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"Yeah," sneered Mr. Tug Monahan, "beginnin' with his head."

"The grace of him," said the girl softly, ignoring this coarse allusion.
"The elegant way he grabbed hold of the heroine without even ruffling his
silk dressing gown. I just sat there and pretended it was me — alone in the
twilight with Carlos Cabrillo! No wonder all you clumsy gorillas are jealous
of him."

MR. MONAHAN, who was built on the general lines of a Windsor ferry-
boat, scowled ferociously. He did this without effort, for nature had
topped his torso with a set of second-hand features to which some of
nature's children had added a smashed nose and cauliflower ears.

"What!" he bawled. "Jealous of a guy who looks like me bootblack? Go
on, Sadie, you're nuts. It just naturally riles me to hear you rave about
such a fake, that's all."

"Be careful who you're calling a fake," said Sadie hotly. "Didn't you
see him throw those eight men down a flight of stairs?"

Tug leered incredulously. "Don't you suppose them birds had instruc-
tions to take a dive?"

"Certainly not," sniffed Sadie. "Haven't you read how Carlos always
lets the villains try their hardest? 'He conquers them,'" she quoted from
memory, " 'by virtue of his superior skill and agility, due to his boyhood train-
ing in old Barcelona, where he practiced dodging wild bulls on the family
estate.' "

"He couldn't dodge my left hook," declared Mr. Monahan, "and what's
more, maybe he'U get a chance to try it."

"That's right, talk big with twenty states between you," scoffed Miss
Allen. "What use has California for a third-rate prizefighter, anyway?"


" Plenty," said Tug grimly, " and don't be knock-
in' your future husband. I'm goin' to battle in four
semi-finals out there and I leave for the coast to-
morrow night. I'd of told _vou this before if you'd
quit gurglin' about Carlos. Listen, baby, you'd
better forget that slinkin' shadow and marry me
while >'ou're able. Then you won't have to work in
no laundry."

Sadie's broad and unfashionable bosom heaved
rapidly. She knew in her heart that her chances
were few, but she realized that Tug would never be
harassed by se.\-starved damsels, and her daily pe-
rusal of ".\dvice to the Lovelorn" had satisfied her
that the proper thing was to keep him guessing —
for a while.



By Stewart Robertson

"I , I couldn't," she faltered. "Perhaps a girl could get

used to that face of yours across the table but she'd always be
pining for Carlos. Everything about him is perfect, Tug, he's
the best man I've evei seen."

"I can see where I've got to sock that guy," said Mr. IMona-
han viciously, as he hailed a Cass Avenue bus. "The chances
are thousands of dizzy dames all over the country are sobbin'
about him, and it's a bet that he wouldn't leave none of you
even butter his hair. It's up to me to slough him in the name
of all us ordinary fellows, and I'll make that prolile of his look
like a crumpled fender."

"I'll tell him that
"Don't ask me to
Choke on it.

MISS ALLEN eyed him tantalizingly,
ne.xt time I write," she stated

"Huh?" said her startled companion,
swallow that. I'm no whale."

" We've been corresponding for three months
if you'd rather."

"I suppose he sends out a circular to all his invisible girl
friends, hey? What does he use — a stencil?"

"He writes a classy, dignified letter, on grand purple paper.
I keep them all tied with ribbon under my pillow."


" Listen," said the

disgruntled swain,

"this is the last

time I'll fork up six

bits for you to gape

at that Spanish

squawker. I might

as well have had a

dummy beside me

tonight, but I'm not

as thick as I look."
He lapsed into an

uneasy silence while

the bus bumped and

bounded uptown

until it reached

Ferry Street, where

the pair alighted. Sadie walked thoughtfully to her boarding

house steps and had about decided to smooth ilr. jVIonahan's

feathers with a caress when she was suddenly imprisoned by

two muscular arms.

" Come on, give us a kiss," growled Tug, scorning the correct

preliminaries for such a favor,
and leaning over, he im-
pressed several ine.xpert sa-
lutes on vaiious parts of the
struggling lady's counte-
nance. "Yell for Carlos,
baby," he chuckled, "and
maybe he'll drop out of a tree,
or somethin', like he done in
the picture."

The seething Sadie, with
all a female's fury at being
anticipated, scratched her-
self loose and ran up to the
door. " You roughneck ! " she
panted. "You big homely
palooka! Don't you ever
come near me again and I
hope Carlos murders you."

"You look swell when
you're mad," observed Mr.
Monahan, commencing to
amble cornerward, much
pleased at this turn of the
tide, "and you can tell me
the rest tomorrow." He pro-
ceeded a few steps, then
looked back. The door was
slightly ajar and a white face
watched an.xiously through
the opening. " Michigan Cen-
tral — four-thirty," he called,
and the door shut with a pet-
ulant slam.

The cavalier departed feel-


Grunting, Tug Monahan
tried to straighten up.
Then the handsome Carlos
Cabrillo let him have a
long uppercut to the chin.
A thoroughly dazed Mr.
Monahan crashed through
the rail, made a graceful
arc, and p'opped into the




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Reeling Around

^* — f with


Leonard Hall

The Girls of Hollywood

The girls of Hollywood are nice.
They're made of lipstick, fire and ice.

Their legs and arms are tanned and hare,
They wear few clothes with lots of air.

They are quite mannerly at table
A nd only speak lohcn they are able.

They seldom drink, they smoke a little —
Tlicir actions, talk and tastes are brittle.

And, much involved with simpler joys,
They make few passes at the boys.

In fact, I fiiid, on taking stock.
They're just like Annie down the block!

Good Mean Fun

Science now promises us talkies by telephone. ... I can't
wait to hang up on a courtroom scene! . . . And there'll be
plenty of wrong numbers! . . . On dull Sunday mornings in
Hollywood newsboys yell "Scandal in Hollywood! Another
good girl gone wrong!" But if you think that sells any papers,
you're crazy. . . . The combined salaries of the love-birds,
Jack Gilbert and Ina Claire, for the next year will be 8820,000.
Those young things showed real courage to try marriage, and
at that Ina will probably spend most of her time over a wash
tub until Jack nicks Louis Rlayer for a raise. . . . The Kansas
City Times wrote a profound editorial on the proposal of Doug
and Mary to film "The Taming of the Shrew," and now some
fool is apt to say "Well, IMary, if the shrew fits, put it on!" . . .
Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia denies his engagement to
Lily Damita. Boy, even that's a privilege! . . . Clara Bow's
young step-mother is a red-head, too, and one house seems to
hold them! . . . For the benefit of love-maddened maidens,
Davey Lee's phone number in Hollywood is Gladstone 2605. . . .
Now try and get Charlie Farrell's!

The Gag of the Month Club

This month's prize of a pair of Mexican jumping beans
goes, without a runner-up, to Howard Dietz, Metro-Gold-
wyn-Mayer press agent.

want a pair for 'Broadway Melody.' It must be tonight,
as I'm leaving for Chicago in the morning."

MR. DIETZ— "We're sold out here. I'U fix you up when
you get to Chicago."

FRIEND — "No good, Howard! I want to see the New
York company !"

"Can yuh 'ma-
jine, Rosalie?
Me in the
pictures eight
years, and tliat
sap talkie direc-
tor ups and says
my use of the
English lang-
widge ain't so

Getting Personal

Norma Shearer is getting very thin, while Greta Garbo has
just put on sLx pounds, as the bosses thought some contour
wouldn't hurt. Merely more dangerous curves ahead. . . .
Lilyan Tashman is one of the best dressed women in Holly-
wood, but burns up the local dressmakers because she has all
her duds made at home. . . . Handsomest couple in Holly-
wood — Charlie Farrell and Virginia ValK. . . . Lupe Velez
and Gary Cooper always sit side by side at fancy dinner parties
and hold hands. . . . State pride in Kansas! A Wichita
theater bills Buddy Rogers as "former University of Kansas
saxophone player." . . . George Baxter, stage actor, and
Pauline Garon, are Running Around. . . . Hollywood is just
like the rest of the world. Its commonest cocktail is gin and
orange juice. . . . Every English speaking country in the
world save New Zealand has at least one theater showing talk-
ing pictures. New Zealand steamers are booked up until April,
1937. . . . Ann Pennington, little stage dancer known as the
Knee Plus Ultra, is in Hollywood for pictures. She wears the
smallest shoe in the show business — one and a half A — and is
now red headed. . . . Doug Fairbanks is subject to air-
sickness. . . . Lewis, Iowa, had one movie theater. While
holy citizens were protesting against the showing of pictures
on Sunday, the theater burned to the ground. There are now
no Sunday movies in Lewis, Iowa. . . . Fifteen years ago Lon
Chaney had just been given a divorce fron Cheva Chaney,
cabaret singer, and Webb Talking Pictures made their appear-
ance. Their first bill included a talk by Tramp Comic Nat
Wills and a scene from "Faust." . . . Laura La Plante is so
near-sighted that at the theater she wears horn-rimmed
spectacles and uses a lorgnette at the same time. . . . Cecil
De Mille wears an enormous pigeon-blood ruby on his left
hand. . . . Jean Hersholt, who is a Dane, has never played a
Dane in pictures, even a melancholy one. Most people think
he is Jewish because of his success in Jewish roles. . . . The
creaking of crickets held up the filming of a talkie snow scene
at the Pathe studio. As soon as the crickets froze to death, the
cameras ground. . . . Talking pictures are going to be made in
India in the native dialects. Going to be made? I've heard


Details of Leading Contestants and

Left, Helen Johnson,
leading woman of
"Quickie," submitted
test by Jac Than, of
Brooklyn. Miss John-
son is one of the dis-
tinct screen personal-
ities revealed by the

Right, Edward
Jacobsen, of New
York City, entered a
striking scenic of
Manhattan and an
unusual drama,
"What Does It Mat-
ter?" Mr. Jacobsen
is an advertising
agency art director


Below, Clyde Hammond, of
Youngstown, Ohio, winner of an
honorable mention in last year's
contest and prominent in the
1929 contest with a drama,
"Disappointment," that indi-
cates unusual cinematic skill

Left, Scott Hardester, who
plays the dying doughboy
in "Three Episodes," en-
tered by Foto-Cine Pro-
ductions, of Stockton,
Calif. Mr. Hardesfer does
an excellent piece of work
in this unusual film

Right, Eugene Kingman, Yale
University freshman, who en-
tered an out-of-the-ordinary
study of bird life. Mr. Kingman
obtained some extraordinary
shots after many hours of wait-
ing and much ingenious prepa-

Above, Wallace W. Ward,
cameraman of the Foto-
Cine Productions, the
Stockton amateurs enter-
ing "Three Episodes."
Mr. Ward's photography
indicates unusual resource
and ingenuity


Films in Photoplay's $2,000 Contest

Amateur Movies

By Frederick James Smith

THE final awards in Photoplay's
second Amateur Movie Contest
now are not far distant. The
board of judges, with its aids, has
spent weeks in making careful exam-
inations of all the films submitted.

It is possible to describe some of
the lilms reaching the S2,000 contest
finals and to tell something about
their amateur makers. One of the in-
teresting dramatic subjects is a 16
millimeter film, "Three Episodes,"
submitted by the Foto-Cine Produc-
tions, of No. 418 South Stanislaus
Street, Stockton, Calif.

" Three Episodes" reveals the men-
tal flashbacks of a dying soldier in a
shell hole in Flanders. Almost all of
the acting is in the hands of one
player, Scott Hardester, who por-
trays the boy. The three episodes
reveal a vivid childhood memorv' of
the killing of a bird, a touchdown in
a high school football game, and the
boy's parting from his sweetheart as
he starts for the front. Instead of a
dissolve, this amateur organization
obtained an original effect for 16 milli-
meter cameras by moving the camera

in and out of focus. The camera slides up to the boy's eyes as
he lies in the shell hole and then slips back to reveal him in an
incident of the past.

Robert Burhans, who entered a film in last year's contest,
directed "Three Episodes;" Wallace W. Ward was cameraman,
Alice L. Buckle acted as title and script girl, and Edwin J.
Fairall was production supervisor. Mr.
Ward has been an active amateur
cinematographer since he was very
young. So, too, has Mr. Byr Burhans.

TWO striking contest efforts were
submitted b\' Edward E. Jacobsen,
of No. 9 East 41st Street, New York
City. One of Mr. Jacobsen's films was
a superbly photographed scenic of New
York and the other was a dramatic ef-
fort, "What Does It Matter?" Both
are in 16 millimeter film. The drama
is a tersely told story of an old man
who can't land a job.

The playing of the old druggist, the
only role in the film, is done by Foth-
ingham Lysons, an advertising model.
Mr. Jacobsen himself is art director of
an advertising agency. "What Does
It Matter?" was made after business
hours, between 9 P.M. and 1 A.M. and
required three nights work to reach
completion. Mr. Jacobsen was author,
photographer, director, electrician, ed-
itor and part actor, his hands appear-
ing in one or two scenes as dramatic
aids to the one player. Mr. Jacobsen
used a Bell and Howell Filmo, with a
Cooke f 1 .8 lens. He obtained lap dis-
solves by irising down his lens, rewind-
ing his film in a dark room and running
the film through again while irising

Leonard Clairmont, a Hollywood
studio retoucher, who entered a
striking dramatic film, "Neme-
sis," costing $92

Interesting shots from "Inci-
dent," submitted by the
Undergraduate Motion Pic-
tures of Princeton in PHOTO-
PLAY'S contest

open. Mr. Jacobsen states that he
has been dabbling in still and motion
picture photography for ten years.

ONE of the noteworthy non-dra-
matic efforts (35 millimeter) is
Ralph Steiner's "H2O," which, in a
less perfect form, has been shown at
various amateur gatherings about
New York.

Mr. Steiner is a Dartmouth gradu-
ate. He has been taking pictures for
fifteen years and has been interested
in movies for two years. He studies
at the Clarence W. White School of
Photography in New York and takes
advertising photographs for a living.
"H.;0" is his first completed film.

"H.;0" is a study of mater water
and its moods. Mr. Steiner started
making it last Summer, beginning
with an E3-emo and completing the
abstract part of the film with a
DeBrie. Mr. Steiner used a six and
twelve inch lens on both cameras to
get his water reflections enlarged and
to get pure abstract patterns of shad-
ows on water surfaces. "No tricks
of any kind were used," said Mr.
Steiner, "as I was interested in seeing how much material could
be gotten by trying to see water in a new way, rather than by
doing things to it with the camera."

ANOTHER interesting 35 millimeter contest contribution
came from Hollywood and, whUe it was made by a studio
worker, the contestant comes well
within the amateur classification. The
contributor is Leonard Clairmont, of
6247 Banner Place, Hollywood. Mr.
Clairmont is employed as a retoucher
at the First National Studios and has
held this position for a year. He has
never been connected with the actual
studio making of pictures. "What I
have picked up about making pictures
is only what I have seen during my
lunch hours," he states.

"The whole picture was made on
Sundays, because my actors worked
as carpenters and, like myself, were
busy tfiroughout the week." Mr. Clair-
mont'sfilm, "Nemesis," which is based
on an old Swedish legend of crime and
its retribution, cost exactly §92.50.
The camera, an old Pathe, was secured
from the California Camera Hospital at
a cost of S75. The still camera was bor-
rowed and Mr. Clairmont made his own
reflectors. The first foot of film cranked
on " Nemesis" was the first foot of film
Mr. Clairmont ever shot, which is un-
usual in itself. It was found necessary
to retake only one scene.

Mr. Clairmont, by the way, is 24.
He came to America from Sweden a
few years ago and is now an American
citizen. His real name is Einar Leonard

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Be Merry

"You owe it to your health

and happiness to enjoy one

satisfying meal a day"


Dr. H. B. K.Willis

YOUR daily diet, in order to be efficient, must have that
quality which Mack Sennett has always recognized in
making his comedy product — roughness.

Roughness in a film is the assaulting of actors'
strategic points with the slapstick or the hurling of custard pies.

Roughness in the diet, "roughage," appeases the mechanical
demands of the gastro-intestinal tract.

Lack of roughage spells faulty function of the bowel, faulty
absorption of food elements and faulty elimination of waste

It has been estimated that eighty per cent of our people are
constipated. Much of the constipation is the result of a too
concentrated diet which produces a

small, dry, hardened intestinal

mass, which is not only more irri-
tating than stimulating, but which
also accumulates in the sacculations
of the intestines %vhere it remains
for long periods of time rather than
being rapidly eliminated, because
the small size of the intestinal mass
does not supply the urge to the
bowel to eliminate it.

HAVE you a problem of diet? Let Dr. Willis of
Photoplay be your adviser. Write to him
in care ot PHOTOPLAY, 816 Taft Building,
Hollywood, Calif. And be sure to enclose a self-
addressed stamped envelope for reply. Dr. Willis
will give your question his personal attention.

needs, if it is to function properly. Cellulose is not digested and
is acted upon only by the bacteria which inhabit the intestinal
tract, remaining behind as an indigestible residue after its
digestible elements have been extracted by the digestive juices.
In its passage along the intestinal tract the cellulose is com-
pletely pulped and absorbs water.

Bacterial action brings about fermentation in the soggy mass,
which, when mi.xed with other fecal material, has the proper

bulk and soft consistency ideal for
stimulating the muscle of the bowel
to contract and expel it.

THE lower animals, unlike man,
are seldom constipated; their
diet contains plenty of roughage.
The functional activity is best as-
sured by substances giving a large
semi-solid bowel content.

The rough native foods, such as
the green leafy vegetables, not only
furnish the very valuable vitamins
but also supply physical urge that

the bowels need for proper activity, normally stimulating the
mucous membrane lining the bowel and furnishing an intestinal
mass which the bowel can move forward with the least difii-

As man has advanced in civilization his diet has become more
refined and concentrated. Primitive people eat whole grains
and whole fruits, and thus secure an abundance of vegetable
fiber which is conspicuous by its absence from the diet of their
brethren of more elevated social strata.

Cellulose, the woody fiber predominating in certain vege-
tables and fruits, forms the type of residue which the bowel

IS your diet too dainty? Are
you, as a healthy person, try-
ing to exist on invalid fare?
This month Dr. Willis tells you
why you need roughage in your
food; why you should eat vege-
tables, salads and fruits. He also
shows why it is harmful both to
your health and disposition to
allow yourself to go hungry; why
your food must satisfy as well as
why it must nourish you.

THE diet, therefore, must con-
tain a large amount of cellulose
daily. The green vegetables, such as
spinach, turnip greens, cabbage,
cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, lettuce,
celery, peas, beans, etc., contain
large amounts of cellulose. Peaches,
apples, pears, melons and berries
also furnish a large amount of cellu-
lose and a large residue which is
greater if the fruits are eaten with
the peelings. Grapes have a high
cellulose percentage and pumpkin a
very small one. Sweet potatoes
have almost twice the cellulose
value of white potatoes ; strawberries
almost twice that of lettuce.

Since our epicurean tendency de-
mands the milling of our cereal grains to such a high degree that
little or none of the hull remains, many people today make up
for this deficiency by eating bran as a breakfast dish. If plain
bran grows monotonous, }'ou may take your bran in the form
of muffins or a pudding. You will be surprised to learn what a
satisfactory breakfast dish can be made of bran, stewed fruit
and cream.

It is not at all uncommon to find a person more or less
neurotic who firmly believes that he or she is unable to eat fruit
or green vegetables. Sometimes gastric or duodenal ulcers or
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