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Music of the Films

Photoplay's Record Review Department

Now thai the day of the theme song is
upon us, now that Tin Pan Alley has
taken up its resilience in Hollywood, there
is a new angle of pictures to be considered,
studied and reported on.

Fans all over the country arc- dancing to
tunes from "Fox Movietone Follies," "On
With the Show," and "Hollywood Revue
of 1929.' Out in Gering, Nebraska, and
up in Thctford, Vermont, they are singing
"Hang on to Me" from "Marianne" —
and other numbers from other talkie hits.

Daily, the makers of phonograph records
and piano rolls are adding more numbers
from current talking pictures to their bulle-
tins. Daily, movie-goers — and non-movie-
goers for that matter — are demanding their
favorite songs from the talkies recorded for
their phonographs and player pianos.

As a matter of service to readers. Photo-
play will from now on review all such
records and music rolls. Just as we try
each month to give you a complete and fair
estimate of all pictures which have been
released to date, we will try to give you a
summary of all recorded versions of tunes
from these pictures.

We want this department to serve as a
guide — to enable you more easily to find
melodies which you like, played and sung by
artists who please you.

When you want to know whether your
favorite dance tune has been recorded by
Victor or Brunswick or Columbia, or
whether Ampico or Duo- Art has included
your pet sentimental ditty among its newest
numbers, turn to the Record Review Depart-
ment of Photoplay.

Brunswick 4445. Fox trot

"Am I Blue" from "On with the

This is one of the most popular numbers yet
produced b\' the talkies. Libby Holman sings
it and — \\ell — this reviewer confesses to an un-
conquerable weakness for Miss Hohnan's par-
ticular vocal idiosyncrasies! We're "that
way" about Aliss Hohnan's voice, that's all.

The other side of the record presents " Moan-
in' Low,'' another of Libby Holman's torrid
tunes — and not to be sniffed at either.

Columbia 194091 and 148569

"Just You, Just Me," from "Mar-

Cliff Edwards proves that he can discard his
bag of vocal tricks and still be a headliner.
E.\cept for one brief passage where he out-

moans the saxophone, Ukulele Ike sings this
"straight" in a sweet and insinuating tenor.
You'll want to play this one often.

"Hang on to Me" from "Marianne"
A clever number with a patter chorus that is
going to be sung with innovations wherever three
or four of the brothers and sisters get together.
This is a more typical Ukulele Ike number, and
Cliff romps through it in great style. No one
knows better than Mrs. Edwards' boy. Cliff,
just how and when to take liberties with the
rhythm of a song.

Columbia 148788 and 148789

"Am I Blue" from "On with the

Played by Ben Selvin and his orchestra this
makes a verra, verra warm dance number.


Herb Nacio Brown and Anita Page are "Singin' in the Rain" in
M.-G.-M.'s "Hollywood Revue." Herb can sing in the bathtub or
any place else that suits his fancy and there'll be no complaints^
for he authored "Wedding of the Painted Doll" the smash hit from
"The Broadway Melody," and "Singin' in the Rain" from the
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These New Faces

H.AL oKELL 1 ("The Dance of Life," Paramount) will be seen in the same role
he made famous on Broadway in "Burlesque," the name having
been changed. Nancy Carroll has the Stanwyck role. This was
his iirst dramatic role, and a sensational success. For many
years Hal has been in musical comedy.

FLORENCE ELDRIDGE ("The Greene Murder Case," Paramount) is
one of the best of the stage's. younger leading women. Her first
stage hit came in "The Cat and the Canary," famous mystery
show. She is blonde, pretty and is the wife of Frederic March.

FREDERIC MARCH ("The wild Party," Paramount) who made his
talkie debut opposite Clara Bow in this picture. He is a well
known stage leading man. This couple is a big addition to the

^ M * picture world.

HELEN MORGAN ("Applause," Paramount) was first noticed as prima
donna of one of George White's " Scandals." She became famous
singing "Bill" and other hits in Ziegf eld's musical comedy smash,
"Show Boat." She has also headed the entertainment in he,r
own New York night club.

SOPHIE TUCKER ("Honky Tonk," Warners) has been well known
for a great many years as a vaudeville headliner singing hot
songs. She is one of the survivors of the royal line of Nora
Bayes, Belle Baker and others. Now billed as "The Last of the
Red Hot Mammas."


GERTRUDE LAWRENCE (" The Battle of Paris," Paramount; came to
.\merica with a " Chariot's Revue" a few years ago, and since has
starred in several musical comedies as a singer and comedienne.
English, tall, slender, very pretty and packed with plenty of

SALLY STARR ("Happy Days," M.-G.-JL) was first noted in a "Scandals"

mm^ ^^H revue. All she did was come out, announce scenes and say

f 4g|H "Thank you!" Little, plumpish, pretty and cute, and seems to

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ELLIOTT NUGENT ("Happy Days," M.-G.-M.) is a member of the
famous writing and acting family of Nugents of Canal Dover,
Ohio. Father J. C. Nugent and son Elliott wrote and played
in "Kempy," and Elliott wrote and played in "The Poor Nut."
A daughter, Ruth, also acts .

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WOULD you believe it?
No? WeU, don't then. But
it's a fact that Nils Asther and
Greta Garbo take the afternoon ofif
to go to Venice (Holljrwood's Coney
Island) and ride the roller coasters
and merry-go-rounds.

WHAT somber Rule of Three seems
always to work in the matter of un-
timely deaths, whether in the picture world
or the bigger world outside the studios!

Following the death of Gladys BrockweU,
picture fans were sorry to learn of the passing
of Dustin Farnum, brother of William, and
for many years a vital figure on stage and

Dustin is survived by his wife. Winifred
Kingston, who ten years ago was his leading
woman in many a picture.

He was buried from The Little Church
'Round the Corner, New York's beloved
shrine of stage and photoplay worlds, and
old DeWolf Hopper delivered a beautiful and
touching eulogy.

npHE third death in a fortnight was that of
•'- John Griffith Wray, director, who learned
his trade in the great Thomas H. Ince school,
and had been highly successful. He had just
finished directing Leatrice Joy in a picture
for First National when he was rushed to the
hospital for an appendicitis operation that
resulted fatally.

"D AYMOND HACKETT was acting away
■•-Mn "Footlights and Fools" when the phone

" Santa Monica calling," said the ^^^re. " It's
a boy!"

Hackett turned a handspring back onto the
set. And the first Une of dialogue called for
from his lips was —

"Everything's going to be all right!"

The coincidence broke up the rest of the

Thereupon Hackett knocked off for the day
and went down to Santa Monica to run the
new actor through his squalls.

TTHIS is Dick Arlen's big year.
■*- The handsome husband of Job)Tia Ral-
ston is now a full-fledged star at Paramount.

And one week, not long ago, saw Dick's
name in lights over the doors of no less than
three of Broadway's biggest film theaters.

He was at the Criterion in '" Four Feathers,"
at the Rialto in "Thunderbolt" and at the
Paramount in "Dangerous Curves."

Looks as though Jobyna can go right ahead
and order a new hooked rug for the little tepee
at Toluca Lake, and perhaps lay down a few
dollars on a new Ford.

/~\N one of his between pictures vacations
^"'Lon Chaney caught more trout than the
law allowed. A few hours later he met up with
a party of fishermen and boasled about it.


Ruth Harriet Louise

The new Dorothy
Sebastian, look-
ing lovely and
malicious. This
is the cloth of
gold film she
wears wel 1 in
"The Single

Constance Bennett
promises a dress
treat as well as a
good movie in her
next picture, "Rich
People." She is
proud of this Pa-
risian veil

pair of dark glasses and a hat well pulled down, but even so, the men
were astonished at her courage,

TN midsummer Gloria Swanson had a happy reunion with her Mar-
-•■quis, "Hank."

While abroad she was the guest of honor at the world premiere, in
London, of her first talkie, "The Trespasser." Her Paris visit was a
happy orgy of clothes buying.

And she mil soon start her second phonoplay, which has been
titled "Clothes."

A ND they do say that Gloria vnW make another attempt to save the
-^ ^-shelved picture, "Queen Kelly," that has caused so much heartache
and such a heavy financial loss.


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ANOTHER boy makes good as a Broadway
song \\Titer! This time he comes from old
Ireland, aided by money won by his fair colleen
who captures a greased pig at the fair. The
girl is Colleen Moore and the boy is James Hall,
having a little difficulty with a brogue. Medi-
ocre story — but Miss Moore gains personality
and charm in the talkies. And she sings
pleasantly. All Talkie.


AREX'T eugenics, with which this story is
concerned, a trifle old-fashioned? Didn't
they — or it — have their vogue along with
rough riders and Dutch lunches? Frank
Craven plays the role which he created on the
stage a mmiber of years ago and he is good.
Hugh Trevor, in chauffeur's uniform, and Sally
Blane, as a smart parlor maid, are the hand-
some juveniles. The farce is broad, the
comedy obvious, but if you're in the right mood
you'll think it's a scream. All Talkie.


HOW to hold a wife overnight, in seven reels.
It's one of the most sophisticated marriage
pictures yet. Four young things simply can't
stick it out "untU death do us part," and shift
spouses all over the place. Entertaining and
really instructive. Sally Eilers, as the petite
wife of a serious-minded doctor, gets over some
hot dancing. Thehna Todd is effective as a
cold, statuesque, blonde cat, and Norman
Kerry is priceless as the insouciant husband of
first one, then the other. Racy. Sound.


GEORGE O'BRIEN and William Janney,
an obscure but clever kid, in a talkie-singie-
marchie about a West Point cadet with a kid
brother at Annapolis. There's a little too much
training and football. Except for the necking
sequences and an occasional flash of Stepin
Fetchit, the whole picture might be a newsreel
All Talkie.

MELODY LANE— Universal

"DEING Eddie Leonard's first organized at-
■'-'tack against the microphone, this picture is
expected to cut a lot of ice. It will, but not the
kind the studio thinks. Diversion-seekers, fed
to the teeth with "Singin' Fool" themes, will
turn a cold shoulder, and Eddie's lyrics and
hoofing will undoubtedly be received in frigid
disdain. The maudlin Pagliacci yarn is about
as dramatic and sophisticated as a mono-
syUabic nursery rhyme. All Talkie.

KITTY— World- Wide

A FTER Warwick Deeping wrote "Sorrell
•'•■and Son," he started another post-war
novel about an arrogant Englishwoman's
strategic campaign to keep separated her
wounded son and his cigar-clerk bride. And
here it is, the first foreign-made picture to be
synchronized with talking sequences and
music. Made in London and on the Thames,
the scenes are both beautiful and authentic,
and though the story isn't much, the way in
which it is presented is vastly entertaining.
Part Talkie.


^^LIVE BORDEN sHthers sensuously
^^through a very dull companionate mar-
riage theme, and now and then she displays an

animation which somehow keeps the picture
going until it stops of its own accord. An heir-
ess marries her father's clerk on the sly, but
mother's choice for baby is still on deck. Some-
thing simply has to happen. It does, but it's
pretty awful. They may decide to make this a
talkie, but that would only add insult to injury.


TF all the sailors got their business into such
-'-jams as our hero does in this, there wouldn't
be officers enough to take care of them. The

P. & A.

One of the happiest of Hollywood
couples — Anita Stewart and her
new husband, George P. Con-
verse, snapped right after the
ceremony. Well, lots of luck and
love, Anita!

title only half indicates the humorous situa-
tions ahead. Sally Eilers is "just adorable" as
the young girl in search of her brother in the
na\'y. Alan Hale is all but perfect as the sailor
on a vacation, attempting to dehver a parrot to
his mother. The picture is a riot of fun from
start to finish. All Talkie.


CUE CAROL and Nick Stuart, having at last
'"'completed their tour through Europe with
lipstick and camera, offer this verj' romantic
but authentic newsreel for your diversion. Sue
hasn't much to do but wave adicux to the
debonair Nick as he goes to his photographic
daredevfltries. It's the boy's picture. He uses
aU fours, wings, and iron nerve getting some
almost unbelievable shots from Eiffel, Vesuvius
and . . . Lcs Folics Bergcrc! These movie
chaps get aU the breaks! Sound.


A TASTLY disappointing after one has medi-
^ tated upon the unlimited possibilities of the
very intriguing title. But what could have
been magnificent is merely insignificant. Por-
traying South Sea life, a la cinema, the most
s>'mpathetically sordid events occur one after
the other. The incoherent story leaves one
feeling that nothing has been accomplished,
except the junking of another priceless title.


"NTOW the Westerns grow up. "The Wagon
■'-^ Master" is synchronized throughout with
songs and dialogue sequences. The first of the
kind. Ken Maynard is the stalwart hero who
brings the caravan across the perilous desert.
Ken scores with his cowboy songs and although
a bit embarrassed about it, possesses an excel-
lent voice. Tom Santschi is the bad man.
The picture is magnificently photographed and
there is rugged grandeur in scenes of the tug-
ging wagon-train. All Talkie.


KEN MAYNARD sa\'es the gal from the
plump villain, the horses from a fire, wins

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