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‘Light Of The Western Stars’
Will Open At Royal
On Friday
Roaring out of the action-filled
pages of one of Zane Grey’s most
notable books, “The Light of West
ern Stars,” a film noteworthy for
thrills and romance, marked by
spine-tingling chases and blood
curdling gun battles, will open on
Friday at the Royal theatre.
“The Light of Western Stars”
is being hailed as an outstanding
Western film, not only because oi
its exciting story, but because oi
its excellent characterizations. Vic
tor Jory, Jo Ann Sayers, Russell
■ Lucky” Hayden, Morris Ankrum,
Noah Beery, Jr., J. Farrell Mac
Donald, Ruth Rogers and several
other outdoor favorites portray
loles which are right in keeping
with the cactus and sagebrush
background of the story.
The story revolves around a col
orful central character played by
Tow ’I’m e mon ic nn fhp
verge of becoming an outlaw, but
1? stopped by a girl from the East,
who falls in love with him after
being forced to marry him. The
role of the Eastern girl is played
bv Jo Ann Sayers.
Among the other characteriza
tions are those of Morris Ankrum,
as a gunrunner who is in league
with the sheriff; Noah Beery, Jr.,
a fine actor, seen in a particularly
apealing role as the faithful Mexi
can retainer of Jory, and J. Farrell
MacDonald, the capable veteran,
as a typical, tart-tongued ranch
“The Light of Western Stars’’
demonstrates the courage as well
as the production skill of Harry
Sherman, producer of the outstand
ing “Hopalong” Cassidy pictures
In this picture, Sherman dares tc
make his hero a potential bac
man, and presents his heroine as
a young lady of steel as well as
beauty, who comes to the hero’s
rescue when he deviates. With ar
eye for beauty as well as gooc
horse-flesh, hard riding and mei
who can shoot straight, Shermar
lias cast more feminine players it
this film than in any of his previ
ous pictures.
Also on the program are chaptei
No. 10, “The Shadow,” a coloi
cartoon, “And a Panda Goes Fish
ing,” and latest news.

‘East Side Kids’ Will
Show At Bijou Theatrt
One of the screen’s most humam
treatments of the problems of lift
in the city slums, “East Side Kids’
which opens Wednesday at the Bi
j ou theatre with Dennis Moore
Joyce Bryant, Vince Barnett ant
Leon Ames in the leading roles.
Here is a film that far surpassei
the ordinary run-of-the-mill featurt
or this theme. The well-roundet
plot centers about the efforts t(
save a group of tenemant young
sters from a life of violence ant
When Knuckles Dolan is arrestet
ior murder, his young brother Dan
ny is left homeless. Fearing th<
youth will embark on a life o
lawlessness, Pat O’Day, life-ion;
friend of Knuckles, now a polict
lieutenant, organizes a boys’ clul
to keep Danny from bad influences
However, young Dolan and hi:
Rang refuse to join the club unti
Pat is demoted for ‘roughing’ ;
crooked pawn shop owner who hat
accused the youngsters of robbery
The current chapter of “Drum:
of Fu Manchu and a Vitaphom
cartoon, “Dangerous Dan, McFoo’
ere also on the program.
Famous Musical Show at the Carolina
Anna Neagle, May Robson and Ray Milland are shown in this
scene from “Irene,” the important screen musical based on the cele
brated stage musical comedy of the same name. Miss Neagle and
Milland are co-starred. Miss Robson is one of the top-featured group
in the supporting cast, which includes Roland Young, Alan Marshal
and Billie Burke.
Irene Opens Run Here
At Carolina On Monday
Anna Neagle And Ray Mil
land Co-Starred In Popu
lar Musical Comedy
‘“Irene,” one of the most popu
lar musical comedies of all time,
comes to the Carolina theatre
screen tomorrow with the lovely
Anna Neagle, in the title-role and
Ray Milland co-starred as a New
York playboy who falls in love with
the peppery heroine.
Running for almost two years on
Broadway, and having half a doz
en road companies covering the
nation at the time it made its ap
pearance, “Irene” scored an un
qualified hit with audiences the
country over, and the picture
promises to be an even greater
success. The four tunes that were
featured on the stage, "Alice Blue
Gown,” “Castle of Dreams,”
“Irene” and “There’s Something in
the Air,” are stressed in the pic
ture, and a brand new number by
tne ottering.
The plot deals with the adven
■ tures of a fiery little Irish girl, who
sponsored by a pair of wealthy
young society men, quits her sales
girl job to become a model at Ma
dame Lucy’s, a fashionable gown
i shop in which the young men own
’ stock. Her modelling of a gown of
her mother’s at an elaborate social
■ affair attracts much attention and
s leads to her being established in a
luxurious apartment as an Irish
• heiress, although her real job is to
, boost Madame Lucy’s gowns.
1 The scheme is a great success
for the shop, but the two young
■ men, both of them by now more or
s less in love with the girl, are wor
1 ried over the possible outcome.
' And when the columnists finally get
■ hold of the truth and expose the
l “heiress,” a series of hilarious
complications bring about her en
l gagement to one of the young men
■ and her marriage to the other un
! til matters are finally straightened
! out.
! Miss Neagle, heretofore known to
' American film-goers chiefly in dra
1 rnatic roles is said to be sensation
al as the dancing, singing heroine
i of the new offering, while her co
l star, Milland, and Alan Marshal
i play the two young rivals in no
1 table style.
Such favorites as Roland Young,
> May Robson, Billie Burke, Arthur
i Treacher, Isabel Jewell, Marsha
Hunt and Doris Nolan also have
. featured roles in “Irene.” Young
In his latest laugh-filled comedy,
“Saps at Sea,” Hal Roach presents
those master comics, Stan Laurel
and Oliver Hardy as a pair of test
ers in a horn factory. This hilari
ously funny picture was^ directed
by Gordon Douglas and will be re
leased by United Artists for its lo
cal premiere at the Royal theatre
on Wednesday.
Based on an original story and
screenplay by Charles Rogers, Fe
lix Adler, Gil Pratt and Harry
Langdon, “Saps at Sea” opens with
daffy action in a horn-manufactur
ing plant where our heroes are
employed to tune up D flat horns
exclusively. The work, however,
gets on the nerves of corpulent Mr.
Hardy and a sea voyage is pre
scribed by his medico. The boys
hire a boat that isn’t seaworthy,
planning to stay in port and bene
fit from the sea breezes without
Ud ll.li.lig wnn ilic uccp. x tavw,
however, remains a far-off dream,
for the comics become involved
with the police.
What ensues provides the film
with a long list of screamingly
funny situations in which every
thing goes wrong for the vacation
ists. The plumbing on the boa1
works in reverse because the plum
ber is cock-eyed; Laurel inadver
tently takes a trombone lesson anc
his music drives Hardy so wild he
beats . up their visiting gangster:
their high jinks attract the atten
tion of the harbor police and ge'
them in a pretty mess. The picture
ends with the comics headed foi
jail just when they were on the
verge of walking off with a fat re
ward for apprehending the crimi
nal. This sad state of affairs is
caused by Hardy’s allergy to horr
“Rythm Jamboree,” a musical,
“You Ought to Be in Pictures,” £
loony tune, and “Ruins of Palm
yra” complete the program. 1
as the busy manager of Madame
Lucy’s, Miss Robson as the hero
ine’s stubborn grandmother anc
Miss Burke as a fluttery society
Moving Story Of Georgia
Sporting Country To
Show At Royal
A moving, down-to-earth story
about life in the Georgia sporting
country—with a grand boy and an
equally grand dog as its central
characters—is told in ‘The Biscuit
Eater,” Paramount’s new screen
drama, which is scheduled for its
local opening Monday at the Royal
Translated directly to the screen
from James Street’s popular Sat
urday Evening Post story, which
millions read and loved, “The Bis
cuit Eater” tells of a boy who lav
ishes his affection on an outcast
puppy, performs the amazing feat
of turning him into a blue ribbon
champion and faces a terrible di
lemma when he realizes that the
success of his dog will spell dis
aster for his own family. Billy Lee,
Paramount’s talented ten-year-old
actor, plays Street’s lovable boy
character, Lonnie McNeil, support
ed by Cordell Hickman, Helene
Millard, Richard Lane and Lester
Lonnie gets his first chance to
have a dog of his own when a de
spised runt turns up in a prize lit
ter. He convinces his father, the
manager of a huge Georgia dog
raising plantation, to let him keep
the dog and sets out to make a
champ of it!
disappointment after another, but
his master sticks by him. Even
when the situation looks blackest,
after the dog robs the chicken
coop, is labelled with the disgrace
ful tag of “biscuit eater” and even
teaches the other hounds his bad
habits, Lonnie remains his friend
and protector!
Just as Lonnie has raised his
charge to the point where he seems
likely to win the coveted field
championship, tragedy strikes in
the person of a rich Yankee who
buys the plantation managed by
the elder McNeil. Determined to
turn the farm to the raising of
horses, the northerner will only be
convinced that there is profit and
prestige in dog-raising if the plan
tation’s official entry wins the field
trials. This means that Lonnie’s
dog must “throw” the contest in
favor of another cadidate, and
the boy is tom between his love
for his dog and his devotion to his
Added attractions include Ray
Whitley in “Bullets and Ballards,”
"Wise Quack,” a loony tune and
latest news. 1
Isle Of Destiny* Is
Billed At Bijou Theatre
A society glamor girl! That was
Virginia Allenton the type of so
cial deb that Park Avenue can’t
hold. Virginia wanted more exci
ment than she could find in 52nd
Street night clubs or at Elsa Max
well parties. So she took up avia
But soon the sky lanes to Palm
Beach and Bar Harbor became
monotonous, so she set her com
pass for a westward passage from
New York—and thereby hangs the
exciting tale of adventure and ro
mance as unfolded in “Isle of Des
tiny,” the Fine Arts Picture, re
leased by RKO Radio, showing
Thursday at the Bijou theatre and
featuring William Gargan, Wallace
Ford, June Lang, Gilbert Roland
and Katherine DeMille.
After successfully riding a tropi
cal hurricane, the aviatrix radios
her brother, commander of an air
base on a tiny island in the South
Seas, that she is altering her
course to pay him a visit. Just a
social call, she thinks it is going ti>
be—but it develops into almost
more excitement than even she or
derc 1, for she gets entangled in
the dangerous plot of an unscrupu
lous vilian who is engaged in
smuggling amunitions and inciting
The program also includes a
Floyd Gibbons True Adventure
Story “Verge of Disaster,” a car
toon, “Polar Pals” and the latest
News events.
July the 4th Fun Fest
Stan Laurel lias a mess of trouble when his friend, Oliver Hardy,
goes beserk during the mad and merry action in Hal Roach’s “Saps
At Sea,” the new laugli-hit comedy, at the Royal theatre Wednesday
and Thursday.
‘Andy Hardy * Film Will
Show At Carolina Here
The Carolina theatre has again
arranged ideal holiday entertain
ment for the period of July 4-6
weekend by booking America’s
first family the Hardy’s in their
newest adventures, “Andy Hardy
Meets Debutante”
A long - range infatuatuion with
the Number one Glamour Girl of
New York society brings a sea of
troubles on Andy Hardy’s head
and wave after wave of laughter
to the legion of Hardy Family fans
With the sidewalks and skyscrap
ers of New York as a background,
Andy and the Judge both have
their difficulties, the latter being
involved in the most important
law case of his career, but both
wind up triumphant. As always,
the story begins in the little town
of Carvel with Andy involved in
a sercret on - sided romance
with a famous New York debutante
whose pictures in magazines and
newspapers have smitten him. Fate
takes the family to New York and
Andy is compelled to try to meet
her but meets instead mostly trials
and tribulations which are funny to
onlookers but tragic to him. The
Judge’s troubles arise from his at
tempt to save the income upon
which the Carvel Orphanage de
pends, and the courtroom scenes
resulting pruvc m«u cuuiuugu xx^
is only a judge in a small' com
munity, legal acumen is not con
fined to the metropolis.
The picture has the added dis
tinction of bringing Mickey Rooney
and Judy Garland together for the
third time in their careers and
the first time since “Babes in
Arms.” Judy played Betsy Booth,
who saved Mickey from troubles
in “Love Finds Andy Hardy,” and
then moved to New York. Thus,
with the advent of the Hardys in
New York, the pair are reunited.
The pair have no peers in youthful
comedy and Judy sings two songs
to enliven the proceedings. Diana
Lewis, charming new Metro-Gold
wyn-Mayer actress, plays the part
of the dazzling debutante. Lewis
Stone once more is the kindly
father and upright jurist, Fay Hol
den is “Ma” Hardy, Cecilia Parker
enacts Marian Hardy, Sara Haden
is Aunt Milly, Ann Rutherford is
Polly Benedict, and George Braak
ston is Beezy, Andy’s school chum.
The dramatic highlights include
Andy’s consternation when his se
cret romance is discovered by his
Carvel Friends; his humiliation and
despair at a night club when he
finds out that to New Yorkers he
isn’t the son of a respected judge
but just a “small town sport too
big for his britches”; the Judge’s
attempt to show him that an Amer
ican is an American in Carvel or
n New York and equally important
n the scheme of things in either
place; one of the famous man
man talks in which the Judge con
vinces Andy of that truth and set
final scenes in which he finds out
that his own sweetheart at home
means more to him than a New
York Glamour Girl. Comedy high
lights include Rooney’s attempts
to meet the deb with his self-writ
ten letter of introducion; his sur
prise and shock at the night club
when he finds out that New York
night - spot prices are slightly
higher than Carvel prices; and the
discovery of his secret romance
by his schoolmates. 2
FORT WORTH, Texas Thirty
nine student ministers at Texas
Christian University traveled 463,
182 miles to preach 4,932 sermons
to scattered congregations in the
school year 1939-40. John Hughes,
graduate student from Dallas,
alone covered 1,050 miles. 3
The Italian peninsula is eight
times as long as its average width.
Rangers Movie Billed
At Bijou For Friday
Lawlessness in the “Panhandle”
territory of what is now Oklahoma,
forms the basis for the action of
Republic’s “Rocky Mountain Rang
ers,” Three Mesquiteers starring
vehicle which comes to the Bijou
theatre for a run of two days
starting Friday.
This territory, abandoned by
Texas as she entered the Union,
became a haven for all forms of
outlawry when the citizens of the
region were reduced to virtual
The “Three Mesquiteers,” Stony,
Rico and Rusty, become incensed
when they discover a young lad,
Danny Burke, cruelly wounded a
left to die by the chief guerrilla of
the panhandle strip, one King Bar
ton. They nurse Danny back to
health and become attached to the
lad, but Barton outfit stages a bold
raid, in the course of which Danny
is killed. Stony vows to avenge his
The current chapter of “Flash
Gordon Conquers the Universe,”
and a Stooge Comedy, “You Nazty
Spy” are also on the program. 1
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—ties.— —wed.—
"ISLE OF DESTINY" east side kids
With —ALSO—
WALLACE FORD i«* » vrilfI”
_I I NK LANG_ _1V1A1M HU _
to those who are young and to
those who refuse to grow old...
The Saturday Evening Post story, read by millions
... of Lon and Text and their no-account dog,
Promise . . . becomes the grandest screen story of
the season!
Tuesday ^
* and "PROMISE"
WEDNESDAY and | — - - " ““ I
Laurel and ^ Victor Jory — Russell Hayden
Hardy „ in zane grey’s
Little Old New York at the Bijou
"Little Old New York,” featuring Alice Faye, Fred MacMjirvay
and Richard Greene shows at the Bijou theatre tomorrow only with
Brenda Joyce, Andy Devine, Henry Stephenson and Flit* Feld.
v MMM New U. S. Government Defense Tax Effective Tomorrow. Mati
IV I M V I nees 25c Defense Tax 3c Total 28c. Nites 35c Defense Tax 4c
I VI I W I ■ " ® Total 39c. All passes subject to 3c Defense Tax to 6 p. m.—
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1940*s Girl in the Alice Blue Gown!
! Streamlined, stunning, smart and sweet
— the toast of New York! . . .The
storyNof the beautiful model who
II took the hard way from Tenth to Fifth
Avenue, told in a sunburst of song,
in a world of silks and sables almost
sinfully beautiful.. .You’ll Love it!
I Screened from the
smash romantic
musical stage
n success.. A dream
—Coming Thursday—
“Andy Hardy Meets Debutante”
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