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fine performances by three newcomers from the stage — -
Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson and Donald Meek.

ANOTHER version of "The Singin' Fool," with Louise
Dresser as Al Jolson and June Collyer as an idealized Sonny
Boy. Louise sings the theme song, "Empty Arms," with tears
in her eyes and a choke in her larynx because her daughter
(who doesn't know she's a daughter, mind you) has left her.
And, to make the idea even more identical, she does it in black
face! Mammy! We ask you, can you cope with it?



All Talkie


All Talkie

MR. FOX, running with the pack, gives us another all talkie
full of murders, courtrooms and suspects. The only
novelty in this picture is the fact that by flashbacks we see
three versions of the killing — one the district attorney's, one
the defense's, and one the true story. Warner Baxter and Ed-
mund Lowe give excellent performances, and Mary Duncan
does some of her usual flouncing around in few clothes.

THE experiences of a jaunty bond salesman, fresh from the
gridiron, with an unbreakable bump of ego. Lively college
atmosphere, with Grant Withers playing football, singing,
whisthng, and using his sex appeal ... all to good advantage.
Betty Compson and Gertrude Olmstead are nicely contrasted.
John Davidsongives an excellent performance. You will want to
see this all-talking comedy drama. [ ple.\se turn to page 133 ]


$5,000 ///Fifty Cash Prizes


1. Fifty cash prizes will be paid by Photoplay Magazinb, as follows:

First Prize $1,500.00 Fourth Prize $ 250.00

Second Prize 1,000.00 Fifth Prize 125.00

Third Prize 500.00 Twenty Prizes of $50 each . 1,000.00

Twenty-five prizes of $25 each $625.00

2. In four issues (the June, July, August and
September numbers) Photoplay Magazine is publish-
ing cut puzzle pictures of the well-known motion
picture actors and actresses. Eight complete cut
puzzle pictures appear in each issue. Each cut puzzle
picture will consist of the lower face and shoulders
of one player, the nose and eyes of another, and the
upper face of a third. When cut apart and properly
assembled, eight complete portraits may be produced.
$5,000.00 in prizes, as specified in rule No. 1, will be
paid to the persons sending in the nearest correctly
named and most neatly arranged set of thirty-two

3. Do not submit any solutions or answers until after
the fourth set of cut puzzle pictures has appeared in the
September issue. Assembled puzzle pictures must be
submitted in sets of thirty-two only. Identifying
names should be written or typewritten below each
assembled portrait. At the conclusion of the contest
all pictures should be sent to CUT PICTURE PUZZLE
EDITORS, Photoplay Magazine, 750 North Michi-
gan Avenue, Chicago, 111. Be sure that your full name
and complete address is attached.

4. Contestants can obtain help in solving the cut
puzzle pictures by carefully studying the poems appear-
ing below the pictures in each issue. Each eight-line
verse refers to the two sets of cut puzzle pictures appear-
ing directly above it. The six-line verse applies generally
to the four sets on that page. Bear in mind that it costs
absolutely nothing to enter this contest. Indeed, the
contest is purely an amusement. You do not need to be
a subscriber or reader of Photoplay Magazine to com-
pete. You do not have to buy a single issue. You may
copy or trace the pictures from the originals in Photo-

play Magazine and assemble the pictures from the
copies. Copies of Photoplay Magazine may be
examined at the New York and Chicago ofhces of the
publication, or at public libraries, free of charge.

5. Aside from accuracy in assembling and identifying
cut puzzle pictures, neatness in contestants' methods of
submitting solutions will be considered in awarding
prizes. The thirty-two cut puzzle pictures or their
drawn duplicates, must be cut apart, assembled and
pasted or pinned together, with the name of the player
written or typewritten below.

6. The judges will be a committee of members of
Photoplay Mag.\zine's staff. Their decision will be
final. No relatives or members of the household of
anyone connected with this publication can submit
solutions. Otherwise, the contest is open to everyone

7. In the case of ties for any of the first five prizes, the
full award will be given to each tying contestant.

8. The contest will close at midnight on September
20th. All solutions received from the time the fourth
set of pictures appears to the moment of midnight on
September 20th will be considered by the judges. No
responsibility in the matter of mail delays or losses will
rest with Photoplay Magazine. Send your answers as
soon as possible after the last set of cut puzzle pictures
appears in the September issue, which will appear on
the newsstands on or about August 15th. The prize
winners will be announced in the January, 1930, issue of

9. No solution will be returned unless sufficient
postage accompanies the solution and such request is
made at time of submission.

Cut Puzzle Pictures Are on Second and Third Pages Following This Announcement


Contestants should study the poems appearing in connection
with the cut puzzle pictures. These are the indicators for
identifying the contest puzzle pictures and winning prizes.

Contestants will note that identifying numbers appear at the
margin of the cut puzzle pictures. These numbers may be
copied upon the cut portraits, with pencil or pen, so that, in
pasting or pinning the completed portrait, it will be possible to
show the way the cut pieces originally appeared.


As no solutions may be entered before the fourth set of puzzle
pictures appears, it is suggested that contestants merely pin
their solutions together until the conclusion. This will permit
the shifting and changing about of pictures as the contest
progresses — and will give time for lengthy consideration and

Each cut puzzle picture is a portrait of a well-known motion
picture actor or actress.

^°, will be the only
white woman in the
cast of "Trader Horn."
She has gone to British
East Africa to play the
role of ?iina T. in the ad'
venturous story of the
dark continent. Two
years ago Miss Booth was
a stenographer, then she
worked as an extra player
and now *he is appearing
in one of the most glam-
orous roles of the year.
And that, in spite of all
advice to the contrary, is
why girls go to Holly-


Photoplay Magazine's New $5,000 Cut Puzzle Contest

/ AND 2

The hair owes her start to a Barrie built part.
The eyes in a war play made good.
The mouth has known scissors — just recently,
And if you can't guess her. you should!

The nair sailed from over the sea to our screen.
The eyes came from Texas to star,
The mouth knew a miracle once — and it took
Herself, and her cast, very far!

3 AND 4
The hair is the sweetheart of millions of fans,
The eyes once knew vaudeville fame;
The mouth was first married to one who was blessed
With a splendid, poetical name'

The hair has cut loose from the long contract game.
The eyes have just played a flirt's part;
The niouth is unmarried — she's just twenty-one,
But she's already made a great start!

Three oj them are married — u/ia .'u.- uct divorced—
And none ts quite blonde or brunette
And two are old timers, from way bai.k ut scratch.
And, say, they're both going strong yet!
Three of them have blue eyes, one played little gtrls—
And one is bere/l of her long golden curls.

Complete Rules for Competition Appear on Page 58


1 AND 2
The hair knew the stage for a number of years.
The eyes went to Staunton M. A. :
The mouth has made "Mammy" a national word.
In concert and talkie and play.

The hair first made good in a film full of strife,
The eyes on a third wife are smiling;
The mouth had no training, but won movie fame
For his manner and looks were beguiling.

3 AND 4
The hair has walked out on a famous screen czar,
The eyes more than once have been wed;
The mouth is the hero of Rex Beachesque plots —
He s the favorite of all, it is said.

The hair has just done H B. Warner's pet r6le,
The eyes know what wedding ring means,
The mouth plays the lover, the vivid he-man.
And he's dark and, oh, gosh, how he screens!

Three oj them wer^ married {and lu\> mure than once!)

And one is. as yet, unengaged-

And one was in love wiih a blonde Nordu iiar -

Who IS quite used to being Jront pag-^d'

They all have dark hair — and just one. ^vtM oJ blue

Ana he. by the way. is the one that's leuit new'

Ruth Harriet Louise

(^Tyi popular request, as they say, "Our Dancing Daughters" will be followed

J~^ by "Our Modern Maidens," also an original story by Josephine Lovett.

And, by way of clinching the success of the sequel, Anita Page will again

play one of those tantalizing flappers, with Joan Crawford as the heroine of the


Chester Morris as Chester

Morris, a young family man

who loves the little wife and





How Chester Morris

snarled himself to

fame in the talkies

By Leonard Hall

Chester Morris as Chick

Williams of "Alibi," who

would kill a cop for a nickel

or nothing

AT the exact center of the talking picture hullabaloo
sits a dazed and puzzled young actor named Chester
Morris, the sensation of "Alibi."
Young Mr. Morris feels as though he had been struck
smartly behind and below the left ear with a bung-starter.

Mr. Morris' sudden success is one of these overnight miracles
produced by theover-a-couple-
of-nights talkies. They make
and break fast in these pin-
wheel days, and Mr. Morris
was one of the fastest hits on
record — one of those screaming
grass-cutters right over third
base that are always good for
three bags if the runner is fast.

And now this thirty-year-old
trouper, already a veteran, is
one of the most sought after
young men in pictures, on the
strength of his superb leering
and snarling in Roland West's
all-talker of crime and copdom.
It might be said that he has
the world by the leers. In fact,
it 75 said. I say it.

At this moment, Chester is
a bit goofy around the edges.

Contracts explode in his face.
Each bang on the door is just
another wire from a producer.

Earnest lady interviewers
prowl the hallways and peer
over transoms, lunging at the
boy with poised pencils when-
ever he pops out for the morn-
ing milk. A little maddening
to a young actor who never
called out the reserves before,
but he is game and happy.

Though he did go up like a
shot, Chester Morris' whole
life had fitted him for success
when the big break came and
the fat part of Chick Williams
tumbled into his lap.

A son of a famous theatrical family, Chester was tossed on the
stage almost before his voice had changed from an uncertain
treble to a positive baritone.

His first job of work, as a kid, was with Lionel Barrymore
in "The Copperhead," that Civil War play which Lionel later
did for the screen. He went on in all sorts of roles in all manner

of plays — on Broadway, in
stock and on the far-flung
deserts of the road.

In 1926 he began to special-
ize in the crime roles that
finally prepared him to do
Chick Williams, that nasty
little snake of gangland.

TT r,


Chester Morris and the little woman at home.

Their marriage tied two theatrical families.

The wifelet's a trouper, too

really wasn't Morris'
He'd much rather play
nice boys than cop-killers.
Oddly enough, it was George
M. Cohan who made a rat out
of the lad — George M., who
has always specialized in every-
thing clean and American far
into the per cents.

"I'm afraid it will type me,
George," said Morris.

"No, it won't," said the
silver-haired song and dance
man. "And besides, I'll give
you a nice, clean part in my
next show."

But it did type him, and for
three years he was the leading
stage exponent of youthful
skullduggery — of rodent-like
boys with slit eyes and curling
lips. He murdered and seduced
and took dope — this hand-
some young fellow who loves
his family, adores his mite of a
wife, and thinks he has the finest
mother-in-law on earth. (Her
name is Cynthia Kilborn, and
Morris is about right!)



Russell Ball

y^N amazing woman — Gloria Swanson — who has had everything

(^^/^ and lost it and had it again. A trifle bitter, but a glorious

fighter when she is forced to it. Her name is a synonym for

luxury, she is envied by thousands of girls, but she is one of the most

unhappy actresses on the screen


What Next



Her future is
in your hands

Katherine Albert

A GOOD many years ago a little, snub-nosed girl in a cheap, silk
dress stood before a second-rate director and tried to look as
if she had never worked in Keystone Comedies.
It was useless, for the remains of custard clung to her sym-
bolically. There was an over-developed muscle in the right arm. It got
there from slinging pies.

She could conceal her Keystone past no better than she could hide a
vivid personality. In spite of the frouzy dress and the "very chick hat,
dearie,'" Gloria Swanson had what it takes.

She was given her first dramatic role. It was a decided departure and
Gloria got it by a fluke. Up to that time screen actresses had been
divided into two divisions. They were either nasty nice or dirty bad.
The word "flapper" had not yet been coined. But Triangle had bought
a story, the protagonist of which was a hoyden who, in spite of a gay
exterior, was a nice girl after all. E.xecutives, fearful of trusting the

Gloria Swanson's first dramatic
picture was called "Smoke." In it
she wore this outfit, described as
"the first aviation bathing suit ever
designed" '

role with one of their stock players, who could be
nothing but good — oh, terribly good — or bad — just
rotten bad — had called in an outsider.

The outsider was the snub-nosed Gloria who tried
to look as if her only acquaintance with pies was at
the dinner table.

And with the big dramatic part she was given un-
heard of riches. She found that her weekly envelope
contained, instead of the S35 Keystone had paid her,
a neat $150.

Gloria became, at that very moment, a motion
picture star. Someone told her of the installment
plan. She wanted a car and a home and clothes — ■
for which she had no taste at all — and luxurious
furniture. And she had them, as she has had what-
ever material things she wanted. She bought them
simply by writing her name to little pieces of paper.
It was as easy as acting. But when she was through
she found that she had contracted to pay $165 a
week on a $150 salary.

Thus Gloria Swanson — who has always spent $165
for every sS150 earned. [ please turn to page 124 ]

She married the Marquis de la Falaise de la
Coudray. It was a romantic marriage and,
for a time, a happy one. Henry now spends
much of his time in Paris, away from
Gloria and Hollywood. For Gloria, men can
only be a side issue



A sophisticated
story of Holly-
wood, in which a
modern Jason sets
out to seek the
precious prize

ELSA DELMAR felt a de-
lightful sense of triumph as
she entered her big bedroom.
It was not quite dark outside
but the maid had drawn the cur-
tains, and the fire leaping in the
grate lighted up the lacquered
furniture and jade and gold cush-
ions. Elsa was aware, too, that it
lighted her face in a flattering way
and made her look rather beautiful
and youthful. But then, happi-
ness has a way of lopping off sever:il
years from a woman's age. And
Elsa was very happy indeed at that

She tossed her silver fox scarf
across a chair, pulled off the little
white feather ^turban which had
received so many compliments that
afternoon, and rang for the maid
to bring her a cocktail.

Life was really quite thrilling,
thought Elsa, as she sank luxu-
riously into a low cushioned chair
before the fire, lighted a gold-tipped
cigarette and watched the little
spirals of smoke. It seemed such a
short time ago that she had been just
an extra girl, trying to make a pre-
carious seven-fifty or ten dollars a

day cover her needs. And then, with the swiftness that is Holly-
wood, she had married George Delmar, who had become in the
past two years one of the most sought after directors in the

Elsa had given up the screen. She knew she was not really
beautiful. Pretty perhaps, if you didn't take her to pieces.
But she had found that when you are looking for a job in pictures
they have absolutely no scruples about taking you to pieces.
So Elsa had wisely concluded that she would be much happier
out of pictures. She had everything she wanted — this beauti-
ful home in Beverly Hills, a foreign car and a chauffeur, charge
accounts at all the smart shops, and people saying, "Yes, Mrs.
Dchnar'; a cottage at Malibu Beach, and the social prestige
that goes with being the wife of an important picture director.


Itlustraled by

Everett Shinn

Of course she did not really have very much of George. His
life was almost entirely absorbed by his work and while Elsa
often suspected that lie was not always at the studio on the
nights when he was supposedly working, she was clever enough
not to check up on him. Not that she believed ignorance is bliss,
but rather that it is folly to know too much. Most husbands,
she was aware, chiseled a Uttle bit, and as some wisecracker
said, love's time-table in Hollywood is subject to change
without notice.

GEORGE was always very discreet and he had a charming way
of remembering to present her with exquisite gifts at frequent
intervals. Once it had been a square-cut emerald surrounded
by tiny diamonds, after he had been away on a location trip.






Then there had been that lovely string of pearls when he re-
turned from a week-end of tuna fishing. And when he had
completed his first picture with that sultr\' Spanish star he had
surprised Elsa by giving her a gorgeous ermine evening wrap.
There are women who would have suspected that these gifts
were peace ofTerings for some amorous detour and would have
spoiled everything by insisting upon explanations. Elsa
merely kissed George and told him he was a perfect darling.
That was probably why they got on so well together and why
they were so often referred to as the ideal Hollywood couple.

IT was true that many of the women in Elsa's crowd did a
little detouring too. Some of them discussed their new thrills
quite frankly. Elsa herself was very careful. If she sometimes

Elsa introduced them. She
wondered if George noticed how
odd her voice sounded. He
asked, "Is this the young man
you were telling me about,
Elsa?" "Why, I don't remem-
ber," she lied. "That night we
talked about a blonde man to
play opposite Dalmores," he re-
minded her. She remembered
she had not mentioned any
particular man. Was Georg;
just being subtle?

felt the primitive emotions which
some of her friends confessed to
rather proudly, she kept them care-
fully leashed. There were times of
course when she indulged in perfectly
harmless flirtations — what woman
doesn't? — but she always stopped
before they approached fever heat.
.V woman needs flirtations, she often
said, to keep her young.

MEETING that perfectly charm-
ing Jason Castle at Gloria Kane's
party that afternoon, for instance,
had made her feel quite a different per-
son. Apparently he was a newcomer
to Hollywood. .At least it was the
first time Elsa had ever seen him.
She had learned very little about
him for he had paid her the subtle
compliment of talking about her
instead of about himself. He was
rather young — about twenty-si.x she
imagined — tall and blonde, and
terribly good looking in a Viking
sort of way.

The way he had devoted himself to
. ; her so e.xclusively had really been

very amusing. It was a new expe-
rience for Elsa. She had become
quite accustomed to the fact that
wherever she went there would be women much more beautiful
than she who would naturally occupy the center of the stage.
This afternoon had been delightfully different. Even the soul-
ful eyes of Donna Dalmores, who was the current Hollywood
rave, had been unable to lure Jason away from Elsa's side,
though they had very obviously tried. No wonder that Elsa
felt a sense of triumph.

She reached for her bag and extracted a little slip of paper on
which he had jotted his telephone number.

The next day when they were lunching together, not at the

popular Montmartre where all the picture stars go to see and

be seen, but at a charming, little hideaway tearoom. Jason said:

"You're the kind of woman I have dreamed about in lonely

moments " [please turn to page 126 ]





Just before the
Famous Director
woke up with a
Dark Brown Taste,
he heard the Star
say, "No, pul-
LEASE, Mr. Lang-
worthy, no close-
ups! Just let me
stand over there
behind that fat
man with the
wens, where I'll
be out of your



{By one who is there now.)

Alice Whiles and Clara Bows
Dripping these and them and those—

Gilbert necking, Garbo slinking.
Twenty thousand actors drinking —

Sunshine thirty hours a day.
Little work and plenty pay —

Dix, Navarro, Billie Dove,
Herbert Howe and Bessie Love —

Swamis, yogis, Aimce, Couc,
Gin and jazz and joy and hooey —

It cannot be, whate'er the dope.
As nice and nutty as I hope!

Getting Personal

Charlie Chaplin recently celebrated his 40th birthdaj' and
had his dapple-gray hair dyed. ... A German physician is said
to have deserted the Fatherland for Dolores del Rio, which is,
as the old sea song says, Rolling Down to Rio. . . . Adolphe
Menjou's favorite purp is named "Weenie." Obviously, hot.
. . . Greta Garbo drives a Ford. . . . Phyllis Haver, retired
blonde, was married to Billy Seeman by Mayor James "Jim-
mie" Walker of New York, told the man she was 27, quit
Douglas, Kansas, for her career and will live in a bungalow on
a 17-story New York building. The spouse has millions, made
in merchandise. He is 37. . . . Romances said to be on at the
moment, but don't quote me — Lottie Pickford and Russell
Gillard (Michigan Lumberman), Virginia Valli and Charles
FarreU, Buddy Rogers and Florence Hamberger (non-pro-
fessional), Viola Dana and Rex Lease and Pola Negri and
Rudolph Friml, the famous operetta composer. . . . Lois Moran
has opened a smart sports shop in Hollywood. . . . Dorothy
Gish is going back to pictures, once more of the British make.
. . . Eileen Percy is playing on the stage in Los ."Vngeles. . . .
Leatrice Joy and Lita Grey Chaplin have been singing on stage
and air, but that isn't the reason Marion Talley quit opera.
E. Burton Steene was the greatest air cameraman in the busi-
ness. He had dared death in shooting nose dives and tail spins
in all the great air pictures from "Wings" to "Hell's Angels."
Recently he died at the age of 43 — in bed, of heart disease.
'Slife for you! . . . The best new bet in pictures recently . . . Kay
Francis, brunette siren of the quiet-working type. Watch for


her in "Gentlemen of the Press" and Bow's new "Dangerous
Curves." . . . There are no talking pictures in India, but 21
companies are producing silent films there. . . . Pat Rooney
and Marion Bent have been married 25 years. . . . Mary Duncan
really fell out of an automobile and really was badly contused.
. . . Lupe Velez has signed to make a series of records for Victor,
she to get SI 5,000 and a cut the first year. . . . When Jolson's
"The Jazz Singer" opened in Sweden, with no sound in Scan-
dinavia, the music was furnished by a choir. . . . Josef von
Sternberg is said to be the only Paramount director who carries
a cane. He is also the only Paramount director named Josef
von Sternberg, so what of it, anyway? Let's drop the whole
thing right here!

Our Monthly Libel Suit

From unimpeachable sources I give you the pet names
of the John Barrymore-Dolores Costello royal family.

She is his "little egg."

He is her "winkie-dee."

Denials will be filed with Nelson, head of our Broom and
Duster Department.

Just Gagging Along

"Charlie and I are good friends — perhaps we are learning to
understand each other better" — Lita Grey Chaplin. This
appeared in the New York Graphic. The story was signed by

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