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Over the bookcase is a lovely
crucifix of ebony and ivory . . . and
in a niche in the patio, a statuette
of the Madonna. Jobj'na, you see,
is a Catholic.

On another low table stands a
huge, precious oriental China bowl,
filled with flowers, and near it an
ancient desk that belongs to that
raftered room. "I don't think it's a
valuable antique," says Jobyna,
"I got it too cheap, but I love it."
Here stands a picture of Dick in
"Wings," inscribed "To my Babee,
the most precious thing I have!"

A large painting, in excellent taste,
adorns one wall. "We just like
it, but neither of us knows a thing
about art," grins Dick.

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6S




5k Weigh of All

Flesh




The eighteen day

diet makes the great

famine look like a

Roman banquet

By

Harriet
Parsons



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THE most burning issue of the day is this 18-day diet
crisis. Beside it the Kellogg Pact and the Russo-
Chinese War fade into insignilicance. There have been
opinions, statements, criticisms and raves issued by
doctors, lawyers, actors, bootleggers, society women, columnists
and plain fools. Everyone, from the Siamese Twins to the
Mayo Brothers, has had a hand in the matter.

At a first glance, the situation seems somewhat hopeless. A
tabloid's-eye view leaves one with the general impression that:

The Mayo Brothers created the 18-day diet for Ethel Barry-
more.

Ethel Barrymore created the 18-day diet for the Mayo
Brothers.

Neither Ethel Barrymore nor the Mayo Brothers ever heard
of the 18-day diet.

People who go on the 18-day diet thrive and grow slim.

People who go on the 18-day diet develop t. b. and die like
flies.

People who go on the 18-day diet take on a rabbity look after
the tenth bale of lettuce.

It is all very confusing. There is even a divergence of opinion
as to the correct name for the new rage. Many have dubbed it
the 18-day diet because it consists of special menus for a period
of eighteen days. At the end of which period, if you have been
conscientious, you are either sylph-like or dead — or both. It
has been called the Hollywood diet because of the enthusiasm
with which well-known screen personalities have taken it up.

The tale which has gained most credence, however, has to do
with Miss Ethel Barrymore and the Mayo clinic. Someone
somewhere started the rumor that Miss Barrymore, alarmed

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Polly Moran got plenty thin
after a few days on the Holly-
wood diet. Then her dentist
finished a nice new set of teeth
for her and Polly felt that she
ought to use 'em frequently.
She did and here's what hap-
pened! Reverse the pictures
and you see Polly before and
after dieting. Or maybe the
camera man was in a waggish
mood



b}' what her mirror told her and her scales corroborated, had
paid the Mayo Brothers five hundred dollars to create a special
diet for her.

One had only to look at Ethel to see that she had been
trimmed down to half-size by fair means or foul — and the story
was one with plenty of appeal to the over-sized ladies of the
nation. Followed the deluge. Copies of the diet swarmed over
the countn,' like a liock of locusts. In everv' meeting place, from
Hollywood's i\Iontmartre to the Ladies' Room of the Medicine
Hat Elks' Club, women could be seen putting their heads to-
gether and exchanging slips of paper. The reading material on
these slips sounded like the annual report of a Big Fruit and
N'egetable Man from Orange.

The country rapidly became cucumber-minded, and in no
time at all enough lettuce was consumed to feed all the pet
animals in the land, including Lupe V'elez' eagles. The grape-
fruit consumption was terrific, and the list of those wounded by
squirting grapefruit juice grew longer every day. The general
effect — on dispositions and otherwise — was slightly acid.

Nor was it the women of America alone who were responsible
for the Great Diet Era. Doctors, lawyers, merchants and chiefs
surreptitiously compared waistlines and grabbed at bootlegged
copies of the diet which went the rounds more or less suh rosa.
They were less frank in their pursuit of the occult mysteries of
dietism, but they were bitten by the deadly grapefruit and let-
tuce virus, none the less.

But nowhere did the new cult flourish as in Hollywood.
Every day the sum of pounds lost by the weigh-side grew more
imposing, and the battle-cry of the hour was:

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'Amateur Movies

By Frederick James Smith

Ambitious cinematographic activities planned
by photographic clubs for Fall and Winter



ANNOUNCEMENT of the
winners in Photoplay's
$2,000 Amateur Movie Con-
test holds over for one more
month.

It was impossible to present the
films winning their way into the
finals to all of the jud.^es in time
for a complete announcement of
awards in this issue. Photoplay
readers and amateur enthusiasts
generally can count upon full de-
tails in the November number of
this magazine.

THE Stanford Studios, of Stan-
ford University, Calif., plan a
production of Hawthorne's
" Birthmark" this fall. Ernest W.
Page, director of the Stanford
Studios, is scenarizing the screen
version. The club believes that
the Hawthorne story provides a
remarkable opportunity for the
interpretation of a single mood
and experiments in advanced cine-
matic technique.

The Stanford Studios' produc-
tion of "The Fast Male," in 1,200
feet of 16-millimeter film, gave
high promise. Consequently, the
organization's forthcoming pres-
entation film will be watched with
high interest.




An exciting scene from "Muddy Waters,"

current production of the Hawthorne

Photographic Club of Chicago



A YOUTHFUL amateur group at Grosse Point Park, Mich.,
under the leadershio of Jack Navin, has four productions
to its credit to date. One of these productions, "Sophistica-
tion," was entered in Photoplay's contest and was an interest-
ing satire upon tabloid
newspapers and tabloid
thinking. The leading
role was played by
Elizabeth Sutherland.

This group is now
producing "Alimony
Mary," with Catherine
Anne Currie in the
leading role. The plot
concerns the back stage
life of a dance team.



AT a recent meeting
of amateurs in Wil-
mington, Del., the
Amateur Cinema Club
of Delaware was organ-
ized.

The Cine Club of
Portland, Oregon, re-
cently completed its
first film production,
"Reel Golf," in 320
feet of 16-millimeter
film. Scenes were made




"Ed's Co-Ed" in the making on the University of

Oregon campus. Vera Elliot and Dorothy Burke have

the lead roles in this comedy of college life



at the Glendover Golf Club at
Portland.

The first showing of "A Race
for Ties," made by the Amateur
Cinema Society of Port Arthur,
Canada, attracted much attention
recently in one of the Port Arthur
theaters, drawing a capacity audi-
ence. The film was the first pro-
duction of the club. The scenario,
written by Dorothea Mitchell,
was developed around North
Woods lumbering activities and
the bitter competition between
small lumbermen and big con-
cerns. Harold Harcourt directed
"A Race for Ties."

Movie Makers of Waterloo,
Iowa, have organized under the
leadership of W. H. Pamplin and
George W. Mack. The first pro-
duction, "Uncle Duggett," a
comedy running 300 feet in 16-
millimeter film, has been com-
pleted. King Beal directed.

THE Orleans Cinema Club has
been organized in New Orleans,
La. This is the first amateur
club to be formed in Louisiana.
The premiere of the club's first
two productions,'' Bayou
d'.'^mour" and "Air Buddies," each
running 400 feet in 16 milli-
meters, was held recently at the
club's studio. "Air Buddies" is an ambitious story of the World
War, while " Bayou d'Amour" is the romance of an artist and a
country girl.

The Movie Division of the Cleveland Photographic Society

is working on a mys-
tery story involving a
number of special
effects and illusions.



THE Amateur Movie
Club of Rochester
is planning the produc-
tion of a film illustrat-
ing the methods used
in selling fake stock.
This picture will be
made with the coopera-
tion of the Rochester
Chamber of Commerce
and the Better Busi-
ness Bureau. Another
instance of amateur
cinemalographers co-
operating in an im-
portant civic project.

Filming of "Trust-
worthy," by the Bir-
mingham, Ala., Ama-
teur Movie Association,
has been completed.

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Reeling Around



tth Leonard Hall



Hollywood
Rewrites

the

Nation 's

Songs




c^-sfTw-'-i



TALKIE-MAD WIFE— "John! John! Wake up! With you snoring

there like a buzz saw, how can you expect me to hear Hector Eclair's

assistant voice double singing the theme song?"



A bunch of the boys was hitting it up

In the Malamute Saloon,
And the kid who rattles the music box

Was punching a ragtime tune by Snitkin, O'Brien
And Jones, Jrom "The Hollywood Revue of Follies.'

Between the dark and the daylight.

When the night is beginning to lower,
Comes a pause in the day's occupations

That is known as the children's hour, featuring
Helen Kane, poo-poo-pa-doo!

If the Army and the Navy

Ever look on Heaven's scenes,
They will find the streets are guarded

By United States Marines and Lon Chanev.



A Laugh or Nothing

It was so hot on Broadway in July that a cop was chasing
George Bancroft across the screen of the Rivoli Theater and
both were crawling. . . . Customer Neal Smith of Florida
sends in an ad from the Alcazar Theater, Dothan, Alabama,
advertising "The Letter," and starring "Jeanne Eagels, the
Al Jolson of France." Any comment would be carrying
cigarette lighters to a movie critic. . . . Fox is taking sound
equipment up in planes to film "The Sky Hawk" and all the
actors are studying Harp. . . . Columnist IMedbury states that
si.\ and six make twelve and sex and sex make a movie. . . .
The Coolidge Theater, in New Hampshire, has been wired for
talking pictures, and now all my heart craves is a talking short
of the ex-president playing chess on the top of the White
Mountains at midnight. . . . From England comes the cry
"Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we dialog!" . . .
Warners are reported to have offered Jolson 8100,000 to appear
in "The Show of Shows," with Al kiddingly asking 8200,000.
What a sense of humor! Maybe for 850,000 he'd bow to Jack
Warner! . . . Actors Equity members in HoU^-wood sent the
longest telegram in history to Marion Davies. It totalled
1,350 words. I will bet five hundred shares of Technicolor
against a Kansas censor that the 1,350th word was "Regards."

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The Gag of the Month Club

Our monthly prize of a cancelled invitation to Clara Bow's
wedding goes once more to Dr. Bugs Baer, the wit who
began paragraphing during the Hayes-Tilden controversy
and has never let up.

He says that Lon Chaney is on the 18-day Hollywood
diet and has already lost seven faces.



Getting Personal

Stewart Robertson, who writes the swell short stories that
Photoplay publishes as fast as they come in, is an engineer by
trade and specializes in bridge building. ... It is reported
that some of the sound pictures Ma\- McAvoy had taken of her
recent wedding had to be cut because some of the guests talked
personalstufif right in the "mike's" ear. . . . The first Mrs. Doug
Fairbanks was recently married to Jack Whiting, popular
stage juvenile, in New York. The bride's age was given as 40
and that of the groom as 28. ... A lighted plane advertising
"Thunderbolt" in the sky above New York charges 81,500 a
night for the job. . . . Reports come in stating that hundreds
of women who have ser\'ed the 18-day, grape-fruity diet are
reporting to their doctors with cases of acidosis. . . . Hoot
Gibson has received his pilot's license and made a 340 mile solo
flight to celebrate. . . . Ronald Colman is said to sign 25,000
pictures of himself a year, but I care not who signs the nation's
photographs if I could sign its checks. . . . Sad rumors say
that Dorothy Gish and James Rennie are not getting on so
well, with Greta Nissen mentioned as .\ngle Three of the
Infernal Triangle. . . . Johnny !Mack Brown and spouse are the
parents of Jane Harriet Brown, weight six pounds and six
ounces, father doing exceptionally well. . . . Hedda Hopper,
between pictures, is selling real estate. . . . Camilla Horn,
the little German girl, instead of going abroad for a holiday in
the Beer and Pretzel Belt, is studying English at a New York
public school. Her teacher's name is ^Irs. il. J. Peterson, who
says that Camilla is one of the better behaved youngsters. . . .
Old Hank Walthall, who has been in pictures since epics were
one-reelers, has bought a Ford station truck holding eight
passengers and has lit out for a camping trip in the high
Sierras. Smart feller. Hank. If the pictures die under him he
can always meet the trains. . . . Gary Cooper and Lupe Velez
reported house hunting in Beverly Hills.



Photoplay Magazine for October, 1929





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Miss Helen Choate, brilliant young
favorite in New York society, inherits
the distinction and charm of her fa-
mous grandfather, who was so long our
Ambassador at the Court of St. James.



YOUNG as she is. Miss Helen Choate
is one of the most brilliant person-
alities in New York society. She be-
longs to a family so distinguished that her
name admits her to the most exclusive
circles of America and Europe. And she
herself is so gifted, so delightful that she
is a favorite everywhere.

This vivacious girl can sparkle through
a dinner party and dance till dawn, yet
turn out fresh and crisp for her morning
ride in Central Park, or for a round of
golf at her country home at Mt. Kisco. She
is an accomplished pianist, and speaks
French and German admirably.

Miss Choate is slim and tall, with a cool
nonchalant grace. Her shining red-gold
curls, bright brown eyes and clear fresh
coloring make her a vivid figure. She has
that precious gift, a beautiful skin, and
takes great care to keep it satin-smooth
and fine of texture.

She believes whole-heartedly in Pond's
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How They Manage Their Homes



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up badly last week — so a gate will soon protect
it, through two mighty gate-posts built by
Jobyna. An old gate from the original Lasky
studio mil fill the biU.

Dick loves this old gate, which he proudly
exhibits. You see, he has been vnih Lasky
ever since he returned from serving with the
British army in the war. But at first he was
just a film messenger boy. Then he broke a
leg and got $13.50 a week compensation. To
help him out they let him play "extra" and
later gave him "bits" as his leg improved.
"And that's how I became an actor," grins
Dick, who has since risen to starry heights —
especially since "Wings."

Now we come to the kitchen, all soft, red
tiling and white paint. Here presides Mar-
guerita, a young German girl, the only help
they keep. Marguerita is blonde, bu.xom,
cheerful and does the housework, cooking, and
washes Dick's shirts and Jobyna's silk undies.
She gets $75 a month . . . and is evidently a
first class housekeeper. On her days out
Jobyna does the cooking — and just now her
dad and one of Dick's brothers are staying
with them, too, so it's no sinecure.

The rest of the laundry goes out, and costs
about $11 a month. "But that doesn't in-
clude cleaner's bills for the white pants I ruin



The dining room is of dark oak
with the chairs upholstered by
Jobyna to match the drapes, and
a saucy tablecloth showing off
some bright flowers



Maybe not, but an expert interior deco-
rator could have done no better. That dainty
little dining room, for instance, of dark oak,
with chairs upholstered by Jobyna to match
the drapes, and a saucy plaid tablecloth
showing off some bright flowers. Shelves
galore, loaded with gay but inexpensive
china and glass.

THERE are only two bedrooms at present.
Their own is carpeted with a rich dove-
grey rug, which sets off the very wide low bed
handsomely. A draped canopy at the head
of the bed and the quilt of old gold damask
were both made by Jobyna. More book
shelves in the bedroom and little desks and
side tables . . . and a big fireplace, with invit-
ing cretonne-covered chairs to match the
window drapes — also Jobyna's handiAvork.
A huge white bearskin rug adorns the center
of the room.

From this through wrought iron gates,
their bath-dressing room — all pretty tiles,
and two built-in dressing tables. Jobyna
had tiles arranged on these, all ready to be
cemented in. They are old Spanish tiles
brought o\'er by a friend . . . and some
adorn the outside walls of the house as well.
The bath is sunken and a shower is tucked
in a corner. Cute little upholstered chairs
here too — made by Jobyna.

The guest room has twin beds and dainty
painted furniture. "When our guest house
is finished this will be our library," ex-plains
Dick, who has vast plans for building some
more French doors instead of walls, to get
the full benefit of that swimming pool view
when it's built in the fish-pond patio. And
when you remember that all the walls are
two feet thick you will see Dick has under-
taken quite a job.

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Dick does occasionally put down the hammer and saw and pause to
enjoy the beauty which he and Jobyna have created



These two have never hired a gardener for a
single day — yet they have a show garden.
The sprinkling system is magical, doing pro-
digious things on the turning of a handle. 'This
Toluca Lake district is reaUy a little wooded
oasis in a rather deserty-looking valley — and
beyond it stands a charming country club and
golf course. On the lake itself are swans and
boats — and Dick is playfully called Mayor
of this little community, with Charlie Farrell
as fire-chief. They are bursting with proposed
civic improvements, and are raising subscrip-
tions to improve the charms of the lake and
to plant trees down the nearby boulevard.

Dick is worried because the badminton
spoils his lawn, so a badminton court is to be
added this winter. It is one of their pet recre-
ations. Dick fusses a good deal about that
laAvn — a horrid boy on a motor-bike scraped it



working in the garden, " says Dick, who always
forgets to don his overalls until it is too late.
However, it does include Jobyna's white duck
pants and sweat shirt — her usual home attire
when there is no company.

"Our groceries come to about $65 a month,"
says Jobyna. "I do all the ordering myself and
plan the meals. That includes everything but
ice and milk. We drink a lot of milk — at least
ten dollars' worth a month. The ice costs
about S4 a month.

"I haven't learned how to economize on
telephone bills yet," complains Jobyna. "You
see, we are outside the city and it costs us 10
cents a call for five minutes . . . and people
hang on so long. Our bill is about $18 a month
I must do some agitating about that."

Jobyna simply adores housekeeping . .

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Photoplay Magazine for October, 1929



69




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tell







me ...



Jean Carroll's
Page on Tiair IBeauty



Two simple rules for oily hair

Dear Miss Carroll: I listened in on part of
your radio talk Friday, and you were talk-
ing about just my trouble! My hair is
coal black and in the last few years has
become very oily, and is falling out terribly.
I am at a loss to know what to do. I
have always been told I had beautiful
hair, but at the rate it is leaving me, I
wonder what it will soon become. Friends
tell me washing it will aggravate the oily
trouble. Please send me some instructions
about its care, and I promise to carry
them out. — Mrs. C. L. P., Omaha, Neb.

Maybe I'll sound rude, but I do
want to say — don't believe "Wash-
l"»r|i ing is bad for your hair." When

™ hair is very oily, it is very neces-
sary to shampoo frequently. If the oil is
not removed it clogs the gland openings
and leads to undue falling of the hair.

'But you should have a shampoo suited
to your hair. And I'd suggest Packer s
Pine Tar Shampoo — especially made for
oily hair by the makers of the famous
Packer's Tar Soap. This is really a won-
derful shampoo — made of pure vegetable
oils and healthful pine tar. It is very
slightly astringent — enough to start
tightening up the relaxed oil glands and
coaxing them back to normal. Use this
shampoo eveni' four or five days at first.
Then massage your scalp a little every
day to bring the blood up to nourish the
hair roots. (If the massage at first seems
to increase the oil, massage with a little
bay rum.) Your hair and scalp will im-
prove, I know. Do let me hear from
you again, after you've tried these two
simple rules for about a month.



An outdoor remedy for dandruflf

Dear Miss Carroll: What shall I do for
dandruff? Until a month ago, I never
noticed it. But you should see it now —
and my hair is falling out. And I do want
to keep my hair nice^it is dark brown,
thick, and naturally wavy. I have used
Packer's Tar Soap several times but I
probably don't use it often enough. — Mrs.
C. K. M., Jersey City, N. J.



Dear Mrs. C. K. M.: You've
made a good start. Physicians
have prescribed Packer's Tar
Soap for years in cases of dandruff. But
you can't expect one or two shampoos
to work miracles. If your dandruff is
rather serious — and it sounds like it — you
should shampoo every few days at first.
Massage the rich, thick, piney lather
well into your scalp. Let the good pine
tar and the gentle antiseptic properties
of the soap get after those little dandruff
germs. Think of your shampoos as a
treatment — not as just something to clean
your hair when it needs it. And keep
your brush and comb clean so you don't
put germs back on your nice clean scalp.
Then, after you've checked the dan-
druff, shampoo once a week or every
ten days.



A shampoo for dry hair

Dear Jean Carroll: My hair is a very dead
color (as you can see from the wisp I have
enclosed) and very brittle. I have dark
brown sparkling eyes — my only attractive
feature. And I should like to have nice-
looking hair. — E. G.. Westmont, N. J.



^^ Nonsense, my dear, there's noth-
'-— " ing unattractive about that hair of
yours. The color is really a nice
brown and if it were shining with
life, it would be very pretty.

I'm going to advise you to use a spe-
cial shampoo — made just for dry hair like
yours. This is Packer's Olive Oil Shampoo
— made of pure vegetable oils. It leaves



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