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The Hiefh-Lifflits of This Issue

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Cover Design

Anita Page

As We Go to Press

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

For Autumn Appetites 13

Photoplay's Cook Book Tells How to Please Them

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

Empty Hearted Lois Shirley 29

Clara Bow Is Engaged Again

They Must Suffer To Be Beautiful

Katherine Albert 30
And Keep Their Fan Followings

The Herds of Hollywood Leonard Hall 35

It's Just Like Worldng in Any Other Factory

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Is Bill Hart to Come Back?

The Films Go Baby Talk

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That Sex Appeal Voice

It's Ann Harding

The New Broadway Cal York 42

Otherwise Hollywood Boulevard

A Hollywood Promise (Fiction Story)

Agnes Christine Johnston 44
And How It Was Kept

Gossip of All the Studios Cal York 46

What the Film Folk Are Doing and Saying

Rosalind Shaffer 36

Helen Huston 39

Marquis Busby 40

Phonoplay Wins — but Talkie Stays on

Harriet Parsons 50

Announcing Winner in Photoplay's $500 Contest

Vamping With Sound Leonard Hall 51

■Phe First Menace of the Talkies — Kay Francis

The Shadow Stage 52

Reviews of Latest Sound and Silent Pictures

The Wisecracker Reveals Himself

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William Haines Tells of His Life in Hollywood

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As We Go to Press

Last Minute NEWS from East ^//^West

ford have finished "The Taming of the
Shrew," their first joint picture, and
are ready for a European junket. England
will be the first stop.

NILS ASTHER and Ernest Torrence
will support Wallace Beery in "The
Bugle Sounds," in which Beery replaced
Lon Chaney because of the latter's con-
tinued serious illness.

JOAN CRAWFORD'S next picture will be
"The Night Hostess," originally a stage
play on Broadway. It's sensational night
club stuflf.

TWTAURICE CHEVALIER, having finished
XVJ."Xhe Love Parade," goes home to
France for a holiday, and will probably play
a short season at the Folies Bergere in

WHEN John Boles, the smash hit in
"The Desert Song," goes back to
his home lot at Universal, he will be starred
in "The Marseillaise," with Dr. Paul Fejos

'TPHE "Trader Horn" company will be in
-1- Africa for another six months. Plenty
of hard luck so far. Edwina Booth and
Duncan Rinaldo have had
tropical fever. Floods have
washed away some of their
equipment, writes Director
W. S. Van Dyke.

Claire are due back from
abroad Oct. 1. Ina has been
buying clothes for her next
Pathe picture, "Negligee."

•*-sidered such a smash suc-
cess in her first talkie-singie,
"Paris," that she has been
offered a long term contract.

T^ W. GRIFFITH is look-
-' - '• ing for a new picture to
make. He is tired of his
recent attempts at big com-
mercial success, and is wild
to make one of his old roman-
tic stories, with his main
thought on the merit of the
film and not on the golden

^ not make his picture for
Universal until November.
They can't fix up a suitable
story for the jazz emperor.
In the meantime, Paul goes
on tour with his band, and
Universal is said to be hold-
ing the sack for about

-* - 'a remarkably successful
personal appearance tour, is
back in Hollywood all set to
start work on "The Bad
One," in which she plays
a French cabaret girl.

■pvOROTHY SEBASTLA.N, the hit of
J-^"Spite Marriage," will again be Buster
Keaton's leading woman — this time in the
talking version of "The New Henrietta."

OTUDIOS go on making silent versions,
^as picture theater managers say they
don't make enough money on talkies.
Talkies rent for much more money, and
there just isn't that much more money.

"■pAST LYNNE" next. No kidding.
-*— 'Willard Mack is going to direct the
famous old homespun melodrama for

'TPHERE'S money in those laughs. Stan
-*- Laurel, of Laurel and Hardy, and his
director, James Parrott, have just bought
Hal Roach's cruising yacht, "Maybe."

■pLLIOT NUGENT wUl be Marion
-•— 'Davies' leading man in her next big
picture, "Dulcy," from the famous Kaufman
and Connelly stage hit. Connie Talmadge
made it silent years ago.

& A. Photo

Marian Nixon and her husband, Edward Hillman,
Jr., millionaire heir of a Chicago merchant. This
picture was taken upon Miss Nixon's arrival in
Chicago for the wedding. Miss Nixon is not going
to leave pictures

JOHNNY HINES may be the Duncan
J Sisters' leading man in their first talkie.
"Cotton and Silk."

"DUDDY ROGERS has no picture at the
-'-'moment. "Young Eagles," an air film
scheduled for Bud, has been indefinitely

TDETTY COMPSON continues in enor-
-*-'mous demand. She is at Warners for
"Isle of Escape," a South Sea thing.
Monte Blue and Myma Loy are also in it.

"PARAMOUNT will make at least two
^ big ones on Long Island, in addition to
"Jealousy," the Jeanne Eagels feature.
They are "The Return of Sherlock Hohnes"
and "Escape," from the John Galsworthy
play. Clive Brook will be starred in both,
and Basil Dean, English stage director, will
put them on. Dean refused to go to

■pox is going to make a big feature on the
-L grandeur (enlarged) film. It is to be a
talking version of "The Lone Star Ranger,"
with George O'Brien as the new ranger.

■pDMUND LOWE'S contract was not
-L-'renewed at Fox. They are said to have
offered him $3,000 a week, with Eddie
holding out for $3,500. He
had been getting $2,500. Now
John Ford, the director, has
his name on the door of
Lowe's dressing room.

A N OTHER silent feature
•'^■will be remade in audible
form. It is "Narrow Street,"
at Warners, with Edward
Everett Horton heading the
cast. Arthur Caesar and
Jimmy Starr are writing its

-'■•^Charles Morton have
been cast for "The Girl Who
Wasn't Wanted," to be
directed by Russell Birdwell
for Fox.

T'OE AKINS, the play-
^-' Wright, is doing dialogue
for "Sarah and Son," Ruth
Chatterton's next picture for

not do "Lord Byron of
Broadway." It is said that
Kay Johnson, successful in
"Dynamite," will get the

next picture will be "Sara-
toga," a picture of society
and racing at the famous

starring film for Para-
mount will be "The Un-
chastened Woman," from a
stage play done by the late
Emily Stevens years ago.

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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
daugliter. Elegant melodrama. All Talkie. (,May.)

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 Hawaiian 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 mystery story witli a swell performance by
Thomas Meighan. All Talkie. (Aitg.)

BACHELOR GIRL, THE— Columbia.— Dull love
triangle, but nicely acted by Jacqueline Logan and
William Collier, Jr. Part talkie. (.Sept.)


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

but rambling mystery melodrama well acted by War-
ner Baxter and Lois Moran. All talkie. (Sepl.)

BELOW THE DEADLINE — Chesterfield.—
Quickie crook stuff — 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 thriUing one. Silent. (July.)

BIG NEWS— Pathe.— Another, and obvious,
story ol an unhappy young reporter, with pleasing
work by Bob Armstrong and Carol Lombard. All
talkie. (Sept.)

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

BLACK WATCH, THE — Fox. — Extravagant
melodrama of India, which just misses being ouc of
the best. All Talkie. (Aug.)

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

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

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

BORN TO THE SADDLE— Universal.— Three
rousmg cheersi A real good Western, with action
and humor. Ted Wells is liead 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 Damital Part
talkie. (May.)

• BROADWAY— Universal.— The original and
best night club melodrama. In spite of its
grandiose settings, the story will get you. And some
good acting. All Talkie. (.4«g.)

BROADWAY BABIES— First National.— Alice
White as a chorus cutie at lier best to date. Fred
Kohler steals it as a big beer and booze man from
Detroit. All talkie. (Sept.)

wyn-Mayer. — Brilliant all-talkie of backstage
life, with Bessie Love astonishing. All Talkie
(A pril.)

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

United Artists. — Great melodrama, intelli-
gently produced and witli a fine performance by
Ronald Colman. Don't miss it. .^11 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.)

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.)

Pictures You
Should Not Miss

"The Cock Eyed World"


"Hollywood Review of 1929"

"The Dance of Life"

"Bulldog Drummond"

"The Broadway Melody"


As a service to its readers, Photo-
play Magazine presents brief critical
comments on all photoplays of the
preceding six months. By consulting
this valuable guide, you can deter-
mine at a glance whetier 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.

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, (.ipril.)

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

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

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

CLIMAX, THE— Universal.— Jean Hersholt good
as an old maestro in a picture of music, love and music
lovers. All talkie. (Sept.)

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

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

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

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

CONSTANT NYMPH, THE— Gainsborough.—
Englisli 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. And Mary's voice is one of
the best in the talkies. Of course you'll want to see —
and hear— her. All Talkie. (June.)

• DANCE OF LIFE, THE— Paramount.— Hal
Skelly and Nancy Carroll in an all-talkie made
from the famous backstage play, "Burlesque."
Grand. (Sept.)

• DANGEROUS CURVES— Paramount— Clara
Bow in tigtits in a love story of a small circus.
Richard .Arlen does well. .Ml talkie. (Sept.)

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

done Cliinese picture, with Lady "rsen Mai, promi-
nent in "The Letter," in lead. Silent. (Sept.)

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

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

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.)

• DRAG — First National. — Dick Barthelmess
shines in a quiet domestic story, with Lila Lee
asensationin the film. All talkie. (Sept.)

DUKE STEPS OUT, THE— M.-G.-M. — Light-

weiglit but amusing story of the romance of a cul-
tured prize-fighter. Part Talkie. (July.)

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