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Powell in "The Teeth of the Tiger." Of
course you remember that handsome young
EngUshman who died several years ago . . .
The veteran Kathlyn Williams, Sehg's old
lion-taming star, makes a reappearance in a
Bessie Barriscale picture . . . Florence Tur-
ner, the old Vitagraph Girl, turns up on the
Universal lot. They were "remembering
when" back in 1919. What would they say
of us 1929 greybeards?

/^UR featured fiction story this month is
^^made from the picture called "John Petti-
coats," starring nobody but that stern old,
clean-souled son of the sunburned West, Wil-
ham S. Hart himself.

Good old Bill is playing an honest lumber-
man who inherits a trick modiste shop in
N'Orleans, forcing him to wear a hard-boiled
collar and be tarnal uncomfortable in his store

And the leading lady? A pretty little blonde
critter named Winifred Westover.

Yep — little Winifred, who was to be his
squaw, the mother of his papoose, then his
ex-squaw, and now the leading player in the
filming of Fanny Hurst's "Lummox," by
Herbert Brecon — one of the big shots of the
coming fall.

And Tempus goes Fugiting all over the

HERE'S a pretty picture of Kay Laurel,
the most beautiful girl Ziegfeld ever glori-
fied in his "Follies." then a mild picture
actress, to die of pneumonia in Paris, with
few friends standing by ... An interview
with one Ralph Graves, aged 19, and a leading
boy for Grifiith. Another Cleveland boy who
made good . . . Inter\'iew %vith Tommy
Meighan, the new star, and a picture of Tom
and his wife, Frances Ring, looking across the
high buildings of Los Angeles . . . Frank
Woods, grand pioneer of picture reviewing and
wTiting, writes a piece on "Why Is a Star?"
Frank says public curiosity created the star

Texas, digs up a "Why Do They Do It?'
this month.

"In 'Peggy Does Her Darndest,' " says
Brother Mills, "the 'Blinkum Detective
School' uses Metro Fihn Company envelopes."

F. W., SAN JOSE— Vtarl White's hair is red
— I think. Yes, Bushman and Bayne are
really and truly married. No, Theda is NOT
dead. Rose Tapley isn't playing now. Yes,
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Bill Hart's fans, for them he never has been
away. There never will be but one Bill Hart.

This popular demand was recognized by the
Victor Phonograph Company when last spring
they invited Hart to make se\-eral talking
records. They got the best talking records
they ever made. Incidentally, they re-
discovered a glorious golden voice that the film
fans had never suspected.

Dion Boucicault and such men of the theater
had trained it. Audiences had thrilled to that
\oice when Bill Hart played Jolm Storm in
"The Christian"; when the stage's first Mes-
sala in "Ben-Hur" was played by Hart; Julia
.\rthur chose him for her Sir Jolm Oxen in "A
Lady of Quality," and for Romeo to her
Juliet; Madame Helena Modjeska employed
Hart as leading man, and liked his Armand
to her Camille better than any other actor's she
ever played with. Robert Mantell, assembling
a Shakespearean company, selected Bill Hart
for prominent roles vnih him.

TT is amazing the number of unfortunates
-•■that have turned to Bill Hart's great heart for
aid. I know personally of cases where Hart
furnished money to aid girls he had never seen.
Bill just trusts folks . . . and believes in them.
No man can boast a more loyal and distin-
guished circle of friends than Bill Hart.

Hollywood was as excited as the fan public
when Hal Roach sent out word that Hart was
to return to the screen, with a talking picture.
Then came the incredible news that the re-
leasing company did not think the public
wanted a Western talkie.

This opinion hardly seems based on facts as
reflected in the flood of fan mail. The public's
feeling is still more clearly shown towards Bill
Hart in the enormous sales of his recently pub-
lished autobiography, "My Life East and
West." This book not only has enjoyed a
large sale, but it has elicited letters from sen-
ators, judges, and people of prominence all
over the country.

The millions of dollars that would have been
earned for the motion picture industry during
the years that he has been allowed to be idle,
are now gone into oblivion. That is no reason,
however, that the same state of affairs should
be allowed to go on indefinitely. Bill Hart's
appeal is ageless; he never was a juvenile on the
screen, and his sturdy manhood is as appeal-
ing to fans today as it was at the height of his
screen career. 'W'ith the coming of the talkies,
and Hart's demonstration that he has some-
thing unusual to offer in his voice, it seems in-
comprehensible that such a bet will be ignored
indefinitely because of the old business feuds
of the past.

"D ILL HART does not need to come back to
■'-'films for his own sake. He has a beautiful
home, filled with material comforts. He has
his writing, at which he has scored success; his
horses, and all the little concerns of his small
world on the ranch. He has his friends. The
reason that Bill Hart should come back is
because the fans want him back, and the in-
dustry needs him back.

Bill and I had along talk about all this up at
the ranch at Newhall just after the cancellation
of the contract with Roach. Pictures taken of
Hart at that time show him as good a photo-
graphic subject as he ever was; he is fit physi-.
cally, with the daily activity of his life as
gentleman rancher.

It was late afternoon of a hot summer's day
whenlleft the Horseshoe Ranch and its hilltop
hacienda. The car, with its gears grinding,
rolled protestingly down the hill. Over my
shoulder I could see the gentle, stalwart figure
of Bill Hart outlined against the Western sky.
Maybe it was a fantasy born of the heat; per-
haps it was the magic of the souls of those
brave men and true of the Old West, who have
lived again in Hart's characterizations; but the
figure seemed to become taut, thin lipped,
grim, cold and narrow eyed, with two guns
slung at the side.

Dustin Farnum and Bill Hart — when they both were starring in

'Western dramas. Farnum died a few weeks ago after a year's

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dependsonpantomime, despite the fact that we
also talk.

"At iirst I had a hard time getting my voice
on the right level and keeping it there.

"Sometimes I must speak softly, and yet,
keep on the same level. A sound track is a
funny thing.

"I lost my voice once, you know. It was
placed incorrectly. I talked from the throat.
One of those student voices that drive you
crazy. When I finished a long stock season I
couldn't talk above a whisper. Every cent I
had I spent on voice lessons. My instructor
said I might hope f(ir three tones. Well, it took
a long time and a lot of money but I fooled him.
There are more than three tones now."

"Mees Harding," called Paul Stein, the
Hungarian director — on second thought it may
be Viennese.

A NN was back on the set in another scene.
■'"■The villain gave a dirty laugh and went into
a wrestling match with the star. She pulled a

The Man — " You won't shoot."

Ann — " No, I won't shoot. I'll drop it when
I get outside."

But shoot she did. There was an ineffectual

A man-sized bullet would have blown out
the tubes at M.-O.-M., a mile down the street.

"Sound ees all right," Stein announced.

"The smell isn't," Ann proclaimed, wrinkhng
her nose. "Ah, there you are again (to the as-
sistant who began his ' Scene 20. Take 1 '
speech). This is the last night on the picture
and you haven't told me j'ou love mc."

She dropped in a chair on the set while Stein
discussed a bit of action with Lawford David-
son, the heavy.

She eyed a sprawling youth in front of the
sound-proof camera booth.

"Johnny, what do you do? I've wondered
for weeks."

The scene was taken again, andMiss Harding
took up the threads of a badly interrupted

"I came out here to rest, you know. Never
gave a thought to the screen. I had my baby
while I was playing in 'The Trial of Mary
Dugan' in New York. Five weeks later I was
back in the cast and went to Chicago with the
play. It was too soon and I was feeUng
wretched. I e.xpected a long rest in Pasadena.
Then I was going into 'Strange Interlude.'
Harry was in that, you know. I'm glad I
didn't. It was an awful ordeal for the actors.

"Toward the end of the run Pauhne Lord
would give a long speech and then sigh, ' Thank
God, that's over.' When the show closed in
New York, Tom Powers finished his last speech,
walked off the stage, let out an awful scream
and fainted.

"Where is Harry? Sitting for portraits?
How can you keep him still long enough?"

TLJARRY finally returned, unruffled from his
-'^sittings. He is tall, and good looking, and
the leading man of " Her Private Affair ' ' as well
as Ann's real life domestic affairs. Several years
of married life have taken nothing from their
romance. They hold hands and kiss and ap-
parently enjoy it, after acting love scenes to-
gether all day for the screen. Ann sees nothing
strange in husband and wife playing together in

It is quite common on the stage, but it is
flying in the face of tradition in Hollyivood.

An unheard-of event. The average screen
husband would probably want to beat his wife
at night after making love to her all day in the

"Now don't leave me," she warned him.
"Harry is mad about flying. I can't keep him
away from that field where they are having

the endurance event. When he finished
'Strange Interlude,' he flew from Salt Lake
' City to Los Angeles. I was e.xpecting to meet
him in the afternoon and was prepared to spend
the day worrying. At nine in the morning
Vail Field telephoned me that my husband
would arrive in an hour. He deceived me pur-
posely so I wouldn't worry. I jumped into
street clothes and drove about sixty miles an
hour. I got there just one minute before he
arrived and drove out on the field. Sirens
shrieked and men yelled. I got off the field
just in the nick of time. Pardon me. I must
shoot that nice villain again."

This time the scene met with the full ap-
proval of Paul Stein.

""NTOW, yust once more, " he beamed.

■'-^ "It was so funny yesterday when we
heard the playbacks," Ann laughed. "Some-
one hid behind the screen and in the midst of
every sequence called softly 'coo-coo.' Mr.
Stein was frantic. He had heard 'wa-wahs'
and 'wees' and 'booms,' but never a 'coo-coo.'
'Vas ees dees? Gott! All to do over.' "

And now Harry Bannister was back. Ann
was in his arms. He presented her with an
unappetizing looking popcorn ball, wrapped in
bright red paper. Of course, an interview was
an impossibihty after that. One can't talk
with a mouthful of popcorn.

Ann Harding has a different status from the
usual stage star. In Hollywood for one pic-
ture, and tlien back to Broadway and the foot-
lights. She is under a long term contract to
Pathe. She is now of and in pictures, and pre-
fers to stay. A wise move on the part of the

Ann is an exquisite sort of young person,
small and slender and blonde with expressive,
wide, blue eyes. Her hair is particularly beau-
tiful — almost straw-colored. It has never been
introduced to pero.xide or a curling iron.

She wears it back from her face and with a
loose knot in the back. She is unbobbed and
the despair of the studio milliner. Ann says
people look at her hair curiously. She knows
what is going on in their minds. Pero.xide?
No. It must be a wig. But the hair, shade and
style of wearing, are definitely Ann Harding.
She will never change them.

Ann, as a young girl, knew the society of
army posts. Her father was a general and
promptly disowned her when she went on the
stage. She began her acting career with the
Provincetown Players in Greenwich Village,
after some desultory work as a reader at
Lasky's New York studios (can you imagine
Mr. Lasky's embarrassment now at his lack
of Columbus deductions?). She scored a
Broadway hit in "Tarnish" and followed it
with "The Woman Disputed." Of course her
greatest success was in the two seasons run of
" The Trial of Mary Dugan."

SHE had no time for romance in her busy life
until, paradoxically enough, the very busiest
period of her life — when she owned her own
stock company in Detroit. Her leading man
left suddenly, and Harry Bannister was sent

Ann thought he wanted too much money,
but when she saw him there was no question of
finances. Two months later they were married.
It has been her ambition to play with Harry on
the stage or the screen. Now that ambition
has been realized in "Her Private Life."

Ann has a gorgeous sense of humor and the
friendliest spirit in the world. They say at the
studio that she refuses to take herself seriously.
Perhaps not. Neither docs she take interviews
seriously. I waited from 7:30 P. M. to mid-
night on her set for the pri\'ilege of twenty
minutes' conversation with her — and almost
forgave her entirely.

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