms, and leads
rapidly to practical work.

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Friendly Advice from
Carolyn Van Wyck on

P Girls'

Sue Carol holds daily consulta-
tion with her mirror to keep hair
and complexion fit

MARY B. writes me that her life is ruined
because she has a rather long nose and
she is sure she can never be popular
or happy with such a terrible handicap! And
Rena L. has a sHght growth of hair on her face
and so, she writes me, she never goes any
place and refuses invitations to parties and
dances because she just can't forget her dread-
ful Ijlemish!

Genevieve M. thinks bow legs are the most
awful affliction in the world and she is letting
that condition sour her whole outlook on life.
Maybelle S. G. says she is a little knock-
kneed, so she has given up bathing, although
she is an expert swimmer and loves the water.
But she can't bear to have anyone see her in a
bathing suit! Edna is stout and spends all
her time weeping and wailing about it; Ger-
trude is large-boned and thin and is just as

Caroline is just beginning to blossom into
young womanhood and is frightfully self-
conscious about a rapidly developing figure
which she thinks sets her apart from her class-
mates who are maturing more slowly. And
just because she is outgroAving the childish
styles which they still wear she is making her-
self miserable and fostering a self-conscious
attitude and a decided
inferiority complex.

FooUsh girls, all of
them. Of course, we
all want to be as at-
tractive as we possibly
can be. We don't like
blemishes that seem to
set us apart from our
fellows. If we must
stand out in a crowd
we would like to be
conspicuous for our
beauty, for our attrac-
tive appearance.

But supposing we
can't. Supposing we
have come into the
world with some physi-
cal characteristics that
we wouldn't have
chosen if we had been
consulted. Supposing
we have met with some
accident that has left
its marks on our bodies.
Supposing some of us
neecl to wear glasses;
to rely on a crutch or a
brace in order to walk.

Baclanova, the Rus-
sian star, shares
with clever women
the world over the
same fundamental
rules to gain and
preserve loveliness

.•\fter we have done everything we can to
help the situation, isn't it stupid of us to waste
cmr time fretting about it? And isn't it espe-
cially stupid in the case of such minor diffi-
culties as a little superfluous hair, a little
excess weight or a figure that seems a trifle too

Look about you at the happy and successful
women you number among your friends and
acquaintances. Are they all perfect physical
specimens? Now that you think about it, isn't
Mrs. The-Happiest-Wife-You-Know anything
but a raving beauty? Are Miss Successful
Business Woman, Mrs. Noted Concert Singer,
Mrs. Popular Writer, Mrs. Contented-Mother-
of-Lovely-ChLldren. and all the others who are
happy and successful in their chosen ways of
life, all beautiful and perfect physically? No,
of course not.

Both in public and private life it is a decided
asset to a woman and to a man to make a
pleasing appearance. But to do that it isn't
necessary to have the proportions of a Ziegfeld
Follies girl or the face of an artists' model.

Exaggerating Minor Defects

Is This Month's Discussion

IF I were a statistician I might compile some figures to show that the useless
and foolish tears that girls have shed over trifling blemishes efface and form
would equal the volume of Niagara!

I say foolish tears because so often these defects can be cured or covered up
in some way. And if they can't, then it's useless to waste time and tears over
them. Forget them, and make other people forget, by giving them something
more interesting to note in you.

The series of color articles which appeared in PHOTOPLAY — February for
brunettes, March for blondes, April for red-haired girls and May for brown-
haired girls — has attracted much favorable comment. Our readers will find
them extremely helpful in choosing becoming color schemes for their cos-
tumes. Back numbers may be obtained from PHOTOPLAY. 750 North
Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 111. Enclose 25c for each issue desired.

Write to me in care of PHOTOPLAY. 221 West 57th Street, New York
City, if you want my leaflet on the care of the skin or any other advice on
questions of health or appearance. If you would like my reducing booklet
please enclose 10c. All letters should be accompanied by a stamped, self-
addressed envelope, for personal reply. CAROLYN VAN WYCK.

Why can't we apply some of the common
sense to these matters that we do to our other
problems? Girls who wouldn't think of making
a fuss over every disappointment in their
school or their business lives, and even in their
love affairs, will make mountains out of the
molehills of physical limitations and afflictions.
Mildred T. is leading a miserable e.xistence.
according to her letter to me, and all because
her hair is straight and her mother doesn't
want her to have it waved.

Her mother has the mistaken idea that wav-
ing is harmful to the hair.

All right, Mildred.

Just look around you.

Didn't Colleen Moore
turn straight-as-a-
stick hair into a dis-
tinctive style of hair-
dressing that just suits
her elfin personality?
And hasn't Louise
Brooks combed her
straight locks in a
fashion just right for
the roles she plays?
And can't you experi-
ment a little with your
hair and find some way
of having it cut and
combing it to suit your
face and your type?
You can, if you'U only
use the time and effort
you are wasting in be-
moaning your fate.

While we're speak-
ing of Colleen, I won-
der how many of you
know that she has one
blue eye and one brown




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Picture of 1928?

Winners of Photoplay Medal


1921 1925





1923 1927


HAVE you cast your vote for the best picture of 1928?
Better get busy!

Remember, the annual award of the Photoplay gold
medal is the highest honor in the world of motion pictures.
Moreover, it is the only award going direct from the millions
of film fans to the makers of pictures.

Remember, too, the high standards of previous awards.
The Photoplay Medal of Honor was designed as a reward to
the producer making the best picture in points of story, acting,
direction and photography. Photoplay also wishes voters to
consider the ideals and motives governing the picture's pro-

Remember all this when you cast your vote and remember,
as well, the great array of previous gold medal winners. These
eight winners of gold medals present a veritable panorama of
motion picture progress over the years.

This year's voting presents an unusual angle. It may be the
last award going to a silent film and it may be the first prize
going to a sound picture. That's up to YOU. Nevertheless,

Ninth Annual

Gold Medal


the medal for 1928 repre-
sents an epoch in film

A list of fifty important
pictures released during
1928 is appended to this
page. It is not necessary,
of course, for you to select
one of these pictures. You may vote for any picture released
during the twelve months of last year.

If you want pictures to continue their upward trend in
quality, here is your chance to do your share by expressing
your opinion through this ballot. In case of a tie in the
voting, equal awards will be made to each of the winning

The Photoplay Medal of Honor is of sohd gold, weighing
123J^ pennyweights and is two and one-half inches in diameter.
Each medal is designed and made by Tiffany and Company of
New York.

Vote for the Picture You Think Should Win I

Photoplay Medal of Honor Ballot

Editor Photoplay Magazine

221 W. 57th Street, New York City

In my opinion the picture named below is the
best motion picture production released in 1928.



Address -

Fifty Pictures Released in 1928

Abie's Irish Rose

Alias Jimmy Valentine

Barker, The

Beau Sabreur

Bellamy Trial, The


Circus, The

Cossacks, The

Czar Ivan the Terrible

Dciil Dancer, The

Divine n'oman. The

Docks of New York, The

Dove, The

Drag Net, The

Drums of Love

Enemy, The


Fleet's In, The

Flying Fleet, The

Four Devils

Four Sons

Four Walls

Gaucho, The

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes


Last Command, The

Laugh, Clown, Laugh

Legion of the Condemned ,

Lilac Time

Little Shepherd of King-
dom Come, The

Man Who Laughs, The

Masks of the Devil, The

Me, Gangster

Mother Knows Best

Mother Machree

Noose, The

Our Dancing Daughters


Racket, The


Sadie Thompson

Singing Fool, The

Sorrell and Son


Street Angel

Trail of '9S, The

Wedding March, The

West Point

White Shadows in the

South Seas
Woman of A_ffairs, A


Photoplay Magazine — Advertising Section

Making a Soijnd Picture

SILENCE in the studio! The
director discards his mega-
phone, cameras whir in sound-
proof booths.

In the sound-proof "monitor
room" a man at the control
board regulates the volume and
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a film or disc.

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Sound Pictures, made by the
eleven great producers who have
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That is why exhibitors every-
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telephones and other apparatus
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1 8 Photoplay Magazine — Advertising Section

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She made a romantic marriage at sixteen.
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She loves babies; loves to dress them, bathe
them, feed them. "That's the fun of having

children. I wouldn't have a nurse for Jimmy
Dick, no matter how much money I had."

Her fresh beauty made such an instant
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^"T^ RESENTING the new type of

/ star created by the talkies. At

the Paramount Studios, it

isn't considered a real dialogucdrama

unless Ruth Chatterton heads the cast.

Just one year ago — July, 1928, to be

exact — Miss Chatterton made her first

picture. She had, you know, given up

the stage and was living in retirement

in Hollywood when the new-fangled

sound pictures came along. In one year

Miss Chatterton has appeared in nine

pictures — thereby setting a record for

talkie stars


y^NOTHER girl who talked herself into stardom— Lupe Velez. Lupe had the inconven-

rt>jr lent and incurable habit of stealing pictures from other stars, so the only thing to do was

to make her a star in her own right, just to avoid misunderstandings. And in these

changing times when all foreign accents in Hollywood are considered a handicap instead of an asset,

this is a heavy personal triumph for Lupe


/^ HECK up another success to the chorus girl. Also register another score in favor of Irish
/ luck. Nancy Carroll was a red-haired Irish chorus girl in a Broadway musical revue when she
\^ decided to hit for Hollywood and test her luck in the movies. You'll be glad to know that
because she can sing and dance, she is one of the few youngsters to survive the talkie test. You'll

see her next in "Burlesque"

^■y^OLORES DEL RIO goes from Carmen to Evangeline, from the snap of castanets to the

/ 1 stately rhythm of Longfellow. "Evangeline" is a venturesome departure for Miss Del

Rio who, after winning a place on the screen because of her sparkling Spanish beauty and

the fire of her performances, now steps into a role that might have been reserved for Lillian Gish

It's a tribute to her versatility

Ruth Harriet Louise

CT^ /*OT since "The Big Parade" has Renee Adoree had a role worthy of her great talents.

/\/ After marking time for several years in less important pictures. Miss Adoree is now

X,^_^ acting in "Redemption." And what is more good news, she is reunited — cinemat'

ically speaking — to John Gilbert. The Tolstoi drama is being filmed in both silent and sound

versions, so that you may take your choice

I i^J^,'-^L ^MUSiLA'i^:

EEDING the tears and pleadings of the "fans," WilUam Fox has decided to cast
Charles Farrell in another picture with Janet Gaynor. The name of the film is "The
Lucky Star," but it should be called "The Lucky Co'Stars." Both Miss Gaynor and Mr.
Farrell are out to recapture the magic of "Seventh Heaven"



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The National Guide to Motion Pictures



July, 1929

Close-Ups and Long-Shots

By James R. Quirk

THE talkies' saddest tale, and
that of a horse !

According to Tom Reed, the
cameras and microphones were all
set to record that saddest of all part-
ings — between a hard-ridin', clean-
souled son of the Old West and his li'l
pinto pony.

"Good-bye, ole pal!" said Ken
Maynard, with a noble look. "Many's
the year we've spent together out thar on the
lonely plains. And now it's good-bye, ole pal!"

Then it was the ole pal's turn, and everybody
looked at the horse expectantly. But ole pal
was stuck. He positively couldn't whinny an
answer. Maybe he didn't even try. Maybe
he had joined the Doug Fairbanks' Academy
and gone snooty. But no answering whinny
from ole pal.

So there was nothing to do but send for a
double, with a guaranteed whinny, and to try
to get the big farewell scene again!

T^R. HARRY M. HALL, President of the
-*— ^West Virginia State Medical Association,
is not afraid to give credit where he feels it is
due. His is the first letter I have ever received
from a physician praising the technical treat-
ment of the roles of screen doctors. He says:

It may be of some interest to you to know that
in a conversation with some members of my pro-
fession they expressed themselves as highly grati-
fied to be able to report on the general excellence
of "Interference" and "The Doctor's Secret."

Medical men, I think, have kept away from
motion pictures, not through any feeling of being

"high-brow" or hard to please, but
because life, for the most part, comes to
them in rather a high-powered way, and
so much is really thrilling in their every-
day life that they, naturally, cannot
abide a weak or colorless plot.

In addition to the above, they have
seen their own profession treated in such
a grotesque and altogether unsatisfac-
tory way by many motion picture direc-
tors that they felt the other callings
must get similar treatment. For instance,
it took the movies some years to get rid
of the Van Dyke beard nonsense.
The two medical men in "Interference" and "The
Doctor's Secret" are simple, straight-forward men
who do not toy with stethoscopes, thermometers
and the like.

To the exacting, there may have been a slight
error in the "Interference" performance. As far
as we were concerned, we did not detect it, so
lost were we in the absorbing recital.

THAT two actors should portray two medical
men in such an ideal, dignified, and altogether
professional manner was a delight to every doctor
I have heard speak about it.

The English doctor, of course, goes in for the
silk hat effect more than does his American
brother. One sees our American medical man in
a light-grey suit with a soft hat or a derby, and he
has the same easy dignity that matches them.
But the sartorial question is of small importance.

The medical profession really owes a debt of
gratitude to the actors, directors, and makers of
these two pictures. They portray, on the screen,
the type of mellow, rounded-out, seasoned man
every doctor would like to be.

The two types depicted by the actors in these
two movie dramas would be an inspiration to any
tyro. We were sorry you did not mention Clive
Brook in your " Best Performances."

'^LANG PICTURES, a German company,
-^^is now rushing into the production of
talkies. There's a delightful name for sound


As expected, the snipping of our old friends, the
censors, is raising thunder and Hghtning with the

Gentle Chicago, that center of all civic sweetness and
light, has banned "Alibi." The shy censors of Chi say
that the theme of that excellent melodrama — conflict
between gangsters and the police — is too shocking for
the tender sensibilities of residents of the machine gun

How "Scarface" Al Capone must be laughing.

A SILLY thing happened in Cleveland. And yet it
isn't so funny, for it's a perfect example of the
crucifixion of a talkie.

Censors there are allowed to cut scenes, but not

So they chiseled out several scenes in Clara Bow's
"The Wild Party" — a sound-on-disc picture.

Thus, when the screen went black, Clara prattled
gaily on.

Naturally, the crowd gave Clara, the picture and the
censors a loud and merry laugh, while the management
wept and cussed.

And the legal eagles, no doubt, looked upon iheir
work and saw that it was good, noble and uplifting.
The pure and honest peasantry of Cleveland had been
saved !

YET, lo and behold, from Kansas comes the news
that the Attorney-General of the State turns in an
opinion that censors have no legal right to exercise
their cunning arts on the sound tracts or discs. That
from Kansas, mind you.

FEAR of the new form of entertainment seems to
have deprived the stage managers of their sanity.
Going about the country is a pamphlet, issued by the
Association of Theatrical Agents and Managers. The
motion picture interests, it says, have succeeded to a
startling degree in destroying the legitimate drama,
depriving the people outside New York and other big
cities of the right to see the recent legitimate dramatic
and musical successes.

WOULD you, it asks, have your children shape
their character ideals from what they see upon
the screen?

The talking picture, it screams, is but a machine that

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