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No. 4


The High-Lights of This Issue

Cover Design Earl Christy

Nancy Carroll — Painted from Life

As We Go to Press 6

Last Minute News from East and West

Brief Reviews of Current Pictures 8

A Guide to Your Evening's Entertainment

Brickbats and Bouquets 10

The Voice of the Fan

What Was the Best Picture of 1928? 12

Here's Your Last Chance to Vote

Friendly Advice on Girls' Problems

Carolyn Van Wyck 16
Photoplay's Personal Service Department

Close-Ups and Long Shots James R. Quirk 27

The Editor Tells You What's What and Who
Without Fear or Favor

Vocal Boy Makes Good Janet French 29

His Voice and Face Synchronize

Racketeers of Hollywood Bogart Rogers 30

Or Painful Extractors of Bank Rolls

Tragic Mansions Cal York 32

The Strange Story of Heartbreak Houses

What Would You Do if You Had a Million?

Herbert Howe 35
Anita Murray Becomes an Extra

Cuddles Grows Up Katherine Albert 36

The New Lila Lee Is Sophisticated and Beautiful
Westward the Course of Tin-Pan Alley

Jerry Hoffman 38

New York Can Thank the Talkies for That

Songs Across the Sea

Meet Maurice Chevalier

Dorothy Spensley 41

Hollywood — A Manless Town

Katherine Albert 42

The Starlets are Shy of Stars for Escorts

Confessions of a Press Agent Herbert Howe 44

Alas, He Has Reformed


Help John McCormack Select His Movietone

You Can Vote for Your Favorites

Father Knows Best (Fiction Story)

The Edingtons
A Different Sort of Movie Story

Gossip of All the Studios Cal York

What the Film Folk Are Doing and Saying

How to Write a Theme Song Leonard Hall

They're Turning 'Em Out in Chain Gangs

The Shadow Stage

Reviews of Latest Silent and Sound Pictures

$5,000 in Fifty Cash Prizes

Last Set of Cut Picture Puzzles

The Siren from Montana Richard Colman

Her Real Name Is Williams

How They Manage Their Homes

Alma Whitaker

Clara Bow Has a Budget System

It Happened in Hollywood (Fiction Story)

Vivien R. Bretherton
What's In a Name?

The Wisecracker Reveals Himself

As told to Marquis Busby
Beginning the Life Story of William Haines

Reeling Around Leonard Hall

Tidbits Served with a Dash of Spice

Amateur Movies Frederick James Smith

News About Contest Entrants

Recipes with an English Accent
From Photoplay's Cook Book

Questions and Answers The Answer Man

What You Want to Know About Films and Film Folk

Casts of Current Photoplays

Complete for Every Picture Reviewed in This Issue















A complete list of all photoplays reviewed in the Shadow Stage this issue will be found on page 14



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2 5

As We Go to Press

GLADYS BROCKWELL, popular film
actress, died in Los Angeles as the
result of injuries sustained in an auto-
mobile accident.

DUSTIN FARNUM, well known to the
stage and screen, died in a New York
hospital after a year's illness.

CONRAD NAGEL is said to have received
five crank letters threatening his life
since he has been active in the Equity fight
in Hollywood.

JOHN BARRYMORE, George Arliss, Irene
Bordoni and Charlotte Greenwood are
just a few of the stars in Warners' forth-
coming "Show of Shows."

MAYBE it was the need of a holiday —
maybe it was to avoid meeting Gilbert
on the lot. Anyivay, Greta Garbo has been
vacationing at Arrowhead Lake. Soon she
will start one silent picture to be finished be-
fore she starts the talking "Anna Christie."

MARION DAVIES will make "Dulcy" as
a talkie. Connie Talmadge made it
silent several years ago.

LON CHANEY is not yet ready to talk on
the screen. M.-G.-M. wanted him to
speak in "The Bugle Sounds," but Lon re-
fused. While the star ponders, plans for his
next film stand still.

WHEN Buster Keaton finishes a musical
comedy he will make "The New
Hemietta" as a talkie. This,
silent, was his first starring
picture years ago. Irving Cum-
mings and the late W. H. Crane
appeared in it.

WHEN Mr. and Mrs. John
Gilbert return from
Europe a new story will be
ready for Ina Claire. It will be
"Negligee," by Ernest Vajda.

CHANGES rack "Our
Gang." Joe Cobb is going,
and so are others, who are get-
ting too old and too tall for the
kid pictures. Although a little
colored boy has been signed to
understudy him, Farina, the
famous black dot, now grown
older, will remain for a time.

ALTHOUGH every com-
pany says it will not hire
Von Stroheim to direct for it,
Von received two directorial
offers while acting in "The
Great Gabbo" for Jimmy

NO plans have been made
for Vilma Banky. She is
on a personal appearance tour,
and her Goldwyn contract has
only six months more to run.
Rumor has it the contract will
not be renewed.

THE Dorothy Mackaill-Jack
MulhaU team has finally
been broken up. Dorothy has
come home from a Honolulu
vacation to start work on "The
Woman on the Jury," with Alice
Day in the ingenue role. Her
next will be "Queen of Jazz."

Last Minute



East and West

JACK MULHALL wiU have Lois Wilson
as leading woman in a new series.

LEATRICE JOY, happy with her new
found singing voice, is rumored for the
lead in First National's "The Lady in
Ermine," operetta.

NEIL HAMILTON will play opposite
Evelyn Brent in her first starring picture
for Paramount — "Darkened Rooms."

DOROTHY ARZNER will direct Ruth
Chatterton in her next for Paramount,
"Sarah and Son."

RICHARD ARLEN, after six months'
steady toil, rates a vacation. When he
comes back to Paramount it will be as a real
star ui "The Lost God," with Fay Wray as
his leading woman.

JOE E. BROWN and Sally O'Neil, suc-
cesses in "On With the Show," will be
featured in "Hold Everything," Warners'
musical comedy,

TU'ILS ASTHER has turned into a male
■*-^ Greta Garbo since the talkies seem to
have stopped his career. He's gloomy,
morose, soUtary. Because of his thick
accent, no pictures have been plaimed for
him, though he is still under contract to
M.-G.-M. He lurks in the mountains.

BESSIE LOVE will have no scars on face
or neck from the very serious motor
accident she was in, her surgeon says.

hates grease paint. Nothing but direct-
ing for him from now on.

WHEN Lupe Velez stars in
Rose" for Warners, H. B
have the role of Cusick.

Warner will

JOAN BENNETT gets a five year contract
with United Artists without options —
something almost unheard of in Hollywood
these days. Her tremendous hit in "Bull-
dog Drummond," Ronald Cohnan talkie, is
the reason.

WHEN Marian Nixon marries Edward
Hillman, Jr., late in the summer, she
will not retire, but will make only three or
four pictures a year instead of the eight or
ten to which she is accustomed. The couple
plan a three month honeymoon.

still in college. After four
years in the "Collegians"
series for Universal she has
been signed by First National
— for a college picture.

BILLIE DOVE is scheduled
to make "On the Riviera,"
an original story by Ferenc

started work on "The
Mighty," after a two weeks'
yachting trip in Mexican
waters. Dorothy Revier has
been borrowed from Colimibia
for the lead.


Hollywood's newest bride and groom! May McAvoy
and her banker-husband, Maurice Cleary, right
after the ceremony and just before they left for a
Honolulu honeymoon. Lois Wilson, May's best
girl friend, was maid of honor, and all Hollywood
packed the church

-G.-M. has sent a sound
i-truck to Africa, where
"Trader Horn" is on the make.
The company will be on the hot
continent six months more.
Another location trip will be
that of Tod Browning's com-
pany which goes to the Baha-
mas to make "The Sea Bat."

direct his first comedy. It
will be "Navy Blue," with Bill
Haines and Anita Page.

been picked for the prima
donna role in the Warner film-
ing of the operetta "Golden
Dawn." Walter Woolf will
sing the hero part.

FOX has renewed the con-
tract of Charles Morton, at
$400 a week.

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Brief Reviews of

Current Pictures

•^Indicates that photoplay was named as one
of the six best upon its month of review

ALIBI — United Artists. — An almost flawless
talkie about a young gunman who marries a cop's
daughter. Elegant melodrama. All Talkie. (May.)

ALL-AMERICAN, THE— Supreme.— How a col-
legiate sprinter mops up the Olympic Games, demon-
strated by Charlie Paddock. Silent. (March.)

ALL AT SEA — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. — A Dane-
Arthur comedy. The title explains it. Silent.

ALL FACES WEST— Pioneer.— Western thriller
filmed with Mormon money. Marie Prevost and Ben
Lyon are in it. Silent. (April.)

ALOHA HAWAII— All Star.— Unusual produc-
tion based on Ha\vaiian legend. With native cast in
Hawaiian settings. Silent. (Aug.)


Story of the terrible life of a misunderstood musical
comedy queen. Terrible is right. Silent. (June.)

• ARGYLE CASE. THE— Warners.— Fascinat-
ing mysterv stor>' with a swell performance by
Thomas Meighan. All Talkie. (Aug.)


Secret service stuff in another mythical country.
Virginia Valli. Silent. (May.)

BELOW THE DEADLINE ~ Chesterfield.—
Quickie crook atuff^ — and something awful. Silent.

• BETRAYAL- Paramount.- Not a pretty
tale, but fine dramatic fare, with Emil Jannings,
Esther Ralston, Gary Cooper. Sound. (May.)

boy Mix in a fast and thrilling one. Silent. (July.)

BLACK HILLS, THE— Dakota.— In which the
dam bursts again. Silent. (March.)

BLACK PEARL, THE— Rayart.— Loose-limbed
mystery that rambles aimlessly through the Orient.
Silent. (April.)

BLACK WATCH, THE — Fox. — Extravagant

melodrama of India, which just misses being one of
the best. All Talkie. (Aug.)

BLACK WATERS — World Wide.— Thrilling,
chilling melodrama with mediocre dialogue. Silent.

BLOCKADE — FBC — Bootlegging made attrac-
tive by Anna Q. Nilsson. A good melodrama.
Part Talkie. (March.)

BLUE SKIES — Fox. — An orphanage romance,
beautifully acted and charmingly directed. Sound.

BONDMAN, THE— Worid Wide.— Foreign ver-
sion of Hall Caine's novel, messed up by poor
photography. Silent. (June.)

BORN TO THE SADDLE— Universal.— Three
rousing cheersi A real good Western, with action
and humor. Ted Wells is head man. Silent. (May.)

tional. — One-reel talking comedy sad and funny by
turns. Eddie Gribbon is best. All Talkie. (April.)


To the astonishment of all, a good picture from the
Wilder novel. And, oh, zat Lily Damita! Part
talkie. (May.)

• BROADWAY- Universal.— The original and
best night club melodrama. In spite of its
grandiosesettings, the story will get you. And some
good acting. All Talkie. (Aug.)

BROADWAY FEVER — Tiffany-Stahl. — Sally
O'Neill being literally too cute for words in a trivial
Story. Silent. (March.)

wyn-Mayer. — BriUiant a!I-talkie of backstage
life, with Bessie Love astonishing. All Talkie.

BROTHERS— Rayart.— A good brotherly love
yam. one a crook and one a nice boy. Barbara
Bedford dares do a heavy. Silent. (May.)

United Artists. — Great melodrama, intelli-
gently produced and with a fine performance by
Ronald Colman. Don't miss it. All Talkie. (July.)

BYE-BYE BUDDY— Supreme.— Did you know
that night club hostesses have hearts of gold? This
one is an unintentionally funny sob story. Silent.

CAMPUS KNIGHTS— Chesterfield.— Life in a

fashionable boarding-school — as it isn't. Don't waste
your money. Silent. (Aug.)

Pictures You

Should Not Miss

"In Old Arizona"


"Bulldog Drummond"

"The Broadway Melody"

"yth Heaven"

"The Singing Fool"


As a service to its readers, Photo-
play Magazine presents brief critical
comments on aU photoplays of the
preceding six months. By consulting
this valuable guide, you can deter-
mine at a glance whether or not your
promised evening's entertainment is
worth while. Photoplay's reviews
have always been the most author-
itative published. And its tabloid
reviews show you accurately and con-
cisely how to save your motion picture
time and money. The month at the
end of each review indicates the issue
of Photoplay in which the original
review appeared.

CAREERS — First National. — More intrigue and
scandal in a white colony in Asia. Pretty good. All
Talkie. {Aug,)

CHARLATAN, THE— Universal. — Murder mys-
tery done with nice, light touch, especially by Holmes
Herbert. Part Talkie. {April.)

CHARMING SINNERS — Paramount.— Well
acted and intelligent drama. All Talkie. (Aug.)

CHINA BOUND — M.-G.-M. — Messieurs Dane
and Arthur in a Chinese revolution. Fairly funny.
Sound. {June.)

CHINA SLAVERS, THE— Trinity.— Ragged
story of the Oriental slave trade, but smartly acted by
Sojin. Silent. {April.)

CHINATOWN NIGHTS— Paramount.— Piping
hot melodrama of tong wars and such, with Wallace
Beery and Florence Vidor good. AU Talkie. {May,)

• CHRISTINA — Fox.— Slender and improbable
story made beautiful and worth seeing by the
inspired acting of Janet Gaynor. Part Talkie. {June.)

— Nothing that you could care about in a big way.
Silent. {March.)

CLEAN-UP, THE— Excellent.— A noble news-
paper fellow cleans up the bootleggers. Not bad.
Silent. {Aug.)

CLEAR THE DECKS — Universal. — Reginald
Denny in one of the oldest farce plots in the world.
Part Talkie. {March.)

• CLOSE HARMONY— Paramount.— Brilliant
talkie of backstage vaudeville life. Fine fun,
with Buddy Rogers and Nancy Carroll aces. AU
Talkie. {May.)

COCOANUTS, THE— Paramount.— FUmed ver-
sion of the Marx Brothers' musical show. Some
hilarious moments. All Talkie. {Aug.)


THE — Universal. — For those who like this sort of
thing. Part Talkie. {March.)

COLLEGE LOVE — Universal.— "The Collegians"
elaborated and improved. Lots of fun. All Talkies

COME ACROSS— Universal.— Just a round-up of
discarded movie plots. Part Talkie. {July.)

CONSTANT NYMPH, THE— Gainsborough.—
English production of a fine novel, told with taste and
intelligence but badly photographed. Silent. {Aug.)

• COQUETTE — United Artists. — Denatured
version of the stage play with a fine perform-
ance by Mary Pickford. .\nd Mary's voice is one of
the best in the talkies. Of course you'll want to see —
and hear — her. AU Talkie. {June.)

Reviewed under title of "The Woman Who Needed
Killing." Tropical and torrid drama of the South
Seas. Not for children. AU Talkie. {June.)

DESERT NIGHTS — Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. —
One of Jack Gilbert's less fortunate vehicles. Sound.

DESERT SONG, THE— Warners.— All-singing
and talking operetta that is a bit old-fashioned and
stag>'. Some good singing by John Boles. Part
Talkie. {June.)

DEVIL'S CHAPLAIN, THE— Rayart.— Adven-
tures of rovalty in America. Fairly entertaining.
Silent. {July.)

DIPLOMATS, THE — Fox-Movietone. — Clark
and McCuUough in a two-reel talkie that wiU give you
some laughs. AU Talkie. {March.)

• DOCTOR'S SECRET, THE— Paramount.—
Barrie's playlet, "Half an Hour," emerges as a
superior and well-constructed talkie. It is brilliantly
acted and well worth your time and money. AU
Talkie. {March.)

DONOVAN AFFAIR, THE— Columbia.— Mys-
tery play with too little suspense and too much
forced comedy. Nevertheless, it has a good cast.
All Talkie. {June.)

DRIFTER, THE— FBO.— Just another Western.
But send the kids, anyway, because Tom Mix is in it-
Silent. {March.)

DUKE STEPS OUT, THE— M.-G.-M. — Light-
weight but amusing story of the romance of a cul-
tured prize-fighter. Part Talkie. {July.)

• DUMMY, THE — Paramount. — In this excel-
lent all-talking crook melodrama, two HoUy-
wooders — ZaSu Pitts and Mickey Bennett — steal
honors from a lot of stage stars. All Talkie. {April.)


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JUDGI>fG from the month's mail, talkies are
ceasing to be a nine days' wonder, and in-
terest in their novehy has been superseded by
critical analysis of their entertainment value.
There are conflicting opinions concerning the
necessity for precise diction and carefully
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ever, seem to feel that since the screen will
henceforth influence the speech of so many
people, as it has already so powerfully in-
fluenced their modes and manners, it is neces-
sary that it preserve the finest traditions of our
colorful American language.

There have been many letters from parents,
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