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At one of the critical periods of penury
Cudahy tried to negotiate a loan for $10,000,
his onjy security the golden flood of money in
the future. No one would take the risk.

/^NE spring morning in 1921, in one of the
^^beautiful upstairs bedrooms. Jack Cudah}'
took the suicide's way out of life. ^Irs. Cudahy,
in an adjoining dressing room, heard the shot.
Their two children were playing downstairs.

During the past few years, Michael Cudahy,
Jack's son, has figured often in newspaper
stories. Recently he married a film player,
Muriel Evans. He was once a suitor of Joan

Now Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., has wedded
Joan, so by a strange fs\ist of fate there is a
link between the two families who occupied
this house of sorrows.

Joseph Schenck, multimillionaire executive
of United .Vrtists studios, and husband of
Norma Talmadge, purchased the mansion for
her. For a time it seemed that the tragic spell
e.xerted by this apparently cheerful house had
lifted. Outwardly the producer and his wife

Domestic worries and business tribulations disturbed Harry Lang-
don when he lived in this Spanish castle. It was here that his high
hopes of a brilliant career went glimmering

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were the happiest of couples. Through the
spacious, luxurious rooms moved the most
famous people of the screen world. Norma was
at the very peak of her popularity.

Then the old spell came back to the house.
Rumors began to circulate that Norma was not

In time the house was closed again. Joseph
Schenck moved to a Hollywood hotel, and
Norma went abroad.

When Emil Jannings came to America, fresh
from triumphs in the studios of Germany, he
leased the mansion from Schenck. Fairbanks
had paid $500 a month rental. With the pass-
ing years values had increased. Jannings paid

HERE was an all-conquering star, and surely
the old spell could not influence his career.
His first American pictures were hailed as tri-
umphs by the critics. He was the screen's
greatest actor.

There were many parties for the foreign
colony in the rooms which had seen so many
parties and so many social sets.

Then came talking pictures. Jannings, in
spite of his God-given ability to play upon the
emotions, could not learn to speak even fair
English during his years in the United States.
The conquering hero returned this year to his
homeland, defeated. He cried when he left.

Now the place is vacant again. It is as
beautiful as ever with its fresh, white walls,
beautiful lawns and great trees.

Who will be the next to live in the house of

They say that Joseph Schenck intends to li\e
there alone. The bride's bower will become
bachelor quarters.

Perhaps the now rather old-fashioned man-
sijn has run through its cycle of tragedies. It
may bring good luck to future tenants. The
coming years will tell the rest of the story.

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npHE last two reels of F. W. Murnau's superb
■^ circus picture have been re-shot in talkie
form. You now hear the voice of Janet Gaynor,
Mary Duncan, Charles Morton and Farrell
Macdonald. Miss Gaynor's voice is a little
slender, but it has real possibilities. The near-
tragic ending is unchanged. You will like
"Four Devils" in its new partly-talkie form.
Part Talkie.


A NOTHER young reporter gets hysterical
•^ •■over a big scoop and renounces the news-
paper racket. Are there no happy journalists?
Although this lacks the sincerity of " Gentle-
men of the Press," is obviously just a movie,
and presents a false picture of the press boys, it
will, no doubt, delight picture fans because
there are dope rings and murders and high
times generally. Robert Armstrong is excel-
lent and Carol Lombard has a pleasant voice.
All Talkie.


T_TONESTLY, we can't stand up under
-*■ -^-another one like this. Here's a title: "He
had a Heart of Western Gold, and Wealth re-
modelled him into a Gentleman." That's the
kind of a gent he is! Well! From cowboy to
earl in one badly-aimed picture. They can't
intend anyone to take it seriously, but if they
really do, watch the papers for the next Holly-
wood murder. Silenl.


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there is one thing funnier than another to
Continental Europeans, it is the sight of a
barbarous American running %vild in the old
countries. So in this snappily titled comedy
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living in London, with a stray baby abandoned
in her automobile. The good old plot, with sad
mistakes about the parenthood of the chee-ild.
Mildly comical, with fine views of foreign parts.
LiUian Harvey plays the Chicagoan. Silent.


A SUSPICIOUS husband leaves his sup-
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ceremony and joins the Foreign Legion. In
.\lgeria he meets a wiclied barmaid. Much
whoop-la. What he doesn't learn about
women! Five years later, crushed and broken,
he returns to the patient httle wom^n, who
hadn't cheated after all. Medieval story, stilted
dialogue, laboriously acted. .-Mma Bennett's
determined voluptuousness isn't in the least
seductive, and William Collier, Jr., doesn't
even try to do himself justice. Part Talkie.

All Star

"KTOW what was it that they used to call
■'-^ these things? Oh, yes, "Outdoor epics of
the great Northwest." Sure! Once in a while
one of them comes up for air just when it seems
as though the talkies have almost succeeded in
civilizing motion pictures. This throwback
has all the props. Northwest Mounted
troopers, half-breed villains, hero in lumber
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Mack Sennett

IF you are pining away for an old-fashioned
Mack Sennett comedy you will probably
enjoy "The New Bankroll." Synchronization
is occasionally bad, but the celery has a great
microphone voice. Some of the wisecracks
should be retired on pension and the plot is
formula. Other\vise it is a good picture.
Harry Gribbon and Andy Clyde are the chief
cutups. Dr. Sennett still has a good eye for
pulchritude. The girls all have that certain —
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TLJERE'S another from the British shore,
-'- ^noticeably better than others imjjorted
this year. A roistering, bloodthirsty melodrama
of the merry times of Robespierre and Madame
La Guillotine, it contains a very distinguished
characterization. Juliette Compton, who is
ravishing as the political intriguante, ought to
be besieged by offers from American producers
on the strength of her work in this picture.
Matheson Lang, in the title role, and Mar-
guerite Hume, his leading lady, are both good.

THE PHYSICIAN— Tiffany-Stahl

TERRIBLE story— well acted. Good actors,
with nothing important to do. It's the
usual sad waste of talent on more than
mediocre material. The story concerns itself
too seriously Nvith the well-known e\ils of nar-
cotics. Enough said. But one can almost put

up with the intended moral lesson to watch the
histrionic ability of Miles Mander and Elsa
Brink. Silent.


T^HIS French fihn has the distinction of being
■'• one of the worst to reach our shores. The
direction and technique are of 1915 vintage and
the acring is ham dc luxe. And the sets and cos-
tumes! There is a princess who dwells in tradi-
tional and deservedly solitary splendor on an
isle. There is a shipwrecked ingenue whom the
princess takes in. There is the ingenue's sweet-
heart whom the princess also takes in. Silent.


V\ /HY won't they give Reginald Denny a
''V break with a good story? He's still in the
old chorus, the sadly misunderstood young
gentleman mistaken for someone he's not,
being rather \aolently forced into marriage
with a young lady he's never seen. Of course,
plot isn't terribly vital to modern farce if the
dialogue is sufficiently sophisticated. This is
quite diverting. All Talkie.


A ND here's one of those popular triangles
■''■(popular with whom?) ! A pretty business
girl, her millionaire boss with iron-grey hair
and pleated panties and a young upstart of a
shipping clerk whose inflated ego keeps him
from success. Naturally the girl loves the
clerk. This is a movie. She's even enough of
a sap to let love interfere with marriage. An
insufferably dull story, but splendidly acted by
Jacqueline Logan, William CoUier, Jr., and
Edward Hearn. Part Talkie.


ONE of the old make-the-mouth-go-nothing-
come-out kind, with Mr. Rod LaRocque
doing a dashing Persian diplomat — what the
girls will call, no doubt, a Persian lamb. Rod
gets all mi.Ned up with jewels, women, oil wells
and lack of diplomacy, but it all manages to
untangle itself in the end. There are some
good scenes on shipboard, and not a few tasty
shots of a harem, but the acting is far better
than the storj', with Marcehne Day, Douglas
Gilmore and Ivan Lebedeff carrying the
heaviest hods noblj'. Sound.


AVERY nicely done Chinese pictirre, with
the rather primitive story based on historic
legend. An emperor orders a sacred bell to be
cast, declaring that whosoever undertakes the
task and fails will be beheaded. Gentle little
fellow, what! A man tries and fails. It's
enough to give you the oobie-goobies. The
picture is notable chiefly because Lady Tsen
Mei, who was so prominent in "The Letter,"
plays the leading role. Silent.


BOB STEELE, M. A. (Master of Action),
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fairy-tale which proves that any story- writer is
apt to hit a bad string bean once in a while. Of
coiu-se. Bob in a moustache and side-burns,
fencing with beribboned cads, is a scream;
thank heaven they don't quite get him on the
throne, or we'd have the year's best comedy on
our hands. From cowboy to prince, in five
lessons. Silent.

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Strongheart, splendid actor and game trouper, is dead. He was the
first dog actor of the screen, and will be remembered affectionately
by many beside his owner and friend, Jane Murfin. Strongheart
made good in his very first picture, "The Silent Call," and there-
after was one of the most popular stars on the screen. He is sur-
vived by his mate and co-star, the lovely Lady Julie, and by his son
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Girls' Problems


rather amazing conclusion — that there are still
many women who have not learned to select
clothes suited to the lines of their figures.
Girls who needed length were dressed in
square-cut garments. Thin women wore the
slimmest, slinkiest frocks to be found.

I decided this was the resiJt of buying the
garment that looked attractive on the hanger
as the saleswoman held it up, or of choosing
the pattern that was colored the prettiest in the
fashion magazine, or of wanting a dress just
like the one Mrs. Thompson wore at the last
Thursday bridge.

So I warn j'ou, Viola, don't buy a dress, a
coat, a hat, without first considering its
suitability for you as an individual — its Tight-
ness for your figure, your coloring, the occa-
sions when you expect to wear it. Never buy
anything that doesn't measure up to your re-
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It is apt to become the most extravagant gar-
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was a mistake and it has no place in your
clothes scheme.

(~\^ course there are many girls who have un-
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they can wear, and no amount of argument can
sway them. Sometimes we find that our
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rut, as prejudices of all kinds are apt to do,
and that they make us wear the same type of
clothes and the same colors until they become
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T H.WE talked so much about clothes that I
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grooming. I just want to point out to you,
\'iola, that perfect grooming mil mean more to
you in winning larger business opportunities
than too much straining after style or variety
in clothes. I am sure that the girls in your
ofiice whose appearance you most admire,
whether or not you have realized it before,
are the ones whose hair looks well-brushed and
orderly, whose hands and nails are well kept,
who do not neglect to visit the barber as often
as necessary, whose complexions are clear.
They are the girls who value cosmetics as
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and pressed; v.'hose stockings are always trim
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day corseting works wonders with unruly
figures. There are some special hip-reducing
exercises in my reducing booklet. If you will
send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope,
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Clothes can be made to cleverly conceal
defects of figure. Choose long lines and never
wear bands of light or bright colored materials
around the hip line. Be careful that your
skirts are not too short. Avoid "squareness"
in your clothes, but keep to graceful, sweeping

From your description I assume you are
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warm reds are your best colors; if your skin
is clear you may wear pale pink and orange-
yellows. Black and dark blue ^\'ill probably
be most becoming if you use a bit of cream
color at the neck. There are some shades of
gray-green which should look well on you,
depending upon whether you use rouge, and
what shade of rouge you choose.

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At si.xteen you probably haven't stopped
growing. I have been told by several people
that they added several inches to their stature
by doing stretching exercises over a period of
time, under the supervision of a gymnastic or
dancing instructor, and through work on the
horizontal bar. You are right in avoiding high
heels, for street wear anyhow. Nothing looks
more ridiculous than a little girl teetering
along on thin spike heels that throw her whole

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